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Microserfs

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Microserfs by Douglas Coupland Published: 1995 Length: 371 pages This one took me ages and ages to get through. It’s a good example of the sort of book I need to learn to put down and come back to later – not a bad book, but one I just wasn’t feeling it at that moment. Instead I did my usual,… Read more »

Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain)

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Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain): A Rather Graphic Novel About Living With Embarrassing Health Problems by Robert Wells Format: Original Graphic Novel Illustrated by: Robert Wells Publisher: Robinson Published: 2017 Length: 224 pages We came across this in Forbidden Planet while we were browsing nerdy things this summer in London, and I was excited to see what it was… Read more »

The Dinner

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The Dinner by Herman Koch Published: 2009 Narrated by: Clive Mantle Translated By: Sam Garrett (from Dutch in 2012) Length: 08:55 (292 pages) I’ve stated before that I enjoy unlikable curmudgeons for protagonists. Not in every book I read, but when I come across one I do consider it a treat. There’s something exciting about reading a character who completely… Read more »

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard Published: 2017 Narrated by: Eddie Izzard Length: 14:37 (368 pages) I’ve always been a fan of Eddie Izzard, so I was excited when I saw he had written a memoir and narrated it himself. I love self-narrated comedian memoirs. The book spends quite a bit of time… Read more »

October in Review

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Books Acquired: The Happy Numbers of Julius Miles by Jim Keeble The Amateur Emigrant/The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci I Am the Wolf: Lyrics and Writings by Mark Lanegan If We All Spat at Once They’d Drown: Drawings About Class by Sam Wallman Dear Writer Revisited by Carmel Bird Law School: Sex and… Read more »

Ninefox Gambit

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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Published: 2016 Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller Series: The Machineries of Empire #1 Length: 10:52 (384 pages) Captain Kel Cheris is a brilliant captain in a very strictly run army and finds herself disgraced by running unapproved formations while trying to keep her soldiers alive, but she is given one chance to redeem herself…. Read more »

September in Review

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Books Acquired: None Books Read: The Dinner by Herman Koch Microserfs by Douglas Coupland Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome Small Gods: A Discworld Graphic Novel by Terry Pratchett, Ray Friesen The reading slump! It continues! September was a bit of an unfocused month for me, but I did finally finish Microserfs, which I actually did enjoy… Read more »

August in Review

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Books Acquired: The Blue Guitar by John Banville The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham The Chrysalids by John Wyndham Small Gods: A Discworld Graphic Novel by Terry Pratchett Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells The… Read more »

Get Jiro!

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Get Jiro! by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose Illustrated by: Langdon Foss Series: Get Jiro #1 Publisher: Vertigo Published: 2012 Length: 160 pages I was very excited when this comic was announced, being a fan of everything Bourdain does, but I remember reading quite a few bad reviews for it. Comics are expensive, so I do like to be selective,… Read more »