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Post by crystalball » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:01

I keep forgetting to read Eleanor Rigby because I haven't come across it in a second-hand bookshop yet.

I've just started on Astonishing Splashes of Colour, four years too late.

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Post by Trev » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:24

I've just started 'After Dark' by Murakami. It was a birthday present. Which means it's taken nearly 4 months to get to the top of the pile.
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Post by Colin » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:37

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh. All my lecturers at uni said it was a must-read book for journalists but I'm not enjoying it much so far. Very dated, lots of middle-class English humour (think Radio 4 comedy) and racism galore.

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Post by schlump » Thu Nov 08, 2007 14:57

(think Radio 4 comedy)
there's nothing wrong with radio four comedy!
whether or not there's anything wrong with evelyn waugh i'll have to delegate to someone who's actually read his books.

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Post by caramarydaisy » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:36

i got some books this weekend (woo sisters waterstone discount) -

collect raindrops by nikki mclure
shortcomings by adrian tomine
ghost world by daniel clowes

all so pretty!
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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue Dec 04, 2007 14:07

I'm in-between books but justfinished "Black Beauty" bu Anna Sewell. I'm not five years old but I picked it up while waiting in a teashop the other day, found myself strongly drawn in and ended up "liberating" it for a few days. I now wan't to be a horse when I grow up.
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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu Dec 06, 2007 09:18

I am now reading Jack of Ravens by Mark Chadbourn (usual fantasy drivel I read) and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (my occasional foray into serious litrachur).
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Post by RITH » Wed Dec 12, 2007 14:40

I just finished John Boyne's 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' (yes, I'm aware it's meant to be for children) and now started reading William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' for the first time.

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Post by Martijn » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:48

I recently finished Coupland's JPod and now I've started reading Murakami's Norwegian Wood. I thought these JPod-people were big, big saddos. Also, I'm kind of reading James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which is pretty hard but good.

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Post by RITH » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:16

Martijn wrote:kind of reading James Joyce
Haha, me too. Ulysses; I'm about to give up.

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Post by JohaN » Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:51

good man

all the best people give up on ulysses...

for interest's sake: how far did you get in?

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Post by RITH » Sat Dec 15, 2007 15:00

I put it aside after 31 pages only, meaning to get back to it after reading something lighter in between. Then, restarting, I again felt like the time wasn't right and picked up something new. Et cetera.

You finished it?

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Post by whit » Sun Dec 16, 2007 09:54

Am in the middle of Charlotte Bronte's Villette and I'm enjoying it, especially for the 19th-century snark. Lucy Snowe rules.
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Post by linus » Mon Dec 31, 2007 16:18

I'm halfway thru' that mr strange and dr norrell book or whatever it's called, yeh, it's alright I like it

and I got two jon ronson books for christmas and the new charlie brooker
which I read on christmas day (the charlie brooker, excellent)

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I read the first jon ronson yesterday, it's a collection of his guardian, um, writings

it's very funny and incisive and rather wise

it includes his reports of the millionaire 'coughing-gate' and jonathan king trials

(I can't believe the jury found in favour of the makers of 'millionaire' having read this)

there's also an excellent piece on cult techniques (this is in a postscript to another story) where he surmises that many of these techniques are just as prevalent in the tenets of modern society, in business and education, all over

I've been musing on that since I read it

any road up, ronson and brooker= genius

I also got a couple of richard 'evil eye' sala comic books, I love richard sala, he's got game

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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Dec 31, 2007 19:06

I'm reading these books at the moment. I like to mix it up a bit, I'm crazy like that.

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Post by Martijn » Mon Dec 31, 2007 20:20

I've just finished Jon McGregor's So Many Ways To Begin. Though it was really good; will definitely read his other book too.

Before that I read The Great Gatsby, Rachel Seiffer's book of short stories Field Study, Murakami's Norwegian Wood and Coupland's JPod. Though I might have mentioned the latter two here before. [I have.] Oh, and I managed to make it to the end of A Portrait.... My first Joyce. I'm a bit proud of myself.

I want to read Jon Ronson's book too at some point. I like(d) both his columns in the Guardian magazine and his articles there.

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Post by RITH » Mon Dec 31, 2007 20:48

Martijn wrote:Before that I read The Great Gatsby
I just started that, after finishing Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart yesterday.

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Post by Martijn » Mon Dec 31, 2007 20:59

I just started that
:)

So, not only do you share a love for certain songs, a nationality and an age with me, you also seem to be reading the same books. Are you sure you aren't me?

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Post by RITH » Mon Dec 31, 2007 22:04

Martijn wrote:Are you sure you aren't me?
Did you just burn your hand on hot oil while baking 'appelflappen'?
If not, you're not me.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Jan 02, 2008 14:10

Martijn wrote:
I just started that
:)

So, not only do you share a love for certain songs, a nationality and an age with me, you also seem to be reading the same books. Are you sure you aren't me?
It just occurred to me that I think I know you! Are you the same Martijn who lived in Glasgow?

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