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Old 22-07-2011, 20:56   #161
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been having a bit of a lack of reading of late for some reason.

But did manage the new scarpetta - Port Mortuary, which gets tons of 1 stars on amazon and is a confusing mess (supposedly we don't know what kay Scarpetta doesn't know or isn't told but why the heck the woman can't say "I'M NOT DOING ONE MORE THING UNTIL YOU TELL ME THE WHOLE TRUTH"

what else?

fifth avenue is a free kindle book that I am enjoying occasionally. Ordered the new Sex and the city - Summer in the city, from the library (60p!!!)
I used to love Cornwell but gave up after Blowfly. Is she worth picking up again after that book?

I've just discovered Karen Rose who does a good crime book. I've six of her books sitting on my coffee table.
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Old 22-07-2011, 21:26   #162
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Just finished reading Jaycee Dugard's book on her experience in the hands of the kidnappers.
Amazing how strong she has grown up to be after her ordeal.
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Old 23-07-2011, 11:19   #163
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I'm on a Dennis Lehane kick at the moment, and already read Moonlight Mile and Prayers For Rain. After seeing Gone Baby Gone it's so easy to imagine Casey Affleck's voice in my head when reading about Patrick Kenzie.

Very good detective novels and love the Boston underbelly genre, I love the wit and dialogue from Moonlight Mile, it's a snappier style than Prayers for Rain and being the sequel to Gone BabY Gone it had me from page 1. I just couldn't put it down, although in retrospect the plot is a little less believeable, still a great read.

Prayers for Rain is more laconic and really enjoyable, but it is a slightly different style with more Charaterisation (you find out a great deal about Bubba, Patrick's best friend). It was gripping but not a joyride as Moonlight Mile was.
I'd recommend both novels but read Moonlight Mile first.
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Old 23-07-2011, 11:23   #164
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I was disappointed with Moonlight Mile. The older books were far better.

If you are going to read the Kenzie/Gennaro books id recommend reading them in the correct order as there are a lot of references to older storys like Angies marriage problems etc.
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Old 26-07-2011, 20:33   #165
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I was disappointed with Moonlight Mile. The older books were far better.
Balls. Just bought that as I'd been looking forward to it

Finished 2 Jo Nesbo books, The Redeemer and The Snowman, both very good, enjoying the Harry Hole series, although (and dont read this unless you've read The Snowman


The Skin Gods by Richard Montanari, good but much of a muchness.

I Shall Wear Black by Terry Pratchett, again I havent enjoyed the Tiffany Aching series, yet I keep buying and reading them, purely as they're part of the discworld series. ISWB was difficult as it had a slow beginning, and I sort of gave up a third in to read something else. It did get better when I went back to it, and came together nicely in the end.
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Old 26-07-2011, 20:44   #166
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Just finished The Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt.

Really enjoyable quick read with some great one liners. Not as good as The Portable Door series but it's worth a read if you want a quick Sci_fi book to get through.
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Old 26-07-2011, 21:01   #167
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Code 34 by Charles Stross. I was a little disappointed by this, some nice ideas but the book didn't really come together for me. Not sure I could recommend it which is difficult as I really enjoyed the related book Halting State and the unrelated Laundry trilogy.

I have also just finished Homeschooling by Carol Guess which at 120 pages is either a short novel or a long novella (take your pick). This is a beautifully written book that touches on the relationship and lives of a lesbian who lives next door to a deeply religious family. Recommended if you want something away from the mainstream.

Next is Rebel at the end of time. Which I didn't enjoy. Not surprising as I was never a great fan of Michael Moorcock's original sequence on which this is based.

Followed this by Two Hawks from Earth by Philip Jose Farmer an alternate history adventure which seems to be more interested in discussing the details of the development of linguistics that telling a good story. Disappointing.

I also read The Brothel Creeper a collection of 21 short stories. Really didn't connect with this. Not to my taste or humour.

My replacement copy of Icebreaker finally arrived, so it will probably be next. It was next and I really enjoyed it. Cracking adventure story with a lot of twists and turns and a cracking torture scene.

Followed Icebreaker with Smileys People, had planned to read this over the coming week on my travels to and from work but once I started reading I found it very difficult to put down. Compelling, gripping, exciting - wonderful stuff that I can whole heartedly recommend to anybody looking for an intelligent thriller (and its available in my local discount book shop for 7.99 Euros together with the Honourable Shcool Boy and Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy).

