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Roy Lewis, The Evolution Man

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  29 August 2015    What’s the funniest novel ever?    I occasionally think of what are the funniest books ever written and whether my views are unusual. Looking at lists on the Net, some books come up again and again, even some weird ones. David Kelly in The New York Times 2008 says: All …

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Classic SciFi 1: James Blish, A Case of Conscience

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  20 August 2015    I’ve been a keen science fiction reader most of my life, though less so in recent years as there seems to be less SciFi about. A box of my old books turned up out of a time warp and I’ve decided to re-read them. The genre has been in decline …

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The last days of Osama bin Laden 2: 9/11

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Featured photo: Tony 1995, Afghan, money exchange market, Peshawar Bazaar    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  9 August 2015    I want to begin by stating I have no expertise on these matters and am relying on the accounts and expertise of others. However, I do have an interest in the events and hopefully many others in the world do …

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Detective & Crime fiction 4: John Sandford

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 23 May 2015     Biography John Sandford is also an internationally successful author whose novels invariably appear on the bestseller lists in one format or another. He is the author of thirty-five published novels. John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp who was a journalist before he began writing novels full-time. He …

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Detective & Crime fiction 3: Michael Connelly

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 11 May 2015 Introduction    Michael Connelly is an internationally best-selling American crime fiction writer. He is also prolific. He has an excellent official website, which is the best place to go for more detail about him, his novels, the series order of his Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller books and other details about him …

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Detective & Crime fiction 2: Arnaldur Indridason

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, April 2015    Arnaldur Indridason Arctic Chill (2005), Eng transl. 2008.    An excellent website for Indridason is Crime fiction lovers.    I think I’ve read all of these Icelandic crime novels featuring the depressive, gloomy and anti-social Inspector Erlandur and his underlings Sigidur Oli and Elinborg. Erlandur is obsessed by and guilty …

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Detective & Crime Fiction 1: An Introduction

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     BreadtagSagas ©: Author Tony, April 2015     A confessional background    I’ve been an avid reader of fiction all my life. My sister and I were fortunate that our mother read to us when we were young. She read in an over-dramatic style that we loved as kids. I remember in particular Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May …

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False memories and The Mill on the Floss

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, May 2014     Memory is fallible. I read once that ‘old people’, read everyone, have very unreliable memories about weather in the past. I applied this test to myself, and though I am reluctant to admit it, my own memories of hot summers, the weather of my youth is completely unreliable. I …