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post Apr 2 2011, 03:46 PM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Apr 2 2011, 02:48 PM) *
I LOVE PJ Tracy. Have we talked about this? Did you start with Monkeewrench?


Me too! Monkeewrench was released as Want To Play? over here so you might want to double check with your library under that title Shack.
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post Apr 2 2011, 05:46 PM
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QUOTE (Outatime @ Apr 2 2011, 04:46 PM) *
Me too! Monkeewrench was released as Want To Play? over here so you might want to double check with your library under that title Shack.


My library is only small so only holds the one PJ Tracy. Have been angling to reserve Want To Play? from another branch but never got around to it.
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post Apr 2 2011, 09:35 PM
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I'm sorry to say that reading them out of order will spoil it somewhat. In this case, it really is best to begin at the beginning.

Snow Blind is the 4th book, and they all really do play off of the previous ones.

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post Apr 2 2011, 10:16 PM
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I'd be inclined to agree that starting at the beginning is the best bet, you certainly need to read the first one first. I'm not sure it would matter if you read the others out of order, but it has been a while since I read them so I could be wrong.
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post Apr 3 2011, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Apr 2 2011, 10:35 PM) *
I'm sorry to say that reading them out of order will spoil it somewhat. In this case, it really is best to begin at the beginning.

Snow Blind is the 4th book, and they all really do play off of the previous ones.


Knickers. I'll go to Wortley library and pick it up tomorrow.
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QUOTE (Shack @ Apr 3 2011, 12:29 PM) *
Knickers. I'll go to Wortley library and pick it up tomorrow.


Gorrit!

Will begin that one this evening.
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post Apr 4 2011, 08:18 PM
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QUOTE (Shack @ Apr 4 2011, 02:38 PM) *
Gorrit!

Will begin that one this evening.


Enjoy! I think it's the best one (the others are worth reading too though).
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post Apr 4 2011, 09:45 PM
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Finally finished Jasper Fforde's Something Rotten, which was jolly good indeed. Now made a start on First Among Sequels in anticipation of One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing when it comes out in paperback this summer. It's great to get back into reading Fforde's books again, and generally into reading full stop.
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post Apr 5 2011, 09:43 AM
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QUOTE (Outatime @ Apr 4 2011, 04:18 PM) *
Enjoy! I think it's the best one (the others are worth reading too though).

I like the whole series so far, but I agree that the first book is the best.
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post Apr 5 2011, 10:42 AM
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QUOTE (maian @ Apr 2 2011, 10:26 AM) *
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


Nabokov is amazing as a writer for all the reasons you say. I love this book for so many reasons. Great summation.

I really want to read the Jens Lapidus Stockholm Noir books before I go to Sweden next month - but they are very difficult to find in English. Boo.
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post Apr 6 2011, 12:10 AM
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Not a book, but if you're a David Foster Wallace fan, you might want to take a peek at his private self-help library.

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QUOTE (Serafina_Pekkala @ Mar 14 2011, 02:00 PM) *
TV apparently. It was just a note in the programme. I've not heard anything more. It's been going for a while though - this is from June 2009.

I can't imagine it working that well either. Although casting would intrigue me.


So much interesting stuff from last night, including one thing related to this.

Jeremy sent the finished script to Jonathan, he says it's funnier and sharper than the novel (pshaw) and that it makes it totally contemporary while keeping the period setting. Channel 4 have dropped it, it's now with the BBC, but don't hold your breath.

He seems desperate to get it filmed. It was optioned before it was published in 1994, and before it was dropped the plan was to cast the Winshaws with Carry On... cast members.
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post Apr 7 2011, 10:15 AM
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Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

By dint of being his first novel, it isn't as narratively inventive or thematically deep than his later work, but even early on his particular brand of humanism is on full display in a story of people living in a world where almost all human work has been taken up by machines. Vonnegut clearly captures the spiritual emptiness of people who no longer feel like they contribute to society, instead being given meaningless gruntwork to ensure they are employed, and the absurdity of a bureaucracy in which tests and punch cards determine what a person will do for their entire life, removing ambition or innovation from the equation.

Not one of his stronger satires, but a great first novel and a clear indication that greatness was in him.
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post Apr 7 2011, 07:53 PM
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Room by Emma Donoghue

Very good. First book I've read in a day for a very long time.
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post Apr 8 2011, 04:40 PM
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QUOTE (Outatime @ Apr 2 2011, 04:46 PM) *
Me too! Monkeewrench was released as Want To Play? over here so you might want to double check with your library under that title Shack.


Read it over the course of the last 4 days. I think I devoured the last half in the last 24 hours. Lots of fun.

So much so, I'm going to take Snow Blind back to my library and go and get Live Bait next (from a different library).

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