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post Aug 13 2008, 09:47 AM
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QUOTE (maian @ Aug 7 2008, 09:58 PM)
I've now started Neuromancer by William Gibson. So far, so great.
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QUOTE (rebelstar @ Aug 11 2008, 11:36 AM)
Possibly my favourite book of all time.
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I can see why. It says something about a book that even after its ideas have been pillaged relentlessly for over 20 years, both in fiction and reality, it still manages to feel fresh, exciting and completely unique. I loved it.
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post Aug 13 2008, 09:54 AM
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Got my holiday reads sorted:

Cider with Roadies - Stuart Maconie Already read Pies and Prejudice and thoroughly enjoyed it, so hoping for more of the same
The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak - The Book Thief by the same author was absolutely brilliant.
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge) by John O'Farrell take your brain out material - just what you need for holiday
Long Way Down Ewan and Charlie's ride to the tip of South Africa - I kinda liked the TV series so thought this'd be a good read
The End Of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas No idea about this but read the blurb and sounded ok.

That should keep me going for a fortnight! (Along with my PSP!!!)
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post Aug 13 2008, 10:00 AM
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QUOTE (Bloomeeney @ Aug 13 2008, 10:54 AM)
Got my holiday reads sorted:

Cider with Roadies - Stuart Maconie Already read Pies and Prejudice and thoroughly enjoyed it, so hoping for more of the same
The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux
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I'd be interested to hear what you think of Cider with Roadies, I've just finished Pies and Prejudice and thought it was a good light read - if you liked that you might also want to try Where did it all go right? by Andrew Collins.

The Call of the Weird is definitely a good holiday read, there's a few chapters in there where I remember from the tv show and it's a good addition to that.
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post Aug 13 2008, 10:03 AM
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QUOTE (Outatime @ Aug 13 2008, 10:00 AM)
Where did it all go right? by Andrew Collins.

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Very nearly chose that too
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post Aug 13 2008, 10:07 AM
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The Call of the Weird is a good, interesting read, but to get the most out of it you need to have seen the TV episodes it follows up.
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post Aug 13 2008, 10:07 AM
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QUOTE (Outatime @ Aug 13 2008, 11:00 AM)
I'd be interested to hear what you think of Cider with Roadies, I've just finished Pies and Prejudice and thought it was a good light read - if you liked that you might also want to try Where did it all go right? by Andrew Collins.
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Then Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now and That's Me In The Corner. A great trilogy.
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post Aug 13 2008, 10:11 AM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Aug 13 2008, 11:07 AM)
Then Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now and That's Me In The Corner.  A great trilogy.
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Those are on my list to read, I don't have time for a job, there are so many books to read.
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post Aug 13 2008, 11:02 AM
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QUOTE (Bloomeeney @ Aug 13 2008, 09:54 AM)
Got my holiday reads sorted:

Cider with Roadies - Stuart Maconie Already read Pies and Prejudice and thoroughly enjoyed it, so hoping for more of the same
The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak - The Book Thief by the same author was absolutely brilliant.
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge) by John O'Farrell take your brain out material - just what you need for holiday
Long Way Down Ewan and Charlie's ride to the tip of South Africa - I kinda liked the TV series so thought this'd be a good read
The End Of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas No idea about this but read the blurb and sounded ok.

That should keep me going for a fortnight! (Along with my PSP!!!)
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Just ordered 2 more of Amazon

The Book With No Name andThe Eye of the Moon by Anonymous - both look very weird!
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post Aug 13 2008, 11:05 AM
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QUOTE (maian @ Aug 13 2008, 10:47 AM)
I can see why. It says something about a book that even after its ideas have been pillaged relentlessly for over 20 years, both in fiction and reality, it still manages to feel fresh, exciting and completely unique. I loved it.
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Absolutely - it's hard to believe it'll be 25 years old next year (and it's a shame that the film was never made although, if it ended up as poor as Johnny Mnemonic, maybe that's a good thing). I assume you're going to pick up the other two books in the Sprawl Trilogy?

It'd have been interesting if they'd decided to go with Gibson's script for Alien3...
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post Aug 13 2008, 02:13 PM
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I'm currently reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by carson McCullers. so far it's been quite wonderful.
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post Aug 13 2008, 03:49 PM
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QUOTE (rebelstar @ Aug 13 2008, 12:05 PM)
I assume you're going to pick up the other two books in the Sprawl Trilogy?
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Definitely, though maybe not for a while since I've been a bit mad on books this week, to the tune of 23 new ones bought in the last 7 days. I shouldn't be allowed in book shops.

I'm now dividing my time between Don Quixote (I will finish it one day) and Soon I Will Be Invincible.

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post Aug 13 2008, 07:22 PM
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I just received a lovely gift in the mail.

On Being Human - Where Ethics, Medicine and Spirituality Converge
Daisaku Ikeda et. al.

I'm very much looking forward to reading it!
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post Aug 13 2008, 08:00 PM
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QUOTE (Julie @ Aug 13 2008, 07:22 PM)
I just received a lovely gift in the mail.

On Being Human - Where Ethics, Medicine and Spirituality Converge 
Daisaku Ikeda et. al.

I'm very much looking forward to reading it!
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Hurrah! That only took about three weeks to arrive. Bloody USPS. smile.gif
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post Aug 19 2008, 08:45 AM
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I finished Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman last night and I liked it a lot. However, I didn't love it as I had hoped I would until the last 50 pages or so, though I think this is more because I was expecting something a bit more raucous and less of a character driven tale about two misfits on the opposite sides of the never ceasing war between heroes and villains. Doctor Impossible, in particular, was a wonderfully sympathetic character and I found myself hoping that he would conquer the world at the end.
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post Aug 19 2008, 09:48 AM
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The Time Machine.

I found this quite difficult to get into at first, the preamble about the nature of time and how it was perceived by The Time Traveller was just a slog to get through, but once he actually started travelling things started to pick up.

The traveller's ruminations about the split that caused the rise of the Eloi and the Morlocks was interesting, in so far as it said more about the social thinker at the turn of the century than it actual progressed the plot.

I was also surprised at how the character of Weena was handled.

Overall it has some good ideas, and I like the ambiguity of the ending, but it felt to me as though it had been made up as it went along.

War of the Worlds is a much better novel.
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