So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 6

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Reg

I rattled through Hamilton's Salvation, and am now savouring the 2nd book in the series, Salvation Lost.

This book has noticeably ramped up the action - it is rattling along at quite a pace and before I know it, I'll be finished and wanting to crack on with the next.

This is really, really, good. I'm so pleased to be along for the ride.

I really must bag a copy of Alastair Reynolds' Bone Silence to keep me going for a while after this (3rd in the Revenger series). Perhaps re-read the 1st 2 again before the 3rd. Well listen to the 1st actually, as I have the audio book. . . hmm... I guess I'm starting to ramble a bit.

Night all - off for another chapter of Salvation Lost before sleep.
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light<br />Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life<br />All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside<br />When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

Reg

Finished Salvation Lost. Hell of a ride, and roll on the completion of this story in Saints of Salvation.

Am currently listening to (I read the physical book when it came out a year ago) Alastair Reynolds' Shadow Captain audio book in preparation for the 3rd part of Revenger, Bone Silence.
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light<br />Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life<br />All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside<br />When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

pxr5

February 20, 2020, 19:17:22 pm #257 Last Edit: February 20, 2020, 19:20:17 pm by pxr5
I've finished "What does this Button do?", Bruce Dickinson's autobiography. It's OK, not bad, but not good either. There isn't any of his personal life (apart from the recent cancer), and maybe too much piloting and fencing. I could forgive this if he mentioned Iron Maiden more. I don't recall Dave Murray being mentioned once, never mind Paul Di'Anno who he once referred to as the other singer. A lot of his solo career too which didn't interest me much. If you want to know the ins and outs of Iron Maiden I wouldn't really recommend this. I'm hoping KK Downing's book is a bit more involved.

Now I'm reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. About 2 thirds of the way through and I'm liking it a lot. I saw the film when it first came out and I'm going to watch it again after finishing the book. The book follows a more linear timeline than the film which mixed the stories together. Both good though.

Nïckslïkk2112

Just finished In the Court of King Crimson an Observation over 50 years by Sid Smith. Ronseal.

About to read again Plague's Progress - a Social History of Man and Disease by Arno Karlen
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

Not enough war
Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection

pdw1

The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe

The story of the first American jet test pilots and astronauts; fun stuff
Better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown

Reg

Quote from: pdw1 on April 13, 2020, 11:10:07 amThe Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe

The story of the first American jet test pilots and astronauts; fun stuff
Great film.
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light<br />Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life<br />All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside<br />When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

pxr5

Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse, Book 1. I can see why the TV series (The Expanse) is so good now. The material is fantastic.

DavidL


Matt2112

The Madness Of Crowds by Douglas Murray

Had to park his other book The Strange Death Of Europe about half way through, as this one feels more "urgent".

However, both books are a tour de force of the sort of astute insight and nuance that a stream of soundbite black-and-white social media posts (from both sides of the argument) couldn't possibly provide.
The keys to happiness

Matt2112

April 29, 2020, 21:56:42 pm #264 Last Edit: April 29, 2020, 22:06:01 pm by Matt2112
Quote from: Matt2112 on April 15, 2020, 18:49:33 pmThe Madness Of Crowds by Douglas Murray

Had to park his other book The Strange Death Of Europe about half way through, as this one feels more "urgent".

However, both books are a tour de force of the sort of astute insight and nuance that a stream of soundbite black-and-white social media posts (from both sides of the argument) couldn't possibly provide.
Finished this today - absolutely compelling stuff.

Run a Google search for reviews and sticking out amongst a bunch of favourable write-ups is a bitter hatchet job from - guess who! - The Guardian, and reading that suggested the reviewer had made up his mind after reading about three-quarters of Murray's book and didn't bother with the rest - including 16 pages of references, sources and notes.
The keys to happiness

pxr5

I've just started Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest, the autobiography of KK Downing. Only a little of the way through and it's better than Bruce Dickinson's already.

pxr5

I finished KK Downing's autobiography last night. All in all it was better than Bruce Dickinson's effort and all a bit Spinal Tap - which made it more fun to read tbh. Got an itch for another autobiography now, any recommendations (music only) before I bang on with the next GoT book.

Straight Shooter

Quote from: pxr5 on May 14, 2020, 19:56:07 pmI finished KK Downing's autobiography last night. All in all it was better than Bruce Dickinson's effort and all a bit Spinal Tap - which made it more fun to read tbh. Got an itch for another autobiography now, any recommendations (music only) before I bang on with the next GoT book.
Steve Lukather's - The Gospel According to Luke.
"I mean...unbelievable, you're a walking encyclopaedia!" : Rick Wakeman - Planet Rock's 'Tune-Adversity Challenge' 2007.

DavidL

Quote from: pxr5 on May 14, 2020, 19:56:07 pmI finished KK Downing's autobiography last night. All in all it was better than Bruce Dickinson's effort and all a bit Spinal Tap - which made it more fun to read tbh. Got an itch for another autobiography now, any recommendations (music only) before I bang on with the next GoT book.
Pete Way's is good

pxr5

May 15, 2020, 15:58:23 pm #269 Last Edit: May 15, 2020, 16:01:41 pm by pxr5
Quote from: DavidL on May 15, 2020, 00:05:21 amPete Way's is good
Ta. I saw that on Amazon last night when looking up Straight Shooter's recommendation. I might give them both a go. UFO certainly had a reputation back in the day. God knows what the Rush boys must have thought of the likes of Kiss and UFO on tour.

I'm hesitant to carry on with GoT books now the series has finished. I've done 4 of them so far, but knowing the ending has dulled them somewhat. Instead I'm reading one of my wife's books: This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor. Very funny and scathing of the NHS. My only gripe is the lack of sympathy to the patients, but I guess that's understandable.