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Old 25th Feb 2017, 17:54   #1
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This was always one of the best features of the site for me, so I will establish the thread, at least.

To start - not a discussion but a simple question for Digger: did you read Sarah Perry's 'After Me Comes the Flood'? I read that first, then moved on to 'The Essex Serpent.' I think Flood was better, much more odd and dark.
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Hello again Jerkass - nice to be back. Short answer no. I admit to being totally suckered in by the beautiful cover of Serpent. Having also loved the writing, and on your recommendation, I will now look out Flood.
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Just popped in here to say that, given the forum is so quiet, and given that edits to our Palimplist items don't register as new posts, it might be as well to note here when we update the list.
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Good idea, Gil. I've just started your The Miernik Dossier--I've learned to trust you on anything espionage-related since you steered me toward Geoffrey Household several years ago. Have you read Graham Greene's The Human Factor? So far, Miernik reminds me of it a bit, although the format is much, much different. Same time period; a spy novel that (so far, at least) seems more concerned with bureaucrats than with dashing agents in the field.
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I just read through your list, Jerkass, and I didn't gat far enough in Jamrach's Menagerie to notice the similarity to Life of Pi. I don't understand how it got on the Booker shortlist. I did like Life of Pi though.

I will seek out Peyton Place which sounds fascinating. I remember that there was a TV show but I don't think we watched it.
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Hi, Jerkass, yes Charles McCarry is very compelling as an espionage writer. The Tears of Autumn in particular is a fine novel. Just updating my list now with a few more.
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I must have read the Human Factor years ago when I did the whole Greene bibliog, but I can't remember it. I think I've got it on an e-book.
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It's nice to see some action on the Palimp!

Book list updated, film list updated. And for that matter, last year's book list has been most belatedly updated too.

The best things I've recently finished are the first two Aubrey/Maturin novels by Partick O'Brian, which were both excellent. I'm currently in the middle of the second part of Alan Moore's million-worder, Jerusalem, and finding it entertaining if (and is this really a surprise?) a bit self-indulgent...
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Hi, Nou. I somewhat agree with you on Cryptonomicon. I enjoyed the history more than the fictionalised 20th century stuff.

I noticed you weren't very keen on A Deepness in the Sky. I really liked it.

I'm entirely with you on Patrick O Brian. Great stuff.
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Maybe two stars is a bit mean of me regarding ADitS. I thought A Fire Upon the Deep was outstanding, so part of it is probably raised expectations sticking the boot in. The two Mary Gentle fantasies I read this year are a carbon copy of this - the first very good indeed, the second not to the same standard, at least in my opinion.
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