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The Book Thread
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Gigolo-Aunt
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12-28-2014, 05:28 PM -
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A fair few books received for Christmas. Started the below last night. Its very good so far - remember seeing the film years ago.

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12-28-2014, 05:36 PM -
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Currently reading Madame Bovary. Enjoying it so far.
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01-05-2015, 11:57 AM -
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01-05-2015, 12:55 PM -
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Is this just a pictures thread m9?

That was one of my favourite books for a long time GA. Orwell was a master of his art, a supreme stylist but also a great storyteller.
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01-05-2015, 12:57 PM -
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(01-05-2015, 12:55 PM)Walter Sobchak Wrote: Is this just a pictures thread m9?

That was one of my favourite books for a long time GA. Orwell was a master of his art, a supreme stylist but also a great storyteller.

Only started it late last night so will give a better post on it later. Started promisingly.
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01-05-2015, 12:59 PM -
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Currently reading Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin).

I like it.
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01-05-2015, 01:00 PM -
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I love Down and Out, I remember asking my English teacher if I could study it for my Standard Grade course, she said it wasn't of the right level - cunts were using Lemony Snickett and that.
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01-05-2015, 01:01 PM -
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I'm reading Gone Girl. Quite a lot of big words but I'm managing.
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01-05-2015, 01:12 PM -
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(01-05-2015, 01:00 PM)Chrambo Wrote: I love Down and Out, I remember asking my English teacher if I could study it for my Standard Grade course, she said it wasn't of the right level - cunts were using Lemony Snickett and that.

My school had quite the mixed bag in our classes at times. I remember a boy doing his Higher English RPR on Kenny Dalglish' autobiography FFS.
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01-05-2015, 03:23 PM -
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(01-05-2015, 01:12 PM)Walter Sobchak Wrote: My school had quite the mixed bag in our classes at times. I remember a boy doing his Higher English RPR on Kenny Dalglish' autobiography FFS.
Boy in my class studied these colours don't run.

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01-05-2015, 03:28 PM -
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Bought this a while ago and gave up on it. Picked it back up and trying to get through it but fuck me man it's a struggle. Reads more like an essay than a book.
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01-05-2015, 03:30 PM -
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Where's the enjoyment there then Alan? Genuine question. Like, why bother continuing?
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01-05-2015, 03:31 PM -
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I'm interested in the content, it's just poorly written.
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01-05-2015, 03:40 PM -
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If it's a proper history book then that's what it'll be like. Nothing drains your enjoyment of a subject like three chapters of meticulously referenced argument about the role played in it by economic factors.

As someone with a history degree, academic (as opposed to popular) history books are almost never enjoyable reads.
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01-05-2015, 04:04 PM -
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(01-05-2015, 03:40 PM)Makween Wrote: If it's a proper history book then that's what it'll be like. Nothing drains your enjoyment of a subject like three chapters of meticulously referenced argument about the role played in it by economic factors.

As someone with a history degree, academic (as opposed to popular) history books are almost never enjoyable reads.

That's why i loved medieval history; economic arguments fucking kill me. Read a huge biography of hitler in my teens and it had an 11 page spread on how the collapse of the danish butter industry was a key factor in the nazi's coming to power.

And yet, when i listen to podcasts like Stuff You Missed in History class i invariably shudder when i hear them make reference to Alison Weir books as though they're proper big boy history books.

Anyway, reading A Thousand Splendid Suns as i promised my old mum i would. It's well written and covers domestic abuse in afghanistan against a backdrop of social tension blah blah blah. I am enjoying it, but i can't help but feel that if it was set in the cowgate or maryhill in the 50s it wouldn't be much different from those "She Was Aye Washing the Close Stairs" or "Forced to Give Up My Love Child" dross books you get in The Works for 99p.

I'm also about to finish off John Hodgman's That Is All; the third in his collection of almost entirely nonsense facts presented in a handy almanac style. They're all tremendous and i love John Hodgman.
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01-05-2015, 04:12 PM -
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(01-05-2015, 03:40 PM)Makween Wrote: If it's a proper history book then that's what it'll be like.  Nothing drains your enjoyment of a subject like three chapters of meticulously referenced argument about the role played in it by economic factors.

As someone with a history degree, academic (as opposed to popular) history books are almost never enjoyable reads.

:spoton:

I can remember reading chapters at a time and then getting to the end and realising I'd literally absorbed none of it due to the skull shatteringly boring nature of getting through the tomes. Must have about £300 worth of books in a cupboard that have had at best, 1 chapter skim read in each of them Warnock SobSobSob
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01-05-2015, 05:26 PM -
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I keep meaning to sell my old history textbooks, but it somehow seems wrong Warnock

On topic: really enjoyed Madame Bovary, now reading Hamlet as shamefully I've never read it or seen it performed before Wiggo
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01-05-2015, 07:41 PM -
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-A-Novel-Caro...1476785597

This is the best novel I've read in ages; as close to "can't put it down" as I've ever experienced. Would delay going home from work so I could sit in the office and read a few more chapters. Warnock Highly recommended if you're looking for something easy but gripping. Written from the point of view of a pervy weirdo, so naturally it struck a chord. Cool

Btw, to those reading Gone Girl; "Dark Places" by the same author is really good. "Sharp Objects" is pretty good too.
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01-05-2015, 07:51 PM -
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Finished "Before I Go To Sleep" recently

Enjoyable read
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01-05-2015, 09:07 PM -
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(01-05-2015, 07:41 PM)Acey Wrote: http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-A-Novel-Caro...1476785597

This is the best novel I've read in ages; as close to "can't put it down" as I've ever experienced. Would delay going home from work so I could sit in the office and read a few more chapters. Warnock Highly recommended if you're looking for something easy but gripping. Written from the point of view of a pervy weirdo, so naturally it struck a chord. Cool

Btw, to those reading Gone Girl; "Dark Places" by the same author is really good. "Sharp Objects" is pretty good too.


Downloaded a sample will check it out.

Just finished this

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Second book in the series. Best way to explain it would be if Game of Thrones was set a few hundred years after Dawn of the Dead. Really enjoying it so far.

Next I'm reading

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Big fan of other stuff Neil Gaiman has done so see how it goes.



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