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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:46 
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Kern wrote:
1."The Impeachers" by Brenda Wineapple
2. "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube" by Trav SD
3."The Shortest History of Germany" by James Hawes
4. "How Britain Ends - English Nationalism and the Re-birth of Four Nations" by Gavin Esler
5 ."The Shortest History of England" by James Hawes
6. "The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space" by Owen Hatherley
7. "Men at Arms" by Terry Pratchett
8. "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk" by Ben Fountain
9. "Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain" by Sathnam Sanghera
10. "Wounds" by Fergal Keane
11. "The Lip" by Charlie Carroll
12. "Paying the Land" by Joe Sacco
13. "This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy, and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals" by Erica Buist
14. "How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" by Clint Smith
15. "What a Bloody Awful Country: Northern Ireland's Century of Division" by Kevin Meagher

16. "The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen" by Linda Colley

I've always been a bit of a constitutional nerd, believing that all society's ills can be cured by the correct balance of powers between the various branches of government and its citizens, with clear rights and responsibilities for all. Comparing different countries' constitutions, trying to understand what works, what doesn't, and what we can learn from is an endless form of intellectual fun for me. So this book was a natural choice for me, but I was surprised and fascinated by its contents.

Rather than a dry retelling of the origins and forms of the usual suspects (which in most comparative government courses is a mix of the US, Germany, and the UK, with a spattering of other examples to illustrate certain points), this is a vast review of the history of constitution making over the past 500 years and across the globe.

Colley's main argument is that the spread of the printing press coupled with the chaos of warfare made the idea of constitution-writing a great tool for nascent rulers to establish their states (shades of Eddie Izzard's "do you have a flag?") and bargain with their subjects in exchange for taxation and conscription. Pitcairn Island is used as an example of how ideas about constitutions are spread and how the exchange of ideas, aided by the printing press and the ship, went viral very early on. She also shows how even failed constitutions provided a folk memory that could be used by revolutionaries in times of revolt to provide a basis for their own legitimacy.

It's a compelling read, spotlighting people, places, and events that I hadn't come across before, and reminding us that an interconnected world is not a 21st century idea.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2021 18:58 
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Kern wrote:
1."The Impeachers" by Brenda Wineapple
2. "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube" by Trav SD
3."The Shortest History of Germany" by James Hawes
4. "How Britain Ends - English Nationalism and the Re-birth of Four Nations" by Gavin Esler
5 ."The Shortest History of England" by James Hawes
6. "The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space" by Owen Hatherley
7. "Men at Arms" by Terry Pratchett
8. "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk" by Ben Fountain
9. "Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain" by Sathnam Sanghera
10. "Wounds" by Fergal Keane
11. "The Lip" by Charlie Carroll
12. "Paying the Land" by Joe Sacco
13. "This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy, and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals" by Erica Buist
14. "How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" by Clint Smith
15. "What a Bloody Awful Country: Northern Ireland's Century of Division" by Kevin Meagher
16. "The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen" by Linda Colley


17. "Feet of Clay" by Terry Pratchett

More pointed social satire with the Watch.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2021 16:33 
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Squirt wrote:
1.) The House Share - Kate Helm
2.) Rebecca -Daphne de Maurier
3.) The Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle
4.) Bad Move - Linwood Barclay
5.) The Longest Afternoon - Brendan Simms
6.) The Holocaust - Laurence Rees
7.) A Little Hatred - Joe Abercrombie
8.) Ghoster - Jason Arnopp
9.) Bad Guys - Linwood Barclay
10.) The Three Hostages - John Buchan
11.) Map Addict - Mike Parker
12.) Chastise - Max Hastings
13.) Three Corvettes - Nicholas Monsarrat
14.) Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner
15.) Operation Pedestal - Max Hastings


16.) The Seeds of Time - John Wyndham

Collection of short sci-fi stories from the 1950s. They're mostly pretty interesting - "Dumb Martian" is clever, and "Survival" and "Compassion Circuit" could be made into creepy little horror short films if done well, and "Pillar to Post" could easily make an excellent, if confusing, time travel movie. They're 70 years old so they come with all the standard notes about old fashionedness - especially the gender politics of it all. Anyway, good little stories from a classic British sci-fier.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:05 
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1. Linwood Barclay - Fear the worst
2. Linwood Barclay - Too close to home
3. Linwood Barclay - Parting Shot
4. Linwood Barclay - The Accident
5. Linwood Barclay - No Time for Goodbye
6. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise
7. Linwood Barclay - Far From True
8. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three

These next four are from a 'bad' series about the same character Zack Walker.

