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  1. Kingpin

    What are you reading at the moment?

    My Dark Places by James Ellroy. It's partly an autobiography of his earlier years and also his investigation into his mother's unsolved homicide. It's as dark and violent as you could imagine but there's an unusual (for Ellroy at least) sentimentality towards the end that I thought was quite affecting. I know Ellroy has his demon dog persona but he's so brutally honest about how he was feeling at the time, and his scuzzy ways a he entered his teens and twenties, and how his mindset towards his mother changed over the course of his life and this investigation. I have a weird idea that this is actually quite a feminist book in some ways - the violence of these old cases is so brutal and misogynistic, presented as matter of fact, the compulsions of violent and sleazy men deconstructed into the petty power trips that they were. It's almost about Ellroy coming round from his initial victim blaming thoughts as a misguided youth to understanding the real motivations and attitudes behind these types of murders. I may be off the mark there but those were the thoughts swimming around my head after I finished it. Even if you just take it as a true crime book looking into a very old cold case, the police work on display and following new leads is really compelling. It's a really good companion piece to the LA Quartet, and goes a long way towards explaining why James Ellroy is who he is.
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    Kindle shop Recommendations

    Oh, it seems Amazon have also cottoned on to the fact that I'm cheap so some 99p titles now show up on my recommendations, but only on the kindle ebooks page. Spotted this absolute cracker for 99p Motley Crue - The Dirt https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JOFS5BS?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&storeType=ebooks&pf_rd_p=931dc86f-a30c-4313-8cd4-098702c0220a&pf_rd_r=DVG96E3WE2MSH1WF3HG1&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-9&pf_rd_t=40901&ref_=dbs_f_r_shv_rnn_931dc86f-a30c-4313-8cd4-098702c0220a_22&pf_rd_i=341689031 I paid full price for that in hardback and it was well worth it (if you're generally a fan of the era and rock n roll sleaze).
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    Kindle shop Recommendations

    I am just in the habit of checking the daily deals page every now and again. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindle-Daily-Deals/b?ie=UTF8&node=5400977031 That page has any daily specials and the monthly deals. It's 90% rubbish most of the time but every now and then, a few gems are included. I haven't found a smarter way to do this - there doesn't seem to be an UK/EU site which curates the deals and separates out the rubbish. The deals have been quite poor in recent months - I'm hoping they're saving the decent titles for an upcoming Black Friday sale.
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    Kindle shop Recommendations

    The Haunting of Hill House - 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-House-Penguin-Modern-Classics-ebook/dp/B002RUA4QQ/ref=lp_5400977031_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1542108915&sr=1-1
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    Here's to Louis Theroux!

    Oh man, I felt so bad for Jerry. Poor sod. And also the bloke (beardy dnd guy) who admitted that the other bloke in his triangle was a top shagger and he wasn’t. Top Louis territory though, enjoyed it.
  6. Kingpin

    What are you reading at the moment?

    Artemis by Andy Weir. It has a similar protagonist to The Martian - a sarky brain box who explains some of the science behind their actions. The Martian worked for me because the science was part of tension of the situation. In Artemis, it feels shoehorned in for the sake of it and loads of it is related to welding on the moon. Everything else is a bog standard thriller with wooden characters. I wanted to like this going in but I had to summon the motivation to keep going st times.
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    Steam

    Few keys going for those who want them - post below and I'll PM you with the key when I get a chance: Scribblenauts Unlimited Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Batman Arkham Origins - Gone Hotline Miami 2
  8. Kingpin

    What are you reading at the moment?

    Yeah, he goes into some of his work in the Ukraine and mentions the filming of a documentary over there. The cases over there were quite extreme and the operating conditions very primitive.
  9. Kingpin

    What are you reading at the moment?

    Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh. This caught my eye as a kindle daily deal. I had no knowledge of the author (a British neurosurgeon), nor any particular interest in brain surgery (except perhaps to avoid needing any myself). However, it’s a great read and I'm glad I picked it up. The initial chapters - he's describing some operations and I felt like I was reading a horror novel - just so tense because of the high stakes involved. It's not really a straightforward memoir - the premise of each chapter is some form of condition or brain tumor and he tells his own story and those of his patients around that. I liked him, though he has his moments where I'm sure his colleagues hated his guts. It also made me feel like my own stress in my life is an easy walk in the park (which it is) in comparison to this surgeon, his patients and their families, so it was oddly cheerful in some ways too.
  10. Kingpin

    Do you prefer physical books or Ebooks?

    I do love owning paper books but 99% of my reading is on kindle. I’ll buy the physical book and pirate the eBook via IRC of all things.
  11. Kingpin

    What are you reading at the moment?

    I’ve been here - it’s a beautiful spot (now) and the memorial is wonderful while of course being very respectful and melancholy. Thanks for this post - it prompted me to look at some photos I haven’t viewed in years. I will check out those recommendations.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    I'm glad that BJ is fighting Ryan Hall, as in someone who won't completely smash him up hopefully. That is a nice card though - I think I'm most looking forward to Nunes and Cyborg outside of my interest in JJ's return. It would arguably be better for the sport/promotion if Nunes could pull it off but I don't think so.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    It'll probably be very similar to his Rumble fight, though DC will probably be hoping not to absorb a massive uppercut this time.
  14. Kingpin

    Kindle shop Recommendations

    2001: A Space Odyssey Band Of Brothers Adventures of a Young Naturalist: Sir David Attenborough All 99p or below
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    The past month or so, continuing to work through my digital pile of shame on my kindle. Bird Box - it was pretty good - more interesting than enthralling for me personally. It was a nice change to feel, rather than see the horror through the narrator. Neuromancer - Honestly, I think I need to read this one again. I got completely lost once things really got going. I'll owe this to reading over some particular tiring weeks during an early morning commute. It deserves more care and attention that I was able to give it - it's really dense with interesting ideas and a lot of the tech and world can only really be understood via context in the setting. Despite not fully getting it, I still enjoyed the parts where I was really locked in. Them: Adventures with Extremists - I really disliked The Men Who Stare At Goats when it first came out, but I do like Jon Ronson, particularly in podcast form. This was weirdly fun as he hangs around with various extremists who believe in some form of global conspiracy. Some people in there I wasn't expecting (Ian Paisley) and others who have been knocking around for a surprisingly long time (Alex Jones). I think he does a good job of giving everyone a chance and allowing them to expose themselves in a Louis Theroux-like style. Frank - also by Jon Ronson. More of a long article really - it's a nice read about his time playing keyboards for Frank Sidebottom, some other marginal musical acts, the ideas behind the film and the death of Chris Sievey. I mostly remember Frank Sidebottom from TV as a kid, had no idea he was this Andy Kaufman type who became the character so some of these details were interesting.
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