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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

First time I'd heard of this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Merckx-Ha...TF8&qid=1331232596&sr=8-1

But out soon and looks a very interesting read.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

currently reading "the sisters brothers" by patrick dewitt. set in 1850, the sisters brother have been sent on a mission to kill a guy for stealing from their hirer.

also rereading "atomised" by michel houellebecq but am not getting time to read this at home dissapointingly.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Merckx book I mentioned earlier is currently more than half price on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/produc...0641_29222641_pe_pack3/0224074482
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ullrichfan wrote:
The Merckx book I mentioned earlier is currently more than half price on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/produc...0641_29222641_pe_pack3/0224074482


Must get it! Cheers.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started today 'Search Inside Yourself'.  By Chade-Meng Tan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8fcqrNO7so

"In designing Search Inside Yourself, a popular course at Google, early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop. Created in collaboration with a Zen master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and Daniel Goleman (the guy who literally wrote the book on emotional intelligence), this program is grounded in science and expressed in a way that even a skeptical, compulsively pragmatic, engineering-oriented brain like Meng's can process.

Search Inside Yourself reveals how to calm your mind on demand and return it to a natural state of happiness, deepen self-awareness in a way that fosters self-confidence, harness empathy and compassion into outstanding leadership, and build highly productive collaborations based on trust and transparent communication. In other words, Search Inside Yourself shows you how to grow inner joy while succeeding at your work. Meng writes: "Some people buy books that teach them to be liked; others buy books that teach them to be successful. This book teaches you both. You are so lucky."
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It reminds me a little of a true story from many years ago.  The stores manager at work was reading 'The Power of Positive Thinking' and someone in the canteen asked him what he thought of it.  I was there and I swear he answered that he hadn't made his mind up about it yet...
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It reminds me a little of a true story from many years ago.  The stores manager at work was reading 'The Power of Positive Thinking' and someone in the canteen asked him what he thought of it.  I was there and I swear he answered that he hadn't made his mind up about it yet...
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Rolling Eyes oh dear.....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This week I have re-read the superb Cloud Atlas ahead of the movie's release in October.  Smugness alert, I have a nice hardback copy:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but is it the right David Mitchell's signature Very Happy

his book "thousand autumns of zoet" (fearless prediction - i have the title wrong) is on my book shelf eagerly waiting to be read.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a couple on the go at the moment - just finished Friebe's Merckx book and just started the Bartali 'Road To Valour on the cycling front and I'm also at the brilliant Michel Houllebecq's new one.  I'll have nothing left for the holidays at this rate...

I've just realized Cloud Atlas is on the shelf somewhere so I'll give that a go as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have nearly finished 'A Singular Hostage' by Thalassa Ali.  It took me a while to decide to read it, but I've hardly put it down since I started!
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So - I finished that book last night, and then looked through my (large) stock of books to read (everyone in Spain now seems to be buying a Kindle and is getting rid of 'proper' books), and I found a copy of 'Cloud Atlas', so I've started that.  I'm still in the Chatham Islands - no idea where I got the book!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't think i was going to enjoy Cloud Atlas - thought the Pacific bit at the beinning was a bit of a drag, but am now on the bit about the musician in Belgium - great stuff, and there is a connection with the other guy in the first part!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rather liked Cloud Atlas.

Just started Anathem, by Neal Stephenson.

He is one of all time favourite writers, but I like speculative fiction.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kathy wrote:
Didn't think i was going to enjoy Cloud Atlas - thought the Pacific bit at the beinning was a bit of a drag, but am now on the bit about the musician in Belgium - great stuff, and there is a connection with the other guy in the first part!


One of many connections...
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some interesting suggestions in this blog:

http://airshipdaily.com/blog/the-...ropean-books-youve-never-heard-of

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