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What Book Did You Read Last Night???

Discussion in 'Entertainment & Culture' started by chutneyfarmer, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. chutneyfarmer

    chutneyfarmer Well-Known Member

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    Roight, I know theres "best books" and "must read" threads at the mo, but what are you folks currently reading, eh?

    My current reading is Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. Enjoying it so far but I haven't been able to read too much of it coz I've been busy this week. Didn't realise that is was basically stories within a story, which is pretty cool.
     
  2. egg_

    egg_ Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I finished "Brideshead Revisited" a couple of days ago - very good, well worth a read
     
  3. shidheat

    shidheat Well-Known Member

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    I'm reading "The Proud Highway" by Hunter S. Thompson, which is a collection of letters that he wrote to people between 1955 and 1967. It's not a bad read.
     
  4. billygannon

    billygannon Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I'm reading Martin Amis' The Information.

    Harry Potter is to follow. And then that book Longtitude.

    Have just finished Shuttlecock, Ever After and The Light of Day from Graham Swift.
    None of them stand out from the others, but they all have some excellent passages.

    Currently, my passage isn't so excellent.
     
  5. chutneyfarmer

    chutneyfarmer Well-Known Member

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    Saw this in work the other day. Thinking of picking it up. Should I get some of his other books first though?
     
  6. carcass

    carcass New Member

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    Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

    Great read a bit depressing in bits. Tis true tales of his poverty in guess where?
    Read 1984 a few weeks back for the first time so now I'm a wee bit obsessed and have to read all.
     
  7. ms.b.haven

    ms.b.haven (Retired)

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    nearly finished Dean Koontz "Ligthning" very good
     
  8. nofriendo

    nofriendo Well-Known Member

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    Thats very very odd cause i just finished Haunted last night!!!! moving onto Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris now !
     
  9. Zeelander

    Zeelander New Member

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    Currently coming to the end of Money by Martin Amis. First of his work that I've read and I'm really enjoying it. How's yours Billy?
     
  10. BC

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    currently reading "breaking open the head" by Daniel Pinchbeck, accounts of experiences exploring first hand the effects of psychedelic substances, including ibogaine (fascinating! -this substance may prove to be of immense healing value to humanity), psilocybin and DPT. unlike almost every other book about drugs, this is actually well written, intelligent and interesting.

    as mentioned elsewhere, finished burrough's "the cat inside", which has become one of my favorite books ever. its a very warm and human book.

    started reading "the radioactive boy scout", but put it down a few days ago. must return to it.
     
  11. billygannon

    billygannon Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Haven't read Money yet.

    I've only read three of his books. London Fields is hilarious and you should read it. Time's Arrow is very well written and is also highly recommended. Success is okay... not nearly as good as his later works.

    So far (only a few pages in), The Information seems like a good laugh. But he does stick to a very particular style and all his cynicism could give you a pretty unhealthy view of the world.

    Still, his characters are the best. Gregory Riding in Success - a foppish dandy who spends most of his time going to orgies.
    And Nicola Six - cworrrr!
     
  12. Zeelander

    Zeelander New Member

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    I think I'll have to read London Fields next, as a couple of others have mentioned it to me. I'd definitely recommend Money- it's a tale of urban excess told through the eyes of a repulsive, money-hungry pervert who is ultimately quite likeable! One of the characters in the book is a wimpy novelist called Martin Amis too. Good shit, very funny.
     
  13. oh shit

    oh shit Well-Known Member

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    Currently reading 'Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History' by Peter Shapiro. Good stuff
     
  14. shidheat

    shidheat Well-Known Member

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    Love that book. If you've not done so, read 'Homage to Catalonia'. Similar sort of feel to it, but based in civil war-time Spain. George Orwell is brilliant.
     
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    oh shit Well-Known Member

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    i meant 'the secret history of disco'
    how odd...

    disco doesn't suck!
     
  16. Catwoman

    Catwoman Well-Known Member

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    I'm reading A Handful of Dust. Also a good read.
     
  17. hermie

    hermie Well-Known Member

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    you know london fields was the main influence for damon albarn when he was writing the lyrics for 'parklife'?true story



     
  18. carcass

    carcass New Member

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    Thats waiting on my bedside table for me. Think I might take a break and read something a bit different so I dont go into over-kill
     
  19. frona

    frona Well-Known Member

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    I just finished a Jeeves and Wooster omnibus by P. G. Wodehouse. T'was brilliant and really funny! I miss it now.
    I'm reading a different book by him now called Indiscretions of Archie but it's not the same. I miss the lads!
     
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  20. snakybus

    snakybus Well-Known Member

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    I know exactly what you mean. I read that omnibus in about two weeks once, then tried to recapture the same feeling by reading other funny stuff but you just can't replace it. Wodehouse was a master. Ever read Saki?
     
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