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Oblomov26

Oblomov26

Joined May 2016

No tag line, just a book lover from Sydney Australia Huffledor, House Tully
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1. Herodotus of Halicarnassus or George McDonald Fraser. Ohhh and Hunter S Thompson.
2. Herodotus to tell me his history of the Assyrians which he promised but never delivered, GMF to tell me what Flashman got up to in the American civil war. Hunter just to party with.
3. 700-900 (and that is after culling many the last time I moved house)
4. @Linsy @Lifeisasnap @rwmg (the last three people who friended me

Lifeisasnap Happily, I‘ve already done this one. Thanks for the invite! You‘ve culled down to 700-900 books. Gosh, you had a huge library! (edited) 3w
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Lost | Michael Robotham
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A detective awakes in hospital, fished from the Thames with a gunshot to the leg and no memory of the proceeding weeks, but a certainty that he was investigating a missing school girl, a case that he gained a conviction for years before. For a book with a clichéd starting point - amnesia – it surprised in its interesting characters and its twists; like the protagonist when you think you understand what is happening a new mystery presents itself.

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Lost | Michael Robotham
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Started to read this and had a moment where I realised, am I reading aSherlock Holmes story from the viewpoint of Inspector Lestrade? And doing some investigation the answer is yes; Robotham‘s normal character is O‘Loughlin the psychologist with a mind like a steel trap who in this story is much more a supporting character to the slower stolid detective Ruiz? At a third in very enjoyable

TheAromaofBooks Despite a few issues, I have a lot of love for this series. 1mo
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In the first half of the nineteenth century, a small group of American merchants become active in the China opium/ tea trade as the authority of the East India company declined. These men and their families became the great merchants of the period, driving the development of the clipper ships with which could beat their rivals to market and used the money earned to develop the railways and steamships which formed the basis of American progress.

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Do you love the Big Lebowski? If no then avoid this book, if yes and you have ever wondered is the dude Taoist or Buddhist or is he an Epicurean? Why is Walter so obsessed with rules? Why it is important that nihilism is resisted? Is Walter justified in his aggression? This book is for you. Basically a collection of essays on the theme of BL. Some are repeats, some are contradictory but overall fun. Now to abide and watch the movie again

sprainedbrain This sounds like a complicated read. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. 😂 1mo
Oblomov26 @sprainedbrain f@&k it dude, let‘s go bowling 1mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 Hey, careful, man... there‘s a beverage here. 1mo
Tamra Hey man......this is a private residence. 😆💜 1mo
Oblomov26 @sprainedbrain @tamra yeah well that‘s like your opinion man 1mo
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The Scarlet Pimpernel | Baroness Orczy
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They seek him here… They seek him there…. I read this book when I a teenager and revisiting this story I am not sure what to make of it. A grand adventure set during the French revolution with the Pimpernel leading a group of English noblemen rescuing victims from the guillotine. A rip roaring romantic adventure, but written in an overwrought and ornate style and with sexual politics which I find now grinds on me more than when I was younger.

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A page (and often stomach) turning read. Herman provides a fascinating overview of the history of royal poisoning, both intentional but also accidental from medicine, make up, magic potions and other dangerous substances which our ancestors surrounded themselves with. After the overview, she investigates a series of specific cases throughout history, looking at what contemporaries believed and also modern interpretations of the cases.

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Also a word of warning, contains graphic description of the effects of poisoning and also the contents of many truly awful potions and medicinal elixir‘s
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JazzFeathers But it does sound very interesting. 2mo
Cathythoughts Fascinating ! And great cover too 2mo
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A fascinating but disheartening collection of reportage on crime and corruption which is currently occurring in and around the world oceans. From piracy, illegal fishing and conservation activists, mercenaries, illegal pollution and slavery this book paints a picture of a space of hazy laws, slack enforcement and massive corruption. This book takes away the fantasy and wonder we associate with the sea and replaces it with a harsh reality.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Great review!! 2mo
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Fascinating memoir of one of youngest pilots in the Battle of Britain. Not a great pilot, but a reliable one, Wellum reflects the sad reality of the normal soldier - there is only a limited amount of courage,of fortitude. He started his career with three close friends - two of who were dead before training was over, the third within weeks of being assigned to a squadron. After two years of action you are no longer a useful aviator.

