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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:56 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Mrs G is into chick lit - the blokes on here might like Cat by Freya North!

I've never read her stuff, but Marian Keyes seems like a very funny lady.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mrs G is into chick lit - the blokes on here might like Cat by Freya North!

I've never read her stuff, but Marian Keyes seems like a very funny lady.


Well, Cat does contain a lot of lycra clad cyclists, (as well as rude sex and swearing) even if Ms North was rather Nave about the amount of doping at leTour, and she might be rather embarrassed by now by her pumping up of Tyler Hamilton Laughing

I sent for a Marian Keyes book from Amazon once, but it never arrived - must try again!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cat was pretty farcical - if you ever come across a French book called 'Qui a Tue le Maillot Jaune?' give it a go - a murder mystery set around the TdF that leaves no scandal unturned.

Finally finished the Millennium Trilogy - some interesting points about how women always get the shaft whether under tyranny or a democracy. Currently racing through 'The Prestige' - loved the film and am enjoying the book. Then I'll finish up the rest of my holiday reading I never got round to reading on holiday - 'The War Magician', 'Mountains of the Mind' and 'Tony & Susan'

Anyone read the biography of Marilyn Monroe as recounted by her pet dog?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just finished 'The Return' by Victoria Hislop.

Nolte - you might like to read it if you haven't already. It's a novel, but it's mostly based on the Spanish Civil War and much of it is rather harrowing - it seems to be well-researched based on some of the stories my elderly neighbour has told me.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i checked it out. it sounds interesting. i'll be adding it to my reading list. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was given as a gift by a neighbour "One Day". Shocked To me that's stuff chicks read or go and see flicks at the cinema about. I think I might just put it on ebay for sale.... Mrs G won't be insterested either.

I am instead reading a (more manly) book called "No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks". The man is an inspiration.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

currently reading the map and the territory by michel houellebecq.

there is a reference on one page,

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In the middle of the afternoon, he switched on his television to follow the prologue of the Tour de France which was won by an unknown Ukrainian rider


according to wikipedia page (which we know Houellebecq uses for research Wink ) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_jersey_statistics the only Ukrainian yellow jersey wearer was Serhiy Honchar in 2006. However he took the yellow jersey by winning a stage 7 time trial.

Mr. Houellebecq, please research cycling results before mentioning them.

of course, this is a work of fiction, so that gives him a pass as the acknowledgements state

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in short, this is a work of fiction


although if he did research it, he'd have probably been accused of further plagiarism. (for background see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2...ebecq-novel-plagiarism-accusation )

as the saying goes, damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh and for those interested, my reading list so far this year

1. This Side of Brightness - Colum McCann *****
2. Oddballs - Manchan Magan ****
3.The Wooden Tounge Speaks - Bogdan Tiganov ***
4. Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi - William Fotheringham *****
5. The Stars in the Bright Sky - Alan Warner ****
6. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ***** ReRead
7. The Skating Rink - Roberto Bolano ****
8. Glyph - Percivel Everitt ***** Reread
9. The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files - Iannucci, Armstrong, Martin, Blackwell & Roche ****
10. Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ***
11. Sunset Park - Paul Auster *****
12. Enough is Enough - Fintan O'Toole ****
13. Jamaica Inn - Dauphne Du Maurier *****
14. Life of Pi - Yann Martel ****
15. Lights out in Wonderland - DBC Pierre *
16. The Outsiders - SE Hinton ***
17. The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa ****
18. The Audacity of Hype - Armando Iannucci ****
19. Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell *****
20. Freedom - Jonathan Frantzen *****
21. Strange Pilgrims - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ***
22. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway ***
23. The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan *****
24. A Thousand Splended Suns - Khaled Hosseini ****
25. Daughter of Fortune - Isabel Allende ***
26. Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey *****
27. The Vagrants - Yiyun Li *****
28. We were young and Carefree - Laurent Fignon *****
29. Galore - Michael Crummey ****
30. Plugged - Eoin Colfer ***
31. The Rider - Tim Krabbe *****
32. Child Wonder - Roy Jacobsen *****
33. An Evening of Long Goodbye's - Paul Murray ****
34. The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht *****
35. Everything in the Country must go - Colum McCann **
36. Timbuktu - Paul Auster *****
37. Moth Smoke - Mohsin Hamed ****
38. The Tenderloin - John Butler **
39. I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan ***** Reread
40. Burnt Out Town of Miracles - Roy Jacobsen ***
41. The Book of Illusions - Paul Auster *****
42. Bossypants - Tina Fey *****
43. Atonement - Ian McEwen ****

