Read a good book lately?

Discussion in 'Other media' started by Weirdo, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. duoinchains

    duoinchains t'other resident yaoi fan

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    Chieftans

    1980s Cold-war/start of WWIII novel about the crew of a British Army Cheiftan tank, written by someone who had been there, done that, so the detail comes over very convincingly. Cohesive and plausible plot and fast pacing held my attention, though the very abrupt ending* caught me by surprise and left the whole 'well... who won?!?!?' question hanging.

    *abrupt, but not entirely unexpected Soviet response to the Allies effectively delaying/bogging down the Red Army advance into Germany enough to allow reinforcements from the US to arrive. (7 days to the Rhine/Fulda Gap/North German Plain/etc)
     
  2. megalomaniac

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    You realise you're now on a watch list... Well, that's assuming you weren't before of course. Either way you are now, good to know I'm not the only one at least... Well apart from Seb, but that's for entirely different reasons ;)
     
  3. rjessop

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    Pretty confident that they don't put you on watchlists for buying New York Times' bestsellers. The list would be too long to watch.
     
  4. Jinjer

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    spotted a good copy of guards! guards! in a bargain store lately, so i decided to read while commuting

    also finding it weird that i'm almost always the only one holding a book these days while everyone else has a phone to check on...

    but in any case, really loving the novel
     
  5. Cell

    Cell Ye ragin', aye?

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    Thousand Cranes

    Short Japanese story about a man drawn to the lover of his dead father. Poignant.
     
  6. rjessop

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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.
     
  7. RodneyE

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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 its intimacy and the emotional resonance that can be felt from the book.
     
  8. Cell

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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.
     
  9. -Danielle-

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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.
     
  10. rjessop

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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.
     
  11. Cell

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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.
     
  12. Clover

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    I'm currently reading 'Alice' by Christina Henry. Was a bit skeptic at first, but now I'm hooked.
     
  13. Dandaman

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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.
     
  14. rjessop

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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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    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
     
  16. Cell

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    Another Ursula Le Guin book, 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.
     
  18. Cell

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    Finder's Keepers 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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