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56 minutes ago, Chris. said:

A good read?

I really enjoyed it. It’s very different from Station Eleven, with a dose of magic realism at times. If you were going to read her new book, Sea of Tranquility, there are some minor links with this book. I think her recent work has had a dreamlike quality in places and it works for me. Compared to some of her contemporaries, she’s an interesting author. 

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I've posted on here previously that I actually preferred The Glass Hotel to Station Eleven. I know I'm in the minority there, but I just thought it was really, really great.

 

(Not that I didn't like Station Eleven - I very much did.)

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The Mercies by Koran Hargrave is in the daily deal today . It’s based on a true event in 17th Century Norway and the subsequent fallout . It gives nothing away as it’s on the back cover to say it’s about a small fishing community where all the men died in a storm and the village was then run and managed by women which went down as well as you might imagine with far reaching consequences.

I very much recommend it.

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On 01/08/2022 at 09:21, Jamie John said:

Flowers for Algernon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Exorcist and The Martian are all books from @Stopharage's list I've read in recent years that I can recommend.

 

Thanks for the recommendation and, as always, to @Stopharage for compiling these really handy lists.

 

I've just bought Flowers For Algernon as it was a lyrical reference in a song on my favourite record of last year. I didn't understand said reference but felt that it was some 19th C poem or some such so it's great to discover the actual origin.

 

I don't read that much fiction but having just read two autobiographies back to back (Simon Reeve's 'Journey To Impossible Places' and Rev Richard Coles' 'Fathomless Riches', both of which I highly recommend) it should make for a pleasing change.

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1 hour ago, Mike S said:

 

Thanks for the recommendation and, as always, to @Stopharage for compiling these really handy lists.

 

I've just bought Flowers For Algernon as it was a lyrical reference in a song on my favourite record of last year. I didn't understand said reference but felt that it was some 19th C poem or some such so it's great to discover the actual origin.

 

I don't read that much fiction but having just read two autobiographies back to back (Simon Reeve's 'Journey To Impossible Places' and Rev Richard Coles' 'Fathomless Riches', both of which I highly recommend) it should make for a pleasing change.

If you haven’t read it already, Step by Step by Simon Reeve is well worth a read too. I was really surprised by his background and upbringing and I think he comes across as a decent and engaging guy. Seems fairly grounded.

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10 minutes ago, Stopharage said:

If you haven’t read it already, Step by Step by Simon Reeve is well worth a read too. I was really surprised by his background and upbringing and I think he comes across as a decent and engaging guy. Seems fairly grounded.

 

 

I read that one a few months ago and, yep, it is a great read. I too was surprised by his background as it was almost the opposite of my assumption of how he got to where he is...

 

 

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7 hours ago, Jonnysaxc said:

This is in my pile now and when I get to it in August 2062 it had better be good! 😀

I’ll be 90 years old by then. I’ll give you your pound back if you don’t like it.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Eversion by Alastair Reynolds is in the daily deal today. Somebody recommended it on here and I read it a month or two back. It’s the story of a group of explorers searching for a mysterious artefact (i don’t want to give anything away but it’s pretty much everything you want from a mind bending sci fi)

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Cheers dude. I haven't read any Reynolds for a good long time (I think the last one I read was House of Suns maybe?) and I need something as a break from my interminable slog through the Malazan series.

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On 23/08/2022 at 07:02, little che said:

Eversion by Alastair Reynolds is in the daily deal today. Somebody recommended it on here and I read it a month or two back. It’s the story of a group of explorers searching for a mysterious artefact (i don’t want to give anything away but it’s pretty much everything you want from a mind bending sci fi)

 

I bought it full price at launch and still haven't read it :)

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lol clicked on Anansi Boys, A Scanner Darkly and Idoru... already got em. The same with the first three in the list so settled for Reaper Man as I keep telling myself I should give Pratchett another go

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I finally got round to reading 'Flowers for Algernon' last week, as recommended by @Stopharageand @Jamie John, and it was a wonderful, heartbreaking, read. Lots and lots to process and think about afterwards.

 

I have decided to read more fiction so next up will be John Darnielle (of the magnificent Mountain Goats)'s  Devil House which is not a Kindle bargain but was recommended by Steve Albini and that is more than enough for me. Also, Darnielle is a hell of a lyricist so I've high hopes.

 

 

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