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WWW Wednesday October 16, 2019

  WWW Wednesdays 2

 WWW Wednesdays

I prepared a whole video, and then, for whatever reason, I discovered that the audio and visual were not in sync, so here is a traditional post!

BOOKS JUST READ

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MYSTERY

Solving Cadence Moore

NONFICTION

Fr Leonid

MYSTERY/AUDIO

Avalanche hotel

I have reviewed the first two:
Solving Cadence Moore
Elder Leonid of Optina

Avalanche Hôtel:
In 1980, Joshua wakes up in a hotel where he works as a security guard. He is interviewed by a cop about the disappearance of a girl. But he has a hard time remembering what he does there, where he is, and what really happened.
Then we jump to 2018. Joshua wakes up in the hospital after a period of coma due to an accident in an avalanche. During this coma, Joshua had vivid dreams, and he strongly believes his subconscious is trying to tell him something. His first step is to find that hotel, which has actually been abandoned for years. So what is really going on?
Who is he really? What was he doing in this dangerous place?
The book is set in Switzerland. I loved the atmosphere, with the abandoned hotel, and the way the author described the cold, the snow, and the spooky silence around.  I hate snow and cold, but I have to say, it was so well done, I really could feel there!
I especially liked the constant shift between dream and reality. In Joshua’s mind, and for the reader.
There’s a lot in this book about memory, how it builds up on our past, and defines who we are.
The narrator was great for the suspense and atmosphere.

CURRENTLY READING

CHINESE SCIFI

Supernova Era

NONFICTION

Secret Agent Brainteasers

CLASSIC/AUDIO

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

Supernova Era:
Received for review on BOOKishFirst
After 3 meh books, finally a great one!
A supernova exploded, and because of the heat and radiation, people’s chromosomes are damaged. Only kids 13 and under will heal and survive. So the adults have only 12 months at most to train the children how to do everything and run the world.
And what happens after is sociologically quite fascinating!

Secret Agent Brainteasers:
Received for review
Interesting book: it’s indeed a collection of brainteasers – actually quite difficult, I don’t think I’ll manage to solve one.
But the book is much more than that. Each chapter starts by explaining the historical background of spies, highlighting one theme per chapter, and then the teasers of that chapter focus on that theme.

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes:
I had no idea this book was so hilarious, about the people’s reactions to this Scottish foreigner travelling with a donkey in the middle of nowhere in France.
Fascinating overview of the time.

BOOKS UP NEXT

CLASSIC

On the Edge of the World

FICTION

If You Cross the River

MYST/AUDIO

Archipel dune autre vie

The synopses below are from Goodreads

On the Edge of the World
For Classics Spin #21.
“Based on a true story of an early Russian missionary bishop’s trip to Eastern Siberia. During his journey he learns through example and suffering that in indigenous peoples of all cultures there is dignity that must be recognized and built upon as a foundation for Christian conversion.”

If You Cross the River
Received for review
From celebrated Belgian author Geneviève Damas, a modern fable about friendship, self-determination, and the power of words.
Illiterate, isolated, and held at arm’s length by a bitter father, François Sorrente has spent his seventeen years within narrow confines. By day he tends the family farm’s pigs; by night he manages the household chores. Still, François can’t help but wonder about the wider world and his place in it. Who was his mother, who he remembers not at all? And why is the opposite shore of the river, where his beloved older sister disappeared many years ago, forbidden to him?

The Archipelago of Another Life
I’ll listen to it in French, but it’s now available in English. I’ve been curious about this author.
“A tense “Siberian Western” set in the inhospitable, boundless Russia taiga at the height of the Cold War.
On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin’s reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own destruction.
Among them is Pavel Gartsev, a reservist. Orphaned, scarred by the last great war and unlucky in love, he is an instant victim for the apparatchiks and ambitious careerists who thrive within the Red Army’s ranks.
Assigned to a search party composed of regulars and reservists, charged with the recapture of an escaped prisoner from a nearby gulag, Gartsev finds himself one of an unlikely quintet of cynics, sadists and heroes, embarked on a challenging manhunt through the Siberian taiga.
But the fugitive, capable, cunning and evidently at home in the depths of these vast forests, proves no easy prey. As the pursuit goes on, and the pursuers are struck by a shattering discovery, Gartsev confronts both the worst within himself and the tantalising prospect of another, totally different life.”

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Book review: The Man That Got Away

The Man That Got AwayThe Man That Got Away
by Lynne Truss
Bloomsbury
10/15/2019
Mystery
304 pages

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I hope I’m not starting a long series here, but The Man That Got Away is the third book in a row I am either DNFing or not liking at all.
NB: the one I am currently reading is finally sounding really good so far – it’s Supernova Era, a scifi by Liu Cixin.

So, to go back to this mystery, I was really looking forward to reading it, as I so much enjoyed a nonfiction by the author: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

I did find some of Truss’s humor, and her attention to vocabulary and idioms, with lots of research  I am sure in British English as it was spoken in the 1950s. And young Constable Twitten is himself very particular about the vocabulary. He actually pays attention to words used, as possible clues on the identity of guilty parties. Which could be a cool idea.

But the whole thing was very confusing. At the end of the second chapter, after 47 pages, I was starting getting worried, seeing the huge number of characters I had already run into, with many plots and sub-plots, and I was looking forward to some ideas on how everything connected. But it got worse and worse, so I gave up on page 75.

Again, like for the last book I didn’t like, the synopsis is very promising:

In the second installment of Lynne Truss’s joyfully quirky crime series, our trio of detectives must investigate the murder of a hapless romantic; an aristocratic con man on the prowl; and a dodgy Brighton nightspot…

It is summer in Brighton and the Brighton Belles are on hand to answer any holidaymaker’s queries, no matter how big or small. The quickest way to the station, how many pebbles are on the beach and what exactly has happened to that young man lying in the deckchair with blood dripping from him?

Constable Twitten has a hunch that the fiendish murder may be connected to a notorious Brighton nightspot and the family that run it, but Inspector Steine is – as ever – distracted by other issues, not least having his own waxwork model made and an unexpected arrival, while Sergeant Brunswick is just delighted to have spied an opportunity to finally be allowed to go undercover…

Our incomparable team of detectives are back for another outing in the new installment of Lynne Truss’s joyfully quirky crime series.

And the cover was cool too!
Note to self: a good nonfiction author may not be that good in fiction, which makes sense.
Hopefully, my next review will be a very happy one.

VERDICT: Confusing

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I won this book from the publisher through a giveaway. As I didn’t request it for review, but just won it, I didn’t feel obliged to read it all.

Book review: Civilizations

CivilizationsCivilizations
by Laurent Binet
Grasset
08/14/2019
The book is not yet available in English
Literary fiction/Historical fiction
370 pages

Goodreads

As Civilizations is not yet available in English, and I got it through Netgalley.fr, I will do a bilingual review here, with the French first.

J’ai beaucoup apprécié deux livres de Laurent Binet: La septième fonction du langage et HHhH, pas encore recensé. J’ai donc saisi l’occasion lorsque j’ai découvert qu’il venait de publier Civilizations. On dit Jamais deux sans trois, mais en fait ce n’est pas toujours vrai, et j’ai été très déçue par celui-ci.

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