Books - What are you reading?

Books - What are you reading?

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jimmyjimjim

6,347 posts

209 months

Friday 17th July 2020
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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

2,785 posts

155 months

Friday 17th July 2020
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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

104 posts

23 months

Friday 17th July 2020
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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

104 posts

23 months

Friday 17th July 2020
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Blooming heck..... that's big! (The cover I mean - not the thumbnail expected!)

jimmyjimjim

6,347 posts

209 months

Friday 17th July 2020
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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

7,318 posts

226 months

Saturday 18th July 2020
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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

1,006 posts

17 months

Saturday 18th July 2020
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Golden Age Batman omnibus Vol1

droopsnoot

9,062 posts

213 months

Saturday 18th July 2020
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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

18,023 posts

162 months

Sunday 19th July 2020
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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

18,034 posts

230 months

Sunday 19th July 2020
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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

11,442 posts

126 months

Monday 20th July 2020
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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

7,677 posts

246 months

Monday 20th July 2020
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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

2,785 posts

155 months

Monday 20th July 2020
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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

341 posts

88 months

Monday 20th July 2020
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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

5,104 posts

102 months

Monday 20th July 2020
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My recent book purchases for my forthcoming caravan holiday..





200Plus Club

9,422 posts

249 months

Tuesday 21st July 2020
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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

9,422 posts

249 months

Tuesday 21st July 2020
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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

20,846 posts

246 months

Tuesday 21st July 2020
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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

1,006 posts

17 months

Tuesday 21st July 2020
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I must admit, as an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, I hav'nt read a lot of Asimov.

andy_s

18,034 posts

230 months

Tuesday 21st July 2020
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whitesocks said:
I must admit, as an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, I hav'nt read a lot of Asimov.
yikes