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Oh no! Cecilia Ahern is someone who plots well but is not so good at the execution IMO. She is our guilty summer pleasure but to be honest we laugh sometimes when we’re not meant to.

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Try Helen Fields too LJ i prefer her to Val.

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I still like old Aggie, (Christie, that is) or was she a bloke in drag? [runs.... hides}] :D
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I think Lady P has read them all.
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I think I did too when I was living briefly with my great aunt.

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Today I was reading "The First Three Gospels" by William Barclay. This was a fill-in reading because I am reading in his "Daily Study Bible" series, but was unable to grab one of those volumes this morning because I was in a rush to get ready for work.

I sometimes disagree with Dr. Barclay on matters of judgment, but he does share a wealth of background information and points of content or application in an engaging way. In the introduction to the latest revision of the Daily Study Bible series, the writer remarks that Dr. Barclay had an amazing memory and was able to quote from many sources, back in the day when computer searches for such quotations were not available. He often quotes from other documents outside the New Testament to illustrate by comparison (e.g. he might quote from Jewish sources to illustrate the Jewish flavor of the epistle of James, or he might refer to Greek "sermons" by philosophers to illustrate rhetorical devices which James used).

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Does this read okay to you?
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Interesting image, cycling into the station in just a pair of leggings.
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I just couldn’t get it to make sense when I was reading it. Too much parentheses to flow well I think, but your point is also correct.

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SRD wrote:
May 15th, 2022, 9:10 am
Interesting image, cycling into the station in just a pair of leggings.
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marymary wrote:
May 15th, 2022, 9:57 am
I just couldn’t get it to make sense when I was reading it. Too much parentheses to flow well I think, but your point is also correct.
It works better when read aloud, a brief synopsis moving from one situation to another although the detail seems superfluous unless relevant elsewhere in the text. Otherwise it's padding that a good editor would have struck out.
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I think it’s meant to convey a busy morning routine but it jarred with me so much it didn’t work. It’s from the book I reviewed today.

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Writers like D H Lawrence and Hemingway introduced the short snappy sentence which has very much become the norm. It makes reading complex sentences difficult, purely through lack of use, so if you replace the commas with full stops and add the extra subjects to make each bit a sentence rather than a (I can't think of the right word for an additional, complimentary, phrase) it makes easier reading albeit adding to the superfluity of the piece. If you're correct about the morning routine (and I think you probably are) why do we need to know how Jakob took his bottle? And, as I implied with my previous facetious comment, what is so special about the other particularities that other things are left out, no knickers, no bra, no top, no safety equipment (helmet, gloves etc.), what's so special about leggings?
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