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This Week I are mostly reading (contd)

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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 71,187 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Funny, I read that last year/early this year and then passed it on to a friend, originally I had picked it up in a charity shop. 🙂



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished Jack Whyte's The Burning Stone a prequel to his Arturian series. I have always been a big historical fiction fan and was looking forward to my first book with this author. The story is set in the early 4th century in Roman Britain and overall I liked it although the middle part of the book went on a bit.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4



    Just saw today that one of my favourite authors Anne Rice died over the weekend at the age of 80. She comes actually from a strong Irish-American background with her maiden name being O'Brien. RIP to a truly gifted writer.



  • Registered Users Posts: 19,632 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    Just finished "Punters" by Aaron Rogan. About the rise of Paddy Power from a small Irish bookies chain to becoming a very large cog in a major gambling conglomerate. Shows alot of the misery & modern methods they use to cover up reality with fluffy PR stunts and trying to make out that its only a bit of fun and entertainment



  • Registered Users Posts: 551 ✭✭✭ Xofpod


    I was considering picking this up at some point but was concerned it was going to stray into "small Irish business takes on the world and wins" territory. From what you're saying, it goes for the jugular though?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,632 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    It goes at them and times where theyve actively encouraged gambling addicts with major debts to keep going. It does start out as a take on the world type thing but doesnt airbrush out the dangers of bookies and what PP have done



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,062 ✭✭✭✭ Arghus


    The most recent books I finished were:

    Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates.

    The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and The Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England by Julie Kavanagh.

    My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

    The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante.

    I must have passed by Elena Ferrante's novels a thousand times in bookshops and never once felt bothered, then someone with a clue recommended her to me and I devoured those two books in a week. Outstanding writer.




  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished Erik Durschmeid's The Weather Factor. A history book about various major battles at different points where the weather played an outsized and or decisive part in determining the outcome. Was actually not as good as I had hoped for. 



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished Jack Whyte's The Skystone the first book in his Arthurian historical fiction series. Overall a decent book although somewhat like the prequel he went on a bit at times.



  • Registered Users Posts: 551 ✭✭✭ Xofpod


    Rememberings, Sinead O'Connor.



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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,998 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    Been reading The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. Tried reading her book The Little Stranger a few years ago and couldn't get into it at all. This one has pulled me right in though. Really enjoying it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,789 ✭✭✭ megaten


    Read it a year or two ago and massively enjoyed it. I should really get round to reading her other books.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,050 ✭✭✭ Mrs Gilhooley


    Just finished White City. Very enjoyable and it's not often a book can make me laugh, but I probably wouldn't be too impressed if I was Serbian.


    Currently reading 4000 Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. A great book for the new year to help bring a little perspective to life.

    If anyone enjoys anti-self help books I'd recommend this or The Antidote.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished Morgan Llwelyn's 1014 Brian Boru and The Battle For Ireland. I have long been a fan of her historical fiction novels so was drawn to this book which is a straight up historical account of Brian Boru and the seminal Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Cannot recommend it highly enough. 



  • Registered Users Posts: 147 ✭✭ olvias


    The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley and I'm working on my essay about it. Hope with a little help of writing service here I'll finish my essay on time and at good grade. These guys helped me hundreds of times with my homework. They are pro in writing and proofreading.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,050 ✭✭✭ Mrs Gilhooley


    The Mandibles. Halfway through and loving it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 551 ✭✭✭ Xofpod


    The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller. Enjoying it but since I started reading it, I've been seen it everywhere - Eason's bestsellers list, Goodreads Top Ten, etc. It's a bit strange for a 2011 book???? I had it in my pile and started reading because I enjoyed her Circe so much recently, but I wonder is there a movie/TV adaption coming out soon, or is it just a natural resurgence for a good book?



  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,998 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    It's the impact of social media and "influencers". It got very popular on tiktok or something a year or so ago and it took off from there. I think I read that it sold more copies in 2020 or 2021 than it did in all the years since it was released.

    It's kind of a weird trend, people posting 15 second clips of themselves crying at a book or whatever and then thousands of others go and buy it so they can do the same, but whatever floats their boats, I guess.



  • Registered Users Posts: 551 ✭✭✭ Xofpod


    Mad - first I've heard of that trend. But on the other hand, a net increase in people reading has to be a good thing, especially when it's (in my opinion) quality fiction. I see elsewhere that 2021 was the best year in history for book sales in Ireland. Pandemic/lockdown effect obviously, but still, has to be a good thing.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished what is really book 3 of the Arthurian historical fiction series by Jack Whyte The Singing Sword. Liked it to an extent but like the previous one and the prequel he does ramble on at times. 



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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,998 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    Yeah, it's a weird one alright. Lots of people reading but it seems like there's very little thought going into what they're reading, and they all just end up reading the same thing and having the same opinion. I suppose it's like any trend, really, especially social media ones. If you look at the people on youtube/tiktok etc who have huge amounts of followers, they eventually start getting sent books by publishers and then there's even less thought going into what they're reading. But I suppose even if one in every few thousand followers get properly into reading because it's a trend then what's the harm.



  • Registered Users Posts: 551 ✭✭✭ Xofpod


    On to Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel. Sitting in the TBR pile for a long time but when I start reading it, I can't for the life of me figure out why I waited so long...



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished Eric Durshmeid's The Hinge Factor which is an historical account of various battles throughout history who's outcome all turned on one crucial factor which very often turned out to be as much about a chance event or crazy decision as anything else. 



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,050 ✭✭✭ Mrs Gilhooley


    Reading Pillars of the Earth after reading a good column about it in the Guardian this week.

    It's long but a very easy read , and I enjoyed Follet's Century trilogy so am sure I'll enjoy this.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,147 ✭✭✭ Wyldwood


    I love Ken Follett's work. The Kingsbridge series is a fantastic read, enjoy.

    I've just finished Anthony Doerr's Cloud Cuckoo Land. I feel bereft without it. Admittedly, it took a while to get into the stride of reading the different timelines but once I did I was absorbed into the various stories.

    Other good January reads were -

    One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin. Fans of Rabbit Hayes will like this one.

    3 Hours by Rosamund Lupton

    The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

    The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,191 ✭✭✭ RandomViewer


    Being reading a bunch of Scottish crime novels by JD Kirk,



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished Jack Whyte's The Eagles Brood. The fourth book if you include the prequel in his Camulod historical fiction series. Easily the best of the 4 in the series so far for me.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,147 ✭✭✭ Wyldwood


    Just finished John Boyne's latest offering The Echo Chamber. What a load of waffle. I loved his earlier work, particularly The House of Special Purpose and The Heart's Invisible Furies, but his more recent books are falling far short of the mark for me. Very disappointed.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,920 ✭✭✭ eire4


    Finished Jack Whyte's The Saxon Shore the fifth book if you included the prequel in his Camulod historical fiction series. Decent although like the first 3 he does go on at bit at times. 



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  • Registered Users Posts: 551 ✭✭✭ Xofpod


    Finished "Bring up the Bodies", Hilary Mantel. Loved it, but maybe slightly less than the first one. Will absolutely read the final one but perhaps not straight away - it seems to be people's least favourite of the three?

    Was also reading Alice Robb's Why we Dream, non-fiction about ..... dreams. Enjoying it, but it often strays away from its scientific base and just wanders into anecdote after anecdote.

    Also started The Fall of Babel, Josiah Bancroft, fourth and final book in his fantasy series, Senlin Ascends. Been a while since I read the previous ones but starting to get back into it.



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