Books - What are you reading?

Books - What are you reading?

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Swilly

9,699 posts

219 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press

juice

5,583 posts

227 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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The Tipping Point

http://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-Little-Things-...

Thought it would be an interesting read - and it is so far...

dmitsi

3,583 posts

165 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Most beautiful Roman propaganda poem ever.
How much have you read? Which book are you on?

ApexJimi

15,038 posts

188 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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Dracula by Bram Stoker

ukwill

Original Poster:

8,103 posts

152 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press
Sorry but vomit (sounds a bit like bookcase envy)

Why would you read books from 3 authors like that at the same time? Especially so different.

dmitsi

3,583 posts

165 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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ukwill said:
Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press
Sorry but vomit (sounds a bit like bookcase envy)

Why would you read books from 3 authors like that at the same time? Especially so different.
They're the sort of books you read over time. So quite understandable to have them all on the go at the same time. Certainly a glutton for punishment though.

Swilly

9,699 posts

219 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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dmitsi said:
Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Most beautiful Roman propaganda poem ever.
How much have you read? Which book are you on?
Actually it is appearing to be a more detailed version of the Odyssey.

Which in fact if you consider the supposed timescales, occurred at both the same time.

Aeneas has just met Dido, so not far.

ukwill

Original Poster:

8,103 posts

152 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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dmitsi said:
ukwill said:
Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press
Sorry but vomit (sounds a bit like bookcase envy)

Why would you read books from 3 authors like that at the same time? Especially so different.
They're the sort of books you read over time. So quite understandable to have them all on the go at the same time. Certainly a glutton for punishment though.
The third I could agree with, but you could read the 2nd in a night and the 1st over a weekend (if you so wished). However, I guess it's all down to personal consumption.

Swilly

9,699 posts

219 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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ukwill said:
Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press
Sorry but vomit (sounds a bit like bookcase envy)

Why would you read books from 3 authors like that at the same time? Especially so different.
Why wouldnt you !? Depends on your character. I dont just like one thing.

Been reading Plato since last early summer, its going to be a long read. The other two, just started and will take about week and a half. I read on the way to work in the morning and at lunch time. dont see what the deal is.


Swilly

9,699 posts

219 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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ukwill said:
dmitsi said:
ukwill said:
Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press
Sorry but vomit (sounds a bit like bookcase envy)

Why would you read books from 3 authors like that at the same time? Especially so different.
They're the sort of books you read over time. So quite understandable to have them all on the go at the same time. Certainly a glutton for punishment though.
The third I could agree with, but you could read the 2nd in a night and the 1st over a weekend (if you so wished). However, I guess it's all down to personal consumption.
Is it a race then, reading !? I didnt realise.

shirt

19,061 posts

146 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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Brian Fantana said:
In work I've just started reading "In cold Blood" By Truman Capote. Not sure what to really expect from it, but so far so good!!
i think you'll find it'll be one of the best books you ever read. a stunning work.

bought the bourne trilogy to read as i just watched the last 2 films and am curious as to how good the original works are.

dmitsi

3,583 posts

165 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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ukwill said:
The third I could agree with, but you could read the 2nd in a night and the 1st over a weekend (if you so wished). However, I guess it's all down to personal consumption.
Well you can read the first two in no time, but I found lots of further reading was involved, it kept me grabbing at reference books, it made me want to know more detail. I must've read it quite a few times by the time I was done.

Brian Fantana

241 posts

130 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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shirt said:
Brian Fantana said:
In work I've just started reading "In cold Blood" By Truman Capote. Not sure what to really expect from it, but so far so good!!
i think you'll find it'll be one of the best books you ever read. a stunning work.
I'm looking forward to it, I need summer so I can go sit in the park & read!

ukwill

Original Poster:

8,103 posts

152 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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Swilly said:
ukwill said:
dmitsi said:
ukwill said:
Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press
Sorry but vomit (sounds a bit like bookcase envy)

Why would you read books from 3 authors like that at the same time? Especially so different.
They're the sort of books you read over time. So quite understandable to have them all on the go at the same time. Certainly a glutton for punishment though.
The third I could agree with, but you could read the 2nd in a night and the 1st over a weekend (if you so wished). However, I guess it's all down to personal consumption.
Is it a race then, reading !? I didnt realise.
Didn't you know??

No, of course you can digest them over however long you wish (I have decreed thishehe) - I was just bemused by the three Authors you had on the go. All seemed a bit heavyweight to put together. However - as I alluded to - if that's what you enjoy, more power to you.

dmitsi

3,583 posts

165 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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ukwill said:
Swilly said:
Is it a race then, reading !? I didnt realise.
Didn't you know??
I'm currently last place in the Inifinte Jest race, might get a medal for taking part at this rate.

Swilly

9,699 posts

219 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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ukwill said:
Swilly said:
ukwill said:
dmitsi said:
ukwill said:
Swilly said:
I'm reading...

The Aeneid by Virgil
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Complete Works of Plato by Plato

Just finished...
The American Future by Simon Schama, brilliant book, brilliant writer
Biographies on JM Turner, Oliver Cromwell and John Milton from the Oxford University Press
Sorry but vomit (sounds a bit like bookcase envy)

Why would you read books from 3 authors like that at the same time? Especially so different.
They're the sort of books you read over time. So quite understandable to have them all on the go at the same time. Certainly a glutton for punishment though.
The third I could agree with, but you could read the 2nd in a night and the 1st over a weekend (if you so wished). However, I guess it's all down to personal consumption.
Is it a race then, reading !? I didnt realise.
Didn't you know??

No, of course you can digest them over however long you wish (I have decreed thishehe) - I was just bemused by the three Authors you had on the go. All seemed a bit heavyweight to put together. However - as I alluded to - if that's what you enjoy, more power to you.
Its a good thing i didnt mention the books sitting on my floor waiting to be read then.... Milton's Paradise Lost, Hawkings Brief History of Time, War and Peace, Anna Karenina and a load of Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles to boot wink

towser

498 posts

156 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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Just finished "Forever War" by Dexter Filkins - factual account of a NY Times reporter's time in Afghanistan and Iraq. One of the best books of this type I've ever read....brilliant stuff.

Just starting "Falling off the Edge" by Andrew Perry, investigating democracy, capitalism and globalisation. Some interesting perspectives on the state of the world......

TheGreatSoprendo

5,074 posts

194 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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Currently, Somme Mud by E.P.F. Lynch.
I'd never heard of it until the missus bought it for me for Christmas, but it's very, very good.

Don

28,367 posts

229 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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bint said:
Now reading The Difference Engine by William Gibson - always avoided it as I had expected it to be a bit too hardcore for me - pleasantly surprised and highly recommending it so far.
I wonder what yardage of gears the PH web servers spin!? hehe

Great book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Goughie

616 posts

134 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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V6 said:
The history of the AK47.
Really dissapointing I thought.

Just finished Marcus Trescothick's "Coming back to me" - recommended as being a good insight into depression but just left me a bit cold tbh.

Also reading "The ascent of money" by Niall Ferguson - all his books are brilliant imho and this is no exception. Also trying to batter my way throgh "Nausea" by John Paul-Satre but by God it's tough...