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    Farewell, My Lovely - by Raymond Chandler
  1. Kindle and ebooks deals

    As far as I can tell, Amazon have been putting up crime author's complete works on Kindle for 99p per book over the last few days - a different author each day. Probably worth a look, if you like your crime novels!
  2. It's very good, so far - with about 80 pages to go! Yes, I did hear about October Man. Did you know it is the first in a series of four novellas? This one is set in Germany, one will be set in the US and the final one will be about Nightingale during WWII (can't remember what the other is at this point!).
  3. John Wyndham

    Only just seen this, I blame that on the whole - thankfully - aborted forum closure! I think the paperback is closer to 200 pages, but by today's standards it is more of a draft excluder than a doorstop. I really enjoyed this, some very interesting ideas, but I felt the ending was a little light-weight. Must do a complete read through of Wyndham's books. Something for 2019, perhaps!
  4. Not finished this yet - torn between wanting to know what happens next/enjoying new Peter Grant! (Will finish this weekend).
  5. Something that may help is that Google (and other search engines) will accept what is called a wildcard, that is a '*' in place of a term. So, in this case, were you to search for: * Like Me book That might yield some useful results. Hope you find what you are looking for, sounds interesting!
  6. It's not 60s/70s, but are talking about Ender's Game? Probably not, but just thought it was worth a punt!
  7. Re-reading books

    But thy name be Raven!
  8. Re-reading books

    Good grief, why?! I mean it isn't a bad book, but It wouldn't say it was the most enjoyable read ever! One of the books I re-read from time to time is Robert Harris's Enigma. Although I know how the story ends, his world building and the story generally are just so good it is a joy to read.
  9. Changes

    What browser are you using? I'm not sure but I seem to be seeing more ads in Internet Explorer than I do in Edge. Either way, they seem to have been less obvious to me over the last few days.
  10. Busy reading

    I'd recommend reading them in order; they get better as they go along (well, certainly at the beginning anyway!). If you like crime novels, give Guards! Guards! a go. It's Raymond Chandler with dragons! (well, sort of *cough*).
  11. A Game of Thrones

    He's often commented on struggling with getting the plot the way he wants it in Game of Thrones; my guess would be that he has the back story more fixed in his head(?).
  12. Busy reading

    The first two books are a bit of an oddity as they aren't really typical of what comes after. I don't think the series really finds its feet until Equal Rites and (especially) Mort. There is a lot to enjoy, however, with some really great characters. Sadly, I only have a few left to read... As above, if you only tried the first couple have a crack at Mort or possibly Guards! Guards! Although there is magic in both, the latter is more of a detective novel than anything else.
  13. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Caught up with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the weekend - easily the worst of the franchise so far, although it was kind of teetering on "so bad it is good" territory. Clearly a set up for the next film in the series, though god knows where that will go!
  14. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    I've only seen the first two episodes, but am meaning to catch up (missed one because it clashed with a live Grand Prix and haven't gone back to it since). Of the two episodes I have seen, I'd say I don't have a problem with a female Doctor, but I'm not sure I like Jodie Whittaker - her performance seems a little forced to me. Having said that, it took me a while to warm to Capaldi as well, so we will have to see how it goes...
  15. A Game of Thrones

    I too would like to read the next book in the series (sooner, rather than later as I have mostly forgotten where the last one left off now!) but I would far rather Martin write the book he wants too in his own time than push one out quickly just because his series has suddenly become popular (after all, this is something he has been writing since 1996). With regard to cost, you don't have to buy these new books, but if £12 is the hardback price - I've not checked - that seems pretty reasonable to me (having just paid £17 for one!).