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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#341  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 02, 2020 11:15 am

congrats, blip! :cheers:

i haven't a hope this year and slowed right down now but that's an impressive list

haven't had a proper look at this year's bookers yet, but bought a few off the international list
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#342  Postby don't get me started » Nov 02, 2020 11:36 pm

Good job Blip :cheers:

That is a very interesting task you have set yourself and well done for seeing it through.
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#343  Postby Blip » Nov 03, 2020 10:40 am

Thanks both :cheers:

To my mind the shortlist is a funny old mixture, but I haven't set myself this :book: task before and probably it always is.
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#344  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 03, 2020 2:33 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
5. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

6. How Firm a Foundation: The Story of Florida's First Methodist Church - Wesley S. Odom
7. Ulysses - James Joyce
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (15 books) - Jeff Kinney
9. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs - John Bloom and Jim Atkinson
10. Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
11. The Haunting of Hill House (and The Summer People) - Shirley Jackson
12. White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
13. Daisy Miller - Henry James
14. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume II - Edgar Allan Poe
15. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
17. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
18. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle

19. Lady Susan & The Watsons - Jane Austen
20. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
21. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (re-read)
22. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
23. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
25. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
26.Anthem - Ayn Rand

27. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
28. The Aspern Papers - Henry James
29. We Were Mothers - Katie Sise
30. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
31. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
32. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
33. Watership Down - Richard Adams
34. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
35. Alongside Night - J. Neil Schulman
36. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
37. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
38. A Nation's Keeper - James L. Howard
39. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
40. The Jolly Corner - Henry James
41. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
42. Dox Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
43. Middlemarch - George Eliot
44. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
45. Positive Discipline for Teenagers - Jane Nelson
46. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
47. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
48. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
49. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood - Gregg Olsen
50. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
51. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#345  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 03, 2020 2:36 pm

Blip wrote:Thanks both :cheers:

To my mind the shortlist is a funny old mixture, but I haven't set myself this :book: task before and probably it always is.


we used to like about half to 2/3s of the list...always a few not to our tastes
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#346  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 03, 2020 2:37 pm

NamelessFaceless wrote:Audiobooks in Italics

1. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
5. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

6. How Firm a Foundation: The Story of Florida's First Methodist Church - Wesley S. Odom
7. Ulysses - James Joyce
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (15 books) - Jeff Kinney
9. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs - John Bloom and Jim Atkinson
10. Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
11. The Haunting of Hill House (and The Summer People) - Shirley Jackson
12. White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
13. Daisy Miller - Henry James
14. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume II - Edgar Allan Poe
15. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
17. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
18. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle

19. Lady Susan & The Watsons - Jane Austen
20. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
21. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (re-read)
22. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
23. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
25. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
26.Anthem - Ayn Rand

27. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
28. The Aspern Papers - Henry James
29. We Were Mothers - Katie Sise
30. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
31. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
32. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
33. Watership Down - Richard Adams
34. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
35. Alongside Night - J. Neil Schulman
36. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
37. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
38. A Nation's Keeper - James L. Howard
39. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
40. The Jolly Corner - Henry James
41. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
42. Dox Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
43. Middlemarch - George Eliot
44. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
45. Positive Discipline for Teenagers - Jane Nelson
46. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
47. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
48. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
49. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood - Gregg Olsen
50. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
51. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger



another 50? missed this one - well done! :cheers:
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#347  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 03, 2020 2:41 pm

Blip wrote:And there you are, NamelessFaceless, yowzah! :cheers:


Thanks! :cheers:
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#348  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 03, 2020 2:46 pm

Thanks UncertainSloth! :cheers:

Congratulations on your list too! :cheers:
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#349  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 03, 2020 2:47 pm

Congrats to you too, Blip! :cheers:
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#350  Postby don't get me started » Nov 03, 2020 10:35 pm

Just add my own congratulations here NamelessFaceless. :cheers:

A list that includes The Brothers Karamazov, Tristram Shandy, Don Quixote and Middlemarch is very impressive.
Of those 4 monsters I have read:

1) The Brothers Karamazov (just the once and I had to sit down in a dark room for a while after finishing while I tried to come to grips with what I had just read.)
2) Trsitram Shandy, which is one of my favorite books and I think I may have read it three times over the years. Laugh out loud funny and truly ahead of its time. The film version with Steve Coogan made a good effort of filming an unfilmable book.
Check it out if you ever get the chance.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423409/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Oh, I just discovered here, in full on YouTube! What a treat. I may watch this later today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1E-sBi8gE

