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Author Topic: What Are You Reading? (Mk. II)  (Read 92516 times)
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« Reply #1800 on: May 07, 2016, 08:18:07 am »

'Time Stands Still: New Light on Megalithic Science'
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« Reply #1801 on: May 07, 2016, 08:47:58 pm »

I have finished High Rise.  I found, similar to Fred Hoyle's 'The Black Cloud', that this was a book I simply could not put down.  It was dark, it was dystopian, on one level it made no sense, but it was a d*mn-good story (and one which got steadily bleaker and more outlandish).  I'm glad I took the time to read the book before considering buying the film. 
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« Reply #1802 on: May 08, 2016, 07:14:03 am »

Just started "Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World", by Matthew Goodman.
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« Reply #1803 on: May 10, 2016, 08:52:30 am »

'The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes' by Jamyang Norbu for me at the moment.  The story of the two years Holmes spent in Tibet following that business at the Reichenbach Falls.

A jolly good read, incorporating characters of Kipling as well as Conan Doyle, and some interesting twists which I shall not reveal.  But I do wish Sherlockian authors could resist the temptation to have Holmes expostulating 'the game's afoot' or 'elementary, my dear (whoever)' at every opportunity.  Or the trick where he follows some chap's train of thought and supplies a comment at just the right moment (which technique even Conan Doyle got from Poe).
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« Reply #1804 on: May 10, 2016, 09:52:28 pm »

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
Strange but fascinating.
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« Reply #1805 on: May 11, 2016, 05:41:54 pm »

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. 
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« Reply #1806 on: May 14, 2016, 12:09:17 am »

Read Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun, featuring M. Poirot, yesterday. Just wondering, did he ever met Miss Marple in any of his adventures? 
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« Reply #1807 on: May 14, 2016, 04:26:54 am »

Read Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun, featuring M. Poirot, yesterday. Just wondering, did he ever met Miss Marple in any of his adventures? 


Interesting things in relation to your query.
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« Reply #1808 on: May 15, 2016, 01:49:26 pm »

Thank you Colonel. I recently bought a used copy of The Mystery of The Blue Train. Although it was a Poirot mystery, St Mary Mead was briefly mentioned once. Since I knew that's where Miss Marple lived I got to wondering if the two had ever met, even in passing. By the information in the link to which you directed me I see that they did not. 
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« Reply #1809 on: May 25, 2016, 12:34:41 am »

I've just finished reading 'The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet' by Becky Chambers. It was by far the best book I've read this year. I'd say it's like Firefly with aliens and physics. I'd 100% recommend it to anyone into Sci-Fi novels.

Before that I read 'All the Birds in the Sky' by Charlie Jane Anders. Another good book that is a cross between witchery and science. I'd recommend that, too.

I just picked up 'Children of Time' by Adrian Tchaikovsky, I'll let you know what I think when I'm done with it  Grin
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« Reply #1810 on: May 25, 2016, 02:42:41 pm »

Noble, G 2006, Neolithic Scotland: Timber, Stone, Earth and Fire, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

Just got to get stuck into the Scottish research so that I can have something positive to report on the first Friday in June!
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« Reply #1811 on: May 26, 2016, 08:05:50 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
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« Reply #1812 on: May 27, 2016, 11:35:03 am »

World War Z - although heaven only knows why as I hate zombie books and movies!  But I quite like the style it's written in.
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« Reply #1813 on: May 29, 2016, 12:32:25 pm »

I have just finished 'A Tale of Two Cities'.  I put off reading Dickens for many years in favour of other, lesser-known Victorian authors- Collins, Meredith, Trollop et al- and now since March this year have read three of his novels.  This one is about half the length of the other pair I have read- 'The Pickwick Papers' and 'Dombey and Son'- but still quite heavy going.  I'm considering picking up some of his shorter works just as soon as I get the chance.

Right, next up on my slush pile is 'Joseph Gandy- An Architectural Visionary in Georgian England'.   
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« Reply #1814 on: June 18, 2016, 10:36:08 pm »

"Mysteries of the Middle Ages" by Thomas Cahill.
I've never encountered an author so incredibly impressed with himself before. Literally every other page directs readers to seek out his other books. I don't know whether I'm going to make it through or not.
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« Reply #1815 on: June 19, 2016, 08:46:35 am »

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson (a follow on/up to "Notes from a Small Island")
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« Reply #1816 on: June 19, 2016, 10:57:17 am »

"The Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway" by J.I.C. Boyd. 

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« Reply #1817 on: July 01, 2016, 08:10:37 am »

I'm reading Moby Dick using the kindle app on my phone, and despite the difficulty of said format I am rather enjoying it. I studied palaeontology as part of my degree, and I think my vague understanding of comparative anatomy and whale evolution makes reading about the Whalers' perspective/current understanding more interesting, because otherwise those parts might be a little dry. The story is what keeps me reading though of course.
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« Reply #1818 on: July 01, 2016, 06:06:04 pm »

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« Reply #1819 on: July 02, 2016, 04:48:07 pm »

'The Eagle of the Ninth' by Rosemary Sutcliffe; a childhood classic.
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« Reply #1820 on: July 03, 2016, 10:09:15 am »

My current read is a biography of King Edward VII by Keith Middlemass. 
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« Reply #1821 on: July 14, 2016, 09:45:10 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
I'm reading volume two of Le Château des Étoiles, a steampunk graphic novel.

I remain yours,
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« Reply #1822 on: July 14, 2016, 05:07:23 pm »

I've currently got three books 'on the go'.

- "To Say Nothing of the Dog" by Connie Willis (a really excellent piece of work, and my third time reading it- which is saying something as I rarely re-read books). 

- "The London and North Western Railway" by O S Nock.

-"The Ghosts of Karnak" by George Mann.
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« Reply #1823 on: July 16, 2016, 02:24:13 pm »

Just finished Mr Verne's "The Survivors of the Chancellor".
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« Reply #1824 on: July 17, 2016, 05:21:21 pm »

'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern.
This is a truly magical, almost steampunk novel full of beautiful images.  I heartily recommend it. (indeed as it was a re-read I may already have said this before).
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