Books - What are you reading?

Books - What are you reading?

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lowdrag

10,484 posts

168 months

Friday 17th January
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I mentioned this briefly earlier; "The Reunion" by Guillaume Musso. This is not the first of his books I have read, and they certainly don't disappoint. I guess we all like light relief with Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher because we know what we are going to get and who will win out in the end, and I have nothing against that. But Musso is in another realm entirely. You know the basis of the plot and who dunnit early on, but the plot twists and turns, each chapter enticing you on and making you guess and reguess where you are being taken.

His style of writing is powerful. There was a moment when he mentioned certain music that fitted the scene, and it was the second act of Der Rosenkavalier. I felt compelled to listen to the music and he was right, but it is seldom that a book draws you in to such a degree. Oh, by the way, the photo you see here is a proof, so the cover of the book will probably differ

Nearly all of the books I read are passed on - Reacher and Bosch included - but there are some to which I return, and even if I don't they stay here. "An Instance of the Fingerpost" is one, "Empty Mansions" another, and this will join them. I strongly urge you to read this novel. It is a breath of fresh air.


200Plus Club

7,252 posts

233 months

Friday 17th January
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"The Testaments" turned out to be a very good read. Given it was written 35 years after the handsmaids tale it nicely writes the conclusion the original book needed.

Tony Angelino

1,053 posts

68 months

Saturday 18th January
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K12beano said:
Really surprised by what a good romp Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel turned out to be

“They seek him here, they seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere, Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That demned elusive Pimpernel”
That damned elusive sh-a-Dow

cranford10

275 posts

71 months

Saturday 18th January
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Chickenhawk is 99p on Kindle today. Excellent book about being a helicopter pilot in Vietnam

Well worth a read IMO

MC Bodge

13,552 posts

130 months

Saturday 18th January
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cranford10 said:
Chickenhawk is 99p on Kindle today. Excellent book about being a helicopter pilot in Vietnam

Well worth a read IMO
Agreed. Superb. One of the best war accounts I've read.

As is Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (semi autobiographical).

Stan the Bat

5,496 posts

167 months

Saturday 18th January
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cranford10 said:
Chickenhawk is 99p on Kindle today. Excellent book about being a helicopter pilot in Vietnam

Well worth a read IMO
Done it,a great read.


TheJimi

16,940 posts

198 months

Saturday 18th January
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Stan the Bat said:
cranford10 said:
Chickenhawk is 99p on Kindle today. Excellent book about being a helicopter pilot in Vietnam

Well worth a read IMO
Done it,a great read.
Agreed. Great book.

matc

4,691 posts

162 months

Saturday 18th January
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TheJimi said:
Stan the Bat said:
cranford10 said:
Chickenhawk is 99p on Kindle today. Excellent book about being a helicopter pilot in Vietnam

Well worth a read IMO
Done it,a great read.
Agreed. Great book.
Just added it to my ever growing list of books to read!

TheJimi

16,940 posts

198 months

Saturday 18th January
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Perseverant said:
After a few false starts I read "Wolf Hall " by Hilary Mantel.
What constituted the false starts?



paulguitar

5,996 posts

68 months

Saturday 18th January
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I am just finishing this:



30 years on death row in Alabama, poor guy was not even anywhere near the crime scenes.

It's a shocker and sadly by no means a unique situation in the good old US of A.


rst99

427 posts

157 months

Saturday 18th January
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Very good.



Great

Now on to this. Which is really good.



Up next:


Perseverant

347 posts

66 months

Sunday 19th January
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Always nice to hear from like minded readers and pick up a few ideas too. I read a lot of Elmore Leonard some years ago. I've also read lots of Ian Rankin and other "Scottish Noir" writers -Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid to name two. Anyone looking for a cynical romp around the 19th century should try the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser, and his "Quartered Safe Out Here", his autobiographical account of fighting in Burma is a tremendous read too.

Sway

14,724 posts

149 months

Sunday 19th January
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I've recently finished the entire Warhammer 30k Horus Heresy series.

Unlike the 40,000 books (in the main), far more depth/politics/emotion/quality.

So, onto the Siege of Terra series, which is the six book run through to the end... Currently on book 2. Loving every part of it.

Also, listening to an old favourite on Audible - the Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton. Love the books, first time listening. Each one is some 30+ hours long, great narrator - and strangely more impactful via audio than text.

Just finished Atomic Habits. Useful, if a tad shallow and common sense (although sense is one thing that isn't common!).

RizzoTheRat

19,307 posts

147 months

Sunday 19th January
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Interesting read, hard to imagine what they went though.

droopsnoot

7,835 posts

197 months

Monday 20th January
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Perseverant said:
I've also read lots of Ian Rankin and other "Scottish Noir" writers -Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid to name two.
Have you tried James Oswald? He's a mate of Stuart MacBride, and with one or two little exceptions I have enjoyed his stuff greatly.

TheJimi

16,940 posts

198 months

Monday 20th January
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RizzoTheRat said:


Interesting read, hard to imagine what they went though.
I have this on my bookshelf, nabbed from the school library, circa 1996 hehepaperbag

Brilliant book.


i4got

2,561 posts

33 months

Monday 20th January
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droopsnoot said:
Perseverant said:
I've also read lots of Ian Rankin and other "Scottish Noir" writers -Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid to name two.
Have you tried James Oswald? He's a mate of Stuart MacBride, and with one or two little exceptions I have enjoyed his stuff greatly.
If you haven't heard of it try googling Belfast Noir. In particular Adrian McKinty's Michael Forsythe Trilogy and his Sean Duffy series.

denn69

64 posts

6 months

Monday 20th January
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I read Six of Crows earlier this year ... now I really want to read the books in the Grisha story.

peterperkins

2,477 posts

197 months

Wednesday 22nd January
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'Seven Miles Down.'

If sitting in a cramped freezing cold metal sphere, hanging under a float containing 28,000 gallons of petrol, whilst descending to a depth of seven miles, where the pressure is tons per square inch, sounds like fun, then this is the book for you.

Brilliant invention and brave explorers tackling one of the last remaining areas ripe for exploration nearly 60 years ago.

Nice well written factual book detailing the project..



Edited by peterperkins on Thursday 23 January 22:18

Stan the Bat

5,496 posts

167 months

Wednesday 22nd January
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peterperkins said:
'Seven Miles Down.'

If sitting in a cramped freezing cold metal sphere hanging under a float containing 10,000 gallons of petrol whilst descending to a depth of seven miles where the pressure is tons per square inch sounds like fun, then this is the book for you.

Brilliant invention and brave explorers tackling one of the last remaining areas ripe for exploration nearly 60 years ago.

Nice well written factual book detailing the project..

In a related way, I am reading this at the moment.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50062769-under...