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Book thread: what are you reading?


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#261 tomdooley

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 08:37 PM

He normally makes the effort to visit the places he is writing about to try and get a feel for what it might have been like. While his books are not really challenging reads and never likely to achieve the more prestigious awards reserved for the more weird and wonderful authors out there, I think he writes a gripping story and develops interesting characters while at least following historical events reasonably accurately. 

Try Patrick Obriens jack Aubrey  novels of the 18th cent british navy. As good as jane Austin



#262 Futtocks

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 08:47 PM

And, of course, George McDonald Fraser's 'Flashman' books. Well-researched and extensively footnoted and appendixed.

 

And he can write a battle scene better than just about anybody.


Between the optimist & the pessimist
The difference is quite droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut,
The pessimist sees the hole.


#263 Futtocks

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 04:58 PM

Trepidation! After a lot of humming and hemming and hawing, I have decided to try Maeve Gilmore's conclusion to her husband's 'Gormenghast' trilogy. Well, it was interesting, and worth a re-read sometime soon. She's a good writer, albeit no Mervyn Peake, but she catches some of the feel of the original books to an extent. It won't ruin 'Gormenghast' for fans. I rather liked it.

 

Next up, George Clinton's biography 'Brothas be, yo like George, ain't that Funkin' kinda hard on you?' I'm a few chapters in, and it is interesting and very readable, despite the mess of a title.


Between the optimist & the pessimist
The difference is quite droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut,
The pessimist sees the hole.





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