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 Post subject: WOT R U READING
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:31 pm 
It amazes me that in a forum full of cultivated people books aren't discussed more often. So I thought I'd post over here instead.

What are reading at the moment, and would you recommend it?


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:48 pm 
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Rare is it when I actually read one book at a time. :lol:

Currently reading:

the X list: The National Society of Film Critics' Guide to the Movies that Turn Us On - Edited by Jami Bernard

Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art - Olav Velthius


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Cool It! by Bjorn Lomborg. Got to read the other side of the coin of you want to argue for Kyoto. He has some interesting points to make


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The new Walter Moers book. The Alchemaster's Apprentice.

'A culinary fairy tale'



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I’m reading a book called Dad Stuff (Shedloads of ideas for Dads) which, amongst other things tells you how to make your bowler hat (ahem) appear to rise up off your head when you put a finger in your mouth and puff your cheeks out to demonstrate that you are blowing with considerable gusto. It also tells you how to tell the difference between a toad and a frog and how to make a noise like a wood pigeon by cupping your hands over your mouth and blowing whilst wiggling your fingers.
(I’ll bet you or somebody you know has done that)
I’m also reading (in-between failed attempts to impress my children with tricks involving £10 notes) a book by Sandi Toksvig called ‘The Chain of Curiosity’, which is also just a load of trivia. What the hell!

Sophisticated or what? :)

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The last book I read was Edward Teller's (the physicist who was instrumental along with Oppenheimer in developing the atomic bomb and thermonuclear weapons) Memoirs.

Having completed that I've decided it was time to read something with a lot more pulp and fantasy and get away from real life documentation so I've started reading John Norman's Gor novels.

So far I don't know if I'd be recommending them to others to read......

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Retail Hell: How I Sold My Soul to the Store, Confessions of a Tortured Sales Associate, by Freeman Hall

This guy really wants to be David Sedaris, but he's not as talented. That said, some very funny situations, too bizarre not to be true.

For anyone who's ever worked a job in retail.

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If the Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr


" It pivots on tenders for the 1936 Olympic Games stadium, a perfectly improbable beauty called – of all things – Noreen, and a terrible rotter who likes to kill people with a specially imported ice pick (the sort used for breaking ice for cocktails, rather than mountaineering).

In 1989 Penguin published March Violets, the first of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther novels. It was set in pre-war Berlin and it inverted the convention of having horrible Nazis and charming Jews. Not only was this wonderfully transgressive, it also lent the novel a real sense of doubt as to the whereabouts of the moral high ground, quite a feat when the subject is National Socialism.

Since then Kerr has written numerous decent stand-alone novels, a series of wonderful children’s books and now this one, his sixth Bernie Gunther novel. Over time something has changed. Perhaps, like his hero, the author has become just too world weary and flabby, because for the first part of this one – in which he flashes back to Bernie’s early days as a hotel “peeper” at the Adlon, just before the 1936 Olympic Games – you find yourself crying, “enough already!” I get it that the Nazis were bad, I get it that Bernie doesn’t like them. It is not only that this is unsophisticated, it is actively unsettling, because you have to stop yourself reacting against it and cheering on the Nazis. "

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Actually, the last novel I read was 'Juliet, Naked' by Nick Hornby.
Saying nothing.

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 Post subject: BOOKS
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I love books

Just back from a week on the Costa Del Sol where I read

The Glassblower of Murano (excellent)
Shutter Island (excellent)
Frankenstein - Dean Koontz version (disappointing)

whilst sipping sangria and stuffing myself with paella.

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