[DWJ] Cold Comfort Farm was Best of 2017??

Emma Comerford comerford.emma at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 04:25:23 EST 2017


I wasn’t that fussed with Gentleman Jole, either, Gili. I didn’t dislike it, but like you thought the plot was a bit thin. It felt a bit tired too, like Bujold just wanted to wrap it all up.

Thanks for all the wonderful recommendations everyone!

> On 22 Jan 2017, at 7:11 pm, Gili Bar-Hillel <gbhillel at netvision.net.il> wrote:
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> So many responded that I thought maybe best to set up a Google spreadsheet
> that everyone can view. But I've never done this before, so I hope I
> haven't messed up! The link is:
> 
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IRRtBgwjtH8_cOhUZ2HUohbuD_GyKEc-POBARIB0tCc/edit?usp=sharing
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> I thought of a couple more books I really enjoyed that haven't been
> mentioned here yet.
> 
> "Windswept" by Adam Rakunas is SF that reminded me a bit of Bujold, in that
> - other than the main mystery plot - it follows a bright, underachieving
> protagonist navigating a world of villainous petty bureaucrats and small
> minded idiots.
> 
> "Of Sorrow and Such" by Angela Slatter. This novella is so moving, and
> wise, and beautifully written. I don't know why I haven't read everything
> else by her yet, maybe because it's such rich, heady stuff and nowadays I'm
> often too tired to read books I know will not be any kind of fluff.
> 
> A guilty pleasure of mine are the Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs.
> One thing I'm liking about the series is that it is honestly developing
> from book to book: issues shift, Mercy and others are scarred by events of
> past books, there's a progression, which means that the books really do
> need to be read in order and are not just more of the same.
> 
> Am I the only one who DISLIKED Bujold's "Gentleman Jole"? Without spoiling
> too much, it felt a bit like filler material, not enough happening in the
> actual plot, just enough to set up the next book, maybe. Also a really icky
> feeling akin to walking in on your parents having sex. But I liked the
> Penric novellas just fine.
> 
> Congratulations to the newly engaged, and to Melissa on her newest book!
> Hope the dentist appointment went painlessly. My daughter also wants to be
> an animator!
> 
> Deborah, was it "Smek for President" you wanted to check out, or the Hebrew
> translation of "The True Meaning of Smekday"? The book was translated by
> Noa Shavit, who seemed to navigate JLo's quirks intuitively. I can't
> exactly describe what she did in Hebrew, but his language does stand out as
> different - stiff and childish at the same time - but also makes perfect
> sense in Hebrew, much as the English does.
> 
> And Jameela, of course you are welcome to share with Rene and whomever you
> feel would be interested.
> 
> Gili
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> On Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 2:59 AM, Kathleen Jennings <
> kathleen.jennings at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> It was so *cheerful* - I kept expecting something dreadful to happen, and
>> Flora to get her comeuppance. It helped that I read it immediately after my
>> (first!) reading of Georgette Heyer's *The Foundling* which is also about
>> well-intentioned people mostly muddling through.
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