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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby keasy » Sun May 10, 2015 3:42 am

Jezreel wrote:I'll give that a go then!


Just wondering if you got round to giving those books a go ?

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Jezreel » Sun May 10, 2015 6:47 pm

No, but you've reminded me, so I'll go on AMAZONEINA now and d'l them

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Postby Jezreel » Sun May 10, 2015 6:48 pm

Jus bought the first two

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Tue May 12, 2015 1:26 pm

I'm reading -

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh.
He is/was a neurosurgeon. He was close to retiring when he wrote the book.
It's fascinating. He's very open and honest about the mistakes he's made and how the high flying job description made him into a bit of a cunt.

Before that I read -

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Brilliant little story, really well told. Set (mostly) in Saint Malo during WW2.
I was there! (after the war).

Also read:

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.
Present day Russia and how fucked up it is. A good read.

Former People by Douglas Smith.
How the former aristocracy were treated after the Russian revolution.
Also a good read.

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport.
The story of the princess' of the Russian royal family and what happened to them.
Good read. Sad.

Lone Survivers by Chris Stringer. How we came to be the only humans on earth.
His speciality seems to be Neanderthals. A good read. Bit annoying how often he refers to himself.

Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade. Excellent book. Fascinating insight into the history of our species seen through recent genetic discoveries.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Bit of fluff, but I enjoyed it.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Self obsessed bollocks full of false modesty.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. Shite. Paper thin characters in a ridiculous plot.
The first time I've been able to read one of his books since he destroyed the Dark Tower saga. I won't be reading another one for a long time. I read All the Light We Cannot See after reading this and the difference in the quality of the writing was like day and night.

The Creation of Inequality by Kent Flannery. The first story is quite interesting but then he tells the same story again, and again, and again... heavy going. A synopsis of the research would have done me.

Sex Trafficking by Siddharth Kara. He lost me after a couple of pages.
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby keasy » Sat May 23, 2015 6:23 pm

Jezreel wrote:Jus bought the first two



Oooo excellent, someone to talk too about them.

How are you finding them ?

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Jezreel » Mon May 25, 2015 1:44 pm

I've not picked a book up for a while, had a busy couple of weeks. I am aiming for some early June reading action though and I'll give one of these a go! honest!¬

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Postby siteguru » Mon May 25, 2015 7:16 pm

Currently on book 3 of 4 of the Covert One series by Robert Ludlum*

* I expect they're actually by a ghost writer, given RL died in March 2001 and most of these are set post 9-11. ;)

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Thu May 28, 2015 3:50 pm

Fiction:

Where the Moon Isn’t by Nathan Filer
Debut novel, well written. Quirky. I enjoyed it.

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Annoying stream of consciousness writing style. Relentlessly depressing.
A couple of gems in it, but even speed reading the really shit bits it was a chore.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Interesting story, well written but main theme of the book which is sci-fi-ish, is not given enough development.

The Lie by Helen Dunmore
Well written, enjoyable read. About a traumatised guy returning from WW1 and trying to be ok.

I started - The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan last night but I quickly moved on to
Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole. It's another fictional account, this time of life in Nigeria.

I'll see how I get on with it but I think I'm sick of fiction.
I crave science & science fiction books.

Any recommendations?
My interests are Paleoanthropology, Cosmology and Physics for the only slightly stupid cunt. ;)
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:56 pm

Well I got my fill of science for now...

The Edge of the Sky, Roberto Trotta
The Accidental Universe, Alan Lightman
The Human Age, Diane Ackerman
The Meaning of Human Existence, Edward O. Wilson
The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert

All good reads.

Before starting on some serious Sci-fi I thought I'd clear my palate as it were with -
Frankie Boyle - Scotland's Jesus by Frankie Boyle.
Half way through it. The man is a fucking lunatic. :mrgreen:
A lot of it is shit but there are some real gems in there.
You get the impression he hated writing the book and at times just wrote
whatever popped into his head without editing out the shite at all, just to get the fucking thing finished. :D

I'm lining up the MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood, starting with Oryx and Crake.
Didn't someone mention her before?
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Ekona » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:42 pm

Oooooh I can join in this thread too now! :D

Currently reading the ST:DS9 Millennium Trilogy by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I'm still a massive ST fan and especially DS9, and it never really occurred to me to check out some official novels based on the series until recently. It's really very good, I've only just cleared the first book but everything is very faithful to the TV series (excluding one tiny bit where they mixed up the computer diagnostics: I mean, come one, everyone knows that a Level 1 takes longer than a Level 5!) and I'm really enjoying it.
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:41 pm

Yay! You're reading a book!!!

lolz :mrgreen:

I might try those out actually.
I loved the show back in the day, but they look really dated now when you see them on TV.
I still have fantasies about Seven of Nine from ST:Voyager tho'.
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Ekona » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:06 am

Who doesn't?! :D
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby doogle » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:14 pm

I'm still enjoying reading my dad's Larry Niven books, from his Tales of Known Space series, through his Heorot series to his collaborations with Jerry Pournelle. I keep looking for them online every so often to get my own copies.
Also, thanks to my niece, I quite like the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. Got to book 7 so far out of 15.

Another good series is the Orcs series by Stan Nicholls, they show a war torn world from the perspective of the orcs. Also his Quicksilver trilogy is cool too.

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:47 pm

I'm reading Going Clear by Lawrence Wright.
It's fascinating, seriously fucked up, but fascinating.
It's about Ronnie Hubbard and The Church of Scientology.
He wrote it a couple of years ago and it's just been made into a film apparently.

It's just amazing how a man who's so obviously a fucking fantasist, liar, manipulator and has some serious mental issues
can get tens of thousands of apparently intelligent people to give him all their money, slave for him and believe all the seriously fucked up shit he tells them. :?

The church is busy smearing the film ATM. :mrgreen:
Expect to see Thomas Mopather, John (I'm not the gay) Travioli et al. trotted out to plaster over the new holes.
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby MEGAHYDER » Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:47 am

I'm reading "The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are". A history of the The people who lived on and around the North Sea. The author reckons not enough attention is given to their history. It's interesting.

After that I have a book of Margaret Atwood short stories to get through.

I tried giving Nabokov's "Lolita" a read through in the last few weeks. Couldn't get into it. Will try again when I'm offshore next.


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