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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6925 on: 15 April, 2024, 04:12:24 pm »
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6926 on: 15 April, 2024, 04:23:17 pm »
Tombland C.J.Sansom


A favourite author of mine (despite his politics).  I've read all the Shardlakes... and at some time will get round to reading Dominion.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6927 on: 15 April, 2024, 04:25:44 pm »
Tombland C.J.Sansom


A favourite author of mine (despite his politics).  I've read all the Shardlakes... and at some time will get round to reading Dominion.


I enjoyed it. A Winter in Madrid is good, too.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6928 on: 15 April, 2024, 04:51:41 pm »
Tombland C.J.Sansom


A favourite author of mine (despite his politics).  I've read all the Shardlakes... and at some time will get round to reading Dominion.


I enjoyed it. A Winter in Madrid is good, too.

I really enjoyed that.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6929 on: 15 April, 2024, 04:54:02 pm »
Roadside picnic.  Already half way through and feel like I have only just glanced at it (and that the story has yet to start).  So both good and not so much.
That's the book that the film 'Stalker' is based on isn't it? If the film (which I like a lot) is anything to go by, I'm not surprised that it's a slow burner.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6930 on: 15 April, 2024, 06:32:07 pm »
“Full Tilt” by Dervla Murphy.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6931 on: 16 April, 2024, 08:51:08 am »
SO gave me a copy of "The Narnia Code" by Michael Ward.  Still not sure his hypothesis (no spoilers) isn't just a series of coincidences, and he has an awful Dan Brownesque writing style, full of italics, exclamation marks and ellipses.  Also, he's preachy.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6932 on: 16 April, 2024, 09:08:58 am »
“Four Chancellors And A Funeral”, the second instalment of Russell “RussInCheshire” Jones' documentation of the deluge of shit hurled at us by the Conservative Party, has just landed on the doormat.  I foresee a late night or two, and much FUMMIN'.

Best not to try reading too much at once.  I am looking forward to the final volume - 'The End of an Error' - that he promises.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6933 on: 16 April, 2024, 09:20:33 am »
I noticed that my RIP John Barth sank without trace.  I found the full text of The Sotweed Factor here, free of charge.  It's in a fixed-pitch font and has a lot of begats before you reach the text but it's well worth a look.  Here are the first couple of paragraphs as a horse's doover:

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IN  THE  LAST  YEARS  OF  THE  SEVENTEENTH  CENTURY  THERE  WAS  TO  BE

found  among  the  fops  and  fools  of  the  London  coffee-houses  one  rangy,
gangling  flitch  called  Ebenezer  Cooke,  more  ambitious  than  talented,  and
yet  more  talented  than  prudent,  who,  like  his  friends-in-folly,  all  of  whom
were  supposed  to  be  educating  at  Oxford  or  Cambridge,  had  found  the
sound  of  Mother  English  more  fun  to  game  with  than  her  sense  to  labor
over,  and  so  rather  than  applying  himself  to  the  pains  of  scholarship,  had
learned  the  knack  of  versifying,  and  ground  out  quires  of  couplets  after
the  fashion  of  the  day,  afroth  with  Joves  and  Jupiters,  aclang  with  jarring
rhymes,  and  string-taut  with  similes  stretched  to  the  snapping-point.

As  poet,  this  Ebenezer  was  not  better  nor  worse  than  his  fellows,  none
of  whom  left  behind  him  anything  nobler  than  his  own  posterity;  but  four
things  marked  him  off  from  them.  The  first  was  his  appearance:  pale-haired
and  pale-eyed,  raw-boned  and  gaunt-cheeked,  he  stood— nay,  angled— nine-
teen hands  high.  His  clothes  were  good  stuff  well  tailored,  but  they  hung  on
his  frame  like  luffed  sails  on  long  spars.  Heron  of  a  man,  lean-limbed  and
long-billed,  he  walked  and  sat  with  loose-jointed  poise;  his  every  stance
was  angular  surprise,  his  each  gesture  half  flail.  Moreover  there  was  a
discomposure  about  his  face,  as  though  his  features  got  on  ill  together:
heron's  beak,  wolf-hound's  forehead,  pointed  chin,  lantern  jaw,  wash-blue
eyes,  and  bony  blond  brows  had  minds  of  their  own,  went  their  own  ways,
and  took  up  odd  stances.  They  moved  each  independent  of  the  rest  and
fell  into  new  configurations,  which  often  as  not  had  no  relation  to  what  one
took  as  his  mood  of  the  moment.  And  these  configurations  were  shortlived,
for  like  restless  mallards  the  features  of  his  face  no  sooner  were  settled  than
ha!  they'd  be  flushed,  and  hi!  how  they'd  flutter,  every  man  for  himself,
and  no  man  could  say  what  lay  behind  them.

