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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#81  Postby crazyfitter » Feb 14, 2016 10:12 am

1. The History of England vol1 Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
2. Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters
3. The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers. Thanks for the recommendation Evolving I really enjoyed it.
4. The Stranger - Albert Camus
5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams.Read this several times in the past and it just seemed a bit flat this time.
6. Assassins Apprentice - Robin Hobbs
7. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobbs
8. The Racketeer -John Grisham Reread
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#82  Postby TopCat » Feb 14, 2016 5:57 pm

I think I'll go for 25, although that will be a stretch, given what I want to read...

Trashy stuff over the Christmas break:

1. The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
2. Inferno - Dan Brown (by far his best, IMO)

Then these are currently on the go:

3. Tales from Planet Earth - Arthur C Clarke (short stories - I'll count this as one)
4. A universe from nothing - Lawrence Krauss (re-read)
5. Organic Chemistry (2nd ed) - Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves, Stuart Warren
6. Autobiography - Chris Hoy
7. A history of science - John Gribbin

And a couple I've got lined up:

8. The greatest show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
9. Why evolution is true - Jerry Coyne (this might get postponed, but I so enjoyed it the first time..)
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#83  Postby Fallible » Feb 15, 2016 3:13 pm

1. Asylum - Madeleine Roux.
2. Sanctum - Madeleine Roux.
3. Think - Simon Blackburn.
4. Half A King - Joe Abercrombie.
5. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell. KINDLE BOOK.
6. Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies - Nick Frost.
7. The Watchers - Neil Spring.
8. Benediction - Kent Haruf.
9. A Lovely Way to Burn - Louise Welsh.
10. Death is a Welcome Guest - Louise Welsh.
11. The Colony - F.G. Cottam. KINDLE BOOK.
12. Dark Resurrection - F.G. Cottam. KINDLE BOOK.
13. The Going and the Rise - F.G. Cottam. KINDLE BOOK.
14. Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#84  Postby Fallible » Feb 16, 2016 10:39 am

1. Asylum - Madeleine Roux.
2. Sanctum - Madeleine Roux.
3. Think - Simon Blackburn.
4. Half A King - Joe Abercrombie.
5. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell. KINDLE BOOK.
6. Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies - Nick Frost.
7. The Watchers - Neil Spring.
8. Benediction - Kent Haruf.
9. A Lovely Way to Burn - Louise Welsh.
10. Death is a Welcome Guest - Louise Welsh.
11. The Colony - F.G. Cottam. KINDLE BOOK.
12. Dark Resurrection - F.G. Cottam. KINDLE BOOK.
13. The Going and the Rise - F.G. Cottam. KINDLE BOOK.
14. Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng.
15. The Castle of Crossed Destinies - Italo Calvino. Re-read.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#85  Postby NamelessFaceless » Feb 16, 2016 4:06 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
2. The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale - Joseph Conrad
3. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
4. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces - Radley Balko
5. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
6. To Have and Have Not - Ernest Hemingway
7. Rasputin and the Jews - Delin Colon
8. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
9. What is Free Trade? - Frederic Bastiat
10. Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
11. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Roald Dahl
12. Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#86  Postby Blip » Feb 16, 2016 4:34 pm

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
2. Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
3. The Far Cry by Emma Smith
4. Gardens of the Imagination edited by Sophie Biriotti
5. Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman
6. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
7. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
8. Cure for a Crooked Smile by Chris Kinsey (re-read)
9. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
10. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
11. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#87  Postby Evolving » Feb 16, 2016 5:17 pm

Where do you people find the time?

1. The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins.
2. The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers.
3. Don Carlos - Infant von Spanien - Friedrich Schiller.
4. Wave mechanics - John Bolton and Robert Lambourne.
5. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf.
How extremely stupid not to have thought of that - T.H. Huxley
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#88  Postby Fallible » Feb 16, 2016 5:19 pm

I've got a week off work; watch it tail off again come Monday.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#89  Postby Blip » Feb 16, 2016 6:59 pm

Evolving wrote:Where do you people find the time?


Never mind that: have you read 'A God in Ruins'? If not, put it on your list. You'll thank me.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#90  Postby Evolving » Feb 16, 2016 8:09 pm

OK, ordered it. Not sure when I'll get round to it. I was going to read

6. Catherine the Great: Life and Legend - John T. Alexander

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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#91  Postby VazScep » Feb 17, 2016 6:47 pm

1. Assassin's Apprentice -- Robin Hobb
2. That's Not How You Wash a Squirrel -- David Thorne
3. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch --- Philip K Dick
4. TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information -- Erik Davis
5. Ubik --- Philip K Dick
6. Altered Carbon --- Richard K. Morgan

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Don't worry. I'm struggling too!
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#92  Postby crazyfitter » Feb 18, 2016 9:19 am

