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#1 Adorabelle

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:04 am

I'm reading Warlock by Wilbur Smith and before that I read Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett and Join me by Danny Wallace. All fantastic books but very different.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:15 am

Yesterday I got 'how to kill your Husband (and other handy household hints)'

I picked it up because the title made me laugh (anyone that has heard me talk about my divorce will know it is very me) but reading the back made me laugh even more...
It is scientifically proven that no woman has ever shot her husband whilst he was vacuuming.  Husbands say they would like to help more around the house, only they can't multi-task.  But would they have trouble multi-tasking at, say, an orgy?

HAHAHAHA

I have yet to actually start reading it.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:17 am

Currently reading 'Merde Actually' an interesting and OK book, it's a follwo on from A year in the Merde which is also OK.  I am however very close to finishing the book (30 pages or so) and will be moving onto something else, maybe a classic or an autobiography.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:18 am

I'm in Jasper Fforde mode at the moment, so it's 'Lost In A Good Book' preceded by 'The Eyre Affair'
I haven't decided what's next yet...
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:19 am

View PostSecret Agent S.J. Pud, on 9 Feb 2007, 11:15 AM, said:

Yesterday I got 'how to kill your Husband (and other handy household hints)'

I picked it up because the title made me laugh (anyone that has heard me talk about my divorce will know it is very me) but reading the back made me laugh even more...
It is scientifically proven that no woman has ever shot her husband whilst he was vacuuming.  Husbands say they would like to help more around the house, only they can't multi-task.  But would they have trouble multi-tasking at, say, an orgy?

HAHAHAHA

I have yet to actually start reading it.

Sounds like fun, the book I mean, not shooting your husband. I have a couple of Tony Hawks books to read next - One hit wonderland and Pianos and Pyranees.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:32 am

I'm reading 'Saturday' by Ian McEwan, but it isn't doing anything for me so far.
Mind you I have only read 23 pages...
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:33 am

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor  :)

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:44 am

Next week I plan on reading ''The Time Traveller's Wife" as I have a big chunk of time in which to read it. :)

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:46 am

View PostJoinee WEG, on 9 Feb 2007, 11:44 AM, said:

Next week I plan on reading ''The Time Traveller's Wife" as I have a big chunk of time in which to read it. :)

I gave up on that.  I read it in bits and kept forgetting what had happened last.  It skips about in time a bit too much for my likeing

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:48 am

I'm re-reading 'Assasin's Apprentice' by Robin Hobb. Because it's the first in an AMAZING series & I had a sudden urge to read them all again.

The last books I read before it were, in reverse order:
'120 Days of Sodom' - The Marquis De Sade
'We Need To Talk About Kevin' - Whoever wrote it.
'Knife Of Dreams' - Robert Jordan
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:53 am

View PostKneller2, on 9 Feb 2007, 01:46 PM, said:

I gave up on that.  I read it in bits and kept forgetting what had happened last.  It skips about in time a bit too much for my likeing

Yes, I started reading it a while back and kept forgetting. A friend recommended reading it in one go so thankfully half-term is imminent. :) Still, it's a long book and I am a slowish reader!

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:56 am

I am currently reading "Just as well I'm leaving" (it's travel lit, by an English guy in Denmark, who decides to recreate HC Andersen's travels in A Poet's Bazaar), and "Nocturnes" by John Connolly (a collection of disurbing short stories).
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 12:02 pm

I'm reading "Marley and me" ^_^  (By John Grogan)

Anyone who has had a big dog should read it and laugh.

Anyone who hasn't had a big dog and plans to get one in the future....Better not read it!!! :blush:

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 12:15 pm

View PostLSJ Biddle (ga), on 9 Feb 2007, 11:48 AM, said:

I'm re-reading 'Assasin's Apprentice' by Robin Hobb. Because it's the first in an AMAZING series & I had a sudden urge to read them all again.

The last books I read before it were, in reverse order:
'120 Days of Sodom' - The Marquis De Sade
'We Need To Talk About Kevin' - Whoever wrote it.
'Knife Of Dreams' - Robert Jordan


You're so right (re: AA), excellent series of books, my second favourite behind Magician, unfortunately the other books in that triology weren't as good.

Edited by Octarine Joinee Da Vinci, 09 February 2007 - 12:16 pm.

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 02:55 pm

I'm currently reading How to Cut a Cake by Ian Stewart. It's a collection of maths columns from Scientific American.
I'm part way through Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shıt? Volume II by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur. Is it just me or this volume shıt compared to the original?
Below that on my bedside locker is The Long Tail by Chris Anderson. It's an exploration of the economics of non-hits in an age when low production and storage costs mean even very low sales can turn a profit.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:03 pm

View PostJoinee Rory, on 9 Feb 2007, 03:55 PM, said:

I'm part way through Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shıt? Volume II by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur. Is it just me or this volume shıt compared to the original?

