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Re: The Book thread

Postby thehairyone » Wed May 05, 2010 6:25 pm

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Read that on my phone a couple of days ago - it's a series of great fun.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Strapping Young Kate » Wed May 05, 2010 6:30 pm

Finally got round to reading Lolita. I'm liking it so far, the naughty old man.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby black_rose » Mon May 10, 2010 5:15 am

Recently devoured Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle... absolutely fantastic book. I literally barely slept for the handful of days I was reading it 'cause I I kinda only noticed that it was getting late and I should stop reading and sleep when the sun started coming up!

"Mary Gentle's Ash kills her first man when she is eight, and at 20 is an experienced captain of mercenaries in the small wars of the late Middle Ages--but not quite the Middle Ages we know from history. The more scholar Piers Ratcliffe works on the evidence, the more knowledge and recorded history and the rules of evidence crumble under him--this world of Visigoths with ceramic robots and of the religion of the Green Christ is nothing he knows of. Ash hears voices, but not like those of Joan of Arc--voices that give her very specific advice about the winning of battles. Married against her will to a man who despises her, but whom she lusts after; finding that the Visigoth general is her twin; coping with the day-to-day problems of battle and siege and mayhem, Mary Gentle's Ash is a magnificent creation. This long, passionate novel, blending historical fantasy with thoughtful speculative fiction, is as smart about the minutiae of medieval war-making and manners as it is about the wilder reaches of contemporary cosmology."

I'm now re-reading the rather excellent Blindsight by Peter Watts.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Fri May 14, 2010 11:14 am

Re-reading Tolkien's Silmarillion, one of my favourite books, and Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle Earth is back in the car for the drive to York tonight.

I am such a nerd :lol:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Fjar » Fri May 14, 2010 11:56 am

Just finished 'By Hook or By Crook: A Journey in Search of English' by David Crystal.

Any linguistics geeks with absolutely love it, a book-long stream of consciousness with tonnes of nuggets of linguistic trivia. :D
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Re: The Book thread

Postby The Bearer » Fri May 14, 2010 11:58 am

Reading Richard Laymon's - Island atm :yes:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby metalmissy » Fri May 14, 2010 1:39 pm

Just finished 13 Bullets by David Welington, pretty good if you like vampire stories.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby YoJimBobaJoe » Fri May 14, 2010 2:15 pm

Just finished Heretics of Dune in the Dune series and have to say it the only novel i read that confused me to the point i had no idea how what happened happened.Still good book in a amazing series and recommend it to anyone.Nearly finished Tales of heresy,book 10 of the horus heresy series.So far it worse in series which is saying something considering how bad the 6th book was

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Tet » Fri May 14, 2010 3:57 pm

YoJimBobaJoe wrote:Just finished Heretics of Dune in the Dune series and have to say it the only novel i read that confused me to the point i had no idea how what happened happened.

Heh. Just wait until you get to "Chapterhouse". For me, I could have stopped after the first one and been happy. But I still enjoyed the rest of the series... up until "Chapterhouse", which just made absolutely no sense to me.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Sat May 15, 2010 7:35 pm

Just finished: Stephen Hunt The Rise Of The Iron Moon.

Leftfield Steampunk sort of thingie. Robots, airships, monsters, revived heroes and the most unfortunate royal family in literature. Entertaining.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby kle110 » Wed May 19, 2010 6:28 pm

Just finished The Divine Comedy - Inferno by Dante.
Pretty good considering it's written in verses, still very descriptive of his journey through Hell.

And just starting The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Very interesting so far.. was recommended to me by several people!

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Re: The Book thread

Postby jackcake » Wed May 19, 2010 9:24 pm

kle110 wrote:And just starting The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Very interesting so far.. was recommended to me by several people!


I tried for ages to get you to read it. Oh another time. Then jumped on as soon as other people recommend the book!
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Sat May 29, 2010 3:26 pm

Currently reading: John O'Farrell - An Utterly Impartial History of Britain.

A quick, sardonic run through British history. Not as funny as it thinks it is but surprisingly good as a history book.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Brendancoles » Sat May 29, 2010 3:49 pm

Strapping Young Kate wrote:Finally got round to reading Lolita. I'm liking it so far, the naughty old man.


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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:27 pm

Just finished:

Russell Whitfield - Gladiatrix.

Spartan priestess survives a shipwreck, gets taken into slavery and winds up as a gladiator.

Not great literature but a decent enough read. The one big flaw is that the heroine is such an arrogant bitch that it's almost impossible to feel any warmth towards her.