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International book day

Post by voodoo_simon » Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:37 pm

So what have you got in the go at the moment?

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Re: International book day

Post by K1100T » Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:45 pm

I obviously don't hate myself enough, I'm reading Artemis by Andy Weir. The man needs to hire a decent editor...
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Post by PaulB2 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:50 pm

K1100T wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:45 pm
I obviously don't hate myself enough, I'm reading Artemis by Andy Weir. The man needs to hire a decent editor...
Yeah, that book was a bit disappointing

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Re: International book day

Post by In Reverse » Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:55 pm

The Nix, Nathan Hill. Very readable.

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Re: International book day

Post by Dave Barter » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:37 pm

Cult of the Dead Cow by Joseph Menn

A bit niche but I am enjoying it from my early BBS days
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Re: International book day

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:59 pm

Something about the Russian Gulags by some american lady.

S'alright but I only tend to pick it up on the Kindle on flights.

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Re: International book day

Post by faustus » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:25 pm

The Cabin in the Mountains: a Norwegian Odyssey, by Robert Ferguson - It's fairly enjoyable so far.
Also just finished Arto Paasilinna's The Year of the Hare, which I enjoyed quite a lot. Scandi flavours at the moment.

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Re: International book day

Post by rando nomad » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:31 pm

The Big Rounds by David Lintern- trying to get myself set for some fell running in the Lake District this summer (assuming the coronavirus does not wipe us out in the meantime.)

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Re: International book day

Post by restlessshawn » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:38 pm

Erebus, The Story of a Ship - Michael Palin

think that is all I have on the go just now

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Post by jameso » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:40 pm

'Smarter Better Faster' by Charles Duhigg. It's quite good, just interesting behavioural psychology related to habits and work. Good reading for the 2-3hrs train commute 3x a week. Embarrassingly loud title font on the cover though, looks like real middle-manager's fodder :grin:

Carl Sagan's 'The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God' up next. I don't know how far I'll get with it but 'Cosmos' was just brilliant once I got past the early historic astronomy chapters.

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Re: International book day

Post by Landslide » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:43 pm

"Falcon" by Helen Macdonald. I've got "H is for Hawk" to go at once I've finished it.

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Re: International book day

Post by sean_iow » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:49 pm

North by Scott Jurek, an account of his run along the Appalachian Trail. Nearly finished and quite a good read. Not sure it's convinced me to take on a 2189 mile run though :lol:
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Re: International book day

Post by K1100T » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:52 pm

Landslide wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:43 pm
"Falcon" by Helen Macdonald. I've got "H is for Hawk" to go at once I've finished it.
I thought H is for Hawk was absolutely amazing, so well written. On the other hand my wife couldn't finish it.
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Re: International book day

Post by In Reverse » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:24 pm

restlessshawn wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:38 pm
Erebus, The Story of a Ship - Michael Palin

think that is all I have on the go just now
Read that a few weeks ago, enjoyed it a lot.

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Re: International book day

Post by PaulB2 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:26 pm

I’ve got multiple books on the go at the moment:

Just finished Alliance Rising by CJ Cherry, low on action, high on exposition but a nice return to her classic Merchanter universe.

Just started Newton’s Wake by Ken MacLeod, seems quite similar in style to Alastair Reynolds so far, not that that’s a bad thing.

Non fiction wise, reading Dreadnought by Robert Massie about the arms race that brought about the ship, Dreadnought.

Next up for non-fiction is Around Africa on my Bicycle

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Re: International book day

Post by lune ranger » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:33 pm

Wilding by Isabella Tree.
Getting some ideas for when i’ve got more land.

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Re: International book day

Post by faustus » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:39 pm

K1100T wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:52 pm
Landslide wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:43 pm
"Falcon" by Helen Macdonald. I've got "H is for Hawk" to go at once I've finished it.
I thought H is for Hawk was absolutely amazing, so well written. On the other hand my wife couldn't finish it.
Couldn't finish it either, just had too much nature writing for me to enjoy it any more...

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Re: International book day

Post by GregMay » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:02 pm

K1100T wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:45 pm
I obviously don't hate myself enough, I'm reading Artemis by Andy Weir. The man needs to hire a decent editor...
I read it when it came out. It made me sad. Disjointed and illogical in the manner the Martian was not.
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Re: International book day

Post by tobasco » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:23 pm

I tried Artemis because I enjoyed The Martian so much, but just couldn’t get on with It.

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Re: International book day

Post by tobasco » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:43 pm

Fiction - Nexus by Ramez Naam, very good so far
Non fiction - Moneyland by Oliver Bullough, interesting but dry reading

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Re: International book day

Post by whitestone » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:54 pm

rando nomad wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:31 pm
The Big Rounds by David Lintern- trying to get myself set for some fell running in the Lake District this summer (assuming the coronavirus does not wipe us out in the meantime.)
I wonder if that will have the same effect as Richard Askwith's Feet in the Clouds?
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Re: International book day

Post by K1100T » Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:26 pm

whitestone wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:54 pm
rando nomad wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:31 pm
The Big Rounds by David Lintern- trying to get myself set for some fell running in the Lake District this summer (assuming the coronavirus does not wipe us out in the meantime.)
I wonder if that will have the same effect as Richard Askwith's Feet in the Clouds?
I read Feet in the Clouds years ago, instantly made me want to take up fell running. Luckily I came to my senses... 🤣
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Re: International book day

Post by PaulE » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:15 pm

Just starting "Even dogs in the wild" by Ian Rankin - currently reading/re-reading all the Rebus novels and this is number 20.

Recently finished Danny Macaskill's bio, which is a decent read.

Part way through "human universe" by Brian Cox, for some reason I stopped reading it before Christmas and haven't picked it back up yet...

Finally, reading plenty of weighty (and rather boring) literature about T-Levels as I've just sent off an application for my school to be a pilot centre for the engineering T-level.
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Re: International book day

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:32 pm

I always have a few on the go but rarely indulge in fiction. At present I'm on

The last gentleman of the SAS by John Randall. Dee bought it me, 'tis about the first allied soldier into Belsen who happened to be SAS.

Wales through the ages Volume 1. Probably not very interesting to many.

King in the north by Max Adams. Pretty much a history of the Saxon kings and who killed who.

Castle Builders by Malcolm Hislop. The development of fortifications from hill forts to Norman castles.
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Re: International book day

Post by pistonbroke » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:14 pm

A mate used to work at Y Lolfa publishers in Talybont nr Borth so I've got a few gems including Pigs and Ingots, the story of metal mining in mid Wales and Gwyndyr's Last Battle, the battle of Hyddgen moor by Ian Fleming (not that one) both are interesting in their own way. One of the few books I brought to Spain was Mondo Enduro which is the story of a rag-tag group of lads who rode ratty DR350 Suzukis around the world including across the Zilov gap and Road of Bones in Siberia, it was Ewen McGregor's inspiration. They filmed the trip and it was aired many years ago but almost impossible to find now, the soundtrack was obscure rockabilly as far as I remember.

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