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Reading is SO important.  i cannot stress how much and i love these notations - those adorable little frogs have obviously found a nice dry place to read their books...
i'm looking into doing some work with my local library in a new reading programme; i'll let you know how i get on...
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Jan. 19th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, what is that water buffalo doing there?!

I've been thinking I should get more involved w/my library: more and more I've been reading library books (instead of buying so many books) and I like to encourage the library to buy new authors who I think really have some amazing things to offer.

I recently discovered Colin Cotterill, who is a Brit who has traveled the world (seriously, he is kind of amazing) and has written a brilliant detective series : Dr. Siri Paiboun Mysteries, a coroner in Laos during the early days of communist rule when the infrastructure has completely broken down and government/police services were almost non-existent... but the stories are warm and funny and very human, very easy to get into and identify with. I've only read two but I'm in love w/this detective series.

Cotterill is also starting a new series which is much wilder: set in Thailand where the detective is a young woman reporter with a large family of hilarious characters. I cannot wait to get the second book in the series because the first one, "Killed At The Whim of a Hat", is awesome.
Jan. 20th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
i must go check out this Colin Cotterill... hope my library stocks him. i'll let you know.
Jan. 20th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
I hope you find Cotterill at your library, and like him as much as I do; I love British murder mysteries... and Cotterill manages to take the genre to new times and places without losing the quirky characters and original ideas for stories (and all the humour!).
Jan. 23rd, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
i was delighted to see my library has a good selection of of Cotterills and by good luck, got the first one and another in the first series and the two in the next one - i think i've got another in the 1st series reserved too.
They should give me a good grounding, doncha think??
i've started The Coroner's Lunch and there is a great deal of humour, just where you wouldn't think it would be, especially considering where it is set and the timing. Given the hero's age, i don't think we are going to see him dashing through the countryside like James Bond, brandishing guns and getting very physical, although we do have him digging a ditch and cycling like a madman in the first chapters!
i'll get back to you on how it progresses.
i see by your icon you are a Peter Wimsey fan too - do you mind if i pinch it?

It's just started snowing again... just as i was going to dig a better path to the bird table! Of course!
Jan. 23rd, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I'm jealous! I'm begging my library to buy more of Cotterill's books, and I just broke down (last night) and ordered a few from amazon which I'll donate to the library (after I read them) so they'll have more of his on their shelves. I hope you like him as much as I do!
Siri is definitely NOT James Bond, but he does ride around on a motor scooter without regard to life and limb (he figures he has survived this long, so he trusts he'll continue to survive). I was just really struck by the honesty of the time and place (people suffering and infrastructure destroyed/falling apart) and the lively sense of humor (personally I've always found that people are funny even when life is hard).
And the second series w/the girl reporter set in Thailand is even wilder and more fun....

Yes, feel free to take the Wimsey icon (I made it recently because I do adore him the best of all detectives, in fact I made a point of touring a lot of Oxford just because of my love for Lord Peter. I wanted to stand on the bridge where Lord Peter proposed to Harriet Vane for the last time (when she finally accepted).

I was just out in painfully cold temperatures buying groceries.... I'll have to go out again after lunch to pick up my Spike comic book at the comic book store... (okay, I could obviously wait, but it might be snowing tomorrow!).
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