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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

The Flat Book Society: May's Read

Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History - Jay Burreson, Penny Le Couteur

Voting for the May Flat Book Society Read has closed and those that have voted have spoken.  Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur, and Jay Burreson  has won the day/month.

 

Napoleon’s Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance-which, in turn, can result in great historical shifts.

With lively prose and an eye for colorful and unusual details, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

 

This is an older book, but it is still in print both in paperback and ebook and I've just looked: even my library system has it available, so hopefully everyone who would like to participate should be able to source a copy without too much effort.

 

I've moved the start date back to May 10th to give everyone a little extra time to find a copy.

 

Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in - Huggins loves a good party.

 



A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell, #4)

A Dangerous Collaboration - Deanna Raybourn

Almost perfect.  On the plus side, Veronica stopped beating poor Stoker over the head with her libertine sexual views; to the minus side, the book started off tropetastically, with Veronica running away from a romantic entanglement with Stoker by going to Madeira for 6 months, and then immediately afterwards haring off to a house party with Stoker's detested brother as his fiancee.  That's a lot of trope stuffed into a few chapters.

 

But then Raybourn tuns all of it on its head, and makes it all meaty and interesting.  From the Madeira trip revelation to Tiberius's reasons for bringing Veronica (and Stoker) to the Cornish isle of St. Maddern's.  Tiberius's story is raw and brutal, as is the final outcome of the plot.  Without giving anything away, all I can say is holy christ, it was horrifying and tragic and really un-hygienic. 

 

The mystery plotting I can sum up by saying: I did not see that coming.

 

The 1/2 star deduction was for the insanity of the "we can only be friends" nonsense.  There's a fine line between stringing the romantic tension along through a series and the point at which, I, as the reader, starts telling the book "oh just DO it already!".  I'm a fan of sexual tension, but not teasing, even if it is consensual.  I find it tedious.  Fortunately by all appearances, unless Raybourn decides to yank everyone's chains, the teasing will-they-won't-they ends with this book's conclusion.

 

What remains consistent through the whole series is Veronica's fierce intelligence and pragmatism, Stoker's somewhat vicious integrity, and the incredibly rich and amusing banter that Raybourn excels at.  I don't think I've ever read any author who captures family dynamics - both good and bad - as well as she does and does it with so much wit and gravitas at the same time.

 

This is one of those series I'd have liked to have discovered late, allowing me to binge read the adventures; as it is, I'll have to wait another year for the next adventure.

 

A favorite quote:

 

Tiberius' voice was sharp.  "You think he might have killed himself?"

 

"It's one of eight possibilities for his absence," I remarked.

 

Tiberius' eyes fairly popped. "Eight?"

 

I ticked off the prospects as I named them. "I have been thinking out the possibilities with regard to Rosamund's fate, but they will do just as well for Malcom. He might have killed himself.  He might have met with an accident. He may be trapped somewhere and unable to free himself.  Hie might be hiding. He might have suffered a breakdown of sorts. He might have been murdered.  He might have keeled over dead of quite natural causes. He might have surprised smugglers or pirates and is being held against his will in a lair –"

 

Tiberius made a strangled noise and Stoker shook his head.  "You've over-egged the pudding with that one."

 

 

 

 



Wild Country (The World of the Others #2)

Wild Country - Anne Bishop

Relative to the rest of the books in The Others universe, this one was 'meh'.  But ONLY relative to the rest of the books.  In general it's a great story and Bishop continues to create incredibly readable stories centered in a world where humans are resoundingly not an apex predator.  Or, at least, not the apex predator.

 

This is the second book in the off-shoot series called "The World of The Others", but its placement on The Others Universe timeline puts it chronologically in front of the 1st book, Lake Silence; thankfully the author's note at the start explains this and that the events in this book take place simultaneously to events in the last book of the original series, book 5, Etched in Bone.  Given that it's been a few years since I read Etched in Bone, I needed to re-read it first to reacquaint myself with the characters and events.  Which then prompted a re-read of the entire series.

 

Wild Country is the story of the aftermath following the complete eradication of all the humans of Bennett, a small town in the western part of the continent (alternate universe, alternate names, but it's generally based on North America).  The residents were members of the Humans First and Last League, and responsible for the wholesale slaughter of an entire Wolf pack.  After the Others retaliated, they took back the land Bennett sits on, and went about re-creating the town, bringing in a mix of Others, Intuits (humans, but humans persecuted for their uncanny intuitiveness) and select humans, experimenting to see if they could create a more cooperative community.

 

I was engrossed in this storyline - some of my favorite non-lethal bits of these books is how Bishop shows these wildly differing life forms working together cooperatively, finding ways to respect the differences and keep the similarities working harmoniously.  But then she went all Wild West on me and I've never been enamoured of the whole Wild West genre.  The showdowns, the gunfights, the cattle rustlers... meh.  I'm not saying that she didn't do a good job with it, only that it wasn't my jam, and towards the end it just lost me a little bit.  It also felt a tiny bit like satire; like an homage that put a toe over the line and got a little silly.

