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MrFranklyShankly Fri 01-Nov-13 12:43:57

Hi folks,

Just wondering how some of you pick books, is it by finding ones that are related to a certain theme you like, the front cover! Or recommendations?? I have picked a few by front cover recently as reading the back for a description sometimes can put me off what can be an otherwise good book, so got 'every last one' & 'before I go to sleep' this way and they were really good but then I got a crap one so I've scrapped this method of selection!!!! Recommendations here are always really just curious as to how everyone else picks theirs????



MrFranklyShankly Sun 03-Nov-13 22:04:01

That's a really good link Remus by the way cheers for that :-)

MrFranklyShankly Sun 03-Nov-13 21:59:52

Mmmm will check them out, love trying new ones that are completely different to the usual.......

Eatwotsits I was looking on kindle for the Medea complex, got the first few chapters free, and have now purchased it, it has me hooked already! Seems right up my street (not that I like quoting Cheryl cole!!!) I'm off back to it now ;-))

I liked, 'Touching the Void' and his other one. Mainly like my mountaineering to be historical though.

Post apocalyptic classic would be, 'The Stand' imho.

VerySmallSqueak Sun 03-Nov-13 21:35:54

The 'classic' zombie book to start with has to be World War Z.

Post apocalyptic 'classic' has to be 'The Road' (but be warned - steel yourself!)

MrFranklyShankly Sun 03-Nov-13 21:07:59

Touching the void and the help I have read and loved both

MrFranklyShankly Sun 03-Nov-13 21:06:09

Thanks Remus if and when I resign from my job (just waiting for the lotto numbers to turn up!!!) gonna use the lyrics as my resignation letter ;-)) as it does certainly 'coreode my soul'!!!!! Yeah I agree a lot of modern fiction is awful stuff altogether, when I say this to friends they say I'm a book snob! I'm finding the free sample good on kindle.

Wow loads of great recommendations, might give one of the post apocalyptic/zombie fiction a try although I have it in my head I won't like it, what's a good one to start with??? Wish I had a book club to join but don't know of any

VerySmallSqueak Sun 03-Nov-13 11:13:31

Ooooo!! I love mountaineering books too!

All time fave has to be "Touching the void" - I have several Joe Simpson books.All good!

I went to a talk he did years ago - I used to hang in the rock climbing scene a bit (obviously at an entirely different level to him).Never been ice climbing or mountaineering so it holds a real fascination!

I recommend:
"The Death zone" by Matt Dickinson
"Fragile Edge" by Maria Coffey
"Where the mountain casts it's shadows" by Maria Coffey
"The flame of adventure" by Simon Yates
"Soldiers and sherpas" by Brummie Stokes,and
"A Hard days summer" by Alison Hargreaves.

eatwotsits Sun 03-Nov-13 07:03:10

My other fave book is The Help. LOVE, love, LOVE that book (and the movie was great too!)

eatwotsits Sun 03-Nov-13 07:01:56

I read the blurb, and then read the first few pages. If I like it, I buy it. It doesn't matter who it is written by. Oh, I also tend to avoid free kindle books (unless they are free as some sort of temporary promotion) and 99p books like the PLAGUE. I am an avid, lifelong reader and my kindle ended up totally stuffed with what I can only describe as UNK. Oh yes...I know there are a few decent books at that price out there, but in my woefully terrible experiences, I figure 7 quid is better spent on one halfdecent book than 7 unreadable piles of crap. Goodreads is good for discovering unknown authors and entering competitions, I rfecently won a novel called The Medea Complex which, I believe, has JUST been released on amazon. Its about a mother set in Victorian England, who wake up to find she has been put into an insane asylum. Its freaking awesome!

Meg Some on here

MegBusset Sat 02-Nov-13 22:56:37

Ah yes Remus I remember talking about TWJITW on the '50 books' thread smile

I've just finished Maurice Herzog's 'Annapurna' and currently reading 'Into The Wild' by Jon Krakauer (having loved 'Into Thin Air'), all highly recommended, let me know if you have any other suggestions!

asandwichshort Sat 02-Nov-13 22:56:24

I must say that using has broadened my horizons (see my previous post above) I read lee child (my fav at moment) although the jack reacher film starring tom cruise can not and will never in my imagination live up to the book character , karen rose, karin slaughter ( after a grounding of steven king, jeffrey deaver, james patterson, tess gerritsen etc ) and now have diverged onto darynda jones and paul wilson. I USED to just judge a book by its cover! But now i use the above website and check them out and then order from my local library website at 35p per book! I still go to the works and try to get 3 for a fiver though! and then get to the airport and buy 1 get 1 half price AND then when I get to the hotel I check the book swap area to see if there is anything good-- I'm sad aren't I? (too much time on my hands - not really - do anything but housework more like!!)

CoteDAzur Sat 02-Nov-13 22:51:47

I've gone through quite a few running books if anyone is interested in recommendations.

Meg - polar and mountaineering books here too! smile

MegBusset Sat 02-Nov-13 22:47:00

I tend to work through themes too, esp with non-fiction. Last year I went through a big colonial history phase, this year it's been exploration (mainly polar and mountaineering). Amazon's quite good at suggesting related books.

Fiction is trickier, I loathe most modern fiction including 'book club' books. Have had a few recommendations from here but mostly I work through 'classics' that I haven't read yet, mixed with a few reliably good authors (eg Hilary Mantel).

VerySmallSqueak Sat 02-Nov-13 22:38:41

Perhaps I need to broaden my horizons to try sci fi then,since I've read most zombie books....

I did love Last light by Alex Scarrow.That and the one after it (which name I always forget but poss. After light). Especially the first one was one of the most thought provoking books I've read - and horribly seemed quite realistically possible too.

CoteDAzur Sat 02-Nov-13 22:33:57

Btw, sci-fi of the last 20 years is mostly not about aliens but about the near future of planet Earth re where technology is going etc.

Tbh most zombie books are horribly badly written imho - WWZ is one of the better ones.

I WISH somebody would write some good ones though.

CoteDAzur Sat 02-Nov-13 22:31:52

The only zombie book I read is World War Z (which I quite liked) so can't help you much there, I'm afraid.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 02-Nov-13 22:25:43

That sounds interesting - I normally steer clear of sci-fi-y ones (I don't do aliens.Aliens are silly.Zombies aren't confused ),but that sounds more woo than alien.

I'm talking crap now,aren't I? I know what I mean though!

CoteDAzur Sat 02-Nov-13 22:20:57

Yes, Nightfall is sci-fi-y (isn't all post-apoc?) and talks about a world illuminated by several stars so they have no night. They have a holy book that talks about darkness and bright dots in the sky in that darkness. And they are excavating ruins of an ancient city that shows recurring charred layers. I can't say why it is apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic without giving away more smile

Disclaimer - I read it several decades ago, so don't hate me too much if you find the writing lacking. The story is a good one, though.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 02-Nov-13 22:12:03

I have to say that I agree with Cote as far as The Beach is concerned.

I enjoyed it but had a harder time with it because they were all so damn stiff upper lip and civilized.

Roughly what is Nightfall about (without spoiling it) Cote?
Is it sci-fi-y?

I know, Cote - but it just didn't work for me. I do understand your problem with, 'On The Beach' too, but I just enjoyed it more as a story than 'Grass.' 'Grass' had an uncomfortable mix of 'of its time' prissiness and attempt at shocking modernity which didn't sit right for me.

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