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[[SPOILER]] 29. The Shepherd's CrownThe Shepherd's Crown by Terry PratchettMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI have had so much enjoyment from Terry Pratchett's Discworld books over so many years I felt that, almost as an act of gratitude, his final novel was mandatory reading.I find Tiffany Aching is one of the dreariest denizens of the Discworld, so I was a bit disappointed that this final book was centred around her and the Wee Free Men. At the outset, one of the major Discworld...
Hated Atonement, but I think I'm in the minority.
Ortigia Sandalo today. This is a pretty straightforward sandalwood, but with great projection and longevity.
I recently had a vintage umbrella restored by this lady. She is the only person left in Australia who still makes umbrellas. I was very happy with the result, but she is a bit difficult to deal with because her English is very bad. Because she's MTO, you have a much better choice of fabric, construction and handle. If you're prepared to pay for something a bit different to the run-of-the-mill black job, she is well worth checking out.
[[SPOILER]] 28. NormalNormal: The Most Original Thriller Of The Year by Graeme CameronMy rating: 4 of 5 starsTo read Normal is to occasionally have to question yourself. Graeme Cameron's first person account of a serial killer is laced with mordant humour that causes you to laugh and then think "how could I have laughed at that?". (For example, his wry observation that the girl in McDonalds looked like she'd make good hamburgers).At the outset, Cameron's unnamed anti-hero...
Bloody Sydneysiders get all the good sales ....
Spiral (French series also called Engrenages) The Eagle Unit One Line of Duty Accused Luther Martin Beck Red Riding Blue Murder (should be able to get that in NSW now).
[[SPOILER]] 27. The Cruel Stars of the NightThe Cruel Stars of the Night by Kjell ErikssonMy rating: 3 of 5 starsKjell Eriksson's police procedural is set in Uppsala, Sweden, where Inspector Ann Lindell's team are investigating the brutal murder of two old men. Meanwhile the local police have been informed of the disappearance of a local history professor.Lindell's investigation plods along for about half the book, developing twin plot lines about the dead farmers and how...
Terror of Sarmant today.
Election day today. I am wearing La Fin Du Monde in anticipation of the likely result.
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