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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by SophieC » Tue Jul 10, 2012 22:18

roundbitsofplastic wrote:
richpassivity wrote: Similtaneously I have just finished 'Beating The Fascists - The Story of Anti-Fascist Action' by Sean Birchall - very enlightening
I've been wanting a copy of that but it's not easy to find (particularly if you're avoiding Amaz*n).
keep meaning to read that. remember when it first went on sale for the first time at the london anarchist bookfair and the pub next door was full of middle aged balding men excitedly flicking through the index for mentions of themselves. looked like the pub had become a box of eggs. (apologies to people people with the baldness, i speak as someone who will be there in about five years time)

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by richpassivity » Mon Jul 16, 2012 13:16

I tried to order 'Beating The Fascists' from my local bookshop but after a few months I gave up and got it from the Freedom Books shop next time I was in London.

I am also now reading:
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Jul 19, 2012 15:55

I managed to get a cheap(er) copy through Active Distribution along with far too many other books :-/
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Wed Jul 25, 2012 15:52

Anorak, please tell me about John Berger. I want to give everything up and go live by the sea and read his books. Would you advise against such carelessness?

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Cloudy Cat » Wed Jul 25, 2012 20:43

Just finished Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark which I thoroughly enjoyed. She used the word "orgulous" which according to this spellchecker thingy doesn't exist. I will be using that word in many forthcoming conversations. I seem to read Sparky in bursts, a couple of novels every three years or so and am never disappointed. One day I'll finally read The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by ShaunBrilldream » Thu Jul 26, 2012 16:34

Cloudy Cat wrote:Just finished Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark which I thoroughly enjoyed. She used the word "orgulous" which according to this spellchecker thingy doesn't exist. I will be using that word in many forthcoming conversations. I seem to read Sparky in bursts, a couple of novels every three years or so and am never disappointed. One day I'll finally read The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie.
I do the same thing with Muriel. I think its because they are so short but brilliant you want to do another one. Like Pringles. 'Brodie...' is my favourite followed by Robinson and A far cry from Kensington. The last one I read was The Takeover which was pretty good.

The Go-Away Bird and other stories is brilliant too.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Cloudy Cat » Thu Jul 26, 2012 17:23

I finished Memento Mori about a month ago. The wife saw me deep in it so she bought me Loitering With Intent from a charity shop. That'll be my two Sparky novels now for a couple of years. I do like her strange little stories, you're never sure where they'll take you.

About to embark on Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain. Another charity shop purchase.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by ShaunBrilldream » Fri Jul 27, 2012 01:36

Cloudy Cat wrote:I finished Memento Mori about a month ago. The wife saw me deep in it so she bought me Loitering With Intent from a charity shop. .
Thats love that is.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by posed_by_models » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:06

Was convinced into giving 'Grow Up' by Ben Brooks a go. Big mistake. Normally I am a fan of books with vague plots that don't really go anywhere but this did absolutely nothing for me at all and the dialogue really didn't scan in places. The author was 19 when he wrote it I believe? Evidence enough that no books should be published by anyone under the age of 30. I suppose I have only myself to blame for seeing a jacket blurb by Noel Fielding and still persisting with reading further.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by MaxS » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:52

Ready Player One was the funniest book I've read in ages. I got it signed by Ernest Cline too (great guy!). Almost essential reading for any geek (or former geek, who grew up in 80's I guess). Smooth plot and most importantly about billion 80's game/roleplaying game/music (don't get excited, no indiepop, no book could be THAT perfect)/movie references in it..

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Mon Sep 17, 2012 16:06

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by islandhopper » Mon Sep 17, 2012 16:52

I just finished The Deadman's Pedal by Alan Warner which is about a 16 year old boy on the west coast of Scotland (The Port once again playing the thinly veiled part of Warner's hometown on Scotland) in 1973 who leaves school and becomes a train driver. It features a lot about the trains, the drivers and unionism and also touches on class, sex and music so obviously wouldn't be the sort of thing anyone on Anorak would be interested in!

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Cloudy Cat » Tue Sep 18, 2012 08:14

I enjoyed Warner's early books. Might give this one a go when it turns up in a charity shop.

Am still struggling through The Magic Mountain whilst dipping into Nazi Literature In The Americas by Roberto Bolano for a bit of light relief. Am also zipping through Professor Marten's Departure by Jaan Kross, an Estonian writer.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Silver Girl » Tue Sep 18, 2012 13:02

islandhopper wrote:I just finished The Deadman's Pedal by Alan Warner which is about a 16 year old boy on the west coast of Scotland (The Port once again playing the thinly veiled part of Warner's hometown on Scotland) in 1973 who leaves school and becomes a train driver. It features a lot about the trains, the drivers and unionism and also touches on class, sex and music so obviously wouldn't be the sort of thing anyone on Anorak would be interested in!
Hmm, might give that a go (although The Stars in the Bright Sky annoyed me a bit).
I am struggling a bit through Owen Hatherley's A New Kind of Brutal (largely because some of the architectural lingo is lost on me) and interleaving that with Sarah Moss' Strangers in Iceland book.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Carys » Tue Sep 18, 2012 13:15

Silver Girl wrote:
islandhopper wrote:I am struggling a bit through Owen Hatherley's A New Kind of Brutal (largely because some of the architectural lingo is lost on me)
I might look into that one - it sounds like it might be up my street, as do some of his other books. Never heard of him before.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by kofi » Wed Sep 19, 2012 13:24

I just finished 'Apathy for the Devil', Nick Kent's memoir of the Seventies, as it happened to him anyway.

It's sort of a good read in a gossipy kind of way and it's brutally honest. Lots of stuff about the Stones and Led Zep which isn't my thing but I found the stuff on the early Sex Pistols more interesting. Plus some nasty tales of violence against Nick which left me repulsed but strangely unmoved, possibly because he paints himself as a relatively unsympathetic character elsewhere in the book.

Also includes a rant about Jimmy Pursey suggesting Nick has a problem with working class people [Jimmy is generally regarded as a flawed but basically decent, well-meaning bloke] and a rant about Bob Marley suggesting he might have a problem with black people, at least if they dare to hang around in groups being 'intimidating'.

Plus lots of stuff about smack, failure and how Chrissie Hynde is still the ultimately-unrequited love of his life.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Wed Sep 19, 2012 16:05

kofi, i read The Dark Stuff recently, and found it pretty good. i don't often agree with him, but he certainly has a way with words. his essays on The Beach Boys are particularly good.

not read the one you mention... might have to chance it
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by kofi » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:57

yeah I've dipped in and out of The Dark Stuff, I do think he's a good writer. I think maybe the problem lies with soul-baring autobiographies: in some cases I wish I knew less about someone.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Thu Sep 20, 2012 16:06

indeed. i've no doubt he's a total arse, like
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Fri Sep 21, 2012 22:24

islandhopper wrote:I just finished The Deadman's Pedal by Alan Warner which is about a 16 year old boy on the west coast of Scotland (The Port once again playing the thinly veiled part of Warner's hometown on Scotland) in 1973 who leaves school and becomes a train driver. It features a lot about the trains, the drivers and unionism and also touches on class, sex and music so obviously wouldn't be the sort of thing anyone on Anorak would be interested in!
It's on my list. Thankyou!

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