Monthly Archives: June 2021

The Craft ~ by John Dickie

Oh this is a wonderful book,.  It’s the history of the Freemasons from the 17th or 18th century to modern times plus some folklore from misty ancient times. It’s easy to read often reading like a novel. Dickie, an expert … Continue reading

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Project Hail Mary ~ by Andy Weir

If you liked The Martian by the same author, Project Hail Mary is better – especially if you’re listening.  If you didn’t much care for The Martian you might not like this, although it’s been widely praised.  *****Project Hail Maryby … Continue reading

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The Last ~ by Hanna Jameson

While Jon Keller is in Switzerland at an academic convention the world’s cities explode in nuclear warfare.  Meanwhile Jon’s wife and children are in San Francisco, probably one of the bombed cities.  John is staying at an upscale hotel/resort which … Continue reading

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Some Choose Darkness ~ by Charlie Donlea

I don’t know what I expected but this was a bit more on the rough side than I readily enjoy.  I’m not fond of anonymous serial killer books with fictional ones more objectionable.  That said, I got hooked into it … Continue reading

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When She Was Helen ~ by Caroline B. Cooney

At first this feels like a cozy but there’s another side – there are several threads and they only start kind of sweet and funny.  They turn suspenseful and bloody with a strongly sad and criminally serious side.  Cooney wrote … Continue reading

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Tyll ~ by Daniel Kehlmann

I read this for the Booker Prize group.  It was interesting but confusing for my brain.  It’s a “magical realism” take on the Thirty-Years War as it played out in Germany and Central Europe. The lead character, Tyll, is based … Continue reading

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Underland: ~ by Robert Macfarlane

Reading this the first time I wasn’t too sure what to think. It seemed like science with a lot of literary aspirations – aka creative nonfiction. But the second time round I realized that this is a travelogue!  Macfarlane is … Continue reading

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