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I'll get the ball rolling with a light glance at Nazi Germany and the afters.

 

Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt.

 

The best bits are about how Germany dealt with Nazi mass murderers after the war. (Spoiler: not as severely as you might expect.)

 

Other highlights include the exposure of the lie that Nazi-backed states had no choice about deporting Jews. It turns out that, wherever local officials stalled or refused, they stood a good chance of preventing mass murder.

 

Anyone got anything good lined up for the beach?

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It was a while back, but The Martian by Andy Weir is the most recent fiction I've read (I'm currently on the David Mitchell collection of Guardian articles). It's a phenomenal book which I would recommend to anyone who likes suspense / sci-fi.

WARNING: These links may contain spoilers so avoid if you're wanting to read it)

 

I should add that the film has the most astonishing cast you're likely to find anywhere on a filmset right now - the potential for screwing it up is huge, but if they get it right it could be astounding.

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New "Stieg Larson" book

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0857059998/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1XJBF120RBBE2MNYZ9WX&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=577048787&pf_rd_i=desktop

 

Hopefully it's a better effort than those snide "Robert Ludlum" ones that were written after he pegged it.....

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That's for after I've finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

 

Set in the future where people practically live their lives in virtual reality on the internet this lad wins a multi billion dollar quest/competition launched by some Bill Gates/Steve Jobs type upon his death......

 

A bit childish but strangely gripping and probably not so unrealistic....

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Bad Blood by Colm Toibin. Some of these people who bang on about Celtic/Rangers and all that garbage should give it a go. Not earth shattering, not especially revelatory but the sheer banality and pointless waste of life among people who just want to get on with theirs is striking in an interestingly understated way.

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just finnished the last jack reacher which was enjoyable if a little formulaic and predictable currently reading "fighter boys " a biography of the RAF fighter command upto 1945 mianly focused on the battle of Britain

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Quality as ever. I struggle to finish a book nowadays with kids, a deteriorating attention span and so much TV to watch but I always nail these in a few days..

 

http://www.michaelconnelly.com/novels/the-wrong-side-of-goodbye/

 

I might give these a go. I had no idea you'd purloined your username from a book. I thought you were actually called Harry Bosch.

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Quality as ever. I struggle to finish a book nowadays with kids, a deteriorating attention span and so much TV to watch but I always nail these in a few days..

 

http://www.michaelconnelly.com/novels/the-wrong-side-of-goodbye/

 

I can't keep going with novels either, however I do read a lot and I stick to short stories. Currently reading a lot of shorts by Richard Matheson (I recommend I Am Legend, seriously - that bag of :censored:e that WIll Smith was in was a farce) and Phillip K. Dick.

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I can't keep going with novels either, however I do read a lot and I stick to short stories. Currently reading a lot of shorts by Richard Matheson (I recommend I Am Legend, seriously - that bag of :censored:e that WIll Smith was in was a farce) and Phillip K. Dick.

 

Must be catching. I haven't read a book for a while - probably the longest I've gone without for about 20+ years. One explanation is I read a lot (of :censored:e) at work. Another is I've got plenty of attention for short form reading (on here, Twitter or in the LRB and the papers) but none for the longer form. Short stories are ace - I've had the JG Ballard anthology on the go for a while.

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I studied Literature as an undergraduate and fell completely out of love with reading for a long time. I only started reading for fun again a couple of years ago and have fired through a load of stuff since.

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I studied Literature as an undergraduate and fell completely out of love with reading for a long time. I only started reading for fun again a couple of years ago and have fired through a load of stuff since.

 

Exactly why I chose not to study Eng Lit - didn't want some crusty communist university types telling me what a book says and doesn't say.

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I might give these a go. I had no idea you'd purloined your username from a book. I thought you were actually called Harry Bosch.

 

Loads to go at if you read all his stuff from the beginning. Mainly Harry Bosch but a few stand alones and shorter series - he cleverly combines characters throughout and even gets them working together in a few....

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I can't keep going with novels either, however I do read a lot and I stick to short stories. Currently reading a lot of shorts by Richard Matheson (I recommend I Am Legend, seriously - that bag of :censored:e that WIll Smith was in was a farce) and Phillip K. Dick.

 

I'll give them a go. Need to try and finish the third in Conn Iggulden's War of the Roses trilogy that I started before the Bosch book first... I'll report back about February :grin:

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