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[quote="Goddess Jasmine"]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
5) Lawrence Levy - To Pixar and Beyond (Audio)
6) James Herbert - Nobody True
7) Stephen King - Skeleton Crew
8 ) Peter May - Lockdown

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'They said that twenty-five percent of the population would catch the flu. Between seventy and eighty percent of them would die. He had been directly exposed to it, and the odds weren't good.'

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London, the epicenter of a global pandemic, is a city in lockdown. Violence and civil disorder simmer. Martial law has been imposed. No-one is safe from the deadly virus that has already claimed thousands of victims. Health and emergency services are overwhelmed.

A MURDERED CHILD

At a building site for a temporary hospital, construction workers find a bag containing the rendered bones of a murdered child. A remorseless killer has been unleashed on the city; his mission is to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified.

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D.I. Jack MacNeil, counting down the hours on his final day with the Met, is sent to investigate. His career is in ruins, his marriage over and his own family touched by the virus. Sinister forces are tracking his every move, prepared to kill again to conceal the truth. Which will stop him first - the virus or the killers?


Written over fifteen years ago, this prescient, suspenseful thriller is set against a backdrop of a capital city in quarantine, and explores human experience in the grip of a killer virus.

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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) The 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)
6) Altered Carbon: Download Blues by Richard Morgan and Rik Hoskin (fiction)
7) Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet
eight) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
9) The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle
10) Start With Why by Simon Sinek
11) Voyage of the Space Bastard by Andrew Lawston
12) The Neighbour by Dean Koontz
13) First Thrills by Lee Child (editor)

Well, reading a near-1,000 page chicklit novel isn't going to help me get to 52, is it?

14) Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker
The third book about Tash French, this is more horses and more men and more pages and more ridiculous but I still loved it to death.

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I can’t remember if I had read any books in the months prior to lockdown. I did just finish one though.

“Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood.

I shall endeavour not to go off on a rant about why she gets her science fiction novels put in the ‘fiction’ section of the shops and not in the ‘science fiction’ one, as if by putting it in genre fiction she becomes less worthy...

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Anyway! It’s a very interesting and good book about genetic engineering and sort of the end of the world. It’s told mostly in flashback, but it weaves the narratives together well. It’s full of ambiguity and nuance, and left me thinking about the motivations of characters and stuff like that.

There are two other books in the same trilogy (though I think with different characters, perhaps) and I am likely to read all of them.

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1. "Who Dares Wins" by Dominic Sandbrook
2. "Queen of the Sea: a history of Lisbon" by Barry Hatton
3. "Island Stories: Britain and its history in the age of Brexit" by David Reynolds
4. "Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and sometimes Zeppo" by Joe Adamson
5. "Searching for Black Confederates: the Civil War's Most Persistent Myth" by Kevin M Levin
6. "When the Irish invaded Canada" by Christopher Klein


Been a while since I last updated this list, and I've spent much of the past few months reading magazines rather than books but have managed to finish three more in that time.

7. "Underground USA" by Geoff Marshall
The Youtube Tube guy's quest to visit 48 places in the contiguous US that share names with underground stations. I rather like pointless trips and there's something charming about how he repeatedly ends up in clearings in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a petrol station and, if he's lucky, an unexpected bit of railway line.

8."Gotta get Theroux this: my life and strange times in television" by Louis Theroux
As recommended byMarkg. Enjoyable, easy read that I couldn't help hearing in Louis's own voice . He's not shy about admitting getting Saville completely wrong either.

9. "Black and British: a forgotten history" by David Olusoga
Fascinating look at the history of black people in Britain from Roman times onwards, and how slavery, empire, and racism intertwined with British life throughout the centuries. Highly recommended.


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I wathced the youtube video for 7 there Kern, and the televised documentary series for 9, if the books are as good as the audiovisual experience they'll both be really amazing (Geoff swears a lot more in that video than any of the others I've seen him do)

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Yes, I've been saving the TV doc until after I've finished the book. Olusgoa's a great broadcaster.

Will have to look out for the Underground USA doc. The book is in a diary format and, being self-published, is riddled with typos but that didn't mar my enjoyment. It made me want to spend more time wandering aimlessly in the US and the flyover states! The section on a particularly difficult week was a surprisingly honest meditation on how travelling with someone is always a test of a friendship.


