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Ammar25

Ammar25

Joined May 2016

Books , Tea , more books and more tea
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This is the transcript of the two 2016 Reith Lectures, that Stephen Hawking delivered on the topic of Black Holes. The illustration and comments are very helpful and they give the reader a wider understanding about this topic.

The book is short, but intense. Full of information about Black Holes, their history and various theories and hypothesis about their formation, characteristics, and purpose.

Interesting read for anyone interested.

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An Ebook that is a prequel to Grisham's forthcoming novel The Whistler.

A first time judge facing an unexperienced defence lawyer, a shrewd prosecutors, inflammable exhibits, and perhaps an innocent suspect.

I hope this plot will be extended or used in The Whistler.

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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What a treat !!!!

A novel that spans half a century in the life of two families and their 6 children.

The Keatings and the Cousins would have barely noticed each other if things were normal. But, hey someone had to screw things up,Bert had to Kiss Bev Cousins on the day of her christening.

I loved how Anne can create a whole tale that spans generations and decades from a single simple accident.

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Here I Am: A Novel | Jonathan Safran Foer
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Imagine Franzen and Foer blending their words and worlds together in a literary blender .This novel would be the result. An epic of American Jewishness and of a world of Wars and a family.
Jacob the family man. The son and the father. The modern time image of the Old Testament namesake living in the modern world and facing real dilemmas.
This book was supposed to be one of the major event of the fall reading catalogue but it felt short.

mauveandrosysky I love Franzen, so I'm thinking I might like it? Ha. 3y
Ammar25 @mauveandrosysky I think this book is an acquired taste :) and as you said, you may enjoy it. 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Fire communicates with fire...

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The 11th Rebus novel

Two masked men abduct single women who leave a club. A young politician is murdered, and a mummified body is found in a chimney where the new Parliament is being built.

And Big Cef is out of prison.

Rebus has to deal with all the following along with new eager blood in the force that is trying to prove itself.

This novel is different than its predecessors as there is barely any mention of family or loved ones.

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Everyman | Philip Roth
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Books bought today at the book sale

Ammar25 @MrBook thanks :) 3y
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The pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre is not a full autobiography or a memoir. This book is a collection of stories that range from his childhood to this age of terror.

There are no top secrets here, no scandals or spies. Just vignettes of a long lived life, anecdotes, stories and recollection: some are true and some are hazy.

An enjoyable read that any Le Caree fan would enjoy immensely.

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
Mehso-so

3.45 stars out of 5

Another debut thriller in the category of perfect couple with loads of shit brewing underneath the surface section of any major bookstore in the world

Too many turns and red herrings that makes you dizzy. What a week for a couple whose child got kidnapped

Anne and Marco Conti spend an evening at their neighbors for a birthday supper.They come back home and the baby is kidnapped.

Enter detectives
Enter parents
Enter past

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena

Over 70% read of this novel. The twists are too many in a novel that so far spanned a week in a life of a couple whose child is kidnapped. There were some interesting twists, but too many dead ends to even remember or mention. So far it's a 3 out of 5 read.

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Awww boo 😕 I chose this one for my BOTM. At least I also chose GWTLBT and Left of Boom. 🙌 3y
JacqMac That's too bad. I had hopes for this one. I guess I'll hold off on buying it. 3y
Ammar25 @JacqMac borrow it from the library if you can, rather than buy it, if you really want to read it. 3y
Ammar25 @BooksTeasAndBookishThings You may like it, people tend to either 5 star it or 2 star it haha 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings A 3 star read is still okay. So, if you keep it that rating then I will still be glad to read it. 3y
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“Spying was forced on me from birth much in the way, I suppose, that the sea was forced on C. S. Forester, or India on Paul Scott. Out of the secret world I once knew I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for the reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I‘m sitting now.”

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The Lesser Bohemians | Eimear Mcbride
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I'm a sucker for this cover. Can't wait to read this book this week.

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Canon Sidney Chambers a priest turned detective in the Grantchester in Cambridge.

The six stories in this volume range from robbery to killing to forging art work. They all take place between 1953 and 1955. The cozy mysteries are funny and witty with a cast of characters that will stick with you.

