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Liz's comments from the UK Book Club group.

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Jul 19, 2016 02:50AM

21875 Still haven't started mine.... I have The Orchard of Lost Souls coming from the library.

BTW Mercia, I thought Empire of the Sun was excellent. I hope you're enjoying it (although that may not be the right word to use!)

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed Empire of the Sun (Empire of the Sun, #1) by J.G. Ballard
21875 Ha ha! Your secret's safe with me!
Jul 15, 2016 07:09AM

21875 T. K. Elliott wrote: "Thanks, Bill - I'd wondered what you'd thought of it. :-)


Tiffany, how did you find The Hangman's Daughter? I've just finished. I thought it was good, but not great.

I enjoyed the first two thirds more than the final part. It started very well, but sadly, I felt it became rather predictable/formulaic as it worked it's way to the climax and resolution. It's fine as a holiday read, but I think I wanted something a bit meatier!
Jul 15, 2016 06:50AM

21875 Tania wrote: "Was looking at reading A Month in the Country but was not sure if that counted as one."

A Month in the Country has been on my to-read list for a long time. It might count as a modern classic (perhaps a forgotten classic?!) As it deals with the aftermath of the 1st WW it might just fit into the genre challenge this month too... I saw the film years ago (early 90's?), I remember enjoying it.
Jul 13, 2016 10:34PM

21875 '1984' is definitely worth reading. I thought 'Rebecca' was a rollicking good read and have meant to read more Daphne du Maurier....
Jul 12, 2016 05:38PM

21875 Yes, Modern or '20thCentury Classics'. Things like 'Slaughter House 5', 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' '1984', 'Lolita' etc.
Jul 12, 2016 05:23AM

21875 My library book hasn't come yet and I realised that I also have The Hangman's Daughter on my Kindle. (I must have downloaded it when it was on special offer a while back...) So I've made a start.

It's a good page-turner, but there do seem to be a few anachronisms here and there. (I didn't think they had carpet on the stairs during this period - carpets being incredibly expensive.)

I'm enjoying it so far, but I don't think it should be taken too seriously; the villains are a little 'boo-hiss', if you know what I mean. I hope it has a good ending...

The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1) by Oliver Pötzsch
Jul 12, 2016 05:10AM

21875 72). Mongolia: Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong. Detailed story of two students sent to the Mongolian grasslands during/after the Cultural Revolution. It's a slow burn with loads of info' about the nomadic culture and the behaviour of wolves. Took me ages to read, but drew me in and left me in tears, despite the inevitability of the conclusion.

Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
Jul 09, 2016 11:11PM

21875 I've just thought of 'The Naked Civil Servant': Quentin Crisp. Although I've never read it!
Jul 09, 2016 11:08PM

21875 Small Island byAngela Levy is very good and one of the key characters is called Queeny :)
Jul 04, 2016 07:02AM

21875 That one's on my to read list. Glad to hear it's good.
Jul 04, 2016 07:00AM

21875 Never say never ;)
21875 Yay! Nearly there... :)
Jul 03, 2016 07:40AM

21875 I have quite a few to choose from. Maybe Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, or Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton or Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson. Decisions, decisions....

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach The Redemption of Alexander Seaton (Alexander Seaton, #1) by Shona MacLean Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
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Jul 03, 2016 06:57AM

21875 Tori wrote: "Just setting off for Liverpool now with the Rach 2 to crown the day.
Wish me luck. Takes courage to support a talented son who does very scary things...

Jul 02, 2016 11:43PM

21875 Louise, I really enjoyed 'The Book of Strange New Things'. I've read three books by Michel Faber and they've each been very different. 'The Crimson Petal and the White' is also very good.
Jun 28, 2016 06:09AM

21875 Ian wrote: "Seems apt to me. Currently re-reading my fave Vietnam novel The 13th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio."

Considering the surrealism of the current situation, I'm thinking a reread of Catch-22 might be appropriate....
Room 101 (770 new)
Jun 28, 2016 06:06AM

21875 Ian wrote: "Have just put the UK Book Club into Room 101 and renamed us the (Disunited) UK Book Club.

Expecting to be ousted from my position of trust some time soon."

Jun 28, 2016 02:29AM

21875 Leni wrote: "Er... I don't know. I am completely unprepared for this genre it seems. Wait... The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Yes, I am probably the only one in all of Goodreads that hasn't read this one yet, ..."

I hope you enjoy The Book Thief, Leni. I loved it, although I know some didn't.
Jun 27, 2016 09:08PM

21875 Hi all, well it's War/Revolution for July. Seems suitable considering what's going on with both the Labour party and the Tories at the moment....

This genre will certainly help with the Round the World Challenge!

I really enjoyed Cold Mountain, which is set during the US Civil War. Half of a Yellow Sun takes place in 60's Nigeria and is also very good. I was in tears reading Sebastian Barry's A Long Long Way, the story is set during WW1 and it's become one of my favourites. And the Booker Prize-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North, is very, very good, (plus it will get you Thailand as it's about soldiers building the Thai/Burma Railway during WW2).

That's off the top of my head, I am going to take a look at my to read list for some more ideas.... What are your recommendations?

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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