Aug. 26th, 2014

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I visited my parents this long weekend, "coincidentally" at the same time as the local beer/cider festival (elderflower cider >>> blackberry cider > beetroot cider), and saw my brother and sister too. Matt seems in a lot better mood than he has been for a long time, apparently due to the sudden appearance of a work ethic? Anyway, it was nice to hang out with the whole family (+ Adam + Lisa's boyfriend). I guess my Dad thought so too, because he spent the whole time talking about his desire for grandchildren and then, after I'd got back to Bristol, sent a mass email about all his feelings on seeing his bbs getting along so well... adorable.

It is a hundred years since I posted my book list here, so:

#11: EarthBound by Kenn Baumann
A review/reminiscence about a video game that I have not actually played but am aware of. It was mildly interesting but went off on too many tangents for my taste.

#12:
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Reread. I had mostly forgotten the plot, so it was nice to go back to this one.

#13: The Analects of Confucius (audiobook from Librivox)
I didn't get a lot out of this one.

#14:
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Reread. Conspiracies! I guess past me liked reading lists more than current me does, though.

#15:
A Mosque Among the Stars, ed. Ahmed A. Khan
Short story anthology. Disappointingly boring.

#16:
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
Nicely written, but the ending was a bit too neat, perhaps. I was distracted by my own ignorance of Greece and WW2.

#17: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
surprisingly straightforward plot for a murakami! but I still got to enjoy the strange mixture of relaxation and utter confusion that his books always give me. (as I have probably said before, his sex scenes are the weirdest)

#18:
Lucky Wander Boy by D.B. Weiss
Ugh. An interesting idea, but the ending was unsatisfying and the main character too much of a jerk for me to find the "unreliable narrator" thing enjoyable.

In other news, same old same old. Work is going well, I go running when I feel like it, I go to Portuguese lessons, I force Shaney and Mickey and Adam and other Katy to watch jdramas with me. Lovefilm continues to not send me any more Star Trek even though it's the only high priority item on my rental list. That's about it?

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