Sidney is not the ordinary priest, he is modern, young and in a way knows the mentality of his parish. He enjoys a drink and a mystery :)

MrBook Great review! 😁👍🏻 3y
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A short story by Roald Dahl

A story within a story. The action takes place in the Kenyan Highlands, it involves the mystery of vanishing milk.

This is a very quick read, and it shows how man can be kind and evil at the same time. It shows a glimpse of the human nature.

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The Crow Girl | Erik Axl Sund
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What do you all think of this book ?

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The tenth book in the Rebus series picks up from the end of the previous book.

Rebus is faced with a moral dilemma of dealing with a freed pedophile

And at the same time he is trying to keep an eye on a serial killer that returned to town

And a son of a friend of his is missing

Three cases for rebus to play with and takes us on a your of Edinbrughs underbelly

Enjoyable
Noir
Dark
Criminal
And loving all at once

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Here I Am: A Novel | Jonathan Safran Foer

100 pages in and so far I'm interested

I think it's the best of his three novels.

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Happy Birthday Ray ...

Ray... Live forever

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City of Glass | Paul Auster
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When words come out, fly into the air, live for a moment, and die.

Shemac77 Based on that sentence alone I'm adding it to my book list. 3y
Ammar25 @Shemac77 so far it's a weird book but very enjoyable 3y
Shemac77 Excellent! I enjoy the weird :) 3y
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The Hanging Garden | Ian Rankin
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One of the shortest Rebus novels. It hits him close to home when his daughter is hurt in an accident.

Rebus with his usual set of supporting characters go on the hunt for traffickers , drug lords and nazi war criminals.

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The book is ok some parts are funny, some are sad.

Amy shares a lot of stories about her childhood, how her parents lost their fortune and began all over again. She describes her lovers, her one night stand, the athletes and musicians she was with.

Amy talks about how she became a stand up comedian and how it was hard and it took her years to perfect her routine.

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Black and Blue | Ian Rankin
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So far the best Rebus novel of the 8 I have read.

In this novel, Rankin uses a story he heard from a friend and builds up a whole narrative which is amazing.

John Rebus is mobile , he takes us all around Scotland in this book. From Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, to the Shetlands and the oil rigs in the Atlantic.

There are four crimes in this 500 pages novel. Rankin's most ambitious so far - as I am reading the series one books at time.

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The New York Trilogy | Paul Auster
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Picked it up at a yard sale for 99 cents

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Black and Blue | Ian Rankin

One of the best Rebus novels I have read so far. Ian Rankin in this novel is writing at another level.

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Black and Blue | Ian Rankin

One of the best Rebus novels I have read so far. Ian Rankin in this novel is writing at another level.

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This is the first book that I have read by Sjon.

A novella set in the end of WW1 in Iceland and also through the Spanish Flu.

Mani Steinn our protagonist is 16 years old. Gay. Movie goer. Who comes of age during this period and through him we see a side of the Icelandic society that's less well knows to others.

The novella does contain graphic homosexual sex scenes that are quiet long in some chapters regarding this is a short book.

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The Making of Donald Trump | David Cay Johnston
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A fast yet deep book about the life of Donald Trump.

The book describes the fraud of Trump,his organization, how he shorts money, how he licenses his name for projects that he got no relation to.

The book describes the power and the awe associated with Trump; how it's a lucrative brand name, yet it's built on a house of cards.

I hope many people would read this book and see how horrible the future would be if this person gets elected.

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The Making of Donald Trump | David Cay Johnston

Everyone should read this book before it is too late.

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Bailedbailed

35% into the book
Nothing is happening
Nothing major is described
The Conjuring along with Annabelle were the only cases in details
A lot of reputation in the narrative and nothing about the lives of the Warrens
I had to DNF

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30% in and I hope this book picks up a bit. A lot of repeated ideas and narratives. So far only Annabelle and the Amytiville horror are described in bit of details. Now into the Conjuring chapter.

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The 7th novel in the Rebus series is different &more realistic than anything before.

Rebus investigates the kidnapping of the daughter of the Lord Provost, &the suicide of an inmate after he was released from jail.

This dark tartan noir takes the reader into the back room of politics &the Silicon Glen of Scotland.

Reading this novel in the summer makes me miss the cold & snow of the winter, thanks Rankin for the shivers and freezing rain.

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Do you recommend this book ? Or should I read The History of the Seven Killings ?

