What was your last Can't Put Down Down Book and why? (don't spoil the ending)
Krakatoa, The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester.
Sadly, I can’t really avoid giving away what happens (The ship hits an iceberg, basically), but as a book it is written with an astonishing pace. Combines real life stories of the time with the science of it all, the history, the geology, geography, etc, etc, etc. Fascinating book.Posted 4 years agobanksMember
Got a bit naff towards the end but i read 3/4 in 1 day.Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
A heart-warming story of how a man born with hideous physical deformity manages to overcome the cruel hand that life had dealt him, turn it to his advantage, and use it to bring joy and laughter into the lives of others
Its inspiring, almost life-affirming, stuff. I cried at the end….
Posted 4 years ago
Life Of Pi was the last really amazing book I read. It’s old now I know, but I got to the party late.
Why is it amazing? Because it’s a spellbinding allegory of religion/belief that you can read in a day without looking up. And then turn back to the front page with a big grin of your face and start over.Posted 4 years agoklumpyMember
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, by Julian Jaynes.
There’s the controversial theory of the ancient precursor to consciousness which is enthralling, and also loads of fascinating detail about the really weird stuff ancient people got up to.
(Really weird stuff.)Posted 4 years agojohnnersMember
johnners – have you read the others in the series
Thanks IHN, but yes! Loved Lonesome Dove so much I tracked down the others soon after, one came s/h via Amazon from the US so I guess they didn’t sell so well over here. You’re right that they’re not as good as LD, but they’re still pretty good reads.Posted 4 years agoslowjoMember
The Hydrogen Sonata Iain M Banks
Couldn’t put it down for a variety of reasons. I really enjoy his Culture stuff. It is the only one I haven’t read. There won’t be any more.
I really wanted to read it quickly so I could immerse myself in it completely but at the same time I didn’t want to read it too quickly as there will be no more.
I succumbed, so I will simply read it again at a more leisurely pace.Posted 4 years agowordnumbMember
Picked up Banks’ Hydrogen Sonata at the library yesterday, seems a relaxing read as I was able to get through the first couple of chapters whilst in the library rocking my sleeping nephew in his buggy. Only went in there to hide from some rain. Banks’ Algebraist is also good, sci-fi speaking, and is a stand-alone story rather than part of a series (well the Culture novels aren’t a series as such, but anyway).
every time I go into a book shop out of habit I check to see if theres a new Ian M Banks book, then I get a bit sad.
There was all that fuss in the media / booktrade about the fact his final book was about cancer, I prefer the fact that his final sci-fi book seems to be predominantly about the act of Subliming, which seems more appropriate.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Now for Little Miss CFH, it’s this master work
Apart from one ghastly Americanism (Fall, as opposed to Autumn), it’s an utter joy to read with her. Which is just as well, as she really rather likes both reading it herself, and having it read to her, at least three times an hour! 😀Posted 4 years agoMr WoppitMember
Brain-bursting focus on three stories at once. Card/letter/map inserts, commentary about the book and their own affair between two borrowers in the “handwritten” page notes, and the story itself which also works in more than one layer. Getting near the end with, as yet, no idea of what the conclusion might be. If any…
Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
I really like Stevenson, only got a couple more of his to read but am always scared they won’t be as good as the others (which has happened)..
Can we change the OP title to “books I’m enjoying so much I wish they wouldn’t end”. Just finished John Scalzi’s very funny red shirts (well the 1st part is funny, the other 2 are interesting) & agent to the stars, that could have just gone on and on for me.Posted 4 years agoroggMember
aP said ‘Ian Tregillis’ Milkweed Tryptich series’
Finished this tale of Nazi superheroes .v. British warlocks a couple of months back. The trilogy does have some issues (the odd jarring Americanism or anachronism considering much of it is set in WW2 London), but it is a cracking story, and could make an excellent film series in the right hands.Posted 4 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Klondike Fever by Pierre Burton.
I was lucky enough to take a 10 day vacation basically retracing the route of the 1898 stampede to the Klondike. It is nothing short of madness what folk endured just to get to a frozen mining town where at the lowest point, people had buckets of gold but no food to spend it on.
Even today, if you head up that way you can see relics of that four year period lying about the place. Just gutted I never actually made it as far as Dawson City, stopped short at Whitehorse.
Apparently the book is only 60-70% ‘true’, but I think its the most readable account of the period, great blend recent history and adventure.Posted 4 years ago
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