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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby alanp23 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 22:06 pm

specialeyes wrote:Coming towards the end of 'the diamond age' Neal Stephenson.
Really enjoyed it and think I will get some more from him.
Any suggestions from Stephenson fans?


Despite the comment from earlier in this thread (Stephenson can be a little wordy :wink: ), I totally recommend the Baroque cycle. Quicksilver is just wonderful and lives in my local library both in the Sci-fi/Fantasy and Historical fiction sections. Not many books can manage that.

I am currently working my way through Song of Fire and Ice again, but will probably re-read Stephenson once I finish.

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Postby Northwind » Sat Mar 17, 2012 23:28 pm

I think it skates pretty close to being rubbish at times tbh (aargh Halfcocked Jack the bug snack, someone call the editor) but overall, it's fantastic I reckon.

My copies of A Dance With Dragons (split into 2 paperbacks) just arrived, I'm rereading the rest of the series first though. Cleverly I preordered them absolutely ages ago, then forgot and preordered them again at the start of the year, then forgot again and when I saw they were coming out this week ordered them again! So I've got 3 copes :oops:
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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby Ouija » Sun Mar 18, 2012 00:17 am

Just finished Quicksilver the other day...... God that was dull. You keep wondering when anythings going to happen... right up to the last page. Probably the only book i started jumping over loads and loads of paragraphs (usually of pointless multi-page descriptions of scenery or every object in a room) just to stop myself from falling asleep. It's just a history lesson with a lot of characters you never manage to work up any sympathy for.

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Postby t0pc4t » Mon Mar 19, 2012 15:39 pm

JUst re-reading the Avery Cates books by Jeff Somers, some of them are a bit far fetched but there's some gold in there. Particularly enjoying The Electric Church second time round.

I am in two minds about the Game of Thrones books, the TV adaptation was pretty good but I am not sure if I have the inclination to read the books based on that.

I've got Heart Of Darkness to read next though, 3rd attempt.
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Postby specialeyes » Tue Mar 20, 2012 15:04 pm

Well, finished snow crash and really enjoyed it. Now I know why northwind thought I was a numpty for not starting with it :lol:
Incidentally, while I was waiting for snow crash to be delivered I dug out Ubik (phillip k Dick) that I'd started before Xmas. Is forgotten about it as it was boring the pants off me but I persisted with it and really got into the last 2 thirds.

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Postby Fatamorgana » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:05 am

Winterdance: the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Winterdance-Fine-Madness-Running-Iditarod/dp/0156001454/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Absolutely magnificent. Laugh out loud, not wanting the madness to end read.

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Postby ol\'gregg » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:27 am

Just bought the complete Bourne series for £10 so tonight will be the start of reading The Bourne Identity. Only 8 books to get through :D
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Postby specialeyes » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:47 am

ol\'gregg wrote:Just bought the complete Bourne series for £10 so tonight will be the start of reading The Bourne Identity. Only 8 books to get through :D


Sounds like a bargain. I just downloaded the adventures of Sherlock Holmes for my kindle app on droid. 12 short stories / cases. I'm broke, its free, win win :D

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Postby yer gran » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:18 pm

The Three Hostages by John Buchan. Larks and casual rascism aplenty.

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Postby jndb72 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 18:34 pm

Recently started to read Ubik by Philip K Dick. Then work decided I needed to learn some extra stuff so now I'm reading Developing Applications for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - which is hard going and not very enjoyable.

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Postby Angry Bird » Wed Mar 21, 2012 18:58 pm

I've decided it's time I read The Silmarillion and LOTR properly, tried to read LOTR years ago but ended up stopping about halfway through the 4th book for some reason.

This will keep me busy for a while.

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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby specialeyes » Wed Mar 21, 2012 19:28 pm

jndb72 wrote:Recently started to read Ubik by Philip K Dick. Then work decided I needed to learn some extra stuff so now I'm reading Developing Applications for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - which is hard going and not very enjoyable.

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Much like the beginning of Ubik :lol:

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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby jndb72 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:16 am

specialeyes wrote:
jndb72 wrote:Recently started to read Ubik by Philip K Dick. Then work decided I needed to learn some extra stuff so now I'm reading Developing Applications for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - which is hard going and not very enjoyable.

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Much like the beginning of Ubik :lol:


When reading anything by Philip K Dick I've found a glass or 2 of wine seems to help :)
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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby t0pc4t » Thu Mar 22, 2012 16:06 pm

Heart of darkness now started, man the style is winding me up, we'll see if it gets finished
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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby Fatamorgana » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:42 am

I am hoping to have my book proposal into the publishers on the 30th March and hope-against-hope that a book (deal) may come from it.
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Postby Northwind » Fri Mar 23, 2012 19:06 pm

Actually finished it last week but forgot to mention it... I found Flowers For Algernon in a box of old books and ended up reading through it almost in one go. Ended up crying like a bairn at the end, again. Its good to have frends. One of the best books I've ever read.
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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby specialeyes » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:29 am

Northwind wrote:Actually finished it last week but forgot to mention it... I found Flowers For Algernon in a box of old books and ended up reading through it almost in one go. Ended up crying like a bairn at the end, again. Its good to have frends. One of the best books I've ever read.


This one is on my to do list!

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Postby projectsome » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:52 pm

face.

I normally get to about halfway and lose interest. I haven't really found a book that keeps me hooked til the end, especially as I never find enough time
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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby t0pc4t » Wed Apr 04, 2012 14:14 pm

heart of darkness did not get any better I am afraid

now reading one called The Half Made World which is sort of steam punk, sort of sci fi but very engaging so far.

Flowers for algernon next hopefully, heard so many good things about that one.
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Re: So what Books are forumites currently reading?

Postby stubs » Wed Apr 04, 2012 18:50 pm

t0pc4t wrote:heart of darkness did not get any better I am afraid



Joseph Conrads books arent particulary readable. Waded through several and the only one that was any pleasure to read was Lord Jim and even that was pretty heavy going.

Reading Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan at the moment hasnt really got going yet but has some promise. Just finished Worth Dying For by Lee Child and that was blooming exciting.
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