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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

A Darker Domain
Val McDermid
How To Be a Victorian
Ruth Goodman
Pandora's Star
Peter F. Hamilton, John Lee
Progress: 485/2241minutes
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.