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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 01 Sep 2019, 09:49

"Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London Olympics" by Michael Gillard.
The title says it all...but the undercurrent of intimidation against the author (both through the real life 'underground' and legally via the courts) is what really sets this book apart.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 17 Sep 2019, 19:42

I read Mao II by Don DeLillo in a few hours the other day and I’ve already forgotten it. I accept that it was interesting and I understood why people would really enjoy it, but the weighty tone of all the conversations that were really just DeLillo’s thoughts removed any realism that I needed to really get into it.
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Re: New now reading

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It says here this is the first of the John Rebus books. I'm definitely reading them out of order, but as with most detective series it doesn't really seem to matter. Like the James Bond or Travis McGee books, they don't build incrementally on one another.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 18 Sep 2019, 21:41

Snarfyguy wrote:Image

It says here this is the first of the John Rebus books. I'm definitely reading them out of order, but as with most detective series it doesn't really seem to matter. Like the James Bond or Travis McGee books, they don't build incrementally on one another.

To some extent it doesn't matter, but Rebus does age in real time over the series. And those first handful of books aren't in the same league as his peak years (roughly Mortal Causes to Fleshmarket Close).
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 19 Sep 2019, 02:21

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It says here this is the first of the John Rebus books. I'm definitely reading them out of order, but as with most detective series it doesn't really seem to matter. Like the James Bond or Travis McGee books, they don't build incrementally on one another.

To some extent it doesn't matter, but Rebus does age in real time over the series. And those first handful of books aren't in the same league as his peak years (roughly Mortal Causes to Fleshmarket Close).

Thanks, I'll keep an eye out. I usually just pick them up used at flea markets &c. when I see them.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 19 Sep 2019, 08:37

Just finished Jack Repcheck's "The Man Who Found Time : James Hutton and the Discovery of the Earth's Antiquity".

A really incisive exploration of the life of James Hutton who, through geological study, was the first to question The Bible's view that earth was only 6000 years old and was eventually proven to be correct. His theory that geology was a constant cycle of creation and destruction was virtually heretical at the time, hence why his writings were largely ignored for the best part of a century.

It's also an interesting insight into the Scottish Enlightenment too.

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Postby Diamond Dog » 19 Sep 2019, 08:40

And now onto this.... Eliot Asinof "Eight Men Out".

The book that really blew the full unmitigated detail around the Chicago White Sox (forever known known now as the Black Sox) who - via 8 players 'bought' by gangsters- threw baseball's 1919 World Series.

I've read it before but just fancied it again.... only cost just under £3 and it's a second edition from 1963 in great condition, which is nice :D

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Re: New now reading

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 19 Sep 2019, 08:48

Diamond Dog wrote:And now onto this.... Eliot Asinof "Eight Men Out".

The book that really blew the full unmitigated detail around the Chicago White Sox (forever known known now as the Black Sox) who - via 8 players 'bought' by gangsters- threw baseball's 1919 World Series.

I've read it before but just fancied it again.... only cost just under £3 and it's a second edition from 1963 in great condition, which is nice :D

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Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 19 Sep 2019, 08:48

Diamond Dog wrote:And now onto this.... Eliot Asinof "Eight Men Out".

The book that really blew the full unmitigated detail around the Chicago White Sox (forever known known now as the Black Sox) who - via 8 players 'bought' by gangsters- threw baseball's 1919 World Series.

I've read it before but just fancied it again.... only cost just under £3 and it's a second edition from 1963 in great condition, which is nice :D

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Postby Powehi » 19 Sep 2019, 08:54

Jeemo wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:And now onto this.... Eliot Asinof "Eight Men Out".

The book that really blew the full unmitigated detail around the Chicago White Sox (forever known known now as the Black Sox) who - via 8 players 'bought' by gangsters- threw baseball's 1919 World Series.

I've read it before but just fancied it again.... only cost just under £3 and it's a second edition from 1963 in great condition, which is nice :D

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The movie is very good.



The Murray Head song inspired by the little boy who went up to Shoeless Joe not long after is none too shabby either



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Re: New now reading

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 19 Sep 2019, 10:06

Powehi wrote:
Jeemo wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:And now onto this.... Eliot Asinof "Eight Men Out".

The book that really blew the full unmitigated detail around the Chicago White Sox (forever known known now as the Black Sox) who - via 8 players 'bought' by gangsters- threw baseball's 1919 World Series.

I've read it before but just fancied it again.... only cost just under £3 and it's a second edition from 1963 in great condition, which is nice :D

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The movie is very good.



The Murray Head song inspired by the little boy who went up to Shoeless Joe not long after is none too shabby either




and also Shoeless Joe makes an appearance in Field of Dreams
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 19 Sep 2019, 11:20

Jeemo wrote:
Powehi wrote:
Jeemo wrote:

The movie is very good.



The Murray Head song inspired by the little boy who went up to Shoeless Joe not long after is none too shabby either




and also Shoeless Joe makes an appearance in Field of Dreams


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Re: New now reading

Postby Powehi » 19 Sep 2019, 12:04

Diamond Dog wrote:
Jeemo wrote:
Powehi wrote:

The Murray Head song inspired by the little boy who went up to Shoeless Joe not long after is none too shabby either




and also Shoeless Joe makes an appearance in Field of Dreams


The eight baseball players are the Eight Men Out.


Whose story also formed the basis of a rather splendid John Sayles movie of the same name from the late 80s/early 90s

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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 19 Sep 2019, 13:42

The movie Jeemo quotes above, one assumes?

Anyone would think we'd linked all these things together.
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Re: New now reading

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 19 Sep 2019, 15:10

Who can tell.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Powehi » 19 Sep 2019, 15:46

Diamond Dog wrote:The movie Jeemo quotes above, one assumes?

Anyone would think we'd linked all these things together.


Apologies, I thought he was referencing the eight men whose ghosts pitched* up when Costner's character laid out the diamond in FoD rather than the actors who played the Black Sox in Sayles' more factual retelling.


*See what I did there?

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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 27 Sep 2019, 12:40

Trevor Noah’s ‘Born a Crime’ which was an airport grab. Surprisingly funny- laugh out loud funny in parts- and pretty gritty. You’ll never look at caterpillars the same way again.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 27 Sep 2019, 12:41

having said that, I don’t know how you already look at caterpillars.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 30 Sep 2019, 12:56

Patrick Humphries "Rolling Stones 69".

It says '69, but alot of the detail goes back further, particularly from '67 onwards. A really enjoyable read up until now, even allowing for the odd typo......

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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 10 Oct 2019, 02:09

I finished Michael Palin's first set of diaries which was both hilarious and sad. Watching all the last Monty Python episodes recently, you can really pinpoint all the things he discusses in the book about who took over what aspect of writing and when - and not always for the best. It's also weird reading those diaries knowing what ultimately happens to everyone in them - not just the Pythons but all the entourage and everyone they associated with. Some of the writing about George Harrison is really sweet. I got the second set of diaries delivered today so I'll get into that once I've done with "What Makes Sammy Run" by Budd Schulberg which is going down great guns.
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