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Non-fiction?

City and the City certainly has socialist undertones.

Here Pat, what did you make of the City and the City? Really thought it fell off badly towards the end when I read it a while back.


I never finished it...my E-Reader died and I never reloaded it.

Odd as I always finish books. I'll try it again but I didn't find it as captivating as his earlier work.


Thought the entire book was brilliant. Got me into Miéville, then went and read the Bas-Lag triology which, IMO, are the best fantasy books ever written.


Like I said, I'll give it another go.

Currently re-reading the entire Malazan series ( Both authors).

My pic for the second best Fantasy if all time ;)


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Anyone have any recommendations for books with short-stories or books of anecdotes from war? Not after any war in particular - I just like collections of short tales to pick through between books. Something along the lines of "Letters from Vietnam: Voices of War".


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Hey Niegs - keep an eye out for this one - due in July:

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And if you're even just a little bit Irish, you'll want to cash in whatever gift card money you have left from Christmas and purchase this for your coffee table:

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It even has its own website:

http://atlasirishrevolution.ie/


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Reinforce your coffee table first though


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Saw this in a Goodreads review and laughed out loud. Need go no further!

Probably could find use here as well. :)

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I have just read The reason I Jump, by a 13 year old autistic kid.
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For me it was extremely interesting even though I don't know any autistic people, as he tries to explain how he sees and feels things.


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Read that recently. It was definitely a good read and funny, but I didn't quite reach laugh out loud levels.

Just finished reading Barry Unsworth's Sacred Hunger. Absolutely fantastic historical fiction ostensibly about a slaving vessel and its crew. The book is really a lot deeper than the slaving backdrop, and you had a really strong view of how the personalities of the protagonists had a lasting impact throughout the tale.

Only 7 Booker winners left for me to read now. Onto James Kelman next.


Barry Unsworth is brilliant. Ruby in her Navel is another awesome novel set in the Kingdom of Sicily under the Normans.


Didn't have that one in the library, but they did have Morality Play which sounded a bit naff from the blurb, but was also another fantastic bit of historical fiction - a kind of medieval murder mystery set against the backdrop of a set of destitute actors.


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Sometimes you find a book that completely revises your understanding of history. This is such a book:

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I had taken on board the conventional wisdom that the Portuguese were the interlopers in the Indian Ocean in the 16th Century, while the Ottoman Turks were the defenders of the established order. But that is incorrect; both empires were expanding into the same space. Yes, the Turks were Muslims, but what connection did they have with the Indian Ocean before blowing out the Mameluke Caliphs in 1517? I was fascinated to learn that other Muslim powers - not just the Shi'a Empire in Persia, but Yemen, even Basra - would look to the Portuguese for tactical alliances against the Sublime Porte even while the Ottomans were seeking to put together a trans-oceanic coalition stretching from India to Acheh to balance against the Portuguese.

Staying in the Indian Ocean, this book:

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On a similar note really liked The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

Gave a really enlightening introduction to how important trade with the Orient really was to the Roman Empire.


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Stumbled upon this at the library the other day. Wouldn't have picked it by the spine, but was doing some re-arranging and saw the man playing football in what looked like part of an army uniform so explored.

Simply, a minor German aristocrat who was a noted footballer before the war, and with family/fame connections, has been taking it easy for a few years in a role as a Sgt in a French seaside town where local people respect him. On the eve of D-Day he's forced to make a big decision that will affect the rest of his life and those in the town.

The author wrote books that were classified for 'juveniles' from the 40s-70s (maybe longer), and often about history and/or sport. I read that he never claimed to be an author of books for youth and I'd agree with this one. It's a great little story or all ages that I polished in a couple of nights (rare for me). It's got an interesting premise with no fluff and just enough character detail for me to buy into it (could have been stronger) and want to know how the drama played out. Over-all I loved it and thought that it'd make a great movie.

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Listening to Senlin Ascends as an audiobook. Absolutely outstanding. Incredible that it was self-published to begin with, before getting picked up. Seriously talented writer. The book is speculative fiction set in a version of the late 1800s, and written in the style of the age. Best debut I’ve read (listened to) in many many years.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/352 ... in-ascends


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An exceedingly enjoyable SF / fantasy book from the local library. Definitlety recommended.

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I don't know if this would appeal to you lot but I was surprised how much I liked it.

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From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey

Chosen as must-read book of 2018 by the Guardian, i, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and Stylist

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I bought this back in 2013, now inspired to read it as I've forgotten so much.
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I am kind of a book freak and never noticed the existance of this thread, bought this lately :blush:
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I'm currently listening the final book of David Baldacci's Camel Club series.
Gripping, if outrageous stuff :thumbup:


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Recently finished the Broken Earth trilogy, some of the most interesting, thought-provoking books I've read in years. The first in particular is spectacular. The first two have won the last two Hugo awards, and the third is nominated for it this year. It would be a hell of an achievement for her to win three in a row.


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They be of interest to a sci-fi fan, PSROM?


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The writeup says fantasy. Pity. I don't like magic etc.


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They be of interest to a sci-fi fan, PSROM?


Yeah definitely, hard sci-fi would usually be my preferred genre, I've only dabbled in proper fantasy. Although I wouldn't say this trilogy is proper fantasy per se either. Probably speculative fiction or something, but yeah, as a big sci-fi fan, I loved them.


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Educate me please. What is PSPROM?


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Enjoying the Jackson Lamb series of books by Mick Herron.


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Educate me please. What is PSPROM?

PSROM = PourSomeRuggerOnMe. The chap above your post.


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Fangle wrote:
The writeup says fantasy. Pity. I don't like magic etc.


It's not like that. I wouldn't describe it as fantasy though it is in another world sort of. It's quite hard to place. It's certainly not your medieval magic fantasy usual stuff.


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Educate me please. What is PSPROM?

PSROM = PourSomeRuggerOnMe. The chap above your post.

Thanks. I'm a bit slow.


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Tribe by Sebastian Junger.

Not a long book, almost like a journal paper, about why humans band together and the benefits of doing so. Explains about lower mental ill health rates during times of adversity for people all suffering the crisis, the blitz and aftermath of Sep 11 for example.

Some of it was obvious (to me at least) like why soldiers miss the military and combat but if never really thought that there was a kind of victimhood surrounding modern soldiers before.

It's his personal thoughts more than an academic paper so doesn't really provide any counter arguments and I haven't looked into correlation/causation of many of the stats and points but it's thought provoking at the very least.


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PourSomeRuggerOnMe wrote:
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They be of interest to a sci-fi fan, PSROM?


Yeah definitely, hard sci-fi would usually be my preferred genre, I've only dabbled in proper fantasy. Although I wouldn't say this trilogy is proper fantasy per se either. Probably speculative fiction or something, but yeah, as a big sci-fi fan, I loved them.

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It's gone on the list.


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An exceedingly enjoyable SF / fantasy book from the local library. Definitlety recommended.

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Good shout. Half way in and hooked.


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Just finished "The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World" by Simon Winchester.

An engaging and educational read about the largely forgotten heroes who introduced increasingly improved levels of manufacturing precision into the world. Some good storytelling and covers the Watt steam engine through to today's integrated circuits with stops along the road including watches, cars, aircraft and so on.


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Last night I finished The Singapore Grip, the last of J G Farrell's Empire trilogy. It's set just before and up to the Japanese takeover of Singapore during WW2. All three books are very good, taking a snapshot of an imperial community at a time of upheaval. I read The Siege of Krishnapoor over 20 years ago and had forgotten (or maybe had never realised) what a fine comic writer Farrell was until I read Troubles last year.

Such a shame he died just after publishing Grip.


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Last night I finished The Singapore Grip, the last of J G Farrell's Empire trilogy. It's set just before and up to the Japanese takeover of Singapore during WW2. All three books are very good, taking a snapshot of an imperial community at a time of upheaval. I read The Siege of Krishnapoor over 20 years ago and had forgotten (or maybe had never realised) what a fine comic writer Farrell was until I read Troubles last year.

Such a shame he died just after publishing Grip.


Troubles is a fantastic book, wasn't so impressed by Krishnapur. Grip worth reading though?

I quite enjoyed Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson as a decent historical satire (first world war fighter pilots)


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This may be incredibly niche for the Bored's readers, but just finished this and liked it a lot. If you're super keen on American football and are interested in the development of all those fancy plays over time, this is a book for you. It's a history of the men behind the plays, why they put them in place, etc. not a collection of diagrams and how tos (which some people criticise in reviews, thinking it'd help them with their teams).

