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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Jezreel » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:35 pm

I like his morning radio better than that fat joke stealing cunt Moyles, so cheers for the heads up, will try.

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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Ekona » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:49 am

...and as if by necro-posting magic, I've just finished reading Evans' second book. Utterly, utterly compelling stuff.

Like him or not, there is no doubt that he's supremely talented and confident at everything he does, and that extends to his style of writing in the book. However he's also very quick to point out just how stupid and reckless he's been at a few points in life, but his passion for everything he's done both professionally and personally draw you in and allow you to see the other side of the prat that the media sometimes make him out to be.

The chapter where he describes both his initial meeting with and his divorce from Billie had me in tears of laughter and tears of sadness, and that's no exaggeration there either. It's possibly the best chapter from any autobiography I've ever read.


A definite must-read IMHO.
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Gi Me Beer » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:06 pm

I have read the first three books in The Camel Club series by David Baldacci, I am now in the process of reading the 4th 8)

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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby tinchick » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:48 pm

Snuff, a Vimes novel, by Terry Pratchett is out in October, is it winter yet?! :D

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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby doogle » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:22 am

Ooh, can't wait till that comes out :)
I've just finished reading A Hat full of Sky today, on to Wintersmith tomorrow, both by Mr Pratchett :D

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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Screamo » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:14 am

I've started reading The Stand for the first time.

It's pretty dark so far and plenty of impending doooooom.

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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby RobD » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:40 am

tinchick wrote:Snuff, a Vimes novel, by Terry Pratchett is out in October, is it winter yet?! :D



Excellent! Although I still have loads more to read but have them all on my kindle so hopefully wont take me too long now!
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Helios » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:48 pm

Finished the Thrawn Trilogy.
I knew the ending already since I read the comics ages ago but I was disappointed to see that it was just as sketchy and weak in the novel.

Throughout the series we see Thrawn outwitting scheme after convoluted scheme and kicking Rebellion arse in every battle.
But we get to the final battle and not only is it over before it begins but he gets killed by his own bodyguard.
Since he hates loose ends he should have been suspicious of all the Noghri since he never found Leia, and Kabarakh escaped in highly suspicious circumstances.
He followed this kind of thing through with Karrde.

I would have liked to see some proper description and action of what should have been a massive space battle at Bilbringi.
If he HAD to be killed by a Noghri perhaps it could have been in the one instant he was distracted by the sudden appearance of the smugglers or something.
There was no action involving the magical appropriation of the crystal gravfield trap.

What happened to the Katana Fleet?
Thrawn collects the ships......and does very little with them.
Apparently he uses them to push the Rebellion back a bit but we never read any details about it.

I don't mind that C'baoth finally went insane and tried to kill Luke and Mara.
But there is no way he could had got hold of Luke's severed hand on Bespin.
It fell down a massive hole into the atmosphere of the planet.
It should be unobtainable.

All in all, I am not pleased with this book.
Great story all the way up to the rubbish end.
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Helios » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:24 pm

Read the Star Wars The Black Fleet Crisis trilogy by Robert P. Kube-Mcdowell.

Was quite satisfying to read.
He managed to set the bad guys up to be pretty brutal and xenophobic.
And also clever enough to once again form huge dissention within the New Republic.

The enemy this time had unknown assets and technological capabilities so the reader can't be sure the good guys will win by default when they get into battle.
Sadly the final battle was disappointing as there was no way that the good guys could have won without taking enourmous losses. They were saved by some Imperials. I was not pleased.
Although the fact that the leader of the bad guys is sent into Hyperspace in a ship without a hyperdrive was a nice idea.

There was also a side story going on about finding some mysterious people that had strange powers with the Force and another side story about finding and controlling a mysterious alien ship.
Two mysterious stories was a good thing since my short attention span wasn't bored with continuously following a single story.
Neither of them were the machina that saved the Republic and each had it's own ending.

I suppose I liked this more than The Thrawn Trilogy.
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Mr.Clark » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:29 pm

I couldn't get into that trilogy at all. Nothing about it clicked, which is unusual (but not unheard of) in a Star Wars story.

Thrawn all the way...

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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Helios » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:53 pm

Well next up is the Dark Nest Trilogy.
I liked the first one when I read it years ago.
Maybe I'll still like it now.
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby RobD » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:20 pm

I liked both Dark Nest Trilogy, it was odd (I mean giant ants in the star wars universe) but still good!

I remember being disappointed with the Thrawn Trilogy, he was awesome then just stopped being awesome!!

I really enjoyed the Darth Bane books, not the most challenging read but good story.
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Helios » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:48 pm

What do you mean both Dark Nest Trilogy.
There's three books.
There's loads mammal, reptile and even a few avian aliens so colonies of insects didn't sound strange to me. :)

I think I read two Darth Bane books.
Dunno if there are more.
They were simple but enjoyable.
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby RobD » Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:40 pm

My bad, its been a few years since I've read them!

I'm all about steven erikson at the moment, long and very descriptive books!
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Re: BOOK THREAD

Postby Mr.Clark » Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:33 pm

Helios wrote:I think I read two Darth Bane books.
Dunno if there are more.
They were simple but enjoyable.

There's a third one out now...


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