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Finished Red Rising (Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star) series by Pierce Brown and would like to recommend it to anybody who likes grand space opera scale sci-fi. It's really well written, with solid and gripping storyline through all three books, great characters, and a satisfying ending. It's like a mad mix of Hunger Games, Game of Thrones (with a lot more bodies), Communist Manifesto and New Testament set in the future where humanity learned to control gravity, expanded throughout the Solar System yet still didn't learn to do without slavery and tyranny.

"Demokracy <…> the Noble Lie - the idea that men are brothers and are created equal."
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Just finished the sixth, and sadly last so far, book in C. J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series. It’s a very well written historical mystery series set in Tudor times, starting with Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries and continuing through the years. Supposed to go all the way to Elizabeth’s reign but it’s not there yet.

Shardlake is a lawyer at London’s Inns of Court with a penchant for detective work and a tendency to get mixed up, though reluctantly, in all sorts of high political intrigue. The books are complex and intricate, with a good mix of real persons and events of the time interspersed with fictional ones, and a hefty doze of contemporary atmosphere (yes, everything is smelly and dirty.)

I couldn’t put the books down and wish there were more already. Each book is complete, there are no cliffhangers, but you do need to start with the first to be able to properly follow the story.
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Finally read James Clavell's Shōgun, years after [ profile] rkatsyv recommended it. Don't know what I was waiting for all this time, the book turned out to be great. If you like historical fiction and Japan and haven't read this yet, give it a try.

Book review

Mar. 7th, 2016 04:54 pm
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Finished Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen last night, the latest installment in Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga and the most boring one to date. I kept waiting for something (anything!) to happen. When Miles showed up I went, aha, finally, but no, still nothing. I can deal with emotions and romance and kids in my sci-fi, even if I'd rather not, but not at the expense of everything else and not when the emotions, romance and kids are so bland. Bujold used to manage a fine balance of adventure, intrigue and political shenanigans without robbing her characters of personalities. In fact, one of the things she handled brilliantly up till now was Miles's growth and change through all the insane non-stop action. In this book, nobody grew, nobody changed, and I would say everything was completely predictable except I couldn't have predicted such a nothing story.
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I usually do this on Jan 1st, but my current book will most likely spill over into 2016, so the current list for 2015 is complete. I also decided to do away with my usual individual reviews, will just include the few I feel deserve a mention.

Read more... )
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‘We mustn’t touch anything till the police come.’
‘Oh no,’ agreed Gaskin. ‘We mustn’t touch anything.’
Cyril too was very emphatic that we mustn’t touch anything. We had evidently been reading the same detective stories.
So we sat there, staring about us, not touching anything. It got on my nerves.
‘We can’t sit here like dummies, not touching things,’ I said. ‘It’s so negative.’
‘I could touch a drink,’ suggested Cyril.
‘You can’t,’ retorted Gaskin. ‘They’ve taken the whole lot.’
‘Oh Lord!’ snorted Cyril. ’That’s the worst news yet.’

Beverley Nichols, “Laughter on the Stairs”
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Sang-froid, I always find, is much easier to assume than one imagines. On the few occasions in life when it has been needed I have produced it in such quantities that I have been quite astonished. Always provided, of course, that there is somebody there to watch.

Beverley Nichols, “Laughter on the Stairs”
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[ profile] avva вчера написал о "Марсианине", который я тоже еще в прошлом году прочла и потом всем советовала.  В отличии от аввы, я редко ищу какие–то глубокие психологические аспекты или философию в книгах, так что меня проще удовлетворить.  К примеру, не понравившийся авве "Ready Player One" Клайна мне как–раз вполне зашел и я его тоже многим рекомендую (геймерам, в основном).  С другой стороны, недавно вышедшая его–же "Armada" мне не понравилась, too derivative and simplistic, так что какие–то критерии у меня все–таки есть.  Пост о "Марсианине" мне понравился одной идеей: любовь к конкретной книге часто зависит не от ее объективных достоинств или недостатков, а от наших субъективных тараканов в голове.

