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Title: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Dixkot on January 07, 2010, 12:00:04 pm


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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Blastzone on January 07, 2010, 19:58:31 pm
Just finished Ian Rankine's Exit Music, and now beginning The Lost Symbol, Dan Browns new effort
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Post by: Andy42g on January 12, 2010, 12:00:15 pm
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Liking this a lot.
Amazon link (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Never-ending-Days-Being-Dead/dp/0571220568/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263297549&sr=1-1/url).
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Post by: Chris Quartly on January 14, 2010, 11:41:36 am
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Generation Kill

What an amazing book, a news reporter follows a US marine recon company in Iraq (during the beginning of the invasion, until just after Baghdad was "liberated".

What you get here is a warts and all, honest and true account of what happened with this company, and indeed, most of the marine corps. From royal feck-ups all way accross the chain of command and ineptitude to challenge most imaginations, to inspiring acts of courage and humanity (perhaps the humanity is in short supply).

It's not pro-war and it's not anti-war, it's just about the marines on the ground (and very much in the thick of the action with them). It's funny, horrific and just about everything inbetween. Read it.
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Post by: Reg on January 15, 2010, 15:59:59 pm
Ordered this (non-fiction) from Amazon yesterday, should be waiting at my hotel when I get back:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Must-Read-Science-Fiction-Novels/dp/0713675853/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263570879&sr=8-1

Now here is a book I discovered that I would really like.  Maybe next Christmas!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keep-Watching-Skies-American-Science/dp/0786442301/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263570986&sr=1-1

Oh.  And I think I'd like these homages to pulp:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Retro-Pulp-Tales-Joe-Lansdale/dp/1596060085/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263571079&sr=1-2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Son-Retro-Pulp-Tales-Lansdale/dp/1596062606/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263571079&sr=1-1

The first is out of print, but the 2nd is released at the end of January.
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Post by: Reg on January 16, 2010, 12:02:20 pm
Well, started browsing the 100 Must Read Science Fiction Novels, and the first one that I'm going to bag that I haven't got/read yet, is Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination.

Anyone read it and got any views?
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Post by: Reg on January 16, 2010, 16:22:04 pm
Only about 16 pages, this is the 'promo' issue 0.  Got it at Forbidden Planet in Cardiff lunchtime today for 85p (am working down here this weekend).  85p - not bad at all for a $1.00 cover price.

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Post by: andyhaines on January 18, 2010, 23:20:31 pm
Finished The Shadow Of The Wind and I thought it was brilliant. :)

Just started:

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Post by: Spud on January 19, 2010, 12:58:27 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 14, 2010, 11:41:36 am
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Generation Kill

What an amazing book, a news reporter follows a US marine recon company in Iraq (during the beginning of the invasion, until just after Baghdad was "liberated".

What you get here is a warts and all, honest and true account of what happened with this company, and indeed, most of the marine corps. From royal feck-ups all way accross the chain of command and ineptitude to challenge most imaginations, to inspiring acts of courage and humanity (perhaps the humanity is in short supply).

It's not pro-war and it's not anti-war, it's just about the marines on the ground (and very much in the thick of the action with them). It's funny, horrific and just about everything inbetween. Read it.


Did the show on channel4 do it justice?  I thought it was excellent.
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Post by: Chris Quartly on January 19, 2010, 16:23:23 pm
I still haven't seen it, I have it but we always seem to be in the middle of something else.
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Post by: Bez on January 20, 2010, 10:08:06 am
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 19, 2010, 16:23:23 pm
I still haven't seen it, I have it but we always seem to be in the middle of something else.


I was disappointed with the show and the book tbh....both left me underwhelmed. For me they'd been over-hyped...
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Post by: Andy42g on January 20, 2010, 13:46:43 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 19, 2010, 16:23:23 pm
I still haven't seen it, I have it but we always seem to be in the middle of something else.

It's great - the TV version that is.
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Post by: Andy42g on January 20, 2010, 13:49:10 pm
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Joe Haldeman - The forever War. Read this years ago and recently saw that Ridley Scott has signed to film it. The book is definitely worth a re-visit.
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Post by: Tony Johnson on January 20, 2010, 14:08:03 pm
Currently stalled on The Pendragon Cycle, got a bit stuck with Merlin - odd as it is my favourite one of the five. So I'm reading Kevin Mcloud's book that accompanies his Grand Tours series. I'm enjoying the book, because I love Kevin's enthusiastic and knowledgeable approach to everything; however I think the book is very poorly put together in its content and layout, I would have been sick if I'd paid the extortionate cover price for a cobbled together moneymaker...
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Post by: Fishy on January 26, 2010, 14:57:09 pm
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Post by: Reg on February 02, 2010, 16:43:14 pm
Alfred Bester : The Stars My Destination

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Post by: Bez on February 03, 2010, 15:11:03 pm
Just finished : The Way Home, by George Pelecanos (one of the staff writers of the Wire)
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Post by: Chris Quartly on February 09, 2010, 14:56:44 pm
I'm reading The Soloist at the moment, I'd probably not have any interest in it other than I got it for free, I'm about half-way through and it's pretty interesting so far, I like the honesty of the book and the issues surrounding mental illness.
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Post by: Chris Quartly on February 15, 2010, 10:17:08 am
Quote from: Chris Quartly on February 09, 2010, 14:56:44 pm
I'm reading The Soloist at the moment, I'd probably not have any interest in it other than I got it for free, I'm about half-way through and it's pretty interesting so far, I like the honesty of the book and the issues surrounding mental illness.


Finished it, really enjoyed the book, even had to hold back a couple of tears on occasion.

Thinking of reading Naked Lunch next, a shop next door has a bunch of copies for £2.
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Post by: Jonners on February 16, 2010, 10:40:51 am
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Good book!
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Post by: andyhaines on February 18, 2010, 16:11:57 pm
As well as continuing with The Children's Book, which is a bit heavy going, I have started Francesca Kay's An Equal Stillness. It's a bit 'girly' in places, but very well written. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Reg on February 22, 2010, 14:49:50 pm
Quote from: Reg on February 02, 2010, 16:43:14 pm
Alfred Bester : The Stars My Destination
Finished this last night.  You can see how this book has influenced the likes of William Gibson.  As a book in its own right, I wouldn't rate it as highly as others have.  But then I checked the date of publication.  1956.  In that context, this book is quite breathtaking and ahead of its time.  I'm certainly glad I read it.

Next up, is Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon, which sounds like it will be right up my street.

QuoteRichard Morgan's debut SF thriller Altered Carbon isn't for the faint-hearted. Its noir private-eye investigation races through extreme violence, hideously imaginative torture and many high-tech firefights.
In 2411, death is not forever. Afterward, they can read your personality from an implanted "cortical stack" and upload you into a new body--at a price. Hero Kovacs has worn many bodies on different worlds as a former member of the UN Envoy Corps, programmed killers to a man. Now the incredibly rich Bancroft brings him to Earth to investigate a killing... of Bancroft himself, restored from his digital backup and rejecting the police theory of suicide.

Half the vice-lords of 25th-century San Francisco are soon chasing Kovacs with futuristic surveillance, drugs and weaponry. Virtual-reality interrogation means they can torture you to death, and then start again. There's a bleak slave trade in rented or confiscated bodies--and Kovacs finds his current borrowed face is all too well known to both police and underworld.

Ultraviolent set-pieces follow, sprinkled with philosophical asides such as this reflection on a stungun: "It was the single forgiving phrase in the syntax of weaponry I had strapped around me. The rest were unequivocal sentences of death."

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Post by: Bez on February 22, 2010, 15:21:06 pm
Dan Brown - The Last Symbol

Typical Brown fare, but no less readable for that....
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Post by: andyhaines on February 28, 2010, 19:50:28 pm
Currently reading 3 books...still wading through The Children's Book, got A Zeppelin biography for light relief, and have just started this:
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I've read his All The Pretty Horses before, and once again I find myself getting annoyed by his lack of punctuation, but this is a fantastic, if bleak novel. Finding it hard to put down. :)
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Post by: andyhaines on March 09, 2010, 21:43:43 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on February 28, 2010, 19:50:28 pm

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I've read his All The Pretty Horses before, and once again I find myself getting annoyed by his lack of punctuation, but this is a fantastic, if bleak novel. Finding it hard to put down. :)

Started off bleakly, got more depressing in the middle,...reduced me to tears by the end.

But I'm glad I read it.
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Post by: Reg on March 12, 2010, 12:18:48 pm
Finished Altered Carbon.  If they do film this, they will surely have to tone down some of the violence.  That said, this could be the start of a money-spinning franchise if done correctly, as there are book sequels already written.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Prof jnr on March 21, 2010, 20:46:03 pm
 I am currently reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and would recommend it.

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Post by: döm on March 21, 2010, 20:52:26 pm
Quote from: Prof jnr on March 21, 2010, 20:46:03 pm
I am currently reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and would recommend it.


Are you still on the Crime bit or have you moved onto Punishment yet ?
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Post by: Prof jnr on March 21, 2010, 21:07:46 pm
Quote from: dom on March 21, 2010, 20:52:26 pm
Are you still on the Crime bit or have you moved onto Punishment yet ?


He's just starting to get found out for the crime.
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Post by: andyhaines on March 21, 2010, 21:15:24 pm
Quote from: Prof jnr on March 21, 2010, 20:46:03 pm
I am currently reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and would recommend it.

Excellent book, young man. :)
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Post by: Blastzone on March 27, 2010, 19:09:44 pm
Just begun Stephen King . Under the Dome
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Post by: Prof jnr on March 28, 2010, 19:14:28 pm
My friend is reading 'under the dome' he says it's good- lots of deaths.
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Post by: Blastzone on April 05, 2010, 00:10:06 am
Quote from: Prof jnr on March 28, 2010, 19:14:28 pm
My friend is reading 'under the dome' he says it's good- lots of deaths.


Certainly been a few in the first few chapters anyway ,young Doc ;)
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Post by: xfireballx on April 09, 2010, 09:32:21 am
Currently reading A Darkness At Sethanon, the 3rd volume of the Riftwar saga by Raymond E Feist. Not sure how many times I've read these books but they're as entertaining the last time as they wre the first.
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Post by: rufus the dawg on April 09, 2010, 09:36:38 am
just read - birds without wings - louis de bernieres

i am now reading - i am legend - richard matheson. what is weired, the main guy in it is white with long blond hair, but they cast wWll Smith!
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Post by: Reg on April 19, 2010, 12:00:55 pm
Nick Carter : Assault On England

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Post by: Reg on April 22, 2010, 12:01:50 pm
Quote from: Reg on April 19, 2010, 12:00:55 pm
Nick Carter : Assault On England
The ONLY good thing about this book is it is mercifully brief.

