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  1. Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell. The (fictitious) story of a 1960s band and their rise to fame. I may be alone in this but Mitchell’s books have been on a downwards slope since The thousand autumns of Jacob De Zoet. He’s become a bit self indulgent and utopia avenue is the best example of this. It’s full of cameos from actual rock stars , Bowie , Lennon, Zappa etc and while it seems almost as if Mitchell wanted to write the seminal music novel , it’s hard to care much about lyrics and tracks that don’t exist . There is a subplot within the book that directly links it to the thousand
  2. We begin at the end This is ostensibly a murder mystery but moreso a book about a young self styled thirteen year old outlaw called Duchess Radley. I spotted this in tesco and assumed it was just another middling crime novel. But the reviews on goodreads were excellent and I'd say that of the 43 books ive read this year its only inferior to The mirror and the light, the nickel boys and where the crawdad sings, its marvellous and its absolutely worth anyones time.
  3. I haven't but I will certainly take a look now as I've very much enjoyed everything of his that I've read so far.
  4. If boys life is his stranger things then swan song is his The Stand . It’s exceptional.
  5. Only killers and thieves by Paul Howarth. Set in the Australian outback in the late 19th century . The story of two young brothers out to avenge a terrible crime. This was excellent but was at times as brutal and difficult to stomach as Cormac McCarthys The Road. The savagery of the environment and the characters alike. It’s a debut novel but feels like the work of someone who has been writing a long time. Well recommended.
  6. I’d say you couldn’t go wrong with Phillip Pullmans northern lights (Original) trilogy. Also the mortal engines books are wonderful.
  7. November road by Lou Berney .. A mob lieutenant on the run from the Kennedy assassination fallout meets a woman and kids on the run from a failed marriage. Reminded me of Ellroy and I'd highly recommend it. Boys life by Robert McCammon. The author of the classic Swan song. The story of a growing boy, a murder mystery, grief and alligators. I'd describe it as stand by me meets stranger things and it was one of the best books ive read this year.
  8. Dark matter by Michelle Paver, Also Wakenhyrst by the same author. Both are excellent. Heart shaped box by Joe Hill (Stephen Kings son FWIW) The silent companions by Laura Purcell is brilliant. all are excellent ghost stories though perhaps not perfectly similar to the conjuring or insidious .
  9. It's a wonderful book. The inevitable film will win a bagful of awards if done right.
  10. Yeah the conversation is a mile a minute but it gave it a naturalistic feel. The two leads were excellent.
  11. New film on amazon prime about a young radio dj and his friend a teenage telephone operator in 1950s new Mexico who inadvertently pick up a radio signal and decide to investigate. It's a very low budget indie film but it's absolutely marvellous. The first ten minutes with its long tracking shots through a crowded gymnasium reminded me a bit of the player or that unbroken scene in Goodfellas. I can't recommend it highly enough. (Should possibly be in the amazon prime thread but as its utterly deserving of a wider audience I've given it its own title)
  12. Replay by Ken Grimwood. The protagonist dies in the first sentence and wakes up with all his memories intact in his college dorm, 25 years previously. He uses his knowledge of future events to enrich his life but keeps dying on the same date and beginning the cycle again . Replay was written back in the 1980s and it’s obvious that it has influenced many films and books since . It was brilliant and I can’t recommend it enough.
  13. It's an excellent read. Some good books in that monthly offers list. The Black Dahlia by Ellroy is a must read.
  14. Doomsday book by Connie Willis. I read this at ages 19, thirty years ago in university. I only remembered that it was about an Oxford student who accidentally gets trapped in the path of the black death after time travelling to the 14th century. Always fancied rereading it and its excellent.... What I had forgotten was that the contemporary parts of the book, where they are trying to retrieve her have an emerging pandemic occurring in Oxford with a full on quarantine, American visitors protesting at the infringement on their freedoms and protests for the UK to leave the European un
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