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Title: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski 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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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on December 20, 2007, 04:19:11 PM
Does it say what he made of the games?
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Post by: Kowalski 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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Post by: Sharpie 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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Post by: Superstar Tradesman 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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Post by: BrownyBrown 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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Post by: Kowalski 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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Post by: Superstar Tradesman 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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Post by: Kowalski 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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Post by: BigAl 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
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Post by: Dandy_Don on December 29, 2007, 09:42:13 AM

Im currently reading 'God is Not Great' by Christopher Hitchens.
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Post by: glasgow sheep 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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Post by: Edinburghdon 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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Post by: Kowalski 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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Post by: Edinburghdon 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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Post by: Drewsome 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
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Post by: capitalsharpie 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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Post by: BTR 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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Post by: BigAl 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
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Post by: BTR 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.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 04, 2008, 08:08:41 PM
Terry Pratchett - Making Money.
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Post by: foolsgold953 on January 05, 2008, 04:54:25 AM
The Hiram Key - Robert Lomas

Very Enlightening  ;) :thumbsup:
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Post by: BTR on January 05, 2008, 11:22:52 AM
The Hiram Key - Robert Lomas

Very Enlightening  ;) :thumbsup:

Indeed so, brother. ;)

If you like that one, try The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh.
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Post by: SuperKev82 on January 07, 2008, 07:25:31 PM
I'm currently readin the autobiography of John Peel. This was published after his death so was partly written by himself and also his family after he passed away. i've tried my best to read this for the best part of two years and i'm now about to read chapter four!!! So far it's not a book i would recommend that's for sure. When i read a chapter last night it did seem to be gathering some momentum which i was crying out for.

I've got a fair few others books which need looking at, mainly non-fiction by john simpson on his reporting across the world.

One book i'd recommend is  Nigel Benns autobiography. If you like boxing then this is for you. To some he may come across as an arrogant bastard but this is something i couldn't agree with when reading his life story. 
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 07, 2008, 07:53:39 PM
I read the Margrave of the Marshes (John Peel's autobiography) and thought it was superb!  Then again I'm a big music/Peel fan so found it a good read on both fronts.

I've found that the longer it takes to read a book, the less interesting it is and the harder it was to get into.  I've been reading 'Catch-22' for about 3 months now and only when I found myself with some time to spare sitting in airports this weekend, did I really get into it.

Anyway, during the festive period I bought Willie Miller's book which I'll read after 'Catch-22' and Paul Carter's follow up to 'Don't Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs' which is called 'This Is Not A Drill'.  Found it funnier than the first one and it had a nice twist into the bargin when he takes a trip into Bin Laden's backyard to show the nasty side of the oil industry.
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Post by: foolsgold953 on January 08, 2008, 03:38:23 AM
Indeed so, brother. ;)

If you like that one, try The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh.

I shall check it out  :thumbsup:
I'm not 'in' but my Dad (rip) was and i have a open mind to the world and the book was recomended to me by a friend of his.

makes a lot of sense
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Post by: Sharpie on January 08, 2008, 08:04:27 AM
Anybody read any of Oliver James's work? I'm awaiting delivery of 'The Selfish Capitalist - the origins of Affluenza' on the back of seeing him interviewed. He seems to talk a fair bit of sense.
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Post by: Kowalski on January 16, 2008, 09:32:08 AM
Just finished reading Willie Miller - "The Don" and I thought it was an excellent read.

As you would expect there is plenty of reminiscing about the "glory days" but he is critical about certain people, including Ian Donald, Ebbe, Zoltan Varga and Keith Wyness which was interesting.  He is certainly no fan of Ian Donald and makes it clear he would not have returned to the club unless Donald was moved out of a decision making role at the club.  You can't beat a bit of Ian Donald bashing!!!  ;D

On his famous incident with Alan Hansen in the world cup, WM was remarkably even-handed when accepting partial blame for it.

There was at least one error in the book - seemingly Montrose play at Glebe Park!  :doh:

Nowhere does it say (as reported by somebody on The Hat) that he said he would never allow a Gothenburg great to manage the Dons while he was still director.  :thumbsup: :wave:
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Post by: Drewsome on January 16, 2008, 07:26:29 PM
Just got my hands on Sir Alex's Biography.  I'll post a report.
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Post by: Shabba Ranks on January 16, 2008, 07:29:59 PM
Sir Alex's Biography

a.k.a The Bible

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 28, 2008, 02:50:13 PM
Thought I'd ressurect this thread to see if anyone's read anything of note recently.

I'm still struggling on with Catch-22 which really is quite funny but very, very difficult to read for some reason.  About a chapter at a time is about all I can manage.

Thought about picking up other books in the meantime but I'm stubborn, so I'm going to persevere with it until it's finished.

 :hammer:
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Post by: Harcus on January 28, 2008, 03:09:33 PM
Just about to start 'Dear Green Place'.
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Post by: Drew Peacock on January 28, 2008, 03:19:08 PM
Thought I'd ressurect this thread to see if anyone's read anything of note recently.

I'm still struggling on with Catch-22 which really is quite funny but very, very difficult to read for some reason.  About a chapter at a time is about all I can manage.

Thought about picking up other books in the meantime but I'm stubborn, so I'm going to persevere with it until it's finished.

 :hammer:

I was the same withe Catch-22 - it's a really good book, and like you say, very funny in places - however, i don't think it's the kind of book you can read in big chunks.  I don't know the reason behind that as it's not one of those that loads you with detail until you feel exhausted from reading at the end of a chapter, nor is it anything to do with it being written badly as well, it's written very cleverly.  Weird. ???

