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Old 04-29-2008, 01:23 PM   #1
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Ok, we have a music thread.

But what books are you reading, have read or going to read?

Can anyone tell me if 'House of Leaves' is worth reading. Sounds like a really good story line but it jumps about a lot I hear, and I hate that.


For me, I read Vendetta. Which is written (along with a journalist) by Paul Ferris, a notoroius criminal well known to everyone in Scotland I would imagine. I like finding out about real crime, and knowing a lot of the places he talks about makes it eerie to think I would walk around some of them with wine or cider when I was underage. Totally oblivious to the serious crimes that went on.

But anyway, house of leaves anyone?
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:03 PM   #2
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hmm no, haven't seen that one anywhere.

I haven't been reading that much lately, and what I have been reading has been mainly fantasy. Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb, and the Emperor series about Julius Caesar by Conn Iggulden.
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I'm reading Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell. Not as good as Sharpe though
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Choke by the guy who wrote Fight Club.
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Just finishing The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Then I'm moving on to a book by Tim Pears called Blenheim Orchard. It was a birthday gift so I've really got no idea what it's about.
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Books I have read recently:
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.
No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy.
River God, by Wilbur Smith.
The Quest, by Wilbur Smith.

About to read The Killing Jar, by Nicola Monaghan, but I can't bring myself to start it til I'm done with Phoenix Wright on the DS..
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:33 PM   #7
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Life of Pi is one of those books that I've had on my bookshelf for months with the intention of reading but have never got round to doing so.
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Same, but then I had to review as part of my course. Never let it be said that this university didn't occasionally do something right!
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I've read "Love in the Time of Cholera" (in French) and "L'enfant de No?" in the last couple of weeks, trying to get through "Les Fourmis" by Bernard Weber.
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Love in the Time of Cholera is probably the last full novel I read. It was not awful, but there was more heavy lifting than I expected.

Last book I read was Behind God's Back by Negley Farson. One of only three English-language books in the library at this random resort on an island near Cambodia. It's an American's story of his travels through sub-Saharan Africa in the 1920s. Or 30s, maybe, I can't remember. Fascinating stuff.

"I believe that it is under the Englishman that the native will have the best chance to progress."

Oh Mr Farson, if only you were around today!


Don't have much spare time nowadays, and that which I do have I'd rather spend with a guitar in my hands than a book. But I did buy some shitty translation of Crime and Punishment the other day. Never ever read a Russian novel in full, and that is to my great shame. I would've preferred to remedy the situation with The Brothers Karamazov, but whatever. Let's see if we can't get this fixed.
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