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  1. #1621
    New Fighting Fantasy book arrived today! They still write them after all these years. Assassins of Allansia. Looking forward to getting stuck into it.

  2. #1622
    I finished The Outsider. It started very well, and a character from the Bill Hodges books came as a surprise (not a spoiler, I live under a rock, the book is billed as part 1 in a new trilogy) but the plot device of

    a supernatural being with supernatural abilities being the solution to a complex crime set-up

    is rather unsatisfactory.

    Then after watching Silence of the Lambs a few weeks back I bought the Thomas Harris books on Kindle. I've read the SOTL novel before but never Red Dragon (nor seen any of the films based on it). It's a real page turner. Breakneck pace. Very well structured. Only slight neg is I can only visualise Will Graham as the actor who played him in Hannibal

  3. #1623
    Currently listening to Midnight In Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham.

    After watching the excellent Chernobyl series, I wanted to clarify which bits were real and which were embellished for television.
    Turns out some of the stuff they clarified at the end and a few bits were inaccurate like no nude miners or the helicopter crash happened, but much later.

    I was worried at the start, when it was just a long list of Russian names for all the people involved, but it soon picks up.
    It's very in-depth, looking at the rise of Chernobyl as a town and nuclear energy in general.

    We're still building up to the disaster, but it's still interesting. I think the characterisation of some of the key individuals is going to be subjective, but it helps understand who was involved and why they acted as they did.

    It's full of interesting facts too!

    • Men are more radiactive than women because we have more muscle mass.
    • Brazil nuts are the most naturally radioactive food.
    • Thomas Edison's assistant had his hand x-rayed so many times he got radiation and had to have his hand, then whole arm amputated before dying of radiation poisoning - becoming the first person to die of man-made radiation.
    • The UK had its own nuclear disaster in 1957 - The Windscale fire
    • Russia covered up the biggest nuclear disaster before Chernobyl - The Kyshtym disaster in 1957

  4. #1624
    After flirting with Thomas Harris and Peter Straub I've gone back to what I know and love: Stephen King. Reading The Shining again. After watching the film again I just got a big hankering to linger in The Overlook and winter is a great time to read it.

    I've always loved the film but only got round to reading the book a couple of years back ... yet I'd place the book at an equal level as the film. As I said in an older post they compliment each other, and offer two very different ways (content, not medium) to enjoy a cracking story.

    Only slight criticism of the book is it telegraphs something early on in a rather obvious way. But that's nothing in the grand scheme. It's a brilliant book ... not as epic as IT or The Stand but just as essential.

    A couple of years ago I picked up a nice physical edition which has the 40odd page prologue re-inserted that was cut from the original novel called Before The Play. This offers a history of The Overlook ... all the strange deaths and debauched behaviour over the years. Sets it up a treat.

  5. #1625
    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    After flirting with Thomas Harris and Peter Straub I've gone back to what I know and love: Stephen King. Reading The Shining again. After watching the film again I just got a big hankering to linger in The Overlook and winter is a great time to read it.

    I've always loved the film but only got round to reading the book a couple of years back ... yet I'd place the book at an equal level as the film. As I said in an older post they compliment each other, and offer two very different ways (content, not medium) to enjoy a cracking story.

    Only slight criticism of the book is it telegraphs something early on in a rather obvious way. But that's nothing in the grand scheme. It's a brilliant book ... not as epic as IT or The Stand but just as essential.

    A couple of years ago I picked up a nice physical edition which has the 40odd page prologue re-inserted that was cut from the original novel called Before The Play. This offers a history of The Overlook ... all the strange deaths and debauched behaviour over the years. Sets it up a treat.
    That edition of The Shining sounds interesting Atticus - do you have a link?

  6. #1626
    Quote Originally Posted by wakka View Post
    That edition of The Shining sounds interesting Atticus - do you have a link?
    I got the Artist Edition of this:

    https://www.cemeterydance.com/the-sh...l-edition.html

    OOP now but possibly available elsewhere.


  7. #1627
    My daughters first foray into manga.

    Must admit Delicious Dungeon is quite amusing. Not sure if she’ll like it, fingers crossed she does so she buys more in the series, lol!


  8. #1628
    Land of Stories by Chris Colfer.

    Full of unsubtle, sledgehammer exposition, clumsy writing and absurd coincidences. Yet, for kids, a pacy and enjoyable tale that nicely subverts some of the fairy tale tropes.

    Love the bit where the twins are going to get eaten by the witch who lures Hansel and Gretel, only to be granted a final wish. The lad wishes that the witch is a vegetarian. Problem solved.

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  10. #1630
    I knew I shouldn't have done it, but I went and read The Kingkiller Chronicle books by Pat Rothfuss. I knew this bloke had taken a GRR Martin amount of time between books but I was curious and couldn't help myself. And the worst thing is, is that they're really bloody good!

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