The Nick Carter books thrilled as an adolescent (in retrospect, it may have been the sexual content rather than the spy stuff), but by 'eck they don't make for good reading as an adult!  Absolute rubbish.
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Post by: Reg on April 22, 2010, 12:03:28 pm
Next up will be Robert Rankin's The Toyminator.  Almost guaranteed to be a great read and make me laugh, being a sequel to the brilliant The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies Of The Apocalypse.
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Post by: Phil on April 22, 2010, 14:00:36 pm
The Barbed Coil - J.V. Jones
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Post by: Reg on April 30, 2010, 09:50:06 am
Finished The Toyminator.  Very good. 
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Post by: döm on April 30, 2010, 17:12:46 pm
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Good stuff trying to encapsulate how the universe has managed to create life.  Fascinating if a little demanding at times.  Even though it supposed to be for the layman.
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Post by: Ron on May 01, 2010, 16:48:52 pm
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Post by: andyhaines on May 02, 2010, 16:09:25 pm
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and

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Post by: rufus the dawg on May 05, 2010, 18:32:41 pm
wilt - tom sharpe, so far not as good as indecent exposure
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 05, 2010, 23:15:04 pm
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Post by: Dixkot on May 05, 2010, 23:17:19 pm


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Post by: Phil on May 06, 2010, 13:10:55 pm
Grumpy Old Rockstar - Rick Wakeman
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on May 09, 2010, 11:43:54 am
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Ackroyd is brilliant! Its a massive undertaking both for him as the writer/researcher and for the reader. I've had my copy for a long time and only manage a chapter at a time at the most....but it is excellent. Its the kind of book I could chose for My Desert Island Discs......mmmmm....solitude......sigh!
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 09, 2010, 15:11:44 pm
Quote from: Bisto on May 09, 2010, 11:43:54 am
Ackroyd is brilliant! Its a massive undertaking both for him as the writer/researcher and for the reader. I've had my copy for a long time and only manage a chapter at a time at the most....but it is excellent. Its the kind of book I could chose for My Desert Island Discs......mmmmm....solitude......sigh!

I've had it a couple of weeks now, and tend to read a chapter at a time whilst ensconced on the "throne". Most enjoyable book. I got his book on the Thames "Sacred River" at the same time.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on May 09, 2010, 16:40:59 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on May 09, 2010, 15:11:44 pm
I've had it a couple of weeks now, and tend to read a chapter at a time whilst ensconced on the "throne". Most enjoyable book. I got his book on the Thames "Sacred River" at the same time.


You do that too eh.? My Granddad, bless him, used to take up a flask and a book to the bath for a couple of hours......almost as good as a garden shed he used to say.. :)
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Post by: Ron on May 09, 2010, 19:43:05 pm
Quote from: Bisto on May 09, 2010, 11:43:54 am
Ackroyd is brilliant! Its a massive undertaking both for him as the writer/researcher and for the reader. I've had my copy for a long time and only manage a chapter at a time at the most....but it is excellent. Its the kind of book I could chose for My Desert Island Discs......mmmmm....solitude......sigh!


Got that one here laying about as well. Haven't had the time to start in it yet.
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on May 09, 2010, 21:55:38 pm
Quote from: Bisto on May 09, 2010, 16:40:59 pm
You do that too eh.? My Granddad, bless him, used to take up a flask and a book to the bath for a couple of hours......almost as good as a garden shed he used to say.. :)

I don't do the flask bit, but I've just has a nice half hour reading in the bath, and it's like father like son with the reading on the throne. Sims jnr doesn't look like carrying on the tradition though - he can't read, and he won't shit ;)
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Post by: dwtty on May 10, 2010, 22:18:42 pm
Andrew Taylor's 'Bleeding Heart Square'.

A fecking excellent book, recommend it to everyone. Set in a dark, gloomy and grimly realistic 1930's London and is a murder mystery but written in a seriously hypnotic pace, thick with plot and the twist at the end? Well I didn't see that one coming!!

Started reading it late Saturday night and got through it by Monday 7am. Not bad considering we were out all day Sunday, could not put it down.
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Post by: Reg on May 18, 2010, 17:34:51 pm
Dean Koontz, The Taking
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Post by: andyhaines on May 30, 2010, 22:09:43 pm
Just finished Willy Vlautin's Lean On Pete. Enjoyed it. :)

...back to Ben Okri now.
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Post by: Ron on June 03, 2010, 12:57:42 pm
Alfred Döblin - Berlin Alexanderplatz
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Post by: Phil on June 11, 2010, 09:53:59 am
I've just finished The Egde Of The World by Kevin J Anderson

This book is dedicated to none other than Neil Peart. The dedication reads:

"To Neil Peart

A friend for nearly twenty years, and his music has given me tremendous inspirition for longer than that.
without those lyrics triggering a cascade of ideas, many of my stories would never have been conceived."

Apologies if this info has been posted before
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Post by: Prof jnr on July 05, 2010, 00:08:25 am
Just read the first chapter of Stalin's Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith. Seems good.



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Post by: Ron on July 05, 2010, 20:17:42 pm
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Read a few stories up to now. This one comes highly recommended!
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Post by: döm on July 05, 2010, 21:06:29 pm
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Bit of a crash course in mnemonics but its pretty good - I can now reel of all the Kings and Queens of England
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Post by: Captain Ron on July 12, 2010, 22:48:40 pm
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Can't put it down! Read two thirds of it on the plane back from Canada and going to finish it tonight. An excellent twist on a vampire style saga. Makes it ancient and biological in an I am Legend / The Thing sort of way as opposed to some sort of supernatural basis. Part 1 of a trilogy. Will definitely be getting the others. Definitely NOT one for Twilight fans. :)
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Post by: Ron on July 13, 2010, 07:55:40 am
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Intense.....
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Post by: mickpaz2112 on July 17, 2010, 06:50:18 am
Chris Carter - The Executioner
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Post by: andyhaines on July 17, 2010, 08:16:37 am
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Post by: Gary L. Grape on July 27, 2010, 11:19:47 am
"Marsipansoldaten" (translates to "The Marzipan Soldier" in English) by Ulla-Lena Lundberg

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Post by: Lucy on July 29, 2010, 21:01:29 pm
Wolf Hall  - Hilary Mantel
whizzed through this, this week although I began it on the plane to TO, but didn't read much there.

A well told story about one of my favourite periods in history, but the author mis-used the pronoun 'he' in a very annoying fashion. It was clearly a 'device' but a pointless one imo and it just made it unnecessarily confusing.
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Post by: JonL on August 01, 2010, 11:01:43 am
Agassi - Open

A dozen pages in and it's already a terriffic, honest and, erm, open account by one of my sporting heroes.

A proper autobiography it seems, take note Ozzy.
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Post by: NeilP on August 01, 2010, 13:02:03 pm
Just finished 3 enjoyable paperbacks on holiday - Stuart Maconies - Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North & Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England.

Hilarious at times and the occasional Rush reference to boot, very good I thought.
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Post by: sjsbrfc on August 02, 2010, 20:48:33 pm
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Post by: Ron on August 03, 2010, 07:30:05 am
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Post by: Lucy on August 03, 2010, 12:04:35 pm
Quote from: Ron on August 03, 2010, 07:30:05 am
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ditto - loved Imperium
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Post by: Ron on August 03, 2010, 12:34:34 pm
Quote from: Lucy on August 03, 2010, 12:04:35 pm
ditto - loved Imperium


Same here. Really liking this one up to now as well.
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Post by: JonL on August 05, 2010, 23:15:43 pm
Quote from: NeilP on August 01, 2010, 13:02:03 pm
Just finished 3 enjoyable paperbacks on holiday - Stuart Maconies - Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North & Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England.

Hilarious at times and the occasional Rush reference to boot, very good I thought.


Just finished Cider.. last week. Very enjoyable.

Pies and Prejusdice is on the shelf, didn't know there was a third.
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Post by: Blastzone on August 07, 2010, 11:42:15 am
One of the books I read on holiday was Pig Island by Mo Hayder.
Excellent
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Post by: Nicola B on August 12, 2010, 14:55:23 pm
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Just started it..
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 12, 2010, 17:31:36 pm
The Stars In The Bright Sky by Alan Warner. I'm reading it for the second time in the last month. It's a follow up to what is currently my all-time favourite book, The Sopranos.


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Post by: JonL on August 17, 2010, 11:10:00 am
Stuart Maconie - Pies and Prejudice.

Typically witty stuff from Maconie.
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Post by: Fishy on August 17, 2010, 14:11:45 pm
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Post by: Avalon on August 30, 2010, 21:51:02 pm
(http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/4857/gunsgermsandsteelbookco.jpg) (http://img256.imageshack.us/i/gunsgermsandsteelbookco.jpg/)

Just interesting stuff...
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on September 02, 2010, 18:59:15 pm
Tom Humphries   'Lap Top Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo'

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Really enjoying this its the 2002 diary of the Irish Times Sports journalist.  Brillaintly written, funny and informative - any sports fan should give it a go
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on September 10, 2010, 15:11:49 pm
Quote from: thefishy on August 17, 2010, 14:11:45 pm
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Got this as a pressie for my birthday and it's started off as expected - offensive and pretty amusing.
Also got the Gormeghast Trilogy which I think I'll save for the flight to the USA, and Danny Wallace's
"Awkward Situations for Men" which I am looking forward to reading very much - loved his last one.
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Post by: Andy42g on September 21, 2010, 14:32:13 pm
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Post by: döm on September 21, 2010, 14:55:28 pm
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YC4ShmRlL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Looking forward to this - he usually delivers
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: andyhaines on September 22, 2010, 21:20:00 pm
Re-reading All The Pretty Horses,  as I now have the other two books in Cormac McCarthy's The Border Trilogy.

