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Old 13-03-2011, 14:20   #101
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Started on the Dresen Files series through my iPad.

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Old 13-03-2011, 15:36   #102
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Reading the story of 2000AD by David Bishop, really good interesting book if your interested in Uk comics at all. Facinating stuff.
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Just coming to the end of "The Trinity Six" by Chares Cumming which is about a University lecturer investigating the possibility of a sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Also been reading Sherock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra which is yet another Holmes pastiche. A bit of a silly story but good fun none-the-less.
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Old 20-03-2011, 13:48   #104
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I slated Hyperion a while ago and I'm still working through it but it has improved greatly.

Still feels very disjointed but certain sections have been really good. Need to crack on and get it finished.
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Old 22-03-2011, 12:57   #105
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I'm trying to kick-start some reading again. Bought Solar and Never Let Me Go with a WH Smiths card today!
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Old 22-03-2011, 20:47   #106
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Started on the Dresen Files series through my iPad.
Already on book three of the series. Plus I read a whole (paper) book last weekend, The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery which although started slow, had me interested right up to the end. It was a promotional copy.

I've never read so many books for years!
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This weeks books were the Wilt Alternative and Before the Rain. The latter is a strong collection of dark short stories from writers based in the north-west of England.

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Old 26-03-2011, 21:03   #108
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Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: From Common Man to Ironman

Picked this up because I'm in training for a triathlon and seem to be pretty much where the writer was prior to his first one. It was a really easy read and gave a good insight into the mindset required for this type of event.
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Old 01-04-2011, 20:21   #109
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Persuader is my fave of all the Reacher books.
Finished Lee Child's Persuader which was good and also
The People of Sparks, sequel to City of Ember which was a bit poor in comparison but had a good ending. Going to skip the 3rd in the series as its a prequel and try the 4th Ember book but it's not out on ebook format as of yet.

I think I'll read Lee Child's The Enemy next.
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Got the Victoria Coren biography to read after this, lots of good reviews so looking forward to that.
Have you read Once More with Feeling? Her book about making a porn film? That's a funny read
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Reading 'Never Let Me Go' and managing my chapter a day (well, mostly). That may not seem like much to the hardcore on here, but I'm lucky to get any time to read when i don't feel I should be doing something else. Anyway, good book so far...
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:46   #112
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Have you read Once More with Feeling? Her book about making a porn film? That's a funny read
Great fun book

Must give it a read again some day.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:05   #113
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Read Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut last week. Found it pretty underwhelming with really unlikeable characters and a very basic plot. The subtext was painfully blunt too. Very disappointing coming from the author of Slaughterhouse 5.

Started on Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson. Only a hundred pages in and it's becoming obvious the first 'novel' is probably all just setup, but Stephenson's writing is interesting enough that it's easy to overlook the fact nothing's happened.
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Old 02-04-2011, 14:51   #114
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Read John Dies At The End by David Wong, which was just brilliant. One of the back quotes compares it to Douglas Adams doing horror, only with dick jokes, and that's pretty much spot on. David Wong (the pseudeonym for Jason Pargin, editor of cracked.com) has his finger on the pulse of modern horror (and videogame culture) and has come up with a wildly inventive, genuinely creepy, yet absolutely hilarious story of two slackers cum ghostbusters who start seeing a number of bizarre creatures that are seeping into our world after injesting a mysterious drug known as 'soy sauce'.

Best book I've read in ages! And other good news: Wong is already writing the sequel as JDATE is the first part of a proposed trilogy. Also the film is currently being filmed by Don Coscarelli of Bubba Ho-Tep and Phantasm fame! If the film captures any of the essence of the book (and the book is just insane brilliance) then it's a cult hit in the making.

I thoroughly recommend it to horror fans!

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After that I read the rather more sobering Omon Ra, from Russian author Victor Pelevin. A pitch black tale about about a young man who dreams of being a cosmonaut, eventually being accepted into a top secret Academy under KGB headquarters in which a few serious revelations are unfolded within the strict socialist regime, and sacrifice for country is the highest achievement. To say more would be a spoiler.

An odd tale, it reminded me slightly of Catch 22, but I enjoyed this more (being a short novel) and it begs a re-read as I missed some references to characters within soviet history the first time round.

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Now I'm reading the much lighter The Neverending Story from German author Michael Ende. I loved the film as a kid and heard great things about the book. Indeed the (first) film is only the first third of the book, a wonderful tale of 'fantasica', a magical world inside a book, kept alive through human dreams and wishes that is now being destroyed by a dark force called 'the nothing'. The protagonist, Bastian, realises he's a part of the story as he reads the book.

I'm about 2/3 through, and it's a light read full of imagination and memorable characters. I would have loved it as a kid, but even as an adult I'm very much enjoying it thanks to Ende's mature and unpatronising writing and storytelling style.
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Do they still print it in two colours? I have the original UK hardback with the two stories in red and green print. Excellent book - which I read long before the film was made and just as well as I didn't like the film at all.
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No, one colour. But mine's a cheap trade paperback which has a picture from the film on the cover. Actually not the one I ordered, but couldn't be bothered to return it.

I thought the film was magical as a kid, but think it best not to revisit it as an adult. There's loads more to the book of course, but I still have fond memories of the film. I've not seen part 2 and 3, and after reading reviews I think that was a smart choice. All of them, especially the latter parts, have obviously taken HUGE liberties with the text anyway, and are clearly dumbed down.
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I watched the first film last year, and it still stood up very well and felt just as magical as when I was a kid.
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Read Jonathan Carrol's "Ghost in Love" over the weekend. Picks up on a lot of his earlier themes and metaphors but seems to me hes treading water a little with this book.
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Finally finished Michael Moorcock's Mother London (big thanks to Beowulf1970/Pete ) - what a fantastic book, probably the most rounded and personal of his I've read.

Also read China Mieville's childrens' book UnLunDun - very inventive and quite funny, but not perhaps one of those childrens' fictions that is as rewarding for adults. Loved the binja!

Decided to read some classic historical fiction, so starting The Pellop.. Pollon...Pellopol... < scurries off toWikipedia > ... < ctrl-c > ... < scurries back > The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, although in the handsome but rather heavy Folio edition.
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Have you read Once More with Feeling? Her book about making a porn film? That's a funny read
No but it's on the list.

"Finished" Hyperion so need to get the sequel to that.

Reading 100 Years of Solitude for a book club meet in a week or so, big book.

Then it will be time for some Coren I think.
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