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Fascinating memoir of one of youngest pilots in the Battle of Britain. Not a great pilot, but a reliable one, Wellum reflects the sad reality of the normal soldier - there is only a limited amount of courage,of fortitude. He started his career with three close friends - two of who were dead before training was over, the third within weeks of being assigned to a squadron. After two years of action you are no longer a useful aviator.

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Third in the Lymond series and the great Garry Stu may have met his match. Francis travels to Malta to fight against the Turk and to fulfil a personal obligation and meets the virtuous leader and warrior Gabriel. As the action switches back to Scotland, Francis seeks to raise his own force to pacify the borders and Gabriel‘s action reveals that he may not be all his seems. The history is immaculately researched and neatly woven into the narrative.

BarbaraJean Ohhhhh, this series is so good!! Lymond is simultaneously fascinating and infuriating. 2mo
Itchyfeetreader Interested in this one ! 2mo
LeahBergen Such a great series! ❤️❤️ 2mo
Oblomov26 @LeahBergen it is really reminding me of the Flashman series, which I loved but whose character was somewhat less virtuous 2mo
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Happy Odyssey | Adrian Carton de Wiart
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The memoirs of a British officer who served from the boer war to the Norway campaign in ww2, after which he was an Italian POW and finally Churchill‘s personal representative to republican China. A man of extreme courage and resilience but lacking in imagination, who despite being wounded 5+ times, losing an eye and a hand declared WW1 an enjoyable war. In many ways so different from modern sensibilities that his actions serves to alienate readers

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Ubik | Philip K. Dick
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What is Ubik? That is the question in this very strange book. Oh and also what is Half Life and how is it different from death, how do you control people with psychic powers, what happened on Mars and why is reality deteriorating and also what is reality. Yes is very Phillip K Dick and I ended it as confused in as many ways as I was at the start of it. In some ways it reminded me of O'Brien‘s Third Policeman in others it is its own strange beast

Oblomov26 And now I am tempted to get a UBIK spray can tattoo with the motto “Safe when used as directed” 2mo
Laura317 It was a strange book, for sure. I quite liked it. 2mo
Oblomov26 @Laura317 I enjoyed it a lot but still processing it 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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1. 18 I think
2. Mountains - no issues with coasts but I do love forests and mountains
3. Zanzibar - but I could name half a dozen others
4. China or India

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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I picked this up cheap years ago on Audible and driven by a need for something light hearted and easy listening in nature I decided to give this a go. Overall I do not regret the time, a generally funny memoir covering Poehler's career from her days as a struggling Improv artist through to the days of the Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, which I am now inspired to watch.

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Why I love second hand bookshops in small country towns - you can find books from favourite authors that you did not even know existed

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Opium has been used since Neolithic times and has transmuted in societies perception many times, from painkiller to a trade good to break the Chinese empire, from a sedative in 19th and early 20th century to its illegalisation and then the Opioid craze of the 21st century. The message I took away - we like Opium a lot and making it illegal is not the answer, which seems to rest more in education and societal support for recovering addicts.

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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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Upfront statement, I love Nick Harkaway as a storyteller, but this is by far his most baroque tale including a cast of characters such as the detective from a future surveillance state, a banker haunted by a god shark, an ancient alchemist, an artist who can walk through walls and a librarian who is more than she seems. An exploration of a state who has abandoned privacy for security and the implications of such a decision. Does it work

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as a story? Well mostly but I find myself still processing and trying to decide if the thread of the tales all tie together?
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BookwormM I absolutely loved this book 3mo
Oblomov26 @BookwormM I think I am reaching the same conclusion 3mo
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Kafka on the Shore | Haruki Murakami
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I am not sure what to make of this but will make it a pick for the language. I have read Murakami before, but this is the strangest to date. Kafka, a 15 year old boy flees his loveless home in search of a mother and sister who left year before and finds a new role/ home in a remote private library whilst Nakata an elderly simply soul who can speak to cats kills a mysterious man and is drawn on a parallel journey.

