Monday, 31 December 2012

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Stopping for a Spell, by Diana Wynne Jones.

Kind of a short, fun read - DWJ's at her best when skewering the grown-up world of etiquette, and here she does it to great degree re: visitors. I read this in the library so can't really quote from it, but delightful! Not one of her best - and I don't know that she really excels at short stories as opposed to the full-length novels - but really really sharp and fun.

Right Ho, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse.

This is kind of embarrassing to admit - oh whatever - but I have to admit I am constitutionally incapable of telling Jeeves & Wooster plots apart. Intricate as they are - usually, idk. Wooster nearly gets married to Madeline Bassett? There's a piece of clothing Jeeves doesn't want Wooster to wear? Aunt Dahlia or Aunt Agatha come bursting in on Wooster? YOU SEE MY DIFFICULTY. So... this was a fun read, but not outstanding by any measure of the word!

Although this part was cute:

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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick.

Brilliant and harrowing. )

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters, by B.R. Myers.

Interesting, but I disagreed with about 60% of this. )

Long Road Home, by Kim Yong.

"memoir of growing up in a comfortable existence in North Korea, only to be thrown into one of the worst prison camps in that country - and then escape to write about it all."

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Finally - on the last day of the year I bring to you: the end of year book meme!

meme )

To round off an extremely long LJ entry, here's the full list, in all its unformatted and chronological glory!

The List )


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