Author Archives: Dove

Thoughts: Every Heart A Doorway, by Seanan McGuire

Oh boy. How can such a short book be so all over the place? I really wanted to love this one. I’m sorry. It just didn’t work for me. I’m also sorry because this post is about as long as … Continue reading

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Thoughts: A Horse Walks Into A Bar, by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen

You’re going to have to forgive me for this one – it’s been a long time since I read it, and my memory isn’t what it used to be. I liked it maybe more than I thought I would from … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin

First of all, how dare she. OK, seriously though, surprise! The Fifth Season, volume one in the trilogy that won a Hugo for each instalment, is good! At the risk of becoming one of those recipe blogs that frontloads a … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Citizen Clem, by John Bew

The conclusion to my Indian independence trilogy! Some light holiday reading on our month-long trip home, and I read most of this biography of Clement Attlee while breastfeeding and contact napping, though that’s how I read pretty much everything these … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Mörder Anders und seine Freunde nebst dem einen oder anderen Feind, by Jonas Jonasson, translated by Wibke Kuhn

Yeah, you already know that I like Jonasson’s work, and I think Kuhn does a good job, as far as I can tell through my rough German, of nailing the tone (lively and wry, deadpan in all the right places).

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Thoughts: Where Poppies Blow, by John Lewis-Stempel

The intersection between British (mostly) soldiers in World War I and nature seemed almost fanciful when I picked this one up. Like, there have been so many millions of words lavished on WWI from every possible angle, every conceivable breadth … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Daughter of Empire, by Pamela Hicks

I want to continue my little exploration of Indian independence, and I thought Pamela Hicks’s memoir would be a good next stop, Pamela Hicks being the daughter of Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India of whom Narendra Singh Sarila … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India’s Partition, by Narendra Singh Sarila

I love how every non-fiction book title is [Snappy Title]: [Cumbersome Thesis Statement So You Know What The Book Is Actually About]. Every single one. I can’t not notice it anymore. Anyway, I’ve by pure coincidence happened to read a … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Transit of Venus, by Shirley Hazzard

Uh looks like I entirely forgot to post this after I wrote it? Here you go! Last book I started before giving birth, first book I finished afterwards. I read a couple of chapters to baby, in the hope that … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Bradley

Warning before we start – there’ll be mentions of real life crimes in this one, involving children. Some explanations are in order. I know we’re all meant to be living in a Death of the Author world but some things … Continue reading

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