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  1. BM's Avatar

    BM said:

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    I have recently become a keen book reader after not reading a book since school.

    Just wondering how many others of you are book worms and what books do you read? I dont think textbooks count!

    Maybe we could have a review thread or something?

    At the moment I am working my way through and really enjoying the Rama series by Arthur C Clarke.

    Cheers BM
     
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    Hey - A fellow bookworm

    This week I are mostly reading "The History Of The English Language"

    An excellent book that I reccomend highly is called "Foucaults Pendulum" by Umberto Eco

    I think a review section would be a good idea - Also any links for free e-books would be good as well ;D
     
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    I also love reading. I read all types of books, at the moment I'm going through an Andy McNabb stage, but usually I'm into anything that makes me laugh.
     
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    I'm re-reading some classics at the moment, namely George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984. Also just read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (for the 10th time!), best book ever written?! Trying to read more of Huxley's work, but sometimes a bit too in depth to understand.
     
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    If you like Clarke, try looking for L. Ron Hubbard, ignore all this scientology crap and read the books for what they are.
    The series I read were Battlefield Earth - a series of 10 books and gave a different insight to what A.C Clarke would give.
     
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    Ahh cool there are some more readers out there......

    As I said I am currently reading The Garden of Rama which is the 3rd of 4 books about Rama. If you like science fiction books then I would recommend the Rama series.

    I also like Mario Puzos books and have read nearly all the books he has written. I would recommend 'The Godfather'. Very good book if you have seen the film or not! But I actually thought 'The Last Don' was better than 'The Godfather'.

    I think one of my favourite books is Mr Nice by Howard Marks. Its an auto biography about Marks years as an international drug smuggler.

    If you like Clarke, try looking for L. Ron Hubbard, ignore all this scientology crap and read the books for what they are.
    I will certainly look out for his books in the future
     
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    A self-confessed Sci-Fi junkie myself! Near enough anything Arthur C. Clarke has written is great (Rama, Childhood's End, Fountains of Paradise are the best, in my humble opinion!) and the Foundation series by Issac Asimov is another fantastic epic.

    Just finished Eon by Greg Bear, heavy shit! :-) The science is way out there but a good read!
     
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    Pretty much like bitchMonkey I went years without reading then about 8 years ago I picked up a book and have never looked back. I love travel books for some reason, not the Berlitz guide to fukin Glasgow type travel books but books that are factual but have been wriiten in story form about various places, at the moment I am reading 'Down Under' by probably my favorite author, Bill Bryson.

    I also love Biographies and Autobiographies, especially by famous soldiers or footballers.
     
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    I also only discovered books last year before a mammoth flight abroad. A personal favorite has been the Dreamcatcher by Stephen King.
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    yep im the same. I never really read a book until I was 19. I suffer from a form of Dyslexia which causes me to loose concentration and used to find myself re-reading the first chapter over and over until I just got bored and chucked it in.

    Now I have learned to focus more and find times to read where i'm not going to get distracted. Like on the train or on holiday. I have read shit loads since I was 19. I read all the John Grisham's and Most of James Patterson. Loads of Biographies from Richard Branson to Mike Reid (Frank Butcher). I Recently read 'Kitchen Confidential - Antony Bourdain' Which is a good read.

    Book Review Section would be great
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    Originally posted by BitchMonkey
    I also like Mario Puzos books and have read nearly all the books he has written. I would recommend 'The Godfather'. Very good book if you have seen the film or not! But I actually thought 'The Last Don' was better than 'The Godfather'.

    I just finished The Sicilian, I'll definetely be going to read the others by him.

    Originally posted by Broona
    I'm re-reading some classics at the moment, namely George Orwell's Animal Farm
    I havent read this book, I've seen the video though
    :shock:

    cheers
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    lol Lee are you talking about the highly pornographic video? is so then i thnk there are some wires crossed
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    I've been a big Terry Pratchett fan for years, other good stuff IMHO is: Anything by Ivine Welsh, Bravo 2 Zero & Mr Nice
     
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    I just finished The Sicilian, I'll definetely be going to read the others by him.
    Go for The Last Don, its Puzos best IMO.

    Anything by Ivine Welsh,
    He wrote Trainspotting didnt he? Have you read it and is it much different from the film?

    Cheers
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    I tried to read Trainspotting BitchMonkey but found it real hard work as it's written phoeneticaly(?) or in Glaswegian.

    Personally I have periods where I read loads and others where i don't. Currently I'm 'on' (so to speak ) and have been reading a couple of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus books after I borrowed one off my dad.

    Also read Nick Hornby's About a Boy which was good (although the film was better) and am part way thru a book about the NSA and GCHQ.

    Got about 6 books to get thru over me hols in 2 weeks as well
     
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    Currently re-reading the Tom Clancy series. A fine writer with great gripping spy story-lines.

    DO NOT be put off reading the books by the films made. So many changes to them, only Red October makes a reasonable stab at the book.

    The current film, Sum of all Fears, total PC crap.

    G
     
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    If you want to read some more contemporary SCiFi I must recommend both

    Neal Stevenson - Snow crash

    or Michael Marshal smith - spares, one of us.

    Infact anything by either of these 2 is superb.

    Also for you more old skool fans - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell- footfall, mote in god eye etc etc.

    Cheers
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    Originally posted by LeeElwood


    I just finished The Sicilian, I'll definetely be going to read the others by him.

    cheers
    lee
    i dont get much time to read except when im on holiday, altho i do want to read a bit more cos when i read on holiday i get thru loads of books and cant put em down... but as soon as i get home i just cant be assed or cant find time....

    last thing i read was few weeks back Mario Puzo - Omerta, this was the first decent looking book that came to hand in Whsmith in the departure lounge at prestwick airport..i liked it was a good read

    ... like broona ive read 1984 by george orwell abot a year ago.. i didnt like it... was just so hard goin on the mind.. especially the second half of the book which is really just an extract of "goldstiens"(bloke from the story) book.. that was really bloody boring and i just ended up not finishing it... saw the film on channel 4 couple of weeks back.. it was on at like 4am the same night that big brother finished, and having read the book it made the film make a bit more sense cos unless u know the back ground it'd quite confusing to watch..

    ye book review section would be a good idea... another good section to add to df's already bulging selection of topics
     
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    a book review section would be good
    just read gangbuster by peter bleksley an undecover cop at scotland yard
    not a bad book
    cocky the rise and fall of curtis warren is good to
    for comedy tom sharpes made me laugh never thought i could sit there reading a book laughing my head off
    also trainspotting was a great read but you have to read the first chapter until you start getting into the glaswegian accent
    the punic wars was a good one as well about hannibal and his battles with rome 300 bc
    as i said read all kinds of books i dont stick to one subject but im always on the look out for reccomendations
     
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    I personally suggest Nick Hornby, he truely is the master of the male confessional (that sounds familiar, it might've been in the inside cover book review )
    Of course Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger is a must. Works by Dickens and Fitzgerald are always excelent, although I always have to trudge along through those two.