 

Still, my bias is just that; a bias.  Overall the story was great and kept me up, along with a taco dinner I made way too spicy, until 2.30am.  I hope Anne Bishop's imagination is chock full of stories of The Others and their battles with the selfish gits that make up entirely too large a proportion of humanity, because I'm nowhere near tired of reading about them.  



MbD not quite MIA

This is one of those posts that mostly falls under irrelevant, although there are books involved.  

 

As many of you know, my workload for the last 6 months has been...challenging... by anyone's standards.  Unfortunately, it's been unsustainable for someone with narcolepsy.  I was given an ultimatum by my doctor, and put on medical leave for two weeks.  This was a good thing for a number of reasons, but a great thing because it coincided with a 2 week school break, meaning I could take the time without using holiday leave OR stressing about a replacement (as a contractor, I don't get the breaks, but with the schools empty, my absence doesn't matter).  Medical leave is good; medical leave without guilt is better.

 

The leave/holiday serendipitously coincided with a nice sized shipment of new books, including Anne Bishop's newest release (review forthcoming).  I started reading it, then realised I didn't remember enough of the last relevant book, and ended up grabbing it off the shelf, intending to "skim" read it.  That worked about as well as you'd expect.

 

In the midst of this unscheduled re-read, Easter cat had to go to the vet for some very minor surgery to her ear that we've been putting off because A. it wasn't bothering her, and B. we knew the surgery would be massively stressful for her.  But we had to get it done in the end because she'd scratch it, it would start bleeding like crazy, and when cats' ears get wet, they shake their head.  Our house was starting to look like a CSI classroom for blood spatter.

 

The surgery went just fine, but as is usual with these procedures, the vet put a cone-of-shame on her head. THAT did NOT go well.  Her reaction can only be described as ... well, imagine The Kraken being hit with a cattle prod.  Sort of like that, only faster, with more thrashing.  I make light of it now, but it was awful.

 

So, the vet agreed that the cone had to go. Luckily, I've been home to keep a constant eye on her to make sure she doesn't pull her stitches out.  She's been an amazing patient, sticking close to me and making no effort (so far) to worry the wound.  Once it heals a bit more I'll be able to put a bit of ointment on it that will hopefully keep it from itching and scarring too badly.

 

All this has meant I've been a true lady of leisure these past two weeks, and I had plans...BIG plans.  Plans that involved adding more books, organising my library, and generally getting caught up in all ways bibliophilic.  But after re-reading Etched in Bone, I had to read the newest one, Wild Country.  And when I was done with them, I just HAD to re-read the whole series from woe to go.

 

So, instead of all my BIG plans, I sat in bed with Easter-cat beside me, and binged on all 7 books of The Others.  Nothing else got done; no tidy library, no great laundry catch-up, no books added.  This is the first time I've picked up the laptop since last week.

 

But boy I feel great!  ::grin:: and Easter-cat is mending quicker than I dared hope.  There are still 5 days left to my holiday, and next week is a short week, so it's possible that SOME of my original goals will get done.  On the other hand, the weather this weekend is supposed to be pretty amazing so if I disappear again you'll know why.

 



New books added: Macmillan 7th and final run

DONE.  This one looks like it was a true team effort with Midu Reads, Leah's Bookish Obsession and Elentarri all putting time in to add the covers.  Huge thanks to all three of you!

 

This is the last batch of the new books for Macmillan spring 2019.  About 700 new books when all is said and done.  

 

The good news is that this should be most of their catalog through summer; the possibly disappointing news is that I'm not sure I'll make this part of the our regularly scheduled programming.  It's a LOT more work - for me because Macmillan's API is not really functional, and for the amazing people who took it upon themselves to not only use their free time to add the covers, but go out and hunt down the story synopsis too.

 

I'm not saying never again, but if I do process non-PRH and non-HC feeds again, they'll be smaller - much smaller - imprints or time frames, and they won't be done on any routine.  So if you have a publisher/imprint that you read HEAPS of, and you're willing to put the time in to help out with covers, etc. let me know in the comments below what that publisher/imprint is, and I'll put it on a priority list of feeds to do when I have spare time.

 

 

Batch #1:

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New books added: Macmillan 6th run

DONE  Thanks to SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews and Elentarri's Books for polishing these off!

 

Batch #1:

9781472959263 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472959263.jpg
9781472958693 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472958693.jpg
9781472960535 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472960535.jpg
9781472956057 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472956057.jpg
9781472941527 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472941527.jpg
9781472964496 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472964496.jpg
9781472942593 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472942593.jpg
9781472964052 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472964052.jpg
9781844865444 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781844865444.jpg
9781472954176 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472954176.jpg

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Batch #2:

9781472958617 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472958617.jpg
9781472956033 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472956033.jpg
9781472955852 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472955852.jpg
9781844865352 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781844865352.jpg
9781472962348 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472962348.jpg
9781472964151 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472964151.jpg
9781472900920 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472900920.jpg
9781472948458 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472948458.jpg
9781472936035 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472936035.jpg
9781472949295 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472949295.jpg

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Batch #3:

9781408893234 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781408893234.jpg
9781408893272 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781408893272.jpg
9781408893241 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781408893241.jpg
9781408886885 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781408886885.jpg
9781408886731 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781408886731.jpg
9781408869000 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781408869000.jpg
9781472829412 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472829412.jpg
9781472808523 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472808523.jpg
9781472835956 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472835956.jpg

