Monthly Archives: July 2013

Norwegian by Night

Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller Read by Sean Mangan 10h. 36m. 2013 / 306 pages Rating:  A / crime (basically) Sheldon Horowitz,  an 82 year-old Jewish-American,  has been transplanted to Oslo to live with his granddaughter, Rhea and her … Continue reading

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thoughts on war books

I really do NOT like war books but war books are pervasive now,  pervasive and innocuous and you can’t tell from the cover or the blurbs.  But many,  many mainstream and detective novels have  huge chunks of war scenes in … Continue reading

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Reef by Romesh Gunesekera (Brit/Sri Lanka) 1994/190 pages rating:  9 / contemp fiction I suppose this is a sort of coming-of-age story,  set in Sri Lanka roughly between  1962 and 1971 and later.   The 1st person protagonist is a Sri … Continue reading

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Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  (French) 1939/103 pages rating:  6/classic I’m not a fan of this book – imo it’s not meant for women – the author likely would have thought his ideas would just confuse women.   … Continue reading

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River Thieves

River Thieves by Michael Crummey  (Canada) 2001/352 pages rating: 9 / historical fiction I read Michael Crummey’s more recent work,  Galore (2012), last year and thoroughly enjoyed it,  so when another group selected River Thieves, his first novel,   for discussion I was … Continue reading

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Light of the World

Light of the World by James Lee Burke  (US) 2013 / 560 pages read by Will Patton 19h 3m rating:  A+ (crime) (# 20 in Dave Robicheaux series) Oh I waited for this one and got it within minutes of it’s … Continue reading

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The Stockholm Octavo

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engleman  (US) 2012/ 433 pages rating  7.75 /   historical fiction Octavo:   a book or pamphlet made up of one or more full sheets of paper on which 16 pages of text were printed, … Continue reading

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