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rabbitprincess

rabbitprincess

Joined May 2016

“Reading & sauntering & lownging & dozing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.“ -- David Hume
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Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay
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Watership Down by Richard Adams
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray
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Pickpick

A much-needed reread for me. This is one of my favourite books. So delightfully weird and droll and fun. A classic.

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Isn't this a gorgeous cover? I couldn't leave that behind.

Sace So pretty! 😍 20h
rabbitprincess @Sace And the design is printed on the actual hard cover (no dustjacket)! 18h
Sace Ooohhhh....even nicer! 18h
batsy 😍 13h
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James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Library)
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Went to the Ottawa Public Library's monthly used book sale (at the City of Ottawa archives), and got:

Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction
The Trojan Horse (Hammond Innes)
La traversée du continent (Michel Tremblay)
Cruising Attitude (memoir by a flight attendant)
Civil Aircraft of the World (from 1972)
Sea Fever (the true adventures that inspired maritime fiction)

Lcsmcat Great haul! 19h
rabbitprincess @Lcsmcat I had to pace myself a bit because I'm planning to hit up another book sale in two weeks 😅 18h
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Pickpick

An interesting assortment of stories from US and UK crime writers of the Golden Age. Some of these stories have never been published before. Each author gets a brief bio, tucked away after their story. I liked the presentation well enough and would suggest checking this out if you like any of the featured authors or this time period in general.

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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"What else can be the consequence...if he WILL cut the cheese?"
Me: HAHA cut the cheese ??????
"A man with the gout in his right hand -- and everywhere else -- can't expect to get through a Double Gloucester without hurting himself."
Me: OHHH he meant that literally?

Sace 🤣🤣🤣 2d
LauraJ 😹😹😹 2d
Lcsmcat 😂🤣😂 2d
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Pickpick

Another solid book in the Vera series. And as a newish supervisor, I can relate to her reluctance to delegate to others 😂😬

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Pickpick

Funny and fierce and full of feeling. I really liked this and am glad one of my work friends left it in our office little free library.

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WOO HOO the second volume of Paternoster Gang is available to pre-order from Big Finish! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

Laura317 Thanks for the tag!! 1w
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Pickpick

The second Dalziel and Pascoe book, this is a relatively straightforward case set at a university. Some of the later books are more innovative in form or structure and can actually be a bit too clever for me, but this one is nice and uncomplicated.

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Killer's Payoff | Ed McBain
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A satisfying early installment in the 87th Precinct series. Mostly blackmail, with just a little bit of murder. Cotton Hawes provides some private-eye glitz and glamour, while the rest of the squad diligently carries out its duties.

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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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Felled by a wretched cold (or one that FEELS wretched, anyway, because I don't think I've had one since this time last year), I am seeking solace in NeoCitran and Peter Capaldi's narration of Watership Down.

Linsy 😞 so sorry! 1w
rabbitprincess @Linsy Thank you! ♥️ I have had a pretty good run of not having colds, and the timing could have been worse, so I shouldn't complain too much. 1w
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Mehso-so

This book was definitely a slog for me 😞 It could have been bad timing on my part when choosing to start it, or the fact that I'm not as familiar with the history of the Ottoman Empire... who knows. I will absolutely finish the series (only 2 more books to go!), but this is my least favourite of the series.

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A Grue of Ice | Geoffrey Jenkins
Mehso-so

This book's villain is so melodramatic that it felt like he'd wandered in from another book. The tone shifted dramatically whenever he was in the scene. The rest of the book was OK; stories about Antarctica are thrilling on their own. Could have used more floatplanes though! (Why put one on the cover if it shows up for only 4 pages?)

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The Concorde Story | Peter R. March
Mehso-so

This was OK. I liked the pictures -- the postcard format is a good choice for the long, sleek Concorde -- but I wasn't wildly excited about the writing.

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Bookmark/book synchronicity: a CBC bookmark in a book of the CBC Massey Lectures.

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The Concorde Story | Peter R. March
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Uhhhhhh no, the troposphere is the LOWEST level of the atmosphere. It is BELOW the stratosphere.

ravenlee Ugh, I hate these kinds of errors! And then you wonder if they can‘t fact check basic stuff, what else is wrong? 2w
rabbitprincess @ravenlee This is the only error I've seen so far, and I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt that everything else is correct. It may have been missed because it's a sidebar rather than the main text. 2w
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The Concorde Story | Peter R. March
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Brian Trubshaw was a test pilot who flew the Concorde. He is also name-checked in Monty Python's "flying sheep" sketch, in which John and Michael dress and speak like outrageous stereotypes of Frenchmen and explain their invention. "Vive Brian, wherever you are!" ✈️?