Will probably start The Crossing tomorrow.  :)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Hnrk on October 07, 2010, 12:05:03 pm
John Gray`s "Straw Dogs". An interesting reading, may be a little polemic...
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: BaldiePete on October 21, 2010, 19:24:04 pm
His best book in years and for long-time fans of his Culture novels, the last word in the book is just stunning.  It is seriously WTF  :o

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Post by: Reg on October 22, 2010, 20:01:27 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on September 21, 2010, 14:32:13 pm
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An oldie, but a goodie.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Reg on October 22, 2010, 20:02:23 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on October 21, 2010, 19:24:04 pm
His best book in years and for long-time fans of his Culture novels, the last word in the book is just stunning.  It is seriously WTF  :o

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HnP2qFEAL._SS500_.jpg)
High praise indeed.  Will wait for the paperback though.
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Post by: Stephen on October 22, 2010, 20:34:09 pm
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Xanadu-Princess2112 on November 20, 2010, 22:06:17 pm
At this moment I am reading Them Lovely Bones - completely different type of book than I usually read cos I love my blood, guts and gore - but a work colleague bought it for me cos I sold an item  for them on ebay.  I am really enjoying it - its very sad though.   About a third of the way through it, so will prob finish it in about a week's time.  I will then get the dvd.
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Post by: rufus the dawg on November 21, 2010, 22:24:24 pm
the moonstone - wilkie collins.
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Post by: dwtty on November 21, 2010, 22:35:59 pm
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This is very, very good. Stayed up until 3am to finish it. It's crime, historic drama, conspiracy theory all in one. Switches between 3 time periods with ease and brilliant characterisation considering the pace of the book. Great twist at the end.
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Post by: mickpaz2112 on November 23, 2010, 20:43:44 pm
Blood Lance by Craig Smith
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Post by: Ron on November 24, 2010, 11:50:25 am
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on December 01, 2010, 21:23:50 pm
Still plodding through the Forever War sequels but also reading this which is excellent:

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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Nulli Secundus on December 06, 2010, 16:14:19 pm
Just finished reading -  The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven... Hilarious

Last night started - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Craig Smith on December 06, 2010, 16:27:14 pm
Quote from: mickpaz2112 on November 23, 2010, 20:43:44 pm
Blood Lance by Craig Smith


Not one of my best.  ;)

Have you tried "The Painted Messiah"?
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: karl on December 08, 2010, 10:44:56 am
On the last book The Crossing from the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy.
Some of the best books I have read in along time.
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Post by: Gary L. Grape on December 09, 2010, 07:13:29 am
Stephen King - The Stand

It's been a while since I last read it :)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: mickpaz2112 on December 15, 2010, 19:29:53 pm
Quote from: Craig Smith on December 06, 2010, 16:27:14 pm
Not one of my best.  ;)

Have you tried "The Painted Messiah"?
It's on the to read list,enjoyed the blood lance.

Now reading "The red breast" Jo Nesbo
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: andyhaines on December 17, 2010, 10:47:09 am
Quote from: karl on December 08, 2010, 10:44:56 am
On the last book The Crossing from the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy.
Some of the best books I have read in along time.

I enjoyed them as well, but thought the second one was too long and lost it's way a tad.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: andyhaines on December 17, 2010, 10:48:41 am
Quote from: BaldiePete on October 21, 2010, 19:24:04 pm
His best book in years and for long-time fans of his Culture novels, the last word in the book is just stunning.  It is seriously WTF  :o

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HnP2qFEAL._SS500_.jpg)

Got this and Matter for my Christmas reading. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: BaldiePete on December 18, 2010, 09:27:11 am
Quote from: andyhaines on December 17, 2010, 10:48:41 am
Got this and Matter for my Christmas reading. :)


Ignore Matter, read Surface Detail  first.

I take it you've read his other Culture novels?
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: andyhaines on December 18, 2010, 15:31:12 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on December 18, 2010, 09:27:11 am
Ignore Matter, read Surface Detail  first.

I take it you've read his other Culture novels?

Yes...and his non-Culture Sci-fi books...and several of his books as Iain Banks. Unfortunately, I'm about 140 pages into Matter...the "humour" is very forced, and the character of Ferbin is extremely annoying.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: BaldiePete on December 19, 2010, 17:37:28 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on December 18, 2010, 15:31:12 pm
Yes...and his non-Culture Sci-fi books...and several of his books as Iain Banks. Unfortunately, I'm about 140 pages into Matter...the "humour" is very forced, and the character of Ferbin is extremely annoying.


You've got a long, long way to go and it's not a very good book. Matter is by far his best science fiction novel for years, although it's not in the same class as Use Of Weapons.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: andyhaines on December 19, 2010, 19:10:09 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on December 19, 2010, 17:37:28 pm
You've got a long, long way to go and it's not a very good book. Matter is by far his best science fiction novel for years, although it's not in the same class as Use Of Weapons.

I take it you meant Surface Detail? And yes, Use Of Weapons is a brilliant book. :)
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Post by: BaldiePete on December 19, 2010, 20:23:57 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on December 19, 2010, 19:10:09 pm
I take it you meant Surface Detail? And yes, Use Of Weapons is a brilliant book. :)


Yes I did mean  Surface Detail. I was writing that on my phone while sitting on the bog and got confused  ::)
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Post by: andyhaines on December 19, 2010, 20:37:51 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on December 19, 2010, 20:23:57 pm
Yes I did mean  Surface Detail. I was writing that on my phone while sitting on the bog and got confused  ::)

Thanks for that image....was about to have a sandwich as well... :-\

;)
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on December 27, 2010, 10:16:01 am
Hitler: My Part in his Downfall
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Reg on December 30, 2010, 18:47:09 pm
I've finally started reading Alastair Reynold's The Prefect.  Set in the Glitter Band around Yellowstone in his Revelation Space universe, this (so far) is typical Reynolds.  Needless to say, I'm enjoying it immensely.  This guy knows how to ring my bells.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on December 30, 2010, 18:49:13 pm
Quote from: Reg on December 30, 2010, 18:47:09 pm
I've finally started reading Alastair Reynold's The Prefect.  Set in the Glitter Band around Yellowstone in his Revelation Space universe, this (so far) is typical Reynolds.  Needless to say, I'm enjoying it immensely.  This guy knows how to ring my bells.


Didn't realise they ever made it in the States  :D
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Post by: Aging Bull on December 30, 2010, 21:52:37 pm
Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace.
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 18, 2011, 10:38:17 am
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Post by: Rrroooaaarrr on January 19, 2011, 14:05:51 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on January 18, 2011, 10:38:17 am
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Wha? You don't know the story of England! Well, here it is - A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away........... ;D 
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 19, 2011, 14:10:15 pm
Quote from: faith hope love on January 19, 2011, 14:05:51 pm
Wha? You don't know the story of England!

OK.
Born, took over Britain, took over the World, lost the world, won the World Cup, currently losing the bits of Britain it conquered by right...
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Post by: Rrroooaaarrr on January 19, 2011, 20:17:18 pm
That reads a bit like Mel Brooks History Of The World Pt.1 ;D
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Post by: Chris Quartly on January 20, 2011, 10:47:24 am
Halfway through To Kill a MockingBird at the moment.
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Post by: Ron on January 20, 2011, 13:09:37 pm
Collected stories by Anton Chekhov
and
La plaça del diamant (The Time of the Doves) by Mercè Rodoreda.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on January 20, 2011, 17:51:48 pm
Quote from: Ron on January 20, 2011, 13:09:37 pm
Collected stories by Anton Chekhov
and
La plaça del diamant (The Time of the Doves) by Mercè Rodoreda.


That looks like Catalan, Ron - is that a language you've picked up ?
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Post by: Ron on January 21, 2011, 07:35:40 am
Quote from: dom on January 20, 2011, 17:51:48 pm
That looks like Catalan, Ron - is that a language you've picked up ?


It is Catalan, Dom. But I am reading a Dutch translation.
Having a hard time already learning Spanish, so no time for Catalan. :)
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Post by: döm on January 21, 2011, 15:03:51 pm
Quote from: Ron on January 21, 2011, 07:35:40 am
It is Catalan, Dom. But I am reading a Dutch translation.
Having a hard time already learning Spanish, so no time for Catalan. :)


Once you know Spanish I don't think Catalan is such a huge leap, especially if you have a bit of French too.
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Post by: Ron on January 21, 2011, 20:35:09 pm
Quote from: dom on January 21, 2011, 15:03:51 pm
Once you know Spanish I don't think Catalan is such a huge leap, especially if you have a bit of French too.


I know a bit of French and Spanish is getting there as well, so I assume I can speak some Catalan then. ;)

Same with English and American, I suppose. :D
I still have the intention of adding both English and American to my CV in the language section. ;)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 21, 2011, 21:50:59 pm
Quote from: Ron on January 21, 2011, 20:35:09 pm
I still have the intention of adding both English and American to my CV in the language section. ;)

Well done that man! ;D
Why the Americans think they speak English I knoweth not... ;)
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Post by: Rrroooaaarrr on January 21, 2011, 23:56:23 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on January 21, 2011, 21:50:59 pm
Well done that man! ;D
Why the Americans think they speak English I knoweth not... ;)
And they would spell your name - Mr Syms ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 22, 2011, 00:18:09 am
Quote from: faith hope love on January 21, 2011, 23:56:23 pm
And they would spell your name - Mr Syms ;D

Actually, they are more likley to spell it correctly  :o
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on January 22, 2011, 09:46:53 am
From watching The Wire, I realised that American was very much a foreign language.  Had to have the subtitles on to watch that  ;D
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Post by: pdw1 on January 24, 2011, 14:46:54 pm
Quote from: dom on January 21, 2011, 15:03:51 pm
Once you know Spanish I don't think Catalan is such a huge leap, especially if you have a bit of French too.


Dont say that to the Catalonians if you want to live  :-X  ;D
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Post by: pdw1 on January 24, 2011, 14:49:54 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 20, 2011, 10:47:24 am
Halfway through To Kill a MockingBird at the moment.


I had to read that for O level.  Still it is very good.

I am about 1/2 the way through "Le Comte de Monte Cristo" part 1 by Dumas.
500 pages down, only 300 to go. Will we ever get to Paris.....

Patrick
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 29, 2011, 23:33:26 pm
Emotional Intelligence & Working With Emotional Intelligence Omnibus by Daniel Goldman
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Post by: Chris Quartly on January 31, 2011, 14:02:23 pm
The title sounds intriguing! Care to offer a brief explanation?
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Post by: Captain Ron on February 08, 2011, 22:23:44 pm
Just finished Stephen King's "Insomnia". Some good ideas but the pacing is haphazard. Now reading part 2 of The Strain Trilogy - "The Fall". Marvellously creepy and absolutely flies along.
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Post by: Pudders on February 14, 2011, 23:13:29 pm
Finally started reading this:

(http://www.freepedia.co.uk/images/brittain1.jpg)
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Post by: Lucy on February 15, 2011, 11:49:17 am
Quote from: Pudders on February 14, 2011, 23:13:29 pm
Finally started reading this:

(http://www.freepedia.co.uk/images/brittain1.jpg)

thank feck for that - you've had it two years - so I can expect it back....2013??  :P ::) ;D :-*
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Post by: Andy42g on February 15, 2011, 16:11:50 pm
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Re - reading this and liking it a lot. Next up will be "Surface Detail".
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Post by: Pudders on February 15, 2011, 16:18:33 pm
Quote from: Lucy on February 15, 2011, 11:49:17 am
thank feck for that - you've had it two years - so I can expect it back....2013??  :P ::) ;D :-*


...don't count your chickens! ;D
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Post by: karl on February 15, 2011, 20:45:56 pm
True Grit by Charles Portis
Fantastic read.
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Post by: Captain Ron on February 15, 2011, 22:13:10 pm
Finished "The Fall". Fantastic! Races online to purchase the final book "The Eternal Night"..... Released September 2011. Waiting sucks. :(
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Captain Ron on February 21, 2011, 21:28:23 pm
Picked up a brand new hardcover of Dean Koontz's "Watchers" in Belfast. A truly wonderful story and at £1.99 an excellent addition to the Tron library. :)
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 21, 2011, 21:48:12 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on February 15, 2011, 16:11:50 pm
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Re - reading this and liking it a lot. Next up will be "Surface Detail".


