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Old 21-11-2016, 18:27   #861
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I'm reading Dracula, trying to read a few classics on the Kindle for free
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Old 22-11-2016, 06:47   #862
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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. A non-fiction account that weaves the stories of the building of the world's fair in Chicago in 1893 and that of HH Holmes, a notorious serial killer. I found it thoroughly engrossing and I can't wait to see what Scorsese and Di Caprio do with the film.
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Old 22-11-2016, 11:46   #863
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Just started the "first" Mitch Rapp, American Assassin, I recall reading what I think was the real first book, the White House takeover one, when it first came out.
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Old 22-11-2016, 12:04   #864
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Just finished Night School - the latest Reacher book. Better then the last few books but still not great. Reacher seemed to be just along for the ride in this one rather than the driving force
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Old 24-11-2016, 10:46   #865
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Moved on to the next Russell Hoban novel, Linger Awhile.

It has the same format and some locations of the previous, but is a totally different story, being a very funny cross between an OAP Weird Science and the Frankenstein story. Rude and very entertaining, with a sombre seam in the middle.
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Old 27-11-2016, 20:43   #866
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Just finished Night School - the latest Reacher book. Better then the last few books but still not great. Reacher seemed to be just along for the ride in this one rather than the driving force
pretty much what I thought, plus I didn't really like the style of this one with the time in one place, meaning different time in another place....location of one person and 100 yards away was another.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:37   #867
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Reading Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast, a Radio 4 Book of the Week by Charlie Connelly. Light and entertaining - the author is obviously a fan of Douglas Adams' style of humour.
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Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

It's what Jack Reacher would be if Matthew Reilly wrote him and Bruckhiemer produced.

I was put off initially as thought was a teenage style book and also found the first couple chapters a little silly but then settled in for the ride

Yes it's been done before. Yes it is Jack Reacher mixed with Jason Bourne. Yes it's a bit silly and fanciful but it's bloody good fun.

Once I got those first few chapters out of the way I've been hooked and just at fifty percent in little over a day and half.

If stays like this it's defiantly a series I will stay with
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Old 04-01-2017, 21:23   #869
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Just finished Moomin Midwinter.

Going to continue with Moby Dick. It's a long slog, hope it pays off.
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Just finished Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Really enjoyed it.
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... Going to continue with Moby Dick. It's a long slog, hope it pays off.
It should do - I read it a couple of years ago and was amazed by it.

Just finished William Boyd's An Ice-cream War - a tremendous piece of storytelling.

Started Conrad's Chance: A Tale in Two Parts - I have loved everthing I've read by him and this is shaping up early on to being just as good.
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I'm half way through D.Melhoffs Grim Woods..I had heard good things about the authors debut novel, I've not read it myself, but chose the follow up as the blurb appealed to me more.

The opening chapters sprint along at a steady pace. It's an odd set up, because the author didn't initially reference things to give this a time setting, you'd easily think it was in the 80's. So it's quite jarring when he talks about modern musicians and smartphones. This book reads exactly like those old slasher movies of the 80's. You have teenagers having sex all over the place, people being killed in ott gory ways, and teenagers having sex all over the place. It's bound to be a plot point later on, but people are making very odd choices throughout the book and seem to have earth shattering moments of convenient plotting...again like an old 80's slasher movie. I'm currently stuck in a very sticky middle section, characters are acting too oddly and unnatural. Again, I am unsure if this is a plot point or if the book is indeed an homage so i'm trying to stick with it. I have everything crossed it picks up soon as I have a book I am really looking forward to sitting on the top of my 'to read' pile, Under A Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill.
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