Anyways. Well done :clap:
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#351  Postby Blip » Nov 04, 2020 9:41 am

NamelessFaceless wrote:Congrats to you too, Blip! :cheers:


Thanks! :cheers:
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#352  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 04, 2020 2:09 pm

don't get me started wrote:Just add my own congratulations here NamelessFaceless. :cheers:

A list that includes The Brothers Karamazov, Tristram Shandy, Don Quixote and Middlemarch is very impressive.
Of those 4 monsters I have read:

1) The Brothers Karamazov (just the once and I had to sit down in a dark room for a while after finishing while I tried to come to grips with what I had just read.)
2) Trsitram Shandy, which is one of my favorite books and I think I may have read it three times over the years. Laugh out loud funny and truly ahead of its time. The film version with Steve Coogan made a good effort of filming an unfilmable book.
Check it out if you ever get the chance.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423409/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Oh, I just discovered here, in full on YouTube! What a treat. I may watch this later today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1E-sBi8gE

Anyways. Well done :clap:


:cheers: I watched the Steve Coogan movie after I finished the book. Loved it! I've been watching 'The Trip' movies with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and I love those two together. They're hysterical!
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#353  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 04, 2020 2:11 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
5. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

6. How Firm a Foundation: The Story of Florida's First Methodist Church - Wesley S. Odom
7. Ulysses - James Joyce
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (15 books) - Jeff Kinney
9. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs - John Bloom and Jim Atkinson
10. Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
11. The Haunting of Hill House (and The Summer People) - Shirley Jackson
12. White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
13. Daisy Miller - Henry James
14. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume II - Edgar Allan Poe
15. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
17. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
18. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle

19. Lady Susan & The Watsons - Jane Austen
20. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
21. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (re-read)
22. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
23. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
25. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
26.Anthem - Ayn Rand

27. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
28. The Aspern Papers - Henry James
29. We Were Mothers - Katie Sise
30. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
31. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
32. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
33. Watership Down - Richard Adams
34. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
35. Alongside Night - J. Neil Schulman
36. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
37. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
38. A Nation's Keeper - James L. Howard
39. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
40. The Jolly Corner - Henry James
41. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
42. Dox Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
43. Middlemarch - George Eliot
44. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
45. Positive Discipline for Teenagers - Jane Nelson
46. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
47. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
48. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
49. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood - Gregg Olsen
50. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
51. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
52. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
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#354  Postby crazyfitter » Nov 08, 2020 2:12 pm

1. Knife - Jo Nesbo
2. Unnatural Causes - Dr Richard Shepherd
3. Pravda Ha Ha - Rory MacLean. Great book, I’ve written a review in What’cha Readin.
4. Triplanetary - EE “Doc” Smith
5. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
6. Standing in Another Mans Grave - Ian Rankin
7. Bury My Heart At Wounded knee - Dee Brown
8. A Silent Death - Peter May
9. Letters from an Astrophysicist - Neil de Grasse Tyson
10. The Story of the British Isles - Neil Oliver
11. How To Argue With A Racist - Adam Rutherford
12. Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
15. A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry
16. Lennox - Craig Russell
17. The Tenth Chamber - Glen Cooper
18. The Racketeer - John Grisham
19. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
20. the power of the dog - Don Winslow. A reread on my kindle about the ‘war on drugs’
21. Catastrophe - Max Hastings
22. Complicity - Iain Banks
23. Satori - Don Winslow
24. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
25. The Hypnotist - Lars Kepler
26. Shibumi - Trevanian
27. Blade Runner2 The Edge of Human - K. W. Jeter
28. Walking on Glass - Iain Banks
29. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
30. Pandora’s Star - Peter F Hamilton
31. Judas Unchained - Peter F Hamilton
32. The Puppet Show - M.W. Craven
33. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardino Evaristo
34. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
35. Five Red Herrings - Dorothy L. sayers
36. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
37. Heavens Prisoners - James Lee Burke
38. Black Cherry Blues - James Lee Burke
39. Salt Lane - William Shaw
40. Infinity In The Palm of Your Hand - Marcus Chown
41. A Morning for Flamingos - James Lee Burke
42. Bad Monkeys - Matt Ruff
43. The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
44. Wayfaring Stranger - James Lee Burke
45. The Shadow King - Maaza Mengiste
46. The Last Voice You Hear - Mick Heron
47. Democracy For Sale. Dark Money and Dirty Politics - Peter Geoghegan

