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Brian.

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About Brian.

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    This too shall pass
  • Birthday 11/24/1980

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    SE England
  1. Health and Fitness

    I don't know how true it is but I was once told that genetics play quite a big role in determining the level of cholesterol in your blood. For this reason you can eat all the right stuff and still have elevated cholesterol.
  2. I finished War & Peace last week and I am still trying to process my feelings on it. I rated it as 4/5 but I feel there is so much more to the book that can't be reflected in a rating. I'm not going to do a big review as I just don't think I can, and besides, there are far more qualified people than me who have already done so. I will say that I preferred the parts of the book that were based around the military campaigns when compared to the scenes at home. That is not to say I didn't like the scenes at home I just thought the others were more engaging for me. I did also initially struggle to keep track of all the characters and which family they belonged to. I found a simplified family tree online and took to having it near me when I read the book in the early stages to help me. I found it very readable in the same was as I found The Death of Ivan Ilych and would urge anyone thinking of reading it to not be put off by thinking the prose is difficult. I could have done without the second epilogue and have to admit that it did drag along a bit. If you haven't read it and have been thinking about doing so, do it. I have 2 books on the go at the moment. Flats & Quake by Rudolph Wurlitzer and King Rat by James Clavell. I have noticed that the Asian Saga by Clavell is set in an order which is different to the publication order and that King Rat is actually book 4 despite being published first. I was going to stop reading King Rat and start with Shogun but given that Shogun is almost 1200 pages long I will stick with King Rat to see how I like his writing before investing my time in Shogun.
  3. What's the weather like?

    Absolute scorcher.
  4. We went to Snowdonia and stayed in a small village called Tregarth. The main reason we went was so that we could hike to the summit of Snowdon and complete the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. We managed that without any problem and also discovered just how much other great Hiking is available in the national park. I'm definitely heading back as I fell in love with the area while we were there.
  5. Didn't manage to finish it while I was in Wales, in fact I didn't manage to do any reading at all while I was away . Too much hiking to do instead.
  6. Great going on hitting your 50th book already. Im currently sitting at 27 which should increase to 28 by the end of the day hopefully.
  7. Long time since my last post. War and Peace is going well and I'm only about 100 pages from finishing it. I had originally planned to read a chapter a day and at that rate it would have taken almost a year to finish so I'm pretty much 6 month ahead of schedule. The book started fairly slowly and the sheer amount of characters made it a little tricky to keep track of everything. However from about the halfway point it has all started to fall into place and I'm really enjoying it and will be sad when it's all over. The writing isn't hard to digest and the short chapters make dipping in and out easy. The experience has made me start thinking about the next 'big' book I want to read alongside my normal reading. I'm off to Wales tonight for a few days and I should have it finished by the time I return so i will post up some more thoughts then.
  8. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Due to the snow I have seen 2 movies at the cinema in the last few days, I, Tonya and Red Sparrow. I enjoyed both for different reasons and Red Sparrow as a lot more graphic than I thought it would be. I plan to go and see Ladybird at some point tomorrow as well.
  9. What's Up in March? - 2018

    Got my car back from the garage yesterday and it was as I suspected. The fuel filter was dirty and in normal temperatures its not an issue but in the cold weather makes diesel thicker and this caused the filter to block. A replacement filter wasn't too expensive and I read this morning that there have been a lot of call outs for the same reason on a variety of makes of diesel in the last few days.
  10. I have been quite busy since the last update so my pace has dropped off quite significantly I read The Pyramid but if left no lasting impression on me so I don't have anything to say about it. I also failed to make any more progress with War and Peace but with the poor weather I plan to make up for that over the coming weekend. I did manage A Farewell to Arms though and it has left me with some mixed emotions about it. The only other Hemingway I had read was The Old Man and the Sea which I remember really enjoying. The writing style in Arms was quite off putting at times and I felt it just didn't flow as I remember it did with Old Man (that could be my poor memory though). However the story was really interesting, especially as I know it is semi-autobiographical. Most of the characters were engaging but I did find the main female character to be fairly one-dimensional. I had difficulty believing the depth of the relationship that develops between her and Frederic, it felt unauthentic. The big thing that really worked for me and saved the book in my opinion is the ending. I came at me like a kick to the stomach and I was left in a reflective mood when I finished it. I rated the book 4/5 on Goodreads but had half stars been an option I would have given it 3.5 Next up for me is Stasi Child by David Young.
  11. What's Up in February? - 2018

    My car broke down this morning on the way home from work after a nightshift. Fortunately I get free recovery with my services at the main dealer so I got home eventually even if it did take hours. Had so little sleep I have taken the night off work so I get an extra night on the sofa.
  12. 2 more books read finished this week which brings my total for the year so far to 14. My reading mojo is higher than it has ever been so I plan to make the most of it while I can. The books finished last week were, One Step Behind by Henning Mankell. Not much for me to say here as Mankell is steadily becoming my favourite writer and seems incapable of writing a bad book. Another very good book in the Wallander series and my only very minor gripe is that the medical angle is pushed a little too often. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker. Another book on the '1001' list which regularly pops up in best of all time lists. I didn't realise until I started reading the book that the whole story is told through a series of letters. The story is very good but the style of writing using slang terms and spelling errors to create the pattern of speech desired grated me at times. I also found some of the asides didn't really add to the story but all in all a decent book. This week I am planning to push ahead with War and Peace with the aim to have read 25% of the book by Sunday. The rest of the plan for the week is to read The Pyramid by Ismail Kadare and Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
  13. I popped into town yesterday to drop some books off at the charity bookshop only to find out that it's been closed due to a lease change. We now only have one charity bookshop in town which is extremely small and has a limited selection. I'm quite disappointed by this as I used it all the time and they had a great selection. This now means that I will have to try and find another charity bookshop even if it means driving to another town. I finished Hitman by Bret Hart which is his biography about his time growing up and as a professional wrestler. I have to say that the book was fantastic and really well written. I couldn't put it down and as a result spent all of Sunday with it. I have now moved on to the next in the Wallander series (for me), One Step Behind.
  14. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2018

    I've read The Nakano Thrift shop which I bought based entirely on the cover I didn't love it but I thought it was ok, hope you enjoy it.
  15. Read-a-thon 2018

    I spent all of yesterday and most of Saturday reading, something I haven't done for a long time. My book of choice was Hitman, by Bret Hart, a biography of his time as pro wrestler. It was superb and I just had to keep reading even when I should have been doing other things. I think I read about 800 pages across Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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