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Choose My Next Deathventure

Reader(s), for the first time in . . . a while now, I have managed to go more than three days without reading anything at all in the Death Under Mysterious Circumstances vein.

It's time to break the fast! I will be reading the next Most Comfortable Man in London book as soon as it arrives, but until then, how should I celebrate my self-control?

Poll #1992077 Choose My Next Deathventure

What should I read next?

MORE CHRISTIE (it's not like you're going to run out)
Something by Ngaio Marsh
Something by another Golden Age author you haven't mentioned yet (suggestions?)
The Cat Who Went Bananas by Lilian Jackson Braun
Something by P. D. James
just read Strong Poison again like you know you want to
Dashiell Hammett or one of those other guys
OTHER (suggestions welcome!)
Things As They Are, Or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams
You should go longer than 72 hours without reading detective fiction.

Please feel free to supplement your answer in the comments -- or not, if you'd rather not.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 14th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
What I wanna recommend are all my favourite books >.>. Do you like early medieval/sub-Roman Britain?

Edited at 2014-12-14 04:52 am (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know enough about early medieval/sub-Roman Britain to know if I like it or not, but I probably could like it very well as soon as I read a book about it -- recommend away!
Jan. 2nd, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
*is now three weeks late*

REC! I was going to rec you things! OK so I have two, and the both involve Gillian Bradshaw. One is her Down the Long Wind trilogy, which is an Arthurian retelling. The first book is Hawk of May and traces Sir Gawain (Gwalchmai)'s growth into the knight he's famous for. It leans more historical than fantasy, but it has elements of the fantastic in it. It's not a hugely high-concept book (no crazy dragons in England or anything that I can easily rec, like IN SPAAAAACE) but it's the kind of novel I love to revisit, it's so lovely and a little understated and perfect. I love the relationships that form between Gwalchmai and his brother Agravain, the Arthur portrayed in the books, the Morgause who is the perfect evil. I love bildungsroman, so there's that too! The next book is from someone else's perspective, and the last, In Winter's Shadow, is from Gwynhwyfar (Guinevere)'s perspective. Like all great Arthurian stories it is horribly tragic and heartbreaking.

The second Bradshaw I want to rec is Island of Ghosts, which is about the first three companies of Sarmatians (peoples east of the Danube) who have been sent to Britain to serve as soldiers as part of their peace with Rome. It follows Ariantes, one of their commanders, as he tries to adjust to life in Britain - huge culture shock, still reeling from the war, and responsible for several hundred men under his command (who are fairly rowdy). I have comfort-read this book so many times too :)
Jan. 2nd, 2015 02:12 pm (UTC)
Better late than never! These sound like they could be great. Can you tell me if they tend to have a lot of grisly detail? It's not a dealbreaker if they do, but I like to be prepared.
Jan. 8th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
I just realized I forgot to reply. I had it all thought out and didn't come back and say anything >.<

I don't think they're terribly grisly, but the protagonists are generally warriors and they are good at what they do. Ariantes (of Island of Ghosts) is kind of notorious for having once killing someone and taking a trophy [decapitation talk]he used the skull as a cup and the Sarmatians are seen as savage because they (among other things) take scalps and one of them keeps a coat made of them. But they don't do that in the book; it's a past thing referenced.

Personally I don't think any of the books dwell on the detail but it's definitely ymmv!
Jan. 8th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
No worries! I don't mind grisly detail necessarily, but I do like to know ahead of time if it's going to turn up.
Dec. 14th, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, you should read Arsène Lupin books by Maurice Leblanc. (I don't know if you'd like them, but it's the one classic detective series from the period I can think of and I loved them.)
Dec. 14th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
I just looked this up! Apparently one of the books is called "Arsène Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes" and I love it already. (Herlock Sholmes was renamed Holmlock Shears in England, I guess?) I will definitely give this a shot, either immediately or soon.
Dec. 27th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
There's a short story where Lupin meets Sherlock Holmes in the very first of the series, and far as I remember the author got into trouble for that.

Holmlock Shears? Lol. I'm not sure if that's better or worse.
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