Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

#AugustProject

The post Lockdown period has proved the most stressful, like living outside the world. With the likelihood of a return to the total lockdown possible, it seems a good time to try and accept this is the reality for maybe another year. So, I’ve set up a number of projects to give a bit of…

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The Anarchy****

By William Dalrymple For reasons which become clear reading this timely history, Brits have closed out the history of India and our role in conquering it. We all know about the American War of Independence (coincidentally caused by dumping unsold Indian tea in Boston), but who has heard of the the Great Bengal Famine of…

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The 25 Page Rule

I used to read books I didn’t enjoy to the bitter end. Time, however, is running short. If it hasn’t caught my interest by 25 pages, it’s off to the charity shop or back to the library. A good sign of this is a reluctance to even pick the book up. Worse, finishing these books…

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This Is How You Lose the Time War****

By Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Two adversaries, fighting an interminable war across time zones and multiverses, start leaving each other letters via increasingly bizarre and inventive methods. As their relationship grows beyond admiration to love, they face the increasing likelihood of discovery and betrayal. Verdict: A short SF novel written by two short story…

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61 Hours ***

Author Lee Childs With the double whammy that Lee Childs is to be a Booker judge just as he announces he’s handing on writing Jack Reacher to his brother, it seemed an appropriate time to read an earlier Reacher. 61 Hours, the fourteenth Reacher novel, came at the point Lee Child’s character began to attract…

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The Lying Game Ruth Ware **

A disappointing novel from Ruth Ware which uses the theme of a hidden secret of a group of some young people’s past resurfacing. In this case. it involves a group of girls who attended a remote boarding school who reassemble many years later after the discovery of a body.  It’s a well-worn idea, and Ware…

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