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Old 13-02-2013, 23:18
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I was quite looking forward to this book and knew that it would be "of its time". I quite enjoyed the old fashioned language and could forgive the appalling attitude to the lower classes and foreigners.

At the very start of the book I couldn't see why Hannay would give Scudder shelter and believe his story.Things went downhill from that point onwards for me, with a series of unbelievable events and coincidences!

I saw the Rupert Penry-Jones BBC version a couple of years ago and have a 1950s version with Kenneth More recorded on the PVR to watch. I think that the 1930s B & W Hitchcock version is supposed to be the best though?
I enjoyed the Kenneth More movie version, I've another couple of John Buchan freebies on Kindle, the author is "of his time" in history right enough. Quaint as they say
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Old 14-02-2013, 00:02
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About to start The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. It's quite a hefty book but has had some very good reviews. Looking forward to it.
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Old 14-02-2013, 09:19
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Just started reading Disappear by Iain Edward Henn. so far its very good.
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Old 14-02-2013, 09:27
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Finished "you're next" - what a rollercoaster of a ride, brilliant! Also finished "What my best friend did" - didnt like the open ending I prefer resolution.

So anyway onwards and upwards. My next print book is "Tainted" by Brooke Morgan, my next Kindle read is "Human Remains" by Elizabeth Haynes.
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Old 14-02-2013, 14:42
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Finished "you're next" - what a rollercoaster of a ride, brilliant! Also finished "What my best friend did" - didnt like the open ending I prefer resolution.

So anyway onwards and upwards. My next print book is "Tainted" by Brooke Morgan, my next Kindle read is "Human Remains" by Elizabeth Haynes.
That's an excellent thriller Lizzy. I particularly enjoyed the bits in the hospital with Shep and Dr Cha!

Will be interested to hear what you think of Elizabeth Haynes' latest book. I found her last one disappointing.
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Old 15-02-2013, 07:41
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That's an excellent thriller Lizzy. I particularly enjoyed the bits in the hospital with Shep and Dr Cha!

Will be interested to hear what you think of Elizabeth Haynes' latest book. I found her last one disappointing.
I think Shep is perhaps one of my favourite characters from a book ever....He is great! I'm reading another one of his, "We Know". Not quite as good but still really enjoying it.

As for "Human Remains" I started it at 10 yesterday morning and finished it at 3. I thought it was terrific. But then I liked Revenge of the Tide very much too so can't promise you will like it. She's veered away from writing a "relationship" novel and this book is very much about the LACK of a relationship in people's lives and what that can mean. It was perfectly done I thought - also the central "villain" was very well written. Edit to add: Don't expect much of a mystery though. Its less a mystery and more a character piece. There isnt any attempt to do a "twist" or hide that the villain is the villain etc. Thats why it works so well I think. You are not tied up wondering if you've got anything "right" or "wrong" you just really want to know what the characters are going to do in the situations they find themselves in!
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Old 15-02-2013, 15:57
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Downloaded 'You're Next' after reading this thread earlier and am already about a 3rd of the way through, enjoying it so far
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Old 15-02-2013, 16:08
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Finished "We Know" it was pretty darn good. Am now onto (Kindle) The Carrier by Sophie Hannah.
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Old 15-02-2013, 16:33
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Finished "We Know" it was pretty darn good. Am now onto (Kindle) The Carrier by Sophie Hannah.
Might have a look at that one, 'You're Next' was such a good book I don't know why I haven't read any more by the author yet.

Still reading 'Wool', I'm on part 5 now. I'm trying to decide whether to list them as 5 separate books in the 213 in 2013 thread as they were originally separate, and it's just that I happened to get the version with them all put together in one book. It would help my target along nicely but can't decide if that's cheating or not!!!!
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Old 15-02-2013, 23:08
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I was not disappointed in the ending - I thought it was pretty perfect really, considering how the characters came across during the whole of the book, I wouldnt say it was unexpected but definitely satisfying. Will look forward to hearing your thoughts when you are done
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brilliant.
Finished Gone Girl this evening; the quickest I've read a book in a while!
Very well paced, and so far, definately my most memorable read of the year; I actually found the ending quite chilling!
One of those books that leaves me needing to take a breather for a day or two before starting on a new read!
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Old 16-02-2013, 08:40
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I started Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning, yesterday and am about halfway through already, really enjoying it.
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Old 16-02-2013, 11:59
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I finished Gone Girl too.