А понравилось мне это потому, что я в понедельник внезапно захотела перечитать "Wolfling" Гордона Диксона, который читала в далекие времена, еще в Одессе и в переводе.  Я его тогда очень полюбила и все эти годы не перечитывала, боялась разочароваться.  Перечитала, в оригинале в этот раз, получила удовольствие, а уже после поста аввы задумалась, почему (self-reflection does not come to me naturally, I require an external impetus).  Я над этом чуть–чуть поразмышляла  и поняла, что мне очень нравятся люди, которые могут проигнорировать весь остальной мир и сделать так, как считают правильным, вопреки всяким "мы всегда так делали" и "большой авторитет сказал, что делать нужно так."  Вполне возможно, кстати, Диксон вообще что–то другое пытался написать, но это то, что я прочла и на все эти годы запомнила.
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Thanks to John Scalzi, the year 2015 started really well. I decided to continue my sci-fi kick and picked Lock In, which has been sitting in my queue for the past few months. It is an example of one of my favorite genres blends: sci-fi and murder mystery, reminiscent of Asimov's Caves of Steel. I started with a free novella, a prequel and an into to Lock In, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome, which was written as way to ease the reader into the main story. And it's a great story, well written, with just the right sprinkling of humor and cleverness throughout. It's set in the near future where in the wake of a pandemic new type of people have appeared: android bodies controlled by living human brains locked in paralyzed human bodies. Lots of potential for interesting conflicts. The book stands on its own but I have a suspicion there might be a sequel in the works based on some untied loose ends. I certainly wouldn't mind more stories set in this world. Highly recommend.
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Last year's reading is almost thirty books short of 2013, which can be correlated to the job move. Between the crazy travel schedule (I should have made my boss put in writing his definition of "occasional"), way too many presentations and general catch up, I just didn't have the time. I am extremely thankful to the inventor of e-books (not sure who the honor officially belongs to), the list would have been even shorter if I couldn't carry around a whole library in a tiny device that easily fits into any bag.

On to the list (and some reviews): )

A slightly disappointing year, no new names to follow and look forward to really, the old favorites did not produce their best either. The Martian, China Mountain Zhang and The Jean le Flambeur Series (all sci-fi, strangely enough) were the highlights. We'll see what the new year brings.
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It's been a while since I've used this tag for its intended purpose, but I doubt too many people would have appreciated me quoting OpenStack manuals.

You really have to hand it to God, you know, he has terrific staying-power. Jehovah against Mohammed, Brahma against Allah, Catholic against Protestant: religion really keeps the fun going, doesn't it. If God didn't exist the professional soldiers would have to invent him, wouldn't they?

Something Nasty in the Woodshed, Kyril Bonfiglioli
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I didn't think it was possible to develop something more horrible for book management than iTunes but clever developers at Apple squashed my pessimism and came up with iBooks. Since I have to turn in my company laptop I've been working on resurrecting my old MBP. As part of the the process I upgraded it to Mavericks which by default comes with iBooks. Once I ran out of invectives, a quick search yielded a way to wipe out the abomination of iBooks off my computer and to return control of my ebooks to iTunes.

Since I'll have to repeat the process in a couple of weeks, when my new laptop is scheduled to arrive, here are the instructions:  )


Jan. 29th, 2014 11:38 pm
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So, the year is 1971 (or thereabouts) and Helene Hanff is making the following observation about the hotel she is staying at while visiting London:

Lots of Russian and Czech tourist families here, with blond, well-behaved children.

Huh? Don't know about Czechs but lots of Russian tourist in London in the seventies? Families... with children... In what alternate reality is this taking place?
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Today when I came in there was only a man at the desk writing letters, he just left. He asked me for a light, and when he heard my American accent he told me he'd lived in New York for a year.

"And then one day I was walking down Fifth Avenue with an American friend and I said to him: 'Why are you running?' And he said: 'I'm not running!' And then I knew it was time to come home."

