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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 - 12 Mar 2021 21:44:07 (#881 of 2178)

I don't mind you taking my name in vain Rosie!

Pheeep - 12 Mar 2021 21:57:50 (#882 of 2178)

I too have just read some Diana Wynne Jones - The Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Year of the Griffin and The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land. Thoroughly enjoyed reading them to the children 20 years ago and they were a real pleasure to re-read.

CarlosFandango - 15 Mar 2021 00:32:52 (#883 of 2178)

Simenon is well worth searching out.

Le Chat is brilliant.

ChankNolen - 15 Mar 2021 16:52:13 (#884 of 2178)

I split my time between reading for intellectual self-improvement purposes and reading for pure self-indulgence. I see this thread as being all about the latter.

I would also distinguish between well-written genre fiction, which may not meet the criteria of great works of art but is serviceable on other criteria, and your genuine garbage, like Dan Brown.

LobsangRampa - 15 Mar 2021 17:51:36 (#885 of 2178)

Due to recurrent insomnia I move to another bedroom around 3 every morning. I've been very much enjoying listening to Agatha Christie - both the BBC adaptations and audio books. She really can tell a story. I've been enjoying her so much that now it's the somnia that has become the problem.

(This post is by way of apology to my Granny who loved her and Ngaio Marsh and was consequently sneered at by a smug adolescent.)

angelico - 15 Mar 2021 18:17:17 (#886 of 2178)

Just read the Slough House books by Mick Herron. There are seven of them and they’re strangely addictive, such that I can’t wait for the eighth. Complex dark plots set in MI5 world and in the house of its rejects, Slough House. Very funny, bitter dialogue from its disreputable, dangerous head. Plenty of violent action, contemporary references and politics, and - as I said - strangely addictive, flawed characters. Highly recommended.

surferboogiewhatever - 15 Mar 2021 18:20:40 (#887 of 2178)

Oh, I've got the newest one on my to-read pile after devouring the others over the last year or so. I love the very believable office politics and bickering that goes on.

angelico - 15 Mar 2021 18:21:54 (#888 of 2178)

I totally OD-ed on them. Bought the first 5 days ago.

RosyLovelady - 15 Mar 2021 18:52:41 (#889 of 2178)

I think I wish Oliver Harris had written another Nick Belsey book or two.

dreams99 - 15 Mar 2021 18:56:14 (#890 of 2178)

You read 7 of them in 5 days?

Have read all of Herron (including the oxford series) apart from the new one, waiting for the pback.

surferboogiewhatever - 15 Mar 2021 19:10:27 (#891 of 2178)

You read 7 of them in 5 days?

I could probably do that if I had absolutely nothing else to do. I read 2½ e-books of old Norah Lofts historical sagas in less than 2 days recently, but there were exceptional circumstances.

dreams99 - 15 Mar 2021 19:14:29 (#892 of 2178)

Just listened to a Backlisted podcast on Norah Lofts, they really enjoyed it.

angelico - 15 Mar 2021 21:36:10 (#893 of 2178)

You read 7 of them in 5 days?

They were hardly hard going. Yes.

pipsqueak - 15 Mar 2021 21:38:52 (#894 of 2178)

Crikey! 7 books in five days! I read a lot on holiday, and read fast but I haven't read that many that quickly!

pipsqueak - 15 Mar 2021 21:39:21 (#895 of 2178)

And I need to buy the third Slough horses book

angelico - 15 Mar 2021 21:41:05 (#896 of 2178)

I’m not saying I got a lot of work done.

darkhorse - 15 Mar 2021 21:49:36 (#897 of 2178)

"Slough Horses" sounds like they shed their skin, like a massive equine lizard.

darkhorse - 15 Mar 2021 21:52:00 (#898 of 2178)

I rarely follow one book with another by the same author, but some of you guys seem to enjoy a binge once you've found something you like.

Does anybody else do like me, and wait a year or so before returning to an author?

slimpickins - 15 Mar 2021 21:59:51 (#899 of 2178)

It depends on the type of book, I need break between books by authors that are 'intense' but something lighter that I enjoy will make me seek out more. Which I shouldn't because I inevitably over indulge and get fed up with them.

crabbyoldbat - 15 Mar 2021 22:17:21 (#900 of 2178)

I binge - did the Slow Horses that way, too (longer time, though). Then once I've caught up, they're on my checking list.

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