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Guys, I have a hard copy of Wellington: Years of the Sword by Elizabeth Longford that needs rehoming. Anyone interested?
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Favourite books of the year are in bold.

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1. "It's not rocket science", Ben Miller
2. "The Somnambulist", Jonathan Barnes
3. "Monster", A. Lee Martinez
4. "Chronicles of a Curate", Fred Secombe
5. "Housekeeping Stories", Julia Vasilieva
6. "A girl for a hero or how I worked as a matchmaker", Elena Zvezdnaya
7. "Murdering Ministers," Alan Beechey
8. "Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation", Olivia Judson
9. "Sleep to Me", Olga Lukas
10. "Speaking from among the bones," Alan Bradley
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1. Favorite childhood book?
Um, I think that would be "The Adventures of Neznaika and his friends" by Nosov. Although I loved the author's semi-autobiographical stories about his son.
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1. "It's not rocket science", Ben Miller
2. "The Somnambulist", Jonathan Barnes
3. "Monster", A. Lee Martinez
4. "Chronicles of a Curate", Fred Secombe
5. "Housekeeping Stories", Julia Vasilieva
6. "A girl for a hero or how I worked as a matchmaker", Elena Zvezdnaya
7. "Murdering Ministers," Alan Beechey
8. "Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation", Olivia Judson
9. "Sleep to Me", Olga Lukas
10. "Speaking from among the bones," Alan Bradley
11. "Points and Lines," Seicho Matsumoto
12. "Case for Three Detectives", Leo Bruce
13. "Cosmoecologists," Olga Gromyko
14. "What did you want from a witch?" Elena Nikitina
15. "Chronicles of a Vicar," Fred Secombe
16. "Invisible ink," Christopher Fowler
17. "Thus was Adonis murdered", Sarah Caudwell

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101. "An embarrassment of bodies," Alan Beechey
102. "Watson's Choice", Gladys Mitchell
103. "Dragon Scroll", I.J. Parker 
104. "Pro Bono", Seicho Matsumoto
105. "Herring Seller's Apprentice", L.C. Tyler
106. “Bryant and May off the Rails,” Christopher Fowler
107. “Bryant and May and the Memory of Blood”, Christopher Fowler
108. “Bryant and May and the Invisible Code,” Christopher Fowler
109. “Hell Train”, Christopher Fowler
110. “The Blade Itself”, Joe Abercrombie
111. “Casino Royale,” Ian Fleming
112. “Anno Dracula,” Kim Newman
113. “Top Gear Years,” Jeremy Clarkson
114. “Longer Bodies.” Gladys Mitchell

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87. "Full Dark House", Christopher Fowler
88. "For the sake of Elena", Elizabeth George
89. "Water Room", Christopher Fowler
90. "Seventy Seven Clocks", Christopher Fowler
91. "Shit My Dad Says", Justin Halpern
92. "Ten Point Staircase", Christopher Fowler
93. "White Corridor", Christopher Fowler
94. "The Victoria Vanishes", Christopher Fowler
95. "Ex Libris", Anne Fadiman
96. "Bryant and May on the loose", Christopher Fowler
97. "Rude Britannia", Tim Fountain
98. "Back Story", David Mitchell
99. "Horologicon", Mark Forsyth
100. "The Butcher's Boy", Thomas Perry
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67. "Is it really me? Oh, God!", Oleg Basilashvili
68. "Beware of the trains", Edmund Crispin
69. "Roman Nights", Dorothy Dunnett
70. "Journey to the centre of the Earth", Jules Verne
71. "A Word about words", L. Uspenskiy
72. "Woe from wit", A. Griboedov
73. "Eugene Onegin", A. Pushkin
74.  Selected Works, A. Chekhov.
75. "Dry bones that dream," Peter Robinson
76. "Well schooled in murder", Elizabeth George
77. "Death in holy orders," P. D. James
78. "The long dark tea time of the soul", Douglas Adams
79. "Unfinished Resume," E. Ryazanov
80. "Speedy Death," Gladys Mitchell
81. "Is that a fish in your ear", David Bellos
82. "A Suitable Vengeance," Elizabeth George
83. "Mysterious Affair at Styles," Agatha Christie
84. "Murder Room," P.D. James
85. "Wilt," Tom Sharpe
86. "Innocent graves," Peter Robinson.
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     53. “Rum Affair,” Dorothy Dunnett

     54. “Ibiza Surprise”, Dorothy Dunnett

     55. “Wages of Zen,” James Melville

     56. “Operation Nassau”, Dorothy Dunnett

     57. “Convergence of Circumstances,” A. Marinina

     58. “Whispers Underground”, Ben Aaronovitch

     59. “Coincidence Engine,” Sam Leith

     60. “Do we know Russian language?” M. Aksyonova

     61. “Wash this blood clean from my hand,” Fred Vargas

     62. “Violinist's thumb,” Sam Kean

     63. “Disappearing Spoon,” Sam Kean

     64. “Diary of the The Lady”, Rachel Johnson

     65. “Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now,” Craig Taylor

     66. “Stop me if you've heard this: A History and Philosophy of Jokes,” Jim Holt


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The BBC Top 200 Read.
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
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 And for something slightly different:
This is a list of the 106 books most often noted as unread by users of Library Thing. Bold for books you’ve read, italics for books you’ve started but haven’t finished, strikethrough for books you found unreadable.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
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Big Read

