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#31
So after two false starts I finally finished Into the Silence and I can't recommend it enough. While you know how the story is going to end, it's a fascinating piece of work.

It covers the early attempts to get to the top of Everest in the 20s but ties the motivations into the geopolitics of late-Imperial India and Tibet, as well as the tentative attempts at recovery after the First World War. About the first third of the book covers everything above and introduces the key figures who featured in all of the attempts, while the last two thirds is really devoted to the failed expeditions and those who participated only in one or two of them.

It does an excellent job of informing and commenting on the people and the time without falling into revisionism; while the story it tells is captivating. The photo section in particular is an outstanding selection, all the exposures date from 1924 at the latest and really help flesh-out the perspective of some of the descriptions you read.

I can't say enough good things about this book, if you get the chance you really should read it.

I'm now onto James Ellroy's two big series, the first LA Quartet and the Underworld trilogy. First up, LA Quartet's Black Dahlia. So far, so seedy, so good.
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#32
Been reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series lately, for some really light reading (they only take about three hours). Despite being a pretty blatant rip-off of Harry Potter, just replacing the boarding school with a summer camp and magic with Greek mythology, I'm really enjoying them. I'll probably watch the films as well, now I've read the first two books.

I'm currently reading The Iron Jackal, the third Ketty Jay book. The only thing that bugs me about the Ketty Jay series is that most of the character names have three syllables in the first name and one in the second - like Darian Frey, Jezibeth Kyte, Balomon Crund, etc. Once you notice it (and I saw it about five chapters into Retribution Falls), it's really irritating. I love Trinica Dracken and her extremely tortured and complex relationship with Frey, though.

Picked up Starship Troopers for 99p in a Kindle Daily Deal this week, so I'll probably read that next.
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Im currently reading 'The Amber Road' by Harry Sidebottom, part of a series on Historical Fiction set during the Roman Emperor Gallienus reign. Its okay but not as good as others from the same genre - Valerio Massimio, Conn Igullden and so on.

When not reading historical fiction i like Andy McNabs and Chris Ryans thrillers, i cannot reccommend these two authors highly enough if you like a well paced, brilliantly written action thriller. Prior to these i went through all of Ian Flemings and John Gardners James Bonds novels, again these are well worth a read even if you dont like the Bond movies - the books give him a vulnerability the films just struggle to capture (until Daniel Craig got the role). Raymond Benson onwards i lose interest as the books then become adaptations of the movies, not the other way around.

Finally, i always have an autobiography on the go - right now its Boris Johnson - Jottings on the Stump and before this one i read Frankie Boyles 'My Shit Life So Far'.

Any of you with kiddies who you enjoy reading with (or to if their really young) then i would reccommend Enid Blytons Magic Faraway Tree trilogy and Pip the Pixie - both i read in my childhood and got hooked, and when i introduced my children to them they got hooked as well - timeless classics!

Up next for me will be Harper Lees novel, the sort of follow on to Kill a Mockingbird - then i will be back to scouring the charity shops for some more reading.
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#34
I loved the Faraway Tree books when I was a kid! Apparently they've changed the names of the three children in some editions; Jo, Bessie and Fanny are now Joe, Beth and Franny.

Mr. Pink-Whistle was a favourite as well. I bet he's called something else now too, because of the unfortunate double-entendre... Big Grin
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(07-20-2015, 02:05 AM)ImmaturityRules Wrote: I loved the Faraway Tree books when I was a kid! Apparently they've changed the names of the three children in some editions; Jo, Bessie and Fanny are now Joe, Beth and Franny.

Mr. Pink-Whistle was a favourite as well. I bet he's called something else now too, because of the unfortunate double-entendre... Big Grin

Indeed your right with the names - same as when the cousin Dick comes over (second story i think), in the newer, rewritten versions the cousin is called Rick!

Meh i say, its PC gone mad i tell you, gone mad!
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It's just not Enid Blyton without characters called Dick and Fanny.

That's not the worst thing I've read in a kids' book. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters contains the immortal line: "Percy couldn't stop thinking about his mother's blue waffles." (If you don't know what that is, DO NOT Google it unless you want to poke your eyeballs out with a sharp stick afterwards)
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I'm going to hope that the Famous Five have been left unscathed. Luckily, one of the stories relies heavily on a case of mistaken identity for someone called Richard.
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(07-20-2015, 06:53 PM)Max Wrote: I'm going to hope that the Famous Five have been left unscathed. Luckily, one of the stories relies heavily on a case of mistaken identity for someone called Richard.

"Wait, that's not my Dick!" Big Grin
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Just finished The Truth by Pratchett. I never managed to get into his books before for some reason, but in two weeks I've lapped up The Wee Free Men and The Truth, so will be out in search of more to read now, me thinks.
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You've got a lot more to read xD But still welcome to the family at last.

Mostly doesn't matter what order you read them in, but if you get one which features Rincewind it would make sense to go back and read The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic to start. Same with Commander Vime, helps a lot to start with Guards Guards.
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