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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #880 on: October 08, 2016, 10:40:05 AM »
I'm going back through James Lee Burke's, Dave Robicheaux series.
Burke's prose is outstanding.
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« Reply #881 on: October 12, 2016, 11:46:34 PM »
I read a book a year or so, about Alistair Urquhart, who was interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
I was saddened to see that he past away at the age of 97.
He joined the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen at the start of the WW2. The experiences he went through were just shocking.He was only 10 miles away from Nagasaki when they dropped the bomb......

It's well worth a read. It's called " The forgotten Highlander"                             

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Urquhart



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« Reply #882 on: October 13, 2016, 11:46:10 PM »

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« Reply #883 on: October 14, 2016, 12:18:15 AM »
I read a book a year or so, about Alistair Urquhart, who was interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
I was saddened to see that he past away at the age of 97.
He joined the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen at the start of the WW2. The experiences he went through were just shocking.He was only 10 miles away from Nagasaki when they dropped the bomb......

It's well worth a read. It's called " The forgotten Highlander"                             

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Urquhart

Aye, really good read, although fucking being one of his mates, they all got malkied pretty much, we had him at a function a couple of years back for a presentation.
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« Reply #884 on: November 15, 2016, 10:13:44 AM »
I read Filth last night/wee small hours in a one-ner.

Harrowing. Gripping. Brilliant.

Just the usual from Scotland's American-based genius.
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« Reply #885 on: November 15, 2016, 10:28:34 AM »
I am not happy that this thread name is in capitals. It's bothered me for some time now.

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« Reply #886 on: November 15, 2016, 10:32:05 AM »
I am not happy that this thread name is in capitals. It's bothered me for some time now.

I agree. Mods, get busy.
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« Reply #887 on: November 15, 2016, 11:44:34 AM »
Provides a punchy headline ;)

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« Reply #888 on: November 16, 2016, 03:06:41 AM »
As usual after reading Irvine Welsh, you tend to think about it a lot. I figured out what his genius is.

He deals in ugliness that most would prefer to ignore or pretend doesn't exist, them not realising that it is within us all.

The yin, yang, balance and morphic resonance. It was ever thus.

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« Reply #889 on: November 16, 2016, 11:09:30 AM »
Finally started "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.
It's been on my list for a while.
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« Reply #890 on: January 05, 2017, 09:21:11 PM »
Finally got around to reading the last Stuart McBride book, number ten in the Logan McRae series.
Two thirds through and got to say that this is the best one for sometime.
Only started reading it because I had read all nine others.
Pleased to say that McBride is back on form :thumbsup:
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« Reply #891 on: January 05, 2017, 09:30:42 PM »
Finally got around to reading the last Stuart McBride book, number ten in the Logan McRae series.
Two thirds through and got to say that this is the best one for sometime.
Only started reading it because I had read all nine others.
Pleased to say that McBride is back on form :thumbsup:

It's a cracker, think I'd read it within a week of it's release. Enjoy!  :thumbsup:

He's got a stand alone novel due for release this year too, here's hoping it's as good as the Ash Henderson series.

Currently reading the Lewis Man by Peter May, it's the second in the series and it's alright... still getting in to it though so could turn out to be really good.

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« Reply #892 on: January 05, 2017, 09:54:51 PM »
It's a cracker, think I'd read it within a week of it's release. Enjoy!  :thumbsup:

He's got a stand alone novel due for release this year too, here's hoping it's as good as the Ash Henderson series.

Currently reading the Lewis Man by Peter May, it's the second in the series and it's alright... still getting in to it though so could turn out to be really good.

Read The Balck House by Peter May (first in the series) when it was first published.
Got numerous positive reviews, but to be honest it just didn't grab me and haven't gone back to read the others in the series as a result.
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« Reply #893 on: January 05, 2017, 10:21:18 PM »
Read The Balck House by Peter May (first in the series) when it was first published.
Got numerous positive reviews, but to be honest it just didn't grab me and haven't gone back to read the others in the series as a result.

To be honest I didn't get all that in to the black house, read it after the mrs recommended it and it was alright (guessed who done it early on, if not the reason...). I started the second one on the train this week mainly because I didn't have anything else to fill the time, feel like I've got to finish it now although it is shaping up to be better than the previous book. wish I'd planned ahead as I've got the latest Rebus next in the reading pile.

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« Reply #894 on: January 05, 2017, 10:34:56 PM »
I read a book a year or so, about Alistair Urquhart, who was interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
I was saddened to see that he past away at the age of 97.
He joined the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen at the start of the WW2. The experiences he went through were just shocking.He was only 10 miles away from Nagasaki when they dropped the bomb......

It's well worth a read. It's called " The forgotten Highlander"                             

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Urquhart


Just read this book over the Christmas period, well worth reading and shocking the treatment that these guys went through, the author still couldn't eat properly to the day he died due to the miniscule rations of rice they were given to eat.
Understandable how a lot of the guys that survived from the far east could never forgive the Japanese for the way they were treated.
Got an interest in all things WW2, anybody got any other good recommendations.

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« Reply #895 on: January 21, 2017, 09:58:48 AM »

Just read this book over the Christmas period, well worth reading and shocking the treatment that these guys went through, the author still couldn't eat properly to the day he died due to the miniscule rations of rice they were given to eat.
Understandable how a lot of the guys that survived from the far east could never forgive the Japanese for the way they were treated.
Got an interest in all things WW2, anybody got any other good recommendations.
If you like WW2 books I recommend "With the Old Breed" by Eugene Sledge. He wrote it while fighting in the pacific. A very honest perspective of the fighting that went on.
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« Reply #896 on: January 21, 2017, 11:05:35 AM »
I'm reading I Love Dick at the moment - described as "the most important book written about men & women in the last century" - I'm finding it dull and skimming a bit already, possibly cause I have another 5 books waiting to be read!!

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« Reply #897 on: January 22, 2017, 09:27:15 PM »
I'm reading I Love Dick at the moment - described as "the most important book written about men & women in the last century" - I'm finding it dull and skimming a bit already, possibly cause I have another 5 books waiting to be read!!

Sorry missus but in typical schoolboy humour that raised a little titter with me ;)
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« Reply #898 on: January 22, 2017, 11:22:20 PM »
Yeh the guys at work are quite amused that I've been reading it on the bus  ;D

I'll let you know if it grows on me.........ha  ;)

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« Reply #899 on: January 23, 2017, 11:29:07 AM »
Yeh the guys at work are quite amused that I've been reading it on the bus  ;D

I'll let you know if it grows on me.........ha  ;)

The series is on Amazon I think. Was considering watching it, but I was too freaked out by the title.