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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby floragord » 28 Sep 2017, 15:03

I started in on Kate Atkinson's NOT THE END OF THE WORLD yesterday, a book of short stories, its the prescribed discussion choice for the next book discussion group, I was not expecting too much but they're superb, a really great read. As the last meeting was cancelled we have 2 books for the next session, the second is David Mitchell's THE BONE CLOCKS, at 620 pages quite a chunky read :?
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Eddie Muir » 28 Sep 2017, 15:28

I’m just about to start reading My Uncle Oswald a 1979 adult novel by Roald Dahl. :D
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 28 Sep 2017, 15:30

Certainly not one for the youngsters, from what I remember! :shock:
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Eddie Muir » 28 Sep 2017, 15:34

From what I’ve read about it, you’re probably right, Anita. :wink:
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Rob Houghton » 28 Sep 2017, 15:38

floragord wrote:I started in on Kate Atkinson's NOT THE END OF THE WORLD yesterday, a book of short stories, its the prescribed discussion choice for the next book discussion group, I was not expecting too much but they're superb, a really great read. As the last meeting was cancelled we have 2 books for the next session, the second is David Mitchell's THE BONE CLOCKS, at 620 pages quite a chunky read :?


I would be hopeless in a book club or discussion group, as I positively HATE reading books that have been set for us to read - I can rarely get into them. I have to really want to read a book in order to enjoy it - I guess it comes from many, many books prescribed to me by school, college and university over the years, as I did mainly English Literature courses.

Saying that though, I'm currently reading Monday Adventure by John Pudney - a book someone sent me - and I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far. :-D
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby KEVP » 28 Sep 2017, 16:23

Just finished Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari.
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Courtenay » 28 Sep 2017, 16:37

Rob Houghton wrote:Saying that though, I'm currently reading Monday Adventure by John Pudney - a book someone sent me - and I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far. :-D


You sure it's OK to read that on a Thursday?? :shock: :wink:
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby floragord » 30 Sep 2017, 13:52

Rob Houghton wrote:
floragord wrote:I started in on Kate Atkinson's NOT THE END OF THE WORLD yesterday, a book of short stories, its the prescribed discussion choice for the next book discussion group, I was not expecting too much but they're superb, a really great read. As the last meeting was cancelled we have 2 books for the next session, the second is David Mitchell's THE BONE CLOCKS, at 620 pages quite a chunky read :?


I would be hopeless in a book club or discussion group, as I positively HATE reading books that have been set for us to read - I can rarely get into them. I have to really want to read a book in order to enjoy it - I guess it comes from many, many books prescribed to me by school, college and university over the years, as I did mainly English Literature courses.

Saying that though, I'm currently reading Monday Adventure by John Pudney - a book someone sent me - and I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far. :-D


I've got to say the majority of "set" books so far aren't ones I would have chosen, the best I can say it extends my reading horizons widely, and I've so far given the items away after the meeting :wink: . It is interesting how hugely divergent people's views are on the same item, CASTLE D'OR which I would absolutely never read again was a couple of members sworn favourite ever book :shock:
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Courtenay » 06 Oct 2017, 20:33

I've just finished the third and final book of Inbali Iserles' Foxcraft trilogy, which I discovered a couple of years ago when the first book was published (I stumbled across it in our local Asda!) and have had to wait a year each time for the following two books. Well worth it! :D The series is aimed at young readers (probably ages 8-12), but a great and really compelling read for all ages. It's set in the world of foxes and their kin and follows the journey of a young fox, Isla, who learns to master foxcraft — secret magical arts known only to the wisest foxes — as she seeks to find her lost brother and stop an ancient evil power from being awakened... It's the sort of animal-fantasy story that could have been really clichéd and badly written, but it wasn't at all — I found the whole series gripping from start to finish, with lots of excitement and plenty of surprise twists that I didn't see coming, as well as characters you really come to care about. The conclusion of the saga was very satisfying, too, with no let-downs at all. Highly recommended to anyone else who likes this kind of book! :D I'll definitely be keeping the trilogy and reading it again.
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby pete9012S » 07 Oct 2017, 09:33

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Picked this up randomly in the library of the holiday cottage we are staying at.Thoroughly engrossing.Can't put it down.
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby KEVP » 07 Oct 2017, 16:46

I am reading the latest John Le Carre book, Legacy of Spies.

Some modern day British spies bring in the elderly and retired spy Peter Guillam because they have questions about a secret operation that took place during the Cold War. It's Le Carre's first George Smiley novel in 25 years. Lots of references to the characters and events of the previous George Smiley novels.
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby floragord » 15 Oct 2017, 12:36

Just completing Helen MacInnes THE VENTIAN AFFAIR, always enjoy reading something set "in situ" if possible when visiting somewhere :D
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Machupicchu14 » 15 Oct 2017, 16:52

Finished reading "Dead Souls" by Nikolai Gogol (I had started it ages go, but for no reason I stopped reading it when I was halfway through).. It is a truly amazing book, quite bizarre, in some ways, but everything else is simply brilliant, especially the last few pages, I loved the descriptions of Russia.. Once more, Russian writers are UNIQUE! :D
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Rob Houghton » 16 Oct 2017, 00:43

Finished reading 'Monday Adventure' last night and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was quite a preposterous plot, but very well done - intriguing and thrilling - and I would highly recommend it, and its author John Pudney. 8)

Now reading the last of my Abbey reward books, 'Wrecker's Bay' by Percy Woodcock. A very easy read, and quite like Enid Blyton in style. :-)
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Re: What other author are you reading at the moment?

Postby Stephen » 16 Oct 2017, 03:13

As Halloween is approaching, I've started to read some H. P. Lovecraft. So far, I've read 'The Tomb' and 'Dagon', and they've both turned out to be slightly disturbing! :shock:
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