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Batch #4:

9781472828620 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472828620.jpg
9781472834737 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472834737.jpg
9781472829603 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472829603.jpg
9781472831866 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472831866.jpg
9781472832528 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472832528.jpg
9781472831873 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472831873.jpg
9781472831101 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472831101.jpg
9781472828903 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472828903.jpg
9781472826619 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472826619.jpg
9781472833983 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472833983.jpg

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Batch #5:

9781784423551 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781784423551.jpg
9781784423438 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781784423438.jpg
9781784423209 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781784423209.jpg
9781472832795 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472832795.jpg
9781472829054 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472829054.jpg
9781472808639 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472808639.jpg
9781472826329 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472826329.jpg
9781472835819 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472835819.jpg
9781472831859 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472831859.jpg
9781472833518 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472833518.jpg

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Batch #6:

9781472833440 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472833440.jpg
9781472835024 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472835024.jpg
9781472836120 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472836120.jpg
9781472835277 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472835277.jpg
9781472836670 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472836670.jpg
9781472824417 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472824417.jpg
9781472833525 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472833525.jpg
9781472825704 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472825704.jpg
9781472830906 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472830906.jpg
9781472833099 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472833099.jpg

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Batch #7:

9781472833471 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472833471.jpg
9781472834478 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472834478.jpg
9781472834812 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472834812.jpg
9781472816122 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472816122.jpg
9781472832351 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472832351.jpg
9781472837219 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472837219.jpg
9781472835116 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472835116.jpg
9781472837349 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472837349.jpg
9781408883914 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781408883914.jpg
9781472964908 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472964908.jpg

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Batch #8:

9781472966308 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472966308.jpg
9781472972095 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472972095.jpg
9781472969989 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472969989.jpg
9781472970091 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472970091.jpg
9781472969101 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472969101.jpg
9781472969941 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472969941.jpg
9781912217960 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781912217960.jpg
9781472838964 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472838964.jpg
9781472835444 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472835444.jpg
9781472969842 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472969842.jpg

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New books added: Macmillan 5th run

Jennifer's Books and Leah's Bookish Obsession have been working on this post's batches, but #s 6-9 are still available if anyone is looking for some book cover adding love.  :)

 

Batch #1 DONE - WITH SYNOPSIS!! by Leah's Bookish Obsession:

9781250202130 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250202130.jpg
9781250147288 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250147288.jpg
9781250202079 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250202079.jpg
9781250103666 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250103666.jpg
9781250158482 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250158482.jpg
9781250153739 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250153739.jpg
9781250139290 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250139290.jpg
9781250316622 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250316622.jpg
9781250235664 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250235664.jpg
9781250200310 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250200310.jpg

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Batch #2 DONE - WITH SYNOPSIS!! by Leah's Bookish Obsession::

9781250176271 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250176271.jpg
9781250205889 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250205889.jpg
9781250174062 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250174062.jpg
9781250221513 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221513.jpg
9781250164223 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250164223.jpg
9781250208668 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250208668.jpg
9781250211071 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250211071.jpg
9781250047328 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250047328.jpg
9781250221407 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221407.jpg

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Batch #3 DONE - WITH SYNOPSIS!! by Leah's Bookish Obsession::

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Batch #4 DONE - WITH SYNOPSIS!! by Leah's Bookish Obsession::

9781250219343 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250219343.jpg
9781250173539 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250173539.jpg
9781250191274 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250191274.jpg
9781250110053 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250110053.jpg
9781250245885 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250245885.jpg
9781250140791 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250140791.jpg
9781250221490 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221490.jpg
9781250215437 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215437.jpg
9781250208705 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250208705.jpg
9781250146755 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250146755.jpg

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Batch #5 DONE - WITH SYNOPSIS!! by Leah's Bookish Obsession::

9781250219657 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250219657.jpg
9781250221537 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221537.jpg
9781250189844 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250189844.jpg
9781635573169 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573169.jpg
9781635573947 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573947.jpg
9781635570588 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635570588.jpg
9781635574388 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635574388.jpg
9781635570977 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635570977.jpg

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Batch #6 DONE:

9781635572940 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635572940.jpg
9781635573480 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573480.jpg
9781635571530 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635571530.jpg
9781635573510 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573510.jpg
9781632863836 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781632863836.jpg
9781635570236 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635570236.jpg
9781472957450 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472957450.jpg
9781472956132 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472956132.jpg
9781472950987 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472950987.jpg
9781635574111 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635574111.jpg

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Batch #7 DONE:

9781472966148 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472966148.jpg
9781472964915 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472964915.jpg
9781472962652 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472962652.jpg
9781635573404 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573404.jpg
9781620405468 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781620405468.jpg
9781632865557 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781632865557.jpg
9781635572995 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635572995.jpg
9781635573541 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573541.jpg
9781632868312 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781632868312.jpg
9781472953315 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472953315.jpg

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Batch #8 DONE:

