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Old 2nd March 2021, 07:03 AM   #641
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Slough House

Slovenly, malcontent Mycroft Holmes and his bureau of disgraced spies are back to put the screws to John Le Carré once again.
Just listened to an NPR review of these books... Sounded interesting. I used to love spy novels, and LeCarre was the master.
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Old 2nd March 2021, 10:31 AM   #642
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Codex Alera, on book 5 of 6 now, which I have seen described as Roman legions meets Pokemon. I have found it entertaining and same author as Dresden Files.

After this, going to read NK Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy.
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Old 2nd March 2021, 11:17 AM   #643
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Based on what I saw in another thread, I downloaded from my public library, Norman Baker's … and What do you do? about the British royal family.



The first two chapters confirmed my belief that the framers of the US Constitution were absolutely correct in not allowing a hereditary system in this country.



Purely by coincidence, the book I finished previous to starting Baker's is The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, by Robert Hillman, an Australian author. It concerns the events in the life of a sheep farmer who meets and marries a Holocaust survivor. (This is a very condensed, skeletal version of the plot.)


I recommend both of them.
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Old 5th March 2021, 09:56 AM   #644
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I have just finished Ludwig Reiners' The lamps went out in Europe about the machinations and folly that led to WWI. I had read it in high school (borrowed from my father's library) and did not really appreciate it. It is an often amusing, dark, sometimes gossipy telling of the period from the fall of Bismark (who the author credits, with reason I think, with the crafting of an intricate diplomatic structure for maintaining peace in Europe) to the outbreak of war.
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Old 9th March 2021, 06:06 AM   #645
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A short story anthology called "Swords Against Cthulhu III". The first two books in the series were pretty standard sword & sorcery stories mashed together with the Cthulhu Mythos. When I started reading this book, I discovered that it was "Thundarr the Barbarian" mashed together with the Mythos. All of the stories are sword & sorcery set on post-apocalyptic Earth after the Old Ones have started to wake up. It's an interesting change.
I have that in my list.
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Reading the Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. Took a bit to get into her writing style, but I'm enjoying it now.
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