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(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8761

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock. I chose it because it was nominated for the 2013 Philip Dick award, and so far is the best book I have read in months.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8762

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

Oranges are not the Only Fruit. Nearly finished. Underwhelmed. What am I missing?


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8763

KB - Lang may yer arse jiggle!

"The signs and wonders that the unbeliever might never understand", probably. smiley - winkeye


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8764

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

smiley - cheers


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8765

You can call me TC

The Circle. (Dave Eggers) Have I already mentioned it already? Am further into it, but it is very contrived still. The premise is unsettling. Apparently, there is even a book about all the things he has thought up for it.

It is about a girl who goes to work for a huge internet company which practically runs everything about people's lives. The first thing she has to do when she arrives is to upload the entire contents of her phone and laptop into the cloud. The aim of the company is to make the entire world's population transparent and for no one to have any secrets. This will ostensibly eradicate crime, hunger, fear, poverty, war and heaven knows what else. The whole company seems to be utterly convinced that what they are doing is all good. At first she is uneasy, then the doctrines seem to change her. I'm carrying on reading just to find out where it's all leading, but the style isn't really smooth.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8766

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

Herr der Diebe by Cornelia Funke. I loved the Tintenherz trilogy, and i love the film of this so I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in to it.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8767

Cheerful Dragon

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers, a Lord Peter Wimsey story.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8768

ITIWBS

I'm currently reading "The Lords of the Housetops", Thirteen Cat Tales, by Carl Van Vechten, an anthology including stories by Honore Balzac, Algernon Blackwood, Samuel Clemens, Edgar Allen Poe, Booth Tarkington, among others.

It can be downloaded free at Project Gutenberg.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8769

Cheerful Dragon

Just finished An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris which was a Christmas present from hubby. Currently reading Courtiers by Lucy Worsley, among other books.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8770

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

I gave the Officer & a Gentleman book to my smiley - chef - was it good?

I'm reading Pratchett's Raising Steam which I got for Christmas and have just finished Mercury Rests (I think) which I read on my Kindle -but I wish I had that series in printed form.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8771

Cheerful Dragon

Yes, An Officer and a Spy is good - IMO. I've read a lot by Robert Harris over the years. (I'm particularly looking forward to the last of his Cicero trilogy.) The story is a fictionalized account of the Dreyfus scandal, so in a way I knew how it would end. I still found myself disliking the officers who ganged up against the man trying to prove Dreyfus innocent, though. Some aspects of the story were eye-openers. I had no idea that the 19th century French were so anti-Semitic, for example, almost as bad as the Nazis 30-40 years later.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8772

You can call me TC

In Post 8724 and 8726 I raved about it, too.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8773

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

smiley - ok

and the Mercury book I read was Revolts, which is the last of 4


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Post 8774

Cheerful Dragon

I'm currently reading The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry. It mentioned something I saw years ago that I didn't realise was written by Fry as well as performed by him - a monologue parody of Dracula. I was delighted to find it on YouTube. It's Cambridge Footlights Revue 2/5, if anybody wants to check it out. Pure genius!smiley - biggrin


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8775

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

re-reading (my bad) Rivers of London by Ben Aaranovitch. And The Buddah of Suburbia.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8776

Pastey

Just finished Outsourcerers Apprentice by Tom Holt, and can't say I was overly impressed. Reminded me just a little too much of Snow White and the Seven Samurai, which I also didn't really like.

I'm now reading Doughnut, also by Tom Holt, and am thinking this should have been read first. It so far seems to be a stand-alone book, so that's okay, and it so far seems to be much better.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8777

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

I've been ill in bed with flu-turned-to-chest-infection, so was glad to have whole series of Camilla Flack's Swedish mysteries. I started with the first, Ice Princess


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