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The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz
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Umm.. so a chapter or so into the book, I began googling Basma Abdel Aziz to determine if she was still alive. Definitely, a residue of my being born and spending my childhood in a totalitarian country, for certainly a book like this would never have ...more
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Deeds of Darkness by Melvin R. Starr
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Every year around this time, Mel Starr publishes an addition to his Surgeon Hugh de Singleton novels, and for the past few years, I’ve rushed to pre-order so his sequels arrive on my doorstep without delay. Many years ago, I started the series on a t ...more
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American War by Omar El Akkad
American War
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"Come here," she said.
I shook my head. "I'm scared."
"Good," she said. "Now you have something you can kill."

Fear. The ultimate driver of hate, bigotry, conflict, ultimately: of war. The emotion that pervades so much of our current geopolitical situa
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The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
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I walked into this book with trepidation: a white woman writing about aid work in Uganda has all the trappings of a potentially condescending, 'well meaning' novel tinged with paternalistic racist overtones. Alternatively it could easily have also ta ...more
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The Ashes of London by Andrew  Taylor
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A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed ...more
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“... in a cycle as old as tribalism, ignorance of the Other engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence; violence engenders further violence until the only "rights", the only law, are whatever is willed by the most powerful.”
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