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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

Bertie Plays the Blues: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (7)

Bertie Plays the Blues: A 44 Scotland Street Novel  - Alexander McCall Smith I skipped a couple of books in the series to read this one, which a friend loaned me. It didn't really matter; the characters are consistent and the plot moves slowly, so I wasn't confused. I enjoy these books; they're good comfort reads. That said, I do get tired of McCall Smith trumpeting his views via his characters. It's so clear that he can't stand a certain type of person when he makes a character with those traits pretty much unendurable. Most of his characters are either nearly perfect (Bertie, Angus, Domenica, Matthew) or awful enough that you wouldn't want them in your life (Bruce, Irene, Dr. Fairbairn, Olive, Tofu). There are a few in-betweens, but in general, McCall Smith knows how to hit you over the head repeatedly with his views on what makes a good person and a good life. And he's a master of mockery where he doesn't agree.