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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

White Face (Detective Sgt.

White Face (Detective Sgt. - Edgar Wallace Pretty much a classic Edagar Wallace thingie. The plot is convoluted, the characters come and go. We have some kind of criminal who shows up at restaurants with a white mask covering his face. He robs people and disappears. We have a medical doctor who takes care of poor people. We have a lovely young woman who has a bit of money who helps the doctor. She has a suitor, of sorts, who is a journalist. Then, there are some people who seem to have had some shady interactions back in South Africa and Australia.

Sadly, I didn't write about this when the story was fresh in my mind, so I can't provide much by way of details. It hardly matters. Edgar Wallace was once wildly popular, and I don't see why that still isn't the case. He plots very interesting, and garish, story lines.