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6 hours ago, GordonD said:

I seem to be going through a phase of reading novels by comedians in which somebody tries to erase a World War from history. This time it was Making History by Stephen Fry, in which somebody uses a time machine to dump sterilisation tablets in the well of an Austrian village, so that Hitler was never born. As with the Ben Elton book, the world that results is far from Utopia...

Enjoyed it, though large chunks of it are written in screenplay format for no apparent reason, which was intensely irritating.

I've read them both too. The Stephen Fry one was my favorite. Time and Time Again was okay but Ben Elton just tries so hard to prove to the reader that he's done his research and his scenes of "love-making" were just cringe.

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Just battered through several books in last 3 weeks or so.

Just finished The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Brilliant follow up to The Underground Railroad. Not as good though.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinham Braithwaite.
Brilliant and darkly funny read.

Rosewater by Tade Thompson.
Start of a trilogy. Set in 2066, Nigeria. It goes back and forth between 2066 and 2050. Sci fi at its best. Well worth the read.

The Pearl by John Steinbeck. A shirt story by one of my favourite authors. He did no wrong in my eyes.

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Just finished ‘Ghost Rider’ by Neil Peart. As a long time Rush fan, I was obviously well aware of the double tragedy that hit Neil, and had always wanted to read this. I put it off for years, but bought the book two weeks ago and it was a difficult, but ultimately rewarding read. The guy is a wonderful writer, and it certainly isn’t bleak all the way through, far from it. If you aren’t a Rush fan, and don’t know the kind of quiet publicity-shunning character that Neil Peart is, and have no attachment to the guy through years of his music, then probably not for you. It definitely helps to be invested in the man behind the book and you go into it knowing what he went through.

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Plague by Albert Camus 

Portnoys Complaint by Philip Roth

Amerika by Franz Kafka


I am currently reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Unexpectedly found some of the dialogue rather amusing:


The part when one of the inmates from the insane asylum mistakes Mr Norton for Thomas Jefferson. 


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I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

900 pages of repetitive rubbish, I was willing it to end. Seems a movie is being made, it should maybe work ok on screen.

Just starting - The Cyclist Who Went Out In The Cold - Adventures Along The Iron Curtain Trail by Tim Moore.

The author attempts to cycle the length of the old 'Iron Curtain' from Northern Finland/Russia, all the way to Bulgaria on an old, slightly modified East German shopping bicycle.

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