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On 05/02/2022 at 13:11, Ste Pickford said:

 

Ah, cheers.  Not heard of that one, so it didn't mean anything to me.  I think I've already read both the Spike Milligan and the William Gibson books, but quite a while ago.


Funnily enough it looks like Netflix have just made a series out of Delvey’s story, I saw it on the splash screen today…here’s the trailer:

 

 

I guess that’s why the book was on sale. The series looks odd but I think I’ll watch it as it’s such a fascinatingly trashy story…and the Delvey accent is dot on.

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43 minutes ago, Ste Pickford said:

I just watched the trailer this morning.  My missus listened to a podcast about this a few months back, and I remember telling me about the story then.


That might be the BBB Sounds one, it’s excellently done, well worth a listen.

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is on sale at the moment as a tie-in with the TV show. It's about a writer who is murdered, his editor thinks the explanation might be in the pages of his new book - unfortunately the last chapter of his new book has gone missing. 

 

I thought this was really clever. It's quite meta in that we get the full book the victim has written, which is in itself an excellent Poirot-esq mystery. Then it switches back to 'reality' and the editor trying to solve the crime. 

 

Recommended for any mystery fans. The TV show is really good too.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magpie-Murders-bestseller-thriller-fiendish-ebook/dp/B01EG5HLR4/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2HMSI3IXUMRT1&keywords=magpie+murders&qid=1645883222&sprefix=magpie%2Caps%2C82&sr=8-2

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For the fantasy fans out there, the first Black Company omnibus collecting the first books in Glen Cook's series (cited by Steven Erikson and others as a influence) is going for  a mere £2.99 (apparently the Kindle edition may have been a quick OCR job with punctuation errors all over the shop so caveat emptor).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chronicles-Black-Company-Shadows-Linger/dp/0575084170

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Careful, I've found that the quality of these free e-Book collections of out of copyright stuff on Amazon have gone downhill hugely in the last 10 years. There's basically no-one policing them (and no legal framework to do so), and an obvious incentive from companies like Penguin Classics and Collins to deliberately pee in the pool. I downloaded a few a year or so back that were a real mess, full of OCR errors, large sections missing, etc.

 

A better bet is finding ones from Gutenberg or ones curated by the community, and sticking them on your Kindle via USB.

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Daisy Jones and The Six is 99p today. 
 

I enjoyed this. Tale of a rock band who achieve rapid success who then join up with an engaging and mesmeric muse. Trials and tribulations of their rise and all the debauchery you’d expect from it. 
 

I’m a bit of a sucker for Almost Famous, so it resonated with me. 

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11 minutes ago, Sane said:

Anyone read 1Q84? Reviews seem mixed, some people love it some hate it, not much in between. 

 

If you like Murakami, you’ll like it.

 

If you find him to be a weird twat, it won’t change your mind. I’m very much in this camp.

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23 hours ago, Miner Willy said:

Which six, @Stopharage?

 

Big recommendation on Senlin Ascends from me - I loved it. The other books in the series also good, but the first was the best. 

 

23 hours ago, Stopharage said:

The Troubles book is of interest as I recently read Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe, which helped to stem my ignorance on the topic. Heartily recommended. Enjoy Murakami, can be hit and miss but always quite interesting. Claire North is a great ideas writer, even if the delivery can be pretty flawed. VanderMeer is similar to North in that respect. 

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I'm a big Vandermeer fan but I found Hummingbird Salamander a bit disappointing. I'd recommend most of his other books over that one. 

 

Edit: I bought notes from the burning age. Missed the sale on 1Q84 though. 

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3 hours ago, Stopharage said:

 

The Troubles book is of interest as I recently read Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe, which helped to stem my ignorance on the topic. Heartily recommended. Enjoy Murakami, can be hit and miss but always quite interesting. Claire North is a great ideas writer, even if the delivery can be pretty flawed. VanderMeer is similar to North in that respect. 

 

Thanks. I bought Lonely Castle and Notes from a Burning Age too, and was considering the Troubles one for the same reason. 

 

Bought The Future We Choose as well now..

 

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