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rwmg

Joined May 2017

Mainly mysteries, SF, history (fact and fiction)
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Effects of atmospheric pollution on the pyramids forecast in 1826

PaperbackPirate 😳😶‍🌫️ 3h
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Fascinating look at the Roman gladiatorial games with side glances at chariot racing and theatre. The author notices recent attempts at rehabilitating Commodus, but the core of the book is a look at the functions of the games in Roman society and a discussion of what they meant to the Romans themselves, rather than the shock, horror present-day view.

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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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Bored one day, Coraline opens a door the other side of which is normally blocked off only to find it leads to a replica of her home under the sway of the Other Mother. Can she find her way back to this world or is she trapped in the Other Mother's world?

A talking cat but no Cat King :-( . Otherwise a creepy fun read, though I'm not sure how I would have reacted if it had been available while I was in the target age group.

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Technically it's Thursday here, but it must still be Wednesday somewhere, right?

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

1. Reading goal is to read 72 of the books I bought before 2024 but haven't read yet. I usually read more than 150 books a year so this should be doable. 72 works out at 6 books a month, making it easy to keep track.



rwmg 2. At the beginning of each month I usually choose 12 books which fit in with various challenges for the month but feel absolutely no obligation to keep to the plan apart from book club and reading group books.

3. General interest and entertainment, and in my younger days a completely undeserved reputation as a brainiac.
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Eggs #1 - that‘s a great goal that, spread out over a year, is manageable! Ha ha #3! Thanks for joining in❤️ 3d
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Last Winter's Snow | Hans M Hirschi
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On the death of his Swedish husband, Casper, in 2015 Nilas, a Sami, remembers their 33 year relationship navigating homophobia, queer bashing, and AIDS in Sweden till they reach the more accepting 21st century.

Despite the rather flat, pedestrian prose, this book kept my interest in what would happen next and left me tearful at the end, but in a good way. It's certainly not depressing despite the at times heavy and hard-hitting subject matter.

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Last Winter's Snow | Hans M Hirschi
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Fictional life of Anne Boleyn from the age of 11 to her death.

Interesting about her early life in the courts of Burgundy and France, a more difficult read once she arrives at Henry VIII's court, simply because the story is so well known and it wasn't enough to overcome the bias in Katherine of Aragon's favour from having read “The True Queen“ earlier.

atenelli It‘s such a good read. I learned a lot about her and definitely want to reread this novel. I felt that her life must have been hard after her return to England, particularly with her family‘s demands of her. 5d
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Before We Say Goodbye: A Novel | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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We're back in Tokyo for more tales from Funiculi Funicula, though I think they are out of sequence and come somewhere between books 1 and 2. The stories here are more stand alone, unlike the interconnected ones in earlier volumes, but it's basically the familiar comforting formula.

I did read somewhere that there is another one going to be published in September - though I'm not sure if that's the Japanese original or the English translation.

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Before Your Memory Fades | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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There is another coffee shop for aspiring time travellers, this one in Hakodate rather than Tokyo, but the rules are the same. The book follows the same format of four interlinked stories. The first time I read it, following a gap after the first two, I found the repetition of the format rather forced, but this time reading the books together it felt effortless and charming.

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Another four charming, sweet, interlinked stories from the cafe where you can travel backwards or forwards in time.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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4 charming interlinked short stories set in a cafe in Tokyo where you can go back in time. There are certain constraints, however:

1.Nothing you do will change events between then and now. Whatever has happened, will happen.

2. You cannot leave your seat in the cafe, so you can only meet people who have already been to the cafe.

3. You will return to the present when you have finished your coffee - and you MUST finish it before it gets cold.

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dabbe I love her books. 🤩 2w
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Before We Say Goodbye: A Novel | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Before Your Memory Fades | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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The Nancys | R.W.R. McDonald
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11 year-old Tippy Chan's Uncle Pike and his boyfriend Devon come to look after her while her mother is away. Tippy and her uncle are both fans of Nancy Drew so when a murder happens in their small town, how can they not investigate?

When will I learn? I do not like kid detectives. The clichéd gay couple did nothing to save this disaster, if anything they sank it even further.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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#coffeeandabook

Re-reading for my book club

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The Nancys | R.W.R. McDonald
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"Uncle Pike‘s plane was late, and my hair was a sweaty mess thanks to the crimson antikidnapping jacket and hateful Santa hat Mum had made me wear."

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CarolynM I had a great time with the Nancys 🤩 Hope you do too. (edited) 2w
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The Nancys | R.W.R. McDonald
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Bookwormjillk Looks good (food and book!) 2w
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A translation of the classic novel. I read it as a child but cannot remember now whether it was the original or a version adapted for children. I've seen the 1960s film version, a cartoon version, and bits of the TV version but I still saw David Niven as Phileas Fogg in my mind's eye while reading. It was a borrowed book, so I have no idea why Wallace and Grommit are on the cover.

Ruthiella That is an odd choice for the cover. 2w
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Did Patty Taylor commit suicide or did her boyfriend, Domingo Torres, kill her?Armando Felan and his boss, Attorney Lucy Sanders, investigate.

A quick and easy read that kept me turning the pages. I'm pleased to say that I fingered the murderer fairly early on even if I didn't know how or why.