I've read all three Stuart Macbride books and loved them all - I think I read each one in the space of a week and had difficulty putting them down.

I'm now back onto Brilliant Orange by David Winner http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Orange-Neurotic-Genius-Football/dp/0747553106 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Orange-Neurotic-Genius-Football/dp/0747553106) - bought it ages ago (via a reccommendation on a similar thread elsewhere ;) ) prior to getting into the Stuart Macbride books.   

It got put on the backburner as a result - I've only just started reading it a week or so ago and it's superb thus far.  Good insights into the "Total Football" culture and an interesting block about the Dutch hatred of the Germans all coming to a head after losing to them in the 1974 World Cup.

Definitely worth a look.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on January 28, 2008, 03:22:34 PM
I'm now back onto Brilliant Orange by David Winner http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Orange-Neurotic-Genius-Football/dp/0747553106 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Orange-Neurotic-Genius-Football/dp/0747553106) - bought it ages ago (via a reccommendation on a similar thread elsewhere ;) ) prior to getting into the Stuart Macbride books.   

It got put on the backburner as a result - I've only just started reading it a week or so ago and it's superb thus far.  Good insights into the "Total Football" culture and an interesting block about the Dutch hatred of the Germans all coming to a head after losing to them in the 1974 World Cup.

Definitely worth a look.

Wonderful book. I've just started "Ajax Barcelona Cruyff", which appears to be a series of articles on Cruyff throughout his career. David Winner translated it into English although he's not actually written any of it. If it's worth a read I'll let you know and i'll send it on to you.
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Post by: Drew Peacock on January 28, 2008, 03:27:44 PM
Wonderful book. I've just started "Ajax Barcelona Cruyff", which appears to be a series of articles on Cruyff throughout his career. David Winner translated it into English although he's not actually written any of it. If it's worth a read I'll let you know and i'll send it on to you.

Fantastic - cheers loon. 

I must admit i never appreciated just how much of a legend Cruyff was / is over in Holland.  Certainly ahead of his time in terms of asking questions of the establishment and making people think differently about things.

It's a very clever book - the crossovers between the likes of Dutch art and architecture, and they football they play is not something i've ever heard of before.  Plus, it's really well written.
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Post by: BigAl on January 28, 2008, 03:34:19 PM
Just started one that i was given as a Xmas pressie, Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know by Ranulph Fiennes, Bit early to pass comment, but somehow suspect it ain't going to be dull
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 28, 2008, 04:02:29 PM
Watched 'A Guide To Recognising Your Saints' at the weekend.  The guy who wrote the book actually directed the film, which I quite enjoyed.

Nothing mind blowing, just a nice little tale of a guy growing up in a tough neighbourhood in New York.  Starred Robert Downey Jr and a young Scottish actor from Greenock.

Both worth filing in the  "worth a look" pile.    :thumbsup:
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Post by: Harcus on January 29, 2008, 08:15:44 PM
http://www.theonion.com/content/news/area_eccentric_reads_entire_book
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Post by: Drewsome on January 30, 2008, 04:19:09 AM
Just finished the last Harry Potter Book.

Brilliant stuff
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on February 03, 2008, 11:43:56 PM
Finally finished Catch-22.

Good book but by Zeus' beard, what a fucking struggle!

Managed to pick up about a dozen books in the time I was reading that one so I've a stock to get through but I'm going to start with something really, really, really easy!
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Post by: BigAl on March 02, 2008, 07:56:53 PM
Just finished "Blood River" by Tim Butcher. Thoroughly good read and recommended.

Away to have a scout about on Amazon for my next read
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Post by: SuperKev82 on March 02, 2008, 08:03:01 PM
If yer into boxing al get nigel benns biography :thumbsup:

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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on March 02, 2008, 08:16:53 PM
Just finished the Willie Miller book and since I'm doing fuck all else today, I finished the book I was reading whilst I commute to work - Night Fall by Nelson Demille.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Fall-Nelson-DeMille/dp/0751531804/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204488819&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Fall-Nelson-DeMille/dp/0751531804/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204488819&sr=8-1)

A good wee read and I'm pleased to hear the main character (a New York detective turned counter-terrorist squad agent) appears in a few of his other books.  Probably pick them up the next time I'm buying some more books.
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Post by: Harcus on March 02, 2008, 08:57:45 PM
Reading 'Are You Dave Gorman?' which is quite entertaining, as well as reading 'Lanark'.
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Post by: BigAl on March 02, 2008, 09:31:27 PM
Just finished the Willie Miller book and since I'm doing fuck all else today, I finished the book I was reading whilst I commute to work - Night Fall by Nelson Demille.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Fall-Nelson-DeMille/dp/0751531804/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204488819&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Fall-Nelson-DeMille/dp/0751531804/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204488819&sr=8-1)

A good wee read and I'm pleased to hear the main character (a New York detective turned counter-terrorist squad agent) appears in a few of his other books.  Probably pick them up the next time I'm buying some more books.

ST, can recommend Nelson Demille books as I've read them all. :thumbsup:
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Post by: glasgow sheep on March 02, 2008, 11:58:40 PM
Currently working my way through "The Ball Is Round. A Global History of Football".

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ball-Round-Global-History-Football/dp/0670914800/ref=pd_sbs_b?ie=UTF8&qid=1204502140&sr=8-1

Onto the last 200 or so pages and we are into the 90s and the global change in football driven by money and the break up of communist europe.
Has been an excellent read, although at times you feel you want a bit more detail and a bit less stuff about england but covers in reasonable detail the game throughout europe, africa and south america, with a little less about North America and Asia.