Surface Detail is excellent. I think it's his best for years.
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Post by: BaldiePete on February 21, 2011, 21:51:00 pm
I'm having a bash at some of the classic literature I've never got round to reading. I've been giving Charles Dickens a go. I read Great Expectations a few weeks ago and am now trying Oliver Twist ( no songs yet ;) )
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Post by: Pricey on February 21, 2011, 22:26:39 pm
just finished King Kennys " In My Liverpool Home ", which I thoroughly enjoyed, and have started on Keefs " Life ", both Chrissy pressies
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Pudders on February 23, 2011, 21:52:55 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on February 21, 2011, 21:51:00 pm
I'm having a bash at some of the classic literature I've never got round to reading. I've been giving Charles Dickens a go. I read Great Expectations a few weeks ago and am now trying Oliver Twist ( no songs yet ;) )


We did Great Expectations at school for O Level. Brilliant book - read it at least a couple of times since. We also had to do Julius Caeser and got to see Sir John Gielgud playing the title role at the National Theatre which was pretty impressive!
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Post by: Reg on April 08, 2011, 11:32:38 am
Quote from: Captain Ron on February 21, 2011, 21:28:23 pm
Picked up a brand new hardcover of Dean Koontz's "Watchers" in Belfast. A truly wonderful story and at £1.99 an excellent addition to the Tron library. :)
Truly wonderful book.  Film not so good!

Speaking of Koontz, he went off the boil for a while I thought after his first youthful run of brilliance, but I've re-discovered him over the past few years, and he has matured into a top-flight horror/thriller writer. 

I highly recommend Velocity and Intensity.  Both grip tighter than, well, a tight thing.  And both would make excellent films, in the right hands.

I picked up a hardback of his Breathless on Saturday for £2.50.  Looking forward to that.
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Post by: döm on April 08, 2011, 13:09:07 pm


Started this and enjoying it so far
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Post by: Neph on April 09, 2011, 21:14:29 pm
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I've just got to the bit where Jocky Wilson betrays Jesus after the last supper, sad stuff.
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Post by: Reg on April 10, 2011, 19:07:58 pm
I've finally finished the very good The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds, and have started straight in on his House of Suns
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Post by: Andy42g on April 11, 2011, 09:37:28 am
Read most of thiis on the train at the weekend - good stuff.
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Maybe gets a bit too convoluted and rambling in the middle but there's tons of great characters and mini adventures described in typical Banks graphic fashion. Ending is great.
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Post by: Andy42g on April 23, 2011, 21:51:43 pm
(http://wordpress.richardheinberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/POlarge.jpg)
Very interesting.

The world is about to run out of cheap oil and change dramatically. Within the next few years, global production will peak. Thereafter, even if industrial societies begin to switch to alternative energy sources, they will have less net energy each year to do all the work essential to the survival of complex societies. We are entering a new era, as different from the industrial era as the latter was from medieval times.

In "The Party's Over," Richard Heinberg places this momentous transition in historical context, showing how industrialism arose from the harnessing of fossil fuels, how competition to control access to oil shaped the geopolitics of the twentieth century and how contention for dwindling energy resources in the twenty-first century will lead to resource wars in the Middle East, Central Asia and South America. He describes the likely impacts of oil depletion and all of the energy alternatives. Predicting chaos unless the United States-the world's foremost oil consumer-is willing to join with other countries to implement a global program of resource conservation and sharing, he also recommends a "managed collapse" that might make way for a slower-paced, low-energy, sustainable society in the future.

More readable than other accounts of this issue, with fuller discussion of the context, social implications and recommendations for personal, community, national and global action, Heinberg's updated book is a riveting wake-up call for human-kind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool for understanding and influencing current US foreign policy.
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Post by: Beebop on May 10, 2011, 11:34:03 am
(http://www.jim-butcher.com/pics/dresden6.jpg)
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Post by: karl on May 12, 2011, 12:26:17 pm
Queen is this the real life ? by Mark Blake
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Post by: Andy42g on May 13, 2011, 09:38:44 am
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HIBIzurgL._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: karl on May 13, 2011, 13:44:33 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on May 13, 2011, 09:38:44 am
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Is this the same guy who did a TV documentary about his dream bike ?
Really enjoyed that.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on May 13, 2011, 16:07:08 pm
The Electric Church - Jeff Somers
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Post by: Chris Quartly on May 13, 2011, 16:22:26 pm
(http://embiggenbooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/m/o/moral-landscape_2.jpg)
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Post by: pdw1 on May 16, 2011, 11:49:15 am
Just finished
The Nigger of The Narcissus by Joseph Conrad.

Not his best but really enjoyed this.
I keep thinking his books would all make a great basis for a scifi film.

Patrick
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Post by: Ron on May 16, 2011, 15:26:01 pm
Quote from: pdw1 on May 16, 2011, 11:49:15 am
The Nigger of The Narcissus by Joseph Conrad.


Nice coincidence, just started with Heart of Darkness.
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Post by: pdw1 on May 16, 2011, 17:33:30 pm
Quote from: Ron on May 16, 2011, 15:26:01 pm
Nice coincidence, just started with Heart of Darkness.

Heart of Darkness is a good place to start (and these days it is probably his most famous book) but Nostromo is his real masterpiece; one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century.

Hope you enjoy it,
Patrick
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Post by: andyhaines on May 22, 2011, 15:39:20 pm
Recewntly finished Winter In Madrid by C J Sansom....wasn't overly impressed...pretty standard thriller/romance set in Spain during WWII.

Just started Margaret Atwood's latest:
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Post by: Paul Sheehan on May 25, 2011, 17:04:20 pm
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Post by: Reg on May 26, 2011, 11:23:11 am
Just fnished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which I picked up in a charity shop in Dublin.  Very, very good stuff.

Will have to look for the other 2 books now. 
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Post by: Spud on June 01, 2011, 09:54:19 am
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Post by: Reg on June 01, 2011, 12:06:44 pm
Back to reading House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds.

Picked up some bargains on Monday from 'The Works'.

3 for £5:

Matter, by Iain M. Banks, hardback
Relentless, by Dean Koontz, paperback
Frankenstein : Lost Souls, once agani by Dean Koontz paperback (hadn't realised until later that this is book 4 in a series, never mind.

And for 99p:

{i]The Blade Itself : Book One of The First Law[/i] by Joe Abercrombie, hardback.

I would happily hav paid £5.99 for Matter, so everything else is a bonus.
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Post by: zedskin on June 04, 2011, 20:38:01 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:AC/DC_songs
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Post by: pdw1 on June 04, 2011, 20:52:31 pm
Quote from: zedskin on June 04, 2011, 20:38:01 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:AC/DC_songs

I would never have guessed  ;D
pished by any chance  8)
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on June 06, 2011, 10:23:52 am
Docherty by William McIlvanney

third time I've read this and so far its never failed to make a deep impression I really must get hold of some of his other books
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Post by: ColsRockGarden on June 08, 2011, 23:30:43 pm
Singletrack Minds In The Sceptered Isle - Neil Peart

The latest installment of Neil's touring diary and photos from Ireland and the UK - really good read.
Also features a great 'crowd shot' photograph taken by Neil himself - spot your face in Neil's photo !

http://www.neilpeart.net/news/
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Post by: Chris Quartly on June 15, 2011, 13:22:24 pm
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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.

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Post by: Andy42g on June 18, 2011, 23:16:05 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on June 15, 2011, 13:22:24 pm
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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.

Fine choice, sir.  :)
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Post by: Andy42g on June 18, 2011, 23:18:25 pm
Just bought ...
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510QKg8G-7L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)
If it's half as good as his "Brief History of Nearly Everything" it'll be brilliant.
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Post by: karl on June 20, 2011, 17:39:00 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on June 15, 2011, 13:22:24 pm
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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.


Listening to this on Audio Book. Read by the great man him self.
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Post by: Chris Quartly on June 21, 2011, 09:09:21 am
I'm well over halfway through already, it's an amazing read. Can imagine the audiobook is a fine experience but I find that Hitch is one of those great writers who writes like he speaks, you can hear him speaking the words in your head when reading.
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Post by: pdw1 on June 21, 2011, 12:01:28 pm
Just started this.  So far I am really enjoying it

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41uW36ey-rL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

The Year is '42 by Nella Bielski
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Post by: andyhaines on June 21, 2011, 22:05:46 pm
Began this a few weeks back:
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b174/andyhaines/aliasgrace.jpg)


But got sidetracked with this, which I started on Thursday, and have now nearly finished:
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b174/andyhaines/saturday.jpg)

:)
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Post by: karl on June 24, 2011, 12:16:17 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on June 21, 2011, 09:09:21 am
I'm well over halfway through already, it's an amazing read. Can imagine the audiobook is a fine experience but I find that Hitch is one of those great writers who writes like he speaks, you can hear him speaking the words in your head when reading.


Audio is great  just finished the chapter on religion and animals laugh out loud funny.
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Post by: Spud on July 04, 2011, 15:52:44 pm
just finished this

(http://www.catalystmedia.org.uk/reviews/images/epic_swindle_launch.jpg)

and just started this

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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 04, 2011, 19:59:09 pm
London Before The Blitz - Richard Trench.......probably going to leave this I thought I knew London pretty well having driven through much of it for 20 years but after the first few pages I realised I only have a passing (literally) very basic, vague and hopelessly incomplete idea of the roads, alleys, buildings and history of even the City and West End let alone beyond. Trying to visualise/superimpose the positions, views and angles of approach described in pre Blitz London made my little brain hurt!

