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  1. 17. A Boy and his dog at the end of the world. I grabbed this having seen the positive comments on here. I certainly enjoyed it, but not with quite the same level of enthusiasm as others.
  2. 16. The Stars' Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry. I bought this years ago when it first came out, but never got round to starting it, then picked it up when I recently saw it in an Audible sale..I vaguely recalled it was like a modern version of The Count of Monte Cristo, but never knew quite how much so - it's basically a remake, right down to the fact that the lead character's name is an anagram of Edmund Dantes. Anyway, despite knowing the entire story right from the start, I loved it, because even a slightly pale imitation of The Count of Monte Cristo is a brilliant thing - and this version doesn't have 300 pages of courtly meanderings to negotiate in the middle either. Previously:
  3. Wolf of the Plains by Conn Igulden. Can't recall ever reading this kind of historical fiction before, but was lured by the praise on here and memories of Dan Carlin's Genghis Khan Hardcore History podcasts. There was nothing offensive in the writing, and it seems like it's true to the history, but overall it didn't do too much for me - I think largely because I didn't feel particularly emotionally invested in any of the characters as they were presented. Previously:
  4. Also Circe, which I really liked.
  5. 14. The Great Gatsby. Picked this up - along with a few other classics I've never read - in the recent Audible sale. I thought the writing was great and enjoyed Jake Gyllenhall's reading, but I suspect it's a book I'd have enjoyed much more if I'd just read it on Kindle. Previously:
  6. 13. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I thought this was excellent and fully lived up to the hype and my expectations. I struggled a little to work out where the original left off, as I read it 20 years ago and it had blurred with the TV show in my memory. Also, that blurring added to by the fact that the audiobook uses Ann Dowd to voice Aunt Lydia (she's excellent, unsurprising). But yeah, I thought it was really great on just about every level.
  7. 12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Been reading this to my 7-year old daughter. Predictably, she loved it. I found it really dull, which was a little surprising since I listened the the Stephen Fry audiobooks (as an adult) and did enjoy them. I assume that's largely down to the quality of Fry's delivery - or maybe I'm just becoming increasingly grumpy in my middle age.
  8. 11. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. A story of family breakdown before and after a child's death. I think Ng is a very good writer, though I would say her next novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was better overall. Previously:
  9. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    It always felt like he needed that break early in the 4th. Shame, but an excellent match.
  10. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Wow. This has been great. Even 2-1 up I still don't give Thiem better than 50/50 to close it out, but he's been so impressive so far.
  11. 10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Trying to plug the gaps in my coverage of the classics. I had no idea what to expect, but really enjoyed this. Previously:
  12. 9. The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft. The third in the Books of Babel series. Having loved Senlin Ascends, I wasn't nearly as keen on the second, Arm of the Sphinx, but I thought this was much better, and really enjoyed it throughout. Shame the final book in the series has recently been delayed to next year, as I'm looking forward to seeing the end. Having decided to stop looking at my phone and instead focus spare time on reading, I'm really flying so far this year. It helps that everything I've picked has been great.
  13. Yeah, I just finished it this evening. Lovely ending to an excellent last season.
  14. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    I'm not too disappointed really. Federer had a good tournament overall, and Djokovic really was brilliant for much of the match. He looks pretty much unbeatable when he plays like that. I'm all in for Thiem now - gotta get behind the one handers.
  15. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Tragically, my train is delayed so I've been able to watch it all since 5-2 first set. It's hard to think what Federer can do here - aside from never miss a first serve.
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