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Old 9th Apr 2017, 13:22   #11
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I just finished Swing Time and noticed it on a few other Palimplists. I've put some brief thoughts on my list, but I'd love to hear what others thought.
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I enjoyed Swing Time, like everything Zadie Smith has written. I don't think it is as cohesive as her others.
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And Ang again...I see you read Possession - have you read anything else by Byatt? I loved Possession and have Angels & Insects high on my to-do list at the moment.
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Recently polished off more Patrick O'Brian (read the first six A&M books now, they're all great) and Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliot Chaze, with grateful thanks to Ono for the gift.

Allan Moore's Jerusalem was, on balance, A Good Book. Though at a million words it could easily have come down by maybe 30% and not been compromised. In some places the needless wordiness and deliberate repetitiveness bordered on the obnoxious, but when it was good it was damn, damn good.
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And Ang again...I see you read Possession - have you read anything else by Byatt? I loved Possession and have Angels & Insects high on my to-do list at the moment.
This was my first by her, though I started The Children's Book when it came out and didn't like it.
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I loved both Possession and The Children's Book, but haven't read any other books by her. I would read both again, actually.
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Has anyone read Voyage of the Beagle? I resolved to read it after stumbling upon an exhibit of all of Darwin's specimens from the voyage while visiting Amner in Cambridge eight years ago. While it is long and sometimes dry--it is a scientific diary, basically--Darwin is brilliant, first of all, and a reasonably talented writer and entertaining dude. One minute he has figured out plate tectonic theory a hundred years early, just by making a few observations from the middle of an earthquake; the next minute he is pushing a hawk off a branch with his rifle as the creature just looks at him curiously, because it doesn't know it should be afraid of humans. Surprisingly good read.
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