Jul. 11th, 2012 02:16 pm
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Stolen from [personal profile] sharpiefan and [personal profile] latin_cat

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.
1.) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2.) Italicize those you intend to read.
3.) Underline those you LOVE.
4.) Put an asterisk next to the books you’d rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read

01. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
02. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
03. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
04. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
05. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
06. The Bible
07. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
08. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
09. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
*50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
*100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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 Today I went to London to submit my husband's documents for a Russian visa. I thought I'd avoid bureaucratic brain rape, but while it was a mild case (a sort of intercrural brain rape), I didn't and ended up spending almost two hours at the visa centre. But! It ended up being a Good Thing, since a girl asked me a question about a spousal visa application and we got chatting and... It turned out she's not only Russian but comes from the same city, she's only a few years older than me and he husband's slightly older than mine (we both have antique husbands <3 ) and she lives about 40 mins from us. :D We chatted very happily, went for coffee afterwards and exchanged phone numbers. :D And then I went for book/food therapy. 

And I dunno what is it about me, but why do I always get stopped and asked for directions/help so often? Today it was four times. Yes, I counted. XD 
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  1. “Operation Viking”, N. Leonov and Y. Kostrov

  2. “Shield and Sword: Book One” Vadim Kozhevnikov

  3. “Have Mercy on Us All”, Fred Vargas

  4. “Seeking Whom He May Devour”, Fred Vargas

  5. “Death and the Olive Grove”, Marco Vichi

  6. “Shield and Sword: Book Two,” Vadim Kozhevnikov

  7. “Keep Your Legs Crossed,” Denis Tsepov

  8. “Notes of the Psychiatrist,” Maksim Malyavin


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 So. The House. The house that Andy and I have recently moved to, Andy actually bought pretty much straight after separating from his wife. And then he didn't really live in it until now. Which means that it is full of junk. I've been able through the heartless tactic of "If you can't tell me in 15 seconds what this thing is and whether you've used it in the past month, I'm throwing it away,' to sort out the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the guest bedroom, but the dining room and what I call 'the tiny bedroom' were still of things and boxes. So what with the long weekend we decided it was time. TIME FOR BOOKCASES. 

Andy loves books, but  while he does have some in the house, pretty much all of his books went the way of rubbish heap when he separated from his wife, and that's the one thing I could punch his ex-wife for. >.< So up until we moved in he had just enough shelving for them. And then came my boxes of doom. 

So over the weekend Andy made three big bookcases (well, five big shelves each with a little space on top to put outsize books lying down). And he actually entertained the foolish hope that that will be enough. HA. While I managed by 'double-rowing' the top shelves with small books and by putting books flat on top of the ones standing up to fit in pretty much everything I had in the house (thankfully I got two small bookcases for the bedroom, so there was some space there. :) ), there are still four boxes of books in the storage Andy has been using for them and some books at Andy's mother's house. 

Andy has promised me two more bookcases. XD The Napoleonic Wars and Era took up one entire bookcase. Wellington has his own shelf, and some of the books didn't fit so I had to put them lying down on top of others. This was the first time in my life when upon taking out yet another Wellington biography I said "Oh for fuck's sake'. XDD

And there was also cleaning and stuff involved. I hurt now. x___x

GIVEAWAY: It turns out that I have two copies of "Life in Wellington's Army" by Antony Brett-James. If anyone's interested, I will gladly post it to you for free. First come, first served. :)  Has been claimed.

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I hope everyone had lovely holidays and a good start to the new year! :D I myself just came back from Portugal on the 10th, where my mom took me for 8 days. :) We visited Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto and briefly Batalha and Obidos. :D Once I sort through the photos, I will give a fuller report.

Husband and I have started looking for a house and have a few possibles already, should be looking at some this weekend. God I can't wait to be reunited with all of my books, that are currently in storage.

Just one more book and it would've been an even  hundred, but Christmas and New Year got in the way. ;D I am struggling to pick books I've enjoyed the most, except for Dorothy Dunnett's Niccolo series and "The Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe", but if I was forced I would pick the Jonathan Cabal the Necromancer series, Ben Aaronovitch's, Gladys Mitchell's and Colin Cotterill's books.

Full List of Books Read in 2011 )
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Finally went to the doctor's today. Finally here is my own failing. XD Last Sunday I woke up and realised that when I put weight on my left hand it goes OUCH. At first I thought it was a sprain, but the pain got worse so today I called up my insurance company and they arranged a doctor's appointment within two hours. Turns out I got tendonitis, which I kinda figured. The doctor was nice though slightly weirded out as to how the hell did I even get tendonitis. XD Anyways, I am to take antiinflammtories till Friday and if not much better I might have to do a little physio. I actually met their physiotherapist today briefly (the GP took me to his office so that he could bandage my hand for me) and for some weird reason I thought him incredibly adorable. :3 :3 :3 Now though, because of the bandage being so stiff, I can't actually do a lot of things, so poor husband will have to cook his own dinner. Ho. Ho. Ho.

