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Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Feb 2017, 10:19
by Darkness_Fish
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Another crime-fiction potboiler, which is readable, but not exactly aiming for the stars. I've only read one other book by the author, but the man character banging on about his long-missing wife gets very annoying.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Feb 2017, 13:38
by Samoan
Toby wrote:
Snarfyguy wrote:Image


I enjoyed that. Armstrong is a provocative and interesting thinker.

She was my English Lit teacher in sixth form. She liked all the saucy bits in Chaucer but Tennyson was her passion.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Feb 2017, 14:25
by Pansy Puff
Samoan wrote:
Toby wrote:
Snarfyguy wrote:Image


I enjoyed that. Armstrong is a provocative and interesting thinker.

She was my English Lit teacher in sixth form. She liked all the saucy bits in Chaucer but Tennyson was her passion.

Wow. That's cool. The History of God was a fascinating read.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Feb 2017, 17:30
by fire and fueryIre
Darkness_Fish wrote:Image

Another crime-fiction potboiler, which is readable, but not exactly aiming for the stars. I've only read one other book by the author, but the man character banging on about his long-missing wife gets very annoying.


Finally gave up with PJ when his last book came out to largely dreadful reviews and discovered that the Kindle version was more expensive than the hardback book

Re: New now reading

Posted: 19 Feb 2017, 21:03
by Darkness_Fish
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Re: New now reading

Posted: 06 Mar 2017, 17:30
by Snarfyguy
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Pretty fascinating; loads of food for thought. A journalist rides along on a container ship going from England to Singapore and reflects on shipping and globalization, Somali pirates and the lack of legal accountability to the families of the thousands lost at sea every year.

"Shipping is so cheap that it makes more financial sense for Scottish cod to be sent 10,000 miles to China to be filleted, then sent back to Scottish shops and restaurants, than to pay Scottish filleters.”

Re: New now reading

Posted: 06 Mar 2017, 17:50
by joels344
If you like graphic novels and political intrigue, then you'll like enjoy this read. I haven't been consistently reading it as I should, but it's been very good so far.

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Re: New now reading

Posted: 06 Mar 2017, 22:45
by Toby
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Re: New now reading

Posted: 07 Mar 2017, 09:24
by Darkness_Fish
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Re: New now reading

Posted: 07 Mar 2017, 14:10
by Jimbo
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A re-imagining of the King Arthur story Cornwall-style!

Re: New now reading

Posted: 09 Mar 2017, 03:23
by joels344
The Russians have everyone beaten on writing atmospheric apocalyptic stories:

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Re: New now reading

Posted: 09 Mar 2017, 22:08
by Snarfyguy
Martin Amis - The Information

A re-read. I don't really have anything else teed up right now. It was the first of his I read, and I think the one I enjoyed the most.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 09 Mar 2017, 22:18
by Pansy Puff
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That's on my list

Re: New now reading

Posted: 10 Mar 2017, 09:12
by Darkness_Fish
K wrote:
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That's on my list

It's really good in the earlier chapters, which takes a very broad sweeping athropological view on certain subjects. Such as the agricultural revolution being largely bad for humankind's sense of happiness, which is a controversial opinion, but he states his reasoning clearly and (possibly a little) simplistically. When he gets up to modern times, politics/economy/religion, it was less entertaining. Partially due to my lack of interest on much more familiar ground being covered, and partially because I think his arguments were more based on personal opinion than a particularly scientific rationale.

Well worth a read.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 10 Mar 2017, 13:52
by joels344
Brilliant political space opera with a historical scope, world and characterization that makes Star Wars look like a children's story. The title is somewhat grandiose but the story is so good that it earns such a title. Looking forward to the other 7 books and it seems they're all going to be translated.

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Re: New now reading

Posted: 11 Mar 2017, 13:41
by joels344
This book reminds me of Roadside Picnic meets Rendezvous with Rama. It's definitely holding my attention thus far and it's a short read which is sometimes nice. Now, let's see if he can hook me for the entire trilogy.

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Re: New now reading

Posted: 11 Mar 2017, 13:51
by Fonz
joels344 wrote:... makes Star Wars look like a children's story.

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No offense, but Star Wars IS a children's story.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 11 Mar 2017, 14:18
by Darkness_Fish
joels344 wrote:This book reminds me of Roadside Picnic meets Rendezvous with Rama. It's definitely holding my attention thus far and it's a short read which is sometimes nice. Now, let's see if he can hook me for the entire trilogy.

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I recently read his Finch, a kind of sci-fi detective noir, just with more fungal-lifeforms than the average Daschiell Hammett novel. I enjoyed it, even if it took me a while to understand his setting.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 11 Mar 2017, 14:19
by joels344
Fonz wrote:
joels344 wrote:... makes Star Wars look like a children's story.

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No offense, but Star Wars IS a children's story.


No offense taken. I'm not necessarily a Star Wars fan anyway.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 11 Mar 2017, 15:33
by joels344
Darkness_Fish wrote:
joels344 wrote:This book reminds me of Roadside Picnic meets Rendezvous with Rama. It's definitely holding my attention thus far and it's a short read which is sometimes nice. Now, let's see if he can hook me for the entire trilogy.

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I recently read his Finch, a kind of sci-fi detective noir, just with more fungal-lifeforms than the average Daschiell Hammett novel. I enjoyed it, even if it took me a while to understand his setting.


That one also sounds like a good read. Once he establishes a setting, they are very intriguing and atmospheric.