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review 2019-06-05 21:08
Good spy story
Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day - Stephan Talty

Talty's book about Garbro - in reality a Spanish man, Juan Pujol Garica who sided with the UK during the Second World War - is a good biography about a mystery man. Talty presents him warts and all. Considering how in some biographies about famous men, the wives are depicted either as knowing and forgiving suffering saints, or totally at fault, Talty is understanding to Garica's first wife Araceli, in particular when detailing the family's experiences in London.

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text 2019-01-27 17:50
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 512 pages.
Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey - Mark Dery

Proceeding slowly as well, but that's because I keep following tangents down rabbit holes. I can't hardly go a page without wanting to Google something or add another book to the eternal list.

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review 2016-05-06 22:19
Corfu doesn't sound like it's real
Birds, Beasts, and Relatives - Gerald Durrell

Remember when I reviewed Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals? Well, I was so impressed by it that I went  ahead and requested the second in the trilogy (did I mention it was a memoir trilogy?) and it was a pretty good time. Birds, Beasts, and Relatives contains more anecdotal tales of the Durrell family when they lived in Corfu, Greece in the 1930s. I loved how it started with the family discussing the popularity of the first book and how embarrassed they were at how Gerald aka Gerry portrayed them all...and then he wrote a follow-up. #troll (Yes, I used a hashtag. Hashtags are hilarious.) The family dynamics highly amuse me as well as the antics that they all get up to as foreigners in a seemingly idyllic setting. (You saw the photo at the top of the post so you know I'm not lying.) I will warn you that because of the time period that this was written there are a few problematic moments such as the discussion of individuals of different skin colors and sexual orientations. If you can look at it through the lens of 'this was written back in the day' then you'll be fine as the mentions are sporadic and brief (and don't really make a huge impact on the story as a whole since each chapter can be read separately). If you're looking for a really quick story about a quirky family living somewhere that almost seems mythical then you can't go wrong with Birds, Beasts, and Relatives.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-04-23 03:24
Greece or bust!
My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell

I absolutely LOVE it when I read a book and immediately want to find everything that author has ever written and binge read the heck out of their work. I saw a commercial for a new ITV program called The Durrells which intrigued me...especially when I learned it was adapted from a book. I threw it on my library list and delved in hoping for a fun read and WHOA guys. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell is nothing short of delightful. Full of family antics, animals gone wild, and ALL THE NATURE it was exactly what I needed to read right now. It turns out that he's written loads of other books and this book was actually the beginning of a trilogy of his adventures with his family while they were living on Corfu. (I wish I could have lived with them because they're all distinctly eccentric and hilarious.) Even better, I started watching the series and it's a delight! If you enjoy humorous memoirs and/or learning about the flora and fauna of a place then you won't be disappointed with My Family and Other Animals. Now pardon me while I put the other two books on my wish list...

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review 2015-01-11 04:27
A tight environmental thriller
Venom: A Thriller in Paradise - Rob Swigart

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

Biggest mistake in history made by people who didn’t think. – Charlie Chan

A State in the grip of neo-colonialism is not master of its own destiny. It is this factor which makes neo-colonialism such a serious threat to world peace. - Kwame Nkrumah

hu-man-i-ty (noun): the qualities or characteristics considered as a whole to be characteristic of human beings

Hum. What characteristics are human, really? Well, for all our vaunted intelligence, the way we utilize said is, taken overall, deeply mindless and deeply uncaring of anything other than ourselves, and the immediate rewards of whatever new and unusual methodology we find for destroying others – and thereby destroying everything.

Maintain the balance of power, they said. It was safe. There would be no danger for 500 or 1000 years.

The French say that their nuclear tests on the Island of Moruroa, in the Tuomotus, are ‘safe’. But now, the Ocean Mother has come ashore, floating free in the Kalalono Bay. All aboard are dead. But why? And how? And how is it connected to the nuclear tests on the Island of Moruroa?

Politics. Intelligence (or what passes for it). Biology, physics, and a heaping helping of Polynesian and Haitian religion builds Venom: A Thriller in Paradise builds a sharp and layered vision of the horrors of the creativity of the human mind – and the depth the human political psyche will go to in order to cover their political asses.

Tutti venini sono freddi: “All poisons are cold.” – Brunetto Latini

Many are dead. Many more are endangered. As biologist Dr. Chazz Koenig and Lt. Cobb Takamura struggle to find the method of death of the ship’s crew, a serial killer rampages across Hawaii, his reasons unclear, his ties to the original murders both twisted and indistinct. And what must be done is oftentimes even more horrific than what has gone before. And what has gone before may be only the beginning.

A great story, a thoughtful and modern book of environmental terrorism which runs in the other direction – the terrorism of political control and political games grown out of control, of death and destruction and fear, and the waste of the world.

Oh, and did I say, this is a really GREAT story?

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