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Started by RosyLovelady on Sep 15, 2017 12:34:09 PM
What rubbish are you reading?

A thread to admit that you read low-brow, sensationalist and/or otherwise deplorable books.

Rubbish recommendations welcome.

TenGorillas - 17 Jun 2021 09:13:01 (#1081 of 2225)

I also wonder how the German translator handled the supersecret clue which involved a made-up name, Maud Opfer, sounding like murder victim in German.

surferboogiewhatever - 17 Jun 2021 09:38:00 (#1082 of 2225)

I’ve mentioned this before but he has a scene where a woman is fellating a man who is simultaneously nuzzling her neck

Didn't you say something very similar about Peter Robinson not long ago? Did you get them confused or do they both do it? (I do remember a scene in a Peter Robinson where the woman



during a blow job...)

coshipi - 17 Jun 2021 09:40:19 (#1083 of 2225)

I really feel for that translator!

Once upon a time in a distant past when I used to do all sorts of contract work, one of things I used to do was typesetting. Having volunteered as a typesetter (compositor) on Peace News because I was a fast typist, I got to be a member of the National Graphical Association, in those days an essential if you wanted to do typesetting work. So I ended up being an unusual compositor in that I worked freelance rather than being a permanent employee - which got me a few interesting temporary jobs. But one turned out to be a bit of a nightmare: typesetting a truly dreadful novel... African Revenge... I forget the author's name, which is probably Just As Well. (Even the title might be misremembered, but I think not.)

I bet the translator felt the same way about Peter James's rubbish.

TenGorillas - 17 Jun 2021 09:44:05 (#1084 of 2225)

Oh yes I might be getting them mixed up. It was a Roy Grace book, so apologies to poor blameless Peter Robinson.

surferboogiewhatever - 17 Jun 2021 09:47:12 (#1085 of 2225)

Oh good, because I quite like Peter Robinson, while recognising that he has his faults.

Cavewoman - 17 Jun 2021 09:53:39 (#1086 of 2225)

I got to be a member of the National Graphical Association, in those days an essential if you wanted to do typesetting work.

I remember those days well. I started a typesetting business and in order to get it off the ground I had to be an NGA member as my clients were mostly large London publishers who wouldn't touch non-union work. What a bunch of misogynistic thugs the NGA were! A mere woman, taking away men's work . . . .

coshipi - 17 Jun 2021 10:07:47 (#1087 of 2225)

What a bunch of misogynistic thugs the NGA were! A mere woman, taking away men's work

I suspect that varied from place to place - but sadly (to put it mildly) that was probably pretty normal 8~(

I worked a few times for a tiny typesetting company that belonged to a woman (in Bradford). I've still got her card somewhere.

ReverendBlueJeans - 17 Jun 2021 10:35:17 (#1088 of 2225)

I'd thought Peter James was the one who wrote Yorkshire-set policiers, that got adapted for TV with Stephen Tompkinson.

Clearly I'm mistaken - who am I mixing him up with?

Electro2 - 17 Jun 2021 10:38:41 (#1089 of 2225)

Peter Robinson.

ReverendBlueJeans - 17 Jun 2021 10:39:11 (#1090 of 2225)

Thassim. Blimming Peters.

slimpickins - 18 Jun 2021 07:38:24 (#1091 of 2225)

Just finished Ilium by Dan Simmons (The Terror, Hyperion, etc), a mammoth of a book that interweaves the journeys of several heros across time and indeed, space. It doesn't have the visceral descriptive power of The Terror but it still absorbs you into the places and minds of the characters, bringing a very complex story alive like a blockbuster movie.

After finishing it I felt I needed a break before starting the sequel (of course there's a sequel, 850 pages isn't enough for a DS tale) and so I went back to Finding Grace (K.L. Slater), a missing child mystery which I'd thought pretty good but it just seemed thin and by the numbers, so I've embarked on Olympos.

Post humans, space travel, the Trojan war and debates on the humour in Proust, rubbish or brilliant, you decide!

RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2021 18:57:49 (#1092 of 2225)

I found a copy of The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry lying around. It's a second-hand copy which I don't remember buying. Did someone here recommend it? I can't say I do. Three different narrators, mother, father, social worker. It's a big book and it just stops instead of ending.

ReverendBlueJeans - 28 Jun 2021 08:14:25 (#1093 of 2225)

Just Stopping is being literary. Ending is commercial/popular/genre.

toffle - 28 Jun 2021 08:25:07 (#1094 of 2225)

Do you feel there should be more after the stop?

In which case... cunning marketing, now you have to buy the next installment.

Or is it more like, That's it, you've had your allotted number of pages, now fuck off?

RosyLovelady - 28 Jun 2021 08:27:52 (#1095 of 2225)

No sequel. It just stopped, and off I duly fucked.

staticgirl - 28 Jun 2021 09:39:58 (#1096 of 2225)

I think they just stop so that you think how ambiguous (and therefore clever and not trapped by conventionality) the author is. I think they can't write a proper story.

Tomnoddy - 28 Jun 2021 20:02:41 (#1097 of 2225)

Amen, bro sis.

pipsqueak - 28 Jun 2021 21:29:06 (#1098 of 2225)

Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz - very entertaining!

Tomnoddy - 28 Jun 2021 21:46:49 (#1099 of 2225)

The Thursday Murder Club - also entertaining.

ReverendBlueJeans - 28 Jun 2021 22:12:44 (#1100 of 2225)

#1098 - yup, I liked that.

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