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#41 Johnoco

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:06 PM

I'm reading A short history of England by Simon Jenkins. I am a bit of a history fan on the side. It's really hard keeping up with who was king or ruler in the early years because there was that many battles and wars, not to mention the number of kingdoms in England.

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#42 Wiltshire Rhino

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:42 PM

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

An oldie but a goodie

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#43 Bigal02

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:54 AM

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

An oldie but a goodie

Is the 'oldiie but goodie' Bill Oddie?



#44 Bleep1673

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:06 AM

I'm reading A short history of England by Simon Jenkins. I am a bit of a history fan on the side. It's really hard keeping up with who was king or ruler in the early years because there was that many battles and wars, not to mention the number of kingdoms in England.

Try reading "The Norman Conquest" by Marc Morris, that'll help with the 900-1100 period.

 

Am currently reading "The Plantagenetes" by Dan Jones on Kindle

 

 

 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. :)

I have all the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett lined up in order, and all the side stuff as well in order of publication, came as a shock to the system when I found an American book on the Disc, as I didn't know where to put it, the oddest one out is a copy of Night Watch in Dutch that I picked up in Amsterdam.


Edited by Bleep1673, 27 January 2014 - 10:11 AM.

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#45 nadera78

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:31 AM

Just finishing a re-reading of The Angel's Game. I love the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, partly because I think Zafon is a fantastic writer but also that Barcelona is such a mesmerising city.

 

Not sure what I'll move onto next. Something will come along, no doubt.


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#46 Futtocks

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:41 AM

Black Ajax is an excellent book, Quartered Safe Out Here is strongly recommended and I am looking forward to McAuslan as I am reassured by your summary.

The McAuslan books are set in GMF's post-war army career, when he'd got his commission and was a junior officer. Reading the stories in public is inadvisable, as you may alarm people with your laughter.


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#47 Bleep1673

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:42 AM

Barcelona is such a mesmerising city.

I have been to Barcelona so many times, and it never fails to amaze me. Of all the European cities I have visited, I have visited Barcelona so often a collegue joked that it would be cheaper to buy a flat there than pay out for hotel fees.


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#48 nadera78

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:43 AM

I have been to Barcelona so many times, and it never fails to amaze me. Of all the European cities I have visited, I have visited Barcelona so often a collegue joked that it would be cheaper to buy a flat there than pay out for hotel fees.

If my own circumstances had been a little different I'd have moved there long ago.


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#49 Bigal02

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 10:18 AM

Try reading "The Norman Conquest" by Marc Morris, that'll help with the 900-1100 period.

 

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#50 Futtocks

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:58 PM

Currently reading 'Laughing Gas' by P.G.Wodehouse, a Hollywood-based body-swap comedy that sits outside the Jeeves and Blandings series. Very enjoyable.


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#51 Steve May

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 04:06 PM

Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed by John Bradshaw.

 

It's about cats and is very interesting and worth reading (esp if you like cats), but it's infuriating because the guy simply cannot write.   He has a tin ear for a sentence and the whole book desperately needs an editor.   Sometimes entire sections are almost completely repeated with slight variations.

 

There are many people on this board who can knock out better stuff without thinking about it.


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#52 Bigal02

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:57 AM

Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed by John Bradshaw.

 

It's about cats and is very interesting and worth reading (esp if you like cats), but it's infuriating because the guy simply cannot write.   He has a tin ear for a sentence and the whole book desperately needs an editor.   Sometimes entire sections are almost completely repeated with slight variations.

 

There are many people on this board who can knock out better stuff without thinking about it.

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#53 marklaspalmas

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:19 PM

I'm reading A short history of England by Simon Jenkins. I am a bit of a history fan on the side. It's really hard keeping up with who was king or ruler in the early years because there was that many battles and wars, not to mention the number of kingdoms in England.

 

Bought this after you mentioned it. Just what I was looking for.


 

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#54 Futtocks

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:27 PM

Recently finished 'The Chronicles of Hernia' by Barry Cryer and 'The Loved One' by Evelyn Waugh. Both very enjoyable.


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#55 Geoff Lee

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 02:12 PM

Have just started on Robert Peston's "Who runs Britain ... and who's to blame for the economic mess we're in".

It is a little out of date  now since it was published in 2008 but I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. It should just help the reader appreciate more why the economy is in the state it is.

Two quotes on the back cover convinced me I should read this book. One was by Peter Oborne in Tribune who wrote: ""Peston has something very rare in any kind of journalism: the ability to write with the insight and the understanding of a genuine insider - and the dispassionate clarity of a highly intelligent observer. This unique guide to our contemporary predicament....deserves to become essential reading."

The other was from Polly Toynbee who wrote "....reading this book, you can only be flabbergasted all over again at how Labour kowtowed to wealth, glorified the City and put all the nation's economic eggs into one dangerous basket."


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#56 Phil

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 02:40 PM

Steven King - Salems Lot well worth re-reading.

 

For some reason I find the Vampire's letter to the protagonists particularly chilling.


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#57 timtum

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 06:53 PM

Going for a revisit of the James Ellroy back catalogue which I haven't read in a good few years.

 

Once you get used to the staccato style it is utterly mesmerising, terrifying and real.


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#58 Johnoco

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 07:19 PM

Bought this after you mentioned it. Just what I was looking for.

I thought it was really good and did a very good job of compressing 2000 ish years of history into an interesting read.

No I don't care if you're if you're into different bands

No cause for so much hatred, I'm just a different man

Pull off that cover, I will too, and learn to understand

With music deep inside we'll make world unity our plan

 

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#59 Rodill Rover

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 07:42 PM

Going through Robert Louis Stevenson books at present.
Treasure Island last month, Kidnapped this month. Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde and Catriona to come.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:41 AM

Going through Robert Louis Stevenson books at present.
Treasure Island last month, Kidnapped this month. Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde and Catriona to come.

He's a brilliant story-teller. If you have a Kindle, this would be 77p well spent.

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