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Old 03-03-2008, 11:34   #81
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Been reading it since Christmas, but finally finished Have I Got Views for You - Boris Johnson, basically just a collection of his articles for various publication. Some very funny, others extremely dull. Most the articles were the perfect length for reading on the bog tho
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Just started Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton, a collection of short stories, with the odd one featuring Anita Blake and Jean Claude
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I really enjoyed Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (even with the now incredibly dated computer stuff)! I thought the reveal of the killer was done very cinematically!
(OT but how come her books / characters haven't been turned into movies or a tv show like Bones? - or have they?)

Anyway I read a lot on here about how her books get progressively crap as the years pass so what's the actual order to read them in and where should I stop so I don't get disappointed?

Have to say I enjoyed Postmortem a lot more than Karin Slaughter's Triptych (which I just wasn't very fond of and found to be a real slog). I'm willing to give her another go though so what would be the recommendation there?

I'm amazed to discover that these kind of books are my "thing", I'd always just overlooked them in the past for some reason. I guess nearly a decade of CSI etc has given me a taste for them!

I'm starting "The Woods" by Harlan Coben today, finally!
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nice one, the cornwall books go downhill at, i think, Blow fly, and then they went weird tense as well. I find them unreadable now.

Enjoy the woods as well

The bones tv show is based on books, which you;'d probably like

in last week i have read

Plea of Insanity by Jillian Hoffman which was the 3rd of her books i had read - the 1st 2 were about a prosecutor called cj and a nasty case, this one was about someone else and mostly about mental health issues, bit poor.

then i read The chocolate Run by Dorophy Koomson, which was chick lit, leeds based. will try and track down her other books.

And now reading Bones to Ashes which is a pretty recent Bones book, though they all merge into one at times
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I really enjoyed Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell ...
Anyway I read a lot on here about how her books get progressively crap as the years pass so what's the actual order to read them in and where should I stop so I don't get disappointed?
I'd read them in this order then stop.

# Postmortem (1990) ISBN 0-684-19141-5
# Body of Evidence (1991) ISBN 0-684-19240-3
# All That Remains (1992) ISBN 0-684-19395-7
# Cruel and Unusual (1993) ISBN 0-684-19530-5
# The Body Farm (1994) ISBN 0-684-19597-6
# From Potter's Field (1995) ISBN 0-684-19598-4
# Cause of Death (1996) ISBN 0-399-14146-4
# Unnatural Exposure (1997) ISBN 0-399-14285-1

I think the last 2 above are where she starts going downhill. I read the 8 above, the next 2 then stopped. I think I stopped too late. Next 2:

# Point of Origin (1998) ISBN 0-399-14394-7
# Black Notice (1999) ISBN 0-399-14508-7
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Recently been reading:
When the lion feeds - Wilbur Smith
His debut novel surrounding two brothers in South Africa in the late 19th century. Really enjoyed this.

Then..

The sound of thunder - Wilbur Smith
The follow up to the above, following Sean Courtney as he fights in the Boer war.

Really enjoying his writing, think I will try and get through all his books.
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realised i forgot Heartsick by Chelsea Cain which was a usual serial killer book, first one by this author, which was pretty good, new out about 3 weeks ago.

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Just started Grave Peril, Book 3 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Planing on reading some more of the Scarpetta novels by Patricia cornwell, have read Postmortem and enjoyed it so I'll give the next couple a try
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The Ice Man

This is the amazingly brutal, honest story of Richard Kukinski who became one of the Mafias most notorious contract asassins. Written by Philip Carlo.
Could not put this book down.Best read I have had in ages. Not for the faint hearted! After reading the book his interviews on Utube add another dimension to him and his story.
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I'd read them in this order then stop.

# Postmortem (1990) ISBN 0-684-19141-5
# Body of Evidence (1991) ISBN 0-684-19240-3
# All That Remains (1992) ISBN 0-684-19395-7
# Cruel and Unusual (1993) ISBN 0-684-19530-5
# The Body Farm (1994) ISBN 0-684-19597-6
# From Potter's Field (1995) ISBN 0-684-19598-4
# Cause of Death (1996) ISBN 0-399-14146-4
# Unnatural Exposure (1997) ISBN 0-399-14285-1

I think the last 2 above are where she starts going downhill. I read the 8 above, the next 2 then stopped. I think I stopped too late. Next 2:

# Point of Origin (1998) ISBN 0-399-14394-7
# Black Notice (1999) ISBN 0-399-14508-7
That's brilliant! Thank you, Maureen!
Body of Evidence now on it's way!

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nice one, the cornwall books go downhill at, i think, Blow fly, and then they went weird tense as well. I find them unreadable now.

Enjoy the woods as well

The bones tv show is based on books, which you;'d probably like
Thanks, CJ! Yeah, I was thinking of checking out the Bones books at some point as I like the show (although I know it's quite a different animal)! I guess the same applies with them as the Scarpetta novels, just start at the beginning and read in sequence?

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I read too much
I don't know how you do it, that many per week! Do you just read very fast or do you read for hours a day?

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I am reading 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne

Just finished Wendy Holden's 'wives of bath' which I really enjoyed.
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I don't know how you do it, that many per week! Do you just read very fast or do you read for hours a day?
yes, start bones, read in sequence, she is much older than the tv show and no Booth.

I read FAST, i think i was about the first to finish harry potter here - 7 took me god, 10am to 4.45pm.

so 2 hours a night (the joys of a bed to yourself) and a book is done in 2 nights, throw in a train journey and its upped.
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I finished Children of Dune a few days ago, moved onto God Emperor of Dune, which has a different feel to the first three books.
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Reading some (almost) latest Raymond E Feist pap, Into a dark and scary land or some such. Typical but keeps me busy.

Have the new Ian M Banks one next, mixed reviews but I love his stuff so fingers crossed its ok.
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yes, start bones, read in sequence, she is much older than the tv show and no Booth.

I read FAST, i think i was about the first to finish harry potter here - 7 took me god, 10am to 4.45pm.

so 2 hours a night (the joys of a bed to yourself) and a book is done in 2 nights, throw in a train journey and its upped.
The fastest readers I've met read at a rate of about 30 to 35,000 words an hour. That's about 100 pages of a normally-typeset hardback. You'd certainly be in that league. If you work it out, you read HP7 (198,000 words) at a rate of 30k an hour, but I guess if you didn't have breaks or take in food and drink you might have done it even quicker.

I'm NOT a fast reader (about 20,000 words an hour) and on an average weekday only manage to read during my lunchbreaks, so I aim to get through 10-15,000 a day. That means a full-length adult novel in about 10 days to 2 weeks, quicker if I do have a train journey or two in there. On the other hand I DID read all 500 pages of Lisa Jewell's Vince and Joy last weekend, though all but the last 50 were read during nine hours on trains to Norwich and back.

Currently reading Anne Cassidy's YA novel Looking for JJ. Won't comment until I've finished.
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Does anyone know what a 'Book club edition' book is?
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If I recall correctly, Book Club Editions are smaller-sized versions of regular hardback editions of books.
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i have loads of book club edditions - they are about A5 sized hardback books - available from book clubs (like worldbooks), where you do a buy 5 for 1p deal and then buy 4 more at regular price.

gary: 35k an hour, woot!!
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started and finished

Dearly devoted dexter which is the 2nd dexter book. It was quite good, but i think its more that you are seeing the charachters in the book, not sure how good the book on its own would be.
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I've just started Sophie Kinsella's new book Remember Me?. It's a great read. I love her style of writing and humour.
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