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rwmg

rwmg

Joined May 2017

Mainly mysteries, SF, history (fact and fiction)
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Pickpick

The scientific part of the book was well done, mainly focussed on George Plafker and his work in geology and, after the quake, seismology. The human interest part of the book suffered from being too comprehensive, trying to cover the stories of all of the dead and injured in several chapters before the quake occurred and then during and after the quake in later chapters with the result that they all blurred together.

Low pick/high so-so

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Mehso-so

Semi-autobiographical novel about a gay, mixed-race Vietnamese boy who immigrated to America as a small child with his mother and grandmother.

Gorgeous writing that really drew the reader into the scenes described but I found it ultimately disappointing because for me it didn't really cohere as a narrative.

#unpopularopinion

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I plan to finish “The Great Quake“ and continue with “Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache“. Because I want to listen to the music as well, I'll probably only read it at home, so if I'm going out I will read “Under the Eagle“

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Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. I‘m wanting to read that series by Simon Scarrow. 2d
rwmg @Andrew65 This one has been sitting on my virtual TBR shelf for a very long time 2d
Andrew65 @rwmg Mine too! 1d
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Riding shotgun beneath the clouds in a rattling De Havilland Otter, George Plafker gazed down upon an Alaska he‘d never seen before.

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Pickpick

There were parts where I think I grasped the point but would have welcomed more examples, there were other parts where I had no idea what was being said.

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readingjedi Crikey, that's an intense pool-side read! 🤣 4d
rabbitprincess Matches the pool! 4d
rwmg @rabbitprincess OMG, am I becoming a fashionista in my old age ? 🤯🤪🙈 4d
rabbitprincess @rwmg 😂😂😂 4d
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When the un-named narrator's palm-wine tapster falls from a tree and dies, the narrator travels through a mythological landscape to find him in the Dead's Town and bring him back.

Noteworthy as the first English-language novel written by an African and published outside Africa rather than for its intrinsic interest. A Pan seems overly harsh but it just wasn't for me.

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Bookwomble I love this book! Tutuola is fantastic. Have you 5d
Bookwomble (clumsy fingers!) Have you read the tagged book? I think I prefer it by a cat's whisker. 5d
rwmg @Bookwomble I found this one heavy-going so I don't think I'll be reading another of his, sorry. 5d
Bookwomble @rwmg Yeah, if you didn't like this, you won't like any of his as they're all cut from the same cloth. 5d
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Mehso-so

Chronologically, the last in the series. At last the Heechee and humanity meet the Assassins/Foe. As my memories of the previous installments were rather vague, it was difficult to follow at times until about half way through when there was a useful summary of events so far. It wrapped things up satisfactorily, though in a rather predictable way.

High So-So, hovering on a Pick.

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I just started the Heechee in bed last night, so I am hoping to finish it today or tomorrow amd then start Ocean Vuong, which was my choice for my book club

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Andrew65 Have a good reading weekend. 1w
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Death Comes As the End | Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie's historical detective story set in Ancient Egypt around 2000 BC.

I wasn't sure whether X or Y was the murderer, and of course it was Z. It was an interesting experiment, but I did spend quite a bit of time trying to work out who the characters would be and how the story would unfold in one of Dame Agatha's more contemporary stories.

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Death Comes As the End | Agatha Christie
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How Internet searches show what people are really thinking and what combinations of massive amounts of data can reveal.

Fascinating. Some of the results are counter-intuitive: 👇

rwmg violent crimes go down when violent films are being shown at cinemas at least in the short term (because those most likely to commit the crimes are in the cinema watching the films rather than out drinking?). Some are all too predictable. The number of women looking for information on self-induced abortions goes up as access to abortion is restricted.

I hope somebody is doing similar work in other countries, not just America.
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Death Comes As the End | Agatha Christie
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Renisenb stood looking over the Nile.

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Bookwomble I don't 😏 2w
rwmg @Bookwomble 🤥😁 2w
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Mehso-so

Mysterious portals keep opening round New York City sending people to unexpected destinations.

It's been a while since I read the first one in the series but from what I remember, my reaction was similar - a good start with fun and interesting characters which runs out of steam despite the author's attempts to ramp up the excitement.

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Mehso-so

Private eye Barry discovers his inner drag queen while trailing a possibly errant husband.

The author made the narrator's “voice“ come alive but in such a way that I felt exhausted by the end of the first chapter. Fortunately the narration becomes less frenetic thereafter, though still full of incident. It was OK, but I don't think I will be reading any more by this author.

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A Lethbridge-Stewart at the siege of Quebec
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rabbitprincess Ha! Love it 😄 2w
Bookwomble Ha! I thought this was from an actual Dr. Who novel until I read your comment 😃🧣 2w
rwmg @Bookwomble Apparently Diana Gabaldon got the name Jamie Fraser from one of the 2nd Doctor's companions 2w
Bookwomble @rwmg Fanship 😊 2w
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Three mystery novellas featuring Lord John, the third of which was new to me. Although they are meant to be stand-alones, there are quite a few references which would go over the head of someone unfamiliar with either the other Lord John novels and stories or the wider Outlander universe.

