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    I'm surprised that SkStu reads books. Heh.

    What is everyone's favorite music related book?

    Mine is probably Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.

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    Just finished a cracker actually.

    "Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism" by Maajid Nawaz.

    The title tells the story. Highly recommended. Some weaknesses (would've preferred more education on the motivation towards extremism in general as his story is so personal to him and his extremism was developed in a western culture)

    I also liked the Brian Wilson bio, only complaint was that it's a bit too long. Or at least felt that way at times.

    I always liked "Heavier than Heaven" about Kurt Cobain as I was a huge fan but Motley Cre's "The Dirt" is a whole lot of fun.

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    Bumpity-bump.

    Looking for suggestions for holiday reading, laze ‘n’ genlmen… Nothing too light, nothing too heavy. Non-fiction is a no-no (I read enough of that for work!). Got a month of rest coming up (the best reason to be an academic!) and on the shelves are a couple of Jo Nesbo’s, Kevin Barry’s first collection of short stories, Lucia Berlin’s collected short stories, Rob Doyle’s frantic, weird first collection 'This is the Ritual' (I’ve a thing for the short story alright) and since that's about a fortnight at most… over to you.

    Finished Benjamin Black’s 'Prague Nights' last week. TBH, I’d rather he only wrote as John Banville. He just can’t do crime, although this one being set in 1599 had a bit more going for it that the Quirke books. Only 2 stars on this particular night.
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    I'm about halfway through Capital by John Lanchester at the moment and enjoying it, other than that recently I really liked Danish Dynamite by Rob Smyth et al. and the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch.
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    The White Tiger By Aravind Adiga

    Like yourself i read a lot of non fiction and rarely anything else, but this was excellent. Really get an insight into India, and unfortunately all the corruption and poverty, and its a cracking story too!

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    IRON COFFINS for those who like non-fiction. Story of one of the few U-Boat commanders, Herbert Werner. who survived the War. Since I read nearly only WW2 stuff, this is one of the best of them. See the ratings on Amazon (none below 4 star) https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Coffins-.../dp/030681160X
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eminence Grise View Post
    Bumpity-bump.

    Looking for suggestions for holiday reading, laze ‘n’ genlmen… Nothing too light, nothing too heavy. Non-fiction is a no-no (I read enough of that for work!). Got a month of rest coming up (the best reason to be an academic!) and on the shelves are a couple of Jo Nesbo’s, Kevin Barry’s first collection of short stories, Lucia Berlin’s collected short stories, Rob Doyle’s frantic, weird first collection 'This is the Ritual' (I’ve a thing for the short story alright) and since that's about a fortnight at most… over to you.

    Finished Benjamin Black’s 'Prague Nights' last week. TBH, I’d rather he only wrote as John Banville. He just can’t do crime, although this one being set in 1599 had a bit more going for it that the Quirke books. Only 2 stars on this particular night.
    Here's a couple which are light but serious, humorous, very well plotted and written.

    David Benioff, City of Thieves, David's grandfather survived the siege of Leningrad and David based this book around his surreal escapades.
    Boris Akunin and the Erast Fandorin mystery series.

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    Many thanks for the suggestions!

    Hitman - good call with John Lanchester. Have you read The Debt to Pleasure, his first book? Very dark and blackly comic.
    (Review by John Banville of the reisssue if you're interested)

    Geysir - I've often flicked through Boris Akunin's books but not wanted to commit to a series (I tend to go hell for leather when I find a series I like, and it costs me a fortune!!!) Might have to bite the bullet though if they're that good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    IRON COFFINS for those who like non-fiction. Story of one of the few U-Boat commanders, Herbert Werner. who survived the War. Since I read nearly only WW2 stuff, this is one of the best of them. See the ratings on Amazon (none below 4 star) https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Coffins-.../dp/030681160X
    Great shout. An absolutely brilliant book.

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    Jerusalem - The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore. It's a place where a lot of stuff has happened. Most of it bad. If you;re not an atheist starting out, you will be by the end!

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