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Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:01 pm

  • Infarkt - Peter Huth

    Read the entire book today, so I'm in German language mode now. :)
    Was on my list to read already for a long time, so glad I managed, endlich!

    Most favourite sentence is about 'Gemüsesaft' on page 53:
    Der Saft sieht aus wie das, was Möhren pinkeln würden, wenn Möhren pinkeln würden.
    Say what you mean, mean what you say.
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Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:03 pm

  • Got some good books going on here.

    Reading right now:
    The Reverse of the Medal (Patrick O'Brian)
    The Russia House (John Le'carrie)
    The Foundation Trilogy (2nd book now) (Issac Asimov)
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Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:56 pm

  • The Scarperer by Brendan Behan. A prison breakout and it's aftermath. Very much of it's time (the '50's) and it's place (Dublin), which maybe doesn't translate that well into the 21st Century. The pro's are that I roughly know some of the areas, having been a visitor to Dublin a number of times over the years. The con's are the dialect, both from the area and the time, which makes you constantly have to re-read bits to understand. The story itself hasn't dated that well either to be honest. It's short, and it's ok, and if you see it in a charity shop for a few pence, then it might prove interesting, but it's far from a must read for me.

    Another oddity recently read was Thoughts Of Murdo by Iain Crihton-Smith. Not a novel, but more a stream of thoughts, meanderings, letters and poems by a fictional character. I loved this at first, as it was so eccentric, and initially very funny. The novelty of a lack of recognisable structure does wear off though, and the laughs become less as the book goes on. I'm glad I read it, especially as I'm such a Scot-ophile (if that exists!), but I can't help thinking that it was more of a case of "a good idea at the time".
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Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:57 am

  • "The con's are the dialect, both from the area and the time, which makes you constantly have to re-read bits to understand."

    That was me and Trainspotting - my North Dakota background didn't prepare me for that dialect at all.

    I'm on the 3d book of the Foundation Trilogy. Wishing I could find something new that would really get me excited.
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Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:36 am

  • Doctorj wrote:Wishing I could find something new that would really get me excited

    Can I recommend Sounds That Can't Be Made, the new Marillion album :wink:

    Sorry, wrong thread I know, but it's amazing and I couldn't resist :D
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Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:27 pm

  • essexboyinwales wrote:
    Doctorj wrote:Wishing I could find something new that would really get me excited

    Can I recommend Sounds That Can't Be Made, the new Marillion album :wink:

    Sorry, wrong thread I know, but it's amazing and I couldn't resist :D


    It's not the wrong thread if the lyrics are as good as the music...
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Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:51 am

  • Whispers Underground - the third book in the Rivers of London series that I talked up last year. Recommended if you know and love London and a snarky take on the supernatural.


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Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:37 pm

  • http://wordsandmusicbook.wordpress.com/about/

    I'm currently enjoying this book, a kind of life journey seen through being a rock music fan, written by Michael Anthony. He isn't a well known author, but a big fan of Marillion (amongst others) and whom I met in the pub before one of their recent gigs in Cardiff (his hometown). He was handing out flyers for his book, but I was already reading it, so we had a nice chat about it over a beer.

    It's a little like reading the autobiography of someone who's never been famous, which sounds a little dull (!) but it's actually very enjoyable and I'd recommend it to anyone who lists a selection from Marillion/Deep Purple/Led Zep/Magnum/Saxon/Metallica in their muical "likes".
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:02 am

  • johann holtrop - rainald goetz' key-novel about the early 2000s in german economy. it really makes me shiver...
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Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:09 pm

  • Reading Stephen Davis unauthorized Zeppelin biography Hammer Of The Gods at the moment. Not a very good one, I'm afraid. I blame the author, not the band. I also have Mick Wall's When Giants Walked The Earth, hope that is a better one.
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Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:04 am

  • Three new Fables volumes ended up on my doorstep the last few weeks:
    - Fairest 1 Wide awake: The story of Briar rose and the Ice queen
    - Fables 18 Cubs in toyland: Theresa and Darian (Dare) Wolf go to Toyland
    - Werewolves of the heartland: Bigby Wolf tries to find a new location for Fabletown

    Fables is one of my all time favourite graphic novel series (together with Sandman and Preacher), and so far it has disappointed me only a very few times.
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Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:42 pm

  • I'm trying to read The Revolution Will Be Televised by one of my favourite TV critics - Alan Sepinwall.

    Mainly about how programmes like The Sopranos and Deadwood changed the nature of television production in the 90s and beyond.

    I say trying because I have all this blooming TV to watch and I can't find the time. :roll:
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Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:21 pm

  • Slowly working my way into the first of the George RR Martin series (Game Of Thrones). Good so far......


    Also really enjoyed reading the shiny new TFTLA booklet, although some of Mike's technical stuff was a wee bit over my head :roll: :D
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Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:29 pm

  • Reading a couple of things right now.


    "Rome '44 - The Battle for the Eternal City" by Raleigh Trevelyan. Good historical book about Rome during WWII.

    Also a good mystery by one of my favorite authors Stuart Kamisky called "See you Later".
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Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:22 am

  • essexboyinwales wrote:Slowly working my way into the first of the George RR Martin series (Game Of Thrones). Good so far......


    You will stumble over a person, called Marillion, the bard.

    :D
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