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  • April 24th, 2016, 01:39 PM
    Into Everywhere, by Paul McAuley, and My Struggle: Book Five, by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
  • April 23rd, 2016, 12:29 AM
    "Gitanjoli" by Robindranath Tagure
  • April 21st, 2016, 11:06 AM
    DOOG has done an amzing feat for which he had to call up da CaaT and even earned some praise: He read a work of fiction and said work was some 1,157 (or so) pages.

    Somewhat disappointed with ending --is that all there is?-- and feel somewhat taken in as if , well look at all the history, science etc I could have read in 1,000 plus pages and walked away smarter.

    Some great fiction leaves you smarter but I can't say that 1Q84 left me so enlightened.

    the question arises: "Why did I not stop?" There must have been something there and maybe like Hitchcock wants you wondering what is next. The quality of writing--which mentions Chekov's Law that if a gun is mentioned is has to be fired includes all manner of details that add nothing to plot or character development as the author were being paid by the word like Dickens or Dostoievski except he's neither. So leves me wondering...maybe the strange plot line..still needs editing.

    Back to non-fiction except to re-read L'Etranger and maybe other novels per Camus (Le Chute ?)..wait for a list of others...including Kissinger World Order (better than expected) and Ha-Joon Chang Economics The Users Guide i.e. political economy rather than econometrics.- Paul Johnson History of Jews..biased but brilliant at times...Julian Jaynes, Physics and Philosphy

    If I ever mentioned any before its because I read non-fiction in installments.

  • April 18th, 2016, 11:48 AM
    Byron's Don Juan (rhymes with "screw one").
  • April 16th, 2016, 04:35 PM
    Plot, place, language, social satire, and a genuine fondness for his characters. What's not to like?
  • April 14th, 2016, 01:59 PM
    Why don't you write a "column" on Anthony Trollope...explaining his attractions.
  • April 12th, 2016, 04:39 PM
    Finishing Trollope's "Palliser" novels: The Prime Minister and The Duke's Children. Started A Burglar's Guide to the City, by Geoff Manaugh
  • March 28th, 2016, 06:15 PM
    Started Trollope's Phineas Redux. Read the last two of Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories, Valour and Vanity and Of Noble Family.
  • March 11th, 2016, 07:35 PM
    Read a whole buncha stuff that I neglected to post. Three by Mary Robinette Kowal: Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, and Without a Summer. Three more Trollopes: Can You Forgive Her?, Phineas Finn, and The Eustace Diamonds. Also reading Medusa's Web, by Tim Powers, and Metropolitan, by Walter Jon Williams.
  • March 10th, 2016, 05:41 PM
    Hmmm..Nevil Shute...didn't I read his On the Beach (and see the movie with Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner (?), Tony Perkins ) many moons ago??

    DOOG, who rarely reads fiction except maybe Science-fiction, just started 1,100 + page IQ84 by Haruki Murakami in English translation (Vintage).

    CAAT (from whom I borrowed it) sez otherwise but in short first chapter there are references (and praise to quiet ride and good stereo of one of) two specific Toyota model cars and a MontBlonc pen...Could these be "product placements"--now appearing in best-seller(Japanese) literature ?

    Who would have thought?

    Hope da DooG is wrong...
  • January 27th, 2016, 06:03 PM
    Reading Dr. Thorne, by Anthony Trollope. Just finished Trustee from the Toolroom, by Nevil Shute (downloaded from and converted to .mobi for my Kindle). About to start All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders.
  • January 21st, 2016, 12:01 PM
    Also Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by Lois McMaster Bujold.
  • January 19th, 2016, 10:33 AM
    The Warden, by Anthony Trollope.
  • January 18th, 2016, 11:04 AM
    The Quarry, Iain Banks's last book.
  • January 14th, 2016, 03:17 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Theophylact View Post
    Knight Moves, by Walter Jon Williams.
    I didn't realize that he has written some of the Star Wars books until I went to the reviews of Knight Moves. May end up ordering this instead of the latest Baldacci novel.

  • January 14th, 2016, 03:10 PM
    CROSS JUSTICE by James Patterson. Love Alex Cross. Not his best but very good. Got the hardcover, still like that hefty weight in my hands.
  • January 13th, 2016, 11:49 AM
    The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough.
  • January 12th, 2016, 10:25 PM
    Knight Moves, by Walter Jon Williams.
  • January 12th, 2016, 03:42 AM
    Just picked up Vince Flynn's Kill Shot.
  • January 10th, 2016, 01:42 PM
    Fluke, by Christopher Moore.
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