9. Linwood Barclay - Bad Move
Zack moves to the suburbs from the city thinking there will be less crime and more moral there. Zack is naïve. A few murders as usual, some pretty obvious, some not so much. A couple of the story lines were really obvious, a couple of twists that I thought were really clever and some ridiculousness with a snake. I did feel bad for him at time though (Zack, not the snake).

10. Linwood Barclay - Bad Guys
Zack is back in the city and back as a reporter in the local newspaper on the city desk - as such, he gets to report on some crime. We are introduced to a new character, a private detective called Lawrence who I would totally want to meet in real life. Of course Zack manages to get himself into the thick of it again, but gets out alive.

11. Linwood Barclay - Bad Luck
This one had some really obvious story lines and a couple of twists again. Has a bear killed his dad? Do terrorists live on his dad's property now? Deals with domestic violence and cultism. Enjoyable read - easily kept me hooked.

12. Linwood Barclay - Bad News
This book made me feel really sorry for Zack, his marriage was affected and he kept apologising for just trying to do the right thing. In some instances I think I would have made the same choices, so why he was always in trouble for that and felt he had to keep apologising annoyed me a bit. Still an interesting book and deals with the morality Vs legality issue. More domestic violence and sexual assault/rape in this one, so be warned. It's not graphic though.

Enjoyed the series, particularly the last three books. I should add that they are all pretty easy reading, which is what I want when I have time for a couple of chapters before bed.

I'll definitely be reading the rest of his books (in fact I've already started my next one).

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
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Squirt wrote:
1.) The House Share - Kate Helm
2.) Rebecca -Daphne de Maurier
3.) The Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle
4.) Bad Move - Linwood Barclay
5.) The Longest Afternoon - Brendan Simms
6.) The Holocaust - Laurence Rees
7.) A Little Hatred - Joe Abercrombie
8.) Ghoster - Jason Arnopp
9.) Bad Guys - Linwood Barclay
10.) The Three Hostages - John Buchan
11.) Map Addict - Mike Parker
12.) Chastise - Max Hastings
13.) Three Corvettes - Nicholas Monsarrat
14.) Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner
15.) Operation Pedestal - Max Hastings
16.) The Seeds of Time - John Wyndham


17.) Salem's Lot - Stephen King

Spooky Vampire Shenanigans! This really reeled me in but seemed to fizzle out at the end - the last 50 pages took me about 10 days to get through.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
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1 - "The Explorer" by James Smythe

I read this several years ago, and re-read it recently, as he has finally released the third book in the series, with a fourth on the way. He's an excellent author. The book is told from the perspective of a journalist on board a new space mission that aims simply to go as far as it can away from Earth, and then turn round and come right back.

Needless to say, things very much do not go according to plan.

It really conveys some of the helplessness and loneliness of being in space, in a ship you don't really know how to use. And it's super interesting, if you like that sort of thing.

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Just finished ‘M. Son of the century’. Amazing book about mussolini, told like it is a novel. Really weird to be so close to a dictator. The writer himself got all paranoia writing it. Antonio scuracchi. https://www.amazon.com/M-Son-Century-An ... B08KFQHLMH

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:19 
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Kern wrote:
1."The Impeachers" by Brenda Wineapple
2. "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube" by Trav SD
3."The Shortest History of Germany" by James Hawes
4. "How Britain Ends - English Nationalism and the Re-birth of Four Nations" by Gavin Esler
5 ."The Shortest History of England" by James Hawes
6. "The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space" by Owen Hatherley
7. "Men at Arms" by Terry Pratchett
8. "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk" by Ben Fountain
9. "Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain" by Sathnam Sanghera
10. "Wounds" by Fergal Keane
11. "The Lip" by Charlie Carroll
12. "Paying the Land" by Joe Sacco
13. "This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy, and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals" by Erica Buist
14. "How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" by Clint Smith
15. "What a Bloody Awful Country: Northern Ireland's Century of Division" by Kevin Meagher
16. "The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen" by Linda Colley
17. "Feet of Clay" by Terry Pratchett


18. "The Anglo-Saxons" by Marc Morris

Fast-paced look at the history of the England after the Romans disappeared but before the Normans came. Pretty comprehensive about the key families, the divisions, the Vikings, and Rex Factor fans will be relieved to know that Dunstan remains a knob. I would perhaps like more about every day life but as an overview of what happened before William the Bastard it's a good introduction.

