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THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« on: December 20, 2007, 04:06:09 PM »
First up, may I recommend Gary Sutherland's "Hunting Grounds":
http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/3370157/Hunting-Grounds/Product.html
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hunting-Grounds-Gary-Sutherland/dp/1841585866/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198166624&sr=8-1

Its an excellent journey round all 42 Scottish fitba grounds in one season.  Detailing transport, pre-match venues for a pint, the quality of the pies at the ground, and a review of the performance of both the players and the fans.  He goes into some depth in his report for each ground.  Its rather witty too!

He obviously visits Pittodrie (2-2 cup game with Hibs last season), and also a Falkirk v Aberdeen SPL game where the away fans are praised.
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2007, 04:19:11 PM »
Does it say what he made of the games?

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2007, 04:21:06 PM »
Yep, each game gets a summing up and a gold star rating out of 10.

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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2007, 04:26:30 PM »
Is he the dude who visited Ibrox and couldn't believe how poisonous the place was / is?

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2007, 06:49:50 PM »
Yep, each game gets a summing up and a gold star rating out of 10.

So you gonna tell us or do we have to read the book?!   ???

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2007, 10:46:08 PM »
"How to pump teams oot the UEFA Cup" by J. Calderwood Esq.

Available in all good bookstores.

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2007, 07:55:23 AM »
So you gonna tell us or do we have to read the book?!   ???

For all 42 games?  I think you should read the book.

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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2007, 08:59:05 AM »
The Dons games you clown!  :hammer:

What did he make of our games as an outsider!   ;D

I'm currently reading:

An Atlas of Europe.

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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2007, 09:24:05 AM »
7 stars I seem to recall.
Thought the pie was average.  Visited the Pittodrie Bar before hand.  He seemed reasonably complementary and didn't really have anything negative to say.  Full of praise for us when he went to Falkirk v Aberdeen, singling out the away support.

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2007, 02:10:45 PM »
Just finished "Winter in Madrid" by CJ Sansom.
Nae my usual type of read but thoroughly enjoyed it
Brought a smile to my face all the references to Puerta del Sol

about to start on "Book of Fate" by Brad Mizer which probably is more my sort of book
Steve warm his seat up

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2007, 09:42:13 AM »

Im currently reading 'God is Not Great' by Christopher Hitchens.

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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2007, 10:06:30 AM »
currently working my way through The Ball is Round: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ball-Round-David-Goldblatt/dp/0141015829/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198922613&sr=8-1
which is a global history of football.  Pretty good reading so far but will take me till the spring to finish it at my current rate.

Have If this is a man/truce by Primo Levi waiting once I'm finished

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2007, 02:07:32 PM »
Ive just finished :

The Don - Willie Miller
Broken Skin - Stuart McBride
Exit Music - Ian Rankin

All great reads, a couple of great twists in the Rankin and McBride books, and its always good to be able to picture exactly where the story is set since they're based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen respectively.

Cant believe Rankin finished the Rebus series of books like that though, leaves you wanting another novel atleast!

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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2007, 02:14:33 PM »
Broken Skin - Stuart McBride

I've read the first two and just purchased Broken Skin.  I'll hopefully read it soon.  I hear AFC's star striker is involved in this novel.  Mackie???  ;D

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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2007, 04:14:20 PM »
I've read the first two and just purchased Broken Skin.  I'll hopefully read it soon.  I hear AFC's star striker is involved in this novel.  Mackie???  ;D

Have a think about that one.......

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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2007, 09:08:00 PM »
Just finished Hornblower Goes To Sea

I am on a bit of a Historical Fiction kick lately
Always a pint waiting for a Dons Fan who finds their way to my side of the Atlantic

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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2007, 01:38:32 AM »
Christmas=always good for books!!  Espesh books that you wouldnt necesaraly choose yourself. Currently reading Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandreaskaran. Its about the charmed life that the service industry lead supplying Iraq whilst the country goes to shit.  Its a fascinating insight into the ignorance of america.  Its not that heavy a read, unlike some anti war material.

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2008, 01:21:54 PM »
Currently reading two books:

Barca: The People's Passion by Jimmy Burns.  It's a bit of a dirge as far as football books go, overly descriptive of insignificant things and I'm having real trouble getting any momentum with it.

The World According to Jeremy Clarkson.  Thought seeing as I was being bored to death with the other book that I'd get something to make me chuckle from time to time.  It's typical Clarkson (love him or loathe him), taken from his Sunday Times columns.

I have Brave New World by Aldous Huxley sitting waiting to be read as well.

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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2008, 01:32:39 PM »
BTR, I read Barca a couple of years ago on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Having said that can understand why you find it a bit heavy in parts but felt it was necessary to present the full importance of the part the club plays in the history of the region and its people
Steve warm his seat up

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2008, 01:40:21 PM »
BTR, I read Barca a couple of years ago on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Having said that can understand why you find it a bit heavy in parts but felt it was necessary to present the full importance of the part the club plays in the history of the region and its people

It may just have been the fist couple of chapters then Al, I read a couple of chapters last night that were far more interesting.  I then committed the heinous crime of hunting out a section on Steve Archibald towards the end of the book and read that bit as well.