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  1. I basically always drink classic daiquiris - as it's my favourite and pretty much impossible to get wrong. But I recently discovered how to make passion fruit daiquiris (dry, not frozen) and it's fucking amazing.
  2. I used to see him around a bit when I was about 14, which would have been around his Arsenal peak. He would say hello and call me "big guy" when we passed each other - always seemed very nice and down to earth.
  3. 10. The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton. Read this after it was mentioned on Rllmuk, and found it fascinating. I am pretty clueless when it comes to this stuff, so while it all seemed to make sense (and I'm clearly not a million miles from the author in terms of political leaning) I had no way of challenging any of the arguments she puts forth. 11. Butcher's Crossing by John Williams. This is by the author of Stoner (which is excellent), but is very different indeed. I thought it was great. At times it reminded me of Cormac McCarthy's border trilogy, though it's not as bleak.
  4. I'll probably watch it, but after the last two seasons and The Bodyguard my expectations are pretty low.
  5. Thanks, was going to buy The Mermaid of Black Conch when I finish my current book. The Adam Kay book, which I assume everyone has read anyway, is great. I saw him do it live as well shortly before Covid hit, which was surprisingly good. (The performance, not the pandemic).
  6. I bought this on your recommendation. About 3/4 through and loving it. So far it's perhaps my favourite book of this year.
  7. Great! Check out her earlier novel, Burnt Shadows. For me not quite as good, but still great.
  8. Home Fire on offer today. Buy it: it's brilliant.
  9. Just to return to the audio narration topic for a moment, I just started listening to Jon Ronson's Lost at Sea, which he does himself - and I think he might be my favourite narrator. I continually find myself laughing out loud at his delivery, which I also found with The Men Who Stare at Goats. I've enjoyed all his books, but - for a reason I can't quite put my finger on - I just find that his delivery on the Audiobooks adds something extra to the overall experience.
  10. I bought Cage of Souls ages back. Despite liking everything I've read by Tchaikovsky I've always ended up choosing something else, but that description does make it sound great.
  11. I was going to mention the Deathgate Cycle, which I loved as a teenager. While I agree that something Dragonlance would be nice to see, for me Planescape is the more interesting setting.
  12. 7. Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut. I loved Breakfast of Champions which I read recently. While this is also enjoyable to read, I don't think it's in the same league. I also got to the end and realised I didn't really understand what it was about. Possibly my fault I guess. 8. Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Previously seen the film but never read the book. I have no interest in baseball, but I loved it. 9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. It's impressive that a book written 60 years ago can still shock, but I found the subject matter and characters so unpleasant that I just di
  13. Yes, I loved Piranesi too. It was the praise for that which alerted me to the existence of Strange & Norrell.
  14. Five year thread bump! Just finished this and had to post to say it's amazing. One of the best things I've seen in ages. I read the book recently and really enjoyed it, but the show is at least as good. Brilliant, brilliant performances - especially Norrell who is just perfect. I'd never heard of the book or show until I stumbled into a thread in the Arts folder on here, so have an upvote Rllmuk.
  15. Have you tried non-fiction? I find it much easier to listen to for some reason.
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