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The story of the discovery of a rare book, and the resulting mystery, intrigue and murder in mid-century Spain. An absorbing read, with many threads to follow and many subplots coiled up inside each other. I guessed the identity of Laín Coubert very early on, but it was worth keeping going to the end even so.

I'd have liked to see the female characters do more, though, rather than have the plot simply happen around them. And, as is often the case with books set in a time/place I don't know much about, I was left thinking 'I really must find out more about ...'

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10179767/
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Re-read, so as to be able to write Eugénie/Louise fic as a Yuletide treat. Neither of them shows up until page 600, but who cares?

On this read, I was mostly struck by how very Romantic it is. Vampires (well, almost). Orientalism. Sex and drugs. Nature. The sea. And also how it is really not a children's book.

It took me most of December to read, which was reading time well spent, if you ask me. This will always be one of my favourites.
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Re-read prior to bookcrossing.

Five Modesty Blaise adventures, ranging from the early days with the network, to the very last one of all. I am a huge fan of Modesty Blaise - she is one of the very few really effective female action heroes. This is an enjoyable selection, with an interesting range of villains. I also enjoy the way O'Donnell treats the relationship between Modesty and Willie. I may have cried a bit.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7972696
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Re-read, because it's awesome - though, as always, I am thrown by the narrator not being Rudolf Rassendyll (not that I have anything against Fritz; it's just confusing). And I blush to admit it, but the end still makes me cry. A bit. Next up: The Heart of Princess Osra. I wonder whether anyone's reprinted that recently?

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