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Czar Silver

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About Czar Silver

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  • Birthday 12/08/1974

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    Journalist
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    Portsmouth and London
  • Interests
    Reading, Cinema, Music
  1. Whether or not it counts as the end of the world, and I know its natural home is more likely to be on the horror threads, but World War Z by Max Brooks I found to be a compelling read. It takes a long term view of the old film chestnut of zombies taking over the earth. I felt that the way the author had thought through the problems posed by different environments and situations and how people react was excellent. Plus he painted some amazing pictures in my mind.
  2. I have read all of Alan Furst's WWII spy thrillers, including Kingdom of Shadows. I would suggest you go back to some of the earlier ones. IMHO The Polish Officer was a top notch thriller. His last one, Foreign Correspondent, seemed to suffer some of the flaws picked out in KOS, however, I agree they are excellent period pieces.
  3. Has anyone sampled Garth Nix's Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen (Old Kingdom)series? He developed an interesting mythology surrounding necromancy and wizardry. Sounds a bit grim I know but IMHO it is top notch. The Mister Monday series (I forget its proper name) is aimed at younger readers, but has also got its own fun and well-developed ideas.
  4. Sorry to be an anorak, but the first Bryant and May novel of the new series was Full Dark House, while Seventy Seven Clocks was the reworking of Darkest Day. It retains much of the horror, but strips away all of the supernatural element.
  5. You are so much faster than me, as a non-smoker I had to have that little pun pointed out by the author. I think another level of the pun is that they strike sparks off each other, although that might just be me interpreting things.
  6. His early novels and short story collections straddled fantasy and horror with a nice line in city-based scares. Now he is dividing his time between his the Bryant and May detective series which is growing in popularity and penning some varied, imaginative, creepy and at occasionally gory short story collections. He has a real love affair going with London too. Does anyone else out there have an opinion, love or hate, or do I have to start shouting from a soap box at Speaker's Corner about him?
  7. I started reading this author in my late teens, now in my early 30s he is finally starting to get some well deserved recognition through his Bryant and May detective series. These elderly sleuths are returning soon in The White Corridor. I hope that there are other fans out there, and if there are not I will try my hardest to create a few more.
  8. I hate to say that, for me, the Dead Ringers send up was pretty accurate. I really enjoyed the first book and I managed to read it very quickly, so I was happy with the authors style, but for me the mysteries were too simplistic and there was a lack of depth. I do hope I'm not putting a cat amongst the pigeons here, but to me there is so much more that could be done with the genre in Africa. I accept that there is a place for more laid back, less intense stories, but given the problems on that continent there is probably scope for a really hard-boiled character and series.
  9. CJ Sansom for me has gone from strength to strength. Dissolution I really enjoyed, although it did remind me of the film of The Name of the Rose, however Dark Fire added an interesting and somewhat foul-mouthed sidekick and Sovereign took them out of London. The Tudor period was never my favourite period of history but CJ Sansom has now got me buying non-fiction works so I can study it in more depth. I also enjoyed James McGee's Hawkwood books. Yes, they are more action oriented, but I found them a fun read and positively ripped through them. I would be interested to hear any opinions on The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin. If anyone posts I will tip my hand.
  10. I'm a big fan of Lovecraft. I embraced his books when I finally got the courage to read horror novels as a teenager. He is an acquired taste, but the slow burning nature and the fact that the horrors are beyond human understanding makes them a refreshing change from serial killers and their ilk. I have to say I love the Music of Erich Zann and Herbert West: Reanimator. I think I am going to have dig my books out an reread some of his other tales now. Although the last time I did that I was home alone and scared myself witless.
  11. I find that a lot of American authors give me an insight into a culture that can be extremely alien to me. Inspite of the obvious spread of American culture, really good American authors transport me to a whole new time and place. I prefer some American authors because of this as it makes it easier for me to escape into the story. That said I find myself overlaying their descriptions on to places that I know and adapting them in my mind. Sorry, having read that back it all seems a bit spacy and rambling. Joe R Lansdale's books are a good example of a writer who transports me. Apart from great characters such as Hap and Leonard, he writes with a sparse lyricism about contemporary rural America. It is an area that is not often featured in TV or film, apart from in horror films. However, he gives you a feel for the struggles people face in towns that are literally and figuratively miles from the big cities.
  12. Hi I sort of heard about the forum through the Sunday Times Culture magazine, but actually decided to join after trying to encourage my father to join a book group and just Googled the idea. I have to commute between Portsmouth and London so I have lots of time to read. I tend to have populist tastes - I lean heavily towards thrillers, horror and sci-fi. However, I have of late been extending my range and picking up lots of non-fiction and trying to read classic literature. All the stuff everyone read at school but I never did. At the moment I am reading the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressel, but when I have finished that I am probably going to take on something a bit easier. Hopefully the new Jasper Fforde Thursday Next book will have arrived. Well, I pride myself on having an open mind, and writing too much, , and just say that I hope I get lots of recommendations and you will allow me to be evangelical about authors I enjoy.
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