Blandings Castle and Elsewhere ★★★★☆

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Title: Blandings Castle and Elsewhere
Series: Blandings Castle #5
Authors: PG Wodehouse
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Humor
Pages: 229
Words: 82.5K



The first six stories all take place at the book’s namesake Blandings Castle; they are set some time between the events of Leave it to Psmith (1923) and those of Summer Lightning (1929). Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle is depicted as a gentleman farmer, growing prize pumpkins and especially concerned with his prize pig, Empress of Blandings; he is also concerned with his nieces and nephews as well as the love life of his younger son Freddie Threepwood. The seventh story concerns Bobbie Wickham, an acquaintance and sometime fiancée of Bertie Wooster, who also appears in three of the stories in Mr Mulliner Speaking. The last five are narrated by Mr Mulliner and are set in Hollywood among the movie studios that Wodehouse knew from his time as a screenwriter in 1930–31.

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My Thoughts:

A nice light collection of short stories. The Blandings Castle short stories were everything I could have wanted and were close to a 4.5star rating. Sadly, the rest of the short stories about others aren’t as good. In fact, the one with Bobbie Wickham annoyed me to no end. Wickham is the most annoying girl ever and I didn’t like her in the Jeeves & Wooster stories and I certainly didn’t like her here. The hollywood movie stories simply reinforced my views on Hollywood as a den of iniquity that makes Mos Eisley look like a convent by comparison.

I had dipped my toes back into the Gulag Archipelago this past weekend as I was feeling pretty good after reading MHI Bloodlines and I was only able to get through 5 percent on my kindle before I had to stop. Even One Piece yesterday didn’t really get me out of the funk it put me in. Thankfully, this did the trick. Not that I’m recommending that course of action to any of you, but if you do ever decide to read Gulag, then have some lighter material on hand, you’ll sorely need it.

And I’m done. I’m getting worded out here folks. It is a good thing it is almost the end of the month. I’ll have to come up with some sort of plan to change things for June. That gives me just over a week to think of something and talk about it in the monthly roundup & ramblings.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

19 thoughts on “Blandings Castle and Elsewhere ★★★★☆

    1. Is Ionicus an artist?

      I’ve got 10-12 books in this blandings series and there 15-20 in the Jeeves one and then you have wodehouses’s other series so that’s a lot of work to keep one guy busy!


    1. Just a word of warning. Space it out. In all serious. It is like cotton candy. Small doses far apart are really, really, REALLY good. But to often or to quickly and you’ll be heaving your guts in no time.

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  1. Based on those you’ve read do you think there’s any benefit to reading Wodehouse books in any particular order? One of these days I’ll want to try another one but haven’t done any research yet on whether his series are linear or somewhat standalone. I did enjoy his humor in the one I read.

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    1. I think you can read any of his books in any order but he does introduce characters a bit better when first introduced instead of 5 books in. He still introduces them 5 books in, but by then you as the reader have read some of their adventures and know a bit more about them.
      It would be like adding soy sauce to your vegetable fried rice. The VFR is just fine by itself but the soy sauce makes it tastier.

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    1. Nah, when I’m out of words, I don’t force myself. I used to, but then it was like using a broken arm. Everything just made it worse.
      So now I wait until I can get something out, no matter how long it takes 🙂

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