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A Death in Vienna   book icon  
by Daniel Silva (2004)

read: 31 October 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

Happy to see the back of this trilogy which was mostly Holocaust-based, this one being the most Holocaust-y of all. Good books, great series but I was getting worn down by spending a lot of time reliving the terrible atrocities that happened around WWII.

The Confessor   book icon  
by Daniel Silva (2003)

read: 24 October 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

This one was a little more gruesome than some of the other ones I have read. Lots of interesting overlap between Catholicism and Judaism particularly surrounding the Holcaust. I always appreciate that Silva puts a coda at the end of his books talking about which historical things he talks about are true and which are not true.

The English Assassin   book icon  
by Daniel Silva (2002)

read: 22 October 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

I like the Allon books when they talk more about art and less about Nazis. This one has some of both but I basically enjoyed it though it slipped a bit too much into some sadistic violence than I am usually ok with.

Roadside Picnic   book icon  
by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (1977)

read: 14 October 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

A great story, translated from the Russian, about life on Earth after the aliens have come and gone and left some of their weird technology behind them. The visitation sites, six in all, become a fascination for scientists and stalkers (people who creep into the visitation areas and take things to sell) and the interrelationship between these two groups is what drives the story forward.

Machine Man   book icon  
by Max Barry (2011)

read: 9 October 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

So good! So creepy! This book about an engineer who get in an accident at the lab and then is surprised to learn he likes his prosthesis in some ways better than his actual limbs. Enough that he tries to get more of them... You never know where this book is going. It has a Repo Man feel to it. It’s sort of gross in parts. I have really liked Barry’s books in the past but this may be my favorite.

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