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RE: What Are You Reading? - 14/11/2012 1:27:39 PM   
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Not for the first time of trying:



Very interesting read. My previous attempts at getting through it failed mainly in me getting on better with fiction than non-fiction and getting sidetracked by something else! I'm sticking at it this time though, and very glad I'm doing so.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 14/11/2012 9:40:19 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 16/11/2012 10:19:59 AM   
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What are you thinking of it?


I thought it was brilliant.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 16/11/2012 11:37:57 PM   
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Finished this the other day - fascinating book. I highly recommend it to anyone with a passing interest of Everest (Sway?) It also just won the Samuel Johnson award for non-fiction book of the year or something.



Wow, how strange! Haven't been into this thread in a long time, and I just popped in tonight to post what I've finished reading and also to say I ordered the above book online this evening, having never heard of it before. The combo of war and mountaineering in the one title was too much for me to bear. Definitely looking forward to it.

Anyway I've been very lax with my reading of late.

I struggled through this for ages -



- despite it being a relatively thin book. It is really interesting and all encompassing - it covers history, natural history, geography, politics, social issues and much more, but I think the format of it didn't click with me. It was hailed as a bit of a travel classic, but the jumping all over the shop made it feel less accessible to me. Still, I hate not finishing books, so I finally pushed myself to finish it.

In the mean time I ordered this -



- and read it within about 3 days. Compelling.



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 17/11/2012 3:13:21 AM   
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quote:

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What are you thinking of it?


I thought it was brilliant.


I'm really glad you liked it. If you haven't read it, give The Third Policeman a try.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 17/11/2012 10:48:37 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

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What are you thinking of it?


I thought it was brilliant.


I'm really glad you liked it. If you haven't read it, give The Third Policeman a try.


I am, I bought myself a copy of Flann O'Brien The Complete Novels.  

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 17/11/2012 4:40:37 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 18/11/2012 5:12:25 PM   
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Just finished this.

Incredible. Well, the first 400 pages were really good, probably tainted slightly because I could only read it in small chunks. Sat down and read the final 100 this afternoon. I'm still in a state of post-novel shock. The final set piece was brilliant. I actually don't know what to feel but I have this constant emotional pang in my stomach. (Gagging as I typed that). I'm so glad i've read it though.

Now i'm gonna move onto WWII fiction and read The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas which i'm assured is another sobfest.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 18/11/2012 6:28:25 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 21/11/2012 10:27:17 PM   
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Just finished reading this.

I'm in a state of shock.

Probably the bravest storytelling i've read in a long long while.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 22/11/2012 1:33:20 PM   
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Just finished reading this.

I'm in a state of shock.

Probably the bravest storytelling i've read in a long long while.


I should probably give this a go - Been reading a book on Auschwitz, got Maus to read next so while I'm in a historical type mood this could be one to add to the pile.

One question - is it childrens/young adults book or fully fledged adults book? Not that it really matters if it's a good read but when I read War Horse for example, I found it was just that little bit too much in the 'kids book' camp...

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 22/11/2012 7:12:17 PM   
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Not grabbing me as much as the Matthew Swift novels set in the same London, probably because the main character doesn't seem to work as well.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 23/11/2012 6:54:03 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!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 26/11/2012 4:09:49 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 29/11/2012 4:49:49 PM   
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Bought today. Read the first chapter which gives a nice little insight into the job of a projectionist, a brief history of celluloid, and why going totally digital is a bad thing. Looking forward to some rants now.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 29/11/2012 6:35:29 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/11/2012 1:36:07 AM   
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I will be honest and say that while I do like this gory story, I hate the way Anthony Burgess chose to tell it, with all this slang. I think he overused it.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 2/12/2012 9:57:40 PM   
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I like to challenge myself with my reading occasionally as much as the next man, but sometimes all you need are giant, man-eating rats!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 6/12/2012 3:56:19 PM   
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About 50 pages in. Good so far, though a difficult read at times

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 6/12/2012 5:33:20 PM   
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I will be honest and say that while I do like this gory story, I hate the way Anthony Burgess chose to tell it, with all this slang. I think he overused it.


