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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/07 18:59:54 (permalink)


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It doesn't really compare to The DaVinci Code.

Just see the film. Come with me x

 
Da Vinci Code film was pretty shit though, can't see this being much better...

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/07 19:10:01 (permalink)
Reading the first in the Dexter series only started it today, had it for ages and kept meaning too so now I got time on lunch at work to get through this bad boy.

Its very odd seeing the tv show before reading the book as you picture it as you remember and dont really imagine it.

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/07 19:11:56 (permalink)
Alan Watts: The Book
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/07 19:13:52 (permalink)
Im Reading 'A History of the Arab Peoples' at the moment by Albert Hourani.
 
Absolutely fascinating stuff. Comprehensively tells you the entire history of islam and how that entire region evolved over the past 5000 years. Really puts the current situation in respect to the 3 dominant monotheistic religions into perspective. The fact that arabic was the dominant jewish language in the public domain for most of its history, just goes to show.


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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/08 17:03:16 (permalink)
When will there be good news
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must start reading books by men...


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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/08 17:25:08 (permalink)
Music and Copyright 3rd edition by Simon Frith & Lee Marshall
 
I bloody hate readiung at the best of times let alone this bloody thing lol
 



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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/08 17:41:09 (permalink)

The Un-consoled, by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
Really not liking it tho. Have liked 2 other of his books a lot…this one just seems dull
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 15:29:33 (permalink)
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife As A Hat.

It's about a man who mistook his wife as a hat. He kept trying to take her head off and put it on himself, she declined politely everytime, he got fed up but forgot he was fed up.

Good book.
who's it by?


Oliver Sacks. It's a Creative Non Fictional account of cases encountered by him, he's a top neurological psychiatrist and a good writer, so it's fruity and anecdotal - humorous too - and sad.

I had to stop reading where he speaks about alcohol's link to bad memory and how easily you can acquire brain damage. Made me so paranoid I haven't been able to read on.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 15:40:30 (permalink)
just started Bret Hitman Harts autobiography.Good so far

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 15:42:32 (permalink)
A graphic novel about a alien crashing into earth and living in Birmingham lol
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 15:48:40 (permalink)
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Alan Watts: The Book


worth it?

only just heard of him but i like what i have heard.

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 15:55:16 (permalink)
Jack Kerouac - On The Road
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 17:17:14 (permalink)
Just re-reading 'My Bloody Life' by Reymundo Sanchez. About a Puerto Rican who moves to Chicago and becomes a Latin King.

Just ordered 'Homicide' by the bloke who did The Wire, so hopefully that'll hurry the fuck up and arrive
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 17:38:49 (permalink)
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife As A Hat.

It's about a man who mistook his wife as a hat. He kept trying to take her head off and put it on himself, she declined politely everytime, he got fed up but forgot he was fed up.

Good book.
who's it by?


Oliver Sacks. It's a Creative Non Fictional account of cases encountered by him, he's a top neurological psychiatrist and a good writer, so it's fruity and anecdotal - humorous too - and sad.

I had to stop reading where he speaks about alcohol's link to bad memory and how easily you can acquire brain damage. Made me so paranoid I haven't been able to read on.


I have that book. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat.

Sorry
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 17:50:51 (permalink)
I've got four books on the go at the moment, all of which I would recommend. I've ordered them by how much I'm currently enjoying them.

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
A friend who works with autistic kids lent me this, it's written in the first person narrative of a 15 year old boy who has severe aspergers syndrome. It's very easy to read and an original style, the random maths problems are a bit confusing to follow tho.

2. Outlaw Journalism - The Life & Times of Hunter S. Thompson - William McKeen
I'm sure you've all heard of the legend that is Hunter S. This is the most comprehensive story of his life, I'm hoping it will inspire my writing. A must for any Gonzo fans out there.

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Anyone who'se got middle-class or middle-age parents or is middle-class or middle-age will probably have a copy of this book kicking around. It is very good, I'm a big fan of the middle-east and this book is a real window into the culture. It got shelved when more exciting things came along but I will finish it, the heroine of the story has had a very bad run, I need to read on to get to the good bit.

