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    Circe by Madeline Miller, loved everything about it. Just really,really good storytelling so will be going straight onto The Song Of Achilles next

    If there was a bad books thread then A Secret History by Donna Tartt would be straight in there, previously read The Goldfinch by same author which is fantastic so not sure what went so wrong but it was a real slog getting through it

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    Terning around the the world by Sam Gambier.

    23 year old Sam cycles around the world. Interesting tale of grit, determination and the kindness of others. Sad to read how many cultures seem to spend so much time off their tits on drugs and alcohol, to the point where they are unconscious in the street.

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    The English And Their History by Robert Tombs.

    I was looking for a modern English history book that went beyond the usual school textbook lists of kings and battles that I had to wade through as a child, and this fits the bill perfectly. It's a massive thousand page brick of a book, but if you're into history its well written and very compelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickylall View Post
    Circe by Madeline Miller, loved everything about it. Just really,really good storytelling so will be going straight onto The Song Of Achilles next

    If there was a bad books thread then A Secret History by Donna Tartt would be straight in there, previously read The Goldfinch by same author which is fantastic so not sure what went so wrong but it was a real slog getting through it
    Hmm, I have this on the bookshelf, so I think I'l give it a go next. I've just finished Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and killed it in a couple of days of a staycation at a hotel. I really enjoyed it - it's almost a series of fairy tales,a really light read. It was good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny.c View Post
    Iíve just finished reading The Stand for the third time, the last time being about 30 years ago. Such an epic and Kingís best, although many from that era were also fantastic. I wish heíd serialise it and release a few new chapters every so often as thereís so much scope for the story to continue.

    Time to dig out Salemís Lot, Christine etc from the loft.
    I've read it twice; the first release and then the unabridged release which is 400 pages longer. CBS announced this year that it is making a 10 part mini-series of it.

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    I read Norse Mythology and enjoyed it so that's why I thought I'd give Circe a go and thought it was far better, I've now got very high hopes for Song of Achilles

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickylall View Post
    I read Norse Mythology and enjoyed it so that's why I thought I'd give Circe a go and thought it was far better, I've now got very high hopes for Song of Achilles
    I loved Circe, absolutely brilliant. Out of interest, had you read any Greek myths before? I grew up on them, the Odyssey etc., and I wondered if that was why I got so much out of Circe - seeing the other side of the story as it were. Itís so well written though, it stands on its own.

    Not read Song of Achilles yet - I expect that will be interesting given some of the themes hinted at in The Iliad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I've read it twice; the first release and then the unabridged release which is 400 pages longer. CBS announced this year that it is making a 10 part mini-series of it.

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    The previous time I read the original version but this time it was the unabridged. Iíll have to keep an eye out for the series but there havenít been many that have done Kingís books justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    I loved Circe, absolutely brilliant. Out of interest, had you read any Greek myths before?
    Not much to be honest, recognised most of the names but not really knowing the back stories I'm sure a lot of it went right over my head but it's such a good book on it's own it didn't lessen my enjoyment of it.
    Think I enjoyed her writing style as much as the story, I'm sure she could make a shopping list sound interesting

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    Bring It On Home by Mark Blake. Bio of Peter Grant the Led Zeppelin manager. Some great stories of a time gone by...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mickylall View Post
    Think I enjoyed her writing style as much as the story, I'm sure she could make a shopping list sound interesting
    I agree, well put.

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    I love film noir and the associated books that produced it so I am reading an anthology, The Big Book of Pulps at the moment.

    It's a mix of stories and authors of the '20s, '30s and '40s that featured in mags like Black Mask etc.
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    [QUOTE=misterzero;4992067]Just read The Drinker and Once A Jailbird by Hans Fallada.They are powerful bleak books .The author had a terrible life and wrote The drinker on scraps of paper in code whilst imprisoned in psychiatric hospital under the Nazis for trying to murder his wife under the influence of opium.

    Just about to start on Alone in Berlin. I bought a copy months ago but havenít had the time to make a start on it.

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    Harry's Last Stand - Harry Leslie Smith

    Grim read, but sums up life in the pre-war slums, kids died of TB and other horrors, poverty hunger, and why we are heading back that way.

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    First Light - the autobiography of Geoffrey Wellum, left school in 1939 age 17 to join the RAF to train as a fighter pilot, an absolutely compelling story and a personal insight into the Battle of Britain.

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    I haven't read all 41 pages of this thread, it's a novel in itself. Apologies if this has been mentioned before.

    I have just finished the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larson. My wife read them when they were first released and they have been on the book shelf ever since, I don't know why I hadn't picked one up even after watching the movie , The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
    I've read them back to back and really enjoyed doing it that way. Great writing and translation, a shame he died so young and before he got recognition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley View Post
    I haven't read all 41 pages of this thread, it's a novel in itself. Apologies if this has been mentioned before.

    I have just finished the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larson. My wife read them when they were first released and they have been on the book shelf ever since, I don't know why I hadn't picked one up even after watching the movie , The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
    I've read them back to back and really enjoyed doing it that way. Great writing and translation, a shame he died so young and before he got recognition.
    There are a couple more in the series by David Lagercrantz (?) who used the authorís notes to continue the story. Quite good but didnít really enjoy them anywhere near as much as the original trilogy still worth a read. Also give Jussi Adler Olsen a go, very similar and a really good series

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