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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you about Anansi Boys, Janet. I love Neil Gaiman's work, but this one lacked the punch of, say American Gods. Still more entertaining than much of what is out there today.

Not having read the new Chris Moore yet, I don't know what you are referring to, but if the prior book is any indication, he is a bit off his game lately. But, like Gaiman, I'd read his grocery list before I'd pick up a Dan Brown novel.

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished Cell by Stephen King, in between Ian McEwan's Saturday, which I'm taking with me on me travels tomorrow to try and finish. Dark Tower series was good.
Favourite book ever..... Brighton Rock

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had Anansi Boys on the shelf for a month or so while i've been reading American Gods so i'm very dissapointed to hear it's not as good. I was so looking forward to it.

Janet, did lenny Henry read the book in the style of Theophalus p wildeybeast or while eating a condensed milk sandwich? "Saturday, Saturday. Saturday is Tizwas day ......"
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 1:04 pm    Post subject: What are you reading? Reply with quote

Right now I'm reading a great book full of murder, mayhem, incest, arson, insanity, civil war.....yes its "The Twelve Caesars" by Suetonius. Full of great nutters like Nero, Tiberius and Caligula.

I've managed to read Gomenghast a couple of times and found it hard work but ultimately enjoyable. The middle one I enjoyed the most. The BBC series was OK with some of the characters spot on (the twins, Dr Prunesquallor, Fushia and Irma) and others not so good (Barquentine and Nanny Slagg).

I try to alternate between fiction and non fiction as if I read too much of the same thing I get bored, though I do like to delve into really odd stuff as its all good material for the Cabinet articles

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two books on the go at the moment....
"Lions, donkeys and dinosaurs" by Lewis Page. Very interesting expose of waste, mismanagement and general incompetence in the british military.
and, a little lighter.....
You know who and the half blood prince by her Embarassed

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive just started reading Interview with a Vampire, I can't believe I haven't read it yet.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished Something Rotten; about to start Jarhead
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading "The 25th Hour" by David Benioff, picked at random off the paperback rack in the library.

I figured "That's not my Robot" would give the wee one a good start on liking sci-fi.

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm reading one flew over the cookoos nest, at first you have to get used to the style after reading rankin, but after the first few pages it's great.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken Kesey was a genius.



Graham - Have you read 'Satyricon' by Petronius? I love 'Dinner with Trimalchio' it's hilarious!

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theladyinthestrawhat wrote:
i'm reading one flew over the cookoos nest, at first you have to get used to the style after reading rankin, but after the first few pages it's great.


I loved that book, I must one day get around to watching the film.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

almost finished, it has very small writing.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lady Clara wrote:
Gaz wrote:
I don't seem to have any time for reading at the moment - in fact I've hardly read anything for the past 6 months, coincidentally that's the same length of time that the wee'n has been in my life....!


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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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've just finished one flew over...








OH MY GOD!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finishing off Excession by Ian M. Banks. Like Janet with the Rankin I try to fit a few books in between reading his science fiction because I find his books so delicious due to the combination of his wit and vision. Before that I read Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis the enoyability of which I think suffered for this not making enouigh time read virus that's been doing the rounds here it seems and also because he was using a device of writing in the style of increasingly mentally unstable alternate version of himself.
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