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Book Club

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by LutonSpurs, 13 May 2020.

  1. LutonSpurs

    LutonSpurs Mido

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    So do you read almost exclusively electronically like me now or are you still paper based?

    What device do you use?

    I have a kindle but my older kids use it more than I do so I use readera on my Android phone.

    Obviously if you use Amazon you can use their apps.

    I have a try before you buy policy so have access to pretty much any book I want.

    Finally started the Dark Tower books which are hard going to begin with but I've been told to persist

    Recently finished the Wheel of Time books by Jordan. Probably the best fantasy series ever written if you can get through 14 books

    Also reading Guest House for young widows which is about Isis brides. Extraordinary read. By Azadeh Moaveni
     
  2. Baleforce

    Baleforce Fanny Walden

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    I’m mostly Kindle, so convenient and easier on the eyes when reading in bed at night.

    I’ve been saving Dark Tower, keep trying to catch up with his novels and collections but he writes them faster than I can read them.

    I’ve just finished Metropolis by Philip Kerr, sadly his last book, Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich, which is harrowing, and Snakemaster by Austin Stevens, which is great fun if you like venomous snakes.

    Next up is all of the Dune books and Zonal Marking by Michael Cox.
     
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    Baleforce Fanny Walden

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    LutonSpurs Mido

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    I read the Dune Books 20 years ago along with Donaldsons Gap series. I think I need some Sci fi in my life during the current dystopia. I may go back to them
     
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  5. LutonSpurs

    LutonSpurs Mido

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    I'm using a torrent site these days. It's a private tracker. But they have a huge library
     
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    Baleforce Fanny Walden

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    I must admit I enjoy sci-fi EU books a lot, particularly the Star Wars and Alien ones.

    Is Gap any good?
     
  7. LutonSpurs

    LutonSpurs Mido

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    Gap was exceptional from my memory. But it was a long time ago. And I always read when I was high back then...
     
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    Danishfurniturelover the prettiest spice girl

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    Bernie Gunther is my hero.

    What did you think of that last book?

    His political leanings actually came through quite strongly in it to me, made me love him even more.
     
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  9. Baleforce

    Baleforce Fanny Walden

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    I enjoyed it, raced through it, I didn’t feel it was as developed as some of the others though, the villain was kinda dropped in and Young Bernie seemed just as cynical and wise as old Bernie, which I’m not sure fits with what chronologically comes later, likewise his popularity with seemingly every woman in Berlin.

    I wish that wasn’t the last one though, Kerr wrote some brilliant stuff, his non Gunther novels are equally entertaining. It was very sad when he died.
     
  10. Thebarbarian

    Thebarbarian Reto Ziegler

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    In answer to the original question I'm very much a paper based reader, can't stand reading on a device and love the feeling of picking up a book, turning the pages etc. Might be just an age thing !!

    I've just looked up that Guest House for Young Widows, that is definitely on my list. I watched a movie (The Angel) with my daughter the other day about the Israel/Egypt peace treaty (she is studying International Criminal Law with a specialism on Syria and Yemen) and realised how little I knew about the whole Middle Eastern history even though I pride myself in being fairly roundly educated. I have just finished a book called Black Wave which delves into this subject in incredible depth and is an easy read rather than just a factual timeline of events. Have just started The Modern Middle East, which is a more historical chronology of the whole region. The Guest House book is next.

    If anyone else has a recommendation for any books on the subject (fiction or non-fiction) please let me know.

    After that I'm going to study the Central African history around the Congo, Rwanda etc as again I feel I have let it pass me by without really understanding it.
     
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  11. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Nick Barmby

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    Almost all kindle nowadays.
    Been taking turns reading john wyndham, neville shute, both of which I'm enjoying immensely, and the babylon Berlin books which I'm also really enjoying.
    Re reading an old classic for a lock down book club, to the devil a daughter.
    Must have read it 3 or 4 times, but you can't beat a bit of Wheatley imo.
     
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    Glenda's Legs Steve Carr

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    Neville Shute - thanks for the reminder. I've long intended to go back and re-read On the Beach. It is many years since I read it but it left an impression on me.
    A Town Like Alice is one of a few books that I can read over and over.
     
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    glasgowspur Nick Barmby

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    Just finished No highway, really odd, a slow burn and at one stage I could have put it down and not gone back to it. But I stuck with it and really enjoyed it in the end.
    It's the way he writes the characters, you develop an empathy for them and you start to care about what happens to them.
    I didn't want on the beach to end, loved it.
     
  14. LutonSpurs

    LutonSpurs Mido

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    Awesome. Think we had a book club thread. Shall we rename this one and use it or find the old one or start a new one?
     
  15. Thebarbarian

    Thebarbarian Reto Ziegler

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    Have this as the new one I think.


    Sent from a place where spiders kill you
     
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  16. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Nick Barmby

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    Currently reading chocky by John wyndham, loving it.
    Very interesting and he's just mentioned lewis mumford who I've googled and added to my reading list. Anyone familiar with him?
    Sounds like some one like @Danishfurniturelover @Rorschach and good ole GB might know about.
     
  17. Baleforce

    Baleforce Fanny Walden

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    the guy with the musician kids? I fudging hate them
     
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    Rorschach Garth Crooks

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    Never heard of him.
     
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    glasgowspur Nick Barmby

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    I think you would find him interesting, wrote about human society, its growth and approaches to technology.
     
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    Rorschach Garth Crooks

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    Thanks for the tip. Sounds interesting.

    I've decided to go for a bit of fiction for a change. I've just started into the Overstory/Richard Powers.
     

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