TBR Thursday (on a Friday) 151… and The Classics Club Spin #17 Result!

…aka Whaaaaaaaaaaaaatttt??????

The Classics Club Spin has spun and the result is…

No. 3

Now hold on just one f…f…f…flippin’ minute!! Did I not say NOT GONE WITH THE WIND???  What’s going on??? What have I ever done to offend these pesky Classics Club Gods??? Eh??? EH??? I swear I shall be revenged… someday… somehow…

*stomps off, muttering curses*

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Well, in the highly unlikely event that I’ll ever have time to read another book, here are a few of the ones I was hoping to get to… 

Factual

Courtesy of Allen Lane via Amazon Vine. I vividly remember when the Chernobyl disaster happened and we here in Scotland were told that the fallout was affecting the sheep farms in our Highlands. Of course, shocking though that was, it was nothing in comparison to the impact on the people who lived near the site…

The Blurb says: On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than five percent of the reactor’s fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout.

In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers, and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible: extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep. While it is clear that the immediate cause of the accident was a turbine test gone wrong, Plokhy shows how the deeper roots of Chernobyl lay in the nature of the Soviet political system and the flaws of its nuclear industry. A little more than five years later, the Soviet Union would fall apart, destroyed from within by its unsustainable communist ideology and the dysfunctional managerial and economic systems laid bare in the wake of the disaster.

A moving, moment by moment account of the drama of heroes, perpetrators, and victims, Chernobyl is the definitive history of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

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Science Fiction

Courtesy of Oxford World’s Classics. Having recently read and reviewed three of HG Wells’ science fiction classics in OWC editions, OWC kindly provided me with the other two in their catalogue. I don’t think I’ve read this one before, but if I have it’s so long ago I’ve forgotten it…

The Blurb says: At the village of Lympne, on the south coast of England, the ‘most uneventful place in the world’ the failed playwright Mr Bedford meets the brilliant inventor Mr Cavor, and together they invade the moon.

Dreaming respectively of scientific renown and of mineral wealth, they fashion a sphere from the gravity-defying substance Cavorite and go where no human has gone before. They expect a dead world, but instead they find lunar plants that grow in a single day, giant moon-calves and the ant-like Selenites, the super-adapted inhabitants of the Moon’s utopian society.

The First Men in the Moon is both an inspired and imaginative fantasy of space travel and alien life, and a satire of turn-of-the-century Britain and of utopian dreams of a wholly ordered and rational society.

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Fiction on Audio

First up for my brand new Five by Five challenge. Robert Harris has never let me down so I’m really looking forward to this. It’s narrated by Michael Jayston, one of our excellent British actors who might not be so well known to an international audience.

The Blurb says: It is twenty years after Nazi Germany’s triumphant victory in World War II and the entire country is preparing for the grand celebration of the Führer’s seventy-fifth birthday, as well as the imminent peace-making visit from President Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Berlin Detective Xavier March — a disillusioned but talented investigation of a corpse washed up on the shore of a lake. When a dead man turns out to be a high-ranking Nazi commander, the Gestapo orders March off the case immediately. Suddenly other unrelated deaths are anything but routine.

Now obsessed by the case, March teams up with a beautiful, young American journalist and starts asking questions…dangerous questions. What they uncover is a terrifying and long-concealed conspiracy of such astounding and mind-numbing terror that is it certain to spell the end of the Third Reich — if they can live long enough to tell the world about it. 

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NB All blurbs taken from Goodreads or Amazon.

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I have only one other thing to say…

HUH!!!

😡

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73 thoughts on “TBR Thursday (on a Friday) 151… and The Classics Club Spin #17 Result!

    • Hahaha! I’m sure they’ve got it in for me! Or else you must have bribed them… *narrows eyes suspiciously* Enjoy!

      I shall simply give up sleep for a few weeks. And housework… hmm! Suddenly I feel happier! 😉

  1. Lol, I did warn you ! For the next spin I’m going to wait and see what number you DON’T want and then put the book I DO want at that number. All I can say is, tomorrow is another day.

  2. I knew before opening this; I KNEW what had happened. And if it makes you feel any better at all, I didn’t want no. 3 either 😠 (Not that my post is out yet; I’m holding it until tomorrow. But I’m so –stupid– honest that I am not taking the opportunity to tweak the list and I shall suffer alongside you.)

    At least mine is really quite short. And having read GwtW I can confirm it’s an easy – and epic – read. And you can fantasise about Clark…. 😍

    See you on the other side 😁

    • The fates are against me! The CC Gods hate me! Woe is me, and thrice woe!! Fiddle-dee-dee!!! Though… Clark is a compensation, I have to admit…

      Ooh, but what did you get?? I shall be heading over to see other posts shortly so I hope yours is up now…

  3. All I have to say is that I think you jinxed it for all of us!!! Seriously. LOL

    Only 49 hours of audio – listen, listen, listen! Maybe you could cheat and just watch the movie? Someone said they put their ‘most wanted’ in the top 5. I think I’m doing that next time.