Barth was quite simply brilliant and it'd be a shame to miss his work.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6934 on: 02 May, 2024, 09:59:53 pm »
Just finished James Dickey’s Deliverance. It’s such a great book, thrilling and tense even after seeing the film umpteen times.

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6935 on: 03 May, 2024, 03:09:39 pm »
The Spy by Ajay Chowdury. Not (IMO) brilliantly written, and far far too much about the lead characters love-life vacillation, but a different (Muslim) perspective on things. Inconsequential but most of my reading matter is.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6936 on: 04 May, 2024, 11:22:48 am »
Third book in the laundry series by Stross.  Enjoyable. 
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6937 on: 09 May, 2024, 11:35:57 pm »
Roadside picnic.  Already half way through and feel like I have only just glanced at it (and that the story has yet to start).  So both good and not so much.
That's the book that the film 'Stalker' is based on isn't it? If the film (which I like a lot) is anything to go by, I'm not surprised that it's a slow burner.
The very same.  A longish afterward talking about how hard it was to publish and how this version is back o the original text before it was heavily censored.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6938 on: 23 May, 2024, 05:31:34 pm »
Roadside picnic.  Already half way through and feel like I have only just glanced at it (and that the story has yet to start).  So both good and not so much.
I love Roadside Picnic.

Didn't like Stalker so much.

I feel the same about Solaris. Love the book, but neither version of the film really does it justice.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6939 on: 03 June, 2024, 12:02:23 am »
I read and enjoyed The Gallows Pole. The first few pages were very densely written and I thought I was going to struggle with it but either I got used to it or the style changed, and I raced through pretty quickly (for me) in the end.

I bought Cuddy as well but that will have to wait because I discovered that, not only has Magnus Mills got a new book out (The Discouragement of Others), a total of 6 have been published since 2020. I'm not sure why he's banging them out but at this rate but he's no longer published by Bloomsbury and these last 6 appear to be self published, so I'd guess that must have something to do with it. I'm on the second now - The Cure for Disgruntlement. I wonder how far I get through the 6 before I'm over-Mills'd and need a change.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6940 on: 03 June, 2024, 12:38:16 am »
Revisiting Peter May's Lewis Trilogy, which is to become a tetra-wossname in September
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6941 on: 04 June, 2024, 06:21:11 pm »
Jim AK's black holes book (cutting edge 1998 physics) and a book about teaching physics (because I know how to have fun).
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6942 on: 04 June, 2024, 08:01:53 pm »
You Like It Darker, the latest offering from some USAnian chap called Stephen King.  No killin's or supernatural happening yet but then I'm only on page 13.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6943 on: 05 June, 2024, 11:19:39 am »
You Like It Darker, the latest offering from some USAnian chap called Stephen King.  No killin's or supernatural happening yet but then I'm only on page 13.

Salem's Lot was just a story of small-town day-to-day until p100. Good writing.

Anyway, I'm currently reading a krimi by Elmore Leonard. Can't remember the title, but some malefactor has just pumped 5 shots, pow pow pow pow-pow, into a member of a minority race.  That happened around p5.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6944 on: 06 June, 2024, 10:20:52 am »
You Like It Darker, the latest offering from some USAnian chap called Stephen King.  No killin's or supernatural happening yet but then I'm only on page 13.

Salem's Lot was just a story of small-town day-to-day until p100. Good writing.

My favourite Kings tend to be the non-supernatural ones - Dolores Claiborne, Cujo, Misery and Blaze are great.  Supernatural tends to open the door for deus ex machina and naffly contrived endings.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6945 on: 06 June, 2024, 10:39:55 am »
This one being yet another collection of short stuff there is space for both.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6946 on: 17 June, 2024, 06:30:57 pm »
Agent Sonya, another of Ben Macintyre's spyographies.  Agent Sonya being the spy formerly known as Ursula Kuczynski.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6947 on: 18 June, 2024, 08:57:42 am »
Operation Pedestal.  Rear-Admiral Max “Hitler” Hastings relieves Malta in 1942, aided and abetted by the King's Navee.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6948 on: 25 June, 2024, 10:01:05 am »
Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, in which Neil Gaiman tells tales from Norse Mythology in the style of Neil Gaiman.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6949 on: 28 June, 2024, 12:28:28 am »
^ I found that too much a retelling of stories I knew, and n very little way of the Neil gaiman style.
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