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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.

pipsqueak - 29 Jun 2021 07:01:17 (#1101 of 2225)

I didn't like the Thursday Murder Club at all.

Catspyjamas17 - 29 Jun 2021 07:35:58 (#1102 of 2225)

I enjoyed it as popular cosy crime and really just seeing what Richard Osman could do. It's probably on the level of Agatha Raisin and that ilk. Expect 145 books and a TV series.

Lagopus - 29 Jun 2021 07:52:57 (#1103 of 2225)

Currently Paradise City by Joe Thomas. Not actually rubbish at all, and the author works round the corner from the shop. It's set in Sao Paolo with quite a lot of Portuguese sprinkled in, most of it obvious, entendeu? It's alright, but nothing like as good as his latest book Bent, about an SOE explosives operative who returns from Italy behind the lines to become a massively corrupt detective in Soho, and is ultimately brought down, I was delighted to learn, by a cameo performance of a colleague's grandfather.

RosyLovelady - 29 Jun 2021 08:06:34 (#1104 of 2225)

I just read the first Melrose book, Bad News, by Edward St Aubyn. It's a slim volume which would have been even slimmer if not for the excessive use of similes and other metaphorical devices. It's as if he can't bear to mention anything without likening it to something else and perhaps it's why proper readers love him; or perhaps the later books in the series, though equally thin, may be more substantial in other respects. Someone here must know.

Catspyjamas17 - 29 Jun 2021 08:37:41 (#1105 of 2225)

Actual Spielberg is filming Thursday Murder Club, I forgot. 145 books and 20 films, then. Hope they film it in the same vein as the Timothy Cavendish story in Cloud Atlas, I enjoyed that.

ReverendBlueJeans - 29 Jun 2021 10:30:37 (#1106 of 2225)

Michael Frayn's re-issued 1968 speculative A Very Private Life.

Not as much fun as even his serious stuff usually is, but some interesting comparisons with how the future has actually worked out.

RosyLovelady - 30 Jun 2021 11:55:05 (#1107 of 2225)

I now realise that I read the second Melrose book. Perhaps the first is so fabulously good that it conferred a fab reputation on the whole series. Anyway, many fine writers seem impressed, and we all know what that means: anything or nothing.

lammaMia - 01 Jul 2021 01:02:20 (#1108 of 2225)

As an addict of ROHOG, I had to read The Thursday murder club. I ended up abandoning it after 25%.

darkhorse - 01 Jul 2021 07:11:28 (#1109 of 2225)

I’ve struggled to the end of How the World Thinks by Julian Baggini. F*** me, it was boring, but it was a present from mum, and a potentially interesting subject (overview of non-Western philosophies), which JB skilfully drains of all colour and interest.

On the other hand, the memoir of smiley TV Equator bloke, Simon Reeve, Step by Step was a fun read I polished off in a few days. £1 in the charity shop. Reeve is a interesting guy, started at the bottom and doesn’t come from the expected nepotistic/well-off background of many in broadcasting.

slimpickins - 01 Jul 2021 08:22:57 (#1110 of 2225)

I’ve struggled to the end of How the World Thinks by Julian Baggini. F*** me, it was boring, but it was a present from mum,

Ditto apart from the finishing bit.

Just finished Susan Hill's The Haunts of Men, the first her series with the hard to spell detective. It's a great easy listen, like a well done radio play, she doesn't dwell on the horrid murdering and it's well written but boy does she love her main characters, especially the detective. A warm bubble bath of a book.

Also finished Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Liu Cixin, his first since the Three Body trilogy. It's about an advanced civilisation created by alliance between ants and dinosaurs and is basically a fairly crude satire of power and environmental politics.

It would probably have seemed more original if i hadn't read the Children of Time but I have, so a bit of a disappointment I'm afraid.

Tomnoddy - 01 Jul 2021 07:42:19 (#1111 of 2225)

I finished Osman's TTMC. There are copious red herrings, it's chattily agreeable, and I'd never have got the murderer. But as Mrs Noddy said, he's no Nancy Mitford.

Tomnoddy - 01 Jul 2021 07:47:41 (#1112 of 2225)

I have gone mad now down the library. We'll, three of them, the local one, the one in the next village, and Cambridge Central. As a result I now have 12 books including Ulyssess to peruse. I also received two book tokens on Father's Day, and now have six shiny new books, awaiting reading.

I now feel slightly daunted. I've never had that high a bedside pile before.

ReverendBlueJeans - 01 Jul 2021 11:19:40 (#1113 of 2225)

Following a pause from Three Men in a Boat, I've now returned to Three Men on the Bummel, the follow-up about a cycle trip in Germany. I laughed out loud twice on the bus yesterday.

darkhorse - 01 Jul 2021 11:40:38 (#1114 of 2225)

Is it a 2-books-in-1 edition?

Or did you rush out to buy the sequel, dying to know what happened next?

angelico - 01 Jul 2021 11:41:23 (#1115 of 2225)

Did you get to the bloke returning the boots, the candle stub and the plum to J after he'd thrwon it at the cats?

TenGorillas - 01 Jul 2021 11:47:22 (#1116 of 2225)

If you like Jerome K Jerome, can I recommend the much less well-known HH Bashford? His Augustus Carp is absolutely hilarious.

RosyLovelady - 01 Jul 2021 12:02:45 (#1117 of 2225)

... I was now in the full flower of my Southern Metropolitan manhood.

ChankNolen - 01 Jul 2021 17:29:06 (#1118 of 2225)

I've finished a book called, with great originality, The Fort. It's the latest in a series of historical novels set in the Roman Empire in the time of Trajan by (it says here) acclaimed historian of the period Adrian Goldsworthy.

Quite good as these things go: there is a Roman Centurion called Richard Sharpe, er, Flavius Ferox who is aces at skill and fighting and gets to shag various women of quality over the course of the series despite being mean and moody.

Goldsworthy has mastered most, if not all of the key skills of the pulp novelist and he clearly does know a great deal about Roman military organisation. He can't write women for toffee of course, so they are basically just additional blokes in frocks. He also has a slightly disconcerting habit of introducing two characters with similarly unmemorable names and then the following line is something like: '"Certainly, the Dacians have a plentiful supply of seige artillery and the skills to use it'" observed the Premium Hypocausium' which leaves you none the wiser as to which character is meant to be speaking.

ReverendBlueJeans - 01 Jul 2021 18:45:58 (#1119 of 2225)

Darkers - the 2 in 1 Wordsworth edition, which I just put aside for a few weeks.

darkhorse - 01 Jul 2021 18:47:19 (#1120 of 2225)

Yes, I had that one, put it aside and realised I was unlikely to read it for a few years. So gave it to the charity shop for now.

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