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Brian.

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  • Birthday 11/24/1980

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    SE England
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Its been a good week for me with regards to reading. I've had quite a bit of free time at work and also picked up a few novellas at my local library for the coming weeks. Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You by Marcus Chown. This book picks out some of the fundamental discoveries in quantum theory and sets out to explain them in an accessible way. Overall it succeeds in this aim even if I did find myself having to read some of the sentences several times to get them straight in my mind. Quantum physics is fascinating but extremely hard to get across and this is an admirable attempt to do so. A Little Lumpen Novella by Roberto Bolano. A short book about a pair of teenagers who are orphaned and drift into a life of petty crime and plots to make money. I like Bolano's writing but have failed to get through 2666 on two occasions so I have decided to read some of his shorter work first. The book was ok but nothing outstanding. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. I will admit that I almost gave up on this book in the early stages as I just couldn't get into it. Fortunately I didn't have another book with me at work so I decided to stick with it and ended up really enjoying it. It differs from the movie and for the better in my opinion. I normally don't like introductions but the one in this book is a worthwhile addition.
  10. I'm making good progress with War and Peace and will start something else new today, probably something non-fiction but I haven't decided on what yet.
  11. Read-a-thon 2018

    I had a quiet day at work yesterday so I managed to read a fair bit. I finished One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, approximately 200 pages and then probably another 100 or so pages of War and Peace.
  12. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    I have a Cineworld unlimited card which works well financially for me because as long as I watch 2 movies a month it pays for itself and I generally watch one a week. I agree with the distractions that occur when watching movies. I tend to go during the day in the week when it's quieter but the other day I was watching 3 Billboards and an old couple across the other side of the cinema were having a full on conversation so loud I could hear it.
  13. What's Up in February? - 2018

    Well done Noll, that's a great achievement. No work for me until Thursday when I am on a course. I need to go for a run later and it's cold and wet so I will no doubt get covered in mud
  14. I noticed on Goodreads that you were reading this and I'm so glad you enjoyed it as I loved it when I read it a few years ago.
  15. I spent yesterday afternoon reading at the small cafe in my local library. I haven't done this in ages and I forgot how much I enjoyed doing it. I wasn't sure what to read but in the end decided on a novella by Roberto Bolano.
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