1. The History of England vol1 Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
2. Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters
3. The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers. Thanks for the recommendation Evolving I really enjoyed it.
4. The Stranger - Albert Camus
5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams.Read this several times in the past and it just seemed a bit flat this time.
6. Assassins Apprentice - Robin Hobbs
7. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobbs
8. The Racketeer -John Grisham Reread
9. Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
The slap in the face that is offered by anti-rationalist, pseudo-scientists and anti-intellectuals that infest much of public discourse is a sad coda to what has been achieved these centuries past by the scientific method - don’t get me started
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#93  Postby VazScep » Feb 19, 2016 11:01 am

crazyfitter wrote:1. The History of England vol1 Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
2. Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters
3. The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers. Thanks for the recommendation Evolving I really enjoyed it.
4. The Stranger - Albert Camus
5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams.Read this several times in the past and it just seemed a bit flat this time.
6. Assassins Apprentice - Robin Hobbs
7. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobbs
8. The Racketeer -John Grisham Reread
9. Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
Opinions on Ghostwritten? I thought Cloud Atlas was interesting and ambitious, but it was Bone Clocks that blew me away. I read on Kindle with progress turned off and I almost wanted to cry when I turned the page to see only Acknowldgements.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#94  Postby Fallible » Feb 19, 2016 2:18 pm

I know, he's great. I love all his books equally I think. I've got [¡]Slade House[/I] here too, but I don't know want to read it, because then I will be Mitchellless.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#95  Postby The Hanging Monkey » Feb 20, 2016 9:59 am

1. Donnie Brasco - Joseph D. Pistone
2. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - William L. Shirer
3. The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
4. Arthur and George - Julian Barnes
5. The Willow Wand - Derek Birley
6. The Gathering Storm - Winston Churchill
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#96  Postby crazyfitter » Feb 22, 2016 8:55 pm

VazScep wrote:
crazyfitter wrote:1. The History of England vol1 Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
2. Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters
3. The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers. Thanks for the recommendation Evolving I really enjoyed it.
4. The Stranger - Albert Camus
5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams.Read this several times in the past and it just seemed a bit flat this time.
6. Assassins Apprentice - Robin Hobbs
7. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobbs
8. The Racketeer -John Grisham Reread
9. Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
Opinions on Ghostwritten? I thought Cloud Atlas was interesting and ambitious, but it was Bone Clocks that blew me away. I read on Kindle with progress turned off and I almost wanted to cry when I turned the page to see only Acknowldgements.


Towards the end I was getting fed up with it, but like you a bit mystified by the sudden finish. I was looking at 100% with one of the themes just getting going again. I can only think that the authors point was that while in this case an AI could stop war by interfering with digital communication there was no answer to the low-tech idiot. Therefore no point in continuing that theme, he'd made his point. I think.

I've got Black Swan Green, Number9dream and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, and I'm not sure whether to try one of them?
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#97  Postby Fallible » Feb 22, 2016 9:00 pm

Black Swan Green is an easy read, while Jacob de Zoet I found a bit of a slog. Good, but a slog. I didn't finish Number9dream but this was due to personal circumstances and had nothing to do with the book itself.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#98  Postby NamelessFaceless » Feb 23, 2016 3:15 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
2. The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale - Joseph Conrad
3. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
4. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces - Radley Balko
5. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
6. To Have and Have Not - Ernest Hemingway
7. Rasputin and the Jews - Delin Colon
8. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
9. What is Free Trade? - Frederic Bastiat
10. Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
11. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Roald Dahl
12. Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
13. The New Libertarianism: Anarcho-Capitalism - J. Michael Oliver
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#99  Postby Sciwoman » Feb 23, 2016 5:46 pm

NamelessFaceless wrote:Audiobooks in Italics

1. An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
2. The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale - Joseph Conrad
3. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
4. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces - Radley Balko
5. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
6. To Have and Have Not - Ernest Hemingway
7. Rasputin and the Jews - Delin Colon
8. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
9. What is Free Trade? - Frederic Bastiat
10. Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
11. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Roald Dahl
12. Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
13. The New Libertarianism: Anarcho-Capitalism - J. Michael Oliver

I see you read Rise of the Warrior Cop. What did you think of it? I thinking of reading it, but didn't want to waste my time if it was very biased.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2016

#100  Postby crazyfitter » Feb 27, 2016 12:21 pm

1. The History of England vol1 Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
2. Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters
3. The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers. Thanks for the recommendation Evolving I really enjoyed it.
4. The Stranger - Albert Camus
5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams.Read this several times in the past and it just seemed a bit flat this time.
6. Assassins Apprentice - Robin Hobbs
7. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobbs
8. The Racketeer -John Grisham Reread
9. Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
10. Children of Dust - Ali Eteraz
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