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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

Why Shoot a Butler?
Georgette Heyer
Whispers Under Ground
Ben Aaronovitch, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Progress: 422/615minutes
Kushiel's Dart
Jacqueline Carey
Progress: 18%
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
Cherie Priest
Progress: 18%
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Reading progress update: I've read 37%.

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Mamma’s not really dangerous. She’s just a case of arrested development. Most of us have outgrown ethics and morals and so on. Mamma’s just not grown up to them yet.


I'm not even sure what this means. It seems like they're idealizing being a sociopath.


I don't really dislike these characters. I'm just bored by them. If this weren't a necessary square, I'd probably drop it. And I doubt I'd be able to find a more interesting noir book to replace it, unless The City & The City really would count (and that would be a reread).


The hard-drinking Nick and Nora duo has the potential to be fun, as the myriad of spinoffs and caricatures evidence, but the originals are pretty dull.