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Glue by Irvine Welsh, must've read this book about 20 times but I still love it, imo his best book.

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Glue by Irvine Welsh, must've read this book about 20 times but I still love it, imo his best book.
I've not read Glue yet but if it must be some book if it's better than Maribou Stork Nightmares.

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Just now, Blootoon87 said:
30 minutes ago, Bert Raccoon said:
Glue by Irvine Welsh, must've read this book about 20 times but I still love it, imo his best book.

I've not read Glue yet but if it must be some book if it's better than Maribou Stork Nightmares.

Get it read. I assure you, you will not be disappointed.

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I've not read Glue yet but if it must be some book if it's better than Maribou Stork Nightmares.
It's very good but nothing beats Maribou Stork Nightmares

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Finished A Brief History of Seven Killings (now half way though his first book John Crow's Devil) by Marlon James

One of the best things I've ever read. I think Amazon have picked it up to make it a tv show. Won the Booker prize a few years ago and has a few sections in it that are spectacularly good. A scene with a guy being buried alive (told from his perspective) is as harrowing as you'll read. Ultimately it starts to find a narrative and a main character towards the end and becomes a bit more uplifting (barring the odd person being burned alive etc). 

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I've been gifted a book called "I, Claudius".

Very sceptical that I'll enjoy it but I'll give it a bash.

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2 hours ago, Stellaboz said:

I've been gifted a book called "I, Claudius".

Very sceptical that I'll enjoy it but I'll give it a bash.

Robert Graves? Loved it - and Claudius the God.

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The Looming Tower : Al Qaeda's Road To 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

Really interesting book about the rise of radical islamic terrorism and the philosophy behind it which tracks the birth of Al Qaeda from an idea to a well financed and trained outfit.

Also tracks the path of the people charged with stopping them , mainly the CIA and the FBI and the rivalry that stopped them sharing information which could have helped them avoid 9/11 .

If anyone has seen the TV series of the same name , this is worth a look.

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5 hours ago, Stellaboz said:

I've been gifted a book called "I, Claudius".

Very sceptical that I'll enjoy it but I'll give it a bash.

BBThee made serieth of it yearth ago, might thtill be available.

It ith.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Claudius-Complete-BBC-Disc-Box/dp/B001HSO4EM

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Most recently read....   

Financial Peace Revisited  by Dave Ramsey.

Financial advice good.  Not too interested in his 'red neck'/Republican attitudes to anything that might sound vaguely socialist.

That bit smacks pretty much of the US ethos of every man/woman for themself.

But the financial advice good.

 

Currently reading....

Doughnut Economics - Seven ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist 

by Kate Raworth.

The antidote to neo-liberal economics.

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On 14/07/2019 at 14:35, Bert Raccoon said:

Glue by Irvine Welsh, must've read this book about 20 times but I still love it, imo his best book.

I couldn't put it down!

 

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Seriously, the last book I read was Time and Time Again by Ben Elton - guy is sent back in time to prevent the Great War happening because he thinks it will turn the twentieth century into a golden age. Things don't go quite according to plan...

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Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Interesting take on censorship and rings true with a lot of though processes that are prevalent in today's political climate. 

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Moby Dick/Melville - Its well written and the character of Captain Ahab is compelling but the fiction often takes multiple chapter detours to explain the history, mythology and study of whales. It made me think this would be a more interesting cetology work than story.

Bob Dylan Chronicles  Vol.1 - Good to re-read. Love the guy. Can really sense the annoyance as being labelled "voice of a generation" dragging him down in the late 60's. Intentionally making bad records to get people away etc. Wish he'd bring out volume 2

Wire in the Blood/Val McDermid - Its pretty well documented the character of Jacko Vance is Jimmy Saville. Grim but pacy. Would read more in the Tony Hill series. 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Melanius Mullarkey said:

Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Interesting take on censorship and rings true with a lot of though processes that are prevalent in today's political climate. 

Any relation to Julia Bradbury?

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On 21/07/2019 at 14:31, GordonD said:

Seriously, the last book I read was Time and Time Again by Ben Elton - guy is sent back in time to prevent the Great War happening because he thinks it will turn the twentieth century into a golden age. Things don't go quite according to plan...

Ben Elton and  time travel.

Has anyone told Richard Herring about this?

Read quite a lot in the first half of the year and burned out a bit.  Just started up again after a month break.

If I've read something reviewed on Better Than Food it was only by chance, I don't use it to pick my books, but whenever I watch it it always inspires me to get reading.  And so it was this week. So thanks man.

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The Godfather.

Not exactly we’ll written, but a good story nonetheless. Shame it was mostly copied from real life examples, allegedly.

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Shawshank Redemption.

Great story. Surprisingly King can write a good non-horror as well as plenty middle-of-the-road horrors.

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I seem to be going through a phase of reading novels by comedians in which somebody tries to erase a World War from history. This time it was Making History by Stephen Fry, in which somebody uses a time machine to dump sterilisation tablets in the well of an Austrian village, so that Hitler was never born. As with the Ben Elton book, the world that results is far from Utopia...

Enjoyed it, though large chunks of it are written in screenplay format for no apparent reason, which was intensely irritating.

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