BookBabe @MrBook and I highly recommend it! And if you like audiobooks, the narration is brilliant. 3y
britt_brooke Excellent book! 3y
Ammar25 @BookBabe @MrBook @britt_brooke Thanks :) I'll hopefully read it ASAP 3y
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BookBabe 😊👍🏻 3y
BeckyMerilatt This is one of the best books I've ever read. In my top 5 for sure. 3y
Ammar25 @BeckyMerilatt thanks Becky. I read a few chapters and it's written beautifully. 3y
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At the Hairdresser's | Anita Brookner
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Pengiun Shorts are digital short stories meant to be read during a commute or a bus ride.

This short story by Anita Brookner is about an elderly lady; Elizabeth Warner and her biweekly appointment at the hairdresser. The characters are painted with a realistic brush. The author flashbacks to the past, and shows us the present.

A very realistic story that makes you think and ponder about the life we live.

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The Voyeur's Motel | Gay Talese
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This book isn't as explosive as one would think.An owner of a hotel rigged some rooms and spied on his visitors in various sexual positions and in various sexual arrangements.

And yes, Talese does say there are inconsistencies in the narrative, the dates and some events. Some would say that he should have checked and recheck everything written in the journal.But Talese wanted to present the material as is with all its promises and shortcomings.

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The Voyeur's Motel | Gay Talese

With only a third of the book left. Talese does and repeatedly say there are inconsistencies in the journal of Mr Foos. I read in the Guardian that Sam Mendes will be directing a movie based on this book. The book improves in the last third of it. It's nice that some chapters are just a single case :)

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The Voyeur's Motel | Gay Talese

So far it reads like amateurish porn. Some are exciting, but many are flat and expectant.

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The Voyeur's Motel | Gay Talese
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Let's see what the fuss this is all about.

Yournewfriendsams Interested to hear what you think. Lots of talk over this one. 3y
Ammar25 @Yournewfriendsams Would it be a book that you would like to read ? 3y
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The Eye | Vladimir Nabokov
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A novella by a master.The tale of the Russian Emigre Smurov. A hero who departs the world and enters the realm of fantasy and imagination. We see him through the eyes of others, his identity ever shifting with a cast of emigres, secret agents, bankers, politicians, and various lovers.

This is Nabokov 4th novel written in 1930 and translated to English in 1965.

This novella contains that crisp prose that one finds later in Lolita and Pale Fire.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien

Cracking open this Booker nominated novel and see how smooth it is. Read excellent reviews about it.

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The Hatching: A Novel | Ezekiel Boone
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This book with its multiple narratives and various locations spin the tale of a scary spider invasion across the globe. A start of a well written series, that is realistic and scientific at the same time. The only short coming I found is that some characters were flat and one dimensional.

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The Hatching: A Novel | Ezekiel Boone
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Starting this book with @penguinrandomhouse Canada on Goodreads

MrBook Just received an ARC in the mail. Looking forward to this one also 👍🏻. 3y
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The plot attracts your attention from the very beginning till the last page. The turmoil of the human soul and the effect of love on it is a mystery, and Mark is trying to solve the mystery of love and how it affects the tender soul of Melville and produce Moby Dick and how Hawthorne was a catalyst.

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So far this novel is beautifully written and keeps you going on.

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A pick up during my vacation in #Montreal

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The mystery of the whale . I am loving the prose of this book. So far a beautiful written debut. @penguinrandomhouse

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A 25 cents pick up from a side book sale. I haven't read an Agatha Christie novel in a while.

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The Black Book | Ian Rankin
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My least favourite Inspector Rebus so far.

It's less noir than the previous books

Rebus got too much on his plate and I think he was limited in his actions and ideas as he was preoccupied with his Brother being living with him after he was released from prison.

It's a good read not the best

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Anyone planning on reading this book ? Did you read it ? Do you recommend it ?

LisaReads I just read it and I loved it! 3y
Ammar25 Thanks @LisaReads I'll probably read a sample of it and see what I think. If I like it, it would be a summer read 3y
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Every Frenchman Has One | Olivia de Havilland
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Every Frenchman Has One | Olivia de Havilland
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Reading this book ... It's hilarious and lovely summer read about the City of Lights and its inhabitants from the pov of an esteemed actress who turned 100 years old.