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The Two O'Clock Boy
Mark Hill
Three Men In The Dark
Jerome K. Jerome, Robert Barr, Barry Pain, Hugh Lamb
Progress: 221/311 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 424 pages.

The Two O'Clock Boy - Mark Hill

and now for something serious. (and amazing, I hope.)

Reading progress update: I've read 245 out of 245 pages.

Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce

omg - brilliant, bloody good fun! but insane, mind you. or rather, mind me: it’s totally bonkers but in a good way.

 

before I leave this one behind, I have to ask...can someone finally help me with the pronunciation of that crazy foreign word on the cover? please? is it “a-moor”, or do I say “a-more”? I swear, the French..win two World Cups and think they can go around sprinkling their tricky words all over our English-language book covers...!

"‘And they call you a witch just for that!’ scoffed Myfanwy.

‘And there’s the love potions, of course, and the Saturday mornings at the Witches’ Co-op. But only on the till.’

Myfanwy scoffed again. ‘No different from working in the sweet shop. Mrs. Abergynolwen works on the till on Wednesdays, too.’

Ma Evans spat in contempt. ‘Mrs. Abergynolwen! She doesn’t know her mandragora from her henbane.’

‘Anyway,’ said Myfanwy soothingly, ‘you shouldn’t let them call you a witch. I’d put a spell on them if I were you.’

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Aberystwyth Mon Amour, by Malcolm Pryce (copyright 2001; quote is from page 67 of the Bloomsbury trade paperback edition, 2002).

Reading progress update: I've read 221 out of 311 pages.

Three Men In The Dark - Jerome K. Jerome, Robert Barr, Barry Pain, Hugh Lamb

strong, unnerving Terror tales, from Jerome and Pain, jolted me awake this morning, along with my coffee.

Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 245 pages.

Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce

okay, this one has put Welsh crime-writing on the map for me. I mean, Bank of the Black Sheep was not bad, and Ethel Lina White’s two books I got to were okay - but nothing really dazzling me. but this Malcolm Pryce Humorous Noir series-starter is quite the blast and a half. murder emanating from - possibly, or maybe not - a stolen tea cozy, a boy’s essay on a mythical Welsh kingdom now under water ( if you buy that); a witch, Druids that aren’t like any Druids I ever heard of before! and a swell private-eye main character. splendid.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 245 pages.

Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce

this one - the one with the title that gives me grief (“just do your own pronunciation, Tigus, and don’t worry about it”) - sounds...nutty, and a bit funny. definitely ready for a few laughs; this and Only When I Larf should provide...

Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 311 pages.

Three Men In The Dark - Jerome K. Jerome, Robert Barr, Barry Pain, Hugh Lamb

another short, simple, but effective tale from Robert Barr. would not have believed this collection was going to transport me to Texas...but that was fun!

Reading progress update: I've read 362 out of 464 pages.

Night Soldiers - Alan Furst

such a beautifully done Historical/Espionage novel - shall finish it today or tomorrow. some short stories next, and then either Aberystwyth Mon Amour, or Only When I Larf.

Reading progress update: I've read 214 out of 464 pages.

Night Soldiers - Alan Furst

just thought I would do a bit more of this, tonight - get Khristo entrenched in Paris, get a taste of what his new life will be like, who has he met in his new job; jazz, connections, Aleksandra, an unexpected reminder of life back in Bulgaria...

 

a heist to plan?? gold to be taken?? ah, Paris.

Reading progress update: I've read 184 out of 464 pages.

Night Soldiers - Alan Furst

just coming out of the section featuring Khristo dropped into the Spanish Civil War, and the next part is called Paris, 1937. the whole book is so engrossing, the historical backdrop, and the spy games. happy!

Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 464 pages.

Night Soldiers - Alan Furst

oh goody, it’s amazing so far! I had high hopes, and hopes have been fulfilled.

 

from Vidin, to Moscow; from Bulgaria to Russia...from man who saw his brother murdered by a sadist, to Agent in Training.

Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 464 pages.

Night Soldiers - Alan Furst

I've read a Furst novel before - The Polish Officer - which was okay, but I didn't end up rating it very highly. but he has a lot of books and I suspect some of them will impress me better than others, and it was always a given that I would get back to his work and try again. Night Soldiers it is (thank you, Themis)!

Reading progress update: I've read 154 out of 237 pages.

Back to the Coast - Laura Vroomen, Saskia Noort

hard to put this one aside for the night. and now it’s stacking freaky on top of creepy. love it.

Reading progress update: I've read 119 out of 237 pages.

Back to the Coast - Laura Vroomen, Saskia Noort

creepy kreepy creepee Creapy creeepie qreepy CREEPY cryypyy kuh-reepy cree-pea creepy book!

Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 237 pages.

Back to the Coast - Laura Vroomen, Saskia Noort

the persecution of  Maria begins. I've only just started, so she hasn't fled to the coast yet, but there do seem to be some suspects in her life, who might torment her. I'm already wondering how all this is going to end - but, before that, what's the worst that's going to happen? disturbing.

Reading progress update: I've read 189 out of 311 pages.

Three Men In The Dark - Jerome K. Jerome, Robert Barr, Barry Pain, Hugh Lamb

I just read three tales - one by each author represented in the collection (I was going to stop at two, but the Barry Pain story was very short) - and all three were okay, but rather formulaic, gimmicky, and not the best stuff on display here. hopefully a bit of an upswing in quality when I get back to this.