Tuesday, December 29, 2015

getting ready for the big count

Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O'keefe Aptowicz; read by Erik Singer.  (617.092 )  One, a great book.  Two, a fantastic audiobook.  History of medicine, one of my favorite nonfiction topics.  There are kind of a lot of people, but the author does a good job of helping us keep them straight.  I love this reader.  I wanted to hear a little bit more about his surgical procedures and innovations, and could have done with less about his personal interactions with other doctors, and I could have done with a fair amount less of the politics and history of the school.  But I'm sure that information is of interest to many, and it certainly gave the story context.
I'm currently very cross at OverDrive, that (1) the narrator information is not easily findable in the record (you have to zoom in on the auiobook cover image to get it anywhere) and (2) when I search for more by him, I'm not convinced it's an accurate results list. 

The Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight.  I reread these so that I was recently armed with all details so as to best fully appreciate the last first time of reading a new Pratchett book:

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett.   Earlier this year, when I read about the author's death, I was a little bit sad but not very. But I recognized at the time that I would find a time when I would be sad. When this book came up on hold for me, that is when I realized I would never read a new book by this author for the first time ever again. I wanted very much to read the book quickly, to devour it; I wanted equally much to read it as slowly as possible.

I didn't actually end up enjoying this book very much. It didn't exactly wrap up the subseries, nor did it add to it instrumentally.  The writing itself felt very different from the style we expect from this author.  I don't know if other people were helping or if it was a result of his illness, but it sounded different and it reads different.  
I would actually suggest that series fans not pick up this one.

Fry's English Delight, and Fry's English Delight series 2, with Stephen Fry.  (428.1 x2)  I'm not sure if I should count this in my upcoming year-end totals as media (which I don't bother to count) because it appeared on a radio program, or if it's an audiobook: our OverDrive consortium currently only offers eBooks and eAudios, no music, video, or other multimedia.  I think I'll count it as an audiobook.
These are very fun, but are definitely for a specific type of listener.  I know alot of people who would be uninterested, or who wouldn't get the jokes.  Series 2 feels very short, but both have great content. 
series 2: It's most hilarious to me that the woman from the elocution school was the one who I had the most trouble understanding.

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