mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
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On book acquisition

The last three weeks seem to have vindicated my book-buying habits: I never know when I'll want a pointless detective novel/ a mid-list SFF/ a Chinese mystery/ something light (all senses of the word) and forgettable/ so better grab this now. Except it transpires that these are what I want when laid low for weeks by a multi-symptomed bug, and how often do I get those? Once a decade, apparently: and ten years ago it was a deep incision in the abdomen causing my symptoms, not a bug at all.

Which means I should change my buying/ acquiring habits from 'You never know when I'll want this' to 'Do I want this now?' I still have twenty years of unread books around here, should I find myself bookless; and my personal nightmare scenario of 'I want this specific kind of book right now and I don't have it!!!' has so far proved a chimera.

Gaiman- Smoke and Mirrors
-- most of which I read in December anyway, none of which has stayed with me

Three mysteries that have aged very badly indeed:

Stockbridge, The Man who Killed Fortescue
-- featuring a 20s detective investigating the death of an author, who hasn't the brains to go through author's waste paper baskets to find the incriminating carbon copies. That's the brilliant discovery of his 12-year-old assistant.
Dexter, Last Bus to Woodstock
Marquand, Mr Moto is So Sorry
-- some of the Mr Moto books resonate; this doesn't at all

Three fantasies that are fine to have read:

Banks, The Business
-- inexplicably lowering
McGuire, One Salt Sea
-- I should try some other series of hers. *All* her heroes can't be insensitive twits
Ballantine and Morris, The Janus Affair (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #2)
-- not as irritating as #1, though the title makes as little sense and the same kind of errors crop up: "The authors are obviously bad with homonyms and near-homonyms: they write fair for fare, bobble for bauble, eluded for alluded, touting for toting, grizzly for grisly and so on." From a goodreads review that also takes NZ issue with the NZ author's NZ English. Living abroad rots one's native English, as I can attest, and I think Ballantine's has been rotted.

One keeper:
Parker, The Dragon Scroll
-- Sugawara Akitada mystery, always reliable
Tags: reading_14, rl_14
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