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Old 24-07-2016, 08:53 AM   #286
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Finished The Way of The Runner.

That inspired me to pick up the autobiography/recipe book Eat and Run by Scott Jurek, an ultramarathon champion and vegan. In it he talks about 100+ mile foot races including The Badwater in Death Valley, one of the hardest races on earth.
After many years of it being on my list I decided to listen to Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, having enjoyed the TV adaptation. It is exceptionally well written as you might expect for a Booker Prize winner. It's a big one though, 24 hours long in the unabridged edition.
The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett. An accessible introduction to neuroscience with the warmth and humour present in Burnett's popular Guardian blogs.
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Old 30-07-2016, 06:07 AM   #287
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The most recent book that I have read was Zero K by Don DeLillo. The book is about a billionaire Ross Lockhart who tries to seek immortality for his wife(who is very ill) and himself through cryopreservation. I like this book because of it’s intimacy and the emotional resonance that can be felt from the book.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:43 AM   #288
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Tau Zero by Poul Anderson.

World War Three happens, Sweden takes over the world, humanity takes to space to start new colonies via ships that travel at near light speed, an accident happens and time and space become stretched to infinity and beyond. Really interesting book, took me a while to get into it, but the last 100 pages or so were extremely rewarding.
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:13 PM   #289
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Started reading House Rules. Liking it. Hope I find time to finish it. Was meant to be my sunbathing book lol.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:17 PM   #290
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Shut Up Legs! by Jens Voigt - a memoir by a Tour de France veteran, hour record holder and cycling personality.
Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn - in which the author journeys to Iten in Kenya to learn why athletes from that town dominate long distance running.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and its Causes by Steven Pinker - still the best book. Colossal though - 36 hours of audiobook goodness.
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Old 18-10-2016, 02:15 PM   #291
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I'm currently reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Looks better than most of his stuff so far, as I'm not a huge Gaiman fan.
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I'm currently reading 'Alice' by Christina Henry. Was a bit skeptic at first, but now I'm hooked.
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Old 19-02-2017, 07:01 AM   #293
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Starting doing a spot of reading here and there.

I recently finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, loved it!
I've joined Audible as well, contemplating getting it on there too as I fancy the experience.

Currently reading Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith. I'm 3 chapters in and so far, so good! As an anxiety sufferer since my early teens, it seems like quite a fun read.
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Old 19-02-2017, 10:39 AM   #294
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Just finished The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming. It's about a 17th century Spanish artist, Velazquez, and a Victorian book seller, John Snare, who possibly finds one of his lost masterpieces. Fine art isn't something I usually care about, but this is a brilliant tale not just about the elusive artist, but of Snare's ingenious investigation and his descent into obsession.

The descriptions of the paintings alone are wonderful.
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Old 19-02-2017, 03:59 PM   #295
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I will be in a few weeks, just ordered a bunch of new Aliens Novels that have come out, along with the Re Issue of The Alien Novel from the first Alien Movie back in 1979, still one of my favorites to read
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Old 26-02-2017, 12:01 PM   #296
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Another Ursula Le Guin book, [i]The Left Hand of Darkness[/b]. Deals with a Hainish ambassador attempting to bring the androgynous people of Winter into the star federation. The people of Winter live in an almost perpetually frozen world and can take on both genders during their "kemmering". Was pretty damn good, but then I've never read a Le Guin novel that wasn't.
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American Gods by Nail Gaiman arrived yesterday. Won't be reading it until my holiday sadly. It screams for poolside reading

Also ordering his Norse Mythology when paperback reduced in price as it's more expensive than hardback lol.
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:57 AM   #298
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[b]Finder's Keepers[b] was pretty enjoyable, even if it feels more like a Lee Childs book than a Stephen King. The ending of the book for the finale now hints towards more Steven King centric stuff.
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Gona order the new book from that women who wrote The Girl On The Train. Will make good poolside reading along with the Gaiman one.
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I recently read The Establishment: and how they get away with it by Owen Jones. I found it a really enjoyable read once I got into it; it's basically about the powerful and the wealthy, and how they work to keep the power and wealth where it is. I especially enjoyed how it explores the link between business and politics, with people moving from one to the other through revolving doors as it were.
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