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    I just finished The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.
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    Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse, by Andrea di Robilant.

    This story of Hemingway's love for a young Venetian lady he met in 1948 includes some great stories about living life to the fullest, and a couple of mentions of fountain pens and handwriting.

    Highly recommend.
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    Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom: Book 1 (of 8) by David Wingrove. I enjoyed it enough to purchase Book 2 before finishing Book 1. World building on the scope of the Dune or Foundation series, I'm curious to see if he can keep it going for 8 volumes. So far, I'm riveted.
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    Casually browsing the local stationery store the other day, check out what I found at an absurd price for a hardcover as well; something like 15 EUR.


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    From the Public Domain: The King's Achievement by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson. Especially poignant for a fourth generation Catholic girl like meself.
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    I just finished this morning Exit Strategy by Martha Wells. I also finished City of Ink by Elsa Hart a few days ago.
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    Lately I've been reading history of Spain from the early 20th century, just finished "A Sangre y Fuego" by Chaves-Nogales
    befor "España Invertebrada" by Ortega; and "Niebla" by Unamuno

    Looking forward to a light novel set in those time "Sabotaje" which should finally arrive this week from Spain
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    I just finished Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. Took me two whole weeks of binge-reading.

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    The Grimoire by fellow member here calamus who gave me an advance copy to enjoy!
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    I just finished I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (about the search for the Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker) and Calypso by David Sedaris.
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    I recently finished two:

    *A Handful of Hard Men* by Hannes Wessels - fascinating first-hand account of the Rhodesian special forces during the bush war of 1964 -79.

    *See You Again in Pyongyang* by Travis Jeppesen - quite a good read of life in current day North Korea.

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    I just finished Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart and Transcription by Kate Atkinson. I liked both.
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    Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    To keep my mind off things: The Bering Strait by FX Holden. Political thriller based on a future war over water supplies.
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    Just finished Northland, a 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border, by Porter Fox. I've always liked travelogues, whether contemporary or from the age of sailing ships. Northland is a mix of history about the US/Canadian border with exploring the wilderness and culture along its length.

    I'm 2/3 of the way through Eric Idle's biography, Always Look on the Bright Side, which drowns in his tedious litany of name dropping. Idle even admits that in Chapter 20, followed by worse. Perhaps I shouldn't judge until I finish the book, since I am a Python fan that understands certain humor may not be evident...until the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    I am a Python fan that understands certain humor may not be evident...until the end.
    Then you might enjoy https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...zkOVFSCihUPifU

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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom: Book 1 (of 8) by David Wingrove. I enjoyed it enough to purchase Book 2 before finishing Book 1. World building on the scope of the Dune or Foundation series, I'm curious to see if he can keep it going for 8 volumes. So far, I'm riveted.
    I remember reading the first three or so volumes when they first came out - I was wondering the other day about finishing the series.

    If you've not read it then I'd recommend Bruce Sterling's Schismatrix if you life SF from that period.

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    The latest instalment in the Ben Aaronovitch "Rivers of London" series, Lies Sleeping. Police procedural crossed with urban fantasy. Pure escapism...

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    I just read that, too (Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch). I love these! So much fun. Do you read the graphic novels, too?

    I also read The White Darkness by David Grann, lest folks think that all I read are mysteries. So good and so tragic.
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