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The Martian by Andy Weir...

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Robinson Crusoe on Mars A survival story for the 21st century and the international bestseller behind the major film from Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode.

If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.


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G/day Dave We have added the large sofa in the lounge and large armchair and recliner in the bedroom although the recliner can be moved anywhere, also a large Smart TV, its had a paint job a

I think the book reviews, lodging and restaurant posts are a welcome part of this forum.  Appreciation to Daveo for posting them. 

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Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1) by Hilary Mantel. . .

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England in the 1520's is a heartbeat from disaster.

If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war.

Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn.

The pope and most of Europe opposes him.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?


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I, Claudius by Robert Graves

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From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54. Set in the first century A.D. in Rome and written as an autobiographical memoir, this colorful story of the life of the Roman emperor Claudius stands as one of the modern classics of historical fiction. Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while Palace intrigues and murders surround him.

Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.


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Another Country by James Baldwin. .

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Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions, sexual, racial, political, artistic - that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime.

In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970's.


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Abinger Harvest by E.M. Forster. . .

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One of England's most distinguished authors (Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howard's End) favors us with this delightful collection of articles, essays, reviews and poems penned over 30 years.

The collection contains such acclaimed pieces as Notes on the English Character, Adrift in India and Me, Them and You.


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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. . . .

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Cold Mountain is a novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved near the Civil War's end.

At once a love story & a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home, Cold Mountain introduces a new talent in American literature. Based on local history & family stories passed down by Frazier’s great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded Confederate soldier, Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war & back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada.

His odyssey thru the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada’s struggle to revive her father’s farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby.

As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman & Ada confront the vastly transformed world they’ve been delivered. Frazier reveals insight into human relations with the land & the dangers of solitude.

He also shares with the great 19th century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change.

Cold Mountain recreates a world gone by that speaks to our time.


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Everybody Dies by Lawrence Block. .

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Matt Scudder is finally leading a comfortable life.

The crime rate is down and the stock market's up. Gentrification's prettying-up the old neighborhood.

The New York streets don't look so mean anymore. Then all hell breaks loose. Scudder quickly discovers the spruced-up sidewalks are as mean as ever, dark and gritty and stained with blood.

He's living in a world where the past is a minefield, the present is a war zone, and the future's an open question. It's a world where nothing is certain and nobody's safe, a random universe where no one's survival can be taken for granted.

Not even his own. A world where everybody dies.



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Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie. .

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This is the story of Maximilian Ophuls, America’s counterterrorism chief, one of the makers of the modern world; his Kashmiri Muslim driver and subsequent killer, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the clown; Max’s illegitimate daughter India; and a woman who links them, whose revelation finally explains them all.

It is an epic narrative that moves from California to Kashmir, France, and England, and back to California again.

Along the way there are tales of princesses lured from their homes by demons, legends of kings forced to defend their kingdoms against evil.

And there is always love, gained and lost, uncommonly beautiful and mortally dangerous.


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Candide by Voltaire. . .

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Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds."

On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan.

Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that - contrary to the teachings of his distinguished tutor Dr. Pangloss - all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, Candide has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.


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Mr. Dalloway: A Novella by Robin Lippincott ..

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A virtuoso performance of postmodern daring, Mr. Dalloway offers a rich augmentation of Virginia Woolf's classic novel.

It is June 29, 1927 - Richard and Clarissa Dalloway's thirtieth anniversary and also a day of historical significance.

Richard has arranged a surprise party for his wife - as he leaves their house in Westminster to buy flowers for the party, his thoughts turn to Robert Davies (Robbie), a young editor at Faber with whom he has been having an affair off and on for many years.

Because of Richard's efforts to contain their relationship, Robbie has exposed their affair in a letter to Clarissa, who tells her husband that she "understands" and today Richard, despite his misgivings, finds himself on his way to Robbie's house-only to be shaken by the discovery that Robbie is not there. As does the Woolf novel, Mr. Dalloway takes place within a single day, unfolding prismatically with a simultaneity of events: Clarissa walks in London and remembers her courtship with Richard; their daughter Elizabeth searches for answers about her eccentric history tutor's somewhat mysterious and premature death; and a determined and drunken Robert Davies has decided to crash Richard's party, dressed all in white satin, no less!

