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#1 Futtocks

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:06 PM

Having lost or damaged various of the volumes over the years, I bought the complete set of 'Flashman' books on Kindle*.

First up, 'Flashman and the Mountain of Light', which concerns the first Anglo-Sikh war (1845-6).

*with a Kindle, you can tap from the text to the historical notes and footnotes, and back again, which is very useful for these books.


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#2 Tiny Tim

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:23 PM

The Empire Trilogy by Raymond Feist....also on Kindle. I am now on the third book, it's fairly gripping but has a few slow bits.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:55 PM

Having lost or damaged various of the volumes over the years, I bought the complete set of 'Flashman' books on Kindle*.

First up, 'Flashman and the Mountain of Light', which concerns the first Anglo-Sikh war (1845-6).

*with a Kindle, you can tap from the text to the historical notes and footnotes, and back again, which is very useful for these books.

 

You're not taking them in order?

 

I love Flashy.


 

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#4 Futtocks

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:08 PM

You're not taking them in order?

 

I love Flashy.

I thought about it, but I hadn't read 'Mountain' for a long long time.

 

But what do you mean by 'in order'? The order that the books were written or Harry's life in chronological order? If the latter, I'd have to stop the 'Redskins' and 'Tiger' books part of the way through and resume them later on...  :P


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:13 PM

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:17 PM

I thought about it, but I hadn't read 'Mountain' for a long long time.

 

But what do you mean by 'in order'? The order that the books were written or Harry's life in chronological order? If the latter, I'd have to stop the 'Redskins' and 'Tiger' books part of the way through and resume them later on...  :P

 

Yes, I took them in the order they were written, but I guess once you're familiar with them all then chronological order would also work. Cracking stuff either way, and tbh I don't mind admitting the books shed light for me on areas of history where my knowledge is woeful


 

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:33 PM

I'm into audiobooks.  I started freshwater angling a few years ago after a 50 year layoff and I find them great.  I finished "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille a while ago and really enjoyed it.

 

It's the 6th book in his 'John Corey' series and it's a great thriller with some cracking one-liners.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

Just started the Eagle series by Simon Scarrow. Good bit of escapist adventure

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

I'm into audiobooks.  I started freshwater angling a few years ago after a 50 year layoff and I find them great.  I finished "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille a while ago and really enjoyed it.
 
It's the 6th book in his 'John Corey' series and it's a great thriller with some cracking one-liners.

Me too!
I'm loving the DeMille books.
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Have listened to the John Sutter books
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All highly recommended especially those read by Scott Brick.
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 07:16 PM

Dr Syn series, all on Kindle.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:58 PM

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:48 PM

Moth Smoke - Mohsin Hamid

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:43 PM

I'm on book 8 of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson.  A tougher read than many books but also thoroughly gripping, some people just can't get the hang of starting book 1 almost in the middle of a story with little forgiveness for those who can't catch up quickly.  The sheer effort that's gone into creating the world it's in is fascinating in itself.

 

Subconsciously I'm slightly dreading finishing the series as I've promised myself I'll re-read Shake Hands With The Devil by Romeo Dallaire once I finish that series.

 

Then in the queue is the newest Rebus book by Ian Rankin then maybe I'll restart the whole Rebus series again.


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#14 GeordieSaint

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:49 PM

You're not taking them in order?

 

I love Flashy.

 

I'd love to get the entire serious in hardback version; sadly can't find any...

 

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#15 Futtocks

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:38 AM

I'm into audiobooks.  I started freshwater angling a few years ago after a 50 year layoff and I find them great.  I finished "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille a while ago and really enjoyed it.

 

It's the 6th book in his 'John Corey' series and it's a great thriller with some cracking one-liners.

I've tried audiobooks a few times, but they tend to drift me off to sleep.


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#16 Futtocks

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:42 AM

Yes, I took them in the order they were written, but I guess once you're familiar with them all then chronological order would also work. Cracking stuff either way, and tbh I don't mind admitting the books shed light for me on areas of history where my knowledge is woeful

The historical notes are very enlightening and after finishing 'Mountain of Light', I downloaded 'Soldier and Traveller', the memoirs of Alexander Gardner, aka Gurdana Khan, who features heavily in the Flashman book. This is him in his Punjabi/Tartan gear, as described by Flashman.

 

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#17 Simmo

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:46 AM

I've tried audiobooks a few times, but they tend to drift me off to sleep.

Have you tried Graphic Audio?

 

Much better than the usual monotone nonsense you get with ordinary audiobooks.



#18 Bostik Bailey

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:32 AM

Just finished Catch 22, and Birds in a cage

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:58 PM

I've tried audiobooks a few times, but they tend to drift me off to sleep.

I play mine through the radio whilst I'm driving.
I'm in my car off and on all day so it's ideal for me.
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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:05 PM

I thought about it, but I hadn't read 'Mountain' for a long long time.

 

But what do you mean by 'in order'? The order that the books were written or Harry's life in chronological order? If the latter, I'd have to stop the 'Redskins' and 'Tiger' books part of the way through and resume them later on...  :P

 

 I have all the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell. You get the same problem with them as some of his later books are 'prequels' to his earlier ones. Makes arranging them on the bookshelf a quandary if, like me, you have slight OCD when it comes to these things. :)


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