This is a Good Book Thursday: The Halloween Candy Edition

Personally, I prefer the mini Heath Bars, but I did notice a Snickers variety pack at the grocery the other day that was very tempting.  Also I’m diabetic, so no.  What candy will you be snarfing as you read this week?  Oh, and what’s a good book we should read?

85 thoughts on “This is a Good Book Thursday: The Halloween Candy Edition

  1. Yay, I’ve got some good books to rec after a slump.

    I think it’s been mentioned here before, but —

    “Saga Volume 1” by Brian K Vaughan. graphic novel. A couple from two different planets struggle to survive an interplanetary war which they were both on opposite sides of. . . And protect their newborn daughter. Quippy, sometimes violent, some nudity, sexy stuff, so exercise caution around kids.

    Also I really like Kit Kat and Twix. Reeces Pieces if I can get them, but it seems impossible to find them I anything but giant movie theater boxes.

    1. Saga is amazing; both the art and the storytelling just blow my mind. They’re especially good at weaving together different characters’ plotlines with the “main” story, and getting you equally invested in them, especially as the series progresses. (Though my favorite character will always be Lying Cat: )

      I feel you on the Reeces Pieces struggle. I try to stock up on them when the post-holiday candies go on clearance (like Easter, when they put orange Reeces Pieces in a carrot-shaped bag). The other day I picked up some Halloween Reeces, and they had Reeces cups filled with Reeces Pieces. 😮 Hopefully I’ll manage to save some for trick-or-treaters….

  2. Enjoyed the latest Courtney Milan yesterday: a short story in a collection of three: ‘Hamilton’s Batallion’. It’s her first m/m romance, and she’s created a wonderful character in Henry – who can’t stop talking, and is obsessed with some cheese.

    Unfortunately, I’m not enjoying the third story so far, and found the first a bit clunky. Though again, there was a great character in the hero, Nathan.

    I’m overeating at the moment, though not bars of chocolate. A Fox’s Glacier Mint after supper, and a fruit and dark chocolate energy bar when I go exploring tomorrow.

  3. M&M’s, Kit Kat & mini Hersey bars for the trick or treaters. The leftover small packages of M&M’s will be put in chocolate chip cookies.
    The only book I’m reading (and studying) is a manual for a new washing machine. Do you know they come now without an agitator, I didn’t buy that one but went for one with an agitator plus it doesn’t have a water level, the machine figures it out for you. And so much plastic that I ended up buying a maintenance agreement for 5 years. Not that I don’t trust the manufacturing industry, I don’t, but I am kind of leery of wasting my money on new and improved.

    1. I have a high efficiency top load (no agitator) and I love it. I can fit more clothes in, including delicates. Oh, if you did get an HE machine, use the HE detergent and very little of it, your rinse cycles won’t be as long. I use about 1/3 of the recommended amount and my clothes come out clean.

      1. OWC, it is a HE machine and I do use an HE product already. Also have to use one that is free and clear of fragrances because my husband has allergies. Thank you for the recommendation and can you imagine using less water. Hope this helps the water bill.
        I do have a book to recommend The Surprise by Alice Ward, if you skip the sex scenes (all you really need is one) you get the drift of the story. It is about a doctor, Langston, a surgeon and a labor and delivery nurse, Scarlett who meet up in a bar and have a one night stand without using their real names. He goes to work for Doctors without Borders for a few months and comes back to a family emergency. Guess where they meet up again. This was from my KU account so it was kind of free but not.

      2. My father was a dry cleaner, and his best friend was the Maytag sales/repair guy in our town, which in retrospect seems like a plot possibility. The Maytag guy said that the biggest cause of damaged washing machines was too much soap. 1/4 cup per load, that was his recommendation. The giant quantities recommended by the manufacturers on the labels were the companies’ efforts to get people to buy more soap.

        1. That is very interesting! I once went through a phase where I didn’t use hot water for lights and didn’t use laundry detergent (some website said it wasn’t necessary). The clothes seemed fine, but when I went back, the whites were suddenly a lot whiter. Actually, the Japanese manufacturers recommend about 1/4th a cup, but I think the machines are about half the size . . . mine is something like 52 liters for top capacity. (That’d be something like 13 gallons? Give or take a quart or so.)

