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« Reply #1965 on: December 24, 2017, 02:53:01 AM »

Ye-es!
6 of 1 or
6 mysteries and 1 non-fiction

Michael Pearce
Anglo-Sudanese ex-pat
The Women of the Souk
19th in the Mamur Zapt series
+ 7 more in 1 more series
Hero: Welsh ex-pat
Place: Egypt
Time: 1910s


Linda Castillo
American
award winner
Among the Dead
8th in the Kate Burkholder series
Heroine: American
Place: Ohio and New York (USA)
Time: present


Kate Saunders
Brit
award winner
The Secrets of Wish tide
1st in the Laetitia Rudd series
+ 3 more fiction + 1 juvenile fiction
Heroine: Brit
Place: England and Belgium
Time: 1850s


Craig Johnson
American
award winner
The Highwayman
12th in the Longmire series
now streaming on Netflix
+ 2 short story collections + 2 more fiction + 1 novella
Hero: American
Place: Wyoming (USA)
Time: Present


Emily Littlejohn
American
1st novelist
Inherit the Bones
Heroine: American
Place: Colorado (USA)
Time: Present


Andrew Hunt
American
award winner
Desolation Flats
3rd in the Art Oveson series
3 more non-fiction
Hero: American
Place: Utah (USA)
Time: 1930s

and 1 non-fiction
Reginald Grant, consultant editor
Brit
The History Book
104 of the greatest events in history + 44 of the greatest characters in history, from 200,000 BCE to 2015 CE, identified and explained.
12 more books in this series from . . . to . . .
business -- economics -- literature -- movies -- philosophy -- politics -- psychology -- religion -- science -- Shakespeare -- Sherlock Holmes -- sociology
A good intro to the subjects. Of course, if one wants more details on the specifics, then bibliographies are included.

Next time: and a half dozen graphic novels



Sorry for asking but, what exactly is this about? Is this a review of a book you read? or facts from books?
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« Reply #1966 on: December 25, 2017, 07:07:35 PM »

kevin, i love your lists, now that  i think i figured out how to read them. have you heard anything about the new miss peregrine's children trilogy? wiki says it starts next year?
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« Reply #1967 on: January 06, 2018, 03:58:10 PM »

kevin, i love your lists, now that  i think i figured out how to read them. have you heard anything about the new miss peregrine's children trilogy? wiki says it starts next year?

My lists are nothing but lists of books I have read. When you say trilogy, are you talking about a trilogy of books, having read the 1st and 2nd in graphic format, I am looking forward to reading a 3rd in the same format as the others? Or, are you talking about a trilogy of films, as the 1st, I believe so underwhelmed the box office, I am surprised if there was a 2nd film. Which does not surprise me, as what little I saw of the film, it was so far off from the book that I read, no wonder it was considered something less than a success. Now for a list of a half dozen more  graphic novels.

Igort
Sardinian
The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks
Published 2010-2011.
English translation published 2016.
13 more graphic novels.


Bendis and Deodato
Guardians of Know where : Warzones
collecting issues 1-4 of Secret Wars
+ Bendis and Reed
New Avengers : Illuminati (2007) #3


Leth, Williams, Allegri
Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat :
Hooked on a Feline
Heroine: American
Place: New York (New York)
Time: Present


Wilson, Alphonse, Miyazawa, Andolfo
Ms. Marvel
v.6. Civil War II
collecting issues #7-12


Liu, Brooks, Vines, O'Bache
Star Wars :
Han Solo
collecting issues #1-5


David and Slines
Secret Wars 2099
collecting issues #1-5

Next time: 6 of 1 or a list of 6 mysteries and 1 non-fiction book I have read.
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« Reply #1968 on: January 07, 2018, 03:17:38 PM »

