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post #2311 of 2318
Was hoping to get to 80 but got press ganged into a bulk recruitment program with 120 candidates which in theory had to be to the delegate by the 8th December. I joined on the 10th and have flat out since.When I finish and log off for the day the last thing i want to do is read, after spending the past 9 hours wading through HR reports and rewriting them. For that matter i haven't had a drink in the past ten days and I still reading book number 77 still a third of it to go. Sigh! Been an interesting experience and fun this past year. I think the at times gritty realism of Scandi Noir has converted me, very different in tone and style to US crime fiction. Some very interesting S&M elements in 77. Wish I had read them in trilogy order but I read 2 then 3 and now 1 would have been a richer experience.

I hope to get another book done before the year finishes as I sign off on HR job on Tuesday. Then Xmas preparations, and Xmas Day and Xmas hangovers to get over. So there might be time for another book. Anyway back to the coal mines for another 8 hour shift and on a Sunday FTFAJ.
post #2312 of 2318
Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post

118. War Party We could just leave this a tie y'know...

Sounds like a good idea. I am working my way through a 600-pager called The Bone Clocks. I should make 120 before the year is over.
post #2313 of 2318
Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Then Xmas preparations, and Xmas Day and Xmas hangovers

I am doing those in reverse order but should still reach 120 or 121 before the year is over. nod[1].gif
post #2314 of 2318

Michael Jackson Life of a Ledgend.


Its a bit rubbish really.  Dont know why I bothered.

post #2315 of 2318
List (Click to show)
1. All Tomorrow's Parties
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood

10. The Master and Margherita

11. The Fault in Our Stars

12. Of Mice and Men

13.Fade to Black

14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

15. Watchmen

16. Captains Courageous

17. A Brief History of Time

18. The Trial

19. Wind up Bird Chronicle

20. A Visit from the Goon Squad

21. Neuromancer

22. Count Zero

23. Shadowboxing

24. Hell's Angels

25. Anansi Boys

26. Steelheart

27. A Hero of Our Time

28. Mona Lisa Overdrive

29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor

30. The Last Blues Dance

31. Gularabulu

32. The Glass Canoe

33. The Lies of Locke Lamora

34. Handmaid's Tale

35. Girt

36. Museum of Innocence

37. Neverwhere

38. The Ghost's Child

39. Picnic at Hanging Rock

40. Submarine

41. Name of the Wind

42. Wise Man's Fear

43. A Million Little Pieces

44. The Promise

45. Father's Day

46. Swan Book

47. Red Seas under Red Skies

48. Republic of Thieves

49. Labyrinths

50. Carpentaria

51. Snow

52. Straw Dogs

53. Wrong about Japan

54. Wish

55. Monkey's Grip

56. The Plains

57. Wild Abandon
58. The colourless Tsukuru Tazaki
59. Homage to Catalonia
60. Oliver Twist
61. Trilobites and other stories
62. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
63. Paddle your own Canoe
64. When Gravity Fails
65. Glow
66. Holy Fire
67. The Outsider
68. Taipei
69. Dispatches
70. The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ
71. Leaving the Sea
72. Annihilation
73. Authority
74. Tigerman


74. Tigerman


This is a seriously odd book. On the Island of Manceru, a non-Commissioned Officer from England (Lester) is given what appears to be a relaxed and tranquil posting after a turbulent and difficult time in Afghanistan. His routine is fairly simple, he wakes up, has tea, talks to the islanders, and makes himself useful to the other powers on the Island. There is, it has to be said, a fairly interesting political situation - Britain and France both owned the island, but now no longer do, and a multi-national task force is in control (NatProMan), Lester's job, therefore, is to basically be a Consulate but avoid doing anything that Consuates would normally do.


The narrative kicks into gear about 100 pages in, when Lester's friend Shola is killed. This leads him towards unravelling the mystery and, as usual in books like this, shit hits the fan. Lester is also motivated by a young boy he wishes to adopt, and continues to try and find ways to save and foster this near-orphan.


The book was a fun read, but it seriously dragged towards the end. The opening descriptions of the island and the people were crisp, detailed and vibrant, but the action sequences were sloppy and laboured. A lot of the time I found the author reveling in his own writing and while, at times, I really enjoy this, I felt that it was a bit too self-indulgent and wanky - the forced banter between the brit and the yanks, etc, felt outdated, awkward and churlish, for example.

post #2316 of 2318
I'm still working on a couple too...smile.gif
post #2317 of 2318
Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post

I'm still working on a couple too...smile.gif

menage a trois?

Well I have finished my enslavement to the Dark Lords of HR and am back in saddle and ready to see if I can chase down that 80.
post #2318 of 2318
Clockwise counting 119/50: David Mitchell - The Bone Clocks (2014)

A very unusual and most entertaining read, spanning 60 years from London in the 1980s to a post-apocalypse Ireland in year 2043. This is partly science fiction / fantasy with an epic battle between two groups of immortals and partly a wildly entertaining realistic literary satire. It is 600 pages written in excellent language, often with hilarious wise-cracks and astute observations of human weaknesses. This book never gets boring and while it has some considerable depth it's mainly first-class entertainment. Highly recommended!
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