Oblomov26 A story about searching for the missing parts of our souls (I think) told in a world of magical realism. Oh and trigger warning, this story deals with incest including graphic repeated sex scenes, so be warned. 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Oblomov26 yes, shame I only realised this when I borrowed all of Murakami's books from the library once and offered one of them (this one) for my 16 year old son (who was going through mental health issues at the time), to read. He was telling me about as he read it and I was like "ooops, sorry!" 2mo
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Well working away from the shopping district has been good for my bank balance, but occasionally a walk at lunch time is necessary

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Babylon Berlin | Volker Kutscher
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An interesting detective story set in Berlin in the 1920‘s during the days of the Weimar Republic. An ambitious but morally compromised young detective seeks to solve a series of murders, which he finds to be linked to a plot involving White Russian and Communists groups, Nazi‘s and corrupt cops who are all searching for a train full of Russian gold.

AlaMich I enjoyed this one too. I did have to do a bit of research here and there to understand the references to political parties etc. 4mo
JazzFeathers I really liked the mystery. I found the historical setting and bit faulty. 4mo
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The Darkening Age | Catherine Nixey
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Well I cannot say this was an enjoyable read, but it was interesting. A book about the destruction of the classical world by a triumphant Christianity in the 4th-6th century AD. Ninety percent of classical writing was lost, great works of arts destroyed or defaced and ways of living which did not pass judgment were persecuted. I found myself mourning that knowledge which has been lost and how close the early Christians reflect modern extremists.

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Well I have always been interested in the existentialists and this is a great primer on the subject. Part discussion on the underlying philosophy of existentialism part history of the movement focussing on both the French and the German schools. What came across to me was how flawed these philosophers were; volatile, sensitive, friendships breaking and reforming, and in one case associating with Nazi‘s. But they lived an examined life.

Velvetfur That book is on my TBR, having heard of it on here! I love existentialism, and this is a great review which gives me a really good idea of what this book is like - thank you! 4mo
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Another military history, the one focussing on the actions of the SAS in WW2. The key thing which I took away from this book was how unlike regular soldiers these guys were; misfits, outsiders, troublemakers whose discipline came from within rather than imposed externally, closer to being outlaws raiding behind enemy lines conducting sabotage, targeted killing and creating confusion. The template for one class of modern special forces soldier.

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A interesting slice of popular history covering the period 1665-1666, during which the inhabitants of London experienced a major outbreak of the black death, and ongoing war with the Dutch and then the great fire which consumed much of the old city. It is understandable why many citizens felt that they had been damned, even if the cause of the damnation varied based on their political and religious beliefs.

Soubhiville Wow, what a devastating sight! 5mo
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The Darkening Age | Catherine Nixey
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The more things change ...

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Winter in Madrid | C. J. Sansom
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A thriller from the author of the Shardlake series set in Madrid 1940, after the Civil War and while the WW2 rages in the rest of Europe as a British Spy is entangled in both government and personal plots. Not a great thriller, but enjoyable for the picture it paints of a Spain beaten down by war, divided by previous allegiances, seeking a way to progress into an uncertain future, be it to remain neutral or to join the Fascist movement.

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A fascinating follow up book in which Frankopan investigates the growth in power and reengagement with the world, of Asia, especially China and India at the same time that the US and Europe become more isolationist more nationalist. While the US reneges on treaty‘s and creates trade wars, China creates the Belt and Road project creating maritime and rail links across Asia and Europe effectively recreating the Silk Road.

