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About k8e

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  • Birthday 28/07/1969


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    I am a student social worker
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  1. I was always keen to keep 'real' books and quite anti any form of ebook or digital format. However, since developing problems with my eyes and arthritis in my hands I thought I would invest in the new kindle from Amazon. I have to say that I am a convert and now read far more than I ever used to before. I like the fact that I can change the text size and put great huge heavy books on there and be able to read them again. However, I have invested in a leather 'book type' cover, so I still feel like I am holding a light book, it just seemed too wierd, cuddled up on the sofa with a small computer!
  2. I bought this book as I had run out of crime series to read, having just finished Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. So I saw this on Amazon and thought I'd give it a whirl. I have now just finished the entire series (there are about 6 books so far) 'Shanghai in 1990. An ancient city in a communist country: looking to the future for it's survival. Chief Inspector Chen, a poet with a sound instinct for self preservation, knows the city like few others. When the body of a prominent Communist party member is found, Chen is told to keep the party authorities informed about every lead. He must also keep the young woman's murder out of the papers at all costs. When his investigation leads him to the decadent offspring of high ranking officials, he finds himself instantly removed from the case and assigned to another area. Chen has a choice: bend to the party's wishes and sacrifice his morals, or continue his investigation and risk dismissal from his job and from the party, or worse....' These books are more than just crime novels, they are extremely well written exploration of chinese history and culture. I could not put them down and would recommend to any crime afficionados.
  3. I am now on the third book (the black powder war) and it is just as good as the first and second. My husband has just finished the first book and he never reads anything.
  4. I was recommended this book by by brother......then my dad and then my mum (who never reads any fantasy books). I have to say it was absolutely brilliant. It is the first of 5 books and more to come I believe, and I read it in a day. I am starting the second one today. It is a historical novel but with a fantasical twist.... the Napoleonic Wars with dragons! Temeraire (the hero) is a dragon. He was being transported (in egg form) across the seas by a french friggate but after a skirmish with the english they captured the ship and transferred the egg to their boat...where it hatched. A newly hatched dragon has to be 'harnessed' and inprint themselves on a person, who will be their handler for the rest of their lives. (this is all written on the back of the book so not a spoiler) Nobody in the navy really wants the job, as they are seamen not aviators but the dragon decides for himself and picks the captain. The story is all about their training and the use of dragons as part of the aerial strategy in the napoleonic wars. The character of Temeraire is really well drawn and there are some real tear jerking moments towards the end. Definitely well worth a read.
  5. I enjoyed the book but I didn't think it was anything special, I much prefer Rohinton Mistry or Vikram Chandra.
  6. I'm sorry if I'm jumping on the Harry Potter bandwagon but I have read them all and loved them all. I read them all before the films came out and it was wonderful to just escape into an imaginary world and forget about everyday life for a bit. It was like going back to my childhood. I now always re-read them when I'm ill, kind of like comfort food for the brain! I'm 40 by the way....sad I know but there we are.
  7. It takes a bit of getting into but it's worth it. There are three stories in each book and each one builds on the last.. I'm hooked. Kate
  8. Hi Has anyone read any of these? Night Watch is the first, then Day Watch, Twighlight Watch and I believe there is another in the pipeline. I saw the first one in a book shop recently and have managed to get the other two on Amazon, although Day Watch was quite tricky to find. Heres the blurb: 'Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of it's population, are the Others. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy world that exists in parallel to our own, each Other owes allegiance either to the Dark or the Light. The Night Watch, first book in the Night Watch Trilogy, follows Anton, a young Other owing allegiance to the Light. As a Night Watch agent he must patrol the streets and metro of the city protecting ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark. When he comes across Svetlana, a young woman under a powerful curse, and saves an unfledged Other, Egor from vampires, he becomes involved in events that threaten the uneasy truce and the whole city' It took me a while to get into the first book but once I did it was really good. There is a lot more to it than it would first appear. I think they made a film of it but it is apparently nothing like as good as the book. kate
  9. I really like Mark Billingham's books and have read them all. I think there is a new one coming out shortly which I've already put my name down for at the library. Tom Thorne is yet another brooding, miserable detective but don't we just love 'em like that!
  10. k8e

    Dystopian Fiction

    Thanks for those ideas, I don't think I've tried any of them. My TBR pile is just going to get bigger and bigger.
  11. I find reading books about what might happen in the future to be really interesting and thought provoking. I believe the genre is known as 'Dystopian Fiction' or 'Speculative Fiction'. So far, over a long period I have read: Z for Zachariah The Carhullan Army Oryx and Crake Children of Men Never let me go Cloud Atlas The Crysalids The Handmaidens Tale 1984 and possibly a few others. Can anyone recommend anything else along these lines Kate
  12. I've just finished reading this and really enjoyed it although some parts were a little heavy going. It did remind me a little bit of 'The Talisman' by Stephen King and Richard Straub. I know what you mean about the cover. It's nice to buy a book where the outer covering is something really special, like a the wrapping of a present that you know you will love. You can keep them for ever and they are objects of beauty in their own right. In some ways it's a shame that books are so cheap and cheerful nowadays. It's often a case of buy it, read it, ditch it for me now when I always used to hang on to every book I bought when I was younger. Anyway that said I would recommend 'The End of Mr Y' to others, I must admit I did not put it down until I had finished it. Kate
  13. I think 'The Stand' is one of my favourite Stephen King books also. I found it quite different to most of his other books and for me the 'horror' aspect doesn't come over quite as strongly. It took me quite some time to get through it though...it's huge! Has anyone read 'The Talisman' by Stephen King and Peter Straub. That is another of my all time favourites and it does have some similarities to 'The Stand'.
  14. I am afraid I gave up on this book half way through - and I hate doing that. I enjoyed the first couple of chapters but then it got a bit odd and I couldn't be bothered going any further.
  15. I really like these books too. I have only read about three fairly early ones. They are very dark and brooding and quite intricate I find. I believe the later ones are about his daughter but I haven't tried any of those yet. Kate
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