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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on March 03, 2008, 10:22:21 AM
ST, can recommend Nelson Demille books as I've read them all. :thumbsup:

Cheers BigAl.

Liked the sharp tongue on Corey and his dislike for authority, so I'll definitely pick up the rest.

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on March 03, 2008, 10:40:17 AM
Not Dead Enough by Peter James

Severed by Steve Krasnik, both better than decent reads.
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Post by: Kowalski on March 03, 2008, 10:42:08 AM
Severed by Steve Krasnik

Is it about your leg?
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on March 03, 2008, 10:43:25 AM
Is it about your leg?

Mixing me up with fatjim!
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Post by: BigAl on March 03, 2008, 11:39:52 AM
Not Dead Enough by Peter James


Was given that one at Xmas from the bairn, but nae started reading it yet
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on March 03, 2008, 11:48:40 AM
I've got legs

That were severed from your feet.
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Post by: Drewsome on March 27, 2008, 07:53:48 PM
Buddy of mine is loaning me Fergie's Biography sounds like a good read according to him.  Anyone else read it?
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on March 27, 2008, 08:26:00 PM
Buddy of mine is loaning me Fergie's Biography sounds like a good read according to him.  Anyone else read it?

Is it the one he did when he was at the Dons or the one he released about 10 years ago?
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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 27, 2008, 08:43:06 PM
Buddy of mine is loaning me Fergie's Biography sounds like a good read according to him.  Anyone else read it?

Buddy of mine is loaning me Fergie's Biography sounds like a good read according to him.  Anyone else read it?

Managing My Life? Yeah, it's ok but if you want a different spin on Fergie then get The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson by Michael Crick. He's a United fan but doesn't come across as the rabid gluepot as most of their fans do.  He's pretty insightful into the darker side of the man.

I just finished both The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Both are great but Never Let Me Go is an absolute must that I read in 2 nights.



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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on March 27, 2008, 08:48:47 PM
Managing My Life? Yeah, it's ok but if you want a different spin on Fergie then get The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson by Michael Crick. He's a United fan but doesn't come across as the rabid gluepot as most of their fans do.  He's pretty insightful into the darker side of the man.

Another good book on Fergie is "This is the One - The Uncut Story of a Football Genius", by Daniel Taylor.

Like the one Bilbo mentions (which i'll be buying), it's written by a guy who is a ManUtd fan but isn't scared to get stuck into him if needs be. Shows many sides of Fergie in it, and it is a really cracking read.
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on March 27, 2008, 08:57:13 PM
Managing My Life? Yeah, it's ok but if you want a different spin on Fergie then get The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson by Michael Crick. He's a United fan but doesn't come across as the rabid gluepot as most of their fans do.  He's pretty insightful into the darker side of the man.

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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 27, 2008, 08:58:38 PM
Another good book on Fergie is "This is the One - The Uncut Story of a Football Genius", by Daniel Taylor.

Like the one Bilbo mentions (which i'll be buying), it's written by a guy who is a ManUtd fan but isn't scared to get stuck into him if needs be. Shows many sides of Fergie in it, and it is a really cracking read.

I've read that too and whilst it seems to be similar material they use I could probably say Taylor is less dry than Crick. I finished by actually wondering if Crick was a United fan as the book is so devoid of passion.

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Post by: Kowalski on March 27, 2008, 09:00:14 PM
Managing My Life? Yeah, it's ok but if you want a different spin on Fergie then get The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson by Michael Crick. He's a United fan but doesn't come across as the rabid gluepot as most of their fans do.  He's pretty insightful into the darker side of the man.

I've read Crick's book and I thought it was an extremely well researched book and very fascinating.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on March 27, 2008, 09:01:43 PM
I've read that too and whilst it seems to be similar material they use I could probably say Taylor is less dry than Crick. I finished by actually wondering if Crick was a United fan as the book is so devoid of passion.



Was Crick's over a similar timescale, as Taylor's was just over last season and the rather disasterous one before which kind of set up a rather convenient Jekyll/Hyde feeling to it?
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on March 27, 2008, 09:02:12 PM


Houston we have a problem.

Post edited.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kowalski on March 27, 2008, 09:02:57 PM
Was Crick's over a similar timescale, as Taylor's was just over last season and the rather disasterous one before which kind of set up a rather convenient Jekyll/Hyde feeling to it?

Crick's is over his whole life.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 27, 2008, 09:04:35 PM
Yeah, Similar thread of criticisms in terms of Fergies supposed blindspots and personal failings though.
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on March 27, 2008, 09:07:16 PM
Michael Crick did a TV documentary a few years back that was extremely cynical.  He regaled the story of how Ferguson set about Neale Cooper in a pub one night.  By complete chance, I met Neale Cooper a couple of months later and got chatting with him and I brought this story up.  The truth of the story was considerably different to the version that Crick told.  There's no denying that Fergie has a dark side, but having heard this story from the horse's mouth as it were, I was inclined to give the Crick book a wide berth.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on March 27, 2008, 09:11:18 PM
Michael Crick did a TV documentary a few years back that was extremely cynical.  He regaled the story of how Ferguson set about Neale Cooper in a pub one night.  By complete chance, I met Neale Cooper a couple of months later and got chatting with him and I brought this story up.  The truth of the story was considerably different to the version that Crick told.  There's no denying that Fergie has a dark side, but having heard this story from the horse's mouth as it were, I was inclined to give the Crick book a wide berth.

Is that the one that Cooper was in a bar drinking coke and the story got back to Fergie...?

