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Mikeharvey



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Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:58 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Just started Chales Chaplin's 'Autobiography' (on Kindle) and Somerset Maugham's 'Of Human Bondage' in a sumptuous Folio Society edition.


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Joe McWilliams



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Location: Canada

PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear. I'm having a hard time finishing anything; people keep handing me books, saying, 'Read this. It's really good!'
So I've set Stevenson aside just now and started The Martian, by Andy Weir. An astronaut (my term) is left behind on Mars, when the scientific crew he's part of is forced to abandon its mission in a hurry in a blinding sandstorm. Evidently this is the story of how he survived. It's been praised (I'm told) for its technical verisimilitude.

It begins thus: "I'm pretty much fucked."

I like it already. But only if he minds his manners from now on.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been reading the Sci-Fi short stories of John Wyndham from his collections 'The Seeds of Time' and 'Consider Her Ways'.  Haven't read any JW for years. They really are very good.  He writes lightly and not over-technically and with a sometimes wry humorous touch in tales like 'Pawley's Peepholes' and 'Dumb Martian' that reminds me of HG Wells.  The long story' Consider Her Ways' is a disturbing picture of a future Earth after all men have died out and there's a matriarchal, class-ridden structure to society.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After having enjoyed "The Pickwick Papers" so much, I've now started on "Oliver Twist."  It seems strange to read in print scenes that I'm so familiar with from countless TV or film versions and endless productions of "Oliver!".


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And there's so much in the original novel that's been omitted from film, TV and musical versions.  Including a rather wet heroine.


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Gul Darr



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Location: King's Lynn

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am now reading The Lay of the Land - the third of Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe novels. Great opening.
Wrong thread!


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somehow we need to unsticky this one, or perhaps make the 2015 and then 2016 ones new stickys.  Is this just the preogative of our leaders? Not that I would know what to do anyway.


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been on holiday but am back now and will see if I can work out how it's done...


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Caro



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, you seem to have managed that, Gareth! Thanks.



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