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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
5) Lawrence Levy - To Pixar and Beyond (Audio)
6) James Herbert - Nobody True
7) Stephen King - Skeleton Crew
8 ) Peter May - Lockdown
9) Richard Laymon - The Woods are Dark

In the woods are six dead trees. The Killing Trees. That's where they take them. Innocent travellers on the road in California. Seized and bound, stripped of their valuables and shackled to the Trees. To wait. In the woods. In the dark...

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Sounds lovely.

I hadn't read the synopsis before I read the book.

It's a bit... 'Hostel' meets 'chainsaw massacre'.

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If you liked it J. A. Konrath has a few books like that. Trapped is one.

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If you liked it J. A. Konrath has a few books like that. Trapped is one.

It's not at the top of my list, mostly because of the sexual content (some of it was unexpected, some of it was maybe too close to home with my job).

I'm not allowed to buy anymore books until I've worked through my current lot anyway. :) Thanks for the recommendation though, I might consider giving him a look in the future.


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Doesn't gluing your books together make them harder to read?


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1) Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
2) Firefly: The Unification War by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid
3) The Hero - Lee Child (non-fiction)
4) The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd
5) 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Takes Up Your Time by Grace Marshall (non-fiction, obv)
6) Altered Carbon: Download Blues by Richard Morgan and Rik Hoskin
7) Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet (non-fiction)
eight) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
9) The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle (non-fiction, sort of)
10) Start With Why by Simon Sinek
11) Voyage of the Space Bastard by Andrew Lawston
12) The Neighbour by Dean Koontz
13) First Thrills by Lee Child (editor)
14) Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker


Christ, what did I read? I only finished it two nights ago, and I have no idea what it was called. Not a good sign.

Ah, here we go:

15) Black Dawn by K. Gorman
"Like Firefly? Can't get enough Killjoys? Then this series is for you." says the Amazon page. Bullshit. Bullshit. This is nothing like Firefly. It's just average, in all the ways it could be. The baddies aren't very interesting, the MC isn't interesting, her powers aren't interesting, the universe isn't interesting and the only interesting-sounding character (MC's sister) doesn't even show up! The book just stops in the middle of the story (and yes, for the people that have read my book, I know). It was well-written and stuff, but just not much to hold my interest.

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1) Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
2) Firefly: The Unification War by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid
3) The Hero - Lee Child (non-fiction)
4) The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd
5) 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Takes Up Your Time by Grace Marshall (non-fiction, obv)
6) Altered Carbon: Download Blues by Richard Morgan and Rik Hoskin
7) Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet (non-fiction)
eight) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
9) The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle (non-fiction, sort of)
10) Start With Why by Simon Sinek
11) Voyage of the Space Bastard by Andrew Lawston
12) The Neighbour by Dean Koontz
13) First Thrills by Lee Child (editor)
14) Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker
15) Black Dawn by K. Gorman


16) He-Man/Thundercats

MAXIMUM EIGHTIES

This is a surprisingly good comic. Skeletor and Mumm-ra join forces to try and fuck up He-Man and the Thundercats. It actually works pretty well, although the ending is a bit weak. The art is great throughout. WOULD RECOMMEND

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I'm only part way through it but couldn't find the other book thread. But I'm reading a book by a friend of mine that is truly, objectively excellent. Wild and Crazy Guys, charting the careers of the SNL crew like Steve Martin, bill Murray, Eddie Murphy. It's essentially artfully drawn together vignettes from their various careers, but it's fascinating throughout and you gain a real sense of what drove them and what they wanted to do e.g. how the fuck Golden Child came to exist. Very entertaining and highly recommended.


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Grim... wrote:
1) Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
2) Firefly: The Unification War by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid
3) The Hero - Lee Child (non-fiction)
4) The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd
5) 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Takes Up Your Time by Grace Marshall (non-fiction, obv)
6) Altered Carbon: Download Blues by Richard Morgan and Rik Hoskin
7) Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet (non-fiction)
eight) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
9) The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle (non-fiction, sort of)
10) Start With Why by Simon Sinek
11) Voyage of the Space Bastard by Andrew Lawston
12) The Neighbour by Dean Koontz
13) First Thrills by Lee Child (editor)
14) Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker
15) Black Dawn by K. Gorman
16) He-Man/Thundercats


17) Skin Game by Jim Butcher
The new Dresden came out after six years of waiting, and I decided I should re-read the most recent book so I could get back up to speed, and it turns out I remembered barely any of it. That shouldn't put you off though, because it - like all the other Dresden books - is great. I can see a series re-read in my near future (once book 17 comes out in September).

18) Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
More Dresden, and it's still great. But it was clearly meant to be a longer book - it's the first Dresden book that basically ends on a "to be continued", and as the next book comes out in September it was probably one story when it started. So that's a bit annoying. But it was still great.

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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
5) Lawrence Levy - To Pixar and Beyond (Audio)
6) James Herbert - Nobody True
7) Stephen King - Skeleton Crew
8 ) Peter May - Lockdown
9) Richard Laymon - The Woods are Dark
10) James Herbert - Portent

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It is the near future and signs of an impending global disaster are multiplying. Earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions sweep the earth. As the storms and tempests rage, a series of ominous events signal the emergence of a new and terrifying force. While scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef a diver watches fascinated as a tiny light floats past him towards the surface. Moments later he is torn to pieces as the reef erupts with colossal power. On the banks of the Ganges, a young boy pauses from his back-breaking labours, transfixed by the play of a mysterious light amidst the monsoon rains, before a towering geyser of boiling water bursts from beneath the streets, scalding him to death. In the Chinese city of Kashi, travellers bring back reports of a strange light seen shining above the endless dunes of the Taklimakan Desert. And as the city's inhabitants watch for its return, the desert rises up to engulf them in a tidal wave of sand. All have seen a portent. A sign of unimaginable powers about to be unleashed. A sign that something incredible is about to begin...

I quite enjoyed this one, kept me interested all the way through, some interesting characters too. :)

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If you're getting into Herbert, my favourites were Moon, Creed and Haunted.

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I Don't think I've read Haunted, but I think Portent is my favourite Herbert book (I've not read them for a while though, really should rectify that)

I've been really slacking on this as my main reading time was on my kindle on the bus to work. No commute for 6 months and misplacing my kindle hasn't helped! I have now found my kindle recently, and resumed reading Altered Carbon, so might get to double figures by the end of the year.

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1) The Midnight Line - Lee Childs - Kindle
2) The Chimp Paradox - Dr. Steve Peters - Audiobook
3) Past Tense - Lee Childs - kindle
4) The Unicorn Project - Gene Kim - Hardback


5) Batman Hush Part 1 - Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams

One of my fave Batman graphic Novels, will have to do part 2 now.

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BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra's al Ghul and the Dark Knight's other enemies - and allies - as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.

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If you're getting into Herbert, my favorites were Moon, Creed and Haunted.

I could have sworn I'd read Creed, but looking at the synopsis on Amazon, I don't remember it at all.

I've looked through the books I have and don't seem to have any more James Herbert which is a shame as I've enjoyed everything I've read by him. When I've made a dent in the ones I have waiting, I'll look out for some more though.

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I Don't think I've read Haunted, but I think Portent is my favourite Herbert book (I've not read them for a while though, really should rectify that)

I've been really slacking on this as my main reading time was on my kindle on the bus to work. No commute for 6 months and misplacing my kindle hasn't helped! I have now found my kindle recently, and resumed reading Altered Carbon, so might get to double figures by the end of the year.

I've been the same with my podcasts. They're really backing up now too. I only really listen to them when I'm doing the ironing these days.

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1. "Who Dares Wins" by Dominic Sandbrook
2. "Queen of the Sea: a history of Lisbon" by Barry Hatton
3. "Island Stories: Britain and its history in the age of Brexit" by David Reynolds
4. "Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and sometimes Zeppo" by Joe Adamson
5. "Searching for Black Confederates: the Civil War's Most Persistent Myth" by Kevin M Levin
6. "When the Irish invaded Canada" by Christopher Klein
7. "Underground USA" by Geoff Marshall
8."Gotta get Theroux this: my life and strange times in television" by Louis Theroux
9. "Black and British: a forgotten history" by David Olusoga

