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Who or whom?

The excessive length of this rather cumbersome sentence from Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which begins 5 lines before the section photographed, is awkward…

But am I having a brain freeze moment here?

My brain balks at the clumsiness of the whom in the following sentence.

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I kind of know it is right and can probably conjure up an explanation which is likely to use phrases like

it is an objective relative pronoun introducing a relative clause in which Ricky is the object of the verb phrase “surprised to see” which would naturally attract the personal pronoun him if re-written as “I was surprised to see him lingering near the punch bowl”.

But it still feels awkward.

As I say, possibly a minor inherent awkwardness exacerbated by an excessively long sentence.

Editors, where was your red pencil?

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My Year In Books: To Be Read In 2015

So many books; so little time.

Even before 2015 starts, there are so many which I still have to read from last year … and then ones I got for Christmas!

I am thoroughly enjoying both David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks and Ali Smith’s How To Be Both, both of which were nominated for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Not to mention this year’s winner, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North which I’ve not started yet.

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I’m also very much looking forward to continuing C. J. Sansom’s newest Shardlake novel, Lamentation which my gorgeous Mrs P. got me for Christmas.

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And then there’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs all three of which I got for Christmas too!

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And then there are the books I’ve not had time to read yet this year and are sat on a shelf or my ereader waiting like an unwanted dog in the pens of a dogs’ home: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler, The Martian by Andy Weir, The Book Of Strange New Things by Michael Faber.

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And for light relief, I’m still looking forward to Horowitz’ House of Silk and Moriarty!

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That is a lot of books lining up… and I’ve not checked yet to see which categories in the reading challenge they might be able to tick off!