In other news:

- Christmas shopping. Barely started, planning to hit Manchester city centre on Wednesday. :D
- Husband's work Christmas do on Saturday. *sigh* Our Saturday idea of fun is pigging out in restaurant and book shopping. >.<
- FINALLY got an idea for perfect_duet advent thing. Hope it pans out. O_O
- The Ladykillers play was amazing!!!
- Lion in Winter - decent. Lovely Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley. Also - good for slashers. XD
- Mainlined "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister". Adorbs. :3 :3

Books Read )


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Married life is ... married. We are getting accustomed to living with each other properly (judging by the fact that Andy's recognises the manic smile I get after I've been indulging in quality slash, we are succeeding. XD )

Despite my unemployed status, life's quite busy what with trying to sort my documents and generally travelling all over the place. Was in London on 18/19th and besides seeing the lawyer enjoyed a stroll through Foyle's and saw the Mousetrap (which was absolutely awesome!) The weekend after 20th/21th, Andy and I went to a swording do, where I sparred with an Irishman twice my size and Andy won a tournament. :D Though the poor baby got so bruised and battered afterwards he ran a fever for three days and lived on my chicken soup because it was the only thing he could eat without feeling sick. He is all better now though and we just came back from a shooting weekend where I tried shooting a rifle for the first time! I nicked the bullseye and got a shot in 9 and 8 each. From a 100 yards! Husband's currently very impressed and happy.XD

We are going to start looking for a house to rent this week. Hopefully something decent turns up soon, cause we need it urgently. D:

On a fannish note. Utterly in love with Lewis and absolutely can't wait for the new season. Also mainlining Midsomer Murders, because apparently I am sad. >.>

Book List

52. “Mystery of the Butcher's Shop”, Gladys Mitchell
53. “Snobbery with Violence”, MC Beaton
54. “Tropical Issue”, Dorothy Dunnett
55. “Not Quite Dead Enough”, Rex Stout
56. “Great Deliverance”, Elizabeth George
57. “Tragedy at Law”, Cyril Hare
58. “Last Bus to Woodstock”, Colin Dexter
59. “Payment in Blood”, Elizabeth George
60. “Unkindness of Ravens”, Ruth Rendell
61. “The Glimpses of the Moon”, Edmund Crispin
62. "Kimono for a Corpse", James Melville

Book List

Jul. 9th, 2011 01:26 pm
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33.  “Hominids” Robert J Sawyer
34.  “Julian”, Gore Vidal
35. “Spring of the Ram”, Dorothy Dunnett
36. “Master and Commander”, Patrick O'Brian
37. “Verdict of you all”, Henry Wader
38.“Flashforward”, Robert J Sawyer
39. “Cabinet of Curiosities”, Preston and Child
40. “Codex” Douglas Preston
41. “Race of Scorpions”, Dorothy Dunnett
42. “Fry Chronicles”, Stephen Fry
43. “How hard can it be?” Jeremy Clarkson
44. “Down Under”, Bill Bryson
45. “Element of Blood”, G. Zotov
46. “Neither here nor there”, Bill Bryson
47. “Fire from Heaven”, Mary Renault
48. “Long Divorce”, Edmund Crispin
49. “Cast a Cold Eye”, Marjorie Eccles
50. “Death of a Good Woman,” Marjorie Eccles
51. “Requiem for a Dove”, Marjorie Eccles

Book List

May. 19th, 2011 04:40 pm
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22. "Reliquary", D. Preston and L. Child
23. “Suspect”, L.R. Wright
24. “Shadow Prey”, John Sandford 
25. ”Love Lies Bleeding”, Edmund Crispin
26. “Ice Limit”, D. Preston and L. Child
27. “Heads You Lose”, Christiana Brand
28. “The Night the Gods Smiled”, Eric Wright
29. “Blindsighted”, Karin Slaughter
30. “Red Dragon”, Thomas Harris
31. “Niccolo Rising” Dorothy Dunnett
32. "Fragment", Warren Fahy

Two things: 

Technothrillers are awesome entertainment and I want moooore! I am actually considering re-reading Michael Crichton's books.

I want to make love to "Niccolo Rising". Seriously.
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Detectives from around the world 1


L.R. Wright. Series about Staff Sergeant Karl Alberg of the RCMP. I've only read the first book so far, though I have laid my hands on the next two. but I think I'm gonna stick with the series for a while. Fist of all, it's about a Mountie, and while he's not as awesome as Ben Fraser (but then who is? XD ), he is, for obvious reasons, more real. Secondly, I enjoyed, if not the plot itself (i.e. the actual facts and how they were layed out), the way the plot played out and how it was written. Thirdly, the atmosphere of the place came across quite well. Fourthly, I liked his girlfriend, she seemed sensible, though cautious of Alberg's status as a cop and except for a few annoying moments provided a good outsider view of the case. Fifthly, Alberg's co-workers! :3

P.S.: Have an Australian crime story on stand by.


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