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5 hours ago, Flea said:

Not really.  

Good, because I hated Us at the theater. I'm still going to give it go. 

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Haven't seen Us, but "Cabin" is pretty much an extremely high stakes game of "would you rather."  Very thought provoking though.  

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On 7/31/2019 at 9:58 AM, dr winston oboogie said:

Winner of the Orwell Prize 2018

 

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Thanks for bringing this to my attention - I'll track it down now (and I hope I've used the Quote option correctly!).

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Sixty-five pages of book recommendations or reviews, but the search function is no help because people post images instead of title and author.  :(

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As I include the book titles and author names in my image-free written reviews, you'll be fine searching the little that I've posted about:-)

You have a point, of course, so maybe future reviewers could include written titles and authors, to make searching possible?

(Generous reviewers with time on their hands could edit past reviews and add written title and author details, I suppose, especially if they feel strongly about the books that they've reviewed.)

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22 hours ago, Rizla said:

Sixty-five pages of book recommendations or reviews, but the search function is no help because people post images instead of title and author.  :(

I understand what you're saying. But if you know the author and or the title you are looking for, why not just goggle it? 

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On 8/2/2019 at 8:51 PM, Jimmy James said:

I understand what you're saying. But if you know the author and or the title you are looking for, why not just goggle it? 

How would that help?  It wouldn't pick up references in this thread, which is what I was talking about.

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It's not easy to read with goggles on.

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2 hours ago, Jerseyfornia said:

It's not easy to read with goggles on.

You can  be a little harsh at times. :rolleyes:

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Just finished this one. She's done her homework and the fiction part is quite good.

 

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Somehow I came across my Catherine Aird collection and am re-reading all her deliciously elegant mysteries. I have about ten - maybe more, I haven't counted exactly. Right now DI Sloan and constable Crosby are my constant companions. :rolleyes:

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On 7/29/2019 at 11:29 AM, BrilliantDisguise said:

Put the above book in my post aside to read this one.  It grabbed me from the very first page. Told in interview style, this is about the rise and fall of a rock and roll band in the 1960's and 1970's.  It's soon to be an Amazon Video series.  I haven't finished it yet, but I highly recommend this.

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@Pregnant Sally I had a dream last night that I recommended to you that you read this book (weird, I know :D).  So I am recommending it to you in real life.  Actually, I do think you will like it.

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I am reading The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt. It is a children's book lent to me by my 7 year old great nephew. He had just finished reading it when I visited and it was the first proper book he had read on his own. He was so enthusiastic about it, he said I could borrow. I politely said thank you and thought no more about it. However, he put it in my case to make sure I brought it home!

Started it yesterday and I am really enjoying it! A story about a young Knight who has to get a letter to the king of a neighbouring kingdom and his adventures on the way.

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Got this one on the go, too. About a child growing up in occupied Holland during WW2 - based on her mother's diary.

 

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Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Loki) is a really good and necessary read, so many thanks to 'dr winston oboogie' for suggesting it here.

A candid account of surviving and transcending a hard, unpromising childhood, with plenty of honest insights into how easy it was and is to fall down on the way. Not poverty porn, this is a humane, clear-sighted and frank examination culminating in the radical truth that only changing his mind-set has enabled him to move on in life.

I hope it is widely read because it should pull us all up short to have our own expectations and assumptions examined and challenged, the better to enable us all to rework ourselves and our society for good, not ill. I've passed the book on to my son, to help direct his desire for reform in a positive way. 

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I am having a break from Ruth Rendell detective stories and reading Christopher Isherwood's Berlin novels..... really enjoying them so far.

I've seen Cabaret ( obviously ) but never read anything by Isherwood. I read a curious little book last year about W H Auden and his time teaching in Hellensbugh which has some stuff in about visiting Isherwood in Berlin. Can't remember the title.

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19 hours ago, robk1 said:

I am having a break from Ruth Rendell detective stories and reading Christopher Isherwood's Berlin novels..... really enjoying them so far.

I've seen Cabaret ( obviously ) but never read anything by Isherwood. I read a curious little book last year about W H Auden and his time teaching in Hellensbugh which has some stuff in about visiting Isherwood in Berlin. Can't remember the title.

Polly Clark's 'Larchfield'?

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4 hours ago, bettertohaveloved said:

Polly Clark's 'Larchfield'?

Yeah.... that's the one. Did you read it ? A curious idea, I thought, sort of time slip, mystery and real history....but I enjoyed by it.

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5 minutes ago, robk1 said:

Yeah.... that's the one. Did you read it ? A curious idea, I thought, sort of time slip, mystery and real history....but I enjoyed by it.

No, I just enjoy investigating. :) That looked a likely one. I may well add it to my list.

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On 8/13/2019 at 2:09 PM, JoleBlonAlba said:

Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Loki) is a really good and necessary read, so many thanks to 'dr winston oboogie' for suggesting it here.

A candid account of surviving and transcending a hard, unpromising childhood, with plenty of honest insights into how easy it was and is to fall down on the way. Not poverty porn, this is a humane, clear-sighted and frank examination culminating in the radical truth that only changing his mind-set has enabled him to move on in life.

I hope it is widely read because it should pull us all up short to have our own expectations and assumptions examined and challenged, the better to enable us all to rework ourselves and our society for good, not ill. I've passed the book on to my son, to help direct his desire for reform in a positive way. 

I will have a look for that. It sounds interesting.

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On 8/15/2019 at 9:35 AM, whispered secret said:

I will have a look for that. It sounds interesting.

I don't know if this will be shown more widely on the BBC but BBC Scotland will have a 6-part series from Darren McGarvey, who wrote "Poverty Safari":

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/36/darren-mcgarveys-scotland

Again, he won't just be seeing the problems but looking at local community-based initiatives and solutions too. 

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Mr J is reading a book called a The Wichita Lineman, by Dylan Jones. It's about the song, but he keeps reading bits out to me about Bruce. He says it is a really good read.

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0437F20E-EAFE-4C93-878F-8971EC2C0BB6.jpeg.d8475b86c3da5c8eed33e26f145df974.jpegJust finished reading this - so funny! Features politicians Bunter Jolly, Guppy Toad and Plantagenet Greased-Hogg - no idea who these characters are based on.;)

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On 7/19/2019 at 10:21 AM, Wasted in the heat said:

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Thanks for the recommendation there Wasted. But I must have only one taste in books. As this book was only 270 pages and took over a week to read. The only thing that kept me reading at one point was to see what the ending really was. And it was as i thought. Just wasn't for me, my brother.  

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