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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2022 11:45 
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1. The Sentinel - Lee Child.
2. Proud - Gareth Thomas.
3. The Geneva Trap - Stella Remington
4. The Gangster - Scott Siglar (audiobook) - Book 6 in the Galactic Football League
5. The Stone Wolves - Scott Siglar (audiobook)
6. Better Off Dead - Lee and Andrew Child


7. Close Call (liZ Carlyle Book 8) - Stella Rimington

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CIA agent Miles Brookhaven was attacked in a souk while infiltrating rebel groups in the area. No one was certain if his cover had been blown or if the act was just an arbitrary attack on Westerners. Months later, the incident remains a mystery.

Now, Liz Carlyle and her Counter Terrorism unit in MI5 have been charged with the task of observing the international under-the-counter arms trade. With the Arabic region in such a volatile state, British Intelligence forces have become increasing concerned that extremist Al-Qaeda jihadis are building their power base, ready to launch another attack. As the pressure mounts, Liz and her team must intercept illegal weapons before they get into the wrong hands.

But when MI5 learns that the source of the arms deals is located in Western Europe, Liz finds herself on a manhunt that leads her to Paris, to Berlin and into her own long-forgotten past.

A past buried so deep that she thought it would never resurface . . .


I am really enjoying the series, it a spay book, but noit silly like Bind. But more how folks are tracked down.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2022 14:09 
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1. The Holocaust by Laurence Rees
2. Cathedrals of Steam by Christian Wolmar
3. United Ireland: Why Unification is Inevitable and How It will Come About by Kevin Meagher
4. The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales
5. You Don't Want to Know by James Felton
6. Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore by Emma Southon
7. The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke
8. Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Hartford
9. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Bucan
10. Meet the Georgians by Robert Peal
11. Houdini: the Man who Walked Through Walls by William Lindsey Gresham
12. So Far... by Kelsey Grammer
13. Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal by Lucy Cooke
14. The Time-Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain by Ian Mortimer
15. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh
16. Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
17. Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas
18. Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel
19.Speaking of Harpo by Susan Marx
20. All In It Together: England in the Early 21st Century by Alwyn W. Turner
21. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
22.Pompeii by Mary Beard
23.A Curious History of Sex by Kate Lister
24. The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells by Sarah Churchwell
25. Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

26. The Martian by Andy Weir

I was looking for some more fiction to read and Mali mentioned he was reading this. It's been several years since I read it and I'd forgotten how enjoyable and unputdownable it is. Also impressed at how carefully it's structured - I picture the author as some kind of GM just setting everything up carefully so none of the solutions to Watney's numerous troubles feels forced or unrealistic.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2022 15:07 
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Now that I have remembered how to read books, I can get to reading the 3rd and 4th books in James Smythe's "Anomaly" series, about a weird thing in space.

But first! Rereading the first two books so I could remember WTF happened in them.

5 - The Explorer by James Smythe
6 - The Echo by James Smythe


They are very good. The first one I particularly love, but they are both worth a look. Science Fiction, but also about people and relationships more than anything action-based. The first is about a group of people who go on a spaceship to investigate a weird thing found a long way away in space (based only in the near future, this is far further than man has gone before). Obviously shit goes wrong and people die and the weird thing is weirder than expected.

The second is about a subsequent mission to try and investigate the weird thing, but better. Needless to say, this obviously goes a bit wrong too.


7 - The Edge by James Smythe

Oh no, it’s a few years later and the weird thing is almost at the Earth. This one is mostly set on an orbital space station seeking to understand The Anomaly. Again it’s also a lot about relationships and whether people are telling you the truth.
Not quite as good as the first two, but still good. On to the fourth and final book…

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2022 22:25 
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1. A Deadly Education - Naomi Novik.
2. Sad Little Men - Richard Beard.
3. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu.
4. Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World - Otto English.
5. The Blade Itself: Book One (The First Law 1) - Joe Abercrombie.
6. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah.
7. Duty of Care - Dominic Pimento.
8. Find you First - Linwood Barclay.
9. Flesh and Bone and Water - Luiza Sauma.
10. Normal People - Sally Rooney.
11. I'm a Joke and so are you - Robin Ince.
12. All the Lonely People - Mike Gayle.
13. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby.
14. Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond - Dalrymple and Anand.
15. 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak.
16. Severus: The Black Caesar - Steve Exeter.
17. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett.
18. Ready Player Two - Ernest Cline.
19. The Gathering - Anne Enright.
20. Better off Dead - Lee/Andrew Child.
21. Call for the Dead - John le Carre.
22. Frank Skinner - Frank Skinner.
23. The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz.
24. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
25. The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker.
26. The Last Graduate - Naomi Novak.
27. Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
28. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby.
29. Foreign Fruit - Jojo Moyes.
30. Autumn - Ali Smith.
31. Leviathan - Rosie Andrews.
32. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo.
33. A Thousand Ships - Natalie Haynes.
34. Nobody Walks - Mick Herron.
35. Crocodile Hunter - Gerald Seymour.
36. Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams.
37. Bear Head - Adrian Tchaikovsky.
38. Maddaddam - Margaret Atwood.
39. Klara and the Sun - Kazoo Ishiguro.
40. The Salt Path - Raynor Winn.
41. One Two Three Four - Craig Brown.
42. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir.
43. Fall - John Preston.
44. A Murder of Quality - John Le Carre.
45. The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss.
46. Anatomy of a Scandal - Sarah Vaughan.
47. Barca - Simon Kuper.
48. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout.


