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7 hours ago, Babb'sBurstNad said:

After numerous recommendations down the years, I'm finally giving Stephen King's Dark Tower series a go. Early impressions of The Gunslinger are mixed. Just not sure fantasy really clicks for me.

Not the greatest start to a series almost like he decided to create a series of books after he’d finished writing it as to me it doesn’t seem to fit in with rest more like one of his gunslinger short stories. Anyway the next The Drawing of the Three is excellent. A book I’ll read on it’s own.

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8 hours ago, Babb'sBurstNad said:

After numerous recommendations down the years, I'm finally giving Stephen King's Dark Tower series a go. Early impressions of The Gunslinger are mixed. Just not sure fantasy really clicks for me.

It’s easily the worst of the series. By a mile, actually. 

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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (she wrote Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell). It's hard to categorise this: a surreal fantasy detective novel? The more you read, the more intriguing the story becomes and the ultimate reveal is satisfying. I will definitely read this again so recommend it wholeheartedly.

 

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries number 6). I thought there were only 5 books in this series so discovering this was a real pleasure. This returns to novella length and is more of a straightforward whodunnit and howdunnit. If you've enjoyed the previous books then this won't disappoint.

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8 hours ago, Paul said:

It’s easily the worst of the series. By a mile, actually. 

I've started The Gunslinger 3 times, Once as a book and twice as an audiobook and I gave up each time - could it be skipped?

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1 hour ago, NoelM said:

I've started The Gunslinger 3 times, Once as a book and twice as an audiobook and I gave up each time - could it be skipped?

I would say yes as it has very little relevance to the series, although I enjoyed it  it’s quite short so easy to get through. Google lobsterite and Roland. 

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1 hour ago, NoelM said:

I've started The Gunslinger 3 times, Once as a book and twice as an audiobook and I gave up each time - could it be skipped?

Actually thinking about it I’m sure there is a brief synopsis of The Gunslinger in the second book The Drawing of the Three which may well save you struggling through it if you are not enjoying it. 

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This Fragile Earth by Susannah Wise. Late 21st century - all utilities stop working and the AIs that run things become erratic. A mother and young child try to survive. Not great to be honest. All just a bit dull. 
 

Wherever Seeds May Fall - Peter Cawdron. A first contact story about an alien object heading for earth and how the world prepares. Really good. 
 

Now on the new Ballard/Bosch novel from

Michael Connelly, The Dark Hours. Set post George Floyd and Covid with Bosch ever older and more peripheral it seems. Can’t be long until he kills him off now. 

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Mick Herron has just released a collection of short stories, Dolphin Junction, which contains a Jackson Lamb story. 

Apple + has been making a series of Slow Horses which has been in production for 2 years but still no sign of a release date. Gary Oldman plays Jackson Lamb.

 

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1 hour ago, Paul said:

This Fragile Earth by Susannah Wise. Late 21st century - all utilities stop working and the AIs that run things become erratic. A mother and young child try to survive. Not great to be honest. All just a bit dull. 
 

Wherever Seeds May Fall - Peter Cawdron. A first contact story about an alien object heading for earth and how the world prepares. Really good. 
 

Now on the new Ballard/Bosch novel from

Michael Connelly, The Dark Hours. Set post George Floyd and Covid with Bosch ever older and more peripheral it seems. Can’t be long until he kills him off now. 

I loved the new Connelly book, Bosch still has teeth in it but it's Ballards show now. I think she's an interesting character and could see her teaming up with Boschs daughter eventually.

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16 hours ago, Rico1304 said:

I gave up on the series set in Japan. Just dragged on and on.  Didn’t even finish the trilogy never mind all 5. 

Same. 

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On 31/10/2021 at 12:29, Edward. said:

I thought there was more than three. I really enjoyed them too. 

And you would be correct. Just dug them out there are 5.

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On 15/11/2021 at 15:05, NoelM said:

I loved the new Connelly book, Bosch still has teeth in it but it's Ballards show now. I think she's an interesting character and could see her teaming up with Boschs daughter eventually.

Just finished it. Think it’s easily the best Ballard book to date and she’s really coming into her own now. Loved the ending. Tantalising! Like that Bosch still seems relevant too. 

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Been trying to read Dom Joly’s Hezbollah Hiking Club for the last 6 months and after 33 pages ive had to knock it on the head. I usually like his stuff but this is so boring and I’m falling asleep after 2 pages.

 

Sick to death of reading about his boring mates and what they’ve had to eat that day. He’s tried to jazz them up by saying one of them’s this crazy fella whose wearing brogues and blazers for a hike across Lebanon but I’m getting the feeling he’s made this up. 
 

Got David Niven’s The moons a balloon and Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky on standby so hopefully a bit of entertainment awaits. 

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Wherever Seeds May Fall is good, and in the dedication at the back I found out one of the main characters is based on a scientist I follow on Twitter which was nice. 
 

Muderbot 6 is good

 

Just starting Piranesi. 

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"The Afghanistan Papers”

 

Craig Whitlock

 

An excellent history of the USA in Afghanistan. It's short, well-written, and based on a lot of source material. Very good history.

 

It doesn't predict the clusterfuck of this past summer, but it definitely explains it.

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On 27/11/2021 at 09:46, Rico1304 said:

Wherever Seeds May Fall is good, and in the dedication at the back I found out one of the main characters is based on a scientist I follow on Twitter which was nice. 
 

Muderbot 6 is good

 

Just starting Piranesi. 

Gonna start that later.

 

Only just finished Billy Summers, good but a bit too long for me.

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Finished Moths by Jane Hennigan about a future 21st century Britain after a toxin wipes out most men and leaves the ones remaining tightly controlled by the resultant matriarchal society. It’s really good and there’s a sequel in the works. 

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Bump.

Jonathan Franzen: Crossroads.

A decent effort worthy of your time, but to me, somehow the least intriguing of all his big novels.

Apparently, it is going to be a trilogy.

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On 18/11/2021 at 18:39, Paul said:

Just finished it. Think it’s easily the best Ballard book to date and she’s really coming into her own now. Loved the ending. Tantalising! Like that Bosch still seems relevant too. 

The most interesting part was the impact of the George Floyd riots and attitudes on police procedural characters.

 

Other than that, as always, very well paced and expertly written in all other genre aspects. A touch of Death Wish films.

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2 hours ago, SasaS said:

The most interesting part was the impact of the George Floyd riots and attitudes on police procedural characters.

 

Other than that, as always, very well paced and expertly written in all other genre aspects. A touch of Death Wish films.

Agreed. 

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