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Old 06-26-2020, 11:50 AM   #28966
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Just finished reading The Shooting at Chateau Rock, the latest Bruno, Chief of Police novel from Martin Walker. Delightful, as always. And the audio version, narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie, was also superb.

Now, back to Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin, which I am quite enjoying.
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:06 PM   #28967
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Old 06-26-2020, 01:21 PM   #28968
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Just finished reading The Shooting at Chateau Rock, the latest Bruno, Chief of Police novel from Martin Walker. Delightful, as always. And the audio version, narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie, was also superb.

Now, back to Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin, which I am quite enjoying.
I read it a about a week or so ago. My wife is reading it right now.
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Old 06-26-2020, 02:46 PM   #28969
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I read it a about a week or so ago. My wife is reading it right now.
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I'm assuming you mean the Bruno. Even though I bought it on the release date, I deliberately held off reading it until the Audible version was available. I actually prefer the Robert Ian MacKenzie narrations, in no small part because my French is so atrocious that even in my own head it sounds egregious. <rueful grimace>

Later this summer, I'll likely read the eBook.
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Old 06-26-2020, 02:56 PM   #28970
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Yes I meant Bruno. We are going to listen to the Audible version in August when my wife is in the hospital recovering from a scheduled surgery.
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:07 PM   #28971
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I just finished Dr. Bonnie Henry's Soap and Water & Common Sense. Superb. Easily understood, scientifically rigorous, and written by someone who has been involved in the fight against Ebola, SARS and Polio. Highly recommended.

While this book was written before the current pandemic, Dr. Henry, as the B.C. Provincial Health Officer, has been leading the fight here in British Columbia against Covid-19. And we are very, very, very fortunate that she has, and that the Provincial government has let her.

If you read this book, I promise you will wash your hands more often, and more thoroughly. And you could well save your life and the lives of those close to you.
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Old 06-27-2020, 02:55 PM   #28972
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My review of By Your Side, by Kasie West:-

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Once I tried to write something. I wrote two chapters. Sent them to a dear friend, expecting any sort of feedback. But I knew from her silence that what I'd written was abysmal. This book was almost as bad as my efforts at writing.
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Old 06-27-2020, 04:35 PM   #28973
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Next up: another random choice: Fantasy Magazine #3. Part of a bundle of the magazine issue bought in June 2015.

(Random choice was actually a later issue, but in the case of series, I'm always going to drop back to the next unread one.)
"Manuel and the Magic Fox" by Ekaterina Sedia was delightful.
"Black Eyed Moon" by Darby Harn was good but sad
"Salt Wine" by Peter S. Beagle was brilliant (but a bit sad)
"Watch Dog" by Hannah Wolf Brown was OK but sad
"Susano's Comb" by Jeannette Westwood was OK but sad.
"The Dawn Walker" by Marly Youmans I didn't really get, but sad.
"Boy On A Bicycle" by M. Thomas was just sad.
"There is no Rice Pudding In the Sea" by Anna Tambour was quite weird but quite good.
"The Green House" by Sandra McDonald was OK. And with a hopeful ending.
"Trees, Like Candles, Dripping Wax" by Resa Nelson was good. And not sad.
"Fortunate Brave" by Leslie Claire Walker was weird and too short to make sense.
"Hungry Ghosts" by M. E. Palmer I didn't like, and was too long, and sad.

The ratio of stories I enjoyed to one I didn't enjoy or actively disliked wasn't really high enough. 3/5 overall at best. It may be some time before I read #4.

I see I rated #1 and #2 as 3/5 as well. If the next is just so-so, I think I might abandon the whole lot.

Next up: another random choice: The Prince Commands: Being Sundry Adventures of Michael Karl, Sometime Crown Prince & Pretender to the Thrown of Morvania by Andre Norton.
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Old 06-28-2020, 02:29 PM   #28974
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"Murderbot" series by Martha Wells - reads like a storyboard for a film, but such good fun!
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:03 AM   #28975
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Next up: another random choice: The Prince Commands: Being Sundry Adventures of Michael Karl, Sometime Crown Prince & Pretender to the Thrown of Morvania by Andre Norton.
Which I can best describe as a YA Prisoner of Zenda, although without the 'near identical' clumsiness and not an identical plot. No fantasy except for the imaginary small European kingdom. Quite fun in its way.

