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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.

tasselhoff - 24 Sep 2017 08:45:25 (#61 of 2225)

I concur with 10G. There's plenty of rubbish written in French.

tasselhoff - 24 Sep 2017 08:46:08 (#62 of 2225)

that's about as far as my multilinguisticy stretches

RosyLovelady - 24 Sep 2017 08:52:29 (#63 of 2225)

Mine too, in practice, but anyway I'd love to know if there's a French equivalent of Sophie Hannah, say. Also, any translations of Armenian or Vietnamese psychological thrillers.

TenGorillas - 24 Sep 2017 09:45:27 (#64 of 2225)

I've not read any Sophie Hannah so can't help you there. French schlock: Guillaume Musso, Maxime Chattam, Michel Bussi, all available in translation. Be warned though, just because something is lowbrow doesn't necessarily mean it'll be easy to read for a language learner, it may well use lots of slang / other non-standard language / police jargon or whatever.

Armenian / Vietnamese thrillers in English: in a word, no. For two main reasons: their literary and publishing fields are pretty underdeveloped and what thrillers they do read will be translated from English, and even if they do produce their own home grown material no English-language publisher is going to stump up for the costs of translating it.

RosyLovelady - 24 Sep 2017 15:10:13 (#65 of 2225)

My short-break holiday reading last week was the rather unedifying biography of Jack Kerouac by Barry "Miles" Miles. Very well researched, reasonably well written but what a downer.

SinnerBoy - 06 Oct 2017 11:24:15 (#66 of 2225)

I'm reading Pirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton, at the moment. It's a bit of a pedestrian start.

RosyLovelady - 06 Oct 2017 11:31:54 (#67 of 2225)

I've given up, perhaps just temporarily, on that eagerly awaited Kate Tempest book which I mentioned on the other thread, and now I am enjoying the rather rubbishy The Sisters by Claire Douglas.

I think it's better than her Last Seen Alive.

kentigern - 18 Oct 2017 08:47:54 (#68 of 2225)

I am reading one in the series of Louise Penny's books set in an idyllic village in Quebec. Well, it would be idyllic if it weren't for all the murders that keep happening. It's a sort of Midsomer Murders cosy crime quirky characters sort of affair. And I'm currently using it to distract me from the worthy Lincoln in the Bardo as I fear that might be just a bit too worthy.

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JennyRad - 18 Oct 2017 21:50:40 (#70 of 2225)

What made you grit your teeth specifically, fender? (Depending on the answer I will recommend you read, or very definitely don't read, some of her other books.)

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JennyRad - 19 Oct 2017 21:46:50 (#72 of 2225)

Ah. Yes, he is morose, isn't he? If it was some of the deus ex machina stuff bothering you I was going to warn you against the Soldier Son trilogy which is still making me cross about that, some ten years after I last read it.

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SinnerBoy - 20 Oct 2017 10:41:09 (#74 of 2225)

I'm currently reading Bearded Tit, which is making me giggle, quite a lot. Well, not the section I'm on at the moment, where he goes to meet his girlfriend, the day after losing his virginity, only to find that she's gone on honeymoon!

JennyRad - 20 Oct 2017 10:55:05 (#75 of 2225)

Oh, by he I meant Fitz, fender. Robin Hobb herself isn't particularly morose, or at least Kat who manages her Facebook page isn't!

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RosyLovelady - 28 Dec 2017 10:15:03 (#77 of 2225)

Has anyone read the newer of the two Tim Shipman books about the tories and Brexit? I had to skim wearily through some of the first one, and was rather shocked at the end to see what an adoring devotee of Theresa May the author had quickly become. Perhaps that's his way, and he discovers new heroes by the end of the second book. Can anyone confirm?

RosyLovelady - 06 Jan 2018 09:16:36 (#78 of 2225)

By the way: don't bother with Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. As psychological thrillers go, it's a phoney.

saskia - 08 Jan 2018 21:55:45 (#79 of 2225)

In what way, Rosy?

SheikYerbouti - 08 Jan 2018 22:02:09 (#80 of 2225)

I was just reading Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie. Marvellously cynical but great fun fantasy stories. Definitely trash though.

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