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woodster

posted on 7/7/17 at 10:05 PM Reply With Quote
Holiday read

Simple really I'm going to be lying on a beach for 2 weeks anyone got a reading suggestion .... I want something interesting fiction or non
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Andi

posted on 7/7/17 at 10:35 PM Reply With Quote
Hmm holidays are the only time I read a book. And then im strictly limited to war types.
American sniper is good and have just finished soldier spy (MI5 true account) which is quite good too.

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Ugg10

posted on 7/7/17 at 10:45 PM Reply With Quote
Stephen Donaldson - Thomas covenant chronicles - very similar to lord of the rings and almost as good (9 or 10 books worth, should keep you busy, but you can read them in threes)
Or his sci-fi version of the ring cycle - the gap series (5 books)
Also a bit of mind bending sci-fi - dan simmonds - Hyperion series (4 books) or ilium/Olympos

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Angel Acevedo

posted on 8/7/17 at 01:23 AM Reply With Quote
Peter Wright, Cazador de Espías.
I can´t find the name in english.

Chaos, by James Gleick.


Triplet, Ken Follet.

Threat Vector, Michael DiMercurio

And not my type but good read Inferno by Dan Brown





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rusty nuts

posted on 8/7/17 at 06:35 AM Reply With Quote
Bernard Cornwell , The last kingdom series if you like historical based fiction , The game of thrones series , historical/fantasy by George RR Thomas . Don't let the TV series of either put you off .
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craigdiver

posted on 8/7/17 at 06:53 AM Reply With Quote
I've heard that Build Your Own Sports Car on a budget by Chris Gibbs is a good read

OR

SVA manual cover to cover

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shindha

posted on 8/7/17 at 07:07 AM Reply With Quote
We're off in a weeks time got Guy Martins biography.
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Rod Ends

posted on 8/7/17 at 11:00 AM Reply With Quote
Total Competition by Ross Brawn is interesting.
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britishtrident

posted on 8/7/17 at 11:43 AM Reply With Quote
For are real read that will keep reading try "An Officer and a Spy" by Robert Harris or for something more action/adventure "Pompeii" by the same author.

You could try any of the the McLevy (and Jean Brash) series by David Ashton ---

Also Lyndsey Davis "The Course of Honour" or "Master and God" or her rather lighter Falco series.

Any of t he Wallander series by Henninh Mankell are also good I would particularly recommend "The Pyramid" which is a collection of shorter stories about Kurt Wallander's early days .

Alan Furst has written a great series of spy novels set in eastern Europe and France in the build up to and early days of WW2 most famous is "The Spies of Warsaw" which was televised by BBC4





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red22

posted on 8/7/17 at 11:54 AM Reply With Quote
Any Robert Ludlum. The Bourne series author. But he's done lots of others all a good read. Also every few holidays l reread the Stand cos it lasts ages.

Not big on non fiction but loved Danny Bakers two biographies. Very funny and enlightening.

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red22

posted on 8/7/17 at 11:55 AM Reply With Quote
Any Robert Ludlum. The Bourne series author. But he's done lots of others all a good read. Also every few holidays l reread the Stand cos it lasts ages.

Not big on non fiction but loved Danny Bakers two biographies. Very funny and enlightening.

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coozer

posted on 8/7/17 at 01:41 PM Reply With Quote
The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn is my current fav..

Basically Mitch is a cia undercover killer battling terrorists across the globe..





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AntonUK

posted on 8/7/17 at 02:03 PM Reply With Quote
My Recent favorites.

Look who's back - Timr Vermes - Recommended in Guy Martins book. The story of Adolf Hitler walking up in modern day Berlin

All the Guy Martin Books

Electronic Dreams - Tom Lean - If your a vintage computer nerd

American Sniper - Chris Kyle

The Martian - Andy Weir - yes the one from the movie and by far the best book ive come across

Ghost in the Wires - Kevin Mitnick - famout computer hacker tells his store - amazing





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jps

posted on 8/7/17 at 02:25 PM Reply With Quote
Terry Pratchett books are very popular and if you haven't read them they shouldn't necessarily be pigeon holed as geeky/fantasy stories (although some of his stuff is a bit like that most of his books have a lot more to them than that). I'd say try Mort, Reaper Man or Guards! Guards! as starting points.