The Little Book Of London Underground - David Long..............brilliant little concise history with interesting and amusing snippets, anecdotes and asides

Just about to start American Tabloid by James Elroy one one of my favourite writers and surely one of, if not, the best writer of American historical Crime writing fiction ever.
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Post by: Nicola B on July 19, 2011, 18:38:23 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on June 21, 2011, 22:05:46 pm
Began this a few weeks back:
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b174/andyhaines/aliasgrace.jpg)


But got sidetracked with this, which I started on Thursday, and have now nearly finished:
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b174/andyhaines/saturday.jpg)

:)


Read Alias Grace and really enjoyed it. Am about to start her follow up to Oryx and Crake, 'The Year of the Flood'. I like all Margeret Atwood especially The Handmaids Tale and Cats Eye.

Started reading Saturday and gave up....
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on July 20, 2011, 23:32:23 pm
(http://www.stewartferris.com/images/merchandise/Books/Eats_Shoots_Leaves-300.jpg)
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Post by: pdw1 on July 20, 2011, 23:33:30 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on July 20, 2011, 23:32:23 pm
(http://www.stewartferris.com/images/merchandise/Books/Eats_Shoots_Leaves-300.jpg)

:o I thought you wrote it  :P
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on July 20, 2011, 23:36:55 pm
Quote from: pdw1 on July 20, 2011, 23:33:30 pm
:o I thought you wrote it  :P

Just learning things dear boy, just learning  ;)
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Post by: karl on July 21, 2011, 19:47:57 pm
(http://static.guim.co.uk/books/data/covers/97800/99/28/2556.jpg)
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Post by: JonL on July 24, 2011, 17:42:33 pm
Just begun Game of Thrones.
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Post by: pdw1 on July 24, 2011, 23:02:39 pm
Just started this as my summer hols blockbuster
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Y8F4FR6EL._SS500_.jpg)
Gregor Dallas - 1918 War and Peace

I really enjoyed his book on Waterloo and the Congress of Vienna.
He has a very interesting take on history by discussing why and how wars end rather than the usual history of how wars start.
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Post by: Muppet on July 24, 2011, 23:25:46 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on June 18, 2011, 23:18:25 pm
Just bought ...
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510QKg8G-7L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)
If it's half as good as his "Brief History of Nearly Everything" it'll be brilliant.


Just started this too - good potential so far
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Post by: Reg on July 27, 2011, 11:50:33 am
I have finally started reading again after a few months off - have picked up Alastair Reynolds' House of Suns again.
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Post by: Spud on July 28, 2011, 10:41:10 am
(http://eddieonfloyd.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/9780283071058.jpg?w=260&h=400)
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Post by: JonL on August 05, 2011, 09:15:05 am
Whipping though Bourne Identity.
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Post by: mickpaz2112 on August 13, 2011, 21:44:11 pm
The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 13, 2011, 23:45:46 pm
Quote from: mickpaz2112 on August 13, 2011, 21:44:11 pm
The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler

Was Raw
Raw Saw
Aw Wars
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Post by: Captain Ron on August 14, 2011, 18:33:17 pm
Half way through "The girl who played with fire". Loving the Millenium trilogy so far. Shame the author is dead and never got to see the global success these have become.
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Post by: Gary L. Grape on August 17, 2011, 12:01:02 pm
I have finally got round to reading John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" :)
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Post by: Andy42g on August 18, 2011, 11:08:28 am
Finally got round to Stuart MaConie's "Adventures on the High Teas".
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Post by: Matt2112 on August 19, 2011, 14:38:28 pm
Quote from: Captain Ron on August 14, 2011, 18:33:17 pm
Half way through "The girl who played with fire". Loving the Millenium trilogy so far. Shame the author is dead and never got to see the global success these have become.


Shame also that the latter two films of the trilogy were such a let-down.  :-\
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Post by: Andy42g on August 24, 2011, 13:34:21 pm
Jennifer Egan - A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Really enjoying it.
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Post by: Chris Quartly on August 24, 2011, 14:05:36 pm
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Post by: Andy42g on September 09, 2011, 22:28:41 pm
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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
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Post by: Dixkot on September 12, 2011, 14:02:22 pm


John Stack - Captain of Rome

(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/000/Captain-of-Rome-Stack-John-9780007322039.jpg)
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Post by: Prince By-Tor on September 14, 2011, 00:41:38 am
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My favourite aircraft: TSR-2.

A fascinating read and highly recommended if you have an interest in aviation.

Damn the Labour government for cancelling this project and the utter folly and shameful waste of public money that followed; and the destruction it bestowed upon the UK aircraft industry as a whole. Unforgivable.
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Post by: Andy42g on September 14, 2011, 08:14:39 am
100 Favourite books?
http://www.worldbooknight.org/your-books/the-wbn-interactive-top-100-books
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Post by: Dixkot on September 15, 2011, 17:48:35 pm

(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm112075527/chronicle-roman-republic-philip-matyszak-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
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Post by: Chris Quartly on September 16, 2011, 15:12:40 pm
(http://powerfulreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/the-selfish-gene-30th-anniversary-edition-183x300.jpg)
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Post by: döm on September 16, 2011, 17:47:27 pm
Just about to start George Orwell's 1984 - its' probably 20 years since I last read it, so it'll be interesting to see how my perspective on it has changed.
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Post by: Captain Ron on September 20, 2011, 14:58:00 pm
Just finished the 2nd book of Stieg's Millenium trilogy. Marvellous! Much better than the first one. Now reading Dean Koontz's "What the Night Knows". Giving me the right creeps it is too. Anything with wonky mirrors freaks me out ever since I read Graham Masterton's "Mirror".
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Post by: Spud on September 26, 2011, 16:25:21 pm
Michael Marshall - Killer Move
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Post by: mickpaz2112 on September 30, 2011, 23:17:39 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on September 12, 2011, 14:02:22 pm

John Stack - Captain of Rome

(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/000/Captain-of-Rome-Stack-John-9780007322039.jpg)
Any good Richard?

Me Chris Carter - Night Stalker
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Post by: Matt2112 on October 03, 2011, 20:50:28 pm
Should be in every school this:

(http://www.tuppencemagazine.co.uk/richard_dawkins_the_magic_of_reality_files/richard-dawkins-the-magic-of-reality.jpg)
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Post by: Chris Quartly on October 04, 2011, 13:59:04 pm
I'm going to see him do a talk in Oxford on the 28th, I should really pick that up :) £10 on Amazon it would be rude not to, had a flick through in a shop and it looks a lovely book.
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Post by: Matt2112 on October 04, 2011, 16:15:33 pm
Dave McKean's illustrations are extremely impressive.  They complement the scientific points in the text in a beautifully lavish and artistic way, perfectly capturing the central message of the book.

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Post by: döm on October 06, 2011, 21:01:11 pm
Quote from: dom on September 16, 2011, 17:47:27 pm
Just about to start George Orwell's 1984 - its' probably 20 years since I last read it, so it'll be interesting to see how my perspective on it has changed.


Quite an interesting experience reading it again.  It made me realise how much it was a product of its time.  Communism growing, Nazism a very recent memory, and of course the 2nd World War had just ended.

If either of the authors were actually attempting to tell the future then Aldous Huxley made a much better job of it than Orwell as this cartoon indicates


http://www.recombinantrecords.net/images/2009-05-Amusing-Ourselves-to-Death.png


It didn't occur to me as a school kid that the 2 minutes hate was the equivalent of a religious service and hate week was Oceania's Christmas
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Post by: Captain Ron on October 10, 2011, 13:14:09 pm
Looking forward to getting the last part of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's Strain trilogy, "The Eternal Night". Out in a couple of days.
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Post by: Prince By-Tor on October 11, 2011, 16:27:39 pm
Quote from: Captain Ron on September 20, 2011, 14:58:00 pm
Now reading Dean Koontz's "What the Night Knows". Giving me the right creeps it is too. Anything with wonky mirrors freaks me out ever since I read Graham Masterton's "Mirror".


Good book, that. I've been a Dean Koontz's fan for a good 20 years now. My favourite is tied between Shattered and Lightning. Great reads the pair. :)
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Post by: Prince By-Tor on October 11, 2011, 16:31:47 pm
I started this a while back, but had to leave it due to being so damn busy with work and stuff:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WEea6AfDwyU/Tm6lXs_4vcI/AAAAAAAAEHI/Ba_QPiafs8E/s1600/fry%2Bcron.jpg)

Glad to be back on with it though. :)
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Post by: Pricey on October 11, 2011, 17:22:58 pm
Trying iBook on iPad - the Stand by Stephen King , my favourite book as a yoof
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Post by: Blastzone on October 17, 2011, 23:22:34 pm
Quote from: Pricey on October 11, 2011, 17:22:58 pm
Trying iBook on iPad - the Stand by Stephen King , my favourite book as a yoof

...and still mine.
Had me hooked from first page

Currently reading "Spartan" by Matthew Dunn
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Post by: KevinErne on October 23, 2011, 14:57:29 pm
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi
Listening to on Audiobook - completely absorbing - blows all the conspiracy theories around the event out of the water. There was a watertight case against Lee Harvey Oswald by midnight on November 22nd 1963.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on October 23, 2011, 15:05:57 pm
Quote from: KevinErne on October 23, 2011, 14:57:29 pm
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi
Listening to on Audiobook - completely absorbing - blows all the conspiracy theories around the event out of the water. There was a watertight case against Lee Harvey Oswald by midnight on November 22nd 1963.


Sorry thats  Bollocks!
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Post by: KevinErne on October 23, 2011, 15:35:36 pm
I suggest you read the book.
Not one shred of credible evidence has ever been produced to suggest that there was a conspiracy or more than one gunman.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on October 23, 2011, 15:48:48 pm
Quote from: KevinErne on October 23, 2011, 15:35:36 pm
I suggest you read the book.
Not one shred of credible evidence has ever been produced to suggest that there was a conspiracy or more than one gunman.


He simply wasnt up to it wasnt that good a shot and couldnt have fired those shots that quickly using that rifle.
thats without all the other factors. Remind me, how many potential/witnesses died exactly?  Oswald was hushed up as soon as he came into public view. CIA or black ops killed JFK because there were too many people about to lose out in the Arms Industry should  JFK pull the troops out of Vietnam...haven't you seen The Watchmen?... :P
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Post by: KevinErne on October 23, 2011, 16:57:55 pm

Oswald was a sharpshooter in the Marines.
It's  also claimed that Oswald would have had to load and fire three times in 5.6 seconds to achieve his feat. That's not really as hard as you think. You only have to work the action to reload twice as you will have already loaded the rifle well before the first shot . That feat has been replicated may times by expert and non expert marksman. And of course, while conspiracy sources claim it was 5.6 seconds, the Zapruder film indicates it may well have been more like 8.5 seconds.

