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Old 26-03-2012, 10:53   #281
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Decided to go along to a local science fiction/fantasy book club in a local Waterstones last month (I'd seen the posters for it for the last 8 months and been meaning to go). Last months was a book I'd read a few years ago (The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe, odd but good!) and this month I've been reading Nights of Villjamur for our next meeting. It's ok so far, I'm about half way through, and in some ways reminds me of Shadow of the Torturer but it's definitely not as well written as Gene Wolfe's series!
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Old 05-04-2012, 15:52   #282
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Finished it today - it's been ages since I've had a real "can't put this down" feeling from a book. This one had me hooked, and it's non-fiction, not even an aircraft carrier or spaceship in sight. The race is built up to beautifully, and the science and evolutionary stuff is fascinating.
I'm sure I've said this before, but I can't find my old post, but that book is a truly great book. It's non-fiction but it's written like a novel but far more interesting.

Sadly I read on the BBC news website that Caballo Blanco aka Miacah True went missing a week ago in New Mexico. His body was found on saturday. He'd been out for a run when he disappeared.

I can't recall if his real name was mentioned in the book but he was born Michael Randall Hickman and was 58, although wikipedia doesn't have his birth date.
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Old 05-04-2012, 16:25   #283
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Decided to go along to a local science fiction/fantasy book club in a local Waterstones last month (I'd seen the posters for it for the last 8 months and been meaning to go). Last months was a book I'd read a few years ago (The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe, odd but good!) and this month I've been reading Nights of Villjamur for our next meeting. It's ok so far, I'm about half way through, and in some ways reminds me of Shadow of the Torturer but it's definitely not as well written as Gene Wolfe's series!
Well, it didn't get any better, if anything worse. Things that built up that you expected to get resolved in an exciting/interesting way just sort of faded away. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. And in the end it felt more like I was having to do homework rather than enjoying a book.

Still, next months is supposed to be better The Holy Machine
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Old 09-04-2012, 16:11   #284
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I've just finished the Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher - fabulous books. Hope he writes some more but I doubt he will. Have also just finished The Hunger Games as wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Completely underwhelmed by it to be honest, am now reading the second one which actually seems a little better in my opinion.
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Just finished Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers and it is the best new book I have read in years. Has to be made into a film, preferably directed by the Coens.
Finished this last night and loved it. Very understated.

I immediately downloaded Abultions

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Still, next months is supposed to be better The Holy Machine
And it was much better! Not fantastic, but I'm glad I read it.
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Picked up a copy of HHhH by Laurent Binet while I was in Bristol and started reading it on my way home today. Its is a historical fiction that provides an account of the mission to assassinate Himmler's "Brain" Reinhard Heydrich (generally considered the most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet) - the man who came up with the "final solution". Its a strange mixture of fact and fiction narrated by the unknown author whom is writing the book. Very good so far (about a third of the way in, can't be more precise as the pages aren't numbered).

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Old 15-05-2012, 21:50   #288
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John Dies At The End, after a promising start turned into a bit of a meandering chore, not on my list of quirky favourites.

Just started World War Z - kinda enjoying so far.
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Old 16-05-2012, 21:42   #289
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Just finished 'The Darkness That Comes Before' by Scott Bakker, straight onto book 2 'The Warrior Prophet'
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Old 17-05-2012, 17:46   #290
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Chasing The Devil by Tim Butcher.

True story of the author tranversing Sierra Leone & Liberia on foot. Tough but rewarding read. Scary stuff.
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Had a few days off and managed to read Paul McAuley's White Devils which has been on my "to read" stack since it appeared in hardback in 2004. Not sure why I haven"t gotten around to reading it earlier because it is an excellent bio-science thriller which looks at some of the possible future consequences go gene engineering. Recommended (I hope its still in print!).

I also read William Meikle's short story collection Carnacki: Heaven and Hell which presents a pastiche of the further adventures of Carnacki a victorian era psychic detective. Very much written in the style of the original its an entertaining read, but I did find the stories a little bit repetitive and unlike the originals all of the stories here appeared to have a supernatural explanation.

Finally also read a copy of The Moriarty Papers which is supposed to be pages and notes from Moriarty's diaries. Not very entertaining and probably best avoided unless you are a Sherlock Holmes completist - and even then you should put it at the bottom of your list of things to read.

This morning I began reading Ken Macleod's recent novel Intrusions. 100 pages in and I have no real clue as to where this is going.Finished it tonight. Disappointing.

Lavie Tidhar's third Bookman novel "The Great Game" was excellent, my favourite of the series. It is a Steam Punk book which in the same vein as Phillip Jose Farmers Newton Wold series or Kim Newman's Anno Dracula sequence takes a range of all known characters (Fagin, Oliver Twist, Sherlock Holmes, Sebastion Moran, Prof. Moriarty, Dr Jeckyl, Prof Frankenstein, Dr Moreau and many many more) together with real people (Houdini,Babbage, Bram Stoker etc.) and weaves them into a plot that owes a lot to John Le Carres Smiley novels. Excellent stuff.

