The Sunday Philosophy Club

by Alexander McCall Smith | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0349118698 Global Overview for this book
Registered by snufkin81 of Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on 1/6/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by snufkin81 from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Sunday, January 06, 2008
The first book in the Isabel Dalhousie series.

Once my family and I are finished with it, it will be used to replace Frangipani08's stalled bookring.

Journal Entry 2 by kammanassie from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Sunday, January 06, 2008
Received from snufkin81 from her 'to be read' pile.
The first in a series - a wonderful introduction to the world of Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur sleuth. Set in Edinburgh part of the charm of the book emanates from the environment. I read later parts in the series before this one crossed my path and, unfortunately, knowing what happens later does distract somewhat from the story in the first part, so try to read part one first before you read any of the later parts. This has been passed on to Carlienka to read.

Journal Entry 3 by Carlienka from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Monday, January 07, 2008
I was expecting a faster-paced mystery read... there were a lot of 'side-tracks' and off-topic musings in this novel. It was interesting to get to know Isabel Dalhousie, but all her philosophising bored me after a while.
And although the novel is called 'The Sunday Philosophy Club' - we never meet the club, or rather, they never meet. So it's a curiously misleading title.

Maybe I will like the second book in this series more, since I enjoyed the second title in the "No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series more than the first.

Journal Entry 4 by snufkin81 from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Friday, January 11, 2008
I have to agree that this was rather slower than I was expecting, but it was still sufficiently gripping all the way through and I will certainly read more of this series. Isabel Dalhousie definitely thinks too much, but I'm sure I learned something from all her philosophical contemplations so I guess I'm better off for it :)
I loved the descriptions of Edinburgh, a city I've never been to but would love to visit. And I was pleased to discover later that the Really Terrible Orchestra is not just a figment of Alexander McCall Smith's strange imagination - he is, in fact, a founding member, as is Peter Stevenson, who makes an appearance in the novel!


Journal Entry 5 by snufkin81 from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
And now to continue the bookray: Today I mailed the book to the US by airmail; here are the rest of the participants:
-nynjagrrrl (US) anywhere
-InPhantasien (Germany or England)
-jaffacake (UK) #Book is here#
-k2005 (UK)
-penelopewanders(Switzerland) prefers Europe
-shewhowearsred (Phillipines)
-livrecache (AUST)
-Ravenbear (AUST)
<= Your name can be added here

Journal Entry 6 by nynjagrrrl from Elkhorn, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This came in the mail the other day. Thanks for sending it. I will get started reading it right away.

Journal Entry 7 by nynjagrrrl from Elkhorn, Wisconsin USA on Saturday, March 01, 2008
This was a nice light read after some of the other books I have been reading. I also wondered about the title of the book since the group doesn't really meet. I sent it on to the next reader a few days ago.

Journal Entry 8 by InPhantasien from Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Sunday, May 18, 2008
My roommates kept the book until I moved back here yesterday but it must have arrived a good bit before then.
Looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 9 by InPhantasien from Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom on Saturday, July 26, 2008
As much as I enjoyed reading this book I don't quite know what to make of it - is it more of a thriller or philosophical book?
I loved the philosophical passages and the way how Isabel Dalhousie linked everything to a ethical questions, though I'd have to disagree with her views on Kantian philosophy ... but on the other hand the crime elements were not that plausible, especially the way that Isabel tries to solve the case, it more resembles lucky guesses rather than following facts and evidence.
Anyway, it made an interesting read and a welcome chance from the average crime story.

Journal Entry 10 by InPhantasien at Weingarten (Württemberg), Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, July 26, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (7/25/2008 UTC) at Weingarten (Württemberg), Baden-Württemberg Germany

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Sent off to next person in bookring.

Journal Entry 11 by jaffacake from Oakham, Rutland United Kingdom on Sunday, August 03, 2008
This has arrived with me in the UK now... good timing as I'm ready to start a new book :-)

Journal Entry 12 by jaffacake from Oakham, Rutland United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I had mixed feelings about this... on the one hand I liked the story and the plot, but I don't feel it went deep enough into the characters or gave enough detail in places. A nice quick and easy read though.

PM'd k2005 so I can send it on.

Journal Entry 13 by snufkin81 from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Sunday, April 25, 2010
As this bookray has been stalled for over a year now, Myrzen has kindly donated a replacement copy.

Thanks so much, Myrzen!

Journal Entry 14 by jaffacake at Oakham, Rutland United Kingdom on Friday, August 31, 2012
While sorting through I realised I still have this, I never had a reply from the next book crosser in line, so I'll release this one into the wild as there's now a replacement copy :-)

Released 8 yrs ago (9/1/2012 UTC) at -- Trains, Metro, Buses, Taxi in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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As a replacement copy was provided for the bookring I released this one into the wild whilst travelling.

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