Fergie obviously has a dark side to him... look at how he ostricised guys like Black, Leighton, Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy throughout his career. Although he didn't necessarily do it through the papers, everyone knew why they weren't playing... the good thing about Taylor's book is that it tells you how the press room reacts to him, how he can manipulate folk  as well as giving you the bits that weren't suitable for the papers or the TV.
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on March 27, 2008, 09:34:26 PM
Is that the one that Cooper was in a bar drinking coke and the story got back to Fergie...?

Fergie obviously has a dark side to him... look at how he ostricised guys like Black, Leighton, Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy throughout his career. Although he didn't necessarily do it through the papers, everyone knew why they weren't playing... the good thing about Taylor's book is that it tells you how the press room reacts to him, how he can manipulate folk  as well as giving you the bits that weren't suitable for the papers or the TV.

The very same, yes.

The players you mentioned though, did any of them go on to bigger and better things?  Ostracised or not, Fergie made them the players they were and they all got too big for their boots.  There's no amount of Fergie-bashing that can take that fact away, and for me that's the bottom line.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on March 27, 2008, 11:02:15 PM
The very same, yes.

The players you mentioned though, did any of them go on to bigger and better things?  Ostracised or not, Fergie made them the players they were and they all got too big for their boots.  There's no amount of Fergie-bashing that can take that fact away, and for me that's the bottom line.

I wasn't saying they went anywhere to do better things or otherwise. I was saying they were big name players who he took exception to almost publicly.  Fergie bashing? me? i'd hardly think so.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 28, 2008, 06:53:10 AM
I think Stam, Beckham and Van Nistelrooy went to two of the biggest Clubs in the world. Certainly more successful in European Cup wins anyway.

No amount of misty eyed Man U romanticism can deny that. ;)
 
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Post by: glasgowdon on March 28, 2008, 10:21:45 AM
I have just been going through the GD Manor library and have been reading some of the novels that have been lying around. The usual war,espionage stuff that I a enjoy.

Frederick Forsyth - The Devil's Alternative.

Well paced, good story, the usual sort of Forsyth formula but I found it entertaining and I would recommend it if you enjoy a good Cold War espionage novel.
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Post by: smooth on March 28, 2008, 10:36:52 AM
Just finished a couple books by colin bateman. A kind of irish carl hiassen/brookmyre tpe. very good and very funny especially the dan starkey novels

also finished two by gianrico carofiglio, lawyer/crime type books, excellently written and based in bari.

Also have to recommend Stone Junction by Jim Dodge absolutley superb, a must read for everyone.
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on March 28, 2008, 11:38:20 AM
I think Stam, Beckham and Van Nistelrooy went to two of the biggest Clubs in the world. Certainly more successful in European Cup wins anyway.

No amount of misty eyed Man U romanticism can deny that. ;)
 

Really?
Remind me how many European Cups Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy won when they left Manchester Utd.

BB - I was talking about Crick bashing Fergie, not you, wind yer neck in! ;)
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on March 28, 2008, 11:45:15 AM
Really?
Remind me how many European Cups Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy won when they left Manchester Utd.

BB - I was talking about Crick bashing Fergie, not you, wind yer neck in! ;)

D'oh!
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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 28, 2008, 11:54:44 AM
Really?
Remind me how many European Cups Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy won when they left Manchester Utd.

BB - I was talking about Crick bashing Fergie, not you, wind yer neck in! ;)

Remind me how many European Cups Manchester Utd won after Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy left .
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on March 28, 2008, 12:14:22 PM
Remind me how many European Cups Manchester Utd won after Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy left .

Remind me how many league titles Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy won after they left Manchester Utd?
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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 28, 2008, 12:38:28 PM
Remind me how many league titles Stam, Beckham and van Nistelrooy won after they left Manchester Utd?

They have all won one.

United won 2 since they all departed (last season included) and would probably have won more with these 3 in the team. Man U's worst period in the last 20 years pretty much happened when these 3 left.


 


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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on March 28, 2008, 02:22:32 PM
They have all won one.

United won 2 since they all departed (last season included) and would probably have won more with these 3 in the team. Man U's worst period in the last 20 years pretty much happened when these 3 left.


 




A period that also coincided with the arrival of Abramovich.

Just finished Simon Kernick - The Business of Dying

and Tom Cain - The Accident Man.
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Post by: Kowalski on March 28, 2008, 03:27:26 PM
I've just finished reading "Great Expectations".

It wasn't all I hoped it would be.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 28, 2008, 03:55:04 PM
I just finished The History of the Pneumatic Tyre by Eric Tompkins. It was a let down.
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Post by: Caroline B on March 28, 2008, 04:00:56 PM
Continuing on a football note. Bryan Gunn's "In Where it hurts" is a very good read. I must confess to being a little misty eyed when I read about the death of his daughter Francesca in the book.

A must read for Dons fans with loads of humour in it as well as some serious stuff.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: glasgowdon on March 29, 2008, 03:49:36 PM
Bought a couple of books today:

Frederick Forsyth - The Odessa File
Robert Wilson - The Hidden Assassins

Robert Wilson's novels are ace. I would recommend The Company of Strangers and A Small Death in Lisbon. Two of my favourite books I've ever read.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on March 31, 2008, 12:48:07 PM
Been doing a power of reading recently but then I've had plenty time to kill....

Nothing really standout or ground breaking, it's all been rather simple works of fiction, the Willie Miller book and one about how Africa is exploited by the 1st world countries.

