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  • MegiiMegii Frets: 1466
    edited January 2014
    d8m said:
    Megii said:
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, love his stuff.
    Awesome series.

    Which book are you on at the moment?
    Only on book 1, but I have 2 & 3 ready to go also - so a bit of a Haruki fest to look forward to. Hadn't read any of his stuff for quite a while, so a real pleasure to get into something new by him.
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  • MegiiMegii Frets: 1466
    Paul_C said:
    Megii said:
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, love his stuff.
    I've started that, but it does feel like every other Murakami I've read, so I'm leaving it for now - number9dream by David Mitchell is the most Murakami-like book I've read that's not written by Murakami if you've not tried it yet.
    Not tried number9dream, maybe I'll give that a go at some point, cheers for the tip. :)
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 646
    I usually have about 10 books on the go. Currently - 
    The Red Right Hand - Joel Townsley Rogers
    The Anatomy of Ghosts - can't remember
    The End of The Party - Andrew Rawnsley
    Officers & Gentlemen - Evelyn Waugh
    I am a Strange Loop - Douglas Hofstadter
    Standing on Giants Shoulders - anthology by Stephen Hawking
    The Assassin's Cloak - diaries anthology
    Genius (biog of Richard Feynmann) by James Gleick
    Time-torn Man (biog of Thomas Hardy) by Claire Tomalin
    Computer Science, 7th edition - text-book can't remember the author
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  • am currently starting to read some of alan moore's stuff with comic rack on my laptop (have just started reading from hell/the first watchman also).

    just realizing now (only 30 years late) that they are most excellent.

    just finished killing joke batman also (that was excellent too).

     
    i like cake :-) here's my youtube channel   https://www.youtube.com/user/racefaceec90 



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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2244
    Just finished Railway Modeller Feb 14 issue, so am about to start "Leviathan Wakes" by James S.A. Corey, on my son's recommendation.

    Also about halfway through the Donald Fagen book from the other thread - very enjoyable.
    Did anyone bring the petits-fours?
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  • holnrewholnrew Frets: 8157
    Nitefly said:
    Just finished Railway Modeller Feb 14 issue, so am about to start "Leviathan Wakes" by James S.A. Corey, on my son's recommendation.

    Also about halfway through the Donald Fagen book from the other thread - very enjoyable.
    Do you have a model railway?
    My V key is broken
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  • ChuffolaChuffola Frets: 1342
    The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M Banks. 

    I've been putting it off since when this one's done there are no more :(

    I'll miss The Culture...
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  • SkippedSkipped Frets: 2144
    I'm reading 2 biographies.
    The Beatles by Bob Spitz seems to have got mixed reactions. Some people not happy about details that he got wrong (for example talking about Huddlesfield in Yorkshire or Scousers eating "chick butties"). I am trying to overlook these things because generally he is massive on details that I have not seen in other books. In fact this book is 5 times better than I expected. The very detailed sections on the USA tours are laugh out loud funny.

    Elvis by George Klein.
    Lots of interesting stuff.....Random example.....Elvis talking about advice given by Sam Phillips. Phillips told Elvis to be careful when he went to record in Nashville. Sam would not be there to stand up for Elvis when they tried to turn him into a Country Boy so he would have to stand up for himself. While recording in Nashville Chet Atkins walks over to Scotty Moore and tries to tell him how he should be playing a particular part. Elvis recalls the advice...... and walks over to confront Chet Atkins....
    ‘Mr. Atkins, we appreciate your guidance, but we’ve got our own style and I wish you wouldn’t tell my guitar player how to play.’”
    “What happened?”“Well, I knew Mr. Atkins was a little ticked, because I could see the hair on the back of his neck stand up,” laughed Elvis. “But I had to do it. I had to speak up.

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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2244
    holnrew said:
    Nitefly said:
    Just finished Railway Modeller Feb 14 issue, so am about to start "Leviathan Wakes" by James S.A. Corey, on my son's recommendation.

    Also about halfway through the Donald Fagen book from the other thread - very enjoyable.
    Do you have a model railway?
    Not yet, but when I retire at the end of the year I plan to start one - I've acquired a few bits and pieces towards the day...
    Did anyone bring the petits-fours?
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2244
    Chuffola said:
    The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M Banks. 

    I've been putting it off since when this one's done there are no more :(

    I'll miss The Culture...
    Enjoyed it immensely, and I'll miss it too...
    Did anyone bring the petits-fours?
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  • LixartoLixarto Frets: 1613
    bigjon said:
    Time-torn Man (biog of Thomas Hardy) by Claire Tomalin
    :)
    "I can see you for what you are; an idiot barely in control of your own life. And smoking weed doesn't make you cool; it just makes you more of an idiot."
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  • dafuzzdafuzz Frets: 1274
    Maus by Art Spiegelman - been on my shelf for years but never read it (the complete version)
    All practice and no theory
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  • d8md8m Frets: 2396
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5672
    The jobs section of the local paper.......

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • Actually read some books on holiday. Big deal for me! Finished off the Lewis man trilogy ( nice detail about life in the Scottish isles, silly plots), my last Wallander ( only books about his daughter now, probably won't bother), that book about statistics in football ( really), a biography of Darwin ( he didn't believe in homeopathy but had success with water treatment - being wrapped in a wet blanket) and half way through The English Passenger which is fiction but set contemporary to Darwin so some cross over. Currently doing this because I'm supposed to be reading a spreadsheet at work.
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 6276
    currently re-working my way through the GOT books, and No Dog Gardening by Charles Dowding. 

