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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:36 pm

Just finished:

A. Waiter - Waiter Rant.

Based on a blog by an American waiter, this is pretty much Hotel Babylon applied to Restaurants. So, obnoxious customers, power-mad owners and all the oddballs and assholes that drift into waiting tables. A decent read but could have maybe done with slightly less philosophising.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:18 pm

Just finished :

Matt Bourne - The Righteous Men.
Post-Da Vinci Code thriller, so ancient conspiracy + puzzle solving. Decent enough and a couple of the twists I honestly did not see coming.
Just started;
Simon Green: From Hell With Love
More adventures of the sardonic Eddie Drood - secret agent and one of the guys who protect the world from things that go bump in the night.
Does feature the line "If my arse had teeth it could play the banjo"
I have no idea what that means but I plan to work it into a conversation somehow.
Usual mix of horror, mayhem and humour so should keep me entertained.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby thehairyone » Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:00 pm

Had a trawl through my library, and found I've got Wheel of Time, books 1 to 10 as a single file, including all the prologues and short stories. 6.5k pages should keep me going for a couple of months (massive file though. The book reader hates it)
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Luke_X » Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:41 pm

Just bought child 44 and the secret speech. They are suppose to be really good thrillers, so if they are good ill get the new book as they're a trilogy. Also tempted to get game of thrones.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:45 am

On a bit of a nostalgia kick lately so I picked up:
Peter Haining - The Restless Bones & Other True Mysteries.
This is a book I read when I was about 11 and I reckon it's where I first got interested in Forteana and just weird shit in general.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:46 pm

Currently reading; Glenn Infield - Big Week
True-life tale of a series of air battles in 1944 between the 8th Air Force and the Germans, aimed at breaking the back of the Luftwaffe.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby AnnihiSlateR » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:49 pm

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I read this last week whilst on Holiday last week. I thought it was rather good, though I think Its only the third (auto)biography I've read, (the other two where Iron Maiden and The Ramones) so I don't know if I'm in the best position to judge, but I suppose I really liked it is good enough for me. I liked how he refereed to people by their first name, only revealing who he's talking about at the end of the chapter or paragraph like when he goes on about a Girl he met whilst acting on a small TV show, that happened to be Janet Jackson, and a Young actress he met that turned out to be Sarah Jessica Parker, but he revealed their full names by going forwards in time and saying when he next saw them. And then the little things like Hanging out with the Sheen's whilst some up and coming actor called Tom Cruise was staying over make it all the more bizzare, yet interesting in hindsight. It's also probably the second fastest I've ever finished a book too (behind the second harry potter :lol: )

But for anyone with a vague interest in him, I'd recommend it.

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I also finished the fist part of Atlas Shrugged. So far I find it to be interesting, but odd. As I don't agree with the views of the main protagonist's, yet they are written in a way as to suggest that they are right. I think there's a lot of unessential stuff in there too, that seems to be there simply to try and explain Rand's Objectivism. I think the 1000+ pages could be cut down by at least a few hundred if she kept to the story.
So in summery I'm enjoying it, but partially cause it's making me think (even if it is in disagreement), and partially cause there is a quite interesting story in there amidst the 'philosophy'.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:16 am

Currently reading: Kelley Armstrong - Waking The Witch.

The latest in her "Women of the Otherwold" supernatural adventure series. Young PI who happens to be a witch is called in to investigate a series of murders. Usual stranger-in-a-small-town stuff so far.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Megadeth502 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:16 pm

I've just started reading the Wheel of Time books, i've got a looooong way to go lol
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Slayer-ov-orcs » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:15 pm

I started reading Paradise Lost today.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Big D » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:34 pm

Slayer-ov-orcs wrote:I started reading Paradise Lost today.

I get the impression that book is quite hard work. Is it true?

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Slayer-ov-orcs » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:39 pm

Well I have only read the first book so far since I got distracted :lol: but it does seem quite hard work. Once I have read more of it I will feed back to you!
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Slayer-ov-orcs » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:42 pm

It also seems that knowledge of the Bible would be useful when reading it.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Simon213 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:54 pm

If anyone is as sci fi geeky as me, this made my willy hard
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Slayer-ov-orcs » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:08 am

I came to the conclusion this morning that The Aenied is in fact a good epic.
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