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Peter Why
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Post by Peter Why » February 1st, 2021, 2:11 pm

I thought I'd post each month separately. So here are my books completed in February.

6 This is Going to Hurt; by Adam Kay. Extracts from the diaries of a doctor in the NHS (mostly when he was in gynaecology and obstetrics). Despite the humour, the book makes it painfully obvious why so many of the front-line staff are leaving the NHS; long hours (many unpaid), poor pay; appalling behaviour by hospital managament/PALS and by politicians. A fascinating but massively uncomfortable read. (++++)
7 The Sorceress of Karres - Eric Flint, Dave Freer. Third in the series that started with The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz. Light science fiction; the series is enjoyable, but this one has what feels like an over-complicated storyline. (+++)
8 The Wizard of Karres - Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, Dave Freer. Second in the Karres series. My mild dislike of one of the main protagonists (Pausert), whom I find dull, stodgy, and relatively humourless, colours my feelings about the series, but the stories are light and fun. (+++)
9 Ghost Trees - Bob Gilbert. The author lives in a large parish (Poplar) in the East End of London, and has spent a lot of time wandering through his streets, learning about the fauna and flora. He talks about the trees of the area, stirred in with the history of Poplar. Mildly interesting, easy to read, and made me want to dig out a map of the area to follow him. (+++)
10 A Study in Sorcery - Michael Kurland. Randall Garrett wrote a number of stories about an alternate world where Richard the First survived (and John never became king, and the Plantagenets still rule), and 'the science of magic has displaced the magic of science'. Lord D'Arcy is Special Investigator for the court, with the assistance of Master Sean O'Lochlainn, forensic sorcerer. After Garrett's death, his friend Mike Kurland wrote two more novels set in that world; this is one of them. The series is set in a beautifully realised world, with magic and love and humour. Sherlock Holmesian investigations of murder and mystery. (+++++)
12 The Witches of Karres - James H. Schmitz. The first in the science fiction/fantasy/humour series. A reread after a few years (I had to buy a new copy). I still don't like the main character much; the Karres girls, plus practically everyone else (after he leaves his home planet of Nickeldepain) have a more interesting and complex personality than Pausert. But I do enjoy the story (+++)
13 Snuff - Terry Pratchett, Re-read. Sam Vimes, commander of the Watch, on holiday in the country with his wife. Luckily for his peace of mind, he finds conspiracy, aristocracy, and murder ... otherwise, he'd be bored to tears and desperate to get back to his constabulary duties in Ankh-Morpork.
14 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages - Tom Holt. An unusually confused and pointless (which is saying a lot, given how rambling and confusing many of his stories are), and mildly humorous novel. I'd hoped it was another about the sorcery consultants, J.W. Wells and Co., but it wasn't. (++)
15 The Infernal Device - Michael Kurland. Set in the Sherlock Holmes world, a novel about the much-maligned Professor Moriarty, criminal consultant. Very enjoyable. Isaac Asimov said "... has made Moriarty more interesting than Doyle ever made Holmes." (+++++)
16 The Fifth Element - Terry Bisson. I liked the film (which has one of the most enjoyable villains of any film I've seen), and only recently found out that a novel had been written, based on it. It's a shallow, uninvolving reflection of the film, which made me realise how skillful that the authors that I like are (I think of C.J. Cherryh, for example, where environments are strongly described, and the reader understands the thoughts and emotions of the characters). It does give the villain a chance to survive, though, where I think that in the film he dies in an exploding space station. (++)
17 The Shaman of Karres - Eric Flint, Dave Freer. A recently published continuation of the Karres series. Fun, with a relatively straightforward story. In my opinion, at least as good as Schmitz's original story ... possibly because Captain Pausert comes over as a more interesting character. This feels like the end of the series, but it may not be. (++++)
18 Death By Gaslight - Michael Kurland. The second Professor Moriarty novel. Excellent .... as long as you're not a devotee of the Holmes-is-perfect myth (I've seen criticism of these novels on Amazon, on that basis). (++++)
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Post by KevinS » February 1st, 2021, 2:21 pm

Peter Why wrote:
February 1st, 2021, 2:11 pm
I thought I'd post each month separately. So here are my books completed in February.

