Army Rumour Service

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

What are you reading right now?

I finished Dean Barrett's Dragon Slayer last night. The book comprises three novellas, all quite different. It struck me when reading them that the first and third would make good films.

Anyway, I have started this, Christopher G. Moore's seventeenth and final book in the Vincent Calvino series:

dance-me-to-the-end-of-time.jpg


Synopsis:

The first pandemic screamed through the sky like a flock of Mourning doves. Our global mourning had just begun. Wave after wave of new pandemics followed. Fire-breathing dragon like pandemics.

Scientists learned to sequence and alter the genetic RNA of viruses. Labs popped up to manufacture new viruses.

The novel opens with Vincent Calvino returning to Bangkok from New York City. He discovers the possibilities of manufactured viruses changing the way we think.

It is the era of the Great Upheaval and the Resistance, a time when people split their lives between virtual reality and the real world of sunken streets and khlongs swallowed by rising seas, in a land where resources are stretched and the poor are thirsty.

In the final book of the Vincent Calvino crime series, Calvino searches for a missing teenage “water boy,” and ends up caught between a Chinese-controlled AI named Henrietta, hordes of desperate climate migrants, fanatic religious guilds and a new breed of supersmart scientists, all determined to stay alive.


The book was published in January this year, so the virus aspect is prescient.

It is a shame to see the series end, but he has written other books. For anyone interested, the author's webpage is here: Christopher G. Moore - Asia Fiction, eBook online, Best Sellers
 

Sexton Blake

War Hero
Another of my (not therefore necessarily yours) unputdownable ones.

I did a search and the Mayaguez incident is referenced here on Arrse but in other threads, not any Book threads.

It is effectively 2 true stories at once occurring just at the end of the Vietnam War. Written in a style that keeps you gripped although it is not a novel but an account of real events.

Check Wikipedia etc if you want to get the quick low down without having to read this. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

Q9106fOHTYivljQSowjtSQ.jpg
 

Sexton Blake

War Hero
This one is one of my 'comfort collection'. Comfort Collection being the book(s) I read exclusively on the throne (never a book reading opportunity should be wasted).

Covers all theatres of WW2, which once again (as if I/we ever need it) reminding me of the bravery and stoicism of the men of WW2. Yes, and the RAF too!

Absolutely packed with vignette after vignette (not all with a happy ending) supplemented with some rare photo's. Brilliantly written and researched. Try it, even if this is not your normal Military area of reading.

YGvhBONLTwqQ5U21zkA5Ow.jpg
 
Re-reading “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry, if you only ever read one novel about “cowboys” this should be the one, some unforgettable characters and his depiction of the privations of life at the time are outstanding.

Also ”A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth, interest piqued by the BBC adaption being shown, and adequate but pale comparison to the book. If you have time read the book.
 

Karamoja

War Hero
Re-reading “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry, if you only ever read one novel about “cowboys” this should be the one, some unforgettable characters and his depiction of the privations of life at the time are outstanding.

Also ”A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth, interest piqued by the BBC adaption being shown, and adequate but pale comparison to the book. If you have time read the book.

Good to know about "Lonesome Dove", I will try to get hold of it. I thought he TV series was absolutely superb.
 

danielwayne

Clanker
Good to know about "Lonesome Dove", I will try to get hold of it. I thought he TV series was absolutely superb.
I bought Lonesome Dove and Centennial, another famous western book, a couple of months ago but haven't started to read them because they're "fat" and time is short, but I'm definitely reading at least one of them this year.
 
Another of my (not therefore necessarily yours) unputdownable ones.

I did a search and the Mayaguez incident is referenced here on Arrse but in other threads, not any Book threads.

It is effectively 2 true stories at once occurring just at the end of the Vietnam War. Written in a style that keeps you gripped although it is not a novel but an account of real events.

Check Wikipedia etc if you want to get the quick low down without having to read this. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

View attachment 499571

It still makes the hair on my arms raise, just thinking about it.