Currently reading 'Out Stealing Horses' which a friend of mine bought for me.  It won some International Book Award or something and a review of it says the following:

Quote
This is a delightful, thought-provoking and ethereal book by an author the Independent describes as "one of Norway's finest living writers". It's a relatively simple story tinged with nostalgia about a 67-year-old man's remembrance of things past and how events in the summer of 1948 shaped the rest of his life.

Nice wee dreamy read so far....
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Post by: Kowalski on April 03, 2008, 09:19:40 AM
Just finished reading "Touching from a distance" by Deborah Curtis.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touching-Distance-Deborah-Curtis/dp/0571239560/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207210653&sr=8-1

What a sad, depressing story but very well written and thoroughly engrossing.  It seemed a very honest account of her life with Ian Curtis and it didn't come across as bitchy or that she had any bridges to burn.
I knew Ian had epilepsy but didn't realise it was so bad, at one point he was having up to 4 attacks per night.  She was basically looking after him and their child single handedly until he went and had his affair.

Obviously the book is one side of the story but Deborah did not have a good time of it and its easy to feel a lot of sympathy for her.  Ian wasn't painted in a particularly good light but perhaps this was the real Ian.

The book also includes a complete gig history (Joy Division played Aberdeen!) and all the lyrics.

Got the book free with the Control DVD!
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on April 03, 2008, 09:46:54 AM
Reading Irvine Welsh's - Bedroom Secrets Of The Masterchefs now.  Reminds me a little of The Acid House although it's a lot easier to read than his other books as there's a lot less dialect.

Certainly better than Filth, which I thought was garbage.
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Post by: Harcus on April 03, 2008, 01:43:31 PM
Reading Irvine Welsh's - Bedroom Secrets Of The Masterchefs now.  Reminds me a little of The Acid House although it's a lot easier to read than his other books as there's a lot less dialect.

Certainly better than Filth, which I thought was garbage.

Bedroom Secrets was alright I thought, but I also enjoyed Filth. Am currently reading If you liked school, you'll love work by the same author, but haven't had a chance to get into it yet.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on April 03, 2008, 02:17:42 PM
Was discussing The Acid House at the weekend with a drinking buddy who quite surprisingly has read a fair chunk of Irvine Welsh's stuff.  Quite surprising really as he's German, his English isn't that good, has never been to Scotland and said it wasn't too difficult to understand!   :-\

Anyway, we'd both read The Acid House and seen the short films but could only name two of the three films.  So I texted a mate back home and he could only remember the same two:


1 - The Granton Star Cause - when he gets turned into a fly ("you been cheating on me with that wee slut Kylie?")

2 - The Acid House - when the casual/raver switches places with the baby during the thunder storm.

Anyone remember all three?
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on April 03, 2008, 02:26:53 PM
The Granton Star Cause

A Soft Touch

The Acid House

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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on April 03, 2008, 02:34:20 PM
Well done, ruin the wee game for everyone smartarse.   ::)

What was A Soft Touch about?
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on April 03, 2008, 02:44:00 PM
Well done, ruin the wee game for everyone smartarse.   ::)

What was A Soft Touch about?

Soooorrreeeee.

The boy who got done over by the same burd a few times, the hard cunt moved in up the stairs, took his burd and his leccy!
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on April 03, 2008, 02:48:55 PM
 ;)

Rings a bell.

Remember reading it but don't remember seeing it.  How does it end?
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on April 03, 2008, 02:51:31 PM
;)

Rings a bell.

Remember reading it but don't remember seeing it.  How does it end?

Think him and the burd patched it up over a drink or something, can't definitely remember!

The hard cunt dropped an extension cable down from his flat into the soft touch's place and plugged it in, and the soft touch had to listen to the hard cunt pumping his burd dog in a bath stylee!
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Post by: Kowalski on May 04, 2008, 07:21:00 PM
Just finished reading Stuart MacBride - Broken Skin.
http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/3481898/Broken-Skin/Product.html

Thats the third novel from MacBride about gritty crime in Aberdeen, this one involved a bit of S&M!  It was very good, all three of his novels have been great.
Next one (Flesh House) out soon.
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Post by: glasgowdon on May 04, 2008, 08:13:18 PM
Just finished reading Stuart MacBride - Broken Skin.
http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/3481898/Broken-Skin/Product.html

Thats the third novel from MacBride about gritty crime in Aberdeen, this one involved a bit of S&M!  It was very good, all three of his novels have been great.
Next one (Flesh House) out soon.

Wouldn't say they were great, enjoyable but by no means great.

THE CITY OF ABERDEEN IS IN IT AND SO ARE ROWIES......10/10

 :lolabove:
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on May 05, 2008, 09:54:06 AM
The current bloo_book is "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon - Travels though Yugoslavia" by Rebecca West.

I've become quite interested in things associated with the Balkan conflict having read a couple of books about football hooliganism in Croatia & Serbia.  This book was written more than 60 years ago but on reading the first 50 pages it is very relevant to the tensions there.  Ordered it from Play and I hadn't appreciated until I received it that it is 1100 pages long.  I'll let you know in 2010 how I got on with it!!!
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Post by: Sharpie on May 05, 2008, 09:59:41 AM
The current bloo_book is "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon - Travels though Yugoslavia" by Rebecca West.

I've become quite interested in things associated with the Balkan conflict having read a couple of books about football hooliganism in Croatia & Serbia.  This book was written more than 60 years ago but on reading the first 50 pages it is very relevant to the tensions there.  Ordered it from Play and I hadn't appreciated until I received it that it is 1100 pages long.  I'll let you know in 2010 how I got on with it!!!

