Lillelara

Lillelara

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

Reading progress update: I've read 173 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

"One moment," said Mary. "Mr Goyles, here is the ring you gave me. When next you make a public speech calling for decisive action I will come and applaud it. You speak so well about that sort of thing. But otherwise, I think we had better not meet again."

"Of course," said the young man bitterly, "your people have forced me into this position, and you turnround and sneer at me too."

"I didn´t mind thinking you were a murderer," said Lady Mary spitefully, "but I do mind your being such an ass."

 

You go girl!

 

I adore the Wimsey clan.

Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

"Wait a minute Mr Parker. I´m in a difficult position. I don´t quite know what I ought - Can you tell me just how far you´ve got - what have you discovered?"

Mr Parker was a little taken aback. Although the face of Lady Mary had been haunting his imagination ever since the inquest, and althought the agitation of his feelings had risen to boiling-point during this romantic interview, the official instinct of caution had not wholly deserted him.

 

Romantic interview? Oh dear, Parker is truly lost in the throes of love.

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

"... You a married man, Mr. Grimethorpe?"

"What the hell´s that to you?" growled the farmer, rounding on him with such ferocity that Wimsey looked about quite nervously for the dogs before-mentioned.

"Oh, nothin´," he replied, "only I thought that charmin´ little girl might be yours."

"And if I thought she weren´t," said Mr. Grimethorpe, "I´d strangle the bitch and her mother together. What has got to say to that?"

As a matter of fact, the remark, considered as a conversational formula, seemed to leave so much to be desired that Wimsey´s natural loquacity suffered a severe check. He fell back, however, on the usual resource of the male, and offered Mr Grimethorpe a cigar, thinking to himself as he did so:

"What the hell of a life the woman must lead."

 

Wimsey doesn´t know what to say? This has to be a first. And someone should tell him that it is a very bad idea to be smitten with the wife of this particular gentleman.

 

Also, the things Lord Peter are contemplating while being in a depressive mood are so random:

 

Peter leaned sadly upon the hurdles and abandoned himself to a variety of shallow considerations upon (1) The vanity of human wishes; (2) Mutability; (3) First love; (4) The decay of idealism; (5) The aftermath of the Great War; (6) Birth-control; and (7) The fallacy of free-will.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

"She always says, my lord. that facts are like cows. If you look them in the face hard enough they generally run away. She is a very courageous woman, my lord."

 

Lol. Bunter´s mother knows what she is talking about.

Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

"For instance, now, here´s a stain on the hem of this skirt, just at the bottom of the side-seam. Now, supposing it was a case of murder, we´ll say, and the person who had worn this skirt was suspected, I should examine that stain." (Here Mr Bunter whipped a lens out of his pocket.) "Then I might try it at one edge with a wet handkerchief." (He suited the action to the word.) "And I should find, you see, it came of red. Then I should turn the skirt inside-out, I should see that the stain went right through, and I should take my scissors" (Mr Bunter produced a small, sharp pair) "and a snip off a tiny bit of the inside edge of the seam like this" (he did so) "and pop it into a little pill-box, so" (the pill-box appeared magically from the inside pocket), "and seal it up both sides with a wafer, and write on top "Lady Mary Wimsey´s skirt", and the date. Then I should send it straight off to the analytical gentleman in London, and he´d look through his microscope, and tell me right off that it was a rabbit´s blood, maybe, and how many days it had been there, and that would be the end of that," finished Mr Bunter triumphantly, replacing his nail-scissors and thoughtlessly pocketing the pill-box with its contest.

 

Ha, Bunter is such a sly fox. This whole scene made my day.

Reading progress update: I've read 55 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

There, among the cacti, was certainly the clear mark of some oblong object, with corners, that had been stood out of sight on the earth behind the pots.

"It´s a good thing Gerald´s gardener ain´t one of those conscientious blighters that can´t even let a cactus alone for the winter," said Lord Peter, "or he´d´ve tenderly lifted these little drooping heads - oh! damn and blast the beastly plant for a crimson porcupine! You measure it."

Parker measured it.

 

Wimsey´s struggle with a cactus made me smile. I´m already liking this book a lot.

 

Lord Peter and detective Parker have a look at the crime scene. They haven´t a lot to work with, though, since the local police didn´t care too much in keeping the evidence in a prestine condition. Amateur forensic expert Lord Peter Wimsey must be annoyed by this.    

 

Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

Impromptu buddy reads with BrokenTune are the best and always so much fun. So here we go.

 

I just finished the first chapter and it really doesn´t look good for Lord Peters brother, doesn´t it? And it doesn´t help that he is behaving oddly and gives contradictory statements at his inquest.