And the 50 hurdle has been well leapt I see. Well done everyone.
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#355  Postby don't get me started » Nov 08, 2020 11:55 pm

1. The Bilingual Mind and What it Tells us About language and Thought - Aneta Pavlenko
2. Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse - Olcay Sert
3. The Grammar of Knowledge: A Cross-Linguistic Typology - Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
4. Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically : Interactional and Contextual Theories of Human Sense-Making – Per Linnel
5. Salvation - Peter F Hamilton
6. The Expression of Negation - Laurence R. Horn (Ed.)
7. Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind - Arthur Zajon
8. Bad Words and What They Say About Us - Philip Gooden
9 & 10. Tintin on the Moon - Herge
11. The East, the West and Sex: A History - Richard Bernstein
12. A Pragmatic Approach to English Language Teaching and Production - Lala U. Takeda and Megumi Okugiri (Eds.)
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. The Written Language Bias in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations- Per Linnel
15. Who Cut the Cheese? A Cultural History of the Fart - Jim Dawson
16. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter
17. The Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us – Adam Rutherford
18. The Secret Lives of Colour - Kassia St CLair
19. Number - Greville G. Corbett
20. The Land of Black Gold -Herge
21. Universals of Human Language (Vol 3) - Joseph Greenberg (Ed).
22. Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth Army, 1942-1943 - Reinhold Busch
23. How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence - New Scientist
24. The Odditorium: The Tricksters, Eccentrics, Deviants and Inventors Whose Obsessions Changed the World - David Bramwell & Jo Keeling
25. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach
26. Possession and Ownership: A Cross-Linguistic Typology- Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds)
27. Pragmatics - Yan Huang
28. Second Language Acquisition Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching - Steven Brown & Jenifer Larson-Hall
30. Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization - Bernd Heine
31. Pravda Ha Ha – Rory Maclean
32. Corpus Linguistics for Pragmatics: A Guide for Research – Christoph Rühleman
33. Language and Perception - George A. Miller & Philip N. Johnson-Laird
35. The Crab With the Golden Claws (Adventures of Tintin). - Herge
36. A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind - Charles Fernyhough
37. The Death of East Prussia: War and Revenge in Germany’s Easternmost Province – Peter B. Clark.
38. Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages – Derek Bickerton
39 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn
40. Cigars of the Pharaoh - Herge
41. Cognitive Foundations of Grammar – Bernd Heine
42. Parts of the body: Cross-linguistic categorization, (Language Sciences Volume 28, Issues 2–3) Edited by Asifa Majid, N.J. Enfield & Miriam van Staden
43. Tintin in the Congo – Herge
44. The Atoms of Language: The Mind’s Hidden Rules of Grammar - Mark C. Baker
45. Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust - Victor E. Frankl
46. The Story of the Human Body – Daniel Lieberman
47. Pragmatics - Stephen C. Levinson
48. Drunkard’s Tales from Old Prague – Jaroslav Hašek
49. What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves – Benjamin K. Bergen
50. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries – Kory Stamper
51. Humankind: A Hopeful History – Rutger Bregman

52. The Hydrogen Sonata = Iain M. Banks

This was the last of the Culture series that Banks wrote before he died in 2013.
All of the usual Banks ingredients are here; complex and multi-layered narrative, large cast of characters (both biological and machine), political maneuverings, space battles with terrifyingly powerful weapons and a fair amount of philosophical speculating.

Perhaps presciently, Banks mediates extensively on the what it means for us to live with the knowledge that our lives are finite. One of the characters has used the technology available to extend his life to millennia. He is asked what lessons he has learned and responds, ‘There are remarkably few. I have managed t avoid learning too many lessons. Perhaps that is what keeps me alive.’ As is often the case with Banks, you are often unsure whether he is being flippant or making a serious point. A little later, the same character is in conversation about his views. The exchange is as follows. (p.210)

‘So,’ she said, ‘living all this time has been to no purpose, basically.’

‘True, but that hardly distinguishes me from anybody else, does it?’

‘But shouldn’t it, or there is no point?’

‘No. Living either never has any point, or is always its own point; being a naturally cheery soul, I lean towards the latter.’

I think this is the first re-read of this book. I have read the classic culture books like Consider Phlebas, Look to Windward and Use of Weapons multiple times and I had forgotten a lot of what happens in this book. Almost like reading it for the first time again.

