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Post by JGK on Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:11 pm

furriner wrote:Still reading it, Quite amusing.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25492/25492-h/25492-h.htm

Gutenberg has any number of gems.

Surely it's not better than his Police Academy work?

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Post by JGK on Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:12 pm

I've just bought "The subtle art of not giving a f*ck".

Hope to read it over the next week while on holidays.

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Post by taipan on Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:06 am

Sequel/prequel to the best spy book ever written.

https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Spies-John-Carré-ebook/dp/B06XG32NJM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1504861521&sr=1-1&keywords=john+le+carre
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Post by horace on Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:12 am

Fine writer. Duly added to my list.
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Post by taipan on Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:29 am

You might have to reread the Spy that Came in from the Cold first.
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Post by Big Dog on Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:33 am

Always found le Carre to be a bit dry for my taste but i might give it a try.
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Post by taipan on Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:02 pm

I am not a fan of his later stuff but as this explains some of the earlier works it is fascinating.
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Post by furriner on Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:25 pm

taipan wrote:I am not a fan of his later stuff but as this explains some of the earlier works it is fascinating.

It seemed to me that the more he wrote and, presumably, as it got easier for him to write, the quality of his novels declined.
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Post by Red on Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:48 am

The Golden Age (set in Perth in the 1950s during the polio epidemic) for work, and oddly a tome relating to the Moorgate Tube disaster, which is fascinating.
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Post by horace on Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:54 am

taipan wrote:You might have to reread the Spy that Came in from the Cold first.

Wow. the new book goes back that far. Have read it several times but not for ages. Suspect I still have a copy down the beach.
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Post by taipan on Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:58 am

horace wrote:
taipan wrote:You might have to reread the Spy that Came in from the Cold first.

Wow. the new book goes back that far. Have read it several times but not for ages. Suspect I still have a copy down the beach.

Basically it's the backstory of the events leading up, but also references characters from Tinker, Tailor etc.
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Post by horace on Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:34 am

taipan wrote:
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taipan wrote:You might have to reread the Spy that Came in from the Cold first.

Wow. the new book goes back that far. Have read it several times but not for ages. Suspect I still have a copy down the beach.

Basically it's the backstory of the events leading up, but also references characters from Tinker, Tailor etc.

Definitely on the Must Read List and tomorrow am I happen to be meeting someone at my favourite bookshop.
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Post by furriner on Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:00 am

Read The Grade Cricketer.  The sequel isn't available in India yet but I'll pick it up once it gets here,

Pretty good book, but I felt it portrayed Australian grade cricket as a grim, almost joyless landscape for the most part. Perhaps the novel exaggerates the environment of hyper competitive, cliquish misfits who are fast losing any enjoyment they must have once derived from playing the game.

Even if I were good enough to play third or fourth grade, which I'm not and never was, it didn't sound like something I'd want to take on.  English club cricket, briefly contrasted in the novel itself, felt a lot more fun to play.

Perhaps Australian forummers can comment. embee, aren't you an umpire in grade cricket?

Also, folks, I'm not starting on a cricket book reading spree, can someone point me to the relevant thread on FB, apart from this one?
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Post by Red on Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:11 am

Have just finished The Woman in the Window by a debut novelist A.J. Finn. It is a psychological thriller with Hitchcockian overtones and there is virtually a catalogue of noir cinema in parallel to the narrative. It's a bit twisty too but he uses conventional literary tropes well.
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