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  1. I just finished this thanks to it’s non disappearance from prime. It was absorbing from beginning to end and it’s rare that the consequences of an action in the very first episode are still affecting the protagonists of a show at the end of a long run . I think, on reflection they got the ending right .
  2. Glad they got the humour of the situation over .
  3. Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky is 99p today. Quite the forum favourite .
  4. I really enjoyed it. Yes it's been done before and it doesn't reach the heights of Groundhog but the two leads are very entertaining and it was a perfect length .
  5. Later by Stephen King . Undoubtedly influenced by the sixth sense which it has the good grace to reference, this is a very old fashioned King book, which I absolutely mean as a compliment. It’s lean and pared back like Carrie and he’s resisted the urge to turn it into a 600 page opus. An unqualified recommendation.
  6. Set my Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson. In 2035 bots, almost entirely indistinguishable from humans are used to do the jobs that humans don’t want, in the main protagonists case that means being a dentist who in spite of his programming , starts to develop human emotions and goes on the run before he can be incinerated for unbot like behaviour. I really fancied this because of the concept and also because Edgar Wright is developing it , but it was fairly average. The writing style is annoying and it’s hard to root for a character that has no real emotions. It’s worth a read but it certai
  7. Not exactly a personal recommendation because I’ve never actually read it but The Expanse by James SA Corey is on sale for 99p today. I’m not the biggest Sci fi reader by any stretch but I’ve heard great things so I’ve bought it .
  8. Tge long walk was the better book in my opinion although i can see why it might not make the better movie.
  9. Darktown by Thomas Mullen. A fairly standard police procedural novel enlivened by its setting. 1948 Atlanta and the first seven black police officers are hired to bring order to "their" part of town, even whilst not even being allowed in the whites only police precinct and having no power of arrest of white people. Its the first of three books and has enough to make me look forward to the next one.
  10. Doomsday book by Connie Willis is on sale for 99p today. It’s the story of an Oxford university researcher in the near future who travels back in time to document key historical periods. Due to a mistake she is sent to rural Oxfordshire right in the path of the Black Death. I read this 30 years ago in university and reread it last year . The modern sections don’t hold up as well as might but the horror and panic of watching the plague creep closer in the Middle Ages is brilliantly done and it’s well worth 99p.
  11. My switch died yesterday, it’s dead as a doorknob. Luckily my son doesn’t use his and so I’m buying it from him. I assume that a lot of game data will be saved on the micro Sd but Is there a way of transferring game data that was on the console memory to this new console or will I be just left with having to start again on those games ?
  12. The Troy trilogy by David Gemmell. I haven't read any books by Gemmell since Legend decades ago, but I really enjoyed this epic and how he subtly changed some of the established "facts" of the Trojan war. The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale.. The blurb said a mixture of Tom sawyer and a Coen movie and that about nails it. A late western about a boy and his ragtag posses' mission to rescue his kidnapped sister. It is full of smart dialogue and memorable characters ( a gunslinging, philosophical dwarf). Absolutely recommended.
  13. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart . It won the Brooker prize and it’s a fantastically well written book but goodness it’s grim. Shuggie is a young boy trying to protect his mother from the alcoholism that is slowly consuming her. I could only read it a bit at a time because it’s so unrelentingly sad . I loved poor young Shuggie but I’m glad I’ve finished it .
  14. She can’t remember sorry . We are from north Wales do what on earth she was doing there I’ll never know .
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