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Books Read August 2014 (Books 149-163)

Here is a summary of my August reading with links to longer reviews in my journal.

Book 149: The Fire of Merlin (The Return to Camelot #2 by Donna Hosie, 2013. 233 pages. Second book in YA Arthurian fantasy. Disappointing.
Book 150: Hostage Queen by Freda Lightfoot, 2010. 260 pages. Dull work of historical fiction about Marguerite de Valois. Reviews of Books 149 and 150.
Book 151: Birdman (Jack Caffery #1) by Mo Hayder, 1999. 398 pages. Grisly London police procedural. Review here.
Book 152: The Humans by Matt Haig, 2013. 294 pages. Quirky SF-comedy about alien step-in. Review here.
Book 153: The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup, 2013. 436 pages. Tale set in modern India. Review here.
Book 154: The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn, 2014. 400 pages. Another dull work of historical fiction. Review here.
Book 155: Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell, 2013. 438 pages. Combines true crime with literary analysis and social history. Review here.
Book 156: Murder and Mendelssohn (Phryne Fisher #20) by Kerry Greenwood, 2013.337 pages/ Unabridged Audio (11 hours, 22 mins). Read by Stephanie Daniel. Last in the series to date. Review here.
Book 157: The House of Dolls (Pieter Vos #1) by David Hewson, 2014. 430 pages. New police procedural series set in Amsterdam. Review here.
Book 158: The Treatment (Jack Caffrey #2) by Mo Hayder, 2001. 410 pages. Another disturbing police procedural.
Book 159: The Ritual (Jack Caffrey #3) by Mo Hayder, 2008. 560 pages. A move to Bristol for Caffrey. Gripping police procedural. Reviews of Books 158 and 159.
Book 160: The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker, 2012. Translated from the French by Sam Taylor, 2014. 624 pages. Stunning thriller with unconventional style. Review here.
Book 161: Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Freemantle, 2014. 496 pages. Well written novel about the Grey sisters in the courts of Mary I and Elizabeth I. Review here.
Book 162: Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, 1948. 256 pages. Classic SF novella with few extra stories from 1930s. Review here.
Book 163: NW by Zadie Smith, 2012. 340 pages/Unabridged Audiobook (10 hrs, 55 mns) Narrated by Karen Bryson and Don Gilet. Powerful tale of two women in contemporary London. Review here.
Tags: author: c, author: d, author: f, author: g, author: h, author: l, author: s, category: young adult, genre: contemporary, genre: fantasy, genre: historical fiction, genre: mystery, genre: science fiction, genre: thriller, review list: monthly
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