The print version has colour plates of various Saxon hordes but they came out mono on my Kindle.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:45 
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Squirt wrote:
1.) The House Share - Kate Helm
2.) Rebecca -Daphne de Maurier
3.) The Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle
4.) Bad Move - Linwood Barclay
5.) The Longest Afternoon - Brendan Simms
6.) The Holocaust - Laurence Rees
7.) A Little Hatred - Joe Abercrombie
8.) Ghoster - Jason Arnopp
9.) Bad Guys - Linwood Barclay
10.) The Three Hostages - John Buchan
11.) Map Addict - Mike Parker
12.) Chastise - Max Hastings
13.) Three Corvettes - Nicholas Monsarrat
14.) Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner
15.) Operation Pedestal - Max Hastings
16.) The Seeds of Time - John Wyndham
17.) Salem's Lot - Stephen King


18.) Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age - Greg King & Penny Wilson

Fairly interesting book on the sinking of the Lusitania. Skewed very heavily to the lives of the first class passengers, presumably because there's just more written sources about them, but there was almost no mention of third class passengers or the ordinary crew members. The actual sinking and the investigation afterwards get pretty short shrift.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2021 13:08 
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Goddess Jasmine wrote:
1. Linwood Barclay - Fear the worst
2. Linwood Barclay - Too close to home
3. Linwood Barclay - Parting Shot
4. Linwood Barclay - The Accident
5. Linwood Barclay - No Time for Goodbye
6. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise
7. Linwood Barclay - Far From True
8. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three
9. Linwood Barclay - Bad Move
10. Linwood Barclay - Bad Guys
11. Linwood Barclay - Bad Luck
12. Linwood Barclay - Bad News

13. Linwood Barclay - Trust your eyes

One of my favourites so far. Ray goes home when his father dies and has to deal with his brother who has the ability to memorise maps. There's some really clever writing in this one, although there was one really jarring chapter. I don't know if it was an editorial decision to shoehorn in what makes the online maps (like the Google cars), but as the book was written in 2012 I muttered a bit and then forgave it. It felt like the author has a first-hand take on the assumptions made about individuals with schizophrenia and how these are perceived and treated. I'd definitely recommend it.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:30 
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Kern wrote:
1."The Impeachers" by Brenda Wineapple
2. "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube" by Trav SD
3."The Shortest History of Germany" by James Hawes
4. "How Britain Ends - English Nationalism and the Re-birth of Four Nations" by Gavin Esler
5 ."The Shortest History of England" by James Hawes
6. "The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space" by Owen Hatherley
7. "Men at Arms" by Terry Pratchett
8. "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk" by Ben Fountain
9. "Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain" by Sathnam Sanghera
10. "Wounds" by Fergal Keane
11. "The Lip" by Charlie Carroll
12. "Paying the Land" by Joe Sacco
13. "This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy, and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals" by Erica Buist
14. "How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" by Clint Smith
15. "What a Bloody Awful Country: Northern Ireland's Century of Division" by Kevin Meagher
16. "The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen" by Linda Colley
17. "Feet of Clay" by Terry Pratchett
18. "The Anglo-Saxons" by Marc Morris


19. "How to Make the World Add Up" by Tim Harford

An extended edition of Radio 4's excellent "More or Less", more or less. Would have preferred to see a wider scope of examples than just Britain and the US, but a useful reminder about how to avoid statistical follies nonetheless.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:10 
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Squirt wrote:
1.) The House Share - Kate Helm
2.) Rebecca -Daphne de Maurier
3.) The Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle
4.) Bad Move - Linwood Barclay
5.) The Longest Afternoon - Brendan Simms
6.) The Holocaust - Laurence Rees
7.) A Little Hatred - Joe Abercrombie
8.) Ghoster - Jason Arnopp
9.) Bad Guys - Linwood Barclay
10.) The Three Hostages - John Buchan
11.) Map Addict - Mike Parker
12.) Chastise - Max Hastings
13.) Three Corvettes - Nicholas Monsarrat
14.) Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner
15.) Operation Pedestal - Max Hastings
16.) The Seeds of Time - John Wyndham
17.) Salem's Lot - Stephen King
18.) Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age - Greg King & Penny Wilson


Bit of a "holiday reading" boost this week!

