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Old 04-09-2018, 07:36 PM
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His work seems a bit weird.

So, after this Christie book (The ABC Murders), I'll see if the local liberry has CivilWarLand.
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His work isn't that weird, I wouldn't say. He dips his toe into the supernatural in some stories and his stories can be awfully dark and sometimes cruel seeming. But overall the tone is hopeful.
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I'm an old grump, and I can no longer abide books with slow or plodding plots, even if the writing is strong.

I borrowed A Gentleman in Moscow from the library, based on the favorable review in this thread. The writing was excellent, and the main character was likeable/interesting. But 35 pages in I was getting restless. It appeared to be scene/memory/scene/memory, with the scenes being light on action. I put it down and took it back to the library not long after.
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I just finished The Remains of the Day and it was very much the same. I can't figure out how they made a movie out of this thing?
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I finished another Chief Inspector Gamache book, How The Light Gets In. I liked it a lot even though...
I think I need to read more of these. I enjoyed those that I read.
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How the Light Gets In is my favorite of all of them. (With the reserve of Glass Houses, which I own, but haven't yet read.) You definitely have to read the preceding books before reading it, though, or it won't make much sense.
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I just finished The Remains of the Day and it was very much the same. I can't figure out how they made a movie out of this thing?
They alternated scenes of now and of the memories.
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Currently reading "Patriot Number One : American Dreams in Chinatown", by Lauren Hilgers.
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I finished The ABC Murders and thought it was good although just the style of the genre made me suspect part of the ending.

I'm about 1/5 of the way through The Good Lord Bird and really liking it so far. I'm listening to the audiobook and the narrator seems just about perfect for the book.
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Reading Jenny Colgan's The Café By The Sea (aka The Summer Seaside Kitchen), which was my "blind date with a book" for April. It's cute, though pretty ordinary.
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Who set up your blind date with a book? Just wondering how it works.
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