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For those of you who are new to this feature, the FF feature lists of what I’ve read over the past week. They are not meant to be a recommendation list. If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive list, look at my website (which is still undergoing transformation)
under “Neat Stuff” for a not at all inclusive list.
Once again, this is not a book review column. It’s just a list with, maybe, a few opinions tossed in.
Heroes of History by Will Durant. Audiobook. I’ve listened to this one before, but the compact survey is very enjoyable. Goes from possibly mythical China through the beginnings of the Age of Reason. Although the focus is on “heroes,” the definition is very broad and includes some women. Moreover, Durant never slides into the “great man” theory of history, just uses specific people as organizational elements. An added bonus is that, at this late point in his career, Durant feels free to slip in some lovely humor.
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones. Don’t let the title deceive you. Diana Wynne Jones never does anything the way you’d expect. I’d read this once years and years ago and found myself delighted all over again.
A Fashion for Shrouds by Margery Allingham. Audiobook. A classic mystery in her Albert Campion series.
A Holiday for Murder by Agatha Christie. I discovered this one when I was still babysitting – back more years ago than I care to admit. First time I’ve re-read it in a long time.
I’m doing a lot of scattered research reading. Doesn’t make for an impressive list, but it does take time!