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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5868
    Stevepage said:
    Origin by Dan Brown


    Thought it was utter crap. Robert Langdon turns into James Bond, oh deary me. DB really is scraping the bottom of the barrel these days. 

    I’m reading Tombland by CJ Samson, the latest Shardlake book. 250 pages in so far and not much has happened.  :/
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 5913
    Just finished The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and I'm about to start The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.

    All stuff you can get free for the Kindle....
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2509
    Just finished "The City And The City", by China Miéville.  Pretty good, I'm willing to try another of his.

    I've just bought Kim Stanley Robinson's "New York 2140".

    Did anyone bring the petits-fours?
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1954
    King Arthur - King of Glamorgan and Gwent by A.T. Blackett and Alan Wilson

    Also reading Walpurgis Night by Thomas Sheridan
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  • Just about to start that Max Hasting's thing on Vietnam, which I suspect may take about as long to read as the war itself...
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1860
    Lukather's autobio. He's played with some "cats" for sure. 
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 2746
    Just about to start that Max Hasting's thing on Vietnam, which I suspect may take about as long to read as the war itself...
    Oooo I got that for Xmas: my next but one on ‘The Pile’. Do let me know whether it’s worth the bother ;) 
    Self-confessed Blues Lawyer
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  • racefaceec90racefaceec90 Frets: 606
    just read the exorcist 40th anniversary and legion  and will be reading silence of the lambs next. just bought the complete works of hp lovecraft for 49p also (all books are on my tablet that i mentioned)  i am a horror fan as you can probably tell so did enjoy both exorcist and legion (have seen the filme and legion is one of my fav horror films) good to see how the books differ from the films.
    i like cake :-) here's my youtube channel   https://www.youtube.com/user/racefaceec90 



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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 15348
    The bloody rubbish photocopied instructions on this "Al-ACME DIY Nuclear Warhead Kit".  There's a page missing too - and two screws.
    Trump: A narcissistic luminous orange ball bag and Rome burning in man form.
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 6620
    edited January 7



    Mainly cos I want to see where TALK TALK got some of their lyrics from....
    <Vintage BOSS Upgrades>
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 2792

    The Dice Man! Long time since I read that, wow. The sequel is good too.

    I am reading Rejoice, by Steven Erikson. Very different to his Malazan stuff. Good.

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  • matdotcodotmatdotcodot Frets: 123

    The Shepherd's Hut - TIm Winton.

    An Untouched House - Willem Frederik Hermans


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  • deanodeano Frets: 616
    Re-reading C. P. Snow's The Masters. It looks at the machinations and manoeuvring that takes place when a Cambridge college has to choose a new Master. It is set in 1937 and the protagonist, Lewis Eliot, watches and takes part in the politics behind the election.

    It is the fifth book in the Strangers and Brothers series that looks at Eliot's life and career as a barrister, Cambridge Don, Civil Servant and Lord in the House of Lords.

    I started reading them when I was introduced to the series 35 years ago whilst at school, when we rest Book 6 - The New Men, where Eliot is a Civil Servant in the War Ministry in the Second World War where he is part of the effort to develop the atomic bomb.

    I like them. They are very English, very "quiet". They are not Tom Clancy! The only problem with them is that as they are written from a first-person point of view, and they are about quiet academics, lawyers or politicians, Eliot is continually describing the inner thoughts, feelings and motivations of people around him. There is no "action" to reveal those internal thoughts so they have to be voiced by Eliot. I think that is their main weakness but if you can live with that, then they are quite brilliant.

    I have never met anyone who has ever read them (except those who were in my 'O' Level English Literature class in 1982), so it would be interesting if anyone else has.
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2509
    @deano - amazing!  Our Maud (Mrs Nitefly) did exactly the same as you, but about 15 years earlier.  Started with The New Men for 'A' level English Lit, and went back to read the whole series.

    She always spoke of them with great affection, but somehow I never got round to them myself.

    Did anyone bring the petits-fours?
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  • CountryDaveCountryDave Frets: 221
    Just finished The Shepherds Crown, last of the Discworld series from Sir Terry Pratchett.
    Started reading one of them a few years ago on holiday, got into them and have worked my way through all 40 something of them.
    Quite sad thinking there will be no more.
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  • pmbombpmbomb Frets: 897
    Just finished "War With Russia" by General Sir Somebody. Very plausible except for the method of NATO's victory. Also it's based on a US President who gives a toss, so another flaw there.

