Read any good books lately?

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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


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.

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.

02/09/2011 at 21:42
Further north than Rebus...they're all savages that far up aren't they?
02/09/2011 at 21:48
We are not at home to Mr F*ck up!!
02/09/2011 at 21:52

Ace! Thanks for the recommendations.

Recently read The Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.... funny and sad at the same time, about a boy with Aspergers. Worth a read.

Grisham - recently read Theodore Boone and The Confession, both good.

Jodi Piccoult - House Rules (again about a boy with Aspergers), Picture Perfect was okay, enjoyed Salem Falls better.

02/09/2011 at 22:01
The Jodi Piccoult about the High School Shooting (title lost in fried mind) is excellent Squishy.
02/09/2011 at 22:04
Also Diane Chamberlain 'The Midwife's Confession'  though didn't rate quite as high as The Lies We Told.
04/09/2011 at 13:59

I love anything by Jeffrey Deaver (except Carte Blanche), also Harlan Coben, Dan Brown, James Patterson and Linwood Barclay (just finished 'No Time For Goodbye' - couldn't put it down). I'm now reading 'Gone Tomorrow' by Lee Child.

I'm really tempted to read 'The Woman in Black' as its got good reviews - including on this thread..... the question  is - am i brave enough??....maybe if i read it during the daytime....

05/09/2011 at 18:13

TP - I reckon it was called 19 Minutes. Yep, read that, really good.

Snails - read most of the one's you've read too, all good reads. Have you read 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy? Really good, if somewhat depressing.

We've just ordered a few of these recommendations from Amazon, including Woman in Black. I won't read it at night though because I'm a scardy cat

Jo Nesbo's The Snowman was quite scary too. I'm just about to start another Jo Nesbo.

05/09/2011 at 19:31

 No, i haven't read anything by Cormac McCarthy or Jo Nesbo.....i'm quite keen on reading Jo Nesbo though, so i might wait and see if Tesco does an offer on them (its often cheaper than Amazon - i got the Steig Larsson trilogy for £5). Haven't read my Steig Larsson books yet - i like to have a few spare books in case i run out. I really think i'll order the 'Woman in Black' now.

I finished 'Gone Tomorrow' by Lee Child, it was okay but i was a bit disappointed by the time i got to the end.

Just about to start 'The Spire' by Richard North Patterson.

06/09/2011 at 21:59

Snails, I think  you'll enjoy the Larsson books. Give Cormac McCarthy a go too, he's a similar sort of author to Harlan Coben. I quite like the Lee Child books too, read a few of those, Tripwire & The Killing Floor I think it was.

Can't remember the ending of Gone Tomorrow, but I have read it I'm sure.

Have you read Boy A by Jonathan Trigell? Really good read.

We've read so many now we've had to make a spreadsheet of everything so we don't end up reading it twice

06/09/2011 at 22:54

Hi Iron Squishy, thanks for that... i definately will give Cormac McCarthy a go. Haven't read Anything by Jonathan Trigell either - it great getting new authors recommended.

I really must try and create a list of everything i've read - problem is i can't remember half of them, lol

Let me know what you think of 'Woman in Black' too - i might get it tomorrow

Happy reading...

Tommygun2    pirate
06/09/2011 at 23:37

Ihave just finished reading Lamb by Christopher Moore,.. very funny

Very funny as long as you are not easily offended

I tend to go for off the wall humor

I am currently reading Tom Holt here is some of his titles

18/09/2011 at 22:35

Managed to read The Woman in Black without having nightmares  Anybody who enjoyed it, try The Winter Ghosts by Kate Moss, another old fashioned ghost story, but not really sinister, bit of a sad ghost story really, but worth a read.

Read a few great books while I was on holiday:

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton (also 'Sister' by the same author, but Afterwards was better I thought).

The Black House by Peter May. Sounded it bit scary and sinister (and the cover looks a bit scary) but it wasn't, sort of a murder mystery set on the Isle of Lewes. Will certainly read more of his, really enjoyed it.

The Island by Victoria Hislop (the book was actually in the cottage where we stayed, glad I read it) about a leper colony.

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