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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10140 on: September 22, 2020, 05:26:15 pm »
Before I got married, I had a book of jokes( Garfield or similar) in the loo and my Robert Ludlum or Wilber Smith etc. in front of my bed! Nice relaxing thing to do before going to sleep!
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10141 on: September 22, 2020, 08:42:27 pm »
By the way, today is the first day of autumn.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10142 on: September 23, 2020, 04:37:46 pm »
Before I got married, I had a book of jokes( Garfield or similar) in the loo and my Robert Ludlum or Wilber Smith etc. in front of my bed! Nice relaxing thing to do before going to sleep!

We have all of the Wilbur Smith books. I've tried several times. I can't get into them for some reason. I don't know why. I painfully worked my way through the Egyptian series and I read one of his stand-alone novels, I can't remember which one. They just don't grab me.

(Standing here, waiting to be crucified.)

In other news. I have given up on yoga and changed back to serious weight training. I did my first session this morning and it was pure joy. I missed it. I just don't seem to get the benefits from yoga that weight training gives me.

Besides, I feel more of a badass benchpressing  8) than "breathing through my root chakra." Whatever. I'll probably still throw a yoga session in there once a week for a good stretching and un-kinking.

1000% happy with that decision. 
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10143 on: September 23, 2020, 05:30:26 pm »
Before I got married, I had a book of jokes( Garfield or similar) in the loo and my Robert Ludlum or Wilber Smith etc. in front of my bed! Nice relaxing thing to do before going to sleep!

We have all of the Wilbur Smith books. I've tried several times. I can't get into them for some reason. I don't know why. I painfully worked my way through the Egyptian series and I read one of his stand-alone novels, I can't remember which one. They just don't grab me.

(Standing here, waiting to be crucified.)

In other news. I have given up on yoga and changed back to serious weight training. I did my first session this morning and it was pure joy. I missed it. I just don't seem to get the benefits from yoga that weight training gives me.

Besides, I feel more of a badass benchpressing  8) than "breathing through my root chakra." Whatever. I'll probably still throw a yoga session in there once a week for a good stretching and un-kinking.

1000% happy with that decision.

Mrs Z l feel the same, and in a way I was very disappointed by Wilbur Smith due to his claimed extensive ground research which is a great selling point of his work. Sadly a lot of bs in 2 of his Novels especially one (cant recall the title) about moslem extremism in parts of Africa. He wrote about places he visited like Kartoum in Nort Sudan where we worked for the UN in demining and although I gather he must have (may have) been there it is clear that he writing is based on a tourist eye and assumptions. Title is Those in Peril was the title and that made the round through our camp and none agreed with the content wrt ethnic and religious views. It was actually a bit disturbing and sad.
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10144 on: September 23, 2020, 06:01:33 pm »
Tom and Mrs Zog, it seems as if the writers become lazy after becoming successful and then do not put in as much effort in later books!
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« Reply #10145 on: September 23, 2020, 06:12:52 pm »
@Mrs Zog I’ve certainly noted a decline in quality of Wilbur’s books as time has progressed. Sad. And anything that is “with” someone else eg. Wilbur Smith with Joe Bloggs - well that can stay in the bookstore!
 
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« Reply #10146 on: September 23, 2020, 06:13:57 pm »
I noticed that when re-reading Tony Park now. The last book I read was my least favorite... it seemed like he was stretching a bit to find new material.

I read the synopses of the two next ones (which I don't have yet), and they seem a little bit... reaching?

I like to read fiction, but it has to be "realistic" fiction, if you know what I mean.  ::)

P.S. Let me qualify that... I do enjoy a rip-roaring read that is far from realistic and has a bit of unexplainable mixed in. For example, the Agent Pendergast series by Doug Preston & Lincoln Child. But I go into it knowing that's what I get.

A blurb from Tony Park's latest:

Joanne is a member of the Pretoria Cycad and Firearms Appreciation Society. She, Sonja and Rod enlist the help of this group of ageing gardeners and gun nuts to find a plant worth a fortune and the traitor in their midst who is willing to kill for it.

I'm not so sure about that one.