9781635573824 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573824.jpg
9781635571202 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635571202.jpg
9781472961907 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472961907.jpg
9781472963611 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472963611.jpg
9781635573558 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635573558.jpg
9781526609311 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781526609311.jpg
9781635574036 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781635574036.jpg
9781632864277 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781632864277.jpg
9781448217267 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781448217267.jpg

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Batch #9 DONE:

9781472953896 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472953896.jpg
9781472961785 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472961785.jpg
9781912217533 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781912217533.jpg
9781472963925 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472963925.jpg
9781472963888 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472963888.jpg
9781472939975 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472939975.jpg
9781912392049 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781912392049.jpg
9781912392117 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781912392117.jpg
9781472922915 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472922915.jpg
9781472936820 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472936820.jpg

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Batch #10 - DONE - WITH SYNOPSIS!! by Jennifer's Books

9781472943941 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472943941.jpg
9781472935595 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472935595.jpg
9781472954923 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472954923.jpg
9781472955876 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472955876.jpg
9781472960023 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472960023.jpg
9781472948892 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472948892.jpg
9781472949110 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472949110.jpg
9781912217731 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781912217731.jpg
9781844865673 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781844865673.jpg
9781472965066 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781472965066.jpg

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The Atlas of Happiness - DNF with caveats

The Atlas of Happiness: the global secrets of how to be happy - Helen Russell

I'm calling it quits on this one - I've been seeing-not-seeing it on my piles for months now with not even a semi-serious impulse to pick it back up.

 

It's not a bad book, really.  But whereas similar books like The Little Book of Hygge gave at least a glancing nod toward legitimate, statistical studies and analysis, offering read world case studies and intriguing anecdotal stories of the strategies people take to achieve a better quality of life, The Atlas of Happiness is pretty much just a chapter by chapter brag fest about why each country thinks its so great at personal happiness.  It's entirely anecdotal and appears to be sourced from, at least in part, the author's online solicitations for responses.  This is not a criticism in any sense, except that it wasn't what I was looking for when I picked this book up.  I was hoping for something from a slightly more anthropological view and ended up with something more akin to a rah-rah ode to each country, very attractively packaged.

 

Because this is a case of unmet expectations of an impulse purchase, I'm not rating it.



The Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees

The Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees - J├╝rgen Tautz, David C. Sandeman, Diedrich Steen

My friends all know my husband and I started hosting a bee hive in our garden last year; for a small yearly fee, we enjoy having the bees in our garden, pollinating our plants and trees, providing endless hours of fascination for us, and the beekeeper takes care of them and does all the hard work.  Once a year, the beekeeper gives us a small percentage of the honey they produce.

 

I've always been fascinated by bees, and as a kid learned that if I was very still, I could watch them as they worked away extracting the pollen and nectar from the powder puff (Calliandra haematocephala) tree in our front yard.  I was giddy when MT told me he'd found this setup for us and arranged for it as my Christmas present.  But I wanted to learn more about how these fascinating insects - who are responsible for 80% of the pollination behind the food we eat - worked.  I wanted to know what went on inside the hive.

 

The Honey Factory provided exactly that.  To say that I learned something vital in every chapter would be almost an understatement.  The chapter on bee vision and how and when they can see us, has made an incredible difference to how we move about in the garden when they're at their busiest.  Unfortunately, I read this chapter after MT got stung at the corner of his eye and on the edge of his ear (within seconds of each other), BUT he hasn't been stung since, even after gardening just outside their hive door.

 

(Hint: bees can't see things that move slow - think of their vision as a flip book animation; the pages have to move at a certain speed before they 'see' something, and the faster the pages move, the clearer they see what's on them.  So, move slowly around bees, and if they are too close for comfort, be still, or move slowly away.  Also, sweat is an attractant, so take that into consideration when deciding whether to freeze or move slowly away.)

 

The chapter on the structure of modern beehives was also incredibly enlightening as I now completely understand excluders and funnels - what they look like and how they work.  The mechanics of swarming, too, now make much more sense.

 

The book was originally written in German, and the perspective is primarily from German beekeeping, but this presents no problem in terms of the knowledge contained herein; honey bees are honey bees the world over (Apis mellifera).  It's told in alternating sections by a beekeeper, Diedrich Steen, and a scientist, Jürgen Tautz; first from the friendly, some might say 'folksy' POV of the everyday, though expert, beekeeper, and then from the POV of the scientist.  The science is hard science, sometimes made simpler for the broader audience the book is aimed at, but really, not all that simplified.  The section on the science of bee foraging started to become a miasma of site A, site B and feeding substations; even with the charts and graphs, there were a number of eye-glazing moments.  

 

My only real gripe was the weird tone of the book.  It's a translation, so keep that in mind, but there was a folksy tone to the writing that danced back and forth between being weirdly friendly and patronising.  The tone felt aimed at small children but the science was definitely aimed at adults.  An example:

 

The house telephone works best when dances are held on open, uncapped comb cells. The telephone net is impaired on other dance floors because they cannot oscillate freely. Dances on capped cells, on the wooden frames or, as we will see later, on the bodies of colleagues in a swarm attract significantly less attention. 

 

[...]

