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Old 21-01-2012, 00:29   #261
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Oh, yes - I went with your fine suggestion of book token in the end! and I also threw in Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Right after Christmas she told me she wants to start Harry Potter.

Ah. I really enjoyed the His Dark Materials trilogy - good choice. I'd say they're quite universal.
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Old 22-01-2012, 00:46   #262
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I have just started on Northern Lights
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Old 28-01-2012, 19:33   #263
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Curious Case of the Clockwork Man the second of Mark Hodder's Burton and Swinbourne sequence which is another entertaining romp through an alternate, steampunk, Victorian England. Recommended.
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Old 01-02-2012, 13:14   #264
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The Saga of the Volsungs - been listening to Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen alot lately and wanted to see where he got his inspiration from

Interesting (and obviously Wagner used more than one source for his opera)... but you can tell it was written over 1,000 years ago. Obviously not being able to read Old Norse it's a translated version I'm reading and I wonder how much has been lost in that. Also, ironically, not a very epic read
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Old 01-02-2012, 14:29   #265
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Bram Stokers Dracula at the moment on my kindle. Some how I have never read it before. It's really good and not at all old fashioned like I thought it would be
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Old 05-02-2012, 19:18   #266
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Bram Stokers Dracula at the moment on my kindle. Some how I have never read it before. It's really good and not at all old fashioned like I thought it would be
Completely timeless. Wish it'd been on the A level syllabus when I was in school.

Just finished Iain Banks 'Look To Windward', stunning book which I can't recommended highly enough. On to Game of Thrones 3 now

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Old 05-02-2012, 20:09   #267
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just finished How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran which was brilliant, said tons of things you never really hear a woman saying, very refreshing.

And from the library retribution by Val Mcdermid, which is the new "tony hill" book and whilst good most of the way through, just suddenly ended. Very rushed at the end.

now got Hunger games to see what the fuss is about.
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Old 06-02-2012, 14:41   #268
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picked up The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell, just for a change, really enjoying it about half way through already
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Old 06-02-2012, 22:11   #269
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Finished Northern Lights. It was brilliant Never have I been so excited about armoured bears.

Have just made a start with The Subtle Knife. I rarely read book series consecutively.
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Finished Echo City by TIm Lebbon. Not sure I liked it, but I didn"t dislike it either. Also been reading quite a lot of short stories in back issues of the BFS Journal, some really interesting stuff from a number of writers who have yet to establish themselves.
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Old 25-02-2012, 10:04   #271
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I've been renewing my aquaintance with Tom Robbins, a fave of mine from my youth; currently nearing the end of Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas - pretty much what you'd expect from him, but unusually told in the second person.

Robbins is spot up to date with his cosmology too - this book is 25 years old yet one of the characters states that the universe is made up of information; I don't how long this idea's been around... does Robbins also possess the Bozos' advanced knowledge
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Finished Princess of Mars which I stole off Ms Fink. Quite good, I would have loved it as a kid. And even though the protagonist is a bit of a caveman, Burroughs' fantastical vision of Mars is quite thrilling even to a cynical older kid such as myself. I may even seek out the other books.

Quite intrigued to see the movie now too, although I'm not getting my hopes up.
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Just finished Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers and it is the best new book I have read in years. Has to be made into a film, preferably directed by the Coens.
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Just finished Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers and it is the best new book I have read in years. Has to be made into a film, preferably directed by the Coens.
Just started that, only read a few pages so far but seems good so far. I finished Great Expectations yesterday and though it took me a long time to get through it I really enjoyed it immensely. Very emotional reading towards the end, Dickens wrote fantastically well and really got you to care for the characters - I had to stop reading it at work because I got, well, a bit choked up... and it's rare that a book does that to me. Very, very highly recommended.
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A little while since I last posted here, so quite a few books read including:

Sherlock Holmes The Web Weaver, another in Titans series of Sherlock Holmes adventures by different hands. Interesting if unsuccessful attempt to introduce another woman into Holmes life.

Cold, Cold, Ground. First in a new trilogy from Adrian Mckinty set during the height of the Norther Ireland Troubles. An attempt to do for Northern Ireland what David Peace did for the Ripper murders. I enjoyed this and look forward to the sequels.

Mystery of Fu Manchu and The Return of Fu Manchu. First two books in Sax Rohmers long running series. Enjoyable if slightly disjointed (not surprising as they are fix-ups of the original short stories).

Distrust that particular flavour - non-fiction collection from William Gibson. Good filler while we await the next novel.

Gutshot - a collect of Weird Western short stories - recommended.

Bedlam Detective - great detective novel from Stephen Gallagher that follows the adventures of an agent employed to investigate the sanity of the ruling classes during late Victorian times. I really hope Gallagher continues with the characters he has created here.

Gothic High-Tech - another collection of Bruce Sterling short stories- recommended.

Dead Harvest - debut novel dealing with a soul collector who becomes embroiled in a battle between Heaven and Hell. First of a supernatural-noir series. Enjoyable, will be interesting to see how this develops.

Rough Music - chapbook that deals with the effect of infidelity between a man and his wife.

BBC VFX - nicely illustrated but poorly written review of the work of the BBC"s visual effects department over its 50 year history.

Long After Midnight - great collection of short stories written by Ray Bradbury.

Finally I started Christopher Fowlers Hell Train. 40 pages in and its developing nicely.

Despite all of this reading my to read pile is getting higher, I really need to stop buying books!
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hunger games trilogy is at The Book People for Ł4.99 for three.

Half way through the third and thoroughly enjoying them as a lighter read.

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Old 20-03-2012, 17:30   #277
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Just finished Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

Bleak as all hell, but pure poetry. The West doesn't get wilder.
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Awesome book aint it.

What was your take on the ending? In spoilers of course.

2/3 of the way through the Slap. Pretty good but tough going. The hilariously graphic sex scenes are a bit out of place though.
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What was your take on the ending? In spoilers of course.
Still pondering that one! It ends cryptically to say the least.



I'm still chewing it over to be honest as it's the kind of book that begs for a re-read!
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Just finished Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers and it is the best new book I have read in years. Has to be made into a film, preferably directed by the Coens.
Just finished this and thought it was excellent. Thanks for the recommendation
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