Books - What are you reading?

Books - What are you reading?

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peterperkins

2,477 posts

197 months

Wednesday 22nd January
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Stan the Bat said:
In a related way, I am reading this at the moment.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50062769-under...
Interesting but lightweights, 1000ft or so maybe 1500ft depth max.

Trieste went down to 35,797ft and more importantly came back up again vessel and crew intact.



RizzoTheRat

19,307 posts

147 months

Thursday 23rd January
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Started this the other night on a recommendation from a couple of people at work



Now my mrs complains that I'm chuckling away to myself when she's trying to read hehe

Legend83

9,461 posts

177 months

Thursday 23rd January
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RizzoTheRat said:
Started this the other night on a recommendation from a couple of people at work



Now my mrs complains that I'm chuckling away to myself when she's trying to read hehe
I have nearly finished it. Certainly eye-opening but doesn't have the emotional punch of the Henry Marsh books.

RizzoTheRat

19,307 posts

147 months

Thursday 23rd January
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I've heard of Marsh's books but not read them, I'll have to give them a try.

I've seen Kay live a couple of times, once solo and once with the Amateur Transplants and found him pretty funny so started on this one for the humour rather than the medicine angle.

Legend83

9,461 posts

177 months

Thursday 23rd January
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Yes it's definitely funny and actually I am glad I read it after Do No Harm by Marsh as I needed cheering up a bit!

Stan the Bat

5,496 posts

167 months

Thursday 23rd January
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RizzoTheRat said:
Started this the other night on a recommendation from a couple of people at work



Now my mrs complains that I'm chuckling away to myself when she's trying to read hehe
Kay has got another out now.

lowdrag

10,484 posts

168 months

Friday 24th January
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Do you get into a book, find you dislike it but grind away to the end? I usually do but in this case I got to page 48 and that was it; I could go no further. A story of a police inspector seemingly of the ghost division, talking to dead people, and frankly it is a mess. Someone must like them I suppose, but Inspector Dark and his cronies are not for me. Normally I either leave a book in a public place or exchange it for another in a café, but it has given me great pleasure to throw this one in the bin.


RizzoTheRat

19,307 posts

147 months

Friday 24th January
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Legend83 said:
Yes it's definitely funny and actually I am glad I read it after Do No Harm by Marsh as I needed cheering up a bit!
Do No Harm is currently £3.99 on Kindle, so added to the list. Sounds like I may have done this the wrong way round though biggrin

Legend83

9,461 posts

177 months

Friday 24th January
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RizzoTheRat said:
Do No Harm is currently £3.99 on Kindle, so added to the list. Sounds like I may have done this the wrong way round though biggrin
It's a brilliant book but much more clinical than Kay's, very sobering and the odd moment of light-relief is therefore more pronounced.

droopsnoot

7,835 posts

197 months

Friday 24th January
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lowdrag said:
Do you get into a book, find you dislike it but grind away to the end?
I'm currently battling my way through "Battle Sight Zero" by Gerald Seymour, which is so differently written to any of his previous books that I'm wondering whether he's subcontracted it. I'm determined not to give up as I'm probably 75% through now.

Yertis

15,344 posts

221 months

Friday 24th January
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Nearly finished John le Carré: The Biography by Adam Sisman.

Mrs Y bought it as gift for me, which was a leap of faith considering she knows I have never read a le Carré novel (I'm embarrassed to admit). I'll have to fix that now. Interestingly he'd proposed the title of his latest book "Agent Running in the Field" for several previous novels, now well known under different titles.

MC Bodge

13,552 posts

130 months

Friday 24th January
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droopsnoot said:
I'm currently battling my way through "Battle Sight Zero" by Gerald Seymour, which is so differently written to any of his previous books that I'm wondering whether he's subcontracted it. I'm determined not to give up as I'm probably 75% through now.
I have really enjoyed some of Seymour's books, and have found some of the history/situations fascinating. They can be fairly formulaic, though.

TheJimi

16,940 posts

198 months

Friday 24th January
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After a few chapters, I've temporarily given up on Wolf Hall. I just can't get on with Mantel's writing style, especially when she's describing conversations between people - half the time you don't know who's saying what.

Really distracting & frustrating.

droopsnoot

7,835 posts

197 months

Friday 24th January
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MC Bodge said:
I have really enjoyed some of Seymour's books, and have found some of the history/situations fascinating. They can be fairly formulaic, though.
It's not that so much as the style of writing, sentences and paragraphs are very "wordy". I found a similar thing in the latest Lee Child / Reacher novel, but not to such an extent. I read a fairly recent one and it was much easier to read than this one is turning out to be.

Stan the Bat

5,496 posts

167 months

Friday 24th January
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peterperkins said:
Stan the Bat said:
In a related way, I am reading this at the moment.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50062769-under...
Interesting but lightweights, 1000ft or so maybe 1500ft depth max.

Trieste went down to 35,797ft and more importantly came back up again vessel and crew intact.
Err, this guy came back up again after cooped up for three months at a time. confused

Newc

1,143 posts

137 months

Sunday 26th January
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William Gibson's latest, Agency.

This has the feel of a series of concepts delivered to a publisher's contractual obligation. And indeed a bit of research suggests that it was handed in at least a year late, so maybe he's got something going on in his life which is taking all his attention.

It's the usual set-up: a recognisable near future with a bit of a sci-fi tweak to support the central plot. But it's not sci-fi, and in fact could have been structured without much effort to remove that component completely. The sci-fi piece could make an interesting separate book, nothing to do with this one.

There are a few flashes of the Gibson brilliance, where he runs with a current trend and shows you its conclusion, and you say 'yes, of course that's how it will go, that's so obvious, why didn't I see that'. But there's not enough of that, and rather too much implausible action and outline characterisations.

We're in a brand new setting here, there's no Blue Ant or Bridge or even a nod to them, so we're meeting all new characters. And there's a lot of slight variations in recent events described, and claims that the changes are really significant, but that's never properly explored.

The central plot is not new. It's been done several times now and Gibson doesn't really bring anything to it. And some of the writing is a bit clunky, feels like it didn't get enough time with an editor.

Worth buying? Well, to me any Gibson is better than no Gibson, but this is some way from his best and not one to rush out and read.

p1doc

2,647 posts

139 months

Monday 27th January
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TheJimi said:
I have this on my bookshelf, nabbed from the school library, circa 1996 hehepaperbag

Brilliant book.
great book-I remember reading it at school as well

droopsnoot

7,835 posts

197 months

Friday 31st January
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I've finally finished "Battle Sight Zero" by Gerald Seymour. It's taken me ages to get through it, I really didn't like the writing style, and I don't recall any of his other books being quite so difficult to get through. More of a pity because I bought it as a gift for someone else, who also thought the same.

Legend83

9,461 posts

177 months

Friday 31st January
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Just started SAS: Nazi Hunters by Damien Lewis. So far so very interesting.

rst99

427 posts

157 months

Saturday 1st February
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On to this now. So far so good.