Author Archives: shawnday

Review of the Glass Hotel

The marketing bumph for this novel is honest and factual and captures the very bare plot outline. In that, it does this novel a severe disservice. The Glass Hotel is experiential. As she did her previous novel Station Eleven, St.

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Review of the Glass Hotel

The marketing bumph for this novel is honest and factual and captures the very bare plot outline. In that, it does this novel a severe disservice. The Glass Hotel is experiential. As she did her previous novel Station Eleven, St.

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Review of the Tenant of Windfell Hall

I did not enjoy Anne Brönte’s Tenant of Windfell Hall.  I read it as our book club pick this month – and only finished with great difficulty so that I was qualified to discuss it. I am sorry and realise

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Review of the Tenant of Windfell Hall

I did not enjoy Anne Brönte’s Tenant of Windfell Hall.  I read it as our book club pick this month – and only finished with great difficulty so that I was qualified to discuss it. I am sorry and realise

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Review of An Honest Man

Ben Fergusson’s An Honest Man is a thick, deeply enveloping treat of a read. Full of twists and deeply engaging, this coming of age tale set in 1988-89 West Berlin follows a group of teens facing the challenges of their

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Review of An Honest Man

Ben Fergusson’s An Honest Man is a thick, deeply enveloping treat of a read. Full of twists and deeply engaging, this coming of age tale set in 1988-89 West Berlin follows a group of teens facing the challenges of their

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Review of Able Sentry: The Next War – Kirov 50

Having finished the 50th volume of this long-running serial, I feel compelled to do a full-series reflection. When I began this series the running total in the series was in the mid-thirties. I read Kirov with an eye to how

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Review of Able Sentry: The Next War – Kirov 50

Having finished the 50th volume of this long-running serial, I feel compelled to do a full-series reflection. When I began this series the running total in the series was in the mid-thirties. I read Kirov with an eye to how

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Review of Mythos

With all due respect to the author, who I have great respect for, this is not a ‘read’ for me. Unfortunately, it remains a consult. Stephen Fry relates the multitude of tales (and there are of course so many more)

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Review of Mythos

With all due respect to the author, who I have great respect for, this is not a ‘read’ for me. Unfortunately, it remains a consult. Stephen Fry relates the multitude of tales (and there are of course so many more)

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Review of The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

This is an intriguing book to rate. It’s rather more a collection of thoughts and an edited set of people’s voices around a specific event – the decision by the curator (Tyson) to not include Pluto in the permanent exhibit

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Review of The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

This is an intriguing book to rate. It’s rather more a collection of thoughts and an edited set of people’s voices around a specific event – the decision by the curator (Tyson) to not include Pluto in the permanent exhibit

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Review of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

I thoroughly loved this one. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down! It’s written from the heart combining a professional and passionate love of astronomy with a grounded appreciation of what really makes life important. Mike Brown

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Review of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

I thoroughly loved this one. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down! It’s written from the heart combining a professional and passionate love of astronomy with a grounded appreciation of what really makes life important. Mike Brown

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Review of Under Darkening Skies

I rated this 4.2 of 5 stars Under Darkening Skies by Ray Kingfisher is a tough book to judge. The quality of writing is superb. The historical circumstances and situation are very well chosen and the ultimate messages profound and

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Review of Under Darkening Skies

I rated this 4.2 of 5 stars Under Darkening Skies by Ray Kingfisher is a tough book to judge. The quality of writing is superb. The historical circumstances and situation are very well chosen and the ultimate messages profound and

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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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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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