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton. I read Turton's second book (The Devil and the Dark Water) and thought it was great, so I came to this. And it's great, too. A short description doesn't do it justice - body-hopping, time-travelling whodunnit. The author's workspace must be a morass of string and notes, as this is densely plotted and incredibly complex, but I'm sure it all hangs together. Honestly, I didn't remember every detail, as the protagonist wakes up in one person, trying to work out why he can't remember anything, then every time he falls asleep, wakes up as another one. With just a limited number to go through, and only so much time. Both his books feel like they must be part of a series, and that's his genius - the characters arrive fully formed, without the shortcut of cliche. Long, but well worth it.


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2022 12:30 
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1.) Seveneves - Neal Stephenson.
2.) Neuromancer - William Gibson.
3.) Sharpe's Tiger - Bernard Cornwell
4.) Chess 101 - David Schloss.
5.) Count Zero - William Gibson
6.) Mona Lisa Overdrive - William Gibson
7.) White Gold - Giles Milton.
8.) Memoirs of Field-Marshal Montgomery - Field-Marshal Montgomery, obviously.
9.) The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
10.) A Very British Coup - Chris Mullin
11.) SS-GB - Len Deighton.
12.) Westward to Vinland - Helge Ingstad
13.) Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves - P.G.Wodehouse
14.) Tamed - Prof Alice Roberts
15.) Space Family Stone - Robert Heinlein
16.) The Cruel Sea - Nicholas Monsarrat
17.) A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin


18.) Frankenstein - Mary Shelly.
I've never read this before - I was surprised at how sad it was, and how little of the general popular view of Frankenstein comes from the book. Another classic ticked off the list!


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2022 22:31 
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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton. I read Turton's second book (The Devil and the Dark Water) and thought it was great, so I came to this. And it's great, too. A short description doesn't do it justice - body-hopping, time-travelling whodunnit. The author's workspace must be a morass of string and notes, as this is densely plotted and incredibly complex, but I'm sure it all hangs together. Honestly, I didn't remember every detail, as the protagonist wakes up in one person, trying to work out why he can't remember anything, then every time he falls asleep, wakes up as another one. With just a limited number to go through, and only so much time. Both his books feel like they must be part of a series, and that's his genius - the characters arrive fully formed, without the shortcut of cliche. Long, but well worth it.


Loved that book. Sophie Petzal was supposed to be adapting it for Netflix, but I think it has been put on the shelf for the time being.

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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:18 
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1.) Seveneves - Neal Stephenson.
2.) Neuromancer - William Gibson.
3.) Sharpe's Tiger - Bernard Cornwell
4.) Chess 101 - David Schloss.
5.) Count Zero - William Gibson
6.) Mona Lisa Overdrive - William Gibson
7.) White Gold - Giles Milton.
8.) Memoirs of Field-Marshal Montgomery - Field-Marshal Montgomery, obviously.
9.) The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
10.) A Very British Coup - Chris Mullin
11.) SS-GB - Len Deighton.
12.) Westward to Vinland - Helge Ingstad
13.) Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves - P.G.Wodehouse
14.) Tamed - Prof Alice Roberts
15.) Space Family Stone - Robert Heinlein
16.) The Cruel Sea - Nicholas Monsarrat
17.) A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
18.) Frankenstein - Mary Shelly.


19.) Double Indemnity - James M. Cain.
A cracking little crime novel. Only 136 pages and I finished it in an afternoon. I'm off to find more of Mr Cain's books straight away!


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 Post subject: Re: Finish 52 Books 2022
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 18:36 
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Squirt wrote:
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1.) Seveneves - Neal Stephenson.


2.) Neuromancer - William Gibson.

Man, this book takes me back. I first read it when I was about 15 and fucking loved it, and still do. What's not to love? Scheming AIs, Rastafarian astronauts with sawn-off shotguns, beautiful women with mirrored eyes and razorblade fingers, a grand heist, insane clones and genetically engineered ninjas.

How the hell is this not a Netflix / Amazon Prime series? Come on Bezos, pull your finger out and turn this genre defining novel into something awesome. But make it better than Johnny Mnemonic.


Huh, turns out it's gonna be a series on Apple TV. I knew all the big Hollywood movers and shakers read this thread.


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