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    What's wrong with the public library?

    I can't really blame lack of access since my local library is open until 8 pm two evenings a week. What happened with me is that I lost my library card about four years ago and I've never been bothered to go and get it replaced. If I did have a card I would probably me more inclined to drop in...
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    Ian Rankin

    Dead Souls I've just finished the tenth in the Rebus series, Dead Souls. Generally speaking this appears to be a series that gets better as it goes on. I'll even forgive Rankin for using that rather old fashioned plot technique in which a series of supposedly separate cases end up being...
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    help need new crime author

    I read one of those - can't remember which, some of the titles are very similar - but it didn't really spark my interest. Further proof I suppose that, even within a genre, different people go for different things.
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    help need new crime author

    Dogs of Riga I really enjoyed the second in the series of Wallander novels, set in Latvia in the dying days of the Soviet block, it's crime novel meets political thriller. Just to demonstrate that different people like different things, it generally gets slated in the reviews at Amazon.co.uk...
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    Jasper Fforde

    In this interview Fforde talks about working on another Thursday Next novel. So there must be a fourth in the series. This is good news. I've only read The Eyre Affair so far, but really enjoyed it and am very much looking forward to continuing the series. I don't normally go for this sort of...
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    help need new crime author

    Henning Mankell I've finally got around to starting "Faceless Killers", the first of the Wallender novels mentioned above. I'm nearly half way through and really liking it. It also makes a pleasant change to be reading a novel that isn't either set in London, Ireland or the US! Not that...
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    Support Oneword

    Some of you may be aware of the UK book-based radio station, Oneword. I know murphyz is because he is a registered user of their forums. You can find out more and listen in at http://www.oneword.co.uk Sadly the station, only available on DAB and satellite, is struggling financially. Why...
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    Maggie O'Farrell

    Thanks to murphyz I have now read, "My Lover's Lover". Unlike him I wasn't driven to abandon it. Though it is nowhere near as strong as "After You'd Gone", that was such a strong debut that it was always going to be tough to follow. I'm in two minds. What I didn't like about it: * The...
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    Books on BBC Radio 4

    I was thinking more in terms of Radio 4 and BBC7. Its worth paying the licence fee for these stations alone. If the BBC were only funded by voluntary subscription then subscribing to these channels would probably cost more than the current licence fee. Sadly, I can't see the licence fee being...
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    Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone

    If you mean best sellers with no pretention to literary greatness but a tendency to appeal to educated readers, try Robert Goddard. I've been impressed by his thrillers. "In Pale Battalions" is probably my favourite. That's one of his earlier ones. He gets even more populist with time, perhaps...
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    Books on BBC Radio 4

    Yes, we sometimes fail to recognise how lucky we are in the UK. You can share our luck by listening online through the radio player on the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio
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    Currently Reading

    I see a lot of people on the train reading this or one of its sequels. I believe there is a series? Leaving aside wizards and hobbits, these books seem to represent the sort of publishing phenomenon last seen with Captain Corelli and his stringed instrument. Something else for the must try list...
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    Richard North Patterson

    I've just finished Richard North Patterson's "Protect and Defend", which focuses on the bitter political divide in the US over abortion. The central characters are a fictional Democrat President, Kerry Kilcannon, his choice for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Caroline Masters, moderate...
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    New Books

    "The Star of the Sea" seems a popular choice. It is being well-promoted on internet bookstores. Has anyone read it yet? Does it live up to the hype?
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    What fiction book do you keep reading over and over?

    No, but I'll make a note. Love the quote in your signature peidro. I've heard it before, but its a good'un.
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    Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone

    Hope I wasn't too discouraging. As I said, definitely worth reading once, though in my view Conan Doyle took detective literature to another level with Sherlock Holmes a few decades later.
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    Alison Weir's latest is now out in paperback in the UK. It's about Mary Queen of Scots and the murder of Lord Darnley. Was she involved in his murder? According to the billboard ads, Weir reopens the files in a gripping historical whodunnit. The fact that I am tempted to buy it, perhaps on...
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    5 Favourite Books

    This one found its way into the Big Read Top 100 and features in many people's Amazon lists. Personally I found it extremely dull. Yes, I know I'm a bloke, so perhaps not the primary target audience, but plenty of my favourites are female oriented books. I just couldn't get on with this one...
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    Book Crossing - Recycling books 'into the wild'

    I read about this a while back. Like the idea, but hope that the books do go on being read and don't just end up filling more space in landfill sites! I often pass books on to friends and relatives, so I know they are being used.
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    Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone

    ---This message does not contain any plot spoilers as far as I can tell--- I've just finished Wilkie Collin's nineteenth century classic, "The Moonstone", one of the earliest detective novels. Having done so I find myself not quite as enthusiastic about it as T. S. Eliot was. It works well...