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Offline c.higginson

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2008, 03:54:45 PM »
Well I am reading the "Iliad", while juggling "The Magician from Siberia" and sometimes "The Richest Man in Babylon".
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #46 on: February 21, 2008, 04:51:02 PM »
Ellie, Ulysses is a book for the gods. It is history hidden in fiction. One must drink rich red wine when reading it, or you will turn into a sheep,yes, even a blind pig.

                Domenic

Then Im not wise enough Domenic or maybe wasn't drunk enough? ;D

I asked my Irish friend Gerry about it and he said it was a day in the life of that fella 'Stephen'?
Can't remember his name now as I took the book back to the library......
Maybe I give up to easily?

Ive been reading a lot of H G Wells and now 3 quarters through Invisible Man..also read some of his short stories which are good:
The Sea Raiders
The Abyss
Another one about 'eyes'(forgotten title) but about a man who is in his London home but he is seeing another place, an island.
and one about 'Pyecroft' whos very fat and wants to lose weight..he loses 'weight' not fat and ends up floating up to the ceiling!

Ive got a set of books about 'Boudica' by Manda Scott, I started the first one 'Dreaming the eagle' but haven't got very far!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #47 on: February 21, 2008, 06:14:55 PM »
Gossiping with gals? Lass, I am a man.
 

hehe, erm, sorry domenic, ;D
 shall I correct myself and say, gossiping with the gals and guys.

Still it doesn't half make you feel better, having a good gab, especially after a depressing day.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2008, 06:44:46 PM »
I agree ,though I have never read any of Jack London's books, It's true that simplicity is often the most beautiful.

hehe Getting slightly philosophical there.
I shall have to visit the library tomorrow morning and see about getting another book out. Any suggestions?

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #49 on: February 22, 2008, 05:03:38 PM »
Thats a coincidence! I managed to get a hard back of Jack London's 'White Fang' in second-hand book shop for only 50 pence and just started it ;D
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #50 on: February 22, 2008, 05:36:58 PM »

and one about 'Pyecroft' whos very fat and wants to lose weight..he loses 'weight' not fat and ends up floating up to the ceiling!


Ah, Ellie..., synchronicity strikes again.  So it was HG who wrote that tale.  I was telling someone about it the other day and couldn't recall the author.  Poor old Pyecroft, had to sleep under his bed so as not to drift away if I recall correctly.

Next time I'm in the library I'll try to remember to take out a little HG Wells.  A quirky writer at times, with a keen eye for human foibles and a light touch whilst describing them.

Regarding Jack London I think my favourite book of his is Call Of The Wild.  Not necessarily his best but there are numerous passages in there which really resonate with me...

However, one of my all time favourites - one of those books to dip into almost at random on a sleepless night, knowing something will amuse me - is Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome.  If you've become used to short punchy sentences and 'jump cuts' from one scene to another Jerome will seem a little slow.  But if you think of him as a raconteur, leaning one elbow on some Victorian bar, pint  mug in the other hand waving gently to emphasise some point or other, 'spinning a yarn' to waste a little more time before getting back out onto the river, his style falls smoothly into place.   

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #51 on: February 25, 2008, 01:18:20 PM »
Currently reading a conspiracy forum thread titled:
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #52 on: February 25, 2008, 01:28:41 PM »
I'm reading Two Trains Running by Andrew Vachss, and it is awesome. his style is so pure that I can't get away from it. I started with his Burke Novels and found this along the way, and I'm thrilled I did!

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« Reply #53 on: February 25, 2008, 03:42:35 PM »
Just finishing a Nova anthology of SciFi shorts, and will be reading "Barking" by Tom Holt next.


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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #54 on: March 09, 2008, 04:45:48 AM »
Almost done with "The Big Sleep"
Will soon be reading, "The hollow man" by John Dickson Carr

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #55 on: March 09, 2008, 10:15:19 AM »
I'm taking a "course" on eschatology at Bible.org.

It's just so fun to  learn what those nice evangelicals are thinking!   ;D
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #56 on: March 09, 2008, 01:40:43 PM »
Yesterday I read The Da Vinci Code again, And this morning I read 'The Wee Free Men' by Terry Pratchett, which is completely wonderfully nonsensical and hilarious, I recommend it to all, it's fab!  ;D
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #57 on: March 09, 2008, 02:02:15 PM »
I'm reading 'Possession' by AS Byatt, a tour de force of wit and scholarship.

Christopher Hope describes it 'a great, shaggy, polysyllabic, triple decker beast of a book', and I concur.

I'm  reading it very slowly. Byatt is delicious.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #58 on: March 09, 2008, 02:29:38 PM »
Hm.... I couldn't stand  Byatt and Possession, but can't remember why now. The wit must've been very subtle!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #59 on: March 09, 2008, 04:34:34 PM »
Just finishing off A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini - author of The Kite Runner)

Will be glad to finish. Woefully depressing and not one teeny hint of humour anywhere! About to slit my throat ...

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