Spoiler

Highly recommended.
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Old 16-02-2013, 18:04
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Half way through the latest Iain M Banks Sci-Fi book 'The Hydrogen Sonata". First rate, beautifully written, space opera on a grand scale. Another must read gem for all the "Culture", Minds and ship fans.
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Old 16-02-2013, 22:40
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I finished The Secret of Crikley Hall by James Herbert earlier. Just started The Midwife's Daughter by Patricia Ferguson.
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Old 17-02-2013, 08:50
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I'm giving I, Claudius by Robert Graves a go at the moment.
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Old 17-02-2013, 17:51
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I've just started The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.
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Old 17-02-2013, 20:17
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S.J.Bolton - Now you see me
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Old 17-02-2013, 20:39
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Dark Hollow by John Connolly. 2nd in the Charlie Parker series. Nice easy commuting read.
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Old 18-02-2013, 09:52
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Finished The Woman in Black and l wish l had not started it, tedious load of twaddle.
Now starting Sepulchre by Kate Mosse.
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Old 18-02-2013, 11:28
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Finished The Woman in Black and l wish l had not started it, tedious load of twaddle.
Now starting Sepulchre by Kate Mosse.
I was really looking forward to The woman in black after reading good reviews,but I hated it and gave up not even half way through.It was rubbish.
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Old 18-02-2013, 11:31
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I have just finished The wicked girls by Alex Marwood,i thought it was ok,but not brilliant.
I have just started The well by Peter Labrow,which was free from Amazon,upto now it's really good.
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Old 18-02-2013, 11:53
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Finished The Woman in Black and l wish l had not started it, tedious load of twaddle.
Oh, I loved that

Just finished Drive by James Sallis. Very different to the film and strangely demanding, despite the sparseness. Wished there was more of it, but a fine read as it is.

Now on to Dark Matter by Michelle Paver. Hoping for something nicely spooky.
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Old 18-02-2013, 18:15
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I've finished the Sun In Splendour by Sharon Penman. A good read about the Wars of the Roses.

I'm about to start The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life by William Nicholson. This is the first of three novels set in the fictional village of Edenfield, East Sussex. I've already read the third novel, The Golden Hour, not realising that it was part of a series. This means that I do have an idea of the outcome for at least two of the characters in this first novel.

I was very impressed by The Golden Hour, which I think was heavily influenced by Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life starts with a quotation from Middlemarch by George Eliot and I guess that Nicholson may have based his story on this novel. I've never read Middlemarch so it will be hard for me to tell!
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Old 18-02-2013, 23:55
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Am reading Ruth Ellis (My sister's secret life). It's written by Ruth's sister Muriel Jakubait. It's certainly very interesting.
Ruth was the last woman to be hung in July 1955. I can't say how many times I have watched the film from 1985 'Dance with a Stranger' which Muriel does not think much of as they did not portray her sister how she really was.
Muriel has done a lot of research into Ruth's life before she was hung and after and she suggests there was a whole lot of covering up done to try and hide and hush things up. Also that Ruth did not kill her lover David and that there may have well been a connection with Stephen Ward and Christine Keeler scandal.
Maybe it's all one big conspiracy theory but maybe its not ? But definitely is food for thought.
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Old 19-02-2013, 10:16
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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I've read his first two - Shadow of the Wind and Angel's Game. I'm still not sure what the whole thing is about but apparently he wants to write another in the series to make it four, so maybe then all will become clear. They 're about post Civil War Spain, books, mystery and intrigue and are very good.

The Prisoner of Heaven I notice has a little endorsement on the back by Stephen King no less: 'The real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendour and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots........one gorgeous read.'
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