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Not a lot of reading over the past two weeks - I studied for exams, I did badly on exams anyway, I discovered I don't care very much and the university might let me dump this course of study entirely, which yay! Life lesson: studying is something or the other.

Books read:

Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovich - hmmm. Hmmm, I say. I don't quite know what to think. I adore the series to pieces because it's just so adorable and stuff, but this didn't seem to go anywhere? I'm worried that it's beginning to fall into that trap of dangling secrets, especially about the characters, in front of us but then won't really deliver and instead theres this plot-of-the-moment running about which never quite adds up to anything. I felt like the last book wasn't as interested in its characters as it should have been, and it is worse here. In particular, all the people living in the tower should either have been fleshed out more or mentioned less. There's a lot of time spent with them, but not enough time for them to have any arcs or even for Peter to bounce off of them in any meaningful way, and then they're all there at the Dénouement, but with nothing in particular to do.

Crocodile on the Sandbank, Elizabeth Peters - Victorian lady involved in mystery and romantic hijinks in Egypt. It started well but then failed entirely to deliver anything more than what was said on the tin. Least convincing romance ever. Terrible boring mystery. Quite racist. At the beginning I was fairly sure the two female leads were lesbians, and that the mystery was going to be something else entirely, and that the protagonists hubris was going to come back to bite her and that so on, but absolutely none of it happens and it ends up being a very boring book.


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