New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 19 Apr 2020, 10:09

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Cheesy but an exciting time-passer like a TV drama might be. Written when the internet new, Reacher and his crack team of heroes come upon a musical clue. "The sixth cut on the second Jimi Hendrix album is brilliant." Hmm, how to find which is the sixth cut ... Ask the internet? No, drive to Tower Records and buy one of those new-fangled CDs. (Seems "Little Wing" is the cut they want.)
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 19 Apr 2020, 10:26

About 2 chapters in... interesting viewpoint of the city and the impact on music/culture generally .

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Re: New now reading

Postby Samoan » 20 Apr 2020, 13:05

Re-reading this. Fowles was an odd one - not sure I ever appreciated what he wrote about the town's Irish doctor (but Fowles could be labelled lots of -ists, IMO)

The effects of the cobbler and Grogan's brandy had long worn off leaving Charles only with a profound sense of guilt. He thought he recalled a malice in the Irish doctor's eyes, a storing-up of this fatuous London gentleman's troubles that would soon be whispered and retailed all over Lyme. Was it not notorious that his race could not keep a secret ?


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Re: New now reading

Postby John aka Josh » 20 Apr 2020, 20:57

Diamond Dog wrote:About 2 chapters in... interesting viewpoint of the city and the impact on music/culture generally .

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One I keep meaning to get hold off. Sometimes find Du Noyer's writing rather overblown, your post sent me to Amazon & the Look Inside feature suggests that he's not getting to carried away with his thesaurus.
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Re: New now reading

Postby John aka Josh » 20 Apr 2020, 21:09

Finished
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Which is rather misleadingly titled. More accurately it should have been 'A General Primer on the Kings of England 1066 to 1450 with Some Tediously Irrelevant Snatches of the Author's Life Thrown In'.



- Henry V & advisors must have found planning his French campaigns logistically difficult, because Ranulph found planning his polar circumlocution tricky too!

- The English army would have been really nervous on the eve of battle because Ranulph always was too! Who knew?


My fault for not perusing the contents more before grabbing it in my 'The Libraries are Shutting and You Can Borrow as Many Books as You can Carry' dash. It is a reasonably good general read, just not what I expected and the self references, while not too numerous are not called for.
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Re: New now reading

Postby John aka Josh » 21 Apr 2020, 20:12

Finished

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Generally not a fan of short stories, this though was most enjoyable, a good collection of interesting stories about ordinary people dealing with the trials and tribulations that life dealt them - with one exception, a character who creates his own drama. Well crafted observations of life in a rural backwater.







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Another interesting read for the non specialist, and although I would have liked even more detail am fairly keen to read more of her books, she has several more about aspects of life in Tudor England.
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Re: New now reading

Postby John aka Josh » 27 Apr 2020, 20:16

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Not my usual kind of book at all and it's taken me a very long time to get through it. It looks like a glossy coffee table book but is redeemed by the texts which are detailed enough to deliver a big picture of the evolution of life, not just comment on the particular featured fossils. The photos are stunning.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 04 May 2020, 11:19

Always on the lookout for easy-listening books I got a Tweet from Joe Rogan who was just nuts for this book by Jack Carr called Savage Son. So I go to Audible and see that Joe's rec is no. 3 in a series so I select no 1 just in case I like it. And I did. And I didn't. Because I limit my listening to exciting historical fiction, i.e. Bernard Cornwell I thought I'd try a "thriller". And I had just before with the first Jack Reacher book by Lee Child. Tom Cruise played the hard boiled ex-military policeman in a film. And then I tried this one.

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What crap. And I want to try for no. 2.

So lunk-headed and stereotypical, yet exciting as hell where the Navy Seal gets revenge for his murdered men and family and then saves the USA.

Does anyone know of a better less gung ho thriller?
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Re: New now reading

Postby Sam Stone » 04 May 2020, 11:53

Jimbo wrote:Always on the lookout for easy-listening books I got a Tweet from Joe Rogan who was just nuts for this book by Jack Carr called Savage Son. So I go to Audible and see that Joe's rec is no. 3 in a series so I select no 1 just in case I like it. And I did. And I didn't. Because I limit my listening to exciting historical fiction, i.e. Bernard Cornwell I thought I'd try a "thriller". And I had just before with the first Jack Reacher book by Lee Child. Tom Cruise played the hard boiled ex-military policeman in a film. And then I tried this one.

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What crap. And I want to try for no. 2.

So lunk-headed and stereotypical, yet exciting as hell where the Navy Seal gets revenge for his murdered men and family and then saves the USA.

Does anyone know of a better less gung ho thriller?



Try Sam Bourne

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Re: New now reading

Postby C » 04 May 2020, 13:34

Okay, I have read virtually all the Ian Child and David Baldacci novels (I prefer the latter - just)

Any suggestions of a similar author to go to next please?

[Google hasn't been too helpful... Maybe a revisit to Ludlum - I haven't read one of his books for 30 years!]





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Re: New now reading

Postby Flower » 04 May 2020, 13:48

C, have you read any Daniel Silva? I love his books ...

https://danielsilvabooks.com/the-books/ ... e-listing/
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Re: New now reading

Postby C » 04 May 2020, 16:26

Flower wrote:C, have you read any Daniel Silva? I love his books ...

https://danielsilvabooks.com/the-books/ ... e-listing/


No, I haven't - thanks for heads up

Is he similar to Child/Baldacci....?





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Re: New now reading

Postby Flower » 04 May 2020, 17:42

C wrote:
Flower wrote:C, have you read any Daniel Silva? I love his books ...

https://danielsilvabooks.com/the-books/ ... e-listing/


No, I haven't - thanks for heads up

Is he similar to Child/Baldacci....?





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Yes .. according to Good Reads ... https://www.goodreads.com/author/simila ... niel_Silva

I also really like Martin Cruz Smith (Gorky Park and his Renko series)
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 13 May 2020, 12:39

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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 May 2020, 14:14

Jimbo wrote:Image
So I got several cans of Pringles.But what they don't fucking tell you..is that the primary ingredient is something called "olean" which I have since learned is Latin for "Unwashable & Indestructible Ass Grease."

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Re: New now reading

Postby Sam Stone » 13 May 2020, 18:18

Diamond Dog wrote:
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Fucking hell, where did you get hold of that?
I can’t find it anywhere

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Re: New now reading

Postby Flower » 13 May 2020, 18:33

Sam Stone wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:
Jimbo wrote:Image



Fucking hell, where did you get hold of that?
I can’t find it anywhere


Elementary, Sam Stone ... read this book and you'll figure it out.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Fonz » 14 May 2020, 07:25

Amazon £8
Heyyyy!

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Re: New now reading

Postby Sam Stone » 14 May 2020, 09:12

Fonz wrote:Amazon £8



I think you may have missed the unsubtle thrust and parry of my heavy-handed attempt at rapier-like wit

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Re: New now reading

Postby Rorschach » 14 May 2020, 10:40

Sam Stone wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:
Jimbo wrote:Image



Fucking hell, where did you get hold of that?
I can’t find it anywhere


:lol:
Bugger off.