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Old 03-10-2011, 06:33   #201
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kocked a few books off recently.

Mystery: new jonathan kellerman one, was pretty average. Luckily from the library.

carved in Bone - 99p on kindle which is the 1st book in the Body farm series by Jefferson Bass. Am 45% through this and its good.

Also on kindle, Falling star was a good chick lit freebie about a LA reporter. I;d avoid the free FACEBOOK KILLER as its pretty poorly written and then ends half way through with a "buy part 2" message
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Old 09-10-2011, 16:11   #202
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Lee Child's latest Reacher novel - The Affair

As entertaining as always.
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Old 24-10-2011, 10:39   #203
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Just finished Joseph Conrad's Victory. A superb read, as always.

Now starting into To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Old 24-10-2011, 10:42   #204
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Struggling through Blood Meridien. Undoubtedly the most brutal book I've ever read. Dont get me wrong, I dont mind a bit of violence/gore in my reading. But theres something about this that I'm finding quite difficult. Sticks in the memory too.
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Old 24-10-2011, 11:53   #205
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Will be starting Apartment 16 in the next day or so, and have the Authors other book The Ritual lined up after that!
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Old 24-10-2011, 13:29   #206
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This weekend also inished Mark Kermodes latest rant, sorry book The good, The bad and the Multiplex. The book presents six cogent reasons for the decline of mainstream cinema. I agree with his central thesis, if not some of his detailed points. The chapter on how blockbusters are essentially risk free for the studios was particularly interesting. If you appreciate Kermode, then you will probably enjoy this book.
I'm reading this at the moment and reasonably enjoying it. I say "reasonably" as a) it is a rant and not particularly substantial and b) if you listen to the podcast, as I do, you will have heard most of it already. I did enjoy the blockbuster v profits section, but much of it I'm finding surprisingly flimsy and flogged to death. I started to get annoyed with his tirade on the modern cinema experience, especially when the story of one particular visit (basically regarding booking tickets, dealing with disinterested staff, being given the hard sell on confectionary and then the film being incorrectly projected) which lasts an entire chapter spanning almost 50 pages, complete with tiresome gushing over Zac Efron (and he has the audacity later to say he's not a 13 year old girl - the guy loves the Twilight films).

But other than that he's a good raconteur and I agree with a lot of it, although I enjoyed his last book regarding how he got into film and his love of cinema much, much more.
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Old 24-10-2011, 22:23   #207
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About to start on my fifth Sam Carver (bond/bourne like) novel by Tom Cain

Just need to find somewhere selling it at a reasonable cost!
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Old 25-10-2011, 12:32   #208
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I'm reading this at the moment and reasonably enjoying it. I say "reasonably" as a) it is a rant and not particularly substantial and b) if you listen to the podcast, as I do, you will have heard most of it already. I did enjoy the blockbuster v profits section, but much of it I'm finding surprisingly flimsy and flogged to death. I started to get annoyed with his tirade on the modern cinema experience, especially when the story of one particular visit (basically regarding booking tickets, dealing with disinterested staff, being given the hard sell on confectionary and then the film being incorrectly projected) which lasts an entire chapter spanning almost 50 pages, complete with tiresome gushing over Zac Efron (and he has the audacity later to say he's not a 13 year old girl - the guy loves the Twilight films).

But other than that he's a good raconteur and I agree with a lot of it, although I enjoyed his last book regarding how he got into film and his love of cinema much, much more.
Currently reading this too via audiobook () and it is indeed an 8 hour rant.

Have to admit the cinema experience chapter you mention does sum up my experiences over the last several years (minus Zac Efron) and the reason I rarely go these days.
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Old 27-10-2011, 15:30   #209
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Finally gotten round to reading Blood Meridian - awesome.
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Old 15-11-2011, 12:46   #210
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reading The Killing Floor

Nevewr read any Lee Child books before, but I am really enjoying it, hopefully all the others in the series will be as good


Just finished Hotwire

Have read all the books Alex Kava has written, this is a middle of the road one, not her best but definitely not the worst.
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Old 15-11-2011, 13:33   #211
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Finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird - absolutely superb and well deserved of its "American classic" status. The writing is so natural and flowing and the story so uplifting.

Now reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which after a slow start has become gripping. But what's with all the loving descriptions of surely soon-to-be-obsolete equipment? The description of Salander's new iBook, right down to listing the network card and screen res, takes up nearly half a page. What is the purpose of this?

I'm also surprised at how clunky some of the writing is - is that a translation issue?
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Started "Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter" last night. So far, so good.
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But what's with all the loving descriptions of surely soon-to-be-obsolete equipment? The description of Salander's new iBook, right down to listing the network card and screen res, takes up nearly half a page. What is the purpose of this?
There isn't any. If found these parts annoying too.
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Read Mindy Kaling's - Kelly from The US Office, she also writes and produces - recent book - it's pretty funny in places and it was nice reading about the behind the scenes stuff at The Office and writer's rooms and so on. It's pretty lightweight, got through it in an afternoon.
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Old 23-11-2011, 21:48   #215
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Reading I Partridge by Steeve Coogan at it is brilliant. Also got the audio version for the car so I'm racing through it. It really is LOL funny, and Coogan's delivery is superb.
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Still plodding through the Fire and Ice books. On Book 5 and thought I could take a break then my friend gave me the new one. They are good but long.

Watched a doc about John Steinbeck the other night so I have The grapes of Wrath and Sea of Cortez lined up for my Martin Break
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Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon at the moment. I love Chandler and I love Cyberpunk and so far this is living up to both.
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Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon at the moment. I love Chandler and I love Cyberpunk and so far this is living up to both.
The sequels are also ace and equally nuts.
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I've just finished reading Moon Over Soho which I started straight after enjoying the first book in the series, Rivers Of London.

Basicly, Detective Constable Peter Grant is part of the Metropolitan Police's "Economic and Specialist Crime Unit". This unit only has two people in it, Grant and his mentor, DCI Nightingale.

Nightingale is a wizard and DC Grant, due to stumbling in to the hidden world of magic and the Police's involvement in this world, is an apprentice wizard.

It's been described as an "adult Harry Potter" and I can understand the label but it is a lazy and simplistic one. It's also one that would have put me off the books if it wasn't for the fact that I'm a Doctor Who fan the author is Ben Aaronovitch who has written several Doctor Who books as well as one of the better 7th Doctor TV scripts! I also heard Aaronovitch on Simon Mayo's show when the 2nd book was featured in his "book club" feature. Being able to download the first chapter on the Kindle also helped as it hooked me in.

There is a 3rd book coming in the series next year which I'm looking forward to as Moon Over Soho ended on a kind of cliffhanger which left me wanting more.
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