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Just read back. I've read all Martin Amis' books Cake. Particularly like The Information and Dead Babies but Money is great too.
Started to read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when staying with family recently but found it boring. Didn't manage to finish it while I was there but wasn't bothered ...
Jean M Auel - Earths Children - The Clan of the Cave Bear; The Valley of the Horses; the Mamoth Hunters - working my way through. Really excellent writing and stories.
Am reading the Ware Teraology by Rudy Rucker - very Sc-Fi styled writing, totally of the genre. Short chapters, very much like reading Asimov. Not the same basic language though. But the the ideas aren't quite so clever. Its very 80's cyberpunk.
KK - yes, I looked at wikipedia and saw that.
I seriously need some good recommendations - I'M BORED!!
ps...I got a kindle for my birthday - am I still allowed on here?
Take your newfangled witchcraft thing and begone!
What are they like? I've seen a few on the tube but I still prefer books. Such a Luddite!
Haven't read a really good book for a while now
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I agree Beebs and I'm only 1/3 through it I DO enjoy a asylum/ill treated woman yarn I do......... (The Secret Scripture; Sebastian Barry has similar themes) apparently Maggie O'Farrell's latest is mean't to be truely superb as well
cumberlandrunner - you might also enjoy "Wish Her Safe At Home" by Stephen Benatar and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The latter is a short story/ novella really, but an absolute classic. For something more modern, but with similar themes, try the disturbing (but excellent) "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian.
I just finished "Let The Great World Spin" by Colum McCann which was perfect.
I know it's sad, but I'm reading this at the moment... I'm finding it quite interesting as it's a story that I don't really know (9/12 of the TV episodes are missing)
Blimey, sub 3:15 with only eight toes
Boing said zebedee.....
Need some recommendations! Going on hols soon and need new material. What's around?
I've got the new Bill Bryson ('At Home') on the go at the moment, & so far it's just as fascinating as his 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything' was
(a bit scary in parts like the Yellowstone Caldera, & how it's due to go 'BANG!!')
Then I've got Stuart Maconies 'Hope & Glory' to attack
(just hope it's as good as 'Pies & Prejudice', & 'Adventures On The High Teas')
Hope & Glory is a fab read, not read High Teas yet, but if you like P&P, you'll probably like it. Like Bryson though, probably not one to read on the daily commute unless you're immune to being stared at for guffawing...
I've just finished "The Captive Queen" by Alison Weir, about Eleanor of Aquitaine. I like historical fiction that's half way decently researched, and I'll probably carry on and do more background reading to fill in the blanks in the narrative.
Also got "The Intentional Spinner" lined up for bedtime reading, but it's...a bit...specialist.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett I read that a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it (It's been out for a year or more though, so don't know if it's been covered)
Novel about the American Civil Rights Movement in 1960s Mississippi - Light reading, but an okay book. Currently being made into a film
I finished "At Home" last night, I had to put it aside a few times as I found the sheer volume of facts and minor detail a little wearing after a while but overall fascinating, kept nudging Mrs puffy and reading bits out to her.
She is reading One Day at the moment, says it's very good.
Didn't realise Stuart Maconie had written anything else. P&P was brilliant. I must download the others.
Bryson At Home is excellent and wll come in a handy in 1001 quizzes for being stuffed full of interesting facts. Some of his others have been excellent, others I felt were a bit forced.
The Help = excellent but I felt tailed a bit towards the end. Knew where it was going but stumbled a bit to get here.
I'll check out the Eleanor one Kwilter. I've read stuff about her before and she's a fascinating subject.
I'm off to bed with The Woman in Black. Recommended to me as a great ghost story (and about to be a film starring Daniel Radcliffe) and it certainly is so far. Not a ghost story fan but this might mean leaving the light on through the night .... just in case
Ooh! Just remebered, "Started early, took my dog." Kate Atkinson,brilliant.
Not been reading as much as normal as I'm cycling into work most days so can't read on the tube any more
Currently reading Surface Detail by Iain M Banks which I'm loving. It's one of his Culture novels so it's full of aliens and AIs. There are some really disturbing bits though to do with Hell, quite stomach churning
Also reading Pat Barker's Another World but this is a bit more heavy going. It's well written and the characters are believable but nearly everyone in it is just so horrible!
Looking forward to the new Kate Atkinson as my next read
Read Plugged by Eoin Colfer recently.
V good. Grown up book (Colfer more know for his children books) in the style of the crime/thrillr type with laconic hero that Elmore Leonard does well.
His kid's market books - Artemis Fowl - are very readable as well - good summer reading. (I read them all this summer). Only wish there were more ...
Mikey Welsh: Gypsy Boy
True story, couldnt put the book down.
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Not been reading as much as normal as I'm cycling into work most days so can't read on the tube any more Currently reading Surface Detail by Iain M Banks which I'm loving. It's one of his Culture novels so it's full of aliens and AIs. There are some really disturbing bits though to do with Hell, quite stomach churning Also reading Pat Barker's Another World but this is a bit more heavy going. It's well written and the characters are believable but nearly everyone in it is just so horrible!Looking forward to the new Kate Atkinson as my next read
He does describe horrible things in a brilliant way, Mr Puffy.
Although the Hell bits haven't been the main part of the story (so far) I've found them the most fascinating. It reminded me of those Hieronymous Bosch (sp?) paintings which I always found really disturbing.