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sweetbutinsane
post Nov 19 2007, 08:06 PM
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I just bought His Dark Materials - all three books in one (enormous) volume. It's so pretty! I'm trying to read Northern Lights quickly to refresh my mind of the story before the film comes out. I'm only a couple of chapters in so far.
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post Nov 20 2007, 12:30 AM
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QUOTE (maian @ Nov 18 2007, 02:34 PM)
...I popped into Waterstones and picked up A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore and have not been able tp put it down. The first half has been by turns hilarious, exciting and oddly affecting. Moore's fast becoming a favourite author.
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post Nov 20 2007, 12:36 AM
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A wonderful, wonderful book. Craig never steers me wrong.



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post Nov 20 2007, 09:23 AM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 14 2007, 08:41 PM)
Charlie Brooker's Dawn Of The Dumb

Because I am too forgetful/lazy to actually read Brooker's columns in the Guardian/online, this was a welcome discovery. A collection of pieces from 2004 to this Summer, a really enjoyable work journey read of criticism, bile and observation. Though, whilst I seemed to agree with most of what he said, I'm not too sure about his anti-flat cap stance.
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I nearly picked that up the other day, it's worth it for his second review of Torchwood alone!

QUOTE (Jubei @ Nov 15 2007, 09:42 AM)
I've spent the last couple of weeks re-reading my way through the Iain M Banks bibliography. So far read Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons and Against a Dark Background. Now on Feersum Endjinn.

Against a Dark Background is an excellent, if unusually bleak, story.
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I really must finish Consider Phlebas, I put it down to read Harry Potter in the summer and never picked it up again (I'm between books at the moment though so I really should go back and finish it).

The Player of Games is my favourite, but I really should have another stab at Excession as I remember that being pretty good as well.

I've just finished re-reading The Day of the Triffids for the nth time.
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post Nov 20 2007, 01:18 PM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Nov 20 2007, 12:30 AM)
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post Nov 20 2007, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Nov 19 2007, 08:06 PM)
I just bought His Dark Materials - all three books in one (enormous) volume. It's so pretty! I'm trying to read Northern Lights quickly to refresh my mind of the story before the film comes out. I'm only a couple of chapters in so far.
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I read them a few months ago and loved them. Great stuff.
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post Nov 21 2007, 10:00 PM
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As part of my 'fat and stupid is no way to go through life' regime, I've been using my wasted hours of my daily commute along the M25 to listen to audio books. I've just finished listening to The Time Machine by HG Wells and it was pretty cool, as a bit of a science geek I really enjoyed some of the questions it posed and Wells' ability to conjour up pictures is wonderful. On the downside, the ending seemed a bit rushed and seemed to throw in some bonkers pieces to try to save it. The final scene was a little predfictable though.
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post Nov 21 2007, 10:49 PM
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Finished A Dirty Job and it was really wonderful. Great from start to finish and Christopher Moore carried the whole thing off with wit, depth and empathy. The way in which the book dealt with death, not only the big D version but the concept and the effects of it, was surprisingly touching and, as someone who's had to go through all that recently, painfully accurate. Brilliant brilliant brilliant.

After all the discussion about it last week I've now gone on to The Shining again, having previously started reading it about two years ago.
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post Nov 21 2007, 11:00 PM
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QUOTE (maian @ Nov 21 2007, 10:49 PM)
After all the discussion about it last week I've now gone on to The Shining again, having previously started reading it about two years ago.
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post Nov 21 2007, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE (Downsy @ Nov 21 2007, 11:00 PM)
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Great, and I drew up this liability lawsuit for nothing.

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The lawyers will be heartbroken.

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post Nov 21 2007, 11:31 PM
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I'm not scared yet (slowed a bit due to various reasons but up to about page 350), even when reading it in bed - which I'll do some more of in a bit.

I think I've gone past the point where films and books scare me, which is a shame.

It's still bloody marvellous and a far more fascinating character study than I expected. I am totally involved in this family.

It also sparked an amusing conversation between me and my Mum about how long it would take my Dad to try and kill us if we were snowed in without booze as a family... we reckon about two days. Imagine 'The Shining' but with Bobby De Niro in the Nicholson role.

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post Nov 21 2007, 11:39 PM
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I'm quite interested to see what my reaction to the book will be because, as I think I've mentioned here before, I've never been scared by a book. Actually, that's not true; some of Roald Dahl's stuff used to scare the hell out of me when I was a kid but certainly nothing I've read as an adult has genuinely scared me. From what I remember of my first attempt to read The Shining I was quite creeped out but not scared. Then again, I only got about a third or so in so we'll see how things go this time.

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post Nov 22 2007, 11:13 AM
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Currently reading I Predict A Riot by Colin Bateman. As with most of his books, a very entertaining read. But two things really annoy me about it.

Firstly, as mentioned earlier in the thread, he has dropped the "Colin" and is now known only as "Bateman". How wanky.

Secondly, there is no swearing! Instead we have f***ing, b***ard and cr*p!
I've never seen this before in a novel, and cannot, for the life of me, understand why it's happened.
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post Nov 22 2007, 05:42 PM
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QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Nov 20 2007, 10:27 PM)
I read them a few months ago and loved them. Great stuff.
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I've only read them the once, and I'm fairly certain it was a while ago as I've forgotten a surprising amount of details from the first book. On the plus side, it makes it feel like I'm reading them for the first time again, which is nice. smile.gif
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post Nov 22 2007, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 22 2007, 06:13 AM)
Currently reading I Predict A Riot by Colin Bateman. As with most of his books, a very entertaining read.  But two things really annoy me about it.

Firstly, as mentioned earlier in the thread, he has dropped the "Colin" and is now known only as "Bateman".  How wanky.

Secondly, there is no swearing!  Instead we have f***ing, b***ard and cr*p!
I've never seen this before in a novel, and cannot, for the life of me, understand why it's happened.
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It was originally in serial form in a family newspaper in Northern Ireland.
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