 

At this point I´m suspecting the guy named Arbuthnot, because that surname ... Dame Agatha ruined it for me. Not that I have anything else to go on at the moment ;)

Reading progress update: I´m still on page 106 and ...
One of Us is Lying - Karen  M. McManus

... I accidently spoiled the ending for me by reading something I shouldn´t have read. Which lead me to do some skim reading of the final chapters and I´m not okay with the ending and the direction the story is taking.

 

 

The kid Simon who got killed has committed suicide in such a way that the other four, who was with him in detention, had to be suspects. And it´s all been an elaborate plan by Simon to frame one specific person and punish the other three in the process. And he had the most ludicrious reasons for doing that.

 

I really dislike the way the author treats the subject of mental illness, Simon supposedly being depressive. The way the whole story has been set up, it felt like Simon was a sociopath rather than a depressive teenager. 

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So I won´t be spending anymore time on this book and just call it quits.

Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 360 pages.
One of Us is Lying - Karen  M. McManus

This is one of these books I cannot read exclusively.

 

There is too much teen angst for my liking and so far those four teenagers have the most stereotypical secrets. I wonder why the author has attributed secrets to them that allign completely with their personality. At least so far. I´m not so sure about the secret of the jock. In his case there might be lurking something else under the surface. 

 

I definitely have to read somehting else alongside this novel, something a little bit more lighthearted and fun. Maybe Meg or Clouds of Witness. I´m not sure yet.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 360 pages.
One of Us is Lying - Karen  M. McManus

From the blurb:

 

Five student walk into detention. Only four leave alive.

 

There seems to be a murder most foul.

 

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
The Death of Mrs. Westaway - Ruth Ware

I really, really liked this book. Mainly because it ticked so many boxes of the things I truly enjoy in a novel.

 

The atmosphere of this book was wonderfully gothic, dark and atmospheric and the Trepassen house, situated in the dark, rainy and dreary Cornwall, felt like a character of its own. The mysterious and creepy servant, an angsty female main character and a whole lot of secrets surrounding the family and their ancestral home added to the DuMaurier feeling of this novel.

It took the story a little while to get interesting, though, and I didn´t particularly like the first 60 pages. But this didn´t diminish my overall enjoyment of the book.

 

I´ve read this for square “13” for Halloween bingo. There are elements of superstition throughout this novel (references to the Magpie nursery rhyme and the main character is heavily into the art of tarot reading). It would also work for the square Gothic, Murder Most Foul, Amateur Sleuth, New Release, Terrifying Women and Genre: Suspense.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 368 pages.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway - Ruth Ware

This novel has definitely some DuMaurier vibes. 

 

An old house in Cornwall - check

A slightly creepy female servant - check

A family secret - check

A dreary and atmospheric setting - check

 

I was planning to read this book for the New Release square, but since this novel has the Magpie nursery rhyme at its core and a lot of superstition is at work (the main character is a psychic who tells the future out of tarot cards), I will be reading this novel for this square:

 

 

 

Review
1 Stars
The Running Man
The Running Man - Stephen King, Richard Bachman

I never would have thought that a book with this premise would be so bad. I know that Stephen King is a hit or miss author for me, but this has to be the book written by him I actually dislike the most.

 

The main problem for me was the fact that I couldn´t root for the main character, Ben Richards. And I have to root for the main character in "a man is on the run" kind of story. Instead I was hoping for him to get caught or die, anything to make this story interesting. Towards the end it got more interesting, but then this book turned into a completely unessecary and disgusting gore fest. Add to this the casual racism that runs throughout this whole thing and I´m just done with this novel. 

 

I have read this book for the Doomsday square. It´s set in a very bleak dystopian future.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 241 pages.
The Running Man - Stephen King, Richard Bachman

This book is sooooooo booooooriiiiiiingggggg....

 

Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 241 pages.
The Running Man - Stephen King, Richard Bachman

The MC, Ben Richards, got nearly stuck in a pipe... I´m a bit freaked out. I have DNF´d books for scenes that are messing with my claustrophobia.

 

 

Review
1 Stars
Silent in the Grave
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia, #1) - Deanna Raybourn

I really disliked this book and it just didn´t work for me.

 

The non-existent and terribly boring mystery, pages upon pages of Lady Julia talking to someone about something not plot related, Julia, who is a doormat, and Nicholas, who is an ass, who make for the worst romantic couple ever, the romance itself (I guess there was a kiss at one point, at least Julia tells us so … not sure, though, if Nicholas has actually slapped her in face. All of a sudden she has a bruised lip) – the whole novel was a mess and I´m giving myself a pat on the shoulder for having finished this book.

 

And then the author reveals the most ridiculous fact about Nicholas towards the end of the novel:

 

He is a psychic and while he is having his migraines, he dreams about the future and terrible things that are going to happen in it. Yes, he is such a dream boat of a man.

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Good riddance, Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane.

 

This novel would work for the Darkest London, Amateur Sleuth, Romantic Suspense and Murder Most Foul square. Since the story takes place in London, I have read it for the Darkest London square.

 

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