review: the quickening maze

The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds (2009) The Quickening Maze belongs to the genre of historical fiction.  It takes actual events in the lives of its three primary characters—English poets John Clare and Alfred, Lord Tennyson and medical doctor Matthew Allen—and fictionalizes those events.  According to the back cover and the acknowledgements, the events in... Continue Reading →

review: the woman in black

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1983) The Woman in Black is the story of Arthur Kipps, an English solicitor.  The narrative opens with Kipps as a man of about fifty years of age enjoying Christmas Eve with his wife and children.  As the evening unfolds, the children begin telling ghost stories, and eventually... Continue Reading →

review: a man called jones

A Man Called Jones by Julian Symons (1947) This novel features Julian Symons’ Inspector Bland of Scotland Yard.  It is the second novel in which Inspector Bland appears (the first being The Immaterial Murder Case).  These are the only two novels I have read by Symons but my impression so far is that they do... Continue Reading →

a less caffeinated me

I love coffee. The sound of my coffee maker and the smell of coffee brewing, cradling the warm cup in my hands, and the first taste of the morning--these are the loveliest parts of my morning routine.  Perhaps because the act of making and drinking my morning coffee involves nearly all of my senses. It's... Continue Reading →

review: mort

Mort by Terry Pratchett (1987) Mort is the first book in the Death story arc of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, and the fourth book in the series overall.  If you’re new to the Discworld series, I highly recommend reading the books in publication order (though some readers will recommend reading each story arc... Continue Reading →

sunday ROW80 check-in ~ #7

Today's check-in may be more of a reflection than an update.  It may also be a bit disjointed; if it is, apologies in advance. It's Day 35 of Round 3 of ROW80.  I was just entering today's wordcount into the spreadsheet I've been keeping to track my progress toward my goals, and I realized that... Continue Reading →

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