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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby bacon » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:21 pm

I'm currently doing research on marketing agencies billing strategies - so that's pretty much what I've been reading. Of course, I keep getting distracted by message boards. . .
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Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:35 am

currently working my way through the ten or twelve mysteries written by Gerry Boyle. Not really very spectacular stuff, but he lives just down the road, and many of the stories take place in remote areas that I'm very familiar with. They're quick reads, and not too badly edited, but he tends to leave loose ends unaddressed.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ToddSparks » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:13 pm

Aldous Huxley's "Texts And Pretexts" and Carl Jung's "Analytical Psychology: Its Theory & Practice (The Tavistock Lectures)"

I have some old books on color theory to try and sort through next. Maybe I'll re-read "We The Living" and "Candide" if it's as smokey here this week as it has been the last two from the fires...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

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juicegiver wrote:effective August 31, 2013 at 1:00am Eastern Standard time I will stop logging on to this forum from work.

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This useless spam in just about every recent thread. I think I can speak for everyone here when I say we won't miss you :haha:

Also, a load of Carl Hiaasen books I got from Amazon. He's good, not as ludicrously farcical as Tom Sharpe was but still very amusing.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:31 pm

Finished off A Feast of Crows, A Dance With Dragons will wait for the single set paperback to get printed in October. Meanwhile, finishing off the Millennium trilogy with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, which so far is nice in that the opposition is a bit less obviously evil, more nuanced.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:53 am

Roy Hunter wrote:All the Iain M Banks Culture novels. In no particular order.


I have read "Look to Windward"...fantastic but the two assassinations near the end of the book traumatised me.

Interesting interview with Neil Gaiman in the paper this morning (he's launching his new novel)...in which he mentioned Iain Banks and noted that people often said that he 'also wrote science fiction'...whereas Banks always thought his science fiction was his most important work.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:08 am

Now I don't know whether to read The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (builder of the gorgeous 'Strawberry Hill House' which is about a mile away from me and creator of 'Strawberry Hill Gothic') or read another I A Banks.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby DavidH » Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:08 pm

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I started by disliking it, then after a few pages I got hooked. A most unusual narrative style, conveying great events in a stream of small details. Also, here Thomas Cromwell is a decent bloke, which is different.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:51 am

DavidH wrote:Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I started by disliking it, then after a few pages I got hooked. A most unusual narrative style, conveying great events in a stream of small details. Also, here Thomas Cromwell is a decent bloke, which is different.


I might have a go at reading that...by modern accounts Thomas Cromwell was indeed a half decent chap who rose to the top from humble beginnings.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Julius Aurora II » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:24 am

Bought Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman today. Looking forward to reading it. Just finished Pratchett's Thief of Time, one of my favorites by that dear genius.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:52 pm

Getting the Buggers to Behave by Sue Cowley. Some blindingly obvious bits, some rather good ideas and a lot of little tweaks that might have a big cumulative impact. I really don't want to open Learning to Teach in a Secondary School by Capel, Leask and Turner, it looks rather dull.

Julius Aurora II wrote:Bought Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman today. Looking forward to reading it. Just finished Pratchett's Thief of Time, one of my favorites by that dear genius.

I wasn't that keen on Neverwhere, I never really got into it. It felt a bit like someone had taken a Robert Rankin book and tried to make it serious.

American Gods, on the other hand, is absolutely brilliant.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:27 pm

A collection of poems by a certain Arab.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:54 am

daftbeaker wrote:Getting the Buggers to Behave by Sue Cowley. Some blindingly obvious bits, some rather good ideas and a lot of little tweaks that might have a big cumulative impact. I really don't want to open Learning to Teach in a Secondary School by Capel, Leask and Turner, it looks rather dull.

Julius Aurora II wrote:Bought Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman today. Looking forward to reading it. Just finished Pratchett's Thief of Time, one of my favorites by that dear genius.

I wasn't that keen on Neverwhere, I never really got into it. It felt a bit like someone had taken a Robert Rankin book and tried to make it serious.

American Gods, on the other hand, is absolutely brilliant.


I thought American gods was brilliant but I thought Neverwhere was better...I think it's the London Underground theme which I liked.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Julius Aurora II » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:17 pm

black bart wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:Getting the Buggers to Behave by Sue Cowley. Some blindingly obvious bits, some rather good ideas and a lot of little tweaks that might have a big cumulative impact. I really don't want to open Learning to Teach in a Secondary School by Capel, Leask and Turner, it looks rather dull.

Julius Aurora II wrote:Bought Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman today. Looking forward to reading it. Just finished Pratchett's Thief of Time, one of my favorites by that dear genius.

I wasn't that keen on Neverwhere, I never really got into it. It felt a bit like someone had taken a Robert Rankin book and tried to make it serious.

American Gods, on the other hand, is absolutely brilliant.


I thought American gods was brilliant but I thought Neverwhere was better...I think it's the London Underground theme which I liked.


I don't know about better than American Gods, but i definitely enjoyed it. Nothing wrong with similarities to Robert Rankin either.


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