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Old 6th August 2014, 21:52   #901
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Wodehouse is a favourite of mine too. The image he conjures up where Bertie Wooster rises at a late hour close to lunch, and heads to the Drones Club for some Gin n tonic to reflect upon the state of the world is a tempting one.

Another example of his wit whilst describing a pompous but poor golfer, he says that the man was " disturbed by the clamour of the butterflies in the adjoining course"
Absolutely! No one and to my knowledge has used grammar in such a manner to make one laugh! Irrespective of the number of times I have read a book I still end up enjoying the book every time I read it. I think Right Ho Jeeves is a Classic with that bit where Gussie gives away the prices and then there are several Blandings stories which can keep one away from the stress of daily like.
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I am a great fan of P.G.Wodehouse.Have read almost all his books.
Other favurites whose books I liked: Alistair Maclean,Arthur Hailey,Len Deighton and Cornelius Ryan.
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I strongly recommend Bill Bryson's 'A short history of nearly everything'.
Bryson is a genius at explaining complex topics with simplicity and American humor !
I am sure his other books are great too. I plan to take that ride soon nuff.

Lee Child's character Jack Reacher is yet another troubleshooter in the Western style.
He strongly resembles Oliver Strange's 'Sudden' in his footloose lifestyle with a latent grudge against the system. And uses his great height and strength combined with Army honed street smartness to bring down the crooked un. Too bad the midget Cruise plays him in the screen version.
Good reading.

Louis L'Amour is an all time fave author. Jeffery Archer tends to over simplify plots in the Sheldon way. The protagonist has too quick a rise or fall.
Alistair McLean was a good writer but dragged on forever in the ' Night without end'.

Chase was a brilliant writer but his books always had a morbid ending with no one getting a good deal.

Ms Blyton was a charming story teller too... happy childhood memories.

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Ms Blyton was a charming story teller too... happy childhood memories.
Oh yes, without a doubt. The "Barney Mystery" series is my favourite.

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Guys, which book do you think is the best thriller written by an Indian author ?
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I strongly recommend Bill Bryson's 'A short history of nearly everything'.
Bryson is a genius at explaining complex topics with simplicity and American humor !
I am sure his other books are great too. I plan to take that ride soon nuff........
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Chase was a brilliant writer but his books always had a morbid ending with no one getting a good deal.

Ms Blyton was a charming story teller too... happy childhood memories.
Hello,

I agree about Bill Bryson.

A very gifted writer.

Very lucid and readable too.

Bye.
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Guys, which book do you think is the best thriller written by an Indian author ?
Please read the Simoquin Prophesies by Samit Basu. Thats been my long time fav. It's cocktail of a thriller.
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Please read the Simoquin Prophesies by Samit Basu. Thats been my long time fav. It's cocktail of a thriller.
Thanks, its been lying on my bookshelf for quite a while but never got around to reading it.

Let me do that once I finish Lee Child's Jack Reacher novel - Killing Floor.
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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
Half way through, and struggling to finish - quite unlike Forsyth.....

Many parts read like a report, and fiction appears to have taken the back seat.
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Chasing the Monsoon by Alexander Frater

Wonderful travel writing about the Monsoons. Worth reading. Book is dated (Mid 1980s) but still worth the time.
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Any Andy Mcnab readers/fans out here ?
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I have just started using "Open Library" which is a good resource for borrowing e books.

https://openlibrary.org/

Many of the e-books can be borrowed for 14 days (5 books at a time) using Adobe Digital Editions which is downladable for free.

Interesting concept and I am currently reading some of the novels of AJ Cronin which I was not able to get hold of till now. Just finished "A Song of Six Pence" and now started on its sequel "A Pocketful of Rye".

A good resource for some of those books which is not easy to get hold of in the paper format.

Also dont know how many of you read "Paddington Bear" books in your childhood.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddington_Bear


Stumbled accross a few of them in the library as well and now I have to get my son started on this. Wonderfully written and great fun for kids.
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I like Italian food and culture. Just on a whim, picked up a copy of "Extra Virgin" by Annie Hawes. It's an account of Annie and her sister, two young British women who went to do a summer job on the coast of Liguria, northern Italy, eventually bought a "rustico", basically a summer farm house, with some land. Her style of writing is innovative, and side-splittingly funny. The characters come to life, and are not viewed in a condescending manner as one would expect from a British tourist looking at rural Italian farmers. I liked it so much that I went on to buy the rest of her accounts, in four further books. Highly recommended.
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Read "Gone Girl".

The book has its moments and is quite an interesting read in the middle. But the beginning and the ending did not do justice to all the hype around it. Maybe I expected more. Now to watch the movie

In the pipeline now:

- Playing it my way - Sachin Tendulkar
- The English Girl
- Three Men in a boat
- Jaya (Mahabharat)
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Just finished "Off to be a wizard" a surprisingly good read about time travel. Next in line are:

1. Jesus was a Time Traveler
2. Gray Mountain
3. The Mahabharata Secret
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Currently reading "Arsene Wenger: The Biography" by Xavier Rivoire. Decent enough book. I am a big fan of Arsene and find it interesting.
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