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    Another one of Sophie Hannah's Agatha Christie reborn Poirot. This one is her third,: The Mystery of Three Quarters, and very much resembles Christie. It's easy to put down and pick up and plot isn't too bad. A shepherd's pie in terms of comfort food. Much better than the last one I mentioned.

    Yet another John le Carre, this time: The Constant Gardener, set in South Africa with the reported death of an Embassy official's wife...it's not so easy to put down, which is good because it's hot as hell at the moment and I can't do anything else.

    Love life when I can relax to a book and a couple of cold beers with no worries in the world....pure bliss.

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    ^ recall the film now, which was excellent. Hadn't registered it was a le Carre book when I watched the film. Page 21 before I realised, getting too bloody old....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    I can relax to a book and a couple of cold beers with no worries in the world....pure bliss.
    ...you're not thinking far enough ahead...
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    ^ Arsenal are playing at home this week ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Yet another John le Carre, this time: The Constant Gardener,
    Yes, quite interesting reading, not so much pleasant for foreign services to expose their demeanour...

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    Nice floor...

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    The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre. Really good read so far.

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    ...Neuromancer by William Gibson...a prophetic sci-fi novel written in the 80s concerning the consequences AI becoming self-propagating...mostly gibberish until the last 20% or so when a flying "construct" manages to pierce the walls (anti-malware code) of an errant AI entity...similar experience to reading the Bangkok Post...
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    A Biography of Amy Winehouse. (Written before she karked it.)

    The author was a fan and kept on banging on how she would sort herself out and show everyone that the drugs and dope weren't so bad...

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    Antoine Laurain,the Red Notebook,about a Bookshop owner who found a womans handbag
    and his attempt to find the owner,set in Paris.
    Short little book takes,about a packet of bickies and 2 cups of tea to read.
    As the Telegraph critic stated ,few authors can whip up a dollop of literary whimsy like him.
    Will now read The President's Hat.

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    Cyrille lent me his book collection...
    What book are you reading right now?-screenshot_2019-09-30-00-18-28-a

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    Someone, somewhere said David Baldacci was a good read. I tried one of his books, 'A Minute to Midnight' it was a well put together read for someone wanting to wind down and not have to think too hard.

    Plenty of time on my hands for the next 3 weeks.

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    Agent running in the field...John Le Carre.

    A contemporary spy story ... 2018... And for Cyrille and Thegent to savour rather than the rest of you.

    Puts Trump and Brexit in its place....

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    Jo Nesbo. So good I've forgotten the name! Just had to check and it's called Knife; they all seem to be blur into one another after the 6th or 7th book.

    I think I've probably gone as far as I can with this fella's offerings now.

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    "Where the Cicadas Sing". This book is written in a style with a lot of symbolism and it is very captivating. One of the best reads in a long time and I bought 3 copies for friends.
    Press On Regardless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Agent running in the field...John Le Carre.

    A contemporary spy story ... 2018...
    A chilling portrait of anger that ensnares two people and begins over a game of Badminton.

    Good to see that the tendency for bitter psychodramas to ensue after racquet sports has finally been recognised.

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    Fear: Trump In The White House

    by Bob Woodward

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    Life Without Diabetes by Professor Roy Taylor: I bought it after an interesting thumb through; at the counter, the shop said it was selling quickly with a lot of very good reviews.

    I think it's an important read even if you haven't got diabetes and reccommend it to anyone that has. It debunks a few myths while giving good explanations of what is going on. I'm not sue I'm ready to follow the diet in order to reverse type 2 just yet, although I am using it as a guideline to help with calorie intake...jeez looks like I have to stay off the alcohol for a couple of months as well.


    The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone: Well written thriller centered in Paris.

    Surprised it's not been made into a movie yet...or maybe it has?

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    "Deep River" by Karl Marlantes. Into it about 300 pages and it is a great read with high accuracy on Finns and logging here in Pacific Northwest. Very descriptive writing and you feel in the scene. Here is a review excerpt....

    Inspired by Marlantes’s own family ancestry, Deep River is a massive American saga, a historical epic of documentary detail spread across the early 20th century – and 700 pages. We witness the traumas of Aino as a sort of proto-Rosa Luxemburg, who with her brothers escaped tsarist persecution and deadly poverty in Finland for America. Aino’s brother Matti is a tough, aspiring businessman who embraces the Darwinian crudity of American capitalism; their brother Ilmari builds a church and also explores the lore and spirituality of Native Americans. The themes of idealism, materialism and God, guiding forces of America itself, are personified in this one family. There is also Askel, a childhood friend and fisherman who has a long, complex relationship with Aino.
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