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Two from the Library: British Whimsy (And Wimsey)

July 25, 2011

I keep claiming that summer heat is no problem! Sure! Bring it on! Better than winter! I’m all good.

Yeah, last week, not so much. I don’t think I posted! I read lots, but… no reviews. I also had An Awesome Librarian Friend In Town, so there were frolics to be frolicked, in addition to books to be read and heat to be avoided.

So here are two British authors people have been telling me to read for ages. Don’t know why I resisted! Silly of me!

Feet of Clay– Terry Pratchett. Finished 7/17. Borrowed from the library, electronically, as a test case for the Nook. While I wound up not loving to read on the Nook’s shiny screen, I did love this book. I remember reading a couple of Discworld books in college, at the urging of several friends. And they were fun, but not so much that I pursued it.
This, however, was fantastic! I giggled at Vimes and Angua and Carrot, and their silly guard antics. And little turns of phrase by Terry Pratchett slayed me, made me want to underline them, or at least tweet them. I can’t remember any of them verbatim now, but I do remember giggling with delight. Must read more Terry Pratchett, definitely! Especially the Guards, I think.

Strong Poison– Dorothy L. Sayers. Finished 7/23. 261 pages. Library book.
Lord Peter Wimsey! And British whimsy! And a mystery. I’ve been told for years that I need to read Dorothy L. Sayers. To the many people who have said this: Yes. You told me so. I got this out of the library, and now I want to read much, much more! I giggled at Lord Peter’s affable upper class goofiness, and his turns of phrase. The fact that I read this, and started watching Jeeves and Wooster, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, in the same week… kind of makes me want to eat crumpets. And I definitely want a valet.

For every book I read in 2011, I’m donating $1 to the New York Public Library. Donate now and they’ll match your donation!

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