          Laundry tends to dominate my waking moments. I’ve got a load in right now that I’m waiting on.

  4. Loved these three: Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles), Glass Houses (Louise Penny), and Why Buddhism is True (Robert Wright). The last one is non-fiction. I struggle with the candy demon as I am pre-diabetic, but I’ve been dreaming of chocolate covered cherries.

  5. My favourite thing about Halloween is that it yielded the Buffy S2 episode where we learn about Giles’ darker side.

  6. I am reading Jayne. Castle’s Illusion Town and am eating (one or two a day) Thornton’s chocolate gingers, yum. A coworkers husband visited Scotland and gifted me. I was thrilled. Back to my book, I will save the gingers for after dinner

  7. I’m reading and enjoying Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren. The undercurrent of assumed masculine supremacy in the workplace is well done, and I like that the hero accidentally plays into it–habit and ignorance–but apologizes and aims to do better once it is pointed out.

    I’m stress eating–my mother-in-law is on her deathbed–and trying not to scarf down an entire package of Lindor pumpkin spice truffles.

    1. My sympathy to you and your husband. Remember to get salty stuff & proteins in with the sweet.

  8. I just discovered Louise Penny after three of my high school English teachers, all A+++ women, commented on FB that they loved the series. I can’t say I the first one grabbed me, but I hear they get better and better, so I’m still game.

    As for candy, I JUST TODAY lost the final pound of the post-Trump-election weight I gained, so I’m feeling virtuous. I assume this means everything else is going back normal.

    1. If you want non-stop action, they won’t be for you but I love them. Just don’t read them out of order.

  9. If you like vintage mystery, A Question of Proof by Nicholas Blake is entertaining. I really enjoyed the omniscient narrator and the literary allusions (not that I recognized all the sources — or even some of the allusions, I’m sure).

    I also read and loved Broken Homes, the fourth in the Peter Grant books by Ben Aaronovitch.

  10. I don’t normally read the billionaire romances, but this one called to me and I adored the humor. Cheered me right up. I’ve never read Kira Archer before, but her new novel 69 Million Things I Hate About You, was for me, a pure delight of laugh out loud moments.

  11. I just finished a Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart, about an estranged father who connects to his son through Minecraft. It was as promised on the cover, uplifting. Also it made me think that I should actually play Minecraft with my kids, rather than just letting them play while I get on with other things. Also this line ‘and then we played the popular British parlour game, let’s pretend everything’s not completely fucked’. That describes some families I know quite well!

    I also love conversations like this that make me think It’s English, Jim, but not as we know it. We only use ‘candy’ in association with something else – candy floss (aka cotton candy) or candy canes. We’d use ‘lollies’, which in the UK are what we’d call iceblocks (popsicles?), I think. Although I do like their does-what-it-says-on-the-tin word – sweets.

    I like dark chocolate, but I’m thinking of whipping up a batch of russian fudge (scotch tablet in the UK, I don’t know about elsewhere) for the occasion. mmmmm.

    1. If it helps, an ice lolly is (strictly) a rectangular-ish slab of water ice on a stick. They often have ice cream inside, and nowadays can be frozen chocolate bars or whatever.

      Gosh, it’s hard to define everyday things like this, isn’t it? What on earth do you call them, if not lollies?

      1. A.k.a. iced lolly, by the way. And now I’m listening for an ice cream van, although it’s nearly midnight here, and autumn.

        1. There is one near me that plays the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE ICE CREAM VAN. I have only heard it. That’s pretty sinister now I think of it.

      2. Popsicles? Fudgsicles? Ice cream bars?
        We’ve got a million of them. Best: Dove Bars, although the Snickers ice cream bar is insidiously delicious.

        Popsicles are slabs of flavored ice on sticks, usually fruit juice flavored.
        Fudgsicles are slabs of frozen chocolate pudding on sticks.
        Ice cream bars are ice cream on a stick, covered in chocolate. The cherry ice cream Dove bars with the Dove chocolate are excellent. Said the diabetic who can’t have them any more.

        1. Sounds like you lack a generic term. You can have ice lolly, from me. There are plenty of brand names here, too – but what if you don’t know what the van has until you get there? You need to be able to say, ‘I fancy an ice lolly.’

