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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:19 am 
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What book are you reading now?

Am reading 'The Songcatcher' by Sharyn McCrumb (Scottish background)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:59 am 
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I never read novels although I have ploughed through some in the past.
I find the stories are either boring and hard to read or I can't put the book down until I finish it and then miss it.
Neither produce great pleasure.
I like historic accounts and technical books mainly.
I remember when I first read Samuel Pepys' Diary and felt a terrific loss when the diary came to an end.
It was as though I had lost a friend.

At present I'm reading The English Country House (Ralph Dutton 1935), Reconstructing London's Underground (H C Follenfant 1974) and Accessories Components Tools and Garage Equipment (Car-Men Spares Ltd 1972).
All evocative of my past in different ways.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:56 am 
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I am a 'Crime' person,
James Patterson
Peter James
Mark Billingham
to name just a few.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:04 pm 
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I have just finished the penultimate (as I understand it) Bryant & May novel. I don't really want the read the last one as there won't be any more then. Anyone aware of these gems by Christopher Fowler? Totally original and enjoyable detective novels nearly always set in London, well laced with London history and folklore.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:24 pm 
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Thanks for the reminder about the Christopher Fowler books - it's been a while but I remember enjoying them. It actually amazed me when I realized I could read a series over again and enjoy it very much !! :idea:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:29 pm 
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gazman wrote:
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I remember when I first read Samuel Pepys' Diary and felt a terrific loss when the diary came to an end.
It was as though I had lost a friend.........


Yes, I sure know this feeling. I have felt this way more than a few times - it always overwhelms me, and sometimes makes me angry. Gaz, maybe you should write a sequel to it...Pepys' Continued !!!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:31 pm 
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king edward wrote:
I have just finished the penultimate (as I understand it) Bryant & May novel.


Sounds right up my street KE, I will try them out. Your recommendation of the Robin Hobb books was a life-changer, I've gone through the lot and am eagerly awaiting the new one 'Fool's Quest' due in August. They are wonderful :greennod:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:39 pm 
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maggieblue wrote:
What book are you reading now?



:nicethread: Maggie thanks.

Have just finished H is for Hawk and am on A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson. Usually have some nature-based non-fiction on the go. Both Christmas gifts..

Finished The Miniaturist and Peaches for Monsier Le Cure (have read some but not all of Joanne Harris's stuff). now about to start the latest Sunday Philosophy Club which has just come out. I've read most of Alexander McCall's books and they are very charming and uplifting and positive. They counteract stuff like A Song Of Ice and Fire which is on the go as well - second reading and almost done with Dragons. Love those books and they do merit close concentration if you want to remember what happened 99 chapters ago to a minor banner-man or pig-boy or even a noble Lord :D Come on GRRM and finish the Winds of Winter! Stop watching the show ;)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:23 pm 
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Dipping in and out of Masters of Men, Rory McIlroy and Ken Venturi; Just finished Dragons of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, Sacred Sites of Ancient Egypt is also on my bed for some "Can't sleep' reading.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:55 pm 
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Just finished Suddenly Murder by Raymond D Mason, a thriller.

Just started The Unnatural History of the Sea which is non fiction about the past and future of humanity and fishing. A truly worrying description of the state we seem to be getting in to.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:06 am 
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Misplaced the book I was reading, so started on another.
Murder in the Family by Anne George - not that interesting
so far...


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Have been reading "Hess, Hitler & Churchill." Always wondered why Hess flew so boldly to Scotland on what everyone thought was a senseless, hare-brained mission. It's too far in the past now to be certain, but the book raises several questions, the answers to which might explain at least some of the mystery.

Tried an e-reader; it was OK, but there's nothing like the joy of holding a book in your hands, reading before settling for the night.

Cheers all.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:42 pm 
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Blarney wrote:
Tried an e-reader; it was OK, but there's nothing like the joy of holding a book in your hands, reading before settling for the night.


You've said it all about books vs. machines, Blarney !


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Currently in the middle of Post Captain, in the Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series.

I like the Napoleonic era. I've read all of Hornblower (several time), all of Sharpe, also a few times, and most of Ramage and Bolitho.


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You're a busy man, laurie!
Last night a few guys were over putting a little a/c in my bedroom which means it won't be 90 degrees in there anymore! And my book got misplaced...so I've started on another one, a true murder story.


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I have just rad a Val McDermid book for the first time. Pretty damned good if very brutal (too much for some tastes, I would think) in some places. I will definitely be seeking out more.

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 10:33 pm 
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king edward wrote:
I have just rad a Val McDermid book for the first time. Pretty damned good if very brutal (too much for some tastes, I would think) in some places. I will definitely be seeking out more.



Yes KE, her books are quite brutal in parts, but exceedingly well written. I like her books.


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Ordered from Amazon the only book of the Miss Seeton series that I haven't read already - Bonjour, Miss Seeton. I am very much enjoying this old friend...


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 5:20 am 
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Am reading '77 Carnations', dealing with the Duke of Windsor and "that woman", giving a lot of info about what was going on under the surface both in Britain & Germany just before, and after, the start of World War 2.

Mighty interesting!


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I haven't read a fiction since I was addicted to Ray Bradbury, John Wyndham. The day of the Triffids, The Chrysalids and the Kraken Wakes used to be my kind of Sci-Fi. Now everything I read has interesting factual connections like The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln. The Coming War With Japan by George Friedman and Meridith Lebard. The Jesus Scroll by Donovan Joyce.
I'm a thinking agnostic! :)

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The Jesus Scroll by Donovan Joyce. - Now, this sounds interesting...


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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 2:22 am 
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Just finished the Pelican Brief by John Grisham and have gone back to my youth!! when in the liibrary service I devoured some kids 'funnies'. Got some out today from Naas library and am having a good :wave: laugh at Horribly Famous about Elvis. Have also got Awful Egyptians in the Horrible Histories.
f any of you wanrt a light laugh and a short ead borow some of these. :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:


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I'm currently reading 'More to life than this' by Carole Matthews.
I love her style. :)


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Just finished "George Pearly is a miserable old sod" First fiction from a new author Steven Primrose-Smith. I found it very funny. (Paperback or Kindle versions from Amazon)...

George could be one of us - no names - the cover picture is rather like me.....

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Reading Laurie King's Mary Russell books - has anyone here read them?


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