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1) Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
2) The Medium-Sized Book of Boring Car Trivia Volume 2 by Sniff Petrol
3) Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
4) Kill Your Friends by John Niven
5) Rum Runner by J.A. Konrath
6) Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
7) Verity by Colleen Hoover

Eight) Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan wrote Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which was a brilliant book, so I thought I'd grab this one and give it a try. And it was... Good? I think? I mean, it was enjoyable and easy to read, it had lots of interesting ideas, and nothing really happened. It was, like, this person wants to try out cooking! Ooh, it's difficult to cook! She wants to open a stall at a farmer's market! It's just... A bit of her life. And don't get me wrong, that's fine - but it didn't even really have an ending. Probably just read Penumbra again.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2022 10:49 
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1. The Holocaust by Laurence Rees
2. Cathedrals of Steam by Christian Wolmar
3. United Ireland: Why Unification is Inevitable and How It will Come About by Kevin Meagher
4. The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales
5. You Don't Want to Know by James Felton
6. Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore by Emma Southon
7. The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke
8. Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Hartford
9. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Bucan
10. Meet the Georgians by Robert Peal
11. Houdini: the Man who Walked Through Walls by William Lindsey Gresham
12. So Far... by Kelsey Grammer
13. Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal by Lucy Cooke
14. The Time-Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain by Ian Mortimer
15. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh
16. Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
17. Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas

18. Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel

Enjoyable and timely polemic discussing why anti-semitism is a blindspot for many progressives.

19.Speaking of Harpo by Susan Marx

One of my favourite books, and definitely on the short list for when I get sent to the desert island, is Harpo Speaks!, the memoirs of Harpo Marx. It's a charming book of anecdotes about the roughness of vaudeville in the early 20th century, and the pleasures of being part of the wealthy literary smart sets of the 1920s. I've read it many times over the past twenty years, and after wearing out one copy have a second that might need replacement too. Harpo comes across as someone who was easy-going and just out to enjoy life. I often think our annual Cottage is the closest I've come to his descriptions of holidays on Neshobe Island with the Algonquin mob.

Now, 20 years after her death, his wife tells her story, from her time Broadway and Hollywood careers, to life with Harpo, to what her life after his death (she outived him by 38 years). She talks candidly about her overbearing mother, her general hatred of stage and screen life, her family, and how she struggled to find a role for herself that wasn't just being Mrs Harpo. The most revealing content surrounds her strained relationships with her brothers-in-law and her attempts to curb Harpo's hypochondria that was often egged on by his brothers.

I would, I think, have liked more about her views on Harpo's relationship with Alexander Woollcott which even in Harpo Speaks always comes across as unhealthy (the more I read of Woollcott, the less I like him) but this is a memoir about her life and experiences, not his.

It's an easy read but probably only for those who know and love Harpo Speaks! and Bill Marx's Son of Harpo. It fills in some of the gaps in both those works but rather than just rounding out our image of Adolph Arthur Duer Marx, provides a tale about someone who was pushed into roles she didn't want and how she coped with them.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 12:06 
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Grim... wrote:
1) Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
2) The Medium-Sized Book of Boring Car Trivia Volume 2 by Sniff Petrol
3) Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
4) Kill Your Friends by John Niven
5) Rum Runner by J.A. Konrath
6) Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
7) Verity by Colleen Hoover
Eight) Sourdough by Robin Sloan

9) The Transition by Luke Kennard

There was a book swap thing at a hotel I stayed at recently, so I swapped this book for (I think) a pile of coasters. I may have been a little drunk. But anyway - SINISTER SHADOWY CORPORATION THING called The Transition takes people who are facing jail time for non-violent crimes and instead enrols them and their partners in The Transition, which is designed to rehabilitate them and get them on a path to financial success. But the main character thinks that SINISTER SHADOWY CORPORATION THING may have some SINISTER SHADOWY CORPORATION THING MOTIVES. Is he right? Well, of course he is, or the book would be boring.

Sadly, when you find out the SINISTER MOTIVES they're a bit rubbish, really. And certainly not worth spending the kabillions of dollars it must cost to run it.

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Basically, they're actually after the partners of the people that get into legal trouble, and they pair them up with other partners. It's like a really complicated version of Tinder.


