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Tim Hall

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5500 on: December 06, 2018, 08:54:47 am »
Having reinvigorated my library habit, I'm part way through "The Sacred Art of Stealing" by Christopher Brookmyre. Situationist and surrealist bank robbers take on Angel X. With Scottish accents.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5501 on: December 07, 2018, 10:29:54 am »
Hearts in Atlantis.  Two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King.  The first would be a bit weird to anyone not au fait with The Dark Tower.  Really enjoying Blind Willie now.
Blimey, that last instalment, Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling, had me crying like a baby.  I could barely see my Kindle through the tears.  :'(

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5502 on: December 07, 2018, 12:14:54 pm »
Hearts in Atlantis.  Two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King.  The first would be a bit weird to anyone not au fait with The Dark Tower.  Really enjoying Blind Willie now.
Blimey, that last instalment, Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling, had me crying like a baby.  I could barely see my Kindle through the tears.  :'(

Heavenly Shades Of Night Are Falling is the opening line from the sublime song Twilight Time which was a hit for The Platters in the 50s.  I saw them with my Mam at The Globe, Stockton-on-Tees!  Surprised nobody has thought of Twilight Time as a film title........

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5503 on: December 07, 2018, 03:54:55 pm »
As a result of recs from Mr L plus others, I am reading the start of the Charlie Parker books.... Good
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5504 on: December 16, 2018, 12:38:57 pm »
One Man and His Bike Mike Carter. Riveting. First book to make me laugh out loud for quite some time.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5505 on: December 16, 2018, 03:17:38 pm »
Having finished the James Oswald - so-so IMO, now onto the latest “Rivers of London” series, Lies Sleeping, from Ben Aaronovitch.
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mattc

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5506 on: December 16, 2018, 06:11:44 pm »
As a result of recs from Mr L plus others, I am reading the start of the Charlie Parker books.... Good
Did he not like the endings??

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Mr Larrington

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5507 on: December 17, 2018, 02:37:47 pm »
As a result of recs from Mr L plus others, I am reading the start of the Charlie Parker books.... Good
Did he not like the endings??

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Either Mrs P is referring to another Mr L or she's found the key to the gin cupboard, as this Unit thinks Charlie Parker was a jazz saxophonist.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5508 on: December 17, 2018, 08:34:35 pm »
As a result of recs from Mr L plus others, I am reading the start of the Charlie Parker books.... Good
Did he not like the endings??

<badoom-tisch>

Either Mrs P is referring to another Mr L or she's found the key to the gin cupboard, as this Unit thinks Charlie Parker was a jazz saxophonist.

Ah, twas actually ian.
Soz. You might like 'em too though. More semi weirdness and killins.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5509 on: December 19, 2018, 11:04:51 pm »
No more "Shadow Police" novels.  That's a shame, they were a bit on the grim side, but well written.


https://www.paulcornell.com/2017/10/the-future-of-the-shadow-police/
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5510 on: December 20, 2018, 06:31:19 am »
Aw, bugger :(
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5511 on: December 20, 2018, 07:29:06 am »
Buddenbrooks, for the LOLs. (75% through and not many LOLs so far)

ian

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5512 on: December 20, 2018, 06:59:48 pm »
It was me and no, it's not that Charlie Parker, and yes, they're very good, and they get more eldritch as the series moves along.
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citoyen

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5513 on: December 21, 2018, 12:26:37 am »
One Man and His Bike Mike Carter.

Funny name for a bike.

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5514 on: December 27, 2018, 12:11:18 pm »
"Europe At Dawn" by Dave Hutchinson.    Like the chap in the review below I'm wishing I'd re read the previous three books so I could remember all the plot details. 

https://onemore.org/2018/11/24/europe-at-dawn/

Edit: All 4 books are currently 99p each for Amazon Kindle.   Recommended.
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T42

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5515 on: December 27, 2018, 01:28:55 pm »
Yeah. I got two-thirds of the way through 'Dawn' before baling and going back to 'Autumn'.*  When you read them end-to-end it's a lot easier to follow.

If they ever get filmed it'll be an incomprehensible mess.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5516 on: December 27, 2018, 07:06:46 pm »
A friend of mine gave me a carrier bag full of Jack Reacher books recently. They appear to make perfect Christmas reading.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5517 on: December 28, 2018, 02:17:07 pm »
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5518 on: December 28, 2018, 06:36:17 pm »
I just acquired Max Hastings' new work, "Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975". So far it's a very worthwhile read.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5519 on: December 28, 2018, 07:09:38 pm »
I just acquired Max Hastings' new work, "Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975". So far it's a very worthwhile read.

I finally finished it on Xmas Eve.  Dead interesting it was too.
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citoyen

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5520 on: December 29, 2018, 09:41:50 am »
A friend of mine gave me a carrier bag full of Jack Reacher books recently. They appear to make perfect kindling.

FTFY ;)

T42

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5521 on: December 29, 2018, 09:54:16 am »
Going back to Dave Hutchinson , he's just started another series. "The Aftermath"  Sounds cheery stuff..... not.

https://locusmag.com/2018/06/paul-kincard-reviews-shelter-tales-of-the-aftermath-by-dave-hutchinson/

https://www.theeloquentpage.co.uk/2018/06/12/shelter-by-dave-hutchinson/

Aw shit.  I was looking forward to the further adventures of Ruudi.
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nicknack

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5522 on: December 29, 2018, 11:03:34 am »
A friend of mine gave me a carrier bag full of Jack Reacher books recently. They appear to make perfect kindling.

FTFY ;)
'Tis true they are not exactly great literature.  ;D
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ian

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5523 on: December 30, 2018, 06:27:00 pm »
A friend of mine gave me a carrier bag full of Jack Reacher books recently. They appear to make perfect kindling.

FTFY ;)
'Tis true they are not exactly great literature.  ;D

I'm sort of happy with a good book even if it's not exactly great literature, but I confess though I've tried two, I've never got the entire Jack Reacher phenomenon, they were both pretty dull by-the-numbers plots, a lead character that struggled to make into two dimensions, which on top of the stodgy uninspired prose, made the experience a bit meh. Had Jack been vaguely interesting, had the plots had some verve, or the prose been good, then they might be some value in the entire thing.
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citoyen

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5524 on: December 30, 2018, 09:06:57 pm »
At least they’re not Dan Brown, eh?