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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:18 pm 
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I am about to start reading Hostage in Taipei.

It was hand delivered to me by the author, Brigader General (Retired) McGill Alexander yesterday.

It was great to see my old pal Alex again after 40 odd years, as we were involved in some crazy adventure stuff when I was 19 and he was 22.

He re-joined the army, eventually became commander of the Parabat in Bloem and then was appointed as military attache to Taiwan, before retiring as commander in chief of Eastern Cape Command.

He and his daughter were held hostage and shot. I remember one Sunday leading our church in prayer for him and his family as the ordeal broke.

Now to get the inside story.

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Just finished "Wild" from Cheryl Strayed and same was "WoW" :thumbs_up: Highly recommendable :dance:

Otherwise I am a Crime / Thriller fan and here my favourites are Jeffrey Deaver, Kathy Reichs and Jussi Adler Olsen. 8)


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Re-reading the ....In Death series by JD Robb........ :dance: :dance:

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Not reading anything in particular at the moment (Apart from this highly addictive forum :tongue: ).
I however have bought the following for our 2013 :dance: Christmas Kruger trip:

When the Lion Feeds -Wilbur Smith
The Sound of Thunder -Wilbur Smith
Assegai -Wilbur Smith

Hopefully the animals keep me from reading….. :wink:

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I also enjoy all Tony Park's books, quite similar to Wilbur Smith really, plus Tony is a forumite! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
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Thanks Elsa, will most definitely add a Tony Park to the other three :thumbs_up:

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Finished Life of Pi last night.
As with the movie, i found the end a bit confusing. So, was he in the boat with the animals? Or the people??
But enjoyed it non-the-less

Not quite sure what to read next.
Anyone know of something in the sci-fi dept that is worth while?


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Back to a paper "old fashioned" book :think:

On my bookshelf I found something I had bought in SA this past December

White Lion - Return to the Wild by Andrew Schofield.

Just started it, but very interesting so far


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nearly halfway through South African Eden by James Stevenson-Hamilton
What i love most is the world described so nicely by him about the previous century and the unique different atmosphere of the lowveld and its inhabitants.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
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yoda wrote:
Back to a paper "old fashioned" book :think:

On my bookshelf I found something I had bought in SA this past December

White Lion - Return to the Wild by Andrew Schofield.



Finished this on the weekend.
Really enjoyed it.
Worth while if any one else want to give it a go.

Not sure what I have lined up next........


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
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Everybody is free to read whatever he/she wants to read, but I was wondering, why do folks read fiction? How does reading a Wilbur Smith novel enhance your life. I have inherited a lot of Mills and Boon, as well as other fiction books but I have donated them to a charity orginisation. In my collection of about a 1000 books, there is not one single fiction book. If I cannot gain extra knowledge from a book, I don't want it.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
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Hi All, This is a great thread. I am an avid reader to the point that I told myself to read less books instead of more at the beginning of this year. I list the books I read every year. (I'm a birder so I like lists). Last year was 71 and this year I'm on 35 only so the resolution worked. I mainly read 'literary' fiction and crime fiction. Literary fiction because this genre tends to explore the human condition, relationships of all sorts, life difficulties, different family cultures, country cultures - all of this while drawing the reader into plot, character and outcome. I learn more from fiction about these things. Crime fiction is my light reading. I sometimes read non-fiction but only if the topic interests me a lot.

I recently read two books that any birder would enjoy. The one is called To See Every Bird on Earth by Dan Koeppler about his father, one of the American big listers. Fascinating. The other was fiction called Border Songs by Jim Lynch - loved this book; very witty, interesting angle on USA / Canada relations. It is set on the border and one of the Border Patrolmen is a bit odd, no social skills, people think he is stupid but he is not. He is a fanatical birder and constantly notes in his head every single bird he hears. Because of his birding obsession his observational skills are brilliant and he notices things no-one else notices and catches a lot of people.

I am currently reading the last in CJ Sansom's Shardlake series - it is set in the times of King Henry VIII about a hunchback lawyer who gets embroiled in all sorts of shenanigans - compelling read as well as interesting historically on the times as well as the way the law worked then.

Next on my list is Mashesha - The Making of a Game Ranger by Tony Pooley; all about Ndumo, one of my favourite places.

What is the famous book by Bryden referred to in earlier posts?

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Just finished 'Only in America' by Matt Frei. - Very interesting views on America and its politics. Next on the shelf is 'Straying from the flock' by Alexander Elder - Its about his travels through New Zealand. I agree with Rooies - I find I read and enjoy mostly non-fiction books. I keep trying fiction, but just not getting into it. At the moment you see I am into travel books - probably because there is non in my foreseeable future and I'm hopelessly addicted!!

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Penza, lemonbalm,
I like a mix. I like ready true strories about topics I am interested in and biographies etc.
But I also enjoy escape-ism


I have started something called 1356 by Bernard Cornwall

It's a historical/medieval type story.
Quite good so far....8% read


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
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I'm half way through reading Sacred Sierra - an expat Brit buys an old farmhouse half way up a Spanish mountain near Valencia and tries farming following a medieval farming manual.

Also as always have a magazine by the bed for short reading sessions before I go to bed. Currently I have Waterlife, the WWT members magazine, Countryfile, a magazine celebrating the British countryside and I've just finished the September edition of the BBC Wildlife magazine.

Rooies, I find reading a way to relax and I read fiction mainly to escape. Sometimes I don't want to learn, I just want to chill out but even then a work of fiction can lead me to investigating perhaps an era in history or another country, or another way of life that I don't know that much about.

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