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Old 12-31-2018, 07:45 PM   #31
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I read a Spell for Cameleon a re-read from a book from my youth I just noticed the book cover just now changed. It was the same for the past 40 years now its totally different
Kobo shows two editions, the original and a new "simplified" version. I'm trying to work out what a Xanth book must look like when simplified. (Although, to be fair, it's been so long since I read that first one that I can't remember whether it was more serious than what came later.)
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There are some quite impressive lists here.

My 2018 list may not look as good because of so many being influenced by what I'm reading in the news and thus having a political slant. Plus, one of our children took on Israeli citizenship this year, leading to additonal titles that maybe some would have mixed feelings about.

With excuses made, here are 15 making the cut from the 75 I read:

America:
James Forman Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
C. J. Chivers, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

Israel:
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jerusalem: The Biography
Matti Friedman, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War
Yossi Klein Halevi, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
David Landau, Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem

Perhaps the topic at hand, or perhaps a sign of my paranoia:
Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt, How Democracies Die
Oliver Hilmes, Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August

The best of the non, or less, political:
Susan Orlean, The Library Book
Stephen Westaby, Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
Jennifer Latson, The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness
Sujatha Gidla, Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

One outstanding novel:
Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

And for a metaphorical summing up:
George Bibel, Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters
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Kobo shows two editions, the original and a new "simplified" version. I'm trying to work out what a Xanth book must look like when simplified. (Although, to be fair, it's been so long since I read that first one that I can't remember whether it was more serious than what came later.)
The cover on my kindle book is actually more complex. It shows the main character raising his sword and some sort of flying monster coming his direction
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My best first-time reads for 2018: (ones marked * were published in English in 2018)

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- Harry Harrison, Return to Eden
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I got all excited, I had thought a new book in the Eden serious had been released in 2018 when I saw your post teach me to pay closer attention.

The Eden series is one of my all-time favourite sci-fi series. I remember 4 of us: all passing the books around between each other. So thanks for the good memory

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The Eden series is one of my all-time favourite sci-fi series. I remember 4 of us: all passing the books around between each other. So thanks for the good memory
I read the first book West of Eden about 25 years ago, don't know why I waited until 2018.to read the next two. The storytelling is so good I bet I will still enjoy them in another 25 years though.
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