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text 2020-01-15 00:32
A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel - Amor Towles

The first book club read of the year!


The rare but deadly 5 stars. Books like this one are the reason I'm in a book club, it encourages me to read books I would otherwise never pick up.

The central figure and main narrator is Count Rostov. In the first chapter Count Rostov is called before the authorities and questioned concerning his allegiance to the revolution, its Moscow 1922. Due to circumstances he is put on house arrest in the Hotel Metropol, where he has been living. He will be shot if he is found outside the Metropol. The twist is he can't stay in his suites, he and what effects he can fit in his new garret are moved to the abandoned 6th floor. After one and only one evening of despondency after 3 days of monotonous routine he makes a plan to adjust to his new captivity.

Count Rostov meets Nina, an 8 year old, who becomes a friend and co-adventurer. He looks forward to visits from friends and makes new friends. All the time staying true to himself. He has a positive outlook, without being a Russian Pollyanna. By the end of the book you want him to be real so you can find a biography to read about the man. The book has amazing characters and manages to illustrate the human toll of the Bolshevik revolution up through Stalin's reign.

Highly recommend. Even though the ending was not as I expected but it fit the Count perfectly.


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text 2018-12-08 23:41
Just starting for booklikes YA Book Club
A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber

Just starting.  A favorite author -- but not one I would associate with YA.


For booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/12/ya-book-club 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/12/ya-book-club
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text 2018-12-08 23:36
Just starting for booklikes book club "Virtual Speculation"
The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper

One of the classic SF/F always been meaning to read.


For booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation 

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"Faith in not rational. Do you know what a cathedral is, Chief Engineer?"

"A kind of church," she said. "A big church."

"A church that took centuries to build," he clarified. "And could cost hundreds of lives in the building. A church that represented an absolutely absurd investment for a medieval lord. And yet they got built anyway. For the glory of God."
Chill - Elizabeth Bear

Grail, p. 292, by Elizabeth Bear

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quote 2018-03-07 18:22
"Don't look at me. Just because the puppeteer's hand is up your ass, it doesn't mean you know what they are thinking."
Chill - Elizabeth Bear

Gavin, p.276

Chill / Elizabeth Bear


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