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Mandoul

Mandoul

Joined May 2019

Hiding away somewhere in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 with a big coffee and an even bigger story to see me through it. www.goodreads.com/Mandoul
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The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson
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Evil Emperor Penguin: Strikes Back | Laura Ellen Anderson
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This is a fun read for the kiddo's, as well as adults, like me, who never really grew up. It's full of short 6-8 page mini stories in comic book form about his many hapless plots to take over the world.

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How Not To Be a Boy | Robert Webb
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This was a joy to read. Webb, a writer and comedian, grew up in a working class Lincolnshire village, having very clear notions of what it means to be a man drummed in to him from an early age. This book explains how that upbringing shaped his future actions with humour, honesty and humility. He managed to take me with him the whole way, highlighting his greatest mistakes while never losing sight of his privilege as a man 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Mehso-so

This a compact little thriller, which i felt was too short for any real depth. Although it was a mostly solid read - Nesbo is a good writer - I found parts of it quite predictable and the whole 'formidable-yet-flawed male hero wants to save repressed female' angle just felt way past its sell by date for me personally. 2.5 / 5.

Reggie Oh man, have you read his Harry Hole detective series? I had to quit because the sexism was a bit much. 5d
Mandoul I did @reggie many moons ago now! I know what you mean. 5d
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Reasons to drink coffee at 10.30pm:

1. I promised myself that I would read 100 more pages today
2. I may as well just finish the whole book at that point
3. I live by a strict moral code, called Bookido, which requires me to start the next book in the pile straight away.
4. Coffee will give me good dreams. Ask any scientist.
5. I have a work assignment due tomorrow morning. That can probably wait though...

Reggie Bookido calls to me but out of respect for the book I just finished I make myself wait until the next day. Lol 5d
Mandoul A more noble man than me @Reggie 😉 5d
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The Curse of Lono | Hunter S. Thompson
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The king of gonzo journalism and home-made banana loaf - two things i did not expect to be mentioning together!

I do love Ralph Steadman's artwork, even better in big hardback.

overtheedge @Mandoul I really liked this, such a great pairing. 5d
Mandoul Yep totally agree @overtheedge Steadman's style was perfect for Hunter's world! 5d
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Jo Nesbo and a flat white courtesy of an extended lunchbreak ☕ really hoping the week continues like this 👍 hope your week starts off well too!

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The Mapmakers | John Noble Wilford
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Pretty happy with this free mini haul from a local book swap. I now have 5 books about maps in my tbr pile and will absolutely hang my head in shame if i ever get lost again 🗺 #turnsoutimamapgeek

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Fault Lines | Doug Johnstone
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He had me at murder, earthquakes and volcanic island. I thought this was a pretty smart story, which focuses on a young, ambitious seismologist who discovers her lover dead on a remote volcanic island. Its a mix of whodunnit & psychological thriller from there. Really engaging characters, plenty of sharp twists and a good pace throughout🌟🌟🌟🌟

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New indie bookstore joy, and right on my way home from work too! Loving the ladders, which I didn't have the courage to try this time around 😂

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 2w
overtheedge ❤❤❤❤😍 5d
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Mehso-so

I so wanted to like this. The premise was good, based on old Swedish tales of the Stallo, who appear in this story as shapeshifting trolls that are linked to disappearing children. It wasnt bad, but felt way longer than it needed to be. I also felt that the pace of the story was all over the place, which meant i struggled to engage with the characters.

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Super excited to finally have these, after a long wait. Thanks @Reggie for recommending the tagged book!

Reggie Yayyyy, I really hope you like it!! 3w
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First post in a good while, hope everyone is doing well. About half way through this one and seriously hoping it picks up the pace a bit!

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This is one of my favourite collections by any author, covering everything from political and media satire (Jack Parlabane mini-series) through to people trapped in video games (Bedlam) and teenagers battling demons from hell (Pandaemonium). The tagged book is probably my favourite of the lot. All of them great wacky Scottish novels, full of brilliant humour. Plus they look peachy on the shelf 📚😆👍

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The Disappearance of Adle Bedeau | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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It has been such an intense last week, so it feels great for this moment to finally arrive 😀 i really enjoyed His Bloody Project. Lets hope this one delivers too!

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Working my way through these two gems to help with a short story that i'm writing. Truly amazing the influence that disco had! Well worth a read for anyone who likes their music history or just wants to get down🕺

Not to worry if you dont like them. You can always just Blame it on the Bookie 😉

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Forgetting | Lisa Norby
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So it turns out i dont have a memory problem. I just lose my diary. A lot 🙄

Crazeedi 😂😂 4mo
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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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Not quite the Appalachian Trail, but a really relaxing jaunt through my local woods. It made me realise how much i'd probably enjoy non-fiction audiobooks. Feel free to throw your recommendations this way!

