Books - What are you reading?

Books - What are you reading?

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Mezzanine

5,367 posts

179 months

Sunday 11th October
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Just finished this:



His first grown up thriller after a run of YA fiction. Enjoyed it, was very pacy with short chapters. Solid ‘supermarket’ fiction which would go down well as a beach/holiday read without expecting too much depth.

Would certainly pick up whatever he writes next.


MC Bodge

14,430 posts

135 months

Sunday 11th October
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K12beano said:
Ruskie said:
The Secret Barrister currently. I’m struggling a bit with it TBH.
Really?

I read it not long after Adam Kay’s “This is Going to Hurt”

It was as depressing and hilarious in equal measure! And just as informative I thought.

If you can, I think it’s worth sticking with it. (But I can understand if it’s not your cup of tea)
I recently read "This is Going to Hurt" and I am now reading "The Secret Barrister".

The Secret Barrister isn't as amusing, but it is very interesting and concerning.

I'm about half way through. I wouldn't say it was a tough read.

Prolex-UK

1,400 posts

168 months

Sunday 11th October
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yoshisdad said:
Just finished ' Thus Spake David E.'
Didn't really know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
What did i say?

My real name is david e.....

xcesx

76 posts

112 months

Sunday 11th October
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I’m half way through A Column of Fire.
Ken Follett.
I’ll get his new one once it’s comes out in paperback.

xcesx

76 posts

112 months

Sunday 11th October
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Mezzanine said:
Just finished this:



His first grown up thriller after a run of YA fiction. Enjoyed it, was very pacy with short chapters. Solid ‘supermarket’ fiction which would go down well as a beach/holiday read without expecting too much depth.

Would certainly pick up whatever he writes next.
I picked this up in Asda! Might give it a go.

coppice

6,378 posts

104 months

Monday 12th October
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yoshisdad said:
Just finished ' Thus Spake David E.'
Didn't really know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Excellent- I have written a couple of reviews of this book and remain convinced that D E D was right up there with Russell Bulgin and Setright in the pantheon of great motoring journalism .


K12beano

20,396 posts

235 months

Monday 12th October
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Surprisingly good romp.... again .... from "Galbraith".... now 2/3rds of the way through.... it takes a long time to get anywhere, but difficult to put down even if it is a bit trashy in parts. Doesn't require too much brainpower, and quite entertaining - 7/10

yoshisdad

353 posts

131 months

Monday 12th October
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coppice said:
Excellent- I have written a couple of reviews of this book and remain convinced that D E D was right up there with Russell Bulgin and Setright in the pantheon of great motoring journalism .
I'm pretty ignorant of American car magazine writers, but I found his book to be one of the best I have read. It was full of characters I have heard of-Lee Iacocca, John Delorean and , by far the best for me, Rene Dreyfus. Driving old Ferraris (when they were new) and appearing to enjoy every single second of his career.

A book I will miss reading, now I have finished it!

Leithen

6,736 posts

227 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Ian Rankin, A Song For The Dark Times.



Still as good as ever.

DoctorX

5,118 posts

127 months

Tuesday 13th October
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^ Next on my list, glad to hear it. Then it's the Pillars of the Earth prequel by Ken Follett.

Jim on the hill

4,665 posts

150 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Ordered Darkness Descending written by Ken Jones

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Darkness-Descending-Ken...

Sounds incredible and as a supporter of the Fan Dance big respect to our Special Forces.

TheJimi

18,065 posts

203 months

Tuesday 13th October
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DoctorX said:
^ Next on my list, glad to hear it. Then it's the Pillars of the Earth prequel by Ken Follett.
Yep, I'm reading it right now. Really enjoying it so far yes


DoctorX

5,118 posts

127 months

Tuesday 13th October
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TheJimi said:
Yep, I'm reading it right now. Really enjoying it so far yes

Excellent. I’m still only 30% through the chunky Strike book, so with that, Ian Rankin and this, I shall return to this thread in 2022....

Stan the Bat

5,941 posts

172 months

Tuesday 13th October
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K12beano said:



Surprisingly good romp.... again .... from "Galbraith".... now 2/3rds of the way through.... it takes a long time to get anywhere, but difficult to put down even if it is a bit trashy in parts. Doesn't require too much brainpower, and quite entertaining - 7/10
Have just finished this, a bit convoluted--I was getting mixed up with all the characters.

But, on a par with the previous ones, so not a bad read then.

coppice

6,378 posts

104 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Newc said:


An interesting idea, let down at the start by some unimportant but irritating physics errors (note to author - if you're going to write a techno-details book about rocket science, have it proof read by some rocket scientists) and then let down at the end by a structure of

Part 1 - establish background and develop some interesting characters
Part 2 - put characters in jeopardy, display erudite knowledge of historical events
Part 3 - form the outline of a plot climax
Part 4 - give up on the hard part of resolving everything and skip straight to the epilogue where it is sunny and time for tea and biscuits and everything is lovely

Readable because Harris is a good crafter of prose, but not a book I would rush to recommend unless you just want something light and simple. Most illuminating part (if true) was just how deeply plugged in to the nazi setup Wernher von Braun was.
I have nearly always greatly enjoyed Harris' work , especially Pompeii, Ghost and (bets of all ) An Officer and a Spy. His last book , The Second Sleep , was risibly dreadful and at least V2 is an improvement . But it's still poor- paper thin , single dimensional characterisation, over contrived plot - the whole thing feels formulaic and tired.

Now it's time for his brother in law (and far better writer) Nick Hornby's latest , and then the masterful William Boyd's ..

Prolex-UK

1,400 posts

168 months

Sunday 18th October
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Just finished Warlord

Its the lasr utred book

Read in 3 sittings in 2 days.

As ever a great read

FunkyNige

7,119 posts

235 months

Monday 19th October
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is one of my favourite books so I pre-ordered the authors next book - Piranesi hoping for something vaguely similar.
It's quite a bit different - it's much shorter for a start and is almost completely world-building with not a whole lot of plot going on until the last quarter where it's pretty much "this is what's going on". I enjoyed reading it but it could've done with fleshing out a bit.

egor110

13,568 posts

163 months

Tuesday 20th October
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The last 12 months have been a pretty good reading period for me .

Coming from not reading at all i've read :

the don winslow cartel trilogy

the jason matthews red sparrow trilogy

the mick herron - spook street series

ben coes - entire series

joel c rosenberg kremlin conspiracy trilogy

newt gingrich - conspiracy

rick campbell - empire rising , trident deception

and i've just started charles cummings a foreign country.

I've dabbled with a bit of dystopian fiction by reading an excess male , the power and the feed and struggled with some sci fi with the golden son and red rising but i find sci fi a bit of a slog compared to spy / techno thrillers.

Future plans are to have a real stab at cracking out a book a fortnight .

tomw2000

2,344 posts

155 months

Tuesday 20th October
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egor110 said:
The last 12 months have been a pretty good reading period for me .

Coming from not reading at all i've read :

the don winslow cartel trilogy

the mick herron - spook street series
The Don Winslow and Mick Herron books are ace. If anyone has recommendations in a similar vein, I'm interested smile

egor110

13,568 posts

163 months

Tuesday 20th October
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tomw2000 said:
egor110 said:
The last 12 months have been a pretty good reading period for me .

Coming from not reading at all i've read :

the don winslow cartel trilogy

the mick herron - spook street series
The Don Winslow and Mick Herron books are ace. If anyone has recommendations in a similar vein, I'm interested smile
The Jason Matthews books are worth a read .