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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/1/2013 9:31:13 PM   
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Finished The Sheltering Sky today. Brilliant book. Will be picking up more of Paul Bowles' work.

Next up I shall be reading...


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/1/2013 9:49:22 PM   
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Good book. Quite frustrating characters though.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/1/2013 12:27:11 AM   
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AND GOD CREATED BURTON...

A terrific biography of Richard Burton, in a huge hardback book (with an amazing front cover picture) that you could batter an elephant with...

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/1/2013 10:33:03 PM   
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About half way through. Pretty good so far.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 10/1/2013 11:50:47 AM   
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Good book. Quite frustrating characters though.


I'm about 130 pages in and not finding anyone frustrating as of yet, it has to be said.

Whats helping immensely is that although I haven't seen the film, I know which actor plays which of the main characters and I can totally see each of them acting out the scenes/dialogue in the book.

The film could be completely different, of course. Might watch it afterwards to see the differences, if any!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 14/1/2013 9:27:06 AM   
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Finished Enduring Love. Rather enjoyed it. Pleased with how it ended (all tied up neatly), it would have been frustrating any other way.

Started this today, so far a nice chunk of creepy horror set in Brooklyn...


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 14/1/2013 9:14:52 PM   
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About half way through. Pretty good so far.


One of my favourite novels of all time. I bought it before a really long train journey in the late nineties and I got so engrossed that I nearly missed my home stop.

It's a classic example of a book that needed NOTHING doing to it to make a brilliant film... and still Danny Boyle fucked it up. Bear in mind this is DANNY BOYLE... he has since gone on record as saying that he was the wrong director for this project and he didn't like the characters... I'll say.

I think I need to post on a movie-related thread about my feelings for the film adaptation, but if you're reading this and haven't read the book... please do! It's WAY better than the movie!


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 14/1/2013 9:24:12 PM   
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quote:

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Good book. Quite frustrating characters though.


I'm about 130 pages in and not finding anyone frustrating as of yet, it has to be said.


I just found some of their decisions frustrating. I suppose this is actually a good thing about the book because it helped immerse me in the book. I was just screaming (metaphorically!) at the characters to discuss things and stop being stupid.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/1/2013 11:21:46 AM   
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True. Clarissa's complete dismissal of it seems ridiculous and really just seems to be a ploy to bring in the whole potential "he's imagining it" angle.

Quite funny in places, though.


Really enjoying Bedbugs as a piece of hokum horror...

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/1/2013 12:54:50 PM   
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About half way through. Pretty good so far.


One of my favourite novels of all time. I bought it before a really long train journey in the late nineties and I got so engrossed that I nearly missed my home stop.

It's a classic example of a book that needed NOTHING doing to it to make a brilliant film... and still Danny Boyle fucked it up. Bear in mind this is DANNY BOYLE... he has since gone on record as saying that he was the wrong director for this project and he didn't like the characters... I'll say.

I think I need to post on a movie-related thread about my feelings for the film adaptation, but if you're reading this and haven't read the book... please do! It's WAY better than the movie!



Agreed. One of my favourite books ever, it just made you want to go.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 17/1/2013 10:03:58 PM   
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This...

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 19/1/2013 9:39:27 AM   
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I've just finished reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling - a really thought-provoking book that reminded me of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row.

I am about to start The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch...




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RE: What Are You Reading? - 21/1/2013 2:21:59 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 22/1/2013 1:42:22 PM   
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Just finished:



Good thriller! Generally not one for reading entire series of books I'm not sure my attention/patience would stretch to 16 boks and counting, but I'd definitely read another. Can see why they chose that book for the film - seems like a good inroduction to Jack Reacher.

Now reading:



Continuing my way through the Roald Dahl boxset - good solid fun, and brings back memories!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 22/1/2013 1:47:43 PM   
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Read the first two chapters on the train to/from work today. Early days yet obviously but good so far!


Maus is bloody outstanding. One of my favourite graphic novels of all time. A really harrowing, funny at times, uplifting story. Art Spiegelman's artwork is superb. Let us knowwhat your thoughts are after finishing!


