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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4601  Postby crazyfitter » Jun 21, 2020 5:51 pm

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After seeing a couple of mentions of this book I thought I’d dig it out and have a reread but quickly realised I’d never read it before. No idea how I got it or how it’s so dilapidated but a really good story well told. Had to laugh at the limos decanting people at a posh party when a stretch Skoda turned up. Just how pretentious can you get? Anyway got the sequel Judas Unchained on my kindle and made a start.
Got a couple of books for Father’s Day as well so I’m fixed now for a few weeks.
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4602  Postby surreptitious57 » Jun 22, 2020 4:52 pm

Just finished reading Pandoras Star and am now also on the sequel Judas Unchained
I gave Hamilton another chance after initially deciding most of his novels were just not worth reading again
It is alright the second time around with enough going on to keep you wanting to read it and the sequel also

You have the same original cover I have [ mine is from 2004 when it was first published ] and so is quite battered
Only read it twice but because its over a thousand pages it takes a while to get through so it will get roughed up

The best thing in it is Paula Myo for I really love the fact that she is entirely incorruptible and completely focused
Even after a hundred years of failing to solve the one crime she has never solved she has no intention of giving up

But Hamilton is still below the standard for what I require in science fiction so other than the short story
compilation A Last Chance At Eden [ also set in the same Universe ] I will sadly not be reading him again

The older I get the more demanding I am of literature and so I only want to read the very best [ both fiction and non fiction ]
For this reason I intend to re read Alastair Reynolds back catalogue as his novels are the standard I want from science fiction

The oldest novel that I have is Wheels Of Terror by Sven Hassel which I bought back in 79 when I was only I5 years old
Sven Hassels work is actually fiction but the writing is entirely convincing and captures the horror of war as it truly is

It has hardly aged in all of that time and demonstrates the longevity of books which can literally last a lifetime
I have a set of encyclopedias as old as me - I also have newspapers and magazines that are over thirty years old

Saw a documentary yesterday which claimed that Papillon by Henri Charriere was also fiction
However I still want to read it because what he describes did actually happen just not to him

On his web site Nick Cave claims to have so far read 5000 books - now I am slightly older than him but I have probably
only read a tenth of that even though I have been doing it for over forty years so I am very impressed with him indeed
For me however quality of literature is more important than quantity even though I still want to read as much as I can
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#4603  Postby surreptitious57 » Jun 22, 2020 7:53 pm


Just saw his wiki bio and he is actually 6 years older than me but its still an impressive number of books to have read
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4604  Postby crazyfitter » Jun 23, 2020 9:54 am

Yes my Pandora’s Star is also 2004. The shear size of it and cast of characters causes me problems sometimes when a new chapter starts and it takes a page for me to remember what had been happening. I’ve probably got OSS (Old Sod Syndrome).
I’ve read Century Rain and I think Revelation Space, I might give them another read but will definitely look at his other books.
My oldest book is probably this one from 1975
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I also have 1985 book by Iain Banks, Walking on Glass and a facsimile of The Times from 1948 which I was given a a 65th birthday present.
My wife has older books than me:
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Very dirty but has an interesting sticker inside. It’s a book I’ve never read but always threatened to

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Continued, I don’t seem to be able to put more pics in this post.
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#4605  Postby crazyfitter » Jun 23, 2020 10:14 am

Continued

Another one with sticker

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My local Tesco’s has a charity bookshelf and one day I saw a woman had taken 6 or 7 books out and was busy tapping publishers details into her phone. I wonder if charity shops see much of this sort of thing?
When I was at school the James Bond books were still being published and I read Casino Royal. Years ago it was worth £2000.

My reading has been very erratic and I’m really enjoying this ‘splurge’. The last time I was so engrossed I was living in a bed sit, unemployed, listening to Leonard Cohen and reading one Agatha Christy novel after another from the library. 1969/70 I think. I shudder to think back.
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#4606  Postby BrettA » Jun 24, 2020 4:41 pm

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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4607  Postby MattHunX » Jul 02, 2020 7:06 am

So, I few months or maybe even a year or two back, I colleague suggested a movie about predator cities that lead me to MORTAL ENGINES that I quite liked. Of course, I quickly found out about the whole SERIES of books and that the movie was based only on the first one. Downloaded ALL of 'em! :grin:

After reading the first novel, I'm nearly done with the second novel in the series:

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After I'm down reading all of those, I'll be moving onto 1984 (yeah, late, I know).
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4608  Postby Macdoc » Jul 02, 2020 2:03 pm

Hey thanks for the heads up ...I did not realize Mortal Engines had a series. That will be nice after finally completing The Expanse up to Book 8.

