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These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...


Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
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1. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - Gabrielle Zevin.
2. The Siberian Dilemma - Martin Cruz Smith.
3. Trust - Hernan Diaz.
4. Orphan X - Gregg Hurwitz.
5. Eversion - Alastair Reynolds.
6. Orbital - Samantha Harvey.
7. Satoshi Yogisawa - Days at the Morisaki Bookshop.
8. Linwood Barclay - The Lie Maker.
9. Summer Knight - Jim Butcher.
10. Ghosts - Dolly Alderton.
11. Milkman - Anna Burns.
12. Agent Running in the Field - John le Carré.


The Looking Glass War - John le Carré. Continuing my discovery of his work. This is the fourth George Smiley novel, though he's only in it from time to time. He's definitely in charge, but only behind the scenes as another agency tries incompetently to prove its relevance to the post war world. Apparently Le Carre was bothered by the veneration of the Spy who came into the cold, as people loved it more than spotting it was saying that spying was often ineffective. So this one goes all out on the incompetence, and has an air of 50s failure all over it. I found it a bit depressing, which I guess is the idea, but it's not a classic for me. There was a radio adaptation with Simon Russell Beale which I might look out for, though - if anyone can carry this sort of story, it's him.


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1) The Defector by Chris Hadfield (the astronaut).
2) The future of geography by Tim Marshall.
3) Curious Video Games Machines by Lewis Packwood]
4) What If? 2, by Randall Munroe
5) The Relenless Moon, by Mary Robinette Kowal

Harrier 809 by Rowland White

The story of the Falklands war, with a focus on the fleet air arm’s Sea Harriers and RAF Harriers.
It’s quite amazing how they managed to prepare for war in such a short space of time, and how close we could have come to losing.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
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These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...

Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It's the first in the Murderbot series. A security android overrides it's rule set chip and tries to remain hidden etc. It's OK, very OK.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2024 18:52 
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MaliA wrote:
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These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...

Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It's the first in the Murderbot series. A security android overrides it's rule set chip and tries to remain hidden etc. It's OK, very OK.


Into the Beanstalk by J Paul Roe

This is more like it. Exceeding entertaining,rip roaring, cyberpunk adventure. Hits the notes and belts them out.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2024 21:48 
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MaliA wrote:
MaliA wrote:
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These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...

Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It's the first in the Murderbot series. A security android overrides it's rule set chip and tries to remain hidden etc. It's OK, very OK.


Snap, am listening to that at the moment. I share your critique, but a friend got really into the series so perhaps it takes a while to get going


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:48 
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1. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - Gabrielle Zevin.
2. The Siberian Dilemma - Martin Cruz Smith.
3. Trust - Hernan Diaz.
4. Orphan X - Gregg Hurwitz.
5. Eversion - Alastair Reynolds.
6. Orbital - Samantha Harvey.
7. Satoshi Yogisawa - Days at the Morisaki Bookshop.
8. Linwood Barclay - The Lie Maker.
9. Summer Knight - Jim Butcher.
10. Ghosts - Dolly Alderton.
11. Milkman - Anna Burns.
12. Agent Running in the Field - John le Carré.
13. The Looking Glass War - John le Carré.


Kennedy 35 - Charles Cumming. Decent thriller. Bit weird on the tech, might just be the difficulty of describing it for everyone, but feels like someone trying to pass on what they've been told ("use this iphone, we've put some software on it that'll open the doors"). And it's obsessed with giving you brand names, as is the Tom Clancy-a-like I've moved onto. Maybe all these authors get together and discuss 'high end' (yuck, call it expensive, or something different, once in a while) shopping.

Luck of the Draw - Charles Murphy. The memoir on which Masters of the Air (Apple TV) is based. It's more factual and less holyeffingshitbulletbulletflak than the TV series, but interesting enough. Long appendices listing every plane and crew make it look longer than it is. Good testimony.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2024 18:38 
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MaliA wrote:
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These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...

Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It's the first in the Murderbot series. A security android overrides it's rule set chip and tries to remain hidden etc. It's OK, very OK.

Into the Beanstalk by J Paul Roe

This is more like it. Exceeding entertaining,rip roaring, cyberpunk adventure. Hits the notes and belts them out.


Merckx - Half Man Half bike by William Fotherington

Cyberpunk adventure in which an enhanced humanoid is a taxi cab for the upper classes. No only kidding. It's a well written and interesting biography of Eddie Merckx

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
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MaliA wrote:
MaliA wrote:
ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...

Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It's the first in the Murderbot series. A security android overrides it's rule set chip and tries to remain hidden etc. It's OK, very OK.


I’m reading the latest. It isn’t very good. I literally feel like I’m just reading each word to get through the book

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
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MaliA wrote:
MaliA wrote:
ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...

Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It's the first in the Murderbot series. A security android overrides it's rule set chip and tries to remain hidden etc. It's OK, very OK.


