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May 16 2017, 6:05 AM 

Just finished The Go-Between by LP Harley.

Beautiful book. A man in his 60s looks back to a summer in 1900 that he spent with a posh family aged 12. Really evocative and melancholic with a great story.

SHP - this was the best new book I read last year - hugely entertaining + visceral page-turner.

https://www.amazon.com/North-Water-Novel-Ian-McGuire/dp/1627795944
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May 16 2017, 8:43 AM 

Sounds good, added it to the list
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June 4 2017, 11:20 PM 

"Just finished Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders which is very good"

I've just started Tenth Of December, which is a book of his short stories. It's a nice feeling to start a book and realise by the third page that the author is a genius. I can't wait to read more of his stuff.


A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing was pretty intense.
Also bought The Secret Diary Of Palmer by Jennifer Lynch and The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost to make sure I'm not missing anything. The Laura Palmer diary was surprisingly graphic (and pretty good, although she was shagging Leo? ugh). The Mark Frost book seems a bit impenetrable, but it's obviously been made with a lot of care
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June 5 2017, 12:36 PM 

reading a little life at the moment, absolutely hooked.

the people in the tree's by the same author is also very good.

Read Abandon Me by Melissa Febos recently too. Its a memoir of a young woman who was a successful academic while having a secret life as a S&m dom with a heroin adiction. Her writing is very good, really enjoyed it and is pretty short.

 
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June 5 2017, 1:51 PM 

'The Sellout' - Paul Beatty. Pretty funny, pretty harsh (in places) satire of post-racial America.
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June 5 2017, 1:52 PM 

Oh, just saw in the OP you've read it.
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June 5 2017, 4:58 PM 

'Set free' by Emma Slade.

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July 16 2017, 2:02 AM 

I'm in the middle of a little life, it's easy enough to get through but the writing really isn't great.


 
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July 16 2017, 2:05 AM 

also recently read Fifteen Dogs. I definitely recommend it.

 
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July 16 2017, 10:17 AM 

Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

Strange and difficult to discuss without spoilers.

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Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.

After all, she was a normal American herself once.

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human."
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July 16 2017, 3:15 PM 

I've recently enjoyed Debroah Levy's Swimming Home, Naomi Alderman's The Power (good idea, could have been a lot better though) and Zadie Smith's White Teeth.
I liked bits and pieces of Wolf Hall, but overall found it infuriatingly written to the point where I skipped the last 100 pages and read a summary as it was making my life miserable.

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July 16 2017, 3:50 PM 

Found Wolf Hall pretty overrated too.
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July 23 2017, 4:47 AM 

A Little Life, holy hell, it was terrible. There were at least 600 pages of almost never-ending repetition that could have been cut. Not to mention the cliched, teenage-girl fan-fiction vibe from the writing.

 
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July 23 2017, 10:00 AM 

Wow, I really enjoyed that one and got a lot out of it on an emotional level. I wasn't critiquing the writing as I read it, but I've read a couple of reviews that had a similar issue with it. It probably didn't need to be as long but I didn't mind because i was gripped by it. Oh well.

A Horse Walks Into A Bar is a good recent book.
Currently reading News Of A Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which is about some abductions by Pablo escobar in Colombia in the early 90s.
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July 23 2017, 10:13 PM 

fair enough if you enjoyed it. I can hardly contain my hatred of it though haha

for whatever reason I always forget gabriel garcia marquez is a 'modern' author (relatively I guess). let us know how that one goes.

 
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July 24 2017, 2:10 PM 

Just finished a little life. Thought it was good, nothing ground breaking, or as good as I expected it to be when I was 1/3 of the way through but still a captivating read.

All the characters are really sweet and you kind of wish you knew them all. It did fucking annoy me how successful they all become though.

I don't want to do spoilers but I'll just say the love story part was a bit too obvious for my liking.

People in the tree's was better.


 
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July 24 2017, 8:23 PM 

" for whatever reason I always forget gabriel garcia marquez is a 'modern' author (relatively I guess). let us know how that one goes."


It was good! I did my back in last week so spent the weekend in bed reading. It's a well-structured account of several kidnappings, drawn from a few years of him interviewing the people involved. It's more about Colombia's politics and the victims themselves than Escobar. It's quite plainly and unsuspensefully written, but I'd recommend it.
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July 26 2017, 8:01 PM 

thanks, i'll see if I can find it.

 
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July 26 2017, 9:02 PM 

Márquez is considered postmodern and one of the best examples of magical realism.

 
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July 26 2017, 11:15 PM 

Actually just read Marquez' Leaf Storm this weekend. It's been a while since I read him, forgot how fucking great he is

Recently I've been really digging Hermann Hesse. Only read Siddartha and Narcissus & Goldmund but loved them both. Both are books I intend to read again and again throughout my life
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