          1. I’ve always considered ‘popsicle’ the generic term, though ‘ice cream bar’ might be its own category…. though if we’re talking about ice cream trucks, kids might just ask, “Can I get some ice cream?” no matter what they wind up getting. 🙂

        2. In NZ Popsicle is a brand but the generic term would be iceblock but we don’t really have a generic term for ice-cream bars, they tend to go by brand-name so things like Eskimo pies (they desperately need to change that name), jelly tips, joy bars and the like.

      3. An ice cream bar or a popsicle. Popsicles are frozen flavored water and ice cream bars are ice cream & a candy coating.

    2. I first heard the term ice lolly in the original movie Bedazzled with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: the devil took Stanley to get a Frobisher and Gleason’s raspberry ice lolly. And Eleanor Bron! I still own that movie. (Do you capitalize the devil?)

      Thank you for A Boy Made of Blocks; it sounds very good, and it’s available as an audiobook.

  12. I just finished Good Omens, how good is that book! I don’t know how I have missed it for so long, but when I saw that Tennant and Sheen were going to be in the adaptation next year, I knew I needed to read it before I saw the series. Really looking forward to listening to the BBC radio adaptation as well.

    Am currently reading Murakami’s What I talk about when I talk about running, which I love, but somewhat puts me off candy. But lined up is There Once Lived a Woman who Tried to Kill her Naighbour’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. I think it will need quite a bit of 70% dark chocolate. My favourite is Green & Black.

  13. I found Agnes and the Hitman at the Friends book sale section of the library, so will be rereading soon.
    I didn’t care for the last book I read, so don’t have new recommendations.

    Reese’s White Chocolate Peanut Butter cups are delicious. Not more so than regular milk chocolate pb cups, but good to have. I have been known to alternate bites.

  14. I just started Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence. It is a collection of letters from a real life librarian to books. So far it is pretty spot-on and very funny.

    I have been eating Halloween colored oreos for two weeks…

    1. My library has a copy of Dear Fahrenheit 451 so I’ll pick it up today. Looks like a fun read. I’ll also pick up my copies of Heather Graham’s Flawless (not paranormal) and Colleen Hoover’s November 9 about a couple who meet every November 9th for 5 years.
      In the meantime PBS has a new to us series titled Dickensian that started last night about many characters of his novels if they lived in the same town at the same time.
      Oreos has a new limited edition flavor called Apple Pie with a graham flavor cookie. I do enjoy the Oreos thins, just enough of a taste.

  15. The other day I re-read an old favorite sci fi novel from the 80’s — Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart. It’s really charming, but very odd, with a sort of Asian Don Quixote feel about it. Master Li (who has a slight flaw in his character) and his assistant Number 10 Ox, who is loyal but untutored and very strong, keep getting blocked in their attempts to solve a simple village crime by bad people who end up connected with some very sneaky and autocratic emperor types. Like reading about today’s American politics, really, except you can laugh out loud and cheer the good guys on. It held up.

    Which reminds me — dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Pretty sinful and delicious.

      1. There are two sequels: The Story of the Stone and Eight Skilled Gentlemen. I love them all!

    1. I love the Master Li books. I’ve been intending to re-read them for a while but haven’t gotten around to it. Meanwhile, I’m re-reading old Sandford (just finished the new Virgil Flowers) and waiting eagerly for Tuesday when the new (sort of) Tamora Pierce comes out.

      1. And I forgot to mention the Dove dark chocolate I’ve been looking for. I really want the Halloween pumpkins, but can’t find them ANYWHERE.

  16. I buy candy for the shop I run to give away on the Main St. Halloween. Just ate a Snickers mini out of the bag, and remembered why I don’t bother to eat crappy candy. I am too big a chocolate snob. And no, this will not stop me from going back for a mini Milky Way, because I have been dealing with a very sick cat (bad reaction to a rabies shot for the first time ever, in my 15 year old baby girl) and dammit, candy.

    I just finished reading another Jenny Colgan book–Brit romcom/WF with recipes. Lovely. This one was Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe (a sequel to Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe). Now I want fancy cupcakes.

  17. I’m listening to Miss Wonderful by Lorretta Chase. It might be better in print. The narrator kind of dead pans the heroine. Still I’m enjoying it.

