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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #820 on: November 09, 2015, 06:49:06 PM »
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #821 on: November 09, 2015, 08:43:43 PM »
Recently read a book called Armada, it's Earnest Cline's follow up to the much vaunted ready player one (which is great btw if your like that sort of thing). It's a decent enough sci fi read that doesn't reach the heights of rp1 but leaves plenty of room for sequels that could. I'm looking forward to seeing where he takes it.
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« Reply #822 on: November 09, 2015, 09:24:30 PM »
I've just started Nemesis by Philip Roth. Probably his latest novel as written in 2010.

Not a book I necessarily recommend (yet, as it's a pretty harrowing subject matter and without his usual excellent humour thus far) but he is a brilliant must-read author. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

Edit: finished it tonight. Definitely NOT a book I recommend!

Weird one. Troubling. Sad. Not an enjoyable experience at all.

This reminds me when I first started exploring his books. Some great but some not so good.

I reckon he's bi-polar.
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« Reply #823 on: November 10, 2015, 12:10:41 AM »
I still read a lot, but a lot of it these days is easy reading crime stuff like John Sandford. Last "real" book was about Little Big Horn called "The Last Stand" very different from the usual "hero/twat" dichotomy over Custer
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« Reply #824 on: November 10, 2015, 05:07:56 PM »
I've just started Nemesis by Philip Roth. Probably his latest novel as written in 2010.

Not a book I necessarily recommend (yet, as it's a pretty harrowing subject matter and without his usual excellent humour thus far) but he is a brilliant must-read author. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

Edit: finished it tonight. Definitely NOT a book I recommend!

Weird one. Troubling. Sad. Not an enjoyable experience at all.

This reminds me when I first started exploring his books. Some great but some not so good.

I reckon he's bi-polar.

Think I've only read one of Roth's books, "The Plot Against America" and that was several years ago.
Not really sure why I never sent back to read any more as it was a pretty decent read.
Might check out some others on Amazon, but will take your council RS and give that one a miss.
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« Reply #825 on: November 10, 2015, 05:29:31 PM »
Council? Do I come across as a committee man?

I would counsel you to read more books to improve your linguistic abilities 😏

I've got I Married A Communist in the house but his award winning American Pastoral is great.
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« Reply #826 on: November 10, 2015, 05:51:48 PM »
Council? Do I come across as a committee man?

I would counsel you to read more books to improve your linguistic abilities 😏

I've got I Married A Communist in the house but his award winning American Pastoral is great.

Could blame predictive text, but what the fuck, I 'm just a thick cunt  ;)
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« Reply #827 on: November 10, 2015, 11:13:41 PM »
For my next read, I'm just away to start King Joey.

He got turfed from that bar at the top of Union Street for having his fingers in the till. Not sure that will appear in the book.

Edit: when I start a book and I get into it, I tend to read it in a one-ner. It's aligned to my personality. Addictive, I think they call it. For me it's simple enthusiasm. Plus freedom.

Unless it's massive and not possible to read in six or eight hours, or heavy or complex like Proust - there's 800 pages of my life I'll not get back and that was only volume 1.

Not finished Joey's autobiography yet, well written by Charlie Allan by the way, but spooky coincidence. The Roth novel I just read had polio as its pervasive theme. Never knew Joey was hospitalised for four months with polio as a kid. It's one of those conditions I've heard of but until this week, never really knew what it was. Wonder if I'll finally learn about cystic fibrosis next week, an ailment I similarly have had no idea about.

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« Reply #828 on: November 11, 2015, 06:04:05 AM »
Finally picked up Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, a book given to me by my daughter a couple of years ago.

I had quoted a couple of the wee stories to them when they were kids that I had picked up without ever having read the whole.

It's fucking crazy but a beautiful crazy. So uplifting for the spirit. Fuck knows what it's all about.
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #829 on: January 15, 2016, 11:45:49 AM »
"The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair"by Joel Dicker

600+ pages and absolutely superb, brilliantly written and loved it

Hebrew - Reckon this would be one for you. Check it out

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-about-Harry-Quebert-Affair/dp/1848663269/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435735794&sr=1-1&keywords=joel+dicker+the+truth+about+the+harry+quebert+affair

I got this for Christmas following your recommendations, and just got another 150 pages to go. Absolutely brilliant book. Only started reading it last week and just find it so hard to put down!

