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I think I may have a new job. It's kind of dfficult to tell. More on this as it emerges.

For reasons best known to themselves, over Christmas Amazon decided to replace my broken and very out of warranty Kindle Keyboard with a Kindle Touch. The touchscreen alarms me somewhat, but hey, free kindle, and access to books again! I had reached the stage where I was forced to try and play sudoku on the in-flight entertainment to distract me during take off (I find I like flying less and less the more I do of it. I took 38 separate flights last year. It's becoming a bit of a problem).

What are you reading now?


Let Our Fame Be Great
by Oliver Bullough, which I bought without looking too hard because I thought it was about the South Caucasus; it’s actually about the North Caucasus and all the more interesting for it. Whereas the primary cultures of the SC (Georgians, Armenians, Azeris) more or less came to terms with the Tsarist armies and in several cases actively preferred them to the Persian and Ottoman threats to the south and west, the north Caucasian peoples were less convinced, and consequently got genocided (under the Tsars) and mass deported (under the Communists) in a pretty hideous way. Fascinating and depressing reading, and gives you yet another reason to feel icky about Sochi (slap bang on the 150th anniversary of the Circassian genocide).

What have you finished reading?

A reread of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, just because. Also, I have been having great fun with Amanda Downum's Necromancer series. The Drowning City is a cheerfully swashbuckling fantasy in an interesting SE Asia setting (protagonist is from a fairly standard W Europe setting though) and The Bone Palace isn't too shoddy either. Good female heroine and large percentage of female characters not defined by their relationships (not all heterosexual either). Depressing that this should be such a selling point, but there you go.

What will you read next?

A lot of people on a forum I frequent have been raving about Gun Machine, so I'll give that a crack. I've also got the first volume of the Earthsea Quartet (can't believe I've never read those) on reserve at the English book swap.

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