19.) The Trouble with Peace - Joe Abercrombie.
The follow-up to No 7. above. Suffered a bit from "middle book of a trilogy" syndrome, but still very good. Wouldn't start here though, it assumes a quite a large amount of knowledge of "the world". Looking forward to it all wrapping up in the next one.

20.) Time's Eye - Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.
Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey! Sci-Fi bunkum where the army of Alexander the Great, along with some Victorian British troops, fight Ghengis Kahn. All very silly, but well enough written that you allow it to go through. Perfect sci-fi beach read, but nothing more.

21.) The Destroyers - Douglas Reeman.
All of Douglas Reeman's books are essentially the same. Some boats fight some other boats. Some one has trouble with authority, authority has trouble with them. A fiery red head teaches someone to love again. More fights. More boats. Duty and honour prevails.

22.) Ripley Under Ground - Patricia Highsmith.
Follow up to "The Talented Mr Ripley" - not quite as good, didn't have quite the level of cat-and-mouse, will-he-won't-he of the first book. But a good story and Ripley is the same ol' charming sociopath. I really like Highsmith and I shall read more!


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Goddess Jasmine wrote:
1. Linwood Barclay - Fear the worst
2. Linwood Barclay - Too close to home
3. Linwood Barclay - Parting Shot
4. Linwood Barclay - The Accident
5. Linwood Barclay - No Time for Goodbye
6. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise
7. Linwood Barclay - Far From True
8. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three
9. Linwood Barclay - Bad Move
10. Linwood Barclay - Bad Guys
11. Linwood Barclay - Bad Luck
12. Linwood Barclay - Bad News
13. Linwood Barclay - Trust your eyes

14. Linwood Barclay - Never Look Away

Suprise - another one I enjoyed, but this was different. It is basically the origin story of the character David Harwood. An interesting exploration of how we don't always know those closest to us and the effect that loss can have.

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Goddess Jasmine wrote:
1. Linwood Barclay - Fear the worst
2. Linwood Barclay - Too close to home
3. Linwood Barclay - Parting Shot
4. Linwood Barclay - The Accident
5. Linwood Barclay - No Time for Goodbye
6. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise
7. Linwood Barclay - Far From True
8. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three
9. Linwood Barclay - Bad Move
10. Linwood Barclay - Bad Guys
11. Linwood Barclay - Bad Luck
12. Linwood Barclay - Bad News
13. Linwood Barclay - Trust your eyes
14. Linwood Barclay - Never Look Away

15. 1linwood Barclay - Clouded Vision

This was a short story easily read in one sitting. I found it a bit meh to be honest, although the thought process of the 'psychic' made me smile.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 books 2021
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Kern wrote:
1."The Impeachers" by Brenda Wineapple
2. "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube" by Trav SD
3."The Shortest History of Germany" by James Hawes
4. "How Britain Ends - English Nationalism and the Re-birth of Four Nations" by Gavin Esler
5 ."The Shortest History of England" by James Hawes
6. "The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space" by Owen Hatherley
7. "Men at Arms" by Terry Pratchett
8. "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk" by Ben Fountain
9. "Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain" by Sathnam Sanghera
10. "Wounds" by Fergal Keane
11. "The Lip" by Charlie Carroll
12. "Paying the Land" by Joe Sacco
13. "This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy, and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals" by Erica Buist
14. "How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" by Clint Smith
15. "What a Bloody Awful Country: Northern Ireland's Century of Division" by Kevin Meagher
16. "The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen" by Linda Colley
17. "Feet of Clay" by Terry Pratchett
18. "The Anglo-Saxons" by Marc Morris
19. "How to Make the World Add Up" by Tim Harford

20. "It's All a Game: a Short History of Board Games" by Tristan Donovan

Easy to read article-style chapters on the history of various board games. The first few, and in my view best, chapters look at the ancient origins of gaming before a quick jump to the 1860s and the original "Checkered Game of Life" and then onto the social history of Monopoly, Cluedo et al. The final chapters on modern gaming spends a lot of time on Pandemic (pre-pandemic), Twilight Struggle, before turning to the legend of Catan.

