Books : What are you reading January 2017.

What are you reading January 2017.

Please post titles of books that you are reading along with comments, suggestions,recommendations etc.

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Still on The Line Of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst.

Only 60 pages to go now. By looking back on last mths thread it appears I read about 360 pages in the month of December.

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Finished The Line Of Beauty....it was fine. I had some issues with it that held it back from being transcendent.

Started Talking it Over by Julian Barnes, published back in 1991.

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Finished Talking it Over - I saw it has a sequel and I'll have to track it down! It was very enjoyable.

Was going to start something else then my wife insisted I read this humorous book on parenting, Hurrah For Gin. So that's what I'm on now.

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Finished Hurrah for Gin.

Started All the Light We Cannot See, the massive selling Pulitzer winner. Bout 75 pages in. This is one of those books with extremely small chapters that makes you feel smart because you can read 12 chapters a night when in reality they are like 1.5 pages each.

I'm no loving it yet either - will wait till i finish and maybe elaborate further if a couple things still bother me.

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This is one of those books with extremely small chapters that makes you feel smart because you can read 12 chapters a night





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I think I'll try something by Hari Kunzru.

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The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming. After that I'll probably go with The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth.

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Frederick Forsyth is a great Author, the fact that I can still recall 'The Day of the Jackal' vividly when I had read it like three years ago is really something as very few authors in the Political/Thriller genre have much of a lasting impression on me. I have 'The Odessa File' that's been just sitting nestled next to my much loved copy of 'Watership Down' on my bookshelf. One of his not yet read- probably because I have already seen the movie....hmmmmm,,,should give it a go though..thanks for reminding me.

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Nero Wolfe The Second Confession by Rex Stout. Not bad, so far...


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Someone at the Door by Richie Tankersley Cusick
Beware, The Snowman (Goosebumps, #51) by R.L. Stine
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott (unfinished)
Who Killed The Homecoming Queen? (Fear Street, #48) by R.L. Stine
Gotham Academy, Volume 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan & Brendan Fletcher

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Still SLOWLY going through The Best Military Sci-fi of the 20th Century.After that,I'll tackle The Big Book of Adventure Stories and then these sports books,in no particular order:John Helyar-Lords of the Realm:The Real History of Baseball,George Plimpton-Paper Lion:Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback,David Halberstam-The Breaks of the Game and A.J.Leibling-The Sweet Science.

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Crass Struggle by R T Naylor
Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Wallis

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Seven Up by Janet Evanovich.











"Hogs have futures, I don't."
Dr. Johnny Fever

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I'm still reading Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, even though I groused about it here last month. I'm liking it better now. It was virtually the only thing I had on hand to read during the holiday season when I didn't want to go online, so I started back up with it and it has been my companion these last couple of weeks.
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Sinner Man by Lawrence Block.

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Only just finished Discourses (book two) by Epictetus.

Still deciding on where to next.

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since then
Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué

and at the moment, book three of Epictetus' Discourses

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Started Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer yesterday. So far it's Roadside Picnic if written by David Cronenberg, but I'm enjoying it.


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Looking forwards to your opinion on that
one....I've considered reading it about a dozen times, but won't shell out full dollar for a novel about 200 pages long.

If I could find a second hand copy I'd snap it up.

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Halfway through and I have revised my opinion. I now consider it to be Roadside Picnic if written by JG Ballard. Still very much enjoying it.


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I've considered reading it about a dozen times, but won't shell out full dollar for a novel about 200 pages long.

I hear you there, it would stick in my craw shelling out like €12 for it.
For my part though, I torrented it, so I can't really say shìt. But hey, he sold the movie rights, so he's probably doing OK.

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I read his Finch a few weeks back, a random charity shop purchase, I'd never heard of the guy before. Worked quite well, I thought, a nice noir thriller, but with intelligent fungus instead of bad guys in sharp suits.

Rusty chains and armoured pillows stuffed with silver pins

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Finished that yesterday.
The Roadside Picnic comparison certainly holds. I haven't read much Ballard but I couldn't shake the feeling of being reminded of him either.
Anyway, I really enjoyed it, thought it was genuinely one of the most unsettling things I've read in a long, long while.
The ending - and maybe the final 1/5 of the book - was unsatisfying but probably inevitable (given there are 2 sequels).
On the whole though, definitely a worthwhile read and I'll be checking out the sequels.


I started Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis this morning, on account of Pimpin's thread making me feel like I finally should.

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Bugger, guess I have to read it now. Send me your copy?

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis


Finished that this morning, really liked it. Had a few issues with the portrayal of the character Margaret but a small gripe. It made me laugh and it made me root for a character who wasn't entirely sympathetic.


What to read next? Should probably read something written by a woman, been a while I think.

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Started The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, 'cause it's very short and I couldn't decide what the hell to read.
It's eh, getting pretty disturbing.


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The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

I liked that, was pretty unsettling too. The ending was a bit flat, mind.


Started Roger Zelazny's Damnation Alley this morning, because it's also short and I still can't decide what I'm in the mood of.
It's rather butch so far.


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Roger Zelazny's Damnation Alley

That was so ridiculous, I loved it.


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Took the plunge with Don Quixote. This may be my only contribution to these threads for a while... either that or I'll have given up and started something else in a week.


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Bruce Robinson - They All Love Jack (Busting the Ripper)

The Withnail & I director taking on the ripper myth, and Victorian society as a whole, in well-researched but opinionated and aggressive prose. Strange style for a factual work.

