June 11th, 2016

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Saturday reading

Current
Watership Down, by Richard Adams (a chapter a week)
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
The Unicorn Hunt, by Dorothy Dunnett
Short Trips: 2040, ed. John Binns

Last books finished
Space Raptor Butt Invasion, by Chuck Tingle
The Builders, by Daniel Polanski
Perfect State, by Brandon Sanderson
Slow Bullets, by Alastair Reynolds
Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986, by Marc Aramini (not finished)
SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police, by Vox Day (not finished)
Selected Stories, by Alice Munro
Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
The Aeronaut's Windlass, by Jim Butcher (did not finish)

Next books
Peter & Max, by Bill Willingham
The Hidden War, by Michael Armstrong
Loving the Alien, by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry

Books acquired in last week
Time Lord, by Ian Marsh and Peter Darvill-Ebans
war

Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones

Second paragraph of third chapter:
‘Class, we are very lucky today,’ began Mr Watts. ‘Mrs Kabui has agreed to share with us the remarkable life and times of the heart seed.’
A short but very powerful book, about the power of literature to transcend the horrors of humanity. Mr Watts brings education to a remote part of Bougainville in the middle of the war there (probably the most horrible conflict in the Pacific since WW2, with 15-20,000 killed of a population of less than a quarter million). Pip from Great Expectations becomes a focal cultural reference point for Matilda and her neighbours, before war comes and destroys their world. After the dust has settled, Matilda finds out where Mr Watts actually came from; and her memories of him are not tarnished but enhanced as a result. It's a grim read in places, but ultimately encouraging.

This came to the top of my list as the most popular of my unread non-sf/fantasy books on LibraryThing. Next on that list is Selected Stories by Alice Munro.
Mister Pip