What was your last Can't Put Down Down Book and why? (don't spoil the ending)
The hundred year old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared by Jonas jonasson
Reason: if I told you it would spoil it but is so madly improbable and pushes coincidence and historical fabrication to heights n normally reserved for Hollywood but in a way that makes it better not turgid.
Closely followed by the unusual (or was it the strange) pilgrimage of Harold fry.
A light read but tinged with a little sadness.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
z1ppy – Member
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)..
Reamde deals with this “not as good as he used to be” issue in a very efficiently self-contained way, you realise halfway through it’s not as good as it used to be. Remember in Snow Crash, there’s a bit where Hiro is escaping from the white supremacists and he just writes “And after that, it’s just a chase scene”? Well, halfway through Reamde, that should have happened, but instead there’s a 300 page chase scene. Not a bad one, but… The start is brilliant, the end isn’t.Posted 4 years agoRamsey NeilMember
Victoria Hislop has written 3 novels , all of which I couldn’t put down and all of them educated me about things I knew little about . The Spanish Civil War , Leprosy and the Greek Turkish clashes after WW1 .
For some reason I don’t usually read women authors but my wife got me into these books .Posted 4 years agoiain1775Subscriber
Another vote for anything Cormac McCarthy herePosted 4 years ago
After the thread the other week I picked up The Road for 99p on ebay
Read it in 2 days which is very unusual for me, awesome book
Soon as I finished I ran to the library to find they didnt have any of his in stock
Straight back on ebay, got No Country for old men, read that in 2 days as well, then the next day watched the DVD’s of both the Road and NCFOM
Now waiting very impatiently for The Crossing trilogy to turn upnoteethMember
After many years of vowing to do it, I finally got around to reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace – and the journey of unlikely hero Pierre had me utterly transfixed.
Now waiting very impatiently for The Crossing trilogy to turn up
The Crossing is CM at his finest (joint-honours with Suttree), IMO.Posted 4 years agobob_summersMember
Just finished Simon Winchester’s book about (founder of geology) William Smith. Loved it, surprisingly, as I didn’t know I was interested in geology.
Magnus Mills novels take me a couple of days to get through and I often re-read them.
CaptainFlashheart – Member
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!
Snap! Amazing book and the first one I bought my weean who is too young to do anything but hit it. Can’t wait til he’s asking me to read it to him.Posted 4 years ago
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