Honestly you should read the book. I used to believe all the conspiracy theories as well.

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Post by: Blastzone on November 18, 2011, 00:59:03 am
Back with Stephen Fry Chronicles
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Post by: Dixkot on November 19, 2011, 15:52:14 pm


(http://www.constablerobinson.com/images/book/large/9781849016049.jpg)
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Post by: pdw1 on November 19, 2011, 19:31:14 pm
Been reading this recently.  Grossman was a Russian journalist who spent most of the war on the frontline.  This is a compilation and translation of his very perceptive notes, letters and articles with explanation by Beevor.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A67VDPEHL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

I think Beevor based most of his Stalingrad book on Grossman's writing.
Grossman went on to write the superb novel War and Fate based on his experiences and those of the people around him.
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Post by: Andy42g on November 24, 2011, 12:22:34 pm
Stephen King - Under the Dome. Hotting up nicely after an iffy start.
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Post by: Andy42g on December 01, 2011, 15:49:22 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on November 24, 2011, 12:22:34 pm
Stephen King - Under the Dome. Hotting up nicely after an iffy start.

How annoying is this book? It's keeping me awake at might as I can't put it down.... just one more chapter...  :)
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Post by: dwtty on December 07, 2011, 12:57:26 pm
Just finished Glenn Cooper's 'The Tenth Chamber'. Was waiting to get another of his books through an inter library loan for ages but sadly disappointed, not a patch on 'Library of the Dead'.
:-\
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Post by: Jonners on December 08, 2011, 09:51:33 am
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Very decent books indeed, much better (IMHO) than the Game of Thrones set of books if that is your type of thing
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Post by: Dixkot on December 11, 2011, 12:09:13 pm


(http://www.katemosse.com/images/content/labyrinth.jpg)
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Post by: dwtty on December 11, 2011, 14:55:17 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on December 11, 2011, 12:09:13 pm

(http://www.katemosse.com/images/content/labyrinth.jpg)


It's good but a little long.


If you like it read 'The Gargoyle' by Andrew Davidson. A bit different,a jump to the left but along the same lines.
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Post by: mickpaz2112 on December 11, 2011, 15:38:09 pm
Joseph Kanon - The Good German
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Post by: Andy42g on December 13, 2011, 13:57:37 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/25/Never_Let_Me_Go.jpg/200px-)
I think I'm enjoying this. Intriguing premise but it's a little...dull.
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Post by: Andy42g on December 20, 2011, 11:28:57 am
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b8/Accidental.jpg/200px-Accidental.jpg)
Another random one from Rach's book shelves. All seems a bit familiar - I'm sure I've read this before, or it's been adapted for TV.
Loving the writing in this - so much so that the plot seems almost incidental at some points. Good stuff.
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Post by: Matt2112 on December 22, 2011, 17:03:11 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on December 13, 2011, 13:57:37 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/25/Never_Let_Me_Go.jpg/200px-)
I think I'm enjoying this. Intriguing premise but it's a little...dull.


Much like the film, then.  :-\
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Post by: Andy42g on December 28, 2011, 23:22:38 pm
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Bought this for Rach for Christmas, picked it up and hooked. Funny, raw and, err, educational.  ::)
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Post by: karl on December 30, 2011, 15:31:48 pm
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Post by: Andy42g on January 03, 2012, 12:44:08 pm
Roger Deakin is the guy who wrote the excellent Waterlog about wild swimming. Loved that.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 04, 2012, 03:02:14 am
following on from the "Leonardo: Painter at the Court of Milan" Exhibition at the National I've been dipping into

Leonardo da Vinci The Complete Paintings Frank Zollner (Taschen)
Leonardo da Vinci The Graphic Works Frank Zollner/Johannes Nathan (Taschen)

The word "Genius" is banded about far to frequently and easily but this man was the real deal! Some human beings just stand out so far from the norm as to be freaks of nature. ... my puny mind has been well and truly blown away!
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Post by: Andy42g on January 04, 2012, 16:16:00 pm
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Post by: karl on January 04, 2012, 20:12:18 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on January 03, 2012, 12:44:08 pm
Roger Deakin is the guy who wrote the excellent Waterlog about wild swimming. Loved that.


If you liked that you like this too.
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Post by: Jonners on January 06, 2012, 14:32:59 pm
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Mum bought for christmas as a joke, i loved it as a kid

Will enjoy reading it to mine soon
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 06, 2012, 19:49:01 pm
Quote from: Jonners on January 06, 2012, 14:32:59 pm
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Mum bought for christmas as a joke, i loved it as a kid

Will enjoy reading it to mine soon

Tremendous book :)

Bought it about 10 years back so I could read it to the boy *cough*
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Post by: Reg on January 11, 2012, 13:07:31 pm
I picked up Alastair Reynolds House of Suns again last night.  Probably about 6 months since I dipped into it last!
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Post by: Dixkot on January 14, 2012, 01:14:09 am


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Post by: Gary L. Grape on January 16, 2012, 06:58:05 am
Nordic Larp (http://nordiclarp.wordpress.com/about-the-book/), edited by Jaakko Stenros and Markus Montola

QuoteThe editors Jaakko Stenros and Markus Montola are life-long role-players, as well as game researchers at the University of Tampere. They are authors of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009) as well as the editors of Playground Worlds (2008) and Beyond Role and Play (2004). The book produced by Anna Westerling and Anders Hultman, and the graphic design is by Tommi Kovala


(http://nordiclarp.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/nordiclarpcoversmall.jpg?w=356&h=422)
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Post by: Andy42g on January 18, 2012, 13:23:07 pm
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Post by: Andy42g on January 25, 2012, 23:05:15 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on January 18, 2012, 13:23:07 pm
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This was a very good read. Back to the Keith Richards one now.
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Post by: Dixkot on January 26, 2012, 17:25:52 pm


Book 2 of 4.

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Post by: Nicola B on January 27, 2012, 09:13:58 am
Some Jeffrey Deaver thing....wish i could hurry up and finish it, not good at all.
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on January 28, 2012, 21:34:22 pm
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Bradshaw's Handbook - A Facsimile of the Famous Guide.
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Post by: Reg on February 02, 2012, 08:47:45 am
Quote from: Reg on January 11, 2012, 13:07:31 pm
I picked up Alastair Reynolds House of Suns again last night.  Probably about 6 months since I dipped into it last!
Finally finished this.  Very, very good.  Think I'll pick up one of my Dean Koontz' next - Breathless or The Taking
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Post by: Reg on February 13, 2012, 11:48:31 am
Now: The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse (Robert Rankin)

Recently: A Martian Odyssey (Stanley G. Weinbaum).

Both are re-reads.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 13, 2012, 22:03:57 pm
can't seem to get through anything I start these days..latest is K.W.Jeter's Infernal Devices which I've never read before....been stop/start for 6 weekz
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Post by: Reg on February 14, 2012, 13:55:28 pm
Quote from: Reg on February 13, 2012, 11:48:31 am
Now: The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse (Robert Rankin)

Recently: A Martian Odyssey (Stanley G. Weinbaum).

Both are re-reads.

Now re-reading The Toyminator, the sequel to The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies Of The Apocalypse.
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Post by: Andy42g on February 15, 2012, 12:53:01 pm
Charlotte Gray, which is OK.
Just bought 3 in a 3 fer 2 deal: War Horse (will read this with the kids), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (been meaning to read this for ages) and "Extremely Loud and incredibly Close" which looks interesting and is being released as a fiilm version with yer man Tom Hanks.
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Post by: dwtty on February 18, 2012, 20:35:48 pm
Arthur Conan Doyle - A study in Scarlet.

Re reading these and it's a brilliant book, fantasically modern way of writing for that time.
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Post by: Dixkot on February 19, 2012, 12:35:25 pm

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Post by: JonL on February 21, 2012, 21:30:39 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on February 19, 2012, 12:35:25 pm
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Thought that was a deadly dull, plodding book, despite the stories involved.
Written the way he talks, it was rambling and didn't come across well on paper at all. maybe a decent audio book.
Gave up quite early on.
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Post by: Reg on February 22, 2012, 06:21:55 am
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick: Volume 1.
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Post by: Bez on February 22, 2012, 10:03:17 am
Ian Rankin - The Complaints

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Rankin's first novel since the demise of Rebus...not bad, typical Rankin style, easy to read, but enough substance to maintain interest

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Post by: dwtty on February 22, 2012, 12:49:51 pm
The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Well into these now and amazing how modern they sound. I

Also cos I am a woman and can multi task  'Teach yourself tantric sex' and 'The complete book of sewing'.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 22, 2012, 14:03:55 pm
Quote from: dwtty on February 22, 2012, 12:49:51 pm
The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Well into these now and amazing how modern they sound. I

Also cos I am a woman and can multi task  'Teach yourself tantric sex' and 'The complete book of sewing'.


don't get the two confused or Lee will end up getting the needle!
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Post by: dwtty on February 22, 2012, 15:12:50 pm
He'll just roll his eyes as he does with every new idea, whim or fancy I come up with.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 22, 2012, 15:16:15 pm
you're no fun! The least you could do is groan! ;)
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Post by: Dixkot on February 22, 2012, 18:17:52 pm
Quote from: JonL on February 21, 2012, 21:30:39 pm
Thought that was a deadly dull, plodding book, despite the stories involved.
Written the way he talks, it was rambling and didn't come across well on paper at all. maybe a decent audio book.
Gave up quite early on.


Agreed, nothing special.  Couple of LOL moments, but I was expecting better.
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Post by: Bez on February 23, 2012, 08:11:45 am
Irvine Welsh - If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

My first Welsh for quite a while. This is a series of short stories and so far nothing has stood out....

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Post by: TerrBerr on February 23, 2012, 23:20:53 pm
Finally got around to reading "To Kill A Mockingbird." Deceptively easy read, dealing with heavy subject material. I really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Jonners on February 29, 2012, 15:58:07 pm
Ship of Magic-Robin Hobbs

Utterly brilliant if you like Fantasy stuff

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liveship_Traders_Trilogy

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Post by: Reg on February 29, 2012, 17:00:15 pm
Piers Anthony: Anthonology.
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 29, 2012, 18:29:10 pm
Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
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Post by: Andy42g on March 02, 2012, 23:00:23 pm
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on March 02, 2012, 23:22:33 pm
Quote from: Bisto on February 29, 2012, 18:29:10 pm
Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner


now the sequel....Superfreakonomics by the same authors.
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Post by: TerrBerr on March 02, 2012, 23:40:00 pm
Quote from: Bisto on February 29, 2012, 18:29:10 pm
Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner


I didn't like that book IIRC. Seemed that the authors had a mysognistic slant on every story. It really pissed me off.
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Post by: döm on March 03, 2012, 01:11:22 am
Quote from: TerrBerr on March 02, 2012, 23:40:00 pm
I didn't like that book IIRC. Seemed that the authors had a mysognistic slant on every story. It really pissed me off.


