Category Archives: 2011 New Reads

REVIEW: Louisa May Alcott – Jack and Jill / An Old-Fashioned Girl

(Project Gutenberg e-books, originally published 1880 / 1870) I read these two books back in 2011, having downloaded them for the holidays. I’d read An Old-Fashioned Girl once before as a teenager, if I recall correctly, but hadn’t read Jack … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Sophie’s Turn – Nicky Wells

(self-published e-book 2011) Sophie is a journalist, more-or-less happily engaged to Tim, an accountant, when she meets up with members of the former rock band Tusk. In her late teens, we discover, Sophie had had a huge crush on the … Continue reading

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2011: The year in books

I read a few more than 147 books in 2011, since some of the more frequent re-reads did not make it to my official list. Of these, 31 were re-reads: not a bad percentage, for me. As any reader who … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Cosima Wagner: The Lady of Bayreuth – Oliver Hilmes

(Yale University Press 2011) I picked this up at Blackwell’s music shop in Oxford (along with lots of CDs of twentieth century music) – something of a departure for me, since I don’t tend to read biography, and I’m not … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Emperor’s Edge – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book 2010) This was another recommendation from Erin at Aelia Reads (she recommended Please Ignore Vera Dietz, which I enjoyed), and which I downloaded for my Kindle along with a short story collection and the sequel. The Emperor’s Edge … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Royal Escape – Georgette Heyer

(Arrow e-book 2005, originally published 1938) Georgette Heyer is primarily known for her romance novels set in the early nineteenth century of ‘Regency’ England, though she did write historical novels set in other periods. Of these, most feature real people … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Thus Was Adonis Murdered – Sarah Caudwell

(Constable & Robinson 2002, originally published 1981) This, like Delusions of Gender, was the result of a review by another book blogger, this time a more recent one from Jenny. The review immediately made me search out Caudwell’s books (sadly … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine

(Icon Books 2010) I was first introduced to this book by Nymeth in her excellent review back in January this year: it sounded interesting enough to buy straight away, though it’s been several months since it was first put onto … Continue reading

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Rose Cottage – Mary Stewart

(Hodder e-book 2011, originally published 1997) Although this book was only published a few years ago, it’s largely set in the immediate post-war years, though, like Thornyhold, it’s told as though looking back on the past rather than in the … Continue reading

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Neuromancer – William Gibson

(e-book, originally published 1984) Gibson’s first novel was written, so the author has said, in a state of “blind animal terror.” It doesn’t show. It’s an accomplished piece of work, conveying a dystopian future of mega-corporations and polluted cities with … Continue reading

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