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Seens Zed hijacked my art of war thread i thought i'd start one properly, started reading football hooligan books a while back from all over the country (I'v read about 10 now) and have had a book on the go since.

 

Read Joe Royal's autobiography

A book on Dixie but the title escapes me rite now

Scar Tissue - Anthony Keidis (red hot chili peppers) autobiography

The Da Vinci Code.

 

Anyone got any reccomendations or reviews on your reads?

 

I'v got a broad spectrum of interests and most things would appeal to me!

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mcvicar by himself: escape from high security prisons in his time, prity poor theif but good book, recomend it :)

 

dreamcatcher: best book ive ever read, if you have seen the film read the book, its better :) (stephen king is the author)

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Would agree with LOTR..absolute classic. The five book Hitch Hikers Guide trilogy is another I keep going back to.

 

Catch 22 is set in WW2 and, stealing from a critic, is...

 

"..an hilarious, tragic novel in which an American airforce base on a small island off Italy becomes a microcosm of the modern world as it might look to someone dangerously sane."

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Demons and Angels - Dan Brown

 

More of the same as in the Da Vinci Code, but with the Roman Catholic church at the centre of the story in a struggle with the Illiminate.

 

A cracking mix of fact and fiction woven into a fast paced thriller with more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.

 

my rating :D:D:D:D out of 5.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Demons and Angels - Dan Brown

 

More of the same as in the Da Vinci Code, but with the Roman Catholic church at the centre of the story in a struggle with the Illiminate.

 

A cracking mix of fact and fiction woven into a fast paced thriller with more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.

 

my rating  :D   :D   :D   :D   out of 5.

 

ATB

 

Mac

 

With a review like that who wouldnt read it :lol:

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Girlfriend In a Coma by Douglas Coupland was one of the best books I have read in the past few years. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis is good but a bit graphic and disturbing in places, also read his latest 'Lunar Park' which was so so. Just started reading 'The Sorrow Of War' by Bao Ninh because I got it for 25p from the Student's Union along with Supersize Me on DVD, Dune on DVD and a copy of the guardian :D Agree with Lord Of The Rings being great think Jackson made mainly the right choices by removing Tom Bombadil and removing the scouring of the shire in the films since return of the king the book kinda concludes in book 1 of return of the king and then the entire second half is "and we walked home and passed some trees and said hello to Tom and walked a bit more" which seemed like a bit of an anti-climax compared to the rest of the book. On the other hand wasn't sure about the way he changed the two towers tho. And on the subject of Anti Consumerism NO LOGO was pretty good but not much of a pick up and relax for a bit kinda book ;)

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Demons and Angels - Dan Brown

 

More of the same as in the Da Vinci Code, but with the Roman Catholic church at the centre of the story in a struggle with the Illiminate.

 

A cracking mix of fact and fiction woven into a fast paced thriller with more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.

 

my rating  :D   :D   :D   :D   out of 5.

 

ATB

 

Mac

 

Its angels and demons by the way, and angels and demons comes before the da vinci code

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:lol:

 

Ive got all of dan browns books, angels and demons is probably the best

 

My first outing was The Da Vinci Code, and it wasn't just the way the man writes, but he creates brilliant background and characters.

 

I wanted more, so I moved on to Angels and Demons, blew me away, can't say I like the word but "unputdownable" springs to mind.

 

For a good old fashioned swashbuckling fun, any Sharpe book by Bernard Cornwell, far superior to the TV films.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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My first outing was The Da Vinci Code, and it wasn't just the way the man writes, but he creates brilliant background and characters.

 

I wanted more, so I moved on to Angels and Demons, blew me away, can't say I like the word but "unputdownable" springs to mind.

 

For a good old fashioned swashbuckling fun, any Sharpe book by Bernard Cornwell, far superior to the TV films.

 

ATB

 

Mac

 

Cant stand the Sharpe books myself but i know someone who loves them

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Cant read fiction.

 

Last Book I couldnt put down was titled :

 

"Brothers In Arms"

( Sandra Harvey & Lindsay simpson)

 

A chilling & indepth exploration of the inner sanctums & tension's between two Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

 

That Ened in the 1984 "Fathers Day Masacar" in Sydney, Australia Between rival clubs Bandido's & Commancheros.

