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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

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages - Tom Holt As the updates mention, this was a comforting read, taken 15 pages at a time when locals were acting like impetuous peasants. I could return to the story indifferently many days later. The plot twists really were inventive without being especially challenging.

There were approximately 5 truly hilarious lines, but this book was FAR too long. Mr. Holt has written an immense number of books. He is a professional writer. I hope his other books aren't just catalogues of monotonous revelations, leading up to sad trombone conclusions, as invented(?) with such innovation by Douglas Adams. Unlike Adams, he tidies up the built-up deflate by then describing everything that just happened as other characters become involved, more discovery, trombones, etc.

It's also very British, including a few completely impenetrable references.

To save time, paraphrases of 3 of my favourite lines:
"A process so broken, it was hard to believe Microsoft wasn't involved somehow."
"Having covered the weather, public transportation, and George Bush, they ran out of safe topic to talk about."
"He thought it was better for them to have it out and then talk to the survivors."