The US MIA team were on Koh Tao island just as I first arrived in Cambodia. They made a little shrine in the US embassy of artefacts they recovered. Helmets, magazines, bits of an M60, that sort of stuff.

I can only imagine what the three guys left behind were thinking as the helicopters f*cked off without them.

Later that year we organised a dive trip to the island. It’s 5 hours offshore by fishing boat, and only about a kilometre or so wide. The guys had no chance.
 

Sexton Blake

War Hero
It still makes the hair on my arms raise, just thinking about it.

The US MIA team were on Koh Tao island just as I first arrived in Cambodia. They made a little shrine in the US embassy of artefacts they recovered. Helmets, magazines, bits of an M60, that sort of stuff.

I can only imagine what the three guys left behind were thinking as the helicopters f*cked off without them.

Later that year we organised a dive trip to the island. It’s 5 hours offshore by fishing boat, and only about a kilometre or so wide. The guys had no chance.
Bob,

Thank you so much for sharing that here.

Such a frightening experience for those young lads which, in the confusion of battle, could have happened countless times in many (recent) conflicts regardless of nationality.

I am googling up/ebaying all the other books by Ralph Wetterhahn as his style of writing is amazing.

Thank you kindly again.
 
This one is one of my 'comfort collection'. Comfort Collection being the book(s) I read exclusively on the throne (never a book reading opportunity should be wasted).

Covers all theatres of WW2, which once again (as if I/we ever need it) reminding me of the bravery and stoicism of the men of WW2. Yes, and the RAF too!

Absolutely packed with vignette after vignette (not all with a happy ending) supplemented with some rare photo's. Brilliantly written and researched. Try it, even if this is not your normal Military area of reading.

View attachment 499574
For me it is that time of year again when books can be enjoyed .

ARRSE costs me a fortune in books … copy of “ Shot Down and in The Drink “ ordered and comes with a card signed by John Cruickshank VC who also authored the Foreword

Couple of my “ Comfort Books “ both of which I have had for many … many years …


Comfort Books WL.jpg




“ Wingless Victory “ is almost a “ Boy’s Own “ tale of Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil Edward Embry, GCB, KBE, DSO & Three Bars, DFC, AFC and his escape through France and back to the UK via Spain . He killed a number of Germans on the way and ended up with a price on his head … he continued flying when he arrived back in the UK and carried paperwork with a new ID in case he was captured . ETA after the War he invited several of those who had helped him during his escape to be his guests at his HQ and they were royally entertained .

“ Castle Commando “ which is a short book about the Commando Training Centre at Achnacarry …which I visited some years ago . The principal character is the Camp Commandant Lt Col Charles Vaughan …. a larger than life man … and someone else we were fortunate to have in the right place at the right time .

I can read each of the above books in a single session … accompanied by the odd glass of Malt or Shiraz
 
Last edited:

Sexton Blake

War Hero
For me it is that time of year again when books can be enjoyed .

ARRSE costs me a fortune in books … copy of “ Shot Down and in The Drink “ ordered and comes with a card signed by John Cruickshank VC who also authored the Foreword

Couple of my “ Comfort Books “ both of which I have had for many … many years …


View attachment 500029



“ Wingless Victory “ almost a “ Boy’s Own “ tale of Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil Edward Embry, GCB, KBE, DSO & Three Bars, DFC, AFC and his escape through France and back to the UK via Spain . He killed a number of Germans on the way and ended up with a price on his head … he continued flying when he arrived back in the UK carried paperwork with a new ID in case he was captured . ETA after the War he invited several of those who had helped him during his escape to be his guests at his HQ and they were royally entertained .

“ Castle Commando “ which is a short book about the Commando Training School at Achnacarry …which I visited some years ago . The principal character is the Camp Commandant Lt Col Charles Vaughan …. a larger than life man … and someone else we were fortunate to have in the right place at the right time .

I can read each of the above books in a single session … accompanied by the odd glass of Malt or Shiraz
Great post and many thanks from this Call Sign.

