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Recently read: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Millenium 1) by Stieg Larsson

Literature

"Män som hatar kvinnor" (Swedish for "Men who hate women," renamed in the English translation as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is an award-winning novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the first in his "Millennium Trilogy". At his sudden death in November 2004 he left three unpublished novels that made up the trilogy. It became a posthumous best-seller in Europe. The first of the Millenium Trilogy is an epic tale of serial murder and corporate trickery spanning several continents, the novel takes in complicated international financial fraud and the buried evil past of a wealthy...

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Recently read - The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Literature

The Host is Stephenie’s first adult, as opposed to young-adult, novel.   At first glance the book’s overriding theme is not a particularly original SF idea, though perhaps one that is different from much at the moment. With echoes of Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters and I Will Fear No Evil, or John Christopher’s Tripods, (not to mention TV like The Invaders or Invasion) the tale here tells of a future Earth where humans are in thrall to souls, a centipede-like alien species that lives in symbiosis with a living human’s body. The benefit to this relationship for the humans is...

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Recently read - City Boy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile by Geraint Anderson

Literature

Here we are - exactly what you need for a gratifying few hours on the beach this summer, just as the credit crunch starts to bite. You've always suspected that the City is staffed by crass, greedy, coked-out imbeciles - extravagantly rewarded parasites whose “expertise” is the very definition of smoke and mirrors, whose ability to predict shifts in the market owes more to blind chance than anything remotely rational or objective. Charlatans whose modus operandi has less to do with the close perusal of spreadsheets and the application of an analytical mind than guesswork allied to epic self-interest. Geraint...

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Recently read: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

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Remember Marley: A Dog Like No Other, a canine greatly loved by his master? Well, here is Dewey, an abandoned orange kitten not only beloved by his mistress but by the entire town of Spencer, Iowa. Dewey's origins were questionable as was his introduction to library director Vicki Myron. January 18, 1988 was a frigid Monday in Spencer. "It was a killing freeze, the kind that made it almost painful to breathe." When Vicki arrived at the library that morning her assistant told her she had heard a noise coming from a metal slot, the library's after-hours drop box behind...

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