Enjoyable and easy read, and the interviews with key designers are interesting but as with all short introductions I'm left slightly dissatisfied wanting to know more about stuff that's mentioned in passing or omitted entirely .

It does contain the sickest burn on The Game of Life I've read (albeit with reference to its original "checkered" incarnation):

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The game's underlying message was clear: everyone is responsible for his or her own actions and all setbacks - bar suicide - can be overcome if you strive for goodness.
Disadvantage due to external factors like disease, race, or circumstances of birth are nowhere to be found within this game.


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The designer of the Game of Life just died, so I'm going to imagine you've read this shortly after publication, which they delayed till he could no longer by bothered by it.

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The designer of the Game of Life just died, so I'm going to imagine you've read this shortly after publication, which they delayed till he could no longer by bothered by it.

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Wow! This is True ... I used to read that avidly back in the early 2000s.


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Wow! This is True ... I used to read that avidly back in the early 2000s.

There's every chance you recommended it, and I've just stuck with it (even though his style kind of annoys me).


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1) The Dutch House - Ann Patchett.
2) Traitors of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 18) - Simon Scarrow.
3) Night Frost - RD Wingfield.
4) Chessmen of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs.
5) Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory.
6) Away With The Penguins - Hazel Prior.
7) Confessions of a Curious Bookseller - Elizabeth Green.
8. James Acaster's Classic Scrapes - James Acaster.
9) Nina Stibbe - Paradise Lodge.
10) Ann Patchett - Taft.
11) Susanna Clarke - Piranesi.
12) Paul McAuley - War of the Maps.
13) Susan Orlean - The Library Book.
14) Adharanand Finn - The Rise of the Ultra Runners.
15) Samanta Schweblin - Little Eyes.
16) Mark Thomas - 50 Things About us.
17) Alistair Moffat - The Wall; Rome's Greatest Frontier.
18) Ben Fountain - Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk.
19) Paul Brannigan - This is a Call, Life and Times of Dave Grohl.
20) Kate Atkinson - Big Sky.
21) Delia Owens - Where the Crawdads Sing.
22) Elizabeth Kay - Seven Lies.
23) Joanne Harris - The Lollipop Shoes.
24) Deborah Frances-White - The Guilty Feminist.
25) Conn Iggulden - The Gates of Athens.
26) Anthony Horowitz - Moonflower Murders.
27) Snow in May - Kseniya Melnik.
28) Again to Carthage - John L Parker.
29) The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell.
30) Broken Greek - Pete Paphides.
31) Rachel Joyce - Miss Benson's Beetle.
32) Simon Scarrow - The Emperor's Exile.
33) Emily St John Mandel - The Glass Hotel.
34) Christopher Brookmyre - The Sacred Art of Stealing.
35) Stuart Turton - The Devil and the Dark Water.
36) Robert Harris - Conclave.


Adrian Tchaikovsky - Cage of Souls. I picked up some other book of his in a kindle offer, then lost confidence in it, decided he was one of the self-publishers who are always on offer and never read it. Then I spotted this one was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award, and figured he must be good. And he is! It's a post-apocalyptic story, of the last shreds of human society and how they survive, in the style of an epic story told by an unreliable narrator who is bookish, rather than a man of action. It's full of monsters and action, with a whole new world as a backdrop. Great.


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Squirt wrote:
1.) The House Share - Kate Helm
2.) Rebecca -Daphne de Maurier
3.) The Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle
4.) Bad Move - Linwood Barclay
5.) The Longest Afternoon - Brendan Simms
6.) The Holocaust - Laurence Rees
7.) A Little Hatred - Joe Abercrombie
8.) Ghoster - Jason Arnopp
9.) Bad Guys - Linwood Barclay
10.) The Three Hostages - John Buchan
11.) Map Addict - Mike Parker
12.) Chastise - Max Hastings
13.) Three Corvettes - Nicholas Monsarrat
14.) Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner
15.) Operation Pedestal - Max Hastings
16.) The Seeds of Time - John Wyndham
17.) Salem's Lot - Stephen King
18.) Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age - Greg King & Penny Wilson
19.) The Trouble with Peace - Joe Abercrombie.
20.) Time's Eye - Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.
21.) The Destroyers - Douglas Reeman.
22.) Ripley Under Ground - Patricia Highsmith.


