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About Brian.

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  • Birthday 11/24/1980

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  1. Another good week reading. The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell. I really enjoyed this book and with each Wallander book I read, the more and more I like the character. As soon as I had finished it I went and bought the next two in the series. Gurkha by Kailash Limbu. An account of a group of Gurkhas in Afghanistan serving for the British army. The book was pretty well written but the battles they were involved in have been covered at length in other, better books. The big redeeming part of this book however is the back story of where Kailash Limbu came from and what he and others have to go through to join the Gurkhas. You can really feel the brotherhood they feel for each other and what it means to them to be a Gurkha. The book ends with a nice round-up of where the people involved are now. The Bat by Jo Nesbo. I really like Nesbo and read this as I am a bit of a completist but to be honest its not his best work. I thought it was ok but the later books are far better written and the characer of Harry Hole is far more rounded and fleshed out. Some the decisions taken by some of the other characters are very strange to say the least. I also started Fellside by M.R. Carey but abandonded it after 60 pages as it just wasn't doing anything for me. I may come back to it in the future as it generally gets really good reviews. I am also still reading War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I am 20 chapters in, so ahead of my chapter a day target. So far I like it but I am finding it a little tricky following who all the characters are. I have found having a simple family tree I found online helps with this though.
  2. I'm yet to read any le Carre but if spy novels are your thing the Len Deighton comes to mind.
  3. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    I watched a few movies in the last 10 days. Star Wars:The Last Jedi (ok but nothing special), Molly's Game (enjoyable movie, typical Sorkin, load of dialogue), and Darkest Hour (great performance from Oldman but the movie lacked something for me).
  4. I am looking forward to reading Bruce's book myself and a friend has promised to lend it to me when he is finished with it. Like you I think it would be nice to read more band related stuff but I also understand why he might have wanted to leave it out. A lot has already been written about the band and I guess he wanted to tell his story, not that of Iron Maiden.
  5. Two more books finished this week, Dirty Work by Gabriel Weston and The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis. I picked up Dirty Work at my local library because the back cover blurb sounded interesting. The book ended up being very different to what I had expected but it was an OK read none the less. I picked up The Undoing Project over Christmas and decided to read it as part of the readathon over the weekend. I really like Michael Lewis and have read all his previous book and this one was as good as those. It focuses on human behaviour tied in with economic logic and is fascinating. Lewis has a very good knack of explaining complex subjects in a simple way without making it feel like you are being talked down to. I'm making my way through War and Peace at the pace of a chapter or two a day with the intention to have it finished by the end of the year at the latest. I also started to read The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell which I really like so far. It will be a sad day when I get to the end of the Wallander books.
  6. Thanks Alexi. It will make me wary of book on individual battles in future although I do have a book about Arnhem on my bookcase that I will read this year.
  7. Free Books

    Yeah I cleared out my list to start again. I do have a short list on Amazon that I created if you want to take a look but there isn't a huge amount on there. If you PM me your address I'll get the book sent out to you late next week.
  8. Read-a-thon 2018

    I read one book yesterday, The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, 360 pages. Nothing so far yet today but I am planning to do some more reading this evening.
  9. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    I've been catching up on Criminal Minds, starting again at season 9.
  10. Free Books

    I have decided to update this thread. I have a stack of books that I have finished reading so are up for grabs if anyone is interested in them. The criteria in my original post still applies and if any are unclaimed in 2 weeks they will be donated to a charity shop. The Boys from Baghdad - Simon Low Sidetracked - Henning Mankell The Siren - Alison Bruce The Life and Death of St Kilda - Tom Steel Ringworld - Larry Niven Last Human - Doug Naylor The Accident on the A35 - Graeme Macrae Burnet Infinity Welcomes Safe Drivers - Grant Naylor Conclave - Robert Harris Better Than Life - Grant Naylor Silence - Jan Costin Wagner The Highland Clearances - John Prebble Solaris - Stanislaw Lem The Rookie - Stephen Moss Funeral in Berlin - Len Deighton It's So Easy - Duff McKagan Ice Breaker - John Gardner Get Shorty - Elmore Leonard The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman The Calling - Alison Bruce
  11. I have finished my first book of 2018, Verdun by William F. Buckingham. The book was a huge letdown for me and I only finished it as I was able to read it pretty quickly. A lot of the book seemed to be statistic based stating that a certain unit lost x amount of people at a battle on x day. The good parts were when the author decided to flesh out stuff with some anecdotes from people's personal diaries. Another thing that also really let it down was the fact that it is almost entirely written from the point of view of the French troops. It would have been much better served if it was equally split between both groups of combatants.
  12. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I love your statistic analysis of the year.
  13. Read-a-thon 2018

    I've got a few books ready to be read and I have made a start on reading War and Peace. The original intention was to read a chapter a day but I could use this opportunity to made some better headway into it.
  14. My final 2 books of 2017 have been completed which brings me to 38 for the year. I have also decided to have an ongoing thread instead of a new one each year as I didn't update this thread that often. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman I bought this book as I needed another book to complete a deal at Waterstones. This really isn't the kind of thing I would normally go for but I decided to broaden my horizons and try something different. By the time I finished the book I would say I enjoyed it but it didn't really move me. It is very interesting reading reviews afterwards to see how different people reacted to the two main characters. I found myself feeling far more sympathetic towards Tom rather than Izzy who I thought was very unreasonable. I imagine having children would affect how someone would react the story. The Calling by Alison Bruce The is the third book in the detective Goodhew series. So far I found the series entertaining if a bit formulaic and it is nice to read about Cambridge, an area I know. For me the book swung between pretty good and slightly incoherent. There was one too many ex-girlfriends for my liking and it got a bit tricky to keep track of all of them. When I had finished I read that this book was actually written first and I think that is reflected in the quality of the writing. The editing could have been a bit tighter but it was entertaining all the same.
  15. 38 which is higher than I thought I would manage by the time we got to August.