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08:06 am: oops, forgot a couple
well, more than that, but I won't bother with the porn as an afterthought (Sylvia Day = good; Lorelei James = mixed), but...

Jonas Jonasson's The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is quite wonderful. It is what the title says, and more. The man in question turns out to have mad skillz in explosives and is apparently completely amoral, and so, over the course of his life, has been useful to various regimes on various sides of various conflicts (in a Forrest Gump-ian way). It's completely implausible in many ways; put it this way: the elephant (in Sweden) is considerably more believable than the coincidences essential to various plot points. It is very silly, yet utterly compelling and often laugh-out-loud hilarious. Definitely recommend it.

Sadly, I cannot say the same for my latest Austen re-read (not yet quite finished because I can only bear it in small doses before I get disgusted), Mansfield Park. The "heroine" is insipid and judgmental, the plot slow, laborious, and astonishingly dull, and the writing strictly second-rate (for Austen). Definitely don't recommend it.

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