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21875 Good luck Gordon. It's a great challenge!
Tania's world trip (186 new)
May 15, 2017 04:22AM

21875 Ha ha, sounds a constructive way to spend the time!

Being an expat in Singapore, I meet people from all over the world. If they're from an interesting/unusual country that I haven't visited in the challenge, I find myself asking for recommendations. Just received a couple of suggestions from a Tunisian and an Estonian - excellent!
Tania's world trip (186 new)
May 14, 2017 10:24PM

21875 Well done Tania! Put your rucksack down and your feet up :)
May 08, 2017 10:18PM

21875 I've never seen the film either, despite it's notoriety. (Apparently Sting wears some very strange pants....) Wasn't it a David Lynch misstep?
May 06, 2017 01:48AM

21875 34). West Virginia - The Marrowbone Marble Company by Glenn Taylor.

The first half of this novel is superb. The author creates wonderful characters and explores their strengths and flaws through changing, turbulent times. The world they inhabit is also rich and convincing. However, I felt the second half tried to cover/include too much and the plot began to feel a little contrived. I gave it four stars, but to me, it was a really a three and a half. I do still want to read A Hanging at Cinder Bottom...

The Marrowbone Marble Company by M. Glenn Taylor A Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Glenn Taylor
May 03, 2017 04:22PM

21875 Yes, when it comes to non-fiction, I have quite a lot on my to read shelves (particularly history), but actually getting around to reading them?

I find reading non-fiction very slow going. With a novel I have the plot and characters pulling me through, urging me on to the next chapter. No matter how interesting the book, this doesn't quite happen with most non-fiction reads for me and they take a long time to get through...
May 03, 2017 03:18AM

21875 Don't worry, Dune's been on my to read list for years, too (and sitting on my Kindle)! Maybe when we get around to sci-fi again?
May 01, 2017 06:54AM

21875 I finished both Rules of Civility and A Room with a View for the challenge this week. The strangest thing: the main character in 'Rules of Civility' was also reading 'A Room With a View'!

Enjoyed both very much.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
May 01, 2017 06:50AM

21875 Anyone got any suggestions or recommendations?
Apr 29, 2017 07:38PM

21875 May is just around the corner and this month's genre is very wide: Non fiction and / or Self-help.

I have plenty of non-fiction on my to read list, most of which has sat there for years, waiting...

My other half has been urging me to read The 100-Year Life: Living and working in an age of longevity, but I think I'd rather read The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

The 100-Year Life Living and working in an age of longevity by Lynda Gratton The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
Apr 29, 2017 07:20PM

21875 It's May tomorrow. How did that happen? Time for a new genre. Let me run the random generator. Not many options remain......
Tania's world trip (186 new)
Apr 29, 2017 07:17PM

21875 Nearly there. Only 2 more to go!
Apr 15, 2017 05:59AM

21875 I won't be picking my library reservation up until tomorrow, so I thought I'd check my Kindle, to see if there's anything slim I could squeeze in, for the time traveller challenge....

Excellent! A Room with a View was first published in 1908. I had meant to read it last time around for the challenge - better late than never!

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Apr 15, 2017 01:05AM

21875 Just finished High-Rise. It was good. It's well-written and disturbing, although I did find it a little repetitive at times. Summing up: 'Lord-of-the-Flies-in-a-skyscraper'!

High-Rise by J.G. Ballard
Apr 11, 2017 10:42PM

21875 I abandoned Naked Lunch a third of the way through. It's very rare for me to do that. I usually persevere to the bitter end in the (sometimes) vain hope a book will improve. Not this time!

I've read my fair share of extreme fiction - American Psycho and Crash spring to mind - but I lost my patience with William Burroughs... Ok it's experimental, there's no narrative, no sense of progression. There's the arrogance of a man stringing words together just for a visceral reaction and showing off his wordplay, pushing his drug- fuelled imagination to see how far/low it could go.

But it was the paedophilia that decided me. Time to erase it from the Kindle...

I'm reading High-Rise instead, which I'm 'enjoying' far more.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Crash by J.G. Ballard High-Rise by J.G. Ballard
Grumpy UK (3490 new)
Apr 10, 2017 09:58PM

21875 'Old Harry's Game' is very funny. Are they still making it?
Happy UK (5814 new)
Apr 07, 2017 12:41PM

21875 Happy Birthday Tori and Ian! (Although it's early Saturday morning here in Singapore, so I might be a bit late...)
Apr 07, 2017 12:32PM

21875 I started Naked Lunch earlier today. I can't say I'm enjoying it. I did know it's reputation and I have read some William Burroughs before,'s just one long string of drug-fuelled-typewriter-tourrettes. I'll be glad to be done with it.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Apr 05, 2017 10:27PM

21875 You and me both, Lady C was fine, but 'Women in Love' was a chore. I doubt I'll be going back for more ;)
Room 101 (881 new)
Apr 05, 2017 10:23PM

21875 I know that variation Phillip!
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