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • Reading 'Crime and Punishment' at the moment. It really is a fantastic book and incredibly well written (if the translation is correct...) but for some reason it's not grabbing me as a 'page turner' just yet (only a 150 pages in).
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2777
    d8m said:
    Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
    I love that book.  Very thought provoking. 



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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 4257
    Currently reading 'I am Pilgrim' by Terry Hayes. Fast-paced thriller a bit in the Jack Reacher/James Bond vein. Not exactly Dostoyevsky but very enjoyable. Before that it was 'Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker' by Charles Shaar Murray. Also very good.
    It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.
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  • dogloaddogload Frets: 1313
    I'm re-reading 'Ubik' by Philip K. Dick. 

    As usual with PKD, mad!
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  • Books I've read recently, all recommended with marks out of 10:

    - The Rosie Project -8/10
    - The Humans - 8/10
    - Stoner - 8/10
    - God of Small Things 9/10
    - Wuthering Heights 8/10
    - To rise again at a decent hour 7/10
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  • hootsmonhootsmon Frets: 9680
    edited September 2014


    the power of now

    the graveyard book

    the music lesson, a spiritual search for growth through music


    tae be or not tae be
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  • imaloneimalone Frets: 737
    dogload said:
    I'm re-reading 'Ubik' by Philip K. Dick. 

    As usual with PKD, mad!
    Ubik is possibly his strangest, though I haven't read the second two VALIS books. Still thoroughly absorbing.

    MazzaG said:
    Reading 'Crime and Punishment' at the moment. It really is a fantastic book and incredibly well written (if the translation is correct...) but for some reason it's not grabbing me as a 'page turner' just yet (only a 150 pages in).
    It gets a bit more involving, don't think it ever really becomes a page turner, but still very enjoyable. For me it's really one of the books that demonstrates page-turning-ness isn't a requirement to being enjoyable. Dead Souls (Gogol) is another.

    Actually read some books on holiday. Big deal for me! Finished off the Lewis man trilogy ( nice detail about life in the Scottish isles, silly plots), my last Wallander ( only books about his daughter now, probably won't bother),
    Wallander on the other hand, a while since I read one, but have occasionally ended up reading until 5am to get them finished. Running low on remaining books too.

    Last one I read:
    Patrick Leigh Fermor - A Time To Keep Silence. One of his shortest, about two separate stays in monasteries. Exudes a quiet peacefulness, together with dashes of his knowledge of history.
    Currently:
    A North Light - John Hewitt's memoir. Ulster's most famous poet before Seamus Heaney, he was also deputy director of the Ulster Museum, and it's an interesting insight into artistic and cultural life in NI during the middle of the 20th C.
    Next:
    Probably another PLF, The Broken Road. But I've also started the first few pages of Laurie Lee's A Rose For Winter.
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  • duotone said:
    Around 50 pages of this left. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hells-Angel-Barger-Angels-Motorcycle/dp/1841153362/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390003128&sr=8-1&keywords=sonny+barger Got Questloves and then Dennis Bergkamps autobiography to read after.


    I was left in two minds about that one; on one hand it's a compelling account of how the HA came to be and how their creed developed, on the other hand it's quite self-glorifying and very 'American' (his conviction that every American should own a pump-action shotgun 'for home defense'). Apparently Barger's mellowed a bit since, but the book as a whole does leave me slightly uneasy.

     

    Anyway, I've just finished GoT up to book 5, daren't start the sixth one whilst I've got work piled up so picked away at a couple of histories of WW2 (one called 'The Storm of War' which is the size of a breezeblock, the other 'A Short History' by Norman Stone, which does what it says on the tin).

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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 6276
    IanSavage said:
     
    picked away at a couple of histories of WW2 (one called 'The Storm of War' which is the size of a breezeblock, the other 'A Short History' by Norman Stone, which does what it says on the tin).
    spoiler alert, we won.

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • "How to cheat at everything" by Simon Lovell.

    He's one of my favourite magicians and in the past was an advisor to the big Vegas casinos about how to catch cheats.

    Mainly because his past was somewhat, err, involved in winning lots from casinos.

    "My belief is that bands are made up of bass, drums and a bunch of novelty acts."

    - Nick Mason.

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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3496
    Just consumed the latest Lee Child / Jack Reacher - Personal - back to form IMHO

    Also just read the Joseph Wambaugh Hollowood series.

    Donald Fagen's Elegant Hipsters - dipping into now and again

    Now halfway through Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series - #1 The Black Echo
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • Jalapeno said:
    Just consumed the latest Lee Child / Jack Reacher - Personal - back to form IMHO

    Also just read the Joseph Wambaugh Hollowood series.

    Donald Fagen's Elegant Hipsters - dipping into now and again

    Now halfway through Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series - #1 The Black Echo

    Lee Child ( that the right way round?) was on Radio 2 this week, he is an Aston Villa fan and apparently uses Villa player's names for characters in his book. He has also written in fan's names. That seemed quite cool. Slightly tempted to try one of the books.
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • dogload said:
    I'm re-reading 'Ubik' by Philip K. Dick. 

    As usual with PKD, mad!
    Thats prob my favourite PKD one!
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  • dogloaddogload Frets: 1313
    I loaded my Kindle with PKD a couple of years ago for my holidays, and ended up reading about ten off the trot. Bad idea - I felt a bit like I'd been 'processed'. Very bizarre .
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