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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby tatosven » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:09 pm

Big difference between reading and looking at pictures. Currently reading Millenium People by Ballard. All about disaffected middle-class England, quite funny and actually raises some serious points about the middle-class in the UK. Makes me think, which is what a book should do.
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby ATTMFKH » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:34 pm

This week I is mostly reading....'Fighting Reuben Wolfe'.......Marcus Zusak
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby tatosven » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:10 am

Currently finishing off Requiem for a dream. Not an easy read but easier than Last Exit to Brooklyn.
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby ATTMFKH » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:56 am

50 Dead Men Walking - the story of a young Belfast lad who works for the Special Branch and is also recruited by the IRA....... makes my drive down the Falls Road in a dark blue passat saloon with British plates in 1996, crew cut and khaki t-shirt all the more stupid :? :shock:

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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby tootes » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:55 am

I am reading "Trafalgar The Men The battle The Storm" which is ,believe it or not, a history of the battle.

Fokin epic - just got to the start of the battle - The Royal Sovereign leading the very slow charge - taking hits for 20mins until they got into the French line, crew lying down for cover and the officers standing in the face of the enemy - Balls of steel!!!
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby roberdy » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:06 pm

Accelerando by Charles Stross, read it if you want future shock!
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby Chris F » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:17 pm

Pandaemonium by Christopher Brookmyre. Great so far, but If it goes where I think it's going, it will be awesome. Loved all of his books I have read so far.
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby morris » Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:50 pm

Anyone read this http://www.philatelybooks.com/show_book.php?isbn=69000 ?

Peter Troys exploration journals... looks interesting but can't find it for sale in the uk

Interview before he died: http://www.abc.net.au/gnt/history/Trans ... 183014.htm
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby Underdog » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:12 pm

Gonzo Papers Vol 3 - Songs of the Doomed; Hunter S. Thompson.

After about 30 pages I am thinking "this seems to be the ramblings of a madman".
Persevere to page 72. "This is the rambling of a complete fucking lunatic."

I get angry then, wanting to hurt the guy for the pain he is putting me through. Since he's been dead for a while that's not possible
so next best thing - get out of a warm bed at 11.30 in the evening to throw the fucking thing out of the bedroom window.

Then realise the bastard has probably had the effect he was always intending; "Damn" go outside and retrieve it.

Wide awake now so I need something to read...........

Bastard !!!!!!
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby kookie-monster » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:47 pm

/\/\/\/\/\ hahahahahahahaha :lol: :lol:
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby harkii » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:08 pm

this thread
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby danny1 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:15 pm

currently readin "what's mine is yours" by rachel botsman. about the shifting of the economy from a consumer, ownership led society to a one that shares rents and loans goods. fookin good read but prob not everyones cuppa
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby Chris F » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:28 am

Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, it's my cup!
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby tatosven » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:00 am

danny1 wrote:currently readin "what's mine is yours" by rachel botsman. about the shifting of the economy from a consumer, ownership led society to a one that shares rents and loans goods. fookin good read but prob not everyones cuppa

Did read Naomi Kleins` "No Logo". The usual anti-America, Mcdonalds, western guilt etc. She is basically a college drop out who writes like one, nowhere near the standard of Ritzers "Mcdonaldisation of Society". Not everyones cup of tea however it is an interesting take on consumption in society. I have now finished Selbys` "Requiem for a Dream", depressing, compelling and if anyone is thinking of taking heroin for fun then they should read it, did not end well for the protagonists, actually that is debatable.
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby shackattack2 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:47 pm

David Shenk: The genius in all of us - Interesting book
Allen Guithe: Hardman - Basically about people in Edinburgh kickin the s**t out of each other
Stephen Leather: Vets - People in SE Asia kickin the s**t out of each other

Underdog wrote:Gonzo Papers Vol 3 - Songs of the Doomed; Hunter S. Thompson.


Rum Diaries good too.....
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby danny1 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:35 pm

morris wrote:Anyone read this http://www.philatelybooks.com/show_book.php?isbn=69000 ?

