Monthly Archives: November 2013

Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel by Michele de Kretzer 2013 / 481 pages rating:  5 /contemp fiction Well whaddaya know-  one of the epigraphs in de Kretzer’s book is from E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End (which I just barely finished).   The epigraph: “Under cosmopolitanism, … Continue reading

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The Ophelia Cut

The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart (#14 in the Dismas Hardy series) 2013/432 pages read by David Colacci 16h 20m rating:  A /crime I enjoy Lescroart for some good solid crime fiction.  Dismas Hardy the protagonist for this series is … Continue reading

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Howards End

Howards End by E.M. Forster 1910 / 318 pages rating: 9 / classic Brit This is a reread but from so long ago I seem to remember almost nothing.   I did enjoy it though and I do remember enjoying … Continue reading

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Return of the Native

Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy 1878 / 448 pages rating:  9.5 / Brit classic I was very interested in reading this book until I read the first chapter.   Oh-oh – bo-ring!   But I picked it up … Continue reading

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The Last Chinese Chef

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones 2007/ 278 pages read by Elizabeth Rogers /James Chen /10h 54m rating:   7 /romance-cooking I got this one in an Audible sale because it sounded kind of interesting what with a liberal … Continue reading

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The Fourth Watcher

The Fourth Watcher: A Novel of Bangkok by Timothy Hallinan 2008/320 pages read by Victor Bevine 10h 53m rating  A / crime  (#2 in Poke Rafferty series) In this gritty, fast-paced novel of Bangkok,  the series protagonist,  Poke Rafferty, a … Continue reading

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David and Goliath:

David and Goliath:  Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell 2013/ 320 pages rating: 7.5 / nonfiction – psychology I didn’t get along with this book terribly well until the last quarter or so.  I’ve read … Continue reading

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 2013/259 pages (Kindle) rating:  7 /  fantasy First off,  I am NOT a fantasy fan and I’m not sure I would have read this had it not  been for … Continue reading

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Zoo Station

Zoo Station by David Downing 2007 / 304 pages read by Simon Prebble 10h. 1m. rating  B / WWII spy novel I am so ready for a straightforward crime/spy novel.  This choice is thanks to 4_Mystery_Addicts reading group. Between Kristallnacht  in late 1938 and … Continue reading

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The Luminaries

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton 2013/848 pages rating  9.5 / literary and historical The setting for this marvelous,  page-turner (kept me up very late last night)  is  Hokitika, New Zealand circa 1866, during the gold rush there.  The first Part,  about … Continue reading

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Sanctuary by William Faulkner 1931/ 315 pages rating:  7.5 / classic This is one of Faulkner’s lesser known works and with good reason, imo.   He said himself it was a “pot-boiler” and written only for the money.   That … Continue reading

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Civilization: The West and the Rest

Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson (Brit) 2011 / 432 pages Rating:   8.5 /  Socio-Economic History Very interesting book – I’ve thought some of these things but I don’t think I’ve ever read them – not … Continue reading

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