Read any good books lately?

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Ironholgs    pirate
19/10/2012 at 10:47

Just finished reading The Secret Race by Tyler Hamiliton and Dan Coyle - utterly gripping, disturbing and enlightening account of the dark side of cycling over the last 10 years or so. Hamiliton comes across as credible and believable, without an axe to grind.

Just started the new Kathy Reichs, love her books. Chris Carter is also great but the level of gore ( justifiable I think ) in his writing makes Reichs look like a Mills and Boon novel.

19/10/2012 at 10:54
19/10/2012 at 11:25

Nearly finished Sue Roe's The Private Lives of the Impressionists. What a fantastic book! Those French painters - especially Monet! Getting up to all sorts - it's a really interesting read and has little to do with the technicalities of art, just a great human story.

20/10/2012 at 11:11

I've nearly finished Itch, by Simon Mayo. Fun read, recommended!

21/10/2012 at 19:39

I've had plenty of opportunity to get into 'Game of Thrones' since I injured my ankle as I've been reading it whenever I've been doing my 'contrast bathing'. Getting good.

08/11/2012 at 20:41
Game of Thrones is brilliant, after watching the 1st series on Sky I bought the books (called A Song of Ice and Fire) and just starting the 5th one now! Best series I''ve read in ages, can't rate it highly enough.
08/11/2012 at 21:02

Yes, it's a real epic. I'm avoiding watching it on Sky just so that I can read it. I'm not sure it was worth twisting my ankle for though .

The other book that funnily enough I can't put down at the moment for totally differant reasons is a book called 'Factory Physics' which is just about the best study on the dynamics of manufacturing systems that I've ever seen. It makes all the usual 'Lean Manufacturing' and 'Toyota Systems' books look like they were written by playschool kids. I know this makes me seem really sad & geeky, but it is genuinely fascinating being able to define problems I see everyday in work in terms of fundamental equations.


24/11/2012 at 12:10

I'm facsinated by Poland, especially Szczecin in the Middle Ages & my husband got me this book called Poland A History by Adam Zamoyski (Count Adam Stefan Zamoyski). Harper Press. £15.99. Hard-Back. 426 pages of sheer bliss! Have read it 3 times so far! 

I love Adam to bits, he's a smashing lad & added a bit of his own personal Polski humour into the book too! 

27/11/2012 at 16:55

Read " the let right one in" recently. A book which was the basis for a successful film. Enjpyed the book, not a genre I would pick up usually. will next rewatch the film to see what they have done with it.

Next book will be androids dreaming of electric sheep.

27/11/2012 at 22:12

Ben Denis Aaronovitch - Rivers of London; Moon over Soho; Whispers Underground.

They are a good read, not brilliant, not the best story teller but good enough. He doesn't look anything like his fictional cop. The thing I find least believable is the language of Grant, the main character, he's sposed to be London but sounds too much like a middle class Londoner trying to be working class and screwing up badly. The language doesn't flow as well as it could.

I like the sound of 'Androids Dreaming of Electric Sheep' I will have to google that one.

28/11/2012 at 09:49

Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep? is by Philip K Dick, a sci-fi writer. It was the basis for the film Blade Runner

28/11/2012 at 10:23
Just read fall of giants then i read pillars of the world,now I'm reading winter of the world. Great books. I want to get that Dominion next. But i also would like to read World without an end.
28/11/2012 at 18:08
gingerfurball wrote (see)

Little Nemo there is the last 4 in the Thomas Covenant series out now There was supposed to be 3 but apparently he had too much to say.  The books are massive...and like I say the latest is getting pretty bad reviews...but I'll probably read them to get the series finished.

I just found it too much. It was really hard going, it was like he didn't know where it was going but I think he knew how he wanted to end it just not how to get there. Was actually very dull. Sorry.


29/11/2012 at 09:33

No, no, no! I'm not going to read them!!!

I finally caved and got myself a Kindle. I am now exploring the wonderful world of free or v. cheap books. I've managed to get a few books that I read years ago and don't have any more so it's been nice to reread them.

I still find it a slightly odd way to read though, the end always seems to come v. suddenly. I prefer real books where you know where the last page is.

gingerfurball    pirate
29/11/2012 at 09:57

I've downloaded Les Miserables (free on Kindle) to read again before I go and see the Anne Hathaway film...I couldn't get through the book before without crying (actually weeping and wailing!!) - so I'm not sure if I'll make it through in the cinema...will remind myself on the story first.

30/11/2012 at 17:15

I've never managed to make it through Les Miserables - the book - managed the musical though!

LN - having a Kindle has widened my reading - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies being one I wouldn't have bought but quite enjoyed in an odd way

Just reading Stephen King 11/22/63 - tis a good read - about going back in time to stop the assassination of Kennedy 

30/11/2012 at 18:48

I'm halfway through reading Nabokov's Pnin. it's hilarious.

30/11/2012 at 18:50

it's no unlike curb your enthusiasm.

01/12/2012 at 00:11
Pinkerbelle wrote (see)
anyone read any of the rabbit series - updike.


I just finished all the "Rabbit" books. I am happy to recommend these. They are:

1. Rabbit, Run

2. Rabbit Redux

3. Rabbit is Rich [this got John Updike a Pulitzer Prize]

4. Rabbit at Rest [this got John Updike a Second Pulitzer Prize]

The books are each written a decade apart, so you get the protagonist in his 20s in  about 1960 in the first book, in his 30s in about 1969-70 in the second book, in his 40s in 1980 in the third book, in his 50s in 1989-90 in the fourth book, seeing his life and American society change as he ages. A clever way of writing a series of books if an author is young enough at the start and has the patience.

The prose is first class.


There is also a fifth book, "Rabbit Remembered", a novella, which I read too, but you don't need to read that one, it isn't really part of the series although it follows the "ten years further on" pattern, and it isn't as good as the four listed above, so I suggest you could usefully give that fifth one a miss.


Edited: 01/12/2012 at 00:55

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