It really seems like it was rushed out to meet a Christmas market deadline, doesn't it?


Otherwise, I'm reading "Sorry, Wrong Number" after having seen the Barbara Stanwyck movie, and the book sitting on my shelf for a couple years...

View PostKneller2, on 9 Feb 2007, 12:33 PM, said:

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor  :)

I realllly liked that one; the first part was just hypnotic, and then just turned into a great page-turner...
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:07 pm

Hoping to star 'In the name of the Rose' soon looks good.

Adorabelle where in Derbyshire do you live??  I live in Chesterfield and work in Buxton
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:15 pm

View PostJoinee Michelle, on 9 Feb 2007, 04:07 PM, said:

Hoping to star 'In the name of the Rose' soon looks good.

Adorabelle where in Derbyshire do you live??  I live in Chesterfield and work in Buxton

I'm South Derbyshire not far from Burton O Trent. Used to live in Matlock.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 05:12 pm

"The Lost Painting:  The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece" by Jonathan Harr.

Lucie read it, said it was fab, I showed interest, she sent it to me, I started it this week as my 'bus book' (I'm only on page 84) but I might have to curl up with it this weekend because it's THAT good.  Thanks again, Lucie!  I showed it to my sister who is demanding to read it next.

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 05:17 pm

The Remorseful Day - Colin Dexter.

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 05:51 pm

I'm reading a book that I'm not allowed to say anything about but my bookshop worker friend gave it to me even though it isn't out yet! I love proof copies!
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 06:12 pm

"The Far Pavilions" by M M Kaye as this is the latest one on the Top 200 list.
"Garden of Beasts" by Jeffrey Deaver.
"Untold Stories" by Alan Bennett.

Enjoying all of them so far.

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 06:50 pm

I'm very slowly reading Untold Storiesby Alan Bennet - it is very good
Before that I think it was The Kite Runner (a bit slow to atrt but good once it got going - harrowing though)and before that I think I re-read Immortality by Milan Kundera which is a personal favourite.  However I'm currently craving something short and trashy that requires very little concentration and can be read in an hour.
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 07:07 pm

Book (singular) never works for me :)

Currently I am reading :

The Perfectionist - Rudolph Chelminski.
The rise and fall of a French chef with 3 Michelin stars who (allegedly) committed suicide because they were going to relegate him to 2 stars.

Advanced Perl Programming -  Sriram Srinivasan.
Only just got it, but basically interesting stuff if you're into Perl :)

The Dark is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
A 'teenage' set of books (5 in all), but a damn good read - this about the 5th time I've read it.

The Way of a Ship - Derek Lundy
A sort of docu-drama about a voyage in a square-rigged ship in the last days of proper sailing
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 07:16 pm

Currently reading

Chapter house Dune - Frank Herbert

Does anything eat wasps - New Scientist

Born to be riled - Jeremy Clarkson

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 08:05 pm

At the moment I'm reading:

Wicked by Gregory McGuire

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 08:19 pm

i am reading:

the wasp factory - iain banks

its brilliant, though rather disturbing in places.
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 09:32 pm

Just finished We need to talk about Kevin..by Lionel Shriver... fantastic book

Dont know where i'm going to next...

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:31 am

Im currently re-reading "Conversations With God: Book One" By Neale Donald-Walsch. It's kind of a non-religious take on ideas about god, kind of. A must read, I believe, for anyone who doesnt know quite what to believe about religion and one of my favourite books ever ever ever.

Before that i read "Are you Dave Gorman" Which was brilliant and finished off my reading of Danny's major works.
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Posted 11 February 2007 - 01:40 pm

View PostAgent Jamie, on 11 Feb 2007, 07:31 AM, said:

Im currently re-reading "Conversations With God: Book One" By Neale Donald-Walsch. It's kind of a non-religious take on ideas about god, kind of. A must read, I believe, for anyone who doesnt know quite what to believe about religion and one of my favourite books ever ever ever.

At the risk of sounding like a one-man marketing campaign for Bantam Press—I tend to recommend this book quite a lot—I can't recommend The God Delusion strongly enough to anyone who, like you say, doesn't know quite what to believe about religion. Even if you end up disagreeing with it, it's an incredibly well written book and entertaining in its own right.

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 01:44 pm

View PostKneller2, on 9 Feb 2007, 01:33 PM, said:

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor  :)


*Great* book!  I have Zena to thank for alerting me to that one.

Also really liked The Time-traveller's wife AND Marley and Me.

At the moment though - Out of the Ordinairy by Jon Ronson.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:26 am

Betrayal by Fiona McInstosh

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 01:28 pm

Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite I LOVE it

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 01:40 pm

View PostJoinee Rory, on 11 Feb 2007, 01:40 PM, said:

At the risk of sounding like a one-man marketing campaign for Bantam Press—I tend to recommend this book quite a lot—I can't recommend The God Delusion strongly enough to anyone who, like you say, doesn't know quite what to believe about religion. Even if you end up disagreeing with it, it's an incredibly well written book and entertaining in its own right.


