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Sasha Nein

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  1. Diamonds are Forever is actually one of my favourites in the entire series. To be fair, besides 2 or 3, the entire series is of very, very high quality, and contains some of the best writing I have come across in my (relatively short) reading life. You shall have to let me know what you think of them, and the later ones! (Either by making a post about them on the boards, or PMing me)
  2. Good luck with that one - I started it but found I just couldn't finish it. The only bits that interested me were the footnotes! Sounds like it should be a great read, although completing it in one sitting might be highly unlikely. I'm about half way through Memoirs and just cannot wait to get back to it! Lets hope that doesn't make me think any less of Oryx and Crake.
  3. Starting on my next bookclub book: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Having to pause my reading of Memoirs of a Geisha for this, which is a shame, as I am loving it.
  4. Just got a great deal from The Book People, for a whole £15 I got: 12 Sharpe's books - Bernard Cornwell This is the first twelve books in the series, and I've always been interested in them. And I am a sucker for getting lots of books for a low price, even when I have far too many already!
  5. I have been on a bit of a book-buying spree recently: Harlequin - Bernard Cornwell; Forever Peace - Joe Haldeman; The Dreaming Void - Peter F. Hamilton; Two Caravans - Marina Lewycka; Gravity - Tess Gerritsen; Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon The Murders in the Rue Morgue - Edgar Allan Poe Raffles - E.W.Hornung Bleak House - Charles Dickens Bulldog Drummond - H.C Neile Wulders Hand - J.Sheridan The Man Who was Thursday - G.K.Chesterton The Collegians - Gerald Griffin The Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers Northern Lights The Subtle Knife The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman; Murphy's Revenge Murphy's Law The Horse with my Name - Colin Bateman; Regeneration The Eye in the Door The Ghost Road - Pat Barker; Miracles of Life Crash Empire of the Sun - JG Ballard; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes His Last Bow and The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes The Hound of Baskervilles The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes The Return of Sherlock Holmes The Sign of Four The Valley of Fear A Study in Scarlet Favourite Sherlock Holmes Stories - Arthur Conan Doyle For anybody worried about how I am not bankrupt - these all cost me a total of £47.46. I am such a sucker for cheap books!
  6. Well, it's been a long time since I've been able to get online! I am currently reading: Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden Between this and my last visit I have read: Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson; Royal Flash - George McDonald Fraser; 1984 - George Orwell; A Voyage to Arcturus - David Lindsay.
  7. Started on Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks. Having read and loved all 14 of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, I'm quite interested to see what Faulks can do with 007. Here's hoping I'm not in for a disappointment!
  8. I'll send you a message about ereaders if you wish, instead of going wildly off-topic in here. There's a new one!?
  9. I'm not quite sure where to start with this book. It's a bit of a crazy amalgam of historical fact and pure fiction, and it's quite hard to tell which is which as it is presented in such a realistic manner. So, I'll start with the basic plot: this book follows the memoirs of a fictional character named Harry Paget Flashman. The first installment contains his journey from being expelled from a public school, to becoming a part of the British Hussars, to him being sent to Afghanistan to serve in the army. Anybody familiar with the First Anglo-Afghan War will be able to dictate how the book will pan out. Fraser has definitely done his research, and it shows. From the characters Flashman interacts with, to the locales he visits, and to the accuracy of how dreadful being part of the 44th battalion must have been at the time. However, it is not quite just a historical book that is written through the eyes of a fictional character. This character is a fully fleshed individual - a charming, cowardly rogue who just so happens to come out of every situations shining like a hero should... yet without any heroic deeds. I highly praise Fraser's writing skills here - it is very easy for an author to get us to dislike a character who has bad traits, but to make us love a character that we shouldn't - that's good writing! The detail Fraser goes in to is definitely something other historical-fiction authors could learn from. He uses footnotes to expand on events that actually happened (30 of them in this book) so that the reader can, if they so wish, learn about the factual basis of what they're reading. I have to say, before I read this book I knew NOTHING about the Anglo-Afghan war. Now I know every major political and military figure that took part, and the motives behind what happened. This book definitely shows history can be fun, and Fraser is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I cannot wait to read the remaining 11 novels and learn a lot about the 1800s and the British Empire, whilst having a brilliantly inept character such as Flashman show me how things are done. If anybody wants to know any particulars, let me know. (Also, apologies if the review isn't very good, I'm new to all this reviewing lark!)
  10. Not been here for a while! Since then I have read Greg Bear's Eon, George McDonald Fraser's Flashman, and Nawal El-Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero. I am now reading Whipping Star by Frank Herbert.
  11. Just went on a bit of a mad spending spree: ~ The Crowner John series (consisting of 10 books) - Bernard Knight; ~ The remainder of the Flashman series (the 8 final books, as I already have the first 4) - George McDonald Fraser; ~ A Voyage to Arcturus - David Lindsay; ~ The Steel Remains - Richard Morgan; ~ Nation - Terry Pratchett. I have told myself many times that I am to buy no more books before I have read all of the ones I already own. This continually fails! My bookcases are too full for my books (and I own an ereader, but still like seeing the covers on my shelf), and my time is too full to be able to read often, but I still buy! Anybody got any tips? Oh, and I highly recommend Flashman to you all, it is a great read - historical fiction at it's best!
  12. Recently bought: Marcher - Chris Beckett; Woman at Point Zero - Nawal El-Saadawi; Flash for Freedom! - George Mcdonald Fraser. Hazel - just to let you know, I loved Asylum. I notice there isn't a thread for the book, perhaps we should start one up! Edit: Just picked up Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami too!
  13. Just finished the wonderfully written Asylum. Now starting Eon, by Greg Bear.
  14. Random amazon shop: The Holy Machine - Chris Beckett Asylum - Patrick McGrath Eon - Greg Bear Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers) - George MacDonald Fraser Batman - Year One - Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli Chris Beckett is a rather unknown sci-fi writer. I recommend him greatly, especially if you wish to read some sci-fi not related to galaxies, alien planets and the like.
  15. Well, having finished the 2nd book in the trilogy, Royal Assasin, I heartily suggest you continue reading. The 2nd book is, in my eyes, similar to the first in the quality of writing. I wouldn't know which to choose, if I had to, as the better book. I shall update you once I finish the third.
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