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Cat With No TailCat With No Tail Posts: 13,581
edited August 2013 in The hub
I enjoy a good book.

No, I said BOOK!

So, what are you reading, and more importantly, is it any good?

I'm currently reading "Word War Z" by Max Brooks and it's great!
The zombie survival guide was also outstanding (and the reason I bought this in the first place).
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  • 1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clark. Got to the bit where the French are about to get really t'd off with us for not getting invaded by the Germans for a third time. Good fun.

    As for World War Zed, I'm still a bit fed up with Mr Pitt for the chaos that ensued when the centre of Glasgow got closed off for a fortnight and we had the place overrun with gormless slack mouthed peds blundering aimlessly into the street as they stared the other way trying to catch a glimpse of Bradley. Bah humbug
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  • I honestly had no idea they were making it into a film until I bought the book and the fella in waterstones was telling me he was looking forward to it. I'm quite glad I'm reading the book before the film comes out. i don't like doing it the other way round (watching the film first, then reading the book) I find the film fills in the gaps your imagination would otherwise take care of.
  • warpcowwarpcow Posts: 1,448
    "Caleb Williams" by William Godwin (only just started so can't comment, the cover made it sound good)
    "Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding (very good so far: funny, interesting; especially when considered among the other novels of the time)

    Those are for work. Last thing I read for pleasure was Bruce Chatwin's "In Patagonia", which was incredible.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    I'm reading Dexter in the dark. Big fan of both the books, and especially the TV series.
    Got a long boring job of sitting around listening to headphones next week, so I'll be taking the newest two Dexter books.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
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    Sailing alone around the world by Joshua Slocum. Got a fancy new phone so downloaded some free classics onto kindle thingy.
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    Just finished Dexter in the dark (for the second time, read it when it first came out - my memory isn't what it once was. Chapter in before I realised but funny enough to repeat).
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  • I'm reading Dexter in the dark. .

    Now if we were in the other place, I could make a comment about how reading in the dark strains your eyes. But we're not, so I'll just say glad you're enjoying it.

    Also just read "last light" and "afterlight" both by Alex Scarrow.
    Essentially stories about what happens if someone was to suddenly turn the oil supply off.
    It's actually very plausible, which makes the books really quite chilling. Well worth a read.
  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,419
    Just finished Norman Mailers "The Castle in the Forest". Fairly creepy book about the Devil and a young Adolph Hitler.
  • mr_pollmr_poll Posts: 1,612
    Just finished the latest Conn Iggulden - Empire of Silver.

    If you like historical fiction then read him - fantastic writer, his Emperor series about Caesar are the best Roman fiction books I have read (better than all the lost legion censored thats around). The Genghis Khan series is IMHO even better enjoyed them and learnt loads about someone that history is trying to forget.
  • mr_pollmr_poll Posts: 1,612
    I'm reading Dexter in the dark. .

    Now if we were in the other place, I could make a comment about how reading in the dark strains your eyes. But we're not, so I'll just say glad you're enjoying it.

    Also just read "last light" and "afterlight" both by Alex Scarrow.
    Essentially stories about what happens if someone was to suddenly turn the oil supply off.
    It's actually very plausible, which makes the books really quite chilling. Well worth a read.

    Didn't realise Alex had done another book - I enjoyed last light - really interesting book and not such a ridiculous premise - google PEAK OIL quite an interesting read (once u get past the mentalists promoting survival kits).

    If you like those books by Alex - try The Whole Truth by David Baldacci - decent take on how the internet affects public opinion and politics - but all done as a fast paced spy thriller.
  • not currently reading anything but have just finished a couple of Joe R Lansdale offerings a novella called Hyenas and Devil Red, both the latest offerings in a series of books about 2 friends who find themselves solving a variety of often unpleasant crimes, all the books are very dark comedy's, that are very easy to read and will have you laughing out loud one minute and grimising the next.
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 41,689
    'Mars' by Ben Bova. He does some good stuff, not quite Asimov standard but very readable. (I'm a bit if a Sci-Fi fan when it comes to books).
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  • bartimaeusbartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    I am reading "Skulduggery Pleasant - Death Bringer" by Derek Landy... it's for kids, but it is a good read as the dialogue is very snappy. I am under instruction to read it so I can discuss with my son, who is a big fan of this series.

    I just finished "Anarchy and Old Dogs" by Colin Cotterill - the Siri Paiboun mysteries are great fun. Before that it was "The Savage Garden" and "Amagansett" by Mark Mills, both of which were excellent.

    On a bit of a good run with fiction these last couple of weeks!

    You should all read "Secret of the Gorilla Sisters" by Anthony Scott. This is a shameless plug as he is my brother in law and it's his first book... but it is a great (if slightly surreal) read.
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  • Iain Banks Transition is next on my bookshelf to read - I like Iain Banks - not so much Iain M Banks - grew out of scifi I think or just read too much of it as a younger man.

    Enjoyed Alexander Macall Smith number I read recently and have just finished one of the harry potters (not sure whether I prefer the films to the books or visa versa).

