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Mr Larrington

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6050 on: September 05, 2020, 12:41:56 pm »
Belatedly starting Charlie Stross' Laundry Files series.  Indications good thus far.

Hurrah: quoting the lyrics of Half Man Half Biscuit's “The Best Things In Life” :thumbsup:
Bah: getting them wrong. “Writing”, not “drawing” >:(
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T42

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6051 on: September 05, 2020, 12:51:40 pm »
The Three Body Problem Cixin Lui.

I'm pretty sure that this book bored me so much that bits of my brain fell off.

In memory I continually mix up the first bit of this with another whose first section is called The Tea Shack. This latter is delightful but the rest of the book not so much.  I'd rather like to roll the two together into a sort-of The Three-Body Tea Shack.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6052 on: September 05, 2020, 03:15:57 pm »
Belatedly starting Charlie Stross' Laundry Files series.  Indications good thus far.


Speaking of Mr Stross......   



https://twitter.com/cstross/status/1302243803965919232?s=20
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Mr Larrington

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6053 on: September 05, 2020, 05:26:02 pm »
Belatedly starting Charlie Stross' Laundry Files series.  Indications good thus far.


Speaking of Mr Stross......   



https://twitter.com/cstross/status/1302243803965919232?s=20

 :thumbsup:
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6054 on: September 22, 2020, 01:34:08 pm »
Boy's Life, by Robert R. McCammon.  Lots of scene-setting, 1960s atmosphere, and character development, quite reminiscent of some of Stephen King's non-supernatural writing.  I've been enjoying it a lot.

Mr Larrington

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6055 on: September 22, 2020, 01:53:11 pm »
“O goody!” exclaimed Mr Larrington during his weekly pilgrimage to Mr Sainsbury’s House of Toothy Comestibles. “A new Jo Nesbø!”  Specifically The Kingdom.  Not a Harry Hole novel.  It joins the sizeable “to-read” pile which still contains, for starters, half the Laundry Files and new-ish boks from Carl Hiaasen and Val McDermid.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6056 on: September 22, 2020, 03:38:35 pm »
Just finished "Sicily 1943" and am well stuck into "Italy’s Sorrow: A Year of War 1944–45" both by James Holland

The Italian campaign really was a nasty deadly slug fest for both the military and civilians caught in the middle.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6057 on: September 22, 2020, 03:41:55 pm »
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman of whose House of Games and weekly lockdown quiz I am a fan.

This book is also good, not least because of the short chapters.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6058 on: September 23, 2020, 01:07:46 pm »
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman of whose House of Games and weekly lockdown quiz I am a fan.

This book is also good, not least because of the short chapters.
Mr Big River is trying to entice me to buy that for Kindle, probably because I bought some Anthony Horowitz a while back...

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6059 on: September 23, 2020, 11:33:34 pm »
The Book of Hidden Things.
I liked the cultural references to walkmen and times before mobile phones and the internet.  There was some good stuff in there but ultimately to be GOOD it needed more work.  6/10
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ian

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6060 on: September 24, 2020, 10:41:34 am »
Trying to prove myself wrong by reading the latest Rivers of London book. It's OK. I think the issue is that he spends ages on minutiae that don't really move the plot forward. Honestly, I swear I read eight pages about him watching some CCTV footage of someone in a cubical, another entire chapter dedicated to a party in the park. It all adds up, and if you've a limited attention span like me, you forget what the actual plot is supposed to be, since the last mention of it was a couple of chapters back. Oh yes, that. I'm at 50% and I could detail everything that's actually happened and is relevant to the plot with a single sentence. I'm not sure I'd even need a comma.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6061 on: September 24, 2020, 11:44:57 am »
I must admit later on in that book he was referring to a character and I didn't know who it was.
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T42

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6062 on: September 24, 2020, 01:15:26 pm »
I must admit later on in that book he was referring to a character and I didn't know who it was.

That's why I use eBooks these days.  Search button.
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ian

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6063 on: September 24, 2020, 01:35:18 pm »
I'm sure one of the characters introduced early turned from female to male in the space of two pages, which must count as a really quick sex change. JK Rowling would be furious. Or quite possibly I missed something. He has a habit of introducing all the characters by skin colour and ethnic background which I find a tad grating.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6064 on: September 25, 2020, 12:07:59 am »
He has a habit of introducing all the characters by skin colour and ethnic background which I find a tad grating.

Some authors seem to make a habit of that.  Like they're trying to make it easier to remember who everyone is...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

ian

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6065 on: September 25, 2020, 10:25:32 am »
I confess I'm generally against the intros that begin with a long introduction as to what the character's hair colour, eye, skin colour is, and what they're wearing if it's of no real relevance to the story being told. This information can be imparted, as necessary, in the narrative. It's a lot less clunky to mention that 'she raised her glasses to get a better look' then tell me, the first introduction, a full description including her eye prescription. Unless, of course, this is a clever way of expressing Peter's police procedural outlook where he compiles a description of everyone he meets. But it's still a bit annoying for the casual reader.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6066 on: September 25, 2020, 10:53:55 am »
I shall be pleased to get my hands (literally) on a real book this afternoon, the first since Herts. libraries went into lockdown in March.  The kindle has been useful, but for some strange reason, not as enjoyable as a physical book. Plus I don't buy books, only borrow them, and of course I can't borrow to the kindle.
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Steph

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6067 on: September 25, 2020, 03:11:39 pm »
Belatedly starting Charlie Stross' Laundry Files series.  Indications good thus far.


Speaking of Mr Stross......   



https://twitter.com/cstross/status/1302243803965919232?s=20

 :thumbsup:

Just pre-ordered Dead Lies Dreaming.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6068 on: September 25, 2020, 03:55:48 pm »
I'm sure one of the characters introduced early turned from female to male in the space of two pages, which must count as a really quick sex change. JK Rowling would be furious. Or quite possibly I missed something. He has a habit of introducing all the characters by skin colour and ethnic background which I find a tad grating.

If you missed something, I missed the same thing... I wondered if that character might be trans However, I couldn't be arsed to pursue the matter.

I think that the Peter Grant series has now reached a logical end; the last one seems like a potboiler. 

ian

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6069 on: September 25, 2020, 08:18:17 pm »
I'm sure one of the characters introduced early turned from female to male in the space of two pages, which must count as a really quick sex change. JK Rowling would be furious. Or quite possibly I missed something. He has a habit of introducing all the characters by skin colour and ethnic background which I find a tad grating.

If you missed something, I missed the same thing... I wondered if that character might be trans However, I couldn't be arsed to pursue the matter.

I think that the Peter Grant series has now reached a logical end; the last one seems like a potboiler.

Glad it wasn't just me. It just seems cluttered with unnecessary detail which, to be honest, obscures the plot. Last night's chapter included everyone getting a 'New York Chinese' and, erm, eating it.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #6070 on: September 25, 2020, 09:45:54 pm »
I'm sure one of the characters introduced early turned from female to male in the space of two pages, which must count as a really quick sex change. JK Rowling would be furious. Or quite possibly I missed something. He has a habit of introducing all the characters by skin colour and ethnic background which I find a tad grating.

If you missed something, I missed the same thing... I wondered if that character might be trans However, I couldn't be arsed to pursue the matter.

I think that the Peter Grant series has now reached a logical end; the last one seems like a potboiler.

Glad it wasn't just me. It just seems cluttered with unnecessary detail which, to be honest, obscures the plot. Last night's chapter included everyone getting a 'New York Chinese' and, erm, eating it.


Maybe the spurious detail is there to hide the lack of content, characterisation , narrative development and plot.