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Murder Must Advertise [Mar. 25th, 2016|06:36 pm]
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Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy Sayers:

This is a great book. First off, the main character, Lord Peter Wimsey, is a cross between Hercule Poirot and Bertie Wooster who solves murders to pass the time. Which is awesome. In this case, Wimsey disguises himself as an almost-adman in the 1930s (when the book was written) to solve a mysterious death and, as an aside, dismantles a sex-crazed flapper dope ring. Very awesome.

Can't say anything more about the plot, of course: it's a mystery.

What I liked so much about Sayers' writing in this book is how she handled the chapters. Most chapters (perhaps all) were little stories, they way they are supposed to be. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end, but the story both advances the plot and gives a clue or two to one of the mysteries (if you pick up on it, because it could be incidental to the chapter). There's enough of a resolution after every chapter that you never feel like you've been left with a cliffhanger -- something I hate as much as I hate to see "to be continued" at the end of a TV show (though not as much as having threads of four different stories run through each chapter, advancing only one -- and that marginally).

I can't say anything more, of course, because I'd just be nitpicking.

Other Books, 2016:

22. Effective Computation in Physics, Anthony Scopatz and Kathryn D. Huff
21. How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams
20. Sign of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
19. Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy Sayers
18. The Mythical Man-Month, Fredrick Brooks
17. Blood of Amber, Roger Zelazny
16. Understanding Computation, Tom Stuart
15. Social Class in the 21st Century, Mike Savage
14. Design for Great-Day, Alan Dean Foster and Eric Frank Russell
13. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Richart Feynman
12. SciPy and NumPu, Eli Bressert
11. Elementary Quantum Mechanics in One Dimension, Robert Gilmore
10. The Trumps of Doom, Roger Zelazny
9. Your Code as a Crime Scene, Adam Tornhill
8. Upland Outlaws, Dave Duncan
7. Identity Economics, George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton
6. The Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
5. Nudge, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
4. The Cutting Edge, Dave Duncan
3. The Nature of Software Development, Ron Jeffers
2. The Death of Chaos, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
1. Kivy -- Interactive Applications and Games in Python, Roberto Ulloa