This then caught my eye from Reeve

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#4609  Postby MattHunX » Jul 02, 2020 2:47 pm

Macdoc wrote:Hey thanks for the heads up ...I did not realize Mortal Engines had a series. That will be nice after finally completing The Expanse up to Book 8.

This then caught my eye from Reeve

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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4610  Postby crazyfitter » Jul 08, 2020 5:16 pm

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Glad to have finished these two books, they seemed to go on forever. Galaxy spanning with a list of hero’s and villains it’s a real space opera that yet again ignores time dilation. It only mildly irritated me in Ian M Banks’ books but for some reason I found myself getting annoyed in these books. And yes, the good guys win in the end. I can see these books as one of those never ending box sets that go on for series after series with the special effects department being responsible for its popularity.

I had to have a break occasionally and started another book, finishing shortly.
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#4611  Postby Macdoc » Jul 12, 2020 5:21 am

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What a treat :thumbup:
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4612  Postby crazyfitter » Jul 12, 2020 6:07 pm

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I wasn’t expecting much, a police ‘thriller’, a serial killer, a detective with ‘problems’ and set in the Lake District.
All the hallmarks of a boring book I thought. I was wrong, I really enjoyed it and plan to read the next one featuring this detective. Answers coming even in the last sentence. Not to the Joe Nesbo standard but nevertheless...
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#4613  Postby Fallible » Jul 12, 2020 6:15 pm

Bloody hell, Peter James compliments it, yeah, I know why you weren’t expecting much. Nice when you’re proven wrong in a good way.
She battled through in every kind of tribulation,
She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
Oh, my my! Oh my, she flies!
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4614  Postby crazyfitter » Jul 13, 2020 7:59 pm

Funnily enough I never noticed that until I was about a quarter way through. The book was one of my Fathers Day books and I just picked it up and started reading. It was Mick Herron's blurb that I saw first and I’m a great admirer of him for his Slow Horses series, sort of punk MI5.
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#4615  Postby Macdoc » Jul 17, 2020 7:37 am

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Grabbed me right quick. :popcorn:
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4616  Postby crazyfitter » Jul 17, 2020 11:13 am

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...what a book, truly deserving its accolades
...it’s the generational stories of 12 main characters and a few other people set mostly in the UK
...they come from a variety of backgrounds, various African countries and the Caribbean for the most part and including mixed race characters (‘ I’m not mixed race, I’m a complete human being’) the lives intertwine in various ways, racism and sexuality playing a large part
...I liked Megan who as a child felt odd being a girl and even committed barbicide and growing up took to wearing men’s shoes and clothes and having her(?) breasts removed and changing Megan to Morgan
...after trying out various pronouns for himself(?), a non gender person, settled on they with mixed results
...in another little sketch two Londoners are returning on the train after a day ooop north in Newcastle to see how they lived up there and are parodying northerners and their accents with much hilarity never thinking that the black guy sat opposite was a Geordie and seething
...if a genie popped up and gave me a wish it would be that every racist and homophobe read this book
...and in case you are wondering, yes the book is written like this with no paragraphs or full stops or capitalisations except for proper nouns and with other oddities
...and some of the sentences are so long I’d need three lungs to read them aloud
...My wife gave me the book after she had read it and I see that blip has also got it
at #11
on her
list

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#4617  Postby crazyfitter » Jul 17, 2020 11:18 am

Wow, I see Fallible has just read this as well, hope you enjoyed.
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Re: What'cha Readin'?

#4618  Postby Fallible » Jul 17, 2020 11:49 am

I certainly did! I think we must have finished at around the same time.

Was that

‘at #11
on her
list’

an homage? :)

It was a great read, managed to deal with complex themes without complex language. Many great character pieces in there, and I enjoyed the way she showed the struggles we (women mainly) all face, no matter what colour or race or ‘class’ we are. No character was without fault either. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s a book about humans.
She battled through in every kind of tribulation,
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She never listened to no hater, liar,
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#4619  Postby NamelessFaceless » Jul 17, 2020 2:03 pm

Has anyone read The Little Stranger?

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I recently watched the movie and now I really think I should read the book. I'm trying to control my impulse book buying, though, since I already have so many books available to read already.
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#4620  Postby crazyfitter » Jul 17, 2020 2:04 pm

Yes it was a homage. I read a couple of professional reviews before I wrote this and they always make me feel somewhat less than competent so I try to do something a bit different.

I’m reading Whose Body by Sayers, just to be a bit different, the first in the Peter Wimsey mysteries. It’s nothing like I remember the Nine Taylor’s but I suppose she matures the style as she progresses.
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