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    Not usually a fiction reader but just finished The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Great read thoroughly reccomend it.

    Just started some book with a load of yahoo's crowded around some shiny silver trophy thing on the cover...
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    Henry V - Battle of Agincourt 1415

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    Currently reading Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski, an excellant book about the fall of the USSR as witnessed in the last days of the satiellite states, haveactually read a few things by Kapuscinski, and would recommend his book, The Shadow of the Sun as one fo the best books on Africa I've ever read. Also, can't recommend Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck highly enough, top book.
    It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

    Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win

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      Read "Life of Pi" recently by Yann Patel which was really good, cracking twist. But one book that was recommended to me that i thought was rubbish was "Curious incident of the dog in the Nighttime". Would not recommend

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        Currently reading Robert Fisk "The great war for civilisation: The conquest of the middle east". Over 1300 pages long, but so far it is an enjoyable read.


        Really liked his book "pity the nation: Lebanon at war".

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          Ah, the return of the book thread!


          Umberto Eco - Foucault's Pendulum. A classic which I recommend to anyone who thought the Da Vinci code was good (to show you how wrong you are) and to anyone who thought the Da Vinci code was rubbish (to reassure you that it is possible to craft a perfect intellectual/historical thriller).


          I read about four books a week so I rrrrreally shouldn't get into the habit of posting up here about it all. I'd never get any work done.
          For you stole Trevelyan\'s watch, So the young might see....oh, never mind....

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            Things Snowball by Rich Hall. Absolutely brilliant book. Hilariously funny.
            \"Hmm, no, I don\'t have a gambling problem, I\'m winning, and winning is not a problem. That\'s like saying Michael Jordan has a basketball problem, or Def Leppard has an awesomeness problem. So why don\'t y\'all pour some sugar on that?\"

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              Haven't had much reading time lately, but I've started "Civilization: A New History of the Western World" by Roger Osbourne. Very interesting so far.
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                Originally posted by Kerry-Exile
                Read "Life of Pi" recently by Yann Patel which was
                really good, cracking twist. But one book that was recommended to me
                that i thought was rubbish was "Curious incident of the dog in the
                Nighttime". Would not recommend


                I read both, and i would recommend both......[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]



                I also recommend anything by Neil Gaiman especially his award winning graphic novels: The Sandman

                absolute genius....



                His books: American Gods

                Anansi Boys

                Good Omens

                Fragile Things

                Stardust

                Neverwhere

                He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                  i want to read fisks book but just cant motivate myself to at the moment. maybe in the spring when its brighter in the evenings (i dont know why but i find it easier to read heavier books then)


                  recently read "an unsung hero" about Tom Crean. super book.
                  "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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                    For sheer wit and a stunningprose writing style, Malachy McCourts "A Monk Swimming" would probably be my favourite book.
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                      Just finished "I am Charlotte Simmons". Quite disappointed with it, Wolfe's powers are obviously fading, but its probably still worth reading forits pace and dialogueeven if its nota particulary good piece of literature. Also finished "The Smartest Guys in the Room" about Enron, which was pretty hair-raising. One of the best business books I've read.

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                        Snamh, agree with you re: Wolfe. The Right Stuff is a fantastic book and I very much enjoyed Bonfire of the Vanities, but A Man In Full is just...silly. I didn't even bother reading I Am Charlotte Simmons after skimming through a few pages. [img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]


                        Just finished Arthur &amp; George by Julian Barnes - an excellent read, about a real-life struggle to clear a man's name, it's the fictionalised account of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's (Sherlock Homes) attempt to assist with the case, etc.
                        For you stole Trevelyan\'s watch, So the young might see....oh, never mind....

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                          Quite liked A Man in Full but it is totally OTT, but then so are his other two novels.

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                            I dunno, a Man in Full has it's moments but as CK says, it's just a bit too
                            silly. Some pretty wry commentary but the various threads didn't come
                            together well enough for me.
                            It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

                            Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win

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                              Must recommend Primrose Hill by Helen Falconer. thriller of sorts set in
                              contemporary London. The minute you pick it up you cannot let it down
                              stayed up til 3am to finish it. A real cracker. On sale now at Amazon.
                              Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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