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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:22 pm 
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OK, along the lines of Film Watched. Last Book read, genre, would you reccomend it. Why? Why Not?

For me it was Fire in the East, can't for the life of me remember the Author, it's someone like Bernard Cornwell, or Conn Iggulden. It's an historic fantasy style book, where the author has taken semblance of facts and figures of the time and made a story from it. This book (and indeed series) is based around a Northern Warrior, Ballista, who has been conscripted by the Roman Army, his skills have seen him promoted to Dux Ripae and he is ordered to protect the Town of Arete against the Persian Hordes.

It's an exceptionally well written book that had me interested throughout. The author admits to fabrications and composite characters but they lend to the story and keep everything flowing rather than becoming bogged down.

Overall I'd give this a 4/5. If you like historic stories that are based in fact but are fiction then highly recommend you take a look at Fire in the East.

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1984 by George Orwell, I liked it, but I think just about everyone on here's already read it :p

Currently reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau

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1984 by George Orwell, I liked it, but I think just about everyone on here's already read it :p

Currently reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau


1984's inspiration mate.

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin - Russian translation - excellent dystopian novel again inspiration for Orwell.

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OK that Book I read was by Harry Sidebottom, but it's very similar in style to Cornwell and Iggulden.

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Currently reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


See if you can get hold of The Doors Of perception :thumbup:

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RooneyLegend wrote:
1984 by George Orwell, I liked it, but I think just about everyone on here's already read it :p


havn't read it all yet, although have a few books like that, really need to the time to get into a book my self, have four different books started, never finished

1984 by George Orwell
porno by irvine welsh
tony blair memiors (alister campell)

and a poke at ryanair book

ruinair

that could be my problem,should really finish one before starting another

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1984 by George Orwell, I liked it, but I think just about everyone on here's already read it :p


havn't read it all yet, although have a few books like that, really need to the time to get into a book my self, have four different books started, never finished

1984 by George Orwell
porno by irvine welsh
tony blair memiors (alister campell)

and a poke at ryanair book

ruinair

that could be my problem,should really finish one before starting another

Yep I reckon it might be y'know. But I've read Porno and I have to say, it's worth finishing. Even if the Edinburgh dialect is a little difficult to read at first say it out loud a coupla times and you'll begin to hear an Edi talking.

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Currently reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


See if you can get hold of The Doors Of perception :thumbup:


Just had a read about it, and ordered a copy from Amazon, cheers :thumbup:

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1984 by George Orwell, I liked it, but I think just about everyone on here's already read it :p


havn't read it all yet, although have a few books like that, really need to the time to get into a book my self, have four different books started, never finished

1984 by George Orwell
porno by irvine welsh
tony blair memiors (alister campell)

and a poke at ryanair book

ruinair

that could be my problem,should really finish one before starting another

Yep I reckon it might be y'know. But I've read Porno and I have to say, it's worth finishing. Even if the Edinburgh dialect is a little difficult to read at first say it out loud a coupla times and you'll begin to hear an Edi talking.


its the same for most of his books though, both trainspotting and filth took numerious attempts to read

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Do the Procurement Plan and Procedure for the Estimate I've just been asked to work on for 2 weeks count?

otherwise, Im currently Reading LOTR again, Ive also read Hunters of Dune recently (do I need to say who wrote LOTR and the genre)? In case you didnt know about Hunters of Dune, Frank Herbert's Dune books were only part of a huge story he had intented to write and there were a further 6 or so stories Pre Dune and 4 after Chapter house Dune that Herbert himself never got completed. His son, Brian working with another author, Kevin J Anderson took his fathers manuscripts and completed them. giving the whole story a begining and an end. I enjoyed reading these books, they paint a huge and vivid canvas and if you are a fan of Dune and find many questions arising out of the story, background that is lets say hazy, then the books are a must read, apart from being ripping yarns.

Ive also read the Wierdstone of Brissingamen and the Moon of Gomrath to my Children recently. They're by Alan Garner and take two ordinary children of inderterminate age to Alderley Edge in Cheshire to stay with their mums former nanny and her husband the very well written Gowther Mossock. It was written in the 60s before Wienholts fabulous steak pies, Brassingamens wine bar and footballers wives. The Children get dragged into an epic struggle between good and evil as they are drawn by the magical stone in a bracelet given to the girls mum by the nanny many years ago from our world into the world of evil witches and warlocks, Svarts and bogarts on one side and of course the Great Wizzard Cadelin Silverbrow (based not very looseley on Gandalf and Merlin methinks) along with a supporting cast Elvish and Dwarf Heroes with Alderley Ege, the Peak District and the Cheshire Plain making a very exciting backdrop, as the children and the good guys fight to save the world amidst an unsuspecting modern backdrop. great for kids, very readable for adults, the setting are very well researched and described and this story, even though it leaves you feeling like there should be more to come after the conclusion of the story beats Harry Potter and the Narnia books hands down. Why the BBC haven't serialised this ill never know.

