Books - What are you reading?

Books - What are you reading?

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irc

927 posts

93 months

Wednesday 15th July
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matchmaker said:


I've just read "Death in the North Channel", about the loss of the Irish Sea ferry "Princess Victoria" in January 1953. Absolutely harrowing read - 135 dead is still (I believe) the greatest peacetime loss of lives in British territorial waters.e]
Actually I believe the loss of the Iolaire just outside Stornaway harbour on 1st January 1919 had a greater death toll of 205 including a great uncle of mine.

Aside from the number the tragedy of the Iolaire was that almost all the dead were merchant marine or servicemen who had survived WW1 only to drown within sight of home. 188 of the dead were from Lewis and Harris.

My grandfather was the only one of 4 brothers to survive WW1. Two brothers killed in battle and one on the Iolaire.

John Macleod wrote an excellent book on the subject. Most of the dead were from Lewis which in many ways lost a generation. My two great aunts from Lewis were among those who never married as so many men if their generation were dead.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Heard-Bell-Loss-Iola...


jimmyjimjim

5,665 posts

195 months

Friday 17th July
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Having finished one book I was waiting 33 years for, I moved on to one I was waiting 6 years for - Jim Butcher, Dresden Files book 16, Peace Talks.

Lets just say I'm glad book 17 is now due in September, as this was clearly "Peace talks, part 1".

p1doc

2,667 posts

141 months

Friday 17th July
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jimmyjimjim said:
Having finished one book I was waiting 33 years for, I moved on to one I was waiting 6 years for - Jim Butcher, Dresden Files book 16, Peace Talks.

Lets just say I'm glad book 17 is now due in September, as this was clearly "Peace talks, part 1".
worth waiting for? I have read all the others so far but long wait between books!

CostaBrava1972

51 posts

9 months

Friday 17th July
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'Two-Eight-Six' by Clive Ashman - it's fiction, but quite the blockbuster.

Beginning with the 1957 Mille Miglia, the action updates once we join two guys from Newcastle competing on our modern-era equivalent, in a classic Lancia Aurelia (car '286').

Their experiences soon echo parallel accounts of a senior Roman soldier called Carausius (we'd say he's Belgian....) who's put in charge of the late-Roman navy defending the Roman province of 'Britannia'.

Under his command, the 'Classis Britannica' becomes unusually effective at fighting seaborne Saxon raiders, but his growing success only annoys the emperor. So Carausius himself is a true-life (but long-forgotten) historical character dating from AD 286, whose response was to declare UDI for Britain from the rest of the Roman Empire, in a sort of early 'Brexit' arrangement.

A split that lasts nearly 10 years until (spoiler alert....! ) Carausius gets murdered by his accountant and 'The Empire Strikes Back'! Altogether an interesting and exciting historical mix of the maritime, political, and motoring..... so here's its cover:


CostaBrava1972

51 posts

9 months

Friday 17th July
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Blooming heck..... that's big! (The cover I mean - not the thumbnail expected!)

jimmyjimjim

5,665 posts

195 months

Friday 17th July
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p1doc said:
jimmyjimjim said:
Having finished one book I was waiting 33 years for, I moved on to one I was waiting 6 years for - Jim Butcher, Dresden Files book 16, Peace Talks.

Lets just say I'm glad book 17 is now due in September, as this was clearly "Peace talks, part 1".
worth waiting for? I have read all the others so far but long wait between books!
It's decent, but it really does read as the first half of a book. The next book will obviously start the moment this one finished.


Ace-T

6,978 posts

212 months

Saturday 18th July
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jimmyjimjim said:
p1doc said:
jimmyjimjim said:
Having finished one book I was waiting 33 years for, I moved on to one I was waiting 6 years for - Jim Butcher, Dresden Files book 16, Peace Talks.

Lets just say I'm glad book 17 is now due in September, as this was clearly "Peace talks, part 1".
worth waiting for? I have read all the others so far but long wait between books!
It's decent, but it really does read as the first half of a book. The next book will obviously start the moment this one finished.
Crikey its been 6 years? yikes I guess JB's personal life going a bit to pot didn't help. frown

When it was announced there would be 2 books this year I figured it could be a 2 parter. As a result I am starting again at Storm Front and working my way through Harry's journey again. He is a bit of a whiney git in the first book though.hehe

whitesocks

431 posts

3 months

Saturday 18th July
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Golden Age Batman omnibus Vol1

droopsnoot

8,029 posts

199 months

Saturday 18th July
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I've just finished "The Burial Hour" by Jeffery Deaver, which I enjoyed though it twists and turns a bit.

g3org3y

15,481 posts

148 months

Sunday 19th July
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Inspired after listening to this podcast by Sean Carroll interviewing the author. Extremely interesting, psychologist trains to be a professional poker player (and wins). Fascinating regarding game theory and how poker (vs other games eg Go or Chess) can be likened to life.

andy_s

16,815 posts

216 months

Sunday 19th July
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g3org3y said:


Inspired after listening to this podcast by Sean Carroll interviewing the author. Extremely interesting, psychologist trains to be a professional poker player (and wins). Fascinating regarding game theory and how poker (vs other games eg Go or Chess) can be likened to life.
Just ordered the same book myself, has had lots of mentions (I’d not seen the Carroll interview).