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Not quite what it says on the tin as it is very focussed on how Kierkegaard disagreed with Hegel. I found it very heavy going till I read the relevant chapter of “Sophie's World“ to orientate me.

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The Portrait | Iain Pears
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Deepsix | Jack McDevitt
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20 years after an initial disastrous expedition to Maleiva III, another expedition is sent to observe the destruction of the planet in a collision with a gas giant. Although there was not supposed to be intelligent life on the planet, scans reveal the remains of cities. A team goes down to the surface to investigate and gets stranded.

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rwmg The archaeology in space was well done and left me wanting to know more, but I found the race against time to rescue the stranded explorers dragged a bit, with me just wishing they'd get on with it. The climax of the actual rescue in the last 15% or so was exciting, though. ⬇ 3w
rwmg The biggest drawback was the character of Gregory MacAllister, a conservative populist “common sense“ journalist who seemed to be fighting exactly the same enemies in 2220 as his predecessors in 1990s/early 2000s America (women, academics, the poor - undeserving almost by definition). As the epigraph for each chapter was taken from his writings, this grew tiresome very quickly.

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Series of pop linguistics essays in the form of answers to questions. A good introductory overview of the subject. It did leave me with questions, though. I did start wondering in some of the later parts about pragmatics whether it applied to everyone or just English speakers. And the section on gesturing while speaking, how does that apply to people speaking sign languages?

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Destination Unknown | Agatha Christie
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Spymasters are concerned when the wife of a vanished scientist decides to travel to Morocco to get away from the incessant publicity. Does she have an ulterior motive?

I'm not usually a fan of AC's spy stories, preferring her mysteries, but this was better than most. I had feelings of deja vu for the trip to the secret base with lots of changes of transport and costume to fool any pursuers, but I don't remember having read it before. Low Pick

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I could have done with more information about how the extracts were chosen. Some of them were quite depressing when one thinks about how little has changed from when Bly was writing. But perhaps the extracts were chosen specifically because the issues are still relevant today without necessarily reflecting the variety of Bly's output. ⬇

rwmg It also wasn't clear whether the two longer pieces I was particularly interested in - Bly's account of her time undercover in a mental hospital and her account of her race round the world to beat Phileas Fogg - were complete or only lengthy extracts. Did the ellipses represent cuts by the editor or did they represent Bly's own cuts? 4w
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rabbitprincess Ooh looking forward to hearing about this one! Have a good flight 😄 4w
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I wonder when this law was last used as a defence?

Rome753 It's strange how some laws technically remain on the books, even when they haven't used or enforced for years or decades, and would definitely be considered outdated (or wrong in cases like that law) today. 1mo
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Destination Unknown | Agatha Christie
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bthegood Looks like a nice place to read 🙂 1mo
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Destination Unknown | Agatha Christie
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The man behind the desk moved a heavy glass paperweight four inches to the right.

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The Lions of the North | Edward Marston
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Our intrepid commissioners reviewing the entries for the Domesday Book are joined by an extra commissioner as they head for York, still suffering the aftereffects of the Harrying of the North. Their new colleague is murdered in York but how and why?

Given the information presented about the general situation, it was fairly obvious what would happen, but it was more difficult to work out who was on what side and who was just out for themselves.

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Odd things keep on happening to Percy Jackson, and at last he finds out why. He's a son of Poseidon. And now he has to go on a quest to the Underworld and challenge Hades.

Fun book setting themes from Greek myth in modern day America.

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When one of them gets a grape stuck in his throat and nearly dies till a nurse comes to his aid, a group of commuters actually start talking to each other, which has a ripple effect across their lives.

Pleasant fun while it lasted but it's not going to stick in my memory.

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The Lions of the North | Edward Marston
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The Portrait | Iain Pears
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An artist living on an isolated island off the coast of Brittany just before WWI is visited by an eminent art critic, who used to be his mentor and now wants his portrait painted.

A series of monologues from the artist to the sitter while he's painting explore what has brought them that point. Although the ending is fairly predictable early on it is only in the last 30 pages that we learn the motivation behind it. Something of a tour de force.

Bklover You‘ve made this sound fascinating! 1mo
tpixie Sounds intriguing 🤔 1mo
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The Portrait | Iain Pears
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Murder at Cambridge | Q. Patrick
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Hilary Fenton finds the student in the rooms next door dead, apparently from an accident while cleaning his gun.

The first chapter was funny but the condescending eye-dialect for Mrs Bigger and the author showing off his familiarity with university slang rapidly got tiresome - one more “sported oak“ and I would have screamed. The actual mystery was good but the romance with the Profile was very unconvincing.

bthegood I don't read about this author much - I read one of his books years ago as it was in a box of books bought at a library book sale - I enjoyed it 1mo
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Murder at Cambridge | Q. Patrick
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Bookwomble That's a good tag 😊🌞❤️‍🩹🌞💖 1mo
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Micah Summers sketches boys he meets as fairy-tale characters and posts romantic fantasies about them on IG. Will the fantasy become a reality with boy No. 100?

The first half was quite fun as we follow Micah and friends in their quest to track down boy No. 100 after an encounter on a train, but when Micah tried to create a similar fairy-tale for his new best friend, Elliot, he started to get on my nerves.