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Despite all the damn crap that goes wrong.
I am haphazard and omniverous as a reader. I will try anything. I have never developed a system for identifying dud books in advance. (When I was a small girl I got the idea that authors near each other in the alphabet would have written similar booiks. It must have been the dewey decimal system that got me going that way, I mean it kinds of works that way with the numbers in the library, so why not the letters? All I can say in my defense is that I was then a very little girl). Anyway, it turns out that that system does not work at all. Neither does any other. Working my way through the shelves of our town library in order gave me a lot to think about though. And Joan Aiken and Lloyd Alexander were on the same shelf, so who knows...

This week I got two really good ones in a row. And both authors have written lots. Both of them feature delightful women, who have supernatural ability and use it to clean up messes and solve crimes. The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod is the first. It is set in an steampunkish alternate London. When I describe it that way it sounds like a whole warehouse load of similar things-- but this one is pretty special. I like it a lot.

The other one is set now, on the West Coast. It features an older woman, that is unusual, most of the people you meet in books are young. I like that she is older, but still presented as capable and appealing.She is accompanied by her nephew, a war vet who is home with an injury. He is pretty appealing too. It is written from his pov, and he comes to understand and admire his aunt, slowly more and more. So did I. That one is called A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark. It is by Harry Connolly.

For my own self, I am having a good try at chopping my Malowe stuff into some sort of order. It cannot even be called editing. It is more crude than that. So much needs to be removed, and it is all so ugly. When I have done that I will be able to see the shape of what remains, and what needs more filling put in. At least that is the plan.

What are all of you doing? Has anyone been to the beach?


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Jun. 7th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
I am delighted to hear of the good things. We went to Cheltenham yesterday (to see friends involved in the science festival), and to Gloucester (for my nephew's 18th birthday).

Today, very little; lots of reading, though.
Jun. 8th, 2015 11:10 am (UTC)
No beach, but we went to the delightful Gunwharf Quays yesterday to do some shopping and had coffee watching the boats come in and out of Portsmouth Harbour. *hugs*
Jun. 8th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
I've just finished a book of the making of The Princess Bride by the man who plays Wesley. Quite a fun read!

No beach,yet, but I have trips to the lake with nanny kids coming up very soon! And Hubby and I will have DD and two grandsons join us in a Bed and Breakfast weekend, near Duxbury Beach!!
Jun. 12th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
Next book on my to-read list is one that I know I'll enjoy. "Nemesis Game" is the 5th book of James SA Corey's "Expanse" space opera, and I'm not saying that because the author named a character after me in the 3rd book. (I die from getting shot in the head.)
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