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I've just finished the Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher - fabulous books. Hope he writes some more but I doubt he will.
I read good things about these so picked up Furies of Calderon, and I'm about halfway through but immensely underwhelmed to be honest - some nice ideas, but the whole story just seems so sanitised to me - like it should be an afternoon show on the Sci-Fi channel or something. Maybe it's aimed at a different target audience, or maybe Game of Thrones and its ilk just raised the realism bar for these kind of stories.
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Just coming to the end of a 2 week holiday where I have managed to get through:

World War Z: actually really enjoyed it. Not my usual type of book, but a good read.

The Killing Floor: my first foray into Jack Reacher, well paced and quite well written. The literary equivalent of a good Bruce Willis movie.

The Sisters Brothers: short, punchy and a good read - felt like a Tarantino film.

Game of Thrones, book one: having never watched the show and not being into the fantasy genre, I felt like something different. I thoroughly enjoyed it, lots going on and lots of promise fo the next books.

Die Trying: the second Jack Reacher book. Misses something that the first book had but still a decent read.

1Q84: about a quarter of the way through book one, fantastically written. I'm enjoying it a lot, I just don't have a scooby what it's about yet??
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Finally finished The Peloponnesian War - it's taken me years (albeit with interuptions)! Didn't realise it was unfinished and the last six years of the war are covered in two pages in my edition

During that I also read 1Q84 which I enjoyed less once it got into book 3 - which seemed strung out to me; I didn't really enjoy most of it, especially towards the end. Too much of a good thing?

Not sure what I'm reading next... maybe some Russell Hoban (RIP).
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Read a couple on holiday:

The Common Lawyer

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Andy Prescott is the most laid-back young lawyer in Austin, Texas. Specialising in traffic law, he operates from a small room above a ramshackle tattoo parlour. He rides a trail bike and spends way too much time drinking beer in the sunshine. Ambition has never been Andy's strong point - he prefers to take it easy. That is, until one of Texas's wealthiest men walks into his office. On the spot, billionaire Russell Reeves retains Andy as his lawyer and, in exchange for some easy legal work, pays him more money than he has ever earned before. Andy's life is transformed. But nothing comes for free. Russell is a desperate man whose sole aim is to save his eight-year-old son, Zach, who is dying from leukemia. He is prepared to do anything - even if it means putting Andy's life in danger...
If you like Grisham, you will like this - really enjoyed it


The memory collector

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Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett's speciality is the psychological autopsy - an investigation into a person's life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide. When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living person - one with a suspect memory who can't be trusted to participate in his own medical care - she knows all her skills will be put to the test. Jo is called to the scene of an aircraft inbound from London to help deal with a passenger who is behaving erratically. She figures out that Ian Kanan has got anterograde amnesia, and can't form new memories. Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk and yet can't help Jo figure out just what happened to him. Suddenly a string of clues arises, something to do with a super deadly biological agent code-named "Slick", a kidnapping, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong. Jo realises Kanan's addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in her beloved San Francisco. With time running out, she will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than she ever has before, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her city - and herself.
Slow start, but a fairly good read.


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Dawn French - A tiny Bit Marvelous

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Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page (The Times )

Hilarious. Chortle-out-loud turns of phrase, razor-sharp observations (The Stylist )

Fresh, extremely funny (Sunday Times )

Has she cracked it with her first novel? Yes. Engaging from the first page (Heat )

Really enjoyable and highly recommended. Dawn French is a wonderful writer - witty, wise and poignant (Daily Mail )

A hilarious and compelling read (Good Housekeeping )
The critics seem to like it, but very mixed reviews on Amazon, absolutely ******* ***** would be my verdict

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Over the past couple of days I've read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Enjoyable, but the philosophical and moral layers never really engaged me. I found this worked as a sci-fi action story, although it was clearly intended to be more. Something didn't click with me. It's a book I won't forget quickly, though, and I'd be happy to read more in the series.

Seems to be it'll be quite difficult to adapt for the forthcoming movie without some big changes in focus. Are they going to just go for a big space action movie for kids?
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reading an article from a magazines about "How to become a Billionaire..."
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The book club's book this month is Metro 2033 I'm finding it really hard work! Interesting enough idea but it has been translated from Russian and it just doesn't flow right to me.
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Just read The Stranger by Albert Camus, which was as enigmatic as I expected it to be.

Now reading The Boys From Brazil which is a cracking thriller - it's true, Nazis really do make the best bad guys.
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Continuing my odyssey to read all of Hardy's novels in order of publication, currently midway through A Laodicean - not a major work but charmingly written.

So what is a Laodicean? "Indifferent or lukewarm especially in matters of religion" according to thefreedictionary.com
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