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Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:16 pm
by boboff
I am in Scotland Fictionally at present with the Christopher Brookmyre novels on second read from 7 or so years ago.

Dear Coca Cola, is a funny short read about letters of complaint, rather amuzing.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:40 pm
by oldjerry
[quote="Green Aura"]I've just finished The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. I loved it (not sure what that says about me :lol: )

I've read a couple of the Montalbano books OJ and found them most amusing - much better than the TV adaptation which seem pretty faithful to the storyline without the humour.



If you like Montalbano,you'll love the Zen novels (the late Michael Dibden) forget the TV adaptation(the worst of all time).It's detective fiction,but really well written .

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:33 pm
by Green Aura
Thanks OJ I'll have a look when the library van comes next week.

Boboff, Christopher Brookmyre is one of my favourites - the opening chapter of his first book must be one of the funniest ever written, I shrieked with laughter.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:12 am
by boboff
Eye, indeed, Second Hand Soup and Jobbies in Abundance!

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:10 pm
by the.fee.fairy
I've really got into Cosy Mysteries lately.

http://www.cozy-mystery.com/

I started with MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. They're brilliant!

edited to change the website to the proper one.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:40 am
by trinder
I thought I'd restart this thread. I got for Christmas some great presents but as I have a kindle I only got two paper books. The ragged edge of silence by John Francis and The book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

I have only started the ragged edge of silence but so far so good.
What books did you get?

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:54 pm
by cideristhefuture
Uncle Toms Cabin, asked for 'classic' books and this is what I got. Was on my list so very happy.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:55 am
by the.fee.fairy
I'm still with the cosies. I'm reading Sammi Carter's Candy Shop Mysteries at the moment. I'm halfway through the 4th book.

I did just finish 'Another Man's Trousers and Other Stories' by Sue Whitaker. It was a free download to the kindle. It was ok, but she pretends to not be judgemental, while being really judgemental about people! She makes these judgemental statements and then says 'but [x person] was so interesting'.

I've got 'Unfinished Business and Other Stories' by her too. They're about the years she spent managing charity shops and are supposed to be about customers and things that happen.

I finished Joe Vampire the other day (another free download - the only reason I got my kindle is for free downloads!!). It was quite good actually. It's about a bloke who becomes a vampire and blogs about it.

I also liked The Witches Bureau of Investigation too, that was a good book.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:54 am
by contadina
I just finished the Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, which, is by far, the best book I read off last year's Booker prize list.

With the garden representing memory, loss and finding order amongst chaos, it's a beautifully written book with many themes seamlessly woven, against the backdrop of Malaya independence.

Garden of Evening Mists delves into the pain of lost humanity during times of war, honour, nationalism, and the aforementioned memory and loss. It's a hauntingly moving read, sumptuously written.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:27 am
by Green Aura
I've just finished "The last testament of Jessie Lamb" by Jane Rodgers. Thoroughly enjoyed it, not least because it was set in the area I lived in for 20+ years before moving up here.

Perhaps my most enjoyable read in the last year was one that was published by YouWriteOn.com, sponsored by the Arts Council. After peer review, the best are published. This one is called "More deaths than one" by Bryan Islip. I've not seen any others but if this is the standard I'll happily buy others.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:21 pm
by Sadoldhippy
I have just finished Soul Hunters by Rane Willerslev, it is about hunting, animism and stuff amongst the Siberian Yukaghirs. A really interesting and thought provoking book. I am currently reading Technological Slavery , the collected writings of Ted Kaczynski.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:07 pm
by fruitcake
I got lots of book tokens, so I've just finished "a streetcat named bob" by James Bowen and "the wolf within" Shaun Ellis. Both were 'couldn't put down' books. Waiting I've got "the witch of portobello" paulo coellho, (loved his other stuff), "state of wonder" Ann patchett (not read any of her stuff before) and I got 'hedgerow medicine' Julie & Matthew seal. I was also passed a copy of 'plants for a future' :icon_smile: which I've been dipping in and out of......
And I've still got a token left so have been perusing earlier posts on this thread for ideas :cheers:

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:51 pm
by trinder
. Waiting I've got "the witch of portobello" paulo coellho, (loved his other stuff),

I'll be interested in your views of that one.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:25 am
by demi
Im finishing the very last Twilight book, 'Rising sun'. It's not the one they made into the last film, this one is back to the beginning of the story, the first book, and this time it's from Edwards point of view. It's kind of like i'v already read it as i'v read all of the books, 6 in total, but it's good to get inside Edwards head and find out what he's thinking. It's dragging on a bit though, like all the books do at times, but i need to finish it or else my life will be incomplete. :lol:
As with most books they make into movies, the book's are much better than the films. They've cut loads of bits out when they made the films, and i think you're much more in touch with the characters through the books than you get from the films.

Also on my to read list is another book i started and didn't finish. 'In search of Schrodingers cat' which is a physics book and makes my brain hurt a bit which will be why i'v not finished it yet :lol: That will be getting tackled soon too, as soon as i finish twilight :mrgreen:

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:40 pm
by baldybloke
Just started reading Wildwood by Roger Deaken. So far so good.