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Old 26-11-2011, 11:46   #221
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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
Which doc was that and on what channel? Big fan of mice and men have been meaning to read grapes and Eden
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Old 26-11-2011, 11:58   #222
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Just finished Dark Matter and loved it. Great ghost story for winter
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Old 26-11-2011, 12:39   #223
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Just finished Dark Matter and loved it. Great ghost story for winter
I've got a signed copy of that, but yet to read it. Mate of mine loved it and assured me I would too. I've yet to get round to it.
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Old 26-11-2011, 12:42   #224
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Im a big King fan but im not really enjoying it.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:54   #225
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A Christmas Carol, seeing as Xmas is coming up.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:14   #226
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:19   #227
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:10   #228
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Finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which was OK - I don't read this genre normally so don't have any reference; the story was interesting and it was easy to read but I wonder why so much acclaim? The writing was clunky at times and it strayed dangerously close to all the characters being a bit too special. The technical stuff was interesting but implausible and surely going to date this book really quickly?

Now nearing the end of A Farewell to Arms. I also found the style disconcerting at first - the first paragraph has so many "ands" that it reads like the writings of a ten year old boy! However, you get used to the style quickly and it is fascinating and horrific all at once.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:15   #229
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Im a big King fan but im not really enjoying it.
I'm only 30% through that one but I'm really loving it so far. I love the way King is going about developing the story.

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Old 08-12-2011, 12:20   #230
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Old 13-12-2011, 22:48   #231
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Just finished The Affair, the latest in the Reacher sies.

A little weaker than the previous books in my opinion but still a good read.

Still can't get over the fact that Tom Cruise has been cast to play him in the film
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Old 15-12-2011, 11:22   #232
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Still can't get over the fact that Tom Cruise has been cast to play him in the film
Please tell me you're joking...? Please..?

I have read all of the Jack Reacher books and I have an impression of what Reacher looks like. A 5ft nothing 'pretty boy' is definitely not it.
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Old 15-12-2011, 11:26   #233
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No joke. One Shot has already started filming.
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Old 16-12-2011, 16:15   #234
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Can anybody recommend some books that would make a good present for my mum? I'm not really sure what to go for given the things she's said.

She likes fiction, historical novels with a good mystery, but she hates Dan Brown and that kind of stuff.
She loved 'Sphere' by Michael Crichton but disliked his other stuff like 'Next'.
She enjoys thrillers, doesn't like John Grisham or Stephen King.
She doesn't like anything too adult or gritty, so not too much swearing, violence or sex.
Not a big fan of Terry Pratchett.
She can't read books that are particularly long.
She prefers modern books to classical literature.

Her recent books read include 'The Book Thief' (didn't love it), 'The Lovely Bones' (thought it okay, not great) and a couple of Ben Elton's books (again, just okay).

I'm a bit stumped. I was considering 'The Andromeda Strain', 'The Shadow of the Wind' and maybe something by Kate Mosse, but her books look a bit too big.
Thank you.

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Old 17-12-2011, 20:28   #235
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Ms Fink likes this sort of crap, so I asked her. She says anything from Philippa Gregory's Tudor Series - they're Historical fiction and her mum likes them. 'The Whisperer' by Donato Carrisi is a good solid crime thriller. 'Death of a Mafia Don' by Michelle Guittari is apparently another decent crime thriller set in Italy. 'Wolf Hall' by Hillary Mantel is a terrific Tudor set thriller which ticks many of the boxes, but it is a rather large book apparently. There's a few off the top of her head anyway.

I say get her a book token!
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Old 17-12-2011, 20:32   #236
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She doesn't like anything too adult or gritty, so not too much swearing, violence or sex.
American Psycho. Lovely book for any age. Very misleading title.
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American Psycho. Lovely book for any age. Very misleading title.
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Finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a couple of nights ago which was pretty good.

Now reading "Vertigo" about a season in the life of an average football fan which I'm really enjoying.
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Been off work for a few days and have managed to make a dent in my "To Read" stack.

Christopher Priests "The Islanders". Enjoyed this, but it would have worked much better as a straight narrative in my humble opinion.

"Wake Up and Dream" Ian R.Macleod. Fantastic alternate history in which Clark Gable becomes a private investigator after his film career fails before he becomes famous due to the arrival of a new medium "Feelies". I really enjoyed this book (no surprise as it combines all of my favourite genres - hard boiled detective noir, science fiction and alternate history in a single story).

Tracy Knights "Astonished Eye". This has been out for more than a decade, but I finally managed to obtain a second hand copy. Really heart warming story.

On the Wings of an Angel, a biography of Asia Argento. Interesting potted history of her career un to 2009-10, interview with her and her current husband, capsule reviews of all her films unto 2010. Really wanted to like this, but the reviews amount to little more than a description of the narrative together with some rather stolid and stilted critical analysis, which often amounts to no more than "but she looked good". Far from intelligent criticism, but one might remark "What did you expect". Lots of nice pictures, but also lots of bad screen grabs. Unless you are a big fan of Asia then this is probably a tome to avoid.

Only another 85 to go ...
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Half way through reading one of my childhood favourites, The Wind in the Willows, a perfect, winter time, by the fireplace sort of book. After a forty year gap it's startling to understand where a lot of my inner moments come from! Funny that I never recognised A Piper at the Gates of Dawn though!
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