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What are you reading?

Post by QoFE @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:06 pm

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by stuart @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:12 pm

Nothing.

I might read Boris - The Rise of Boris Johnson.

I had started it but ordered Into Thin Air after a BSR recommendation and it got relegated back to the bit under my desk where books are kept.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Hugh Cakehole @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:17 pm

i'm reading Dante: Inferno

i've wanted to read it for ages and finally got round to it.
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Re: What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by HeavySoul @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:22 pm

'The Corner' by David Simon and Ed Burns

This is a prelude and part-inspiration for 'The Wire' TV series (as a lot of the Wire geeks around here will know).

It has been sitting on my shelf for months waiting to be read as it is quite a tome and I was waiting for the right time to undertake it properly.

70-odd pages in so far and already I am completely drawn into it. The beginning of the second chapter in particular was a fantastically descriptive insight into actual life on the streets of Baltimore and carried a lot of weight and conviction of someone who clearly knows/loves/hates their city.

Will probably write an expansive and long-winded review for here once it has been finished.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by WD40 @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:26 pm

Hugh Cakehole wrote:i'm reading Dante: Inferno

i've wanted to read it for ages and finally got round to it.


Please do a review when you have, I've long wondered whether I'd possibly enjoy reading Dante, just haven't given it shelf-space.

ETA: Not reading anything for fun at the moment, still a few left from my Christmas haul to get through. Finished Wolf Hall last week and have been trying to cobble together a mini-review for it. Beyond "excellent, read it!" and "I can see this being a very much re-read book in future".
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by onomatopoeia @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:30 pm

I just finished Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, which is the only book I've read this year. Normally I average a novel a week.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:33 pm

Mo Hayder - Skin

I've just finished Birdman by the same author which was a brilliant read, makes the likes of Cornwell and McDermid appear even worse than they are if that were possible.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Pigeon @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:40 pm

Currently: Iain M Banks, The Algebraist.

Haven't got very far into it yet. But I do rather like the way his methods of interstellar travel in this book stick pretty closely to known physics, rather than the usual assumption of some sort of "magic" to overcome the c-limit.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by dougc @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:42 pm

Tail End Charlies: The last battles of the bomber war 1944-45.

Documenting the allied bombing campaigns during the last year of WW2.

Very good.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by nakedninja @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:34 am

Iain Banks - The Crow Road
Christopher McDougal - Born to Run

Haven't really got into The Crow Road even though I'm about half way through, it feels very slow and just a little dull.

Born to Run is good, but I'm not very far in. It's about a tribe of people called the Tarahumara, very interesting people.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Routie445 @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:45 am

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by nakedninja @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:48 am

thebluebus wrote:I'm reading The Shack by Wm Paul Young, on Mrs Bluebus's insistence.


Everyone I know who's read this said it's ace and made them think.
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Re: What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Fidgits @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:04 am

im reading the associate by John Grisham
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by CJ+ @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:22 pm

I've just finished The Owl Killers and The Left Hand Of God and am about to start on Independence Day.

I really, really enjoyed The Owl Killers. Maitland does a marvellous job of showing you the 14th century, when everything was (at times, literally) a bit shit. It's hard to discuss the story without spoiling it, but suffice to say that I got very involved in it and was left a bit "cor, blimey" at the end. I think it highly likely that I'll pick up Company of Liars.

The Left Hand Of God started out absolutely great. Hoffman really brings the Sanctuary of the Redeemers to life, in all its brutal glory. The problem with the book is that it goes a bit daft in the final third of the book. Hoffman keeps the momentum going, however, and you do end up reading all the way to the end, which is a blatantly cheeky set-up for a sequel.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by CJ+ @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:25 pm

Pigeon wrote:Currently: Iain M Banks, The Algebraist.

Haven't got very far into it yet. But I do rather like the way his methods of interstellar travel in this book stick pretty closely to known physics, rather than the usual assumption of some sort of "magic" to overcome the c-limit.

I liked it, but thought that the Archimandrite was ludicrously overdone, and the ending is apocalyptically shit.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by QoFE @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:31 pm

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Käsemeister @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:35 pm

Alex McBride - Defending the Guilty

Heard the massively abridged serialisation of this on R4 so bought it.


MAHOOOOOOSIVE disappointment. Shocking poorly edited, lacking for spell checker, and dull as ditchwater.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Ecks Ridgehead @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:15 pm

I'm reading The Enchantress Of Florence by Salman Rushdie.

It's not one of his best.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by stace @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:31 pm

A Beautiful Mind - Sylvia Nasar
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by WD40 @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:32 pm

I picked this up in Sainsbury's the other day as part of a 2 for £7 deal with a book my wife wanted - both were £5.99 individually.

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CTF/Amazon linky - but £15.00?

Barely into it so far, but it's very interesting already.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Towie @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:38 pm

I read at least two books a week.

I'm working my way through the "2 for £7" deals in Sainsburys (Massive selection at your local Kermit). Usually law/crime thrillers - Grisham, Connelly,Patterson, Gimenez, etc etc.

One to avoid - James Patterson , Cross Country. A good story, but a disappointing ending. My main beef is that he insists on starting a new chapter with almost every paragraph. 400 pages in 10pt text and 158 chapters. Makes it very difficult to read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Turntable @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:40 pm

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by WD40 @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:41 pm

Towie wrote:My main beef


>braces for BSR rage<
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Towie @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:45 pm

blindswelledrat wrote:For trashy reading I thought Cross Country was the best James Patterson I've read.


Like I said, it was a good story, but didn't you think the ending was a bit lame? In a sort of "with one bound, he was free" type way? i.e. No real explaination? Did your copy have all those chapters too?
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Re: What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Pigeon @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:51 pm

CommanderJameson wrote:
Pigeon wrote:Currently: Iain M Banks, The Algebraist.

Haven't got very far into it yet. But I do rather like the way his methods of interstellar travel in this book stick pretty closely to known physics, rather than the usual assumption of some sort of "magic" to overcome the c-limit.


I liked it, but thought that the Archimandrite was ludicrously overdone, and the ending is apocalyptically shit.


Having finished it last night I am inclined to agree, it's as if he ran out of imagination and just let the book dribble to a close.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by thekungfury @ Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:52 pm

Ecks Ridgehead wrote:I'm reading The Enchantress Of Florence by Salman Rushdie.

It's not one of his best.

Look at your reading a controversial author and then superfluously saying it's not his best.

'Cept it wasn't superfluous, was it?

It was you lording it over us saying you've read all of his books. You pretend you've got this Mekon brain that can understand really clever things but I, for one, am not fooled.

You saw this thread, opened up the literary page in the Guardian supplement and picked the ponciest book reviewed and used their last line as your "review".

One day you'll meet somebody who's actually read one of these horrendous books you claim to be "reading" and they'll say something like "Did you expect the suicide in the 7th chapter?". You'll act all cool (but ginger) and say "Yeah, I could see that coming all along" and they will "Ha! There is no suicide. There aren't even 7 chapters! Ha!"

That person?

That will be me.
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