I have to confess... I have never seen the film. Despite owning it, too.

I read the book a couple of years ago and decided at the time that it would be a very long time until I saw it, since I loved the book.


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 6/12/2012 9:55:29 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Super Hans


quote:

ORIGINAL: Sumintelligentguy



Just finished reading this.

I'm in a state of shock.

Probably the bravest storytelling i've read in a long long while.


I should probably give this a go - Been reading a book on Auschwitz, got Maus to read next so while I'm in a historical type mood this could be one to add to the pile.

One question - is it childrens/young adults book or fully fledged adults book? Not that it really matters if it's a good read but when I read War Horse for example, I found it was just that little bit too much in the 'kids book' camp...


I want to say it's in the kids book realm because it's told from the point of view of an 8 year old. But it's not. It's an adult book, but easy to read.

I'm currently reading Alone in Berlin by Fallada because i've been in a war mood too having finished Birdsong recently. I'm getting through it pretty slowly, not because it's bad though, but because i'm so tired after work I just want to sleep.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/12/2012 2:51:04 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/12/2012 4:39:30 PM   
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Getting quite into these! Good old Kindle store bargains.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/12/2012 6:27:45 PM   
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The biggest problem I am having with this book is that I am a third of the way in and so far it is essentially a police procedural story (people go into interview they tear the wrapper of the tapes, they put them into the machine, they press record). The plot is not particularly grabbing and it is populated by people I hate who spend all their time complaining about their jobs and the people they work with and not a single character is redeeming. I shall persevere as they have just got up to the magic bit of story but it is not an enjoyable read up to this point.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 18/12/2012 8:23:09 PM   
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Ahead of another (hopefully, finally, successful...) attempt at American Psycho, I thought I get in the Easton Ellis mood with one of is shorter offerings that I haven't read.  On 10% in but seems OK and readable so far!

I've enjoyed two of his books so far but always struggled to get into 'Psycho'.  I get the impression all of his books are written in a certain distinctive style but that one really tested my patience on the previous attempts.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 18/12/2012 8:49:32 PM   
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Don't bother trying with American Psycho again, really not worth it in my opinion.
I'm re-reading LA Confidential again, only about 60 pages in but whenn you read it again the scope and depth becomes more apparent. An absolute beast of a book.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 18/12/2012 9:03:19 PM   
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Don't bother trying with American Psycho again, really not worth it in my opinion.
I'm re-reading LA Confidential again, only about 60 pages in but whenn you read it again the scope and depth becomes more apparent. An absolute beast of a book.


Yeah...I'm in two minds really, only really own it now as it was dirt cheap one time on Kindle!  Mianly had my interest renewed by watching the film again recently, which I really like.

Been tempted by James Ellroy for ages, I should really give his stuff a go!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 19/12/2012 1:55:06 AM   
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A great fantasy novel that can be best described as 'Discworld meets Underworld'. If you are a fan of Locke Lamora or other similar fantasy books you should check it out. Only 99p on Kindle as well, which is a bargain.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 19/12/2012 1:42:13 PM   
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Been tempted by James Ellroy for ages, I should really give his stuff a go!


I've only read two of his: Black Dhalia which was ok but nothing to write home about and American Tabloid which was a truly terrible book, absolutely awful.


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 19/12/2012 2:30:37 PM   
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quote:

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Been tempted by James Ellroy for ages, I should really give his stuff a go!


I've only read two of his: Black Dhalia which was ok but nothing to write home about and American Tabloid which was a truly terrible book, absolutely awful.



Get out. I love the whole seedy underbelly element. I was going to recommend Teh Black Dhalia as an introduction to his other 1950's LA stuff.
There is a UK author called David peace who has four books which are very similar which I also love (1974, 1977, 1980 & 1983), if you liek gritty crome you should love them.

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