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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Turntable @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:08 am

Careless Whisperer wrote:I was given the Damon Hill Autobiography


If I was going to read an autobiography, the world of formula one would be right at the bottom of my list, below that of a prominent chicken farmer or a lumberjack.
If the only genre of books in existence were racing driver autobiographies then Damon Hill would be right at the bottom of my list below that of the winner of Red Bull soap box race 2007
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by CJ+ @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:11 am

I find autobiographies to be dull as shit, as a general rule.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:20 am

Turntable wrote:a prominent chicken farmer


Get this, I know a prominent chicken farmer who also happens to be a current FIA Champion.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by spast1kunt @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:37 am

DI Burnside wrote:
Turntable wrote:a prominent chicken farmer


Get this, I know a prominent chicken farmer who also happens to be a current FIA Champion.

Well the current FIA European Truck Racing champion is Jochen Hahn, whose surname is German for chicken.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by minimoog @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:15 pm

spast1kunt wrote:Well the current FIA European Truck Racing champion is Jochen Hahn, whose surname is German for chicken.


Chicken is hähnchen.

Hahn is, er, cock.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:51 pm

DI Burnside wrote:
Turntable wrote:a prominent chicken farmer


Get this, I know a prominent chicken farmer who also happens to be a current FIA Champion.

Carrol Shelby was a chicken farmer. I imagine an autobiography of his would be quite entertaining.

Anyway, normally I'd agree with you all about an autobiography, especially that of an F1 driver, being shit, but not in this case. It's getting a lot of good reviews too - beyond my humble opinion.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Cloggy @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:26 pm

Heinrich Himmler was also a chicken farmer.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:38 pm

It's also a she.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Hooli @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:26 pm

Cloggy wrote:Heinrich Himmler was also a chicken farmer.


Drove for Auto Union didn't he?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:38 pm

CJ+ wrote:I find autobiographies to be dull as shit, as a general rule.


I suppose it depends enormously and completely on who's it is. A general rule covering everyone makes you sound a little...feathered.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by CJ+ @ Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:59 am

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:
CJ+ wrote:I find autobiographies to be dull as shit, as a general rule.


I suppose it depends enormously and completely on who's it is. A general rule covering everyone makes you sound a little...feathered.

Fair point. However. I'm sure that there are some autobiographies that I would actually find fascinating, but I tend to find that people telling me what they did, for several hundred pages, just doesn't engage me. It's like how I just don't enjoy opera. It's the form, not specific instances of it.

You must generalise about your own preferences, tokesy? Of course you do.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Turntable @ Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:12 pm

CJ+ wrote:Currently on book 1 of the Wool trilogy.

fcuk me it's dark.


HOw did you find this? I loved it. Thought it was very clever and brilliantly done.
Went to order the second one to discover it is a PREQUEL. I fcuking hate prequels. What the giddy fcuk is the point of making a story where you already know the ending? I am too angry to get it and given that wool concludes itself all very neatly I am of the mindset to leave it at that.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:23 pm

Turntable wrote:
CJ+ wrote:Currently on book 1 of the Wool trilogy.

fcuk me it's dark.


HOw did you find this? I loved it. Thought it was very clever and brilliantly done.
Went to order the second one to discover it is a PREQUEL. I fcuking hate prequels. What the giddy fcuk is the point of making a story where you already know the ending? I am too angry to get it and given that wool concludes itself all very neatly I am of the mindset to leave it at that.


I've just started reading this. Enjoying it so far.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Pigeon @ Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:42 pm

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:03 pm

Turntable wrote:
CJ+ wrote:Currently on book 1 of the Wool trilogy.

fcuk me it's dark.


HOw did you find this? I loved it. Thought it was very clever and brilliantly done.
Went to order the second one to discover it is a PREQUEL. I fcuking hate prequels. What the giddy fcuk is the point of making a story where you already know the ending? I am too angry to get it and given that wool concludes itself all very neatly I am of the mindset to leave it at that.