Rusty chains and armoured pillows stuffed with silver pins

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Just finished CASINO ROYALE by Ian Fleming.

Time for LIVE AND LET DIE.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker.


Lamar Jackson for Heisman!

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Finished, 'Wonderland Avenue/A True Rock 'n' Roll Saga' by Danny Sugerman. It's extremely hard to describe this book, it is more or less a visceral experience and in spite of it's sometimes juvenile philosophizing, it just grabs you from page one and does not let go for one wild maniacal ride. I have always been fascinated with the lifestyle and music of the late 60's and early seventies in Southern California, felt like I had lived there after reading this true autobiographical tale by Sugerman, who grew up right in the middle of the 'Scene' from the age of 12 with the Rock group the 'Doors'.

The last book that dragged me in like this 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' by Gregory Boyington,that was read a couple of months back, couldn't put that book down either and almost felt like I had fought in the Pacific Theater as an Ace Fighter pilot in the Second World War. It might be the best book ever written if you want to experience being a fighter pilot/POW during this period.

Highly recommend both books as a way to live another life through someone's else's death defying experiences. Heroic or Hedonistic, you might be surprised how they both manage this in their own unique ways.

Also finished Will Durant's 'Our Oriental Heritage' egaads! at almost 1000 pages took about month and a half from cover to end. If you want a sure grounding in Asian Civilizations and Culture then this is the 'Work' that will educate you in an easy going and informative manner. Still a true classic (published in 1935) and no P.C. nonsense- just History- thanks Will :) I was so impressed that I am now reading your 'The Age of Voltaire'

Lastly, just started 'Bonfire of the Vanities' by Tom Wolfe. Had been meaning to read this book for awhile (the movie but me off it) luckily I just stumbled upon a copy and browsed through it- Hey!!!! this is some really great S**** Man! LOL :) So- question?

How many truly great books and been destroyed in the public consciousness by an atrociously pathetic film version of it? Probably countless......Hmmmm...how many movies have been better than the actual book??? probably very few.

🐷truffles.....chocolate... 😁

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Bonfire is one of my favourite novels of all time. Never seen the movie - I was a little young when it was released to be interested in it, and its notorious reputation has followed it since

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I've not started it yet but I came across Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and I've never read it before. So that's next for me.

Do you have any talents?
Well, I'm an Alcoholic.

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I was derailed by the holidays. I'm determined to get back on the horse.

Currently reading 2am at the Cats Pajamas (which was supposed to be my Christmas Eve Eve book). It's late but I'm going to read it anyway.

My before bed non-fiction read is currently The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski. So far, it's making me a bit sad.

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I'm adding The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher to my list. Just started it =[

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Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein. So far, I really love it.

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Nomad by "Alan Partridge".

Pretty funny so far.


You're my wife now.

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I have two non-fiction books on the go, unusually for me -

Philip Mansel - Aleppo: The Rise And Fall Of Syria's Great Merchant City
Jon Wilson - India Conquered

The latter of which should be compulsory reading for imperialist apologists of the Niall Ferguson school.

No valley too deep, no mountain too high.

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Ferguson's got his snout so far into the trough that he can't hear you.

I'm undecided about writing another article about 3rd Ypres (the August operations on the Gheluvelt Plateau), Infantry tank theory and practice or nursing a cold with a chesty cough. Sadly my broad hints about medicinal whisky have been to no avail.

Marlon, Claudia & Dimby the cats 1989-2010. Clio the cat, July 1997 - 1 May 2016.

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I know! He probably has shares in the company that makes the trough, as well as (highly lucrative) tenure at Trough University (which in no way comprises his fierce independence ). He makes Neil Oliver seem not annoying by comparison.

I was suffering from an irksome sniffle yesterday, which was threatening to turn into an actual cold, so I went out for a run in 1c, on a kill or cure basis. And it worked!

No valley too deep, no mountain too high.

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A novel (The Repatriates) and short stories (One More Year) by Sana Krasikov

And I'm going to re-read Nassim Taleb's Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder


Put it on a tripod!

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The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: the redemption of Herbert Nicholls, Jr. by Nancy Bartley

I'm only about half way through, but I'm enjoying the story. It's a historical look at the changes in our juvenile justice system and rehabilition. The personal story of a boy whose life was saved due to several good mentors. A bit slow, but I'm still enjoying it.



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Peter O'Toole: The Definitive Biography (2015) by Robert Sellers

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations" Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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Nigeria (Cultures Of The World) - Patricia M. Levy

Simply me.

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Just finished - Today Will be Different - Maria Semple (2016). Fun!

Going to start - I'll Take You There - Wally Lamb (2016)

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Bob Dylan: The Lyrics 1961-2012.

I cannot say that I like his music, and I wonder how much (if anything) I have heard, know that he was the originator or performed. But there is also an advantage about that, because now I can read the poems with fresh eyes.

I love his poems. I would definitely recommend them to lover of poetry.

I also read,

Brigitte Hamann (2013): Bertha von Suttner.

Many of us know that Bertha von Suttner was the one who made Alfred Nobel interested in peace. And we known that his gigantic fortune was the foundation of the Nobèl Prize.

Bertha was active both against war, against anti-semitism, and against all artificial conception of difference between the sexes.

But to me the most interesting aspect is the small-mindedness which so many revealed. No need to fight anti-semitism, because it will anyway disappear in a few years.



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Just done with lengthy (but thoroughly riveting) sci-fi epic 'Children of Time' by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Have now started on a bio, 'The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt' by Andrea Wulf.
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