I loved it - and i'm not mysognistic (at least i don't think I am  :o)  i don't think anything they wrote was particularly subjective anyway.  it seemed based on pretty solid evidence.

haven't read the sequel yet though
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Post by: ianb on March 16, 2012, 19:33:09 pm
Haven't been reading much lately but have been revisiting all of these in the bathroom on a daily basis...

A Brief History Of Time - Stephen Hawkin
Fabric Of The Cosmos - Brian Greene
Parallel Worlds - Michio Kaku
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

and about to endeavour to read the last 2/3rds of Ghost Rider - Neil Peart.








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Post by: Chris Quartly on March 16, 2012, 21:21:25 pm
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Sam Harris - Freewill

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Post by: ianb on March 16, 2012, 21:27:12 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on March 16, 2012, 21:21:25 pm
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Sam Harris - Freewill


Sounds good Chris... heading to Waterstones tomorrow! ;D ;)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on March 16, 2012, 21:50:09 pm
Quote from: ianb on March 16, 2012, 21:27:12 pm
Sounds good Chris... heading to Waterstones tomorrow! ;D ;)

Yes, they've got a new batch of colouring books in...
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Post by: ianb on March 16, 2012, 21:59:45 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on March 16, 2012, 21:50:09 pm
Yes, they've got a new batch of colouring books in...


Which ones? ???

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Post by: ianb on March 16, 2012, 22:04:10 pm
Its ok ... I just checked and they've 1 copy of 'The Colour Of Right'. ;)

I'll get that too! :)
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Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on March 16, 2012, 23:45:36 pm
Quote from: ianb on March 16, 2012, 22:04:10 pm
Its ok ... I just checked and they've 1 copy of 'The Colour Of Right'. ;)


Just llike with Neil Pert [sic] - EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: ianb on March 17, 2012, 01:03:47 am
Quote from: Nick Sims on March 16, 2012, 23:45:36 pm
Just llike with Neil Pert [sic] - EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yip! :-*
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Post by: Tony Johnson on March 19, 2012, 14:29:57 pm
Currently reading Artemis by Phillip Palmer - a relatively new Sci Fi writer. I've read all of his previous books - Debatable Space, Red Claw, Version 43, Hell Ship & found his writing to be brilliant & refreshing. Enjoying this new novel just as much.
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Post by: Blastzone on April 09, 2012, 21:06:48 pm
Henning Mankell.....The Dogs of Riga
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Post by: Fishy on April 13, 2012, 16:12:27 pm
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Post by: Jonners on April 19, 2012, 12:17:02 pm
The Guvnor-Lenny Macleans story.

Not convinced I would have wanted to fight him...

(http://moviebuzzers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/LennyMcLean.jpg)
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Post by: SL on May 01, 2012, 23:13:07 pm

Better late than never.... "Pet Semetary" by Stephen King

Grreat read  :)
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Post by: hubfar on May 06, 2012, 08:05:21 am
Now I'm reading short stories of Cthulhu by HPL and random stories by Bob Sheckley - it's amazing  :)
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Post by: Dixkot on May 06, 2012, 11:43:35 am

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson on my Kindle.
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Post by: Prince By-Tor on May 16, 2012, 12:13:10 pm
Flypast magazine special about the Bristol Beaufighter. Awesome machine! Not a bad read too. :)

Novel wise: Hunger Games.
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Post by: Fishy on May 18, 2012, 14:13:36 pm
Quote from: SL on May 01, 2012, 23:13:07 pm
Better late than never.... "Pet Semetary" by Stephen King

Grreat read  :)


indeed.. but an appalling film...
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Post by: andyhaines on May 20, 2012, 18:18:39 pm
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
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Post by: döm on May 20, 2012, 18:22:41 pm
How Ireland Really went Bust - Matt Cooper
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 20, 2012, 22:40:12 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on May 20, 2012, 18:18:39 pm
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell


I thought that was a great book.  It's being filmed but I don't know how the hell they'll make a coherent movie from it.
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Post by: andyhaines on May 24, 2012, 20:53:37 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on May 20, 2012, 22:40:12 pm
I thought that was a great book.  It's being filmed but I don't know how the hell they'll make a coherent movie from it.

I'm nearly finished it, and it is a fascinating read. The structure is as captivating as the subject matter..and I agree with your comments about the movie, Pete.  I also think that the Somni section could have been  the basis of a great novel in its own right.
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Post by: dwtty on May 27, 2012, 22:35:00 pm
Revisiting an ye olde faithful, Fireflood and other stories by Vonda McIntyre. Also my all time most favouritest sci fi book The Caves of Steel by Asimov. Would love to see that made into a film.
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Post by: BaldiePete on May 27, 2012, 23:38:26 pm
Quote from: andyhaines on May 24, 2012, 20:53:37 pm
I'm nearly finished it, and it is a fascinating read. The structure is as captivating as the subject matter..and I agree with your comments about the movie, Pete.  I also think that the Somni section could have been  the basis of a great novel in its own right.


I loved that section, it stood out as the best of the story elements (if a little predictable) althoughif you took that Somni section as a standalone story it would have been a good but not special SF story outside the context of the embedded story structure of Cloud Atlas. The "Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After" story had an  elegiac quality that I liked and it had hints of the Ian M Banks story Inversions which is one of my favourites of his.
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Post by: andyhaines on June 10, 2012, 09:24:10 am
Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus
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Post by: andyhaines on June 10, 2012, 18:02:45 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on May 27, 2012, 23:38:26 pm
I loved that section, it stood out as the best of the story elements (if a little predictable) althoughif you took that Somni section as a standalone story it would have been a good but not special SF story outside the context of the embedded story structure of Cloud Atlas.

There were elements of A Brave New World, Soylent Green and  Oryx and Crake. Still an enjoyable read, though.   :)
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Post by: karl on June 13, 2012, 17:38:34 pm
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Post by: Reg on June 15, 2012, 09:44:10 am
Just starting on David Brin's Sundiver
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Post by: Blastzone on June 19, 2012, 22:33:54 pm
Michael Connelly    The Scarecrow
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Post by: BaldiePete on June 24, 2012, 18:17:57 pm
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Post by: döm on June 24, 2012, 18:24:53 pm
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Post by: Ron on June 24, 2012, 19:41:20 pm
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But in Dutch..
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Post by: Jonners on June 26, 2012, 10:41:17 am
Into the Wild, the story of young Chris Mcandless's ill fated trek into Alaska

A wonderful book
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Post by: JonL on July 08, 2012, 18:46:27 pm
Trying again with Game of Thrones.
Enjoying it more this time.
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Post by: Andy42g on July 17, 2012, 14:04:12 pm
Read Contact by Carl Sagan again over the weekend. Enjoyed it. Have got David Millar (cyclist)'s autobiography up next, and picked up a copy of the Stephen King JFK novel, which should be fun.
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Post by: bluebird_2112 on July 18, 2012, 22:00:00 pm
Finally put Moby Dick down last week (not in the veterinary sense) - radical and random, and certainly not a zoom-through, but wryly observed and ultra-witty in places.
A quick re-zip through Candide (for obvious reasons - and still a fantastic, profound mini-read).
Now embarking on Jane Urqhart's The Stone Carvers, which has begun promisingly - we'll see...
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Post by: Nicola B on July 19, 2012, 10:28:54 am
Reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Good read but a bit of a 'girlie' book. Not seen the film yet as like to finish the book first.
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Post by: Andy42g on July 19, 2012, 22:19:30 pm
Got distracted by a copy of The Wasp Factory - not read this since probably when it first came out and it's one of those books which remains indelibly stamped in your mind.
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Post by: Matt2112 on July 19, 2012, 23:42:38 pm
Alan Partridge autobiography.  Sheer brilliance. :)
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Post by: karl on July 20, 2012, 07:51:45 am
Quote from: JonL on July 08, 2012, 18:46:27 pm
Trying again with Game of Thrones.
Enjoying it more this time.


Just finished excellent read
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Post by: Blastzone on July 22, 2012, 00:22:04 am
The Reversal by Michael Connelly
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Post by: Dixkot on July 22, 2012, 13:19:42 pm


David Millar - Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar - on the Kindle.

(http://www.cyclingshorts.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/racing-through-the-dark-pbsml.jpg)
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Post by: Andrew_Haldane on July 22, 2012, 14:13:41 pm
S Halliday, The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
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Post by: Andy42g on July 23, 2012, 12:22:19 pm
Quote from: Dixkot on July 22, 2012, 13:19:42 pm

David Millar - Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar - on the Kindle.

(http://www.cyclingshorts.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/racing-through-the-dark-pbsml.jpg)

Bought this the other week.  Looking forward to reading it.
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Post by: karl on August 18, 2012, 18:09:09 pm
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Every bit as good as the first book, cant wait to get the third book.
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Post by: BaldiePete on August 18, 2012, 23:25:01 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on July 19, 2012, 22:19:30 pm
Got distracted by a copy of The Wasp Factory - not read this since probably when it first came out and it's one of those books which remains indelibly stamped in your mind.


A superb piece of writing that Banks has probably only bettered with The Bridge and Use of Weapons. The final revelation is stunning.
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Post by: Chris Quartly on August 20, 2012, 03:04:25 am
Recently finished Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature", probably the best book I have ever read, everyone home should have one.

http://someothersuckersparade.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-better-angels-of-our-nature-book.html
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Post by: karl on August 22, 2012, 19:24:35 pm
(http://cannonballread4.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/storm-of-swords2.jpg)
Its become an adiction
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Post by: pdw1 on September 03, 2012, 21:03:34 pm
Reread The Song Lines by Bruce Chadwin while on holiday.
One of my favourite ever reads full of brilliant insight, funny little set pieces. A sort of mythical travelogue.
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on September 03, 2012, 21:15:18 pm
Marvelous book
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Aging Bull on September 05, 2012, 19:52:33 pm
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer.

Well, listening to it on audiobook - All 57 hours of it. Compelling.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Blastzone on September 09, 2012, 22:18:19 pm
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on September 09, 2012, 22:42:49 pm
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on September 10, 2012, 09:03:13 am
Quote from: dom on September 09, 2012, 22:42:49 pm
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Any good?
I like his column in the Saturday Guardian.
Does anyone have any idea who he is?
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on September 10, 2012, 18:00:11 pm
Quote from: pdw1 on September 10, 2012, 09:03:13 am
Any good?
I like his column in the Saturday Guardian.
Does anyone have any idea who he is?


