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Historically the Khannates were affiliated with Buddhism—more of a philosophy than a religion. They also had a strong impulse towards Stoicism. Their stoicism made their impulses to kill and invade less contradictory to their Buddhism. In contrast, however, they also love luxury and art.

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We get to know some individuals. I liked the little details: what is it like to go out to a restaurant? What does it mean to have a landlord? What about medical services? What about going shopping? Is there TV? What appears on TV? What happens when somebody dies? What is the most effective way to pan-handle? I plan to read more of his books. Set in with the plague raging through Florence, a party of seven women and three men set out for the Florentine countryside.

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Murdered twenty years ago, setting of a chain of events that lead to more murders. The revenge killings of the two gangsters are tied to the twenty year old murder. This was an okay read for me and I will probably give the other books in the series a try. The writings themslves are very interesting and make up for the introduction. This is not a feel good book but it was definitely worth reading. Note that this is one of the best books I have ever read in its unsparing look at the negative effects of love gone awry and neglected children and neglected household finances.

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I learned a lot. Castro got involved in politics during his university days. He was and is a master of propaganda. He also kept his Marxist-Leninist philosophy to himself until he was in control of the government. The narrator is annoying and off putting. The story is so-so but if you like legal thrillers you might like it.

Elias of Cortona was chosen by St. The Church, however, wanted to build a new place for Francis to be interred. They kick out Elias. Ultimately he is received back into the Chuch. I give this 4. Many insights into Franciscan history. After all but one tenant leaves and a third guard arrives, things go down hill fast.

The two original guards are losing it fast. I did not enjoy reading this book at all. Stan and Charmaine are unemployed, homeless and living in a car when they learn of the Positron Project. Full employment, everyone has a house, a dream come true. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Once in you can never leave. Big Brother is watching. From spying for the allies during WWII, hunting down Nazi war criminals after the war, Eddy keeps moving looking for the next big thing.

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He has many adventures but never really accomplishes anything. Twenty-one year old Baudelaire meets thirty-two year old Jeanne Duval at La Reve cabaret and starts a twenty year relationship. Whether it is love or lust, the two seem to need each other. She is reeling because of the loss by suicide of a classmate to whom she has been unkind. Her parents pack her off to Japan to get to know her ancestors and part of her ancestral heritage. The verse style is not really poetic but reminded me a bit of Japanese short-forms such as the Haiku.

The book is part travelogue, part cultural anthropology, and part a moral warning. I love the crazy old coot. After reading many books about chivalry and knights-errant, he decides to become a knight and adventure forth. The storytelling in this book is great. It is not the authors debut but her second book published in the United States. I found the titles of a couple of debut books by Fijian authors but they were not available at any library in the state. The story was jumbled and seemed to have no point. Olive is twelve years old and her mother is dying from the Spanish flu.

She and two of her brothers are sent to stay with their aunt and uncle. Karen : I read all 24 categories do I still have to list them individually? My score would be I nominate Natalie for take one for the team because she was really on the ball finding books and volunteering for any category that no one wanted to read.

I would nominate Karen because she maintained so much momentum in September that she kept me in the game. So rather than each person nominate, I need teams to come up with one name each. Maybe you can discuss behind the scenes and if your team has more than one person nominated then you can pick someone at random. When there is a consensus, you can email that name directly to me. I think our team score should be 4 points higher not that I think it matters… For sailing, the Netherlands has 2 golds for 8 points total not 4 points.

SO our total score is Netherlands 1 point 6. USA points Switzerland 1 point Jamaica 37 points Kazakstan 13 points Great Britain 40 points Russia 29 points Czech Republic 1 point Belarus 1 points Extra points for completing all categories: Like Liked by 2 people. Canada The Greek gods endow fifteen Canadian dogs with human intelligence in this satire in the tradition of Animal Farm.

Fifteen Dogs. Paper: Paging Through History. South Korea Murder mystery set in Seoul. Jade Lady Burning. The writing was brilliant- this was a story with very little plot, but a huge amount of language play. It was easy to get lost in the puns, palindromes and double entendres, but not easy to follow the story. Four Souls by Louise Erdrich 4 stars quest- USA Native American woman on a quest for revenge against the man who stole her land, as well as a quest for each narrator to find their own purpose or happiness Louise Erdrich can do no wrong.

