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Thought id start this one up as i like reading.

 

Recently just finished The Damned Utd by David Peace. Its brilliant, its a novelisation of Brian Clughs time in charge of Leeds, i recomend this book to anyone. Very well writen, wry and witty. and interesting to see how different the game was "back in the da.."

 

 

at the moment im reading The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy, good book.

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Just finished "Join Me" by Danny Wallace, absolutly superb. Well written, funny and really quite gripping (in a cant put it down kinda way)

 

Just a few chapters into his next book "Yes Man" hope it pans out aswell as the ohter one. I think my preferd genre would be Travel/humour at the minute as I tend to read when Im on the train so the genre suits lol.

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Just finished "Join Me" by Danny Wallace, absolutly superb. Well written, funny and really quite gripping (in a cant put it down kinda way)

 

Just a few chapters into his next book "Yes Man" hope it pans out aswell as the ohter one. I think my preferd genre would be Travel/humour at the minute as I tend to read when Im on the train so the genre suits lol.

Danny Wallace is a genius

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Re-reading Lord of the Rings...out loud to Joshua (who's ten and obsessed with the films...decided he wants to be a professional archer when he grows up). Books being obviously hugely more detailed than the films he's a bit confused by all the extra bits and loads more characters, but it's good fun and will keep us going at bed-time for a few months!

 

I just read my uncle's autobiography, which was brilliant and is available in no bookshops whatsoever :lol: !

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After finishing my Danny Wallace books (which were bloody topps by the way) ive started on "Velocity" by Dean Koontz, good read so far, gripping, ould make a great film.

 

 

I ve heard a few mention the danny wallace books are pretty good. Whats the general gist of them?

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I am reading a book called Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn. It is a book about different pollutants in this world and the effects they have. It is interesting but a bit scary. Some of the things I would rather not know about.

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I ve heard a few mention the danny wallace books are pretty good. Whats the general gist of them?

 

Basically there travel books, but not in the conventional sense, "yes man" is basically self descovery, he realises he's saying no to everything, friends, family, oppertunities. Randomly some blke on a bus tell him to "say yes more" and so he does and its just the stry of it. Basically just sets himself challenges.

 

"join Me" was an actual journey, to try and gain a "collective" of 1000 people, in memory of his uncle.

 

His books are realy well written, really funny and by the end, really inspiring!!

 

"Are you Dave Gorman" is a great read aswell!!

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Ive just finished reading trainspotting by Irvine Welsh its a really great book and better than the film imo. Ive just started reading a book called "how late it was how late"by James Kelman its about a normal guy that goes out on a bender and gets arrested and beaten up by the police, When he wakes up the next morning hes gone blind

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just finshed the order of the phonix, onto half blooded prince.

anyone getting the new HP book when its realsed?

 

For sure! Read them all to Josh and I'm as hooked as he is...thought by the end of the last one a few answers would have come out but she's (JKR) given herself a huge amount to cover in the last one...intrigued to find out how she does it. Probably not be waiting in the queue at midnight but deffo get it on the first day.

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I found a list of the 100 best books of the century. I want to try and read as many as I can through out my lifetime so I'm starting at #99- THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy. It is about an American who moves to Dublin to attend Trinity College. When he gets there he realizes that his mission to fornicate and philosophize. Should be a good read

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I found a list of the 100 best books of the century. I want to try and read as many as I can through out my lifetime so I'm starting at #99- THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy. It is about an American who moves to Dublin to attend Trinity College. When he gets there he realizes that his mission to fornicate and philosophize. Should be a good read

 

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on my travles i have been reading quite a bit so ill mention a few of the good ones:-

 

re-read Danny Wallas- Yes Man. as mentioned on this thread before the man is a genius.

 

Burmese Days- By George Orwell. very good book and if you liked 1984 or Animal Farm is worth a read.

 

Godfather- Mario Puzo.- seen the film so many times and it is very interesting to read the original novel. its brilliant by the way.

 

Ninteen Seventy Four- by David Peace. A crime novel about 1970's Leeds and a child killer. Bit fucked up but very good.

 

First They Killed My Father by Loung Oung. A memoir by a Cambodian whose family where killed by the Kmer Rouge (Pol Pots Army) in the 1970's. Very unsettleing but worth checkig out.

 

and at the moment i have just started The Silent Assasin by Margret Atwood.

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Inspired by the "Illusion" thread I had to dip into Catch-22 (7th on the top 100 list...if you've not read it, then do!) which is where the "..see everything twice" bit came from. This cracks me up every time I read it..

 

The leader of this team of doctors was a dignified, solicitous

gentleman who held one finger up directly in front of Yossarian and

demanded, 'Hoe many fingers do you see?'

'Two,' said Yossarian.

'How many fingers do you see now?' asked the doctor, holding

up two.

'Two,' said Yossarian.

'And how many now?' asked the doctor, holding up none.

'Two,' said Yossarian.

The doctor's face wreathed with a smile. 'By jove, he's

right,' he declared jubilantly. 'He does see everything twice.'

They rolled Yossarian away on a stretcher into the room with

the other soldier who saw everything twice and quarantined everyone

else in the ward for another fourteen days.

'I see everything twice!' the soldier who saw everything twice

shouted when they rolled Yossarian in.

'I see everything twice!' Yossarian shouted back at him just

as loudly, with a secret wink.

'The walls! The walls!' the other soldier cried. 'Move back

the walls!'

'The walls! The walls!' Yossarian cried. 'Move back the

walls!'

One of the doctors pretended to shove the walls back. 'Is that

far enough?'

The soldier who saw everything twice nodded weakly and sank

back on his bed. Yossarian nodded weakly too, eyeing his talented

roomate with great humility and admiration. He knew he was in the

presence of a master. His talented roomate was obviously a person to

be studied and emulated. During the night, his talented roomate died,

and Yossarian decided that he had followed him far enough.

'I see everything once!' he cried quickly.

A new group of specialist came pounding up to his bedside with

their instruments to find out if it was true.

'How many fingers do you see?' asked the leader, holding up

one.

'One.'

The doctor help up two fingers. 'How many fingers do you see

now?'

'One.'

The doctor held up ten fingers. 'And how many now?'

'One.'

The doctor turned to the other doctors with amazement. 'He

does see everything once!' he exclaimed. 'We made him all better.'

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