Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Somehow, I managed to read some of the later books before I read the first. This book explains a lot about the characters, especially Maurice and Billy, and how some of Maisie's techniques developed. Two good storylines, excellent writing, and an engaging introduction to a period in English history that may seem less dramatic than actual wartime, but shows the long-term effects on the military, the civilians, and the disparate socio-economic classes.

I listened to the audio in the car, and read the e-book where the audio left off at home. Gotta love technology!

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The Night Circus

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading this book was like exploring an impossibly-intricate pop-up book that had been cut by the most enchanted scherenschnitte artist who ever lived. The detail, delicacy, endlessly-fascinating characters and scenes and situations -- amazing.

You can read the plot details elsewhere. I'll add one comment: the only film director I would trust with this wonder is Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose "Micmacs" and "Amelie" are filled with the gentle, magnetic magic this book deserves.

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