Time for the Stars - Robert A. Heinlein
Brilliant. Refreshing to read something with my suspension of disbelief intact.
Blackout - Connie Willis
It's funny I can suspend disbelief to allow time travel but not accept some other aspects of the story.
In 2060 someone hands someone else a sheaf of papers, the product of their 'research'. Really in 50 years we are going to be handing each other paper? I don't think so.
We have the ability to hardwire 'implants' into our brains, but those implants will be memory constrained? Feels contrived because it is.
A university educated historian doesn't know when Pearl Harbour happened.
Nobody really dies.
Historians are basically self obsessed, uninformed, amateurs with random, erratic theories on how their actions effect the course of history.
Didn't enjoy this book so much. I care so little about these characters that I am not going to bother with "All Clear" (the second half of this behemoth).
1861: The Civil War Awakening - Adam Goodheart
Stunning collection of interconnected, personal histories illuminating the tumult leading up to the American Civil War.
The Casual Vacancy - J.K.Rowling
Based on the blurb on the cover there is no way I would have read this book had it been by any other author. As a Potterphile I was obliged and am very glad I did.
Real characters inhabit the town that Ms Rowling has created and their stories are compelling.
Aubrey, on the other hand, never touched money during his office hours, and yet he caused it to move in unimaginable quantities across continents. He managed it and multiplied it and, when the portents were less propitious, he watched magisterially as it vanished.
A Dance with Dragons - George R R Martin
I thought the crossbow fitting. You shared so much with <redacted>, why not that?