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Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
The First Rumpole Omnibus - John Mortimer After reading Mortimer's memoirs and his Titmuss books, I was surprised that I didn't like Rumpole more. I found the stories formulaic and repetitive. Perhaps that always happens when there is a recurring character; the author feels compelled to reintroduce the main quirks of the character over and over. Reading the stories one after another, it was irksome. Agatha Christie did that with Poirot and Marple, but the stories were longer, so it didn't seem so tedious. Anyway, the stories were amusing, but I gave up about 2/3 of the way through the omnibus. I've continued to read Mortimer's other fiction and find it better.