Peter Troys exploration journals... looks interesting but can't find it for sale in the uk

Interview before he died: http://www.abc.net.au/gnt/history/Trans ... 183014.htm

cool
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby stephh » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:27 pm

Anybody doing the World Book day thing? I'm giving out 48 copies of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie :-) :-)
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby ATTMFKH » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:41 pm

stephh wrote:Anybody doing the World Book day thing? I'm giving out 48 copies of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie :-) :-)


When & what do you do ?
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby henryg » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:22 am

I am no expert on grammar but the title of this thread reads badly; surely, especially because the thread is aimed at literate types, that comma needs to be a full stop (or maybe a colon?).
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby shackattack2 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:09 am

^^^ Just like Derrick Zoolanders school for kids who don't read so good :lol:
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby kookie-monster » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:56 am

i've been thinking about getting a Kindle, anyone have any experience with them?
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby purpleandy » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:32 am

millenium trilogy - don't knock it till you've read it.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -Jonathan Safran Foer - an absloutely amazing book.
The Border Trilogy - Cormac McCarthy (the road is good, No country for old men is superbly written, border trilogy is heavy going especially if you don't do spanish but he still contains some beautiful passages)


Currently reading all the books i was meant to read at school - finished catcher in the rye, and now on to kill a mockingbird.
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby purpleandy » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:36 am

henryg wrote:I am no expert on grammar but the title of this thread reads badly; surely, especially because the thread is aimed at literate types, that comma needs to be a full stop (or maybe a colon?).


Fuck me, that sentence needs way more capitals.....
and if you're going to be that pedantic, you only managed five words before you missed a comma. :lol:


Allow me dear boy.....

henryg wrote:I'm not a grammatical expert, but can't help feeling that the title of this thread reads a tad badly. Surely, the author of a thread aimed at bookworms, people with really thick glasses and men who still live with their parents would realise that the comma needs replacing with a fulcrum. If the use of a fulcrum seems a little too challenging, may I be audacious enough to suggest the use of a colon?


Grade D GCSE English my arse ............
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby Chris F » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:46 am

stephh wrote:Anybody doing the World Book day thing? I'm giving out 48 copies of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie :-) :-)


Are you going to explain to the people who you give the books to that she is a fascist and a racist?
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby waxer00 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:01 pm

michel de montaigne the essays :shock:
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby stephh » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:29 pm

Are you going to explain to the people who you give the books to that she is a fascist and a racist?


How spooky exactly what my other half said 8) Thought it would make for an interesting discussion that's why I chose it and thought it would be a good chance to look at those views :-D
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby Underdog » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:21 pm

kookie-monster wrote:i've been thinking about getting a Kindle, anyone have any experience with them?


Not personally; but I've still got an opinion :roll: :lol:

I can't really see the point; I love the feel of a real book and trawling thrift shops for used bargains.

One of the plus points, so Kindlers tell me, is the ability to load up sheds of titles for travelling.
Seems to me that they are missing two of travellings greatest pleasures
a) swapping books with random strangers (and perhaps discovering a new gem) and
b) at the end of a trip, gifting your excess books to those who will really appreciate them.

And I wouldn't try jamming a Kindle under your bed board in your van in an effort to get the bloody thing somewhere near level. :wink:
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby henryg » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:55 pm

purpleandy wrote:
henryg wrote:I am no expert on grammar but the title of this thread reads badly; surely, especially because the thread is aimed at literate types, that comma needs to be a full stop (or maybe a colon?).


Fuck me, that sentence needs way more capitals.....
and if you're going to be that pedantic, you only managed five words before you missed a comma. :lol:



You don't need to put a comma before the conjunction in this instance. It is not wrong to put one there but it is not really necessary.
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby Chris F » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:37 am

Underdog wrote:
I can't really see the point; I love the feel of a real book and trawling thrift shops for used bargains.


Exactly. And, as happened to one of this forum's users Kindle, batteries in a paperback don't go flat.
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Re: Books, you can read so what are you reading ?

Postby kookie-monster » Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:52 am

Have cooled to the idea though after falling asleep in the bath last night while reading and trashing a library copy of American Gods:roll:

I can't really see the point; I love the feel of a real book and trawling thrift shops for used bargains.


And I wouldn't try jamming a Kindle under your bed board in your van in an effort to get the bloody thing somewhere near level.

Points taken, Amazon's loss.
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