 :thumbsup: Brilliant. I've not attempted it yet but I will probably give it a go when I am on holiday in September. If you get a chance you should try and get down to Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia - a wonderful part of the world.
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on May 05, 2008, 10:08:00 AM
:thumbsup: Brilliant. I've not attempted it yet but I will probably give it a go when I am on holiday in September. If you get a chance you should try and get down to Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia - a wonderful part of the world.

Considering a week in Croatia for this summer, can't decide on Istria or Dalmatia, would prefer latter but flights aren't as flexible...
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Post by: Harcus on May 05, 2008, 12:15:46 PM
My flatmate is working in Belgrade this summer, thinking I might head over and visit at some point, any suggestions on flights/things to see/places to visit?
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Post by: Sharpie on May 05, 2008, 12:39:16 PM
My flatmate is working in Belgrade this summer, thinking I might head over and visit at some point, any suggestions on flights/things to see/places to visit?

I've only spent a couple of days in Belgrade but it is a very lively place. The best action I am told is on the banks of the Danube. The Serbs in general are good fun and can appear pretty mental. Head up north to Vojvodina and Novi Sad for the Exit festival in July. Sarajevo in Bosnia is also a very interesting place to visit and has a good nightlife as well. The journey by road from Belgrade to Sarajevo is quite spectacular. I've got a mate from Fife who spends half his time in Belgrade at the moment and if his experience is anything to go by you will have a cracking time. I found the locals in Serbia and Bosnia to be very easy going and also very easy to engage and by fuck do they like a drink.
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Post by: manc_don on May 05, 2008, 12:47:09 PM
I thought exit had been forced to move to croatia? Its one i've been wanting to go to for years.
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Post by: Sharpie on May 05, 2008, 01:00:08 PM
I thought exit had been forced to move to croatia? Its one i've been wanting to go to for years.

Nope, Exit is in Novi Sad on the grounds of a fortress. I was hoping to go this year for my stagger but it proved too tricky to get a group from the UK to northern Serbia so we are going to Balaton Sound in Hungary instead.
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Post by: manc_don on May 05, 2008, 02:09:46 PM
Nope, Exit is in Novi Sad on the grounds of a fortress. I was hoping to go this year for my stagger but it proved too tricky to get a group from the UK to northern Serbia so we are going to Balaton Sound in Hungary instead.

I swear a mate of mine said it was moving, oh well, that means I must try and get there next year then. Balaton Sound, is that the one near Budapest which is ridiculously cheap for four days of carnage?

Just checked, that line up is pretty good! Beastie Boys, Hernan Cattaneo, Basement Jaxx, Darren Emerson and Eric Prydz. That is going to be shit hot.
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Post by: Sharpie on May 05, 2008, 02:22:25 PM
That was last years line up min. It's on the banks of Lake Balaton which is an hour south of Budapest. Electronic madness in the sun, I cannae wait.

(http://static.sziget.hu/bin/107700.jpg)

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Post by: manc_don on May 05, 2008, 03:04:15 PM
They haven't updated their website, my god, some lineup! Is it still 68 euros for the four days?
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Post by: Sharpie on May 05, 2008, 03:21:46 PM
Sumfink like that. Cheap as goulash.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on May 06, 2008, 10:10:38 AM
Just finished reading 'Bringing Down the House' which has recently been released as a film staring Kevin Spacey.

The book was ok, it's about a group of maths students who are recruited by a card shark who teaches them how to work as a team to scoop millions in Vegas playing blackjack.

Not really much in it that raises the eyebrows which considering it's set largely in Sin City.  I was expecting a pretty sordid story of neon lights, high class hookers and mountains of cash rolling in.  But then again, what did I really expect from a bunch of maths geeks?
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Post by: Kowalski on May 06, 2008, 10:12:51 AM
Just finished reading 'Bringing Down the House' which has recently been released as a film staring Kevin Spacey.

The book was ok, it's about a group of maths students who are recruited by a card shark who teaches them how to work as a team to scoop millions in Vegas playing blackjack.

Not really much in it that raises the eyebrows which considering it's set largely in Sin City.  I was expecting a pretty sordid story of neon lights, high class hookers and mountains of cash rolling in.  But then again, what did I really expect from a bunch of maths geeks?

I've seen the film (which is not bad - good soundtrack) and have bought the book to give it a read.
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Post by: BigAl on May 06, 2008, 11:32:53 AM
Aye film is titled "21". Saw it on Sat night, thought it was pretty good. Seem to recollect reading that it is based upon a true story ???
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on May 06, 2008, 11:50:41 AM
Yeah, it's based on a true story.

Picked up another one of those John Corey books Al.  Plum Island I think it's called.  Looking forward to that next.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: baggy89 on May 06, 2008, 11:53:00 AM
Just finished reading 'Bringing Down the House' which has recently been released as a film staring Kevin Spacey.

The book was ok, it's about a group of maths students who are recruited by a card shark who teaches them how to work as a team to scoop millions in Vegas playing blackjack.

Not really much in it that raises the eyebrows which considering it's set largely in Sin City.  I was expecting a pretty sordid story of neon lights, high class hookers and mountains of cash rolling in.  But then again, what did I really expect from a bunch of maths geeks?

Read the book about 4 years ago seem to remember it being quite good.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on May 06, 2008, 11:53:15 AM
Yeah, it's based on a true story.

Yes, from the uni at Boston. Face recognition software got them kicked out of a casino in Monte Carlo. They were card counters.
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Post by: BigAl on May 06, 2008, 12:03:54 PM
Yeah, it's based on a true story.

