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Saturday, December 29th, 2012 11:41 pm
I've finished quite a few books this month.

First up was Diss & District through time by Elizabeth Walne. My mother-in-law was from the Diss area, and my husband and I have traced the family tree back there quite a way. This book is collection of past and present photographs of Diss in Norfolk. I enjoyed it a lot, though was a bit frustrated that the surrounding areas section omitted anything from the Suffolk side of the border. Diss is right by the Norfolk-Suffolk border, so places south of the county line are just as nearby as others to the north, west and east. Though I believe the images were sourced primarily from the Norfolk record office's collections. But given my husband's family connections to nearby Suffolk places like Wortham and Burgate I found the omissions disappointing.

Next was Warhorses of Letters by Robert Hudson. This was published by Unbound, and I got the ebook version free using a voucher gifted by the publishers. This book contains the correspondence of the warhorses of Napoleon and Wellington, and is incredibly funny. And I learned stuff about the Napoleonic wars while giggling my way through it.

The Yoggie book club choice this month was Charles DIckens' A Christmas Carol. I enjoyed much of it, but found it unsatisfying at the same time, concerns which were shared by my fellow book club members.

I've been meaning to read George Mann's The Affinity Bridge for some time. I finally got to it this month. It was great fun: a rollicking steampunk tale with airships and automata. It was the first in a series, so I have more to look forward to, and am sure I will continue with them.

A binge on Victoriana continued with Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke by Justin RIchards. This is a prequel to the Christmas 2012 special, and features Madame Vastra, Jenny and Sontaran Strax. This was great fun, and a good set-up for the Christmas Day story.

Another book recommended to book club readers this month was Lucy M. Boston's The Children of Green Knowe. I couldn't get this in Kindle form, but wanted to read it very much, so battled with the print edition. Luckily it is quite a short book. I saw the BBC TV version many many years ago, so remembered a little bit of the plot, but not all. It was an unnerving but satisfying read, and very well written.

My last book finished was Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who. This is a sequel to Chicks Dig Time Lords, and instead of each chapter being an account of what Doctor Who means to the writer and how they discovered the show each chapter in the new book is an essay looking at a particular season of the series. In some cases this worked superbly: for example particular highlights for me were essays about science in the last Tom Baker year, and an analysis of the soundscape of one of the Patrick Troughton years. But often the quality was not so high, and overall I found this to be a less consistent book than its predecessor. I would recommend reading it to Who fans, but beware that the quality varies a lot. It is also best read in short bursts.