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The Weird Stone........... was my favourite book as a kid! Great story :thumbup:

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The Weird Stone........... was my favourite book as a kid! Great story :thumbup:


Ive spent many a happy hour walking around Alderley Edge searching out the many places described in the books

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I think the last book i read was beloved by toni morrison when i was doing my a-level literature. And considering i was studying, learning quotes and having to re-read passages over n over i actually thought it was a good read. That i would recommend to anyone, its a hard hitting book with shocking imagery and racism and at times difficult to keep up with as she switches almost fluidly between the present and the past. I cannot be bothered to summaries the book for you as above so i took a extract from a website.
Click The Link...http://www.luminarium.org/contemporary/tonimorrison/beloved.htm


When slavery has torn apart one's heritage, when the past is more real than the present, when the rage of a dead baby can literally rock a house, then the traditional novel is no longer an adequate instrument. And so Pulitzer Prize-winner Beloved is written in bits and images, smashed like a mirror on the floor and left for the reader to put together. In a novel that is hypnotic, beautiful, and elusive, Toni Morrison portrays the lives of Sethe, an escaped slave and mother, and those around her. There is Sixo, who "stopped speaking English because there was no future in it," and .... Baby Suggs, who makes her living with her heart because slavery "had busted her legs, back, head, eyes, hands, kidneys, womb and tongue;" and Paul D, a man with a rusted metal box for a heart and a presence that allows women to cry. At the center is Sethe, whose story makes us think and think again about what we mean when we say we love our children or freedom. The stories circle, swim dreamily to the surface, and are suddenly clear and horrifying. Because of the extraordinary, experimental style as well as the intensity of the subject matter, what we learn from them touches at a level deeper than understanding.

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Last book I read was 'Eclipse' by Stephenie Meyer, the 3rd book in the Twilight saga, quite enjoy these books, they're good escapism and very easy to read, but then they are aimed at teenagers :lol: . Currently finishing the saga off with 'Breaking Dawn'.

Before that I read 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen, which I adored, and recently finished 'Brisingr' by Christopher Paolini, the 3rd book in the Inheritance Cycle. Can't wait for the 4th and final book, he's left a lot of loose ends that has left me eager for answers.


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mr stew wrote:
the nut's named eric wrote:
mr stew wrote:
RooneyLegend wrote:
1984 by George Orwell, I liked it, but I think just about everyone on here's already read it :p


havn't read it all yet, although have a few books like that, really need to the time to get into a book my self, have four different books started, never finished

1984 by George Orwell
porno by irvine welsh
tony blair memiors (alister campell)

and a poke at ryanair book

ruinair

that could be my problem,should really finish one before starting another

Yep I reckon it might be y'know. But I've read Porno and I have to say, it's worth finishing. Even if the Edinburgh dialect is a little difficult to read at first say it out loud a coupla times and you'll begin to hear an Edi talking.


its the same for most of his books though, both trainspotting and filth took numerious attempts to read


Run it past me if you want, I can translate it for you

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its the same for most of his books though, both trainspotting and filth took numerious attempts to read


A lot of my friends have read that yet I seem to be the only one who found it quite easy to get through, admittedly, I did grow up listening to the scottish accent. :coffee:


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Just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I defy enyone not to cry at this end of this book , especially if you have children.

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On The Beach by Nevil Chute made me choke :(

The Man In The High Castle by Philip K Dick is currently being devoured.

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hornyhibby wrote:
mr stew wrote:
the nut's named eric wrote:
mr stew wrote:
RooneyLegend wrote:
1984 by George Orwell, I liked it, but I think just about everyone on here's already read it :p


havn't read it all yet, although have a few books like that, really need to the time to get into a book my self, have four different books started, never finished

1984 by George Orwell
porno by irvine welsh
tony blair memiors (alister campell)

and a poke at ryanair book

ruinair

that could be my problem,should really finish one before starting another

Yep I reckon it might be y'know. But I've read Porno and I have to say, it's worth finishing. Even if the Edinburgh dialect is a little difficult to read at first say it out loud a coupla times and you'll begin to hear an Edi talking.


its the same for most of his books though, both trainspotting and filth took numerious attempts to read


Run it past me if you want, I can translate it for you


no prob translating it, one i read it out loud and read what i seen, it made sence, having seen trainspoting numerious times, ended up reading bits of all the books like renton/sickboy/begbe, etc

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no prob translating it, one i read it out loud and read what i seen, it made sence, having seen trainspoting numerious times, ended up reading bits of all the books like renton/sickboy/begbe, etc


Ah cannae understand a word yer sayin :D

Begbies a pure radge man, aff his ****** heid, then thirs spud, total shy cat, ken whit ah mean?

Rentons a pure smart c***, too clivir fir his ain guid, shouldnae be intae the salisbury crag, could be daein a lot better fir himsel.

Ah hink mah favourite character hus goat tae be sick boy, he is one radge c**t, looks oot fir numero uno.

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