4. Bass Culture: When Reggae was King - Lloyd Bradley
This is a very detailed history of reggae music which covers everything up to the present day. It's not a riveting read because it's so factual but is absolutely indisposable for anyone keen to find out the full history of the music. Some of the interviews contained are very illuminating including one from Prince Buster. I've lent this to a friend who is doing a dissatation on cultural indentity and I need it back coz I've only got to the eighties in it.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 17:53:54 (permalink)


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I've got four books on the go at the moment, all of which I would recommend. I've ordered them by how much I'm currently enjoying them.

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
A friend who works with autistic kids lent me this, it's written in the first person narrative of a 15 year old boy who has severe aspergers syndrome. It's very easy to read and an original style, the random maths problems are a bit confusing to follow tho.


2. Outlaw Journalism - The Life & Times of Hunter S. Thompson - William McKeen
I'm sure you've all heard of the legend that is Hunter S. This is the most comprehensive story of his life, I'm hoping it will inspire my writing. A must for any Gonzo fans out there.

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Anyone who'se got middle-class or middle-age parents or is middle-class or middle-age will probably have a copy of this book kicking around. It is very good, I'm a big fan of the middle-east and this book is a real window into the culture. It got shelved when more exciting things came along but I will finish it, the heroine of the story has had a very bad run, I need to read on to get to the good bit.

4. Bass Culture: When Reggae was King - Lloyd Bradley
This is a very detailed history of reggae music which covers everything up to the present day. It's not a riveting read because it's so factual but is absolutely indisposable for anyone keen to find out the full history of the music. Some of the interviews contained are very illuminating including one from Prince Buster. I've lent this to a friend who is doing a dissatation on cultural indentity and I need it back coz I've only got to the eighties in it.

 
iv read that, doesnt really take off like you expect it to, but still a good read
 
the bit when the drunk bloke calls him a train elf and offers him some nuts did make me laugh!
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/13 19:11:34 (permalink)
Yeah, the elf bit was definitely an Arena moment



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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:12:57 (permalink)
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If you like Catch 22 I'd recommend Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (RIP)

Still reading The Algebraist by Iain M Banks.  Heavy book but hardgoing.


imo iain m banks needs a good solid assfucking.


In a hate-fucking way or in commendation?


he's just so fucking masculine, his books read like the kind of pictures 13 yr old boys draw.


Lol, the only thing I've read of his was The Crow Road, which I thought was good.

I really need something new to read, I can't afford any new books until payday, and I owe the library £12 in fines, so I'm gonna finally read The Hobbit, which I got 7 years ago and never read.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:14:59 (permalink)
Just about to start The Cosmic Puppets by Philip K. Dick.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:24:00 (permalink)
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If you like Catch 22 I'd recommend Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (RIP)

Still reading The Algebraist by Iain M Banks.  Heavy book but hardgoing.


imo iain m banks needs a good solid assfucking.


In a hate-fucking way or in commendation?


he's just so fucking masculine, his books read like the kind of pictures 13 yr old boys draw.


Lol, the only thing I've read of his was The Crow Road, which I thought was good.

I really need something new to read, I can't afford any new books until payday, and I owe the library £12 in fines, so I'm gonna finally read The Hobbit, which I got 7 years ago and never read.


If you like reading sci fi, i'd reccomend Larry Niven (tales of known space series, ringworld), Isaac Asimov (particularly the foundation series, will change your view on humanity) and for a lighter read, harry harrision (especially the "bill the galactic hero" series)

Amaziong how many of these authors accurately predicted the problems we're facing now, the books are more about the social and political implications of scientific advance rather than stars wars space opera, running around with laserguns and flying spaceships type of thing.
Also, Dune by frank herbert. Probably made half these reccomendations in this thread already...

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:24:40 (permalink)
Used to love Iain Banks books. Wasp Factory is a classic. Walking On Glass, Song Of Stone, Espedair street are all good reads. Complicity inspired me to become a journalist, The Bridge inspired me to be a writer. need to read it again, really.

It's a shame that his novels have become wank fantasies for champagne socialists. First noticed it with The Business, which didn't really seem to be about anything, and then there was Dead Air, which managed to be completely dead, ideas-wise, and (to borrow forum parlance) "air". Haven't bothered with his latest, he seems like the literary version of Photek in my eyes.


