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Old 7th November 2013, 16:47   #826
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I require 2 copies of the Oct 18th edition of Forbes India magazine. Any suggestions where i can purchase them in Bangalore?
I remember a similar situation that I was in long ago. Solution? Contact India Book House, who AFAIK are one of the biggest distributors of magazines across India. They had back copies of all on their distribution list.

Alternately, I guess you can directly write to Forbes. Some of the journals had details on how to get hold of their earlier issues somewhere near the editorial page.

Hope this helps.

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I remember a similar situation that I was in long ago. Solution? Contact India Book House, who AFAIK are one of the biggest distributors of magazines across as India. They had back copies of all on their distribution list.

Alternately, I guess you can directly write to Forbes. Some of the journals had details on how to get hold of their earlier issues somewhere near the editorial page.

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Thank you for the information

I will contact both Forbes and India Book House and see how it goes.
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I recently read this The Etymologicon .
Thoroughly entertaining, with a good bit of knowledge being shared, and good doses of humour as well. Recommended!
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Frederick Forsyth, The Kill List.
Wonderful Book. Vintage Forsyth. My, can he weave a tale!!!

Jeremy Clarkson's latest, "Is it really too much to ask?" - The World According to Clarkson.
Side-splittingly, irreverently, wickedly, gut-bustingly funny.
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Sorry to quote myself (is it allowed?)

Been thinking after I re-read this post and also a request for book suggestion for 12 & 16 year olds (was it Eddy?), that what was the first war book I read?

The earliest I can remember are -

a. 'Where Eagles Dare' and 'The Guns of Navarone' by Alaistar MacLean (didn't enjoy 'Ice Station Zebra' as much).

b. 'The Eagle has Landed' by Jack Higgins.

Going backward, I can remember only the 'Commando' comics with the 'Spitfires' and 'Messerschmitts'!

Guess this may be suitable for 12 & 16 year olds - if it helps.
The other big one is the Biggles series. It started off at WW1 and to WW2 and had ample dosage of Camels and Sopwithpups. Truly entertaining and kids would love it. I got me the entire collection on Kindle now
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Frederick Forsyth, The Kill List.
Wonderful Book. Vintage Forsyth. My, can he weave a tale!!!
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The other big one is the Biggles series. It started off at WW1 and to WW2 and had ample dosage of Camels and Sopwithpups. Truly entertaining and kids would love it. I got me the entire collection on Kindle now
I read The Kill List recently. Yes he can sure spin and weave. Read all his books till now (got them both in print and more recently e-editions).

Ahhh... the Biggles series! Used to love them way back in school/college. Like you I've got most of them on my Ipad now. And talking of school, any Billy Bunter (the Fat Owl) fans around?
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Frederick Forsyth, The Kill List.
Wonderful Book. Vintage Forsyth. My, can he weave a tale!!!

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Totally agree. Read this recently. Amazing how he can weave a gripping tale from a very basic story line.

Also read a few other books
King and maxwell by David baldacci. Good pass time read. Liked the climax. Generally like all his books.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham. Better than some of his recent efforts. But no where near some of his classics.

The devil colony: James Rollins. Typical action mixed with techno scientific jargon. Again enjoyed it.

Also read all of Ravi Subramaniams books. Good reads.
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The other big one is the Biggles series. It started off at WW1 and to WW2 and had ample dosage of Camels and Sopwithpups. Truly entertaining and kids would love it. I got me the entire collection on Kindle now
So glad to find a fellow Biggles fan. I cut my eye teeth on Sopwith Camels and 'Archie' and all the rest of it. Hero worshipped Biggles, Algy, Bertie, Ginger and the other various characters!
Lovely books indeed.

The Biggles books started me off on a lifetime's passion for War machinery, war museums and a love of flying too.

Over the years since 1980, courtesy my Mum, I have pieced together a very large part of the 98 odd books written by Capt.. W.E. Johns.

