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Old Yesterday, 04:18 AM   #26476
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Be interested to know what you think. I've read #4, The Girl in the Spider's Web, and ATM have decided not to bother with any more.
I read The Girl in the Spider's Web as well, and I was glad I had got it on a free promotion. It just didn't have the spark of the first three. It's not really surprising, it's not easy to reproduce a best-selling style.

Also, I'm astonished to find that they did not use the same translator for the English language version as for the first three books.
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Finished listening to The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Very enjoyable.
That is an excellent book. I loved it.
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That is an excellent book. I loved it.
I am looking forward to her third book, due out next year.
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I've been reading Bucky F&%@ing Dent by David Duchovny for the book club and so far, its rather underwhelming and it's supposed to be funny, but it's not. I'll give it a go again later and see if it gets better. It cannot get worse.
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Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American Novel, and spends the waning days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.

When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of Ted’s youth tries to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from Mariana—the Nuyorican grief counselor with whom Ted promptly falls in love—and a crew of neighborhood old-timers, Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Boston winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of.
So for now, I've decided to read something different. I'm reading the 17th Spenser book. I'm now reading Stardust by Robert B. Parker.
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I am looking forward to her third book, due out next year.
Sometime later this year I'll read the second book before the third is available.
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Sometime later this year I'll read the second book before the third is available.
Me too, LOL: it's queued up after Goblet of Fire. Meanwhile, I have Anne Leckie's latest queued up after my current non-fic read.
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Old Today, 03:33 AM   #26482
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The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone
Which was most enjoyable. A fascinating system of magic and divinity, and nice to see hints of future problems.

Next up: The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn. Looking like a fun SF romp at the moment.
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Old Today, 06:48 AM   #26483
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I am currently reading The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne which a friend of mine suggested several months ago and I was postponing for so long. The book has a comic scent which I really enjoy!
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I am currently reading Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love. It is a humorous book.
It is by Jill Conner Browne.
I already read the cookbook. Also hilarious. It went into the special category of read this and gain 10 pounds.
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Old Today, 10:43 AM   #26485
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I've been immersing myself in darkest London lately.

I abandoned Little Dorrit as far too tedious as few months ago, so it was with some trepidation that I started what is supposedly Dickens's least-read novel, Barnaby Rudge, his "other" historical fiction, set during the Gordon Riots. I was enthralled, as it turns out. Wonderfully evocative setting and characters, marred only slightly by too much coincidence.

At the same time, I've been reading They All Love Jack by the film-maker Bruce Robinson, an excoriating account of the intentionally botched investigation into Jack the Ripper to serve the ends of the aristocratic and power elite. His tone of high umbrage suits the material and while I don't have the background to judge the merits of his own Ripper candidate, I am entirely persuaded by his account of corruption in high places.

Both of these books are easily among the best I've read all year.
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Old Today, 12:50 PM   #26486
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At the same time, I've been reading They All Love Jack by the film-maker Bruce Robinson, an excoriating account of the intentionally botched investigation into Jack the Ripper to serve the ends of the aristocratic and power elite. His tone of high umbrage suits the material and while I don't have the background to judge the merits of his own Ripper candidate, I am entirely persuaded by his account of corruption in high places.
Thanks for the recommendation. Having just recently listened to Jack the Ripper: Case Closed by Gyles Brandreth (a fictional account of Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde investigating the potential candidates for Jack), this looks worth a read. I haven't yet researched Brandreth's conclusion as to who Jack was, but it made sense at the time.

(And the director of the marvellous Withnail & I must be worth a try, IMHO )

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I abandoned Little Dorrit as far too tedious as few months ago, so it was with some trepidation that I started what is supposedly Dickens's least-read novel, Barnaby Rudge, his "other" historical fiction, set during the Gordon Riots. I was enthralled, as it turns out. Wonderfully evocative setting and characters, marred only slightly by too much coincidence.
I'm sorry to see you abandoned Little Dorrit. I enjoyed the view into the debtor's prison system, love of family, and there was even a mystery thrown into the mix!

Thanks for mentioning Barnaby Rudge. I'll add it to my list.

I'm currently reading Dickens' Nicholas Nickelby.
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