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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5800 on: October 29, 2019, 10:34:21 am »
A. A. Dhand's third DI Harry Virdee book, set in Bradford.  Literature it's not (simplistic, even), but interesting for being written from the perspective of a Sikh police officer married to a Muslim woman.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5801 on: November 08, 2019, 10:48:21 pm »
The Terror, by Dan Simmons, a fictionalised account of Franklin's attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage with HMS Terror and Erebus.  Enjoying it so far.
 I think shit's gonna get weird.  :thumbsup:
Blimey, was I really reading that for more than two months?  Well, it is nearly 1000 pages...  Just finished it and I'm feeling slightly bereft now.  One of the best things I've ever read.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5802 on: November 09, 2019, 08:44:33 am »
One of the best things he wrote, too. Better than his other one about the Yeti. Drood I'm not too sure of.  Both worth reading, though.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5803 on: November 15, 2019, 09:11:00 pm »
The Years of Salt and Rain - Kim Stanley Robinson

Rereading it now after 15 years. A lovely thoughtful book. Always get classed as SF just because of the premise that the black death wipes out 99% of Europe's population rather than 50%.
In reality its an alternate history and a meditation on life, religion and the human condition.

Favourite quote so far "God falls on on the earth line rain in that he doesn't create clear water but mud".

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5804 on: November 16, 2019, 09:22:51 am »
ITYM The Years of Rice and Salt.

One of our favourites too. See you in the Bardo.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5805 on: November 18, 2019, 09:15:01 am »
If you’ve not already read them, Jon Courtenay Grimwoods excellent “Assassini” trilogy is on offer at Amazon.  First volume is 99p
https://twitter.com/joncg/status/1179010251665883144?s=21
I gave up after 20% or so on my Kindle and am glad that I only wasted a pound.  It's impossibly hard to keep track of who's doing what because the author's writing style and command of grammar is so poor. 

It's absolute drivel; a zero- or one-star review from this unit.

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5806 on: November 18, 2019, 09:28:55 am »
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

Winner of the 2008 Booker. Meh. I get it, but it hasn't really grabbed me.

Just finished this.  I enjoyed it. A lot of content to think on

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5807 on: November 20, 2019, 09:23:28 pm »
Casanova's story of his life. Yes the 3,600 page one. Lots of historical detail requiring mobile phone alongside ebook to check up on descriptors and history. It's actually quite a good read but he does contradict himeself repeatedly. Fascinating insight into 18th C way of doing things. (not particularly those things.).
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5808 on: November 21, 2019, 10:01:22 pm »
I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork.

Page turning scandi thriller.  Better than some Jo Nesbo's.

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5809 on: November 22, 2019, 11:07:19 am »
When Christ And His Saints Slept - Sharon Penman

12th-century history with a bit of fiction woven in.  Thumbs up so far...

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5810 on: November 24, 2019, 12:32:41 pm »
Cold As The Grave ~ James Oswald.  Maclean volume 9, which I had somehow missed.  Latest Alfa so far undamaged by Demonic Forces.  New on due in February 2020 according to the Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5811 on: November 25, 2019, 02:44:11 pm »
I finished reading a murder mystery called 'Holy Island'  by LJ Ross last week. Well, I finished reading after 20% because it was awful. The whodunnit aspect may have been engaging had I continued but I couldn't get past the Mills and Boon touches. Our hero was a strong and moody DCI with a firmly chisled cliche, deep blue piercing commonplaces, and a hackneyed backstory which meant he was living alone on Lindisfarne under some sort of suspension. He and the pretty young Professor of Cults (or something like that) - a native of Holy Island of course, who had been sent out against his will to help with the investigation - took an instant dislike to each other, so you could see which way that was heading. And then he had to wait for a 'CSI' team to be sent out to him, presumably no SOCos being available from Newcastle, which is apparently 'a large city' some miles to the south.