    P.S. I got The Woman in White – over 600 pages. And I said I didn’t want 1, 2, or 3. I’m not saying that again either.

    • Hahaha – I’m sorry! But those pesky Gods are out to get me, I’m sure!! 😂 49 hours – there’s not enough chocolate in the world to get me through that…!! I must say the idea of re-watching the movie will be a great incentive to get me through the book, though…

      Ooh, The Woman in White is a biggie too! It’s years since I read it, but I remember enjoying it – hope you do too! The lesson is – never tempt those CC Gods…

  4. Oh, isn’t that always the way of it, FictionFan!? The one thing you don’t want to have happen…happens. Still, I agree with Marina Sofia – it’s a quick enough read. And I do hope you’ll like it, or at least be glad you read it. You could always unleash your feline masters on the gods that spun Gone With the Wind if you don’t like it… 😉

    If you do get to it, I hope you’ll like the audio of the Harris.

  5. The CC Gods are doing you a favour. You obviously needed an intervention of sorts to push you into this book, now you just have to relax and go with the flow.
    Jillian (& I) love the book enough for all of us, but we will help you through if you flag

    YOU CAN DO IT!!
    TODAY is the day, no more ‘tomorrow is another day’s for you!
    😀

    • Hahaha – well, I’ll never admit to it, but you do have a point… 😉 Oh, fiddle-dee-dee, I’m sure I’ll love it – it’s only the length that puts me off… but there are always compensations… 😀

  6. Ha! But laughing aside…you could always ask for an extension? You know, if you ask nicely maybe you’ll get an extra month to read it! 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness! Well, NEXT spin you will simply HAVE to say that the one you don’t want the Spin to pick is one that you actually DO want the Spin Gods to pick. Reverse psychology! Well, for what it’s worth, I read GWTW in 8th grade for fun and loved it. 🙂

    • Hahahaha – now why didn’t you tell me that plan before the spin?? I suspect they’d still work it out – they’re out to get me!! I shall get my own back one day, though… *growls*

      (Don’t tell anyone, but I suspect I’ll love it too… and there’s always the film to look forward to…)

  8. Yes, well what can I say? It’s the will of the Spin God – you have to read Gone with the Wind and I have to read Little Dorrit. I couldn’t even carry on watching the TV version of it a few years ago … but I did enjoy the film of GWTW and the book is a doddle to read.

    • Hahaha – we’ll have to set up some kind of emotional support group to get us through… 😉 I didn’t think much of that TV adaptation if we’re thinking of the same one… it’s one of those books that I’m not sure if I’ve actually read or just know from various adaptations. It’s on my CC list for this Christmas. Hopefully you’ll have finished and reviewed it by then… 😉

    • Hahahaha! My feelings precisely! Those CC Gods are definitely out to get me! But I shall have my revenge – I shall enjoy it and write an ENORMOUS review and make them read it… 😉

    • Oh, you’re all so mean to laugh at me! I shall get my own back… 😉 I hope so – I do think I will, even though it’s going to destroy all my TBR planning for months… 😱

    • Ha – I hope I will too! I’ve also meant to read it for years, it’s only the length of it that puts me off. And that’s only because I’ve got too many other books waiting for attention… #FirstWorldProblems

  9. I meant to join this time and even had my list ready but then never got around to posting it on the blog. My number 3 is The Gulag Archipelago…so I might just pretend this never happened.

  10. Fear not, for such a long book, it’s a very quick read. I first read it in middle school and finished it in just a few days, I couldn’t put it down.

    • That’s good to hear! I don’t know why I haven’t read it before – I loved the film in my teens and twenties, though I haven’t re-watched it in years. Haha – I should just stop whining and start reading… 😉

  11. It’s got to be easier than Moby Dick! Incidentally I’m reading The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane at the moment and enjoying it. I’m reading that because I started watching Ken Burns’ documentary series on the American Civil War. That is also great and it’s on either amazon Prime or Netflix. Maybe you could put that on when GWTW gets to be too much (if it does)!

    • Haha – but sometimes hate is a great motivator… 😉 Oh, the documentary series sounds interesting – I might try to watch it, though I seem to be watching less and less TV these days. (I could just cheat and watch the film of GwtW, but I’d never do a thing like that… 😇)

  12. I liked Gone With the Wind when I read it many years ago. Depending on what age and stage I was at, you might want to take that with a grain of salt. But I predict you will like it better than Moby Dick!!

    • I loved the film when I was a young’un but don’t know if my old* self would love it quite as much (*Gulp! I meant “older”!!) so I’m the teensiest bit apprehensive about the book. But haha – yes, I suspect poor Moby won’t stand a chance… 😉

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