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  1. Well I did eventually read the next book Desolation Island and I am so glad I did. Previous contributors to this thread have intimated that this is possibly the best book in the series. It definitely kept this reader hooked, a great blend of human interaction and suspenseful action at sea. Reading the whole series is back on the agenda!
  2. I've been meaning to read this for years. Must bump it up the reading list.
  3. It's interesting how many words or phrases seem so modern and yet as in this case are from many, many years ago.
  4. It does take me awhile to adjust back into the 19th century style of writing. The extended sentences creating an elongation of the narrative. But once I have acclimatised myself once more to the resplendant verbiage that Mr Dickens excels at I am quickly drawn into the story. The characters are vivid and vibrantly real in all their eccentric mannerisms and physical perculiarities. I can understand in our (normally) busy lives, full of extraneous distractions, why some people won't take the time like you Luna to explore Dickens but they really are missing out.
  5. Thanks Mr HG, this sounds intriguing. Added to the list.
  6. Over the years I have read a few Dickens but two years ago I decided that I was going to try and read them all in Chronological order. I missed out Pickwick Papers as I didn't enjoy that one when I previously read it. So started with Oliver and now just up to Barnaby Rudge, many more to enjoy. I hope you continue to enjoy them as well Luna.
  7. Ah, there are many times when reading threads here on BGO that I wish David was still with us and able to contribute. Never more so than now. I have recently finished Barnaby Rudge and would love to discuss it with him. Personally I found the book slow to begin with (like many of Dickens' novels, the characters and story take time to take shape together) but once it got going I loved this book. Barnaby Rudge is surely one of the great literary creations. And talk about a story for recent times when a wealthy man uses his money and position to turn his own personal bigotry to influence a populace to self destruction. I read this as an audio book performed by Jason Watkins. An absolute triumph, one of the best narrations I've ever listened to. Made even more impressive by the knowledge that Mr Watkins suffers from dyslexia and this audio book lasted 31 hours. I posted on Twitter how much I enjoyed the book and Mr Watkins did me the courtesy of responding, thanking me and providing a link to a Facebook page where he explained the efforts he had to go through to complete the reading. I think David, as per quote above, is right that this isn't the novel to start with if you've never read Dickens, but once you have embarked on the highly rewarding journey of exploring the never the ending linguistic ingenuity of Dickens then this is a novel I would recommend. Be interested to hear what other fans of Dickens think of this novel.
  8. How about books by solo travellers, yes they will meet up with people on their journeys but they will also have a lot of time on their own. Time for restrospection, for reallignment of their priorities. Dervla Murphy - Full Tilt - but lots of others by her - off on her bike cycling round remote parts of the world. Even books where more than one in the travel party, Polar expeditions. Plenty of solitude and isolation there. Robinson Crusoe of course. Life of Pi
  9. I have recently finished The Pyramid, the book of 'earlier' stories as reviewed by Dan previously in this thread. I had enjoyed the Swedish TV series but felt the Branagh version was too full of colour. I always had it in mind to try reading the books eventually and then found the Pyramid book in a charity shop and thought it would be the one to start with. I loved these stories, Wallander comes across as a very real character, full of ordinary flaws and ordinary daily troubles. He makes mistakes, but as previously said by other contributors he doggedly keeps going until he gets a result. The translation by Ebba Segerberg and Laurie Thompson produced an easy flowing read. Looking forward to working my way through the novels over the next few years.
  10. Books 32 - Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian 31 - The Germans and Europe: A Personal Frontline History by Peter Millar (audio) 30 - The Bushies by Allan M. Nixon - unfinished - one story contained factually incorrect info that spoiled it for me. (Alwich/Alnwick) 29 - If It Bleeds by Stephen King 28 - Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (audio) 27 - Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt 26 - A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (audio) 25 - The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan - unfinished (audio) 24 - Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup - unfinished (audio) 23 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - unfinished (audio) 22 - The Disappearance of Adele Beleau by Graeme Macrae Burnet - unfinished (audio) 21 - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - unfinished (audio) 20 - The Dark Tower by Stephen King re-read 19 - Smiley's People by John Le Carre (audio) re-read 18 - A Dying Breed by Peter Hannington (audio) 17 - 24 Hours in Ancient Rome by Philip Matyszak (audio) 16 - The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin (audio) 15 - Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens (audio) 14 - Songs of Susannah by Stephen King re-read 13 - An Air That Kills by Andrew Taylor (audio) 12 - The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (audio) 11 - The Choice by Edith Eger 10 - Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (audio) 9 - The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (audio) 8 - A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond 7 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel (audio) re-read 6 - The Pyramid by Henning Mankell 5 - The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield (audio) 4 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (audio) re-read 3 - CultyBraggan WW2 Prison Camp History 2 - The Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak 1 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audio) Films 1 - JoJo Rabbit - cinema 2 - A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - cinema 3 - The Runaways - Keswick Film Festival 4 - Amanda - KFF 5 - Aga - KFF 6 - The Tobacconist - KFF 7 - For Sama - KFF 8 - The Farewell - KFF 9 - No Fathers in Kashmir - KFF Gigs, theatre, exhibitions etc 1 - Bowie Experience - Perth - 25/01/20 2 - The Musical Box - Edinburgh - 08/02/20 3 - The Classic Rock Show - Dundee - 15/02/20 4 - Russian State Orchestra - Puccini's Madame Butterfly - Perth - 06/03/20 5 - King Creosote & band accompaning the film From Scotland With Love - 11/03/20
  11. Tay

    Have a Rant!

    I have just finished The Big Sleep by Chandler (only book I have read by him and never read anything by Stark) and whilst the writing was good and the story ok it contained homophobic and racist comments. I appreciate that it was considered acceptable for these comments to be made openly when the book was written but it spoilt the book for me. So in relation to Momac's comments I'd rather have inclusive and real aspects of LGBT community within books than the bigotted overtures of earlier times. I fully understand that for some this is an emotive subject and one they would rather not be confronted by but for me I don't consider it my place to criticise others as to how they find their solace. We live in troubled times and surely the acceptance of love in all it's varieties (legally and between consenting adults of course) is something writers of current fiction should include. As to the graphic nature of the content, again I would consider that down to individual taste and advise skipping those pages if they make the reader uncomfortable.
  12. I'm currently reading Fleshmarket Close, one of the Rebus books. Still trying to work my way through all of those. Once I've finished one of his books I often wonder if I'll bother reading another one because in some ways they are very similar but immediately I start one the characters are so alive that I'm hooked back in. If and when I finish all the Rebus books I'll start on his other books, like this one. Thanks for the review Luna.
  13. I really like John Wyndham's books. Good stories, well told.
  14. Thanks Luna. I think I may be ditching this one.
  15. This sounds very interesting Luna, thank you for your review, I have added this to my TBR. Makes me think of English Journey by J B Priestley and his tour round some of the poorest places in Britain in the 1930's.
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