 

Gaps and holes between the comb and the frames are gnawed out by bees to provide the net with the necessary flexibility. Telephone-repair bees have ensured that the dance floors keep swinging and the house telephone remains intact. 

 

Additionally, in the introduction the authors announce their intention of referring to the hive throughout the book as The Honey Factory, and by god, they do.  By the end it irritated me; I get that they're trying to make this accessible to a vey general audience but I don't think it's asking too much of any reader that picks this book up to understand "hive" in relation to honey production.

 

This is the only reason I dinged the book 1/2 star; the information is outstanding for a beginner wanting to know the mechanics of how a hive works, but the tone of the language, either through intent or translation, was the single barrier to an otherwise perfect read (for me - as always, your mileage may vary).



New books added: Macmillan 4th run

POST IS DONE! BrokenTune did this entire post, a HUGE thank you for making this part of your Saturday morning BT!!  :D

 

Batch #1 DONE (BT):

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Love and Other Wild Things (Mystic Bayou, #2)

Love and Other Wild Things - Molly Harper

I love me some Molly Harper, but this one was not one of my favourites.  It was good, just not as good as most of her other stories.  The characters in this one didn't click with me the way the featured characters in the first Mystic Bayou did, and I've officially decided that I don't like the dual narrative voices.  Both Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis are excellent narrators, but when the book is told in the 3rd person, I'd rather just one narrator; in this case Amanda Ronconi.  

 

And I categorically do NOT like having sex scenes read to me by any narrator, male or female.  

 

The plot felt rushed; what would have been an interesting story if allowed to simmer and develop just felt like a non-event; a flimsy construct to prop the romance up in.  Harper's books always have a romantic element, but not usually at the expense of the rest of the plot; this felt phoned in.  So much so that even the humor felt absent.  

 

Still, not every book can be a masterpiece, and Harper has written far more that's good than she has bad.  I happily look forward to her upcoming books and will read them with pleasure.  Though no more audio editions; printed editions for these from now on. 



The Scent Of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, And The World's Most Beautiful Orchid

The Scent Of Scandal:  Greed, Betrayal, And The World's Most Beautiful Orchid - Craig Pittman

I said in an earlier (way earlier) status update that this book was only ever going to appeal to a niche demographic, and I still say so now that I've finished it.  Orchidists, or those that have been dragged along to greenhouses, shows, and sales all over the country - if not the world - subjected to endless hours of conversations about species, hybrids, variants, varieties, propagation, contamination, mealy bugs, scale ... *ahem* ... will find themselves nodding along to the insanity that's chronicled in this book and saying "Uh-huh, yep."

 

But it's a fascinating story whether or not you've got any knowledge of the orchid world.  There's adventures in the Amazon, romantic dreams of glory, greed, smuggling, drama, investigations, and dramatic court scenes.  I'd call it a Grisham tale with a notes and sources appendix, except it's really not; Pittman is a journalist and though the narrative is excellently written and easily read, it isn't written to be snappy entertainment, and it isn't fiction.  This is an investigative journalism piece densely packed with details, events, and the players involved (most of them characters both on and off the page).

 

The story surrounds the discovery of a new orchid, a member of the family that includes those commonly called "Lady Slippers".  This isn't just another lady slipper orchid, but a reportedly spectacular, one-in-a-century find; a new Phragmipedium that's (apparently) showier. far larger than all the rest, and strongly scented.

 

  

 

I say "apparently" because, honestly, it looks like any other Phragmipedium I've seen, and as the child of an orchid grower/breeder, I've seen a fair few.  It's reported to change color as it ages, so who knows? It IS quantifiably special in terms of size though:  the flowers grow to be 10–20 cm (4–8 in) wide - far larger than your average, delicately sized lady slipper.  Still, call me sane, but that flower doesn't make me want to spend $10,000 to own it.

 

Back to the story: this flower is the catalyst for the downfall of at least half a dozen men and the damn near destruction of the Selby Botanical Gardens. The Scent Of Scandal is, at its heart, the story of one particularly romantic fool who was so desperate to have an orchid named after himself that he broke the laws of two countries and an international treaty to make it happen, in the process bringing down a slew of other naive, romantic fools who desperately wanted to 'play the game', exact revenge on a rival, and establish their necessity to their board of directors.  On the sidelines, aiding, abetting, profiteering and stirring things up, is a cast of side characters who were equal parts greedy, stupid, and criminal.

 

The takeaway from this cautionary tale:  don't smuggle the flower of the century out of one country and into another only to then ask the scientific community to name it after you.  Having your name officially tied to the taxonomy of a smuggled flower makes plausible deniability awkward.  If you're the scientific community tempted to help him:  don't.  Just don't.  And - I can't stress this enough - don't keep a piece to grow for yourself.  It makes the Justice Department cranky.

 

Craig Pittman did an amazing job putting this narrative, with a cast that often felt like thousands and settings all over the globe, into a tight, cohesive timeline that followed this story from a chance conversation on a plane between two strangers, through the dramatic headlines, to the conclusion, where nobody really got what they wanted, including the man with his name on the orchid; a few people died tragically, and just about everybody else ended up unemployed and on probation.

