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1 Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 18:44

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
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Do books play a big part in your life?
Do you make time for reading,or do you just fit it in when time allows?
Having taken some time off nuts I was able to catch up on a growing pile of books I'd been intending to read,but had put off for one reason or another.
Did me a power of good. 
Do you lot read as much as you used to,or more perhaps? The Kindle has been a huge success and I wouldn't be without mine,despite preferring the real thing,but has it led to a genuine upsurge in readers?
If given a choice of TV or book,which would it be?
Books for me,every time.

2 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 18:56

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Tony Kelly
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George Eliot's Middlemarch: a work of astounding quality, brilliantly plotted. 

More modern choice: Gone Girl......way better than the film. Kept me intrigued throughout.

Don't own a kindle but always find time to read novels which convey something significant about our lives: Of Mice and Men would be another good example. 

Rarely does a film or tv serialisation do justice to a novel, though Bleak House did. The film of Captain Corelli's Mandolin was appalling, compared to the novel.

3 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:00

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
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Shawshank Redemption was a better film than the novella from which it came,but those cases are few and far between.
The book wins nearly every time.

4 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:02

Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
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I read a lot... mainly autobiographies. I don't own a kindle nor am I likely to. I prefer the feel of a book. In my younger years I used to enjoy anything by Wilbur Smith and nowadays for escapism I like Harlan Coben ( only the stand alone books ) and Michael Connelly.
I'm reading Roy Keane's latest autobiography at the moment.

5 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:07

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
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Most of the kids in our family see reading as a chore.
Something that has to be done in order to pass exams and check the TV listings.
The notion of reading for pleasure seems to have passed them by,and I find that very sad.

6 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:11

Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
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It's a sign of the times alas... it's all Xbox and Sony Playstation these days.

7 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:23

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Okocha,

Sorry - can't agree about Gone Girl. I thought it was tripe and the "twist" was obvious about half way through the book. And I couldn't warm to the central character(s).

RT,

If you like Harlan Coben, have you tried Linwood Barclay? Quite similar in style.


I re-read a load of Sherlock Holmes recently and they're as brilliant now as they were when I first read them as a teen.

Guilty pleasure - Jack Reacher books, love 'em.

And Bonce,

You're a bastard because you knew there was no way I would let this thread pass without commenting.
Evil or Very Mad

8 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:23

Mr Magoo

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Youri Djorkaeff
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Shove your books up your Ass, Kindle is the way.

9 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:26

Reebok Trotter

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Breadman wrote:Okocha,

Sorry - can't agree about Gone Girl. I thought it was tripe and the "twist" was obvious about half way through the book. And I couldn't warm to the central character(s).

RT,

If you like Harlan Coben, have you tried Linwood Barclay? Quite similar in style.


I re-read a load of Sherlock Holmes recently and they're as brilliant now as they were when I first read them as a teen.

Guilty pleasure - Jack Reacher books, love 'em.

And Bonce,

You're a bastard because you knew there was no way I would let this thread pass without commenting.
Evil or Very Mad

I read Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay, just before Xmas. Yes, he does have a similar style to Coben. I got A Wanted Man and Personal at Xmas as well.

10 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:27

Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
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Mr Magoo wrote:Shove your books up your Ass, Kindle is the way.

They wont fit.... most of them are hardbacks.

11 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:34

scottjames30

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Nat Lofthouse
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Reebok Trotter wrote:
I'm reading Roy Keane's latest autobiography at the moment.
Just finished it, i liked the bit when he had a fight with P Schmeichel in the hotel and woke Bobby Charlton up.

12 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:36

boltonbonce

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Breadman wrote:

And Bonce,

You're a bastard because you knew there was no way I would let this thread pass without commenting.
Evil or Very Mad
Sorry Bread Very Happy
Glad to know you're a Holmes fan too(cue Magoo homo joke) I got hooked as a teen after reading The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The kid in the council house was instantly transported to a cosy lodging at 221b Baker street,complete with blazing fire and its two pipe smoking heroes. Brilliant.
A book takes you out of yourself like no other medium.
I hate getting rid of a book,they're like old friends. study

13 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:43

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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The last few Jack Reacher books have been absolute crap. I e-mailed Lee Child to tell him that quality is better than quantity and he should have more pride in his work.

He actually wrote back and thanked me for my feedback, admitting he wasn't so happy with his last couple of books.

14 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:43

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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The best books ever written are the Adrian Mole books.

15 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 19:46

boltonbonce

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If you like a classic mystery,'The Moving Toyshop',by  Edmund Crispin is a belter.