As the novella moves toward its surprising climax, it revisits several of Woolf's celebrated characters-Sally Seton (now Lady Rosseter), Hugh Whitbread, Lady Bruton-while introducing new ones, such as the Sapphist couple Katherine Truelock and Eleanor Gibson, and the strange and beautiful Sasha Richardson. Imaginative and formally bold as it refracts Woolf's fiction to invent a story completely Lippincott's own, Mr. Dalloway rides forward on waves of a masterfully complex and musical prose, full of wit, linguistic verve, and startling imagery. Robin Lippincott is the author of The Real, True Angel, a collection of short stories published in 1996 by Fleur-de-Lis Press.

His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The American Voice, The Literary Review, Provincetown Arts, and many other magazines; he was awarded fellowships to Yaddo in 1997 and 1998.

Born and raised in the South, he has lived in Boston for twenty years.


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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world's great anti war books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.



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Flashman and the Redskins by George MacDonald Fraser. . .

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Celebrated Victorian bounder, cad, and lecher, Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., returns to play his (reluctant) part in the Battle of Little Bighorn in the seventh volume of the critically acclaimed Flashman Papers.

What was Harry Flashman doing on the slopes of Little Bighorn, caught between the gallant remnant of Custer's 7th Cavalry and the attack of Sitting Bull's braves?

He was trying to get out of the line of fire and escape yet again with his life (if not his honour) intact.

Here is the legendary and authentic West of Mangas Colorado's Apaches, of Kit Carson, Custer and Spotted Tail, of Crazy Horse and the Deadwood stage, gunfighters and gamblers, scoundrels and Indian belles, enthusiastic widows and mysterious adventuresses.

The West as it really was: terrifying!



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Lord Hornblower by C.S. Forester

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Weary of the war that he has waged nearly his entire life, Hornblower finds himself assigned an especially dangerous and dubious new task: to rescue a man he knows to be a tyrant from the mutiny of his crew in the Bay of the Seine.

This risky adventure, coinciding with reports that the tide of war may be turning-as Wellington has swept over the Pyrenees and the Russians have reached the Rhine-propels Hornblower toward the heart of the French Empire, toward a fateful reunion with old friends, and toward the harrowing but glorious conclusion of his own battle with Napoleon.



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Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson

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Gerald Middleton is a sixty-year-old self-proclaimed failure. Worse than that, he’s "a failure with a conscience."

As a young man, he was involved in an archaeological dig that turned up an obscene idol in the coffin of a seventh-century bishop and scandalized a generation.

The discovery was in fact the most outrageous archaeological hoax of the century, and Gerald has long known who was responsible and why.

But to reveal the truth is to risk destroying the world of cozy compromises that, personally as well as professionally, he has long made his own. One of England's first openly gay novelists, Angus Wilson was a dirty realist who relished the sleaze and scuffle of daily life.

Smashingly satirical, virtuosically plotted, and displaying Dickensian humor and nerve, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes features a vivid cast of characters that includes scheming academics and fading actresses, big businessmen toggling between mistresses and wives, media celebrities, hustlers, transvestites, blackmailers, toadies, and even one holy fool.

Everyone, it seems, is either in cahoots or in the dark, even as comically intrepid Gerald Middleton struggles to maintain some dignity while digging up a history of lies.


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Grief by Andrew Holleran

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Reeling from the recent death of his invalid mother, an exhausted, lonely professor comes to Washington, D.C. to escape his previous life.

What he finds there - in his handsome, solitary landlord, in the city's somber mood and sepulchral architecture and in the strange and impassioned journals of Mary Todd Lincoln - shows him unexpected truths about America and loss. Andrew Holleran is the author of three other novels, Dancer from the Dance, Nights in Aruba, and The Beauty of Men. He has also written a book of essays, Ground Zero, and a book of short stories, In September the Light Changes. Holleran lives in Washington, D.C.


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Rise of a Merchant Prince by
Raymond E. Feist
A TALE OF WEALTH AND AMBITION IN A WORLD OF MURDER, MAGIC AND INTRIGUE. Roo Avery, recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest and most powerful merchants in Midkemia. But nothing can prepare him for the dangers of the new life he has chosen where the repayment of a debt can be as deadly as a knife in the shadows. Even those closest to him are suspect and as Roo struggles to build his financial empire, betrayal is always close at hand. His instinctive cunning will serve him well, but he will soon realise that the road to success is far from smooth. And while Roo works towards achieving his goal, the memory of the distant forces of darkness are never far away. For the war with the Emerald Queen is far from over and the inevitable confrontation will pose the biggest threat yet to his new found wealth and power.



