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The Vulcan Academy Murders
Jean Lorrah
Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
Nicholas Shakespeare
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The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 1: The Socialist Offensive: The Collectivisation of Soviet Agriculture, 1929-1930
Robert William Davies
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Richard J. Evans
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John C. G. Röhl
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Meh

The Flying Eyes - J. Hunter Holly

This was on my TBR list ever since I read an article last year about fictional invasion tales that mentioned it. It wasn't bad, but Holly never really conveyed any sense of tension that the invasion supposedly evoked -- all of the panic was mentioned rather than shown. The aliens themselves were pretty interesting, but the resolution seemed a little too convenient considering everything that proceeded it. And considering that the author herself was a woman, the characterization of the (sole) female character was shallow and about as sexist as that of male authors of the time. In the end I don't regret reading it, but I really can't recommend it to anyone other than "golden age" afficanados.