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Tannat

Not so much a blog; just lots of books

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Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
Therese Oneill
Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Audio)
Agatha Christie, Dan Stevens
Progress: 83/397minutes
The Last Alchemist in Paris: & Other Curious Tales from Chemistry
Lars Ohrstrom
Progress: 90/226pages
Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, Emma Newman, Jonathan Barnes
Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love
Margaret Campbell Barnes
Progress: 12/333pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
Boneshaker
Cherie Priest
Progress: 18%
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Reading progress update: I've read 493 out of 894 pages.

The Grass Crown  - Colleen McCullough

I'm loving Rutilius Rufus's suggestion to convince Cornelia Sulla to agree to marry Quintus Pompeius. It basically amounts to dropping hints that Sulla is changing his mind and wants to marry her off to some especially odious fellow and then letting her meet Young Marius again (with whom she's in love) and let them annoy each other because he'll be pre-occupied with his career rather than her. And finally letting her actually meet Quintus Pompeius since she hasn't even laid eyes on him.

 

For context, Rutilius Rufus solves all of his friends' children's thorny marriage issues. And his plan certainly beats Sulla's threats to beat her to death or to sell her off into slavery. This leads to this exchange:

"I'm already a slave!" she called back.

What a soldier she would have made!

That last was in Sulla's thoughts. He really shouldn't lose his temper with her; it doesn't help him.