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Blademonkey

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I very much doubt you will be disappointed - in my top 5 reads last year - Hartnell makes light work of his source material - which in the wrong hands can be stupefyingly dull - trust me - I know - having studied medieval history. I need to get my act together - I've half written reviews of 'With the Jocks' and 'Underland' to finish. @Blademonkey - thanks for the recommendation P. - looks great - on the list. In the interim - does anyone fancy another 7 days - 7 books? I found it an interesting and inspiring thing to do. Cheers - I.

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Yes please, always up for a little inspiration :) P.
 
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I very much doubt you will be disappointed - in my top 5 reads last year - Hartnell makes light work of his source material - which in the wrong hands can be stupefyingly dull - trust me - I know - having studied medieval history. I need to get my act together - I've half written reviews of 'With the Jocks' and 'Underland' to finish. @Blademonkey - thanks for the recommendation P. - looks great - on the list. In the interim - does anyone fancy another 7 days - 7 books? I found it an interesting and inspiring thing to do. Cheers - I.

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I could probably manage seven paragraphs in seven days. Ha ha :rolleyes:
 
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I could probably manage seven paragraphs in seven days. Ha ha :rolleyes:
I’ve maybe been approaching this wrong. I’ve merely been nominating one book a day for seven days. Not read one each day :D. Anyhoo, can I start off? I got this earlier on in the year. It takes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a reference point, but speaks more about solitude and cabin fever. Atmospheric and well written. Actually, I have a couple of creepy suggestions, since ‘the nights are fair drawin’ in’. I’ll offer them as the week progresses.

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Seven days - seven book recommendations - day one.

'Anatomy of a Soldier' by Harry Parker.

I was put onto this by a colleague of my partner - whose husband - a red cap - military police - was serving in Afghanistan at the time. A remarkable book. The - only slightly - fictionalised account of the author's experience of having most of his legs blown off by an IUD - and his recovery. The genius conceit - every chapter is written from the point of view of an inanimate object - his kit - boots, radio, rucksack - the tourniquet that keeps him alive - his chair - crutches - non-linear in narrative. It sounds quite depressing - but it isn't - a triumph of the human spirit - ultimately an uplifting book. I don't mind admitting - I cried - in places reading this. I've sent this book to several people - not one has failed to be moved. Recommended.

For the avoidance of doubt - this enterprise - is just for anyone - to recommend a book - and why they like it. Please join in.

Yours - I.

@Scotshave @Barry Giddens @patw @Ferry-shave @Blademonkey @Missoni @RussellR5555
 

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I’ve maybe been approaching this wrong. I’ve merely been nominating one book a day for seven days. Not read one each day :D. Anyhoo, can I start off? I got this earlier on in the year. It takes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a reference point, but speaks more about solitude and cabin fever. Atmospheric and well written. Actually, I have a couple of creepy suggestions, since ‘the nights are fair drawin’ in’. I’ll offer them as the week progresses.

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Quality cover art - we all create our own monsters - don't we? Reminded me of the darker moments of 'The Mighty Boosh.' A MacFarlane trip gone horribly wrong? Cabin fever - reminiscent of sections in 'Train Dreams' by Denis Johnson - as sent to me by @Barry Giddens - a one sitting book - a novella almost - compelling - none the less. I.
 

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Seven days - seven book recommendations - day one.

'Anatomy of a Soldier' by Harry Parker.

I was put onto this by a colleague of my partner - whose husband - a red cap - military police - was serving in Afghanistan at the time. A remarkable book. The - only slightly - fictionalised account of the author's experience of having most of his legs blown off by an IUD - and his recovery. The genius conceit - every chapter is written from the point of view of an inanimate object - his kit - boots, radio, rucksack - the tourniquet that keeps him alive - his chair - crutches - non-linear in narrative. It sounds quite depressing - but it isn't - a triumph of the human spirit - ultimately an uplifting book. I don't mind admitting - I cried - in places reading this. I've sent this book to several people - not one has failed to be moved. Recommended.

For the avoidance of doubt - this enterprise - is just for anyone - to recommend a book - and why they like it. Please join in.

Yours - I.

@Scotshave @Barry Giddens @patw @Ferry-shave @Blademonkey @Missoni @RussellR5555
@Digimonkey Iain; thanks for the tag - much apreciated; added to my list! All the best, Chris
 
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I’ve always loved Steineck’s writing; whether it’s the sweeping vistas of East of Eden or The Grapes of Wrath, he has an economy of style that seems much more than the sum of its parts. Travels with Charley in Search of America vied with Cannery Row and its companion piece Sweet Thursday for tonight’s recommendation.

For @Digimonkey, @patw, @Missoni, @RussellR5555, @Blademonkey, @Barry Giddens and @Ferry-shave

As the title suggests, it’s a tour around America in the early 1960s with his poodle Charley. With a nod to Cervantes, Steinbeck fashioned a camper van for travel and sleep; naming it ‘Rocinante’ after Don Quixote’s nag.

The characters he meets are painted beautifully; as is the zeitgeist of America that time - civil rights and tolerance, notably.


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Seven days - seven book recommendations - day one.

'Anatomy of a Soldier' by Harry Parker.

I was put onto this by a colleague of my partner - whose husband - a red cap - military police - was serving in Afghanistan at the time. A remarkable book. The - only slightly - fictionalised account of the author's experience of having most of his legs blown off by an IUD - and his recovery. The genius conceit - every chapter is written from the point of view of an inanimate object - his kit - boots, radio, rucksack - the tourniquet that keeps him alive - his chair - crutches - non-linear in narrative. It sounds quite depressing - but it isn't - a triumph of the human spirit - ultimately an uplifting book. I don't mind admitting - I cried - in places reading this. I've sent this book to several people - not one has failed to be moved. Recommended.

For the avoidance of doubt - this enterprise - is just for anyone - to recommend a book - and why they like it. Please join in.

Yours - I.

@Scotshave @Barry Giddens @patw @Ferry-shave @Blademonkey @Missoni @RussellR5555
Great idea and very happy to participate - now to put my thinking cap on! Great review although the subject matter does make me reluctant despite what you say.
 
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