 

Covers, all sides of the story including the Police & by standers perspectives.

 

Explains athe pre bulkit tensions, the event's & subsequent & lenghthy criminal trials.

 

Has indepth material form all the major players of both out fits.

 

Terrible stroy from go-wo real waste of life type deal, but fascinating & gripping allt he same.

 

Dunno how the writers got them 2, but in parts some of these big gruff aremd up Tatooed hairy henchman really come across as broken men whom love, feel, hurt, cry, regret & make bad decisions akin to any of us.

 

Top, top read.

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Ah! I remember 18 - but not very well!

I've gone 3 times around that block & a bit more.

Remember watching Alex Young & Roy Vernon though. I was there the day Gordon West came out & hung a handbag on the back of the net! (If you don't know why - ask yer dad!)

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just finished reading truman capotes 'in cold blood' and i must admit it was one of the most compelling books i have read in a long time. based on the real life murders of a rural family in kansas in 1959. deals with all human angles involved including the killers. the movie 'capote' deals with the authors efforts to write this story. philip seymor hoffman won best actor for his portrayal of the writer at this years oscars. though not as good as the book it still sheds some interesting details on the background to the book. read first, watch movie later.

apart from that catch 22 is excellent(as someone mentioned already). another of my favourites is one flew over the cuckoos nest. better than the movie which is first rate. a biography which i really enjoyed was the don simpson one(ie, simpson and bruckheomer, producers of top gun, beverly hills cop....). what a nutbag.

if i think of anything else i'll get back to ya. ;)

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Alan Ball - Playing Extra Time

 

Fantastic book by a little fella who never wanted to leave Everton, still considers himself to be a blue. Some interesting stuff about Catterick, and the World Cup Final. Good read if you're over 40.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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of mice and men a great book read it twice in school and watched the film 5 times.

 

Excellent play also...saw it in the West End many years ago with Clive Mantle..Mike from "The Young Ones" (can't remember his name) and Susan Penhaligan(totty for our older readers). A mate of mine was in it so I went for a drink with the cast after...Clive Mantle was a top bloke, but a big Chelski fan (that was when they were shite) :lol: .

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Anyone ever read a Labyrinth? A book that doesnt start & doesnt finish?

 

Can be a bit daunting 1st time..but eventually it clicks & you go arghhh I see the point of all this.

 

I found using a penicl to amrk where ahd been was handy.

 

A good read of this type but a while back was Sven Lindqvists "A History Of Bombing".

 

Basically it is what the title says. but is a

chronologically presented rather than in terms of relevance, so one could read the forward, jump straight in to chapter 216 , then back to chp 23 so on & so on.

 

By the way a riveting book as well & another that implicates us as much as the perceived bad guys, evils etc.

 

Also gives some insight ( though not aimed @) current world problem areas & provides telling reason whyw e are perceived as we are ins uch countries around the world.

 

Things like the initial bombing treaty where those that could wrote the rules to suit themsleves ( Usual suspects, US, USa etc) the fine print read that Civility was to be banned form any type of aerial bombing.

 

The loop hole? Well most of Africa & the Middle east were considered Barbarian & the perfect palce for us to practice.

 

Iraq was a very popular Bombing pad in the early parts of this century. Funny that.

 

Othe intereseting tid bits include Franco & his determenation ( before any treaty)

to wipe out cattalonia. In this instance the laws of the time stated that well, you couldnt basically bomb your own...hmmm what to do...I no we will pay the Germans to do it...SO they did.

 

This incident lead to one of it's local poor assed art studnet's by the name of Pablo to paint a piece that is unoiversally ehralded raltive to the suffering of the people.

 

The piece is known as "Guernica" & for many years it stood in the Ny museum of Mod Art...oh yeh & that Pablo Fellas surname was Picasso.

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Bravo to all you learn-ed people, probs the last book i read was Tom Browns Schooldays, way back in my own schooldays. Dont get time to sit around reading, theres so much going on in the outside world, and with your head stuck in a book your missing it all.............get out and enjoy your life, you only get the one.

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By the way a riveting book as well & another that implicates us as much as the perceived bad guys, evils etc.

 

Also gives some insight ( though not aimed @) current world problem areas & provides telling reason whyw e are perceived as we are ins uch countries around the world.

