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Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich
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Police by Jo Nesbø
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Not entirely terrible, but I can probably enumerate more things I disliked than liked about Police—the ways in which mental illness is discussed even by psychologists; a false rape accusation which exists solely to put an obstacle in the path of the...more
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Singapore Noir by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Singapore Noir
by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
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This was a disappointment. Several of the stories in Singapore Noir were pretty bad, and none of them struck me as being especially good. Writing a good short story is a difficult thing—you have to compress a whole world—its people, thoughts, events—...more
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"No, Benedictine. She's focusing primarily on the 650-1100 period, so before the period of the new orders. "
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Negotiating the Landscape by Ellen F. Arnold
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This is a really interesting look at how the natural environment and a community's relationship with nature could be used to construct monastic identity in the early medieval period. Ellen Arnold takes as her case study the twin monasteries of Stavel...more
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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri
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I had mixed feelings about this one. Lahiri's prose didn't thrill me here as it has previously done; so many sentences seemed at once laboured over and dull, and at times Lahiri confused repetition with elaboration or evocation. The characters weren'...more
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Norbert and Early Norbertine Spirituality by Andrew D. Ciferni
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This collection of seven Premonstratensian texts in translation is the first of its kind to appear. Each text is accompanied by an introduction which contextualises it, and the book as a whole is prefaced by a solid essay which gives an overview of t...more
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Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours by Fredric L. Cheyette
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it's useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own hair, or what have you, and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of pouch or bag, a container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it or store it up for winter in a solider container or put it in the medicine bundle or the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred, and then the next day you probably do much the same again—if to do that is human, if that's what it takes, then I am a human being after all. Fully, freely, gladly, for the first time....

[T]he proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag. A book holds words. Words hold things. They bear meanings. A novel is a medicine bundle, holding things in a particular, powerful relation to one another and to us."

—"The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places

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