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Yeah the telling the time thing is a great thing to have. Always fancied a crack at that Neagley bird he knows... He always manages to get the women does Jack.

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I've read a few of these myself. Not a great fan of the ones written in first person, although I think they're the earlier novels? My favourite is the one with the crazy Mexican girl who tries to get him to kill her husband, can't remember the name though.

Good books. I too love how he knows the time.

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The Human Stain ~ Philip Roth

Although I'm something of a fan of Roth's, I found it difficult to fully engage with this novel and consequently found it a wee bit of a slog. One problem was that I struggled to really care enough about the main protagonist; a college professor forced out of his job after being wrongly acused of racism. It's not exactly unusual for there to be a certain degree of ambiguity at the core of Roth's characters, and he doesn't always make them the easiest to like, but I found it hard to muster too much sympathy at all in this instance, regardless of the gross misjustice he was undeniably the victim of. It's difficult to say too much about the novel without giving too much away, but I also never felt that the motives behind the truly life changing decision the principal character made were really fully, or particularly convincingly, explained. However, Roth is such a wonderful writer that, for all the novels flaws, there were still occasions that I couldn't help but admire his sheer stylistic brillance.

All that being said, it was by no means a bad novel, it just stands in pretty poor comparison when judged against some of the other books of his I've read, in particular American Pastoral.

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Read them all, big fan. New one due it in a week or so.

I've read the first four or five and I've found them all to be excellent reads so far. I've got more books to read, but haven't got to them yet.

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Started off as quite an interesting series.

Last couple have been absolutely dreadful.

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"Doors Open" by Iain Rankine.

Somewhat dull crime thriller set across the backdrop of Edinburgh's art world. Few guys plan an art heist, get involved with local gangster, things turn messy. Blah blah.

Mildly enjoyable, but the characters are, for the most part, one dimensional and very unlikeable. Overall, just a bit meh.

4/10

Yeah, 4/10 is about right. I thought it was very ordinary - doesn't bode well for his post-Rebus career if this is the tat he's going to churn out.

Can only imagine he wrote it on a wet weekend in Morningside.

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Used to read them all the time on holiday, they are amazing. :D

"Reacher said nothing" has to be the most used line haha.

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I'm just about to start reading The Rum Diary by Hunter S, but I'm quite reluctant to do so as I've just finished reading Fear and Loathing and can't see how it'll be any better than that

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I read The Kite Runner again to see if it was as good as I remembered it.

It was. What a terrific book.

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I'm just about to start reading The Rum Diary by Hunter S, but I'm quite reluctant to do so as I've just finished reading Fear and Loathing and can't see how it'll be any better than that

The two are not really directly comparable, the tone is compeltely different. However, I personally found both to be excellent, the study in rum sodden boredom is just a fantastic read in it's own right.

If you styill enjoy his writings afte reading that, fear and loathing on the campaign trail is a return to his more journalistic roots, whle the great white shark hunt is his collected articles and essays, and a few are absolute belters, particulary his Nixon obsession.

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"Doors Open" by Iain Rankine.

Somewhat dull crime thriller set across the backdrop of Edinburgh's art world. Few guys plan an art heist, get involved with local gangster, things turn messy. Blah blah.

Mildly enjoyable, but the characters are, for the most part, one dimensional and very unlikeable. Overall, just a bit meh.

4/10

Yeah, 4/10 is about right. I thought it was very ordinary - doesn't bode well for his post-Rebus career if this is the tat he's going to churn out.

Can only imagine he wrote it on a wet weekend in Morningside.

I wouldn't disagree too much, maybe 5/10

However, the latest effort, 'The Complaints' is a little better. Rankin returns to 'safe' territory with a decent tale about a Policeman who investigates Police corruption. It jogs along quite the thing and keeps the interest, but it's far from the simmering tension of Rebus at his prime and I wouldn't call it compelling.

6.5/10

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Finished 'Misery' by Stephen King last night. This is one of the better ones I've read, trotting along quite nicely. Good idea executed brilliantly. If King's your cup of tea, it's well worth a bash. 7 of 10.

After a mention or two just a day or so ago, I've decided to at last get round to reading 'The Acid House' by Irvine Welsh. Early days.

As for 'Doors Open', I quite enjoyed it, though I can see where others are coming from. On 'The Complaints', my mate was saying the main character had a Rebus feel to him, though I'm yet to get round to it myself to say whether that's fair.

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Started off as quite an interesting series.

Last couple have been absolutely dreadful.

A bit harsh, H_B.

Maybe not as good as the earlier ones but stick good for a bit of escapism reading..

Championlivi, if you like the Reacher books, give Harlan Coben's Marlon Bolitar series a try. Equally readable.

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A bit harsh, H_B.

Maybe not as good as the earlier ones but stick good for a bit of escapism reading..

Championlivi, if you like the Reacher books, give Harlan Coben's Marlon Bolitar series a try. Equally readable.

The one abut "Hope and Despair" was criminally bad. The one after that was marginally better.

The Harlan Coben Bolitar ones are much better in my opinion, although the latest of those was dire as well.

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I just ordered Eoin McNamee's Resurrection Man from amazon, I've been meaning to read it for a while. I also like the sound of The Twelve, another book on the Troubles, by Stuart Irvine.

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I'm about 250 pages into "The Gril with the Dragon Tattoo" and enjoying it, will reserve opinion til its finished likes

Finally got around to finishing this last night. Hmmmmm....

I really enjoyed it,I'll read two and three but I found the ending a bit weak, and the climax a bit of a rip off. I'll give bonus points that it rips off a book that the main character reads in the book mind, how very postmodern and such likes.

It had some great moments though, was very well written at times, I liked the way a relatively complex plot was juggled well, I said earlier I could understand the thriller by numbers criticism that was getting thrown at it, but there were some moments of nice depth and social debate, the Slander chracter - the Girl with the Dragon tattoo, is very intersting, given how so much of the book seems to mirror Larrsons life/interestes it's imoressive that this character seems to be a wholly fictional creation - who knows though eh?

A question for those who are further ahead - Is the Millenium trilogy an actual proper over-arching trilogy or is it just three books featuring the same charcaters? This eemed to tie up a litle too neatly, one of the reasons I think the Books final chapters felt a bit rushed.

Roll on number two though, I might even track it down tonight, I'm sure I saw my local Tesco selling it.

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