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post Feb 15 2012, 06:06 AM
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I just finished John Dies at the End. I think it's my favourite book.
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post Feb 27 2012, 10:11 PM
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Currently just over halfway through Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

Good and creepy, quite like Stephen King too.
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post Feb 27 2012, 10:35 PM
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Storming my way through the Eagle series by Simon Scarrow. My inner (and indeed outer) history nerd is satiated. Currently on The Eagle's Prophecy.

Also working my way through my recently acquired collection of Horrible Histories, which sadly is lacking Saxons, Normans and Vikings. sad.gif
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post Feb 29 2012, 01:00 PM
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Currently reading 'England made me' by Graham Greene. After that I've been instructed to give American Tabloid by James Ellroy a whirl.
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post Mar 9 2012, 07:56 AM
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I find myself intrigued by 'The Hunger Games', but I know it's aimed at a young audience. How does it compare to say, Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy?
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post Mar 9 2012, 01:17 PM
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It doesn't have anywhere near the thematic heft of His Dark Materials, but it has a really compelling and interesting science fiction world which it explores very thoroughly. It is also - considering the audience - staggering bleak and violent in places, offering up some genuinely heartbreaking deaths, harrowing hallucinations and some convincingly tough descriptions of the effects of starvation on several characters. Katniss is a really good solid central character with a lot of nous and strength, and the book doesn't lean too heavily on the love triangle aspect.

In short, they're not on a par with Pullman's work, but they're still intelligent and exciting books that work for people outside of their target audience.
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post Mar 9 2012, 02:24 PM
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I am re-reading Flannery O'Connor's short stories. Masterful examples on how to craft a story.
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post Mar 9 2012, 02:38 PM
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Ed sums it up perfectly. Often forgot whilst reading it that it was a book for teens. And the love triangle is a bit different too (and often commented on as an aside, when their main concern is not getting killed).

Surprised at how much I loved the book, as soon as I was about halfway through Hunger Games, I bought Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Finished each book within days. Addictive.


QUOTE (Everlong @ Feb 27 2012, 10:11 PM) *
Currently just over halfway through Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

Good and creepy, quite like Stephen King too.


And, I've finished this. Pretty good, few twists along the way, aspects of the final chapters surprised me.

Now onto The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Good little murdery crime book so far.
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post Mar 9 2012, 03:43 PM
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What Raven & Everlong said - very readable, pretty tragic and bleak but also really well done. Am mega looking forward to the film, which is coming out here on the 23rd.
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post Mar 9 2012, 05:03 PM
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^ Not I, I'm still stuck in the Potterverse!
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post Mar 9 2012, 09:03 PM
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I'm quite tempted to read them. I just need to remember how to read first!
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post Mar 10 2012, 01:33 AM
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Cheers guys. I think I'll purchase the first book. I'm about to finish Pegg's autobiography (which is a fabulous read), so it should serve well as my next project.
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post Mar 16 2012, 04:38 PM
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Are any of you on goodreads.com?
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post Mar 16 2012, 04:50 PM
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^ No, but I may just take a look at that this weekend.
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post Mar 16 2012, 09:21 PM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Mar 16 2012, 04:38 PM) *
Are any of you on goodreads.com?


I am. I don't use it very much though.
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