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RE: What Are You Reading? - 27/1/2006 8:59:58 PM   
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I'm only about 40 pages in so far but its great so far!  Got two 4 hour train journeys to make over the weekend so should plough through it!


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 27/1/2006 9:04:35 PM   
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'Uncle Vanya' by Anton Chekhov.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/1/2006 3:34:38 AM   
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Currently reading Women in Love by DH Lawrence. It was good, but it's beginning to annoy me a little now 
In the past week I've read Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh) and Breakfast At Tiffany's (Truman Capote) - both very good. I've got a lot of spare time right now!

Next up: Homer's The Iliad

A Short History of Nearly Everything is fantastic - got a lot of stick for reading it on a beach holiday a year or so ago but it was worth it!


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/1/2006 10:48:57 AM   
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Just started Salamander by Thomas Wharton



Fairly enjoyable so far, bit disappointed that the dust sleeve has told me what happens in the first 100 pages. Looking forward to getting to a point when I don't know what is around the corner.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/1/2006 10:54:32 AM   
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It's really frustrating when they do that - I always find I'm waiting for what I know is going to happen to happen, and not really focussing on the story at all. Very irritating.

I'm now reading The Sunne in Splendour as reccomended very strongly to me by Mr.Izzardesque. I'm enjoying it so far but I only started this morning so it's hard to know yet!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/1/2006 11:13:35 AM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/1/2006 11:35:46 AM   
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When I read Tess of the D'Urbavilles, I discovered that the blub on the back was in fact a one paragraph summary of everything that happens in the book.  That spoiled it slightly for me...

I am now reading Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, because I have to read 8 plays in the next week and I need to start somewhere.  I hate reading plays.  They should be watched, not read!


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 30/1/2006 12:59:22 PM   
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I'm still reading Catch-22 and I must say I'm sorely dissapointed. I'm up to page 401 and I'm struggling to finish it. I've just lost all interest in the story and the characters. It's a strange book really. It starts off with the narrative flitting all over the place between loads of characters and events. The chronology was also all over the place. I constantly found myself thinking, "This would be better with more structure and told in chronological order."

However, about half way through the book suddenly stops this 'structure' and the narrative becomes more linear. Now I'm thinking, "Actually, it was better before." It's gotten to the point where I'm only reading about 3 pages a day, and that's only when I'm on the bog! I'm not going to give up though. I'll soldier on and finish it, even if it kills me!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 1/2/2006 12:03:20 PM   
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Just started reading Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy...again.  I really love this book, a real gem and just good British humour...I borrowed the trilogy in  4 parts from my college library last year and started Restaurant at The End of The Universe but had to return the book so I could not finish it

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 7/2/2006 3:58:12 PM   
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I've just started Q & A by Vikas Swarup. Its about a man who wins a gameshow but gets arrested because the shows organisers believe he has cheated. Its a nice easy read so far, I'm enjoying the structure (the chapters are broken down into the quiz questions) but I'm unsure of whether to trust the narrator or not just yet... I want to believe he is telling the truth but I'm not positive!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 7/2/2006 7:22:30 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 7/2/2006 9:41:36 PM   
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JUst read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' again. About fifteen times I have read it now. Still gets better every time I read it. I have recently become a dad and it is the first time I have read it since then. I desperately want to be as wise as Atticus when it comes to my daughter.

Anyway since finishing that I have started on


I loved 'The Bluest Eye', one of the saddest,most moving books I ever read. This is very good also with well defined characters and, thankfully, it moves at a rattling pace. Which I love

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 7/2/2006 9:51:07 PM   
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I'm meant to be reading Lucky Jim but...

I'm reading PvP comics before I go to sleep. I find they cheer me up and relax me which can only be a good thing. I'm reading Lucky Jim when I'm on public transport though.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 7/2/2006 11:40:50 PM   
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I've just started The Constant Gardener and it looks like a winner. I bought Vengeance, Jarhead and Moon Dust today, so they'll be next on my reading list.

I'm also dipping into The Lost Chronicles. Makes me want to watch the series again.


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 7/2/2006 11:58:04 PM   
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just finished angels and demons, and about the start (for the third time) cryptonomicon by neil stephenson

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 9:03:23 AM   
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At the moment Lemony Snicket's The Penultimate Peril. I have a book called Codex to go onto after that. Looks like another Rule of Four type thing which could be interesting.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 9:20:14 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

I've just started The Constant Gardener and it looks like a winner. I bought Vengeance, Jarhead and Moon Dust today, so they'll be next on my reading list.

I'm also dipping into The Lost Chronicles. Makes me want to watch the series again.



Spooky, my housemate has just started The COnstant Gardener and bought Jarhead yesterday! You don't live with me do you?

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 10:32:19 AM   
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I'm currently reading:

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - a fresh slant on the Dracula myth.  Rich in historical detail and atmosphere, it's developing very nicely indeed.  Highly recommended to anyone who is tired of the libertine Anne Rice-style bloodsuckers.

Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel - a medium is haunted by ghosts of her own past. I'm not very far into this one yet, but so far it's very promising.  Mantel has an incredible turn of prose that can be comedic, shocking and deeply disturbing all at the same time.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 1:20:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sharkboy


Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel - a medium is haunted by ghosts of her own past. I'm not very far into this one yet, but so far it's very promising.  Mantel has an incredible turn of prose that can be comedic, shocking and deeply disturbing all at the same time.

I've just finished that. Never read any of her stuff before but really enjoyed it.
Now started this one which is, so far, bloody good!





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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 1:45:35 PM   
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1984.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 2:05:57 PM   
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1984.


I knew you were a secret Big Brother fan really.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 2:15:25 PM   
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1984.

The last time you read a book?

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 8/2/2006 3:23:39 PM   
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A Woman Of Know Importance- for A-level English
Pride And Prejudice- for fun
Treasure Island- for fun

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/2/2006 9:04:06 PM   
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  I just started reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Yes I am shallow and I would never have picked it up if it wasn't for the film coming out, but it's good so far, and I bet I'm not the only one.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 10/2/2006 3:07:57 PM   
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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.  It's about scalphunters on the US-Mexico border.  It's really, really bleak but beautifully written.  I recommend it.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 10/2/2006 3:45:43 PM   
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just a few chapters in but looks like a winner: bit of mystery, bit of history, nicely written. and something about a cannibal....

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 10/2/2006 8:31:19 PM   
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I just read The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine, which I'm teaching soon. It's fab, really dark. I'd recommend it even though it's for kids.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 10/2/2006 8:45:50 PM   
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Havent read a novel in ages so thought I might start Labyrinth by Kate Mosse tonight!  Hopefully it should be OK!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 10/2/2006 9:08:22 PM   
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Just finished Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui
it was overstylised and the author was trying too hard to sound westernised and philosophical.
am about to start The Portable Door by Tom Holt.I got it for 99p out of Ottakars!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 10/2/2006 10:53:34 PM   
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I'm reading 'The Vampire Lestat' by Anne Rice. Read the one before that ''Interview with the Vampire'' and that was quite good. My friend also bought me the last in the series (the tenth one) so I need to wade through them all so I can read that one, although I don't know if you have to read them chronologically really.

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