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Bruno Hare - The Wreck. . .

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Norway, 1940: On the run from invading Nazis, eleven-year-old Ivar is trained as a spy by the Norwegian resistance for a mission that could alter the path of the war: he is to infiltrate a secret mountain facility where the Nazis are attempting to breed a race of Aryan superbeings.

But when he comes face to face with the man who killed his family, revenge becomes the only mission possible. Norway, present day:Henrik Bonde, a far-right politician, is poised to seize power with an audacious move that depends on a haul of Nazi gold aboard a sunken German battleship.

Determined to stop him are an ancient convict and a down-and-out former Royal Engineer, desperate to outwit the Oslo Police who are pursuing a case that will uncover Norway's shadowy wartime past. Before the gold can be surfaced and the truth uncovered, one thing is certain: more bodies will be sinking into the Oslofjord...


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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. . . .

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It is 1911.

The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners.

Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution.

In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, "Fall Of Giants" moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a Palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.

This is an epic of love, hatred, war and revolution.

This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.


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Bye Bye Tiluk - A Love Story Made in Thailand - by Rolf Bahl. . .

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The author writes about his rather strange love relationship with a young lady from the Isaan province.

Despite the great difference in age, culture and religion, the two found quite few common interests and therefore sympathy was turning into real love.

However, after two harmonious years, all of a sudden, the nice friendship was cut off and a very long time of silence took place. Missing his unique girlfriend, the author started searching in the far away Northeastern part of Thailand.

But instead of meeting the wanted lady, he just met another former acquaintance with new problems!


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The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

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A RUTHLESS KIDNAPPING Jack West Jr and his family are living happily on their remote farm... when Jack is brutally kidnapped and he awakes in an underground cell to find a masked attacker with a knife charging at him. THE GREAT GAMES Jack, it seems, has been chosen – along with a dozen other elite soldiers – to compete in a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfill an ancient ritual. With the fate of the Earth at stake, he will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight cruel assassins and face unimaginable horrors that will test him like he has never been tested before. TO HELL AND BACK In the process, he will discover the mysterious and powerful group of individuals behind it all: The Four Legendary Kingdoms. He might also discover that he is not the only hero in this place...


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The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. . .

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Most weapons do what you tell them.

Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme?What if it’s a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves?

How valuable would he be? And what wouldn’t you do to get hold of him? The Fox is a race-against-time thriller across continents to find and capture, or protect and save, an asset with the means to change the balance of world power.

Whatever happens he must not fall into the wrong hands. Because what follows after that is unthinkable…


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The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight by Jimmy Breslin . . .

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It was a big bestseller when it was originally published in 1969. It became a major motion picture that provided Robert De Niro with his first film role. Its title has entered into the language as a catchphrase.

And it's terrific fun! The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is the story of Papa Baccala, a Brooklyn Mafia boss, and Kid Sally Palumbo, a would-be capo who "couldn't run a gas station at a profit even if he stole the customers' cars".

There's also Kid Sally's grandmother, who will go to extravagant lengths to see her boy make his mark.

A love interest? Sure.

Kid Sally's sister tumbles for an artistic type who rides a bicycle and has recently arrived from Calabria... The high adventure begins with a six-day bike race that is only partly responsible for a rash of obituary notices reading: "Died. Suddenly".

Eventually it all gets worked out in fine Sicilian fashion - and, in the end, everybody gets his, in a manner of speaking.


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The Truth of the Matter by Gough Whitlam

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On Remembrance Day, 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam.

The Dismissal was the culmination of almost three years of political conflict, as Whitlam's reforming Labor government rammed home overdue legislative reforms in the face of implacable, and increasingly bitter, conservative opposition.

The focus of the Opposition's scheming was the Senate, where its leaders blocked supply in order to force a political crisis.

Whitlam, famous for his 'crash through or crash' style, refused to compromise with his political enemies. Passionate, pithy, learned, witty, and vigorously combative, "The Truth of the Matter" tells the extraordinary political story of the only Prime Minister of Australia ever deposed from office.


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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker. . .

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He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time:

The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer.

He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray - for a landmark study to understand their motives.

To get inside their minds. He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris's thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavioral science and criminal profiling.

Recently retired after twenty-five years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.


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