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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Kismet » 01 Nov 2016, 12:37

kylie_koyote wrote:That's high praise, indeed. I'll have to check him out!



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Postby kylie_koyote » 01 Nov 2016, 13:08

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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Babanango » 02 Nov 2016, 00:19

James was an accomplished academic and antiquarian in the 1910s and 1920s. He was provost at Kings, Cambridge, and later at Eton.

My favorite James stories are "A Warning to the Curious", "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You", "A Neighbor's Landmark", and "Wailing Well".
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby VickersVandal » 02 Nov 2016, 03:31

I just finished reading "Ride Out the Storm" by John Harris, historical fiction about the Dunkirk evacuation. Loved it! Highly recommended! It follows about 10 characters as their individual paths gradually draw together at Dunkirk beach.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Babanango » 02 Nov 2016, 04:28

Didn't I hear somewhere that there's a film coming out about Dunkirk? Maybe I'm a little behind and it's already out.
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Postby VickersVandal » 02 Nov 2016, 07:38

Babanango wrote:Didn't I hear somewhere that there's a film coming out about Dunkirk? Maybe I'm a little behind and it's already out.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJePvN_4T_E
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 Nov 2016, 11:19

Babanango wrote:Didn't I hear somewhere that there's a film coming out about Dunkirk? Maybe I'm a little behind and it's already out.


This is the one where they were filming sequences over Tommy's house, I think?
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Postby Tommy Smith » 02 Nov 2016, 19:48

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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Tracer » 03 Nov 2016, 13:35

Those are lovely! A grand birthday present indeed.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby VickersVandal » 03 Nov 2016, 20:35

Excellent present indeed!

I dug through the pile of unsorted books and found another John Harris thaat I've started on, this one also touching on Dunkirk: The Lonely Voyage
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/131 ... ely-voyage
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Tommy Smith » 03 Nov 2016, 20:44

Ah! I have one of his books 'The Sea Shall Not Have Them'. I'd forgotten about it. Just dug it out and will start it tonight.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby VickersVandal » 03 Nov 2016, 22:15

Yes, that one was his biggest seller and what he is best known for. I think there was a movie adaptation. I haven't actually read it yet as maritime fiction isn't quite my thing.

He has written quite a lot of aviation fiction, which are my favourite series to read after the Biggles books.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby kylie_koyote » 06 Sep 2017, 20:32

Tracer wrote:
Fairblue wrote:No, but she might turn a nice shade of rust.

:lol:


I am reading a pile of Bernard Cornwell tales of Richard Sharpe, a fictional English soldier who conveniently plays a part in a series of historical battles during the 1800s. Rip-roaring adventure, very well written, tactful romantic interest, a fair bit of historically appropriate cussing in the dialogue, which is typical but not to everyone's taste (I don't mind) and the hero is pulled up by certain of his superior officers over blasphemy too.

He is a flawed hero and a great survivor. Rip-roaring stuff.


I've finally worked my way through my "to be read" pile and arrived at No. 1 in this series. I am looking forward to it.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby tiffinata » 07 Sep 2017, 02:17

My 'to read' pile keeps getting bigger as I add books about MI6 to it.
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Postby Tracer » 07 Sep 2017, 08:33

I am currently working through a pile of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. I and OH separately arrived at the suspicion the the author is either a woman or being assisted by one at certain times in the text. At present I think s/he is a man, but I'll read my way through the lot (I am finding them in charity shops) before I investigate on the internet.

Then I have a selection of Philip Kerr novels to read. And also several WW1 and WW2 non-fictions. Oh, and I found a Peter Cheyney in the charity shop too. My dad used to love his work. Sadly Mother got rid of all his books after he was killed, but in any case I was living in a scuzzy bedsit at the time and couldn't have taken them if I'd been offered.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 07 Sep 2017, 15:56

Hmm, Peter Cheyney you say? [I haven't heard that name for a long time in reading circles, lol]. We should talk...to the best of my knowledge I have acquired [some time ago], a complete collection of all his works. Is Slim Callaghan his most well known character do you think?
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Spitfire666 » 08 Sep 2017, 07:29

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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 08 Sep 2017, 08:45

Raymond Chandler! I didn't read him for years, mostly because all the pastiches convinced me he must rubbish, so when I read him I was very pleasantly surprised.
And yes, MR James is one of the greatest ghost story writers ever. There was an old TV version of "Oh whistle" that was terrifying. A flappy thing chasing him along a deserted beach. Nasty.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Tommy Smith » 08 Sep 2017, 09:31

Keep the Aspidistra flying.

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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Spitfire666 » 08 Sep 2017, 18:36

elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:Raymond Chandler! I didn't read him for years, mostly because all the pastiches convinced me he must rubbish, so when I read him I was very pleasantly surprised.

Love Raymond Chandler. Definitely a writer who replays reading his work rather than people rabbiting on about him :!:
elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:And yes, MR James is one of the greatest ghost story writers ever. There was an old TV version of "Oh whistle" that was terrifying. A flappy thing chasing him along a deserted beach. Nasty.

I think you mean the old black and white version with Michael Horden, directed by Jonathan Miller. I heard Miller talking one night and he said they had trouble getting the right look, and finally used an old dishcloth!
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Fairblue » 08 Sep 2017, 18:45

Spitfire666 wrote:[I heard Miller talking one night and he said they had trouble getting the right look, and finally used an old dishcloth!

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Postby Tommy Smith » 14 Sep 2017, 08:13

Having just finished Modesty Blaise I noticed in the ads at the back
The Wrong Side of the Sky. 'Terrific - when better novels of suspense are written, lead me to them.' – P.G. Wodehouse

Okay, Mr Wodehouse, I'll give it a go...
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Tracer » 14 Sep 2017, 08:40

Being a great fan of MB as well as PGW, I'll be very interested in your opinion :yay:
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Tommy Smith » 14 Sep 2017, 09:26

Looks like Gavin Lyall was in the RAF and has written a couple of aviation thrillers so here's hoping. I'll make a space for him next to Brian Lecomber.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 15 Sep 2017, 20:36

Just finished "American gods" and enjoyed it. Terry Pratchett for grown-ups
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Kismet » 17 Sep 2017, 18:30

elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:Just finished "American gods" and enjoyed it. Terry Pratchett for grown-ups


I read this whilst I was ill, once, and all I can really recall about it, is that I enjoyed it. I also read Stardust during the same illness and was desperately disappointed by it. I was expecting something closer to the film.
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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

Postby Spitfire666 » 18 Sep 2017, 11:27

Tommy Smith wrote:Having just finished Modesty Blaise I noticed in the ads at the back
The Wrong Side of the Sky. 'Terrific - when better novels of suspense are written, lead me to them.' – P.G. Wodehouse

Okay, Mr Wodehouse, I'll give it a go...

I love Gavin Lyall's air books. I hope you enjoy this one, TS.
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