"The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street", Helene Hanff
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... he was preparing in the chivalry of his heart to forgive her and had bent to ask her pardon for the violence of his language, when she cut the matter short, as he stooped his proud head, by dropping a small toad between his skin and his shirt.
In justice to her, it must be said that she would infinitely have preferred a rapier. Toads are clammy things to conceal about one's person a whole morning. But if rapiers are forbidden; one must have recourse to toads.

Orlando: A Biography, Virginia Woolf


Jan. 5th, 2014 09:04 pm
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His will was a psychological muscle which had been overdeveloped in his struggle with sloth.

Christopher and His Kind, Christopher Isherwood
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Ratings are based on the Goodreads scale of 5 stars.

1. Sundiver (The Uplift Saga #1), David Brin (2/5)
Firstly, the writing was atrocious, choppy and disjointed, with long-winded repetitive and redundant descriptions of things that didn't need to be described at all. Secondly, it was internally inconsistent, with people's (and aliens') motivations and behaviors akin to those of dimwitted kindergarteners. Thirdly, the hierarchical structure of the galaxy and humans' position in it made no sense whatsoever. And don't even start me on the lame love story.

2. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2), Jim Butcher (2/5)
My second and likely last attempt at the Dresden Files. Too many cliches piled on top of each other and Dresden himself is just too irritatingly self-righteous, self-pitying, tragically misunderstood and plain dumb.

3. A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14), Robert Jordan, Brendon Sanderson (5/5)
Conclusion to the longest series I've ever gotten into, I remember reading it while in school, in the 90s! It's a good final book and I am glad and grateful that the series is finally finished, it did manage to tie up most of the loose ends, most, but not all. The ending itself complete with the monumental battle and the whole world involved was impactful… Yet, I felt that something was lacking. It wasn't as tight as I would have liked. I missed the "where are they now" type of epilogue. I didn't like the way Rand ended up, what's up with switching bodies, isn't that the providence of the Dark One? I didn't like that Seanchan were the ones to basically save the day at the Field of Merrilor, why would Mat let the rest of the world take the brunt of the loses, it doesn't make sense. The description of the last battle lacked the uplift of Lan's stand at the Gap, when the other Borderland armies joined his "last" assault. A bit less of the minutiae of the individual battle of minor characters and more concentration on the major characters would be nice. I am somewhat nitpicking and the lack of a satisfying epilogue is the only really truly major complaint I have. I want to know how they all ended up explicitly.
On a plot unrelated note, I am not usually a stickler for stylistic purity but homogeneous (!), really?

4. The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, #8), Eoin Colfer (3/5)
It better be the last book in the series. Boundaries of plausibility have been stretched to tearing point, the world has been destroyed and it's about time Artemis rode into the sunset.

5. Two Brothers, Ben Elton (5/5)
Reviewed here.

6. Irregulars, Anthology

7. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (3/5)
Psychological suspense. First part was a bit slow but that was part of the grand plan. It's well written, though I personally didn't enjoy it much, even a possibility of existence of such people gives me the creeps.

8. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, Andrew Blum (3/5)
Reviewed here.

9. Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1), William Gibson (4/5)
This is not Neuromancer. Gibson departs quite a ways from his cyberpunk origins to explore yet another subculture of his invention. It's not a complete stretch, we already have viral advertising and it's easy to imagine how large agencies exploit and create popular trends out of obscure hidden sources. It's not a straight out sci-fi but has a slightly futuristic feel to it. Continued in Spook Country and Zero History.

10. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (4/5)
Reviewed here.

11. Spook Country (Blue Ant, #2), William Gibson (3/5)
I like the style of telling multiple disparate stories that gradually converge to reveal the full shape of a story but this one produced too little payoff. Too much focus on insignificant details, or details whose significance escaped me, with not enough action. Perhaps the last book in the series will add a missing dimension.

12. Zero History (Blue Ant, #3), William Gibson (3/5)
More weird marketing/advertising related adventures. Too much intrigue for a pair of jeans, in my opinion. Just not worth the payoff.

13. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography, Simon Singh (4/5)
According to both N. and [ profile] a_lazy_legend we had to read this for one of our courses in school, but since I was a slacker through all my school years I never bothered to. It's actually a very good and well written summary of cryptography through the ages, including famous Enigma, Rosetta Stone, and Linear B stories.

14. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (4/5)
Somehow this year I ended up reading three very different books which touched on the subject of WWII and Holocaust each in its own unique way. This one tells the story of an orphan German girl living with her foster parents just before and all through the war, told from an unexpected point of view of understandably morbid and often sardonic Death. It's very intricately written. My only complaint was all the "foreshadowing" which I dislike and usually find to be an unnecessary and trite literary tool. This is such an unusual and compelling book, though, that I forgive it its internal spoilers even if I still think it could have done without them. There is a movie now as well, but I haven't seen it.

15. Космобиолухи, Ольга Громыко, Андрей Уланов (2/5)
Unfavorably reviewed here.

16. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell (4/5)
Reviewed here.

17. Revelation Space (Revelation Space #1), Alastair Reynolds (4/5)
Involved and complex sci-fi. Space opera with creative world building and multidimensional characters. Not any sort of light reading but worth the mental effort required.

18. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (4/5)
Heartbreaking. Very well written. Not anything like his better known Jews on Alaska (The Yiddish Policemen's Union) but more interesting and unusual, in my opinion.

19-22. The Ware Tetralogy (Software, Wetware, Freeware, Realware), Rudy Rucker (3/5)
Reviewed here.

23. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan (4/5)
Reviewed here.

24. The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War #2), John Scalzi (4/5)
Sci-fi. Super soldiers, space wars, aliens, technologies of the bleeding edge. Great rollicking fun, until somebody loses, well, his memories. Follow up to the Old Man's War, and just as good, so if you liked that one (and if you haven't read it, definitely start there), you should like The Ghost Brigades.

25. Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories #3), Mary Robinette Kowal (3/5)
Third in the Regency fantasy world of glamours and intrigue. Easy light fun read, though plots are getting somewhat too convoluted and improbable.

26-30. Parasol Protectorate (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless), Gail Carriger (3-4/5)
Reviewed here.

31. Dream Boy, Jim Grimsley
Weird and not in any good way.

32. The Boys on the Rock, John Fox

33. A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood (4/5)
Has a very good movie to go with it, if you prefer visuals. The book is melancholy and sad, with that atmosphere that makes you feel like you are drowning in the words and losing yourself in the world they evoke. The ending is a bit less definitive than the movie.

34. Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1), Gail Carriger (4/5)
Sort of a prequel to Parasol Protectorate books. Set in the same steampunk universe. Great fun.

35. Hero, Perry Moore

36. Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan
Way too campy for my tastes. Hate camp.

37. The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris & Goodbye to Berlin, Christopher Isherwood (4/5)
Isherwood created (or described?) such a panopticon of revoltingly vile characters in his stories that one wonders why he bothered to stay in Berlin for as long as he did. Then again, there is no accounting for taste and he might have enjoyed the experience.

38. The Convenient Marriage, Georgette Heyer (3/5)
Regency romance. Not the best of Heyer. I found it difficult to believe that even in that day and age somebody so brainlessly naive could have existed.

39. What Angels Fear (A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery #1), C. S. Harris (3/5)
Reviewed here.

40. The Custom of the Army, A Plague of Zombies, Hellfire (Lord John Series), Diana Gabaldon (3/5)
Three short novelettes/stories from Outlander universe featuring Lord John Grey and originally written for various anthologies. These feel in the lacunas left in the timelines by the larger novels. I liked The Custom of the Army the best, the other two seemed too far fetched and a bit more abrupt than even the format of a short story would warrant.

41-47. A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery #2 - 8 (When Gods Die, Why Mermaids Sing, Where Serpents Sleep, What Remains of Heaven, Where Shadows Dance, When Maidens Mourn, What Darkness Brings), C. S. Harris (4/5)
Reviewed here.