23.) Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway - Jonathan Parshall & Anthony Tully
A technical and detailed, but still fairly readable, history of the famous battle. Everything is covered, from Japan's grand strategy to the number of torpedo loading trolleys per hanger deck. One for people who are very interested only, but I really do recommend it if this is your bag.


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1."The Impeachers" by Brenda Wineapple
2. "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube" by Trav SD
3."The Shortest History of Germany" by James Hawes
4. "How Britain Ends - English Nationalism and the Re-birth of Four Nations" by Gavin Esler
5 ."The Shortest History of England" by James Hawes
6. "The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space" by Owen Hatherley
7. "Men at Arms" by Terry Pratchett
8. "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk" by Ben Fountain
9. "Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain" by Sathnam Sanghera
10. "Wounds" by Fergal Keane
11. "The Lip" by Charlie Carroll
12. "Paying the Land" by Joe Sacco
13. "This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy, and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals" by Erica Buist
14. "How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" by Clint Smith
15. "What a Bloody Awful Country: Northern Ireland's Century of Division" by Kevin Meagher
16. "The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen" by Linda Colley
17. "Feet of Clay" by Terry Pratchett
18. "The Anglo-Saxons" by Marc Morris
19. "How to Make the World Add Up" by Tim Harford
20. "It's All a Game: a Short History of Board Games" by Tristan Donovan

21. "Equal Rites" by Terry Pratchett

I decided to take a break from the Watch and read something from the "witches" line on the ever-helpful chart. Good fun as ever.


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1. Linwood Barclay - Fear the worst
2. Linwood Barclay - Too close to home
3. Linwood Barclay - Parting Shot
4. Linwood Barclay - The Accident
5. Linwood Barclay - No Time for Goodbye
6. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise
7. Linwood Barclay - Far From True
8. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three
9. Linwood Barclay - Bad Move
10. Linwood Barclay - Bad Guys
11. Linwood Barclay - Bad Luck
12. Linwood Barclay - Bad News
13. Linwood Barclay - Trust your eyes
14. Linwood Barclay - Never Look Away
15. Linwood Barclay - Clouded Vision

16. Linwood Barclay - Never saw it coming

A bigger and better version of the previous quick read. Same story, but bigger. There's a bit more info about the original offence in the first one I think, but not enough to make it worth reading both. Some of the chapters were even identical. I wouldn't have read Clouded Vision had I known. Oh well, good enough to keep me entertained before I went to sleep each night.

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Goddess Jasmine wrote:
Goddess Jasmine wrote:
1. Linwood Barclay - Fear the worst
2. Linwood Barclay - Too close to home
3. Linwood Barclay - Parting Shot
4. Linwood Barclay - The Accident
5. Linwood Barclay - No Time for Goodbye
6. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise
7. Linwood Barclay - Far From True
8. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three
9. Linwood Barclay - Bad Move
10. Linwood Barclay - Bad Guys
11. Linwood Barclay - Bad Luck
12. Linwood Barclay - Bad News
13. Linwood Barclay - Trust your eyes
14. Linwood Barclay - Never Look Away
15. Linwood Barclay - Clouded Vision

16. Linwood Barclay - Never saw it coming

A bigger and better version of the previous quick read. Same story, but bigger. There's a bit more info about the original offence in the first one I think, but not enough to make it worth reading both. Some of the chapters were even identical. I wouldn't have read Clouded Vision had I known. Oh well, good enough to keep me entertained before I went to sleep each night.


Are you Sponsored by Linwood Barclay :P

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Goddess Jasmine wrote:
Goddess Jasmine wrote:
1. Linwood Barclay - Fear the worst
2. Linwood Barclay - Too close to home
3. Linwood Barclay - Parting Shot
4. Linwood Barclay - The Accident
5. Linwood Barclay - No Time for Goodbye
6. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise
7. Linwood Barclay - Far From True
8. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three
9. Linwood Barclay - Bad Move
10. Linwood Barclay - Bad Guys
11. Linwood Barclay - Bad Luck
12. Linwood Barclay - Bad News
13. Linwood Barclay - Trust your eyes
14. Linwood Barclay - Never Look Away
15. Linwood Barclay - Clouded Vision

16. Linwood Barclay - Never saw it coming

A bigger and better version of the previous quick read. Same story, but bigger. There's a bit more info about the original offence in the first one I think, but not enough to make it worth reading both. Some of the chapters were even identical. I wouldn't have read Clouded Vision had I known. Oh well, good enough to keep me entertained before I went to sleep each night.


