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Old 14-06-2018, 22:49   #1041
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The Moscow Cipher (Ben Hope, Book 17)

A good addition to the series

Bad Self: A sensational DS Lasser crime thriller (The DS Lasser series Book 8)

Crave: How far would you go to save the ones you love! (The DS Lasser Series Book 9)

Both good reads

Lost Creed

OK, but not the best in the series
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Old 15-06-2018, 10:11   #1042
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Missed a couple of months, but the last couple of book club books were:-

Ice by Anna Kavan. Supposedly a classic but I found it absolutely awful. Disjointed, no real plot, and one of the worst books I've read. On the other hand, one of the people said "It's a masterpiece, 10/10"! It totally split the group with low & high scores but no middle scores at all.

Then we had Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta. This was a much better book, well written and a very pleasant read. The group almost universally gave it high scores, with only one middling score.

Next month's book is Everfair by Nisi Shawl. The premise sounds good, but I've only read the prologue so I've no idea how it'll turn out. Only got a couple of weeks to read it!
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Old 18-07-2018, 22:01   #1043
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Moments Back: A darkly compelling DS Lasser mystery. (DS Lasser series Book 10)

Conspiracy of Ravens: A nerve-shredding DS Lasser thriller. (DS Lasser series Book 11)

Dark Necessities: A totally absorbing DS Lasser thriller (DS Lasser series Book 12)

Still enjoying this series, currently reading book 13

You Were Gone: I buried you. I mourned you. But now you're back The Sunday Times Bestseller

Another great addition to the series, well worth a read
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Old 20-07-2018, 11:24   #1044
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The first two books of Gormenghast is one of my favourite books. I wasn't that impressed with "Titus Alone", although maybe I was just in the wrong mood when I read it. That happened with the main series too, I started reading it about the same time as you (30 years ago) and thought "This is rubbish!" and didn't pick it up for another 5 years. At which point I thought it was amazing! And I've reread/listened to them several times. I've not re-read Titus Alone although I probably should.

I've not read this either, but I probably should!
Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast (Gormenghast Trilogy 4)
I'd not heard of that fourth book either but reading the reviews I don't think I'll bother. I was also not that impressed with Titus Alone on the second read. It has interesting ideas but the characters all seem too sketchy and forced to be of interest and ultimately I found it to be a very frustrating book to read.

Curiously, I have the Folio Society edition with an introduction by Michael Moorcock, who states that for him, Titus Alone is the best book of the three

I'm now reading Tender is the Night; I'm finding it difficult and a bit frustrating. The language is actually a bit alien to me - I can only assume that to a US readership in the 1930s a lot of the phrases mean something. It also seems like things are missed out, as conversations and bahaviour seem to jump from one state to the next with no intermediate development.
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Old 23-07-2018, 12:12   #1045
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Next month's book is Everfair by Nisi Shawl. The premise sounds good, but I've only read the prologue so I've no idea how it'll turn out. Only got a couple of weeks to read it!
Well, I didn't get much further with this one. I read about 20% and just couldn't get into it at all. Probably didn't help I was also getting ready to go on holiday. I didn't end up at the book club meeting about it because I hadn't read enough to comment (and I might actually read it one day, what I read wasn't actually bad). Not heard from the others at the book club so I don't know how well it went down with anyone else.

This month it is The Relic Guild by Edward Cox. I'm enjoying it so far. Only about 10% into it but I want to read it and the story is moving along at a decent pace so it's keeping my interest.
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Well, I didn't get much further with this one. I read about 20% and just couldn't get into it at all. Probably didn't help I was also getting ready to go on holiday. I didn't end up at the book club meeting about it because I hadn't read enough to comment (and I might actually read it one day, what I read wasn't actually bad). Not heard from the others at the book club so I don't know how well it went down with anyone else.

This month it is The Relic Guild by Edward Cox. I'm enjoying it so far. Only about 10% into it but I want to read it and the story is moving along at a decent pace so it's keeping my interest.
Well, I only got halfway through the Relic Guild, it was ok but not that engaging. The main problem was trying to squeeze in lots of "history" to fill in stuff the author obviously wanted you to know before he introduced something, those chapters really dragged and interrupted the main story way too much and way too long.

Moved on to Strange Weather by Joe Hill. Four novellas. Initially I enjoyed the first story but that was about it and I was fed up of the first one before I'd finished it. The subsequent stories were disappointing. After I'd finished it I found out he's Stephen King's son, and finding that out made me realise I didn't enjoy the style/tone of the writing in the same way I'm not keen on King's. Book club about it tonight so I'll see what other's thought. I know some are saying they really enjoyed it.

This month it's Glorious Angels by Justina Robson, I'm only just started but I'm finding it hard going too! Not really sure why yet, possibly just tiredness. We'll see how it goes.
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Living Ashes: A heart-stopping DS Lasser mystery (DS Lasser series Book 13)

Stations of the Cross: A cracking DS Lasser crime mystery

The One With All The Pain (DS Lasser series Book 15)

Shadows Cast: A riveting Lasser novel (DS Lasser Book 16)

Really enjoy this author's work, highly recommended

Stormcock: A compelling new series from the author of the DS Lasser crime novels. (Plymouth Book 1)

By the same author, follows one of the other characters from the series above


Currently reading:

Seven Bridges: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 8)

LJ Ross writes easy to read books, enjoying this one so far

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I battled my way to the end of Tender is the Night and my opinion of it didn't improve. I will read some more of his work - probably Gatsby - and hope it fares better than this one did for me.