Picked up another one of those John Corey books Al.  Plum Island I think it's called.  Looking forward to that next.   :thumbsup:

have read all the books written by Nelson Demille...... if you've enjoyed them so far, trawl charity shops and Amazon for the others :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mentorred on May 06, 2008, 02:00:18 PM
The Granton Star Cause

A Soft Touch

The Acid House



Class read the book and own the DVD, "I can take mair"  ;D

Reading if you liked school you will love work now.
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Post by: BigAl on June 11, 2008, 08:33:41 PM
The Reluctant Fundementalist by Mohsin Hamid..... different best describes it :thumbsup:
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Post by: smooth on June 11, 2008, 10:53:40 PM
Just finished a couple books

Fup - jim dodge, quality read, set in mid west america somewhere, top notch. also check out stone junction by the same author it really is a tremendous journey through america

The seven days of peter crumb - Jonny Glynn - good read if a little horrific a times, set in London and is about a guy going into complete meltdown.  oooft
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Post by: BigAl on June 14, 2008, 10:00:08 PM
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Post by: hebrew on June 14, 2008, 11:10:20 PM
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

That is a realy good read  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on June 14, 2008, 11:26:24 PM
That is a realy good read  :thumbsup:

Just on about page 90 odd, but shaping up to be a good read :thumbsup:
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Post by: hebrew on June 14, 2008, 11:29:14 PM
Yeh I quite enjoyed it read it last year if I remember

I'm about to logoff and read my latest book The Pact by Jodi Picoult - not much of a fan of hers normally but this one is ok

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Post by: BigAl on June 14, 2008, 11:31:00 PM
Enjoy.... catch you later :wave:
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Post by: bloo on July 29, 2008, 03:04:50 PM
The Bang-Bang Club by Greg Marinovitch & Joao Silva
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bang-bang-Club-Making-South-Africa/dp/009928149X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217339700&sr=8-1

Very much an eye-opener of the last years of apartheid in South Africa.  The Bang-Bang Club was a group of four intrepid photographers who put their lives on the line to get pictures on the front-line of the hidden civil war that raged in the SA townships.  Only two of them survived (though one of them was shot on three separate occasions).  Of the others one was shot dead and another (Kevin Carter of Manic Street Preachers single fame) killed himself because he was too sensitive to the things he had seen.

If you are at all interested in South African politics you must read this book.
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Post by: BigAl on July 29, 2008, 03:09:46 PM
Just started on "Dreams From My Father" by Barack Obama or Barry as he was called as a youngster.
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Post by: baggy89 on July 29, 2008, 03:27:30 PM
I read, on holiday, "The Power of the Dog" by Don Winslow. It's all about the American war on drugs set over 30 years. Winslow tells of the involvement of the DEA ,the Mafia, CIA, Mexican drug cartels by telling the story through the eyes of several different characters. Best book I've read in a long while.
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Post by: Kowalski on July 29, 2008, 03:29:09 PM
Just started on "Dreams From My Father" by Barack Obama or Barry as he was called as a youngster.

I'll be interested to hear what its like.  I've been told his "The Audacity of Hope" book is extremely well written.

Just finishing Terry Pratchett "Making Money" at the moment.
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Post by: BigAl on July 29, 2008, 04:30:02 PM
I'll be interested to hear what its like.  I've been told his "The Audacity of Hope" book is extremely well written.

Just finishing Terry Pratchett "Making Money" at the moment.

Will let you know :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on July 29, 2008, 04:32:21 PM
I read, on holiday, "The Power of the Dog" by Don Winslow. It's all about the American war on drugs set over 30 years. Winslow tells of the involvement of the DEA ,the Mafia, CIA, Mexican drug cartels by telling the story through the eyes of several different characters. Best book I've read in a long while.

Believe it or not I took the don Winslow book on my hols and never even opened the front cover.... me thinks its next on the list on account of your recommendation.... better be good mind ;)
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Post by: Harcus on July 29, 2008, 06:17:00 PM
Have read a lot of Christopher Brookmyre recently. Very formulaic, but enjoyable nonetheless. And he hates the Old Firm.

Got a copy of Irvine Welsh's new one today - 'Crime'.
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Post by: BrownyBrown on July 29, 2008, 06:25:37 PM
Just finished reading Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman's Long Way Down and getting the itch for a motorbike as my next purchase instead of a new car - I'm sure it'll pass when the winter draws in!

Also picked up the classic Nineteen Eighty Four in the bargain bin, something I've not read in years.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on July 29, 2008, 07:57:39 PM
Just finishing Terry Pratchett "Making Money" at the moment.

 :thumbsup:

Read 3 Michael Connelly books on holiday, good stuff, the Detective Bosch series.

Also the Gangs of Dundee, funny as fuck!
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Post by: BigAl on September 01, 2008, 10:24:38 AM
I'll be interested to hear what its like.  I've been told his "The Audacity of Hope" book is extremely well written.

Just finishing Terry Pratchett "Making Money" at the moment.

Forgot about this Kowalski.... just like Mr Obama's book.
Just didn't rate it at all, and gave up about 150 pages into it, and punted it on Amazon ;)
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on September 01, 2008, 10:40:13 AM
Funny you should bring this thread back from the dead.  Was just about to resurrect it myself.

I read Screwed over the course of last week.  It's about a prison warden who gives you an insight how the prison system works and tells a few funny tales along the way.  Wasn't anything amazing, shoved in a few hours commute and reminded me very much of reading 'Bloody Casuals'.  Easy to read though and reminds you, if you ever needed it, how over-PC it's became in the UK.

