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REVIEW: Swordspoint – Ellen Kushner

(Bantam Books 2003, novel originally published 1987) I don’t recall where I first read about Swordspoint, but it was certainly on Redhead’s blog where I read about the sequel, The Privilege of the Sword. Although for her the sequel didn’t … 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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The Sarantine Mosaic – Guy Gavriel Kay

(HarperCollins 2011) Sailing to Sarantium (1998) / Lord of Emperors (2000) I’m not sure why I haven’t read more books by Guy Gavriel Kay. Back when I was a student, a friend lent me all three books of the Fionavar … Continue reading

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Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis

(Pennsylvania State University Electronic Classics 2001, originally published 1922) George F. Babbitt is a conventional man, a real estate agent in partnership with his father-in-law, living in the American city of Zenith with his wife, Myra, and children Verona, Ted … Continue reading

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A Very British Coup – Chris Mullin

(Serpent’s Tail 2010, originally published 1982) In this speculative story of political skullduggery, Chris Mullin (a Labour MP, though not when he wrote the book) shows how Britain might have been. The book begins with the 1989 general election in … Continue reading

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The Jewel in the Crown – Paul Scott

(Arrow 2005, originally published in 1966) Book 1 of the Raj Quartet In this book Scott examines India under British rule in 1942, the period towards the end of the ‘Raj’, in a large (fictional) town called Mayapore. The narrative … Continue reading

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Travel books – Lawrence Durrell

My first acquaintance with Lawrence Durrell was as Gerald Durrell’s irascible brother Larry in ‘My Family and Other Animals‘, and then through his thriller, White Eagles over Serbia, and Antrobus stories. Recently I’ve been reading his travel books – the … Continue reading

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‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ – Robert Heinlein

Valentine Michael Smith is a human being, born to two of the first people to visit Mars. Although his parents – and the rest of the mission – were killed, Smith was brought up on Mars, and, essentially, was a … Continue reading

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‘Swan Song’ / ‘Buried for Pleasure’ – Edmund Crispin

Gervase Fen is an eccentric Oxford don – Professor of English Language and Literature, no less – and amateur sleuth, whose adventures in detection are invariably comic and light-hearted. Crispin (a pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery) evidently prefers larkiness to … Continue reading

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