Another short read, this time Illyria from Elizabeth Hand.

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Old 27-07-2011, 11:35   #168
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Room by Emma Donoghue (Kindle Version).

Really enjoying it but probably finish in a couple of days.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

About 1/3 of the way through it and struggling a bit if I'm honest
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About 1/3 of the way through it and struggling a bit if I'm honest
Yeah, couldn't get into myself, Andy.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:01   #171
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Broke off from The Peloponnesian War when I went on a trip (too heavy to carry) so started Crime and Punishment, but broke off from it halfway because I was going on holiday and I always read the latest Culture novel when I do that; so...

Surface Detail - maybe the best Culture novel so far? (though I suppose it doesn't have the sheer fresh panache of Consider Phlebas).



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Old 09-08-2011, 19:22   #172
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Read Porno, Irvine Welsh's sequel to Trainspotting.

Absolutely loved it. I've had it for years, but only just got round to reading it. It's a terrific sequel, and it was great to be back in the company of the Leith crew and see how they've developed (or not in some cases). Sharp, scathing, brilliantly funny and very entertaining, it's certainly a worthy follow up.

I wish Ewan McGregor would get over himself, as Danny Boyle is apparently ready to film it, and Robert Carlyle definitely wants to reprise his role as Begbie. I'd love to see the movie happen with the original talent back together.
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Over the past few days I read Mark Hodders "The strange affair of Spring Heeled-Jack". Which is a wonderful Time Travel - Alternate History - Detective - Steam Punk adventure story set in an Albertian (Victorian) England in which Queen Vicotria has been assisinated, Oscar Wilde is a paper boy and Brunel and Nightengale lead an evil cabal involing engineering and eugenics. Wonderful stuff.

Lavie Tadhers "Cloud Permutations" a short novel which tells of interplanetary settlers with a very strong pacific island feel.

Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon. A really quite brilliant horror set on a northern council estate. There is a real atmosphere of growing horror through the book. Apparently it's been long-listed for the "not the booker" prize, good to see a genre novel being recognised.

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Old 13-08-2011, 18:41   #174
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Just finished Jo Nesbo's The Leopard

All 740(!) pages of it

Way too long for something like that, (read only if you've read the book)
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Still it was compulsive reading as the rest in the series and I enjoyed it/them more than the Stieg Larsson trilogy which they lazily compare these books too.

Grim reading, yet I look forward to the next one.
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Finished The Woman, by Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee. A follow up to Ketchum's brilliant Off Season and Offspring, this book can be read independently, although does make a few references to previous characters from those books. The woman in question is the remaining survivor of a feral clan, who is captured by a seemingly normal, yet extremely sadistic family man, who decides to try to tame her by any means possible. Events unsurprisingly taking a very nasty turn indeed. Very strong stuff, but I'm a fan of Ketchum and this is an excellent follow up that thankfully followed a different formula to the first two books.

The film is finished and has gained a fair bit of controversy at its screenings so far, with a fair few walkouts reported. I'm quite looking forward to it, although I'm expecting it to be pretty extreme if the book is anything to go by. Lucky McKee is directing, and with him and Ketchum having written the script, so it should be faithful at least.
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Just finished reading Jaycee Dugard's book on her experience in the hands of the kidnappers.
Amazing how strong she has grown up to be after her ordeal.
I can't imagine the horrendous time she had. I read Room by Emma Donoghue a few weeks ago and that left me feel claustrophobic. It was a good book but, as it was told through the eyes of a 5 year old boy, I think it only gave an small insight into the misery of the mum's life.

The Radleys by Matta Haig was a nice quick, light read but that was it. When I closed the book I didn't feel like I'd actually read a story...Not sure how to explain that feeling really.

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Finally finished Martina Cole - The Family. Seemed to take me ages to get through it!
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Reading the new short story Jack Reacher prequel: Second Son. Set back when he was 13. Liking it so far but it's way too short.

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Reading "The Crimson Petal And The White". The writing is absolutely amazing but it's such a long read that it feels a tad tiring.
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On holiday recently and read the following:

Carte Blanche- very enjoyable
Killing Floor, first Jack Reacher novel- enjoyed also
Ned Boulting- How i won the yellow jumper- good, but was expecting better
Bill Bryson - A walk in the woods, and notes from a small island- both excellent.
Hugh Laurie- the gun seller- just about ok. A bit too Ben Elton for me.
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