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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1875 on: January 24, 2015, 09:23:44 PM »
Just finished an ARC of a new novel by Canadian writer Connie Gault called "A Beauty", which I really enjoyed. I have book 4 in the Harry Potter series on the go as well.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1876 on: January 28, 2015, 09:55:06 AM »
Soumission - Michel Houellebecq, I am reading it in german though,  "Unterwerfung" my french  isn't good enough anymore :(



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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1877 on: January 28, 2015, 08:13:22 PM »
Just re-read Ray Bradbury's delightful I Sing the Body Electric collection. Good stuff.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1878 on: January 30, 2015, 09:47:43 AM »
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks.

Prior to that Revival by SK which I thought it very poor.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1879 on: January 30, 2015, 10:16:35 AM »
Re-reading Eagle In The Sky by Wilbur Smith.  (Good solid old-school storytelling.)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1880 on: January 30, 2015, 11:07:00 AM »
Re-reading Eagle In The Sky by Wilbur Smith.  (Good solid old-school storytelling.)

Is that the one about the Israeli fighter pilot?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1881 on: January 31, 2015, 09:51:41 AM »
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks.

Prior to that Revival by SK which I thought it very poor.

I loved Revival apart from the stupid ending.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1882 on: January 31, 2015, 10:37:32 AM »
Is that the one about the Israeli fighter pilot?

That's the one.  In many ways it's a classic 'coming of age' story.  A spoiled little rich boy who falls in love with the magic of flight, but then discovers so much more out there.  A story full of reversals and triumphs.

From back in 1974, much to my surprise when I looked at the copyright date.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1883 on: January 31, 2015, 10:50:50 AM »
So, I finished The Road(McCarthy) ahead of schedule in my book a week New Year challenge. Strangely engaging - bleakest thing I've read since The Grapes of Wrath(Steinbeck) - despite its disregard for so many conventions. On now to Trainspotting(Welsh) which, judging by the first chapter, will require a tame Scotsman on hand to translate.  :o

how is it going so far?

I liked it but as an American high school student it was hard to get through even with the glossary in the back. I picked it as my final project because I enjoyed the movie so much and really because I was just in shock that my teacher had it on her list considering the subject matter.  I have to give Mr Welsh credit. There are scenes I'll probably never forget until the day I die.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1884 on: January 31, 2015, 06:07:53 PM »
Trainspotting? Never again. Guardian reading home counties literary luvies who hand out awards can wax lyrical all they like but the effort required to wade through all that colloquial dialogue isn't worth the reward. The few chapters written from other POVs prove it would have worked just as well without it. Oh well. Box ticked. Move on.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1885 on: January 31, 2015, 06:11:00 PM »
Wilbur Smith. Met twice at signings. Guilty pleasure. River God should have been a movie. Anthony Hopkins, Russel Crowe and Catherine Jones would have been dream cast.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1886 on: January 31, 2015, 06:12:03 PM »
Week #5. The Barracks. John McGahern.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1887 on: February 01, 2015, 08:19:35 AM »
Trainspotting? Never again.

Yeah, I agree. I don't ever say this, but I think you're probably better off just watching the movie.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1888 on: February 01, 2015, 08:31:59 AM »
Reading Cloud Atlas, since I loved the movie. Surprised the futuristic/speculative part is the most enjoyable. I don't usually read that stuff, but it's so well done. The British voices are hilarious, the Americans less convincing. But overall good read.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1889 on: February 01, 2015, 09:33:18 AM »
Reading Cloud Atlas, since I loved the movie. Surprised the futuristic/speculative part is the most enjoyable. I don't usually read that stuff, but it's so well done. The British voices are hilarious, the Americans less convincing. But overall good read.

I've read and really enjoyed all of David Mitchell's books but the best by far was The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Have you read that?
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