Catch 22 is a great book. I recently read SS-GB (before it was on telly) and thought it good. Would also recommend Robert Harris - Archangel and Fatherland are both excellent.

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Slimy38

posted on 8/7/17 at 04:07 PM Reply With Quote
Second vote for Terry Pratchett, there are some weak ones in the series but one of my favourites is Moving Pictures. It is proper laugh out loud funny.

The Martian is another favourite, while the film was pretty good the book had a lot more detail in it. Same goes for the Hunger Games books (don't laugh!), the original books were written from an inner monologue point of view which means about 10% of the actual content actually manage to get into the film.

I'd like to also recommend the Walking Dead comics, they're obviously a little more bulky than the average paperback but if you are looking for Kindle related content then the electronic versions are available. Again, what ended up on the screen is tiny compared to what was written (or drawn!)

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Irony

posted on 8/7/17 at 05:41 PM Reply With Quote
Anything by Wilber Smith is amazing. For a holiday read though I think Clive Cusslers Dirk Pitt novels are fantastic. And he is a proper car nut.
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Irony

posted on 8/7/17 at 05:43 PM Reply With Quote
I smashed all 3 hunger games books during a weekend in Venice. I hate Venice though
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britishtrident

posted on 8/7/17 at 06:41 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jps
Terry Pratchett books are very popular and if you haven't read them they shouldn't necessarily be pigeon holed as geeky/fantasy stories (although some of his stuff is a bit like that most of his books have a lot more to them than that). I'd say try Mort, Reaper Man or Guards! Guards! as starting points.

Catch 22 is a great book. I recently read SS-GB (before it was on telly) and thought it good. Would also recommend Robert Harris - Archangel and Fatherland are both excellent.



"The first time Yossarian saw the Chaplain he fell in love with him" ----- Catch 22's openning line is probably the memorable line in modern fiction.

I think SS-GB is the only Len Deighton fiction book I haven't read -- loved the TV version my favourite of his is Winter





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SteveWallace

posted on 9/7/17 at 08:36 AM Reply With Quote
+1 for the Martian

Also, Andrew Marr's 'Head of State' is a good read. Its set just before the EU referendum and there is an unexpected plot twist early on that means that the book is probably not what you would have expected.

The series of three books by Paul E Hardisty (Starting with 'The Abrupt Physics of Dying' ) are worth a read, but I'm maybe bias as he's a very good friend of mine.

If you want non-fiction then Jim Al-khalili's book 'Aliens' is good - its a series of essays from various authors on the search for and potential nature of extra-terrestrial life. Also, Richard Wiseman's 'Paranormality' is a great debunk of supernatural phenomena based on psychology and how the brain works.

If you want an autobiography try 'Failure is Not an Option' by Gene Kranz, mission controller for many of the Apollo moon shots.





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MikeR

posted on 9/7/17 at 03:09 PM Reply With Quote
I tried catch 22 and just couldn't get along with it. I kept at it for days (on holiday) and reluctantly gave in as i wasn't enjoying and it was starting to spoil the holiday.

(i hate not finishing a book)

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llionellis

posted on 9/7/17 at 03:51 PM Reply With Quote
The Stieg Larsson trilogy. Unfortunately if you don't read quickly all your holiday will be spent reading. Once you start reading you won't want to put the books down.
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posted on 9/7/17 at 09:34 PM Reply With Quote
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britishtrident

posted on 9/7/17 at 10:05 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by llionellis
The Stieg Larsson trilogy. Unfortunately if you don't read quickly all your holiday will be spent reading. Once you start reading you won't want to put the books down.


The Inspector Martin Beck series is really good nordic crime reading that hasn't caught on here yet





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llionellis

posted on 9/7/17 at 10:14 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by llionellis
The Stieg Larsson trilogy. Unfortunately if you don't read quickly all your holiday will be spent reading. Once you start reading you won't want to put the books down.


The Inspector Martin Beck series is really good nordic crime reading that hasn't caught on here yet


I'll check those out, I'm reading Jo Nesbo books at present. Another good Scandinavian author

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Angel Acevedo

posted on 10/7/17 at 02:21 AM Reply With Quote

I wonder if woodster is still reading this thread or already on vacation...





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