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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.

goldfinch - 19 Mar 2021 22:32:02 (#921 of 2178)

No spoilers please, Lago!

slimpickins - 20 Mar 2021 09:02:41 (#922 of 2178)

Finished a couple of murder mysteries this week:

The Guest List, set on an Irish island where a wedding is being held, what's unusual is the victim isn't identified until the end and the arrest/conviction is almost immediate. What precedes that is the relationships and motives the detective usually draws out but here told through the eyes of the various characters. I thought it well done, believable characters, decent writing and plot but somehow unsatisfying.

The Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill; a killer is stalking a city's street prostitutes, meanwhile there are tensions at the Cathedral as the new Dean tries to make changes to old traditions. The two worlds are connected by a lady doctor who is on a committee battling the Dean, has one of the women as a patient and is sister to the hero detective. Well written, if a bit rushed at the end, the womens' world was particularly believable, if Ann Cleaves collaborated with Trollope this would be the result.

PoppySeedBagel - 20 Mar 2021 14:30:12 (#923 of 2178)

I’m half way through The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre, translated from French. It’s funny and well-plotted so far, and I note that the offhand racism in Spiral seems to be a French thing, still.

TenGorillas - 20 Mar 2021 14:58:40 (#924 of 2178)

I loved that. Pitched the translation, had four publishers interested but someone else got in there first. I was super bummed out.

limegreen - 20 Mar 2021 15:02:58 (#925 of 2178)

On the subject of rubbish books, I would like to recommend the Sentimental Garbage podcast. They take a book, that has often been dismissed because it's seen as chick lit or for women and talk through what's so great about it. Not to serious, but always with plenty of food for thought. At the moment they are doing Sex and the City, the TV show and I'm enjoying it very much.

PoppySeedBagel - 20 Mar 2021 15:21:56 (#926 of 2178)

What a shame for you 10g!

This book sounds rather good so I’ve ordered it from the library- and the publisher sounds worth-following:

Where Stands A Wingèd Sentry by Margaret Kennedy

TenGorillas - 20 Mar 2021 16:10:44 (#927 of 2178)

There’s a film of the Godmother book too, called Mama Weed.

darkhorse - 25 Mar 2021 18:46:19 (#928 of 2178)

I read the Richard Osman Thursday Murder Club but I have a query re the final whodunnit, but can't find the symbol for spoiler alerts on this keyboard, so will have to save it until I'm on my phone.

Electro2 - 25 Mar 2021 18:48:21 (#929 of 2178)

try copy and paste this: |

JennyRad - 25 Mar 2021 18:51:35 (#930 of 2178)

Or just the | symbol if you have one on your keyboard - mine's shift-\ , down between the z and the left shift key.

darkhorse - 25 Mar 2021 18:53:53 (#931 of 2178)

Thanks, but found the phone.

Do not read this spoiler if you intend to read the Thursday Murder Club, but this bugged me:

Surely any investigation into the murder (1) of the body in the grave (if uncovered in building development) would be highly unlikely to locate the actual murderer, who was not in a fit state to be questioned anyway, so there was no need to commit murder (2) to prevent murder (1) from being uncovered. (I have if course not discussed murder (3) of the drug dealing builder and numbered these all wrong)

redginger - 06 Apr 2021 19:34:00 (#932 of 2178)

I read a lot of rubbish, in between serious stuff, but non more than Rebecca Shaw. For murders and killing she's worse than a Gatling Gun. Even much loved characters are killed in one way or another.

slimpickins - 06 Apr 2021 19:59:46 (#933 of 2178)

I'd never heard of her so looked her up on wiki:

A review in The Telegraph[3] for 'A Village Deception' described her style as 'The Archers meet Midsomer Murders'.

And that she was in her 60s when the first of her 27 books was published which is impressive.

I'm enjoying Heavens river more than I expected, on the surface Dennis E Taylor seems a shallow writer, all rye jokes and nerdy references but underneath that he's discussing complex ideas, like the nature of identity, colonialism, etc, all mixed up with some good old hard sci-fi.

airynothing - 06 Apr 2021 21:33:53 (#934 of 2178)

Rye jokes? Corny.

ChankNolen - 12 Apr 2021 15:22:02 (#935 of 2178)

I might have a go at Heaven's River, having just finished the 'Expanse' cycle of novels.

slimpickins - 13 Apr 2021 15:37:09 (#936 of 2178)

Remember it's the fourth in a series which is probably best read in order. Now I've finished it I can't help feeling it was rather padded out, it's twice the length of previous books, with a long 'heroes journey' that could have been cut by a lot.

Just finished Alan Moore's epic Jerusalem, 60hrs on Audible and longer than War and Peace in print, I feel as if I've finished a marathon. It's a really extraordinary book, as if a someone has created a novel from the rambling theories of a well educated lunatic, so well described the words just dissolve into visions. Moore here:

Fantastic use of obscenity too, rarely but perfectly deployed to make certain passages all the more visceral.

LordofMisrule - 13 Apr 2021 16:07:36 (#937 of 2178)

Does he read the audiobook?

slimpickins - 13 Apr 2021 17:55:11 (#938 of 2178)

No, it's very well read by Simon Vance (no idea), it had to be to stick with for that long even with breaks but it was an easy voice to have in my head.

lammaMia - 13 Apr 2021 17:59:42 (#939 of 2178)

I have listened to a number of books narrated by Simon Vance and he's usually very good.

slimpickins - 13 Apr 2021 20:42:44 (#940 of 2178)

I'll look out for them, the reader makes a big difference, especially with a long book.

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