10. "One..Two..Three..Four - The Beatles in Time" by Craig Brown

Not your standard history of the Beatles. Whilst they predominate, it's more about the people surrounding them. As well as Brian Epstein (who comes across a father figure and the book implies his loss started the band's descent into crazy), we hear about a Bedfordshire couple who hosted McCartney when he arrived in the village by chance, the other acts on the Ed Sullivan Show, what happened to a starstruck competition winner, and plenty of others who might normally appear as a single sentence or a footnote, if not erased from history. Brown also toys with the whole idea of historiography itself by not only highlighting inconsistencies across the handful of books written about the group, but also by devoting entire chapters to alternative timelines. He also annoys the hell out of the guides at various Beatles tours. It's a compelling and delightful read, taking us from the early days to the inevitable breakup. Paul comes across as pretty decent, John is a total dick, and Yoko remains a pantomime villian. Great fun, especially if, like me, you've never really dipped into Beatledom.


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Grim... wrote:
1) Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
2) Firefly: The Unification War by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid
3) The Hero - Lee Child (non-fiction)
4) The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd
5) 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Takes Up Your Time by Grace Marshall (non-fiction, obv)
6) Altered Carbon: Download Blues by Richard Morgan and Rik Hoskin
7) Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet (non-fiction)
eight) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
9) The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle (non-fiction, sort of)
10) Start With Why by Simon Sinek
11) Voyage of the Space Bastard by Andrew Lawston
12) The Neighbour by Dean Koontz
13) First Thrills by Lee Child (editor)
14) Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker
15) Black Dawn by K. Gorman
16) He-Man/Thundercats
17) Skin Game by Jim Butcher
18) Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

19) Hyperion by Dan Simmons
This was a good read, although it felt very eighties. Some brilliant ideas in the setting, and the stories-within-the-story were mostly very compelling. But! I hate books that don't have sensible chapters. Some of the chapters in this book were 100+ pages! I need to plan my reading, damnit, and I don't like stopping in the middle of anything. Also it didn't really end - I know there are sequels but there's very little payoff. That said, overall, it was good - if you treat it as an interconnected collection of novellas then it's great.

20) Buffy: The Long Way Home
The start of Season 8 of Buffy makes for a really good graphic novel, but fuck me they're expensive to pick up now - the two omnibus editions that make up series 8 would set you back £150!

21) All Systems Red by Martha Wells
A book about a shy MurderBot who would rather be watching soap operas than keeping her band of stupid meatbags alive. I liked this one a lot :)

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Grim... wrote:
1) Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
2) Firefly: The Unification War by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid
3) The Hero - Lee Child (non-fiction)
4) The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd
5) 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Takes Up Your Time by Grace Marshall (non-fiction, obv)
6) Altered Carbon: Download Blues by Richard Morgan and Rik Hoskin
7) Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet (non-fiction)
eight) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
9) The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle (non-fiction, sort of)
10) Start With Why by Simon Sinek
11) Voyage of the Space Bastard by Andrew Lawston
12) The Neighbour by Dean Koontz
13) First Thrills by Lee Child (editor)
14) Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker
15) Black Dawn by K. Gorman
16) He-Man/Thundercats
17) Skin Game by Jim Butcher
18) Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
19) Hyperion by Dan Simmons
20) Buffy: The Long Way Home
21) All Systems Red by Martha Wells

22) The Post Office by Charles Bukowski
"It's an American classic!" screamed the Internet. "It's gritty and realistic!" screamed the Internet. "Hank in Californication is basically Hank from this book!" screamed the Internet, and that I'll listen to.

However, no. Hank from Californication is nothing like the work-shy lead character in this book. Californication Hank is funny, and hawt, and despite his many faults you love him. Hank in this book is a dickhole. And the book is, well, it's fucking odd. Nothing happens! Well, stuff happens, but as Hank doesn't care neither do you. He keeps getting into trouble at work, but he doesn't care. Women he's been with for years suddenly announce (with zero foreshadowing) that they're leaving him, and he says "okay". There's never any drama, not at any point did I care about Hank. Most of the book is taken up with literally talking about the technical processes of working for the Post Office in America in 1969, which is as exciting as you expect it to be - ie. not.
Critics and members of the public rave about this book, so maybe it's just me. But it's crap :shrug:

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