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Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
The Case of the Gilded Fly - Edmund Crispin I love vintage mysteries and am partial to fiction written during the war years. I wanted very much to like Edmund Crispin's books (especially since he's written quite a few), but this is the second one I've read and I can't say I thought much of it. As with the last one, I didn't care enough about the characters to mind what happened to them. Instead of witty, I found his writing pretensious, trying too hard to incorporate literary quotes, long words, and pithy Latin epigrams. I lost interest so many times while I was reading that every time I'd make myself go back to it, I'd have to re-read a whole chapter to remember who all the people were. The plot meandered and by the time I got to the end, I wasn't surprised or chilled. I did enjoy the descriptions of Oxford life and the world of small theater troupes. I doubt though that I will try another Crispin.