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rjbull:

Re-reading - more accurately, reading the second edition - of The Tough Guide to Fantasylandw by Diana Wynne Jonesw.  IMO the first (UK) edition has a better cover, and they lost at least one good pun in the second, but only the latter has the Dark Lord Approved! stamp.

This is the cult classic in which Diana Wynne Jones, no mean fantasist herself, ruthlessly skewers [OMT] every tired trope and cobwebbed cliche of the entire fantasy genre.

rjbull:
Ghosts of the Tsunami
Author: Lloyd Parry, Richard
ISBN: 9781784704889
Physical Description: 276 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm



Abstract:
On 11th March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. 'Ghosts of the Tsunami' is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it.

MilesAhead:
Dr. Bloodmoney  by Philip K. Dick

holt:
Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace in three youtube installments
BEN-HUR by Lew Wallace - Part 1 of 3 - FULL AudioBook 7h5m
BEN-HUR by Lew Wallace - Part 2 of 3 - FULL AudioBook 11h13m
BEN-HUR by Lew Wallace - Part 3 of 3 - FULL AudioBook 5h3m

zridling:
Big Sid's Vincati
Story of a gruff father who stayed alive just to build a custom motorcycle with his (professor) son. It's a quick read through the father's love of British motorcycles after WWII and throughout the 50s and 60s of customizations. The son and father never got along until they had the idea to build a custom bike together. And that was enough to get the old man off his deathbed and into the shop for one last build -- and then they still fought like cats and dogs!

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