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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2010, 16:43:14 PM »
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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #16 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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #17 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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2010, 10:17:08 AM »
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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2010, 10:40:51 AM »
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #20 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. :)

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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2010, 14:49:50 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.

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Richard 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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #22 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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #23 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:


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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2010, 21:43:43 PM »



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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #25 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.
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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #26 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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2010, 20:52:26 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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2010, 21:07:46 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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Re: So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 5
« Reply #29 on: March 21, 2010, 21:15:24 PM »
I am currently reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and would recommend it.
Excellent book, young man. :)

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