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What are you reading right now?

Discussion in 'Book club' started by lanokia, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    OK, find it a bit sad that the last post in Book club was 7 days ago... time for me to step up and do my bit!

    So I just finished reading Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersley-Williams

    Amazon link


    So now I'm pondering which of my fiction to delve into ... most likely The Long Mars by Stephen Baxter and the late, great Terry Pratchett.
  2. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    I am reading Little Girl in the Radiator by Martin Slevin - moving and funny at the same time.
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  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Does ths thread not already exist? I'm sure I posted on it a while back.

    Anyway, I am cuurently not reading anything, having whizzed through Station Eleven (post-apocalypse, no zombies) all in a oner today.

    Not sure what's next - open to suggestions?
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  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    You know, it probably does already exist... just that no-one had posted here for a week so...

    Started The Long Mars. Not bad so far.
  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

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  6. rayondesoleil1976

    rayondesoleil1976 Occasional commenter

    A Little Life
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  7. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Well done Lanokia.

    I'm reading The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy. It's been our bookshelves for years and I've only just got around to reading it. I think I bought it for quid from The Works around 10 or so years ago. It's beautiful. I think it might be semi-autobiographical but can't say for sure. It's a first-person narrative about a young girl's experiences in moving from Vietnam to the States as a refugee in the 1970s. Poetic and non-linear in structure, it feels like a sequence of half-remembered dreams and vividly remembered experiences. Quite surreal but utterly beguiling.
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  8. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Wolf Hall. Been meaning to read it for a long time and only just got around to it. I'm finding it quite tense, despite knowing what happens!
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  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well I completed The Long Mars.

    My problems with it are the same as my problems with the earlier two books in the series. It meanders a bit, lacks focus and I can't really see what it is for. The characters seem to mainly exist to experience things in the world created and don't seem very pro-active. On the other hand the worlds created are great, each a little story in themselves, and the impact of events on humanity as we change and adapt are logical and not too fantastical.

    So I'll read the 4th one eventually.

    Now for Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies. A history of half forgotten Europe.
  10. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    That seems a common complaint. I've read a few similar reviews and been put off the series.
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  11. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Struggling with the new Robert Galbraith - bit boring ....all those army references and nicknames .... just not doing it for me. Loved ' The Pie at Night ' by Stuart Maconie. Some great one liners in a very bleak crime novel by Tom Callaghan called ' The Killing Winter ' . Gave up on the latest William Boyd. Very disappointed because I was / am a huge fan.
  12. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I have just finished The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I have used my kindle to reread several of the classics from my childhood. They are often cheap or free.

    I am now starting The Colonel's Daughter by Rose Tremain. It is one of her old ones but I hadn't read it and I really enjoy her writing.

    I hadn't seen that there was a new Robert Galbraith book out. I might try it. I like the character of Cormoran Strike.
  13. Memphismojo

    Memphismojo Established commenter

    Just finished reading Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro. Well worth reading.
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  14. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I've just finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I was originally put off reading it by a bad review (possibly on here o_O) but I thought it was gripping.
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  15. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I like Ishiguro books a lot. I'm currently reading 'A Gentleman of Fortune' by Anna Dean - crime set in 1806 with a female investigator, tricky with all the social expectations of the age. Very enjoyable.
  16. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Ah, reading a n the holidays. Love it.
    The kindle is great, I've just read Anne of Green Gables and cried!
    Ive read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest again, I just love the court scenes! I've actually read that court scene several times.
    Lanokia, if you liked periodic tales, try Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sachs ( he of Sleepers and the man who thought his Wife was a hat fame.) read it years ago, but remember living it.
  17. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Loving, not living.
  18. thedjg

    thedjg New commenter

    The Road to Little Dribbling, Bryson's update Small Island. Funny in places, his writing is very good and he is more misanthropic than ever. Well worth a read.
    Waiting in line, the fifth book in Cornwell's Last Kingdom series, much better than the TV series which has pulle dthe thread of the story apart.
    Then Conn Iggulden's third book in his War of The Roses series.

    The Long ... stories, I would agree with vies abobe, rambling and not particuarly satisfying.
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well while reading Vanished Kingdoms I got a bit sidetracked and ended up reading volume 6 of Neil Gaiman's Sandman from the 1990s. Excellent graphic novel series and well worth picking up if it appeals to you.

    Featuring the French Revolution, Orpheus, Emperor Norton of the USA and Marco Polo plus Dream of the Endless. Love Gaiman's writing, can't praise this highly enough.
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  20. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Ah, I loved this. I love a good dystopia. The only other book I've tried of his was the one about the butler - Remains Of The Day, which is is very highly regarded but which bored me senseless.

    Currently reading Mr Mercedes by Stephen King. He's a guilty pleasure of mine and whilst when he's good, he's great; he can also have off-books. This is okay...I'm only 80 pages in though. A couple of rather trite passages have irritated me a bit but it's fine for a simple enough yarn.

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