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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War)
T. Kingfisher
Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery
G.M. Malliet, Davina Porter
Death from a Top Hat
Clayton Rawson
Progress: 17%
The Secret Library
Oliver Tearle
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman, Nadia May
Progress: 696/1718minutes
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
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.