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Now I want to get onto a psychedelic drug test program. Pollan investigates the role that psychedelics have play in human history and the many beneficial affects which are being confirmed in current drug testing programs, including breaking addiction and improving depression anxiety. Effects thought to result from the temporary dissolution of the self and perceived connection with a larger reality which provides perspective on individual concerns.

Graywacke Pretty fascinating stuff 5mo
Cathythoughts Sounds fascinating... I‘m a scaredy-cat when it comes to drugs though- but I find it all really interesting 5mo
iread2much It is interesting, but I wonder if he bothered to look at all sides of the science. Yes there is enormous potential with these drugs, but also a lot of risk and possible societal harm 5mo
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A modern palaeontologist provides a detailed narrative of our current understanding of the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. Key takeaway for me were that these creatures were not evolutionary dead ends. They were magnificent creatures, which ruled this world for a lot longer than have, that continued to evolve including developing feathers and that their end was due to a seemingly chance occurrence while they were still at the top of their game.

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UTOPIA FOR REALISTS. | RUTGER. BREGMAN
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Wow ... this is a book which will make you think. Bregman argues convincingly that whether we like it or not automation is going to change the face of society and work, the only question being whether the change will be for the better or worse. Questions such as how many hours should we work? Should we institute a minimum living wage? Should we institute higher taxes and seek more of a balance between extreme riches and extreme poverty? Or do we

Oblomov26 Let the market sort it out (which has worked so well in the past) 6mo
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Michael Palin‘s telling of the tale of HMS Erebus a bomb vessel which was convert in the 1840‘s to act as a exploration ship. Serving for an extended expedition in the Antarctic under the command of Ross seeking to map magnetic south and then as Franklin‘s flagship in the search for the northwest passage. A tale of despair as the ships are encased in ice and weeks turns to month and years. Reading this you feel the cold seeping into your bones.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk There is an excellent historical horror novel about the same vessel. I highly recommend 6mo
emz711 I listened to the audiobook. It was nice listening to his voice! 6mo
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Well this was thought provoking. An investigation of the industry which has arisen around death by a practising mortician with many frank tales of her experiences. A impassioned plea for us as individuals to engage more with death, to become more aware of deaths inevitability, to plan for our passing and how we wish to our bodies to be treat on our death and participate more in the ceremonies associated with the passing of friends and relatives.

britt_brooke This was such an eye-opening read. Loved it! 6mo
AutumnRLS I really loved her From Here to Eternity so I ordered this one. Haven't read it yet, but looking forward to it. Also looking forward to her new one that's coming out. 6mo
SamAnne I really appreciated this book. She has a great interview on Terry Gross‘ Fresh Air from a few years ago. 6mo
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Fate Is the Hunter | Ernest Kellogg Gann
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Well this was a good old fashioned adventure story. Gann was a commercial pilot during the 30 and 40‘s when not flying transportation for the US army during the war. As a result he portrays a simpler and more dangerous period of air travel, when planes would disappear or crash for seemingly no reason, a time when fate hunted pilots. Gqnn‘s seemingly lived a blessed existence surviving multiple near misses and retired before the luck ran out

Texreader Great review 6mo
rabbitprincess I'm just about to start his book The Aviator! 6mo
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1. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
2. The Blues Brothers (of Course)
3. Walking Spanish by Tom Waits

JoScho 😎🖤😎 6mo
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I had no idea about this piece of American history. The Osage Indians, driven from one reservation to another, in the earlier twentieth century found themselves in possession of the richest oil rights in the US and then members of the community started to die. A tale of exploitation, greed and murder, the resulting case which was essential to the formation of the modern FBI and the investigation of the author into the true scope of the crimes.

Cortg I read this AND listened to the audiobook. Unbelievable! 6mo
Cathythoughts I have this on Audible.... must get to it 👍🏻 6mo
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Picked this one up cheap. Basically a history of the Israeli targeted killing program. Not sure how I feel about this. Part of me admires the skills and daring of those involved in these operations. Another part of me yells this is about deliberately killing people. Honestly I think that the Israeli‘s missed the point that at the end game is negotiation. Rather by continued aggression they have not created a partner but an implacable enemy.