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Bailedbailed

The actual story of Flight 232 is interesting and deserves to be told: many safety improvements came out of this accident, as well as a demonstration of the value of crew resource management. However, in this book, the story is told in a jumbled way, and the description of injuries borders on the gratuitous. I would read the NTSB report instead.

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Pickpick

A great read for tiny and large mortals alike. The illustrations are compellingly creepy.

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Pickpick

3⭐️ and a pick for its likely target audience: aviation nerds. The general reader may find this a bit of a dry read.

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Medicine Walk | Richard Wagamese
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September 2019: 15 books read.
Fave book: Medicine Walk, by Richard Wagamese
Least fave book: Death on the Aisle, by Frances and Richard Lockridge
Two audios in one month, too: Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth and The Diary of River Song Series 3

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Pickpick

In The Diary of River Song Series 3, River meets Five and is forced back into the orbit of Madame Kovarian ? Great ties to Series 6 of New Who (the season with "The Impossible Astronaut"). My ranking of the stories in this set: 1️⃣ The Lady in the Lake 2️⃣ My Dinner with Andrew 3️⃣ The Furies 4️⃣ A Requiem for the Doctor.

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How To | Randall Munroe
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I thoroughly enjoyed the absurd scientific advice in this book, particularly how physics equations can be used to answer truly bizarre questions (e.g. “If I want to build a pool of a certain size out of Gruyère cheese, how thick do the walls need to be to hold the water in?“). And the chapter on emergency landings was made even more fun thanks to Chris Hadfield's expertise :) Highly recommended.

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How To | Randall Munroe
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The best way to set a high jump record: dress up as a glider and jump off a mountain 😂😂

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An Acre of Time | Phil Jenkins
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I liked the idea of this book -- telling the history of a place through a representative acre of land -- but there wasn't a map showing where the acre was! I found that distracted me and eventually led to my abandoning the book.

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Pickpick

I enjoyed this exploration of the U.S. spaceflight program. It was technical but very accessible, and I liked how Dean wove other journalists' accounts of previous space programs into her narrative. The bibliography is good too.

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I bought series 4, 5, and 6 of The Diary of River Song recently and realized that I hadn't yet listened to Series 3! This should be good 😎

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Hidden Depths | Ann Cleeves
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I found the plot of this one just a little bit too weird for my tastes in some way...it seems a little more novelistic than I recall the first two books being. But I like Vera as a character and the way this series is told, so I would just call this one "less good". And I have requested the next book in the series already ?

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This book has put Monty Python in my head:
🎶 Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, galloping through the sward
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, on his horse Concorde 🎶

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Pickpick

I found this account of Radisson's life fascinating and at times novelesque. I cannot believe how many times he double-crossed people! But he double-crossed pretty much everybody. Recommended if you want to know more about "that hotel chain guy".

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Mehso-so

I liked the idea of this series and protagonist, but it didn't quite click with me. It could be first-in-series syndrome, or it could just have been less good than other books I've read recently. So I wouldn't discourage you from reading this if it interested you.

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Medicine Walk | Richard Wagamese
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Deeply moving and beautifully written. Having read a couple of books recently about death and dying, I found myself especially appreciating that this was a good death for Eldon. (This isn't a spoiler; we find out very quickly that he's dying.) He chose where to die and Franklin was able to help him through it. And Franklin is probably one of the most resilient characters I've ever encountered.

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A good first in series with an amateur sleuth who has reasonable stakes in the case. It gets a bit bananapants at the end, but it works. I don't think I'd read more in the series, but this one would be worth checking out.

