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The Lonely Sea: Collected Short Stories
Alistair MacLean
Her Benny
Silas K. Hocking
Vedere din Parfumerie
Silvia Kerim
Mysticism and Logic (Western Philosophy)
Bertrand Russell
The Analects of Confucious
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
William James
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientists Books Staff, New Scientist
Mutual Aid
Pyotr Kropotkin
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Olivia Fraser, William Dalrymple
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Smashing Saxons (Horrible Histories)

The Smashing Saxons (Horrible Histories)  - Terry Deary I thought a few episodes of the TV show were amazing years ago, so when I saw the whole series of books at a used book store in Bulgaria, I decided to start with the Saxons, it being right up the writer's alley and all.

Not impressive. It seems to be a pointless melange of odd or out-of-the-ordinary laws and practices, treated as Saxon habit for 650 years or more. There is a Victorian's fascination with oddities, which I share myself, but not even the oddities were especially noteworthy. It does go to great lengths to ridicule King Arthur, saints, and teachers. I know a lot of you are upset by that.