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I'm similarly struggling with The Swan Book which is just giving me the irrits now. So much so, that I find myself doing my Management Without Authority course reading instead.

I had the same problem with Fathers Day by Tony Birch read the first couple of stories thought they were Ok but just got jack of the same narrative voice, the stories I read were good however the narrative was in this continous Mono FP POV with no variation in the voice so took it back to the library.

3 The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sowall & Per Wahloo don't know why but there is a sudden craze in Nordic Noir and the all of a sudden all the books I want to read I now have to wait for, worse this is book five not book four, merde.

CD LM The Keeper of Lost Causes film is due to open on the 31/7 here in Oz
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Gave up on FD = sad LM

 

 

CD - I got Carpentaria form the library, will applicate in the next few weeks and report back.

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Gave up on FD = sad LM


CD - I got Carpentaria form the library, will applicate in the next few weeks and report back.

You’re a glutton for punishment. I’ve no interest in reading any more of Alexis Wright.
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CD LM The Keeper of Lost Causes film is due to open on the 31/7 here in Oz

Thanks GF. Bad timing, MIFF is about to go gang-busters, and I’m pretty much booked out for films. I’ll have to try and work it in somehow.
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68. The Murderers W.E.B. Griffin 1994

Inspector Wohl and detectives Washington and Payne return for a command performance.

A dirty narcotics cop is killed in his home.

There is a double homicide at a local drinking establishment.

Payne's fiance OD's, but he's got another girlfriend by the end of the book.

Lucky Bastard


EDIT: Attended my first writer's meeting today with a poem that was very well received.
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Thanks GF. Bad timing, MIFF is about to go gang-busters, and I’m pretty much booked out for films. I’ll have to try and work it in somehow.

Also check out A Most Wanted Man PSH last film opens this week will take Mrs GF on Friday night as there is no rugby on the box frown.gif

2 Hundred Days The Campagin That Ended World War 1 by Nick Lloyd and I start reading it on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.
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69. The First Fast Draw Louis L'Amour 1959

Cullen Baker sits out the Civil War in Utah and comes home to Reconstructionist East Texas. He has an extant bad reputation for fighting, killing, and general malfeasance. He holds fights on 3 different fronts and finally decides to return West with the woman he's won.

The reason for his survival is a practiced lightning fast draw of a Colt Dragoon. The first of all gunfighters, hence the name.
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1 The Abominable Man Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
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Klewless title 44/50

A Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas

This is the latest title in the Cyrus Barker series. Barker is a “man of the world” private enquiry agent in olden day London. He traverses the city seeking to solve mysteries presented to him by various parties who engage his services. In this latest tale, his sidekick spends the entire book attempting to evade Scotland Yard while trying to clear Barker’s name when he is banged up for a crime that he did not commit. The historical perspective makes these worth what little time they take to consume. Very beneficial to read in order, and not intellectually difficult, they are good for killing time on vacation or at the beach.


Klewless title 45/50

Darkness First by Joseph Hayman

The McCabe and Savage books are great police procedurals, if not overly formulaic. There is a crime. There is an investigation. There is closure. If you like your cops and robber stories, these are for you. There are no great slights of hand, nor is there any deep, philosophical right vs. wrong questions posed. This is good old fashioned good vs. evil story telling. The series presumes some character familiarity, so probably worth reading these in order, and they are worth reading. Good fast book.


Klewless title 46 /50

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

I will admit that I am a JK Rowling fan. This is her second title featuring PI Cormoran Strike, and it is another winner. Strike is a former UK military officer who after his stint in the sandbox finds himself working as a detective for hire in modern London. This is a bit “fluffy” and not the most difficult to figure out, but enjoyable none the less. It is not necessary to read these in order.


Klewless title 47/50

Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly

This is very much a modern stab at modernizing Aesop. While not directly marketed at children, this would be a good read for the mature pre-teen. The short novella features a young hero leaving his village in order to confront the enemy, all in attempting to seek the cure for the mysterious illness decimating his clan. He is challenged on his quest, both physically and mentally and meets various friends and creatures on his journey. This was a fun afternoon read, and is worth sharing with young people in your life.


