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Miner Willy

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  1. Miner Willy

    What books did you read in 2019?

    I'm currently reading The Hobbit to my 7 year old daughter. It's really nice to revisit a story I loved as a child with her.
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    11. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I thought this didn't sound like my kind of book and couldn't work out why it was in my library. In reality that proved true to some degree, though I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I thought the central premise of writing a book entirely through letters sent between characters was inspired, and worked far better than I'd have expected. Previously:
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    10. Things Fall Apart. Short but powerful, and at times quite moving, novel set in Nigeria during the period when Europeans started to arrive. Previously:
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    9. The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce Feel like I've read a lot of these 'Trump is a symptom not a cause' type books recently, though I still thought this was a good read. I thought the historical context was interesting, and he does a good job of explaining the US/China trade situation, which I confess wasn't particularly clear to me until now. I've now moved on to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I've no idea how it ended up in my Audible library - doesn't sound like the kind of book I'd go for, but anyway. Previously:
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    8. Roadside Picnic I don't really know what to say about this. I wasn't sure how much I enjoyed the first half, though I could appreciate it, but I much preferred the second half. I feel like it's a book I should read again now that I know where it's going - I'm sure I'd take more from it on a second reading. Previously:
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    I've read that, and some other Sabitini. Been a while, but pretty good stuff as I recall.
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    7. The Stand by Stephen King Oh man, why did I wait so long to read any Stephen King? OK, I know the reason is that I'm a bit of a wuss and was put off by thinking of him as a horror author. As everyone but me knew, The Stand is brilliant, and King is such a good writer. I listened to it on Audible and thought the voice artist did a great job. Now I need to go and read a load more King... Next: The Retreat of Western Liberalism. Recommended by a chap I know. Sounds interesting - plus it's not 48 hours long. Previously:
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    I'll probably finish The Stand tomorrow or the day after. Fuck me it's good. 45 hours has flown by.
  9. Familiar problem - I've always kind of put it down to books being especially subjective, but now that I actually consciously think about that I'm not entirely sure if it's even true. I tend to just keep a long wishlist based on recommendations from books of the year lists and posts on here, but it's fairly hit and miss. I certainly don't have the same hit rate* with books as I do with other forms of entertainment. I agree that Amazon and Goodreads are pretty unreliable, though both have their uses. * I find that hit rate much higher with non-fiction than fiction. This feels completely natural to me, though again, now that I think about it I'm not really sure why.
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    I read The Dry last year and seem to be the only person in the world who thought it was pretty poor.
  11. Miner Willy

    What books did you read in 2019?

    I'm reading this right now, about 40% through. On the fence so far.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Thanks all - appreciated!
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    Nintendo Switch

    I'll take a look, thanks. I think I need to build up her skills before trying something like a 3D Mario though - I downloaded the Captain Toad demo for her yesterday... beyond painful!
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    Nintendo Switch

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a Switch game I can play with my (almost) 7-year old daughter? She's not very familiar with games and not especially well coordinated, so something with relatively simple controls would be good. I'm looking for a co-op game we can work through together. I have Overcooked 2 which is great in lots of ways, but I think something less hectic would be ideal. I also wondered about old school point & click adventure games, but both Thrimbledweed and Grim Fandango look like they are probably a bit mature. Shame Monkey Island isn't on Switch - think that would have been great.
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    6. Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. I was really enthusiastic about this as it sounded right up my street. Sadly, despite many positive aspects - including being clearly brilliantly written - the story failed to move me, and I really struggled to bond with the first half especially. The opening third is also pretty confusing, though I think that's deliberate and serves the narrative on reflection. I certainly wouldn't want to dissuade others from reading it, but I personally ended up a little disappointed. Now on to Roadside Picnic as I haven't touched any sci-fi for a while. Still also working my way through The Stand on Audible - halfway through, and it remains excellent. Previously:
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