I finished the first one and I did like it but not sure it really gripped me. I might give the next one a go.

I have a couple of recommendations which I really liked.

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. It's narrated by an utterly unlikable narcissist who persuades a group of acquaintances to let him tag along to a Greek holiday home but has an excellent twist.
Coffin Road by Peter May. Guy wakes up on a Scottish island having lost his memory. It's not a bad thriller at all.
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood. Horrible media family with a big secret. Very clever and shades of Madeline McCann.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:28 pm

Slow Horses. Book one in the slough house line of books about a downtrodden wing of the intelligence service. Enjoying it so far and reckon dis and deuts would too.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Monty @ Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:30 pm

That sounds up my street too. The more action and less thinking, the better sometimes!
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:37 am

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Slow Horses. Book one in the slough house line of books about a downtrodden wing of the intelligence service. Enjoying it so far and reckon dis and deuts would too.


Fcuk!

I finished that last week!

Am now half way through the second, it's every bit as vgood.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Disastrous @ Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:39 am

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Slow Horses. Book one in the slough house line of books about a downtrodden wing of the intelligence service. Enjoying it so far and reckon dis and deuts would too.



Sounds good - I expect it will bring back memories of my time in the service.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Dirk @ Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:48 am

Disastrous wrote:
Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Slow Horses. Book one in the slough house line of books about a downtrodden wing of the intelligence service. Enjoying it so far and reckon dis and deuts would too.



Sounds good - I expect it will bring back memories of my time in the service.


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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:06 pm

Disastrous wrote:
Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Slow Horses. Book one in the slough house line of books about a downtrodden wing of the intelligence service. Enjoying it so far and reckon dis and deuts would too.



Sounds good - I expect it will bring back memories of my time in the service.


Half way through the 4th in the series now, so far it's the best one.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:40 pm

I missed your other post - weird coincidence!
Sounds like they're worth reading?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by spast1kunt @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:10 pm

I'm onto Simom Scarrow, who does historical stuff similar to Bernard Cornwell.

Currently it's the Romans in Brittania.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by stuart @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:29 pm

About hakfcway through the road. fcuk its bleak.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by spast1kunt @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:43 pm

stuart wrote:About hakfcway through the road. fcuk its bleak.

The film of that was on TV last night.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:05 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
Disastrous wrote:
Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Slow Horses. Book one in the slough house line of books about a downtrodden wing of the intelligence service. Enjoying it so far and reckon dis and deuts would too.



Sounds good - I expect it will bring back memories of my time in the service.


Half way through the 4th in the series now, so far it's the best one.


That loos good, the Kindle version of the first book is only 99p too. Added to my list.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:45 am

Just re-read Animal Farm, 1984 next.

As an aside, are you lot fast readers or slow readers? I opened Animal Farm about 5 minutes after we boarded the flight home and finished it as they opened the doors in Singapore. Flight was about an hour & a half my wife & friends all seem to think I must have skipped a load of it to have got through it so quickly, but I just read it at my normal pace? It's not unusual for me to read a book in one sitting especially if travelling.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by spast1kunt @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:38 am

I'm a fast reader HGL. If it's a thriller I'm reading like a Len Deighton or something I'll polish it off in a matter of three or four hours. People often don't believe that I've really read them properly but I have.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Disastrous @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:13 am

Same. I'll read a thriller in bed most often in one go, maybe over two nights.

I'll maybe take my time wth something a bit more worthy but that's more of a deliberate effort to enjoy it.

I tend to read by sort of glossing over the first words of a paragraph, picking it up in the middle, then skimming to the end. I've 'seen' all the words and that way and then my brain can sort of retrospectively fill in the bits I didn't consciously take in as I start the next one.

It's quite an interesting question - I've never thought about how I read before. Does everyone read the same way?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Hooli @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:07 pm

I think everyone who can read does that, to have to think of each word & process it as one I'd say is still learning to read.
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