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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 13:18:37 (permalink)
an american dream - norman mailer


hello dave.....
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 13:38:54 (permalink)
bodies - jed mercurio

" The unnamed narrator of Jed Mercurio's Bodiesis a newly qualified house officer in a busy city hospital. He arrives with his ideals intact and a vision of what his career in medicine will be. Within a short time the relentless procession of sick and damaged patients, the long, wearying hours he is obliged to work, the cynicism of his colleagues and the constant presence of death and disease take their toll. His idealism vanishes. He looks the other way when senior doctors are negligent or treat patients with contempt. He suffers guilt when a terrible mistake of his own is routinely covered up. His only escape is an intense sexual relationship with a student nurse. Sex is as clinically described in Bodiesas the indignities that age and accident inflict on the body. Mercurio wants to replace the melodrama of TV hospital series in which square-jawed doctors and glamorous nurses battle heroically against sickness and disease. In order to do so, he spares the reader few of the physical details that accompany illness and the body's disintegration. In pursuit of realism he peppers his text with medical slang and jargon, carefully annotated and explained in footnotes. What he has produced, however, is not realism but an inverted version of the melodrama. Instead of everything finally turning out well, the reader knows that, in this novel, everything will turn out very badly indeed. In place of square-jawed doctors saving the sick, Mercurio gives us drug-popping cynics exchanging the blackest of banter over dying patients. Melodrama it may be but, as the book's narrator seeks redemption by turning whistle-blower on hospital practices, it is very gripping melodrama"

its quite good. not a gripping page turner by any means but interesting. bit too much medical lingo too for my liking, the only way you can understand it is if your a doctor yourself. considering that the writer used to be a doctor himself, its obviously based on alot of his own experiences - makes me not want to go to hospital anytime soon ive got to say
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 13:41:50 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: gavinx

just finished 'london fields' by martin amis

highly recommended



fair play. just bought 'money' by him. you read that? thoughts?

want to get a bit more amis, think its gonna be tough going though, the man loves obscure vocab
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 13:50:55 (permalink)
Just finishing American Psycho. Very good, very graphic and the attention to detail is insane... very different to the film.
'White Tiger' is pretty good if someone wants a recomendation.


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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 13:57:37 (permalink)


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ORIGINAL: dublow

Love Orwell, studied Animal Farm at school... Started reading "1984" but it's an eBook so I find it a bit difficult to get into... Not like taking a printed copy down the sunset with a couple cold beers... or sitting on the balcony with a spliff... Books shouldn't need batteries...


Will have a look for that Hemingway title... thanks x


Animal Farm is possibly my favourite book ever. 1984 is not as readable, but contains some very important political and social ideas. He wasn't completely pleased with the outcome of 1984 himself but he was very ill when he wrote it and died shortly after.

 
Started 1984 this morning as i'm ill. Shocking omission from my back catalogue. Very readable so far i think. Surely Animal Farm is only more readable because you can finish it in about 5 minutes? Either way quite gripping from the off. 
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 14:13:14 (permalink)
"glue" by irvine welsh. just started it so not really into it yet
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 14:16:52 (permalink)
Got a few chapters into Killing Pablo - seems interesting although I ain't finished it...
 
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Killing-Pablo-Richest-Powerful-Criminal/dp/1903809487/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251810910&sr=8-2


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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 14:24:18 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: vamos

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Love Orwell, studied Animal Farm at school... Started reading "1984" but it's an eBook so I find it a bit difficult to get into... Not like taking a printed copy down the sunset with a couple cold beers... or sitting on the balcony with a spliff... Books shouldn't need batteries...


Will have a look for that Hemingway title... thanks x


Animal Farm is possibly my favourite book ever. 1984 is not as readable, but contains some very important political and social ideas. He wasn't completely pleased with the outcome of 1984 himself but he was very ill when he wrote it and died shortly after.


Started 1984 this morning as i'm ill. Shocking omission from my back catalogue. Very readable so far i think. Surely Animal Farm is only more readable because you can finish it in about 5 minutes? Either way quite gripping from the off. 


No I wouldn't say its more readable just cos its shorter. I think it is a better book, despite only being 100 odd pages.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 14:48:38 (permalink)
' NDE's beyond the light ' my mum was reading this...its pretty same old, some of it is slightly interesting though..
on rotation with Mr. nice (find it quiete hard to believe its all completly true) and forster short stories..short attention span is me.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 18:25:39 (permalink)

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oh, has anyone read "The Secret" ??


It was left in our apartment, and loads of people have said how it's supposed to be a must-read. I started reading it, but found it a bit preachy and brainwashing so put it down...


i just looked that up on wiki - sounds like its not too dissimilar from the one i'm reading at the moment - the celestine prophecy

The horizon leans forward offering you space to place new steps of change.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 18:31:36 (permalink)
Cocky,

The rise and fall of curtis warren



try and par jackie you must be mad

http://www.zshare.net/audio/70839088f0543707/
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 18:39:27 (permalink)
Rum Diaries - Hunter S Thompson

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 18:41:21 (permalink)
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Joseph Heller - Catch 22. It started slowly then suddenly got really good.


total headfuck of a book, but it's supposed to be..

