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post Dec 30 2009, 04:04 PM
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I'm awaiting the arrival of 2 Ryu Murakami books, I saw the film Audition (most of) years ago and never realised it was originally a novel, which was finally released in English this year, so I've bought the book. Also bought 'In the Miso soup' after a couple of people raved about it, which lead to me finding out about the Audition book.
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post Jan 2 2010, 07:53 PM
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Last week I read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin. It was a very inventive and intriguing science fiction novel about a human (or human-like) alien arriving on a planet inhabited entirely by hermaphrodites who are only capable of having sex at specific times of the month. Ostensibly an adventure story about clashing cultures built around the envoy Henly Ai's attempts to get the rival countries of the world to join the Ekumen - a league of planets intent on spreading and gaining knowledge - LeGuin uses the differences between Ai and the inhabitants of Winter to ask questions about sex and gender and how these shape different societies. She doesn't sacrifice excitement or characters for her intellectual interests, though, as her characters are well-formed and their relationships are suitably (sometimes bafflingly) complex, whilst the last half of the book is essentially one long chase sequence across the harsh cold terrain of the planet. Really very good.
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post Jan 12 2010, 02:33 PM
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I'm most of the way through Wil Wheaton's Just A Geek - it's a very honest look at his journey through his late twenties as a struggling actor who used to be famous, accepting Trek and becoming a writer. I'm a huge fan of his, both from his Trek days and of his current writing/acting/blogging work, and a lot of the frustrations he describes as an actor totally struck home with me.

My Wheaton crush has grown. Oh dear.
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post Jan 12 2010, 04:05 PM
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That sounds really good.
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post Jan 12 2010, 04:21 PM
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QUOTE (maian @ Dec 24 2009, 07:07 PM) *
It took me three years, on and off, but I've finally finished Don Quixote.



You might find "The Death and Life of Miguel De Cervantes" by Stephen Marlowe interesting. It's a fictional biography of Cervantes full of swashbuckling, romance and derring do.

QUOTE (Everlong @ Dec 30 2009, 04:04 PM) *
I'm awaiting the arrival of 2 Ryu Murakami books, I saw the film Audition (most of) years ago and never realised it was originally a novel,


I too was in the dark about this. Until, that is, I saw the hardback in Foppa few weeks back for 2. Result
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post Jan 12 2010, 04:27 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Jan 12 2010, 04:21 PM) *
I too was in the dark about this. Until, that is, I saw the hardback in Fopp for 2. Result


Nice, I got both books for under a tenner at Amazon.

Where is Fopp in London by the way? The only one I've been to is in Reading (muchos Items bought there!), and I'm not sure that's even there anymore.
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post Jan 12 2010, 04:31 PM
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Its along Shaftsbury Avenue on the opposite side of the road to the huge costumers "Angels". Where Shaftsbury Avenue crosses over Charing Cross Rd.
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post Jan 12 2010, 04:43 PM
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Ahh cheers, I'll pop down there when I'm in the area next then!
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post Jan 12 2010, 05:00 PM
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QUOTE (Outatime @ Jan 12 2010, 04:05 PM) *
That sounds really good.

I highly recommend it. I also recommend reading his blog and listening to his weekly podcast.
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post Jan 12 2010, 08:20 PM
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Just arrived, the two books I bought with my christmas Amazon voucher:
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (looking forward to a reread)
Shaun Of The Dead Graphic Novel by Chris Ryall and Zach Howard

Just bought, a couple of comic books:
The Mammoth Book Of Horror Comics
The Mammoth Book Of Zombie Comics


Didn't mention earlier, the book I was given for Christmas:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (next on my reread list)

I love Christmas. When's the next one?
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post Jan 13 2010, 11:38 AM
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QUOTE (widowspider @ Jan 12 2010, 05:00 PM) *
his weekly podcast.


Just the name of that podcast has intrigued me.
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post Jan 13 2010, 12:31 PM
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Ooh, apparently The Evolutionary Void will be out in September. I hope so.
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post Jan 13 2010, 02:09 PM
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QUOTE (widowspider @ Jan 12 2010, 02:33 PM) *
I'm most of the way through Wil Wheaton's Just A Geek - it's a very honest look at his journey through his late twenties as a struggling actor who used to be famous, accepting Trek and becoming a writer. I'm a huge fan of his, both from his Trek days and of his current writing/acting/blogging work, and a lot of the frustrations he describes as an actor totally struck home with me.

My Wheaton crush has grown. Oh dear.


He's in tomrrow night's Big Bang Theory.
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post Jan 13 2010, 02:45 PM
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QUOTE (Everlong @ Jan 13 2010, 12:38 PM) *
Just the name of that podcast has intrigued me.

It's funny, you should give it a listen.

QUOTE (Raven @ Jan 13 2010, 03:09 PM) *
He's in tomrrow night's Big Bang Theory.

It already aired over here, I've seen it - it's brilliant. He plays what he calls 'a delightfully evil version of myself'. Him and Sheldon have a great scene.
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post Jan 13 2010, 08:08 PM
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A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

I watched the film and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give the book a read. I'm very glad I did as it was beautifully written.

I ordered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it arrived yesterday, but I can't read it until Monday because of my exams. Grr.
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