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Offline bri h

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2475 on: February 01, 2017, 08:17:32 AM »
I've lost my love of reading. I haven't read anything for over a year. There's a poor forlorn new John Grisham book sitting un-read on my shelf in front of me. It's Gray Mountain. I dunno what's the matter with me? I've written thousands upon thousands of words. I just can't seem to concentrate long enough on a book?

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2476 on: February 01, 2017, 08:39:36 AM »
I've lost my love of reading. I haven't read anything for over a year. There's a poor forlorn new John Grisham book sitting un-read on my shelf in front of me. It's Gray Mountain. I dunno what's the matter with me? I've written thousands upon thousands of words. I just can't seem to concentrate long enough on a book?

Have you tried an audio book as a way to ease yourself back in?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2477 on: February 01, 2017, 01:35:26 PM »
Nahh. Can't stand em Clar. I'll get over my reading-block soon I hope.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2478 on: February 03, 2017, 05:02:45 AM »
Ok ok, hear this...

I hardly ever read! Seriously, I almost never do. I just bought some Steven king books and the Lord of the Rings series, and I can't get into them. Every time I try my mind starts thinking about writing. All I want to do is write. Agh!!!

I suppose I read a lot online though, all kinds of stuff.

I read a lot about animals and plants and culture and history and science and space and lions and hyenas and on and on and on.

I also watch a lot of documentaries, I especially like the narration of wildlife documentaries. It's often quite beautiful. It inspires me greatly.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2479 on: February 03, 2017, 05:07:35 AM »
To get good at writing you must do to things. Pay attention to the world around you and write. There is no other way.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2480 on: February 03, 2017, 05:07:53 AM »
do to things as they've done unto you
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2481 on: February 04, 2017, 04:58:06 PM »
Have you tried an audio book as a way to ease yourself back in?

Strangely enough, I am almost halfway through an audiobook - Saroo Brierley's "A Long Way Home." The narrator's accent is a bit weird at times - sometimes very Aussie, able to capture the Indian-accented parts really well, and other times a mix of I don't know what. There was too much of a wait for the print version at the library so I thought I'd try this instead.

I'm almost done with Magda Szubanski's memoir "Reckoning" (ebook), and for variety's sake I have a 'real' fiction book on the go as well. Joanna Cannon's "The Trouble with Goats and Sheep."
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2482 on: February 12, 2017, 05:51:55 PM »
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2483 on: February 18, 2017, 03:51:27 PM »
Image that... the history of technology rewritten. Michael Sells. A series of what is and what if essays about technological advances and what would have happened if the people concerned had turned a different corner, or looked the other way at the critical moment.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2484 on: February 18, 2017, 08:41:37 PM »
Just started Goldfinch.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2485 on: February 24, 2017, 02:41:11 AM »
Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2486 on: February 25, 2017, 03:55:54 AM »
Wolf by Mo Hayder.

Nice and gruesome so far.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2487 on: February 25, 2017, 03:03:33 PM »
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. Again.  :-[
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2488 on: February 25, 2017, 07:14:16 PM »
Apropos the writing game many of us play here on MWC - the last one wins, the following quote from a book I'm reading is about the last one who reads an author's book.
Julian Barnes. I just love his vocabulary and writing style, ironic sense of humour and so much more. He doesn’t write sci fi nor fantasy as such although in some ways all fiction is fantasy. He wrote a short non-fiction tome called “Nothing to be Frightened of”, which is about death and his research into the many, mostly writers, who’ve pondered on it. Here’s a quote that tickled me, and as your humour is like mine, I confidently predict you’ll smile too.
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“... At some point there will be a last reader for me...And then that reader will die...
“My last reader: there is a temptation to be sentimental over him or her. Indeed, I was about to make some authorial gesture of thanks and praise to the ultimate pair of eyes to examine this book, this page, this line. But then logic kicked in: your last reader is, by definition, someone who doesn’t recommend your books to anyone else. You bastard! Not good enough, eh? You prefer all that trivial stuff in your superficial century. I was about to mourn your passing but I’m getting over it fast. You’re really not going to press my book on anyone else? You really are so mean-spirited, so idle-minded, so lacking in critical judgement? Then you don’t deserve me. Go on, fuck off and die. Yes, you.
I shall myself long since fucked off and died...”
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2489 on: February 26, 2017, 06:29:00 PM »
I've just been re-reading Watcher in the Shadows by Geoffery Household, for the first time since I was a teenager.

It's an old-school novel, without a body on every page, and it uses the kind of language some modern readers might not recognise or would think of as pretentious.

I loved it.  There is a whole raft of Household's books available on Kindle.  I can see a lot of catching up ahead.

I know Rogue Male is probably his most famous book, but it wasn't, in my opinion, his best.

 
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