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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #520 on: June 24, 2011, 03:47:17 PM »
I downloaded one Rich Hall book for my Kindle and ended up reading all three:

Rich Hall: Things Snowball - excellent read, with a chapter devoted to Aberdeen
Rich Hall: Magnificent Bastards - not quite as good as Things Snowball but still very good
Otis Lee Crenshaw: I Blame Society - very well written book about Rich Hall's alter ego, and his supposed true life up bringing in the deep south

All three are worth a read but I'd start with "Things Snowball" if you're interested.

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« Reply #521 on: August 01, 2011, 10:51:54 AM »
Recently read 'Racing Through the Dark' by Scottish cyclist David Millar and 'The Psychopath Test' by John Ronson. Both worth a read.

Millar's book is the best first-hand insight I've seen revealing the extent of drugs use in the Tour de France, the whole culture seems/seemed geared towards cheating. The latter is an easy read and interesting even for someone like myself as a complete layman on the subject.

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #522 on: August 01, 2011, 12:02:49 PM »
Just started Brookmyre's new one. Should be good.

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« Reply #523 on: August 01, 2011, 12:11:28 PM »
Recently read King of the Gypsies. Anyone else read this?
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #524 on: August 01, 2011, 07:19:57 PM »
Must have read at least a dozen books since I posted on this thread last, but none really that worthy of mention other than "Growing Up Bin Laden" by Jean Sasson with Najwa & Omar Bin Laden. Interesting insight into ow he appeared to change from a relatively normal, wealthy Saudi into the leader of Al-Qaeda.

Currently reading "The Passage" by Justin Cronin, and despite being 350 pages into it, am still not sure whether I'm actually enjoying it or not
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #525 on: August 01, 2011, 10:52:24 PM »
Oddly enough I was thinking about this thread the other day - Can't remember what I was reading when I last posted but I have just finished my yearly Ian Rankin book and am now on to a historical novel set in 16th century Renaissance Italy about a prostitute and a dwarf 

I also made the mistake today of buying 3 books for my holiday when I already have another 3 waiting to be read and I am only going away for a week  ;D

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #526 on: August 05, 2011, 09:54:56 AM »
Just finished Paddy Ashdown's autobiography.  An excellent read.  The stuff he has done in his life (Royal Marines, SBS, MI6, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and not to mention his secretary!) must put any other MP to shame.

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« Reply #527 on: September 08, 2011, 02:41:32 PM »
Just finished Paddy Ashdown's autobiography.  An excellent read.  The stuff he has done in his life (Royal Marines, SBS, MI6, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and not to mention his secretary!) must put any other MP to shame.

Bought this last week on your recommendation. Only a hundred pages or so into it, but an enjoyable read.
Loved the story about the two pieces of stale bread and a live frog that formed the basis of a Marines survival lesson ;)
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #528 on: September 08, 2011, 02:51:42 PM »
I downloaded one Rich Hall book for my Kindle and ended up reading all three:

Rich Hall: Things Snowball - excellent read, with a chapter devoted to Aberdeen
Rich Hall: Magnificent Bastards - not quite as good as Things Snowball but still very good
Otis Lee Crenshaw: I Blame Society - very well written book about Rich Hall's alter ego, and his supposed true life up bringing in the deep south

All three are worth a read but I'd start with "Things Snowball" if you're interested.

i love rich hall

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #529 on: September 08, 2011, 06:10:39 PM »
I've just finished 'Berlin' which I found time consuming and at points a bit of a slog really. Now I'm reading 'Escape: The True Story of the Only Westerner Ever to Escape from Thailand's Bangkok Hilton' by David McMillan. Enjoying it so far.
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« Reply #530 on: September 08, 2011, 06:48:52 PM »
I am reading Jane Eyre before I go to see the film

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« Reply #531 on: September 08, 2011, 07:24:22 PM »
will that not spoil the ending?  ;)

And the begining and middle surely ;)
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« Reply #532 on: September 09, 2011, 08:19:38 AM »
No it will give me an insight into the characters and the plot.............................in case I fall asleep during the film  ;D

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« Reply #533 on: September 13, 2011, 07:25:39 PM »
No it will give me an insight into the characters and the plot.............................in case I fall asleep during the film  ;D

Are you in the habit of  ???
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« Reply #534 on: September 13, 2011, 10:37:21 PM »
Are you in the habit of  ???

God yeh - all the time - especially when I go with the girls  ;D

Fell asleep watching the tennis last night and during a play at the fringe when I was in the front row............................oops and also at work last week watching a security dvd  :o

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« Reply #535 on: September 14, 2011, 08:41:22 PM »
Bought this last week on your recommendation. Only a hundred pages or so into it, but an enjoyable read.
Loved the story about the two pieces of stale bread and a live frog that formed the basis of a Marines survival lesson ;)

You finished it yet?  I enjoyed the marines and SBS stuff more than any of the rest of it but it was still a good read.  Can't think of another UK politician I'd read an autobiography of.

i love rich hall

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I reckon the cheeky bastard loves Aberdeen, he has it in for us in one of books too.  I saw him in the Lemon Tree a few years ago and he was superb.

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« Reply #536 on: September 15, 2011, 10:14:33 PM »
You finished it yet? 

Nope, not yet, just past the part where the story has broken about him banging his secretary
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #537 on: September 16, 2011, 12:42:55 AM »
Nope, not yet, just past the part where the story has broken about him banging his secretary

You're not far from the bit where she kills him then.
That has just gave him another Signature line

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #538 on: November 08, 2011, 03:18:30 PM »
Just finished re-reading a book called ready player one by earnest cline.  Its kinda like the matrix meets lotr, if your a geek you will like it especially if you grew up in the 80's.  I firts read it 3 weeks ago and was planning giving it a few months until i re-read it but i just couldn't help myself.
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« Reply #539 on: November 08, 2011, 03:36:40 PM »


Reading this, it's about a fictional junior club in Scotland.