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post Oct 12 2009, 08:44 AM
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QUOTE (melzilla @ Oct 7 2009, 04:54 PM) *
Ooh, thanks Ed! Will look into it.


You might also want to check out Youth: A Narrative, which is another short one that is told by Marlow. It's not as dark or deep as Heart of Darkness but it's a very entertaining read built around poignant core.
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post Oct 13 2009, 01:13 AM
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Cheers! Will add it to the list. (A list which gets longer every day. *sigh*)
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post Oct 15 2009, 11:52 AM
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I read The Fall by Camus the other day and I found it much more enjoyable than I expected. Unliek The Stranger, which is more of a conventional novel, The Fall consists of a series of monologues delivered by Jean-Baptiste Clamence to a man he meets in a bar in Amsterdam, though the lack of any other voice in the text means that he is talking directly to the reader. Clamence talks of his time as a lawyer in Paris and a series of personal crises that befell him some years before, using the opportunity to expound his own personal philosophy of life.

As with all of Camus' fiction, the story is really just dressing for the philosophy and as a means of laying out absurdism as a belief to a reader. However, because Clamence is such an engaging character and his story is quite digressive the book does not feel like it is haranguing you so much as engaging you in a, admittedly one-sided, conversation about life.

I found it really fascinating. It managed a balance of intelligence and profundity with an engaging story and style.

I'm taking a break from serious books now and am going to indulge with some horror and sci-fi. First up, One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith.
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post Oct 15 2009, 01:03 PM
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QUOTE (maian @ Oct 15 2009, 12:52 PM) *
I'm taking a break from serious books now and am going to indulge with some horror and sci-fi. First up, One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith.


It's quite good. As are all Michael Marshall Smith's books.


Picked up The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks graphic novel today.
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post Oct 15 2009, 01:21 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Oct 15 2009, 02:03 PM) *
It's quite good. As are all Michael Marshall Smith's books.


That they are. Have you read much of his non-science fiction work, published as Michael Marshall? Overall it's variable in quality, but his novel The Straw Men is one of the best crime novels I've ever read.
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post Oct 15 2009, 01:39 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Oct 15 2009, 02:03 PM) *
Picked up The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks graphic novel today.


Is it basically illustrated versions of the cases in the survival guide? Any good?
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post Oct 15 2009, 02:27 PM
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A friend gave me a book called The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolano. There are four or five main characters in the story and each serves as narrator for part of the book, dividing up a chapter at a time. I quite enjoy that style of narration and it's an absorbing book that slowly draws you in.
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post Oct 15 2009, 05:16 PM
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QUOTE (Jimmay @ Oct 15 2009, 02:39 PM) *
Is it basically illustrated versions of the cases in the survival guide? Any good?


That's exactly what it is. Yeah it's good, but at 12.99 I'd wait for it to drop in price. Or pop to a bookshop and read it in a lunchtime.
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post Oct 23 2009, 05:06 PM
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Fopp had a few nice "coffee table" books on sale today. Picked up

To Infinity & Beyond: The Story Of Pixar Animation Studios (was 50, now 10)
Delicious: The Design & Art Direction Of Stylorouge (was 32, now 5)
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post Oct 23 2009, 09:46 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Oct 23 2009, 01:06 PM) *
Fopp had a few nice "coffee table" books on sale today. Picked up

To Infinity & Beyond: The Story Of Pixar Animation Studios (was 50, now 10)
Delicious: The Design & Art Direction Of Stylorouge (was 32, now 5)

I have that Pixar book. 10 is a steal.
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post Oct 24 2009, 12:26 AM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Oct 23 2009, 06:06 PM) *
Fopp had a few nice "coffee table" books on sale today.


I'm seriously considering a ban for anyone talking about Fopp bargins on these boards! tongue.gif

I managed to pick up a copy of Unseen Academicals for 5.99 in WHSmiths yesterday, because my monthly magazine bill topped 15.00.
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post Oct 27 2009, 02:23 PM
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Bought this today. I AM EXCITED.

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post Oct 27 2009, 02:25 PM
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QUOTE (Everlong @ Oct 27 2009, 02:23 PM) *
Bought this today. I AM EXCITED.



Like his previous two books, is it just re-prints of his online blogs.
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post Oct 27 2009, 03:59 PM
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Yep, but I haven't too much of his blog this year. Plus these are great for my dreary commute!
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post Oct 27 2009, 04:11 PM
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QUOTE (Everlong @ Oct 27 2009, 03:59 PM) *
Yep, but I haven't too much of his blog this year. Plus these are great for my dreary commute!


I always find they're a good format to dip into to and from work. First one in hardback i think. May go to his signing session on Monday. I'll wear my flat cap. I know how fond he is of them.
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