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Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 01 Nov 2016, 12:37
by Kismet
kylie_koyote wrote:That's high praise, indeed. I'll have to check him out!



http://www.thin-ghost.org/

I read them all on this site, KK.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 01 Nov 2016, 13:08
by kylie_koyote
Thank you

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 02 Nov 2016, 00:19
by Babanango
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".

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 02 Nov 2016, 03:31
by VickersVandal
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 02 Nov 2016, 04:28
by Babanango
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 02 Nov 2016, 07:38
by VickersVandal
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.


Next year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJePvN_4T_E

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 02 Nov 2016, 11:19
by kylie_koyote
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?

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 02 Nov 2016, 19:48
by Tommy Smith
2301 2302
Best birthday I've had. Half an hour of Spitfire action.
The third plane is the camera one.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 03 Nov 2016, 13:35
by Tracer
Those are lovely! A grand birthday present indeed.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 03 Nov 2016, 20:35
by VickersVandal
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

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 03 Nov 2016, 20:44
by Tommy Smith
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 03 Nov 2016, 22:15
by VickersVandal
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 06 Sep 2017, 20:32
by kylie_koyote
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 07 Sep 2017, 02:17
by tiffinata
My 'to read' pile keeps getting bigger as I add books about MI6 to it.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 07 Sep 2017, 08:33
by Tracer
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 07 Sep 2017, 15:56
by OzBiggles1963
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?

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 08 Sep 2017, 07:29
by Spitfire666
In my house it was Lemmy Caution, OzB.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 08 Sep 2017, 08:45
by elderlyfemalerelativ
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.
James was a friend of Benson, he of the Mapp and Lucia novels, which are wonderful (if you like that sort of thing and if you do, read Barbara Pym's books) and Benson's ghost stories are worth reading, though not as good as James.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 08 Sep 2017, 09:31
by Tommy Smith
Keep the Aspidistra flying.

Bundle of laughs.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 08 Sep 2017, 18:36
by Spitfire666
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!

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 08 Sep 2017, 18:45
by Fairblue
Spitfire666 wrote:[I heard Miller talking one night and he said they had trouble getting the right look, and finally used an old dishcloth!

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 14 Sep 2017, 08:13
by Tommy Smith
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...

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 14 Sep 2017, 08:40
by Tracer
Being a great fan of MB as well as PGW, I'll be very interested in your opinion :yay:

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 14 Sep 2017, 09:26
by Tommy Smith
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 15 Sep 2017, 20:36
by elderlyfemalerelativ
Just finished "American gods" and enjoyed it. Terry Pratchett for grown-ups

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 17 Sep 2017, 18:30
by Kismet
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 18 Sep 2017, 11:27
by Spitfire666
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.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 19:20
by Kismet
I've invested 49p in 40 British mysteries by J S Fletcher, a bundle offered by Amazon. I think a number of them are available free on sites as the stories are out of copy-write, but I decided it was worth while spending a few pence to have them all tidily together on the Kindle app.

I'd not heard of J S Fletcher before, and I'm astounded to learn that he was the author of 230 books, over a hundred of which were detective fiction, his first detective novel being published in 1914. He was a journalist as well as a writer (a familiar story), writing poetry, historical fiction and rural novels as well as the detective stories. He's counted as a contemporary of Conan-Doyle rather than one of the Golden Age writers, and so far, his work is very readable although rather full of stock characters and emotions.

I'm so happy to live now when it is so easy to find things to read.

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 20:15
by Frecks
So many books - so little time to read them all :?

Re: currently reading (not biggles)

PostPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 09:21
by Tracer
Not to mention all the ones we'd like to re-read.