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Re: New now reading

Postby the masked man » 11 Mar 2017, 22:37

Paul Morley - The Age Of Bowie:

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So far, a thrilling read. Morley is a great critic, and he's sketching the life of Britain's greatest rock star with skill and perception. He is an unusual stylist, and not everyone likes his boastful style, but this works well here. It's one from the heart.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 14 Mar 2017, 14:44

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Just downloaded this. This is the first in a long series of books. Scarrow was recommended if you like Cornwell or O'Brian. Is anyone here familiar with the series?
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Mar 2017, 14:59

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 14 Mar 2017, 15:52

the masked man wrote:Paul Morley - The Age Of Bowie:

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So far, a thrilling read. Morley is a great critic, and he's sketching the life of Britain's greatest rock star with skill and perception. He is an unusual stylist, and not everyone likes his boastful style, but this works well here. It's one from the heart.

The LRB's correspondent doesn't quite reach the same conclusion: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n01/ian-penma ... ng-teatime

This was lost in my apartment for years ( :oops: ) in the hurly-burley of having a baby/toddler/young child at home, but I just came across it the other night, so I'm looking forward to getting back to it:

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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 16 Mar 2017, 08:26

Jimbo wrote:Image

Just downloaded this. This is the first in a long series of books. Scarrow was recommended if you like Cornwell or O'Brian. Is anyone here familiar with the series?



I am just a few chapters into this and it's really really good. The characters are well etched soldier stereotypes, the new recruit, the sadistic but good hearted drill sergeant, the effete general and many more recognizable characters. They're all in the story along with the knowledge of how the Roman army worked. It's a break from all the Cornwell I read but not much of a break, very similar to the Sharpe series but Scarrow's men are less "manly" and more human. If you like this sort of reading, so far - - - five stars!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 16 Mar 2017, 19:22

I think King's lost his touch.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 16 Mar 2017, 19:27

Harvey K-Tel wrote:I think King's lost his touch.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 17 Mar 2017, 15:21

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A chapter a night before bed, with the little one. At five, she's not picking up on a lot of the references/jokes and she seems to be merely tolerating it, but we're only three chapters in, so we'll see how it goes. I'm enjoying it a lot, however!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 17 Mar 2017, 15:41

I can't wait to tackle a load of children's "classics" that I never read as a child - Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island etc - with my boy. At the moment though we're limited to Dr Seuss, although he does love the Hilda series - a truly fantastic load of books by Luke Pearson. Think Miyazaki meets the Moomins.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Mar 2017, 13:04

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French crime-fiction which has as its main character a blind & mute quadriplegic, who is told the details of a series of murders by a 7 year old girl, and has no way of communicating the info to anyone else.
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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » Yesterday, 23:46

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Each chapter is subtitled with an address complete with GPS coordinates, for obsessives. It’s entirely comprised of testimonials/excerpts, with no narrative input from Jean Stein. It’s all in the montage then – the way she chops up, edits and sequences her material – very filmic. The story of the Doheny “oil family” was new to me and she puts it together very well. (Except it didn’t feel new, because as several people in this chapter point out, the various elements of the story are scattered across Raymond Chandler’s novels.) Great stuff – I’m really enjoying it.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » Today, 01:31

After praising the first part of the Simon Scarrow Roman legionnaire series book one for not being too Bernard Cornwellian, too "manly", by the end it was very similar to Sharpe/Harper equals Optio/Kato where both duos fight, drink, whore, brood ad nauseam. Nonetheless, the narrative entertained me until the end and had me fairly excited to read book two in the series. But Scarrow has another series of novels about the pairing of two actual historical figures, Napoleon and Wellington. They know each other in the books. (Don't laugh.) So I nipped reading the Roman book series in the bud and took up this first in a series. Again, it's entertaining. Henceforth I may alternate between the two series.

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Re: New now reading

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Perhaps not quite the analysis I had expected, but an intriguing insight into Hillbilly life and culture.


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