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Ritual murder and Hungarian émigrés in 1870 London

An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23) by Anne Perry @@@ (3 out of 5) English novelist Anne Perry writes historical crime fiction. In abundance. Thirty-two books to date in the Thomas Pitt series, set in England in the period beginning in 1881. Five in a World War I series. And twenty-three in a series of novels featuring William Monk, who serves as Commander of the Thames [...]

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About Dystopian Fiction

Hell on Earth book by Mal WarwickIn Hell on Earth: What we can learn from dystopian fiction, I’ve analyzed 62 dystopian novels, categorizing them by the theme that’s dominant in each: totalitarianism, climate change, nuclear war, overpopulation, genetic engineering, religious extremism, artificial intelligence, runaway consumerism, and pandemic.

Each chapter includes my thoughts about how realistic these scenarios might be. And, no, it’s not all depressing!

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 “A fascinating read. The author draws from a combination of current events, history, and the themes of dystopian fiction to paint his own scenarios of how we might find ourselves in a nightmare future world.”


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Nonfiction

The woman codebreaker who caught gangsters and Nazi spies

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone @@@@@ (5 out of 5) When Richard Nixon asked Chou En-Lai in 1972 about the impact of the French Revolution, the Chinese Premier famously said, "It's too early to tell." That terse response is generally understood to illustrate the Chinese abi [...]

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Trade Fiction

Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga continues

Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga #6) by Lois McMaster Bujold @@@@ (4 out of 5) Much of classic science fiction consisted of what came to be called "space opera"—and most of it was junk. With some notable exceptions, the format is rarely used today. However, the multiple-award-winner Lois McMaster Bujold has updated the space opera with a long (and ongoing) series of novels, n [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

Ritual murder and Hungarian émigrés in 1870 London

An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23) by Anne Perry @@@ (3 out of 5) English novelist Anne Perry writes historical crime fiction. In abundance. Thirty-two books to date in the Thomas Pitt series, set in England in the period beginning in 1881. Five in a World War I series. And twenty-three in a series of novels featuring William Monk, who serves as Commander of the Thames [...]

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Recommended mysteries, science fiction, historical novels, nonfiction

From time to time, I post lists of recommended mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, historical novels, biographies, or books about science or business. Here I’ll include the 15 best of these lists. Each of them contains a number of individual titles with links to the reviews I’ve posted on this blog. Fiction lists 48 excellent mystery and thriller series This list [...]

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