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On 13/08/2018 at 10:24, Minxminnie said:

Struggling just now with My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal. I loved it at first, but it doesn't seem to be developing much, and I'm getting bored. I can't find a thread to see if others liked it (but I can never get our search facility to turn up what I want).

 

 

That's disappointing to hear, I've heard a lot about it

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10 hours ago, iff said:

 

 

That's disappointing to hear, I've heard a lot about it

It's probably just me. I carried on after I posted that and the plot did move on suddenly, so I got interested again. It is good, though I am a bit weary of stories from the perspective of children just now. It's in third person though, which helps.

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Finished Lissa Evans’ Old Baggage. Rated that one for 4 out of 5. It was a slow burner, and it wasn’t as near as Crooked Heart, which I loved. But it's a good read.

 

Starting The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka.

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Finished -The Outsider by Stephen King. The first half was very exciting, but the second half turned into a Famous Five for adults. Disappointing and confusing ending.

 

Started - The Tartar Steppe - short story by D. Buzzati.

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Hazel, I've started reading Perfect Silence and there is gore aplenty,  just hope they get the murdering evil person before too many people end carved up. 

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On 8/31/2018 at 05:07, momac said:

Hazel, I've started reading Perfect Silence and there is gore aplenty,  just hope they get the murdering evil person before too many people end carved up. 

: ) It was a particularly gory outing for Callanach and Taylor!

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On 01/10/2018 at 14:21, Onion Budgie said:

It's murder mystery season! (for me, anyway) -- so I'm about to make a start on The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.

 

Wouldn’t mind reading that myself, but after reading the blurb I’ve got a sneaking suspicion I’ve watched the tv version. I’lol need to look into it more.

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Am really immersed in 1930's fiction about how families survived rationing, the blitz and life in general for the ordinary folk who seemed to have numerous children, very little money, husbands who spent much time in the pub, but overall a great sense of community.  The conditions of the poorer people were shocking but somehow they seemed to survive and the upper class continued on their way with nary a thought for the working or unemployed folk.  But all through their trials, lack of food, loss of homes and agonizing loss of loved ones, their patriotism was strong.  Sad reading much of it but the courage of the people was incredible.

 

Just to be clear, it's about the 1930's but currently written.

 

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