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Monday, November 18th, 2013 02:14 am
Late writeup this month - sorry! And not a very impressive haul of books finished. But I was away for quite a lot of the month, at an academic conference, and also very knocked out, and often not able to read so much.

First finished was Edmund Crispin's The Moving Toyshop. This was fantastic fun: a Golden Age whodunnit with many good things in common with the best Avengers episodes. I enjoyed this immensely, found it a real page-turner, and was sad when it finished. I'm surprised it hasn't been turned into a movie to be honest, or a TV version. Correction: it was, in 1964. Wish I’d seen that.

Next up was Rosemary Goring's After Flodden. I grew up in the Scottish Borders, and there is a strong local folk memory of how terrible this Anglo-Scottish battle was, though it's often forgotten elsewhere, including in other parts of Scotland. In Flodden's 500th anniversary year I wanted to read this novel set immediately after. I enjoyed it, but had quite a lot of issues. The chronology jumped about way too much at the start for me. I also found the overall plot too predictable, including the identity of the traitor, which I worked out right at the start. But still glad I read it.

My third and final (oh dear!) book finished in the month was the latest Doctor Who anniversary e-short, The Mystery Of The Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy. This featured the Tenth Doctor, plus Martha, and was very much set in an Enid Blyon-esque world. It was ok, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't stellar. I didn't find the characterisation of Martha too recognisable for example, and I think that the supposed Amelia Williams-penned Summer Falls was a far more effective Blyton-esque story.


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