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post Mar 4 2008, 10:10 PM
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John Carpenter: The Prince of Darkness by Gilles Boulenger
More a lengthy interview than an actual biography, Boulenger discusses Carpenter's early life, each of his films individually and filmaking in general. Learnt a few things - he was lined up to direct Top Gun, Fatal Attraction & Golden Child , had it not been for Legend taking so long to film Tom Cruise would have been Starman, he was sacked from Firestarter because The Thing was considered a form of pornography by the studio!
If you have any interest in the man's films this is well worth a read.
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post Mar 5 2008, 04:01 PM
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Stormbreaker
OK, far sillier than Silverfin.
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post Mar 6 2008, 01:37 PM
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i read a book...

the cement garden by ian mcewan

isolation, family, incest, death and masturbation: what more could you want? i'd be interesting to see how it translated to the screen, in andrew birkin's film...
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post Mar 6 2008, 01:44 PM
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I read the new(ish) PJ Tracy book, Snow Blind, over the weekend. I have to say I thought it was much better than the 2nd and 3rd books but still not as good as the first. I was disappointed that the story didn't do as much as it seemed like it would but it definitely had me gripped in places.
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post Mar 6 2008, 04:10 PM
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Sweet And Low by Richard Cohen

Highly entertaining book written by the grandson of the Sweet & Low empire. It is literally not only the story of how the empire was built & the corruption that erupted through stupidity, but also the history of the first settlers of Manhattan, sugar, saccharine, organized crime, diabetics, & post-war Brooklyn. It also tells how the author's family was disinherited from the entire fortune.
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post Mar 12 2008, 01:28 AM
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QUOTE (Raven @ Feb 21 2008, 11:58 PM)
I finally finished reading Microserfs this evening - that's not a comment on the book, it's a comment on me being a very slow reader.

Very good - thank you Julie! I'm going to miss Bug, Todd, Abe, Dan, Micheal, Susan, Ethan and co.

Oh, and I'd really like to meet Karla - *sigh* tongue.gif
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Probably the biggest feel good book I've ever read. And yet it's so deep.

Reading Mein Leben im Schrebergarten by Wladimir Kaminer. A great laugh of a book. In a good way. I cryed tears for ten minutes at one point.

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post Mar 14 2008, 02:53 PM
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Right now I'm reading Yes Man by Danny Wallace & I don't know if I should continue or just chuck it. I'm finding a lot of it really stupid. He's insulting our intelligence to think that we would believe that he's really that naive.

However, the book is really well written and very entertaining. And the chapter I read last night actually made me laugh quite a few times. I would be a great book if it was fiction, but to try & pass it off as Non- is the problem.
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post Mar 14 2008, 08:18 PM
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Over the last couple of weeks, I have read Candy, Valiant, Sleepwalking and The Colour of Magic.

The first three were just random teen novels that I picked up from the library, and I didn't particularly enjoy any of them. I quite liked some of the characters in Candy, but the story itself just wasn't my thing. Valiant was simply dull and poorly written. Sleepwalking had a great prologue, but it all went downhill after that. I thought that all of the characters were highly immature and really annoying.

The Colour of Magic, on the other hand, was incredible! I've been scanning the posts on the Discworld thread and a lot of you seem to feel that it's one of the poorer books in the series. If that's true, I can't wait to see what the rest are like! smile.gif

I've just bought Stardust and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, so I'm looking forward to reading them over the weekend.

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post Mar 14 2008, 10:46 PM
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Would anyone like a copy of The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson? There's currently a campaign on in Edinburgh to get everyone reading and that's the book that has been chosen. As a result there are free copies of it all over the place, including about 200 sat in a pile in the office at work, so I can nab some and get them out to you if you'd like one, all I ask is the postage cost in return.
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post Mar 16 2008, 03:26 PM
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This week I finished Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets by David Simon and The Straw Men by Michael Marshall. Both were books I read as a result of considerable interest in the authors' other work and both were fantastic.

Homicide is the story of a year David Simon spent shadowing a Baltimore homicide squad. Over the course of the novel, he details hundreds of murders, some in great detail whilst others are merely mentioned in passing, and offers a terrific insight into the lives and minds of men who spend every day dealing with the darkest side of humanity.

Admittedly, I spent much of my time being distracted by how many of the stories were recreated almost word for word in the TV series Homicide: Life On The Street, as well as how many of the more colourful exchanges resurfaced in The Wire, but for the most part I was engrossed in the brilliant prose and Simon's always wonderful ability to capture dialogue and tiny details. Well worth checking out if you are a fan of Simon's subsequent Baltimore epics.

Having been astounded by Michael Marshall Smith's science fiction work, I was interested in checking out his contemporary crime novels and was suitably impressed by this, his first foray into straight crime fiction and the first in his Straw Men trilogy.

Despite the change in genre and period, Marshall's unique voice remains intact, making an already engaging serial killer plot into something really very special. To talk about the plot is to reveal too much, but needless to say it was utterly mesmerising; a dark, funny, terrifying journey that managed to use technology to advance the plot in a natural way, without feeling forced or like it had been crammed in to make the story seem modern. I can't wait to see where the story goes next.

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post Mar 16 2008, 05:14 PM
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i'm currently reading The Big Sleep by raymond chandler. Thus far it's been witty and well-written. The suspense is already being set up. Loving it.
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post Mar 16 2008, 05:34 PM
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QUOTE (Hobbes @ Mar 16 2008, 05:14 PM)
i'm currently reading The Big Sleep by raymond chandler. Thus far it's been witty and well-written. The suspense is already being set up. Loving it.
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I love Chandler's writing; he's great at character and mood, which more than makes up for the fact that his plots (or anti-plots) almost never make sense.
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post Mar 16 2008, 08:47 PM
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QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Mar 14 2008, 08:18 PM)
The Colour of Magic, on the other hand, was incredible! I've been scanning the posts on the Discworld thread and a lot of you seem to feel that it's one of the poorer books in the series. If that's true, I can't wait to see what the rest are like! smile.gif


They really are very good, I can't think of another author who has been so consistently good over so many books (I've just started reading Thud!).
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post Mar 17 2008, 07:30 PM
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So, any suggestions on which Discworld book to go with next? smile.gif

I just finished Stardust last night, and I must say that I was really surprised at how drastically different the film is to the book. It's like they just took the bare bones of the plot and made up a completely different story around it. I still love them both the same though! smile.gif

Onto Neverwhere now! I'm only about 70 pages in and I love it already!
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post Mar 17 2008, 07:35 PM
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Neverwhere is a very good book as well, and it works far better than the TV series.

On the Pratchett side of things, if you liked The Colour of Magic I'd suggest reading through the rest in order starting with The Light Fantastic as it is a direct sequel to TCoM.

If you want to skip ahead a few books I've always thought Mort, Guards! Guards! and Wyrd Sisters are good starting places.
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