August book log

Several books this month. One reason is that I worked out part of why I can read the Cybook on the bus, and applied that to print books — I glance up for a second during the page-turn flash on the Cybook, and that helps minimise motion sickness. It’s not the only thing going on there, but it’s enough in combination with sitting over the back axle (thank you to micavity for the tip), that I’ve been able to read some print books as well. Thus I can grab a print book even if I’ve forgotten to load some new ebooks.

Oh, and I entered 600 books into LibraryThing this month…

Gerald Durrell: The Stationary Ark

Brief review on LJ, DW and WP

James Blish: Mission to the Heart Stars

Brief review on LJ, DW and WP

Harry Harrison: The men from PIG and ROBOT

Brief review on LJ, DW and WP

James Anderson – The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

An affectionate and funny spoof of the classic 1930s country house murder mystery, with a great many nods to the masters and mistresses. Rather too many characters and their independent but interlocking intrigues for me to keep track of what was going on, and the characters and their intrigues aren’t quite interesting enough for me to not care about that. I’d probably have enjoyed it more if I’d read all of the classic mysteries alluded to. And I’m not convinced that it *is* possible to work it all out without guessing, even if I adored part of the solution to the primary mystery itself. I don’t regret buying this, but I’m glad I paid remainder price rather than cover price.

LibraryThing entry
The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy (Burford Family Mysteries 1) at Amazon UK
The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy (Burford Family Mysteries 1) at Amazon US

John Carnell: New Writings in SF 10

Anthology series, with issue with 7 new-in-1966 stories, edited by John Carnell. To review later. [review]

WJ Burley: Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue

One in the long-running police procedural series. To review later. [review]

ETA: knew I’d forgotten one…
Harry Harrison: Plague from Space [review]

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