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    Pinball, 1973, by Haruki Murakami

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  1. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Was just coming here to say that as well! Bargain!
  2. Bleak Mouse, by Charles Dickens.
  3. Charles Dickens

    Thanks for the replies, all. Think I am going to go with Pickwick Papers based on the above. Now I just need to get a copy (want a print version for this, not Kindle!).
  4. Kindle and ebooks deals

    All five of Douglas Adams' Hitch-Hiker's books are 99p on Kindle today.
  5. What's the weather like?

    Second weekend running for very high winds around me.* I know I live in a different area to where I grew up, but I don't remember the wind being as high as this, as often as this, when I was younger - or even a decade or two ago... *Not me personally, where I live. I don't only eat beans or something...
  6. Charles Dickens

    Okay folks, after finally reading A Christmas Carol last year, I've been thinking about reading another Dickens novel. Looking back through this thread (or at least the first couple of pages) the recommendations appear to be largely for the obvious: Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, David Copperfield etc. I thought I would start at the beginning with The Pickwick Papers - would those in the know say this is a good idea?
  7. My Dad, who is nearing 90 and has considerably downsized his book collection over the years, has always hung on to his Nevil Shute novels. Might have to borrow one!
  8. I've contemplated reading them as well, so thanks for the heads-up! I'm now 20 pages into Pinball, 1973, by Haruki Murakami. Only the second novel he wrote, but the writing is still very good.
  9. Raven's Reads

    ^ I forgot to add: Yes, I totally bought this based on the title alone.
  10. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    Cheers! might have a look at that over the weekend, then. I've just cancelled Prime for a bit, but I have a few days left to run!
  11. Raven's Reads

    The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind By Jackson Ford Teagan Frost can move things with her mind, but right now she's in a spot of bother because someone has been murdered and only someone with her specific skill set could have done it. Can Teagan find whoever is responsible and clear her name before her Government employers catch up with her? Yep, it is yet another Urban fantasy novel! (although I’m not sure if and how that term applies to a story where the main character has superpowers rather than a magical ability). The book is set in modern day Los Angeles, and tells the story of a young girl with psychokinetic abilities (basically, she can move non-organic items just by thinking about it). Teagan works for a covert government agency that – between official jobs – has a cover as a removal firm. When framed for a murder she didn’t commit, she and her colleagues are forced to go on the run to try and clear her name and keep their agency from being closed down. They are an ill-assorted group from the start, and a lot of the book revolves around their patching up their differences to get the job done. Though the plot is a little formulaic in places, the story is well told and paced and moves along quickly. My only real quibble is that the end of the book seems to ramble a bit after the main plot has been resolved - this is the only place the story could be said to drag at all - and the conversation in the penultimate chapter definitely feels out of place (something that should have been covered in the next book, possibly?). Teagan is likeable character; bolshie and sarcastic (or having plenty of “snark,” as I believe the Americans say) but she is also unsure of herself and her abilities which she feels places a barrier between her and those around her. This combination keeps the character grounded and gets the reader onside with her pretty much from the start. The supporting cast has a good mix of characters, which I think bodes well for future stories. The cover of the book has a quote that describes it as being a cross between Alias and the X-Men, which makes me think the person being quoted was grasping for a spy show with a female lead because I couldn't see the link to Alias otherwise (the situations certainly don't compare and, if anything, Teagan is the polar opposite of Sydney Bristow!) If I had to give a comparison, to go with the X-Men, I would possibly go with 24 for the pacing of the story, but that would be rather misleading as well. If I was forced to draw a parallel of my own I would say the book feels like an American version of Paul Cornell’s Shadow Police series, but not quite as dark, and it also reminded me of Daniel O'Malley's The Checquy Files. So, in summary, an entertaining read, and a good opener for what looks set to be a series of novels (which I believe are already being referred to as The Frost Files). Book 2, Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air, is out in paperback in July. Recommended (certainly for fans of this ever growing sub-genre).
  12. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    Is that on Amazon? I'm sure I saw it listed as coming soon on one of the streaming services recently.
  13. Picard

    The pacing of the series was rather sedate at times. I know everything doesn't - and shouldn't - be fast spaceships and action sequences, but they did just seem to wander from one situation to the next a lot of the time. Really, the whole series felt like a protracted pilot episode. Hopefully the next series will be a bit tighter, and the cameos from past cast members a little less indulgent.
  14. Old Red Eyes is Back - The Beautiful South