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little che

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  1. Yeah it's a grim classic all right. I very much enjoyed it but I can't see myself re-reading it as it is emotionally draining.
  2. I’ll be 90 years old by then. I’ll give you your pound back if you don’t like it.
  3. The Mercies by Koran Hargrave is in the daily deal today . It’s based on a true event in 17th Century Norway and the subsequent fallout . It gives nothing away as it’s on the back cover to say it’s about a small fishing community where all the men died in a storm and the village was then run and managed by women which went down as well as you might imagine with far reaching consequences. I very much recommend it.
  4. This is your obligatory Doomsday recommendation.
  5. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin This is getting an awful lot of hype and rave reviews, it’s in 4.4 on goodreads. It’s a novel with gaming at it’s heart and the relationship between two life long friends who make games and fall in and out platonic love together. However, I’m going to have to put this one in a Did not finish pile. Like Ready player one it’s self satisfied nods to real life games is a big grating and I don’t really care about the main characters. It’s become a chore to finish and so it’s going to have to be put on the don’t bother list.
  6. I recently finished Great circle. I wasn't sure going in that it would be my sort of thing as it is described as feminist literature, but it was excellent ... More so the historic parts of it rather than the contemporary sections. I can imagine it would make a cracking film.
  7. The Premonitions bureau, shown above is £1.29 today. I read it earlier in the year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s the true story of the formation of a network of psychics to predict forthcoming disasters. Amongst all the absolute nonsense and people who clearly were making it up were several people who inexplicably were able to predict disasters with uncanny accuracy. Recommended
  8. The Wolf hall trilogy is as good as it gets . I agree that it can take a bit of the book to get the feel of it but I'd implore you to persevere..I was going to describe it as a Tudor game of thrones but it's much more a Tudor sopranos with double crossing and people meeting sticky ends. You'll not regret it
  9. Dreamland by Rosa Rankin Gee is in the daily deal today. It's a dystopian novel set in Margate where the poor and dispossessed are sent when the better off are all moving inland, away from the rapidly rising sea levels. It's worth 99p of anyone's money.
  10. Agreed, it’s excellent. I read it some time ago and until I read your post I had no idea it was Diana’s brother who wrote it.
  11. The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller is a daily deal today . It's absolutely brilliant, there has been some fantastic books in the daily deal recently but this is surely the best .
  12. I read this a few weeks ago. I thought my job was PTSD inducing but my god , I couldn’t do her job for anything . An inspiring and admirable woman.
  13. Yes that's a good point. It is a bit close to the bone and if you told me Priti Patel was currently reading it with a marker pen I wouldn't be surprised.
  14. Some excellent stuff there . Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is wonderful as is Shuggie Bain . Less well known is The Wall by John Lanchester which is an excellent apocalyptic novel set on a sea wall built right around Britain to keep out outsiders and is a great read .
  15. Excellent. She writes such interesting stories and the small ways in which each book carry over to the next are always compelling.
  16. Harlem shuffle is excellent. It's a cracking read and a steal at 99p
  17. Has nobody else read Sea of tranquility by Emily St Mandel (of station eleven fame) yet ? It's such a beautifully written book that has themes of time travel and pandemic living and has a central mystery that since people will probably guess at midway but I have to admit I didn't see it until just before the reveal. Very recommended
  18. I'd rather give myself a ghost pepper enema but thanks for the heads up
  19. The Amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay is excellent. About two cousins who having escaped occupied Europe arrive in America and start a comic book company.
  20. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel. As you'd expect from the author of Station eleven and The Glass hotel , this is a beautifully written and compelling novel about a time anomaly and how it impacts upon people's lives over a five hundred year period. It also connects to her last book the glass hotel , taking a tiny moment in that book and making it the central premise of this. I love her writing and o flew through this in two days. Also, as per the what are you reading now thread ..finished The Book of Sand by Theo Clare (Mo Hayder ) which is thoroughly enjoyable fantasy style novel that reminded me in some way of The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I can say if you're after two new excellent reads that both of the above are well worthy of your time.
  21. Just finished The Book of Sand by Theo Clare. Wandering across a seemingly endless desert , a family search for the thing that will save them whilst having to try to stay alive and avoid being caught out in the open after dark which means certain death. Meanwhile in Washington DC a young girl is being plagued with visions and memories that aren't her own. I really, really enjoyed this . The way the two separate stories intersected genuinely blew me away and even at 600 pages , I was invested the whole way . Absolutely recommended. Theo Clare is the pen name of Mo Hayder who is well known for her many crime novels. She sadly died of motor neurone disease literally after finishing this ( and possibly a sequel) having only been diagnosed last year .
  22. For those few who haven't read it yet, Piranesi is in the daily deal today . As already commented on by everyone, it's fantastic. Also the classic time travel book Kindred by Octavia Butler which is very good.
  23. Cecily by Annie Garthwaite is in the daily deal today. It's the semi fictional story of Cecily Neville who was the wife of the Duke of York in the War of the Roses and the mother of two kings. It was one of my favourite books of last year and anyone who has any interest in historical (semi) fiction will love it.
  24. Two excellent books in todays daily deal. The non fiction book the White ship which is described as a real life game of thrones and is the story of the succession crisis arising from the death of Henry the firsts male heir aboard the white ship . Sounds dull? No, it’s a fantastic page turner chronicling one of the biggest crises in British history. Fiction: the Hearts invisible furies is the story of a young Irish orphan and is journey through life . It’s heart warming and very well written and is worth 99p of anyones money.
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