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Wife in for a CT scan

I wasn't prying, Raider - was teeing up the Airplane joke, and someone nodded it in earlier.

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Just re-reading the Dave Robicheaux novels by James Lee Burke. Read The Neon Rain and Heavens Prisoners last week and just finished Black Cherry Blues. He's probably my favourite crime novelist. His writing style is half way between prose and poetry, and you feel as though you've actually been to Louisiana after reading one of the books.

Apparently HBO are going to have a stab at filming the books. Hope it comes off and they get it right, as the two movie versions of the books were half baked, and didn't make any sense taken out of the context of the series.

Read The Tin Roof Blowdown a couple of months back, been meaning to look for more of his stuff. The minute I get past this 2nd World War kick I am on he is the first author I will be checking out.

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Finished The Road to Wigan Pier today. A very interesting and instructive book which is still massively relevant today. It seems as though very little has changed in 80-odd years. Kind of makes you realise that we're not the most advanced society that will ever exist, and in 80 years time they'll probably view us as backward and life today was terrible. Weird feeling.

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Yup, very boring so far, but easier than I thought. Physics is the hardest of my subjects by far dry.gif

Teacher gave the first draft of a short story for my folio the highest B, and creative writing is something I'm just awful at. Result 8)

Yeah, I did that last year too, just dont do what I did and completely forget to revise scale force drawings :lol:

Decent in reply to english, just keep at it. I naturally have little ability in english and was getting low C's/marginal fails throughout the year and ended up getting a B in the final, so I'm sure you'll be fine :)

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Just finished reading 11.22.63 by Stephen King. It's a what if/time travel bookset in the years leading up to the Kennedy Assasination. This is the best Stephen King book I have read in YEARS, and there's not a wise old negro or mystical retard in sight. 10/10.

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I'm not a Stephen King fan, but as this book has had some positive 'reviews' on here. I picked up a copy today. I also got a copy of "Sherlock,the adventures of Sherlock Homes", a collection of twelve short stories. I haven't read any Conan Doyle for years but I look forward to re-visiting 221 Baker Street. :P

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Just finished reading 11.22.63 by Stephen King. It's a what if/time travel bookset in the years leading up to the Kennedy Assasination. This is the best Stephen King book I have read in YEARS, and there's not a wise old negro or mystical retard in sight. 10/10.

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Best book I've read this year, bar none.

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just finished "the Book Thief " by Markus Zusack

absolute belter of a book but sad near the end crying.gif

Great book - I was howling at the end

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I very rarely read books / novels (or whatever you want to call the those collections of paper sheets with covers on the front and back) but this one has me going just now. Brilliant. My favourite bit so far has been where he's getting hassled from folk at school and he's ordering them to behave because he's their patrol leader at Scouts (mainly because I can associate this with someone else!).

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The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells.

I've previously read "War of the Worlds" by Wells and this has the same "normal" man reporting the strange horrors about him kind of theme. I enjoyed it and can imagine the context being quite shacking stuff when it first came out but horror/torture porn like the Saw films have perhaps numbed our generation.

But still another off my list, just started Dracula which has nipped along it's first 30 pages so all's good.

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20000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Collins Classics range are about the only English language books I can afford to buy over here!

First time I've read it, but despite the advances made since it was written, I think the book has aged extremely well. I enjoyed it.

Now reading Hit & Run, by Doug Johnstone. Not the greatest so far, but I have read far worse.

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Wages of Destruction by Tooze.

On the economy of the IIIrd Reich. Some of the views/information there contravenes "common wisdom".

Some cringeworthy typos or whitewashing, but on the whole an interesting read.

Borys

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20000 Leagues Under the Sea.

I enjoyed this, but was fairly regularly looking up the various sea-creatures I'd never heard of before. It was an educational experience.

I've recently read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon which seems to have won a lot of plaudits but is somewhat devalued by having a "rushed" letter written by an endangered character explain away 90% of the mysteries of the book towards the end. "Rushed" because it's 100 pages long, and devalued because it's a lazy cop out. 3/5.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is self descriptive. Oh, and it's brilliant. There are two main stories, one in the present day - he climbs out of the window in the opening pages - and the other following Alan's first 100 years as he traipses through life bumping into famous figures through the 1900's. Both stories are farcical and very entertaining. 4/5.

The Death of Grass by John Christopher is an apocalyptic novel in which a virus spreads across the globe killing all grasses. This is a tricky book to sell but it was a gripping read. Set in the UK, Britain is largely unaffected as the virus causes havoc across Asia, but when it does reach the island it devastates overnight, law and order breaks down and it's everyone for themselves. It's short, and well worth picking this up. It's the best thing I've read in the last year. 5/5.

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I do like a mad over ambitious project so I've decided to read two books from every decade from 1700 to the present day.

The first two are Daniel Defoe's 'The Storm' (1703) and Jonathan Swift's 'A Tale of a Tub' (1704).

I reckon I can get to 2012 by 2015!

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treasure island, was one of the 3 free books on the S3

hadnt read it before and i must admit i really enjoyed it, excellent read

now i have alice in wonderland and the three musketeers to get through

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The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells.

I've previously read "War of the Worlds" by Wells and this has the same "normal" man reporting the strange horrors about him kind of theme. I enjoyed it and can imagine the context being quite shacking stuff when it first came out but horror/torture porn like the Saw films have perhaps numbed our generation.

Marquis de Sade was a 100 years prior to H. G. Wells so I don't agree with your assessment!

I'd bet even today most readers wouldn't be able to finish his more extreme works.

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Finished Homage to Catalonia the other day and most of the way through Down and Out in Paris and London now. Thoroughly enjoyed both so far. I read Animal Farm and 1984 when I was a kid, maybe 12 or so, and looking back maybe I didn't really rate them too highly in terms of liking them, although I do think that those two are more to be appreciated than loved, if that makes sense.

Went on amazon today and bought Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell, 1982 Janine by Alasdair Gray and A Disaffection by James Kelman. Winter is drawing in so bleak tales of dissatisfaction, rebellion and attempted suicide it is then.

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