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Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari
I, Alan - Alan Partridge
The Junior Officers' Reading Club - Patrick Hennessey
Full Service - Scott Bowers
The Radleys - Matt Haig
The Other Side of the Story - Marian Keyes
The Tent, the Bucket and Me - Emma Kennedy

More men than usual, more non-fiction than usual.

My uncle recommended Modern Romance to me. He is an academic, who works on virtual reality mostly, so I suppose the online dating thing is a sidestep. Aziz Ansari wrote it in conjunction with an actual sociologist, so it was more interesting for me than it might have been, and they did some large-scale focus groups as original research instead of just picking out what he thought was relevant. Largely heteronormative, but given that it managed not to slide too much into boys v girls, which I appreciated.

I, Alan - I got briefly confused when buying this because it was in fiction instead of biography, and then remembered that he is a fictional character. But what fiction. I've seen most of the Alan Partridge TV, though not heard the radio show, enough to enjoy this book immenely, and be able to read it in his voice (I think it would be quite difficult not to do that.)

I think The Junior Officers' Reading Club was on offer, and was also something I'd vaguely seen talked about. A British army officer recounts his time from Sandhurst through Iraq and Afghanistan. Lots of it is taken from emails he sent at the time - these are the bits I found weakest. I preferred his retrospective account of Sandhurst, the ridiculousness of it all merging into recognition of purpose for (some of) the more ludicrous pieces. After Sandhurst the attempts at describing being in the thick of it all mostly fell quite flat for me, but I did love his relationship with the Afghan military officers he attempted to mentor, and his quiet affection for their preference for napping over doing drill.

Full Service was discussed on The Toast, and I though as I quite like gossip, I might quite like this. It wasn't great. It was very repetitive, here is a famous person, here is what they liked, here is another famous person, oh they also liked it, and it was all fine and no-one felt taken advantage of, honest, and they all loved Scotty so much that he had access. His wife was slightly badly treated, but she never complained, and he feels a little guilty, but she was such a good woman for never complaining, well done her. (The Guardian review calls it banal, which is pretty fair.)

The Radleys was something that came up at the library for download and looked quite interesting. A suburban family are vampires, but haven't told their children. After one of them accidentally kills someone they call on their evil uncle to help out, with epic airborne battles. More psychological that that sounds, but not really my thing.

I thought I'd already read The Other Side of the Story, but I turned out to be thinking of something else. This is the one where a woman becomes paralysed, and communicated with her doctor through blinking. He writes down some of her motivational sayings, and publishes them into a book. Then she is unparalysed, leaves her horrible husband (but keeps her horrible children), and moves to New York with the doctor man. Her children were DREADFUL and she kept tiptoeing around them to placate their tempers when she should have just told them to sod off.

I saw the first episode of The Kennedys after reading The Tent, the Bucket and Me, and thought the book was better. It's a series of British family holidays of the 1970s/80s - tents, the titular bucket for a toilet, and preferably bad weather to boot. Quite fun.

Date: 2016-04-10 04:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] spiralsheep.livejournal.com
I got briefly confused when buying this because it was in fiction instead of biography


Date: 2016-04-12 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slemslempike.livejournal.com
I also should probably have put the real writers as the authors, but it's too good!

Date: 2016-04-12 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Did you know this book existed? The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning I thought of you when I saw it!

Date: 2016-04-12 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slemslempike.livejournal.com
I didn't! It looks great, nad I ahve bought it on Kindle. Thank you for telling me about it!

Date: 2016-04-12 08:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] listersgirl
Awesome. Looking forward to your thoughts. :)

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