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Old 09-07-2014, 06:26   #601
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I'm just over half-way through Pines by Blake Crouch.

It's readable, but only in a Lee Child sense. It thinks it's far cleverer than it is. It has been turned into a FOX TV show and I guarantee the show will lead us a merry dance and then get canceled without a conclusion.
This got far more interesting in the final quarter - enough so that I'll give the second book a go. Moved in a different direction to what I expected.

Moved straight onto 'Man in the High Castle (Phillip K Dick)' and only 15% in but it's brilliant. If you played the new Wolfenstein game, lots of this book will appear a little familiar
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Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy - his first published novel. Thought it might be a bit of a novice work at the start but actually the story - one of improbable coincidences - builds up nicely and the writing is lovely (although some of these long Victorian sentences with multiple clauses can take some understanding!).
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Coming to the end of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. It's a masterpiece, and it blows her beloved Dickens out of the water.
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Coming to the end of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. It's a masterpiece, and it blows her beloved Dickens out of the water.
A dozen pages in. A joy, even at this stage. Stopping to re-read and fully savour the odd sentence, too, which doesn't bode well for finishing it before her next is out.
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Mixing my time between police procedural fluff and lighter stuff at the moment. On the one hand, although I'm late to the party, I loved Nathan Filer's 'The Shock of the Fall - really well written and the change of font and artwork throughout, really added to it. Another I really enjoyed was Johnny Shaw's 'Big Maria' - on the fluff side, if the previous two don't count, I found David Jackson's 'Cry Baby' and Chris Carter's 'One By One' quite addictive both.
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Back in the world of New Crobuzon with China Miéville's Iron Council - it starts with a compelling journey out in the wilderness and then switches to the city for a tale of civil unrest... be interesting to see how these tie up and to look for links to previous stories.
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Currently enjoying Being Johnny VEgas, a really good book, the section on childhood was fun, and when he 'had a vocation' and went for his religious training was enlightening. Be warned though he does a lot of playing with himself in the book.
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I'm just re-reading William Gibson's Pattern Recognition and I'd forgotten how excellent it is.
I had a splurge and bought the three books in the series on my Kindle last night - I'm not sure I've read the last one.
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Managed to get about half of my usual holiday reading done due to parenting commitments!

Looking good dead - Peter James - Great sunbed reading trash.

Dead Simple - Peter James - Great sunbed reading trash.

First Family - David Baldacci - Great sunbed reading trash.

Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie - Found this a little slow. Very Culture-y, just not as good.

Africa Reich - Guy Saville - An excellent premise - the best 'Nazi won the war book' since Fatherland. Fizzles out a little towards the end. Similar to Wolfenstein in some ways.

Man in the High Castle - Phillip K Dick - See Africa Reich above....

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Old 30-08-2014, 16:14   #610
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Currently reading Stephen King's 'Night Shift' collection of short stories, enjoying for the most part.
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Just finished the latest Reacher book - Personal.

Better ending than the last book, and not a bad read, although thought it was a bit short
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I finally gave up on my first book in ages. I tried, and failed, to get into Game of Thrones. It was one of those 'it's not you, it's me' type of relationships, as I simply don't like fantasy very much - and it both annoyed and bored me. I promised myself to get to 25% and I did. I'm willing to give the TV show a go, at the request of the missus who is now hammering the final book, but the books just aren't for me.

So now I'm reading Columbine by Dave Cullen which is both immaculately researched and exceedingly chilling. I'm only a few chapters in and the dread is palpable. Still, the author has more than done his homework.
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Currently reading Planet of the Apes. Nearly finished but it been an excellent read so far. Different enough from the movie that it doesn't feel like a retread.
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Finished China Miéville's Iron Council... a lot grittier and more urban than his previous works. Some of it was a bit too descriptive (the various Remade - reminded me a bit of those gruesome Hell scenes in one of Iain M Banks' later novels). Despite all the journeying it wasn't as epic as The Scar but still a compelling story.

Now onto something totally different - Walden by Thoreau.
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Old 24-09-2014, 18:49   #615
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Ah I have an old Folio Society of Walden which I'll need to dig into at some point. How you finding it?

While on the subject I came across this rather silly app for iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tran...374137199?mt=8
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I finally gave up on my first book in ages. I tried, and failed, to get into Game of Thrones. It was one of those 'it's not you, it's me' type of relationships, as I simply don't like fantasy very much -
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Only just seen this post. Try The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
After that, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to say "I don't like fantasy" again

Regular readers of these pages are probably bored by seeing me recommend this book on every conceivable thread. No, I'm not on commission, I don't know the author, but the book is simply a game changer.
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Ah I have an old Folio Society of Walden which I'll need to dig into at some point. How you finding it?
Funny enough the copy I am reading is a Folio edition! Only 20 or so pages into it so hard to say - but I do like his ideas so far about people being trapped by themselves.
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Just finished the latest Reacher book - Personal.

Better ending than the last book, and not a bad read, although thought it was a bit short
Just done the same thought it was a bit slow compared to his earlier books I hope he is not selling himself short now he is in Hollywood .
Alister McClean started writing for film and lost the plot.
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Dead Funny - a new horror anthology written by comedians. (Edited by Johnny Mains). Just read the first story written by Reese Shearsmith, a delightful tale of revenge for catching Toxicariasis
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Reading some H.P. Lovecraft for the Halloween period. Currently on Shadow Over Innsmouth. Creepy stuff!
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