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Old 08-11-2018, 02:39 PM
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Depends....do you want to look clever amongst your peers, or are you going for some entertaining stuff?
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:51 PM
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On Golden Hill will tickle your fancy, I feel. Nifty 17th c New York novel, and a slight pastiche of the writers of the era (Fieldings etc). The new Shardlake is possibly the best of the series.
Erm what else? Read any Fante?
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:13 PM
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Rereading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Read it when it first came out and really enjoying it a second time around.

Interested in watching the TV adaptation, the cast looks goods so fingers crossed.
Blimey think I read that sometime in the 80's
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:08 PM
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Currently reading Brave new world by Aldous Huxley.

My eldest is reading it for A level this year so I thought I’d join in.

So far, so good.
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:16 PM
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Have the 12th and final volume of Dance to the music of time by Anthony Powell waiting to be read. A thoroughly entertaining and extremely funny series.

Must be strange for an author when one of their titles is translated over a decade after it was first published in their native language. Was lucky to hear Olga Tokarczuk talking about Flights earlier this year; she said it was strange being interviewed about a novel she'd written so long ago.

And recommended for dipping into is Signs and symptons by Róbert Gál, a splendid collection of aphorisms and philosophical fragments.
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Currently reading Brave new world by Aldous Huxley.

My eldest is reading it for A level this year so I thought I’d join in.

So far, so good.
^^^ Brilliant ending.

I've recently finished The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye - I thought it was OK, but the original 3 were such a hard act to follow.

Now nearly finished Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Been quite disappointed really - it's like he's telling the stories to a 12 year old. Easy to read is one thing, but it's like it's been dumbed down.

Don't know what I'll read next. Maybe re-read Arc Light by Eric L. Harry - the best nuclear war book I've ever read - or one of the Steven King ones I haven't got round to (eg 11.22.63).
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:32 PM
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^^^ Brilliant ending.

I've recently finished The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye - I thought it was OK, but the original 3 were such a hard act to follow.

Now nearly finished Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Been quite disappointed really - it's like he's telling the stories to a 12 year old. Easy to read is one thing, but it's like it's been dumbed down.

Don't know what I'll read next. Maybe re-read Arc Light by Eric L. Harry - the best nuclear war book I've ever read - or one of the Steven King ones I haven't got round to (eg 11.22.63).
Just looking at the kind of books you've posted before... have you read 'From the Corner of his Eye' by Dean Koontz? It was the first book I read of his and thought it was a fantastic read. Unfortunately, the rest of his material that I read were disappointing in comparison.
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:49 PM
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Blimey think I read that sometime in the 80's
It only came out in 1990!

Like TAK, I'm looking forward (albeit cautiously) to the TV adaptation. I'm a fan of both authors but in Good Omens they seemed to temper each other's excesses.
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I'm reading the Patrick Melrose novels be Edward St. Aubyn, all in a single volume so I might as well read all five in one go. I've almost finished the second and they're very good so far.
I read them about five years ago and then took them straight to Oxfam as I thought they were awful. I believe you upbraided me for buying them all in one go without knowing what they were like beforehand. They were only about a tenner all in, but you were quite right.
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Just looking at the kind of books you've posted before... have you read 'From the Corner of his Eye' by Dean Koontz?
No I haven't. I think I may have read one of his books a long time ago but don't remember it being particularly good, but I'll check this one out. As a big Steven King fan I think I've subconsciously bracketed DK as "writes horror stories but not quite as well as SK" along with others like James Herbert. Doesn't mean I won't read them, but also means I don't seek them out, as such.
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Just looking at the kind of books you've posted before... have you read 'From the Corner of his Eye' by Dean Koontz? It was the first book I read of his and thought it was a fantastic read. Unfortunately, the rest of his material that I read were disappointing in comparison.
I rather enjoyed Koontz's "Lighting".
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I rather enjoyed Koontz's "Lighting".
For some reason this reminded me of when I got lost in Ikea, but won't hold that against it. Thanks mate, I'll check it out.
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No I haven't. I think I may have read one of his books a long time ago but don't remember it being particularly good, but I'll check this one out. As a big Steven King fan I think I've subconsciously bracketed DK as "writes horror stories but not quite as well as SK" along with others like James Herbert. Doesn't mean I won't read them, but also means I don't seek them out, as such.
I'm with you on there, but this one's a bit special, can almost guarantee you'll love it.
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^^^ Brilliant ending.

I've recently finished The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye - I thought it was OK, but the original 3 were such a hard act to follow.

Now nearly finished Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Been quite disappointed really - it's like he's telling the stories to a 12 year old. Easy to read is one thing, but it's like it's been dumbed down.

Don't know what I'll read next. Maybe re-read Arc Light by Eric L. Harry - the best nuclear war book I've ever read - or one of the Steven King ones I haven't got round to (eg 11.22.63).
Read 11.22.63

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I concur, its a a great read. The TV adaptation was a real let down. Just about to embark on the 1,300 pages of King's 'The Stand'. Should finish it by spring time !
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