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#101 Amber Avenger

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 04:41 PM

Showing my geeky side here, but I’m reading ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’ by Sean Howe. A really comprehensive look at the history of Marvel from way back before World War 2, up to the present day. A lot of focus on the likes of Stan ‘The Man’ Lee, Jack Kirby et al on the early days so far, but since they created it all you’d expect that. Basically the lesson I’m learning so far is that a lot of people who created this stuff just didn’t get their due.

 

If you like comics (or the history of publishing actually), you’ll get a real kick out of it. Not come across one boring section of the book yet, it’s a real readable style the author has. I’ll go back to my batcave now (I know that’s DC by the way!)


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#102 Futtocks

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:31 PM

As well as reading the first 'Rama' book while commuting, I have also (at home) been re-reading the truly wonderful They're a weird Mob by Nino Culotta. 

 

I'll probably have to start in on the sequels now - that's usually the pattern. No complaints from me, though. :) 


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#103 Steve May

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:45 AM

One of the great joys in life is to read a book in a single sitting.  Did that with The Ghost by Robert Harris on Tuesday night, after a false start a month or two back.

 

Cracking read.   It's interesting that the (alleged) three word comment by Tony Blair when he finished reading it was "The cheeky ****er"

 

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#104 Futtocks

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:49 AM

As well as reading the first 'Rama' book while commuting, I have also (at home) been re-reading the truly wonderful They're a weird Mob by Nino Culotta. 

 

I'll probably have to start in on the sequels now - that's usually the pattern. No complaints from me, though. :)

About halfway through The Garden of Rama and I have to open a window to let out the stench. Talk about ruining the memory of a great original - this is basically Yummy Mummy in Space.


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#105 WearyRhino

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:47 AM

You're not allowed to send me books anymore, so it's back to plan A and the cake! Shhhh! ;-|

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 07:48 PM

two brothers, ben elton, comes highly reccomended by my sis.


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#107 Futtocks

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 04:56 PM

I have recently finished Ruth Reichl's excellent 'Oysters and Pearls', which made me buy her other two books. Very enjoyable and fascinating.

 

Currently reading Jerome K.Jerome - Idle Thoughts of an idle Fellow, A good fun book to dip into, rather than read all the way through. A tidbit to amuse you: I" had a tame rat when I was a boy, and I loved that animal as only a boy would love an old water-rat; and one day it fell into a large dish of gooseberry-fool that was standing to cool in the kitchen, and nobody knew what had become of the poor creature until the second helping." 


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 02:33 PM

I have just finished The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux, the tale of his journey round the coast of the Mediterranean sea. Very good, as is usual for his travel writing.

I hit the second-hand shops the other day:
Roderick Cameron - The Golden Haze: travels in the South Sea islands.
Farid ud-Din Attar - The Conference of the Birds (English translation), a tale referenced by Jorge Luis Borges, among others.
Harry Thompson - Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven (very bad) Village Cricketers Take on the World.
Alan Bennett - A Life like other People's.


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#109 Phil

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:55 PM

Cloud Atlas a bit complex in as much as it jumps all over the place chronologically but it has a strangely hypnotic effect, I'm enjoying it.
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 08:24 AM

I have just finished The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux, the tale of his journey round the coast of the Mediterranean sea. Very good, as is usual for his travel writing.

I hit the second-hand shops the other day:
Roderick Cameron - The Golden Haze: travels in the South Sea islands.
Farid ud-Din Attar - The Conference of the Birds (English translation), a tale referenced by Jorge Luis Borges, among others.
Harry Thompson - Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven (very bad) Village Cricketers Take on the World.
Alan Bennett - A Life like other People's.

 

Theroux's travel books are well worth reading. He isn't afraid of portraying himself in a less than positive light on occasions, eg as a grumpy so and so....



#111 Futtocks

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:15 PM



Theroux's travel books are well worth reading. He isn't afraid of portraying himself in a less than positive light on occasions, eg as a grumpy so and so....

I really don't enjoy his fiction, where the sour side of his nature seems to be more of a factor. I did enjoy The Mosquito Coast, but that's about it.

 

His book about travelling around the coast of Britain in the mid-Eighties, The Kingdom by the Sea, is a great look at us as a nation from an outsider. Not always complimentary, but with interesting insights.


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#112 longboard

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:26 PM

I really don't enjoy his fiction, where the sour side of his nature seems to be more of a factor. I did enjoy The Mosquito Coast, but that's about it.

 

His book about travelling around the coast of Britain in the mid-Eighties, The Kingdom by the Sea, is a great look at us as a nation from an outsider. Not always complimentary, but with interesting insights.

 

It's a long time since I've read any of his fiction. It certainly isn't cheery. I've read all of his travel books.

In Kingdom by the Sea he avoids the most popular, or historic places in Britain that are near the coast. He is both appalled by what he sees as the state of the country and admiring of certain qualities also. I remember his conclusion that the most hospitable people he met were in Northern Ireland, which was the only place where people invited him into their houses; this was at a time when there was a lot of murder and violence there.


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#113 SouthernRLfan

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:27 PM

I've just finished Stoner by John Williams, supposedly one of the best books you've never heard of. Phenomenal book and one I couldn't put down over the Easter weekend. Recommended to all.

 

Now starting a collection of some of James Ellroy's articles and short stories.



#114 Futtocks

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:51 PM



Currently reading Jerome K.Jerome - Idle Thoughts of an idle Fellow, A good fun book to dip into, rather than read all the way through. A tidbit to amuse you: I" had a tame rat when I was a boy, and I loved that animal as only a boy would love an old water-rat; and one day it fell into a large dish of gooseberry-fool that was standing to cool in the kitchen, and nobody knew what had become of the poor creature until the second helping."

I should have mentioned that being out of copyright, all of Jerome K.Jerome's books are free downloads for Kindle, including Three Men in a Boat, his best-known work.


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#115 Maximus Decimus

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 03:35 PM

Just started reading the Flashman novels. My first reaction was that I don't think they could have been written in this day and age.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:09 PM

Just started reading the Flashman novels. My first reaction was that I don't think they could have been written in this day and age.

The author would have been very proud to read that second sentence. :) 

 

The Flashman books are a treasure trove of fun, filth and thrills, and I have revisited them again and again over the years with great pleasure.


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#117 Futtocks

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:10 PM

I've just finished Stuart Maconie's The People's Songs. Enjoyable and evocative of semi-remembered years gone by.

Of course, Maconie being an ex-NME writer, the name of Morrissey is dropped with a deathly clunk into practically every chapter, but that's a price you have to pay for an otherwise good read.


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#118 Grollo

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:18 PM

Just started reading the Flashman novels. My first reaction was that I don't think they could have been written in this day and age.

Did Flashman play rugger with Webb-Ellis?


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#119 Maximus Decimus

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 07:37 PM

The author would have been very proud to read that second sentence. :)

 

The Flashman books are a treasure trove of fun, filth and thrills, and I have revisited them again and again over the years with great pleasure.

 

Must admit, they are an easy read which is quite refreshing. Usually I like books that are believable and the less ridiculous the better but I'm accepting Flashman for what it is!



#120 Futtocks

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:34 PM

Must admit, they are an easy read which is quite refreshing. Usually I like books that are believable and the less ridiculous the better but I'm accepting Flashman for what it is!

The historical research, also covered in the appendices, is very good in these books.

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