Are you Sponsored by Linwood Barclay :P

I wish. Got seven more books to buy yet. :P

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Squirt wrote:
1.) The House Share - Kate Helm
2.) Rebecca -Daphne de Maurier
3.) The Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle
4.) Bad Move - Linwood Barclay
5.) The Longest Afternoon - Brendan Simms
6.) The Holocaust - Laurence Rees
7.) A Little Hatred - Joe Abercrombie
8.) Ghoster - Jason Arnopp
9.) Bad Guys - Linwood Barclay
10.) The Three Hostages - John Buchan
11.) Map Addict - Mike Parker
12.) Chastise - Max Hastings
13.) Three Corvettes - Nicholas Monsarrat
14.) Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner
15.) Operation Pedestal - Max Hastings
16.) The Seeds of Time - John Wyndham
17.) Salem's Lot - Stephen King
18.) Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age - Greg King & Penny Wilson
19.) The Trouble with Peace - Joe Abercrombie.
20.) Time's Eye - Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.
21.) The Destroyers - Douglas Reeman.
22.) Ripley Under Ground - Patricia Highsmith.
23.) Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway - Jonathan Parshall & Anthony Tully


24.) Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
A bit of an old favourite that I've probably read about 10 times now. A jolly pleasant read that's a bit travel book mixed with comic novel mixed with random anecdotes and stories ( to say nothing of the dog ). However, my kindle edition had "analysis and summary" every few chapters that I can only assume was written by a sociopath in Bulgarian and then run through Google Translate.


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24.) Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
A bit of an old favourite that I've probably read about 10 times now. A jolly pleasant read that's a bit travel book mixed with comic novel mixed with random anecdotes and stories ( to say nothing of the dog ).


Absolutely love this book! Can re-read it endlessly , and have also had a train compartment to myself due to cheese. I am definitely a graves and church person.

Three Men on the Bummel has its moments but I find the original more memorable.


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1) Doctor Sleep - Stevie King
2) John Dies at the End - David Wong
3) Stranded - Bracken MacLeod
4) Artemis by Andy Weir
5) Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
6) Randomise by Andy Weir
7) I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter by Isabel Fall
eight) The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
9) Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
10) Come Closer by Sara Gran
11) Bad Move by Linwood Barclay
12) A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home by Jason Arnopp
13) Dear Laura by Gemma Amor

Oh dear, I've left this for a bit too long. Here we go:

14) The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett
A collection of stories that are weird and occasionally borderline horror. It's not until near the end that you figure out that
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all the stories are connected.
It's okay, but it's not great.

15) The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
This is a good read, perhaps at its best when it's going on about the stupid internal politics of a book club and not fighting vampires. It's slow-moving and then finishes in a bit of a rush, and it's light on the vampires, but it's one of the better modern vampire novels nonetheless.

16) Camp Slaughter by Sergio Gomez
Teenagers go to a literal cabin in the woods, and a bad man kills them. Meh.

17) Aliens: Infiltrator by Weston Ochse
It's the prequel novel to the Aliens: Fireteam Elite video game, and I was about half way through it when the game was released and dropped a load of spoilers on me. Not bad, but light on the actual aliens. A middle of the road aliens book, if you want good ones read the trilogy consisting of "Earth Hive", "Nightmare Asylum", and "The Female War". Then read Aliens: Phalanx which is Game of Thrones meets Aliens and is great.

18) Rabbits by Terry Miles
What if there was a secret game revolving around solving puzzles that people played? What if playing that game made things in your life get really, really weird? Hard to say too much about this one without spoilers, but it's a good book and worth your time.

19) A Medium-sized Book of Boring Car Trivia by Sniff Petrol
Exactly what it says on the tin. Except it's not boring, I loved it. Pages and pages of car facts, such as "The engine in the Nissan GT-R is canted slightly forward so that when it tips back under hard acceleration, it forms a perfect straight line with the shaft taking drive to the transaxle thereby minimising friction at the time when this would be most beneficial." It's free on Kindle Unlimited, but it's much better in hardcopy in your bathroom.

20) Holy Cow by David Duchovny (yes, that David Duchovny)
It's a first-person story about a cow who doesn't want to be slaughtered and hatches a plan to go live in India and become a goddess. Absolutely worth your time.

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