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emmadilemma

emmadilemma@ramblingreaders.org

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YA and paranoia, mainly. Can't Speak French™ but pretend to flip through the odd French book. Just moved here, so disregard dates on any reviews before April 2024, look at my Top Recents list instead: ramblingreaders.org/list/256/s/top-recents masto: eldritch.cafe/@pootriarch formerly known as @emmadilemma@book.dansmonorage.blue

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@Stephenleader@sfba.social we're all trained to appreciate fast and easy in these times, as much fast and as much easy as one can afford. it does take a bit to turn the dial down. she finds all the right people, all the right quotes, to make one consider just how laudable of goals they are or are not, and to come along on her journey. which let's be honest, not one of us would have gotten out of the first chapter, we'd have scuppered off and gone home. which is the point.

Monisha Rajesh: Around the World in 80 Trains (2019, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) No rating

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was …

— He had eight wives, right? — Six. — And did he kill them all? — No, a good way to remember is 'divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived'. It's about the only thing I remember from A-level history.

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it turns out i accidentally learnt a bit of history at the 'six' musical. the right slogan, anyway.

Moïra Fowley-Doyle: Spellbook of the Lost and Found (2018, Speak) 3 stars

Olive, Rose, Laurel, Ivy, Hazel, Rowan. Six teenagers, connected in ways they could never have …

Mags says this development used to be trees. Oak Road. They named it for the trees they felled to build it and now nobody lives here except rats.

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I lived in such a development for a while. On a hillside where butterfly habitat was flattened, the streets were named to mock them. Mission Blue, Swallowtail, Callippe.

Monisha Rajesh: Around the World in 80 Trains (2019, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) No rating

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was …

In the same way that some travellers are drawn to collecting postcards, coins, stamps or beer bottles from other countries, I am obsessed with fast-food outlets, particularly KFC and McDonald's, which always feature appropriated versions of classic items — like India's Chicken Maharaja Mac, and France's Le Croque McDo.

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commented on Surrender by Bono

Bono: Surrender (2022, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 4 stars

…[I]n Surrender, it’s Bono who picks up the pen, writing for the first time about …

My library loan expired just as Bono was sitting in No 10 marvelling at the important people he knew and the import of the history he was witnessing. U2 have always been a cherished band for me. I returned the book before that could change.

reviewed Eastern Pyrenees by Mary-Ann Gallagher (Footprint focus)

Mary-Ann Gallagher: Eastern Pyrenees (2013, Footprint) 2 stars

A useful, though narrow, little guide

2 stars

This is a well-written, opinionated guide to the eastern portion of the Pyrenees mountain range dividing France and Spain. It's a good overview if you're thinking about the area, which is poorly covered by most tourism books. It loses a star just because it's rather old, and as quite a small book, it's poor value for money as a general guidebook.

If you're already considering a trip to this area, I do highly recommend it.