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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:29 am    Post subject: books Reply with quote

Ater a fair few years of not really reading, I've been buying/reading LOTS of books recently. From George Orwell's 1984, through to Tony Cascarino's somewhat disturbing autobiography, via Tell No One by Harlan Coben. Today I picked up The Shawshank Redemption and Down and Out in Paris and London from HMV for a few quid.

So, what books tickle's everyone's......book reading pleasure spot.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently into A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket), Noughts and Crosses (Malorie Blackman), and I recently read the His Dark Materials and Artemis Fowl trilogies.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Hamilton wrote:
I'm currently into A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket), Noughts and Crosses (Malorie Blackman), and I recently read the His Dark Materials and Artemis Fowl trilogies.


i love all those books, might i add to that list the Bartimaeus Trilogy, Alex Rider, series, and the Abhorsen Trilogy...

oh and maybe the Hitchhikers guide series ...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the first few Alex Rider books, but the new one was a bit pants.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found 1984 quite disturbing, to be honest. I'm currently reading TLOTR, and I'm liking it althought I hate Tolkien's long descriptions about landscape, it gets quite boring Razz

Betrayed, by Berndan DuBois is a stunning book, IMO.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sevrin wrote:
I found 1984 quite disturbing, to be honest.



I've got a sneaky feeling that was the emotion that Orwell wanted to instill inside you when he created 1984. So you got it Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't Alex Rider aimed at younger people? I'm sure my nine year-old brother reads them.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry, I'm actually illiterate, my entire writing career has been a series of remarkable guesses.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed Zed wrote:
I'm sorry, I'm actually illiterate, my entire writing career has been a series of remarkable guesses.


Are you even capable of uttering an unsarcastic sentance? Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Havercroft wrote:
Isn't Alex Rider aimed at younger people? I'm sure my nine year-old brother reads them.


Could be why I'm going off them. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

backdrifter wrote:
Ed Zed wrote:
I'm sorry, I'm actually illiterate, my entire writing career has been a series of remarkable guesses.


Are you even capable of uttering an unsarcastic sentance? Razz
Sure I am.

Anyways, the Earthsea trilogy (NOT quintet) is a very good read if you like fantasy stuff. Also, the discworld stuff is a nice clean, easy read. However, if you're into your movies, read If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, by Bruce Campbell. It's his autobiography, and it's simply marvellous.

His Dark Materials annoyed me. Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife are awesome books, but The Amber Spyglass, with it's ridiculous motorcycle cows and silly little elf people with poison spurs, and its semi-anti-christian hogwash can piss off back with the fairies. I hate it when writers get it in their heads they need to have some sort of great unifying image for the book, instead of keeping to the polar-bear fighting and the cool metal beetles.

1984 is a wonderfully written book, which is both chilling and arduous at the right points. Brave New World is slightly more weird, but a good read for all intents and purposes.

Fight Club (Palaniukh (sp?)) and On The Road (Kerouac) are both amazing books, as far as they are written. They'll leave your head spinning, but they really are brilliant experiences, and prove that the stereotypical novelia format can be broken apart and put back together however you want it to be. I feel like reading them both through again. However, depends on how well read you are; they really are quite difficult to get through.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed Zed wrote:
backdrifter wrote:
Ed Zed wrote:
I'm sorry, I'm actually illiterate, my entire writing career has been a series of remarkable guesses.


Are you even capable of uttering an unsarcastic sentance? Razz
Sure I am.

Anyways, the Earthsea trilogy (NOT quintet) is a very good read if you like fantasy stuff. Also, the discworld stuff is a nice clean, easy read. However, if you're into your movies, read If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, by Bruce Campbell. It's his autobiography, and it's simply marvellous.

His Dark Materials annoyed me. Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife are awesome books, but The Amber Spyglass, with it's ridiculous motorcycle cows and silly little elf people with poison spurs, and its semi-anti-christian hogwash can piss off back with the fairies. I hate it when writers get it in their heads they need to have some sort of great unifying image for the book, instead of keeping to the polar-bear fighting and the cool metal beetles.

1984 is a wonderfully written book, which is both chilling and arduous at the right points. Brave New World is slightly more weird, but a good read for all intents and purposes.

Fight Club (Palaniukh (sp?)) and On The Road (Kerouac) are both amazing books, as far as they are written. They'll leave your head spinning, but they really are brilliant experiences, and prove that the stereotypical novelia format can be broken apart and put back together however you want it to be. I feel like reading them both through again. However, depends on how well read you are; they really are quite difficult to get through.



Ah the Discworld books! Have you got any pointers towards the "best" Discworld books? I've devoured The Colour of Magic, and have Eric and Nightwatch waiting to be read in an obscenely huge pile of books I'm yet to have read.

I swear, Amazon market place is fantastic to pick up cheap books. In recent times I've bought the Space Odyssey books for a grand total of 12 including postage. Not bad for four books really which cost around 6 each brand new.

The pile awaiting reading at the moment stands 22 books.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazon should have delivered my books last Monday. They're not here.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Havercroft wrote:
Amazon should have delivered my books last Monday. They're not here.


Marketplace, or just a usual Amazon order?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ah the Discworld books! Have you got any pointers towards the "best" Discworld books? I've devoured The Colour of Magic, and have Eric and Nightwatch waiting to be read in an obscenely huge pile of books I'm yet to have read.

Err.
Any of the watchmen series (Men at Arms, feet of clay, and the fifth elephant are my favourites) are awesome, as are any of the rincewind ones. Especially The Lost Continent.
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