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text 2017-02-01 03:47
They Just Don't Write Them Like This Anymore
Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey,Carole Boyd

My mystery reading friends, you MUST read this one.

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review 2016-02-07 05:46
Royal Fairy Tale
Mrs Queen Takes the Train - William Kuhn,Simon Prebble

Yes. I think that says it all. You just know that this couldn't ever possibly happen but it is still an enjoyable read, especially if you just don't try to find any deep meaning in the tale--although there are many touching moments. I do like the way Kuhn weaves the diverse cast of characters together. And yes, like a fairy tale, it has a predictable but happy ending.

 

Another thing in its favor is the narrator, Simon Prebble. I love listening to him. He does a couple of the Dick Francis mysteries that I am constantly re-reading. He is very good with the mutliple aceents used in the book -- various British and Scottish accents plus American and Indian/Pakistani.

 

So, all in all, I give this one not quite 4 stars. It's not quite heavy-hitting enough for 4 stars but gets extra points for a fine vocabulary, sympathetic characters and a clear writing style.

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text 2016-01-22 13:59
Today's Daily Deal on Audible
The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life - Nick Lane,Kevin Pariseau

I just snagged the first title for my science book challenge. I'm going to try to read 10 NEW science titles this year. I just want to try to keep things rounded. I also said that I was going to read 2 current events/poli sci titles this year -- because it is an election year-- and that is probably in addition to the Hillary Clinton book I started in 2015 but didn't finish until 2016.

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text 2016-01-11 13:15
"UNCLE"!!! -- Updated
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Anthony Heald

I'm crying "UNCLE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

For whatever the reason, I have simply lost interest in the book and I am suspending reading--whether permanently or temporarily is as of yet undecided. I need something quick and light!

 

While I'm here, just a few thoughts on "crying, 'Uncle."'  Where does the phrase come from and is it purely an Americanism or is it used elsewhere as well. Hmm, guess I better google it.

 

UPDATE: Okay. Definitely an American/Canadianism. First seen in print in 1912 in an advertisement. Speculation on the origin includes a  19th joke about a parrot and some connection to the ancient Romans. In other words, experts haven't figured it out; more research is needed (experts, not mine).

 

 

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text 2016-01-05 15:15
Which One First?
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Anthony Heald
Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee - the War They Fought, the Peace They Forged - William C. Davis,Traber Burns
The Rolling Stones - Robert A. Heinlein,Tom Weiner
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth,Don Hagen
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut,John Malkovich
Shall We Tell the President?: Kane & Abel, Book 3 - Jeffrey Archer,Lorelei King
Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled - Dorothy Gilman,Sharon Williams
The Rosie Project: A Novel - Graeme Simsion,Dan O'Grady
Language A to Z - Professor John McWhorter,The Great Courses,The Great Courses,John H. McWhorter

Towards the end of December, I went on an Audible buying spree then set aside all of the titles--in order to boost my NEW reads for 2016. Now, I get to decide in which order to devour this multi-coursed literary meal -- once I finish the two books that I started in 2015 but didn't have time to finish. I'm sure that it will be an au suivre process, like tackling one of those all-you-can-eat buffets.

 

For sure it will be one of the lighter titles to start, especially after finishing the Carl Bernstein tome on HRC. Maybe C&P will be some place in the middle, surrounded with lighter nibbles.

 

Ah, but only time will tell.

 

UPDATE: Okay. Time has told. I've figured it out. I'm just going to read them in alphabetic order.Lazy.

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