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A Few Good Reads?

We don't have a television, so we tend to read a lot. Here's our list for reading over Christmas & New Year 2000. Maybe you'll enjoy them too?

The "Verdict" notes give our reactions after having read the books.

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The Moor - Laurie R. King

One of the Mary Russell series of detective novels. Surprising as it may seem, Mary is the wife of Sherlock Holmes. In this book the pair revisit the scene of the "Hound of the Baskervilles".

To discover how that came about you'll need to read the earlier books in the series!

Verdict: This book was a disappointment. A great idea, sadly wasted. This is the first time we've been disappointed by a Laurie R King book.

Bantam Books Paperback 1999 0553579525 369 Yes

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Midwinter of the Spirit - Phil Rickman

Phil Rickman doesn't write horror books, which is good because I don't read them. He does however write thrillers with an element of the supernatural. Having started with Wine of Angels we have now read all his books. All have been really good reads, so we don't expect to be disappointed by this one.

Verdict: Well up to standard. Another good read.

Pan Paperback 2000 033037401X 544 Yes

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The Fifth Elephant - Terry Pratchett

Yet another Ringworld novel from Terry Pratchett, this time sending Sam Vimes. captain of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch out to the Uberwald...

Verdict: Manages to combine the Vampires from Carpe Jugulum with Sam from the City Watch and Dwarf Bread. Very enjoyable.

Corgi Paperback 2000 0552146161 459 Yes

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The Ape Who Guards the Balance - Elizabeth Peters

Amelia Peabody, Victorian Egyptologist, and her family set out on another adventure...

Verdict: Another good read.

Morrow/Avon Paperback 1999 0380798565 444 Yes

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Mallory's Oracle - Carol O'Connell

So far we have only read one book by Carol O'Connell, Judas Child, but that was one of the best books we read last year, so we are interested to see what else she has written.

Verdict: Very different to Judas Child, but still excellently written and we'll certainly be buying more in the Mallory series.

Arrow Paperback 1995 0099433818 256 Yes

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

We've decided that it's about time we checked out what the fuss is about. It will be very interested to see how Harry Potter compares to the quality of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" sequence of books.

Verdict: Great. We've since read all the other's too.

Bloomsbury Children's Books Paperback 1997 0747532745 223 Yes

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Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

An older, non-Ringworld Terry Pratchett collaboration that we've not read yet.

Verdict: Excellent.

Corgi Paperback 1991 0552137030 384 Yes

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Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Another children's book, but a good book is still a good book whatever the age of the reader. This is the first book in the well recommended "His Dark Materials"" trilogy.

Verdict: Superb. We've since read the other two parts of the trilogy too.

Scholastic Point Paperback 1998 0590660543 416 Yes

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