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10:22 pm - When the first falls on a Wednesday...
...memes get confused. Thus: reading for May.

Beaton, The Walkers of Dembley
Ballantyne, Dream London
Hopkinson, Report from Planet Midnight
Grimes, The Old Wine Shades
Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing
Unger, Magnifico
Grimes, The Grave Maurice
Hughes, The Panther and the Lash
Castiglione, The Courtier
Vine, Asta's Book
Harkness, Shadow of Night
Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford

A lot of books, but also a lot of thin books and fluffy mysteries and such. The Courtier was substantial, as was the chunk of Magnifico I finished, and the last two novels were certainly not short. But, well...

The Renaissance memoirs are a yawn a minute. The Pitti made money by gambling with aristocrats, and then went around persuading cities to go to war with each other. Thus finance and diplomacy in the 14th century.

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Date:June 4th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
I've read two books by Murakami, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and After Dark. I liked both. I'm looking to read another of his books. What did you think of Hear the Wind Sing?
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Date:June 4th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
It's his earliest work, and a bit light-weight. Fun, I suppose: set during the August vacation, so a summer-like book, and the music the protagonist listens to is all 60s western stuff, so nostalgic that way as well. My own edition dates from the 80s but wikipedia says there's a new translation out last year.

However if it's prime Murakami you want, I'd suggest Kafka on the Shore, which is my favourite so far.
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Date:June 14th, 2016 12:52 am (UTC)
My son also suggested Kafka on the Shore. He got me started reading Murakami by buying me After Dark for Mother's Day and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle for Christmas. I think I will give both a read since I have an hour lunch and reading helps me de-stress after a morning of chasing 14 three year olds.
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Date:June 14th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
(shudders) Nothing de-stresses the effects of 14 three-year-olds but gin and lots of it. My sympathies.

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