What the staff is reading this week:
Alan: "VETERAN by Gavin Smith. It's good but I suspect that the author doesn't have much in the way of an actual military background. That is not always an obstacle but it does come through in the novel."
Cary: "THE CRACK IN THE LENS by Steve Hockensmith."
Claud: "THE SPY WHO LOVED: The Secrets And Lives Of Christine Granville, by Clare Mulley (amazing story of WW2 spy); THE BIG OVER EASY and THE FOURTH BEAR, by Jasper Fforde (rereads); THE FLANEUR, by Edmund White; SHAMAN, Kim Stanley Robinson; GEORGETTE HEYER, by Jennifer Kloester; GULP: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach; MOXYLAND, by Lauren Beukes; THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, by Neil Gaiman (amazing & melancholy); MURDER AT THE VICARAGE, by Agatha Christie (reread); LIARS AND OUTLIERS: Enabling The Trust That Society Needs To Thrive, by Bruce Schneier; THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA and RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES, by Scott Lynch (rereads); SCATTER, ADAPT, AND REMEMBER: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction, by Annalee Newitz; THE RIDDLE OF THE LABYRINTH: The Quest To Crack An Ancient Code, by Margalit Fox (fascinating tale of the decryption of Linear B); THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES, by Scott Lynch (worth the wait); READY PLAYER ONE, by Ernest Cline; DANCE FOR THE DEAD and METZGER'S DOG, by Thomas Perry; LATE VICTORIAN HOLOCAUSTS: El Nino Famines And The Making Of The Third World, by Mike Davis (phenomenal); THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith (great, actually); THE SHINING GIRLS, by Lauren Beukes; THE BLOODLINE FEUD, THE TRADERS' WAR, and THE REVOLUTION TRADE, by Charles Stross; and THE DRACO TAVERN, by Larry Niven.
Cole: "THE DOG STARS by Peter Heller. Fantastic. It reminds me a little of FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON."
Jude: " BLACKSAD by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido; KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT; GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH; ANARCHY AND OLD DOGS; and THE MERRY MISOGYNIST by Colin Cotterill, PROMISED LAND by Robert Parker; HER ROYAL SPYNESS by Rhys Bowen; WEST WITH THE NIGHT by Beryl Markham; and STREET GANG: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF SESAME STREET by Michael Davis.