A lot of people like this sort of thing judging by the 5* reviews and the massive-selling DCI Ryan series which followed Holy Island. I'm not one of them.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5812 on: November 25, 2019, 04:33:46 pm »
ITYM The Years of Rice and Salt.

One of our favourites too. See you in the Bardo.

Loved that book1
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5813 on: November 29, 2019, 07:37:11 pm »
Nothing To Hide, the second of James Oswald's Constance Fairchild series.  Bit more overlap with McClean this time: as well as Madame Rose, DC Harrison and Grumpy Bob also put in an appearance.  And edging closer to McClean's "Eek, a ghostie!" territory too.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5814 on: November 29, 2019, 08:23:55 pm »
I am reading Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood.  I was champing at the bit to read The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, but was really disappointed.  It wasn't quite what I expected; neither was what she talked about at The Testaments lecture tour come to that - albeit what she did talk about was interesting.  So, I hope that Cat's Eye isn't a disappointment.

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5815 on: November 29, 2019, 09:46:34 pm »
I am reading Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood.  I was champing at the bit to read The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, but was really disappointed.  It wasn't quite what I expected; neither was what she talked about at The Testaments lecture tour come to that - albeit what she did talk about was interesting.  So, I hope that Cat's Eye isn't a disappointment.


That title gave me flashbacks to an old Andre Norton story I read over 40 years ago !


 https://www.tor.com/2018/07/23/space-adventure-political-sf-andre-nortons-catseye/
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5816 on: November 30, 2019, 11:12:09 am »
Lots of Ray Bradbury.  Enjoying his short stories (even Dandelion Wine is essentially a series of shorts) but would like a "proper" novel.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5817 on: November 30, 2019, 03:20:19 pm »
Bill Bryson’s “The Body”. Quite interesting.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5818 on: November 30, 2019, 03:50:55 pm »
Lots of Ray Bradbury.  Enjoying his short stories (even Dandelion Wine is essentially a series of shorts) but would like a "proper" novel.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5819 on: November 30, 2019, 07:49:13 pm »
Unreliable Memoirs - Clive James - still one of the best books I've ever read.  Utterly funny and yet gets to the heart of male insecurity.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5820 on: December 01, 2019, 09:37:52 am »
Lots of Ray Bradbury.  Enjoying his short stories (even Dandelion Wine is essentially a series of shorts) but would like a "proper" novel.

Oh, I did this last year! Have you tried The Martian Chronicles?

I just finished ‘Birdsong ‘ by Sebastian Faulkes. Just reading it was traumatic. What a tremendous book it is. 26 years old, wow.  I thought it was a new book!
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5821 on: December 01, 2019, 12:36:29 pm »
Became bored with Casanova for now. Came across the graphic and little known story of soldiers' trench life just after the first battle of the Somme.  Her Privates We. Frederick Manning. Due to the bad language in the book it was initially published anonymously for seven years.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5822 on: December 01, 2019, 12:41:03 pm »
Lots of Ray Bradbury.  Enjoying his short stories (even Dandelion Wine is essentially a series of shorts) but would like a "proper" novel.

Oh, I did this last year! Have you tried The Martian Chronicles?

I just finished ‘Birdsong ‘ by Sebastian Faulkes. Just reading it was traumatic. What a tremendous book it is. 26 years old, wow.  I thought it was a new book!
If you like SF Ruithie try Hiero's Journey Sterling E Lanier. There are some terrific mental battles in it, some of which are rather spooky.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5823 on: December 09, 2019, 07:24:01 pm »
"Agency", the sequel to William Gibson's scary "The Peripheral" is released shortly.  Here's a lengthy but rather good profile from The New Yorker.


  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/how-william-gibson-keeps-his-science-fiction-real#
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5824 on: December 10, 2019, 09:13:59 am »
Having seen a trailer for the film I've just started Jonathan Lethem's book Motherless Brooklyn, about an NY PI with Tourette's. Not bad so far.
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