In conclusion: meh.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 12:30 
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Grim... wrote:
Grim... wrote:
1) Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
2) The Medium-Sized Book of Boring Car Trivia Volume 2 by Sniff Petrol
3) Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
4) Kill Your Friends by John Niven
5) Rum Runner by J.A. Konrath
6) Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
7) Verity by Colleen Hoover
Eight) Sourdough by Robin Sloan

9) The Transition by Luke Kennard

There was a book swap thing at a hotel I stayed at recently, so I swapped this book for (I think) a pile of coasters. I may have been a little drunk. But anyway - SINISTER SHADOWY CORPORATION THING called The Transition takes people who are facing jail time for non-violent crimes and instead enrols them and their partners in The Transition, which is designed to rehabilitate them and get them on a path to financial success. But the main character thinks that SINISTER SHADOWY CORPORATION THING may have some SINISTER SHADOWY CORPORATION THING MOTIVES. Is he right? Well, of course he is, or the book would be boring.

Sadly, when you find out the SINISTER MOTIVES they're a bit rubbish, really. And certainly not worth spending the kabillions of dollars it must cost to run it.

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Basically, they're actually after the partners of the people that get into legal trouble, and they pair them up with other partners. It's like a really complicated version of Tinder.


In conclusion: meh.


Good grief that is about as meh as shadowy conspiracies come.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 12:44 
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1. A Deadly Education - Naomi Novik.
2. Sad Little Men - Richard Beard.
3. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu.
4. Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World - Otto English.
5. The Blade Itself: Book One (The First Law 1) - Joe Abercrombie.
6. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah.
7. Duty of Care - Dominic Pimento.
8. Find you First - Linwood Barclay.
9. Flesh and Bone and Water - Luiza Sauma.
10. Normal People - Sally Rooney.
11. I'm a Joke and so are you - Robin Ince.
12. All the Lonely People - Mike Gayle.
13. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby.
14. Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond - Dalrymple and Anand.
15. 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak.
16. Severus: The Black Caesar - Steve Exeter.
17. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett.
18. Ready Player Two - Ernest Cline.
19. The Gathering - Anne Enright.
20. Better off Dead - Lee/Andrew Child.
21. Call for the Dead - John le Carre.
22. Frank Skinner - Frank Skinner.
23. The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz.
24. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
25. The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker.
26. The Last Graduate - Naomi Novak.
27. Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
28. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby.
29. Foreign Fruit - Jojo Moyes.
30. Autumn - Ali Smith.
31. Leviathan - Rosie Andrews.
32. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo.
33. A Thousand Ships - Natalie Haynes.
34. Nobody Walks - Mick Herron.
35. Crocodile Hunter - Gerald Seymour.
36. Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams.
37. Bear Head - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
38. Maddaddam - Margaret Atwood.
39. Klara and the Sun - Kazoo Ishiguro.
40. The Salt Path - Raynor Winn.
41. One Two Three Four - Craig Brown.


Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir. An existential threat to the world, a lone astronaut working out why he is where he is and what he's doing, and a whole lot of science. There's a lot of hokey "science the shit out of this" which I guess is Weir's schtick, and I found it less charming the second time around. The ending goes off the reservation. But I still enjoyed the whole thing.

Fall - John Preston. The story of the fall of Robert Maxwell. A hugely entertaining read for the early days of his career, revelatory about the middle and then quite dull about the end - I let him off, because unless you're really plumping for a particular view (killed/accident/suicide) then you have to tread a line, and that means sitting on the fence. But those early days, yikes there are some great stories. Possibly there isn't quite enough on what an extraordinary life he had, which explains the later monster, but I guess we can work it out ourselves and I'm looking for too much editorialising. He does a pretty good job of being interesting without drawing firm conclusions, though a general disapproval of Maxwell is clear, but occasionally that means some convoluted writing, particularly around the death, and whether Maxwell was a spy. If you skipped the last few chapters you'd lose very little, but the early stuff is excellent. It's also a little depressing to get a general sense that this just is business - do deals, borrow money you don't have, hope it pays off for the business but make sure you get paid in the meantime. And if it isn't working, cling on, lie, obfuscate until it does (see also: insolvent British banks earlier this century).


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I used to have lectures in his old house in Oxford.

Oh yeah! He does say that the house (Headington Hall?) was taken on by the university, with not much of his time left - his old office is something. Cool.


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Now that I have remembered how to read books, I can get to reading the 3rd and 4th books in James Smythe's "Anomaly" series, about a weird thing in space.

But first! Rereading the first two books so I could remember WTF happened in them.

5 - The Explorer by James Smythe
6 - The Echo by James Smythe


They are very good. The first one I particularly love, but they are both worth a look. Science Fiction, but also about people and relationships more than anything action-based. The first is about a group of people who go on a spaceship to investigate a weird thing found a long way away in space (based only in the near future, this is far further than man has gone before). Obviously shit goes wrong and people die and the weird thing is weirder than expected.

