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On Such a Full Sea X2

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee 2014/368 pages read by B. D. Wong 11h 8m rating: 9  / dystopian fiction (read and listened) I had to read this one again!  It woudn’t let go of me.  I kept … Continue reading

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Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut 2014/352 pages rating: 6 /fiction – fictionalized biography Nonfiction which “reads like a novel”  is fairly common and I’ve read a fair amount,  but a novel which “read like a biography” is rather unusual – in fact this … Continue reading

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On Such a Full Sea

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee 2014/368 pages read by B. D. Wong 11h 8m rating: 8  / dystopian fiction “Don’t sanctuaries become prisons, and vice versa, foremost in the mind?” asks the unnamed Narrator in Chang-rae Lee’s … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being x2

A Tale for the Time Being x2 by Ruth Ozeki  (Canada) 2013 / 422 pages read by Ruth Ozeki 14h 43m rating – 8 / fiction This is a re-read because although I read it for the Booker Group back … Continue reading

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The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles 1949 / 352 pages read by Jennifer Connelly 10h 30m rating:  6 / classic At first this seemed like a really dumb story wrapped in wonderful silky language. A married American couple and their good friend  travel around … Continue reading

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how to be both

how to be both by Ali Smith 2014/ 384 pages rating – 9 / general fiction The introductory material says this book (even e-book) can be read in two ways – the EYES section first and then the CAMERA section … Continue reading

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The Gift of Rain

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian) 2007 / 432 pages Rating 9 / historical  fiction 1/14/15 This book started out so incredibly good for me that I began writing little summaries – I find doing that keeps me … Continue reading

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Happy All the Time

Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin 1978 / 213 pages read by Marc Vietor  6h 13m Rating:  8 / 20th century fiction Reading group selection – (Bookgroup List) – I first thought it was going to be some stupid romance,  but … Continue reading

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The Rosie Effect

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 2014 / 352 pages Read by Dan O’Grady 7h 32m Rating:  7.5 / fiction (humor) This is the sequel to The Rosie Project (which I guess I neglected to review!)  and,  as with most sequels, it  loses … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction – 2014

Due to a discussion in a reading group I got to wondering about the Historical Fiction I’ve read in the past year (2014)  So I did a little survey analysis since I’d never actually done a count.    I read … Continue reading

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Mrs. Queen Takes the Train x2

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn 2012 / 384 pages Read by Simon Prebble 9h 33m Rating:  8 / fun fiction Okay – in part because William Kuhn, the author,  is going to be (is/was) available at the … Continue reading

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The Children Act

The Children Act by Ian McEwan 2013 / 221 pages Rating:  8/ fiction When a court determines any question with respect to … the upbringing of a child … the child’s welfare shall be the court’s paramount consideration. —SECTION 1( … Continue reading

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