Apr. 9th, 2012

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Letter M in the ABC book roundabout. I think I'm due to get N and then it goes back to A (so I've still got 7 books to come). It's been an interesting experience so far; I've been reading a lot of books I wouldn't normally give the time of day to, and on the whole that experience is to be welcomed.

This, for example, has transformed my position on the Mrs Pargeter series from 'whuh?' to 'might pick up another if found in charity shop' - which is, after all, how I get most of my books. I liked Mrs Pargeter - she is what you might get if you gave Miss Silver Lord Peter Wimsey's money and circle of friends (I'm thinking particularly of Bert. Bill? The ex-burglar.) The plot was take-it-or-leave-it - I wasn't convinced by the final twist - but it was a fun read.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10205854/
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A resource book for an age that has, thank God, passed. This dates from when AIDS was the gay plague, and before antiretrovirals. I found myself thinking of it as a sort of appendix to The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS. This is a book for a particular time and place, for (I assume) British churches and ministries that acknowledged gay men as part of their cure of souls. I found it therefore tremendously moving, encouraging (in that there were people who actually could come up with a truly Christian response) and largely irrelevant. Because I am not convinced that this would translate well to the way that AIDS is a problem now.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7567228

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