48-49. Julian Kestrel Mysteries #1 - 2 (Cut to the Quick, A Broken Vessel), Kate Ross (3/5)
Read while still on a kick of Regency Murder Mysteries. Had to stop after the first two books, firstly, because these weren't as good as Harris's series and, secondly, because I got a bit tired of the genre.

50. The Voyage of the Sable Keech (Spatterjay #2), Neal Asher (3/5)
Set in Polity universe, we are back to planet Spatterjay of The Skinner. Same characters and a lot more of Spatterjay's weird fauna. Very detailed and complex world building but the only characters I found compelling enough in a world of immortals and undead were one very clever Sail and one very droll Drone.

51-52. Dr. Laszlo Kreizler Mysteries (The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness), Caleb Carr (3/5)
Historical murder mysteries. Reviewed here.

53. The Book of All Hours (Vellum), Hal Duncan (3/5)
Fantasy. Angels vs. demons, but not good vs. evil, because angels are not any better than demons in their methods. Lots of Babilonian and Accadian mythology. Weird and convoluted in that "modern" non-linear looped back on itself kind of way, which to me came across as forced and contorted. There is a sequel, Ink, which I tried to get through but just couldn't.

54. Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern (3/5)
Variously amusing collection of the author father's pithy comments (as you can probably guess from the title). Originated as a blog and was good to entertain me on a long flight.

55. The Hanover Square Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries #1), Ashley Gardner (3/5)
Boring, formulaic and cliched.

56. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (4/5)
Story of a Bengali family settled in Boston, well written culture and generations clash which should be close to the heart of any immigrant, regardless of the country of origin. Very well written. I got an extra kick out of it thanks to N. and his folks.

57. Harvard Square, André Aciman (3/5)
An unlikely story of an insecure, self-doubting, trying to assimilate to his new surrounding Egyptian Jew, Harvard graduate student, befriending an abrasive, expansive, womanizing Tunisian Arab cab driver. It would have been more compelling if I could bring myself to care about any of the characters or their actions, or, at least, if their actions made any sense to me. The prose is good but the story it tells is flat.

58. The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton (4/5)
A mystery spanning generations and continents. Nicely interwoven stories of three women, their connection to each other and to the one center mystery that started it all. I wasn't happy with the notion of somebody believing their whole concept of self is fully dependent on where they come from, finding out you are adapted should not completely disintegrate your identity unless you didn't possess your own identity to begin with. But once I got past that, the book was lovely and well written.

59. Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2), Gail Carriger (4/5)
Sophronia's adventures at the Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality continue in the steampunky werewolf and vampire infested world of high flying intrigue and good manners.

60. Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1), Lee Child (3/5)
Reviewed here.

61. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park, Steve Kluger (4/5)
I like Steve Kluger. He is so refreshingly and effervescently upbeat and optimistic, bordering on schmaltzy, really, but in such an endearingly open and genuine manner that you can't help but go along with it, even when you are a misanthropic and dour individual such as myself. I like the format of his books as well, letters, essays, diary entries, etc. that combine into a more or less plausible story. His children are always precocious, his adults are reasonable and understanding, and life, while not always rosy, is still meaningful and rewarding. Think of it as a modern day fairy tale with a healthy dollop of baseball.

62. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, Fannie Flagg (3/5)
Doesn't live up to the Fried Green Tomatoes and I would have given it 3.5 if Goodreads allowed fractions. Touches on the same subject as The Forgotten Garden of not knowing who you are when you suddenly find out your origins were not what you've been told, but in this case with a lot more reason for the confusion and uncertainty. The way this confusion and uncertainty is portrayed, goofy and slapsticky, is what I didn't much care for. It's meant to be a blend of drama and comedy, I just wish it went lighter on the comedy, that would have made it a lot more compelling. I do recommend it, though, for the story of Jurdabralinski family and the history of WWII WASPs.

