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William D. Gill, Confidence

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 06:40 pm

William D. Gill, Confidence

Leaf short story that reminded me of John Irving, but in a good way.

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John Sutherland, How to Read a Novel

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 06:03 pm

John Sutherland, How to Read a Novel

I think this had content, but it was slight enough to pass me by as I was reading it.

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Tove Jansson, A Winter Book, Moomin Book One

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 04:11 pm

Tove Jansson, A Winter Book, Moomin

Apparently this collection of some of Jansson's short stories has had poor reviews in the press. So I really am glad I don't read newspapers any more. Not as wow-stunning as The Summer Book, but full of little jewels of observation and wit.

Moomin Book One collects together the first four comic strips that Jansson did for the London Evening News in the 1950s. Stupid bureaucrats are brought down by the gently inevitable forces of anarchism. Go and buy it so they'll definitely do the rest, it's fantastic.

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Kerry Greenwood, Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 04:10 pm

Kerry Greenwood, Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High

Phryne joy. They got passed around all of us during the Christmas holiday.

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Ethel Wilson, Hetty Dorval

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 04:07 pm

Ethel Wilson, Hetty Dorval

Persephone novella about the damage that can be done by the kind of personality that does not grasp or care about the damage they are doing.

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Stephen King, The Gunslingers, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 04:04 pm

Stephen King, The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands

I read these six or seven years ago and was left with absolutely no memory of them whatsoever, more so than usual. I didn't want to reread them until they were all published, and now that time has come, and now I've been through my Eliot obsession, and this time round they kept my mind cheerfully ticking over during a busy December, and I'm keen to lay hands on the rest. Aeroplane reading, I think.

Still not The Stand, though.

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Cicely Hamilton, Lest Ye Die, Full Stop

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 04:00 pm

Cicely Hamilton, Lest Ye Die, Full Stop

Courtesy of oursin, two other novels by the author of William: An Englishman (Persephone's first reprint). Lest Ye Die is a post-apocalyptic novel (I knew it by the title Theodore Savage, and is tough going and extremely pessimistic about the resilience of humanity. (The title comes from: "Do not eat of the fruit of the tree... lest ye die": haven't checked that quote, you know what I mean.) Full Stop follows the last days of a politician who, on the verge of slithering himself into the position of Prime Minister, discovers he has an incurable illness.

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Gwendoline Courtney, The Chiltons

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 03:59 pm

Gwendoline Courtney, The Chiltons

Gentle family story in which large family take in orphan and promptly find her a home of her own. Awww.

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Clare Mallory, Juliet Overseas

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 03:57 pm

Clare Mallory, Juliet Overseas

Resourceful and sensible Blake Juliet leaves New Zealand to go to an English boarding school, whereupon she embarks upon a glorious affair with sardonic House Captain Avon Cara. Easily my favourite Clare Mallory book.

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Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword At Sunset

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 03:57 pm

Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword At Sunset

Hugely absorbing retelling of the Arthur story, in which Arthur is a Romano-British prince fighting off the Saxon invasion. Really well done. Finishes up the story of Aquila from The Lantern-Bearers, another of my literary crushes.

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