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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 22:44 
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Half way through this for the second time, and it is still a racously funny view on the country I love.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:25 
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No chance of me reaching 52, but I will give it a go

1.) The Road Past Mandalay by John Masters.
A book found on a bookshelf in a pub, an interesting ( but very much of it's time ) abourt a Indian Army officer's experience in WWII - Iraq, Persia, Syria and then Burma.

2.) Ancestral Journeys - an interesting but a bit uneven book about the origins of Europeans and their migrations and cultural exchanges from Palaeolithic times up to vikings. A whole load of talk about haplogroups and mtDNA, and a slightly odd occasional divergence into actual "history" in a few places, along with a lot of pictures of pots. Lots of info about a fascinating subject but not always an exciting read.


3.) The Last Days of Jack Sparks An actually pretty creepy horror book, with a nicely unreliable narrator and an exorcism and a sort of haunted social mediay kinda twist. Worked very well as a "waiting in an airport" book.


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I've not read any horror for ages, I may stick that one in the list.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 15:27 
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1) Night Film by Marisha Pessl: A BOOK WOT I READ WITH MY PEEPERS (ABWIRWMP). A well crafted thriller. Schlocky at times, but it plays with the form in sometimes interesting ways, and uses multimedia to change how exposition and plot development is played out (e.g. newspaper articles, magazine interviews) and so forth. It's about a mysterious film auteur famed for making terrifying, cultish films. The book has plenty of potential to be anything but, and I found myself unable to unpick where it was headed. Definitely recommended.


2) Mythos - Stephen Fry: A Book Wot I Read With My Ears (ABWIRWME). Frequently obscene, often gruesome, always fascinating, this retelling of the Greek myths by Stephen Fry is a pleasure. His insights on the etymology of words such as Echo are interesting, though often feel like something one should know already.

3) Sapiens - Yuval Hoah Harari: (ABWIRWME).
Very accessible and well-researched history of the human race. The extent to which mankind's progress has been defined by its ability to be administrative is striking e.g. writing was invented, not so we could communicate, but to store information such as land ownership. The final chapter on understanding happiness felt particularly relevant, given the general horror around us.


4) Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman (ABWIRWME)

Enjoyable but much lighter in every sense than Fry's Mythos. Gaiman arguably does a better job of humanising the likes of Thor and Loki, his dialogue is wry and nicely observed. But the stories feel pretty basic in comparison to the Greek myths, and lacking much in the way of deeper meaning. Feels quite Boy's Own adventure in comparison. Very entertaining nonetheless, and was disappointed when it tapped out at the 6 hour mark, but Ragnorak has a habit of bringing things to an end for those Norse dudes.

It was also hugely enjoyable listening to this after recently finishing God of War. It really makes you realise what an incredible job the game devs did bringing that world to life so vividly.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 15:31 
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1) Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (fiction)
2) Firefly: The Unification War by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid (fiction)
3) Hero - Lee Child (non-fiction)
4) The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd (fiction)

5) 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Takes Up Your Time by Grace Marshall (non-fiction, obv)

Standard management stuff. It had a couple of good ideas in, but nothing radical.

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5) 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Takes Up Your Time by Grace Marshall (non-fiction, obv)

Standard management stuff. It had a couple of good ideas in, but nothing radical.

I met her once at a 'bizmums' meeting.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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Are you guys on goodreads. I’m having my reading challenge there..

I have read 3 of 30 books. https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/20479921

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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1) Jo Nesbo - The Son
2) Lee Child - Without Fail
3) Jim Denny and Pat Williams - How to be like Walt (Audio)
4) Stephen King - Duma Key

First SK book I've enjoyed in a long time. I got really absorbed in it and would look forward to going to bed and reading some more. I definitely want to go and visit the area that it's based on too.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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1000 years of annoying the French - Simon Clarke

Entertaining zip through a millennia of relations between the two countries, and how they are beautifully childish toward each other. I learnt that champagne is an English invention, french wine is mainly from the new world, king Richard was ransomed for £150k, but his brother offers an £80k bribe to keep him imprisonment, and how that "the only thing the English cooked well was Joan of Arc" was actually due to her being betrayed, repeatedly, by her own country.

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