The SMB Book thread

Discussion in 'SMB' started by Monty Pigeon, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Monty Pigeon

    Monty Pigeon Winger

    The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty. 6/10

    Police procedural set in Northern Ireland in the early 80s. Really enjoyed the first half - great sense of time and place. Wasn't so convinced by the second half, and the ending was a bit weak - with all the loose ends tied up by a chapter-long conversation. Surely the secret of a good crime novel is 'show, don't tell'.

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  2. monkeytassle

    monkeytassle Striker

    The Martian. Very good 8.5 out of 10
     
  3. 10 Gary Rowells

    10 Gary Rowells Striker

    Sportwriter - Richard Ford 9/10

    All these years: Tune in. Volume one of three about the Beatles by Mark Lewisohn 10/10
     
  4. Monty Pigeon

    Monty Pigeon Winger

    I'm reading that at the moment.
     
  5. Teed

    Teed Striker

    9/10 excellent read.

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  6. aruba

    aruba Winger

    The Bash Street Kids 1998 ,, great read 8/10

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  7. American Sniper
    Decent 6.5/10
     
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  8. ollie c

    ollie c Striker

    Now we're cookin...
     
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  9. Littlerobbieh

    Littlerobbieh Winger

    Of mice and men in high school 1995. Can't remember much about it really, 5/10.
     
  10. The vanishing witch - Karen Maitland.

    If a storm is raging, it may be stilled if a woman strips herself naked and presents her body to the storm. For this reason figure-heads of bare-breasted women are often set on the prow of a ship to still the waves and abate the tempest.

    Mediaeval mildly gothic witchery, during the era of Richard III and the peasants revolt 7/10

    Now on with CJ Sansom's latest
     
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  11. Chappers

    Chappers Striker

    I rate out of five as per goodreads.

    Anyhow, last one was the rising and gave it 5/5.

    Struggling with current book in the Harry Dresden series that I'm reading, like. Hence the reason I'm on here and not reading.
     
  12. Space Hopper

    Space Hopper Midfield

    David Bowie - 'Starman' by Paul Trynka 9/10

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  13. Bishop Boy

    Bishop Boy Winger

    Phone book.

    informative but dull

    1/10
     
  14. ollie c

    ollie c Striker

    Don't spoil the end mate....
     
  15. zwartekat

    zwartekat Striker

    'Do It For Your Mum' - a quite interesting book about the band British Sea Power. Quite a bit of stuff about the frontmen whose Dad was from Sunderland although they grew up in the Lakes.
     
  16. Mr Mercedes - Stephen King 7/10

    Good, but the ending was no surprise, very formulaic.
     
  17. Steeeeed

    Steeeeed Winger

    The Panther, Nelson De Mille.

    8/10

    Part of the John Corey series, which I'm a fan of. Largely based around Al Qaeda in Yemen, so quite topical of late, unfortunately.
     
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  18. super noodles

    super noodles Winger

    Cat Out of Hell - Lynne Truss

    I very much enjoyed it. A bit of a mad book which starts off very amusing, with the story of a bit of an idiot who lives with a talking cat. It turns dark and mysterious fairly quickly though when with some seemingly inexplicable deaths. It also wasn't very long, which appeals to me.

    4/5
     
  19. The Code Book - Simon Singh.

    A history of code breaking from Tudor England to (semi) present time. Includes bits on Bletchley, how they got Mary Queen of Scots, how they developed internet encryption, The Navajo Windtalkers. Excellent book.

    8.5/10
     
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  20. Harry Angstrom

    Harry Angstrom Striker

    Pickwick Papers. very very funny. 8/10
     

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