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What are You reading tonight

Post by gerdson » August 14th 2021, 8:56am

Just got in Tarantino's novel to "Once upon a time in Hollywood". Just read the first page. Ought to have good night of reading ahead of me...
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Post by MAX » August 14th 2021, 12:53pm

Tarantinos book is on my list.

"Master and Commander" by Patrick O'Brian. Going to read the whole series if I can. Difficult read due to the nautical language of the day.
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Post by Falstaff » August 14th 2021, 1:37pm

bbattle wrote:
August 14th 2021, 1:10pm
MAX wrote:
August 14th 2021, 12:53pm
Tarantinos book is on my list.

"Master and Commander" by Patrick O'Brian. Going to read the whole series if I can. Difficult read due to the nautical language of the day.

I loved that series; got them all.
How about the classic Hornblower books?
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Post by gerdson » August 16th 2021, 1:40pm

The book is very good. As announced, it captures the same atmosphere like the very good movie, but the story unfolds slightly different.

I also think Tarantino went through Conjuror's fucking school of writing. Or, John has ghostwritten it. :Thumbsup:
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Post by bbattle » August 16th 2021, 2:35pm

Falstaff wrote:
August 14th 2021, 1:37pm
bbattle wrote:
August 14th 2021, 1:10pm
MAX wrote:
August 14th 2021, 12:53pm
Tarantinos book is on my list.

"Master and Commander" by Patrick O'Brian. Going to read the whole series if I can. Difficult read due to the nautical language of the day.

I loved that series; got them all.
How about the classic Hornblower books?
I've got the first three; will start reading them once I finish the book I'm on. I'll let you know.
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Post by gerdson » August 17th 2021, 11:13am

Clancy' best book is Red Storm rising. I am not so much into the later Jack Ryan stuff. He has really been riding that horse to death.
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Post by JAS1125 » August 17th 2021, 6:59pm

conjurer wrote:
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The Night Manager, by John LeCarre
A fine book! One of Le Carre's best.
It is....before this, it was The Spy who came in from the Cold....finally
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Post by conjurer » August 17th 2021, 7:19pm

JAS1125 wrote:
August 17th 2021, 6:59pm
conjurer wrote:
August 17th 2021, 3:55pm
JAS1125 wrote:
August 17th 2021, 3:22pm
The Night Manager, by John LeCarre
A fine book! One of Le Carre's best.
It is....before this, it was The Spy who came in from the Cold....finally
Interestingly, and quite unexpectedly, le Carre's final novel:

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Post by sixer » September 9th 2021, 8:12am

MAX wrote:
August 14th 2021, 12:53pm
Tarantinos book is on my list.

"Master and Commander" by Patrick O'Brian. Going to read the whole series if I can. Difficult read due to the nautical language of the day.
If you read them in quick succession, the language sort of comes to you.

Some of Aubrey's tricks were actually executed by Cochrane, which is another good read if you can find it.
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Post by nimbleboy » September 9th 2021, 1:09pm

Thanks to you fine people, I believe I'll start Call for the Dead. I recently started Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World... but I'm not sure I can find a box of salt large enough to help me swallow that whole thing...

I've seen movies based on Le Carre's books; I know I enjoyed at least two. And I always think the books are better. So I'm starting at the beginning and I'll see how it goes...
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Post by bedlam » September 9th 2021, 5:42pm

I'm a manga fan. Currently reading Platinum End which I heard this week is being released later this year as an anime.
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Post by conjurer » September 9th 2021, 10:49pm

nimbleboy wrote:
September 9th 2021, 1:09pm
Thanks to you fine people, I believe I'll start Call for the Dead. I recently started Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World... but I'm not sure I can find a box of salt large enough to help me swallow that whole thing...

I've seen movies based on Le Carre's books; I know I enjoyed at least two. And I always think the books are better. So I'm starting at the beginning and I'll see how it goes...
Call For the Dead is OK; it introduces George Smiley, although in a kinda Brit mystery where he really doesn't belong. At the time, le Carre was still (IIRC) a member of the UK spy service, and couldn't write about it.

Smiley's first true appearance was in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold In this, we first saw the first le Carre book about espionage, and the frightful toll it takes on the players in the Great Game. Mr. le Carre bookended this novel with A Legacy of Spies in 2017, something very few novelists have done.

Known all his life as a spy novelist, John le Carre proved that he was, simply, one of the finest novelists in the English language during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In his later years, he shed George Smiley and studied foreign adventurism in The Tailor of Panama, the violence of the Middle East in The Little Drummer Girl, international arms sales in The Night Manager and big pharma in The Constant Gardener. While Mr. le Carre always showed himself to be a squishly liberal, even right wing mags like "The National Review" found him to be so elegant in his writing as to be worthwhile to read.

During the cold war, all of Mr. le Carre's novels were translated into Russian, for (as he would say) limited distribution. He was so accurate in his depictions of the spy game that many of his terms--"sleeper agent", and "mole." and "joe" became standard terms for spycraft henceforth.
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