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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Hidden Staircase
Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene
Progress: 109/182 pages
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Robert Marasco, R.C. Bray
Progress: 76 %
The Hidden Staircase
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 111/206 pages
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 289/311 pages

Corduroy Mansions ★★☆☆☆

Corduroy Mansions - Alexander McCall Smith

It started out well, with a quirky cast of characters and funny little observations about people and the world in general. But it never gelled as a story, and many characters ended up feeling like having a houseful of guests who are at first amusing, then tiresome, then annoying, and who won't take the hint to leave. The clumsy attempt to tie together the characters' storylines failed, and half the plot points hinted at in the first half of the book went nowhere, and worst of all, every single female character (5 of them) revolved around their desperate need for men.  

 

In the end, the only character I could even work up an interest in was the dog.