Monthly Archives: December 2011

Trinity Six

The Trinity Six Charles Cumming mystery/spy – 2011 / 368 pages audio 11: 23 – read by John Lee rating 7.5 Almost John Le Carre – not quite.  But when the old Cold War animosities, intrigues and scandals are extended into … Continue reading

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The Clock Strikes Twelve

by Patricia Wentworth 1942 / 268 pages / audio 7h 58m read by Diana Bishop rating – 6 At a a family New Year’s Eve party, James Paradine the patriarch, announces that someone has betrayed the family and that he will … Continue reading

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The Fish Can Sing

by Halldor Laxness 1957 /246 pages finished 12/28 rating – 9 Mostly this is a delightful book,  a wonderment,  but there are places it’s confusing and draggy, too.   At first it really didn’t seem like it was going to … Continue reading

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 2011/ 176 pages / Kindle – rating ? I was bored for most of this book – it’s way to philosophical for me, too many generalities about human nature with emphasis on … Continue reading

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Christmas prep and gaming

I haven’t read much this month because I’ve been busy getting Christmas together and playing a new game just out (last week) by Spiderweb Software – an old, old favorite company.   The game is Averunum: Escape from the Pit … Continue reading

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Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species –

by Sean B. Carroll 2009 / 352 pages – paperback rating – 6 (mixed) This was a really dry book for me,  not a subject I have much interest in nor knowledge about.   I suppose some of the chapters, … Continue reading

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Finnegans Wake

by James Joyce 628 pages / Penguin edition rating 9.5  (it’s an incredible achievement but maybe not one of my all-time favorite books) What a heck of a ride!   I read this a bit at a time for 7 … Continue reading

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The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern – 2011 / 400 pgs /  rating –  8.5 I kind of expected to be disappointed in this book because there’s been so much hype.  But I wasn’t – maybe I kept the hype at bay somehow.  Anyway, … Continue reading

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The Long Song

 by Andrea Levy  2011 / 320 pages  – 8 –  Her life story as written out by an old woman with the help of her son, The Long Song stretches from the days of slavery in Jamaica to 1898, the day … Continue reading

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The Law and the Lady

by Wilkie Collins 1875 / Kindle / 436 pages / rating … 8 I think this must have been a pot-boiler in its day.  Collins does so well with women – he was apparently the only male author of his … Continue reading

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thoughts

Currently reading Byzantium by Judith Herrin,  The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins, and Finnegans Wake by James Joyce.  Listening to Reamde, the new one by Neal Stephenson.   I’m really enjoying every single one of them.  But I … Continue reading

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1Q84 Redux

by Haruki Murakami 2011 / 954 pages  / Audio & Kindle / rating – 9.5 I realize that I made NOTES on this book and I posted them and I included the book in my monthly reads for November but I didn’t … Continue reading

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