Going with Deon Meyer for now.

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« Reply #10147 on: September 23, 2020, 06:14:40 pm »
Agree 100% on the "with", Robbie!
 

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« Reply #10148 on: September 23, 2020, 06:43:45 pm »
@Mrs.Zog

I'm 100% with you on Wilbur Smith - could never get into his books - just didn't grab me.

Have you read any of James Patterson's books - absolutely brilliant - can't put them down kind of stories. He has a few "series" if you like - e.g. Alex Cross

I think you may enjoy his writing.

Enjoy!
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10149 on: September 23, 2020, 06:58:39 pm »
@Mrs.Zog

I'm 100% with you on Wilbur Smith - could never get into his books - just didn't grab me.

Have you read any of James Patterson's books - absolutely brilliant - can't put them down kind of stories. He has a few "series" if you like - e.g. Alex Cross

I think you may enjoy his writing.

Enjoy!

James Patterson is my favorite author :thumleft:
 
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« Reply #10150 on: September 23, 2020, 07:07:04 pm »
@Mrs.Zog

I'm 100% with you on Wilbur Smith - could never get into his books - just didn't grab me.

Have you read any of James Patterson's books - absolutely brilliant - can't put them down kind of stories. He has a few "series" if you like - e.g. Alex Cross

I think you may enjoy his writing.

Enjoy!

James Patterson is my favorite author :thumleft:
I have also read almost all of his books.
Others I like is John Grisham, Bryce Courtney and Ken follet (really enjoyed his books)

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10151 on: September 23, 2020, 07:20:47 pm »
Who wrote Sad Sack and Sarge. Now that was enjoyable reading :imaposer:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10152 on: September 23, 2020, 07:49:36 pm »
The last time I tried to read WS I was stil young and unmarried..never took to him and just put the book down and never finished it. The only book I never finished...

Rather read Sven Hassle. Might be fiction but a lot more fun...
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« Reply #10153 on: September 23, 2020, 08:46:45 pm »
Ok, ok, this is getting good!

Hit me with your book recommendations, I'm taking notes!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #10154 on: September 23, 2020, 09:21:57 pm »
Ted Simon, Jupiter's Travels and Return of Jupiter

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10155 on: September 24, 2020, 07:10:38 am »
Reading Karin Slaughter at the moment. Love Lee Child too.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10156 on: September 24, 2020, 07:34:15 am »
IT is good that we are allowed to have different tastes. James Patterson is horrible!  :peepwall:

James PAtterson North, now that is another story. Wonderfully layered and complex legal thrillers
Faye Kellerman;s PEte Decker series is also much more nuanced than JP
Her husband Jonathan Kellerman is more famous and his Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware series is much more psychological and also much darker. (always a wickedly evil (serial) killer

Bernie Gunther by Phillip Kerr is about a German inspector before during after the Nazi;s but the Berlin Trilogy is by far the best (They were written first)

MArcus Didius Falco is a fictional Roman empire (Mostly during Vespasian's reign) Private investigator that was created by Lyndsey Davids. The books are interesting because you learn a lot about life during a completely different time but they are also very light and funny. She has the ability to string funny and witty sentences together page after page

Jo Nesbo;s Harry Hole is also a very good crime fiction Hole is a very complicated and self destructive character

THen of course  Kurt Wallander (Henning Mankell) The last book is absolutely heat wrenching.

Dashiel Hammet's Sam Spade Trilogy is also very Good Spade is a PI back in the 1930s or 40s Once you get used to his style the books are amazing

Also obviously Inspectors Morse and Rebus provide hours of fun.

A few of the ones I liked.
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« Reply #10157 on: September 24, 2020, 07:48:41 am »
 :sip: Try and get hold of a James Lee Burke, also Mike Bond. Good reads IMO.
 
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10158 on: September 24, 2020, 10:18:55 am »
Try this.  Brother of the animal man  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alexandria_Quartet
 
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« Reply #10159 on: September 24, 2020, 10:21:05 am »
Ok, ok, this is getting good!

Hit me with your book recommendations, I'm taking notes!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Jeffrey Archer, Kane and Abel

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