This was a multilayered, yet simply told story. It was a fast read that will stick with me for a long time. It was good, but I liked the Inferno better not sure what that says about me! Dante is led through Heaven by his childhood love and ideal woman, Beatrice. Moxyland by Lauren Beukes 2. Corporations are the government, and control everything through technology.

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Though all of the action in the book takes place within several square miles, we are talking about rabbits here! Scale matters. Ways to Disappear. Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy. Each learns lessons on this freezing cold night. Tolstoy is considered a Christian philosopher and an anarchist, and this beautifully written allegory is a perfect example of this philosophy.

The result was this look at the traditional folklore of Jamaica and Haiti. Tell My Horse. Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Bakker. A woman admits to an affair, then leaves her home and husband in the Netherlands, and rents a home in Wales, with a decreasing goose population. This was a bit too starkly written for me. Paton takes us through the despair of a tragic murder at the heart of the tale but then rebuilds our hope and spirits as two bereaved fathers work together to improve their own community.

So these last two reviews will count toward your individual points but not your team score. Geist by Phillipa Ballantine. New Zealand Dirigibles and a new fantasy world with terminology that was not well explained. There was good vs. The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Short, but thought-provoking. The tendency to jump from first to third person narrative, sometimes in the same paragraph, was disconcerting enough to drop this from 4 to 3.

Tales from Two Pockets. The Man who Loved Dogs. Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol An epic tale about the Cossacks. I absolutely loved the language: the description of the steppes is quite poetic. Even though there is gore and slaughter, for the most part just a mention of one, IMHO, apart for a few specific scenes , it is mandatory, as it gives the reader a taste of real historical events happening at the time.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami 8. With every new story I read, I fall deeper and deeper in love with Murakami. I never knew I could have been scared of libraries and librarians. What a lovely story she tells: a story about friendship, love, and searching, always searching for good in people, creatures, you name it. Very well written, IMHO, and very relevant today. I am unsure if there is a list of mandatory works for schoolchildren. If there is one, this series should be there. The Rose of Sebastopol. A self-absorbed magistrate confronts his own mortality while contemplating the emptiness of his social aspirations and his family life.

As his terminal illness is drawn out over a few months, the protagonist has plenty of time to reflect on what he has missed while pursuing promotions and the meaningless trappings of the bourgeoisie. Set in Jakarta for a lot of the book. Meh- not my thing. A young wizard makes a disastrous mistake, accidently releasing an evil presence into Earthsea, then spends the rest of the tale trying to rectify his error and contain the evil.

A Wizard of Earthsea. Factory of Tears by Valzhyna Mort 24 Rhythmic gymnastics: a book of poetry. Belarus An absolutely hauntingly beautiful collection of poems much of it revolving around issues of identity. I only wish I could read the poems in the original Belarusian to see what if anything is lost in the translation. Definitely adventurous!

He is apparently a hero on par with Robin Hood down under. There are many ways to die in the outback, some of them sudden as the title implies, others gruesomely drawn out as the hapless stranded traveler succumbs to heat and starvation. Author Will Chaffey flirts with many forms of disaster as he attempts to find himself by kicking around some of the most rugged and perilous landscapes on the planet.

Swimming with Crocodiles. Night by Elie Wiesel. May you finally be at peace, Mr. I imagine that if I read it again in twenty years it will still wrest a sob or two out of me. I can only echo Tracy, rest in peace indeed Mr. Especially so, that it was no accident at all. My son was literally crying his heart out while listening to it, and now I know why. So sad…. A spectacular celebrity murder in the heart of Zurich is the framework for this examination of the difference between law and justice.

The Execution of Justice. I found this tale of a Japanese teenager facing his own mortality with the aid of two dear friends that he met through the internet far more affecting than some bestsellers on the same topic that I could name. The Last Leaves Falling. These were all evidently important issues in early 14th century Italy.

The Name of the Rose. French language classic about a young woman who after being summarily dumped by her fiance at a town dance attempts ten years later to somehow recreate the dumping with herself in the role of the other woman. If it were possible to have a boring erotic dream it would be like this novel.

This book was absolutely gut wrenching to read — I cried and not just once. The hardest part of this book, at least for me, was trying to reconcile the horrific content with the absolutely beautiful writing. Jamie and Claire continue their epic love story and travel to Paris with a plan and hope to stop the Jacobite rising and the battle at Culloden. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. When neither the U.

