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Wednesday 10 January 2018
Sequels to May's
Like The Blackhouse both books combine the solving of a current mystery with unravelling events that happened many years before.
I'd read quite a bit of these volumes many years ago, and was alarmed at how much I'd forgotten. I found a pencilled note I'd made in the margin, but had no recollection at all of the material on the page in question. I did skip a few of the more complicated proofs but otherwise managed to follow the argument to the very end.
Although that was mostly stuff I already knew, or used to know, much of it was hard work, but I did struggle through to the end.
"Robert Galbraith" is the penname of J. K. Rowling. The book is a bloodthristy thriller and I found it quite compelling reading.
Some of the events took place in Market Harborough, where the one legged private detective met one of the staff of a Thai massage parlour in Alden's tea house. When I read that I remembered that last year the Market Harborough Mail reported that Rowling had visited Market Harborough to gather material for a book.
Published in 1964 this is mainly an introduction to Abstract Algebra.
Although I omitted a few of the complicated proofs, I managed to follow the argument up to Galois Group Theory, though I just skimmed through the last chapter that discused finite fields, Wedderburn's Theorem and quaternians.
This is another book in which I found passages I didn't recall reading annotated with marginal notes in my handwriting.