Reecaspieces Another good one 5mo
Mandoul They both look cool, thanks @Reecaspieces 😀 4mo
coffeeandwashitape I loved this book! 1mo
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Todays used bookstore mini mini #bookhaul - the third of the month already. My TBR pile is slowly becoming a feat of architecture 😂

Reggie I didn‘t have a TBR until Litsy and it‘s out of control now. There‘s days when I add 10 books and think, what the hell am I doing? But they sound sooo good. Lol 5mo
Mandoul Haha i know exactly what you mean @Reggie too much out there and way too hard to pass things by when you see them! 5mo
Crazeedi @Mandoul welcome to litsy!! I have the same tbr disease!! 5mo
Mandoul Thanks @Crazeedi it seems to be a curse that we all enjoy carrying!! Hope you're well. 5mo
Crazeedi @Mandoul yes we call it a lovely curse! I'm doing good today, thank you for asking. Have a great week 5mo
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The Edinburgh International Book Festival | Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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The Edinburgh International Book Festival is recruiting for two very cool roles. Communities Development Director and Children and Schools Director, closing 17 June. More info here - https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/about-us/jobs.

#bookjobs

Go on. You know you want to 😉

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Die of Shame | Mark Billingham
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Mehso-so

Finally finished this one, but it was a bit of a slog. A member of a rehab group is murdered, with the investigation centred around the remaining members. It was an interesting enough idea, but i felt the plot stumbled, losing me by degrees along the way.

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The Arrival | Shaun Tan
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This one is a pick + for me. A beautifully drawn story about a migrant on a very different world from ours. It is wordless and effectively free from colour, but still beautiful and engaging and thought provoking. One of very few books that i will pick up again and again and still enjoy each time. Five stars Shaun Tan!!

AnneCecilie I read this in May and loved it. I‘m amazed by how much the author manage to tell without words. 5mo
Mandoul I totally agree @AnneCecilie 😀 5mo
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Visited the very cool Typewrongers Books today. Vintage copies, new releases and a fair sprinkling of typewriters, including some that you can use. Love it when i see a new independent store sprout up and thrive 😀📚📖

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Sat at the top of Kinnoull Hill in Perth, the same place that my Grandad used to sit to watch the horses. He was in love with that spot ever since discovering Larry McMutry's novels, so it feels right that i re-read part of Lonsesome Dove there. He's gone now, so there is a big mix of emotions, as well as huge admiration for McMurty's style. Gritty, realistic and beautifully written, this feels every inch the classic that it is. Top pick!

TheSpineView Beautiful spot! 5mo
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Fault Lines | Doug Johnstone
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Its payday!

BookNAround I like that you have both On the Map and Off the Map. Covering all your bases, I guess. 😂 5mo
Mandoul @BookNAround absolutely! My naturally indecisive nature on show in book form 😂 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahaha! Good catch @BookNAround ! I like that!! 5mo
Kaylamburson Haha paydays for book lovers are the best!! 5mo
Mandoul Haha definitely @Kaylamburson - my favourite day of the month! 5mo
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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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Yay for Fopp's 2 for £5 deal and for a rainy day off, which forces me to sit inside drinking coffee 😂

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Inspector Rebus 1 Work 0. Enjoying this one too much to consider email right now 😂 my second Rankin in a few days and pretty good even when read out of order!

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Bossypants | Tina Fey
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Disclaimer: i was a 30 Rock fan before reading this. I already loved Tina Fey. She's funny, intelligent, quirky and creative with her humour. So i was probably destined to love this 😂 its a really good self-depricating ride through that mind of hers, full of short punchy stories that you will remember.

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The Axeman's Jazz | Ray Celestin
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Really satisfying to do paperback tidy up - phase 1. Yes, this is really how I spend my Friday evenings 😂

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Rather Be the Devil | Ian Rankin
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Costa on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Finally reading my first Rebus story, somewhere near the end of the series......I seem to do things about 10 - 15 years behind the curve!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Me too. Only typically 30 years. Lol 5mo
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Hand Drawn Maps? | Helen Cann
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Did not expect to love this as much as i did. Cool design creativity mixed up with good fun humour. Worth a look for any creative types who feel like checking out something different.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 5mo
Mandoul Thanks @RaimeyGallant and @rather_be_reading appreciate the welcome! Still finding my feet, so i'll check out those tips 😃 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 5mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 5mo
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