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Sostie
post Oct 28 2009, 01:25 PM
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QUOTE (Raven @ Oct 24 2009, 12:26 AM) *
I'm seriously considering a ban for anyone talking about Fopp bargins on these boards! tongue.gif


Yeah, it can be annoying.


In other news, today I picked up

Scarfe: Drawing Blood - 45 Years of Gerald Scarfe Uncesnsored...signed by Scarfe himself (down from 40 to 10)
Terence Donovan: The Photographs (down from 50 to 10)


from Fopp
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post Oct 28 2009, 01:46 PM
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I put this on my christmas list and I'm really, really hoping I get one. Barnes and Noble nook
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post Oct 28 2009, 01:47 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Oct 28 2009, 01:25 PM) *
from Fopp


Why, you . . . crazy4.gif
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post Oct 28 2009, 05:20 PM
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Just started Rameau's Nephew & D'Alembert's Dream by Denis Diderot last night.
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post Oct 28 2009, 06:20 PM
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QUOTE (widowspider @ Oct 28 2009, 01:46 PM) *
I put this on my christmas list and I'm really, really hoping I get one. Barnes and Noble nook


Do you get a Cranny with it or is that sold seperately?
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post Oct 29 2009, 01:49 PM
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No, the Cranny will be an add-on that comes out later in 2010.
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post Oct 29 2009, 10:35 PM
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I'm very, very tempted to stick around down here an extra couple days so I can go to this.

It's my hands-down favourite of Moore's books.
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post Oct 31 2009, 10:57 AM
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QUOTE (Julie @ Oct 29 2009, 06:35 PM) *
I'm very, very tempted to stick around down here an extra couple days so I can go to this.

It's my hands-down favourite of Moore's books.

Pocket would want you to be there.
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post Oct 31 2009, 11:20 AM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Oct 31 2009, 06:57 AM) *
Pocket would want you to be there.


You are both evil and correct.
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post Nov 1 2009, 08:19 PM
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QUOTE (Julie @ Oct 31 2009, 11:20 AM) *
You are both evil and correct.


I do need to read another Moore. I've been stuck on Inkheart for about 2 months. It's turned into a bit of slog. Perhaps I shouldn't have watched the film first.
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post Nov 10 2009, 02:09 AM
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I finished After the Quake, by Haruki Murakami this evening - a wonderful piece of writing.

Murakami is fast becoming my favourite author.
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post Nov 14 2009, 05:25 PM
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QUOTE (Raven @ Nov 10 2009, 02:09 AM) *
I finished After the Quake, by Haruki Murakami this evening - a wonderful piece of writing.

Murakami is fast becoming my favourite author.


Coincidentally, I've just finished Birthday Stories, an anthology collection that was edited by Murakami and which features a short story by him. The collection, as the name would suggest, consists of stories about birthdays or the events of which happen on a birthday. For the most part the stories are, not dour, but certainly downbeat as many of them are meditations on aging, times gone by and lost promises, such as in "Close to the Water's Edge" by Claire Keegan, in which a young man reminisces about his grandmother on the day of his 19th birthday, or "Timothy's Birthday" by William Trevor, in which a young man decides not to visit his parents on his birthday, sending a friend instead. There are moments of levity, though, as demonstrated by Ethan Canin's "Angel of Mercy, Angel of Wrath", which is a slightly farcical tale of an old woman being pestered by two birds when they fly into her house. Others, like "Forever Overhead" by David Foster Wallace, display a more elegiac approach as they depict childhood excitement and adolescent unease from the vantage point of an adult.

Murakami's own contribution to the collection, "Birthday Girl", is a suitably light and slightly obtuse story about a waitress who has to fill in for her boss when he is ill. It's a slight story but it manages to pack in a lot of the tropes and themes of Murakami's other work, specifically the hectic pace of Japanese life and the slim divider between reality and dreams, and makes for a pleasant ending to the collection.

The differing tones of the stories and the disparate styles of the authors prevent the collection from ever really coalescing into a coherent whole but this is not Murakami's aim; he sets out to collect together works by some of his favourite writers, around a loose theme, in the hope of introducing new readers to works of literature that he loves and, in that regard, it is very successful.
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post Nov 14 2009, 06:20 PM
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I bought my secret santa from another forum an American print of Jean Valjean published in 1897, she is Les Mis mad so hopefully she will like it. I doubt it is worth anything though, it cost me 2.
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post Nov 14 2009, 07:43 PM
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I bought The Book Thief by Markus Zusak today. I understand it's meant to be very good - has anyone else here read it?
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post Nov 14 2009, 09:58 PM
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QUOTE (Ade @ Nov 14 2009, 07:43 PM) *
I bought The Book Thief by Markus Zusak today. I understand it's meant to be very good - has anyone else here read it?


I have, and I absolutely adored it. It's beautifully written, and quite unlike anything I've ever read before or have read since.

Plus it restored my faith in literature after reading Twi-shite. tongue.gif
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