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  • ingwerfuchs
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    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

    Funny, heartwarming, great snippets from history, adventure, booze and a love story too.

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    Wool

    Amazing book. Exciting concept a bit big brother / hunger games ish

    Struggling on the second book though.

    mcmoonter
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    Gripping read, I won’t spoil the ending for you.

    The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

    Miss it greatly.

    TM

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    Current one, although not got to the end yet – the sleepwalkers.

    Heavy old thing to carry around, though!

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    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.

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    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.

    Ramsey Neil
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    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 .

    jambourgie
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    For some reason I don’t usually read women authors

    😀

    crankboy
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    I just read the hundred year old man it has taken me ages which says more about me and my life than the book I loved it . Unputdownable books for me are either trash Bernard Cornwall or David Gemell or Ian banks .

    Mr Woppit
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    ingwerfuchs – Member
    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

    Funny, heartwarming, great snippets from history, adventure, booze and a love story too.

    This was recommended to me by a friend. Might well be next. Hmmmmm….

    TheBrick
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    Razzle. February 1999.

    Fantombiker
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    A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones

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    Two good uns this year so far.

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    Another vote for anything Cormac McCarthy here
    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 up

    noteeth
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    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.

    Amazing book.

    Now waiting very impatiently for The Crossing trilogy to turn up

    The Crossing is CM at his finest (joint-honours with Suttree), IMO.

    codybrennan
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    IHN’s recommendation of “Lonesome Dove”, +1. Brilliant.

    codybrennan
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    “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”.

    bob_summers
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    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.

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    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.

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    Cryptonomicon. So many great twists in the plot and such density of information. Like Snowcrash turned up to 11.

    jwt
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    Second ‘The Night Circus’.

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