Snap, am listening to that at the moment. I share your critique, but a friend got really into the series so perhaps it takes a while to get going

I’ve been pondering this. I’m really disliking the latest book. Too many 2D characters with very little plot. I’ve read all of them, and this is definitely the weakest and I can’t really remember anything about the others. So, let’s be polite, and call it marmite. I certainly wouldn’t recommend continuing if you don’t like the first book.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2024
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2024 14:50 
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1.) The Third World War - General Sir John Hackett, GCB, CBE, DSO & Bar, MC, MA, B.Litt, LL.D
2.) Maigret and the Nahour Case - Georges Simenon
3.) The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard To Be Happy - Michael Foley
4.) The High Window - Raymond Chandler
5.) As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee


6.) Ramage - Dudley Pope
Mr Pope read the Hornblowers and thought "Hornblower thinks too much. And is too sad. And can't do cool things like kill Frenchmen with a throwing knife. I shall fix this." It's no classic of the genre and he's no CS Forester or Patrick O'Brian but they're a pretty decent read and I might keep an eye out for the next one.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2024 12:28 
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1. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - Gabrielle Zevin.
2. The Siberian Dilemma - Martin Cruz Smith.
3. Trust - Hernan Diaz.
4. Orphan X - Gregg Hurwitz.
5. Eversion - Alastair Reynolds.
6. Orbital - Samantha Harvey.
7. Satoshi Yogisawa - Days at the Morisaki Bookshop.
8. Linwood Barclay - The Lie Maker.
9. Summer Knight - Jim Butcher.
10. Ghosts - Dolly Alderton.
11. Milkman - Anna Burns.
12. Agent Running in the Field - John le Carré.
13. The Looking Glass War - John le Carré.
14. Kennedy 35 - Charles Cumming.
15. Luck of the Draw - Charles Murphy.


Marc Cameron - Tom Clancy's Code of Honour (Jack Ryan). Pretty good, more adventure with Jack Ryan, Chavez and Clark making the hard decisions. Keeps up the oo-rah tone of Clancy's books, and thankfully modernised, with no-one now 'lighting up' a computer. There's a subplot that disappears for too long, but it holds together and I kept reading. Not quite as intense as the early Clancy ones, but the good-bad narrative is more complicated now.

Raynor Winn - Landlines. Salt Path author continues to walk with her husband whose degenerative condition has always improved with long walks before. But surely it can't this time? She's hard on herself, I'm certain she's thoughtful and lovely in person, but her self-reflection comes across as a bit more critical than anyone else would be. It's not at all annoying, mind. They meet people on the way and those interactions are often the beating heart of what I thought was originally an extended love letter to her husband. Lovely book, just like the others. And there's a running joke of people recommending her own book to her that made me laugh every time.

Mick Herron - Spook Street. Kindle bargain, no.4 in the series, and I couldn't resist getting ahead of the TV adaptation. I don't think I've read another series where the TV characters then inform reading the book - probably Morse and Frost have done similar, though. But I wonder if I'd have found Jackson Lamb in the book as funny without having 'seen' him through Gary Oldman. It is laugh out loud funny, often, as a result.


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1. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
2. Around the World in 80 Games: a mathematician unlocks the secrets of the greatest games by Marcus du Sautoy


3. I, Partridge by Alan Partridge

2011 celeb memoir. Very hard not to read it in his voice.

4. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Easy and cosy crime thriller that could do with being 50% shorter and dropping all the needless details and references that will date quickly. Felt like a Nanowrimo attempt to get the word count up at times.


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2011 celeb memoir. Very hard not to read it in his voice.

The audiobook, read in character by Steve Coogan, is masterful.


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1) The Defector by Chris Hadfield (the astronaut).
2) The future of geography by Tim Marshall.
3) Curious Video Games Machines by Lewis Packwood]
4) What If? 2, by Randall Munroe
5) The Relenless Moon, by Mary Robinette Kowal
6)Harrier 809 by Rowland White


7) Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis. A sci-fi tale of alien visitors on earth in 2007 getting exposed. It's ok, but didn't grab me as much as I'd have expected


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2. Spaceship Thrive - Ginger Booth
3. Terry Pratchett- a life in footnotes - Rob Wilkins.


4: Interplanetary Thrive - Ginger Booth

I quite like this series, the books are about 5 hours long, so not a massive read, and I like the characters. It is about them trying to save a colony after they have left earth.


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Five months there. Five months back.

And seven months waiting for the planets to align. In a tiny ship never meant for deep space.

Denali is one hell of a trip.

But the leading mind in nanite medicine is stranded there. Captain Sass Collier wants him back, to cure failure to thrive syndrome in her own colony.

