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The new Don Winslow book 'City on Fire' is excellent, the first part of a trilogy set in Providence in the 1980s focusing on the Irish and Italian mobs. Loads of little nods to the Illiad, Achilles, Helen of Troy etc. 

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2 hours ago, NoelM said:

The new Don Winslow book 'City on Fire' is excellent, the first part of a trilogy set in Providence in the 1980s focusing on the Irish and Italian mobs. Loads of little nods to the Illiad, Achilles, Helen of Troy etc. 

I read The Force a couple of years ago, which was phenomenal. Will definitely give this a go at some point. 

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On 01/05/2022 at 15:47, Paul said:

Read Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. It’s a slow burner but decent. A more literary take on post-apocalyptic fiction like The Road by Cormac McCarthy, although a very different book. 
 

Now on the final volume of The Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence, The Girl and the Moon. Also bought two books in actual book form to follow this: the new Phillip Pullman book, The Imagination Chamber, set in the world of His Dark Materials & The Book of Dust; and also Dilla Time by Dan Charnas about the life, work and influence of J Dilla. 
 

I love this time of year when the publishers start to release new books for the summer. 

The Girl & The Moon was brilliant. Great end to the trilogy. Starting the Pullman next. 

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"Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent"

 

Eduardo Galeano

 

Written in the '70s, by a poet, and though he may take some liberties with the facts, it's still an enlightening look at the history of Latin America under European and American political/economic hegemony.

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On 14/05/2022 at 12:25, Paul said:

The Girl & The Moon was brilliant. Great end to the trilogy. Starting the Pullman next. 

Well the Pullman took literally 20 minutes to read and, if it were by anyone else I’d say it was a rip off. However, it’s collectible and beautifully written and so I’m sound with it. Many might not be. 

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2 minutes ago, Captain Willard said:

Finally got round to reading this, the same author as the Wire. Got a 2 hour Eurostar journey in front of me so I’m going to eat this lemon tart then buy a decent red wine and settle down on the train. 

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I’ve read that. It’s very good. 

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"The Gotti Wars"

 

John Gleeson

 

Looks at Gotti's two biggest trials, written by the prosecutor in both.

 

Gives good insight into the Mob, and into the legal strategies he used to put Gotti in jail.

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On 24/05/2022 at 16:00, Captain Willard said:

Finally got round to reading this, the same author as the Wire. Got a 2 hour Eurostar journey in front of me so I’m going to eat this lemon tart then buy a decent red wine and settle down on the train. 

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I want to take the piss and call you a middle class test or something, but that just looks great. 

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Currently on third book of the Mistborn series, or at least of the first three book that form the first trilogy or something. I'm quite enjoying it. It's not as good as Sanderson's other famous books, the Stormlight Archive (book one is unreal) but it's definitely good. 

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Rattling through the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Ryan currently. It’s the character in the film American Assassin. They’re decent thrillers. Think I’m on the fourth one since I last updated where I’m up to with my reading. 

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The Destiny of the Republic

 

Candice Millard

 

An account of the assassination of US President James Garfield.

 

I don't know why I listened to it, as it's a very narrow subject, and Garfield was killed before he could achieve much, so historically it's sort of a dead end.

 

But I enjoyed it none-the-less.

 

Maybe I'm subconsciously getting ready for Trump's re-election.

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They had the author of this Jonathan Freedland on Radio 2 last week talking about this book. I'm looking forward to it. If it's anywhere near as good as The Tattooist of Auschwitz then it will be great. It's about Rudolf Vrba and Fred Wetzler who became the first Jews ever to break out of Auschwitz and tell the world what was happening.

 

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I read the latest Bond book by Michael Morpurgo. It was very dull. Don’t know why I even bought it. 

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On 19/06/2022 at 18:05, Paul said:

Rattling through the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Ryan currently. It’s the character in the film American Assassin. They’re decent thrillers. Think I’m on the fourth one since I last updated where I’m up to with my reading. 

Not bad reads them. Light on detail but decent nonetheless.

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