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  • Tonka 8 Jan 2018 16:35:18 29,523 posts
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    I'm struggling with Candid and hating it. Don't think I'll be able to get through the 120 pages.

    It's not complicated or anything. Just really repetitive and boring.
  • RelaxedMikki 11 Jan 2018 16:59:55 3,034 posts
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    The Good Women of China - Xinran

    An anthology short personal histories collected by the host of a radio phone in for Chinese women.

    Man. Topics covered include (deep breath): political oppresion, war, natural disaster, duty, misogyny, murder, rape, suicide, tradition, guilt, mental illness, love, family, loss, sacrifice, imprisonment, and motherhood.

    The issues are as heavy as they come. But the book is written with a level headed compassion that takes your breath away.

    The first short history, "The Girl Who Kept a Fly as a Pet", is as perfect a story as I have ever read. If it was by Will Self I would happily class it as the best thing he's ever written, by some way. As an episode of Black Mirror it would be Charlie's masterpiece. But it's true. I don't want to go into too much detail for risk of spoilers, but the way the different narrators' stories parcel each other is quite something.

    Easily 10/10.

    Edited by RelaxedMikki at 17:09:00 11-01-2018
  • dmj 11 Jan 2018 20:12:16 987 posts
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    @mal I went through all the Dalziel and Pascoe novels in about eighteen months (starting at the end of 2015). I tried to ration them out, but nah.

    I read most of them out of order too, which didn't make much of a difference (though there are two late on that should be tackled in publication order, unless you want to know the identity of the murderer in the first).

    On Beulah Height is as perfect as it gets, I'd say.

    I always picture Dalziel as Sam Allardyce, weirdly. He'd be my favourite fictional detective if Sam Vimes didn't exist.

    Edited by DMJ at 20:17:19 11-01-2018
  • mal 11 Jan 2018 23:06:55 29,326 posts
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    Hah, he's basically Warren Clarke (rip) to me as I saw him on TV as that character long ago, but Allardyce is definitely cut from the same cloth :)
  • Rodney 12 Jan 2018 03:45:35 3,862 posts
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    I just finished reading Jamaica Inn which was brilliantly written, and I'm currently reading Handmaid's tale which I'm struggling with.

    I really like the premise but I just don't like the writing. The author tries too hard to find profound meaning in overly long descriptions of trivial details constantly.
  • Rodney 12 Jan 2018 03:47:32 3,862 posts
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    Also, for the last six months I've been reading Patrick O'brian's Aubrey Maturin series (the books Master and Commander was based on).

    I'm up to book 14, I think. Most of them work as standalone books, but there is an overarching story and I would highly recommend them all
  • mal 12 Jan 2018 05:22:29 29,326 posts
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    Otto started an old Aubrey Martin thread which used to get bumped a couple of times each year, but I've not see up near the top for a while now.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/forum/thread/159832?start=60
  • ardamillo 12 Jan 2018 06:30:20 638 posts
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    Recently finished Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. Maybe not up there with his best but still a great bit of hard science fiction.
  • MelisaNg 12 Jan 2018 07:42:56 1 posts
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    Hardly an intellectual read, but it does what it says on the tin. A big man, with a big axe, fighting overwhelming odds.
  • spindle9988 17 Jan 2018 14:19:09 4,880 posts
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    After reading about it on here, I am going to purchase House of Leaves on friday. The edition I have looked at is remastered colir editiion. Is this the best version? As i know there are a few.
  • Mola_Ram 17 Jan 2018 14:23:24 20,084 posts
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    It's the one I have. I don't know what the "best" one is, but I think that's the most recent one.
  • spindle9988 17 Jan 2018 14:28:33 4,880 posts
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    @Mola_Ram

    Nice one dude. I'm Looking forward to it.
  • Deleted user 23 January 2018 15:52:26
    Having a bit of a Clive Barker binge so I read The Hellbound Heart last week. Cracking Novella and not a great deal different to the film, which I guess is to be expected since Barker directed that as well.

    8/10

    Books of Blood next up.
  • wuntyphyve 23 Jan 2018 16:29:15 12,225 posts
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    Hellbound Heart is a good read. My personal Barker Fav is The Damnation Game with Weaveworld a close second. Coldheart Canyon is also quite high on my list.

