Read any good books lately?

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31/08/2012 at 20:03

Thought I'd ping this back up..... looking for a good book for my hols. Any recommendations? (Please don't say Fifty Shades!)

31/08/2012 at 20:30

Iron,

Just finished a book recommended by my local librarian. I don't normally read "war" books but librarian insisted I'd like it.

Book was the The Junior Officers' Reading Club, rivetting account of the war in Iran and Afganistan, it's a view of the war from the front line from a very erudite young officer.

He also enjoys going for a run!

06/09/2012 at 09:32

Possibly a bit of a late reply for your holiday IS but I've just finished "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. I loved it

Just started the latest David Mitchell novel which begins with a rather graphic birth scene

06/09/2012 at 09:36

Just in the middle of Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck for about the 8th time

06/09/2012 at 10:14

Thanks for this- I too am looking for some holiday books. So have taken notes

 

Favourite ever book - A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - was mentioned a few pages back.

Recently read and enjoyed :

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - written for teenagers but a good read. Finished one and had to go straight on the the next sort of a read

Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman - a bit different view of being young in London. Intersting style of writing

Room - Emma Donoghue - loved it

A Kind Of Intimacy - Jenn Ashworth - interesting take on people's perception of reality

Little Gods - Anna Richrads - great read - a bit different from the norm.

 

Have just read Helen Dunmore's the Greatcoat and wouldn't rate it.

 

06/09/2012 at 11:19

If you like Cormac Maccarthy and also like crime fiction James Lee Bourke is worth looking at (although you may have already read)

08/10/2012 at 19:00

Some good recommendations there, will give them a go, thanks!

Just finished First and Only by Peter Flannery, really good read.

DL - I LOVED the Hunger Games, awesome, I was the same, had to download them one after the other because I couldn't wait for my friend to finish the books! Thought they were a bit deep and dark for a 'kids' book, didn't think it was written for kids at all really. Can't wait to see the film.

Room I loved too, very sad and a bit disturbing really.

09/10/2012 at 09:50

Just an update on the David Mitchell book: The thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (sp?)

It was a bit of a confusing start but once I got into it I really loved it. It was quite educational too about the Dutch trading post in Japan around 1800, something I knew nothing about before. He's one of my favourite authors and although he never seems to tell a story in a straightforward manner it's always worth sticking with his books.

09/10/2012 at 17:06

I really liked The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet too LM - a slow burner to begin with but was a great read. Have liked all of his books.

Have just finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - quite a haunting novel  - bit of a fairytale mixed in with 1920's Alaskan wilderness living. I would recommend it.

As I have a friend that is mad into the Twilight saga I eventually got round to reading the first one - complete and utter drivel - really can't see what all the fuss was about - yes, perhaps if you're a 12 year old girl but why all the middle aged Mums?????

09/10/2012 at 20:46

I confess to enjoying the Twilight Books it was something different but now everybody has jumped on the bandwaggon.... much better read than the 50 shades load of tripe!

Quite fancy the Snow Child, will have a look see if I can get it on Kindle.

09/10/2012 at 20:51

I have been meaning to pick up a Mitchell. Which David Mitchell book would you start with? Or would you start at the beginning at work on through?

09/10/2012 at 21:39

Anyone read any of the Booker Prize Shortlist? The Book People have all 6 for £30 and I'm tempted.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
10/10/2012 at 05:54

I'm reading the latest Kathy Reichs book "Bones are forever". She's a bit like Patricia Cornwell but considerably more graphic, I admit to sometimes skimming over the gruesome cadaver and autopsy descriptions but good characters and like Cornwell, she writes using her own experience.

Just finished "Swimming to Antarctica" by Lynne Cox - great read and she has done some awesome swims.

I'm a big fan of David Baldacci, read loads of his books but my favourites are the Camel Club ones.

gingerfurball    pirate
10/10/2012 at 09:31

I'm waiting on the new Justin Cronin to arrive...the end of October I think...I'm contemplating sending for the latest Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson - it's the second last book in a series of 10...but I'm not sure if I could be bothered as it's 900 pages long and getting really bad reviews...but it's kind of a "I've come this far I might as well finish" kind of thing.

Currently working my way through the game of thrones series - on book 3 at the minute...the only reason is that our son recently was an extra in the tv series and I want to know what's happening by the time I get to see the show he's in lol.

I'm not normally ensconsed in so much fantasy but that's the way it's going at the minute.

I've given up on Lee Child and the Jack Reacher books - they were getting very formulaic...plus I was disgusted to find that they had cast the midget Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the upcoming film - ridiculous!

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
10/10/2012 at 11:11

I have to disagree on Hunger Games - I had to force myself to finish all three, I got a bit bored. Plus the Big Brother/autocratic regime/downtrodden populace theme has been done quite  a few times already.

10/10/2012 at 11:58

I also loved the Twilight books  Great escapist fun if you were a gawky teen like me!

The most straightforward David Mitchell book is Black Swan Green but I think his best one is probably Cloud Atlas. But you can start with anyone as they're not linked at all.

Are there really new Thomas Covenant books? I gave up a considerable chunk of life reading the first 6 and tbh I bloody hated them by the end. It was only stubbornness and the fact that I'd already bought them all that made me finish them.

I'll add The Snow Child to my list, thanks for the tip

I think the only one on the Booker shortlist I'll be reading is the Hilary Mantel one, but that will have to wait until it's in paperback.

10/10/2012 at 12:12

Has anyone joined librarything.com? I joined recently but ended up with two accounts cos I lost the password for the first one and didn't provide an email account to start with. Good fun though if you like books.

 

gingerfurball    pirate
10/10/2012 at 12:33

Little Nemo there is the last 4 in the Thomas Covenant series out now http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=stephen+donaldson+the+last+chronicles+of+thomas+covenant&sprefix=stephen+don%2Caps%2C171 There was supposed to be 3 but apparently he had too much to say.  The books are massive...and like I say the latest is getting pretty bad reviews...but I'll probably read them to get the series finished.

10/10/2012 at 16:21

Just downloaded Winter of the Word on my kindle, Ken Follett, 2nd in the trilogy (Fall of Giants was the first)... it was 20p!!!

Haven't read any on the booker shortlist, but might give them a go... quite fancy Hilary Mantel one too but I'm with Little Nemo.... I won't pay a fortune for it, I'll wait til it's cheap!

GFB - Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher??? REALLY??? OMG!  Not sure about that.

12/10/2012 at 09:21

My first David Mitchell was Cloud Atlas which I loved so I would say it's as good a place to start as any - also, think it was shortlisted for , or won a few awards.

Yeah - Hunger Games - not great literature and not necessarily the most original concept - couldn't help finding them compulsive reading though. For me the need to move on to the next was simiar to Pillip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy, and Steig Larson's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy - I'm obviously a sucker for a threesome!

Sorry too - no judgement meant on those who like Twilight saga (there are 4 aren't there? so that could be my problem) Just really not my thing. 

In our house we call Tom Cruise 'Stubby Man'

I'm waiting for the Booker books to get cheap - still catching up on last year's prize winners. Has anyone read the Orange Prize winner - Song of Achilles? 

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