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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:53 am    Post subject: Name That Book! Reply with quote

Correct guesser posts the next clue.


Bird-man comes to city haunted by bad dreams seeking mechanical wings to replace his own (cut off as punishment for a crime).
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh...Miéville's Perdido Street Station?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The exiled court physician of Akhenaten recounts his life experiences unto the bitter end.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read a book like that, only it was a woman. Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is certainly male; maybe someone ripped it off. Wink

Next hint: The main character has a lazy but sharp-witted slave sidekick who later becomes a freeman.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can say with absolute certainty that I do not know this one. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should I post another book if nobody guesses? Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give it a little time, I think. I'm not sure how many people have seen the topic yet.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little cheating here, I've never read it, but could it be The Egyptian by Mika Toimi Waltari who is apparently Finnish? Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, Finnish. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Io's correct. I did read the Miéville one, tho.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Wow, so I get to do the next one.

OK. Set in the post first world war period, well off family from the south of England loses all its money and ends up in the north west with nothing but what they stand up in. The eldest child of the family, a girl, tells her story in 3 books. Any of the three book titles will do. A story of abject poverty and struggle, but somehow not depressing.

Clue: Liverpool

Edit: There are actually 4 books, not three!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally stumped.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm Murrin wrote:
Totally stumped.

Got me too! Even Google isn't helping, although I did learn that Beryl Bainbridge is from there, which I didn't know before (I don't think I've ever read any of her books).

Your description of the books reminds me of Angela's Ashes which was so miserable (while also uplifting) that an aunt of mine who was young during the time when the books were set couldn't read them because they were too accurate Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear, and I love those books.

Actually, if you search on "Liverpool" amongs books on Amazon all the titles are there. For another clue, the well know river in Liverpool is mentioned in one of the titles.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not surprised I can't get it, really - I read almost no mimetic fiction.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mimetic? Had to look that up and it doesn't seem to fit. The books tell the story of the author's early life. Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got it!

Twopence To Cross The Mersey by Helen Forrester.

Can't say I've ever heard them or her. Probably not my cuppa tea (or an aspirin Laughing)

My go now?

I'll stick with a fantasy one: its a series that starts with a coming-of-age young man with a natural gift for magic (no big surprise there Laughing ). This one is interesting because it begins on a sheep farm but the wool of the sheep is special because it can be woven into a cloth called nightsilk that can stop bullets and sword slashes. (If you don't know ask Linna, she's a big fan of this author.)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct u. I suppose they are rather girlie books Big Grin

I'm off to google "nightsilk".
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