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john stones 108/10/2014 18:24:36
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Do new publications go straight onto Kindle or is there a wait...like films and DVD ?

John

Tim Hooper08/10/2014 21:13:31
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Posted by GrahamC on 08/10/2014 10:39:43:

An old and good [generally] author is Nevil Shute. Don't see as many around these days. A great story teller and aviation features heavily in many of his books. A good place to start would be "No Highway" His Autobiography "Sliderule" is worth a read too.

I say 'generally' as I would consider some of his books as a little odd... and some are much darker than I realised they were when I read them as a teenager. "Whatever happened to the Corbetts" for example .. well lets just say I'm glad that wasn't prophetic!

Agreed on Shute's works. Mind you, they're quite expensive on Kindle.

Absolute bargains are the collected works of HG Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle - both compendiums at less than a quid apiece!

Recomended also are the works of Stig Larsen, Jo Nesbo, Lee Childs.

tim

Shaunie08/10/2014 21:25:42
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Stephen King, The stand. With the Current Ebola threat this will make your toes curl.

Ken Follet, Pillars of the Earth. A story about stonemasons building cathedrals and covering several generations.

Brian Callison, the Captain Trapp series. Three books, very funny seafaring stories.

Garth Nix, the Old Kingdom series, Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen.Magical fantasy world.

These are my all time favorites and all very different in style.

Shaunie.

Ben B08/10/2014 22:04:11
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Bit of a Cussler fan myself but they are fairly similar. I get about half way through a book before I realize I've either read it before or something very similar. How come all the crazy megalomaniacs decide to somehow involve the Sea Also a reacher fan. Apart from that movie which was heinous.

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Chris Anthony08/10/2014 23:32:53
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The Farm, by Tom Rob Smith

Rob Tothill09/10/2014 00:06:27
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This is a great thread!

Iain M Banks produced some fantastic sci-fi. Consider Phlebas is the first in the culture series, and it's brilliant, as are the rest. It's very sad that he's gone.

For historical novels, you'd go a long way to beat Bernard Cornwell. Particularly the Grail Quest books, about the Hundred Years War, and also the Warrior Chronicles, about Alfred the Great, and the norse men.

I used to be very keen on Hornblower, but he's a bit too clean cut! Patrick O'Brians Jack Aubrey is a bit more realistic, and the naval history seems very well researched.

Rob

Rob Tothill09/10/2014 00:06:29
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Phil Green09/10/2014 01:42:18
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John Bishop's auto is interesting and well written.

Phil Green09/10/2014 01:47:07
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There are loads of oddball kindle books such as the story of the Sinclair C5, all for free!

Lots of tech manuals available for kindle too. Better than a book because you can search for key words!

Dave Bran09/10/2014 06:51:04
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I have a Kindle Fire. My local Library group, three main libraries, have many many books available for free.

Working part time in a school, I have also raided their Library in the last four years.

Got into the huge back catalogue of the Terry Pratchett "Discworld" series via those routes.

I find Cussler very very formulaic, a potential issue in many book series, but not overcome by the writing style in his case. As already said, the stories all have a very very similar layout and plot. Each to their own!

Just reading "Flyboys", which is off topic as not fiction, but parts of the reality read as such!!!

chris basson09/10/2014 09:04:44
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As already mentioned, anything by Iain Banks, all Brilliant!...
His sci-fi stuff Iain M. Banks are also amazing, the culture novels are a series but don't need to be read in order....
If you fancy a heavyweight but VERY entertaining try Umberto Eco's Foucaults Pendulum a fantastic tour of European Mysticism and conspiracy theory. Just finished it for the second time and enjoyed more than the first time!
CB
Mowerman10/10/2014 09:28:01
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I am surprised no one has mentioned Terry Pratchettt.

I also like - John Grisham, Linda Farstein, Tess Gerritsen, Linda LaPlant.

For Non fiction try Bill Bryson. Another good read is 'Fire Strike 7/9' by Damien Lewis

                   

 

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Nick Cripps10/10/2014 10:27:59
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The Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith, starting with "Gorky Park", set in communist Russia, are a good read. Interestingly, I've just discovered there are 2 more which I haven't read yet - bonus!

Craig Thomas has written many good novels including one of the best ever "Firefox", although the sequel lets it down a bit, and don't even mention the film.....

Also recently got into Harlan Coben. Very american but the stories are well-written, often with an unexpected twist at the end.

Braddock, VC10/10/2014 11:04:13
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Just a quick query, looked at the kindle white(?) and am thinking about buying it but I can't fathom out if I can get the digital version of rcm&e on it (I can on my tablet but the battery drains so damn quick).

Phil Green10/10/2014 11:47:27
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Mines a bog standard Kindle but SWMBO has a Kindle Paperwhite, its great especially at dusk or even at night, but just be aware the backlight does drain the battery more than a standard Kindle. Reading for several hours a day on our hols she was topping it up every 3rd or 4th day whereas mine lasted well over a week of pretty much constant use. It still outlasts a tablet by a long way though!
(by the way the manufacturers claim of an 8 week battery life is tosh!)
Cheers
Phil

 

 

 

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Phil Claridge10/10/2014 12:18:43
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battery claim life is for half an hour read every day with out back light uselessangry

Phil Green10/10/2014 13:09:17
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Useless??? Its one of the best things I've ever bought. Purpose designed to do one job, which it genuinely does very well. Ok, it needs charging occasionally but I think you're in a very small minority if you think a Kindle is useless!

Cheers
Phil

Edited By Phil Green on 10/10/2014 13:10:10

Braddock, VC10/10/2014 13:29:32
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Can't download the digital rcme then. That's a blow.

Many thanks for the responses btw, appreciate that.

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