The second is about a subsequent mission to try and investigate the weird thing, but better. Needless to say, this obviously goes a bit wrong too.

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Now that I have remembered how to read books, I can get to reading the 3rd and 4th books in James Smythe's "Anomaly" series, about a weird thing in space.

But first! Rereading the first two books so I could remember WTF happened in them.

5 - The Explorer by James Smythe
6 - The Echo by James Smythe


They are very good. The first one I particularly love, but they are both worth a look. Science Fiction, but also about people and relationships more than anything action-based. The first is about a group of people who go on a spaceship to investigate a weird thing found a long way away in space (based only in the near future, this is far further than man has gone before). Obviously shit goes wrong and people die and the weird thing is weirder than expected.

The second is about a subsequent mission to try and investigate the weird thing, but better. Needless to say, this obviously goes a bit wrong too.


If you like that, and haven't tried Pushing Ice by Alistair Reynolds, I'd recommend it.


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I'll give that a whirl after books 3 and 4.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2022 11:07 
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1. The Holocaust by Laurence Rees
2. Cathedrals of Steam by Christian Wolmar
3. United Ireland: Why Unification is Inevitable and How It will Come About by Kevin Meagher
4. The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales
5. You Don't Want to Know by James Felton
6. Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore by Emma Southon
7. The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke
8. Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Hartford
9. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Bucan
10. Meet the Georgians by Robert Peal
11. Houdini: the Man who Walked Through Walls by William Lindsey Gresham
12. So Far... by Kelsey Grammer
13. Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal by Lucy Cooke
14. The Time-Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain by Ian Mortimer
15. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh
16. Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
17. Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas
18. Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel
19.Speaking of Harpo by Susan Marx


20. All In It Together: England in the Early 21st Century by Alwyn W. Turner

It was going to happen eventually. I'm now reading history books about my early adult life, even though the fifteen or so years covered by this book (roughly 2000-2015) was only ["How many? Between 7 and 22? Fuck off!" - Kern, doing mental arithmetic] years ago.

Turner covers culture, society, and politics weaving themes and identifying connections between tem. It's amazing to be reminded of how big some of the issues covered in this book were at the time, and probably argued about in this very forum, many of which I'd completely forgotten about. His comparison of the popularity of Roy Chubby Brown compared to other acts with more media exposure was particularly fun read and illuminated the view of the country drifting apart without people noticing.

Obviously, like any disaster movie we're all waiting for the big Brexit explosion, and it's the sense that this is looming in the background that provides some narrative motion. I found his argument that it wasn't immigration in heavy Brexity areas per se that some people resented but the idea of a transitory workforce who don't stay around towns long to be an interesting take of xenophobia that I hadn't considered before.

My standard go-to series for post-war Britain has been Dominic Sandbrook's hugely enjoyable tomes. I might start investigating some of Turner's other works on contemporary history as he has a very breezy style and the same mix of politics and culture.


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1. The Holocaust by Laurence Rees
2. Cathedrals of Steam by Christian Wolmar
3. United Ireland: Why Unification is Inevitable and How It will Come About by Kevin Meagher
4. The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales
5. You Don't Want to Know by James Felton
6. Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore by Emma Southon
7. The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke
8. Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Hartford
9. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Bucan
10. Meet the Georgians by Robert Peal
11. Houdini: the Man who Walked Through Walls by William Lindsey Gresham
12. So Far... by Kelsey Grammer
13. Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal by Lucy Cooke
14. The Time-Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain by Ian Mortimer
15. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh
16. Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
17. Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas
18. Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel
19.Speaking of Harpo by Susan Marx


20. All In It Together: England in the Early 21st Century by Alwyn W. Turner

It was going to happen eventually. I'm now reading history books about my early adult life, even though the fifteen or so years covered by this book (roughly 2000-2015) was only ["How many? Between 7 and 22? Fuck off!" - Kern, doing mental arithmetic] years ago.

Turner covers culture, society, and politics weaving themes and identifying connections between tem. It's amazing to be reminded of how big some of the issues covered in this book were at the time, and probably argued about in this very forum, many of which I'd completely forgotten about. His comparison of the popularity of Roy Chubby Brown compared to other acts with more media exposure was particularly fun read and illuminated the view of the country drifting apart without people noticing.

Obviously, like any disaster movie we're all waiting for the big Brexit explosion, and it's the sense that this is looming in the background that provides some narrative motion. I found his argument that it wasn't immigration in heavy Brexity areas per se that some people resented but the idea of a transitory workforce who don't stay around towns long to be an interesting take of xenophobia that I hadn't considered before.

