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text 2018-11-19 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 752 pages.
Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life - Diarmaid MacCulloch

This is proving to be an amazing book. Not only does MacCulloch describe Cromwell’s early career in more detail than his predecessors, but he also walks his readers through the sources for it and deciphers them in a way that explains why he takes the interpretations he does. It's not often that a historian does this, but it makes his book useful as a study of the craft of history as well as a biography of his subject.

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review 2018-11-18 22:39
Ever wonder about the origins or some common urban legends?
Baby on the Car Roof and 222 Other Urban Legends: Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend of a Friend of a Friend - Thomas J. Craughwell
Even though this was a book I wouldn't have naturally gravitated towards, it was interesting and would like to read more by this author. One misleading statement that was supposedly an urban legend was that "When it was first manufactured, Coca-Cola contained cocaine", which it didn't contain cocaine it exactly, but it was produced with coca leaves, which cocaine is derived from (hence "Coca" in its name) and had to be eliminated once so many people became addicted, actually through an act of Congress. I wouldn't have known this but for the fact that I once had to write a paper on it for school, doing research to learn the facts.
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review 2018-11-18 16:26
The Perfect Liar
The Perfect Liar - Thomas Christopher Greene

Susannah is a young widow and single mother when she marries Max. Max is a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career has taken their family to a quiet Vermont town. Susannah believes her life is going to be perfect, but instead she finds a note taped to their door - I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Max thinks it's a prank. But after one of the couples in the neighbourhood comes to dinner, the husband dies in an accident while on a run with Max. Then another note is found on the door - DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT? Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets and someone else seems to know about them.

I'm sorry to say I ended up hating this book. There are no chapters and it makes for a long, drawn out story. I'm always wondering 'should I stop now?' And I didn't always know who was talking at first as there was no clear indication - I hope this is only in the ARC. It was so boring. None of it held my interest. I didn't like the characters. I was hoping it'd pick up. At 44% one of our unlikable main characters goes for a walk at night, picks up a dead fox and carries him home and begins slicing him up in great detail (or I think in great detail, I skipped the huge paragraph) After I skipped that paragraph, we went onto dead rabbits and that's when I decided I was done with the book. I love animals, I don't eat them, and I don't enjoy reading about them being hurt/killed/eaten in great detail. Nothing redeeming about the ending - it was anticlimactic and weird and I'm so happy I skipped all the shit in the middle, but disappointed I didn't start skipping earlier.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC.

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review 2018-11-17 10:42
Astral Projection: "On Wings of Song" by Thomas M. Disch
On Wings of Song - Thomas M. Disch

(Original Review, 1980-07-27)

A paperback edition of Thomas Disch's "On Wings of Song" has come out, just in time to miss the Hugo balloting deadline. Although most of the novels that get nominated seem to be available in hardback, few seem to hit the mass markets in time for the voting. The shorter categories are even more inaccessible, particularly the nominees that appear in hardback anthologies like Orbit that are only bought by libraries.
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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text 2018-11-13 13:42
Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 585 pages.
George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel - Brian Steel Wills

I'm DNF-ing this and returning it to the library after I do some cataloging work with it. It's not a bad book, just one that I'm not really into reading at the moment (though Wills's writing doesn't exactly make this book unputdownable).

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