March 12th, 2014

earthsea

March Books 3) Dominion, by C.J. Sansom

The second paragraph from Chapter 3:

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As this paragraph makes clear, this is rather an impressive version of the "Hitler Wins" sub-sub-genre of stories: quite a well-imagined defeated England in 1952, with Lord Beaverbrook leading a collaborationist government with Enoch Powell and Oswald Mosley, Adlai Stevenson about to take over from the two-term Taft jr across the water, and Hitler on his deathbed. The actual plot concerns some resistance fighters and other activists (led the elderly Churchill in hiding and uncomfortably allied with the Communists) who get caught up in the struggle to prevent a nuclear weapons secret, which has been accidentally obtained by a mad scientist in Birmingham, from falling into Nazi hands. The details are meticulously realised, but the actual McGuffin didn't really convince me, and the ending was a bit too pat as well. Still, interesting to see an author with Sansom's profile dabbling in alternate history.

books

Wednesday reading

Current
Essays on Time-based Linguistic Analysis, by Charles-James N. Bailey
[Doctor Who] Mad Dogs and Englishmen, by Paul Magrs

Last books finished
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
The Assassination of the Prime Minister: John Bellingham and the Murder of Spencer Perceval, by David Hanrahan
[Doctor Who] Christmas on a Rational Planet, by Lawrence Miles
Sigurd and Gudrún, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Big Finish Companion v1, by Richard Dinnick
The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman

Last week's audios
[Doctor Who] The Sleeping City, by Ian Potter
[Blake's 7] The Turing Test, by Simon Guerrier
[Blake's 7] Solitary, by Nigel Fairs
Current: [Blake's 7] Counterfeit, by Peter Anghelides

Next books
Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
Best Served Cold, by Joe Abercrombie
[Doctor Who] Tales of Trenzalore, by Justin Richards, George Mann, Paul Finch and Mark Morris

Books acquired in last week
[Doctor Who] Salt of the Earth, by Trudi Canavan
The Redbreast, by Jo Nesbø
The Assassination of the Prime Minister: John Bellingham and the Murder of Spencer Perceval, by David Hanrahan
The Last Man, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Family Britain, 1951-1957, by David Kynaston
Spin, by Nina Allan
Unearthed, eds. John J. Johnston and Jared Shurin