Books - What are you reading?

Books - What are you reading?

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sas62

689 posts

23 months

Friday 4th January
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Prolex-UK said:
omniflow said:
I've just started reading the Lucas Davenport novels by John Sandford. The first book was published in 1989, and there are 30+ books about the same character - he starts life as a maverick policeman in Minneapolis.

It's a little bit like Harry Bosch, and if you like Harry Bosch books you'll probably like these. It's not copycat or samey, the books definitely have a completely separate vibe to Bosch. I am really enjoying them - I've read the first 4 books so far, and it's made commuting a real pleasure. Not sure why it's taken me 29 years to discover them.
I have read them all. great reads all.

John Sandford has another series with a character called Virgil Flowers. Based in the same region of the USA and Lucas is his boss.

Had some proper laugh out loud moments on the commute into work with Virgil.
Bugg£r. Just finished the first Lucas Davenport on kindle to find that he next few aren't out yet. May for 2nd book and June for 3rd. Lots of the later books are already out on kindle which is odd.

NorthernSky

460 posts

62 months

Friday 4th January
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If this is a man, by Primo Levi.

Firsthand account of an Auschwitz survivor.

Compelling, gripping, you're left desperate to the outcome of the most minor incident, because in that world, life is treated cheaply. He's got a mesmerising writing style, extremely descriptive and analytical - his training as a chemist and impartiality is a rare thing. I could not rate this book higher (or his other work, The Periodic Table, detailing some encounters that struck the writer as significant for a number of reasons - the characters are named after elements in the chapter headings.)

10/10

Unforgettable

At times, the reader will be struck by a despair coming from realising this event actually was allowed to take place.

Edited by NorthernSky on Friday 11th January 12:02

unrepentant

19,348 posts

201 months

Saturday 5th January
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Scabutz said:
mattyn1 said:
On recommendation, I am just about to start this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soldier-Spy-Tom-Marcus/dp...

Anyone read it?

I'm half way through this. fking amazing.
Just ordered it. Thanks!

droopsnoot

6,904 posts

187 months

Monday 7th January
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I've just finished "The Caller" by Chris Carter, a nice slightly-different take on the serial killer story. Worth a look IMO.

Shadow R1

3,346 posts

121 months

Monday 7th January
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droopsnoot said:
I've just finished "The Caller" by Chris Carter, a nice slightly-different take on the serial killer story. Worth a look IMO.
The earlier books in the series are better than that one.
His latest "Gallery of the dead" falls into the same category.


droopsnoot

6,904 posts

187 months

Monday 7th January
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Cheers, I'll keep a look out for others.

Tony Angelino

831 posts

58 months

Monday 7th January
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unrepentant said:
Scabutz said:
mattyn1 said:
On recommendation, I am just about to start this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soldier-Spy-Tom-Marcus/dp...

Anyone read it?

I'm half way through this. fking amazing.
Just ordered it. Thanks!
Ditto.

FunkyNige

6,481 posts

220 months

Monday 7th January
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Prolex-UK said:
D-Day the soldiers story by Giles Milton. Excellent so far well worth a read.

Got Blenheim summer next. About the bristol blenheim light bomber in the early part of WW2.
I'm not sure if it came from a recommendation on here, but 'D-Day through German eyes' is a fascinating read about D-Day, it's taken from interviews with German soldiers in the 1950s.

cranford10

255 posts

61 months

Monday 7th January
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Prolex-UK said:
LordGrover said:
Once A Pilgrim - James Deeg (99p on Kindle

Rollicking story of decorated ex-SAS soldier who's early life exploits catch up with him. Almost.
Fast paced, excellent thriller - sort like a Scotch Jack Reacher in the making. Not for the highbrow aficianados, but great fun.
Second in series due out in a couple of weeks.
+1 from me ......pre ordered the next one :-)
And me. Just finished , really enjoyed it

marshallbrown

23 posts

8 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Da Vinci Code

toasty

5,411 posts

165 months

Tuesday 8th January
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I'm revisiting The Stand by Stephen King. It's been 20+ years since I last read it and this is an extended version over the one I read.

A few hours in and I'm hooked again. Possibly Mr King's best.

The Leaper

3,403 posts

151 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Just finished reading the Freida Klein novels by Nicci French. There's eight in the series and must be read in sequence as there's continuous threads throughout. Freida Klein is an psychoanalyst who gets involved in police matters and gets in danger as a result. All good stories, well written and easy reads.

Especially good if you know central London back streets quite well.

R.

andy_s

14,838 posts

204 months

Friday 11th January
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Just finished Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, which has been mentioned a few times on here already; excellent read - 'how easy Dostoevsky had it...'. The edition is the new abridged version [nicely] forwarded by J Peterson.



Edited by andy_s on Friday 11th January 04:48

Goaty Bill 2

3,043 posts

64 months

Friday 11th January
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andy_s said:
Just finished Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, which has been mentioned a few times on here already; excellent read - 'how easy Dostoevsky had it...'. The edition is the new abridged version [nicely] forwarded by J Peterson.
"how easy Dostoevsky had it" A reference to 'House of the Dead' by Dostoevsky

I hadn't read Peterson's forward to this as yet, though I have of course previously watched his lectures on the subject of Solzhenitsyn and 'The Gulag Archipelago'.
So I looked it up: JB Peterson: Foreword to The Gulag Archipelago: 50th Anniversary
A powerful forward, and an excellent summation of Solzhenityn's conclusions.

Reading the The Gulag Archipelago is quite an experience.


jimmyjimjim

5,089 posts

183 months

Saturday 12th January
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I finished the latest book in the safehold series, Through fiery trials. Blimey, but I'm going to be glad when the series is over. He needs to have a editor who punches him hard whenever he has a battle scene longer than a few pages.

Some interesting revelations, but no finish yet.

Ardennes1944

17 posts

10 months

Monday 14th January
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Just finished Ascent into Hell, fantastic read I very much enjoyed.

Just started And on that Bombshell by the sound editor of 2002-2015 Top Gear based on a recommendation here, great start to it so far.

droopsnoot

6,904 posts

187 months

Monday 14th January
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I've just finished "Cross and Burn" by Val McDermid. Another of the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series, pretty good in itself though some parts spoiled by my reading them out of sequence.

Ardennes1944

17 posts

10 months

Monday 14th January
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valiant said:
Read Berlin, also by Beevor, afterwards.

It dovetails nicely from Stalingrad and is just as well written and easily readable.
Just saw this now, I actually read Berlin years ago when I was younger, could read it again actually. Of course I read them in the wrong order!

droopsnoot

6,904 posts

187 months

Monday 14th January
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I've just finished "The Secret Lemonade Drinker" by Guy Bellamy, another from a job lot. A gentle tale again, perhaps a bit less interesting than the previous one, but entertaining nonetheless.

Nom de ploom

4,890 posts

119 months

Tuesday 15th January
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gone back to fiction after two easy going non fiction reads

"we have no Idea - A guide to the unknown universe by Jorge Chan & Daniel Whiteson - light and easy going despite the potentially heavy subject matter and

"What if?" by randall munroe he of XKCD fame sensible answers to absurd hypothetical questions. a good bog read as the chapeters are discreet and succint.

but I've gone back to Jack and Steven, book 7 of the Patrick O'brian series The Surgeon's Mate. 20% in and its just as good as the others.