Klewless title 48/50

The Flinch Factor by Michael A Kahn

Kahn just started writing the Rachael Gold character again after a 10 year sabbatical. Gold is a St. Louis attorney who is tough on opponents, but enjoys family and friends as well. These are very light hearted, and wildly entertaining. They should be read in order, and are worth looking for. This is a welcome addition to the series, and it is nice to see that Kahn has not lost his storytelling touch.


Klewless title 49/50

The Mourning Sexton by Michael Baron

Michael Baron is the pen name of Michael A Kahn (see above). As I was looking for information on the next book in his Rachael Gold series, I discovered this title that he released under a pen name. This is the story of a grizzled veteran attorney, who goes back to the court room one last time. In tracking the evidence, we are allowed glimpses into the personal history regarding how the lead actors end up leading the lives they do, while collecting clues along the way. The author does an excellent job of character development in this book, and readers would be well served to see them again. This one is worth searching for.


Klewless title 50/50

The Heist by Daniel Silva
The latest Gabriel Allon book. I thoroughly enjoy this series, and highly recommend them to anyone who appreciates serious espionage/thriller storytelling. Silva has broken away from the norm in this title, offering to take Allon on a bit of an “unrelated” assignment. That being said, there is progression in the overarching story, and this propels the characters to where things are going to be headed for the “office”. These should be read in order, and they are well worth the time investment.


Klewless title 51/50

Hounded by David Rosenfelt

This is the latest installment in the Andy Carpenter series. The aw shucks homey defense lawyer finds himself defending a member of the local law police force, when the officer is framed for murder. With the clock ticking, will the defense team be able to arrange the puzzle pieces to figure out whodunit?? This series is always entertaining, and reads like a made for TV movie. Not a bad thing, very low brow entertainment and easy to digest. A good addition to the series, but don’t lose any sleep over passing this one up.


Klewless title 52/50

The 7th Woman by Frederique Molay

I am a huge fan of Eurocrime, and when I read a blurb about this book winning awards on the other side of the pond, I was willing to give it a try. A bit slow off the start, but very engaging after the first few chapters. The book made it very easy to figure out who was committing the crimes, but it was worth continuing to read for sheer entertainment value. This is the first of three in the series, and I can only hope the other 2 titles from the “Paris Murder” series will appear in translation as well. Worth reading.
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1 The Abominable Man Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo

Does that mean you've hit your 50 GF? Well done!
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Klewless title 52/50

Well done. I feel like a positive sluggard in this company. Need to pick up my game a bit.
Edited by California Dreamer - 7/30/14 at 6:51pm
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Does that mean you've hit your 50 GF? Well done!

Thanks CD

Also congrats to klewless for hitting the 50.
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That makes 4.

So far.

Well done, all.

70. Hondo 1953 Louis L'Amour

"Best Western Novel I Have Ever Read"- John Wayne

I agree.
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That makes 4.

So far.

Well done, all.

70. Hondo 1953 Louis L'Amour

"Best Western Novel I Have Ever Read"- John Wayne

I agree.

We studied The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence in a film theory unit for my bachelors degree. Best Western ever filmed aside from the Seven Samurai.
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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

48. Republic of Thieves

 

The final novel in the Gentlemen Bastards series is easily the best of the three. This novel manages to really develop and strengthen characters, giving them a new challenge to grow and develop without becoming obnoxiously dramatic, or 'epic battle of good and evil'.

 

The story is broken in two parts: the first involving the two main characters being hired to make an election more interesting for the pleasure of the Wizards in the world (crafty, devious, bored and arrogant), and follows their attempt to learn and control a petty political election while competing against someone easily their match. The second story is a recollection of their early days, when one of their first assignments was to prove themselves by saving a failing actor's troop. It's a smaller story, there is less at stake, but it was a lot more cosy and comfortable for all that.

 

I often like the tropes of fantasy: the faux-Middle Ages, the esotericism of it all, the humour and formula, but I get tired of epic battles, good/evil conflict, so it was refreshing just to have a story set in a fantastical world, but that mainly focused on a few people struggling.

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