    I’m with Jenny on the Heath Bars and agree with M on the white chocolate reeses pumpkins. I’m allergic to regular chocolate so it needs to be white for me.

    1. Here are three books by Loretta Chase that I found to be fun to read:
      Mr. Impossible, Lord Perfect and Lord of Scoundrels. These all have men who are sure they are right, have decided tastes and only see the world from their point of view. Of course, they meet a woman who changes all this. My favorite of the three is Lord Of Scoundrels. The characters are so beautifully written. Here is a man who has been brought up rich, his mother abandoned him, his father hated him and he has developed into a hardened shell of a man. He falls in love at first sight with a tiny, beautiful woman who has will of iron and knows how to manage men. The battle is wonderful!

      I want to thank whoever recommended the Temeraire novels. I have been enjoying them so much that the house work is not getting done!

  18. I’m re-reading the Penric novellas by Lois McMaster Bujold, because . . . there’s a new Penric coming out very, very soon!! Hoorah!

    As for candy, I’ve been over-indulging in sweets lately, so intellectually, I think I should probably stick with leek soup and apples for a week. But effectively? My daughter brought back a bunch of chocolate mochi products from her school trip in Kyoto, so we’ll probably start with those, and then have to eat some more goodies. If I’m good, I’ll make a pan of rich, dark brownies and call it good. If I’m naughty, we’ll start with Nigella’s peanut butter cups and just over-indulge in sweets until All Hallows Day. I’d like some caramel popcorn, too, but we’ll see. Caramel is not one of my specialties.

    1. Bujold, YES, with Swiss dark chocolate, plain, in tiny bites. Of her Vorkosiverse holy family (mom, dad, bro, sis and, oops, bastard), the acolytes of the Bastard amuse me greatly: aspies with neuro-atypical magic trailed by absent minded professor chaos. I hope the Penrics are gathered into book form, but worth your dime as singles, Lindt bars with sea salt. I’m currently savoring audios of Aaronovitch’s “Rivers of London” series. Chock full of plot enrichers such as culture driven architectural modes and Thames valley diety remnants worshipped since druids, Brigid, Romans, St. Pat, Normans, north African immigrant spirits, all still there in their own bit of turf, deii ex machinae, if you offer them proper sacrifice: say, latest hit theater tickets. Brilliant writing & narrating.

      1. I’m loving the Rivers of London series too, not just for the great writing, etc, etc, but also for the tidbits about London now and long ago. I’m holding off before reading the 5th one because when oh when will there be more?? (There seem to be some comic book versions… has anyone tried those?)

        Also love Bujold’s Penric series…

      2. I finished the new Penric and Desdemona last night; just floating because the story is so, so good!

        But . . . there’s a glitch. Apparently early copies are missing the last paragraph to several chapters. Overall, I didn’t notice, although there was one “cliffhanger” that is now explained by the errata. For updates on if it is fixed or not, and how to get a new one.

        One commenter from the Pixel scroll over at File 770 reported that he bought a correct version a few minutes ago. But looking at the comments over at Lois’ blog, it looks like some people are getting the correct version, and some are not.

        Huge glitch, but still just a glitch. On the interesting side of things, just how important are those ending sentences? Like I said, I was annoyed by the end of Chapt. 14, but I still came away with this really lovely, wonderful book-high. I adore Penric, and I am in awe of this marvellous cast of women who are gathering around Penric. Plus, The Hand of The Dratsab (spell it backwards to get the god’s name) is a fascinating plot device. So subtle, but after I’m done, I’m just going, hmmm. How much was humans working hard, and how much was guided?

  19. I’m a Reese’s girl, but really, I want a Reese’s pumpkin ( or tree, or heart, or egg depending on the season) because I think the chocolate to peanut butter ratio is better. And peanut m&ms.

    My recommendation is Gemma Jackson’s Ivy Rose series, which starts with Through Streets Broad and Narrow. It’s set in the Dublin tenements in the 20’s, and was very evocative. It’s not the most tightly crafted writing – there are chapters of characters sitting down over a cups, and lots of Jenny’s “yellow Volkswagen” moments. But I flew through all four books and am now busy missing the characters something fierce and wishing there was a fifth one.

