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Old 27-04-2015, 22:09   #721
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Downloaded The Man On Table Ten by Luke Smitherd (same author as The Stone Man) the other day when it was only 99p and just read it tonight. Short story but really very good. Think i'll read The Stone Man next as he suggests that in the reading order at end of The Man On Table Ten.

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Old 13-05-2015, 14:16   #722
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Anyone read or know anything about these 'interactive' novels by James Schannep...

Infected (Click Your Poison - Book 1)

Murdered (Click Your Poison - Book 2)

Superpowered (Click Your Poison - Book 3)

Each book has 3 unique storylines and over 50 different endings. You choose!

Not sure if they sound actualy quite good or just gimmicky.

Reviews seem to favour them and Book 2 and 3 are 99p each just now so might try one out.
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Old 14-05-2015, 09:27   #723
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what are you reading (thread 4)

I'm just coming to the end of Cosmos by Carl Sagan. It's a couple of decades old now but is more or less essential reading for anyone vaguely curious about our existence.

Edit: done, superb book.

On to the Story of Art now by sir Ernst Gombrich

Steadfastly non fiction at the moment.

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Old 21-05-2015, 16:49   #724
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Just starting The Transition Of Johnny Swift by Kerry J. Donovan.

It's apparently a science fiction thriller set against the backdrop of Formula 1.

Yeah that kind of sold it for me.

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Old 22-05-2015, 11:56   #725
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John Lydon: Anger is an Energy. Got it in a kindle sale for 99p ages ago and finally got round to it. Always found the chap quite interesting and its a good read, although he does have a bit of an ego and seems to lay claim to having influenced everything from the Big Bang onwards.
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Old 22-05-2015, 12:20   #726
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Read girl on a train yesterday and it was excellent! Well worth picking up. I was lucky and grabbed it at 99p a while ago
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My book club book this month is The Invisible Library I'm loving it so far (~a quarter of the way through).
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Read girl on a train yesterday and it was excellent! Well worth picking up. I was lucky and grabbed it at 99p a while ago
I thought the first half was ok but really dragged in the middle & the end lacked any surprises or decent twists. Also didn't help that there wasn't one character that was even remotely likable, our "heroine" in particular needed a good slap IMO!

Was really annoyed that all the hype was comparing it to "Gone Girl" which was vastly superior in every department.

Of the dozen or so books i've read this year so far, "Ready Player One" has been my favourite by a considerable distance. Fingers-crossed they don't cock-up the movie!
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Old 22-05-2015, 15:36   #729
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Tony and CJ... I know I've suggested it previously on this thread but would definitely say give 'Tuesday Falling' by S. Williams on go. It's £2.00 on Kindle just now. Debut novel and a very good read.
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Old 26-05-2015, 08:31   #731
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Finished Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham. An engrossing and intimate tale; I love his well turned writing style - a book for which you don't need a dictionary!

Not sure what to read next. Was thinking of having a second go a Gravity's Rainbow (I've read most other Pynchons) but tried it last night and the sheer density of his prose in this one requires a lot of effort (unless you just skim it, but that might be missing the point). Probably more of a day-time read!

If I don't keep on with that, might read some Hardy next.
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Read girl on a train yesterday and it was excellent! Well worth picking up. I was lucky and grabbed it at 99p a while ago
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I thought the first half was ok but really dragged in the middle & the end lacked any surprises or decent twists. Also didn't help that there wasn't one character that was even remotely likable, our "heroine" in particular needed a good slap IMO!

Was really annoyed that all the hype was comparing it to "Gone Girl" which was vastly superior in every department.

Of the dozen or so books i've read this year so far, "Ready Player One" has been my favourite by a considerable distance. Fingers-crossed they don't cock-up the movie!
Are you both on about the same book, Girl On A Train? I've been considering going for The Girl On The Train, which I've seen compared to Gone Girl, but now I'm just confused...
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Of the dozen or so books i've read this year so far, "Ready Player One" has been my favourite by a considerable distance. Fingers-crossed they don't cock-up the movie!
I think that happens to be one of the worst books I've ever read - it was like horrendously bad fan fiction. However, I appear to be in the minority as most of my mates who have read it absolutely loved it

I made a start on Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted... I managed to make it through the 'Guts' section without passing out
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Do his books ever drop in price? They are quite steep on Amazon.
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Are you both on about the same book, Girl On A Train? I've been considering going for The Girl On The Train, which I've seen compared to Gone Girl, but now I'm just confused...
I read "the girl on a train" by Paula Hawkins very recently and loved it
Ive never read Gone Girl but have seen the film, I can see the comparisons (so much so the deliberate similar covers and the GONE GIRL stickers on the book) but I preferred it to the film of Gone Girl

I image many may scoff and some may call it trashy / girly, but as someone who tends to read mainly Lee Child / McNab etc and for who the most "highbrow" book I have read is The Martian, I though this was brilliant

Unlike anything really read before and whilst the ending may be guessed its still very well done and probably suffers as a lot does since the sixth sense that people want to try and beat the "twist"
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They are apparently making a movie of the Paula Hawkins book now.
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Yes, it was the Paula Hawkins book I was looking at.

And I enjoyed The Martian!
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have not time to read best-seller those days and not idea what is worth reading recently. last book I read is Love in the time of Cholera. I have the electronic Jean-Christophe and is a large work that I found difficult to finish.
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Before that I read a book called Tuesday Falling by S Williams, which was another really good read! It's only £1.66 just now on kindle.
Thanks for this Prof. Just finished and found it a good read.
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Thanks for this Prof. Just finished and found it a good read.
No worries.

Its still only £2.00 on kindle and for anyone who has not bought it already, it really is worth a purchase.

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