Each of the crew has a motive to embrace the risk. The lucky ones wish for adventure. Adventure is assured.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2024 18:58 
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1.) The Third World War - General Sir John Hackett, GCB, CBE, DSO & Bar, MC, MA, B.Litt, LL.D
2.) Maigret and the Nahour Case - Georges Simenon
3.) The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard To Be Happy - Michael Foley
4.) The High Window - Raymond Chandler
5.) As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee
6.) Ramage - Dudley Pope


7.) The Ship That Died of Shame - Nicholas Monsarrat
Quite a neat little book of short stories from the The Cruel Sea guy. All are good but all but the title story are fairly inconsequential and I doubt I'll remember them in a year. He appears to written a heck of a lot more books than I though so I've got even more to add to my "To Read" list.


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1. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - Gabrielle Zevin.
2. The Siberian Dilemma - Martin Cruz Smith.
3. Trust - Hernan Diaz.
4. Orphan X - Gregg Hurwitz.
5. Eversion - Alastair Reynolds.
6. Orbital - Samantha Harvey.
7. Satoshi Yogisawa - Days at the Morisaki Bookshop.
8. Linwood Barclay - The Lie Maker.
9. Summer Knight - Jim Butcher.
10. Ghosts - Dolly Alderton.
11. Milkman - Anna Burns.
12. Agent Running in the Field - John le Carré.
13. The Looking Glass War - John le Carré.
14. Kennedy 35 - Charles Cumming.
15. Luck of the Draw - Charles Murphy.
16. Marc Cameron - Tom Clancy's Code of Honour (Jack Ryan)
17. Raynor Winn - Landlines.
18. Mick Herron - Spook Street.


Rachel Joyce - The Music Shop. Whimsical story of a parade of shops, including a music shop that sells only vinyl records. She does whimsy very well, and it's a lovely book.

Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant. Story of the ancient Britons. Lore and weirdness in the air all around as people explore ancient britain and what on earth is going on post Arthur. Kind of about Britons and Saxons, kind of about life and death. I really enjoyed it.

Alexander Mccall Smith - From a Far and Lovely Country. I'm in Africa, only about 10 hours from the Botswana border, so it felt right to be reading this. Actually heard people in the street refer to people in passing 'Rra' (uncle/esteemed elder gent) and 'Mma', which was as much of a thrill as the first time I saw a yellow school bus for real in the US. You know what you're getting with these books, but he captures something and this is as much of a pleasure as the others.


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These Burning Stars - Bethany Jacobs entertaining enough romp where two government agents try and track down a rebel across the stars. The "drinks a lot (mainly spirits), fights, and promiscuous" portrayal of "strong women characters" is getting tired, though.

The House at Phantom Park - Graham Masterson

Horror story about a property developer having issues with a haunted house. There's a decent story in there's but the characters are appalling stereotypes and the writing clunky at times. There's better about.

3. Fake Heroes - Otto English a peer behind the curtain at a selection of venerated people. It's interesting, but appalling edited in places.

The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French Cycling William Fotherington

It's a book about a Breton cyclist. It's brilliantly written ,and I recommend it even to non cycling fans.

Also, fans of the grauniad coverage of sporting events will enjoy this...

Nettle and Bone - T Kingston princess sets off on a quest to murder a prince. There's magic and all sorts in this joyful book.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It's the first in the Murderbot series. A security android overrides it's rule set chip and tries to remain hidden etc. It's OK, very OK.

Into the Beanstalk by J Paul Roe

This is more like it. Exceeding entertaining,rip roaring, cyberpunk adventure. Hits the notes and belts them out.

Merckx - Half Man Half bike by William Fotherington

Cyberpunk adventure in which an enhanced humanoid is a taxi cab for the upper classes. No only kidding. It's a well written and interesting biography of Eddie Merckx


The Looking Glass by J Paul Roe

Cyberpunk shenanigans continue in this page turning adventure. Some slight wobbles but it stays in the tracks and continues to be enjoyable

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2. Around the World in 80 Games: a mathematician unlocks the secrets of the greatest games by Marcus du Sautoy
3. I, Partridge by Alan Partridge
4. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman


5.Femina by Janina Ramirez

Enthusiastic look at women in the middle ages. My only gripe is that while there are plenty of photographs, a few colour plates would have really shown the beauty of some of the manuscripts featured. Thankfully most were easy to find online.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2024 18:13 
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1.) The Third World War - General Sir John Hackett, GCB, CBE, DSO & Bar, MC, MA, B.Litt, LL.D
2.) Maigret and the Nahour Case - Georges Simenon
3.) The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard To Be Happy - Michael Foley
4.) The High Window - Raymond Chandler
5.) As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee
6.) Ramage - Dudley Pope
7.) The Ship That Died of Shame - Nicholas Monsarrat

8.) The Scandal of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
A collection of cheery short stories where Father Brown solves murders by being wise and seeing things how they really are. I've read some of these before I think, though, but certainly not all of them.


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