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Re: The Book thread

Postby keera_envenomed » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:29 pm

MotorAmarth wrote:Started and pretty much finished Animal Farm last night. Disappointing and rather boring.


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Re: The Book thread

Postby MotorAmarth » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:01 pm

It's nothing compared to nineteen eighty four :/
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Re: The Book thread

Postby keera_envenomed » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:12 pm

MotorAmarth wrote:It's nothing compared to nineteen eighty four :/


Personally I think its just as powerful but then again, i'm a Russian history nerd
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Re: The Book thread

Postby MetalBeast » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:14 pm

MotorAmarth wrote:Started and pretty much finished Animal Farm last night. Disappointing and rather boring.


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Me though da film was much betta than da book, especially da bit where that woman sucks off an 'orse.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Tet » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:00 pm

MotorAmarth wrote:Started and pretty much finished Animal Farm last night. Disappointing and rather boring.

Yep, I have to agree.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Fjar » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:03 pm

Oddly, I thought that about Nineteen Eighty-Four, and I loved Animal Farm. Ah well. :lol:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:20 pm

I quite liked Animal Farm. I also liked To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby keera_envenomed » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:21 pm

Big D wrote:I quite liked Animal Farm. I also liked To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men.


You have good taste sir :yes:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:23 pm

keera_envenomed wrote:
Big D wrote:I quite liked Animal Farm. I also liked To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men.


You have good taste sir :yes:

Having said that, I enjoyed them in spite of being forced to read them in English Language, not because.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Logeli » Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:57 pm

Just finished Gauntlgrym by RA Salvatore.

Planning on The Desert Spear by Peter Brett.

Can't wait to get through it :)

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Re: The Book thread

Postby keera_envenomed » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:13 pm

ish42 wrote:I like Animal Farm, but if you can get a copy with his essay on Freedom of Speech in it, the essay is much better than the book itself.

As for Orwell overall, I've always preferred Homage to Catalonia and The Road to Wigan Pier which aside from a couple of dry chapters in both books are far superior to most of his other work.


Have to agree here - "Homage to Catalonia" and "Road to Wigan Pier" are extremely underrated, especially HtC. Have you read "Down and Out in Paris and London" by any chance? If you haven't then you definitely should.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:22 pm

Currently reading "Legends" - collection of fantasy short stories. Done the ones by Stephen King and Terry Pratchett, now onto Terry Goodkind.
George RR Martin's "The Hedge Knight" is in this one too.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Johnny Tightlips » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:57 pm

My recent round of books-

Fiction:
Landslide - Desmond Bagley
As always, an amazing read. No one writes stories like Bagley and its just a shame that he only left us with 16 masterpieces.
9/10

Atlantis - David Gibbins
One of only 3 or 4 books that I've ever stopped reading before the end in my life. Interesting ideas and backstory but as I mentioned previously in this thread, it was like reading Clive Cussler on depressants. Not going to rate it as I didn't finish it, but wouldn't recommend it.

The Noah's Ark Quest -Boyd Morrison
Fairly middle of the road. An entertaining read but nothing more.
5/10

Non-fiction:
Fighting Bull - Nigel Farage
I wasn't expecting to find much of interest in his life story but Nigel brings it alive surprisingly very well in his autobiography, even though the events themselves are rather mundane. Clearly very well educated, he shows it off in his book but still maintains a very fluid prose. Only really of interest to someone who is a fan of Mr Farage.
7/10

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:03 pm

Recent non-fiction read was Christopher Lee's autobiography - Lord of Misrule.

Except for his occasional ramble about golf, it's a brilliant read. A hugely intelligent and witty man, and due to the vast amount of films he has worked on, the book is top-full of wonderful and interesting stories.

He is also capable of charming self-deprecation and a lot of gracious praise for his colleagues. He is extremely warm in his praise of Ian McKellen who he describes as not only "an immensely fine actor" but, more importantly in his eyes as a massive Tolkien fanatic, as "my Gandalf, Peter Jackson's Gandalf, but most importantly and far more notably, the people's Gandalf."

I would definitely recommend it! :)
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Tet » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:18 pm

Littlemissmetal wrote:as a massive Tolkien fanatic

To the point where he rereads LotR at least once a year. That's even more fanatical than me. The man is simply a legend.
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