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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

Belle Ruin

Belle Ruin - Martha Grimes This is the third of Grimes' Emma Graham books. Emma is the 12-year old I first met many years ago in Hotel Paradise, one of my favorite books ever. Basically, Belle Ruin is the first half of a longer novel which includes Fadeaway Girl (my take, Grimes might not agree). The first two books in the series stand on their own, the last two, really should go together, with some serious cutting and editing. I have basically discussed my views of these two books under Fadeaway Girl, so if you care what I thought, go to that review.