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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#356  Postby crazyfitter » Nov 09, 2020 2:14 pm

I know what you mean about Iain’ books. I’ve read them all a few times as well, this one just twice and even your prompt doesn’t remind me of much. I do remember though that the Hydrogen Sonata was written for an instrument that hasn’t been invented yet. I can only concur that living is its own point and is why people insist on living even in the most outrageous circumstances. I love the names the spaceships give themselves and have In the past used some as passwords:

in anticipation of a new lovers arrival (The).

No, that one would never make a password :)
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#357  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 09, 2020 9:14 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
5. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

6. How Firm a Foundation: The Story of Florida's First Methodist Church - Wesley S. Odom
7. Ulysses - James Joyce
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (15 books) - Jeff Kinney
9. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs - John Bloom and Jim Atkinson
10. Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
11. The Haunting of Hill House (and The Summer People) - Shirley Jackson
12. White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
13. Daisy Miller - Henry James
14. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume II - Edgar Allan Poe
15. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
17. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
18. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle

19. Lady Susan & The Watsons - Jane Austen
20. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
21. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (re-read)
22. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
23. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
25. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
26.Anthem - Ayn Rand

27. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
28. The Aspern Papers - Henry James
29. We Were Mothers - Katie Sise
30. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
31. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
32. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
33. Watership Down - Richard Adams
34. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
35. Alongside Night - J. Neil Schulman
36. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
37. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
38. A Nation's Keeper - James L. Howard
39. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
40. The Jolly Corner - Henry James
41. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
42. Dox Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
43. Middlemarch - George Eliot
44. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
45. Positive Discipline for Teenagers - Jane Nelson
46. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
47. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
48. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
49. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood - Gregg Olsen
50. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
51. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
52. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
53. At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
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#358  Postby don't get me started » Nov 10, 2020 12:29 am

crazyfitter wrote:I know what you mean about Iain’ books. I’ve read them all a few times as well, this one just twice and even your prompt doesn’t remind me of much. I do remember though that the Hydrogen Sonata was written for an instrument that hasn’t been invented yet. I can only concur that living is its own point and is why people insist on living even in the most outrageous circumstances. I love the names the spaceships give themselves and have In the past used some as passwords:

in anticipation of a new lovers arrival (The).

No, that one would never make a password :)


Yes indeed, the ship names are an enjoyable part of the Culture novels. I once saw a post on a blog somewhere that showed a photo of an Amercan tank or self-propelled artillery vehicle that had 'Attitude Adjuster' written on the barrel of the gun. This was the name of a ship from Excession...some Banks fan getting in with the program!

Incidentally, whilst scouring the interweb, I found out that Amazon apparently bought the rights to 'Consider Phlebas' and were going to make a movie or TV series. Unfortunately the project was cancelled last summer. :(
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#359  Postby crazyfitter » Nov 10, 2020 11:55 am

Damn, that’s a shame, I’ve long looked forward to a film or box set of a Culture story. Not long back I watched the first series of The Expanse, a space based story, was impressed and realised that modern digital technology could make a good job of it.
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#360  Postby Blip » Nov 11, 2020 9:00 am

1. Daughters of Jerusalem by Charlotte Mendelson
2. The Melody by Jim Crace
3. Old Filth by Jane Gardam
4. The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
5. Last Friends by Jane Gardam
6. Corridor Dance by Peter Preston
7. Quarantine by Jim Crace
8. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
9. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
10. Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
11. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
12. The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
13. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
14. The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Sciolino
15. Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
16. Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell
17. The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai
18. Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
19. How to be Right in a World Gone Wrong by James O'Brien
20. Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
21. The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C Clarke
22. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
23. Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières
24. How to be Human by New Scientist
25. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
26. Stonyground: The Making of a Canadian Garden by Douglas Chambers
27. Primeval and Other Times by Olga Tokarczuk translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
28. Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernières
29. Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
30. Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh
31. Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
32. My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci translated by David Hackston
33. Crossing by Pajtim Statovci translated by David Hackston
34. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
35. Flights by Olga Tokarczuk translated by Jennifer Croft
36. Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
37. Milkman by Anna Burns
38. A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
39. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
40. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
41. The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
42. Apeirogon, a Novel by Colum McCann
43. Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze
44. Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
45. The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
46. Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
47. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
48. Real Life by Brandon Taylor
49. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
50. This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga
51. A Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver
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