Mongy's statement about masculinism is amusingly correct, even in The Business, where the main proponent is a woman eg "Part of Kate's job is to keep up to date with current technological developments, and Banks mentions lots of contemporary gadgets. Cars in particular (Freddy has a fine collection of vintage ones), and technology in general, are celebrated and described in detail here. References to DVD technology and flying on Concorde combine to date this book to a very narrow period. (In this it is like Dead Air). At one point, Telman tortures a Ferrari 355's engine to force a villain to confess, and rents an Audi A3."

Now, I understand that there are women out there that are petrolheads, but I doubt very much there are many that vividly remember renting an Audi A3 and thus put it down in some sort of memoir, which in essence, that book is.


I need to rediscover my love of reading, work seems to have killed it, and thus my creative ideas. I've been recommended "Kafka By The Sea" by a Japanese chap I can't remember the name of.
I hope it's not actually like a Kafka, as reading one of those is akin to reading the ramblings of an autistic cokehead.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:32:22 (permalink)
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I need to rediscover my love of reading, work seems to have killed it, and thus my creative ideas. I've been recommended "Kafka By The Sea" by a Japanese chap I can't remember the name of.
I hope it's not actually like a Kafka, as reading one of those is akin to reading the ramblings of an autistic cokehead.



Haruki Murakami. Probably not like a Kafka no, but definitely abstract
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:36:17 (permalink)
Just started to re-read Class of 88 by Wayne Anthony, i aint read it since we had the man himself up on the packed lunch show a year or 2 back so i thought i'd give it a quick gander for old times sake...
 
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:45:19 (permalink)
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Alan Watts: The Book


worth it?

only just heard of him but i like what i have heard.

Not exactly easy going but he's got some interesting ideas, apparently he's got some free talks you can download from his website, keep meaning to get some for work.

ORIGINAL: nayf

I need to rediscover my love of reading, work seems to have killed it, and thus my creative ideas. I've been recommended "Kafka By The Sea" by a Japanese chap I can't remember the name of.

Kafka on the Shore, read it! One of the best books I've read in years. Haven't read a bad book by Murakami
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:47:05 (permalink)
I find it difficult to choose books to read: I mean recommendations are all good but if I'm going to make such a significant investment of time in something, I want it to be good.
Read a lot of Scottish authors which appealed when you're an adolescant, but after a while they got a bit tired and cliche. Christopher Brookmyre's "A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away" was the last book I read cover to cover, and I was so disappointed I kind of drifted away from reading.

Been trying to finish Island by Aldous Huxley, but it's written in such an archaic form (early 20th century upper class speak) that makes identifying with the character (cynical journalist) rather more difficult than I imagined. I don't actually think Huxley's that good an author; he gets the love because he wrote a book about mescaline. After you read about the mescaline trip in Doors Of Perception, the book becomes some kind of wierdy beardy propaganda for an alternate sociological structure that's utterly ridiculous.

So again, disappointment puts me off. Those people who are good judge of character, or those who know me (and my particular quirks), reccomend something I might like...
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:48:03 (permalink)
The Cell by Colin Forbes
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 19:54:01 (permalink)
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I need to rediscover my love of reading, work seems to have killed it, and thus my creative ideas. I've been recommended "Kafka By The Sea" by a Japanese chap I can't remember the name of.
I hope it's not actually like a Kafka, as reading one of those is akin to reading the ramblings of an autistic cokehead.


Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Murikami. Got about quarter of the way through, lost time for it though. Gonna get back into that, and i'd recommend it, bares similarities to some Miyazaki films.

I'm contemplating reading James Joyce's Ulysses. I can honestly say, it just doesn't seem worth it. Maybe in a decade or two.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 20:44:11 (permalink)


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Just about to start The Cosmic Puppets by Philip K. Dick.


Good read that.
 
I'm currently trying to get through 'Anti-Capitalism: A Marxist Introduction'. It's bloody hard work.

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 20:46:05 (permalink)
The fact you're reading it will probably mean your bourgoise.

It's a bit like psychologically and socially taking a dump on your (well cultivated) doorstep
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/05/21 20:52:56 (permalink)
Great Expectations.

Its not as good as I thought it would be.

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