63. The Lost Language of Cranes, David Leavitt (2/5)
I just found the writing too pretentious and the characters boring, couldn't care about any of it.

64. Life Lessons, Kaje Harper (3/5)
Murder mystery.

65. Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett (5/5)
Read it after seeing a production with Partic Stewart and Ian McKellen. Went to see it because of Steward and McKellen but the play itself turned out to be brilliant. That rare case, for me, when I can actually appreciate something that's considered a classic. Usually I just don't get what all the hoopla is about. But Beckett's play was a revelation and a find of the year for me. And if you haven't seen the play yet, absolutely do, it's amazing.

66. Like Coffee and Doughnuts (Dino Martini Mysteries, #1), Elle Parker (2/5)
A rather simplistic murder mystery.

67. The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3), Scott Lynch (3/5)
According to Goodreads there are many more of these planned but while this installment wasn't bad at all it's probably going to be the last one I will pick up. It's getting too convoluted and the charm of this particular clever, devious but lovable scoundrels is quickly fading for me.

68. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote (4/5)
Since Waiting for Godot worked out so well for me I decided to tackle another classic. Not that I am comparing Capote and Beckett, mind you. It turned out to be one of the cases when classic label is a mystery. It's not a bad book, don't get me wrong, I liked it just fine, but I don't understand what made it so famous other than Audrey Hepburn, who, I read, Capote didn't even approve of. Maybe you had to be at the right time and at the right place to truly appreciate it? I am probably missing something but I didn't think either the writing or the story were extraordinary. Good but not great.

69. 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff (4/5)
Reviewed here.

70. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (5/5)
Now, here is an extraordinary book. Thanks to [ profile] ingwall's friend for mentioning it at his party, it's not something I was likely to have picked up on my own. The richness and complexity of the plot, characters, language, the importance and intricacy of details were just staggering. It's not a book that can be compared to any other, at least as far as anything I've ever read. It's uniquely layered, brutal, and certainly not for the faint of heart.

71. Richard III, William Shakespeare
Read this before attending the play, just to make sure I could follow the action on stage. Have to note that this is normally performed abridged, so the original has some characters and scenes that are usually not present in live productions. Shakespeare's Richard sure is a vile character but without that where would be the drama? And there is way too much prophesying and cursing going on, no wonder some of it gets cut out. It's what you expect from Shakespeare and one of his more famous plays, intrigue, murder, drama and everybody dies at the end, though it's somewhat lacking in the more impactful soliloquy department, something on the level with Hamlet, Macbeth or even Julius Caesar.

72. Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding #1), Bruce Alexander (3/5)
Historical murder mystery. A bit old fashioned in plot and writing but an interesting setting and based on the historical John Fielding, London magistrate of the 18th century, who along with his brother founded the famous Bow Street Runners.
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Reading "Infinite Jest" today came across a mention of S. Johnson, name of Avril Incandenza's tragically late dog. Naturally didn't know who S. Johnson might have been named after, and everything is significant in Wallace's book, so had to look it up: Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer (according to Wiki).

Since I can only manage about 50 pages of "Infinite Jest" before my brain starts bubbling out of my ears, I've been simultaneously reading other less intense stuff and just started Bruce Alexander's "Blind Justice". Quote page 3: I was born in the year 1755 in the town of Lichfield, also the birthplace of the great lexicographer Samuel Johnson.

Well, now I know.
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Finished reading Helene Hanff's "84, Charing Cross Road." It's a wonderfully charming epistolary novel (novelette?) composed of correspondence between a poor NY writer and the staff of an antique book store, spanning about twenty years. It's funny and uplifting and, well, like I said, charming, with little glimpses of lives on both sides of the pond starting in 1949, when Britain was still recovering from WWII and dealing with shortages and rationing.

Since I didn't want to acquire a paper book and there is no electronic book available, I borrowed an e-copy (actual scanned book) from the Open Library. It's an excellent and very convenient source for books, btw.


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