Lillelara

Lillelara

"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Reading progress update: I've read 364 out of 510 pages.
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England  - Dan Jones

According to the Brut Chronicler, Bishop Burgesch forgot his ecclesiastical dignity completely. He made a bid to flee by running to the lavatory and trying to throw himself down the chute that evacuated human waste to the moat outside.

 

Oh, the drama ;)

 

Going down the lavatory chute might have been the sensible thing to do in his situation, though, being deemed as a traitor to the true king and facing a horrible death. 

 

Stories like this make this book an incredibly fun and entertaining read.

Reading progress update: I've read 336 out of 510 pages.
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England  - Dan Jones

I thought it couldn´t get any worse than King John or Henry III. And then Edward II happened.    

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3 Stars
Mort
Mort  - Terry Pratchett

This book being the first book in the Death subseries, there is not enough Death in it. Instead we are following Mort, newly appointed apprentice to Death, who does a splendid job in messing up in reality, as far as reality can be messed with.

 

Unfortunately, Mort isn´t a character that I particularly liked or that I could root for. And all the other characters weren´t anything special either and the story wasn´t compelling or funny enough that I ended up loving this book.

 

Which leaves me with the best scene this book has to offer:

 

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Death doing the polonaise, probably singing “Hier fliegen gleich die Löcher aus dem Käse, den nun geht sie los, unsere Polonäse.“ I couldn´t get that mental picture out of my head for the rest of the book.

Reading progress update: I've read 27%.
The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie

 I´ve read this book the first time in 2017 and now I´m rereading it, listening to the audiobook and I completely forgot how ridiculous the whole Herzoslowakia story line actually is. Tbh, this reads like a corny soap opera in places and Hugh Fraser´s narration even emphazises this. 

 

I can´t wait for Superintedent Battle to make his appearance, though. I like him a lot.

Reading progress update: I've read 165 out of 510 pages.
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England  - Dan Jones

By these ingenious methods, John collected vast sums from the Englisch Church during the fives years from it estrangements from Rome and enjoyed himself while doing it. Perhaps it most inventive scheme was to take hostage and ransom back his clergy´s wife, concubines, and mistresses. Since plenty of churchmen had babies in their house, it was a price many of them had no choice to pay.

 

Prince John doesn´t seem to have been the most capable of kings, loosing vast stretches of his land to the French King and getting into temper tantrums whenever someone opposed him.

 

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But he sure has known how to get peoples money, with whatever means necessary. He was a truly terrible person.

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #13

Last week was incredibly busy, I was incredibly tired and I didn´t get much reading done. At least I managed to finish one book and one audiobook.

 

Book finished:

 

The Floating Admiral - Canon Victor Whitechurch,Agatha Christie,Milward Kennedy,Margaret Cole,Henry Wade,Clemence Dane,John Rhode,Anthony Berkeley,Freeman Wills Crofts,Edgar Jepson,Ronald Knox,Dorothy L. Sayers,G.D.H. Cole,G.K. Chesterton 

 

The task for square 69 is "Something related to travel on the cover". This book fits, so I´m allowed to roll two dice:

 

 

Which brings me to square 74 "Categorized as Middle Grade". 

 

Book finished:

 

The Nix - Nathan Hill 

 

It doesn´t fit, one die it is:

 

 

Whcih lands me on square 76 "Set in a world with magic". I´m about to start this book:

 

Mort  - Terry Pratchett 

 

The Discworld is full of magic, isn´t it?

 

 

1. Author is a woman: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (dice roll: 6 & 3)

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O: Revelation by C.J. Sansom (dice roll: 6)

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy: The Daughter of Time by Josephine They (dice roll: 3)

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 4)

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: They do it with Mirrors by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 1 & 1)

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999: The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (dice roll: 3 & 4)

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 6)

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking: Caliban´s War by James S.A. Corey (die roll: 1)

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year: Murder in the Mewsby Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 1)

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (die roll: 4)

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover: Have His Carcaseby Dorothy L. Sayer (dice roll: 5 & 6)

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago: The Traveller Returns by Patricia Wentworth (dice roll: 6&1)

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie (die roll: 6); Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith (die roll: 5)

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover: The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover: Force of Nature by Jane Harper (die roll: 1)

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade: The Nix by Nathan Hill

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man: "Trunk Music" by Michael Connelly

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57 (OH NO!)

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 310 out of 352 pages.
The Floating Admiral - Canon Victor Whitechurch, Agatha Christie, Milward Kennedy, Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Clemence Dane, John Rhode, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Ronald Knox, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.D.H. Cole, G.K. Chesterton

Agatha Christie‘s solution to the story is hilarious. I don‘t think that she has taken this „experiment“ quite as serious as some of the other authors might have.

Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 352 pages.
The Floating Admiral - Canon Victor Whitechurch, Agatha Christie, Milward Kennedy, Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Clemence Dane, John Rhode, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Ronald Knox, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.D.H. Cole, G.K. Chesterton

Inspector Rudge was subconsciously aware that his enquiries were becoming unduly dispersed and that none of them by itself had so far earned the description of "thorough".

 

I love how Milward Kennedy adresses directly an issue that the reader might have with this book. Which makes this not an issue anymore, at least in my mind.

 

I´m at the end of chapter seven and so far it´s an enjoyable read and I have absolutely no clue where the story is heading. 

Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 352 pages.
The Floating Admiral - Canon Victor Whitechurch, Agatha Christie, Milward Kennedy, Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Clemence Dane, John Rhode, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Ronald Knox, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.D.H. Cole, G.K. Chesterton

I´m home from work and my plan for tonight is to snuggle up in my comfy chair and enjoy this book, which is a buddy read with BrokenTune and Moonlight Reader.

 

I´m really intrigued by the idea that every member of the detection club had to write a chapter and follow some strict rules while doing so.

 

And I´m a bit envious of the club members, I like to think they had a blast writing this book.

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #12

Book finished: 

 

Those Who Walk Away - Patricia Highsmith 

 

It definitely hasn´t a cover with over 50% yellow, so I´m allowed to roll one die:

 

 

Which brings me to square 69 with the prompt "Something related to travel on the cover". My two upcoming reads are:

 

The Floating Admiral - G.K. Chesterton,G.D.H. Cole,Dorothy L. Sayers,Ronald Knox,Edgar Jepson,Freeman Wills Crofts,Anthony Berkeley,John Rhode,Clemence Dane,Henry Wade,Margaret Cole,Milward Kennedy,Agatha Christie,Canon Victor Whitechurch  Mort - Terry Pratchett  

 

It´s possible to travel both by boat and by horse, so I should be fine for this task whichever book I finish first :).

 

 

1. Author is a woman: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (dice roll: 6 & 3)

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O: Revelation by C.J. Sansom (dice roll: 6)

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy: The Daughter of Time by Josephine They (dice roll: 3)

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 4)

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: They do it with Mirrors by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 1 & 1)

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999: The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (dice roll: 3 & 4)

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 6)

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking: Caliban´s War by James S.A. Corey (die roll: 1)

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year: Murder in the Mewsby Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 1)

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (die roll: 4)

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover: Have His Carcaseby Dorothy L. Sayer (dice roll: 5 & 6)

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago: The Traveller Returns by Patricia Wentworth (dice roll: 6&1)

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie (die roll: 6); Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith (die roll: 5)

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover: Force of Nature by Jane Harper (die roll: 1)

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man: "Trunk Music" by Michael Connelly

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57 (OH NO!)

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 252 out of 252 pages.
Those Who Walk Away - Patricia Highsmith

This one was weird and not in a good way.

Reading progress update: I've read 229 out of 252 pages.
Those Who Walk Away - Patricia Highsmith

He sensed that they (Ray´s Italian friends) could never fully understand; with their different temperaments, they would have done things quite differently from the way he had.

 

Everyone, and I mean everyone, would have done things quite differently than you just did thoughout the whole book, Ray.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 133 out of 252 pages.
Those Who Walk Away - Patricia Highsmith

That letter...

 

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What is going on in this book? Why doesn´t Ray just leave? Why has he written that letter? What does he want from Ed? Why is Ed being the most imcompetent moron of all

 

not making sure that his attempts at killing Ray have been successful ... twice!

(show spoiler)

 

I don´t understand!

 

This book was off to a good start, but I´m slowly getting tired of it.

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 252 pages.
Those Who Walk Away - Patricia Highsmith

Ray´s character feels like a blank canvas to me. Which makes him incredibly creepy, tbh, simply because there is a certain psychopathic vibe to his character. 

 

And why doesn´t he just leave Venice? I don´t understand it.

Reading progress update: I've read 53 out of 252 pages.
Those Who Walk Away - Patricia Highsmith

While he waited for his coffee, a sudden hostility against Coleman rushed through him, as if the perilous events of the past hour or so had somehow held his emotions back. 

 

Considering what has just happened, I think it is okay to be a little bit hostile.

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 44 out of 252 pages.
Those Who Walk Away - Patricia Highsmith

Coleman let the scarf drop from a corner, as they went through the hotel´s door, looked at it, and said, "Just like Peggy. Thank you."

 

Comparing a dead woman to a scarf ... I´m sorry, but this gives me the creeps. And both Ray and Ed are doing this, which make them both seem not right in the head. 

 

And as per usual with a Highsmith, there is a lot of this going on:

 

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Cheers!

 

 

 

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