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  • Birthday 02/22/1949

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  1. Bruce Springsteen

    I have just completed Brice Springsteen's autobiography 'Born To Run'. Strange because I am neither a particular fan of the man or his music, but it was recommended to me by my elder son who had recently read it, so I thought I ought to try it. Very well written,after some 'rock' auto/biogs that are barely literate! Actually written by him, as opposed to talking to a recorder then getting someone to transcribe it; or as a 'as told to' type of book. He explains the mechanics of his writing in an epilogue, and comes across as a caring and thoughtful man,with deep love for his music and family. His sense of loss when saxophone player Clarence Clemons died ia almost palpable in these pages. I was so impressed with the book, that I decided that this year I will try and listen to a lot of his music; as I now know the back story of each album, I hope it will be worthwhile! A pleasant surprise, from someone I have long been 'aware of' but who I had never actually got 'into' musically.
  2. Peter Lovesey & Peter Diamond

    Yes, I understood that! Sorry if it looked like I was sniping, that was not my intention! As I said,I am always thrilled to discover a 'new' (to me) author, and doubly so if I like their work!
  3. Peter Lovesey & Peter Diamond

    I like your spirit, to try a 'new' author,that's how I am myself! But Peter Lovesey has been publishing since 1970 and is an 80 year old man, so he is not 'new' in that sense! I have now read the 15th and 16th novels and found them as good (if not better) than some of the earlier ones, which are firm favourites to me.
  4. I have just got hold of the 15th and 16th books about Peter Diamond, by the writer Peter Lovesey. I have to say that of all the fictional cops/ detectives etc, Diamond is probably my favourite character of the lot (after Sherlock Holmes, of course!) Well plotted and easy to read mysteries, usually involving a murder or two, with (IMO) a solid and satisfying 'hero'. Also great descriptions of Bath, where Diamond is based, and the surrounding areas. I have also read the 'Hen Mallin' books by Lovesey, she is a female superintendant (equal rank to Diamond) who has two books of her own and she also features in two or three of the Diamond stories. Then there are Lovesey's short story collections, and a handful of standalone tales, which I really like too. Strangely, Lovesey also wrote the 'Sgt Cribb' series of the Victorian detective, which were made into a TV series. I simply cannot get on with those,although I have tried a few times! Lovesey is a writer worth checking out, if you have never read him.
  5. Lee Child

    I have just read 'Night School' the latest Reacher story, which only cam out here (UK) a couple of weeks ago. I loved it,and thought it was much better than the last couple, which have been feeling rather 'tired' as if the author could not really be bothered. Night School is 'old style' Reacher,back to the feel of the first books,with a harder edge.
  6. Val McDermid

    I have read most of her output and find them to be well written and they certainly keep you guessing a lot of the time. Not so keen on the Tony Jordan ones (Wire in the Blood series) I prefer the standalone ones for the most part.
  7. Your Age?

    67 here almost 68. But 18 forever,mentally!
  8. Hemingway

    Just came across this one which I found amusing! It is the late Alan Coren's take on Winnie the Pooh as writen by Hemmingway: It snowed hard that winter. It was the winter they all went up to the Front. You could get up early in the morning, if you were not wounded and forced to lie in your bed and look at the ceiling and wonder about the thing with the women, and you could see them going up to the Front, in the snow. When they walked in the snow, they left tracks, and after they had gone the snow would come down again and pretty soon the tracks would not be there any more. That is the way it is with snow. Pooh did not go up to the Front that winter. Nor did he lie in bed and look at the ceiling, although last winter he had lain in bed and looked up at the ceiling, because that was the winter he had gone up to the Front and got his wound. It had snowed that winter, too. This winter he could walk around. It was one of those wounds that left you able to walk around. It was one of those wounds that did not leave you much more. Pooh got up and he went out into the snow and he went to see Piglet. Piglet had been one of the great ones, once. Piglet had been one of the poujadas, one of the endarillos, one of the nogales. He had been one of the greatest nogales there had ever been, but he was not one of the greatest nogales any more. He did not go up to the Front, either. Piglet was sitting at his usual table, looking at an empty glass of enjarda. ‘I thought you were out,' said Pooh. ‘No,' said Piglet. ‘I was not out.' ‘You were thinking about the wound?' said Pooh. ‘No,' said Piglet. ‘I was not thinking about the wound. I do not think about the wound very much, any more.' They watched them going up to the Front, in the snow. ‘We could go and see Eeyore,' said Pooh. ‘Yes,' said Piglet. ‘We could go and see Eeyore.' They went out into the snow. ‘Do you hear the guns?' said Pooh. ‘Yes,' said Piglet. ‘I hear the guns.' When they got to Eeyore's house, he was looking at an empty glass of ortega. They used to make ortega by taking the new orreros out of the ground very early in the morning, before the dew had dried, and crushing them between the mantemagni, but they did not make it that way any more. Not since the fighting up at the Front. ‘Do you hear the guns?' said Eeyore. ‘Yes,' said Pooh. ‘I hear the guns.' ‘It is still snowing,' said Piglet. ‘Yes,' said Eeyore. ‘That is the way it is.' ‘That is the way it is,' said Pooh.
  9. James Patterson

    I was given a set of the Alex Cross novels. Gave up a short way into the first. Badly written and (IMO) very badly edited garbage. Found many other authors who write similar stories, who are actually capable of doing so!
  10. Cadfael stories by Ellis Peters

    As an additional goodie, I recently came into possession of the entire TV shows for the Cadfael series, 13 episodes only, spread over four 'series' and (of course) not filmed in the same order as the books! (are they ever?) But so far, I have watched three episodes, and while they are sort of condensed, by cutting out lots of side issues that are mentioned in the books, I am still recognising the stories, and enjoying them! I know this forum is not to discuss TV or films, but I thought it was a happy accident, that I got hold of the films, just after reading the books!
  11. The Complete HP Lovecraft is full of goodies, as he only ever wrote two (some say three!) full length novels! All the short stories are well weird and really creeped me out when I first read them!
  12. Cadfael stories by Ellis Peters

    And now.... I have finished them! A thouroughly enjoyable romp through turbulent times, with a friendly and logical 'hero'. I will check out Edith Pargeters other detective books when I get the chance!
  13. Cadfael stories by Ellis Peters

    Well I am currently almost at the end of the seventeenth of these, and still loving them every bit as much as when I read the first one (which was in fact the 'prequel' written much later but chronologically, the first few things that Cadfael solved!)
  14. I loved the 'Gaia Trilogy' by John Varley. These books are 'Titan', 'Wizard' and 'Demon'. Set on another world, except it is not really a 'world' but.... give them a try and see what you think!
  15. Brother Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) I know these have been around for a while now, and I remember my eldest son suggesting I would like them, when he read them way back. I have never got around to them until a couple of weeks ago,when I got the whole series as ebooks! Loving them,and about to start reading the seventh. There are twenty actual novels, and then one 'prequel' book, which contains three short stories,and chronologically, should be read first; so I read it first! Easy reading, good plots that offer a mystery, without having to analyse every word or action of individual characters. Edith Pargeter wrote these as well as other series of modern day crime novels, and I am finding them a refreshing change from car chase/gun fight/ drug addict crime stories. As complex as you want them to be, depending what you read into them and how you interpret the tales. Otherwise, simply good simple crime stories, well written and well told. I must admit that at this stage, I am a fan!