Just started reading The Hour I first believed by Wally Lamb.  Looking good so far.  Recently finished When the trumpet sounds which is a biography of Martin Luther King.  Deep.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 21:17:07 (permalink)
The Man Who Saved London - By George Martelli

Based on the true story of Michel Hollard a leader of the french resistance during the second world war. He crossed the swiss border 98 times to bring information to the british, and it was his resistance group that discovered the V1 threat, president Eisenhower reckons that by doing so he set back the v1 program by 6 months. The guy was later betrayed tortured by the gestapo, and spent time at Neuengamme concrentration camp, and only narrowly avoided being killed by RAF after the nazis loaded the remaining prisoners into the holds of ships which were sent out into the seas as dummy targets at the end of the war.

One of the best books i've read in ages
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 21:31:52 (permalink)
Has anyone read anything by Graham Greene and could you recommend a good book of his to start with?
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 22:41:30 (permalink)
I've read the Celestine Prophecy, not very well written, kind of like Da Vinci Code, but it has a really good message, so it's still good.

Halfway through The Secret at the moment Dublow, it's good in that it inspires positive thinking, but it bothers me that a book about spiritually encourages the reader to be so materialistic.

Need to get a decent book to take to S&B, any recommendations?
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 22:42:04 (permalink)
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Has anyone read anything by Graham Greene and could you recommend a good book of his to start with?


I've read The Comedians.  Was pretty good.  Similar style to Hemingway.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/01 23:13:06 (permalink)
Just finished Hella Nation by Evan Wright (the Rolling Stone journalist who wrote Generation Kill) and really enjoyed it. Its a very interesting look at different aspects of US culture from the porn industry to con artists to anarchists to US soldiers and loads more from his articles written in various publications over the last 15 years. Recommend as a good one to dip in and out of as each chapter stands alone from the others.

Every time i go on holiday i read loads, then don't pick up another book for months

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 09:57:40 (permalink)
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 11:04:38 (permalink)


ORIGINAL: Overlay

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Joseph Heller - Catch 22. It started slowly then suddenly got really good.


total headfuck of a book, but it's supposed to be..

Just started reading The Hour I first believed by Wally Lamb.  Looking good so far.  Recently finished When the trumpet sounds which is a biography of Martin Luther King.  Deep.

 
Catch 22 is the best book ever. I have read it a billion times. It is amazing from the off. Crab apples in my cheeks.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 11:06:32 (permalink)
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Joseph Heller - Catch 22. It started slowly then suddenly got really good.


total headfuck of a book, but it's supposed to be..

Just started reading The Hour I first believed by Wally Lamb.  Looking good so far.  Recently finished When the trumpet sounds which is a biography of Martin Luther King.  Deep.


Catch 22 is the best book ever. I have read it a billion times. It is amazing from the off. Crab apples in my cheeks.


Oh yeah, it's a great book.  It's about the insanity of war though, which is why it's pretty insane. 

If you like Catch-22 I'd recommend Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 11:15:46 (permalink)


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ORIGINAL: Overlay

ORIGINAL: Joga

Joseph Heller - Catch 22. It started slowly then suddenly got really good.


total headfuck of a book, but it's supposed to be..

Just started reading The Hour I first believed by Wally Lamb.  Looking good so far.  Recently finished When the trumpet sounds which is a biography of Martin Luther King.  Deep.


Catch 22 is the best book ever. I have read it a billion times. It is amazing from the off. Crab apples in my cheeks.


Oh yeah, it's a great book.  It's about the insanity of war though, which is why it's pretty insane. 

If you like Catch-22 I'd recommend Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.


Cheers for the recommendations, i'm getting back into the reading game and i'm compiling a disgustingly long list of things i really ought to have read and feeling like a retard for the fact i haven't.

I think that my favourite thing about Catch-22 is that every time i read it i take something new from it. Always laugh at different things and yes i think that much of the serious side of it all went over my head the first time round (i was about 12 though). Funniest book i have ever read. 
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 11:31:29 (permalink)
Just started Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk.... read all his work so far, invisible monsters being one of the best!
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 13:10:50 (permalink)

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WOW!

Only the second mention I've heard of it since Eminem's secret gig in London for his Encore launch (2004??)

This Asian guy in the queue was chatting to me, told me about above said prophecy. Something along the lines of...

First the world was ruled by the Monarchy, then Religion and then Politics... "now it's Entertainment, fucking Eminem & Gwyn Stefani..."


is this the same thing ??


That's part of it I guess, the writer touches on what he calls critical mass - when churches went corrupt and people started loosing faith and turning to science for answers therefore changing the way of the world.
It's a fictional adventure story about old manuscripts found in peru containing 9 insights to life, and the government and church trying to supress it from going public. It is quite interesting.
As metsie said, it doesnt really go into depth on the characters, more around the findings of the manuscript which gives the reader a spiritual message.


Need to get a decent book to take to S&B, any recommendations?


May have already been mentioned previously in the thread but there's a new Dan Brown book out on 15th September - The lost Symbol.


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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 13:57:40 (permalink)
david copperfield by dickens
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 23:08:38 (permalink)
I am reading a book called Enemy Number One by Patrick Veitch who is a pro gambler, very well known

It is excellent
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 23:41:58 (permalink)
gonna start on catch 22 tonight. better live up to the hype
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 23:43:03 (permalink)
not read anything since the terry turbo thing
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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/02 23:49:08 (permalink)
finished The Kite Runner today. Amazing story and really opens your eyes to a small history of Afghanistan. That place has been fucked for so long.

Im gona start what appears to be a ridiculous sci-fi book soon, 'The Forever War'.

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RE: What book are you reading atm? 2009/09/03 00:38:58 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: LENNY DD

not read anything since the terry turbo thing


King Of Clubs, great read.

Just read a fiction book, which I never do:

Too Close Too Home - Linwood Barclay

Was good.


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