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Kelly
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have ordered The Satanist, The Dubliners, Father Frank, Never Let Me go and The Wasp Factory - you can get books for 1p on amazon!

I will judge you all on how good they are.

I also am very much looking forward to reading All That Glisters, after finishing my reports.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want really easy reading with a bit of quality try Freya North, especially the Cat, Fen and Pip books. The three of them are sisters with a book each and are all reunited in her new book Home Truths. I haven't read the latter but I'm looking forward to it. She also has written 'Love Rules' which really isn't your typical 'chick lit' - excellently written and quite thought provoking (its also free with New Woman this month!). Cecilia Ahern is brill too (as recommended by DB - especially Where Rainbows End and PS I Love You, I didn't like the most recent one). More girly ones you might like are Adele Parks, Jane Green and Jill Mansell.

I'd like to echo the 'Never Let Me Go' recommendation - that was brill. Kel, you can borrow it when I get it back from Mel. Kazuo Ishiguro is generally fab though, 'The Remains of the Day' is a true classic.

What about Ian McEwan? Saturday, his latest is fantastic and Enduring Love or Atonement from a few years back are also superb.

I really liked the Alchemist Gareth! It was lgreat! I also really liked Eleven Minutes and The Devil & Mrs Prym by him too.

Other recent quite enjoyable reads were:-
Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller.
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (no, not that one!).
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Nifenegger
Anything by Jasper Fforde
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Biographies:-
Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis is fantastic!

If you want crime/thrillers, Frank Lean is really good - all about a Private Detective called Dave Cunane who lives in Chorlton, Manchester. Quite gritty but very enjoyable. Peter Robinson and his Inspector Banks books are great too.

I read a ridiculous amount (mainly cos I spend half my life on public transport) so all recommendations are greatly received.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I forgot Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees, a married couple who write together, and also Lisa Jewell.

Both are excellent and easy to read. I'd particularly recommend Love Lives by the former and A Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

book thank you please!

I have just spent an eternity reading Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, it's not too bad and well-paced. Haven't read the Da Vinci Code though.....
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With Dan Brown I find there is not much point buying any of the others - just read the one you have 4 times and...hey presto!...you've read his entire canon! Angels and Demons is the best one too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bruce Campbell: If chins could kill; confessions of a B movie actor


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Angels and Demons very much - also liked the Davinci Code, much to the contrary to the fashionable point of view.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy Kelly have you read any of your new books yet? If you have what are your views on them? Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy Gareth, my aren't you being civil to me today.
I have started to read The Satanist, but not far into it yet - bit like Enid Blyton writing horror - I see what you mean about middle class views, and it's very dated - all the baddies are foreign types, and good women have sex to please their husband but may come to like it with time. I like it though.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm always civil to you my little bitter peppercorn!!

So who is most like ratnadatta? I|'m guessing Lassie!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is Lassie? I miss her muchly.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a book? Why is it good?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue Townsend - the Adrian Mole books (+ Rebuilding Coventry + The queen and I)

Dutch writers:
Harry Mulisch - De ontdekking van de hemel (The discovery of heaven, I love this book, don't see the film, the film isn't even half the book, no justice!) http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/mulischh/heaven.htm
Boudewijn Buch - Links (+ De kleine blonde dood (translated The little blond death))
Arnon Grunberg - De joodse messias

Primo Levi - If this is a man (+ The drowned and the saved)

Chaim Potok - The chosen (really I love all his books)

Pearl Abraham - The romance reader

Octave Mirbeau - Diary of a chambermaid

Rudolf Höß - Commandant of Auschwitz (he is a lousy writer, wrote this in prison before he was executed, but the book gives some interesting views)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though I could lull you all into a state of security with my caramel voice and could orchestrate an invasion of Third Reich proportions as result of my oratory skills I do have to admit that I am not much of a reader. I prefer to think for myself. If there is a book I would like to read then it's one I haven't conjured up yet.

In every facet of life I am a complex genius. Too oft it manifests itself as loutish drunkeness though I fear. I apologise in advance for my inane ramblings next weekend.
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