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PostSubject: What books do you read?   Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:25 pm

I guess this is the literary area of the forum, so just wondering what books we all like to read? I tend to go for the Stephen King, James Herbert types of stories. Recently read:

'Desperation' by Stephen King.
'The Cell' by Stephen King.
'Portent' by James Herbert.

I'm in the middle of reading 'Strangers' by Dean Koontz.
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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:46 pm

Crime thrillers mostly. Love trying to solve the crime. I like a good autobiography too.  smile
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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:51 pm

One of my favourite authors is Diana Gabaldon.

Her serious of books beginning with 'Outlander' is currently being screened in a TV series.

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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:44 pm

haven't read for ages but I used to be a prolific reader - often religious tomes and history. Am trying to plough through [for the third time] Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux in which he spent three months walking; busing and training around the coast of England and Wales at least. It is set in the 1980 or around the time of the Falkland war - the picture he paints of the British [well at least the coastal British] and their mores and personalities [particularly the board and lodging ladies!] is fascinating - sometimes a world we may hanker on going back to?
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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:46 pm

The Dandy, The Beano, The Eagle, My Little Pony and all good books as those.

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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:52 pm

funny you should say that Gandalph but I am beginning to get a passion for reading Enid Blytons "famous five" but I will go to my favorite library because kindle is the death of libraries and anyhow I fancy the blonde behind the counter!
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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:14 am

I used to be a great fan of Ray Bradbury , Isaac Azimov and John Wyndham but I don't think I've read a fiction in the last 30 years. I seem to be into theories like "The Seven Daughters of Eve", "Holy Blood Holy Grail", "The Jesus Scrolls" as all of these kind of books have that fascinating aspect of life and history. (By the way I want to be an archeologist in my next re-incarnation. I even look at 25 million year old oyster beds here, 250 metres above sea level, and imagine what he was having for breakfast.)

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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:00 am

I used to read a lot more than I do now and on a wider range of subjects. To name but some: Jeffrey Archer political novels, Terry Pratchett books, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (written by Sue Townsend) plus all the mystery/horror ones by the authors mentioned previously. All books were paperbacks bought off the shelf.

When I was a boy, I read all the 'William' books and The Beano. The Eagle was a bit more expensive as I remember, although I did have a friend up the road and I sometimes browsed through his old ones. We still have a copy of The Eagle somewhere around. A memento of Mrs Mart's brother.

I've only recently taken up reading again, mostly on the Kindle. Council cuts are the death of libraries Davo, not the Kindle. Libraries here have loads of users.
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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:06 am

My favourite theme is probably fiction based on historical fact - the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in particular.

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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:00 am

Mrs Mart reads a lot of books like that too Irene. She is quite knowledgeable about English history of that period (or seems to be to me) and can get a bit annoyed if she reckons an author has got their facts wrong. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:01 am

I read a lot....every day in fact.
I like crime thrillers and when I find a good author I read every one of the books in their portfolio.
At present I am reading my way through all the books of James Lee Burke, a superb novelist IMO.
Michael Crichton, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Michael Connelly...I have read their entire output and I have just a couple of James Lee Burke left to read.
I prefer a paperback or hardback book and I get all mine from eBay (good pre-read examples) for a couple of quid each which I then give to the charity shops, I have a very large cardboard box full in my porch waiting to go.
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PostSubject: Re: What books do you read?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:44 am

It am always in awe at the way 26 little squigles (when layed out in the correct sequence) can spread so much information.
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