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Sorry to have been away for a while - work and a bit of a reading slump has kept me away. This was an interesting read. Basic argument is that the flowering of thoughts which exploded in the 17th century was due to a combination of the chaos which was unleashed in the thirty year war, the development of a reliable mail network often with a savant in the centre of the mail web and the slow movement from alchemical to scientific mindsets.

iread2much Interesting. Was there no mention of the importance of tea, chocolate and coffee? 6mo
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Okay this is not the Martian, but you can see the same pedigree. This, Andy Weir‘s second story is not a survival tale, but is much more a heist tale set in the first city on the Moon. Yet despite this it is also a story of a resourceful individual forced to use their experience and intelligence to escape from their circumstance, albeit circumstances which they have placed themselves in. A quick read and not the worse second book I have read.

CouronneDhiver Stacked! 7mo
Mandoul Brilliant thanks! Stacked it too 😀 7mo
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Third in the Avery and Blake detective series set in a 1840‘s England. A series of poisonings have been traced to the Reform Club, where Alexis Soyer greatest celebrity chef of his age is due to prepare a state dinner for a visiting dignitary and Avery is asked to investigate. Not the greatest detective story, but a fascinating glimpse into the London club scene, food preparation and contamination and the politics of the period.

Oblomov26 Also as an aside – Alexis Soyer was a real individual, a genius in the kitchen, a celebrity due to this and his eccentricities, but also a campaigner and inventor who created simple soup kitchen equipment, feed the poor and created a camp oven for the British Military which was still in use a hundred years later. 7mo
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Wild Sheep Chase | Haruki Murakami
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This is my second Murakami and I am now hooked. The narrator and his girlfriend with perfectly formed ears are forced by a head of the Japanese far right to search for a mysterious sheep spirit , a journey which will lead to the mountains of Hokkaido, an abandoned farm, an encounter with an old friend and the sheepman. I take it as a metaphor for Japan‘s history and its experience with right wing politics. But then again I may be completely wrong.

zezeki This is the first Murakami I read, and I absolutely loved it. Been meaning to reread it for ages. 7mo
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An interesting memoir with a hard to like protagonist. Jake McNiece is one of those guys who are a rare breed these days, he liked to fight, did not like taking orders and would ignore rules by default. Despite never officially achieving a rank beyond Private he unofficially led a 13 man demolition team in the 1001st airborne which is said to have formed the basis for the Dirty Dozen, and then was a paratroop pathfinder unit later in the war.

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Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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Okay the hype has kept me from reading this book, but now I have, I understand the love for this tale. Ove is a cranky old man, recently widowed without family, who just wants people to follow the rules and leave him alone. When a new family moves into his neighbourhood he finds himself drawn back into community and life despite himself, finding people who cares for him and to whose life he can contribute. Surprised how much this tale touched me

CoffeeNBooks I love Ove!! 8mo
Texreader It‘s such a beautiful story 8mo
JennyM It is a lovely tale ♥️ 8mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! The hype has kept me away too ... Might give it a go as well 👍🏻 8mo
Kaye I have started this more times than I can count. Just like Britt Marie. I finally kept going with Britt and really liked it. Maybe someday Ove will be the same. 8mo
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Walked through a bookshop at lunch and opened this book at random....... hmmm do they mean the First Fleet under Arthur Phillips(Cook and the Endeavour was here 17 years earlier) ? Makes me wonder what the history is like in the rest of the book 😨

CarolynM Whoever does the fact checking at that publishing house should be out of a job. That's really bad. 8mo
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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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Well I ploughed through this. A detective returns to the west of Ireland after years in Dublin and finds himself involved in an investigation of a suicide which touches on a twenty year old case of drug overdose and child abuse, the case that started his career in the Garda. A well plotted detective tale with multiple threads to be chased down, internal politics and corruption within the police force and a cast of interesting characters.