 

This story, while fascinating it its own right, held a deeper appeal to me.  As most know, I was born and raised in Sarasota, and my father, as mentioned above, raised, bred, showed, sold, wrote, lectured about and generally just breathed orchids.  He was one of these - and I say this with love and adoration - nut jobs who go crazy for orchids.  He knew most, if not all, these people well, and did a lot of Selby's lab work for a time.  He was NOT, however, a collector that went scouting for unknowns in foreign jungles.  His obsession was hybridisation - crossing known species to come up with new and sometimes wondrous forms.  Orchids were to him what peas were the Mendel.  In this way, he was able to officially name* orchids for several of his kids from the comfort of his laboratory, without anyone getting a grand jury subpoena. 

 

Self-portrait if I'm a plant in my next life.

 

So, if you're interested in botany or orchids, and you like stories of true crime/international intrigue involving a bunch of naive old men and a few authentically criminal characters, or even if you're curious by any book categorised as "True Crime / Gardening" (I kid you not), this book might be worth finding.  I enjoyed it immensely - once the necessary background is established, the story is riveting. 

 

People are truly, deeply crazy.

 

 

* in the name of accuracy, my dad didn't do the naming; he made thousands of crosses in his time and never bothered registering most of them.  When other growers wanted to register/show one of his crosses, they'd contact him for permission; he always told them yes, but sometimes he'd randomly request they name it after one of us.  Thus it is that I've got a big, gaudy flower that is in every way the exact opposite of what I'd have picked, living on through the taxonomic records with my name on it.  Not that I'm complaining - I have a plant named after me! And I didn't get arrested for my little pea sized piece of 'immortality'.  



New books added: Macmillan 3nd run

DONE - Elentarri has polished off the remaining batches - huge thanks to everyone; almost 200 books added in this one post!  

 

Here's the next batch of Macmillan books.  I got a little carried away tonight, and thus it's a BIG batch.

 

As noted previously, if you get a 404 Not Found, it's because Macmillan hasn't got a cover for it yet, so just skip it.

 

BookLikes froze for a few minutes while I was running these, and a few got dropped; I think I found the ones that fell through, but as always it's possible I didn't get them all.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

Batch #1 DONE by Darth Pedant!  Double thanks for doing the descriptions too!:

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9781250214966 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214966.jpg
9781250214904 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214904.jpg

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Batch #3:

9781250214898 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214898.jpg
9781250181619 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250181619.jpg
9781250214973 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214973.jpg
9781250215079 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215079.jpg
9781250215086 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215086.jpg
9781250214881 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214881.jpg
9781250215789 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215789.jpg
9781250138163 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250138163.jpg
9781250214997 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214997.jpg
9781250214911 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214911.jpg

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Batch #4:

9781250215024 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215024.jpg
9781250215031 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215031.jpg
9781250214928 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214928.jpg
9781250180544 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250180544.jpg
9781250225344 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250225344.jpg
9781250225375 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250225375.jpg
9781250237262 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250237262.jpg
9781250178954 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250178954.jpg
9781250222299 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250222299.jpg
9780765395146 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765395146.jpg

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Batch #5:

9781250223098 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250223098.jpg
9780765337337 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765337337.jpg
9781250195609 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250195609.jpg
9781250222428 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250222428.jpg
9781250191311 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250191311.jpg
9781250176158 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250176158.jpg
9781250297723 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250297723.jpg
9780765388636 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765388636.jpg
9780765381736 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765381736.jpg

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Batch #6:

9781250197214 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250197214.jpg
9780765391537 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765391537.jpg
9781250183446 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250183446.jpg
9780765386731 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765386731.jpg
9780765394415 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765394415.jpg
9781250181350 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250181350.jpg
9781250300072 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250300072.jpg
9781250202161 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250202161.jpg
9781250309358 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309358.jpg

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Batch #7:

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Batch #8:

9781250220714 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250220714.jpg
9781250102416 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250102416.jpg
9781250220356 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250220356.jpg
9781250191229 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250191229.jpg
9781250133090 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250133090.jpg
9781250220776 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250220776.jpg
9781250192028 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250192028.jpg
9781250220738 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250220738.jpg
9781250173867 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250173867.jpg

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Batch #9:

9781250074522 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250074522.jpg
9781250051059 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250051059.jpg
9781250220295 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250220295.jpg
9781250030795 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250030795.jpg
9781250212153 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250212153.jpg
9781250308429 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250308429.jpg
9781250190833 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250190833.jpg
9781250311009 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250311009.jpg
9781250306739 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250306739.jpg
9781250306722 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250306722.jpg

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Batch #10 DONE by Elentarri's Book Blog - Thank you!:

9780765386847 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765386847.jpg
9781250186164 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250186164.jpg
9781250186140 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250186140.jpg
9780765379061 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765379061.jpg
9781250302717 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250302717.jpg
9781250174642 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250174642.jpg
9781250176516 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250176516.jpg
9781250174758 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250174758.jpg
9780765380159 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765380159.jpg
9780765375643 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765375643.jpg

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Batch #11 DONE by Elentarri's Book Blog - Thank you!:

9781250223135 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250223135.jpg
9780765395818 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765395818.jpg
9781250180278 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250180278.jpg
9780765394095 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765394095.jpg
9781250302106 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250302106.jpg
9781250168191 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250168191.jpg
9781250198259 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250198259.jpg
9780765388698 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765388698.jpg
9780765399984 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765399984.jpg

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Batch #12 DONE by Elentarri's Book Blog - Thank you!:

9780765382009 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765382009.jpg
9781250306029 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250306029.jpg
9781250180308 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250180308.jpg
9781250179203 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250179203.jpg
9781250169365 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250169365.jpg
9780765324566 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765324566.jpg
9780765397195 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765397195.jpg
9780765382528 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765382528.jpg

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Batch #13 DONE by Elentarri's Book Blog - Thank you!:

9780765375544 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765375544.jpg
9781250309648 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309648.jpg
9781250309631 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309631.jpg
9781250207821 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250207821.jpg
9780765379993 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765379993.jpg
9781250168061 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250168061.jpg
9780765377616 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765377616.jpg
9780765381118 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765381118.jpg
9781250208491 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250208491.jpg

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Batch #14 DONE by Elentarri's Book Blog - Thank you!:

9781250314901 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250314901.jpg
9781250312839 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250312839.jpg
9781250313782 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250313782.jpg
9781250203274 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250203274.jpg
9780765398093 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765398093.jpg
9781250213570 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250213570.jpg
9781250217264 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250217264.jpg
9781250196545 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250196545.jpg
9781250229793 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250229793.jpg

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Batch #15  DONE - THANKS to Jennifer's Books!:

9781250229816 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250229816.jpg
9781250229830 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250229830.jpg
9781250221131 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221131.jpg
9780765399250 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780765399250.jpg
9781250209115 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250209115.jpg
9781250209412 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250209412.jpg
9781250165886 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250165886.jpg
9781250304568 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250304568.jpg
9781250233592 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250233592.jpg
9781250237392 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250237392.jpg

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Batch #16  DONE - THANKS to Jennifer's Books!:

9781250233578 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250233578.jpg
9781250202437 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250202437.jpg
9781250181961 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250181961.jpg
9781250213952 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250213952.jpg
9781250213969 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250213969.jpg
9781250213983 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250213983.jpg
9781250214034 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214034.jpg
9781250214270 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214270.jpg
9781250214294 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214294.jpg
9781250215093 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215093.jpg

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Batch #17  DONE - THANKS to Jennifer's Books!:

9781250215109 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215109.jpg
9781250215154 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215154.jpg
9781250216212 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250216212.jpg
9781250227430 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250227430.jpg
9781250227485 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250227485.jpg
9781250227546 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250227546.jpg
9781250230386 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250230386.jpg
9781250230393 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250230393.jpg
9781250130846 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250130846.jpg
9781250134530 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250134530.jpg

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Batch #18  DONE - THANKS to Jennifer's Books!:

9781250308375 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250308375.jpg
9781250306890 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250306890.jpg
9781250103253 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250103253.jpg
9781250192004 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250192004.jpg
9781250215611 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215611.jpg
9781250189776 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250189776.jpg
9781250193650 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250193650.jpg
9781250215598 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250215598.jpg
9781250183026 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250183026.jpg
9781250221216 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221216.jpg

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Batch #19  DONE - THANKS to Jennifer's Books!:

9781250182272 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250182272.jpg
9781250102393 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250102393.jpg
9781250164711 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250164711.jpg
9781250226235 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250226235.jpg
9781250174048 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250174048.jpg
9781250309471 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309471.jpg
9781250209023 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250209023.jpg
9781250209030 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250209030.jpg
9781250209047 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250209047.jpg
9781250066305 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250066305.jpg

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Beware of the Trains (Gervaise Fen short stories)

Beware of the Trains - Edmund Crispin

I've read a couple of Gervaise Fen full length novels and enjoyed them quite a bit, but I think I might like the short stories even better.

 

That wonderful, dry English humor: check!

Well plotted mysteries: check!

Fair play plotting: check! (although as Crispin cites in his foreword, 4 of them require a bit of specialised knowledge that result in them not really being fair-play)

 

While the book is touted as a collection of Fen short stories, a few at the back did not involve Fen at all.  One of these, The Evidence for the Crown, might have been my favorite simply because Crispin led me so elegantly through the story that I didn't see the obvious right in front of me.  Conversely, it was also a non-Fen story that was my least favorite.  The Golden Mean just was unsatisfying and felt incomplete.

 

There's just something about the style of story construction that reminds me of the Holmes short stories; Fen is no Holmes to be sure, but there's a similarity in the efficiency of the writing.  Unless you can count the bantering sass between Fen and Humbleby as character development, these stories are wholly plot driven.

 

I have another collection of Crispin shorts and I'm really looking forward to them.  



Flat Book Society: Hurry up and vote for the May read!

March might have come in like a lion, but it sped through like a Formula 1 race car on a long straight.  May will be upon us sooner rather than later, so make sure you vote for the next Flat Book Society read - and may the gods of cephalopods be merciful and give us another not-disastrous read.

 

 

Fun fact: I'm really a cuttlefish.

 

April Fool.