16 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 20:02

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Natasha Whittam wrote:The last few Jack Reacher books have been absolute crap. I e-mailed Lee Child to tell him that quality is better than quantity and he should have more pride in his work.


Wink, wink.

17 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 20:04

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
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Bread,you scamp.
You're incorrigible. :rofl:

18 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 20:13

okocha

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Breadman wrote:Okocha,

Sorry - can't agree about Gone Girl. I thought it was tripe and the "twist" was obvious about half way through the book. And I couldn't warm to the central character(s).


Yes, Breadman, I know several people who would agree with you, and the characters were weirdly unpleasant, but for some reason I found the whole concept and the plot really compelling. I surprised myself!

19 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 20:48

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okocha wrote:Breadman wrote:Okocha,

Sorry - can't agree about Gone Girl. I thought it was tripe and the "twist" was obvious about half way through the book. And I couldn't warm to the central character(s).


Yes, Breadman, I know several people who would agree with you, and the characters were weirdly unpleasant, but for some reason I found the whole concept and the plot really compelling. I surprised myself!


Have you seen the film Memento?


Same basic concept but a bit darker and (in my opinion) far superior.

20 Re: Books. on Thu Jan 15 2015, 21:55

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No spoilers, you barstewards... I'm reading Gone Girl on my phone now. I'm pretty sure I see the twist already and I'm 1/4 way through. I read anything that doesn't go faster than I do - always have. A girl walking past me wearing a t-shirt with words on it can be excused for thinking I'm looking at her lady bits but I'm actually reading. I recently discovered the convenienice of books on my phone so have a number of titles on it to work my way through. Looking forward to it too. American Sniper, the Maze Runner Trilogy, The Hunger Games and all available books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are just some of what I plan to devour after Gone Girl.

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21 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 11:41

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I love reading. Always have. I prefer print but I take a kindle with me when I go on holiday or travel.

I read a lot of non-fiction, mainly history, as well as fiction. I like good quality science fiction and thrillers.

I tried Gone Girl but hated it.

22 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 11:47

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Just read "Cutting for Stone" which had a decent plot and interesting setting but was full of details of surgery throughout so I found it a bit wearing - I can only take so much gore and this book was awash with it.
Almost as if the author felt compelled to share all the medical research, so it was compelling but gory.

23 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 12:31

boltonbonce

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Just started buying audio books too.
Listening on the go is just the job.

24 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 13:24

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i mainly read books relating to music and musicians now. I've read the autobiographies by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook Pete Townshend and Stewart Copeland recently and am currently reading a book about Martin Hannett (the producer who did all the Joy Division stuff and other Factory bands, he also worked with U2 on their first single).

I've got a load to wade through as well yet, Morriseys autobiography, a book aout the rise and fall of Factory records and the collections of lyrics and other articles about Ian Curtis and Nick Drake.

As for fiction, not so much these days but i still love James Ellroy.



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25 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 13:35

boltonbonce

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Have you read 'Inside Out: A personal History of Pink Floyd', by Nick Mason?
A must for Floyd fans.

26 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 13:38

Norpig

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boltonbonce wrote:Have you read 'Inside Out: A personal History of Pink Floyd', by Nick Mason?
A must for Floyd fans.

not yet but i'll keep an eye out for it, have you read any books about Syd Barrett? Always fancied looking into him more and also Peter Green.

27 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 13:43

boltonbonce

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Read nothing on Syd Barrett,but read this on Peter Green.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Green-Founder-Fleetwood-Biography/dp/1898141134/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421415578&sr=1-5&keywords=peter+green

A newer edition has been released according to amazon.

28 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 15:06

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Going through a sci-fi phase at the moment so read the first of Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam series which was brilliant, definitely recommend it. Just finished Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama which was good. Philip K dick Man in the High Castle next I think. Can't remember who said it but I bought the Hopkins Manuscript by R C Sheriff which is on the list too.

29 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 15:09

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
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bwfc1874 wrote:Going through a sci-fi phase at the moment so read the first of Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam series which was brilliant, definitely recommend it. Just finished Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama which was good. Philip K dick Man in the High Castle next I think. Can't remember who said it but I bought the Hopkins Manuscript by R C Sheriff which is on the list too.
That was me. The Hopkins manuscript is a minor classic,and disgracefully neglected.
'Something wicked this way comes', by Ray Bradbury is another must.

30 Re: Books. on Fri Jan 16 2015, 15:22

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I'll add it to the list, cheers Bonce

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