Here There Be Books (BL)

I love books with great characters who go on adventures and/or solve mysteries re: invading aliens/vampires/etc. I blog about those books at Here There Be Books!


This is the BookLikes thingy for HTBB.

The Daffodil Mystery

The Daffodil Murder - Edgar Wallace Yay: Decent mystery. Weird balance of non-racist/racist portrayal of a Chines character (he speaks excellent English, he's a great detective, and he solves things faster and quicker than the non-Chinese detective does. His Chinese, however, is written weirdly and he's "inscrutable," among other stereotypical things).Nay: Almost everything else. "I only know two things about you but I love you and want to marry you." "Heroines" who faint so much I'm surprised they can even function indepandently of the hero. The mystery goes on for way too long after the reveal of the solution.Verdict: I basically hated it. The writing is the sort of thing you'd expect from Edgar Wallace, but I was hoping for more spice in the female character than what we actually got. I'd read another of his mysteries just to see if it's better than this one, but not any time soon.

Currently reading

The Kingdom of Little Wounds
Susann Cokal
Progress: 92/576 pages
The Glass Demon
Helen Grant
Progress: 10/305 pages
The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
William Kalush, Larry Sloman
The Silver Chair
C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes
Angel Lawson
Countdown City
Ben H. Winters
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales
Holly Black, Kelley Armstrong, Rick Yancey, Neil Gaiman, Carrie Ryan, Saladin Ahmed, Melissa Marr, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Tim Pratt, Gene Wolfe, Garth Nix, Charles Vess
Nicola Griffith
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic