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rabbitprincess

rabbitprincess

Joined May 2016

“Reading & sauntering & lownging & dozing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.“ -- David Hume
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Bear Island by Alistair MacLean
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Typhoon by Joseph Conrad
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Vimy by Pierre Berton
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Watership Down by Richard Adams
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Ford AbomiNation | Linwood Barclay
Mehso-so

This is similar to Mike Harris Made Me Eat My Dog, although harder for me to laugh at because we're still living it. It is well observed, but I don't consider this essential for the average Barclay fan, which is why I've opted for the so-so rating.

kwmg40 I was considering reading this, but, as an Ontarian, I too feared it would be depressing rather than funny. 2d
rabbitprincess @kwmg40 Maybe in 20 years? 1d
kwmg40 @rabbitprincess Depends on if there‘s more trauma to come. Let‘s hope it all gets better. 😃 1d
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Mehso-so

An interesting topic, but rather plodding in its presentation. I read the first three chapters, skimmed the fourth, then read the conclusion. And now I want to read more Pierre Berton (specifically The National Dream and The Last Spike).

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Pickpick

I enjoyed this expansion of the Rivers of London universe and would happily read more, even if Nightingale appears only as a mention... (I love Nightingale 😍)

BookHoarder32 Are you excited for the new graphic novel about him? 3d
rabbitprincess @BookHoarder32 I actually haven't been reading the graphic novels. For some reason I don't want to have an artist telling me what the characters look like 😜 3d
BookHoarder32 They're not too bad and fill in some gaps in the storyline 😊 3d
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Another excellent Kopp sisters novel and one that was highly appropriate for Remembrance Day. Women's contributions to the war effort have been historically undervalued, and I am glad that Stewart chose to highlight this particular contribution. It is educational and timely.

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Pickpick

John le Carré's latest makes me think of adjectives such as light, crisp, and clear -- for a spy story, this is as stripped-down as it gets. I read this through in an afternoon and almost thought it ended TOO quickly, but in fact it ends at exactly the right point.

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My plans for the next few days! I have a whole bunch of new releases to read and three days off in a row 😎

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Pickpick

A much-needed reread to get me out of a reading slump. Possibly my second-favourite Poirot (The Mysterious Affair at Styles takes top prize).
Favourite line:
Hastings: I never notice what people are wearing.
Poirot: Maybe you should join a nudist colony.
😆😂😳

LauraBrook 😂😂 I don‘t remember that quip! I do love Poirot. 5d
sarahnicoloff 😂👌 5d
rabbitprincess @LauraBrook He was especially sassy in this one for some reason! @sarahnicoloff I could just see Hugh Fraser making a dismayed face at that comment 😆 5d
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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Overall a pick. I preferred David Copperfield in general, but the atmosphere of this book was well done, especially the bittersweetness that crept in as the story came to a close.

RachelAmphlett This and A Tale of Two Cities are two of my favs - I need to read David Copperfield! 2w
rabbitprincess @RachelAmphlett I want to read David Copperfield again to go with the upcoming movie -- although I will likely be reading it after watching the movie at this rate. (edited) 6d
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Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero | William Makepeace Thackeray
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This took me a while to read and my interest ebbed and flowed, but overall I thought this a good read. Becky Sharp certainly lives up to her name, calculating the best advantage for herself.

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Rockcliffe Park: A History of the Village | Martha Edmond, Friends of the Village of Rockcliffe Park Foundation
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#BookHaul from the Rockcliffe Park Book Fair. I've had to miss it the past couple of years, so this was making up a bit for lost time 😅 Six French books, two boat books, a plane book, a thriller, a classic mystery, a random history book, and a memoir I thought was on my to-read list but wasn't. (That said, two of the French books and the mystery book WERE on that list 😁)

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A re-read that was just as satisfying as the first. Comparing this to the 1980 film and the French adaptation (Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie, “Le miroir se brisa“), I found the adaptations did a great job of streamlining some of the characters while retaining the essence of the story. Possibly my second-favourite Marple.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was an utterly beautiful retelling of the Circe story. It hit all the right notes for me and I'm glad I picked it up. It will be interesting to revisit Greek myths with this perspective -- next I think I'll try Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey!

charl08 I loved this too: I'm usually not do keen on myths and retellings, but this grabbed me from the first few pages. Much like 2w
rabbitprincess @charl08 That's on my list too! Glad you liked it 😊 2w
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I like Susan Calman and enjoyed this book, if one can say they “enjoy“ a book about depression. Susan's experiences with paranoia and anxiety in particular resonated strongly with me -- are we twins? I think I'm going to have to get the audio of this, read by the author, for a re-read.

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Watched the 1980 adaptation of The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side today. BF marvelled at the all-star cast. Elizabeth Taylor! Rock Hudson! Kim Novak! Angela Lansbury! Tony Curtis! Geraldine Chaplin! I thought this was a solid adaptation. Lansbury did seem a bit young as Marple, in comparison to, say, Joan Hickson, but I thought she did well 🙂

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Pickpick

Recommended for those who enjoyed (if one can “enjoy“ books on such a serious topic) When Breath Becomes Air and The Emperor of All Maladies. Dr. Raza is an oncologist specializing in myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukemia, and her professional and personal experience is brought to bear here with authority and candour. The writing is a bit on the technical side but worth reading!

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A lovely coffee-table-size book with plenty of cool and beautiful photos. Captions are clear and succinct, and directional arrows indicate which photos the captions are referring to. Worth picking up if the history of Concorde interests you.

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Vol de Nuit | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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A novel of impressions and vignettes more than a fast-paced plot. It's poetic and almost magical in a way. It draws on Saint-Exupéry's own experiences flying the mail routes in South America and is certainly a book I'll be reading again.

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Holy 💩, the library's copy of The October Man is a special signed edition! 😱 Going to have to be extra careful with this one.

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Lone Wolf | Linwood Barclay
Mehso-so

Definitely lighter mystery fare from Barclay, earlier in his career. I found this a challenging read too because of the Wickens family...a little too true to life at the moment 😬

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A much-needed reread for me. This is one of my favourite books. So delightfully weird and droll and fun. A classic.

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Isn't this a gorgeous cover? I couldn't leave that behind.

Sace So pretty! 😍 4w
rabbitprincess @Sace And the design is printed on the actual hard cover (no dustjacket)! 4w
Sace Ooohhhh....even nicer! 4w
batsy 😍 4w
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James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Library)
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Went to the Ottawa Public Library's monthly used book sale (at the City of Ottawa archives), and got:

Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction
The Trojan Horse (Hammond Innes)
La traversée du continent (Michel Tremblay)
Cruising Attitude (memoir by a flight attendant)
Civil Aircraft of the World (from 1972)
Sea Fever (the true adventures that inspired maritime fiction)

Lcsmcat Great haul! 4w
rabbitprincess @Lcsmcat I had to pace myself a bit because I'm planning to hit up another book sale in two weeks 😅 4w
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Pickpick

An interesting assortment of stories from US and UK crime writers of the Golden Age. Some of these stories have never been published before. Each author gets a brief bio, tucked away after their story. I liked the presentation well enough and would suggest checking this out if you like any of the featured authors or this time period in general.

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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"What else can be the consequence...if he WILL cut the cheese?"
Me: HAHA cut the cheese ??????
"A man with the gout in his right hand -- and everywhere else -- can't expect to get through a Double Gloucester without hurting himself."
Me: OHHH he meant that literally?

Sace 🤣🤣🤣 4w
LauraJ 😹😹😹 4w
Lcsmcat 😂🤣😂 4w
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Pickpick

Another solid book in the Vera series. And as a newish supervisor, I can relate to her reluctance to delegate to others 😂😬

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Pickpick

Funny and fierce and full of feeling. I really liked this and am glad one of my work friends left it in our office little free library.

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WOO HOO the second volume of Paternoster Gang is available to pre-order from Big Finish! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

Laura317 Thanks for the tag!! 1mo
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Pickpick

The second Dalziel and Pascoe book, this is a relatively straightforward case set at a university. Some of the later books are more innovative in form or structure and can actually be a bit too clever for me, but this one is nice and uncomplicated.

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Killer's Payoff | Ed McBain
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A satisfying early installment in the 87th Precinct series. Mostly blackmail, with just a little bit of murder. Cotton Hawes provides some private-eye glitz and glamour, while the rest of the squad diligently carries out its duties.

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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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Felled by a wretched cold (or one that FEELS wretched, anyway, because I don't think I've had one since this time last year), I am seeking solace in NeoCitran and Peter Capaldi's narration of Watership Down.

Linsy 😞 so sorry! 1mo
rabbitprincess @Linsy Thank you! ♥️ I have had a pretty good run of not having colds, and the timing could have been worse, so I shouldn't complain too much. 1mo
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Mehso-so

This book was definitely a slog for me 😞 It could have been bad timing on my part when choosing to start it, or the fact that I'm not as familiar with the history of the Ottoman Empire... who knows. I will absolutely finish the series (only 2 more books to go!), but this is my least favourite of the series.

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A Grue of Ice | Geoffrey Jenkins
Mehso-so

This book's villain is so melodramatic that it felt like he'd wandered in from another book. The tone shifted dramatically whenever he was in the scene. The rest of the book was OK; stories about Antarctica are thrilling on their own. Could have used more floatplanes though! (Why put one on the cover if it shows up for only 4 pages?)

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The Concorde Story | Peter R. March
Mehso-so

This was OK. I liked the pictures -- the postcard format is a good choice for the long, sleek Concorde -- but I wasn't wildly excited about the writing.

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Bookmark/book synchronicity: a CBC bookmark in a book of the CBC Massey Lectures.

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The Concorde Story | Peter R. March
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Uhhhhhh no, the troposphere is the LOWEST level of the atmosphere. It is BELOW the stratosphere.

ravenlee Ugh, I hate these kinds of errors! And then you wonder if they can‘t fact check basic stuff, what else is wrong? 1mo
rabbitprincess @ravenlee This is the only error I've seen so far, and I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt that everything else is correct. It may have been missed because it's a sidebar rather than the main text. 1mo
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The Concorde Story | Peter R. March
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Brian Trubshaw was a test pilot who flew the Concorde. He is also name-checked in Monty Python's "flying sheep" sketch, in which John and Michael dress and speak like outrageous stereotypes of Frenchmen and explain their invention. "Vive Brian, wherever you are!" ✈️?

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The actual story of Flight 232 is interesting and deserves to be told: many safety improvements came out of this accident, as well as a demonstration of the value of crew resource management. However, in this book, the story is told in a jumbled way, and the description of injuries borders on the gratuitous. I would read the NTSB report instead.

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Pickpick

A great read for tiny and large mortals alike. The illustrations are compellingly creepy.

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3⭐️ and a pick for its likely target audience: aviation nerds. The general reader may find this a bit of a dry read.

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Medicine Walk | Richard Wagamese
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September 2019: 15 books read.
Fave book: Medicine Walk, by Richard Wagamese
Least fave book: Death on the Aisle, by Frances and Richard Lockridge
Two audios in one month, too: Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth and The Diary of River Song Series 3

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In The Diary of River Song Series 3, River meets Five and is forced back into the orbit of Madame Kovarian ? Great ties to Series 6 of New Who (the season with "The Impossible Astronaut"). My ranking of the stories in this set: 1️⃣ The Lady in the Lake 2️⃣ My Dinner with Andrew 3️⃣ The Furies 4️⃣ A Requiem for the Doctor.

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How To | Randall Munroe
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I thoroughly enjoyed the absurd scientific advice in this book, particularly how physics equations can be used to answer truly bizarre questions (e.g. “If I want to build a pool of a certain size out of Gruyère cheese, how thick do the walls need to be to hold the water in?“). And the chapter on emergency landings was made even more fun thanks to Chris Hadfield's expertise :) Highly recommended.

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How To | Randall Munroe
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The best way to set a high jump record: dress up as a glider and jump off a mountain 😂😂

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An Acre of Time | Phil Jenkins
Mehso-so

I liked the idea of this book -- telling the history of a place through a representative acre of land -- but there wasn't a map showing where the acre was! I found that distracted me and eventually led to my abandoning the book.

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I enjoyed this exploration of the U.S. spaceflight program. It was technical but very accessible, and I liked how Dean wove other journalists' accounts of previous space programs into her narrative. The bibliography is good too.

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I bought series 4, 5, and 6 of The Diary of River Song recently and realized that I hadn't yet listened to Series 3! This should be good 😎

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Hidden Depths | Ann Cleeves
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I found the plot of this one just a little bit too weird for my tastes in some way...it seems a little more novelistic than I recall the first two books being. But I like Vera as a character and the way this series is told, so I would just call this one "less good". And I have requested the next book in the series already ?

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This book has put Monty Python in my head:
🎶 Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, galloping through the sward
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, on his horse Concorde 🎶

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Pickpick

I found this account of Radisson's life fascinating and at times novelesque. I cannot believe how many times he double-crossed people! But he double-crossed pretty much everybody. Recommended if you want to know more about "that hotel chain guy".

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Mehso-so

I liked the idea of this series and protagonist, but it didn't quite click with me. It could be first-in-series syndrome, or it could just have been less good than other books I've read recently. So I wouldn't discourage you from reading this if it interested you.