6 This is Going to Hurt; by Adam Kay. Extracts from the diaries of a doctor in the NHS (mostly when he was in gynaecology and obstetrics). Despite the humour, the book makes it painfully obvious why so many of the front-line staff are leaving the NHS; long hours (many unpaid), poor pay; appalling behaviour by hospital managament/PALS and by polititicians. A fascinating but massively uncomfortable read. (++++)

Peter
Here in America, we're told everything is perfect with UK healthcare.
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Post by Peter Why » February 1st, 2021, 2:47 pm

The NHS works surprisingly well for the patients, but only at the expense of insanely long hours for junior doctors. They apparently have to sign a document allowing their employers to ignore a European directive which restricts the hours employees have to work.

I've seen the way the hospital management handle disciplinary proceedings against their employees (not me .. I was called as a witness); brutal, callous and heavy-handed. And here's a quote from the book about the PALS (Patients' Advice and Liaison Service): "PALS are the hospital's complaints department. They take 'the customer is always right' to bizarre new heights and no matter how trivial the complaint, would gladly have doctors turn up at patients' houses carrying a bouquet of flowers and wearing a hair shirt."

That was certainly how PALS was viewed by the doctors and other staff that I worked with.

Peter
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Post by ColleenMc » February 1st, 2021, 3:42 pm

Peter Why wrote:
January 1st, 2021, 3:14 pm
I'll try to keep my record up to date this year. Let's say 60 books.

Completed in January
1 Lock Picking for Complete Beginners & Intermediates; author Charles Prince. (about 85 pages .. they're not numbered) If the subject interests you, don't bother with this book; there *must* be better ones on the subject (in fact, the booklet I received with a set of practice locks was much better produced and infinitely more helpful)! Not well edited. (-)
2 Unnatural Issue - by Mercedes Lackey. One of the Elemental Masters series. A re-read. Magic, necromany and romance in London around the early 20th Century and WW1. An involving read, weakened a little by the infatuation-at-first-sight of the main protagonist. (+++++)
3 Going Postal; author Terry Pratchett. A re-read. Another Ankh-Morpork story, our first encounter with confidence trickster Moist von Lipwig. Von Lipwig, without his knowledge, is set against against a group of what might be called "entrepreneurs" who, by embezzlement and use of legal loopholes, have taken over the semaphore "clacks" system which had been created by enthusiast engineers who have no protections against the manipulations of their financiers. (+++++)
4 The Pinhoe Egg; author Diana Wynne Jones. A re-read for light entertainment. One of her novels set in the Chrestomanci universe. After we first encounter Cat in Charmed Life, there are a couple of novels and a few short stories which tell us how his powers are developing. (+++++)
5 The Hidden Life of Trees; by Peter Wohlleben. A forester in Germany shares his feelings and his knowledge about trees, and the need for ancient woodland to be preserved and created, untouched by "forest management". Involving, interesting and written by someone who had the best interests of trees and the environment at heart. (+++++)


Current or planned books:
Ghost Trees - by Bob Gilbert.
On Having No Head - by D.E. Harding
The New Hite Report - by Shere Hite
London Vagabond, the life of Henry Mayhew - by Christopher G. Anderson

Peter
Oooh, I have the Hidden Life of Trees in my TBR too -- it went on $1.99 ebook sale on Amazon recently. I'm a sucker for those deals!
Also I've been listening to the London Labor and London Poor series intermittently so I'm curious about the bio of Henry Mayhew!

Colleen
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Post by Peter Why » February 4th, 2021, 5:53 am

Colleen, I've started on Mayhew's biography. I'll put a little more effort into getting it read. I'm not impressed by his father so far! I'll explain why, later.
Peter
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Post by gowrishreevalli05 » February 4th, 2021, 10:20 am

Hai everyone.
Am a new reader to librivox. I have loved and read books ever since i understood what books are. Reading for audio books is my first time. I don't have serious goals since i have a long way to go and this is my 1st year, 1st month. For the 2021 goal:Doing even one solo would be so great. Few dramas, a lots of collaborations. I can already see a fun filled future ahead😁 :9:

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Post by JayKitty76 » February 13th, 2021, 11:34 am

I’m going to shoot for 100 novels this year. We’ll see how far I get as I’m not very good at bookkeeping.

I just finished reading J.K. Rowling’s The Ickabog, a surprisingly dark fairytale that recalls more of the original Grimm’s fairytales than the modern Disney ones. I really enjoyed it, however, but I consider it to be even darker than the Harry Potter series. (Definitely misses the target age range of 7-9, more of a 12+.)

I’ve also been writing a lot, but reading the Bible of course and reading stuff on sites like Wattpad (very carefully.) :wink:

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