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Old 26-04-2008, 14:52   #241
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Just finished My Booky Wook - Russell Brand, I am a fan of his, but was a bit disappointed by the book, nothing special.
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Just finished Skin Privilege - Karin Slaughter, another Grant County book, same standards as the others really but with a real ending!
Wow, that is indeed quite the ending.

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Lol, I never saw it coming.

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just finished 973 pages of "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. Great book, about the building of a cathedral in the 12th century. Combines fiction with actual historical events. Excellent. Anyone read the sequel ?

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Just read Ritual - Mo Hayder, was readable but not up to the standard of her earlier books.
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I've just started The Making Of The Fittest: DNA And The Ultimate Forensic Record Of Evolution by Sean Carroll - it's superb. It's very well written, very clear and easy to understand, and there's a chapter dedicated to demolishing the religious arguments against evolution and the DNA record, which has to be a good thing
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Am rereading all my old David Gemmells. Such good writing, makes a lot of other authors look amateurish by comparison, even his weaker books. Just reread Echoes of the Great Song and am giving the Hawk Queen series another go. Lord of the Silver Bow is outstanding, but I still can't bring myself to read the last two books now he's gone.

Am never reading bloody Robert Ludlum again. HOW did they make such good movies from such bad books?
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Old 30-04-2008, 09:29   #248
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the cupid effect was started and finished - the last of the 4 books i got of Dorophy Koomson - she writes quite intelligent chick lit - not misery books but not "and then reader, i married him" types.

Now up to page 168 of the woman in white, its LONG!!!!!!!!

and got 3 new books at the weekend, Anne of green gables, swallows and amazons and pursuasion so my trying to read the top 100 is starting in earnest!!
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Old 30-04-2008, 09:42   #249
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Started Realms of War, a Forgotten Realms anthology, got through about four stories and they've all been pretty good so far.

May have to read the Gemmell books again, loved all the Dran books, pretty much only have the last two Troy books to read by him(ish)

I read the Bourne books a few years ago and enjoyed them, read a few Ludlum books around then and thought the books where pretty good.
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May have to read the Gemmell books again, loved all the Dran books, pretty much only have the last two Troy books to read by him(ish)
Drenai? It's difficult as I know if I read them there will be no more ever.

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I read the Bourne books a few years ago and enjoyed them, read a few Ludlum books around then and thought the books where pretty good.
Yeah Bourne Ultimatum (free) didn't offend me so much. But I gave up on the last one of his I got (and that's pretty rare) as it was SO american and full of stereotypes. Germans apologising for the nazis and french apologising for being so rude. Too much trying to be clever wordplay, trying to make the reader fill in the gaps and not done well.
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just finished 973 pages of "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. Great book, about the building of a cathedral in the 12th century. Combines fiction with actual historical events. Excellent. Anyone read the sequel ?

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i started reading that eyars ago and never got to the end (can't remember why). i quite liked it ... wonder where my book is now.

there are a couple of his books that i've read and have enjoyed.

have started on patricia cornwall's new book Book of the Dead. I'm only a couple of chapters in but it's a lot better than the last one I tried to read.
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Just finished My Booky Wook - Russell Brand, I am a fan of his, but was a bit disappointed by the book, nothing special.
I recently read that (bought it for xmas for my girlfriend who hasn't read it yet). I wasn't that much of a fan in the first place and reading the book he just seems like a petty criminal who got lucky!

Just finished Against a Dark Background - Iain M Banks and I was very disappointed.

Just started Towing Jehovah - James Morrow which I was given a few years ago and never got round to reading.
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Now I've got a lovely commute to work I've started reading more frequently - I've probably not read a book since leaving school, over 20 years ago.

Started with Boy A which I really enjoyed, and wish I'd now seen it on Channel 4.

Am coming to the end of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. At over 600 pages, it's certainly the biggest book I've ever read, and despite some iffy reviews in the previous thread, I'm enjoying that too!
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Now I've got a lovely commute to work I've started reading more frequently - I've probably not read a book since leaving school, over 20 years ago.
The one thing I really miss now I work from home. I used to get an hour & a half of reading time every day, it was great!
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I'm reading the latest Jeremy Clarkson book. Highly educational reading, I know.
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and got 3 new books at the weekend, Anne of green gables, swallows and amazons and pursuasion so my trying to read the top 100 is starting in earnest!!
What 'Top 100' are you attempting?
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can't remember now, just googled top 100 books

ah, was this one

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...100-books.html

forgot i also read Second chance by Jane Green at the weekend, and it was pretty lame, i've liked all her other chick lit and this was pretty plotless

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what are margaret atwood's books like? a friend had a clear out and has given me a load of her books. are the part of a series where you should read one after the other?
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can't remember now, just googled top 100 books

ah, was this one

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...100-books.html
You really going to attempt to read them all?
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yep

figure i can manage at least 3 a year, so will all be done in 33 years, ie before i am 70

(though having the complete works of shakespear as one entry is a bit sneaky )
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