I think it's all his columns with some extra bits;  i still enjoyed it even though I've read most of the columns.  (That could be down to the onset of Alzheimer's though  ;))

He has a decent website too...

http://www.thesecretfootballer.com/

All signs seem to be pointing to Dave Kitson, the Stoke and Reading forward.

http://www.whoisthesecretfootballer.co.uk/category/leading-candidates/


Evidence


Started career in lower leagues - Cambridge

Been a member of a side promoted to the Premier League - Reading

He has played for a newly promoted Premier League club - Reading

Played last game of the season needing to win to avoid relegation - Reading

Has been relegated from Premier League - Reading

Has been a record transfer signing - Stoke bought him for record 5.5 million

That transfer did not work out - failed to score all season - played 18, 0 goals
Moved clubs on transfer deadline day - Stoke to Portsmouth

Career on the wane - was once tipped to play for England, now can't get in
Portsmouth team just relegated to League One

Friends with an African who once played in Russia - Andre Bikey at Reading

Once saw his manager pick up the chairman and throw him out the dressing room- could only be in the lower leagues surely - has to be John Beck at Cambridge

Has also talked about growing up on a council estate and from the articles has almost certainly played for teams in provincial 1 team towns - Reading, Portsmouth, Stoke
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Fishy on September 12, 2012, 12:39:16 pm
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just finished this the other day.. good fun..
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on September 19, 2012, 12:46:00 pm
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Again. I noticed it in a box during the house move and [picked it up. Irresistible.
This is being filmed - bit of an epic undertaking I would imagine. Either that or they'll leave most of it out...
http://collider.com/cloud-atlas-movie-trailer/183689/
Hollywood should leave my favourite books well alone.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Jonners on September 25, 2012, 15:24:53 pm
Fatty Batter (again)

Very funny cricket book if you have played the sport at any sort of level while trying to hold down a relationship
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on September 25, 2012, 15:40:57 pm
The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
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A strange but intense little story.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on October 20, 2012, 12:27:00 pm
Just a few pages into it, seems typical Young, rambling but interesting.

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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Beebop on October 22, 2012, 13:53:53 pm

Just finished  :-X

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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on October 30, 2012, 13:59:37 pm
Quote from: JonL on October 20, 2012, 12:27:00 pm
Just a few pages into it, seems typical Young, rambling but interesting.

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Just about finished this. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Not your most linear read, but he comes across as a likeable old curmugeon. His obsession with sound quality seems all consuming though, he even has a disclaimer on his website regarding the album stream.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Chris Quartly on November 01, 2012, 21:41:56 pm
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Just finished A Universe From Nothing, review here: http://someothersuckersparade.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-universe-from-nothing-book-review.html
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on November 01, 2012, 22:08:01 pm
The House of Wisdom - Jonathan Lyons

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A fascinating subject but not a great book.  A good read but a bit lightweight. I am not sure he really knows his maths or his Muslim history  :-\
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Ron on November 02, 2012, 10:56:00 am
Voltaire - Candide
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on November 02, 2012, 10:57:59 am
Quote from: Ron on November 02, 2012, 10:56:00 am
Voltaire - Candide

I wonder why?  8)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Ron on November 02, 2012, 12:34:08 pm
Quote from: pdw1 on November 02, 2012, 10:57:59 am
I wonder why?  8)


Wading through a pile of books, this accidentally ended up on top.  ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on November 03, 2012, 18:23:02 pm
I like the guy, but humility isn't his strong point.
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on November 04, 2012, 17:19:55 pm
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on November 06, 2012, 16:20:31 pm
Picked up Andy Kershaw's No Off Switch at the station and read a lot of it on the train. Most enjoyable .
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on November 21, 2012, 08:24:09 am
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Not a GNR fan, but I've heard its a good read. I've already learned that Duff Beer from the Simpsons is named after him.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on November 21, 2012, 09:53:54 am
007 Carte Blanche - Jeffery Deaver
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on November 21, 2012, 10:45:15 am
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: captainkurtz on November 25, 2012, 22:57:25 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on November 21, 2012, 10:45:15 am
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Any good?
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on November 26, 2012, 09:07:41 am
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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on November 29, 2012, 22:28:51 pm
Well it kept me up till 1am three nights running, so yes I'd say a good old Stephen King page turner. Enjoyed it.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: dwtty on December 16, 2012, 21:33:03 pm
Just finished Carlos Ruiz Zafon's 'The Angel's Game'. First time I've read a modern book that was originally not written in English. Absolutely gripping but maybe due to the translation very hard to read quickly. I like to read a book in 2 days top, struggled with this one. Very good, supernatural crime-ish story set in early 20th century Barcelona. Pants ending though, a bit Koontz like.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Muppet on December 17, 2012, 12:34:16 pm
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Possibly his best yet - (only possibly as I'm only half way through)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on December 18, 2012, 09:35:35 am
The Life of Pi
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on December 18, 2012, 17:45:11 pm
Quote from: dwtty on December 16, 2012, 21:33:03 pm
Just finished Carlos Ruiz Zafon's 'The Angel's Game'. First time I've read a modern book that was originally not written in English...

Didn't really get on with that one for some reason, but really enjoyed his "The Shadow of the Wind".
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: andyhaines on December 19, 2012, 14:59:21 pm
Quote from: Andy42g on December 18, 2012, 17:45:11 pm
Didn't really get on with that one for some reason, but really enjoyed his "The Shadow of the Wind".

Same here.  :)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Norwegian on December 19, 2012, 22:23:46 pm
Lebanon - Israels first defeat

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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: captainkurtz on December 20, 2012, 22:42:39 pm
Quote from: JonL on October 20, 2012, 12:27:00 pm
Just a few pages into it, seems typical Young, rambling but interesting.

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Just started this - enjoying it alot.

Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Mike on December 21, 2012, 21:56:56 pm
Reading Mission Earth, some of it for the second time. Gave up after the fourth volume about 20 years ago. Onto volume five at the moment. Definitely too much repitition and filler now, but there's still great charm to this monstrous piece of pulp, certainly in the first two books.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on December 22, 2012, 09:54:16 am
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By Ben Miller - particle physics student turned comedian (as in Armstrong and Miller) - really good read for a dumbass like me
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on December 22, 2012, 21:02:37 pm
I've got several dozen books waiting on shelves and in boxes that I've picked up over the years. I should probably be more realistic about my intentions to get around to reading them and simply donate them to Cancer Research now.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andy42g on December 31, 2012, 13:12:31 pm
Quote from: Mike on December 21, 2012, 21:56:56 pm
Reading Mission Earth, some of it for the second time. Gave up after the fourth volume about 20 years ago. Onto volume five at the moment. Definitely too much repitition and filler now, but there's still great charm to this monstrous piece of pulp, certainly in the first two books.

The first book is a real monster and I remember really being thrilled by it's sheer scope when I read it - must be 20+ years ago. One of those epics I've always meant to revisit - The Magician being another one and some of the Piers Anthony stuff from back then. I guess they'd not be quite as memorbale reading them again now though.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 06, 2013, 16:14:27 pm
About 2/3 of the way through The Road, pretty bleak, but good.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on January 10, 2013, 11:15:01 am
Read this excellent history of Venice and its medieval trade empire over Christmas.

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Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 10, 2013, 13:45:03 pm
Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch

"What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the fuzz?"

"A hilaroius, keenly imagined caper."

"A consumate story of real policing in a vividly real world intersecting the decidedly unreal to marvellous effect."
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Mike on January 10, 2013, 20:23:30 pm
I don't hold out many hopes if those are the best review quotes picked for use on the back of the book. Especially the last one as it's a particularly pathetic effort and its creator needs hanging by the testicles for a lengthy period.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on January 10, 2013, 20:25:21 pm
Quote from: Mike on January 10, 2013, 20:23:30 pm
I don't hold out many hopes if those are the best review quotes picked for use on the back of the book. Especially the last one as it's a particularly pathetic effort and its creator needs hanging by the testicles for a lengthy period.

Could almost be a Rush lyric
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 11, 2013, 00:15:18 am
Quote from: Mike on January 10, 2013, 20:23:30 pm
I don't hold out many hopes if those are the best review quotes picked for use on the back of the book. Especially the last one as it's a particularly pathetic effort and its creator needs hanging by the testicles for a lengthy period.


Righty ho! Feel free not to read it then :)
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Mike on January 11, 2013, 00:31:13 am
The problem is that now you've mentioned it, like the pleb that I am, I now need to know if it really is Harry Potter for the Police ( Copeland / Sting / Voldemort in-fighting notwithstanding)  or, as I suspect, something just a touch too bizarre even for the reviewers and the general public.

Report on my desk by end of term, please.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 11, 2013, 00:33:42 am
Quote from: Mike on January 11, 2013, 00:31:13 am
The problem is that now you've mentioned it, like the pleb that I am, I now need to know if it really is Harry Potter for the Police ( Copeland / Sting / Voldemort in-fighting notwithstanding)  or, as I suspect, something just a touch too bizarre even for the reviewers and the general public.

Report on my desk by end of term, please.

Shant tell and yer can't make us neither...Ner!  :P
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: captainkurtz on January 25, 2013, 09:56:17 am
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Pretty grim, in parts.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: JonL on February 02, 2013, 14:20:27 pm
About to start reading Clapton's auto.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: captainkurtz on February 18, 2013, 16:59:05 pm
Mick Wall's recent AC/DC book.

Enjoyable so far.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on February 18, 2013, 17:09:51 pm
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Finished Northern Lights and started The Subtle Knife.
So far I have to say I am not that impressed. As a story teller he is not a patch on J.K. Rowling  :-X
Perhaps it will get better  :-\
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: döm on February 18, 2013, 19:26:52 pm
Quote from: pdw1 on February 18, 2013, 17:09:51 pm
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Finished Northern Lights and started The Subtle Knife.
So far I have to say I am not that impressed. As a story teller he is not a patch on J.K. Rowling  :-X
Perhaps it will get better  :-\


Seriously ?  I don't think JK Rowling is fit enough to sharpen Pullmans' pencils.  If you're a book and a half in it's not going to get any better for you  I'm afraid.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: Chris Quartly on February 18, 2013, 20:50:32 pm
Agreed, Dom. I really enjoyed the trilogy, though I thought that the first book was the best. I would set them down if you're not into it by now, Patrick.
Title: Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
Post by: pdw1 on February 18, 2013, 23:24:26 pm
I am intrigued enough by the overall concept to carry on but I do feel the characters are thinly drawn out, even Lyra.
I'll add some more thoughts when I have finished.