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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 13:28:00 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
what sort of genres do you enjoy?

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 13:37:14 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I would give anything a go. At the moment I am working my way through all the Star wars novels ( 70 novels in 70 to go), but I could do with a break. I do like Grisham novels U.S court room thriller stuff.
By the way the 'mostley harmless' have comented on typos on this discussion, I think that is just making my point do you think?.
My little one is waking so I will be on after 8pm.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 13:43:09 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
Have you read any Carl Hiassen? His books are Florida based crime/comedies that are a great read. I can recommend Christopher Brookmyre too, who's similar but sets his books in Scotland.
Sci Fi wise I've been reading all the Ian M Banks books over the last year or so. Not sure they'd qualify as an easy read, mind!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 13:55:46 BDT
Don't worry about typo comments - lots of people have been editing for months, you get to see typos that aren't even there, but unfortunately not the ones that are :).

Re books, have you read The Constant Gardener? As in the film. That's very good. And I particularly like Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series. They're crime with a lady vicar/exorcist and a hint of paranormal.

If you want to read series of books I also recommend looking on the fantasticfiction site. This is what librarians use (my librarian told me about it) and is good for listing books in order.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 14:13:24 BDT
I was very tempted to plug my own book, because it's short stories and very easy to read, but I won't.

What do you like? If you like chick lit, I recommend anything by Cecilia Ahern or Adele Parks, really great fun reads, or Mike Gayle. I love Guy Browning, too. Short stories that make me laugh out loud.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 16:48:22 BDT
I Readalot says:
To add to the 'biscuit' discussion, Guernsey Biscuits are flat(ish) round rolls, what in the North would be called baps.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 20:08:02 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Thanks, I think I will try and get 2 or 3 and see what takes my fancy while I am out there.

Is it me or do you think now that tv with all the multi channels as now lost its spark, I loved having only 3 or 4 channels.Now you have alot of rubbish all the time, that why I got back into reading.

Favorite Bisciuts crinkle crunch, you just have to be carefull with the dunking.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 20:23:24 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I think any short story books would be great for my hols, when you have a little one running around and your on your own it can be hard to get into a book.
What I think I will miss most is having a drink while I read my book, god i think half a bottle of wine would put me in hospital now.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 20:44:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2011 21:24:57 BDT
I could imagine that. I don't have kids, so I don't know anything about it. And I don't have a telly either. Chucked it away (to the guy who re-sells them). Since I didn't watch it anymore....

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 20:46:37 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
That's why I only have a dog. He doesn't care how much I drink as long as there's a decent supply of chewy stuff in the house.
Favorite biscuits - M&S Extremely Chocolaty Rounds.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 20:49:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2011 20:55:52 BDT
I get really annoyed when your a guest at someones house and you either have to change the roll or there is no paper at all how selfish.Marmite on toast then baked beans loverly!!!!!!,bananas are great too.If you do have mouldy bread and have to bring in crumpets as a reserve may i suggest poached eggs on top or cheese and coleslaw then sit and watch Grease or Dirty Dancing that's what we did back in the day !!!! And biscuits has to be a fig roll all the way

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 21:03:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2011 21:05:31 BDT
Can I just say that I've been really disgusting? Had some sausages and put them under the grill while I was on the forum and forgot them. Cremated... But I ate them because I was so hungry. And the tzaziki smelled to lovely.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 21:20:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2011 21:20:27 BDT
I Readalot says:
I agree that there is a lot of rubbish on TV nowadays, far too many celebrity and reality based shows. I never thought that I would say this but I also find that most of the best drama (including scifi) comes from the States nowadays. Shows like Bones, House and Lie to Me - Blue Bloods (with Tom Seleck) is really growing on me as well. Anyone noticed how many top US shows have Brits in leading roles?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 21:24:50 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
US TV is certainly my favourite too, these days. I'm ashamed to say I like very few UK made shows. Tim Roth and Hugh Laurie are superb, mind. Sky + does mean watching tv is no longer a thing I do by routine, but instead is something I do when I allocate an hour or two. I find it quite liberating.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 21:35:36 BDT
Cuban Heel says:
I agree. The American networks started putting out some fantastic series about 10 years ago. It probably started with ER (although I never watched that), but a lot of stuff was much more cinematic. I loved The Supranos, The West Wing, and Six Feet Under was just superb. (The latter one even converted Mark Kermode from his opinion that TV could never measure up to cinema). British TV still doesn't seem to have caught up. I keep waiting for the 'My Big Fat Big Brother as a 20 stone toddler' bubble to please, finally, burst...

