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RE: What Are You Reading? - 31/8/2012 3:23:19 PM   
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I know it says "What are you reading" but I only finished a few excellent books recently:







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RE: What Are You Reading? - 31/8/2012 3:33:48 PM   
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White Tiger is superb and Master is one of my all time favourites.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 31/8/2012 3:52:21 PM   
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White Tiger is superb and Master is one of my all time favourites.


Enjoyed them both immensely. Hadn't heard of either but my mate lent me both of his after he'd finished and I got through them really quickly. The Master And Margarita is now up there with the best books I've ever read. Amazingly surreal. I now want a poster of that front cover. I'm going to read it again at some point.

By the way, there's a TV series from, I think, 2005 which is an adaptation of the book. I watched the first episode and it was such a let-down. Very poorly done. So disappointed.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 4/9/2012 9:04:40 AM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 4/9/2012 10:34:04 AM   
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Far superior to the first book in that the whole thing does not take three quarters of the book to get rolling and grabs you from the very start.




A bit of a reminder in a weak subject.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 2:22:35 AM   
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Is this any good? I've read The Mitford Girls and Letters Between Six Sisters and really enjoyed them. I wasn't too sure whether to get this one. 


Honestly, you're better skipping it. Debo is nowhere near as interesting or accomplished the writer as she thinks she is. She spends way too long talking about inconsequential matters and skips over all the stuff you really want to know about. Not to mention she really rose-tints and glosses over Unity and Diana's political leanings. Then again, she's also a big Tory who goes on about the oppression of the upper classes, so I was pretty much guaranteed to dislike her. Stick to Decca and Nancy.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 4:09:44 AM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 4:13:53 AM   
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peter o toole had put on some weight since turning into a cartoon

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 4:15:31 AM   
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peter o toole had put on some weight since turning into a cartoon


Just quoting it so you can't delete when you sober up.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 4:16:37 AM   
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Btw, that would make a great opening line for a story.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 8:59:27 AM   
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It's a great book, read it during my travels and really enjoying it again.



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 9:53:23 AM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/9/2012 6:27:46 PM   
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On the Suffering of the World by Arthur Schopenhauer
I have had this Essay/Book for a few years now and I have casually gone back-and-fourth to it without actually finishing it,that has now changed as I am now forcing myself to Finnish it off once and for all.
Here's alittle snippet from the book below:

Page5-List Number 4
"Not the least of the torments which plague our existence is the constant pressure of time, which
never lets us so much as draw breath but pursues us all like a taskmaster with a whip.It ceases to persecute only him it has delivered over to boredom."


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/9/2012 2:06:15 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/9/2012 2:20:21 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/9/2012 4:47:52 PM   
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Started Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery last night. I think the guy is a genius. On the one hand I don't understand 10% of the references he makes, but on the other the picture he pains completely absorbs me in the story that he is telling.

I don't think you can class this as a spoiler yet as I'm only 60 pages in, so its complete conjecture on my part. But just in case I'm right (though why it would put anyone off, I don't know). It feels like a Fight Club for really clever people

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/9/2012 4:53:22 PM   
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I've not had the chance to get around to that but I'm glad it sounds up to his best standards. I wasn't as thrilled by Baudolino, but I think it's one I need to reread because I'm not convinced the problem was the book (never read interesting books when you're really just in the mood for mind-numbingness!)

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/9/2012 5:26:55 PM   
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I'd love to be able to put time aside to go back through all the Umberto Eco novels. For example, it is years and years since I read Island of the Day Before. But I still remember the passage that is something like Judas on the same rock being washed with waves every day for eternity, so well.

I mention "Island" as I relate the fantasy style of it to "Baudolino". I can see why you had a problem with it - my mother hated it, didn't think any of it made sense at all. I thought it was an enjoyable fantastical medieval jaunt, that takes a long time to say and does it in the most flowery of ways that there's a lot of myth from the Medieval times and the Dark Ages weren't that dark (imo).

As mentioned above, not far into Prague, so Eco could spin me in any direction yet, but I'd say its more a Foucault / Rose than a Island / Baudolino. Then again I'm so in awe of him that even when I read what I would term a poorer book by him, I put it down to me not being intelligent and well read enough to know what the author is truly getting at.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 12/9/2012 4:05:42 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 12/9/2012 4:13:12 PM   
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My Tom Bissell obsession continues



Some pre-holiday research

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 19/9/2012 4:47:22 PM   
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Also this

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Quite good, though very much of the 'here's absolutely everything I did on my trip' style of travel writing

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 20/9/2012 6:15:44 AM   
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Spoilers

Just finished this book. Really decent read, opens well then details the survival of the shipwreck interestingly, the mysterious island was one of my favourite scenes. The ending just made me feel weird, it put a completely different perspective on the whole book. Some people hated it but I liked the twist, it wasn't gimmicky and was an allegory for religion. Still fucking intense and it got me thinking what the hell the island/meerkats were about.


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 20/9/2012 2:58:16 PM   
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Also this

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Quite good, though very much of the 'here's absolutely everything I did on my trip' style of travel writing


Now, I like Joly's turn of phrase in his columns and this does look interesting, but isn't this basically PJ O'Rourke's Holidays in Hell/Holidays in Heck - The Next Generation?

Me, I've been continuing my exploration of urban fantasy noir.  Having finished the Iron Druid Chronicles and Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus novels, I'm now on to the fifth book in Simon R Green's Nightside series.  Nightside is a hidden area of London that was created millennia ago as somewhere that Heaven and Hell hold no influence, but times have changed and the end of the world is nigh.  Enter John Taylor, a PI with something more than human in his family tree who has the power to either save Nightside or destroy it.  It's been a bit light and throwaway so far, but it's been enjoyable to date, with some very interesting character development.  There are another 7 books in the series to get through after this one, but at least they're all published now so there's no 2-year wait for the next installment!



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 20/9/2012 4:32:29 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 24/9/2012 1:50:57 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 25/9/2012 11:07:23 AM   
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So whilst reading British Goblins I got distracted and joined a library (out of social embarrassment no less) and picked up and read >





Anyway back to Goblins (which is grand if a tad dry now and then) and this >



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 27/9/2012 9:22:00 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 28/9/2012 9:53:15 AM   
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This. You've probably never heard of it:



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 1/10/2012 11:29:58 AM   
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A re-read for the start of October...



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 1/10/2012 11:51:02 AM   
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A re-read for the start of October...




Why is Joss Ackland on the cover?

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