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Read this week
Or rather, read in the 3 weeks since my operation:


The Thursday Next books are brilliant, I serious cannot recommend them enough,  This is the fourth in the series, I have three more to go.  Any novel where one character can't understand another because they're talking in courier bold rather than times new roman has got to be a winner.

Thursday Next was followed by a bit of a Jane Austen-esque run:

tomalincover          place of confinement       Scargrave Manor Cover

I read the Austen biography when it first came out, so it was nice to read again and imagine myself in Jane Austen's world.  The middle book is one of a series of regency-set mysteries featuring a lady named Dido Kent.  Dido and her world obviously owe a lot to Jane Austen, but she's an enjoyable character and the books are well written and satisfy my craving for regency romance and mystery.  After that, my friend bought me "Jane and the unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor", part of a series of books where Jane Austen herself is the detective!  It's like RPF, only 200 years late!

Keeping up with my love of historical mysteries, I found these on amazon and after a bit of a shaky issue with the author's style of writing I thoroughly enjoyed them:

the-poisonous-seed         Daughters of Gentlemen         a-case-of-doubtful-death

These are set in the Victorian era, and the heroine is a pharmacist's daughter turned private detective!  They're not perfect, but they each had some very intricate and multi-layered mysteries at the heart of them.  I particularly enjoyed the last one, which centres around the Victorian horror of premature burial.

At the moment I'm reading Dissolution, by CJ Sansom, which is a mystery set during the dissolution of the monasteries.  I blame Henry VIII for everything.  Dastardly Tudors!  After that, I have the Sebastian St Cyr series to start, which is something I found on amazon and is another series of regency set mysteries.  So many books, so little time.  Oh wait, I do have time, it's another 3 weeks before I even have to consider if I'm well enough to go back to work! Heeeee!

So, what is everyone else reading at the moment?  Any recommendations?  


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sc_fossil From: sc_fossil Date: 19th June 2013 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
I love Jasper Fforde! I want more books. :)
foreverfoxcat From: foreverfoxcat Date: 19th June 2013 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
Me too, and I still have 3 more to read! They're great, aren't they? Completely bonkers of course, but great. :D
From: solosundance Date: 19th June 2013 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't read any of your books (except Tomalin) but they are all very pretty :D Jasper Fforde looks fab.
foreverfoxcat From: foreverfoxcat Date: 20th June 2013 18:08 (UTC) (Link)
Tut tut tut. Don't you know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. But yeah, they are pretty aren't they?

The Thursday Next books are wonderful. The first in the series is the Eyre Affair but I must admit it was the second one "Lost in a good book" that made me fall in love with them. The character can basically read herself into any work of fiction - the scene where she has to chair the Wuthering Heights anger management counselling session is hilarious!

miwahni From: miwahni Date: 20th June 2013 11:06 (UTC) (Link)
The Jasper Fforde series sounds really interesting, thanks for the rec.
I've just finished The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford. Despite its title it has nothing to do with war at all, but rather is a story about love, loss and betrayal. The narrator's opening line is This is the saddest story I've ever heard.

Yay for time off work and getting lots of reading done, but I'm sorry for the reason. Hope you're fully recovered soon.
foreverfoxcat From: foreverfoxcat Date: 20th June 2013 18:10 (UTC) (Link)
I honestly can't recommend the Thursday Next books enough. The first one is The Eyre Affair, and they get even better after that one. They are bonkers, but such fun and so wonderfully imaginative. Basically, the main character can read herself into any novel and the books are a wonderful mismash of 1980s AU and various adventures within fiction.

I haven't read the Good Soldier. It sounds very moving, and I know it's a classic. I'll definitely put it on my reading list, thanks. :D
cornishcat From: cornishcat Date: 20th June 2013 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the visual reminder. You've recommended The Thursday Next books to me before but I'm afraid I'd already forgotten what they were called, only remembering how much you said you'd enjoyed them. Now I can check back anytime for a reminder.
foreverfoxcat From: foreverfoxcat Date: 21st June 2013 16:30 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I may have gone on about them quite a bit! But seriously, they are good, definitely worth checking out when you get the chance. :D
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