Friday, October 18, 2019

Quantum Coin

Fiction by E.C. Myers

This is the sequel to Fair Coin, a great sci-fi novel I read recently. It's a great conclusion and answers a lot of questions I had about the ideas behind the first story. Also I liked the characters a lot, so it's always fun to see what happens next for them.
I think I'd say you MUST read the first book first on this one.

Also I don't like the cover pictured above; my copy had a better one that matched the first book. --->

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Fiction by Ken Follett

This was an exciting spy novel based on a true story about the Mossad in 1968. It was very good.

I also read recently by this author: Jackdaws

Sunday, October 13, 2019


Fiction by Edward Carey

This was an interesting story about a diminutive servant girl in eighteenth-century Switzerland and France with special talents. I enjoyed it a lot because I liked the characters, but it was a bit odd.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Off to be the Wizard

Fiction by Scott Meyer

I can't really explain this book, but it was really good.

It begins with a nerdy guy called Martin in modern Seattle who discovers that he can somehow manipulate reality through his computer, and then ends up having to pretend to be a wizard in medieval England.

Yeah; you just have to read it to understand. There's a sequel and I'm totally getting it.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Murder is Easy

Fiction by Agatha Christie.

This is one of Agatha Christie's stories that does not use a serial detective, such as the ubiquitous Poirot, although there is a main character (Luke Fitzwilliam) who is a retired police detective, and he does eventually solve the case. Perhaps she was thinking of trying to make him a recurring character, but I think he's supposed to be a one-off. Luke is a good character; instead of a know-it-all detective type who reveals all in the last chapter, he seems to sort of stumble into the solution just in time.

It's a good mystery.

I also read recently by this author: And Then There Were None

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Subtitled: A Memoir of (My) Body
Nonfiction by Roxane Gay

This is definitely a memoir of the author's body, and hers alone. I think she's trying to make a statement about women in general and our love-hate relationship with our own fat-thin bodies, and I get that, but it doesn't really fly well. It's mostly a navel-gazing type of book, which is not my favorite style. Even though the navel she's gazing at does look quite a lot like my own, as a "woman of size" in a world that tells me to take up less space.

Really the only interesting thing in this book is what she says about the (annoyingly frequent) claim that inside every fat woman is a skinny woman trying to get out: "Yes; I ate that skinny woman. She was delicious but unsatisfying." HA!

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Cellar

Fiction by Minette Walters

In this disturbing story, fourteen-year-old Muna lives a terrible life in the home of the Songolis, an immigrant family who have to hide her identity from the British police in order to report their son's mysterious disappearance. Under local police scrutiny, Mr. and Mrs. Songoli have to suspend Muna's beatings and attempt to treat as if she were a daughter.

But Muna is not their daughter; she is an orphan girl whom they have treated as a slave ever since they'd stolen her seven or eight years ago in their native country, somewhere in Africa.

This was a fascinating book, but very very dark.

I also read recently by this author: The Turn of Midnight