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review 2021-08-19 04:02
EUPHORIA by Lily King
Euphoria - Lily King

On Guinea Nell and her husband Fen are studying indigenous people. They are now on their third group of people, the Tam, who welcome them and allow them to become part of the tribe. They were introduced by Andrew Bankston, another anthropologist who is studying another group there. Fen's mind is on a flute he saw with an earlier group he and Nell were studying. He leaves Nell to do most of the study. When he achieves what he wants, he puts all 3 in danger and they must leave. But can they? Will Fen leave without any artifacts?


I liked the story. I liked Nell and Bankston. I hated Fen. Fen was a user. Neii was a better anthropologist and his ego couldn't take it. He was mean, nasty, and abusive. When Bankston meets Nell he is smitten as she was with him. He is caring and gentle with her. He makes sure she is taken care of which she doesn't receive from Fen. Fen is jealous of Bankston but never changes his behavior. I hated the ending but I don't think there could have been any other ending. This was not a happy story.


I thought the narrators were good. They did all the voices. I could tell the difference between Bankston and Fen. I could also tell the difference between Nell and the natives. Very well done.

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text 2020-04-04 19:05
Yet another reason why I miss Inter-Library Loan
British Aviation: The Pioneer Years, 1903-1914 - Harald Penrose
British Aviation: The Great War and Armistice, 1915-1919 - Harald Penrose
British Aviation: The Adventuring Years, 1920-1929 - Harald Penrose
British Aviation: Widening Horizons, 1930-1934 - Harald Penrose
British Aviation, The Ominous Skies, 1935 1939 - Harald Penrose

Lately I have been on a First World War aviation reading kick. I don't know why, but the topic is engaging me more than others. I read a couple of books back in February, and I've been searching for some others that can fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge.


That's how I found about Harald Penrose and his five-volume series on British aviation. Penrose was an amazing individual, a test pilot who later in life wrote several books on flight and the history of it. I have no doubt that I've seen his books on shelves before, only now my interests have aligned with his work, and I wouldn't mind trying him out.


Only I can't. My usual starting point after a brief confirmation that my local libraries don't have a book is to request it through Inter-Library Loan. Then after a week or so the book shows up for me to peruse, after which I start it, buy my own copy, or pass on it and move on. But I can't do any of those this because well, you know why.


At this point, I'm deciding whether to take a plunge on one of the first two volumes, which are the ones that currently interest me the most. This would be easy if the price were right, but while I'm willing to spend $70-80 on a book that I want, I'm much less willing to do so to decide whether it's a book I want. So I'm bidding on a copy on eBay to get it to a price I can live with. Fingers crossed that the seller is either reasonable or desperate!

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review 2019-12-17 13:53
Podcast #167 is up!
Law in American History, Volume III: 1930-2000 - G. Edward White

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview the great G. Edward White about the final volume of his trilogy on the history of American law. Enjoy!

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text 2019-11-06 15:49
The rest of my reading year
Law in American History, Volume III: 1930-2000 - G. Edward White

Is it possible to feel proud of oneself and like an idiot at the same time? Because that's how I feel right now.


Ever since I resumed my interviewing, I've contemplated reaching out to G. Edward White to offer an interview about his latest book. For me he's in the category of authors of whom interviewing would be a tremendous honor for me. He's a giant in the field of American legal history who has written some truly excellent books, including (as a co-author) a volume in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. His new book is the final volume of a trilogy he has been working on for over a decade summarizing the history of American law from colonial times to the present. Simply put, interviewing people like him about books like that is the main reason why I took on this podcasting gig in the first place. Plus, interviewing him for a podcast would spare me the expense of buying a copy, so there's that.


My initial plan was to contact White after I returned from my summer trip to England. My internet service issues threw a wrench into that, though, so when my access improved I considered the issue again. Finally I sent him an email last week; to my pleasant surprise he was happy to participate, and in less than a week (Oxford is awesome like this) a copy arrived in my mailbox. And it is huge. At over a thousand pages, it's a positive brick of a book, crammed full of a lifetime of learning and lived experience with the law (White clerked for Earl Warren, the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, back in the 1960s, so this volume covers a lot of what he witnessed firsthand).


And that's why I'm pleased with myself and kicking myself at the same time, because I don't know how I'm going to master it in time for our interview. I have at least three books ahead of it which will be nowhere hear as difficult to cover, but they will take time. More problematic is my review of Glantz's book on the battle of Belorussia during the Second World War, which is almost as large and for which I need to produce a 1000-word review in a little more than a week. And of course there's the reviewing for my own website, which I'm trying to let slip so as to try to generate steady traffic. And of course there's the life stuff on top of all that, which is going to take up a bigger chunk of my free time as the holidays approach.


Why do I do this to myself?

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review 2019-04-21 13:07
The Other Lady Vanishes - Amanda Quick
Adrienne is committed to an asylum by her husband.  She escapes to a small town in California where she meets businessman Jacob who comes into the tea shop where she works.  Hollywood's elite come to the town for rest and relaxation where they use the services of the psychic to the stars who lives there.  Jacob and Adrienne are interested in the psychic, at first for different reasons, then to find out secrets from their pasts.
I enjoyed this book.  It has been a while since I read Amanda Quick and did not realize she moved from Regency romances to historical romantic suspense.  The flavor of the 1930's is captured in this book.  I loved Adrienne and Jacob.  The mystery was interesting and believable.  I did figure out the motives of some involved.  I want to read more in the series.
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