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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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A great start to Ann's new series. I like this Matthew Venn fellow: quietly authoritative and willing to do the right thing. His team is a well-rounded bunch, too, with lots of room to grow. And now I have to visit North Devon 😁

LiteraryinLititz Exciting! I‘m on the hold list at my library and I have no idea how long I‘ll have to wait... 1mo
Melissa_J I just got this one this week 😊 1mo
rabbitprincess @LiteraryinLititz Hope it comes soon! @Melissa_J Nice! My mum preordered it but I got it from the library before she did 😂 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#BitmojiMonday
1️⃣ Went shopping this weekend & bought some clothes
2️⃣ Flares are back in style, so I bought a pair 😁🙌🏻😎
3️⃣ It's been a long week today! Very busy.
4️⃣ A friend gave me some 🇨🇭 chocolate she bought there on her recent trip 😋

hermyknee Nice! 1mo
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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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I may have done a victory dance when this came in for me at the library...and I may be diving right in despite having other library books due back sooner 😁

DGRachel Enjoy! 1mo
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Death on the Aisle: A Mr. & Mrs. North Mystery | Frances Lockridge, Richard Lockridge
Bailedbailed

DNF. The tone was too light and arch for me (dialogue that wants to be "sparkling"), the amateur sleuths had zero reason to be there, and there were too many suspects and too little reason to care why the person was murdered. Also, some shocking fat-shaming.

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Running Blind | Desmond Bagley
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3⭐️ and just about a pick, mainly for the setting (Iceland) and the fact that the protagonist was Scottish. Not as fun as a good Alistair MacLean, but certainly an OK thriller.

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If you're in the mood for some meaty scholarship and like to read about ordinary people in history, this book might be the ticket for you. I liked how well structured it was and the discussion of other research that highlights exactly what gaps this book fills and where gaps remain 🤓 Also bonus content: French insults 😂

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#BitmojiMonday 😄
1️⃣ Last night my BF and I went out for Indian food (although not samosas).
2️⃣ Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth, which I finished yesterday, contains a memorable scene involving a lightsabre.
3️⃣ We're going to a BBQ at my BF's aunt and uncle's house today!
4️⃣ ... I have no idea what's going on in this Bitmoji, but I thought it was funny 😂

hermyknee Love this! 2mo
rabbitprincess @hermyknee There are so many weird Bitmojis that I will take any chance to use them 😂😂😂 1mo
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth | Frank Cottrell Boyce
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The first audiobook I've ever read twice! Peter Capaldi does an excellent job with this wonderful book. I was nearly constantly smiling while listening to it. And occasionally shedding a tear. Highly recommended.

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Smallbone Deceased | Michael Gilbert
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An entertaining read that I consumed in a single sitting. Gilbert deploys his knowledge of law firms' work artfully and gives his detective a sense of humour. If you like mysteries from the mid-20th century, this is one to check out.

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Moe Berg?! Any Pursuit of Happiness fans in the house with whom I can share my amusement? 😂

merelybookish I'm an adult now! 🎶😆 2mo
Melissa_J @merelybookish thank you. Now I‘ve got that song stuck in my head 😂 2mo
merelybookish @Melissa_J 🤣 it was in heavy rotation on MuchMusic back in the day! 2mo
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Smallbone Deceased | Michael Gilbert
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And the detective has a nice flair for the dramatic dénouement ?

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Smallbone Deceased | Michael Gilbert
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I love when characters in detective stories accuse each other of reading too many detective stories. It feels so meta 😂

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August 2019 stats: 17 books read.
Fave: The Future is Female!, an excellent collection of sci-fi by women, edited by Lisa Yaszek.
Least fave: Scotchman's Return, a collection of essays by Hugh MacLennan.

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No, YOU just went on a Big Finish shopping spree 😅 I saw that the Paternoster Gang box set price was going to go up, so I had to buy it. Then because I was on the site ANYWAY, I decided to complete my Diary of River Song collection...

Laura317 (Runs to find credit card to buy all the BF stuff) - thanks for the reminder! 2mo
rabbitprincess @Laura317 I follow Big Finish on Twitter, which is where I saw this information. ALSO, they have three more series of Paternoster Gang planned 🙌🏻🙌🏻😄 2mo
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Rocket to the Morgue | Anthony Boucher
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I'll call this a pick because I liked it as a light mystery with a writerly twist. I was also tickled to find Boucher making a cameo appearance in his own book 😆

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Rocket to the Morgue | Anthony Boucher
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"The science fiction fans are highly organized, and they have Annual World Conventions. The last onr was in Denver, so the fans, ever incorrigible neologists, called it the Denvention. The next one's here in Los Angeles, and I'm afraid it's called the Pacificon."

I too am an incorrigible neologist! ?

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Mehso-so

While all of these essays were well written, I wasn't as enthralled as I expected to be. I preferred the essays about Canadian things to the ones about the English or the state of education.