What book are you reading at the moment?

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Re: What book are you reading at the moment?

Post by bindeweede » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:48 pm

I recently finished reading "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks. I picked up a pocket-sized hardback edition at the airport a few weeks ago - good quality fine paper and good print, with a red ribbon page marker. Nice to hold in the hand.

The book was was originally published in 1993 but this hardback was published in 2013 to commemorate WW1 I expect, as most of the action takes place during that period, although the whole novel covers a period from 1910 to 1979. Faulks also added an introduction in 2004 describing some of the research he did before writing the book, together with other interesting background.

An engaging read, although for someone who suffers slightly from claustrophobia, some of the descriptions of trench/tunnel warfare were, for me, rather scary.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:49 pm

Collected Short Stories of William Cullen Bryant.

Much better than his poetry, IMO.
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Post by Tony Williams » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:49 pm

Apart from sundry assorted fiction (mostly SFF) I am intermittently working my way through "Language: the cultural tool" by Daniel Everett, which is about how languages have developed.

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Post by polomint38 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:50 pm

I have just finished reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, I started reading it in 1974. No spoilers, I am not going to ruin it by mentioning the end. I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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Post by Matt » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:51 pm

One of George Bush's favourite childhood books so I'm lead to believe. (ahem!)

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Post by smudge » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:51 pm

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck.
Just finished Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler which was terrific.

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Post by Asthmatic Camel » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:52 pm

Neuromancer by William Gibson. Worth a second read.

(Apologies for absence recently, been a bit busy with one thing and another.)

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Post by Ketchup » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:53 pm

Ben le Vay's "Eccentric London".

As well as enjoying plenty of just-can't-help-it-laughs-out-loud, I'm learning a lot about the history of my surroundings and some of my extraordinarily eccentric neighbours.

Apparently a follow-up to "Eccentric Britain". I'll have to fish that out next.
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Re: What book are you reading at the moment?

Post by Tinkerbell » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:53 pm

Just starting 'Their eyes were watching God' by Zora Neale Hurston. Local book club choice.

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Re: What book are you reading at the moment?

Post by Zep » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:54 pm

The First Casualty - Ben Elton

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Post by chaggle » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:54 pm

Zep wrote:The First Casualty - Ben Elton
The last novel I read, some years ago. Loved it.

I like a lot of his books.
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Post by Zep » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:55 pm

chaggle wrote:
Zep wrote:The First Casualty - Ben Elton
The last novel I read, some years ago. Loved it.

I like a lot of his books.
I've got a few of Ben Elton's books, and they all seem to have a similar theme - see Dead Famous for comparison. I've read The First Casualty a few times before and it really appealed to me each time. I think I would have liked a sequel!

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Post by Zep » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:56 pm

Oh joy! I've now got and read the complete set of Arkady Renko novels by Martin Cruz Smith! :yea

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Post by bindeweede » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:57 pm

Well, I've just started "Christianity Is Not Great", published by Prometheus Books in 2014, edited by J.W. Loftus, and dedicated to the memory of Christopher Hitchens. It is a substantial item - about 480 pages plus notes - consisting of 23 essays divided into 5 sub-categories. But each essay averages about 20 pages (of rather small print - my eyes are not what they were), so quite easy to dip in to. But I do feel I might need something a little lighter to tackle in contrast. A trip to one of the local charity shops tomorrow, perhaps.

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Re: What book are you reading at the moment?

Post by Dubious Dick » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:57 pm

Currently on Bad Ideas - An arresting history of our inventions - Robert Winston.

Not a lot new, but quite well written and accessible history of scientific/technological advantages with their positive and negative outcomes.

One laugh out loud (for me at least fact that I had not encountered before:

'While Babylon left no records of its doctors, the Egyptians elevated some fo them to high status. Records mention Iri, illustriously titled Keeper of the King's Rectum....'

What a job!

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