    Started The Handmaid's Tale but I know it's going to be grim so backed off for now. I'm more sensitive than I used to be.

    So it's a re-read of Snow Crash.
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  • pmbombpmbomb Frets: 897
    pmbomb said:
    Just finished "War With Russia" by General Sir Somebody. Very plausible except for the method of NATO's victory. Also it's based on a US President who gives a toss, so another flaw there.


    SPOILER: it happened in 2017 ;-)
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  • vizviz Frets: 5435
    Just about to start that Max Hasting's thing on Vietnam, which I suspect may take about as long to read as the war itself...
    That’s nothing; I’m reading War and Peace which at this rate will take as long as both. 
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  • pmbombpmbomb Frets: 897
    it took me a couple of years to read War & Peace (in spurts).

    check out Vasily Grossman's Life & Fate if you're into chewy Russian reads. Solzenhitsyn too.
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  • quarkyquarky Frets: 2479
    pmbomb said:
     Solzenhitsyn too.

    Just read "Berlin The Downfall 1945", by Anthony Beevor, and reading No Greater Ally (about Poland in WW2) by Kenneth K Koskodan.

    Solzenhitsyn is next on my list! It is actually my wife's favourite book.
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  • BigLicks67BigLicks67 Frets: 563
    Just read Michael Connelly's 'Dark Sacred Night'.
    Probably going to re-read 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' by John Fowles next.

    Regards, Max Hastings has anyone read his book on the Korean War? I may get this as my next choice as an audible book.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 2086
    The Templars - Dan Jones

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • RMJRMJ Frets: 1257
    Calm Parents Happy Kids
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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 2746
    Guitar Magazine - February 2019 edition
    Self-confessed Blues Lawyer
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  • viz said:
    Just about to start that Max Hasting's thing on Vietnam, which I suspect may take about as long to read as the war itself...
    That’s nothing; I’m reading War and Peace which at this rate will take as long as both. 

    I don't think Tolstoy ever read it all the way through....
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  • quarkyquarky Frets: 2479

    Regards, Max Hastings has anyone read his book on the Korean War? I may get this as my next choice as an audible book.
    No, but I read Bomber Command. Actually, that was an audio book from the library I think, so I like him as an author. He is no Beevor, but still good. Sorry, can't comment on any of his other books though.. 
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 808
    Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd - absolutely fascinating book. It's a chronological narrative of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis  - which in itself is all very familiar stuff that has been gone over hundreds of times by historians - but she structures it around first hand accounts by a huge variety of foreigners who were in Germany for one reason or another during that period. So there are letters sent home by holidaymakers, memoirs by diplomats, excerpts from newspaper interviews with athletes who had competed in the 1936 Olympics, etc. Utterly absorbing and I highly recommend it.
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  • BigLicks67BigLicks67 Frets: 563
    quarky said:

    Regards, Max Hastings has anyone read his book on the Korean War? I may get this as my next choice as an audible book.
    No, but I read Bomber Command. Actually, that was an audio book from the library I think, so I like him as an author. He is no Beevor, but still good. Sorry, can't comment on any of his other books though.. 
    I've read All Hell Let Loose and Catastrophe, so I kind of know what I'd be getting, but I've always fancied a bit of background on the Korean War which I know very little about.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 8023
    quarky said:

    Regards, Max Hastings has anyone read his book on the Korean War? I may get this as my next choice as an audible book.
    No, but I read Bomber Command. Actually, that was an audio book from the library I think, so I like him as an author. He is no Beevor, but still good. Sorry, can't comment on any of his other books though.. 
    I've read All Hell Let Loose and Catastrophe, so I kind of know what I'd be getting, but I've always fancied a bit of background on the Korean War which I know very little about.
    I might have a look for the Hastings book on the Korean war. I got the Bruce Cummings one cheap on Kindle but there's very little background on the war, just straight into military strategy stuff. 
    Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
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  • PhilW1PhilW1 Frets: 194
    I don’t know if these have been mentioned already but three I really enjoyed and the only books I’ve read more than once are 
    Catch 22
    One flew over the cuckoos nest and 
    To kill a mocking bird
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