  20. I’ve been alternating John Grisham and Carl Hiaasen since my dog died several weeks ago. While I was reading non-fiction in the 90s, they started, leaving a bunch of books that should last long enough until a puppy is available. And, candy corn, the whole month of October. Then I will wait for the Easter jelly beans.

  21. Snickers all the way. Not having a good time reading these days, which is so weird for me. I’m clearing out my house to get it ready to rent, and finding some interesting books, I’m impressed with my past self. Where did she go?

    Leverage is leaving Netflix! So bummed, it’s my comfort watch.

    1. Didn’t know Netflix was taking Leverage down; that’s annoying. Thankfully, I invested in the DVDs in preparation for this sad day.

  22. I’ve been devouring Swedish fish and wildberry Skittles lately (whatever my tummy wants it gets, since I’m currently pregnant with lots of nausea). I’ve also snatched a 3 Musketeers or two from the Halloween stash…

    Since last week I’ve read lots of Loretta Chase (great recommendation!) and as part of my preparation to teach Midsummer Night’s Dream I’ve picked up a book called The Iron King, recommended as a modernized YA version of the story (I think… It was recommended in a tweet and brevity isn’t always coupled with clarity!). I’ll report back–it’s part of a series, so I’ll be set for a while if it’s good!

  23. I just started a nonfiction thing about ten world-changing archaeological discoveries. Can’t tell if it is “good” yet though at least it’s informative. 🙂

    I have a bag of Scotchmallows (from See’s Candy) and waited more than a week to open them, which is kind of unprecedented. Once the bag is open they go fast.

    1. Thank you for reminding me not to open the Halloween candy for just a taste. ; )

      We get a lot of trick or treaters and I need about 10 big bags of candy to be safe. But if you wait until Halloween, the stores have already gotten rid of the Halloween stuff for the Christmas stuff.

      SO now, I’m trying to forget I hide it in the pantry.

      1. We’re on a back road, so none of us ever get trick or treaters, something I did not know the first year.
        I had to eat ALL of the Halloween candy. It was hell.

        1. The horror, the horror.

          What did your doctor say when you told them? ; )

          Last house was like that. I moved from a neighborhood with a hundred trick or treaters to one with 3 and 1 of those was the little fellow next door. I stopped doing Halloween after too many years of finishing the bowl of candy myself.

          Then I moved here and we’re back up to a very busy night. Yeah!

      2. I buy 126 full-size candy bars from Costco. I put a few aside for me. Then I hand them out until the kids or candy is gone. Usually the candy is gone first but sometimes if it is close I have to let go of my stash.

  24. I’ve been working my way through the older Mary Stewart titles, and remembering how much I enjoyed them – just finished Nine Coaches Waiting and Airs Above the Ground, with a couple more in reserve.

    Also I just reread R. A. MacAvoy’s Tea with the Black Dragon with is so, so dated, and still so extraordinarily perfect. I joyfully recommend all of her work for exuberant wordplay, excellent characters, piffle and tale telling. Also many of her characters are unexpected, in terms of age or background. Although Damiano will make you weep.

    1. I’m working through Mary Stewart as well, trying to finish This Rough Magic tonight.

      I’d forgotten Tea with the Black Dragon. I loved that book.

  25. I’m reading George and Lizzie by librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl. It is not a straightforward linear narrative but I am charmed by the characters, even the graceless ones.

    I love peanut butter m and m’s but I don’t think of those as Halloween candy. For Halloween, candy corn and Reese’s peanut butter cups are my go tos.

  26. I re-read three early Albert Campions this week. Possibly my first time reading them in sequence. Mystery Mile, Look to the Lady and Police at the Funeral. I find I like them in direct proportion to how much Lugg I get. I’m a huge fan of Magersfontein Lugg.
    Now moved on to Pulman’s new one; La Belle Sauvage. Enjoying it so far.

  27. I’m rereading the China Governess by Allingham which I think is an early one. I tried Hamilton’s Battalion. I pushed myself through the first one, although I found the heroine heartless, her ambitions unlikely and the plot unbelievable (yes women have gone to war as men but I couldn’t believe the plot device that left her husband thinking she was dead or her idea for what she would do after the war). Started the Milan and although I am a huge Milan fan it was a DNF for me. Not sure why. I think maybe her novels are better than her novellas —it takes a while in her books to like her characters sometimes.

