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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.

elderberry - 09 May 2022 16:44:03 (#2141 of 2225)

Daisy used to cock her leg to pee, Teddy usually squatted because he'd had a badly smashed leg when he was a puppy. Despite that (and being neutered, and smaller than her) he was very much the boss of the two.

If I was putting a squat-to-pee dog or leg-cocking bitch in a book I would be making a point about their character.

Lagopus - 09 May 2022 16:46:19 (#2142 of 2225)

It's not a major plot point. The resurrected hare kills it anyway.

elderberry - 09 May 2022 16:47:49 (#2143 of 2225)

the hare kills the dog?! I'm not going to read that book.

Lagopus - 09 May 2022 16:48:40 (#2144 of 2225)

It's only a Pekinese.

LobsangRampa - 09 May 2022 17:49:46 (#2145 of 2225)

I might read it to my whippet lurcher. I'm trying to stop her killing hares which have suddenly become prolific round here.

elderberry - 09 May 2022 16:57:57 (#2146 of 2225)

Still not reading it, dogs shouldn't be killed in books. Thanks for the warning. Nothing wrong with Pekinese either, nice fierce little dogs with a proud and ancient history. One of the dogs in One Dog and His Boy is a Pekinese. There's a book that isn't rubbish.

angelico - 09 May 2022 18:37:13 (#2147 of 2225)

I didn't hear that, ignored poster.

So sorry. It is crap, I know. But we simply have no room, and many of my lovely books are going into loft boxes anyway.

Surely there some way for independent bookshops to offer their customers e-books, taking a smaller margin (I'm guessing) but at least getting the business. I'd pay a premium over blasted amazon for that.

LordofMisrule - 09 May 2022 19:16:53 (#2148 of 2225)

There's Hive, where local bookshops afiliate with the online seller:

slimpickins - 10 May 2022 08:53:47 (#2149 of 2225)

Thanks LoM, I'd never heard of it.

limegreen - 10 May 2022 09:59:56 (#2150 of 2225)

I'm always a bit dubious about exactly how much the shop gets, but I use them occasionally. Certainly beats Amazon!

LordofMisrule - 10 May 2022 09:58:22 (#2151 of 2225)

Yes, I know what you mean. operates on a similar principle, but AFAIK they don't sell digital media.

Lagopus - 10 May 2022 10:20:52 (#2152 of 2225)

Only joking, Angelico! I think the sensible model for ebooks is to get them direct from the publisher, which at least means the author gets a decent cut. None of the ways I've come up with over the years to sell digital from physical premises has made much sense when I turned them upside down and shook them.

ReverendBlueJeans - 17 May 2022 09:20:01 (#2153 of 2225)

Struggling with A Small Place in Italy.

I suppose the title should have alerted me but it's just another 'we fell in love with the house and did it up' tale familiar from books or telly. I had just expected a bit better from Eric Newby.

Catspyjamas17 - 17 May 2022 10:42:40 (#2154 of 2225)

Listened to the last Dick Francis last night, Bolt.

Which was hugely enjoyable (apart from what happened to the poor horses). The best cast for me - Siân Phillips, Eric Allan, and Elizabeth McGovern.

Eric Allan was later Bert Fry in The Archers for many years and Elizabeth McGovern is Lady Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey. Bert as the swashbuckling lead!

ReverendBlueJeans - 18 May 2022 12:55:56 (#2155 of 2225)

Enjoying Monsignor Quixote by Greene, though so far it's really little more than a witty Socratic dialogue between a simple RC priest and his communist chum, reflecting Don Q and his Sancho Panza.

There was an ITV fillum made of it c1987 with Alec Guinness and Leo McKern which I am embarrassed at having missed.

RosyLovelady - 18 May 2022 13:09:56 (#2156 of 2225)

Sounds rather like the tales of Don Camillo and Mayor Peppone which I read in my teenage years.

angelico - 18 May 2022 13:14:55 (#2157 of 2225)

I used to love those books - yellow Gollancz covers in Mom's string bag on a Wednesday afternoon, her library day.

slimpickins - 18 May 2022 13:52:15 (#2158 of 2225)

Probably clashed with Dynasty Rev, that's my excuse anyway.

Finished Le Carre's The Tailor of Panama. It's an uneven book which could have done with some editing and cuts, especially at the beginning when the central character, a typical LC self-loathing, depressed, middle aged man, drones on for hours. I nearly put it down for good but then it picked with the introduction of new characters and the pace picks up and by the end its fairly hurtling along.

With a little tweaking it could have been a comic novel but it's just too dark and in places, gruesome. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a big LC fan.

RosyLovelady - 18 May 2022 13:55:51 (#2159 of 2225)

I've just finished Le Carre's Silverview in which I thought he was deliberately sending up himself and his genre; but apparently not, according to the Afterword.

ReverendBlueJeans - 18 May 2022 14:04:51 (#2160 of 2225)

Have to say I find it quite difficult to remember anything about later le Carres I've read. I'm often not even sure which ones I've read.

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