I just finished reading CALIGULA: EMPEROR OF ROME by Arthur Ferrill.
A fairly slim volume - after all, Caligula was only Emperor for three years and nine months - but well-written and entertaining.
Ferrill's thesis is simple:  Forget the twentieth century revisionists who have desperately tried to rehabilitate the reputation of Rome's third Emperor.
Every available bit of evidence seems to indicate that Caligula was indeed depraved, insane, and wantonly cruel - a monster whose actions had no rhyme nor reason, and in fact often harmed the Empire and its ruler.  The last sentence sums it up nicely:
"Rarely has so little good been done by so powerful a figure . . ."
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« Reply #1969 on: January 07, 2018, 03:22:15 PM »

I just finished reading CALIGULA: EMPEROR OF ROME by Arthur Ferrill.
A fairly slim volume - after all, Caligula was only Emperor for three years and nine months - but well-written and entertaining.
Ferrill's thesis is simple:  Forget the twentieth century revisionists who have desperately tried to rehabilitate the reputation of Rome's third Emperor.
Every available bit of evidence seems to indicate that Caligula was indeed depraved, insane, and wantonly cruel - a monster whose actions had no rhyme nor reason, and in fact often harmed the Empire and its ruler.  The last sentence sums it up nicely:
"Rarely has so little good been done by so powerful a figure . . ."

It seems like the modernist thrust in history is to tarnish the reputations of good people, and try to convince us the bad were only misrepresented. Margaret George has written some fine novels about Henry VIII,and Mary of Scotland, but her recent take on Nero as a slandered nice guy was hard to stomach.

I think you, personally, got Caligula right in your second novel, The Redemption of Pontius Pilate.
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« Reply #1970 on: January 07, 2018, 04:04:03 PM »

Thank you for that!

I will say that the interpretative pendulum now seems to be swinging the other way, finally.
The most recent biographies I have read tend to confirm the more traditional views of historical figures.
Example:  RICHARD AND JOHN: KINGS AT WAR blasts all the recent attempts to rehabilitate King John and vilify Richard as a warmongering, homosexual lightweight.  The author did exhaustive research and concluded that John really was an awful fellow, and that Richard's nickname of "Lionheart" was in fact, well-deserved.
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« Reply #1971 on: January 07, 2018, 06:55:34 PM »

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« Reply #1972 on: January 08, 2018, 12:59:48 AM »

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I just hope that the movie adaptation will turn out fine.
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« Reply #1973 on: January 14, 2018, 05:01:50 PM »

Ye-es! 6 of 1 or 6 mysteries + 1 non-fiction

Anna Lee Huber
American
As Death Draws Near
5th in the Lady Darby series
Heroine: Scottish-Irish
Place: British Isles
Time: 1830s


Elsa Hart
American ex-pat
The White Mirror
2nd in the Li Du series
Hero: Chinese
Place: China
Time: 18th century

The Chinese Columbo of China in the 18th century.


D. A. Mishan
Israeli
award winner
The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything
3rd in the Avraham Avraham series
Hero: Israeli
Place: Israel
Time: Present


Vaseem Khan
Brit
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown
2nd in the Baby Ganash Agency series
Hero: Indian
Place: India
Time: Present


David Casarett
American
Murder in the House of Rooster Happiness
1st in the Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency series
3 more non-fiction
Heroine: Thai
Place: Thailand
Time: Present


Keigo Higashno
Japanese
Under the Midnight Sun
translators, Alexander O. Smith and Joseph Reader
4 more fiction in 2 series
Published in Japanese in 1999
Published in English in the U.K. in 2015
Published in U.S. in 2016

Hero: Japanese
Place: Japan
Time: Present

+ 1 non-fiction

Gross and Altman
The Fifty-Year Mission :
the Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized History of Star Trek
v.1. the 1st 25 years

I actually found this more interesting than v.2. which covers the last 25 years. Maybe because I know less about the 1st 25 than the last 25.

Next time: a half dozen of the other. Probably a combination of non-fiction and fictional graphic novels.


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