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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby banjo » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:43 am

not having read them myself doorstop i take your word on it as it resonates as to what my son in law says about frankie boyles books.i have just read bunnets and bowlers [a clydeside odyssey] by brian whiitingham.a poetry book about life in john browns through the sixties.off topic.did you get my email bigstuff?
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby Botanic Squirrel » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:44 am

I'd recommend Frankie's books too. I'd also recommend even those who don't particularly like him give this a go:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nt8bk

30 minutes of Frankie in conversation with comics writer Grant Morrison.

I'm still plodding through SS-GB by Len Deighton, but I'm tempted to give up on it.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:13 pm

"Age of Zeus" by James Lovegrove.

Second book in The Pantheon series. Military sci-fi in which the old gods (in this case the Greek ones) come back to Earth in more or less the present day and basically tell people "Behave, or else". Needless to say a small group of renegades aren't happy with this.

I read the first book "Age of Ra" (which featured the Egyptian gods) a couple of years ago. Just happened to see the rest of the series at the library.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby Lucky Poet » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:14 pm

On the Natural History of Destruction by W G Sebald. Being an essay about Germany's and especially German literature's failure to speak of the utter destruction of its cities during the Second World War, apparently. Cheerful. I'll tell you how it goes.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:27 pm

"The Age of Odin" by James Lovegrove.

Book three in The Pantheon series.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby Josef » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:40 pm

The Jeeves omnibus, volume 4.

Not quite sure why it's taken me till now to read Wodehouse, but I'm deeply glad I finally did.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:54 pm

"The Age of Aztec" by James Lovegrove.

Book four in The Pantheon sequence.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby dimairt » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:16 pm

dimairt wrote:
dimairt wrote:"The Blair Years - extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries." Really enjoying it.


Durachdan,

Eddy


Having finished the above, I've started "Back From the Brink" by Peter Snowdon on the Tories long road back to power after the Blair landslide in 1997.
It's interesting to see these early takes on recent history.
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Just finished "Back From the Brink",really enjoyed it but will give the political stuff a wee rest now - well once I've got through the John Wheatley biography.


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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:20 pm

"Age of Voodoo" by James Lovegrove.

Book five in The Pantheon series.
Caribbean Island, voodoo, zombies, base under siege, Navy SEAL team, blah blah blah.

Not bad, but not up to the standard of earlier books in the series, "Age of Zeus" and "Age of Odin" in particular.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby War Baby » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:33 am

All last year, in the back of my diary, I kept a note of the books I had read, and there was a total of twenty books, good, bad and indifferent. The two most interesting books I read were "Porridge and Passion" by Jonathon Aitken and "David Niven" by Michael Munn. If you want to find out the truth about David Niven, read the Michael Munn book.

In the Munn book, you are told what Niven said and then what the real truth was. Don't read "The Moon is a Balloon" by Niven - the Munn book lets you see the real David Niven.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby RDR » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:11 pm

I've gone back to my teenage past (a long time ago) and started to re-read some early Moorcock.
On the first book of Corum (Knight of Swords).
He advocated for the weak against the strong, the poor against the rich and labour against capital.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:37 pm

"Age of Godpunk" by James Lovegrove.

Three novellas from The Pantheon series, "Age of Anansi", "Age of Satan", and "Age of Gaia".
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby Josef » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:52 pm

War Baby wrote:Don't read "The Moon is a Balloon" by Niven


I was given that book, at the age of sixteen, by a friend of the family - a female primary school head teacher. I still have no idea of the reasoning behind it.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:57 pm

"Up Till Now: The Autobiography" by William Shatner.
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Re: What Are You Currently Reading

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