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Spade & Dagger

I have to admit that I'm reading a popular action thriller called Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (a kind of Bourne Identity type book). I started reading a long awaited library reserve by Noah Hawley A Conspiracy of Tall Men. However its' claustrophobic story line made me long for something more expansive & I switched to an action thriller picked up in the mobile library really to help boost their borrowing numbers on the premise of use the service or lose the service!! Still, I'm enjoying it so far.


Thank you for this post. I have just downloaded samples of them both to my kindle. I am having terrible trouble concentrating on anything at the moment, so have been doing lots of re reading old favorites. Maybe these are just what I need (especially Rain) to get me back on track. x


I'm reading 2 books, unusual for me. First is a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the 3rd in a series by Blanche Wiesen Cook. Lots of talk of 'America First', populism, xenophobia, racism,'d think it was written about 2016/2017, not 1939.

The other is a novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. An octogenarian visits her old NYC haunts on New Year's Eve 1985. I should have had such a life. It's based on Margaret Fishback.


Sounds good on all counts.


Rain is good in that respect as the essays are not too long.


Interesting reads, both, by the sound of them.

Dark Puss

I am halfway through Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari which was kindly lent to me by a colleague at work (I lent her The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage in return). So far it is proving very readable and thought provoking though I will reserve further judgement or comment until I reach the end.


The Lovelace and Babbage book sounds interesting; I'm not familiar with Sapiens but I shall go and look it up.

Dark Puss

You can read my review of the Lovelace and Babbage book at SNB. Sapiens appears to be quite popular at the moment given by how many copies I have noted on my tube journeys recently.


I love reading about nature so I will investigate the rain book.

Currently reading Barbara Pym's Jane and Prudence with three more Pym's to follow. I started to read her just recently and have enjoyed everything so far.

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