    Didn’t know that a new Penric is coming so that is great and a new Loretta Chase is also on the the way.
    I’m very good at ignoring the Halloween stash until the bags are opened that night. Afterwards I have to get remnants out of the house or I’m in trouble.

    But a week ago I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and now that I’m on a CPAP and rested instead of tired it is amazing how much less hungry I am. I am cautiously optimistic that this will keep up and the weight I gained will start to come off—apparently this happens a fair bit.

    1. I got a CPAP several years ago, and it was so helpful! I still have energy issues, but I’m not catching as many colds as I did that horrible year when I had to beg and plead for a machine.

      As for the fat . . . well, I wish I’d lost a lot of weight! But, I will say I was able to make more time for exercise, and I would say I lost 10 pounds-ish, and half a dress size without trying too hard. The huge thing is that I haven’t really gained weight, and I have more energy. YMMV; like I said, I have a few other energy issues going on, but every little bit helps! Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your new burst of power!!

  28. I really want to dig out and reread The Drawing of the Dark. Someone mentioned it in a recent Good Book Thursday. It’s one of my favorite modern King Arthur tales. The protagonist is, for me, a precursor of Cazaril in Curse of Chalion and John Rebus in the Ian Rankin books.

  29. Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups; they are very chocolate and peanut buttery without the pre-diabetic sugar rush I get from Reece’s. We don’t get trick or treaters either; we live on a dark lane and even jack-o-lanterns can’t draw kids.

    I’ve just listened to How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb and read by him. I had never heard of him, but apparently he’s a well-known TV star in the UK? He is very honest about what growing up was like for him: partly about growing up as boy but also good details about his life in Lincolnshire which I enjoyed, although it wasn’t easy for him. A somewhat feminist book which is somewhat soothing to me in these times. It continues into his later life and relationships, etc.

    I also listened to A Distant View of Everything by Alexander McCall Smith, which I had been saving because I find the series a good escape from the current craziness. I really like this series although I don’t think it is for everyone; nothing much happens. Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher and she spends a lot of time thinking about ethical issues which is something that goes on in a continual monologue in my head so I do relate. Takes place in Edinburgh and she has a much younger husband. Although, spoiler, not at the beginning of the series.

    I’ve gone back to Clarissa Pinkola Estes for before bed listening. She was widely mocked for Women Who Run with the Wolves (which I liked, BTW) but she also has a number of recordings of stories that she grew up with that are wonderful and her voice is lovely. She is a Jungian therapist so there is that. It works for me, but full disclosure here.

    I’m DNFing a huge amount these days. My sweet spot for romance is tiny now. I need people who feel real in relationships that feel genuine even if it’s sci-fi or fantasy or…

    I’m worried that it’s more my mindset than the fault of the books, although I guess that means I might snap out of it.

    1. I want “How Not to Be a Boy”! Sounds fascinating and very honest. I really enjoy David Mitchell on YouTube, who often works with Robert Webb. They make quite a team. I wound up buying their series, Peep Show, and watching the whole darn thing this summer. It’s quite good on one level, but there’s no arc. Like a lot of literary literature, it seems that our Heroes are born miserable bastards, and doomed to die miserable bastards — although a lot of the bits in between are quite funny and sometimes very touching.

      1. I forgot to say that “How Not to Be a Boy” has a lot of humor in it. And Robert Webb does arc in real life, at least in his version of it. I watched a BBC interview with him on youtube and he was very likeable.

        Also Reese’s not Reece’s. But really Justin’s peanut butter cups.

    2. I listened to Robert Webb reading from ‘How Not to Be a Boy’ – it was serialized on BBC Radio when it came out. The bit I heard was about his mother’s death. Really good.

  30. Bendick’s Bittermints are too good. I’m reading Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, in which time travel is for historians only and the middle ages are a crappy place to be. Genuinely interesting so far.

      1. So do I. And Blackout and All Clear are fantastic as well. Blackout is complicated and seems a little disjointed, and then Connie Willis starts bringing all the threads together in All Clear, and it’s wonderful. Also very atmospheric. And a few of the characters from Doomsday Book make a reappearance.

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