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I seem to have abandoned my reading log once again this summer, but here are some scattered notes for some of the books I read in May and June.

The Elf-Queen of Shannara, The Moonstone, The Tiger in the Smoke, The Beckoning Lady, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and A Company of Swans )

And, in honor of re-starting graduate school, I read a hoary classic:

What is History? )
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"One of the many objections to academic scholars, to university-trained priests (though not one that was often expressed), was their ability to remind men of texts it was not convenient to remember, which were difficult to fit into the agreed synthesis. Accurate scholarship, knowledge of the total Bible, could be constricting. Mechanick students of the Bible were more creative, more boldly innovating, because they were selective in their approach, more responsive to problems of their own world which demanded new solutions."
--Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution (1972), 263.

Pearls Before Swine, The Scions of Shannara, and More Work for the Undertaker )
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In the morning, blear-eyed, surly and unshaven, he will gaze for an hour or two at a blank sheet of paper until the menacing finger of the clock frightens him into action. Then suddenly he will snap into it. All the stale old phrases -- "a book that no one should miss", "something memorable on every page", "of special value are the chapters dealing with, etc etc" -- will jump into their places like iron filings obeying the magnet, and the review will end up at exactly the right length and with just about three minutes to go. Meanwhile another wad of ill-assorted, unappetising books will have arrived by post. So it goes on.
--George Orwell, "Confessions of a Book Reviewer," (1946)

Down and Out in Paris and London, Flowers for the Judge, The Case of the Late Pig, and Christianity in the West, 1400-1700 )
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I completely gave up on my (usually meticulous) book list around the middle of October last year but here: the last four books that I can remember reading.

Maroon Societies, The Leaven of Malice, The Journalist and the Murderer, and Police at the Funeral )


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