Books - What are you reading?

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M. Acute

10 posts

121 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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'How (not) to Murder Your Mother' ...

BlueCello

6,222 posts

145 months

Monday 16th February 2009
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I currently have on the go:

Too Close To Home- Linwood Barclay
The Big Sleep- Raymond Chandler
Diamonds Are Forever- Ian Fleming
Duma Key- Stephen King

I'm enjoying them, but I'm only reading the Chandler for school smile

Smiler.

10,056 posts

168 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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Hey, I've just resurrected this thread - go in peace brothers.


Anyway, my latest purchase has just arrived:

http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/?product_id=1315


I've go another title on the same subject on order, but this one looks really good.

That is all smile

Don

28,367 posts

222 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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I am reading two books at the moment.

HP Lovecraft: The Commemorative Edition. It's an anthology of all his most famous stories. He really did write beautifully. It's old-fashioned and melodramatic but still great.

GW Dahlquist: The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. I'm reading this whilst taking a rest from the above. It is absolutely fantastic so far.

dmitsi

3,583 posts

158 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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I'm reading Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson.
It's quite interesting, all about natural philosophy emerging in pleace of religious beliefs. Main charater is the son of a puritan, he has moved away from religion towards science: His friendship with Newton and looks at society in general. Covers some major events in 17th century Britain and the early settlers in America. So far very well written, only a 1/4 through but it's going quickly.
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ErnestM

11,593 posts

205 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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I have several going at the moment:

Hardcover:
Winds of Dune - Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
The Republic - Plato (not cover to cover, just selected pieces that I have forgotten since Uni)

PaperBack:
Foundation's Edge - Asimov

Kindle:
Hitler's War - Harry Turtledove (supposedly the beginning of a series. Alternate history based on the premise that Chamberlain didn't cave to Hitler at Munich. WWII kicks off in 1938 Czechoslovakia)

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One that I have just finished that I highly recommend is ONE SECOND AFTER by William R. Forstchen. It deals with the results of several high altitude nuclear bursts over the United States. The results being severe electromagnetic pulses taking out virtually all electronic infrastructure. Sort of a modern day ALAS BABYLON if anyone is familiar. Synopsis on wiki

ErnestM

evenflow

8,503 posts

220 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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Just finished my third reading of Birdsong by S. Faulks - just fabulous.
Read a book called "Bad Science" whilst on holiday. A fascinating read, and one that wholly exposes the bullst we are exposed to by the media and pop-scientists on a daily basis. Highly recommended - especially the chapter where the author totally deconstructs "Dr" Gillian McKeith.
My current read is "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. A strange novel, with elements of gothic mixed with humour. Thoroughly enjoying it though.

SGirl

7,742 posts

199 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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Hey Ernest, welcome back! wavey

I'm currently working on the new Pratchett, a book about a bloke who was a POW in WWII and managed to escape (can't remember what it's called offhand) and a book all about DIY!

rich1231

17,221 posts

198 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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Alistair Reynolds Absolution Gap
Bernard Cornwell The Burning Land

dmitsi

3,583 posts

158 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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evenflow said:
Just finished my third reading of Birdsong by S. Faulks - just fabulous.
I was given this for my birthday, read it on my holidays in France. Very moving without going over the top. Unique insight into the war, made me want to learn more about it.

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10,056 posts

168 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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SGirl said:
....a book about a bloke who was a POW in WWII and managed to escape......and a book all about DIY!
Planning your own tunnel hehe

TVR_Scamp

116 posts

120 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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ErnestM said:
PaperBack:
Foundation's Edge - Asimov
Good book that, in fact good series. read

For my sins I've been reading the Flashman series recently but while I wait for the next few to arrive I picked up 'Quantum' by Manjit Kumar in the bookshop and am finding it a surprisingly good read!

I suppose it helps that I did Physics at Uni (nerd) but this is well written and not too heavy on the physics side, preferring to tell the background of the personalities alongside the physics.


Edited by TVR_Scamp on Wednesday 7th October 14:22

shirt

18,676 posts

139 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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BlueCello said:
I currently have on the go:

Too Close To Home- Linwood Barclay
The Big Sleep- Raymond Chandler
Diamonds Are Forever- Ian Fleming
Duma Key- Stephen King

I'm enjoying them, but I'm only reading the Chandler for school smile
how did you find it? the big sleep is a great book and is owed homage by thousands of films & tv shows.



hairykrishna

10,842 posts

141 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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dmitsi said:
I'm reading Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson.
It's quite interesting, all about natural philosophy emerging in pleace of religious beliefs. Main charater is the son of a puritan, he has moved away from religion towards science: His friendship with Newton and looks at society in general. Covers some major events in 17th century Britain and the early settlers in America. So far very well written, only a 1/4 through but it's going quickly.
I didn't much like Quicksilver but in general I'm a big Stephenson fan. Cryptonomicon and Anathem are great.

ErnestM

11,593 posts

205 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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SGirl said:
Hey Ernest, welcome back! wavey

I'm currently working on the new Pratchett, a book about a bloke who was a POW in WWII and managed to escape (can't remember what it's called offhand) and a book all about DIY!
wavey
Good luck with the DIY!

ErnestM

dmitsi

3,583 posts

158 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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hairykrishna said:
I didn't much like Quicksilver but in general I'm a big Stephenson fan. Cryptonomicon and Anathem are great.
I've not read any of his books before, picked it up at my brothers house. I was surprised how recently it was written. I'll be looking at more of his work as he seems a very skilled writer.

TooLateForAName

3,785 posts

122 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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dmitsi said:
hairykrishna said:
I didn't much like Quicksilver but in general I'm a big Stephenson fan. Cryptonomicon and Anathem are great.
I've not read any of his books before, picked it up at my brothers house. I was surprised how recently it was written. I'll be looking at more of his work as he seems a very skilled writer.
I've just abandoned Quicksilver. They guy is certainly a good writer (in the sense that the words are well put together) but I just found it all going nowhere. I felt that it promised far more than it delivered.

motco

11,452 posts

184 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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Graham Greene: 'The Third Man'

dmitsi

3,583 posts

158 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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TooLateForAName said:
I've just abandoned Quicksilver. They guy is certainly a good writer (in the sense that the words are well put together) but I just found it all going nowhere. I felt that it promised far more than it delivered.
Well I'm only a 1/4 through, but find it hard to abandon a book (what if something happens at the end?). I hope it gets somewhere eventually. If nothing else it's teaching me dates of things I wasn't sure of before.

Emmapuma

483 posts

137 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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Im currently reading a book on Jack the Ripper and The Da Vinci Code