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Sorry to rumble the thread but yeah Watership Down is a great book. I read it when I was 8 and have read it about two or three times now. Excellent description in-volved. I enjoyed it especially because our school SATS at one time were questions based around Watership Down. I'm looking for something to read other than Kerrang! and OXM Magazine's so I might pick it up again. Has anyone read A Series Of Unfortunate Events?

I Have Watched The Film :)

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Been reading a lot of Irvine Welsh recently, just started Glue and it is quite good. Trainspotting is his best by a mile.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal "young lovers".

 

Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to Ancient Greece. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562, and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1582. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both, but developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris, in order to expand the plot. Believed to be written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. This text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare's original text.

 

Now dosen't that sound exiting? What am I reading? Shakespeare - Romeo & Juliet

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The Original Blue Boys - Old Man at Goodison.

 

It's a pretty good book for a guy that's not even an author, some of the speech is hard to get interested in but the actual facts included are brilliant and I'm enjoying reading it. Like I said reading the actual facts included in the fiction is pretty cool. A nice read - especially for only three quid.

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Rebooting this.

 

I'm reading Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks.

 

He's supposedly brilliant but I've never got on with his stuff before though I've tried.

 

This, however, is superb....if a bit disturbing.

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David Anthony Durham - Acacia

 

Scally by Andy Nicholls, I had forgotten how bad it actually was till I started on this book.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Having to read Of Mice and Men in school, which is so bloody dull. I guess you could say that I'm also reading Kerrang!

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About 120 pages into The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

 

Stunning, published both as an adult and childrens book. Just put it down long enough to type this.

 

Have a look here http://www.booksattransworld.co.uk/thebookthief/

Brilliant book. I read it over summer. I would also recommend this book extremly highly.

 

I would third that one; it is extraordinary. And if you want to read more of Markus Zusak, I also really enjoyed his earlier novel "I am the Messenger." It's definitely not a masterpiece on The Book Thief's level, but it's still very good.

 

Another excellent book that you might find in either teens or adults is Tamar, by Mal Peet. That one's about two British special ops who are snuck into Holland in 1944 to aid the Dutch resistance. It won the Carnegie Medal a few years ago for best UK novel of the year for children or (in this case) teens.

 

Having to read Of Mice and Men in school, which is so bloody dull. I guess you could say that I'm also reading Kerrang!

 

I have never been a Steinbeck fan - I'm surprised he's required reading in the UK. I always thought of him as writing from a purely American perspective. Anyway, my experience is that most people are either seriously Steinbeck fans, or they're seriously not. There's not much middle ground. Me, I'm definitely not a fan. I had to read probably six or seven Steinbeck novels all through my years in middle school and high school (including OMAM), and the only one out of the whole lot that I really liked was "The Winter of Our Discontent." The rest I could've happily skipped.

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Just finished '1602' by Neil Gaiman (Marvel superheroes fighting King James VI and the Spanish Inquisition in the year 1602) and its a dead tie with Watchmen for the best comic book graphic novel :D I've ever read.

 

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(Daredevil as blind troubadour)

 

Started 'Alias Grace' by Margaret Atwood the other week and was blown away in the first few pages. Couldn't find it the other evening so I picked up 'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold and this one has also knocked me sideways. Really stunning book that Peter Jackson has filmed. Can't wait.

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The Poor Mouth by Irish satirical novelist Flann O'Brien, akin to James Joyce in prose.

 

Didn't James Joyce write prose?

I'm reading The Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol

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I'm reading The Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol

Just looked up a couple of reviews of that.....hard to believe.

 

Really is shameful if it's an accurate picture of American schooling.

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Would you guys believe me if I told you I had over 2000 hard back books ? :)

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Have you read them all?

 

No for my sins .

I used to collect first editions as a hobby , but ran out of room .

 

Here's an old picture of part of my library .

Had so many that I have had to store most of them in boxes .

 

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Just finished a load of books I had on the back burner. About to start Room Full Of Mirrors by Charles R Cross. A book about Hendrix, Cross is a fantastic muscial writer. He wrote a brilliant book about Kurt Cobain as well.

