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  • Finished In/Half by Jasmin B. Frelih yesterday and I think that I've got no idea what happened for a chunk of it. I think I enjoyed the bits I did get but couldn't recommend it because then I'd have to justify why. Plan to re-read it later in the year and see if I pick up any extra bits.

  • Picked up a copy of The Water Knife following the recommendation upthread. Enjoying it so far.

    Coincidentally we had a CPD presentation from an Xylem (massive American water treatment company) rep at work today and he touched on the impending water crisis...

  • I've just finished The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, about Jack The Ripper's victims.

    It's ridiculously well researched and really detailed. To be honest I didn't know much about Jack The Ripper to begin with but it's a horrible view into 1880s Britain and the situation women were forced into by domestic abuse, alcoholism, infant mortality, lack or opportunity etc.

    It's not a nice read but I'd definitely recommend it.

  • Interesting blog that I've not heard of before -
    Brain Pickings – An inventory of the meaningful life.

    https://www.brainpickings.org/

  • +1 for "The Five". For once, a book that doesn't make a fetish out of the serial killer.

  • Just had two transatlantic flights in the last week so bashed out The Count of Monte Cristo

  • That's very good going - Unabridged? That's around 1200 page's

  • Been reading this blog the past 2-3 years. She's really quite a fan of Walt Whitman, Hannah Arendt, R.M. Rilke and other Erich Fromm's. :) But so am I and I really love the blog.

  • Bugger was paid by the word, as I recall.

  • That's great @WimVDD as it looks very interesting.
    I discovered it by listening to a podcast featuring Neil Gaiman and then seen that Gaiman recommended a review of the paperback edition of the book written by the author of the blog
    https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2020/f­eb/07/figuring-maria-popova-review?__twi­tter_impression=true

  • Yeah, unabridged. I had a week in NYC too where I got a few hours a day to crack on.

    I think it took 20hrs

  • Current method for selecting books, is what costs less than £1 on Kindle

  • I have a habit of ending up with multiple copies of the same book, which means I have some spares if anyone wants them:

    Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, paperback, read
    The book of dust, Vol 1, La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman, read
    Tbod Vol 2, The Secret Commonwealth, hard back, unread

  • I'd be interested in Revelation Space. Can do you a swapsie.

  • The Pullman books are fantastic. I can't wait for the final edition.

  • Currently swapping between a paperback copy of Spycatcher (Peter Wright), and via Kindle on the phone, A Rage To Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton (Mary S. Lovell)

    Both excellent reads. Recommended.

  • Hmm. I recall thumbing through a friend's copy of Spycatcher. I remember it as having some fascinating details about the misbehaviour of MI5 and its rivalry with MI6, but mainly being very clunkily and messily written, with the stories constantly being derailed by bitchy character assassinations (unsubtly homophobic, for the most part) of the various people he worked with or spied on. The main thing I took away from it was that I wouldn't piss on a copy if it were on fire, the author being a rancid, bigoted paranoiac who thought anybody to the left of Pinochet had no rights at all and his main objection to the British authorities (other than them fucking with his pension) was that they didn't give him more freedom to persecute such people.

    The fuss around the book was an interesting historical event and full of irony. I wouldn't say the same of the book itself. A curiosity in some parts, very unpleasant in others.

  • Just finished Music For Chameleons, a book of short stories by Truman Capote. Really enjoyed it. What should I read next by him? I've read In Cold Blood and The Duke in His Domain but that's all.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's.

  • Just ordered A Canticle For Leibowitz based on a recommendation from a friend, but I have to finish The Warden by Trollope by Saturday first as it is our book club.

  • A Canticle For Leibowitz

    I’d totally forgotten about this book. I remember enjoying it - will have to re-read.

  • I absolutely love A Canticle For Leibowitz. A really fantastic story I found.

  • Yes. It’s ace!

  • Anyone here reading avidly each issue of the London Review of Books ?

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