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15 Jan
8:31pm, 15 Jan 2018
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Seratonin
I just finished A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane. It is the first book in the Kenzie and Gennaro series. I really enjoyed it. It is a hard-boiled detective type thriller but rather than just take the traditional gumshoe line Lehane adds a lot of thought provoking prose on racial attitudes and tensions in inner city Boston.

I have read a couple of books by Lehane now and really like his style.
16 Jan
10:37pm, 16 Jan 2018
14673 posts
Columba
Ha! Christie Malry has arrived, many thanks to Bint. You all seem to have found it a quick and easy read, so I'll put "Alice" temporarily on hold.
17 Jan
10:06am, 17 Jan 2018
25961 posts
Diogenes
Despite my initial reservations, some of which remain, Kavalier & Clay has won me over completely. A part of it got in my eye this morning, and I was very tempted to sit in the car and carry on listening instead of going into work.
17 Jan
12:13pm, 17 Jan 2018
21242 posts
LindsD
Finished Swing Time. About to start C-Mode.
17 Jan
12:30pm, 17 Jan 2018
4020 posts
The Scribbler
Ooh - what did you make of Swing Time Linds? I got distracted by a Mirabelle Bevan that I hadn't read and lolloped through that instead.
Swing Time will most likely be the book I read on a train trip to London next week.
17 Jan
1:07pm, 17 Jan 2018
8374 posts
Joopsy
My copy of K&C turned up today, I will start reading it at the weekend.
17 Jan
7:40pm, 17 Jan 2018
25978 posts
Diogenes
I hope you enjoy it, Joopsy, it’s a very different book from C-Mode
17 Jan
8:16pm, 17 Jan 2018
8375 posts
Joopsy
I shall let you know Dio, it will take me a while though. I don’t read fast and I often fall asleep when reading.
17 Jan
8:17pm, 17 Jan 2018
25982 posts
Diogenes
Stick with it. It’s a book of many parts.
17 Jan
8:45pm, 17 Jan 2018
21252 posts
LindsD
Swing Time....

Well. I found it really hard to put down. I really wanted to know what happened. But... there were a couple of factual errors that really grated with me, and some of it was just a bit superficial. The characters were not quite well-drawn enough to really grab me. It's hard to say, really. I did enjoy it, but was left feeling strangely dissatisfied. I'll be interested in what you think, Scribbs. I definitely enjoyed reading it, but I'd hesitate to recommend it to anyone else, if that makes sense.

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January 2018 (Diogenes)
Christy Malry's Own Double Entry (B S Johnson)
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December 2017 (BintMcSkint)
The Mistletoe Murder (P D James)
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November 2017 (Serendipilly)
The Field of the Cloth of Gold (Magnus Mills)
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Bye Mam, I Love You (Sonia Oatley)
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July 2017 (Lorraine)
84 Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)
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June 2017 (Little Nemo)
Get Shorty (Elmore Leonard)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Cancer Ward (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
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The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
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Nod (Adrian Barnes)
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December 2016 (Daz the Slug)
The Passion (Jeanette Winterson)
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November 2016 (Serendipilly)
Beside The Ocean of Time (George Mackay Brown)
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What A Carve Up! (Jonathan Coe)
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