I thought it was a great read! Always utterly compelling, sad and disturbing in places but as you say, not without it's humourous moments.

What I did like was that it was much to do with the relationship between Art and his father as the holocaust narrative itself. I was expecting it to be purely a straight narrative of his father's Holocaust experiences, so the fact that it was done as a kind of 'story within a story' was a pleasant surprise!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 22/1/2013 2:47:22 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 23/1/2013 1:35:28 AM   
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The Greatest Gift by Danny Leigh.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 23/1/2013 10:38:39 AM   
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The Greatest Gift by Danny Leigh.

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Download the Photobucket app. Thats how i upload my pics, its really easy. If you have any saved images upload to Photobucket from your phone or tablet and insert the link on the post with the ' Image' button and then bobs your uncle!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 28/1/2013 12:15:29 AM   
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About half way through. Pretty good so far.


One of my favourite novels of all time. I bought it before a really long train journey in the late nineties and I got so engrossed that I nearly missed my home stop.

It's a classic example of a book that needed NOTHING doing to it to make a brilliant film... and still Danny Boyle fucked it up. Bear in mind this is DANNY BOYLE... he has since gone on record as saying that he was the wrong director for this project and he didn't like the characters... I'll say.

I think I need to post on a movie-related thread about my feelings for the film adaptation, but if you're reading this and haven't read the book... please do! It's WAY better than the movie!



Agreed. One of my favourite books ever, it just made you want to go.


Agree wholeheartedly with you two.

Currently reading:



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 29/1/2013 12:48:45 PM   
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Interesting and a good read, although taking me longer than I thought it would to get through. The older writing style is very far from being impenatrable, but I'm still finding it just that little bit jarring enough to have to read pretty carefully...

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/1/2013 4:21:53 PM   
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I'm reading

at the moment, which I am absolutely LOVING.

Though I can't help but feel that I might need a lighter more modern novel to have some respite every now and again, any suggestions on a good complementary read?

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 31/1/2013 6:14:11 PM   
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It lacks the offbeat humour of Jagged Little Vein (but then how can you beat scrotal inflation) but is a decent read. The presentation of New York as an unwelcoming often malign place is very reminiscent to The City in Transmetropolitan (not surprising really), and the continuous levels of misanthropy can become a bit wearing after a while. That said still a good book.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 31/1/2013 8:02:31 PM   
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I'm reading

at the moment, which I am absolutely LOVING.

Though I can't help but feel that I might need a lighter more modern novel to have some respite every now and again, any suggestions on a good complementary read?


Just finished The Man Who Forget His Wife by John O'Farrell - light and funny yet sharp and sad when it needs to be, it won't change your life but it certainly made mine that little bit smilier for a couple of weeks.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 1/2/2013 2:36:56 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Sumintelligentguy



About half way through. Pretty good so far.


One of my favourite novels of all time. I bought it before a really long train journey in the late nineties and I got so engrossed that I nearly missed my home stop.

It's a classic example of a book that needed NOTHING doing to it to make a brilliant film... and still Danny Boyle fucked it up. Bear in mind this is DANNY BOYLE... he has since gone on record as saying that he was the wrong director for this project and he didn't like the characters... I'll say.

I think I need to post on a movie-related thread about my feelings for the film adaptation, but if you're reading this and haven't read the book... please do! It's WAY better than the movie!



Agreed. One of my favourite books ever, it just made you want to go.


Agree wholeheartedly with you two.

Currently reading:




I'm sure I've read that but can't remember a single thing about it.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 2/2/2013 2:13:57 AM   
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Just started this wee gem




but gutted as i lost this before i could start it



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 4/2/2013 11:01:49 AM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 4/2/2013 5:16:08 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 4/2/2013 9:26:08 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 4/2/2013 9:37:32 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 7/2/2013 1:54:59 PM   
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Finished The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Largely enjoyable thriller, if a bit long-winded and baggy, featuring plenty of twisty twists. I've only read The Snowman in the rest of the series, but Nesbo doesn't seem sure of whether Harry Hole should be a 'real' flawed character or some sort of indestructible supercop. He ends up as both, which stretches credibility somewhat, even allowing for the nature of this genre.

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