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Miner Willy

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  1. Intrigued to see that Amazon has the Chernobyl book as "#1 in History of Vietnam". It must have a significantly broader scope than I had anticipated.
  2. Underground Railroad and Touching the Void are both utterly brilliant from that list.
  3. I assumed so, but then wondered if that's too obviously signposted for this show.
  4. I'm enjoying this series way more than 2 so far. And while it's all still bonkers, it feels much more cohesive/believable than series 2.
  5. 27. Mother Ship by Francesca Segal. No idea how this ended up in my Audible library, but it's a pretty powerful account of mother's experience of having extremely premature twins. Previously:
  6. 26. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I suspect Whitehead is one of those brilliant authors where anything they write is pretty great, but i didn't think this was in the same league as The a Underground Railroad.
  7. Also enjoyed the National Geographic shows on cheetahs and the lions that live in trees. Warning that the lions one has an on-screen message at the end that you might want to avoid for kids.
  8. My kids report that the Lion Guard is better than all three Lion King films. (It isn't; it's shit - but if it keeps the family sane then it's worth the £50 in its own).
  9. 25. The City and the City. I thought the twin city premise was brilliant, and I loved the way the author didn't explicitly explain what it was about from the outset. However, the murder mystery narrative did little for me, and there's barely a character of note in the entire book. As impressive as certain aspects are, I think for me it would have worked better as a short story. Previously:
  10. Yeah, my deals emails returned today too.
  11. 24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Reading these to my daughter. She absolutely loved this, and to be fair it was loads better than the first one, though it still had a pretty long boring patch in the middle. Still think the audiobooks read by Stephen Fry add significantly to the experience.
  12. Plus I'll hopefully no longer be continually shamed in terms of dinosaur knowledge by my four year old son.
  13. That sounds awesome, thanks for posting. Bought!
  14. I've had that on my Kindle for years. Every time I finish a book I look at my Kindle library and wonder what it is and when/why I bought it. I might give it a try now!
  15. 23. Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy. The final in the border trilogy, which I loved. I think All the Pretty Horses was my favourite, but all were great. Brilliant writing, fantastic dialogue, and of course brutal acts of cruelty performed by horrible men. I loved the character of John Grady, who appeared in this and All the Pretty Horses. Oh, and the dialogue in this one was really funny on many occasions - I laughed out loud while listening to it. (I listened on Audible - the performance was excellent too). I should probably try to read something more light hearted next if I'm going to spend months in a tiny flat contemplating the end of the world. Previously:
  16. 22. Mythos by Stephen Fry. I listened to this on Audible, read by Fry himself, which probably added to the enjoyment. I probably knew less than half of the stories, though was fascinated to discover just how much of our current culture has its origins in The Greek myth. Previously:
  17. 21. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy. I didn't love this, surprisingly enough. It's obviously very well written, but the story is just pretty bleak and unpleasant, and while it is at times possible to feel pity for the antihero, I struggled to find anything in the book that I could grab on to or relate with. Previously:
  18. I've owned a physical copy of Henrietta Lacks for years but never read it. Supposed to be great I believe. I'm tempted, but tend to prefer to listen to non-fiction on Audible for some reason.
  19. 20. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. I loved this. Not at all what I expected, though I'm not sure what I did expect, as I don't think I've ever even seen the film. But yeah, really great. Previously:
  20. 19. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. I've seen the film of course, and even though the book is really close, I still totally loved it. McCarthy is such an amazing writer. The characters and dialogue are just perfect throughout. Previously:
  21. 18. Twelve Years a Slave. Picked this up in the recent Audible sale, having not previously read it or seen the film. I thought it was a pretty incredible story, and the author's restraint in the tone he used to recount the events - in spite of their obviously awful nature - was really powerful.
  22. 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.
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