By coincidence I ordered yesterday off of Ebay 'Shot Down and on the Run' by the same author! Unfortunately mine will not come with a VC recipients signed card! You got a result there.

Have read Wingless Victory as a boy but not Castle Commando which will now go on my ever increasing list.

Thanks again.
 

Karamoja

War Hero
I bought Lonesome Dove and Centennial, another famous western book, a couple of months ago but haven't started to read them because they're "fat" and time is short, but I'm definitely reading at least one of them this year.
Centinnial is absolutely brilliant, I can't recommend it enough.
 
Great post and many thanks from this Call Sign.

By coincidence I ordered yesterday off of Ebay 'Shot Down and on the Run' by the same author! Unfortunately mine will not come with a VC recipients signed card! You got a result there.

Have read Wingless Victory as a boy but not Castle Commando which will now go on my ever increasing list.

Thanks again.
Thread drift .... there is of course a film about WW2 Commando Training which includes Achnacarry and Lt Col Vaughan is shown presenting Berets to those who have passed ... will give you a taster for the book ...


... back on thread
 
Last edited:
Centinnial is absolutely brilliant, I can't recommend it enough.

I haven't read an "off" book by Larry McMurtry yet and when you realise just how many have been made into excellent films you begin to realise why. May I especially recommend "The Desert Rose" - from the synopsis:

Bittersweet, funny and touching, Larry McMurtry's The Desert Rose is the story of Harmony, a Las Vegas showgirl.

At night she's a lead dancer in a gambling casino; during the day she raises peacocks. She's one of a dying breed of dancers, faced with fewer and fewer jobs and an even bleaker future. Yet she maintains a calm cheerfulness in that arid neon landscape of supermarkets, drive-in wedding chapels, and all-night casinos.

While Harmony's star is fading, her beautiful, cynical daughter Pepper's is on the rise. But Harmony remains wistful and optimistic through it all. She is the unexpected blossom in the wasteland, the tough and tender desert rose.
 

Sexton Blake

War Hero
Arrived today and securely placed in the restroom/toilet for onward reading. (To marry up with Shot Down and in the Drink).

Apologies if that is too much information!

lEmkBKb5QN2FYi58ClL2JQ.jpg
 

Karamoja

War Hero
millennium books.jpg


Just finished the 3 books. I admit when I turned over page 704 of the last book, I felt a degree of relief. Felt I had run a couple of marathons by the end. I suppose on the whole I enjoyed them but Lisbeth is somewhat of an anti-hero, and sometimes I felt like giving her a couple of smacks around the head. The computer hacking as described in the books is also somewhat farfetched. Will I read any more? Nope.
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer

50p for the kindle version right now, as opposed to £40 for the print copy.
 

50p for the kindle version right now, as opposed to £40 for the print copy.
Bloody good book. I picked up my copy for 20p from the museum second hand book stall at Tankfest a few years ago and read through it in a couple of sittings.
 
Just browsing through the bookshelves today and pulled out my copy of Puckoon , by Spike Milligan , bought in the late 70’s . The first time I read it there were tears running down my cheeks … just two quotes … “Many people die of thirst but the Irish are born with one.” … “Patience, thought Milligan, that word was invented by dull buggers who couldn't think quick enough.” … and for those in the know one word “ Squrrox “ . An exceedingly funny book and easy to read .

I went on to buy , read , enjoy and keep all of his WW2 books and a few of his Poetry books which I did not enjoy .

Anyhoo … the photograph below is but some of my collection … well thumbed , bedraggled but well read ….

Milligan WL.jpg



… A few years ago Mrs B_R bought me a complete set of all his works for an incredibly low price in a book sale … they are still in the box they came in because I cannot bring myself to throw out my originals which have brought much pleasure …. strange old world .
 

50p for the kindle version right now, as opposed to £40 for the print copy.

What is the book ? .... my Laptop displays your Post as below ...

Maguire.jpg
 

New Posts

Latest Threads

Top