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#181 Severus

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 02:07 PM

My daughter has recommended it to me
Think I might give it a go


I'm about halfway through. The two main characters are very unlikaable but it's very compelling. Trying to get it read before I see the film.
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#182 timtum

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:04 PM

I'm currently thoroughly enjoying Carl Hiaasen's Star Island.  Hysterically funny with the return of the governor from the swamps,  a paparazzo with BO, a pop starlet who is the embodiment of everyone out there, a bodyguard with a prosthetic weed whacker.....

 

I really would recommend his canon.

 

Previously read the Jo Nesbo Harry Hole in Thailand which I really enjoyed, and his latest ( I think ) Police, which I didn't.


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#183 getdownmonkeyman

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:19 PM

Danny Baker's Going Off Alarming. Which is the sequel to Going to Seain a Sieve, which I haven't read, but have just purchased. 



#184 Futtocks

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:29 PM

Danny Baker's Going Off Alarming. Which is the sequel to Going to Seain a Sieve, which I haven't read, but have just purchased. 

Both excellent reads! 


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#185 stimpo-and-kat

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:50 PM

Birdman by Mo Hayder

#186 Larry the Leit

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 09:32 AM

Great. The first one was really good. If you get the audiobook he reads the whole book himself (unlike a lot of writers) and a lot of the stories, particularly the ones involving his dad, are even funnier with him doing the voices. (Skulduggery boy!).

 

I took this advice, this was my first audiobook.  I loved it.  I usually listen to Baker on a Saturday morning, I don't see him as a broadcasting genius as some do, but he has his moments.  The audio book was brilliant, I cannot wait for the next one.


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#187 villager

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 02:57 PM

two of the best books i ever read was the late tom mitchells autobiography and cec thompson,i particulary  was amazed to read cec when he stated that when he signed for workington town  the crowd christened him darkie,,,a name he looked on with affection,,,,,how times have changed



#188 Larry the Leit

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 02:59 PM

two of the best books i ever read was the late tom mitchells autobiography and cec thompson,i particulary  was amazed to read cec when he stated that when he signed for workington town  the crowd christened him darkie,,,a name he looked on with affection,,,,,how times have changed

 

I've read Cec's book.  It's great until the point at the end when he cites Seb Coe as a hero.  It spoilt it for me. 


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#189 Futtocks

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 01:49 PM

Just finished a couple of excellent biographies.
'Just the one' by Graham Lord, about the legendarily dissipated writer Jeffrey Bernard.
'The Quest for Corvo' by A.J.A.Symons, about the writer, artist, tramp, litigant, pederast, sponger and generally peculiar character Frederick Rolfe, aka Baron Corvo.

Now getting stuck into The Ingoldsby Legends, which is good fun.


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#190 Red Willow

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 06:10 PM

Guy Martin

I'm reading that as well, it seems to be went racing, fell off, went racing fell out with this bloke. amazing how little money here is in road racing.

 

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#191 villager

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 10:03 AM

i happened to get a copy of the late chris balderstones autobiography and was stunned  when i read he was the only man to play in a first class cricket match and play in a  football league game the same day,more remarkable is the fact  that chris fielded all day,,only saw chris play a few times for carlisle united,a good all round player who had the lot,,and then of course hewent on to be a first class umpire,,,what a sportsman.



#192 Trojan

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 12:13 PM

I've just finished Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies" a satire on the thirties "bright young things."  Waugh was very right wing, but is an excellent writer, I always enjoy his stuff.  Scoop, and Decline and Fall are really funny.  The "Sword of Honour" trilogy are always rewarding, funny, informative, with an excellent plot. Funnily enough the only book of Waugh's I haven't enjoyed is the most famous Brideshead.


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#193 Futtocks

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 12:52 PM

I've just finished Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies" a satire on the thirties "bright young things."  Waugh was very right wing, but is an excellent writer, I always enjoy his stuff.  Scoop, and Decline and Fall are really funny.  The "Sword of Honour" trilogy are always rewarding, funny, informative, with an excellent plot. Funnily enough the only book of Waugh's I haven't enjoyed is the most famous Brideshead.

Brideshead isn't classic Waugh, but the TV adaptation was so well done, it made the book much more famous than some of the other, better, ones.

 

'Black Mischief' is another funny one, while 'Labels' is his account of a Mediterranean holiday and is pretty good.


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