Government nor her employer seem capable of extracting her she turns to her online gaming community for rescue. But the ultimate question is what prompted that coup? This is Not a Game. Cycling: road trip or voyage. This is my second time reading this book. I read it a few years ago and was quite fond of it. I loved the book as much this time around, I liked the story, and how it was coming together. I think it has fresh view on things and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

I like Tolstoy and I am yet to find the book of his I disliked. Because this one was short, I think it was more powerful for me than his longer works. The subject of the story is quite upsetting, for me at least, and I am wondering if Ivan Ilyich was suffering some type of cancer. I wish there was a happy ending or beginning, as a matter of fact there.

I just realized that The Death of Ivan Ilyich could have been too short for the challenge. The action is happening in St. Petersburg Russia and I believe the things described in the story can be considered philosophical. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. He is also one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.

He is a spider, but often acts and appears as a man. The Anansi tales originated from the Ashanti people of present-day Ghana. Neil Gaiman knows how to tell a story. I also loved how Neil Gaiman incorporated the folk stories into his novel. For me, every chapter of the story was bringing something new, and I could not even guess where it would lead me next. The way the story was presented, I perceived it to be as close to truth as it was possible for the novel like this.

Women should not pass beyond the inner chambers in their thoughts on in their actions. I also understood that two Confucian ideals ruled our lives. This is my first ever Lisa See book, and I think I found another favourite author. I will definitely read her other books. What a powerful piece of work. What a tough life it must have been. Ukraine — Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol Date stamp: October 1, 4. I second that. Please add her to the draw. Hungary 1 point 5. The Netherlands 1 point 6. Russia 22 points 9. Rugby sevens: a debut novel New Zealand 3 points Great Britain 18 points USA Belarus 1 point North Korea 13 points Japan 25 points Czech 1 point The Sydney to Hobart yacht race, begun in , is run annually on Boxing Day.

It is said by some to be the most grueling course in the world, and in a killer storm of unexpected proportions devastated the fleet. Of the boats that started, only 44 made it to Hobart, and 6 sailors lost their lives. This book tells not just the tale of the tragedy and the heroic rescue efforts, but also gives the history of the race. Highly recommended. The novel opens with Dagmar landing in Jakarta, a stopover on the way to Bali.

However, riots break out in the city when the Indonesian currency collapses unexpectedly, trapping Dagmar and many others when the military to attempt a takeover. Her boss and friend, Charlie Shaw, owner of the company that owns her gaming company, goes to great lengths to get her out of the city when the American government does nothing to help, being busy quelling trouble in other parts of the world.

Dagmar parlays her harrowing experience into the plot of a new game. What a roller coaster ride! I did figure out whodunnit quite early, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the suspense and the climax. I thoroughly enjoyed all the geekiness, and the idea of using computer gaming in a murder plot in this manner was fascinating and new to me.

I will definitely look for the next books in the series. In this fourth and final book of the Finishing School series, Carriger brings all the threads of her plots and schemes to a brilliant close. I had been getting a little bored and impatient with the slow pace of this series, but this concluding volume was quite satisfying. The action begins early, and continues at a smart pace until its explosive end.

Humor and wit are liberally sprinkled throughout, and even a touch of romance. Vampires, werewolves, and a spot of tea — this was a fun romp! Although not all the poetry in the book was about Ukraine there was mention of the country as well. As I get older, the more and more I appreciate poetry. This was a lovely read and reminded me that I enjoy poetry. Most of it was to my taste. Ironically, the poet lives in my city and I knew many of the references she made and could relate to the sentiment. A traditional romance structure and agreeable ending.

A light and lovely read. It was good — definitely not exceptional. I liked the layering and the sense that time is fluid and existence overlaps. I have no idea what Valeria Luiselli intended it to be about, but what I take from it is isolation, incompleteness and invisibility. Davie is just a little boy and he has been promised a pet rabbit by his Grandpa. But, he has to wait a whole week before the little black rabbit who will be named Shadrach will come home.

The rest of the book included trials and tribulations as poor Shadrach seemed to be getting skinnier and he managed to escape a couple of times. This was cute. Review: 3 stars What a strange little book. Some are thought-provoking I imagine all are meant to be , some amusing, but some just seem kind of silly. At least it was an easy read. The use of literature to underpin the story is compelling. She used to be a translator of written works in New York City and much of the anecdotes are her remembrances of her life then. There are other anecdotes by at least one other person… maybe two?

