Read any good books lately?

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01/09/2011 at 22:26

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

01/09/2011 at 22:36
(Tsk - goes back one page and see it has been covered already)
01/09/2011 at 22:38

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.

01/09/2011 at 22:41

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

01/09/2011 at 22:47
TP - I saw the stage play of The Woman in Black at the theatre - it is terrifying!
01/09/2011 at 23:46
The book is quite scary too. I remember why I don't read ghost stories at bedtime as a rule.
02/09/2011 at 07:08
Had to finish it. Had a nightmare.

Highly recommend the book but not as a bedtime story :-/
02/09/2011 at 07:27

Ooh! Just remebered, "Started early, took my dog." Kate Atkinson,brilliant.

Iron Pugsley    pirate
02/09/2011 at 07:35
Just read the Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris which I struggled to put down.

Also, How I Won the Yellow Jumper by Ned Boulting is a good light hearted read on the T de France
02/09/2011 at 09:52

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

02/09/2011 at 12:54

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 ...

02/09/2011 at 13:28

Mikey Welsh: Gypsy Boy


True story, couldnt put the book down.

02/09/2011 at 13:32
Little Nemo - No more marathons! wrote (see)

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


I read Surface Detail on holiday it really was disturbing even for Iain Banks! I do love the ships though.
02/09/2011 at 13:44

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.

Ironholgs    pirate
02/09/2011 at 15:38

Enjoying reading "Slaying the Badger" by Richard Moore all about the 1986 Tour de France.

Also just finished the  the ebook MEGrigins by Steve Alten - I'm a bit of a shark story fan

At Home was a great read, as are nearly all Brysons books.

Next week I will mostly be reading the new Kathy Reichs Book: Flash and Bones.

02/09/2011 at 16:10

Recently finished The book Thief by Marcus Zusak. And I'm really not sure about it. It's had rave reviews, and I wanted to like it, but I remain unconvinced by the style.

Also read John Buchan's 39 steps, which is only short, but had me gripped!

The Room of Lost Things, by Stella Duffy was good in a nothing much happens but the whole of life passes by outside sort of way. Reminded me (in a good way) of when I lived in unfashionable east London, the same mixed community with every colour of people (including green ones) and a massive array of cuisines to choose from!

02/09/2011 at 18:30
Mr Puffy wrote (see)

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.

Tickled Pink wrote (see)

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.

In away, I've got to agree with you (Mr Puffy), it's the same with 'A Short History', so chock-ful of facts/anecdotes that it's difficult to take it all in.

But, overall a brilliant book

'Pink'

Got to say Maconie is almost as good a writer as he is a broadcaster, & that's saying something!!

His (ex-radio 2, now Radio 6) sidekick Mark Radcliffe is also fairly talented with a pen!

02/09/2011 at 19:30
I red Nelson Mandela's long walk to freedom when on holiday . First book i've red since i was at school it was excellent !
02/09/2011 at 19:46

The Death of Marco Pantani: Matt Rendell

A very good read.
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02/09/2011 at 21:28

I'll definitely download the other Stuart Marconie books once I've finished my current crop.  I loved their R2 show.  Almost didn't mind working late if I had that for company on the run home.

Kate Atkinson .... has to be done in book order to get the best from them.

Anyone who likes the Rebus type stuff try the Stuart McBride ones.  Same sort of gendre but set a wee bit further north.  Again, read in order to get the nuances in the later stories.

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