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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 22:51 
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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.'

A CITY IN QUARANTINE

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.

A POWERFUL CONSPIRACY

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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 0:32 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 0:25 
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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...

*ahem*

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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:26 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:14 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:51 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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Sounds lovely.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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If you liked it J. A. Konrath has a few books like that. Trapped is one.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 14:22 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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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


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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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books (2020)
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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

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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