My next read was Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America. Carey is a master storyteller (William Boyd is another) - his novels never fail to be highly entertaining and thought provoking. This one is no exception.

Currently working my way through the second of Louis de Bernieres' Latin American trilogy, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (somehow I read the first and third first). They are all very funny and a beautiful homage to LAM writing.
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The best two books I’ve read recently are both non fiction and powerful analyses of the human condition in the 21st Century

Ten Types of Human by Dexter Dias is a thought provoking and often painful look at basic human personality types through page turning real life examples. It’s a stunning piece of work.

21 Lessons for life in the 21st Century by Noah Yuval Harari is more an analysis of the perceived failures of Communism, Fascism and now Liberalism as means of answering global problems. It’s a frightening but very engaging insight into why we are doomed as a species.
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Now reading some Dickens -A Tale of Two Cities, have just finished the first "book", which was strikingly written.
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Blood Bought (DS Lasser series Book 17)

Desolate Hearts (DS Lasser series Book 18)

Still enjoying this series

Pinches of Salt: The Strife and Grime of Charlie Roebuck

By the same author as the three above, completely different though as it's a dark comedy, but recommended

Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch Series Book 21)

Not the best Bosch book, but still a good read

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Past Tense: (Jack Reacher 23)
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This month it's Glorious Angels by Justina Robson, I'm only just started but I'm finding it hard going too! Not really sure why yet, possibly just tiredness. We'll see how it goes.
I ended up missing this book club, I didn't get much further with this book. I just found it really hard to read, can't pinpoint why. It went down ok at book club though.

Lat month's book was Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen. Basically it was Buffy set in a Wild West setting. Felt like she was trying to squeeze in as many LBGTQ type of stuff as she could. All in all it was a bit average, and the book club score confirmed that with a 5.6/10. Not sure I will read the sequels although they do get a little better according to someone who'd read them.

Next month is Blindness by José Saramago. Not that far into it, but struggling with the writing style. It reads a bit like it was written in the 60's but it was published in 1999 (the link above is the republished version). It's a translation from Portuguese, so that might be part of my struggle. The idea is interesting so far though.
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This thread seems to have died a death, but as it's a good reminder for me to see what I have read, here's an update:

The Rebel’s Revenge (Ben Hope, Book 18)

Standard fayre for people that read the Ben Hopes series.

The Hermitage: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries)

Longstone: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries)


Getting a bit bored with this series, LJ Ross makes a fortune off Kindle books, but bangs them out too fast now, with not much attention to the story unfortunately

Along Came A Spider

Kiss The Girls

Jack And Jill

Cat And Mouse

Pop Goes The Weasel

Roses Are Red

Loving the Alex Cross series by James Patterson - all the above highly enjoyable, if not a little disturbing at times
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Carrying on reading The Alex Cross Series by James Patterson:

Violets are Blue
Four Blind Mice
The Big Bad Wolf
London Bridges
Mary, Mary

Still highly recommended as a series

Also read this:

The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

Another favourite author of mine
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Recently finished a wonderful collection called The Seven Deadliest. 7 novellas all featuring clever takes on the deadly sins.

John C. Foster*spins "Gilda," a yarn about*Avarice;

Bracken MacLeod*takes us on the road to*Wrath*with*"A Short Madness";

Kasey Lansdale's*"Cap Diamant" teaches us the steep cost of*Pride;

Brian Kirk*lays bare the*Jealousy*hidden beneath affluence in "Chisel and Stone";

Rena Mason*reveals a new and terrifying guise of*Sloth*in "Clevengers of the Carrion Sea";

Richard Thomas*examines*Lust*in his dystopian "Ring of Fire";

John F.D. Taff*feeds us the darker aspects of*Gluttony*in "All You Care to Eat."

This would probably be the best book I've read this year. That is until I finished Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud.

Barkeresque world building and stories that spark the minds eye. In Wounds,*Ballingrud follows up with an even more confounding, strange, and utterly entrancing collection of six stories, including one new novella. From the eerie dread descending upon a New Orleans dive bartender after a cell phone is left behind in a rollicking bar fight in "The Visible Filth" to the search for the map of hell in "The Butcher's Table," Ballingrud's beautifully crafted stories are riveting in their quietly terrifying depictions of the murky line between the known and the unknown.

Brilliant! I couldn't recommend it enough.
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Not read as much in the last month, but got through these two:

The Alex Cross Series by James Patterson - Cross (book 17)

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Excellent book, it's about a world famous author that has hidden his identity, but there are plenty of twists and turns throughout the book, and it really keeps you guessing
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I have been a busy library visitor of late!
Read You which the tv show is based on and then reserved the sequel.
Read Charlie Parker book women in the woods then the new 700 page one, book of bones.
Then a new Alex Delaware wedding guest
Now reading new Jeffrey deaver the never game which is so-so
And got new Roy grace to collect!


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Valley of Death by Scott Mariani
No One Home by Tim Weaver
Winter's Lament by Robin Roughley

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Read Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Absolutely loved it, well worth a read.

I also read Children of Ruin, his sequel to "Children of Time", also very good.
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