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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:35 am 
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An incredible thriller.. Gosford Park on acid. You need to read in one or two sittings because otherwise you just won’t follow all the plot twists. Definitely recommend for Agatha Christie fans


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I've been re-reading the Adrian Mole books. So funny.


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Thanks for the recommendations... just read Blood Meridian. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Just finished 'The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year old Man' by Jonas Jonasson. Not as good or as funny as the original, but still well worth a read. Also enjoyed 'The Girl who saved the King of Sweden' by the same author.


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Finished American Gods this morning. Been on my list for a long time (and on my shelf for nearly a year!). It was... ok. I enjoyed it and all, but it was too long, over indulgent at times, and I found the pacing a little off. My favourite bits were probably around the middle, where Gaiman gave the story time to breathe... everything else around it felt a bit rushed and unfocused, IMO. The character of Shadow was also a bit of a non entity too, though I feel that may have been somewhat the point. A strange one, but a weirdly comforting read overall. Might be worth a reread at some time in the future, which is something I rarely do.

I liked the writing enough to give some of Gaiman's other works a go. Suggestions? Other than Sandman which I read in college...

I started this and got as far as the Bilquis chapter.

Holy fück. What have I just read!


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 Post subject: Re: The PR Book Thread
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 12:01 pm 
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what are the best contemporary spy books out there, something like le carré but for our times, not the cold war ?

no grisham or lee child please


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Akkerman wrote:
what are the best contemporary spy books out there, something like le carré but for our times, not the cold war ?

no grisham or lee child please


Le Carré has written contemporary novels - you could try Our Kind of Traitor or A Most Wanted Man


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Sorry, should've specified I read those (everything by Le Carré really) and enjoyed them, looking for something in the same vein


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Ah, fair enough! I love Le Carré’s stuff, must get round to watching the BBC adaptation of the Little Drummer Girl at some point


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 Post subject: Re: The PR Book Thread
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Akkerman wrote:
what are the best contemporary spy books out there, something like le carré but for our times, not the cold war ?

no grisham or lee child please


Have you tried the Slow Horses series by Mick Herron? They are great fun. You’ll find a few fans on here. Actually properly written unlike Lee Child tosh..


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Not yet, but a quick google shows some promise, also a movie with gary oldman in the works. I'll give the first one a go, cheers :thumbup:


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HKCJ wrote:
Akkerman wrote:
what are the best contemporary spy books out there, something like le carré but for our times, not the cold war ?

no grisham or lee child please


Have you tried the Slow Horses series by Mick Herron? They are great fun. You’ll find a few fans on here. Actually properly written unlike Lee Child tosh..

Would have agreed with you before, Lee Child now has an Irish passport because of Brexit.
So he comes under the protection of the swarm, pal.


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Not yet, but a quick google shows some promise, also a movie with gary oldman in the works. I'll give the first one a go, cheers :thumbup:



I didn’t know that. I’m kind of conflicted at that news.. I had always pictured Timothy Spall playing the part of Jackson Lamb (who I assume Oldman will be playing)


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Akkerman wrote:
what are the best contemporary spy books out there, something like le carré but for our times, not the cold war ?

no grisham or lee child please

Tom Marcus' books were interesting. Former MI5, not fictional though.


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I'm normally a Marquez, Murakami kind of guy. Just re-read Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park. A gem.


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OptimisticJock wrote:
Akkerman wrote:
what are the best contemporary spy books out there, something like le carré but for our times, not the cold war ?

no grisham or lee child please

Tom Marcus' books were interesting. Former MI5, not fictional though.

Thanks, will look into it


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