Potsdam Station: David Downing

Downing’s novels are wonderful, dark yet hopeful vignette’s into the evil and ?? of the human soul. This one follows an extended family’s story in the last gasps of Hitler’s Germany. What I like most about Downing is the focus on “small” people and events caught up in the epic fails and Great Men of history. His stories are all the more real for it.

Read all of Downing’s “Stations.”

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Make Me: Lee Child

Child’s “Reacher” novels follow a very specific but successful and entertaining template. Occasionally, he does get some ‘facts’ very wrong, which makes you doubt the veracity of the truth given on other subjects you’re not aware of.

Then, there’s the “Chekhov’s Gun” unnecessary additions, which in this novel is Reacher’s concussion, which plays into both points one and two made here.

Still a good read.

Rules of Civility: Amor Towles

This isn’t a plot/character line (single, young, first-generation woman on her own in Manhattan in the 1930s, making her way through the restrictions of societal conventions) I’m usually attracted to, but I picked it up because I wanted to read Towles A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW but found his debut novel first.

The book is absorbing; the style and word choice are elegant and consuming. Well worth your time.