Plays
1. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde  ****
2. Lady Windermere's Fan - Oscar Wilde ***
3. A Woman of No Importance - Oscar Wilde ***
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fucking hell, Nolte - I hope you are a lit student because that list puts me, an English teacher, to shame.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, Nolte!!  I have spent the last four years buried in Art History textbooks with wanky big words and pretty pictures, so apart from the usual light relief from comics and graphic novels (only vampires and zombies need apply) I haven't really been near any other books at all.  I am now officially on a 'gap year' and have just ordered Richard Witt's tome on the Velvet Underground and an examination of Patti Smith's Horses: The Remaking of Rock and Roll which I am looking forward to.  Oh, and Zomnibus - as the tag line says, 'what's not to love about Zombies?'
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooeerrrr, Nolte's list must have scared folks off this thread.

Just to say got given "Mountain High" and "The Sky is the Limit." from Christmas.
Just begun to "digest" Mountain High, which looks a truly fab book, but contains a lot of pictures and stuff.Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well on your recommendation I'll buy it Huw!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mountain High was on my christmas list too.. but Mrs BF got put off when she saw the price. Now i understand if its more gloss than goss about the mountains.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Sky is the limit was okay mountain high on the way, amazon chrimbo vouchers are useful things... Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
Oooeerrrr, Nolte's list must have scared folks off this thread.


Very Happy my profuse apologies. Wink

started this year with rereading love in the time of cholera by gabriel garcia marquez at work an d my book at home is oracle night by paul auster
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i finished oracle night by paul auster. my love of auster's novels just grows and grows with each one that i've read. this is my 4th in 12 months. (ok 3 of which were part of a volume of 4 novels which i got in Dublin for 9.99). He's a superb author and his writing is excellent. In this one, an author has just recently recovered from a serious illness (not fully recovered). when on his daily walk, he finds a stationary store called the paper palace and is browsing there and finds a blue notebook that he has to buy. he writes a story in the notebook. between this, life goes on.

in the place of oracle night, i've started lean on pete by willy vlautin. charley and his dad move from spokane to portland due to his father getting a new job there. when out running, charley finds the portland meadows race track as he's training for the football try outs in August, from there, charley one day helps a trainer to change a tyre and lands a job as his stable boy. Charley and his father are looking at surviving the tough reality of their life. a common phrase by charley is "i'm always hungry". there's a feel of john steinbeck in vlautin's writing.

i got this book as it's on the longlist for the Impac Book Prize (it and 146 other books). Actually that's a lie, i got it as it was in my local book shop but i remembered when i say it that it was on the shortlist (it was mentioned specifically in the irish times article on the list)
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i finished lean on pete by willy vlautin on Monday night. Overall i found it to be a very good read, a bit sad at times (at one time i had to stop reading for a minute) but overall it's a well crafted story about search for acceptance, love and belonging.

the next book i have started is "Fame" by Daniel Kehlmann. the book as per the back cover is a famous person gets landed in a country where he doesn't understand the launguage and is unknown. he then finds out decisions are being mae for him and someone is talking to your agent, girlfriends and other associates on your behalf but you don't know the guy.
in the first chapter, an engineer, Ebbling buys a phone as he has "a wife, two children, several acquaintances and someone is also complaining that he's unreachable". the sales clerk activates the phone for Ebbling but he starts recieving phone calls directed to a Ralf.
after the first chapter, this is a promising book

and as obligatory: this book has been one of the 147 that made the long list for the Impac Dublin Book Prize (that's how i heard of it Smile )
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds very interesting, Nolte. I'm ploughing through Claire Tomalin's biography of Dickens at the moment - with a view to finishing it for the great man's 200th anniversary on Feb 7th.
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went to the local library again just before chrimbo, instead of the the big newish shiny-glasshouse-toon-one. mainly looking for some reference berks that are still out on loan. got a new-ish jonathan coe berk which i ignored for the festive/hibernation season. renewed it again after (the local-lib service now has an online thingly, but i've not yet ascertained how the password might be constructed for longer-standing members) festivities/hibernataion and found myself with a couple of extra berks by w. vlautin. am rather enjoying the motel life.

shame the local lib is 3 not 5 week loans, but must keep on using it (only been a member for the last 18 years) "just in case" it gets all big-societied out of "reality" - it's still cheaper for an inter-lib loan than the urban-service (which only let me join again from "out" of the right "postcode" when they built the new one)

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The best book I've read recently was "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy, with some great descriptive text about Kerala in India, and an interesting story, with the end of the story at the beginning. Highly recommended!

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