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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
Tacitus;W. H. Fyfe, D.S. Levene, Tacitus
Abraham's Other Son: Islam Among Judaism & Christianity (Question and Answer Format)
Philip G. Samaan
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Karen Karbiener, Walt Whitman
Progress: 284/960 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 283 pages.

Helsinki Noir (Akashic Noir) - James Thompson

Jenkem by Pekka Hiltunen

2.5 out of 5 stars


The opening story of this anthology collection features a gang of juvenile delinquents led by a 33-year old who lies about his age, who narrates.  The narration is a bit off putting, especially if one has no clue about huffing "culture".  However the ending is blatantly foreshadowed just a few pages before the story's conclusion thus rendering most of the story as elaborate window dressing.  When I started this book, a story like this wasn't what I expected.


Kiss of Santa by Leena Lehtolainen

4 out of 5 stars


This story was what I thought the collection was going to be like.  The main character a female private detective, who can convincingly mimic a man especially in a Santa suit.  A department store is getting robbed from the inside and the detective is hired to find the culprits.  The detective's investigation is well crafted and the resolution to the not-so-nefarious crime wave is unfortunately ruined by the titular kiss.


The Hand of Ai by James Thompson

4 out of 5 stars


The contribution by the anthology's editor, like the first story focuses on the crime but with better narrative flow.  Some interesting details at the beginning of the story come into full focus by the end, a feature of a fantastically structured short story.  The adolescent titular Ai, narrates the story giving a horrifying autobiography of his life up to when the reader first meetings him.


St. Peter's Street by Riika Ala-Harja

1 out of 5 stars


This story follows a young woman having a hard time with a break up, unfortunately this very short story really didn't make any sense except for the woman being delusional.