The last book I have read is Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury, it is a very interesting book about the world we can leave in the future. I have read it in my e-book. I prefer Kindle because it is the most common. I had a lot of struggles to buy it because there are a lot of types, I didn’t know what to buy because at the start all of them were so different for me and also I couldn’t understand how does kindle work. In the beginning, I thought that you always need the internet to read but after I bought it I understood that you just need to download the book and you can read it anywhere.
I’ve just read “Aim True, My Brothers” by William F Brown.
I did not like the first couple of chapters because it was about how the main character, a maverick FBI Agent, apprehended four ‘Rednecks’ who had just robbed a bank. The characters seemed rough with no finesse but…
Soon after the story developed to a terrorist assault on a major Asian city. The assault was led by another main character, Mohammed Al-Bari, who had had many years experience artillery fighting in battlefields.
After this mission the plot shifted to USA where Mohammed Al-Bari plans on assassinating the POTUS. The American Special Forces became aware ot the plot a female Israeli Secret Service Agent was seconded to foil the plot and becomes another major character.
The pace is fast with lots of action throughout the book and frequently with surprising twists.
I can recommend the book and at the moment the eBook is available free in the hope readers will buy other books in the series.
I’ve just finished “The Caller” by Chris Carter. A serial killer operates by phoning the best friend or partner of his victim and asking them two questions, if they can’t answer them, the person gets killed. One of the victims is unfortunately the wife of a mafia hitman, though that doesn’t play quite as big a part in things as I thought it might. A good book, though.
I have read Think like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol this month, and Focus by Harvard Business Review last month.
As it was a bit cold and I didn’t feel like spending much time in the shed (and the pubs are closed), I’ve now finished “Criss Cross” by James Patterson. Featuring psychologist Alex Cross, it looks as if he’s sent the wrong man to the electric chair for a series of murders.
I like free! I enjoyed the book, too, although I do wonder about a lot of books where you cannot feel empathy for or like any of the characters. Where they’re all sleazeballs.
I’m pleased you liked the book
I just got notification of another free book by the same author, only read four chapters from thirty two and once again like the fast pace. You will be delighted to know the main character is a thirty three year old American programmer and is not a sleazeball
I’ve just finished “The Tsunami Countdown” by Body Morrison. Tsunami in the Pacific, heads for Hawaii, from the perspective of someone working in the Tsunami Warning Centre. A decent enough read, the odd stereotype here and there but not bad overall.
I’ve just finished “The Warden” by Anthony Trollope.
Trollope is one of the classic authors I’ve long felt I should try reading, and finally got round to. “The Warden” is the first book in his “Chronicles of Barsetshire” series, and was published in 1855. It took me a couple of chapters to get to grips with his writing style, as he favours very long sentences with multiple clauses. He also has a tendency to be a bit wordy in places, with an entire chapter devoted to the influence of the press, in decidedly florid language.
The book revolves around a collection of almshouses and their warden. There has been a query raised over whether the money is being allocated in strict accordance with the terms of the four-hundred-year-old Will which endowed them, and a well-meaning but rash and ambitious young doctor is persuaded to raise a court action on behalf of the almsmen. The book explores the effect this has on those involved and their relationships with one another.
Once I got into it, I found it surprisingly gripping, seeing the same set of circumstances from different perspectives, and wondering how it would all turn out in the end.
Never use a big word where a diminutive alternative will suffice.
I’ve just finished “Th1rt3en” by Steve Cavanagh, which I very much enjoyed. Film star accused of murder but his lawyer looks for a different killer. I was a bit fed up with it jumping between different viewpoints, but it wasn’t too distracting.
I’ve just finished “Without a trace” by Mari Hannah. A jet flying from London to New York goes missing, taking with it the main character’s partner, who then wangles her way into the investigation team despite being a police officer from the other end of the country. It didn’t go in the direction I was expecting a couple of times, a decent enough book but I thought there was a bit too much domestic stuff and a fair bit of repetition.
I’ve just finished “Borrowed Time” by Robert Goddard. A lone hiker encounters a woman for a minute or two, which turns out to be an hour or so before she is murdered. It’s quite twisty and turny, but his stuff is always like that, and I think I’ve enjoyed every one I’ve read. It’s a bit old - pre-mobile phone - but doesn’t suffer for it.
I have just finished “rich dad poor dad” by Robert Kiyosaki offers personal finance education to help you learn about cash flow, real estate, investing, and business building.
Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael Osterholm and Mark Olshaker.
It is a non-fiction book, that explores public health emergencies including antimicrobial resistance, emerging infectious disease, and the threat of an influenza pandemic. It proposes a nine-point “battle plan for survival” for dealing with these threats, including solutions to antimicrobial drug resistance.
I’ve just finished “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly. I’d forgotten how good his stuff is. This one has “Lincoln Lawyer” Mickey Haller arrested for murder and trying to defend himself. Very good, makes me want to re-read some of the others now, but I’ve recently acquired a massive pile of books - aside from the charity used book shelf in the local shop which keeps offering more temptation - so it’s a bit silly reading stuff a second time, for now at least.
offtopic: I want to applaud @droopsnoot for the amount of books you read!
I was going to say the same thing. It would be interesting to work out the average time between him posting in this thread (and thus finishing books)
Thanks, I think
I’ve always enjoyed reading, my Dad started me off on “proper” books by lending me his Ian Fleming, Wilbur Smith and Clive Cussler books.
As for the time it takes to finish a book, that largely depends on the book. I really enjoyed the Michael Connelly book, which led to me finding time to read it when I normally would do something else. The one I’m reading now is a bit less like that, so it’ll take me longer to get to the end unless it suddenly brightens up in a chapter or two.
I’ve recently finished “Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes” by Roshani Chokshi, which is the third book in the Aru Shah series. It’s a children’s book, but none the worse for that, as it’s very well-written.
The basic premise of the series is that five famous brothers from Hindu legend, the Pandavas, are reincarnated in every generation, and awaken to their true character if the world is in peril. By some quirk, the current Pandavas are all girls, from a variety of backgrounds, which gives plenty of scope for humour. Aru Shah is American, loves “The Lord of the Rings” and superhero movies, and is stunned to learn at the age of twelve that she’s a Pandava.
The novels are full of Indian myth and legend, with a cast of fantastic characters from gods and goddesses to monsters. These are skillfully introduced in the story, so no prior knowledge is required. There’s also helpful glossary at the back of the book.
In this third novel, the girls are all a couple of years older and now well-used to their roles. There is perhaps a bit less humour in this than in the previous two novels, but it is still witty and entertaining, with another epic quest to be undertaken - this time to locate the mythical Tree of Wishes, hidden by a goddess - and the fate of the world at stake. The books also deal skillfully with moral and ethical decisions. e.g. Three of your companions have drowned, and a goddess is offering the chance to bring one back to life. How do you choose whom to save? Is there a “right” answer?
Thoroughly enjoyable stuff, and good to see a book with a bunch of girls as heroes.