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01 October 2010 @ 08:19 pm
Whose Body?, Dorothy L. Sayers

There was no Harriet Vane! The only reason I read this was because I'd been lead to believe the romance between Lord Peter Whimsey and Harriet Vane was something special. And then she's not even IN it? PAH.

As far as murder mysteries go, it was all right, I suppose. They are not my favourite genre and I've read maybe five, total, in my life - so I'm not in any position to judge its quality. Life being what it is these days, it took me two weeks to read this in three-page intervals. I'd totally lost the thread of the plot by the time I'd come to the convenient confession from the murderer. I also kept getting confused as to who was Peter and who was Parker (get it? Peter Parker?).

I liked the Duchess, and Bunter's letter, but I'm not sure they're enough to push me into reading any more of these stories.

Previously, on Book Glomp 2010:
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories, Anton Chekhov | I'll take you there, Joyce Carol Oates | Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides ♥ | The School for Husbands, Moliere | On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks | The Famished Road, Ben Okri | Lord of the Flies, William Golding | Moby Dick, Herman Melville | A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway | Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell ♥ | The Sea, the Sea, Irish Murdoch ♥ ♥ | Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad | Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy | The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman | The Sea, John Banville | paddy clarke ha ha ha, Roddy Doyle | The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough ♥ | The Godfather, Mario Puzo ♥ | The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, Philip Pullman | Possession, A.S. Byatt ♥ ♥ ♥ | Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales | The Mysteries of Pittsburg, Michael Chabon | Dragon Haven, Robin Hobb, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon ♥, Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby, Life of Pi, Yann Martel | Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier | At Swim, Two Boys, Jamie O'Neill ♥ | The Children's Book, A.S. Byatt | Un Dun Lun, China Mieville | Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel &hearts | This Book Will Save Your Life, A.M. Homes | Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons ♥ ♥
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kestrelsparhawkkestrelsparhawk on October 1st, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Skip the firsts!
The early Whimsey stories are before Sayers got any sense of Peter. Harriet Vane's her Mary Sue, and one of the few cases where adding a Mary Sue actually improved a story's focus. Don't give up! Try "Strong Poison," where Harriet is introduced. It's a delicious glimpse into the values and behaviours of Bohemian England in the 20s. Or try "Murder Must Advertise," which satirizes both Bohemians and partiers, and of course the lure of working in advertising, which is where Sayers started out. (Only one line in the whole thing about Harriet in that one, but one of my absolute favorites.)
Wealhtheow Wylfing: suitedsquidsw_wylfing on October 1st, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Skip the firsts!
I'm a huge fan of Murder Must Advertise, myself--scoradh, if you're up to trying just one more in this series, please try that one!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme true lovescoradh on October 1st, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Skip the firsts!
I really want to like them, because there seems to be coterie of Really Cool people who like them. It's just so not my genre, for one thing, and this felt really truncated, for another. Still, when I have time I may do! Considering 200 pages took me two weeks, god knows when that'll be ... :/
Wealhtheow Wylfingw_wylfing on October 1st, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Blast, I was hoping you'd love this! I have a deep and unending adoration for the Lord Peter mysteries, but I must admit that most of the people I give this book to don't particularly love it. I liked the meaty characterization of Peter (it's a rare detective who has a nervous breakdown because they enjoy solving mysteries), but I know the mystery itself isn't that exciting. I too was lured in by the promise of Vane, but I stayed for the twitchy, high-strung, too-intelligent, too-sarcastic, too-charming detective.

Harriet Vane is a great character, but she doesn't show up for several books (Strong Poison is the first she's in). And the relationship between her and Peter doesn't move beyond yearning glances until Gaudy Night. Truthfully, I think the entire series is worth reading, even if you hate every moment of it, just to get to Gaudy Night. All that build-up really helps make the pay-off that much more meaningful.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: disco ballscoradh on October 1st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't pick that up at all until it was pointed out - some doctor I am. Then again, maybe I shouldn't read in the res...

If I read more, I'll read them all and in order. The only thing I'm OCD about is book series. :D But I have three piles of books on my mantelpiece that represent probably a month's wages, so I should in all conscience tackle those first!