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Books you read (If you could read!)

#1
I got to thinking the other day about the sort of books I read during my 10 years in the Mob, apart from the "Commando" comic mags I got quite a fix reading anything by "Tom Sharpe". His books Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure could have had me commited for involuntary laughter.
 
#2
Back in the 60's & 70's Louis Lamore, Mickey Spillane & others of that genre. The comics which, I believe sold for a 1/- pre-decimal were known as "Training Phamplets"! :D
 
#3
Madtyke said:
I got to thinking the other day about the sort of books I read during my 10 years in the Mob, apart from the "Commando" comic mags I got quite a fix reading anything by "Tom Sharpe". His books Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure could have had me commited for involuntary laughter.
Agreed. Tom Sharpe was (and still is) very (very) funny. My personal favourite is 'The Throwback' and the way our hero gets rid of some sitting tenants is pure comedy genius. Sadly, only a few of his books have made it to TV or the big screen.
 
#5
Madtyke said:
I got to thinking the other day about the sort of books I read during my 10 years in the Mob, apart from the "Commando" comic mags I got quite a fix reading anything by "Tom Sharpe". His books Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure could have had me commited for involuntary laughter.
Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure, 2 of the funniest books I've ever read.

The Western series by J T Edson used to do the rounds when I was in.
 
#6
Madtyke said:
I got to thinking the other day about the sort of books I read during my 10 years in the Mob, apart from the "Commando" comic mags I got quite a fix reading anything by "Tom Sharpe". His books Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure could have had me commited for involuntary laughter.
Commando mags were Officer Training Manuals were they not?

Anything by Sven Hassell was always an obligatory read I recall.
 
#7
No_Duff said:
Madtyke said:
I got to thinking the other day about the sort of books I read during my 10 years in the Mob, apart from the "Commando" comic mags I got quite a fix reading anything by "Tom Sharpe". His books Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure could have had me commited for involuntary laughter.
Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure, 2 of the funniest books I've ever read.

The Western series by J T Edson used to do the rounds when I was in.
Read them all. :)
 
#9
Tom Sharpe,
Terry Pratchett,
John Connelly,
Michael Connelly,
Gerald Seymour,
David Gemmell,
Stephen King,
Robert Crais,
Harlan Coben,
Jack Reacher novels (cant remember author atm)
amongst many others.
 
#10
Chef said:
'Puckoon' by Spike Milligan, and also 'Three men in a boat', Jerome K Jerome.
They both made me laugh out loud.
Bought my copy of Puckoon nearly thirty years ago .... now well worn but still a hilarious read . " Squrrox " .
 

CplFoodspoiler

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#11
ringdoby said:
Tom Sharpe,
Terry Pratchett,
John Connelly,
Michael Connelly,
Gerald Seymour,
David Gemmell,
Stephen King,
Robert Crais,
Harlan Coben,
*Jack Reacher novels (cant remember author atm)
amongst many others.
*Lee Childs

Richard Laymon - horror and naughty sex!
 
#12
Border_Reiver said:
Chef said:
'Puckoon' by Spike Milligan, and also 'Three men in a boat', Jerome K Jerome.
They both made me laugh out loud.
Bought my copy of Puckoon nearly thirty years ago .... now well worn but still a hilarious read . " Squrrox " .
the days when humour was unsophisticated ;)
 
#13
erm... still reading "Commando" comics. The newsagent down the road sells them and I got a subscription for Christmas. Bliss....
 
#14
All of George MacDonald Fraser (RIP)

Wrote:

Flashman (Victorian history from Afghanistan 1842 to Zulu war 1894, making a very brief appearance in WW1). Learned more Empire history from these than I ever did at school. Rereading my way through them now.

McAuslan (semi 'autobiographical' about his time as a young officer in the Gordons) books among others. Read approximately once every 2 years, stillget something out of them.