Next up: Rumpole's Return by John Mortimer. The third book in "The First Rumpole Omnibus"
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:37 PM   #28976
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Murder with Reservations (Dead-End Job Mystery, #6) by Elaine Viets:-

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Darla Crane is a pseudonym of a pornstar. I like her voice and her face. She acts well too, in the best sense of the word. Being about 50, she is too old to play this book's main character on TV. But if I were a producer, I would cast her as Helen Hawthorne, part time amateur detective.

It seems that writer Elaine Viets had gathered enough steam to steamroller through the writing of this book. It feels like an editor wasn't involved. It's all trim goodies. Not a word was wasted.

But in a way, these words are being wasted. The general public are missing on a terrific series. Viets has enough ratings here, but this series deserves more love. It's a pity that I will see what most people won't even know they've missed. At least I know.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:32 PM   #28977
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"Murderbot" series by Martha Wells - reads like a storyboard for a film, but such good fun!
I finished (and thoroughly enjoyed) the first four a little while back.

Partly due to encountering the author on Facebook, I’ve pulled Camille Bacon-Smith’s Daemon Eyes and A Legacy of Daemons (the complete series) off of my stack and started in on the first one. The three main characters (two demons and one’s half-human son) are alien enough that I’m having trouble sinking my teeth into the book for a good chew, but the short chapters mean that I can at least make progress with just a few minutes here and there.

After that, I’ve lined Tom Holt’s Only Human up for a reread, because his considerably more recent The Management Style of the Supreme Beings also features Kevin Christ, Dad, Jay, and Uncle Ghost, and that’s next on the list.

Following those… hard to say. I finally got a deal on two “K.J. Parker” Holt books, as well as the second of Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, and of course there’s the reconstructed “new” Heinlein book…
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:37 AM   #28978
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Next up: Rumpole's Return by John Mortimer. The third book in "The First Rumpole Omnibus"
Which was excellent, describing how Rumpole returns from retirement in Florida.

Next up: Another random pick, Baen Free Stories 2011. A collection of short stories and srticles that appeared on Baen's web site in 2011.
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Old 06-30-2020, 07:35 PM   #28979
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It's been three and a half years since I last posted in here (looks like I meant it when I said I wouldn't be posting for a while ) and I felt today was as good a time as any to start again. So here goes: I'm currently listening to Churchill: Walking with Destiny (by Andrew Roberts). It is excellent so far, and the narration is a joy.
Last week I completed Churchill: Walking with Destiny and it was wonderful; haven't read such a great biography in ages, plus the narration was superb. I also completed Upstanders, seasons 1 and 2 (got these free from Audible a while back) and that was good as well; they're short snippets about ordinary Americans reaching out in extraordinary ways with solutions to help their communities.

As June was almost entirely given over to completing Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series, my last book read for the month was Angels' Flight, a collection of 4 novellas in that world of angels, vampires, and mortals. I enjoyed all of them to varying degrees, and I'm now all set for the next book coming out later this year.

My next nonfiction lined up is Deep Work (by Cal Newport); my friend and I committed to reading this ages ago and she finally read it recently so I'm now due. Next fiction is Tonight You're Dead (by Viveca Sten); I liked the series (Sandhamn Murders) but stopped it a while back to read other stuff, and I'm now ready to revisit.
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I am listening to the incomparable Jesse L. Martin read James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.

I am reading the next Alan Hunter Gently novel on my Kobo - Gently Continental.

I am about to start Henry James' The Turn of the Screw for A Public Space's continued reading club. We read War and Peace during the pandemic and the experience was amazing, so I am looking forward to carrying on with this.

I cannot get the New Leaf book club selection (Percy Jackson) anywhere and I have bought too many books this month to justify shelling out for a book I don't really have any interest in. I'm a little allergic to YA and I have a lot of other things on my plate for July.
I finished Gently Continental in two sittings and then flew through Katharine Duckett's Miranda in Milan in one sitting. It was free from the TOR LGBT bundle last month. It was a little short, but it was creative and enjoyable, if a little schmaltzy.

I started Rebecca Makai's The Great Believers, a fictional account of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s. I don't know anyone my age or older who is a member of the LGBT community and not in some way touched by AIDS. Even now, I cannot give blood due to some of the relief work I have done. I have had this on the back burner of my TBR since it came out, and pride month seemed a good time to read it. I have not been disappointed.

I will still be starting Henry James' The Turn of the Screw for A Public Space's continued reading club on July 9th. At 15ish pages a day, I plan to make that my coffee reading in the mornings so that I can participate in the discussions all day long.
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