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Have been meaning to read it for ages, but finally got round to starting Cloud Atlas. It is absolutely fantastic, am about 2/3rds of the way through. Best book I have read in a long time.
 

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Have been meaning to read it for ages, but finally got round to starting Cloud Atlas. It is absolutely fantastic, am about 2/3rds of the way through. Best book I have read in a long time.
I'm a big fan of David Mitchell (the author 🤣), if you're enjoying Cloud Atlas I'd recommend also reading The Thousand Lives Of Jaboc DeZeut and Black Swan Green, both excellent reads.
 

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I'm a big fan of David Mitchell (the author 🤣), if you're enjoying Cloud Atlas I'd recommend also reading The Thousand Lives Of Jaboc DeZeut and Black Swan Green, both excellent reads.
Will do, thanks. Every time I start one of the intertwined stories, I think I'm going to struggle here with the different style of writing, but within a couple of pages, I'm hooked!
 

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Currently re-reading the two Jed Rubenfeld novels about 1910 ish New York. Very good. The interpretation of murder, and the death instinct.
 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25135194-prisoners-of-geography

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

I've only read 2 chapters so far (Russia and China) and what an eye-opener.

It goes through each countries history / wants / needs / borders / topography and much more from a geo-political point. It explores rivalries, potential future flash points, disputed borders, ethnic diversity and movements.

It is one of the most informative books Ive read, and also gives a bit of the non-western propoganda view so that if not exactly empathise with, you can see why from their own point of view Russia went into Ukraine and China covets certain places.
 

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This is my favourite movie ever, but not read any Tom Clancy books yet.
I do like the film but haven't seen it in a few years but I'll watch it again once I've read the book.

I'd highly recommend the book though descriptions are brilliant and highlights some things which aren't in the film.
 

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Has anyone read the game of thrones books?
Just finished the series and the books are normally better....
Haven‘t read a lot of fantasy books.
 

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Has anyone read the game of thrones books?
Just finished the series and the books are normally better....
Haven‘t read a lot of fantasy books.
I've read of all them. They're very good but they are not an easy read, especially if you aren't usually a fantasy reader and George RR Martin has a tendency to go whole chapters without referring to character plots so you often have to remember what's happening in the books. But if you can bare with it they're certainly interesting.
 
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Read The Puppet Show by M W Craven on holiday the other week. https://www.mwcraven.com/book/the-puppet-show-washington-poe-1/ If you're intro your serial killer/will they catch them books then whilst it is nothing new, as kind of what is there new to say, it is very well done. Usual warning as it is a bit gruesome in places and there is a troubling theme that seems to be in every dark drama series on TV nowadays as well, but it did rattle along.
 
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Just started The Mirror and the Light - the final book in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy.

Read the first 2 books over the last month, and can honestly say they are among the best things I've ever read. Absolutely gripping and the prose is a joy to read.
 
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The poison path. Random kindle freebie that is a detective thriller apparently. 30 pages in and it seems OK.

Secondly M05 insurance law. As interesting as it sounds 👌 and purely work related
 
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Still reading The Kingdom of Scotland by Agnes Mure Mackenzie. It has taken me ages to read and to try and understand the 16th, 17th and early 18th Century religious conflicts and upheaval in Scotland...but it explains a lot of the background and huge contradictions in Scottish history - the Stewarts, MQoS, John Knox, King Billy, Glencoe, 1603 and 1707 anyone...phew.

Now in early late-Georgian / Victorian times, and apart from the dying embers of the clearances and the massive social upheaval that that involved; and social and political emancipation - all is relatively calm and straightforward...:)

I was given this book as a present when I was about 13 (by my very intelligent and very well-read aunt and uncle) and I have never previously got past King David I (a very good King - as Sellar and Yateman might have described him :) )

For my next read I will have to pick up something a bit easier that I can read in under a month.
 

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Have pretty much finished Andy Mcnabs books. They are all similar, not intellectually challenging, and can be torn through. Good mindless fun reading.
 

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Have pretty much finished Andy Mcnabs books. They are all similar, not intellectually challenging, and can be torn through. Good mindless fun reading.
Pretty much how I found them and the Chris Ryan books. If you want something similar but usually with a bit of a historical/treasure hunt style try the Scott Mariani series about Ben Hope, former SAS major turned freelance kidnap specialist. A fun read and not to taxing.
 

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Have pretty much finished Andy Mcnabs books. They are all similar, not intellectually challenging, and can be torn through. Good mindless fun reading.
There's certainly a place for this type of novel - at least where I do most of my reading!
Just finished another 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' tome (Girl Who Lived Twice) which is definitely not one for that place!
Started another Bernard Cornwell one..Sword of Kings, latest in 'Last Kingdom' series which I've really enjoyed.
 
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