JazzFeathers You've sold me ☺ 8mo
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Murder in Mississippi | John Safran
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I have fallen down a John Safran hole recently. John realises that he had met and interviewed (and pranked) a white supremacist in Louisiana who was murdered by a black man. When it transpires that the man who committed the murder worked doing odd jobs for the victim and that the case included a sexual component and John has to investigate. An interesting true crime tale, investigating the role that race, sex and money had played in the murder.

8little_paws I freaking loved this book. It was also published as God'll cut you down 8mo
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1. Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
2. Aquarius - but I really do not believe in astrology
3. Mikhail Lermentov: specifically Hero for our time- a mates recommendation which sent me down the hole of Russian and Classical literature
4. Not sure I know anyone on Litsy well enough to tag them. I may not believe in Astrology but know I am an introvert

wanderinglynn 👋🏻 You can always tag people you‘d like to get to know. 😉 8mo
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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) | Dennis E. Taylor
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And the Geeks shall inherit the Galaxy. One moment Bob has sold his tech start up, is wealthy happy and next he is dead. Revived as a computer program in the distant future, he is made the pilot of a Von Neumann machine and sent to prepare the galaxy for human colonisation. Soon there are many Bob‘s and his personality means his has gone of his creators script. The first in a series, a very fun quick read in the style of the Martian.

TheSpineView I read the whole series and loved them all! 8mo
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1. 1960‘s before Hunter‘s highwater mark, when their was still a dream of change.
2. These days any format. Audio to occupy me when I am focusing on other things, screen or book? Whatever I can lay my hands on
3. Older - 15 years older. OMGi am ancient
4. Almost exactly 100 miles
5. Sorry not really me

Suet624 I‘m more ancient than you. Not necessarily a race I enjoy beating you at. 😀 (edited) 8mo
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Well this is was a quick read, but I am not sure what I think about it. In some ways having grown up in a working class family in Australia, being the first to go university I recognise some of the circumstances he discusses and going home to my old neighbourhood I also know people like he describes. But I also find myself disagreeing with his politics and the level of his self satisfaction which comes across in his writing. He asks valid and

Oblomov26 Pressing questions facing the working class in the developed world, but I am not sure he offers any answers. How do you provide a supportive family environment for those kids from broken homes given the break down in social capital which such societies have experienced? (edited) 8mo
CocoReads Those were my thoughts as well. I gave it a pick because although I didn‘t agree with his politics and I didn‘t feel he had any answers, I did come to understand my husbands family a bit more. 8mo
Oblomov26 @CocoReads I very nearly gave it a pick ... it is in that difficult to assign middle ground for me 8mo
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CocoReads @oblomov same here-I tend to love a book or hate a book but I‘m trying to be better at middle ground. The other reason I gave a pick was that I‘m not much of a non fiction reader but I did keep turning the pages in this one. 8mo
Chrissyreadit @CocoReads @Oblomov26 this is on my TBR, and I am a transplant to WV. After reading more reviews I‘m struggling- I‘ve never lived in a place where people seem so quick to work against themselves. 8mo
Joanne1 I had similar feelings. I enjoyed the memoir aspects of the book but not so much his political stance or the answers (or lack of) he offered. 8mo
Aimeesue I loathe this book. Vance blames people entirely for the situations they're in without even mentioning the systemic problems (lack of health care, public transportation, employers that pay living wages, etc) that contribute. I get the whole pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps sentiment, but that doesn't work if you have no boots AND you have to worry about lack of day care, medical appointments in the next county, aged parents all at once. Ugh. 8mo
Oblomov26 @Aimeesue and this is the reason I left it at so so and what I meant in regards to the lack of social capital - broken families, no extended support structures, lack of defined community reduced government assistance etc. He acknowledges he only made it because of his grandparents (he had boots). What is the answer? Wished I had one, only thing I know it cannot be the status quo. 8mo
Schnoebs You should try this.... I read this before going to hillbilly and I actually decided not to pick it up after reading this 8mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue I‘m with you. 8mo
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