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Im currently reading an Everton book called "whats our name?" by someone O'brien about the 2003-04 season, it a diary of his year following EVerton. Brings back some good memories and so far its a good read, can wait to see how it finishes :)

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Tom Clancy - Rainbow Six ... My first Clancy book ever, quite enjoyable although he often uses poorly construed sentences ... Definitely a better writer than Grisham though, but that's the group of authors I'd place him in... Was expecting a little bit more.

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Just finished The Liar by Stephen Fry, now about to start reading either The Other Hand by Chrise Cleave or The Take by Martina Cole. Not sure yet what one to start first, though I usually do read a couple of books at once so i'll probably do the same.

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Tom Clancy - Rainbow Six ... My first Clancy book ever, quite enjoyable although he often uses poorly construed sentences ... Definitely a better writer than Grisham though, but that's the group of authors I'd place him in... Was expecting a little bit more.

 

Tom Clancy:

I've always enjoyed Rainbox Six, perhaps more fitting in todays eco-crazed climate, though the nut jobs have always been around the masses are only started to be swayed by continual exposure to the media, truth or no truth...

Slated as the next Tom Clancy movie, I fear it will be crap... wish it was made 5-10years ago.

 

My favorite's:

Without Remorse - simply awesome tale of justice! Especially in this day and age of judges giving slaps on the wrists to crims..

Red Storm Rising - read it 3 times and probably will again in the next year or so.

The Sum of All Fears - unfortunately the movie twisted it to suit the climate of the day...

 

Larry Bond:

Just finished Red Phoenix by Larry Bond, a good solid read, as enjoyable as Red Storm Rising, love an author who can tell a story on a multitude of fronts and pull it off.

 

Vince Flynn:

I've read every book, highly entertaining, earlier Mitch Rapp books are better but the later ones are still good value.

 

Brad Thor:

I've read every book Solid. Enjoyable, slighly below the Flynn books.

 

Daniel Silva:

Excellent, a sometimes fumbling hero Gabriel Allon is a wonderful character who cannot seem to get any down time from fighting Israel's enemies...

 

Dale Brown:

Thoroughly enjoyed the early books, later ones went mad but I still read because I feel an attachment to the characters lol.

 

I've just finished an order of books:

All of Stephen Coont's Jake Grafton series, starting with Flight of the Intruder.

A number of James Rawlins adventures.

A book called Wet Desert (about a nutter who goes about blowing up dams in the usa)

A book called Triple Idendity... the blurb looked good and someone who was into Vince Flynn recommended me.

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I just finished The Dodgers Move West by Neil Sulliva. Guessing there aren't too many baseball fans around. I'm starting Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth. In the past I've read American Pastoral, also by Roth. I thought it was spectacular. Has anyone read a lot of his books and have suggestions for what I should read next?

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I just finished The Dodgers Move West by Neil Sulliva. Guessing there aren't too many baseball fans around. I'm starting Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth. In the past I've read American Pastoral, also by Roth. I thought it was spectacular. Has anyone read a lot of his books and have suggestions for what I should read next?

 

I thought both "Exit Ghost" and "The Great American Novel" were very well written. Certainly if you like baseball (like me), TGAN is a must-read.

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Just finished:

- Kindom of Fear by Hunter S Thompson (Which was very entertaining) and

- Stasiland by Anna Fundehr (Which was actually very disapointing)

 

about to start reading

- The Last Mad Surge Of Youth by Mark Hodkinson

- Sacred Causes by Michael Burleigh

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Me girlfriend is reading that one at the minute Zed.

I never would have thought it but hes gay.

 

Derran Brown not Zed

 

:D

maybe thats just what he wants you to think!

 

other than reading the posts on here, last 3 books:

 

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Dune Trilogy - Frank Herbert

Hitchhikers Guide - Douglas Adams

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maybe thats just what he wants you to think!

 

other than reading the posts on here, last 3 books:

 

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Dune Trilogy - Frank Herbert

Hitchhikers Guide - Douglas Adams

One om my most re-read books. Not a huge sci-fi fan by any stretch but this book is just brilliant.

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