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What I'm reading

Discussion in 'What are you reading now?' started by Juleeming, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Juleeming

    Juleeming New Member

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    As a new member, I'm kind of sad that this section seems kind of dead. Anyway, I'll try to revive it a bit in case anyone cares. I'm currently going focusing on finishing Le Carre's Smiley's People so I can watch the TV adapation with Alec Guinness to compare.

    I've currently got about 8 mysteries and thrillers sitting on my bookshelf. They include

    Dead line by Stella Rimington
    The middleman byOlen Steinhauer
    The absent one by Jussi Adler-Olsen ; translated by K. E. Semmel
    Buried secrets by Joseph Finder
    Illegal action by Stella Rimington
    Broken ground by Val McDermid
    Blood of victory by Alan Furst
     
  2. Peder

    Peder Well-Known Member

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    Hi Julee,

    I'll gladly join you in your effort to see if anyone cares.
    Here are the books I have read recently:

    December
    Leviathan Rises by James S.A. Corey
    Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey
    The Late Show by Michael Connelly
    The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

    January
    Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connely
    Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali and Maureen Freely tr.

    I have enjoyed them all, except for the Albom.
    I had enjoyed his original Five People You Will Meet in Heaven very much.
    It was nicely inspirational. But I would call the sequel Next Person totally forgettable.

    Anyone else doing any reading?
    Peder
     
  3. pontalba

    pontalba Well-Known Member

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    dithering...
    Ok, this is nice..... :)

    NOVEMBER


    Leviathan Wakes by James A. Corey 4/5

    The Butcher of Anderson Station by James A. Corey 4/5

    Caliban’s War by James A. Corey. 5/5

    Snap by Belinda Bauer 4/5




    DECEMBER


    Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey 4/5

    Star Trek: DS9:Avatar Bk 1 by S. D. Perry 4/5

    The Splendor Before the Dark by Margaret George 5/5

    All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage 3.5/5

    SS/Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang 5/5+ (The movie “Arrival” was from this short story, both excellent)

    SS/Tower of Babylon by Ted Chiang 5/5

    SS/Understand by Ted Chiang 3.75/5

    Apologies for formatting above, I copied and pasted, too lazy to retype.
     
  4. readingomnivore

    readingomnivore Well-Known Member

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    I'm still pretty much alternating Jane Austen fan fiction titles with mysteries, including an occasional nonfiction title. Reviews are posted.

    Am i the only one who enjoys some of the mid-20th century police procedural series?
     
  5. pontalba

    pontalba Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean something like Ed McBain, Chandler or Lawrence Block?
    I have a large number of Block’s books, and particularly enjoyed his Keller series. Elmore Leonard goes in the “great” stack as well. I really liked Earl Stanley Gardner when I was a kid, but find them dated now. I still love Raymond Burr as Perry Mason though. :)

    I would recommend Steven Dunne’s “The Unquiet Grave”. It was written in 2013, so not mid-20th century, but I’d rate it one of the best police procedural I’ve read.
     
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  6. Peder

    Peder Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily, but I'm not quite sure who-all you have in mind.
    So I'll key on Pontalba's response.

    Chandler I have read, among others, when I was in a mood to read 'classics' in the genre.
    A mood which ended when I went back to real classics, like Wilkie Collins' Woman in White.

    Elmore Leonard I have really enjoyed. Earl Stanley Gardner not so much.

    Do the MacDonalds fall in the time frame (Ross MacDonald and John D McDonald)?
    Or Maj Sjowahl and Per Wahloo? I have happily devoured all works by all four, maybe missing only a couple.
    Or Henning Mankell? Him too.
    Or Joseph Wambaugh? Onion fields?

    I would be glad to hear new names, because I think I have about run out.

    Anyone?
    Peder
     
  7. Matthew.P

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    I'm just really exited for a new book that's supposed to be released this July , call Crimson Gears. A science fction punk type thing.

    Would highly recommended it when it does come out.
     

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