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    Happy-go-lucky scamp

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    Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett
  1. Reading political books in public

    If you are worried about what people might be thinking about what you are reading, buy a Kindle.
  2. Bring the Jubilee, by Ward Moore is an interesting one. The time travel element isn't obvious at the start, it's more of an alternate history, but it is a good story.
  3. Your Top 10 books!

    With no offense to anyone who has posted a list above, lists like this really wind me up for two reasons: 1. They often (but not always) come across as "Look at me! Look at what I like! Aren't I cool for what I like!" lists and - far more importantly: 2. They tell you absolutely nothing about why what is listed is worth investing time in! If you really like something don't just make it a bullet point, tell people why you like it - tell people why you think it is good!
  4. New name, new me.

    And your new forum name is so much easier to pronounce than your old one! (far less spittle on the monitor...)
  5. Book Titles A to Z

    Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett.
  6. I remember enjoying this when I read it a few years ago. Whilst I do like Murakami's more bizarre stories, it's good to read the occasional story that is a little more grounded! After trying several of his books, I've come to the conclusion that I don't like Dick. He had some excellent ideas, but he generally didn't round them out very well and I'm not a great fan of his writing style. The only Cussler book I've read - way back in the mid/late 80s - is Raise the Titanic, which is another of his earlier books and fits in with the above pattern. They did lead to the film Sahara, however, which is also entertaining in a fairly trashy way!
  7. Your favourite Dinner choice?

    Needs some nice, thick slices of ham too.
  8. Kindle and ebooks deals

    You are right, that is a weird question! No, no cross-dressing in this one.
  9. Kindle and ebooks deals

    The first book [The Big Sleep] is probably the best one to start with. It has dated, being set in LA in the 40's, but it is still a good, strong story that is very well written.
  10. Kindle and ebooks deals

    There is a compilation edition of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels, The Lady in the Lake, The High Window and The Little Sister in today's daily Kindle deal for 99p. An even better bargain than Tinker Tailor Solider Spy the other day, and well worth a read!
  11. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a Kindle Deal of the day today, a bargain at 99p!
  12. The Last Film You Saw - 2019

    Saw this again on Tuesday night and I really think this is one of the best science fiction films I have seen for years. An intriguing plot that is handled with subtlety and thought, where other recent films of a similar ilk have been overplayed (the afore mentioned Interstellar) or have just been plain daft (Gravity). I think I am going to have to seek out the [award winning] novella it was based on (Story of Your Life, by Ted Chiang)
  13. What's the weather like?

    I think my hair is melting...
  14. How much do you read at once?

    Bit of a "how long is a piece of string" question that as it depends entirely on the book. I can spend several hours reading if I have nothing else going on and I'm enjoying the book, but on the other hand it might only be five minutes and a few pages before bed.