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ian

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5825 on: December 10, 2019, 09:33:55 am »
Doctor Sleep. I find Mr King's books a bit hit and miss these days and I think I skipped the last couple, but this one is a bit old-school King, as befits the sequel to The Shining, and is all the better for it. It's not better for my bedtime though, as it's 'just another chapter' territory. Will see if holds out to a satisfactory conclusion.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5826 on: December 10, 2019, 10:43:50 am »
Doctor Sleep. I find Mr King's books a bit hit and miss these days and I think I skipped the last couple, but this one is a bit old-school King, as befits the sequel to The Shining, and is all the better for it. It's not better for my bedtime though, as it's 'just another chapter' territory. Will see if holds out to a satisfactory conclusion.

The Shining was the first SK I ever read, bought in the foyer of the rather nice hotel - regency-styled furniture in the corridors, tall velvet curtains, big wide bed  - I'd been lodged in by the company I was visiting in Milan.  By the time I finished it, at 2:45 am, I hardly dared go into the marble-tiled bathroom for a slash.

Will look for Dr. Sleep in due course.  Our bathroom's all resin.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5827 on: December 10, 2019, 07:03:15 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#

Ta for the heads up!
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5828 on: December 10, 2019, 10:03:11 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.
According to Nozama there's another one out on the 20th Feb.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5829 on: December 15, 2019, 01:49:17 pm »
Just started Ian Rankin's long-lost techno-thriller "Westwind".
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5830 on: December 15, 2019, 02:25:34 pm »
Just finished Motherless Brooklyn. Well worth the €9.54.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5831 on: December 15, 2019, 09:32:34 pm »
Life on the Edge. Quantum biology. (I didn't even know that was a thing.)
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5832 on: December 16, 2019, 12:00:56 am »
Lots of Ray Bradbury.  Enjoying his short stories (even Dandelion Wine is essentially a series of shorts) but would like a "proper" novel.

Something Wicked This Way Comes?
On chapter 15 (there are about 60 though).

Oh, I did this last year! Have you tried The Martian Chronicles?
All copies missing from Birmingham Library.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5833 on: December 16, 2019, 04:22:09 pm »
Partway through The Scarfolk Annual
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5834 on: December 16, 2019, 04:41:59 pm »
Just starting another Jonathan Lethem, "As She Crawled Across The Table".
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5835 on: December 16, 2019, 04:53:04 pm »
Currently Enjoying Simon Armitage's _All Points North_; recent books have included _The Brothers York_, Dr. Hutch's _Faster_. a John Scalzi SF thing (lightweight but fun), and Iain M Bank's _Matter_.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5836 on: December 16, 2019, 05:54:15 pm »
I know I've read Ian Rankin's "In A House Of Lies" before, so how come it managed not to be either on my Kindle or in my Calibre library?

"Westwind" was a bit meh and has not aged well.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5837 on: December 16, 2019, 06:26:55 pm »

"Westwind" was a bit meh and has not aged well.

I felt it was cashing in on his later success, and thus ignored it.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5838 on: December 17, 2019, 12:29:14 am »
A Guide For Adults With Hip Dysplasia

As depressing as it sounds.  It's clear and genuinely informative, but every useful fact is served with a garnish of the cringeworthy prayers-and-cheerleading stuff you'd expect from a USAnian-dominated womeny online space[1] devoted to something medical.  I just got to the bit where they unironically suggest "listening to Vivaldi" as a relaxation technique.   :facepalm:


[1] The authors have spared us the usual crimes against grammar and typesetting.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5839 on: December 17, 2019, 07:34:18 pm »
Just finished It, now reading the Wasp Factory, my first Iain Banks (rather than M Banks)
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5840 on: December 17, 2019, 08:13:20 pm »
I'm re-reading Ring of Bright Water, on account of looking at OS maps.

I found myself drawn into the OS maps of South Skye, the way you do.
My eyes were drawn to the contours, and you follow them through places with beguiling Gaelic names, and so it was I came to Glenelg, and then to the remote isolated bay of Sandaig.
That was the setting for the book, although Gavin Maxwell never referred to it by that name, calling it Camusferna.

I discovered that the name of the book was not simply a literal geographical observation.
It was taken from the opening lines of a pome by his contemporary and friend, Kathleen Raine.
A pome called 'The Marriage of Psyche', referring to the tale of Cupid and Psyche, from the larger work of Metamorphoses.

"He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water
Whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea,
He has married me with a ring of light, the glitter
Broadcast on the swift river."

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5841 on: December 17, 2019, 08:28:42 pm »
Just looked that up, great pome, speaks to me of travel and discovery
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5842 on: December 17, 2019, 10:19:49 pm »
Just finished book #76 of the year - wondering if I can hit 80. Given that my target was 52 I'm pretty pleased with how much reading I've managed.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5843 on: December 22, 2019, 09:17:43 pm »
“Brave New World”, which I’ve not read before.  Easy to read & slightly quaint, the sort of society Toby Young would admire.

https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2007/nov/17/classics.margaretatwood
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5844 on: December 23, 2019, 08:58:31 am »
Mr. S. King's Doctor Sleep. Guaranteed not to keep you awake.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5845 on: December 24, 2019, 10:39:31 am »
Mr. S. King's Doctor Sleep. Guaranteed not to keep you awake.

I wandered off to read something else, but I'm quite enjoying it, there's a slow tectonic coming together of the two protagonists which is essentially what the book is about.

Minor gripe, there's an occasional unnecessary foreshadowing clunker.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5846 on: December 24, 2019, 01:41:10 pm »
Little did she know...
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5847 on: December 25, 2019, 11:22:10 am »
The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, co-authored by Nik Turner, has just crawled out of some fancy wrapping paper, as has the second edition of Atlas Obscura.  Hoorah!
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5848 on: December 26, 2019, 03:58:53 pm »
A Guide For Adults With Hip Dysplasia

As depressing as it sounds.  It's clear and genuinely informative, but every useful fact is served with a garnish of the cringeworthy prayers-and-cheerleading stuff you'd expect from a USAnian-dominated womeny online space[1] devoted to something medical.  I just got to the bit where they unironically suggest "listening to Vivaldi" as a relaxation technique.   :facepalm:

It gets better:  They've just recommended air freshener as a useful thing to bring to hospital, in case the patient in the next bed is emitting bodily fluids due to post-anaesthetic nausea, or similar.   ??? :facepalm:

Disclaimer: In the event that I end up in hospital for whatever reason (but especially those involving the upper digestive tract, general anaesthesia or opiates), anyone attempting to improve their stay by squirting Glade in my presence had better be a fan of The Exorcist.


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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5849 on: December 26, 2019, 04:25:54 pm »
@Kim. Ewwww! Reminds me of the time I was in hospital for a bowel resection. The guy in the next bed had been fitted with a bag. Despite being fully mobile he refused to use the loos to change his bag, rather he would do it at his bed. Then use Poundland's cheap Lynx copy to "mask" the smell. Luckily he was discharged before any injuries were caused.
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