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post May 21 2011, 08:58 PM
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I do love Robert Rankin, but the Toy Town books have never quite worked for me.

I've just read And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer, otherwise known as 'the new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy book that's not by Douglas Adams'. Personally I really liked it. It's a lot of Adams with a sprinkling of Colfer, but that's fine because I was already a big fan of Colfer from the utterly brilliant young-teen books Artemis Fowl. I can see how people might get uppity about the mere existence of the book, but I think the content is rather jolly.

I'm slowly working my way through Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland. It's occasionally a bit heavy going on the statistics, but the points he makes about the abject lack of rational decision making in modern life are fascinating, if occasionally a bit depressing.

Next up I've got 59 seconds, which coincidentally it also by Prof Robert Wiseman. I'm mostly reading to be able to give better advice to students rather than for myself, but it's always good to have a few extra booster ideas to keep yourself on the right track. It's kind of a self-help book but based on psychological studies rather than, what is usually mostly, guesswork. It just looked interesting when I was browsing for stuff. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0330511...ASIN=0330511602


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post May 21 2011, 09:14 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ May 21 2011, 09:58 PM) *
Next up I've got 59 seconds, which coincidentally it also by Prof Robert Wiseman.


I've read that one, and found it to be pretty good smile.gif


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post Jun 4 2011, 03:44 PM
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I finished Robert Rankin's The Toyminator a couple of days ago, and have just started reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. I've not seen the Nicholson film, but having read just a few pages of the book so far, I think I would like to.


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post Jun 4 2011, 07:27 PM
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I'm currently reading Wolf Hall, which is good although possibly not worth the superlatives on the cover. The way dialogue is handled is pretty damned strange, it's like you're suppsed to be inside the protagonists head but occasionally you get lost as to whether something is happening, has happened or he's imagining stuff.

Next up is the collected Icelandic Sagas which I'm desperately looking forward to. I've been on a bit of an historical fiction kick just recently and I'm a massive fan of Iceland so this should be good. It's also nice to get some Northern European mythology in as our culture is fairly saturated with Roman and Greek stuff.
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post Oct 9 2011, 11:51 PM
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Lots of F. Scott Fitzgerald lately.


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post Oct 10 2011, 09:19 PM
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My Metro 2033 book arrived today =D.



Yes, I read books if they somehow relate to a game.
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post Oct 11 2011, 12:29 PM
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I'm reading a book by a guy called Jefferson Bass. I think it's called Carved in Bone, but I'm not sure. So far it's alright but nothing amazing.


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post Oct 11 2011, 08:40 PM
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Space opera for me currently. Iain M. Banks' Excession and then The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton. I'm also still plodding through the
Õslendinga SŲgur or Icelandic Sagas. Lots of dead people and inexplicably violent reactions to fairly harmless slights, but good solid characters and pretty reasonable story arcs. Not bad for something written in about 1200.

Next move is Mr. Mata's fave, Mr. Gibson, followed swiftly by Fatherland.
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post Oct 17 2011, 09:47 PM
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Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust. Funny in an interesting way. Also a "murder mystery" - ooh, thrilling.


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post Oct 18 2011, 07:27 PM
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Lurker - Gisli's Saga is the best of the bunch. It's remarkably similar to the Bruce Lee film Fist Of Fury.

Which reminds me, I'm also rereading Spook Country by William Gibson. I don't think I really appreciated it much the first time. I don't think it's his best, but I'm enjoying it a lot more this time.


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post Oct 18 2011, 07:42 PM
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Roald Dahl's Boy again.
i think he inspired me to fake appendicitis as a child.


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post Oct 18 2011, 08:23 PM
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QUOTE (Pikasyuu @ Oct 18 2011, 09:42 PM) *
Roald Dahl's Boy again.
i think he inspired me to fake appendicitis as a child.


Did you have it taken out?
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post Jan 25 2012, 05:58 PM
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QUOTE (Mcphau4l @ Jan 25 2012, 06:58 PM) *
Nice


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post Jan 29 2012, 07:25 PM
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Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren. Big old tome of a thing. The main character annoys me a little bit, but it's very interesting worldbuilding.


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post Feb 1 2012, 01:54 PM
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I am reading a collection of Ray Bradbury's short stories - they are easy to read for me, at the same time so poignant and insightful.


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post Feb 1 2012, 02:11 PM
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I just read Bradbury's book Something Wicked This Way Comes. Have you read that one? I enjoyed it. My husband is a big fan of Bradbury's work.
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post Feb 1 2012, 09:26 PM
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Ok, book fail. No Gibson or Fatherland yet, but quite a bit of John Le Carre. Tinker, tailor and Smiley's People are excellent. In depth, mildly convoluted and have a nice tendancy to do mini-flashbacks (like describing a conversation and then adding a bit that got missed the first time round). I'd describe it as a real world version of James Bond - same level of detail, totally different situation.

Also Scandinavian crime noir, H. Mankell, Arnaldur Indriūason. Good, dark, cold and complex.

Finally I thought I'd give Pat Cornwell a punt as I've seen a lot of it about. Not terribly impressed so far, it lacks flow and, it has to be said, a fair amount of plot. I think there'll be a 'twist' at the end, simply because it's a trope.
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post Feb 9 2012, 12:31 AM
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Just finished The Stranger, am supposed to be finished with Waiting for Godot, and am about to start The Metamorphosis.

Woo existentialism novels... AP Lit is weird sometimes.


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I just finished reading Why Woman Want What They Can't Have by Peter Andrew .It's pretty nice book.


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post Mar 20 2012, 11:24 PM
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This thread wins for the most link spammy on the forums at the moment.

I'm reading 'Save the cat' by Brent Snider, a book about screenwriting, 'The hound of the D'Urbervilles' by Kim Newman, a book about Professor Moriarty, and a couple of dull books about teaching (which are saying very simple things in very long ways and trying to sound intelligent... Much like teachers).


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post Apr 17 2012, 05:04 AM
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Reading "A Clash of Kings", even though I never actually finished "A Game of Thrones" (which is currently being lent out to a friend's wife). Mreh.


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post Apr 17 2012, 02:26 PM
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Devoured some Terry Pratchett, read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and liked it. I have another one if his called Zodiac to start after I finish Nabokov's little first novel called Mary.


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How did you like Nabokov? One of my personal favourites.
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oh, still can find a new post here and there but sadly this forum slowly dies.. well the forum form is too slow now i think. its really a shame
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