    On an unrelated note - books are fookin' expensive in Canada - a £6-7 book comes in at 20+ dollars here. Its like literal rape (ho ho!)
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  • AbraAbra Posts: 338
    I started Ken Folletts 'Pillars of the earth' again about a week ago. Tis a good read. Although im sure most people have seen it already!

    I also ordered 'Karl Pilkintons Travel diaries' the other day should be a laugh! :lol:
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  • bails87bails87 Posts: 13,317
    Flat Earth News by Nick Davies, the journo responsible for a lot of the phone hacking story. It's a pretty damning look at the way news is 'manufactured' and manipulated.
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  • Currently enjoying Mark Kermode's 'It's only a movie'.
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  • After a 6 year wait (6 years FFS!) finally reading the next part in George R R Martins Song of Ice and Fire series A Dance with Dragons. Had to reread the whole series so I can remember what the hell's happening...

    It's good though. :D
  • "Tomorrow We Ride" by Jean Bobet.

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  • PXR5PXR5 Posts: 203
    Recently read "White Line Fever", Lemmys' autobiography which actually came out about 10 years ago so it could do with updating - even if his type of music does not float your boat i would recommend it anyway, some interesting insights into his caracter and some events and people who have obviously marked him.
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  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    its probably an obvious shout, but if you haven't read the millennium trilogy [girl with the dragon tattoo etc...] some of the best 3 books I've read!
  • mr_poll wrote:
    I'm reading Dexter in the dark. .

    Now if we were in the other place, I could make a comment about how reading in the dark strains your eyes. But we're not, so I'll just say glad you're enjoying it.

    Also just read "last light" and "afterlight" both by Alex Scarrow.
    Essentially stories about what happens if someone was to suddenly turn the oil supply off.
    It's actually very plausible, which makes the books really quite chilling. Well worth a read.

    Didn't realise Alex had done another book - I enjoyed last light - really interesting book and not such a ridiculous premise - google PEAK OIL quite an interesting read (once u get past the mentalists promoting survival kits).

    If you like those books by Alex - try The Whole Truth by David Baldacci - decent take on how the internet affects public opinion and politics - but all done as a fast paced spy thriller.

    Good call on the Whole Truth - I'll give it a look.
    Hope it's better than "Stone Cold" though. Thought that was utter gash if I'm honest.
  • mostermoster Posts: 121
    rowlers wrote:
    its probably an obvious shout, but if you haven't read the millennium trilogy [girl with the dragon tattoo etc...] some of the best 3 books I've read!

    That's good to hear, I've just picked these up to take on my hols...Cape Verde here I come!

    I've just finished "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn for the umpteenth time...I have a handful of favourite books that I tend to read on virtually an annual basis, this being one of them.
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  • rowlers wrote:
    its probably an obvious shout, but if you haven't read the millennium trilogy [girl with the dragon tattoo etc...] some of the best 3 books I've read!

    Fully agree, just pull you right into hi world.

    Just finished re-reading Douglas Adams Restaurant at the end of the universe - made me laugh out loud, as is Stephen Fry's Liar - very funny, although both a bit odd in their own particular ways!

    Currently reading David Baldacci's The Whole Truth - really enjoying it, a little bit like chewing gum for the mind[/quote]
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  • bluehelmet wrote:
    After a 6 year wait (6 years FFS!) finally reading the next part in George R R Martins Song of Ice and Fire series A Dance with Dragons. Had to reread the whole series so I can remember what the hell's happening...

    It's good though. :D

    Reading the first book now, but finding it hard to get into as watching the tv series has totally destroyed my imagination processes I normally have when reading a book. I need to get it read and then move onto to the next one before the next series comes on telly.
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  • mr_poll wrote:
    Just finished the latest Conn Iggulden - Empire of Silver.

    If you like historical fiction then read him - fantastic writer, his Emperor series about Caesar are the best Roman fiction books I have read (better than all the lost legion censored thats around). The Genghis Khan series is IMHO even better enjoyed them and learnt loads about someone that history is trying to forget.

    One of my modern day fave writers. Loved the roman series. In the process of reading the Genghis series.

    Simon scarrow is a good read if you like roman fiction. I also enjoyed Valerio Massimo Manfredis books on Rome and also Alexander the Great.
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  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,419
    Just picked up a copy of The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie. Have read almost all of his books and am definately a fan.
  • Richie63Richie63 Posts: 2,132
    Just finished Iain banks' Complicity and could get how 90's the book was he 's a fkn product name dropper that boy is last one I read by him was Wasp Factory back in the 80's.

    Still reading bits of E A Gombrich a History of the World chapter by chapter - Brilliant

    And have Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith cause I really enjoyed Child 44 by him, not a genre I'd normally read.
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  • CraigXXLCraigXXL Posts: 1,852
    rowlers wrote:
    its probably an obvious shout, but if you haven't read the millennium trilogy [girl with the dragon tattoo etc...] some of the best 3 books I've read!
    Just read these in the last fortnight and they are real page turners, I just couldn't put them down. Shame he will never be able to write anymore.
  • angry_birdangry_bird Posts: 3,782
    Just finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

    Next on the list is the new Chris Ryan book, then got a few Jack Higgins books to read, and still need to finish off For Whom The Bell Tolls
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