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Notes from Mt. Bookpile

Not my best quarter - only 19 books.

Biography
  • Edge Seasons, Beth Powning; One of the few books that's really made me think about where I am in my life, although it's not written in such a way that you feel you have to
  • Stand Before Your God, Paul Watkins; Disappointing look at an American's time at Dragon and Eton
  • To Keep the Ball Rolling, Anthony Powell; Fascinating look at a man who apparently knew everyone and anyone in literature in England - Orwell, Waugh, the Sitwells, etc.. If you don't want to read A Dance to the Music of Time after this...

Children's/YA

Fiction/Literature

  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson; I liked this more than Case Histories -- who can resist a memoir that starts in utero?
  • The Finishing School, Muriel Spark; Not bad, but not great either. A relatively light read for the summer.
  • Lark Rise to Candleford, Flora Thompson; There's tons of description and very little real action, but you come away with a very real sense of what it was like to live/grow up in rural England at the turn of the 20th century

Mystery
  • Blood Hunt and Witch Hunt, Ian Rankin; Two non-Rebus mysteries, but more action-suspense a la LeCarre than mystery. Worth reading if you like that genre, or this author.
  • Corpse Candle, C. P. Doherty; Not as good as the Brother Cadfael's, but damn close.
  • Half Broken Things, Morag Joss; Good psychological mystery - I didn't begin to guess the end!
  • The Old Wine Shades Martha Grimes; The 'old gang' is back, but far less annoying than before (and far less in evidence than before). If the series keeps on it's upward track, I'll be happy.
  • Steeplechase, Jane Langton; Another of those telegraph-the-ending mysteries, but quite well done despite that.

Non-Fiction
  • A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe, Leland Ryken and Marjorie Lamp Mead; Only if you absolutely must.
  • Among the Gently Mad, Nicholas A. Basbanes; Poorly edited (I found two obvious typos), but a good primer for those that want to start book collecting/selling.
  • London, A.N. Wilson; Another book that needed a proofreader, but if you want a relatively readable history of London via its architecture, this is the book.
  • The Quotable Robertson Davies, James Channing Shaw; Only 160 pages? Criminal


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