Otispunkmeyer

10,432 posts

112 months

Monday 20th July
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Started on the Foundation series.

Quite enjoyable actually and not a heavy read. I like how it jumps decades at a time. It will make the upcoming TV adaption interesting to see how they handle it because there is no "main character".

Currently onto Foundation and Empire and have Second Foundation lined up (they were on Kindle sale a while back for almost nothing).

I can kinda see where Star Wars gets its ideas!

FunkyNige

6,987 posts

232 months

Monday 20th July
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Hello, My Name is Henry by Micah Schnabel

I bought this book 'blind' - I was due to go to a gig with Micah Schnabel as a support act but that was cancelled so I bought the book to help out the author as there won't be any more gigs happening for a while!

It's VERY good! At the half way point of the book I was enjoying it and would've given a 4* review - the writing is good, it all feels very real and you can totally see why the characters would act the way they do. The plot hadn't really gone anywhere at this point, but I assumed this was the point of the book and was perfectly fine with that as the writing kept me interested.
At about 3/4 of the way through the pace quickens a bit, things start happening and at the end of the book I was left putting it down thinking that it was so much better than I expected a book I bought completely on a whim would be.

p1doc

2,667 posts

141 months

Monday 20th July
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jimmyjimjim said:
It's decent, but it really does read as the first half of a book. The next book will obviously start the moment this one finished.
typical will have to wait for second book to find out what has been happening lol
quite like alex verus and sandman slim series as well

cherie171

306 posts

74 months

Monday 20th July
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p1doc said:
jimmyjimjim said:
It's decent, but it really does read as the first half of a book. The next book will obviously start the moment this one finished.
typical will have to wait for second book to find out what has been happening lol
quite like alex verus and sandman slim series as well
I finished Peace Talks last night. Two months until Battleground is nothing when you've been waiting 6 years for this one.

There are subtle differences in the tone to the previous book, but that's to be expected, both with the character changing, and Butcher going through some major upheavals in his personal life.

LeadFarmer

2,471 posts

88 months

Monday 20th July
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My recent book purchases for my forthcoming caravan holiday..





200Plus Club

7,538 posts

235 months

Tuesday 21st July
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Otispunkmeyer said:
Started on the Foundation series.

Quite enjoyable actually and not a heavy read. I like how it jumps decades at a time. It will make the upcoming TV adaption interesting to see how they handle it because there is no "main character".

Currently onto Foundation and Empire and have Second Foundation lined up (they were on Kindle sale a while back for almost nothing).

I can kinda see where Star Wars gets its ideas!
Must be 30yrs since I read the original series and loved it. Back when sci fi books were proper reads :-)

200Plus Club

7,538 posts

235 months

Tuesday 21st July
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Finally remembered to read a book I'd bought the wife as it was laying around.

"Daisy Jones and the Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Actually quite a good read, very different and anyone who is a fan of the original Fleetwood Mac and music era will be struck by the similarities.
7 Rumours out of 10.

K12beano

20,129 posts

232 months

Tuesday 21st July
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200Plus Club said:
Otispunkmeyer said:
Started on the Foundation series.

Quite enjoyable actually and not a heavy read. I like how it jumps decades at a time. It will make the upcoming TV adaption interesting to see how they handle it because there is no "main character".

Currently onto Foundation and Empire and have Second Foundation lined up (they were on Kindle sale a while back for almost nothing).

I can kinda see where Star Wars gets its ideas!
Must be 30yrs since I read the original series and loved it. Back when sci fi books were proper reads :-)
A very satisfying book/series for a re-read after a long gap - I think I had it on Audio for my commute the year before last (and it would probably have been a 25-30 year gap) and, equally, I think it could make a fascinating translation to the screen - lots of good books have taken a while to get a screen makeover.... sometimes these things don't translate well, but others (e.g. Good Omens) take a certain maturity of all the filming elements to really come together well.... I really hope this has been worth the wait!

whitesocks

431 posts

3 months

Tuesday 21st July
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I must admit, as an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, I hav'nt read a lot of Asimov.