closing tag is in template navbar
timefactors watches



TZ-UK Fundraiser
Page 41 of 41 FirstFirst ... 31394041
Results 2,001 to 2,030 of 2030

Thread: Anyone read any good books recently ?

  1. #2001
    Master mickylall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Burnley,Lancs
    Posts
    2,439
    Blog Entries
    1
    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

  2. #2002
    Craftsman Templogin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Shetland
    Posts
    486
    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.

  3. #2003
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    281
    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.

  4. #2004
    Master Qatar-wol's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Doha, Qatar and Warwick, England
    Posts
    6,872
    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.

  5. #2005
    Administrator swanbourne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Sheffield, England
    Posts
    46,032
    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.

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

  6. #2006
    Master mickylall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Burnley,Lancs
    Posts
    2,439
    Blog Entries
    1
    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

  7. #2007
    Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    London
    Posts
    4,578
    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.

  8. #2008
    Master
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Wirral
    Posts
    4,286
    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.

    Eddie
    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.

  9. #2009
    Master mickylall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Burnley,Lancs
    Posts
    2,439
    Blog Entries
    1
    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

  10. #2010
    Craftsman andymonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Peterborough UK
    Posts
    861
    Bring It On Home by Mark Blake. Bio of Peter Grant the Led Zeppelin manager. Some great stories of a time gone by...


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  11. #2011
    Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    London
    Posts
    4,578
    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.

  12. #2012
    Grand Master Neil.C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    SE England
    Posts
    23,548
    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.
    Cheers,
    Neil.

    My Speedmaster website:

    http://www.freewebs.com/neil271052

  13. #2013
    Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    1,680
    [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.

  14. #2014
    Craftsman Templogin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Shetland
    Posts
    486
    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.

  15. #2015
    Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Sunny Manchester
    Posts
    1,001
    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.

  16. #2016
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Ruislip, UK
    Posts
    809
    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.

  17. #2017
    Master mickylall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Burnley,Lancs
    Posts
    2,439
    Blog Entries
    1
    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

  18. #2018
    Master mickylall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Burnley,Lancs
    Posts
    2,439
    Blog Entries
    1
    Song of Achilles was every bit as good as i hoped it would be, really enjoyed it so will give The Iliad and Odyssey a go once I've finished my current book

  19. #2019
    Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Glasgow
    Posts
    3,627
    Laughing out loud at Michael Frayn's 'Skios'. Hilarious farce.

    Sent from my CLT-L09 using Tapatalk

  20. #2020
    Currently ripping through 'The Cartel' by Don Winslow, the second novel in his 'Cartel' trilogy (along-with 'The Power of the Dog' & 'The Border').

    A brutal, thrilling, engaging account of the Mexican drug 'wars' spanning several decades.

    What makes it special is the highly-researched way in which the author has woven in real-life events, persons & conspiracies - e.g. political assassinations, US support for the Contras, rumoured CIA assistance with drug-smuggling, Mexican Special Forces defection to form the 'Los Zetas' cartel - such that sometimes you have to sit-up and remind yourself this is more than just a novel of fiction.

    The brutality is a bit hard to read, plots occasionally remind of other films/books, and sometimes the characterisations of Irish & Italian-American gangsters feels a bit forced compared to the main body of the books, but overall the series has been excellent so far.

  21. #2021
    Master Mark020's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Amsterdam
    Posts
    2,283
    Reading The Border now. Don Winslow is really a very good read.

  22. #2022
    Master
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Cheshire, UK
    Posts
    4,259
    I read these together (again after many years)

    Marcus Aurelius - meditations

    Epicteus - Enchiridion


    The thoughts of two men; the first an emperor of ancient rome who was erudite and a thinker (and not a crazed self deifyng prat) and the second; a slave with a broken knee who rose above slavery to become a philosopher. Fascinating read if you fancy getting deep into the minds of two great men (in my view).

    B

  23. #2023
    Master wildheart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Essex - Hopefully on a golf course!
    Posts
    7,346
    Just finished Blitzed - Norman Ohler, incredible well researched book on how the Nazi war machine ran on Methamphetamine. Hitler himself a junkie as many other Nazi leaders were. It puts a new spin on why, such disastrous decisions were made, by the Nazi leadership. The invasion of Russia for one. Up there with Antony Beevor for me!

  24. #2024
    Grand Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Where is more MPs than in India
    Posts
    18,432
    Highly recommended

    23 May. It's your chance to win Brexit argument and remain in Europe by throwing a milkshake at Nigel Farage!

  25. #2025
    Craftsman Templogin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Shetland
    Posts
    486
    Stalingrad - Antony Beevor

    Long book and grim reading. This is why we should send our politicians and leaders into war first. A senseless waste of millions of lives, both military and civilian.

  26. #2026
    Craftsman Templogin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Shetland
    Posts
    486
    The secret life of Bletchley Park - Sinclair McKay

    Interesting, if repetitive, book that was more about the people and the effects of what they were doing, decrypting messages, than the technical side of things.

  27. #2027

    Bond

    I've been reading Ian Fleming's James Bond books this long weekend. I've managed Casino Royale and most of Live and Let Die so far.
    I love a Kindle but not the prices on Amazon, which are at £4+ per book. Should you wish to download them for free from Canada, there is that option, although of course that may breach UK copyright, which should not be condoned.

  28. #2028
    Master sean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Coventry & Toronto
    Posts
    4,039
    Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. This was a good, in-depth read about a multimillion dollar fraudster (not of this parish).

    Fear by Bob Woodward. Interesting read, which I suspect gets even more interesting as hindsight improves.

    The Apprentice by Greg Miller. A Post reporter on the Russia angle, and a nice complement to the previous book.

    Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer. Head copywriter at Random House. Some good stuff among the run-of-the-mill 'you should write like this, not like that' content.

    If you're interested in the Nixon years, I recommend the following:

    The Final Days by Bob Woodward
    Nixon: A Life by Jonathan Aitken
    31 Days by Barry Werth
    Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall by Elizabeth Drew
    Blind Ambition by John W. Dean
    The Nixon Defense by John W. Dean
    Watergate: The Corruption of American Politics and the Fall of Richard Nixon by Fred Emery

    Elizabeth Drew's book is especially interesting, as a contemporaneous account of the final year or so of the Nixon presidency.

  29. #2029

    Chris Voigt - Never split the difference

    Really interesting book about the evolution of FBI negotiating techniques from a guy at the sharp end. Excellent insight for anyone who engages in negotiation... so that makes all of us!

  30. #2030
    Just finished Ready Player 1.
    What a great book, a joy to read from start to finish and totally different from the film ( which was good as well!)
    I think it was the era it was based in, the pop culture references , the tech and the geek of it all.
    Excellent book and now look forward to another by him.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •