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Old 15th October 2014, 11:40 AM   #4761
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And thus my aging memory fails me....
It happens to us all.
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May I please have more information on this publisher? Perhaps the books are available on this side of the pond.
Pan-McMillian, they list her books here and ship worldwide AFAIK. However they're Stg£15, and attempting an order gets the message that it'll be dispatched when available so they may not all be in print.

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I encountered my first Manning Coles book on my parents' bookshelves, sometime about 1955. I got hooked immediately.
I was recommended him by Michael Gallagher in Murder Ink a few years ago, when RM started to reprint him.
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Another series author who just came to mind: Maurice Proctor, whose character was DCI Harry Martineau.
I think I read Hell Is a City year ago, I must have a look for more. Thanks.
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Old 15th October 2014, 12:07 PM   #4762
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they're Stg£15

What does this mean??
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Old 15th October 2014, 01:14 PM   #4763
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What does this mean??
Fifteen pounds Sterling.
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Old 15th October 2014, 05:04 PM   #4764
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Aha. It was "Stg" that left me confused. "£15" would have been clear.

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Old 16th October 2014, 09:29 AM   #4765
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I am reading, No Easy Day, By Mark Owens. So far it is interesting, especially how the Obama administration prolonged them from rescuing Capt. Philips because he did not want the pirates killed. It almost allowed Osama Bin Laden to escape because it dragged its feet on giving the go ahead for the mission to take place and again it was because they did not want Bin Laden killed.
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Old 16th October 2014, 09:38 AM   #4766
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Starting into Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamilton
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Old 28th October 2014, 02:38 PM   #4767
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Just finished John Sandford's latest Virgil Flowers novel Deadline. Excellent as usual.
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Old 28th October 2014, 04:36 PM   #4768
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I just finished Sundiver by David Brin.

Interesting, and I'm considering reading the second one, possibly even all of the Uplift books.

Gotta say though, for an action filled book, we spend an awful lot of time in the hero's head, especially considering that it's written in third person.
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Old 29th October 2014, 05:00 AM   #4769
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I'm reading Cornerstone: Raising Rook by KA Krisko, also known as our very own Tiktaalik. If you've ever complained the fantasy genre is too mired in its swords and sorcery tropes, this book is for you. It's really well written, and excellently paced. The main character is initially as ignorant as the reader about what's going on, but you both learn at just the right speed - fast enough avoid frustration, but slow enough not to lose its sense of intrigue.
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Old 29th October 2014, 09:01 AM   #4770
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I have recently started listening to audio books while exercising. My library recently added Remembrance of Things Past/In Search of Lost Time. So far I am a bit over half way through Swann's Way, into the Swann in Love section.

What I can say about it is that it is great while walking. The words and images evoked are remarkable and the minimal plot means one doesn't miss the thread of the book when one's concentration drifts. The period covered by the book is the era of impressionist painting. The descriptions of French bourgeois attitudes, manners and customs really enhances the enjoyment of the art.

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Old 3rd November 2014, 02:22 PM   #4771
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I've started reading Five Weeks In A Balloon by Jules Verne, but stopped after reading chapter 5. I know that the book is old, so I kept that in mind with regard to the style of writing. Sadly, even that didn't stop me from finding the descriptions of the past expeditions more than a little tedious.

Please, someone tell me that it gets better, because I want to give it an honest try, but the constant interruptions to give a qualification are putting me off.

I realise that I'm not required to read it, but what with it being one of the first real science fiction novels, I don't want to put it aside and know that I've given up on a good novel.

For the moment, I'm going to make a detour, and read The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Not that I hadn't read it before, but this would be the first time I would read it in book-form, instead of audio book.
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Old 3rd November 2014, 02:25 PM   #4772
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Old 4th November 2014, 01:18 PM   #4773
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Just finished _Among the Believers_, intend to read more non-fiction by V. S. Naipul.

The subject of _The Skeleton Crew_ -- amateur internet sleuths who sometimes succeed in solving cold cases -- interests me a lot. If things were a little different, I could see doing that myself. But the book is too disjointed and poorly-written to be much of a pleasure.

Don't they edit books these days? (Lawn, get off, etc.)
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Old 18th November 2014, 02:51 PM   #4774
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_Revival_ Stephen King. IMO, slightly better than the previous one, but all of his stuff in recent memory seems generic, recycled from spare parts. Or maybe he's determined never to go over anybody's head, lest someone feel insulted. If anyone in his books has an original idea, it must get edited out.

Even the details about music aren't really right. Not terribly wrong, just not right:

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...Then realized I could use the same three chords [E, A, and D] to play "Gloria"...and "Louie Louie"...
(Why is this not right? It's a mistake I've heard from other semi-musicians like King. Go listen to "Louie, Louie".)
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Old 18th November 2014, 08:41 PM   #4775
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Even the details about music aren't really right. Not terribly wrong, just not right:



(Why is this not right? It's a mistake I've heard from other semi-musicians like King. Go listen to "Louie, Louie".)
Well, keep in mind that he said he could play it, not that he could play it well.
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Old 19th November 2014, 05:23 AM   #4776
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Well, keep in mind that he said he could play it, not that he could play it well.
A terrible train-wreck would occur if Stephen King sat in with the Kingsmen.

(Setting aside the fact that the recording of Louie Louie is in Ab, a hard key for guitar. Let's imagine they played it in A.)

Kingsmen: A, D, E minor

King: A, D, E (major)

That's a minor V chord in Louie, Louie.

There are only six pitches involved in those three chords. Get one wrong and your performance is -- according to my calculations -- 16.667% wrong. That's very wrong.

It's little details like that that make the difference between someone who really loves music and has a good ear, and someone who just does it for ***** and giggles; or between a novel that speaks with authority and one that just seems churned out.
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Old 19th November 2014, 07:28 AM   #4777
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The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (Oct 13, 2014)

I've read all of Lovecraft's stories, and a good hunk of his poetry, but few of his letters, and no biography books. I am loving this one: it's a beautiful hardback of nearly 1000 pages, covering only about 20 stories, but with a copious amount of background, annotations, and pictures.
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Old 20th November 2014, 12:04 PM   #4778
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Old 20th November 2014, 01:05 PM   #4779
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The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (Oct 13, 2014)

I've read all of Lovecraft's stories, and a good hunk of his poetry, but few of his letters, and no biography books. I am loving this one: it's a beautiful hardback of nearly 1000 pages, covering only about 20 stories, but with a copious amount of background, annotations, and pictures.
I am just right now re-reading "At the Mountains of Madness".
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Old 24th November 2014, 10:52 AM   #4780
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Bn Elton's Time and Again. Good book, excellent research.
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Old 24th November 2014, 10:59 AM   #4781
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Richard Morgan's The Dark Defiles He does grimdark quite amusingly. I strongly recommend starting with The Steel Remains, which is the first book in the trilogy,.

Here's a review of that book, which is pretty accurate (I have posted it here before)

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This is a good book. It may very well be part of a really great series. It's an extreme book, a challenging book in all kinds of ways – themes, content, and style. It reaches the parts most epic fantasies don't reach and many fantasy readers may not want to have reached. Morgan seems to say to them (RULE10) and you've got to greatly admire (RULE10) in doing so. No-one could accuse him of moving into fantasy in order to take the easy commercial path. NO-ONE.
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Old 2nd December 2014, 05:32 AM   #4782
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After the elegant, magisterial disdain of V.S. Naipul (_Beyond Belief_), it comes as a bit of a goof to read _Boston Mob_.

True Crime is often written by hacks. This is hack writing, with that lovely frisson of gangsterese. Sort of like listening to your black sheep uncle -- who's still lucid after three drinks -- who was there in the bar when Frank MacCallen broke the bottle on Wimpie's head, leading to a feud that left dozens dead, if you will.

It's in that sweet spot -- bad writing, but still entertaining.
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Reading a collection of letters and diary notes of a "Danish"* soldier in the Imperial Germany Army during WW1. Apart from a slight bemusement at how efficient the German postal service was running, even during a time of war, it's incredible much detail the letter writer could get away with. Location names as well as local details is mentioned freely. Then again, I'm only up to the summer of 1915, so maybe it'll change along the way.

During the course of the war, the writer, Thyge Thygesen, fought at Nouvron on the Aisne during 1915, and during 1916 he fought at both Verdun and on the Somme. At the latter, he was buried alive when his dugout collapsed. This led to two years of recovery before he was finally released from duty and returned home.

