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Old 26-12-2009, 18:24   #1
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So what books did you get for Christmas?

...and are they any good?

I got Homicide: a year on the killing streets and The World Without Us

Halfway through the latter, and so far am really enjoying it, despite the doom and gloom. It has a section on the abandoned seaside resort of Varosha, which I had already stumbled across via the internet - an amazing place which was abandoned as part of the civil war in Cyprus in 1974, literally overnight, and has been fenced off ever since.

So what did you get?
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Old 26-12-2009, 18:35   #2
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Saturday Night Peter ~ Peter Kay

Haven't started either yet, just finishing JG's The Broker.
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Old 29-12-2009, 11:45   #4
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...and are they any good?

I got Homicide: a year on the killing streets and The World Without Us

Halfway through the latter, and so far am really enjoying it, despite the doom and gloom. It has a section on the abandoned seaside resort of Varosha, which I had already stumbled across via the internet - an amazing place which was abandoned as part of the civil war in Cyprus in 1974, literally overnight, and has been fenced off ever since.

So what did you get?
Read Homicide a couple of years ago, it was a great read, though a little tough going at times.

I didn't get any books for christmas, good job really as my to read pile is too big already
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Got Under The Dome, finished The Boy IN The Striped Pyjamas last night and went straight onto the new King novel.

Have to say, on first reading it's like reading a Salem's Lot / The Stand era King book and that is a very good thing.....
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Old 29-12-2009, 15:11   #6
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Quite a good haul this year:

How To Lose Friends & Alienate People - Toby Young
The Hell of It All - Charlie Brooker
Heartland - Anthony Cartwright
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Grace After Midnight - Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson
The Given Day - Dennis Lehane
50/50 - Dean Karnazes
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Old 29-12-2009, 15:12   #7
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Got Under The Dome, finished The Boy IN The Striped Pyjamas last night and went straight onto the new King novel.

Have to say, on first reading it's like reading a Salem's Lot / The Stand era King book and that is a very good thing.....
Started reading this yesterday, first King book I've read in a while, and am enjoying it so far (admittedly only about 70 pages into it)
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I got three:

Proust-Rememberance of things past (I think this was a joke, but I've started it and think I'm enjoying)

Christopher Hitchens-God is not Great (same old Dawkins-type views, clearly a talented writer though)

Frankie Boyle-my **** life so far (not started this yet)
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Old 29-12-2009, 16:11   #9
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Good haul for me too...

The Encyclopaedia of Westerns by Herb Fagan
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Anti-Matter Anthology: A 1990s Post-Punk and Hardcore Reader by Norman Brannon
The Good Pub Guide 2010 by Alisdair Aird

All my interests in one book pile!
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only got the one book this year

The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers

Wouldn't have minded so much.. but I already had it !

Still... there's always the January Sales
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Good haul for me too...

The Encyclopaedia of Westerns by Herb Fagan
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Anti-Matter Anthology: A 1990s Post-Punk and Hardcore Reader by Norman Brannon
The Good Pub Guide 2010 by Alisdair Aird

All my interests in one book pile!
Read Please Kill Me, excellent read and really quite touching in places

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My **** Life So Far - Frankie Boyle
Tickling the English - Dara O'Briain
Driven to Distraction - jeremy Clarkson


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Old 05-01-2010, 10:04   #13
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I got The Best of Car Magazine: The 60s and 70s which satisfies my interest in classic cars and the 1970s in one go: plus the writing is staggeringly good and really shows up modern journalism for the vacant hack work that it is.
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I got

Chris Evans - It's Not what You Think
Audrey Niffenegger - Her Fearful Symmetry
The Song is You - Arthur Phillips
Transition - Iain Banks
Second Opinion - Theodore Dalrymple
Makers - Cory Doctorow
The Wire - Truth Be Told

started The Song is You and Second Opinion - both good, the latter is fascinating stuff.

btw Homicide is excellent, read that a while back
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:51   #15
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I didn't get any but I bought my sister a few, including Sophie Kinsella's new book Twenties Girl. She (my sister) already has a book to get through (Tess Gerritsen's Keepsake) so she let me reading Kinsella's book. I loved it!
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A book about birds (the feathered kind), a book about wine and a sort of daft 80s nostalgia book.
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Charlaine Harris - True Blood Collection

Dara O'Briain - Tickling the English

Charlie Brooker The Hell of it All

Then treated myself to this:

Complete Sherlock Holmes

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The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Anyone read The Painted Man? Is it any good?
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