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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Lord Emsworth and Others - P.G. Wodehouse Generally comical & salubrious narratives concerning British aristocrats. Some genuine humor at times, but mostly quirky lords and their servants. (No Jeeves stories in this one.) Whether it's sabotage of a lordly moustache-growing contest or a servant getting repeatedly shot in the arse with an airgun by his employers, it's all kinda light and silly and annoying. Not for me, really.

I'm glad that I read it, though, if only because now I see where Joe Abercrombie picked up his aristocrats' mannerisms and speech patterns for the First Law serial, including the inarticulate Errs and Uhs and Ahs. I wonder if he'll own the influence when confronted.