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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
Today
January
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Charles Dickens
Ross Macdonald
Matt Wallace
Christopher R. Cox
John P. Marquand
M.C. Beaton
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
December 2017
16
reviewed: Black Beauty (Scholastic Classics)
I remember having read this in 3rd or 4th grade and having liked it. Basically, we have the autobiography of a horse. Black B...
Black Beauty (Scholastic Classics) - Anna Sewell
reviewed: Dearest
This is a slightly weird tale, but rather fun. It seems that Col. Ashley Hampton is being confronted by his nephew Stephen Ha...
Dearest - H. Beam Piper
reviewed: The Conquest: The Story of a Negro Pioneer
This is a sort of autobiography of Oscar Micheaux's early life. He did change names of some people and places for some reason...
The Conquest: The Story of a Negro Pioneer - Oscar Micheaux
reviewed: A Room with a View
Meh... I had a tough time convincing myself to finish this book. It was ok, but seemed rather vapid, or something. I'm not ev...
A Room with a View - E.M. Forster
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December 2017
07
reviewed: Charlotte's Web
My spouse and I were trying to convince the 5-year-old to think about going to bed. It wasn't quite time, and he asked for a ...
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells
reviewed: Lord of Samarcand
I got so bored with A Room with a View that I decided to try something else for a bit. This was that something else, and it w...
Lord of Samarcand - Robert E. Howard
November 2017
21
reviewed: The American Gun Mystery
Back when I was a kid, Ellery Queen was all the rage. So I figured I should check him out. I dunno, this didn't do much for m...
The American Gun Mystery - Ellery Queen
reviewed: The Knife Slipped
Well, I thought to get some Perry Mason from the library in kindle. This was the first Erle Stanley Gardner I'd found. BUT......
The Knife Slipped - Erle Stanley Gardner
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November 2017
05
reviewed: The Sympathizer
Well, this was a difficult book, but one we should all read, I think. The protagonist is a spy, or perhaps counter spy. He's ...
The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
reviewed: Men Without Women
I'm a huge fan of Haruki Murakami, and have read all but one or two of his books. This one didn't much do it for me, but I th...
Men Without Women - Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel, Ted Goossen
reviewed: Double Indemnity
Yikes! I read this on one day, and I read at only half the speed required for success in college, or so I was told back in my...
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain
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October 2017
22
reviewed: The Cocktail Waitress (Hard Case Crime)
Apparently, this is a "lost novel" by Cain, which was only unearthed, edited, and published some 35 years after his death. I'...
The Cocktail Waitress (Hard Case Crime) - James M. Cain
reviewed: The Moving Target
After having read that Ross Macdonald was alleged to write hard-boiled, noir, detective fiction as well as Raymond Chandler a...
The Moving Target - Ross Macdonald
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October 2017
17
reviewed: The Case of the Missing Servant
My spouse thought I should read this book. It was a dead-tree book, but interesting, none the less. The interest in this book...
The Case of the Missing Servant  - Tarquin Hall
reviewed: Rebecca
Somewhere, recently, I read something that convinced me that Rebecca was definitely a GoodRead. For some reason, I vaguely r...
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
reviewed: The Argus Pheasant (1918)
Jonkheer Adriaan Adriaanszoon van Schouten, Governor-General of the Netherlands East Indies is unhappy. One of the more remot...
The Argus Pheasant (1918) - John Charles Beecham
reviewed: No Orchids for Miss Blandish
I'm not sure why I picked this one up. I'd read another book my Chase a while back, and thought it was pretty awful. Not so t...
No Orchids for Miss Blandish - James Hadley Chase
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