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Janet


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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished Knees Up Mother Earth and haven't decided what to start next. I was going to read A Slight Hangover by Ian Ogilvy, which had been on my pile for a while, but I think I'm going to read the book Talie lent me, Supping with Panthers, first. I am also seriously considering reading In Cold Blood, since my brother insists it's the best true crime book ever written.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lady Clara wrote:


Can't you read books to him? There is a fantastic book called 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle - got it for my birthday yesterday, it's got a squeaker in the back!!! So cool!!!!

http://www.eric-carle.com/10LRDpage.html

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Ohhhhh I'm reading plenty of those kind of books to him!

In that case, I'm currently mostly reading "That's Not My Robot" (a present from Auntie Siobhan!), and several other books in the same series, such as "That's Not My Bear" and "That's Not My Tractor". Another favourite is "Marvin Wanted More", about a sheep that keeps eating and eating until he eats the entire planet, and then vomits it all back out again. A bit like the classic "The Hungry Caterpillar", only in sheep form.

Ohhhh we really need a book reviews section, I could go on for ages! Grin

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trying to read hogfather again
And gonna try read The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner when I stop being so lazy... its not like I have much to do...

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gaz wrote:


Ohhhhh I'm reading plenty of those kind of books to him!


What's that meant to mean?! Why the italics?? Confused

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just thought we were restricted to books we were reading to ourselves, not the fun touchy-feely books we read to our offspring (kidding ourselves its for their benefit when actually we really enjoy them too).
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the past few weeks I've read:
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Telempath by Spider Robinson
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
Children of the Company by Kage Baker
Latest issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

And the latest "take turns reading to each other at bedtime" with my 11-year-old son is Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy.

I always carry a book or two with me and read at lunchtime, before bed, waiting in any queue and even on the loo. (Doing my best to sound like a native...)

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually The Very Hungry Caterpillar was written by Eric Carle as well. Gaz can I seriously reccommend We're Going on a Bear Hunt, its fantastic.

I'm halfway through Anansi Boys, its a massive big hardback though thats difficult to stuff in me handbag for the metro though I am really enjoying it.

Timmeh is that Christopher Moore book any good?
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much all of Chris Moore's books are great. His latest-but-one, The Stupidest Angel, was a bit weak, but I'd recommend all the rest with Lamb being at the top of the list. It is the story of Jesus' life, as told by Biff, his unknown best mate. I'm on the wait list at the library for his newest one.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished reading Hollow Chocolate bunnies again. Now onto the Gormenghast books by Mervyne Peake.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with them Reddragon I tried to read them several times but gave up.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gaz wrote:
I just thought we were restricted to books we were reading to ourselves, not the fun touchy-feely books we read to our offspring (kidding ourselves its for their benefit when actually we really enjoy them too).


Blow that for fun and games! I'm 21 have no off spring and that book was brought for me by my even older boyfriend!

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

INSIDE OUT
A personal history of PINK FLOYD by Nick Mason Floyds drummer

interesting and my favorite group Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete read that. He actually bought it for his daddy and they are going to see Dave Gilmour on Monday!


How was that 'Anansi Boys' Swine? I was looking at it the other day and it sounded good.





I'm reading loads of stuff inc the Gnostic Gospels and Holy Blood Holy Grail.

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gormenghast. Reading those was a battle. It really came down to attrition to get through them. I found there was sooooooooo much flowery description setting every scene which goes on and on and on for page after page that when some action actually happened I was in completely the wrong mindset and ended up missing it and having to go back and read the page again. There's what 800 pages in the first book. I guess about 40 of them are plot, the rest scenery. No wonder it has always been regarded as near impossible to translate to film.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for reminding me about the Gormenghast novels. I'm going to try them. I have been meaning to for a while. I also have to read Foucault's Pendulum because I promised my mother, after she struggled through it, that I would do the same. Between the two of them I should have no trouble holding off on reading Brightonomicon until Toyminator is released.

Lisa - I listened to the CD version of Anansi Boys, read by Lenny Henry. It was good, but I found it derivative. It kept reminding me of other books and movies, not the least of which was Bernard and the Genie, and not just because of the Lenny Henry connection.

Swineherd - I just read Christopher Moore's latest and liked it, but I was annoyed that the lead character didn't pick up on something that was really obvious to the reader. I don't know if Moore thought it would be a surprise for the reader or if the character was supposed to be incredibly stupid and unobservant. Either way it annoyed me, but overall I liked the book.

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