Read any good books lately?

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02/04/2008 at 12:47

Awww, thanks beebs. You say the nicest things.


PloddingOn    pirate
02/04/2008 at 12:48

I cry in books 

I have a VERY active imagination

Actually, my old lit prof reckons it's empathy and compassion that makes you cry 

02/04/2008 at 12:49

I cried at a book today


02/04/2008 at 19:58
I cried at the end of The Time Travelers Wife....... but then I'm soft
02/04/2008 at 21:22
I've been crying with laughter at my latest book. It was given to me by Min and it's very funny indeed. It's called "how triathlon ruined my life" need I say more?
02/04/2008 at 21:32
me too Mrs Pig! even though I knew what was coming I still blubbed for the final 15 or so pages!
02/04/2008 at 22:03

oooooooooo! A book thread!

I shall curl up with it and read from the beginning. At the moment I'm reading Penny Vincenzi's latest (coz it was half price in WHS), about the Lloyd's scandal, and I'm listening to The Book Thief, which is fab.

02/04/2008 at 23:14

I'm ploughing my way through something like "English Folk Traditions through the year". iT'S MORE INTERESTING THAN IT SOUNDS

02/04/2008 at 23:17

Scoot, sorry for shouting. It's a good read. 1 of 3 books I got for mothers day. Last one I read was "Pies and Prejudice" about life in the North of England. I may have laughed out loud a couple of times...mainly at Yorkshire people

Still got a book on the history of slave trading to go...just as well I'm a history geek, with a side interest in folk customs

03/04/2008 at 10:46

Seems like there's a few closet history geeks on here!

I'm enjoying 'A quiet Belief in Angels', although I'm only halfway through. Well-written, if trying a little too hard to be Steinbeck (namechecking him so often only serves to highlight this).

Jj - audiobooks sound like a good idea for when I stat increasing the distances again. Do you find you enjoy listening less than reading though?

03/04/2008 at 19:06

chuck it in the bin SVT - it's rubbish - not worth finishing - it is a cheap copy of steinbeck (who gets mentioned a couple of times in the book)

the author is not fit to lick the boots of steinbeck who kept my attention and made me think on every page of "the grapes of wrath" whereas "a quiet belief in angels is boring" lots of words and description does not make a good book if the metaphores are just piled on top of each other for the sake of it


this really annoyed me - do you reckon some people in the middle of hicksville USA would have known about the nazi gas chambers before the US entered the war - when the allied forces didn't even know about them - sloppy writing in my opinion!!

did i mention i didn't like it?

04/04/2008 at 08:47

Maybe it's old age but I find I am reading more history books than fiction these days. 

Two that I read recently which are excellent are:

Great Game - Hopkirk : About the contest between the Russian and British empires for supremacy in Afghanistan and India. For readers who like Flashman. 

In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War - David Reynold

Both of these were in my local library, which was nice. 

04/04/2008 at 09:12

I've finished my folk traditions book, so will start on the slave trade one tonight. The reviews look good (bought it after reading the review in the Saturday papers in Febraury) so hope it lives up to what they've all said.

The last book I threw away half read was "Half of a Yellow Sun". Couldn't get into it at all, struggled from the first chapter and then decided life is too short and crappy to bother reading books you don't like just because you feel you "should" do

 Do any of the history geeks on here know any books which might give some background to the WWI Mesopotamia campaign? Just found out my grandfather served there and I'd like to dig a bit more into it.

04/04/2008 at 09:16
I read Matt Rendell's "The Death of Marco Pantani" recently: it serves a cautionary purpose re the perils of EPO use (and cocaine abuse) I guess, although the stats got a bit too much after a while. I'm also trying to plough through Bryan Magee's "Confessions of a Philosopher" but it's hard work.
04/04/2008 at 09:46

lurker - so you weren't a fan then?

I won't debate it too much yet (as I'm still only halfway through) but the Steinbeck thing does get annoying at times. Particularly when I first started it - having just finished a book that was heavy on dialogue and activity, it was heavy going to be bombarded with so much description and metaphors. And I agree about the amazing knowledge of events in Europe, when even in Europe people were closing their eyes and ears to a lot of what was happening.

I'll carry on to the end, as I almost always do, to see if the story itself makes it worthwhile.

gingerfurball    pirate
04/04/2008 at 10:02
I enjoyed the first half of A Quiet Belief in Angels...the second half bored me to death.
04/04/2008 at 10:03
Things are about to take a nosedive then...
gingerfurball    pirate
04/04/2008 at 10:22
Sadly yes! (in my opinion anyway! might enjoy it!)
04/04/2008 at 10:22

Do any of the history geeks on here know any books which might give some background to the WWI Mesopotamia campaign? Just found out my grandfather served there and I'd like to dig a bit more into it.

Cavalry man at a guess then. I have no books that point directly to the mesopotamia campiagn to be truthful it was a sideshow and not much happened. More money to be made in the Lions lead by donkeys V the revisionist history of the western front. IE Haig was a bastard V Haig done well with what he had.

Is a good start as level headed historian. Gives details on all battles not just the western front.

04/04/2008 at 12:42

Do any of the history geeks on here know any books which might give some background to the WWI Mesopotamia campaign? Just found out my grandfather served there and I'd like to dig a bit more into it.

 The campaign was a horrible episode of British military incompetence.  At Kut-al-Amara for example  they went in unprepared, extended their lines of communications, were cut off and beseiged and then left to rot as prisoners.  Hundreds of Tommies and thousands of Indian troops died of starvation, disease and neglect... not a proud chapter in the history of the British Army at high command level

  • Barber, Major Charles H. Besieged in Kut - and After Blackwood, 1917
  • The Campaign in Mesopotamia by Brigadier-General F. J. Moberly
  • Dixon, Dr. Norman F. On the Psychology of Military Incompetence Jonathan Cape Ltd 1976 / Pimlico 1994 (pp95–109)
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