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 21:38:34 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I think tv as become to angry, can you remember when tv 70 and early 80s was light entertainment what the whole family could watch ie Chips dukes of hazard ect I could not imagine watching CSI at 7pm with a young family.
maybe instead of my toast cafe I could start a real tv gold channel, even companys who wanted to advertise could only put on old ads, a proper reto channel, from kids tv to adult entertainment.
I could always have my own talk show where celebs talk about toast and toilet roll.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 21:43:32 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
TTRTV, it's a winner

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 21:44:33 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Well I am going to bed only 8 hours before the little one is up, Going to read a little as well, hope this thread keeps going, hope to talk to talk to you about something pointless tomorrow.goodnight.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 21:57:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2011 22:01:31 BDT
I Readalot says:
I don't know what I would do without Sky +. At the moment I have about 12 shows recording each week, and that is just about all I watch. I agree with you about Tim Roth and Hugh Laurie, I can't imagine anyone else in either of the roles. Otherwise I watch favourite DVD's in particular 'Black Books' one of the best Brit sitcoms ever.

As to 'Mostly Harmless' commenting about typos in this thread, I have read some pretty poor posts from 'authors' when plugging their books with typos, words misspelt and generally badly constructed - stones and glass houses spring to mind. Besides, for all they know a contributor could be dyslexic, and their comments could undermine their confidence. Besides, most of us are 'just readers' (OK Ali, I know you are both, but I won't hold that against you) and as long as we can understand what we mean does it really matter?

Now I really must get back to reading 'The Echo Chamber' - Luke Williams, strange book but one to look out for when it is published next month.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 22:07:11 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
Black Books, along with Spaced, are two of the greatest contributions to British comedy of the last umpteen years.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 22:23:42 BDT
Cuban Heel says:
Danny, totally agree. Spaced in particular - I've seen every episode about twenty times now. Still makes me laugh. I love the cycle despatcher who drops in randomly from time to time. We seem to do some fantastic comedy, but drama, in my opinion, isn't as good as the US.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 22:26:46 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
I'd add Father Ted and Alan Partridge to the list. You're right, Cuban Heel, we can still do comedy. Drama, not so much.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 22:46:24 BDT
LEP says:
If you like Grisham try Richard Patterson North. Silent Witness was his first novel and very enjoyable.

Then there's James Patterson.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 22:47:14 BDT
Florence43 says:
I don't get the fuss with CSI. Seeing as someone mentioned Dr K I will use his terminology to explain why. It's a bit angels and demons - the characters keep stopping to explain plot points needlessly and the are a bit pointy pointy look at that. I am not stupid. I can keep up with the plot lines for waking the dead and that has 23hours interval in the middle of it so I can cope with CSI plots. It all feels a bit diagnosis murder to me. I think you have to remember that there are so many US networks making so much t.v. that once in a while they are going to come up with something worth watching. It is only in the last 18months that Sky have really joined the quality drama makers category on british t.v. taking our mainstream channels that make drama to 5 (because five don't seem tomake any drama). I think on that basis we probably make better quality drama on average than the u.s. And I think we do family drama much better.

Posted on 9 Apr 2011 22:53:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2011 22:54:14 BDT
Florence43 says:
Not to split hairs but the Lasko tangent is the first Ricahrd North Patterson book. His website lists the new to old as

*In The Name Of Honor (2010)*The Spire (2009)*Eclipse (2009)*The Race (2007)*Exile (2007)*Conviction (2005)*Balance of Power (2003)*Protect and Defend (2000)*Dark Lady (1999)*No Safe Place (1998)*Silent Witness (1997)*Final Judgement (1995)*Eyes of a Child (1995)*Degree of Guilt (1993)*Private Screening (1985)*Escape the Night (1983)*The Outside Man (1981)*The Lasko Tangent (1979)
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