Books - What are you reading?

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unrepentant

19,110 posts

193 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

6,083 posts

179 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

3,266 posts

113 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

6,083 posts

179 months

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

Tony Angelino

688 posts

50 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.

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FunkyNige

6,365 posts

212 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

233 posts

53 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

9 posts

Tuesday 8th January
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Da Vinci Code

toasty

5,152 posts

157 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

3,137 posts

143 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

13,810 posts

196 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

2,975 posts

56 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

4,873 posts

175 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

15 posts

2 months

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

6,083 posts

179 months

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

15 posts

2 months

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

6,083 posts

179 months

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

4,730 posts

111 months

Tuesday
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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.

plasticpig

10,882 posts

162 months

Tuesday
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jimmyjimjim said:
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.
I don't think David Weber is capable of finishing a series. His Honor Harrington books started in 1993 and the last one was released last year. One irritation I found was that there was a indeed a steam powered airship and given the amount library information about steam power it would be unlikely that this information was missed out as the inventor also invented the steam injector.







Prolex-UK

632 posts

145 months

Tuesday
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Reading Peter Crouch's autobiography How to be a footballer.

Very enlightening & amusing