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Book 4: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Another masterpiece by my favourite living author. I don't know where he gets his ideas, but I can't think of anyone more original and creative. This book is more serious in tone than the Thursday Next and Jack Spratt series, but still has the quirky humour his fans love. I was in hospital when he came up here on his book tour, but I'm looking forward to seeing him at Fforde Ffiesta in May!

Book 5: Flash for Freedom! by George MacDonald Fraser
Book 6: Flashman and the Redskins
What can I say, the Flashman books are wonderful and I'm sad that I only have 6 more to read!

Book 7: La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
As expected from McCall Smith, a gentle and delightful tale that makes you feel warm inside.

Book 8: Martyr by Rory Clements
I picked this one up in the WH Smith in the hospital when I ran out of other books to read. I've become a fan of historical mystery, so I thought I'd give this a go. The setting is 1587 London, and an assassin has been sent from Philip of Spain to kill Francis Drake. John Shakespeare (William's fictional brother), Francis Walsingham's chief intelligencer, is put on the case. Overall it was quite a fun read and I look forward to more of the series coming out.

Date: 2010-02-02 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love Flashman - though I was perhaps a little too young when I read them the first time, which may explain some of my more skewed ideas ;-). If you like GMF and haven't read tem yet, can I recommend some of his other books:

The Chilian Club, where a group of retired British cavalry/armoured regiment officers set out to rescue Britain by knocking off socialists, unionists etc - quite dark but very sharp.

Pyrates - Does what it says on the tin :-D.

And his autobiographical series about his life as an officer after the war - the only title in the series I can remember is 'The General Danced at Dawn'. Be surprised if Gary didn't have these.

Date: 2010-02-02 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hang on - I think the Chilian Club may be George Shipway - getting my Georges confused. It's been close to two decades since I read it, in my own defence.


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