2019 with the Gentlemen’s Book Club Year in Books

It’s that time of the year again when we repair to the cosy cellar of the RIYC and take stock of 12 months reads with a sumptuous, warm and cosy end-of-year soiré. This evening past our esteemed cadre of fellows

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2019 with the Gentlemen’s Book Club Year in Books

It’s that time of the year again when we repair to the cosy cellar of the RIYC and take stock of 12 months reads with a sumptuous, warm and cosy end-of-year soiré. This evening past our esteemed cadre of fellows

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Report on Fabulous Monsters

Fabulous Monsters by Alberto Manguel inspired great discussion last night and – as all good choices – it struck various chords and resonated differently with all readers. In this it was a fine choice, even if it may not have

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Report on Fabulous Monsters

Fabulous Monsters by Alberto Manguel inspired great discussion last night and – as all good choices – it struck various chords and resonated differently with all readers. In this it was a fine choice, even if it may not have

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Review of The Allure of the Archives

I am very unsure that I can craft a review that does any justice to the sheer lyricism of this book. It is to be savoured. The narrative exists ob a variety of levels from the small anecdotal insertions of individual

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Review of The Allure of the Archives

I am very unsure that I can craft a review that does any justice to the sheer lyricism of this book. It is to be savoured. The narrative exists ob a variety of levels from the small anecdotal insertions of individual

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Review of The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols

I didn’t warm to this novel initially and it took a good chunk of the book before I became rather engrossed. However, the Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer grabbed my attention after 20% and there was no

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Review of The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols

I didn’t warm to this novel initially and it took a good chunk of the book before I became rather engrossed. However, the Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer grabbed my attention after 20% and there was no

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Review of Station Eleven

A book club alternate this month, I am always looking for a few more suggestions and this one was a great read. Despite promises of post-apocalyptic grittiness and Atwoodian overtones, I chanced a delve and was well rewarded. Station Eleven

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Review of Station Eleven

A book club alternate this month, I am always looking for a few more suggestions and this one was a great read. Despite promises of post-apocalyptic grittiness and Atwoodian overtones, I chanced a delve and was well rewarded. Station Eleven

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Review of The Code

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara casts a far-reaching net to construct a long view perspective on the rise of Silicon Valley as a culture and society in its own right. O’Mara provides a

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Review of The Code

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara casts a far-reaching net to construct a long view perspective on the rise of Silicon Valley as a culture and society in its own right. O’Mara provides a

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Review of Shadowplay

Shadowplay is a sumptuously stunning read full of fact and fiction to enlighten and engage the reader. For me, it is a perfect balance of clever allusion and reference to documented factual occurrence and playful injection of plausibility and possibility.

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Review of Shadowplay

Shadowplay is a sumptuously stunning read full of fact and fiction to enlighten and engage the reader. For me, it is a perfect balance of clever allusion and reference to documented factual occurrence and playful injection of plausibility and possibility.

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Review of An Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

I originally posted this as a far briefer review – which is unfair to the author and the material raised. Consequently – like Wallace-Wells’ transformation of an essay into a full-length book – I revisit this review to expand on

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Review of An Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

I originally posted this as a far briefer review – which is unfair to the author and the material raised. Consequently – like Wallace-Wells’ transformation of an essay into a full-length book – I revisit this review to expand on

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Review of Rivers of London

Rivers of London / Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch A brief review. I give this first novel in the series a full five stars for pure enjoyment, wonderful inventiveness and how the author builds a wonderful clever relationship with the

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Review of Rivers of London

Rivers of London / Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch A brief review. I give this first novel in the series a full five stars for pure enjoyment, wonderful inventiveness and how the author builds a wonderful clever relationship with the

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Review of Codebreaker: The untold story of Richard Hayes, the Dublin librarian who helped turn the tide of World War II

This is an odd book. It’s well written, engaging, and comprehensive look at German espionage efforts in Ireland during the emergency. As such I would suggest that it would be better entitled to the more broad offering that it is.

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Review of Codebreaker: The untold story of Richard Hayes, the Dublin librarian who helped turn the tide of World War II

This is an odd book. It’s well written, engaging, and comprehensive look at German espionage efforts in Ireland during the emergency. As such I would suggest that it would be better entitled to the more broad offering that it is.

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