My standard go-to series for post-war Britain has been Dominic Sandbrook's hugely enjoyable tomes. I might start investigating some of Turner's other works on contemporary history as he has a very breezy style and the same mix of politics and culture.


Interesting thesis, given the focus on people who don't seem to want to share their homes with the foreigns which makes it seem more like a permanent thing, but actually that works just as well if you're sharing them for a few weeks as for ever.

For more Sandbrook, there's also The Rest is History podcast, with Tom Holland (not that one). I have to be a bit selective, because they're *very* productive.


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Interesting thesis, given the focus on people who don't seem to want to share their homes with the foreigns which makes it seem more like a permanent thing, but actually that works just as well if you're sharing them for a few weeks as for ever.


I probably should read more about people's attitudes and where they come from on this as it's something I struggle to understand (but that's probably down to my personal experiences, privilege, and values). Not about condoning it, but trying to see why someone like that pensioner who Gordon Brown called a bigot after she mentioned immigration would feel that way. A bit of a cliche, but I do get the sense of xenophobia coming in part from a reaction to a changing world that's passed some sectors of society by. I remember some statistic somewhere suggesting that hostility to immigration is usually highest in areas that have the least, but can't recall the source.

Relatedly I popped into town over lunch today and on my way in overheard two old dears complaining about how we sent the EU "billions and never got anything back" other than "bans on light bulbs". I just kept on walking, quietly despairing.

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For more Sandbrook, there's also The Rest is History podcast, with Tom Holland (not that one). I have to be a bit selective, because they're *very* productive.


Two of my favourite historians but I've never got round to listening to their pod. Must get round to making amends.


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1.) Seveneves - Neal Stephenson.
2.) Neuromancer - William Gibson.
3.) Sharpe's Tiger - Bernard Cornwell
4.) Chess 101 - David Schloss.
5.) Count Zero - William Gibson
6.) Mona Lisa Overdrive - William Gibson
7.) White Gold - Giles Milton.
8.) Memoirs of Field-Marshal Montgomery - Field-Marshal Montgomery, obviously.
9.) The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
10.) A Very British Coup - Chris Mullin


11.) SS-GB - Len Deighton.
The Germans have won WWII and occupied the UK, and Inspector Archer is trying to carry on being a copper whilst avoiding being caught up in resistance clashes and Nazi in-fighting. A good old thriller with a mystery, double agents and triple crosses. This has been on my "to-read" list for years and I finally found a shabby old copy in a community second hand bookshop.


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1. A Deadly Education - Naomi Novik.
2. Sad Little Men - Richard Beard.
3. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu.
4. Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World - Otto English.
5. The Blade Itself: Book One (The First Law 1) - Joe Abercrombie.
6. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah.
7. Duty of Care - Dominic Pimento.
8. Find you First - Linwood Barclay.
9. Flesh and Bone and Water - Luiza Sauma.
10. Normal People - Sally Rooney.
11. I'm a Joke and so are you - Robin Ince.
12. All the Lonely People - Mike Gayle.
13. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby.
14. Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond - Dalrymple and Anand.
15. 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak.
16. Severus: The Black Caesar - Steve Exeter.
17. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett.
18. Ready Player Two - Ernest Cline.
19. The Gathering - Anne Enright.
20. Better off Dead - Lee/Andrew Child.
21. Call for the Dead - John le Carre.
22. Frank Skinner - Frank Skinner.
23. The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz.
24. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
25. The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker.
26. The Last Graduate - Naomi Novak.
27. Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
28. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby.
29. Foreign Fruit - Jojo Moyes.
30. Autumn - Ali Smith.
31. Leviathan - Rosie Andrews.
32. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo.
33. A Thousand Ships - Natalie Haynes.
34. Nobody Walks - Mick Herron.
35. Crocodile Hunter - Gerald Seymour.
36. Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams.
37. Bear Head - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
38. Maddaddam - Margaret Atwood.
39. Klara and the Sun - Kazoo Ishiguro.
40. The Salt Path - Raynor Winn.
41. One Two Three Four - Craig Brown.
42. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir.
43. Fall - John Preston.


A Murder of Quality - John Le Carre. As recommended by several of you, I continued this series, and it definitely gripped me more than the first. A murder mystery, well told, if a product of its time. It's kind of a fascinating view of old England as a result.

