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cath

Rotterdam's inner city has a lot of modern architecture. That's because it's center was completely destroyed during WWII. I remember the Euromast being one of the first real outings we had as a family in 1960 when it was built. Not having read Simone van der Vlugt nor any other Dutch crime writer come to think of it, I'm loking forward to your review of Eline Vere and first impressions of the Tea Lords. Just wondering: are you still planning to read On the Water by H.M. van den Brink? It is good.

Danielle

I seem to be reading lots of crime novels at the moment! I am trying to finish a few lingerers and then will get back to my Dutch books--want to get moving with Inevitable by Couperus and begin The Tea Lords in earnest. I haven't thought yet what to pick up next, but if you liked On the Water I will pull it from the pile--there are so many good books to choose from I never know which to pick up next. And if I recall--that was novella-length, too. I think I did read that Rotterdam suffered from WWII bombing and there was much devastation. It looks like quite a modern city now. I am hoping to write about Eline Vere for Friday and have lots of notes at the ready! I don't want to leave it much longer as stories fade from mind so quickly-writing about them always helps plant them even more firmly in mind! Did you get to go to the top of the Euromast?

Danielle

Oh, and I have been wondering and have never asked--what is your favorite place in The Netherlands? Have you traveled much there?

Caroline

I know I liked this a lot, just like The Reunion, but reading your review makes me realize I forgot everything about it.
Yeah well.

Stefanie

Oh, sounds like a good, tense read! You are doing really well on your Dutch lit reading!

Danielle

I do the same thing--especially when you read a lot of books like this. I have been picking up a lot of mysteries by authors who I have read before and I have to think hard or try and find my notes to see where I even left off as I forget so quickly. I always think I will read a bunch of books by one author so I can follow the development of characters better, but then I rarely do as I like to mix things up a bit, too. I hope not to let several years pass by until I pick up her newest now! Have you read it?

Danielle

I am making nice progress--certainly am doing better than I usually do with these little summer reading projects. I have even started thinking about my RIP reading and hopefully can plan a little and stick to my reading for it as well as I have done for this. I like my Dutch books so much I might just keep going into the fall!

Caroline

No, I've only read the two you've read as well.

cath

At the time we visited the Euromast the restaurant at 100 meters was the highest point. The Space Tower was added in 1970 to make the Euromast stand out in the skyline again.

cath

I'm planning to answer that in a short letter, I hope to write this week, as we have again found a nice map for you which must be on it's way soon:)

Danielle

I sounds like the Space Needle in Seattle--every city must have its own special 'highest place'. Maybe someday I will get to see it myself? The scene in the book was one of those edge of your seat scenes as you might imagine in a thriller!

Danielle

How lovely! Thanks! I am already looking forward to it. And I hope to get back to my own card writing--have had too much to do the last couple of weekends with all the furniture shifting!

Danielle

I think she has written quite a few books, but only those three have been translated into English. Something to look forward to later!

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