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EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY ANNOYANCE
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Book recs?

Recs for books that are (a) available for the Kindle and that are (b) somewhat brainless fluff, or otherwise easy reading. Fiction (mystery, fantasy, SF, YA) and nonfiction (memoir, science, nature, travel or living in another country, history).

Example of what I'm thinking of in fiction: Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation, Three Men in a Boat, the Repairman Jack YA novels*, Terry Pratchett, Bellfield Hall and its sequel, Aaronovitch's Midnight Riot and sequel, Kat, Incorrigible.

Non-fiction: Mary Roach, Bill Bryson, Tim Moore, the Freakonomics books, The Mind at Night, etc.

I've got The Disappearing Spoon on audiobook waiting to be listened to. Category/genre romance appears not to be working for me, although Regency-era settings in other genres are. Most urban fantasy isn't working for me, although Aaronovitch is an exception (probably because it's set as a police procedural?)

Also, quick reviews (Yea or Nay) on some of the book samples I have in my Possible Purchase collection on my Kindle would be appreciated, in order to help me make a decision. :)

(There may be more than one author, but I'm only listing the first 'cause that's all that shows up on the Kindle contents screen)

Author, Title

Archer, Warrior
Attlee, Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight
Barlow, The Ghosts of Evolution
^Bearman, Doormen
Bemis, The Nine Pound Hammer
Bloom, How Pleasure Works
Bodger, How the Heather Looks
Bow, PLain Kate
Brown, How I Killed PLuto and WHy It Had It Coming
Campbell, Scar Night
Carr, India Black
Charney, The Art Thief
Charney, Stealing the Mystic Lamb
Colin, Shadow of the Silk Road
Crilley, The Invisible Order, Book One, Rise of the Darklings
Davis, Strapless
Dolnick, The Rescue Artist
Erikson, Gardens of the Moon: Book One of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
Ferguson, The Fairy Tale Detectives: the Sisters Grimm, Book One
Finlayson, The Humans Who Went Extinct
Foster, How to read Literature like a Professor
Frazier, Travels in Siberia
Gomez-Jurado, God's Spy
^Gordon, Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination
Hallinan, Why We Make Mistakes
Heinrich, Why We Run
Kadrey, Sandman Slim
Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (I've read Salt)
Lambert, Walking Into Murder
Lebovitz, the Sweet Life in Paris
Lenihan, Meeting the Other Crowd
Martin, The Necropolis Railway
McClure, The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
Morrisroe, Wide Awake
Murphy, Winter Moon
Musson, Up and Down Stairs
Nass, The Man Who Lied to his Computer
Neumeier, The City in the Lake
Nielsen, Buying a Piece of Paris
Ouellette, The Calculus Diaries
Pears, Stone's Fall
Pink, A Whole New Mind
Ramachandran, The Tell-tale Brain
Roberson, Book of Secrets
Robertson, The Baker Street Letters
Shermer, The Believing Brain
Shiels, The Dread Hammer**
Sholl, Dirty Secret
Shostak, Confessions of an Alien Hunter
Spelmann, The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes
Tanner, Museum of Thieves
Tidhar, The Bookman
Todd, A Duty to the Dead
Todd, A Test of Wills
Traylor, The Priest
Turner, Spice: The History of a Temptation
Waller, The Dancing Plague
^Waters, The Little Stranger


^ For these, I expect more work than my brain is willing to put in right now, but if anyone's read it, let me know if it's any good
** Was intrigued by the author's writeup on a blog I read, but the sample has some "ehhh" moments in it, so not sure if willing to commit.






* I binged on the adult ones until the unexamined general stereotypes got to me. It's the sort where if you're introduced to a non-white, non-American character, they're going to be a bad guy or a stereotyped sidekick of some ilk. Rather like a lot of action movies.

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