The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss. I loved the first book, The Name of the Wind. I enjoyed this one, particularly the first half plus. It's extremely long, over 1000 pages, and the young Kvothe finally gets some sex, at which point the book starts being too much of a male fantasy. But it passes, and we're back to adventures. At some point when reading the first, I realised the story wasn't ending here, as this was a retrospective look at a hero's life, and he was still at university near the end. Book 2 ends, and guess where he is? There's plenty of chat around Rothfuss not finishing this trilogy. If he does, I hope he does it justice - other than the sex, the writing is just as gripping, and the world is convincing. But I don't think I mind.


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ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
1. A Deadly Education - Naomi Novik.
2. Sad Little Men - Richard Beard.
3. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu.
4. Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World - Otto English.
5. The Blade Itself: Book One (The First Law 1) - Joe Abercrombie.
6. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah.
7. Duty of Care - Dominic Pimento.
8. Find you First - Linwood Barclay.
9. Flesh and Bone and Water - Luiza Sauma.
10. Normal People - Sally Rooney.
11. I'm a Joke and so are you - Robin Ince.
12. All the Lonely People - Mike Gayle.
13. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby.
14. Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond - Dalrymple and Anand.
15. 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak.
16. Severus: The Black Caesar - Steve Exeter.
17. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett.
18. Ready Player Two - Ernest Cline.
19. The Gathering - Anne Enright.
20. Better off Dead - Lee/Andrew Child.
21. Call for the Dead - John le Carre.
22. Frank Skinner - Frank Skinner.
23. The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz.
24. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
25. The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker.
26. The Last Graduate - Naomi Novak.
27. Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
28. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby.
29. Foreign Fruit - Jojo Moyes.
30. Autumn - Ali Smith.
31. Leviathan - Rosie Andrews.
32. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo.
33. A Thousand Ships - Natalie Haynes.
34. Nobody Walks - Mick Herron.
35. Crocodile Hunter - Gerald Seymour.
36. Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams.
37. Bear Head - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
38. Maddaddam - Margaret Atwood.
39. Klara and the Sun - Kazoo Ishiguro.
40. The Salt Path - Raynor Winn.
41. One Two Three Four - Craig Brown.
42. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir.
43. Fall - John Preston.


A Murder of Quality - John Le Carre. As recommended by several of you, I continued this series, and it definitely gripped me more than the first. A murder mystery, well told, if a product of its time. It's kind of a fascinating view of old England as a result.

The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss. I loved the first book, The Name of the Wind. I enjoyed this one, particularly the first half plus. It's extremely long, over 1000 pages, and the young Kvothe finally gets some sex, at which point the book starts being too much of a male fantasy. But it passes, and we're back to adventures. At some point when reading the first, I realised the story wasn't ending here, as this was a retrospective look at a hero's life, and he was still at university near the end. Book 2 ends, and guess where he is? There's plenty of chat around Rothfuss not finishing this trilogy. If he does, I hope he does it justice - other than the sex, the writing is just as gripping, and the world is convincing. But I don't think I mind.


Re smiley, it's the next book that le Carre really hits his stride, it's an immeasurably superior book. The spy who came in from the cold.


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Squirt wrote:
1.) Seveneves - Neal Stephenson.
2.) Neuromancer - William Gibson.
3.) Sharpe's Tiger - Bernard Cornwell
4.) Chess 101 - David Schloss.
5.) Count Zero - William Gibson
6.) Mona Lisa Overdrive - William Gibson
7.) White Gold - Giles Milton.
8.) Memoirs of Field-Marshal Montgomery - Field-Marshal Montgomery, obviously.
9.) The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
10.) A Very British Coup - Chris Mullin
11.) SS-GB - Len Deighton.


12.) Westward to Vinland - Helge Ingstad
A fascinating little book from the chap who discovered the Norse settlements in Newfoundland. The author is a crazy mix of explorer, hunter, anthropologist and archaeologist, of the sort that probably doesn't exist much any more and the book is a jumble of scholarly analysis of the ancient sagas, descriptions of their digs and tales of them bimbling about the Labrador coast chatting to native groups of caribou hunters.


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Grim... wrote:
1) Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
2) The Medium-Sized Book of Boring Car Trivia Volume 2 by Sniff Petrol
3) Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
4) Kill Your Friends by John Niven
5) Rum Runner by J.A. Konrath
6) Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
7) Verity by Colleen Hoover
Eight) Sourdough by Robin Sloan
9) The Transition by Luke Kennard

10) The First 15 Lives of Harry August by Catherine Webb

I enjoyed this a lot. It's a time-loop book, because Harry retains all his memories when he's born (as you might have guessed from the title) but there are rules and another looper starts to break them and things start going very badly, from an "end of the world" point of view. It's very worthy of your time.

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