 

Steady Pat...I hope you're not suggesting we should actually give some thought as to why the "evil doers" do evil!? That's a fairly extremist view...better to just kill them all, it's a big job given that for every one you kill another two sign up but hey...image is everything.

 

(Oh oh :unsure: getting political..better shut up)

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Im not going their mike, not sure if youre being fesicous or we simply have way differing views of the world.

 

1 mans Revolutionary is another man's Terrorist whilst another mans extremism is anothers moderation.......... :D:D:D

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Im not going their mike, not sure if youre being fesicous or we simply have way differing views of the world.

 

1 mans Revolutionary is another man's Terrorist  whilst another mans extremism is anothers moderation.......... :D   :D   :D

 

I agree with you entirely Pat, think we have very similar views from what I can see...I was being heavily ironic. Damn I keep being misunderstood :) .

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Bravo to all you learn-ed people, probs the last book i read was Tom Browns Schooldays, way back in my own schooldays.  Dont get time to sit around reading, theres so much going on in the outside world,  and with your head stuck in a book your missing it all.............get out and enjoy your life, you only get the one.

 

Funny you should mention that mate, I read it in a book called "Don't sit around reading books when you could be out enjoying the outside world", didn't rate it much.

 

I have a new obsession "MY NEW SHED", it is the bee's knee's - photo to follow.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Have this weird visualisation of Tara, Mac & Shed sat in marriage Counseling together.

 

With of course the councellor asking Tara..So Whats the Problem? with Mac & Shed gazing in to each others eyes looking bemused............ :P:P:P

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Shed is now looking good, I have carpeted it, Tara painted it (muttering a little too much for my liking).

 

As for the councilling Pat, sheds have needs, wants and desires too, we could hold the sessions inside the shed.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Listen Mac..done a bit of counselling in my time...trained a year at Bridgwater College and then Bristol Uni and I'm available at extremely competitive rates. Can I suggest Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It's a common approach used by counsellors and other professional psychologists to help ease emotional distress by recognising and treating the underlying psychological problems. It's proven to be an effective method of treatment for a variety of problems, including anxiety disorders, depression disorders, stress, anger, coping with loss and shed envy. It is possible for the therapy to take place on a one-to-one basis, with family members or even as a group depending on the issue, the size of the shed, and how the individual feels most comfortable.

 

And remember Tara...A shed is for life, not just for Christmas.. B)

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Listen Mac..done a bit of counselling in my time...trained a year at Bridgwater College and then Bristol Uni and I'm available at extremely competitive rates. Can I suggest Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It's a common approach used by counsellors and other professional psychologists to help ease emotional distress by recognising and treating the underlying psychological problems. It's proven to be an effective method of treatment for a variety of problems, including anxiety disorders, depression disorders, stress, anger, coping with loss and shed envy. It is possible for the therapy to take place on a one-to-one basis, with family members or even as a group depending on the issue, the size of the shed, and how the individual feels most comfortable.

 

And remember Tara...A shed is for life, not just for Christmas.. B)

 

Ive just done cognitive behaviour therapy in psychology

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Speaking of CBT, I am shortly due to go to a very nice place in Scotland for a week, in order to deal with my PTSD and various other problems involved with the 1st Gulf War.

 

I am going to place for bomb happy nutters and am not looking forward to it at all.

 

11th to the 18th of June, Tara may need some kind words this is a big thing for us, hope you can all help.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Don't know a whole lot about PTSD Mac but I hope you get what you want/need from the week. This sort of thing can be very helpful in my experience, but not always easy. Ooh the stories I could tell, I'll send you a first edition of my book when it comes out. Any small thing that we can do to help Tara I'm sure we will.

 

Afterthought...if it's a nice place check out the availability for the end of next season so that we could have a retreat for traumatised TTers if the blues have another roller-coaster year :lol:

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Don't know a whole lot about PTSD Mac but I hope you get what you want/need from the week. This sort of thing can be very helpful in my experience, but not always easy. Ooh the stories I could tell, I'll send you a first edition of my book when it comes out. Any small thing that we can do to help Tara I'm sure we will.

 

Afterthought...if it's a nice place check out the availability for the end of next season so that we could have a retreat for traumatised TTers if the blues have another roller-coaster year :lol:

 

:lol: i think most of us would sign up if weve spent £8.6million on a striker and still do shit

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