New books added: Macmillan 2nd run

DONE!  Jennifer's Books took on the whole list - thank you heaps!

 

She reports that while there were some "404 Not Found" errors, she investigated and reports that those are books that do not have a cover image available yet.  Seems placeholders are not the done thing with Macmillan.  The data I get does not give me any options for filtering, so we're stuck with that for the time being.

 

The good news - she confirms that most of the images did NOT need resizing.  Yay!

 

After our successful test run, hire's the first large import of Macmillan books for Spring 2019; some covers will need to be re-sized, but it seems most of them go through just fine.  

 

As I mentioned in my first post, the image URLs might change at some point, so if they stop working, please let me know.

 

Also, I'm pulling these in batches from one master list of 900 or so books:  the program used one document and I use another (since the program deletes the entries as it goes).  So if for some reason you suddenly run across a bunch that aren't on BL, let me know; the two documents should match up exactly, but you know ... stuff happens.

 

Batch #1:

9780374227371 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374227371.jpg
9780374148416 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374148416.jpg
9780374135218 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374135218.jpg
9780374279363 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374279363.jpg
9780374271510 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374271510.jpg
9780374213497 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374213497.jpg
9780374143701 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374143701.jpg
9780374192181 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374192181.jpg
9780374536749 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374536749.jpg
9780374103767 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374103767.jpg

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Batch #2:

9780374146856 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374146856.jpg
9781250221346 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221346.jpg
9780374214968 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374214968.jpg
9781250223944 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250223944.jpg
9780809097012 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780809097012.jpg
9780374279899 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374279899.jpg
9780374223779 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374223779.jpg
9780374156114 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374156114.jpg
9780374275792 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374275792.jpg
9780374170660 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374170660.jpg

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Batch #3:

9780374251956 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374251956.jpg
9780374106874 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374106874.jpg
9780374237219 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374237219.jpg
9780374285852 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374285852.jpg
9780374537913 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374537913.jpg
9780374212452 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374212452.jpg
9780374268121 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374268121.jpg
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9780374226596 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374226596.jpg
9780374293659 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374293659.jpg

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Batch #4:

9780374119256 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374119256.jpg
9780374164461 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374164461.jpg
9780374126773 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374126773.jpg
9780374151911 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374151911.jpg
9780374236410 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374236410.jpg
9780374100292 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374100292.jpg
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9780374288990 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374288990.jpg
9780374142599 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374142599.jpg

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Batch #5:

9780809079636 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780809079636.jpg
9780809033690 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780809033690.jpg
9780374538330 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538330.jpg
9780374538422 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538422.jpg
9780374538378 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538378.jpg
9780374538408 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538408.jpg
9780374538491 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538491.jpg
9780374538415 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538415.jpg
9780374537760 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374537760.jpg

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Batch #6:

9780374538392 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538392.jpg
9780374538446 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538446.jpg
9780374538484 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538484.jpg
9780374538460 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538460.jpg
9780374191337 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374191337.jpg
9780374538477 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538477.jpg
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9780374538385 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780374538385.jpg
9781644450000 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781644450000.jpg
9781555978402 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978402.jpg

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Batch #7:

9781555978471 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978471.jpg
9781555978327 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978327.jpg
9781555978457 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978457.jpg
9781555978488 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978488.jpg
9781555978419 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978419.jpg
9781555978426 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978426.jpg
9781555978440 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978440.jpg
9781555978433 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978433.jpg
9781555978464 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781555978464.jpg
9781770463578 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781770463578.jpg

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Batch #8:

9781770463486 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781770463486.jpg
9781770463622 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781770463622.jpg
9781770463592 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781770463592.jpg
9781770463615 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781770463615.jpg
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9781770463196 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781770463196.jpg
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9781770462687 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781770462687.jpg
9781626727328 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781626727328.jpg
9781626720251 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781626720251.jpg

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Batch #9:

9781250153715 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250153715.jpg
9781250229281 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250229281.jpg
9781250217707 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250217707.jpg
9781250221285 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221285.jpg
9781250221261 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221261.jpg
9781250207791 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250207791.jpg
9781250204431 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250204431.jpg
9781250221247 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221247.jpg
9781250304070 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250304070.jpg
9781250317995 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250317995.jpg

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Batch #10:

9781250222510 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250222510.jpg
9781250226273 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250226273.jpg
9781250244192 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250244192.jpg
9781250309884 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309884.jpg
9781250182036 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250182036.jpg
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9781250221322 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221322.jpg
9781250221308 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250221308.jpg
9781250198280 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250198280.jpg

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Batch #11:

9781250309020 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309020.jpg
9781250225474 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250225474.jpg
9781250301857 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250301857.jpg
9781627798440 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781627798440.jpg
9781427297211 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781427297211.jpg
9781627794763 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781627794763.jpg
9781250190161 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250190161.jpg
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9781250309303 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309303.jpg
9781250309297 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250309297.jpg

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Batch #12:

9781250310439 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250310439.jpg
9781250169235 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250169235.jpg
9781250206404 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250206404.jpg
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9781250214935 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214935.jpg
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9781250214782 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214782.jpg
9781250169105 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250169105.jpg
9781250214867 https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250214867.jpg

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