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Re: The Book thread

Postby someone else » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:44 am

Just got Heartstone by CJ Samson and a return trip to London later - should get through most of it.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:10 pm

Currently reading : David Weber - Bolos.

Have to admit, up until this point I wouldn't have thought the word "heartbreaking" could be applied to a tale about 13,000 ton sentient tanks.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Metalchemyst » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:54 pm

What was the first novel you ever read?

Mine was Midnight Adventure by Raymond Briggs when I was 10.

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The book's simple tale deals with a small-scale adventure, very much a
'real' encounter. It's all torches under the bedcovers, scallywags, and Dixon-style
coppers. Kids just don't behave like this anymore, of course. Come to think of it,
neither do adults. Nonetheles Briggs' writing captures the spirit of the era
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:09 am

Honestly can't remember. I think it was either a western whose name escapes me or something about a wild stallion whose name escapes me. Or a Biggles book.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:36 pm

Re-reading The Pearl Saga by Eric Van Lustbader. It's enjoyable, but I can't help feeling it's a tad generic somehow :?
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Re: The Book thread

Postby TheAgelessStranger » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:43 am

Started The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Not the usual type of thing I'd read, but it's good so far. Quite gritty.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby BigJoe78 » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:32 am

TheAgelessStranger wrote:Started The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Not the usual type of thing I'd read, but it's good so far. Quite gritty.


your in for a treat Iain Banks is a genius
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Darkweasel » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:36 am

Richard Laymon - The Stake.
Not bad but it was one of his slower ones, dragging on a bit in the middle.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Czech's Mate » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:59 pm

CJ Sansome: Hearthstone........... Great historical detective novel

Jonathan Sumption: Divided Houses. Third book in the history of the 100 years war (Non fiction) It's a bit heavy but worth it

Rick Wakeman: Grumpy Old Rock Star....Hilarious
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Re: The Book thread

Postby jackcake » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:07 pm

Czech's Mate wrote:CJ Sansome: Hearthstone........... Great historical detective novel


CJ Sansom is a terrific author. There's none better than the Shardlake series.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Metallinen » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:36 pm

Finished Unseen Academicals yesterday. I have to say, it's probably my least favourite of all the Discworld novels that I've read. It just never really seems to get going. Starting on Night Watch now.

Also reading a non-fiction (for once) called Voodoo Histories by David Aarnovitch. It goes through a number of popular conspiracy theories and debunks them. I feel he's carefully avoided some of the more feasible ones, but still, I'm sure it will come in handy the next time someone tries to tell me the moon landings were staged.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:13 pm

I'm still going to finish the series, mind, but some things are irritating me with the Peal Saga:

1) Mr Lustbader, I'm talking to you. Putting eccentric groups of three consonants together in names does not pass off for being unimaginative. Names like Rekkk and words like Khagggunn do not make you original. They make you irritating.

2) Can we quit with the main characters getting out of impossible scrapes "just in the nick of time" please?

3) However, Rappa are in my imagination incredibly cute and I would like on as a pet. A six-legged, expressive-tailed furry creature sounds wonderful :lol:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Manadh » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:23 pm

I'm really struggling to finish this Empress Orchid book :(
It's not even that bad really, I've just not got into it. I am however determined to get to the end of it no matter how long it takes as I hate leaving books unfinished, especially when there are only 60ish pages left to go

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Metalchemyst » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:23 pm

I believe Game of Thrones is coming to television soon. Sean Bean is in it.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:13 am

Metalchemyst wrote:I believe Game of Thrones is coming to television soon. Sean Bean is in it.


Yup, due for airing next year I believe. :D
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