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Archive for November 5th, 2008

The Mysterious Affair at Styles continues, as Hastings continues to feel hurt at Poirot’s insistence on being closemouthed. But Hastings has some brilliant ideas of his own, of course!

Chapter 9: Dr. Bauerstein.

34:12.

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The Last Trail, by the famous writer of Westerns, Zane Grey, is the story of his ancestor, Jonathan Zane, and the National Trail. Pioneer action!

The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett in another adventure story. This one starts with an American millionaire buying a London hotel and trying to learn the basics of luxury hotel operation while his daughter starts falling in love with a prince. But there’s been more going on, behind the scenes, than just a few stolen towels! Your assumptions (and the millionaire’s) will constantly be turned on their heads. (You can tell I thought seriously about reading this book.) Fun stuff!

Trailin’ by Max Brand is the story of a young man whose father is shot in his own front yard. Determined to find the killer and get revenge, he must travel from his aristocratic life in the east to the rigor and danger of the West.

A Master of Mysteries, by L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace. (Yep, Sayers’ co-writer — that Eustace.) When you encounter strange supernatural phenomena and need an investigator — who ya gonna call? The Master of Mysteries!

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The Ring and the Book continues, as the action passes to Guido’s court-appointed defense lawyer — the devoted papa of an 8-year-old namesake.  The lawyer is very proud that his son is learning Latin, an essential skill for following in his footsteps. Also, it’s his son’s birthday today. So Giacinto de Arcangeli spends most of the book explaining his take on the case to his son, while explaining the Latin of his brief as well. We also hear every conceivable diminutive form of the name Giacinto. 🙂

So yeah, you don’t really have to know Latin to understand what’s going on, but there’s a lot of it interspersed in the lines. Mostly it’s funny at first, although the lawyer’s intended argument starts getting very creepy after a while.

Book 8A

25:36.

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