His autobiography 'Quartered Safe Out Here' tells of his WW2 service in the Far East in Black Cat Div, and is very good. GMF was 'promoted' to unwanted, unpaid L/Cpl 4 times and busted 3, once for losing a tea urn. Somethings never change!

One of the best quotes I remember from GMF is, when asked the question, "Did you kill anyone during the war?" GMF replies "Why do you want to know?". And his justification for Hiroshima and Nagasaki is absolutely spot on, whatever the apologists and PC rewriters of history will have you believe.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#15
spins said:
All of George MacDonald Fraser (RIP)

Wrote:

Flashman (Victorian history from Afghanistan 1842 to Zulu war 1894, making a very brief appearance in WW1). Learned more Empire history from these than I ever did at school.
I agree with all of this. Despite an elder brother finding Flashman when it was a first edition and I was but a nipper, I only ever got round to starting reading them a few weeks before he died.

I'd read MacAuslan some years before and realised that in the early 70s - IIRC - there was a 30-minute something like a Comedy Playhouse, my memory screams BBC, which portrayed MacAuslan's finest hour as the honour guard for the foreign king at Edinburgh Castle. I can still today see the officer marching up to salute with right hand on hip and left hand going longest way up, shortest way down. I would love to find that on YouTube. I was in no way military at the time but it was one of the funniest half hour's TV I ever saw. The Complete MacAuslan is ever at hand.

Like you I learned a lot about Empire from Flashman. I have always steadfastly refused to look at military history pre-1939 but Flashman has changed that. Sadly sitting and reading them one after another wore me out and I didn't complete the series. No doubt some time in the near future I'll go back and finish them off.

It was probably Sean Bean's Sharpe that had me read Rifles a year ago; it was probably a combination of the two that got me started on Mallinson's Matthew Hervey Light Dragoons books and while there is less comedy value, I find them a better read, even if there is the faintest whiff of bodice-ripper and arguably a dearth of war porn. But if I wanted war porn I'd go back to Sven Hassell (I found Comrades of War in a cheap book shop last year and it all came flooding back). After all we have all been there and we all know that army life is 99% boredom (and chasing bodices to rip) and routine followed by a brief flash of action.
 
#16
Devil's Guard by George Robert Elford, I read this as a kid before I joined the Army and it seemed to have vanished from my parents place after I joined (along with about the first 50 copies of 2000AD) - gutted!

Devils Guard is quite expensive to buy now - someone wants £364 for a used hard back copy, I think the cheapest is £24.99.


Also Soldier I SAS this is a bit cheaper at a penny
 
#17
Anything by Sven Hassell and the 'Executioner' series were the must read books in my day and a series about some half-Mexican cowboy gunman whose name escapes me totally. All I can remember is he'd go off on one if someone called a 'Mex'.
 

TheIronDuke

ADC
Book Reviewer
#18
spins said:
All of George MacDonald Fraser (RIP)
All and anything. Possibly the most poignant was The Steel Bonnets. Cos he was talking about mine. And that one about Tankies in Burmah, cos he was talking about Posh Birds lot.

Hunter S Thompson. A man who loved guns and big, thundering engines. And drugs and violence. Strangely quiet on the subject of girls. But nobody is perfect.
 
#19
dundrillin said:
Anything by Sven Hassell and the 'Executioner' series were the must read books in my day and a series about some half-Mexican cowboy gunman whose name escapes me totally. All I can remember is he'd go off on one if someone called a 'Mex'.
Sven Hassell - just re-reading them again to the grand-children :D

Terry Harknet/Goerge C Gilman wrote the "Edge" books and they were pretty gory - is this the man that you mean? Wiki LINK
 

udipur

LE
Book Reviewer
#20
All GMF's work.

Tom Sharpe is still the funniest writer I have ever read.

Pretty much the whole mess read the Journeyman Tailor by Seymour as we were going out to that neck of the woods the following year. It also had a great shoot from the Catholic church in Dungannon across the valley into Killymeal House, then the officers' mess. We were always trying to engage the CO in lengthy, tortological questions by the window, just in case.
 

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