* "Danish" in the sense that he was living in area that had been Danish prior to the war of 1864, and which would return to Denmark following the 1920 plebiscites.
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I'm reading Cornerstone: Raising Rook by KA Krisko, also known as our very own Tiktaalik. If you've ever complained the fantasy genre is too mired in its swords and sorcery tropes, this book is for you. It's really well written, and excellently paced. The main character is initially as ignorant as the reader about what's going on, but you both learn at just the right speed - fast enough avoid frustration, but slow enough not to lose its sense of intrigue.
Just saw this, thanks!
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Just saw this, thanks!
No problem. When's the sequel coming out?
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No problem. When's the sequel coming out?
I'm about two-thirds done with it, but took a little hiatus because I retired, bought a house, moved, and got a new job. I'm beginning to settle down a bit now, and should be back at work wordsmithing. I have an editor lined up and will likely go with the same cover artist (Howard David Johnson) who created the original castle cover. In other words...I don't know, exactly. But I am working on it!
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I'm about two-thirds done with it, but took a little hiatus because I retired, bought a house, moved, and got a new job. I'm beginning to settle down a bit now, and should be back at work wordsmithing. I have an editor lined up and will likely go with the same cover artist (Howard David Johnson) who created the original castle cover. In other words...I don't know, exactly. But I am working on it!
Let me know when it's out. I'm keen to find out where Rook came from, what he actually is and what his motivations are. :-)
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My wife took the lad to the local library and came back with "Killing Patton" off the "most wanted" non-fiction rack.

It is hilariously awful
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My wife took the lad to the local library and came back with "Killing Patton" off the "most wanted" non-fiction rack.

It is hilariously awful
I had to look that one up. At least he didn't blame it on Obama.
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Let me know when it's out. I'm keen to find out where Rook came from, what he actually is and what his motivations are. :-)
Will do. These should, indeed be answered.
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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

Coming from a charismatic, non-denominational, fundamentalist christian background, I keep thinking; 'Man, I am so going to burn in hell".
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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

Coming from a charismatic, non-denominational, fundamentalist christian background, I keep thinking; 'Man, I am so going to burn in hell".
If there was a hell to burn in...
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I've been trying to figure out why A. M. Holmes' writing bothers me so much. After all, she's a better writer by several orders of magnitude than, say, Stephen King. A couple of reviews of _May We Be Forgiven_ have helped me understand.

The best explanation is by John Waters, from this review:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...-homes-review:

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Originally posted by John Waters: If Oprah went insane, this might be her favourite book.
It would be wise for me to simply stop reading -- I'm maybe 80 pages in. These aren't dark truths about the way people live now, that I must be open to. This is just spiritual dry-rot. Whatever my despair amounts to, I'll learn nothing about it by reading more.

I could go on, but won't.
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Calebprime - I see that you've linked to a Guardian review. May I recommend John Crace's "Digested read" column in the gruan? Not, exactly a review, but a digested version of a book in 600 words in the style of the original. Some of them are quite harsh...
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Hah!

Here's his version of Steven Pinker:

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The Sicilian, by Mario Puzo. Not as good as The Godfather, but definitely entertaining.

Also, just finished up the Wayward Pines trilogy (supposed to be a Fox show). Was very good pulp fiction.
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Old 15th December 2014, 07:50 PM   #4797
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I've been trying to figure out why A. M. Holmes' writing bothers me so much. After all, she's a better writer by several orders of magnitude than, say, Stephen King. A couple of reviews of _May We Be Forgiven_ have helped me understand.

The best explanation is by John Waters, from this review:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...-homes-review:



It would be wise for me to simply stop reading -- I'm maybe 80 pages in. These aren't dark truths about the way people live now, that I must be open to. This is just spiritual dry-rot. Whatever my despair amounts to, I'll learn nothing about it by reading more.

I could go on, but won't.
I am not surprised by this. I have read some of Homes's short stories, and thought them enjoyably zany, but I don't think her brand of craziness can hold up for too long at a time. The kind of imagination we see in The Safety of Objects and Music for Torching is good fun but can only go so far. It's been a long time since I read any of her stuff, but it sounds as if she has not quite figured out where to go from where she was.
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One of my readers is reading that one to me at the moment. We are both finding it so very interesting and learning so much we'd never heard of before! She comes once a week for an hour, so it takes a while to complete a book, but it's really such a pleasure to have things read to me that I can't get in a talking book or braille. This one is probably available in TB I suppose, but we discuss it too of course.

I'm browsing a few of these pages because I really need another TB to last me over the next couple of weeks so I'm hoping to find something just right..
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Susan,

I just re-read Jane Austen's Emma, and am now reading Mansfield Park.

The first has always been a favorite; the second is new to me, and very enjoyable.

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