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  1. Season 3 of the real life Succession just got interesting:
  2. 8. The Ruins by Mat Osman Brother of Richard and Bass Player in Suede, I picked this up after hearing Mat interviewed about it on the radio. It’s about two brothers, one extrovert, former rock star who has moved to California and one introvert who has stayed in London and likes building models. I can’t say much more about the plot without giving too much away. I found it a little slow to get in to but glad I persevered. I noticed a reviewer mentioned similarities with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and I can see that - a journey in to the dark side of fame and desire. Previously:
  3. 6. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Recommended by a friend and she knows me well. Think I read it in two days. It’s about group of long-term friends, mainly in couples that go up to a remote Hunting Lodge in Scotland and one of them gets murdered. It’s not the most original whodunnit but the setting (they get snowed in) makes in feel claustrophobic and the characters are well written. I’ll certainly get some of her other books. 7. Die Alone by Simon Kernick. I think I have read most of the books by “Britain’s Harlan Coben” and this is the conclusion to a trilogy featuring two of his main recurring characters - a male and female ex Cop searching for “The Bone Field Killers” after some remains of a long missing girl turn up. You have to suspend disbelief a little bit with his books as there is no way these two characters wouldn’t be in prison by now after their respective journeys in previous books but the characters are very well written and I like the gritty feel as he explores the darker side of the UK. I’ve also read Theory Test for Motorcycles, Riding: The Essential Skills and refreshed myself on the Highway Code as part of my motorbike license but not sure I can count those. Previously
  4. I pretty much followed them round the UK on one of their tours in the late 80’s. Their gigs were chaotic yet also very ritualistic. I can honestly say I haven’t ever seen a band quite like them. Listened to R.E.S. a few times earlier - what a song.
  5. Tim Smith has passed away. I guess not a huge surprise after his illness but still devastating. The Cardiacs were unique. I’ll be putting on “A Little Man....” today in memory. Rest In Peace Tim.
  6. CVP have a couple of good videos up:
  7. Strongest team named again. Lingard not on the bench.
  8. This is the only show where I don’t skip the opening credits so I am listening to the theme 3 or 4 times a night at the moment. I obviously knew that Jesse Armstrong had written Peep Show but I hadn’t been aware until last night that he also wrote what I think is the best episode of Black Mirror, “The Entire History of You”. Talented guy. There was a member of this forum who used to have a signature that said “Watch Breaking Bad, Watch Breaking Bad, Watch Breakining Bad”. Tempted to do the same for this - it’s that good.
  9. I only saw the first two episodes before it was removed from Now TV so great it is back. If it maintains the standard of those first two episodes I’ll be impressed.
  10. Maybe Razor ate him? It has been more emotional than I was expecting, particularly Lee Hendrie opening up about his depression.
  11. That was the one. Don’t know how many times it took me. i thought I was clever by sniping it before the first jump but it resets after a few seconds.
  12. 5. The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben It’s probably worth starting by saying that I am a massive Coben fan. He’s obviously found some success on television recently, first with The Five for Sky and then Safe and The Stranger on Netflix. He has a third series for Netflix, The Woods due next month. The Five and Safe were written especially for television whereas The Stranger and The Woods were based on his books. The Stranger was my least favourite of the three to date, probably as I preferred the book. The first book I read of his was Tell No One back in 2002. I’d never heard of him before but my Mum was an avid reader and thought I’d like it. I read it in pretty much one sitting and over the next month or so read all of his previous books. What I hadn’t realised was that Tell No One was somewhat of a departure for him with all his books up to that point featuring the same character, the marvellously named Myron Bolitar (viewers of The Stranger may have noticed a Bolitar hotel). Myron was an ex basketball star turned Private Investigator and the books generally had a sporting pun as a title - Back Spin, Drop Shot etc. They were entertaining enough but Tell No One was his biggest success to date and since then he has focused on the standalone novels more than Myron (the last Myron novel being Home in 2016). The Boy from the Woods features Myron’s lawyer Hester Crimstein as one of the main characters and is my favourite since Six Years back in 2013. It isn’t quite as twisty as some of his others, with more focus on character development but it’s all the better for that. In fact it’s the first of his standalone books where I really want to see further books with the same character. What was really special recently was my 15 year old daughter loved the two Netflix series and asked if I would get her one of his books to read. Naturally I went with Tell No One - her Gran would have been proud. Previously:
  13. Mercury

    vinyl lovers

    Working from home permanently and having my record player in my office has meant I have been listening to a lot more vinyl. Gradually building up my collection with a focus on The Wedding Present at the moment. A few arrivals from this week.
  14. 4. Blue Moon by Lee Child. I realise these aren’t for everyone but I find them easy to read and comforting in a way. When it came out, I am sure I read reviews that said this was a bit of a departure but it’s actually back to the standard formula - one town, some baddies, a girl etc. There are probably a few more modern elements (hacking, mobile phones) but no major changes plot wise. It’s the most memorable for me since Never Go Back. It’ll be interesting to see if they change much when Lee hands over the reins to his brother for writing duties. Nearly finished The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben which I am racing through. Previously:
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