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mike js



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:56 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Oh, thanks for the link to thread, Himadri. I had managed to miss that. Shall pop over there and take a look.

And thanks, Evie, I'm sure I remember reading one or two SF books as a break from my studies of the classics. Surprised)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I very nearly included PKD's A Scanner Darkly in my list - an important book for me, and one I'd definitely recommend to anyone.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mike js wrote:
I've watched about half of these overall, I suppose, and have generally enjoyed them. Robert Harris was very interesting, and read well from Lucky Jim too. Hooray for Just William.

I cannot quite recall Trinny Woodall's choices, largely because I was somewhat disturbed by her lips - are they real?

Has anyone read any Robert Harris? I'd like to give Enigma a try.

p.s. Will we be trying a 'Life in Books' thread on BigReaders? I think this could be very interesting and fun, though I fear that if I were to contribute there would be nothing surprising to many regulars, in my choices.


This was the only episode I've seen so far. I was really quite impressed, - because my expectations were so low !  Wink  - though Anne is weird. I think her face is so stiff she can't talk properly any more.

Trinny Woodall's lips are not entirely natural but they are not quite so much like a cartoon fish's as they have been at times in the past. Her books were rather fun - her send-up of Barabra Cartland and the fact that she had about 70, all the same plot, on her boarding school shelf as a girl, which she lent out. The Count of Monte Cristo was her main choice.

I have read Robert Harris - Enigma, Fatherland (the best one) and Archangel, but not the ancient Roman ones. My husband started Pompei but gave up pretty soon.

I did feel that both guests, whatever their preferred reading matter, genuinely felt keen about reading and about their choices and liked reading aloud. I love William Brown, so that was a winner with me.


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mike js



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Green Jay. I have ordered a copy of Enigma anyway, so shall give that a go.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike js Wrote:
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Has anyone read any Robert Harris? I'd like to give Enigma a try.
I have read it its really good, interesting characters and an engaging entertaining plot, but if I was to be totally honest with you  I'd recommend Fatherland more, I'd say read that one first it is much better than Enigma, it has more more pace and is one of the best "what if" alternate history stories I have ever read, I'd also recommend his factual book Selling Hitler: The Story of the Hitler Diaries, which also makes for compelling reading - if you are interested in that sort of thing.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Apple! I shall see how I go with Enigma, now that I have ordered it. Will put Fatherland on to-be-read list


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple wrote:
 I'd recommend Fatherland ... one of the best "what if" alternate history stories I have ever read.


Yes, totally agree with that, Apple.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I have a copy of Enigma now, and am already well into it. Perhaps I should have tried Fatherland instead, given your recommendations, but I have an interest in cryptography, Bletchley and especially Alan Turing, so the background of the former novel appealed to me. I shall let you know how it goes when I've finished (probably on my reading blog thing, just to keep it going.)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping to catch up with all the programmes I missed but they had disappeared from our catch-up TV system, except the one I did see. That's probably gone now, too.  Sad


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new series of this starts today. It will be the usual mix of good and bad, but might be worth a look. Chris Hollins' choice of the Shoot Annual will surprise few people who have witnessed his mindless witterings on BBC Breakfast - no, I mustn't criticise, as of course these are supposed to be five books that mean something personal to the subject. He must have read something else since his teens, presumably. I'm quite looking forward to Pam Ayres and Don Warrington on Friday. He's still a dish.



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