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Old 09-13-2020, 12:54 PM   #29176
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The Twelfth Card by Jeffery Deaver. I remember watching the movie The Bone Collector when it first came out and really enjoyed the concept of it and it wasn't until this year I picked up the book and enjoyed it a lot, so I have been continuing the series since.
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:57 PM   #29177
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Old 09-14-2020, 12:14 AM   #29178
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Just finished listening to the superb Patrick Tull narration of Around the World in 80 Days. Followed by a quicky, The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold. Read quite well by Grover Gardner. Made me want to re-read (or re-listen) the earlier Penric stories.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:41 AM   #29179
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Next up: Flight of a Witch by Ellis Peters. #3 in the Felse family series. I've definitely read this one before in paper, but I'm re-reading the early ones, as I now have up to #13 in ebook.
Most enjoyable, although a little pretentious in parts. But on the whole a good plot and cast. I'm looking forward to the later books.

Next up: TBD. I'll be using the calibre Pick a Random Book function, but I'm away from my calibre installation at the moment.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:46 AM   #29180
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Most enjoyable, although a little pretentious in parts. But on the whole a good plot and cast. I'm looking forward to the later books.
I loved the Felse series in my teens, but when I started a re-read in late 2018, the bolded bit was what really struck me. I got through the first six before needing a break from the overweening self-conscious 'cleverness'.
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:21 PM   #29181
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Next up: TBD. I'll be using the calibre Pick a Random Book function, but I'm away from my calibre installation at the moment.
It's The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter. The fifth in his Inspector Morese series. (When the random selection is one of a series, I read the first unread one of the series).
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:20 PM   #29182
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PGW's A Small Bachelor - interesting that in his preface he describes it as one of his favorites because of how easy it was for him to write, while implicitly acknowledging that others may not view it similarly. It doesn't quite have the Wodehouse sparkle I was expecting, to be sure.
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Old 09-17-2020, 09:34 AM   #29183
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PGW's A Small Bachelor - interesting that in his preface he describes it as one of his favorites because of how easy it was for him to write, while implicitly acknowledging that others may not view it similarly. It doesn't quite have the Wodehouse sparkle I was expecting, to be sure.
A Small Bachelor is one of my favorite Wodehouse novels. Sheer delight. I’ve just started Summer Moonshine; I can’t tell how it’s going yet.
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Old 09-17-2020, 10:19 AM   #29184
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I'm currently reading Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation , edited and translated by Ken Liu. I picked this up a while back after I had completed Liu Cixin's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. So far the stories have not disappointed.

I particularly liked this from Ken Liu's introduction to the book:
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China is going through a massive social, cultural, and technological transformation involving more than a billion people of different ethnicities, cultures, classes, and ideological sympathies, and it is impossible for anyone—even people who are living through these upheavals—to claim to know the entire picture. If one’s knowledge of China is limited to Western media reports or the experience of being a tourist or expat, claiming to “understand” China is akin to a man who has caught a glimpse of a fuzzy spot through a drinking straw claiming to know what a leopard is. The fiction produced in China reflects the complexity of the environment.
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Old 09-17-2020, 12:44 PM   #29185
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Finished up my reread of Tom Holt’s first “Kevin Godson” novel, Only Human and plunged right into the I-guess-it’s-a-sequel, The Management Style of the Supreme Beings.

For the uninitiated, Kevin is God’s other son, Jesus’s younger brother, of whom very little is expected. Both novels start out with Dad and Jay going fishing, leaving The Kid in the nominal care of his Uncle Ghost. The first book involves Kevin accidentally hitting some keys on the divine Mainframe and thereby wreaking havoc on Earth. The second makes no explicit mention of the first’s events (at least so far), but has Dad and Jay return to tell Kevin that they’re selling the family business, meaning he’ll have to move out. Instead of coming along with them in their new RV, he strikes out alone.

If you’re okay with a satirical look at religion and like Douglas Adams’s style of humor, I recommend both. (Well, at least so far. Full disclosure, I’m only a third of the way into the sequel, so it is theoretically possible that it could go seriously wrong… but I doubt it.)
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A Small Bachelor is one of my favorite Wodehouse novels. Sheer delight. I’ve just started Summer Moonshine; I can’t tell how it’s going yet.
I'm halfway now and significantly more gruntled 😁
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A Small Bachelor ended up being a satisfying 4-star read. Now back to Bruno in A Shooting at Chateau Rock
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:47 AM   #29188
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I've moved on to Jack Dawkins now, but next up is The Secret of Crickley Hall. I love a good haunted house story.
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Old 09-19-2020, 03:46 AM   #29189
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It's The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter. The fifth in his Inspector Morese series. (When the random selection is one of a series, I read the first unread one of the series).
And now we have the Morse we know. A good mystery, and I'm annoyed I didn't get the main plot point.

Then I read Whirigig World. Two very short articles on the planet in Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity.

And now I'm starting on The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. A freebie I picked up back in 2010.
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Old 09-20-2020, 04:09 AM   #29190
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And now I'm starting on The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. A freebie I picked up back in 2010.
Style over substance, IMO. Not to my taste at all. 2/5.

Next up: Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson. Part of a Delphi Classics Complete Works I picked up back in August 2015.
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