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I'm going to read some novellas from the two Gabaldon books and then make a start on Marcus Agrippa, which is my reading group's choice for June

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Andrew65 Some great books to get stuck into, have a good weekend of reading. 2w
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A page from a missing volume of his father's journals turns up, and Lord John starts to find anomalies in the accepted version of his father's death nearly 20 years previously.

Some definite retconning going on here, but still a good yarn.

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Catching a glimpse in the toilets at his club, Lord John Grey realises his cousin's fiance has the pox. How can he arrange for her to be released from the engagement without causing a scandal? He also gets involved in an attempt to trace the theft of troop requisition papers. The two situations are unexpectedly connected.

Good intrigue against a fascinating historical background.

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ShyBookOwl So true. 2w
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🤣

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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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20 years after the events of the first two books, Claire tracks down evidence that Jamie had survived Culloden and returns to the 18th century to meet him again.

Diana Gabaldon is a born story teller with a particular gift for adventure and humour.

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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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Author, know thyself?

Sparklemn 😂 4w
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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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Good morning

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Untitled | To Be Confirmed
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Sophronisba Oh, I've been eying Black Tudors myself. 4w
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The Mystery of Henri Pick | David Foenkinos
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bthegood Henri Pick is a book I recommend to people - it has stayed with me for years - I'm glad you enjoyed it! 4w
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The Saga of Gosta Berling | Selma Lagerlof
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Gosta Berling is a pastor unfrocked because of his drunkenness but taken in by a major's wife to join a group of pensioned veterans she supports. They take over her property and business for a year, believing she is in league with the devil.

Either the book was soporific or I was too tired to appreciate it properly, but it was a struggle to get through, and I really can't see what makes the author deserving of a Nobel prize for literature.

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The Saga of Gosta Berling | Selma Lagerlof
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Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. 1mo
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The Saga of Gosta Berling | Selma Lagerlof
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"At long last the minister stood in the pulpit."

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More Than This | Patrick Ness
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17 year old Seth drowns at sea off Washington State and wakes up in a deserted, post-apocalyptic version of the English town where he lived until he was nine. Is this Hell?

Some pacing problems particularly in the early part before Regine and Tomasz appear, but still an enjoyable and thought-provoking story.

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More Than This | Patrick Ness
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"Here is the boy, drowning."

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ShyBookOwl Stacked. This sounds so powerful and moving. A Monster Calls is one of my favourite stories. 1mo
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Mehso-so

In this 1958 novel, when Pao is unable to repel a military invasion, an adviser from the technocrat Breakness planet advises setting up restricted areas for military, mercantile, and technician castes, each with their own language. Of course, the members of these castes will need specialist training from Breakness advisers. 👎

rwmg The book could have done with more examples of the different languages showing how they work rather than abstract explanations. On the other hand, where one planet consists of undifferentiated masses of people and the other consists of extreme individualists who barely interact, it is difficult to care much about the characters, so it was a quick read but an uninvolving one. 1mo
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Kissing the Demons | Kate Ellis
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When DNA evidence in a cold case of the disappearance of two teenage girls points to the local MP, his alibi is that he was visiting a prostitute in a house near where the girls were last seen. A student now living in that house has gone missing and it turns out that 150 years ago the house was notorious as the scene of a brutal murder.

Enjoyable solid police procedural with creepy background elements.

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Whistle in the Dark | Emma Healey
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Mehso-so

15 year old Lana reappears after having disappeared on an activity holiday four days earlier but claims to have no memory of where she was or what she was doing during her disappearance. Her mother finds this difficult to cope with.

I kept reading because I wanted to know what had happened, but quite honestly both Lana and Jen sounded absolutely exhausting to be around.

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Gone Away | Hazel Holt
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An old schoolfriend of Sheila Malory's now living in America is planning on returning to Taviscombe to marry a local estate agent. When his fiancee stops answering the phone and her secretary doesn't seem to know where she is, he asks Sheila to find out what's going on.

Delightful cozy mystery by friend and biographer of Barbara Pym.

Ruthiella I thought her name sounded familiar! It was the Pym connection. 1mo
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Panpan

I've always felt a little Billy Connolly goes a long way. Most of the time I just don't find him particularly funny, even more so here as his material doesn't translate well from the stage to the printed page. I would never have looked at this book if it hadn't been a book club choice and I was reading the book out of a sense of duty which probably didn't help me appreciate his humour.

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Gone Away | Hazel Holt
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Whistle in the Dark | Emma Healey
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Whistle in the Dark | Emma Healey
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Hoping to complete the tagged book and then start "Grotesque"

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Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading 😊 1mo
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The Mystery of Henri Pick | David Foenkinos
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An editor on holiday in a small Breton town visits a library of rejected manuscripts where she finds an MS attributed to the deceased owner of the local pizzeria which she thinks might be worth publishing. It becomes a literary sensation but some are sceptical about the authorship.

A gentle book about the French literary world (many of the names dropped were just names to me) and the effects of fame on the celebrity's nearest & dearest. Lovely.

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The Mystery of Henri Pick | David Foenkinos

Readers always find themselves in a book, in one way or another. Reading is a completely egotistical pleasure. Unconsciously we expect books to speak to us. An author can write the most far-fetched or implausible story ever, but there will still be readers who will say: “I don‘t believe it: you wrote the story of my life!”