    AVOID at all costs Mister B Gone. It's wank.

    Edited by wuntyphyve at 16:29:31 23-01-2018
  • MrFlay 23 Jan 2018 20:06:48 3,894 posts
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    The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

    A fantasy book styled after the Norse sagas. It's really beautifully written and I was shocked by how great it was. I'd heard of Poul Anderson but had somehow imagined him as a writer of corny pulp rubbish. The story is remarkably grim and amoral. As far from Tolkien as you could go while still remaining in the same sub genre.

    Edited by MrFlay at 20:07:14 23-01-2018
  • JoelStinty 24 Feb 2018 15:50:27 7,839 posts
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    To Catch A King - Charles Spencer

    An account of the famous Charles II escape from the battle of Worcester. Not bad. Pretty much a pacy account of his escape. I didn't really sense the enthuasim in Spencer's writing that is evident in his enthuasim speaking about it, but its easy to read and interesting, and makes me want to read up on the entirety of the stuarts reign, so it must have done something!

    Saying that, its the first history book i've read in a very long time (probably since college) so perhaps i was expecting too much.

    3.5/5
  • MrFlay 20 Mar 2018 07:40:26 3,894 posts
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    Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny

    This has been on my shelf for at least 10 years and thankfully I never gave it to Oxfam. It's one of those disguised science fiction novels which at first doesn't appear to one at all. It's concerned with Buddhist and Hindu myths married to a relatively soft science fiction premise. The characters, world-building and language are all fantastic.
  • RichDC 20 Mar 2018 12:19:15 8,299 posts
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    Thin Air - Michelle Paver

    A well written atmospheric ghost story set on a fictional ascent of Kanchenjunga (world's third highest peak). It's quite slow but perfectly crafts the sense of dread and isolation when it gets going. The mountain is a brilliant and original setting for this type of story and anyone whose climbed will be familiar with the imagery described.

    It's just a shame that like so many horrors, it falls completely flat at the end.

    8/10

    Edited by RichDC at 12:21:15 20-03-2018
  • foster2007 20 Mar 2018 16:46:51 326 posts
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    Neil Gaimans Norse Mythology - 8.5/10
  • RichDC 28 Mar 2018 10:35:19 8,299 posts
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    Narconomics - Tom Wainwright

    An interesting, fun and depressing read detailing the economics of the global drugs trade and why the cartels and similar criminal organisations are so successful. It also looks what a spectacular failure the war on drugs has been despite the trillions spent globally.

    9/10

    Edited by RichDC at 11:00:09 28-03-2018
  • foster2007 28 Mar 2018 10:48:34 326 posts
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    Flash Boys - 7/10
  • glaeken 28 Mar 2018 13:53:02 12,026 posts
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    Endurance - Alfred Lansing - 9/10

    Very much reminded me of Dan Simmons The Terror only this story is true and of course does not have the fantastical elements. I think Simmons must have read this book in fact as there definitely seems to be some very similar elements.
  • solidsneek 3 Apr 2018 23:18:45 763 posts
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    Currently reading - Artemis, book set on the moon with the main girl being a courier of sorts. Half way through and it's pretty good

    Author- Andy Weir (THE MARTIAN)
  • Mola_Ram 3 Apr 2018 23:23:37 20,084 posts
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    I didn't care for Artemis. It's too early to judge, but Weir is seemingly a one-trick pony at this point.
  • solidsneek 3 Apr 2018 23:29:35 763 posts
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    @Mola_Ram haven't read the martian (watched the film hear the book is really good) it's OK not something I will be picking up again after this.
  • Your-Mother 3 Apr 2018 23:29:42 2,764 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    I didn't care for Artemis. It's too early to judge, but Weir is seemingly a one-trick pony at this point.
    Yeah. The main character might as well be Watney Mk 2. Despite being an ethnic female it still felt like Generic White Man for the most part, he really shouldn't have bothered trying diversity for the sake of it. And just like The Martian, the side characters are as archetypical as humanly possible and paper thin.

    I'll see what his third book is like, but it seems the only thing he can do is "SITUATION SOLVED BY SCIENCE" over and over again.
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