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08-03-2019, 13:54   #7546
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Just finished Milkman by Anna Burns.

Really had to struggle to finish it. It was given to me by someone who had given up after 100 pages. I found the structure of it very intense but I actually enjoyed it between about pages 50 and 300. It was like trying to listen to conversations on 3 radios playing all at once, each sentence had to be considered did it refer to the plot line, the societal environment of the locality or the main characters thoughts on her own existence. Turning each page to see another two pages with barely a break for dialog or paragraphs added to the sense that an awful lot was going on.

Spoiler: But, I found it meandered to an ending and I couldn't say I got anything from the part where her mother became the focus with her anxieties and worries. And she never challenged or explored the experience she observed with her maybe boyfriend or what it meant to their relationship retrospectively.
I have the audio book version of Milkman and what you're saying here comes through on it as well. It's very intense narration and difficult to listen to, and it's like there is no let up in it at any point.
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Almost finished Brighton Rock by Graham Greene on Audible - never heard of him before, somehow, but I'll probably try a couple more of his books.
I really enjoyed The Human Factor, one of his spy ones. Very good read. Tried twice to read The Heart of the Matter but couldn't get through it, v bleak. As others have said, the Quiet American is also good although I preferred the Human Factor.

Currently reading Lolita on the strength of a recommendation on here. It's like nothing I've ever read before. It's beautifully written but it's engrossing, repulsive & hilarious all in one breath.
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09-03-2019, 12:01   #7548
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Just finishing up 'Our Souls at Night' by Kent Haruf.
A lot simpler than some of his other books but he somehow manages to convey so much with quite sparse writing.
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11-03-2019, 09:52   #7549
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Tombland - C.J. Sansom. Looking forward to reading it.
Since this is such a tome and not suited to carrying to and from work, I am also reading The Wall by John Lanchester - interesting so far.
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13-03-2019, 00:22   #7550
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A House in Norway by Vigdis Hjorth
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13-03-2019, 09:21   #7551
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Anthony De Mello - Awareness

So far it is one of those books of someone telling you to pay close attention to what he is telling you to do, which is, to not pay close attention to what anyone tells you to do.
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I'm on a break from Milkman for the same reasons noted by others already. I will go back to it eventually. In the meantime I re-read The Passage by Justin Cronin, then two books this week. Elevation by Stephen King, which was really more of a short story than anything. Felt like something he might have scribbled on the back of an envelope while waiting on a plane or something once. Definitely not worth the hardback price.

Followed that with A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan. Very standard "something going bump in the attic of a haunted house" potboilery stuff. You'll spot the "twist" about a quarter of the way in.

Started The Familiars by Stacey Halls yesterday. Too early to make much of a judgement yet.

I reckon then I might be ready to go back to Milkman after all that brain-fluff.
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19-03-2019, 17:57   #7553
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The Last Armada/Hell or some worse place by Des Ekin. About the siege of Kinsale in 1601 and looks at the main players of the English, Irish and Spanish. About a third of the way through, ruddy good read.
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Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
Really loved The Thirteenth Tale so hope this maintains the standard.
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Listening to Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy - am thinking though that it's a book I'd rather read than listen to.

Am reading A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James - about 100 pages in - it's not exactly addictive reading so far.
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Into The Water - Paula Hawkins. I think this will be a quick, somewhat forgettable read. Nowhere near as good as The Girl on The Train though it did pick up pace a bit this morning. Maybe it'll get better, I'm finding all of the characters a bit confusing.
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Just about finished the Bobiverse trilogy by Dennis E Taylor. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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