My collection now has around 85 titles, some first editions of rarer titles which I sourced in odd little bookshops in London and several small country towns in England and a few in Australia, many from India from libraries about to shut down, some from road side second hand book stalls, some brand new re-prints etc.

I have not bought these on Kindle yet. Are all the titles available on Kindle?


I also love Louis L'Amour Westerns and have collected every single book he ever wrote - again collecting them right from 1980 onwards.

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Frederick Forsyth, The Kill List.
Wonderful Book. Vintage Forsyth. My, can he weave a tale!!!
Not what I would call vintage Forsyth. Where is the character build up?where are the idiosyncrasies associated with people? The book reads like a movie script which needs to wrap things up in 120 min
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Not what I would call vintage Forsyth. Where is the character build up?where are the idiosyncrasies associated with people? The book reads like a movie script which needs to wrap things up in 120 min
Point well received. It's a bit like one of the newer potboiler Jack Higgins books. Higgins was a first class writer till the late 1980's. After that, these last twenty years he has been steadily losing the plot.
Unfortunately this whole Islamic based terrorism thingy is being done to death now. I enjoyed the Cold War ones better somehow but sadly for the thriller writers, all that went out the window after perestroika and glasnost etc!
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Higgins was a first class writer till the late 1980's.
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I enjoyed the Cold War ones better somehow but sadly for the thriller writers, all that went out the window after perestroika and glasnost etc!
I still go back and read 'Tinker,Tailor,Soldier spy' 'Little drummer girl' and 'Spy who came in from the cold'
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So glad to find a fellow Biggles fan. I cut my eye teeth on Sopwith Camels and 'Archie' and all the rest of it. Hero worshipped Biggles, Algy, Bertie, Ginger and the other various characters!
Lovely books indeed.

The Biggles books started me off on a lifetime's passion for War machinery, war museums and a love of flying too.


I also love Louis L'Amour Westerns and have collected every single book he ever wrote - again collecting them right from 1980 onwards.
Add me to the Biggles fan list. I read most of them in middle school in the first half of 70s.

And yes, I'm a Louis L'Amour fan too! Add Max Brand and Fredrick H Christian/ Oliver Strange to the list of westerns!
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Add me to the Biggles fan list. I read most of them in middle school in the first half of 70s. And yes, I'm a Louis L'Amour fan too! Add Max Brand and Fredrick H Christian/ Oliver Strange to the list of westerns!
Yes. I ve got all the Sudden books too. Add Asterix and Tintin. I'm a hardcore fan of these two series as well. Then comes James Herriot, Dick Francis, the immortal P G Wodehouse et al...
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Yes. I ve got all the Sudden books too. Add Asterix and Tintin. I'm a hardcore fan of these two series as well. Then comes James Herriot, Dick Francis, the immortal P G Wodehouse et al...
Great to see Sudden appear suddenly here. I grew up on some of these and they changed the shape of many of our lives.

Louis L'Amour was probably one of the greatest in wild west classics. I also did enjoy J.T.Edson - Dusty Fogg and gang series. While it sounded fairly typecast, it still was written very well. I always wanted to posses a Bowie Knife, there is still time

I also managed to get the entire collection of Wodehouse. It is such a brilliant set of books. My wife still catches me laughing away and wonders what is happening. I tell her about the cow creamer's disappearance or the Empress sleeping in her sty and she asks me what is so funny

Of course some of the kiddy books were Williard Price - Adventure series

I also believe that Kill List is probably not as great as some of FF's earlier books. It is still a fairly cinematic book. Also, the Afghan, Cobra et al were not as great as the earlier ones such as Deceiver or Icon. There is a build up, humour such as that of old man Nigel Irvine and intrigue.
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Team, one of my close relatives has written and published a thriller novel - 'The Steradian Trail'. Its available in sites like flipkart and amazon.

Request you all to read the book and give your reviews in the public domain which will definitely help. This novel is the start of a series of 3 novels.

Cheers!
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