Stephanie McCarthy

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Rex Stout Redux

In Book Reviews, Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 at 2:07 am

I’m revisiting Rex Stout and have to say he’s a genius for conveying the energy and elegance of 1950’s New York (from someone who’s only visited there once, but it was for three days, so obviously I’m 412).   The chemistry between Nero and Archie confirms what I’ve known all along, you need a side-kick to have a really successful mystery.  But what I love most about the series is that the books Nero reads are books I want to find… a sure sign of success.  I need to find the Christmas story where Nero dresses up like Santa.  I think it’s in Three to Go but probably should wiki to make sure.

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Water your damned flower pots

In Book Reviews, Uncategorized on September 13, 2012 at 1:55 am

Grrrrrr.  Work is always making me read vile, dull things  when all I really want to do is re-read Gaudy Night (for the sixth time, so turned on by Wimsey).  I want to take a personal day and just read everything I want, but I know it will only end in frustration.  There will never be world enough and time.  I think at the end of my life hell will be an extended view of all the time I wasted on mediocre books.  NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Hill-a-fun

In Book Reviews, Uncategorized on September 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I’m re-reading Reginald Hill who had originally been placed in the “Boring, read only in case of emergency” pile, and I don’t know why I put him there.  Dalziel and Pascoe are 3-dimensional and interesting and the portrayal of academia is engaging (An Advancement of Learning).  Thus far my only complaint is some of the names are a tad trite, but all in all it’s good stuff.  It reminds me a bit of Dover series by Joyce Porter (hilarious, if you haven’t read them, do so posthaste-yes, I just said “posthaste”) but Porter is a bit more pointed and biting.  I really wish Kingsley Amis had tried writing mysteries.  And Barbara Pym.