Whaleoil book club

by Nige

It can’t ALL be about right-wing hatred of the left and guns and kittens can it? Well…yes. For the most part it can. And is. But this weekend we are treated again to the wonder that is the (seemingly) Biannual Whaleoil Commenters’ Book Sharing Exercise Triggered By Nige’s Rolling Question Of The Evening’s Back Chat Section. Or B.W.O.C.B.S.E.T.B.N.R.Q.O.T.E.B.C.S for short.

So, basically, for those who aren’t in on the joke, we have a section on the blog you may have noticed, or even ignored, called the BackChat section. It is very much a General Debate in which all manner of topics arise that may or may not be related to anything political, and often are not. It’s more or less a venting place and a place from which others get to share what little gems they have sought out during the day, and brag that they were the first to discover. All are welcome and encouraged to join in.

This Thursday past, a semi-regular question happened to come up in which people were asked what good books they have read lately. So, without further ado, I will give you the compiled list of 20 or so….

1. Democot recommended “Life and Fate” by Vasily Grossman. “A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century” -Amazon

2. Jude recommended “The Girl With Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee. She said, “Story of a young girl’s escape from North Korea. Very enjoyable reading.”

3. Huia recommended “The Taming of the Queen” by Phillipa Gregory. “Only months after the king sentenced his fifth wife to death, he was looking for his sixth, and chose the recently widowed, thirty-year-old Kateryn Parr, who was planning to marry the handsome bachelor Thomas Seymour.” -Phillipa Gregory.com

4. Hookerphil recommended “The Anna Travis series” by Lynda La Plante. “In the footsteps of Jane Tennison, immortalized by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect, comes Anna Travis, a rookie female detective about to embark on her first murder case.” – Goodreads.com

5. Cows4Me recommended “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari. He said, “Most excellent. Non-fiction.”

6. Glenn recommended “I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes. “A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.”

7. MaryLou recommended “New York” by Edward Rutherford. Others recommended “Paris” and “Russka”. “New York is a sweeping, four-century tale set in the most exciting city on earth.”

8. Telytubbie said they were reading “Animal Farm” “for the first time in 30-odd years”. “Captioned ‘a fairy story’, Animal Farm is anything but that. Sick and tired of maltreatment under their enslavement from man, the animals of Manor Farm revolt. Released from all chains, there is but one key rule: All animals are equal. Yet, as the story progresses we soon see some animals are more equal than others…” – The Guardian

9. Willtin recommended “Broken Silence” by Natasha Preston “It has been four years since Oakley, her mum, and brother fled to Australia. With the trials looming, she makes the decision to return to England. Oakley is desperate for closure so she can put the past behind her and move on with her life.” -Amazon

10. Miss McGerkinshaw recommended the “John Puller series” and “Will Robbie series” by David Baldacci. “John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division.”

11. ex-Jafa recommended “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt. “Why good people are divided by politics and religion.”

12. Pisces8284 recommended “Girl in the Ice” and “Nightstalker” by Robert Bryndza. “She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in.” -Goodreads.com

13. Curly1952 recommended “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles. He said, “A yarn on racism from the 60s to the present in USA.”

14. Ginny recommended “The Poldark series” by Winston Graham. “Poldark is a series of historical novels by Winston Graham, published from 1945 to 1953 and continued from 1973 to 2002. The series comprises 12 novels”…and “The Bronze Horseman trilogy” by Paullina Simons. “Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose beautiful palaces and stately avenues speak of a different age.”

15. MaryLou also recommended “The Crosstich series” by Diana Gabaldon. “The Outlander series is a sequence of multi-genre novels and shorter works written by Diana Gabaldon that feature elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.” -Wiki

16. Sally recommended “Winter Men” by Jesper Bugge Kold. “As the dark specter of the Nazis settles over Germany, two wealthy and educated brothers are suddenly thrust into the rising tide of war. Karl, a former soldier and successful businessman, dutifully answers the call to defend his country, while contemplative academic Gerhard is coerced into informing for the Gestapo.” – The Great Reads

17. Richard recommended “The Potato Factory”,  “Tommo & Hawk”  and “Solomon’s Song”, Bryce Courtney’s trilogy. He said, “A brutal three-part epic set in London and the Australian and NZ colonies, early 19th century to WW1.”

18. XCIA recommended….a Scottish cartoon strip. The Broons. [crickets chirping]

19. And Carl is awaiting the new Jeffery Archer book, which will be out in November; the last in the Clifton Cronicles.

Thank you very much for looking, and happy reading.


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