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Reading Tour of 2015: January. - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Reading Tour of 2015: January.
As I mention occasionally, I track my Books Read for the year on a separate site. Until 2014, I used an old community I'd set up for some long-abandoned reason. I then started posting read-dates and reviews for them on Goodreads, with 2014 being my first complete record of that kind. The final 2014 number was 54 books read; it was really 55, but one was a beta of something I don't think ever came out.

First finished in 2015 was the last started last year, which I've mentioned here before: Without You There Is No Us, Suki Kim's memoir about teaching the young elite leaders in North Korea for part of a year.  Three more have gone on the list since then, with a fifth for 2015 about to arrive.  The results, so far, have been mostly great.

#2: The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. A random selection from the library almost-new section, and quirky as all get-out, but we both really liked it despite it not passing two regular tests we both employ for books/movies/alldat. Nothing really HAPPENS in almost 400 pages, and most of the characters are relatively hard to care about. Still. The dialogue is impeccable, spanning 23 years of the lives of the characters- a clearly main (and mainly eccentric) character, into whose life we fall in three distinct times and places, and a small number of supporting ones. Who and what they turn out to be is what keeps this one's engine running and its pages turning quickly. (And as my review frankly confesses, I STILL have no idea what the title means.)

#3: The House of Silk. I discovered this one through a review of the author's second Officially Authorised Novel (the Conan Doyle Estate doing the Authorising) which purport to continue the original Sherlock Holmes canon.  This first one from a few years back, written in ACD's style and about the original stories' era, it fell largely flat for me.  Maybe it's because I've seen so many more promising things done with the reimagining of the characters in two different updated television programmes, or maybe because the author (Anthony Horowitz, a Brit perhaps best known for the Foyle's War series on ITV) was just trying a little too hard to say strict to canon and not give the slightest nod to the anacrhonistic things going on in Sherlock's current worlds. The Big Reveal of the plot was meh, and a little deja vu of something else I've seen or read in recent years.  It went quickly, but there ultimately wasn't nearly enough game afoot for my liking.

#4  The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Another one I discovered through a review of something else: Michael Lewis authored Moneyball about the world of big versus small market baseball teams, whereas this one does a similar look back at the world financial crash of 2007-08 with similar means of explanation, character development and humor.

Which gets us to the Next to Come, being released this coming Tuesday, when I hope BN will have it in store:



Tim is a teacher and, now, novelist who went to my high school a few years after I did. Didn't know him then, but I've enjoyed the first two books in the Raymond Donne series and am looking forward to this continuation of the tale. Donne is also a teacher, but his past career was as a cop, and as the previous two tales brought him involuntarily back into his former life of crime solving, this one begins with a similar drop-in and drop-into-the-middle-of-things that sounds quite promising.

After that, maybe the two books that led me to #3 and #4 will be available. I might make 60 or more for the year at this rate:)
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