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Author Topic: The Awesome Books You've Read Recently Thread.  (Read 8882 times)
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« on: July 15, 2012, 03:52:26 pm »

It occurs to me that lots of us love reading, and frequently ask about books others have read.

Read an amazing book recently and want to shout its praises to the world? Here is a good place to start.

I've recently finished reading the Alchemist. It's about the theory that if you just follow life's little hints and directions, you can achieve great things.
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2012, 04:11:35 pm »

Does it have to be fictional?
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012, 04:42:14 pm »

Nope! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2012, 04:47:49 pm »

Hurrah! Then in that case, ehem...

CROWTHER'S
ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF PHRASES
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ORIGINS

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 EDWIN RADFORD

FIRST EDITION 1945
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2012, 04:52:28 pm »

Other than that, I have been reading an Inspector Morse novel called Last Seen Wearing. Very good so far.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2012, 06:32:14 pm »

The first nineteen Discworld books. Currently working on #20 (Hogfather).
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2012, 06:35:26 pm »

Kim (the guy) Newman - Anno Dracula. The idea of vampirism as social climbing tickles me...Wink Bloody Red Baron was good as well.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2012, 03:45:37 pm »

Jasper Fforde's Shades of Gray was amazing, but now I always feel funny recommending it because people confuse it with "Fifty Shades of Gray" which is embarrassing.
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2012, 06:03:35 pm »

I can see how that would be a tricky one to recommend.... I wouldn't imagine you'd get past "NOWAITNOTTHATONE" before everyone has shunned you Wink
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2012, 06:19:50 pm »

Kim (the guy) Newman - Anno Dracula. The idea of vampirism as social climbing tickles me...Wink Bloody Red Baron was good as well.

You're reading them in the wrong order! Wink Anno Dracula first...then Bloody Red Baron..then Judgement of Tears (US title of Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha). Then you'll be all ready for 'Johnny Alucard' when he finally gets it published.
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2012, 09:18:24 pm »

Actually, I did read the first two in that order, but I'll have to look for Judgement of Tears, or Chachacha...haven't seen the third one yet (between B&N and used book stores, I more or less stay behind...Wink Have a couple of Diogenes Club books to check out, though.
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2012, 11:05:01 pm »

I can highly recommend Chris Woodings 'Tales of the Ketty Jay' series, they're slightly steampunkish and fantasy based, but my god are they good.
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2012, 01:39:08 pm »

An absolulety brilliant book which will remain with me for the rest of my life.

"The Book Thief" by Anton Zuzack

Oh and a lightweight kiddies book guarenteed to put a smile on any animal guardians face:

"Diary of a Wombat" by Jackie French.
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2012, 02:23:27 pm »

The book I finished most recently was Neuromancer by William Gibson. A very intriguing book with an almost unusual literary style but most enjoybale all the same! Recommended to all, especially any who hold interest in cyberpunk =)
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2012, 03:46:47 pm »

An absolulety brilliant book which will remain with me for the rest of my life.

"The Book Thief" by Anton Zuzack

Oh god yes. That is such a good book, and I cannot reccomend it highly enough.
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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2012, 01:44:54 pm »

Thrilling romp with the ANZACS in WW I

A Lively Bit of the Front
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2012, 05:16:29 pm »

Actually, I did read the first two in that order, but I'll have to look for Judgement of Tears, or Chachacha...haven't seen the third one yet (between B&N and used book stores, I more or less stay behind...Wink Have a couple of Diogenes Club books to check out, though.

The Diogenes Club books ( 'Secret Files of...' , 'The Mysteries of...' and 'The Man from..') were hard to find for  ages and quite expensive if you could find them. The Countess, (gawd bless 'er) has managed to track down all three for me and has given them to me as either birthday or Christmas presents. Wonderful  stories. I think a lot of Mr Newman's back catalogue is currently unavailable. If you can find a copy of 'Back In The USSA' that doesn't require you to sell a kidney to pay for it, get it. It's brilliant!

Actually ..I take that back..if you can find a copy..sell the kidney!
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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2012, 05:51:11 pm »

Just re-reading Dracula at the moment.  The original and one and only.  By 'eck it's good.  And just bought a mug with Chris Lee's snarly face on it.  Well ... why not?
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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2012, 07:10:13 pm »

Inferno by Louise Cooper, a good time, I became inconveniently obsessed with it, it wouldn't let me do anything else. Quite rude, really.
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2012, 10:41:26 am »

found a book called 50 Shades of Alice in Wonderland last night on Amazon.

Oh my.
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2012, 11:27:11 am »

currently reading Terry Pratchett - Snuff

I should hopefully have a slightly bigger list of amazing reading material, just after my Birthday in 2 weeks.

(my two year hold does have Wheres my cow?)
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2012, 11:36:29 am »

Shadow of the Wind, a very good book, and Beau Geste, one of my favourites.
Also looking through my copy of the god knows how many years anniversary edition of the original Encyclopaedia Britannica.(Particularly the bits about Gunpowder making and Cannon construction.)
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2012, 11:23:10 pm »

Gates of Fire, by Steve Pressfield and the 300 by Frank Miller.
Both are variations on the battle of thermopylae, and both are absolute opposite.
The 300, is an epic and legendary tales of inhuman deeds, served by a master of the graphic novel
Gates of Fire, is a humanist account of man at war ( a recurring theme of Pressfield - see also Bagger Vance or Killing Rommel, among others )
Reading both, is so much better than reading only any one of the two as they balance one another.



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« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2012, 02:55:59 pm »

new books for me to read!!!!


Issac Asimov - Foundation and Empire
Issac Asimov - Second Foundation

Alan K. Baker - The Martian Ambassador
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« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2012, 09:18:11 pm »

The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.

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