For me, I love how much innovation in football is (as I see it) backwards from rugby. They fully admit that they all copy each other and try their best to give credit to the originator, and it's often been desperate high school and college coaches who've come up with great and ground-breaking plays. Usually, it was because they didn't have a great assortment of athletes or only had good players in certain positions. It definitely got my creative juices flowing for my rugby coaching practice and reminded me how infrequently people in my community talk shop or share what they know.

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Last night I finished The Singapore Grip, the last of J G Farrell's Empire trilogy. It's set just before and up to the Japanese takeover of Singapore during WW2. All three books are very good, taking a snapshot of an imperial community at a time of upheaval. I read The Siege of Krishnapoor over 20 years ago and had forgotten (or maybe had never realised) what a fine comic writer Farrell was until I read Troubles last year.

Such a shame he died just after publishing Grip.


Troubles is a fantastic book, wasn't so impressed by Krishnapur. Grip worth reading though?

I quite enjoyed Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson as a decent historical satire (first world war fighter pilots)


It's a much more sprawling book than the other two - comes in at approaching 700 pages. There's more expositional history as a backdrop to the main action as well (and a few chapters concentrating on the military conflict which came across as a sort of anti-heroic version of part of the Naked and the Dead - thought that might be just me). It features Brendan Archer from Troubles, and also, funnily enough, General Gordon Bennett.

I enjoyed it but then I thought Siege was excellent


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On Sens recommend I read Who we are and how we go here, by David Reich. Uncovering the past by analysing the genome. It should be required reading for all.


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I think I'll give A House for Mr Biswas a re-read given VS Naipaul's demise over the weekend.


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Anyone read "Life and Fate" by Vasily Grossman?

It is fantastic 20th century epic set in the Soviet Union, based around the Battle of Stalingrad. So much of it seems relevant today :thumbup:


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Dobbin wrote:
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Last night I finished The Singapore Grip, the last of J G Farrell's Empire trilogy. It's set just before and up to the Japanese takeover of Singapore during WW2. All three books are very good, taking a snapshot of an imperial community at a time of upheaval. I read The Siege of Krishnapoor over 20 years ago and had forgotten (or maybe had never realised) what a fine comic writer Farrell was until I read Troubles last year.

Such a shame he died just after publishing Grip.


Troubles is a fantastic book, wasn't so impressed by Krishnapur. Grip worth reading though?

I quite enjoyed Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson as a decent historical satire (first world war fighter pilots)


It's a much more sprawling book than the other two - comes in at approaching 700 pages. There's more expositional history as a backdrop to the main action as well (and a few chapters concentrating on the military conflict which came across as a sort of anti-heroic version of part of the Naked and the Dead - thought that might be just me). It features Brendan Archer from Troubles, and also, funnily enough, General Gordon Bennett.

I enjoyed it but then I thought Siege was excellent


Cheers. I'll add it to my reading list. I did enjoy Siege, but thought Troubles was exceptional.


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Recently finished the Broken Earth trilogy, some of the most interesting, thought-provoking books I've read in years. The first in particular is spectacular. The first two have won the last two Hugo awards, and the third is nominated for it this year. It would be a hell of an achievement for her to win three in a row.


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Author NK Jemisin has scooped her third Hugo award for best science-fiction novel and, in doing so, has become the standard-bearer for a sea change in the genre’s diversity, as women – especially women of colour – swept the boards at last night’s ceremony.

Taking the stage to accept her third win in three years for her novel The Stone Sky, Jemisin told the audience at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California, on Sunday that “this has been a hard year … a hard few years, a hard century,” adding: “For some of us, things have always been hard, and I wrote the Broken Earth trilogy to speak to that struggle, and what it takes to live, let alone thrive, in a world that seems determined to break you.”

In 2016, Jemisin became the first African American to win the best novel category for The Fifth Season, repeating the achievement again in 2017 for its sequel, The Obelisk Gate.


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Anyone read "Life and Fate" by Vasily Grossman?

It is fantastic 20th century epic set in the Soviet Union, based around the Battle of Stalingrad. So much of it seems relevant today :thumbup:


Yes I have, really enjoyed it. Stands up to many of the old Russian classics.


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Anyone read "Life and Fate" by Vasily Grossman?

It is fantastic 20th century epic set in the Soviet Union, based around the Battle of Stalingrad. So much of it seems relevant today :thumbup:


Yes I have, really enjoyed it. Stands up to many of the old Russian classics.


Cracking read.


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I eh em well that is :blush: reading the destroyer series by Taylor Anderson.
Not all that well written but plenty of action.
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