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Old 07-01-2012, 15:55   #241
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A 2 week holiday in Mexico as allowed me to read:

Duma Key a bit too meandering, became a bit of a chore.
Before I Go To Sleep a good little "thriller" about a woman with amnesia.
11.22.63 I'm a sucker for anything from this era (Ellroy's American Tabloid trilogy being the grand daddy) and really enjoyed this, once you get over the time travel MacGuffin
Steve Jobs Biography a brilliant book about flawed brilliance.
red Mist boring, never read any Patricia Cornwell before, never will again.
dark Matter: A Ghost Story does exactly what it says on the tin, a bit too slight though.
John Dies At The End about 100 pages in and really enjoying it.
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Old 07-01-2012, 17:57   #242
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John Dies At The End about 100 pages in and really enjoying it.
Terrific, isn't it? I started a thread for the movie which includes a trailer, but I'd wait until you've finished the book.
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Old 07-01-2012, 18:34   #243
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I'm enjoying The Invisible Man; HG Wells at the moment
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Old 07-01-2012, 21:17   #244
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Am coming to the end of my Christmas Holiday and have made good progress on my 'To Read' pile having read:

The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still the sixth instalment of Malcolm Pryce's Louie Knight Mystery series. Great fun.

The Bible Repairman which collects some (most?) of Tim Power's short stories. Some great moments in this book, but I much prefer his longer work.

Ramsey Campbell's Inhabitant of the Lake, a collection of stories in the vein of Lovecraft. This volume is a reprinting which includes copious extra material.

I also reread Campbell's Parasite. he doesn't really like this book (too commercial) but I think its quite fun.

Holding the Light, another Campbell short story published this time as a chap book.

Murmations - a collection of Bird themed short stories published to raise money for the RSPB. Includes the short story 'The Birds' by Daphne Du Maurier from which Hitchcock developed his film.

Osama - alternate world fiction from Lavie Tidhar in which Osama Bin Laden is the 'hero' of a pulp novel series. Excellent work from Tidhar who was my find of 2011.

Salon Fatastique - a collection of Fantasy short stories thatI found difficult to read and ultimately disappointing.

Johannes Cabal: The Fear institute. After a dip in form in the second book (IMHO) this was a return to the sensibility of the original Johannes Cabal: Necromancer and is perhaps the best of the series so far.

Wind Angels: Collection of short stories (sic-fi, horror and slipstream) from Leigh Kennedy.

and finally just finishing The Milkman in the Night by Andrey Kurkov. Fantastically funny satire of life in modern day Russia - recommended.

I return to work on Monday so will probably slow down a bit - I have some vintage ghost stories from Robert Aickman lined up to keep me company on the Tram to and from work next week.
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Old 07-01-2012, 22:18   #246
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I've just started , The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (new Sherlock Holmes novel). Seems to be very good so far. Hoping it continues to be as enjoyable all the way to the end.

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Old 07-01-2012, 22:24   #247
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I'm currently reading Patient Zero by Jonathan Mayberry and 82% into it. It's ok but I wouldn't rate it as highly as a lot of people. That said I thought World War Z was slightly over rated.
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Not been well and really wanted something light and absorbing to take my mind off.

I'm a sucker for Vampires (excuse pun) and tried the free Vampire Moon book on Amazon by J.R.Rain.

Mostly free books are disappointing, but this turned out to be a gem, fusing the detective genre with the Vampire it works very well and I'm currently devouring the sequels.
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Human Punk by John King on kindle app.

Read it first about 10 years ago. Lost the book in the meanwhile but got it again lately. Its held up very well.
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Old 13-01-2012, 11:55   #251
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I've just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I absolutely loved. Set in post-war London and Guernsey you get pulled into an author's life as she makes friends with a reading group based on the island and their tales of its occupation and post-war life.

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Terror Tales of the Lake District - a collection of short stories set around the lakes interspersed with short summaries of local folklore. Great.

We are for the Dark - a collection of short ghost stories from the 1950's. Robert Aickmans first published book (I have decided to "educate" myself with some classic horror in 2012).
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Great expectations - been reading it on and off for ages, just getting into it now
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I'm just about to start 1Q84

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1Q84

A huge book but a few of my friends have recommended it so I looking forward to wading into it.
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Finished Fight Club. The problem was that Fincher's adaption was so good that the novel felt just like a screenplay for the movie.

Am halfway through Abercrombie's "Best Served Cold" which is so far an absolute corker.
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I'm just about to start 1Q84

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1Q84

A huge book but a few of my friends have recommended it so I looking forward to wading into it.
Good, then you can comment here when you're done with it. While there was initial interest, no one else seems to have since.

I finished all three books, and yes it's terrific. Quick, absorbing read too. Well worth it.
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I'm 100 pages into The Name of the Wind and to call it 'intriguing' would be an understatement!
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^ LHG, what did you get your mum in the end? I responded to your request, but never got a response.
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White Bizango by Stephen Gallagher. Really enjoyed this mix of police procedural and Voodoo magic.

Floater by Lucius Shepherd by coincidence another book that deals with Vodoun (ish). This time a policeman suspended for a shooting finds himself embroiled in a conflict between two rival Voodoo factions. Starts really well, but I lost interest at the end. Boththese books have been on my too read shelf for the best part of a decade so it was good to finally read them (note to self stop buying books).

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^ LHG, what did you get your mum in the end? I responded to your request, but never got a response.
Oh, yes - I went with your fine suggestion of book token in the end! and I also threw in Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Right after Christmas she told me she wants to start Harry Potter.

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