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« Reply #830 on: January 15, 2016, 08:39:54 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it Manc  :thumbsup:
I reckon it was my favourite read of 2015.
Loved the style of writing as you really had to pay 100% attention to it as it jumped back and fore in time. Sure it would make a great film

Think it is the only Joel Dicker book to date translated into English. My pigeon French just isn't good enough to read a novel in French :-[

Got a couple of other recommendations coming up, but no time just now to disclose.
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« Reply #831 on: January 17, 2016, 04:15:56 PM »
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebooks-The-Man-Who-Watched-Women-ebook/dp/B00TQDWIHK/ref=pd_cp_351_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=02WJ5RN0JRSV41QVG5KN

Read the above book between Xmas and New Year.
From the creators of The Bridge (TV series).
Maybe a bit drawn out and could potentially have been trimmed by a 100 pages or so, but a pretty decent read. Not the most difficult plot to figure out, but strong characters (no all particularly likeable ) make this a decent read. Believe this is the second book in a planned trilogy. Haven't read the first instalment and although I will probably do do, this book is perfectly capable of being read as a standalone.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Natchez-Burning-Penn-Cage-Book/dp/0007317964/ref=sr_1_cc_5?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1453046725&sr=1-5-catcorr&keywords=greg+iles+penn+cage+series+in+order

Greg Iles is an author I have read a lot of over the years and have never really been disappointed with any of his book. Natchez Burning is set in America's deepest south and uncovers events from the early 60's which are uncovered forty years on and focuses on the actions of those responsible trying their worst to keep them hidden in a dark and troubled racist past. Again this is part of a trilogy (this is the first part), the second part "The Bone Tree" is already published. This book is a big read and runs to over 850 pages as does the follow up. Would give Natchez Burning 4.5/5 and looking forward to getting into the second book, just hope given the fact it is another 850 page book that it isn't repetitive and going back over a lot of what happened in the first one.

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #832 on: January 17, 2016, 04:40:51 PM »
Reading Kelman's You have to be careful in the land of the free.

It's typical James Kelman. I know he won the Booker Prize but by god he polarises.

Even within one who has bothered to read most of his stuff.

An acquired taste, one that I'm not even sure that I have. Hard work.

Edit: finished it tonight. Not recommended to anyone other than Kelman enthusiasts. Of which I'm not one. My first Kelman this century and that will be my last, I would like to say but I know I'll pick up another one day.

Pathological pathos that is weirdly intriguing, for fucked up perspectives like mine.
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« Reply #833 on: January 25, 2016, 10:34:23 PM »
Reading Timequake just now by the incomparable Kurt Vonnegut.

Been a long time since I read him. Having done about half his novels, I'm probably going to do the other half now.

His is a brilliant mind.
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« Reply #834 on: January 27, 2016, 02:44:30 PM »
Never read Vonnegut, Rocket, but I have Galapagos on my kindle which I've not read yet (someone recommended it a while back). Have you read it? Is it worth moving to the top of the pile?

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« Reply #835 on: January 28, 2016, 09:21:22 AM »
Not read that one yet but I will. Got Sirens of Titan to read next.

Vonnegut is easy to read and joyous to read. Silly not to.

Slaughterhouse Five is his most famous work, an epic but I've enjoyed most of his stuff.
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« Reply #836 on: February 08, 2016, 08:05:37 PM »
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebooks-The-Man-Who-Watched-Women-ebook/dp/B00TQDWIHK/ref=pd_cp_351_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=02WJ5RN0JRSV41QVG5KN

Read the above book between Xmas and New Year.
From the creators of The Bridge (TV series).
Maybe a bit drawn out and could potentially have been trimmed by a 100 pages or so, but a pretty decent read. Not the most difficult plot to figure out, but strong characters (no all particularly likeable ) make this a decent read. Believe this is the second book in a planned trilogy. Haven't read the first instalment and although I will probably do do, this book is perfectly capable of being read as a standalone.



Ok have now read the first book in this trilogy and it is an absolutely cracking read.
If you like your Nordic Noir then this is for you.
Third part not being released until the summer but can't wait for it  :thumbsup:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sebastian-Bergman-Hjorth-Rosenfeldt-ebook/dp/B0085NZQOO/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=5152ImspW-L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR102%2C160_&refRID=1TR49XMEK4EG4MYEHBFR
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« Reply #837 on: February 08, 2016, 08:15:38 PM »
Reading Kelman's You have to be careful in the land of the free.

My first Kelman this century and that will be my last, I would like to say but I know I'll pick up another one day.

Well that resolution didn't last long. I just started Mo said she was quirky. Coincidentally on the day of my first visit to The Quirky Coo. But this is a thread about books.

I am loathed to take it to France with me this week. Kelman is, and his characters are just so fucking tragic.
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« Reply #838 on: February 17, 2016, 07:31:01 AM »
Got given the latest (my first) stieg larsson book for Christmas. Got round to reading it recently,  enjoyed it. I had avoided the series before because they seemed so popular but I was impressed. Sometimes a bit predictable but generally had me turning the pages. Has anyone else read the rest?

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« Reply #839 on: February 17, 2016, 10:17:04 AM »
Got given the latest (my first) stieg larsson book for Christmas. Got round to reading it recently,  enjoyed it. I had avoided the series before because they seemed so popular but I was impressed. Sometimes a bit predictable but generally had me turning the pages. Has anyone else read the rest?

I've got the series in my to read pile, I've avoided them until now for the same reasons but might give them a go soon.