Someone had an ex-wife and kids and someone else? Nothing really happened throughout the entire book. Just these little anecdotes. The anecdotes of at least two of the people both? She was a liar and a thief. Luckily, it was short. This was just awful. Reading the book while watching the Olympics was interesting. I thought more about what Sun Tzu was saying in the context of sporting competition. A lot of the same principles apply, replacing an enemy in battle with an opponent in sport. It is told in diary format and starts in January At the beginning of the book, Anastasia is a carefree rich year old, with not too much to worry about.

This is pretty much what the title says: a collection of African folktales. I listened to the audio. I did enjoy the stories that I managed to pay attention to the majority of. What I particularly enjoyed about the audio was the music and songs that were added in. The songs were mostly part of the stories, but all the songs were replayed at the end, as well. The stories were all written or rewritten by different people and they were all read by someone different. It was a total tonic after the coup! Cheryl had an abusive father until her mom took her and her two siblings away when she was 6.

She slept with men, did heroin — her life was a bit of a mess when she decided to spend a few months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I really liked this. But, I still really enjoyed the journey. I was amazed at how nice people were for the most part — other hikers, as well as others along the way in villages and such. Especially with the other hikers, it seemed, there was a great camaraderie.

I think I placed too much expectation on this book, having read so many glowing words about it. Chapter eight is its pinnacle. Everything before is worth reading to reach that point. Everything after is superfluous. I gave up trying to figure out what was going on or who was narrating, as the POV kept shifting every other paragraph, and very early on I stopped caring.

I gave the book four stars. By mid-book I began to understand what she was trying to do and began appreciating the creative risks that the author took — these alone would have had me rating it at three stars, but the poetic and literary nuances are rare to see in books nowadays so bumped the rating up to four stars. I would have given it a five star rating if I had caught onto what she was doing sooner. I think she leaves her readers hanging for the first half wondering what is going on. All 12 authors in this collection are Brazilian. Other Carnivals is a collection of a dozen short stories put together to coincide with a South American literary festival in Some of the stories are better than others, but as an introduction to Brazilian writers, it works well.

She makes disastrous choices at times, but those choices become part of her and, to my mind, make her a much more interesting person than someone who plays it by the book. LibraryThing gives it an Adventure tag, and one of the characters certainly goes on an adventure, but maybe not in the traditional sense. This was a cracking read. But halfway through the book it felt like there were just to many different stories. I felt it was to long and disjointed and to many different stories going on at once. I do think that her writing was really good and she is a great story teller.

When he dies she killed him she gets the job. Sounds like it should be a great story. The story jumps around and leaves you wondering what is going on, First she is supposed to kill the pope. When he dies they just change paths. Nothing gradule just a turn. I wanted to like it but it was just frustrating,. I didnt really know that until after I was done. I Liked that I could read it alone but I bet I would liked it better after reading the first. He is hired by sebastian and then things get weird. This was a fast paced book.

I normal do not read books like this but I enjoyed it. The main character, Turbo, Is well written. My only complaint is that the story seems choppy. The way it is written is not the best. I have only read 1 other book by clancey and it was so good. Anyway I loved this book. It was 18 in the Jack Ryan Universe.

So Basically North Korea comes across a rare earth metal mine that will get them the money to make nuclear weapons and become a world power. President Jack Ryan has to step in and go against the opinions of others to stop a nuclear war. Honestly I dint feel like I was reading an epically long book the whole time. There were few times that I wanted to be done but the book pulled me back. The characters were great and now I need to go and start this series from the beginning 4. It was okay, but I was pretty bored. I have recently become very obsessed with WWI. I did not realize at first that it was the assassination that started the war was part of this story.

It was a great job of explaining how life was in and in those countries. The relationship between Russia, Austria-Hungary and Germany is well explained. At one point it felt more like a romance than a biography. It is always toted as this awesome book. But man did I not like it. The character seemed funny I guess but It was just to much. I kept going back in the book to see if i missed something because I felt lost, but no. Every Time I would put down the book I would be lost when I picked it up again.

It took forever and I just could not get into it. It felt like alot of the adventures were repeated throughout the book and just very long. I did have a few laughs through out but not enough that I will read it again. Yay Arlene!! Down to the wire, but you finished!! And with that we have completed all our events, including all 5 of us reading the book for the group read! Jen, I hope to get time to tally my individual score tomorrow Tuesday night.