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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 comp
  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
  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 new
  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 Wat
  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. 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
  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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