I second Rory's recommendation, the God Delusion is a great book.

I'm now reading "For one more day" by Mitch Albom which is OK, however everyone shoudl read "Tuedays with Morrie" also by Mitch Albom as it is an amazing read.
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 03:16 pm

I looked up several of these on Amazon; they sound quite good.  My reading list is getting quite long.  :)

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:58 pm

I'm currently engaged in a lot of John Grisham books.

Why did I not read any of his stuff until last month?

Great stuff :D

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:07 pm

At the mo, I'm reading

'Wicked' by gregory mguire and

'you can get arrested for that' by Rich smith.

both good, but very different! I like having lots of books on the go.. If i'm not in a serious mood and cant be bothered with Wicked I can read t'other one instead :D

I may start Gentelmen and Players by Joanne Harris at some point this week...
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:03 am

View PostJoinee Rory, on 11 Feb 2007, 02:40 PM, said:

At the risk of sounding like a one-man marketing campaign for Bantam Press—I tend to recommend this book quite a lot—I can't recommend The God Delusion strongly enough to anyone who, like you say, doesn't know quite what to believe about religion. Even if you end up disagreeing with it, it's an incredibly well written book and entertaining in its own right.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 07:11 am

View PostJoinee Rory, on 11 Feb 2007, 01:40 PM, said:

At the risk of sounding like a one-man marketing campaign for Bantam Press—I tend to recommend this book quite a lot—I can't recommend The God Delusion strongly enough to anyone who, like you say, doesn't know quite what to believe about religion. Even if you end up disagreeing with it, it's an incredibly well written book and entertaining in its own right.


View PostOctarine Joinee Da Vinci, on 12 Feb 2007, 01:40 PM, said:

I second Rory's recommendation, the God Delusion is a great book.

Sounds like a book i'll have to read. I like books about religion, especially if they bring something new to the table. It's difficult to hear a new idea about this stuff nowadays.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:22 am

View PostKneller2, on 9 Feb 2007, 11:33 AM, said:

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor  :)

arrgghh....20 pages left and i have to work  :(

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:29 am

Finished Mitch Albom's book and am now on to Wintersmith by Terry "Fanbloodytastic" Pratchet
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 12:47 pm

Yay, Mitch Albom AND Terry Pratchett.
I must say you all have excellent taste in books
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:04 pm

View PostAgent Redlocks, on 12 Feb 2007, 05:07 PM, said:

At the mo, I'm reading

'Wicked' by gregory mguire and

'you can get arrested for that' by Rich smith.

both good, but very different! I like having lots of books on the go.. If i'm not in a serious mood and cant be bothered with Wicked I can read t'other one instead :D

I may start Gentelmen and Players by Joanne Harris at some point this week...

I've read all 3!  "Wicked" was amazing.  I think he also wrote "Confessions of an ugly stepsister", which I also really enjoyed.  "You can get arrested for that" is pretty light reading, but amusing.  I'm sure someone's done it before, tho.  Or I may be confusing that with a book about strange english laws.  As for gentlemen and players, I thought it was alright, but obviously very different from her other stuff.  Mind you, what I enjoyed most about Joanne Harris's books was the food themes (Chocolat, quarters of the orange, etc).  Yum!
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:04 pm

View PostJoinee Gwennan, on 13 Feb 2007, 12:47 PM, said:

Yay, Mitch Albom AND Terry Pratchett.
I must say you all have excellent taste in books
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ps. I have a signed copy of Wintersmith :D

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:19 pm

View PostSJ Kneller2, on 13 Feb 2007, 09:22 AM, said:

arrgghh....20 pages left and i have to work  :(

Done, and what a great book it was too.  I've passed it on already to another keen reader  :D

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 02:11 pm

View PostSJ Kneller2, on 13 Feb 2007, 03:19 PM, said:

Done, and what a great book it was too.  I've passed it on already to another keen reader  :D


'Ray!  Really glad you liked it!

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 02:17 pm

View PostKneller2, on 9 Feb 2007, 11:46 AM, said:

I gave up on that.  I read it in bits and kept forgetting what had happened last.  It skips about in time a bit too much for my likeing

I cried so much!  Partly because it had finished, and partly because of the ending.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 02:25 pm

View PostKneller2, on 9 Feb 2007, 11:33 AM, said:

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor  :)
Looked at the synopsis on Amazon and it sounds brilliant!
Will be added to my (getting very long) reading list
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:58 pm

View PostAgent MHPJ Del (GA), on 13 Feb 2007, 01:04 PM, said:

I see your signed 'Wintersmith' and raise you a signed 'Good Omens' hardback AND 'Sex Drugs and Sausage Rolls' & 'Waiting For Godalming' by Robert Rankin :D

Well now you've harshed my buzz...   :rolleyes:

Oh wait! I have a signed Stephen Fry book!




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