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Forum: Book Reviews 9th Feb 2015, 19:48
Replies: 9
Views: 2,271
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Folio Prize 2015

You are right Ang. Nora Webster and 10:04 both eligible for the 2015 Booker.

I found 10:04 a clever concept but it left me cold. I'm about to start on All My Puny Sorrows .
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Jan 2015, 0:00
Replies: 9
Views: 2,271
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Folio Prize 2015

I've read 31 of the 80, and abandoned After Me Comes The Flood. I wasn't too impressed by 10:04. Lots of rave reviews so I'm obviously missing something.

Some stand-out books from last year on...
Forum: Book Reviews 29th Dec 2014, 11:06
Replies: 18
Views: 7,812
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Palimplists 2015

42. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers - Max Porter *****

41. The Reflection - Hugo Wilcken ****0
40. The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood ***00
39. A Spool Of Blue Thread -...
Forum: Book Reviews 24th Sep 2014, 14:05
Replies: 2
Views: 1,429
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: H is for Hawk : Helen Macdonald

Amner, glad you think you loved The Goshawk. I never did read it, but I'm sorely tempted to pick it up after going along to an event with Helen Macdonald to promote H is for Hawk.

I'll read...
Forum: Book Reviews 14th Jul 2014, 10:32
Replies: 331
Views: 40,922
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Recently Abandoned

Give up, Lucoid. I did finish the book but found it very 'meh'. Don't know why I bothered.

My hope is that The Goldfinch doesn't appear on next week's Booker longlist.
Forum: Book Reviews 30th Dec 2013, 21:54
Replies: 22
Views: 13,598
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Palimplists 2014

76. The Country of Ice Cream Star - Sandra Newman ***00
75. 10:04 - Ben Lerner ***00
74. Thunderstruck - Elizabeth McCracken ****0
73. House Of Ashes - Monique Roffey ***00
Forum: Other Reviews 30th Oct 2013, 11:25
Replies: 39
Views: 16,937
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Breaking Bad

I now have to wait until 25th November for the last 8 episodes to be released on DVD.

Got to thank Nou and Amner for their encouraging words in getting me to watch Breaking Bad in the first...
Forum: General Chat 25th Aug 2013, 17:26
Replies: 107
Views: 14,470
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Recent Purchases 2013

My recent box set purchase only has Seasons 1 - 3. I'm hooked.
Forum: Book Reviews 8th Aug 2013, 10:38
Replies: 23
Views: 5,955
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: 2013 Palimplist Conversations

My first dip in to Sedaris, Ang. Some of the essays made me laugh out loud, one or two others were just okay. I did consider getting a ticket for his Fringe show but my schedule for the next 2...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Apr 2013, 21:34
Replies: 28
Views: 5,197
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Michelle de Kretser: The Lost Dog

David, I remember being unimpressed by The Lost Dog. I looked at a copy of Questions Of Travel in Waterstone's recently but, at more than 500 pages, I won't be investing time in this one.
Forum: Top Tens 30th Dec 2012, 19:17
Replies: 8
Views: 3,913
Posted By paddyjoe
Top 10 Books of 2012

Always difficult to put them in any order of preference, but here are the ten books that gave me most pleasure this year.

1. What The Family Needed - Steven Amsterdam
2. Homesick - Roshi...
Forum: Book Reviews 29th Dec 2012, 13:48
Replies: 19
Views: 16,259
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Palimplists 2013

72. The Thing About December - Donal Ryan ****0
71. Barracuda - Christos Tsiolkas - ****0
70. Binocular Vision - Edith Pearlman - short stories **000 - *****
69. Double Negative -Ivan...
Forum: General Chat 4th Jul 2012, 21:37
Replies: 195
Views: 17,939
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Recent Purchases 2012

My haul of books from the BDO. The lovely Everyman book of Dog Stories was my bookswop from Beth.
Forum: General Chat 22nd Jun 2012, 10:41
Replies: 2
Views: 1,853
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Edinburgh Book Festival 2012

I'll be there. Still deciding which events I'll try to get to.
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Jun 2012, 15:24
Replies: 14
Views: 2,812
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Orange Prize 2012

I've read 5 of the 6 shortlisted books but had no incination to read The Song of Achilles. I would have been happy to see any of the 5 win but, like you, I'm underwhelmed by the judges' choice of...
Forum: General Chat 15th Apr 2012, 19:51
Replies: 1,121
Views: 78,169
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Happy Birthday to...

Thanks ono. Been dropping hints all week of various book titles. Did alright!
Forum: Book Reviews 8th Mar 2012, 13:16
Replies: 14
Views: 2,812
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Orange Prize 2012

Stewart, I think they stopped doing the New Writers prize recently so they all take their chance together.

I've read 5 of the list so far with another on my TBR pile. Would have liked to see...
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Jan 2012, 10:56
Replies: 20
Views: 2,679
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: John Burnside

I remember reading and enjoying The Devil's Footprints and Glister, despite my comments above. As for A Summer of Drowning, I'm with Ang on this one. With the good reviews that this has received I...
Forum: Film Reviews 16th Jan 2012, 11:28
Replies: 9
Views: 2,170
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: War Horse

Saw it at the weekend and I enjoyed it but felt it was a bit predictable. The film is a 12A and I'm not sure an 11 year old wouldn't be upset by some of the WW1 battlefield scenes, and the fate of...
Forum: Film Reviews 15th Jan 2012, 12:46
Replies: 405
Views: 46,832
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Filmimplist Conversations

Ono, I went along to this film thinking it was a companion movie to Iron Man!

Living in Scotland, and remembering the divisivness of Maggie and the Tory government of the 80s, it was always...
Forum: Film Reviews 8th Jan 2012, 20:02
Replies: 16
Views: 18,430
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: 2012 filmlists

04. The Artist ***00
03. War Horse ***00
02. District 13 ***00
01. The Iron Lady ****0 Meryl Streep pulls off the almost impossible task of humanising the old ****
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Jan 2012, 11:13
Replies: 45
Views: 5,781
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: 2012 Palimplist Conversations

("soft gay porn"?) Depends what you mean by porn. There are a couple of gay characters and one of the guys gets a blow-job. Is that considered soft porn these days?
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Jan 2012, 0:13
Replies: 45
Views: 5,781
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: 2012 Palimplist Conversations

Loving it, Ang and highly recommended with, or without deckled edges. I know nothing about baseball but I'm finding it a fantastic read. Almost finished and I have to agree with David's *****...
Forum: Top Tens 5th Jan 2012, 17:13
Replies: 19
Views: 3,952
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Top 10 Books of 2011

A bit late to the party, but here, in no particular order are my favourite reads in 2011.

Why Be Normal When You Could Be Happy? - Jeanette Winterson
The Cat's Table - Michael Ondaatje
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Jan 2012, 13:30
Replies: 23
Views: 23,141
Posted By paddyjoe
Re: Palimplists 2012

80. The Daughters Of Mars - Thomas Keneally ****0
79. The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers ***00
78. Dust and Other Stories - Paul Rooney - current
77. Days Of The Bagnold Summer - Joff...
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