Books 8-20

May. 31st, 2016 11:23 am
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(Or, part two of the long-overdue book backup)

8. As Chimney-Sweepers Come To Dust, by Alan Bradley

I liked this, but I didn't love it as much as previous Flavias. I feel that all that background-y stuff about the secret organisations is becoming a bit ... weird? Thoughts, anyone?

9. Total Control, by David Baldacci
10. The Target, by David Baldacci
11. First Family, by David Baldacci

Okay, so the first one of these was mildly enjoyable mostly for retro-fun and the big bad turning out to be a Trump By Another Name, but I hated the second and have no idea why I even read the third. Yeah, no. Not going to read again. Too dumb.

12. Tuesday's Gone, by Nicci French

I read the first one in this series last year, and if I recall correctly, found it mostly okay but not that intriguing. I liked the second one much better, especially the way that the over-reaching arch was set up.

13. The Taming of the Queen, by Philippa Gregory

This is the one about Kateryn Parr. It was enjoyable, mostly, but a few things were a bit weird. Like when she basically had Kateryn quote the Tilbury speech to Elizabeth, implying that she made it up all along.

14. Waiting for Wednesday, by Nicci French
15. Thursday's Child, by Nicci French
16. Friday on my Mind, by Nicci French

I continue to like the series, and wait for my library to have the Saturday book. I was a bit disappointed though about the Sandy development in Thursday and Friday, I feel that the character deserved more. Still very nice mysteries though.

17. The Shepherd's Crown, by Terry Pratchett

Oh, Pterry. I will miss you.

18. Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth

Absolutely fascinating to see where the idea for the show started and Jennifer Worth is a really interesting narrator (though she could have benefitted from a better editor). But is it sacrilege to say I like the nuns on the show better?

19. The Sacred Art of Stealing, by Christopher Brookmyre

Two thumbs up! Very enjoyable, irreverent read. Not for the faint of heart :)

20. Thin Air, by Ann Cleeves

I think what I like best about the Shetland mysteries is not the crime story but the fact that they always make me want to emigrate to the Shetlands.


Whew! All caught up now!

Books 4-7

May. 10th, 2016 11:43 am
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4: Imperium, by Robert Harris
5: Lustrum, by Robert Harris
6: Dictator, by Robert Harris

I really liked this series. I know a lot of what went into it had to be guesswork by necessity, but it was pretty meticulously matched to historical detail as far as I can tell, and I really liked the analysis of Cicero as a character. I also very especially liked how the narrator was a slave and was pretty honest about how he had it good, but it still essentially sucks to be a slave and that it's nice that Cicero and the like can forget he is a slave, because he himself can't, but at the same time the narrator is treating slavery as the everyday occurence it was in Ancient Rome. It all rang very true.

7: Leibniz, Newton und die Erfindung der Zeit, by Thomas de Padova [title literally translates to 'Leibniz, Newton and the Invention of Time,' there doesn't seem to be an English translation, unfortunately]

This was an altogether brilliant book. It was such a unique take on the cultural history of the 17th and early 18th century and also featured a lot of the mathematical and physical principles that went into the measuring of time in a way that even I could understand most of it. And then it also was a very interesting biography of the titular characters.

More books to come :)
lizzardgirl: (washroom)
Wut, I never updated my booklist after book 3? Gah, I thought I had. I have all of them jotted down in my agenda, but it's gonna take a while to transfer. I so smart, yes.

Sheesh
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Book 1: The Second World War, by Antony Beevor

Because I clearly haven't learnt my lesson from last year, this one was one gigantic big tome that took me almost six weeks to read. How am I ever going to approach Shem's book-numbers? Other than that, it was frightfully interesting and I learnt tons.

Book 2: The Martian, by Andy Weir

I'm normally not at all into sci-fi, but Marie gave it such an interesting review that I wanted to try it. I did really really like it! Objectively, there were a few rough edges to the writing and with all the sci stuff, I have no clue if it would actually have worked or was bullshit especially that spaceship that couldn't just return to Mars? But obviously it made sense within the story. And subjectively the book was a total page-turner!

Book 3: The Ghost, by Robert Harris

That was an intriguing political thriller with a twisted ending! Also, Blair. That guy basically is Blair by any other name. Just saying.



As for 2016 book goals, I seem to be in the mood for a lot of non-fiction right now. I don't feel any urge towards anything supernatural right now, or anything romance-like. All I have on my reading pile right now is either gritty suspense thriller or gritty non-fiction. My goal is to expand the horizon a little :)

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