As always, if you want the book, PM me your address.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on September 01, 2008, 05:16:35 PM
I've just finished Ghost by Robert Harris. As usual he doesn't disappoint. 
If you want 40 pizzas and 10 taxis at 3am PM your address.
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Post by: minijc on September 01, 2008, 05:24:16 PM
ST i am still waiting for a book you chunt.
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Post by: ??? on September 01, 2008, 05:55:28 PM
ST i am still waiting for ........... you chunt.

Edit the above as you see fit people!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: smooth on September 01, 2008, 06:37:43 PM
Just finished 'the black album' by Hanif Kureishi, becoming more and more relevant each day that passes.

also  'not fade away' by jim dodge which is a rather bizarre but excellent book about travelling around america

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Post by: Kowalski on September 01, 2008, 09:37:28 PM
Just finished "Devil May Care" by Sebastian Faulks, and I thought it was really good.
I'm away to start reading "Being a Scot" by Sean Connery.
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Post by: baggy89 on September 01, 2008, 09:45:17 PM
I've just finished Ghost by Robert Harris. As usual he doesn't disappoint. 
If you want 40 pizzas and 10 taxis at 3am PM your address.
I've had that for a month or two and keep picking it but never get down to reading it properly, was going to leave it as just got a few books aff my dad for my last christmas ;D, in among them was Graeme Obree's autobiography that I thought I might give a go first.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on September 05, 2008, 09:53:48 AM
Just started Michael Palin 1969-1979; The Python Years. It's basically his diary and gives a great insight into his life, his thoughts on his colleagues and the drfiting apart of the group.

As with anything he does, I'm left thinking he's clever, funny and a thoroughly nice bloke.
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Post by: BigAl on September 05, 2008, 08:18:05 PM
Lately I've been reading

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hemiplegic-Utopia-Style-Living-Hemiplegia/dp/095495517X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220642265&sr=1-1
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on September 05, 2008, 08:26:39 PM
Just finished 2 Stuart McBride books, Dying Light and Broken Skin, both excellent reads.

Currently reading Mark Billingham - Scaredy Cat.

Read a Dean Koontz book a few weeks back, god it was shit.
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Post by: bazig on September 05, 2008, 08:35:10 PM
Have you read MacBride's "Flesh House"? It is verging on horror rather than police procedural.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on September 05, 2008, 08:39:58 PM
Have you read MacBride's "Flesh House"? It is verging on horror rather than police procedural.

Not yet, those were the first 2 I'd read.

I need to get away from police procedural I guess, Mark Billingham, Stuart McBride, Michael Connolly, Simon Kernick, Ian Rankin and Peter James are all I've been reading though there's a new, non-Discworld Terry Pratchett out I will get.

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Post by: BigAl on September 05, 2008, 08:44:32 PM
Just finished 2 Stuart McBride books, Dying Light and Broken Skin, both excellent reads.

Currently reading Mark Billingham - Scaredy Cat.

Read a Dean Koontz book a few weeks back, god it was shit.

All the Mark Billingham ones are good, although they do become a little predictable after the first three or so
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on September 05, 2008, 08:46:03 PM
All the Mark Billingham ones are good, although they do become a little predictable after the first three or so

If you haven't already, try Simon Kernick. The DS Milne books are very good.
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Post by: bazig on September 05, 2008, 08:46:53 PM
Yah, I read all of the MacBride books over the course of a week & they kinda merged in my head
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on September 05, 2008, 08:48:43 PM
Dying Light was excellent, the DI Steel character is a hoot.
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Post by: bazig on September 05, 2008, 08:52:24 PM
We are not at home to Mr Fuck Up. :thumbsup:
She always sounds like she needs a bit of wash though.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on September 05, 2008, 08:59:49 PM
We are not at home to Mr Fuck Up. :thumbsup:
She always sounds like she needs a bit of wash though.

 :lolabove:

The Screw-up Squad!
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Post by: BigAl on September 05, 2008, 09:07:01 PM
If you haven't already, try Simon Kernick. The DS Milne books are very good.

Read one on my holidays last year, but cannae mind what it was called
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Post by: Dons_1903 on September 05, 2008, 09:12:27 PM
Currently reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

One of the bleakest books i've ever read. Well worth a read, and it's soon to be a movie.
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Post by: bazig on September 05, 2008, 10:15:50 PM
Bleak is right.
The Road is both heartbreaking & fascinating. The style of writing, although obviously appropriate, rubbed me a bit but it's an amazing read that stays with you long after you've actually finished reading. :cliché:
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Post by: baggy89 on September 05, 2008, 11:37:17 PM
Bleak is right.
The Road is both heartbreaking & fascinating. The style of writing, although obviously appropriate, rubbed me a bit but it's an amazing read that stays with you long after you've actually finished reading. :cliché:

Ha! Another one that I've been picking up and putting down since May, like you say the style of writing is the reason I put it down (and don't pick it up). After baggins's recommendation I've nearly finished Ghost, really enjoying it now, I may also force myslef to finish The Road as well now, on your two's recommendations. 

TF you need to get some John Connolly books. If you enjoyed the ones you've mentioned in your posts you will love the Charlie Parker series, and his others. 
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Post by: Dons_1903 on September 06, 2008, 01:30:51 PM
Ha! Another one that I've been picking up and putting down since May, like you say the style of writing is the reason I put it down (and don't pick it up). After baggins's recommendation I've nearly finished Ghost, really enjoying it now, I may also force myslef to finish The Road as well now, on your two's recommendations. 

TF you need to get some John Connolly books. If you enjoyed the ones you've mentioned in your posts you will love the Charlie Parker series, and his others. 

WARNING: SLIGHT SPOILERS


I've just gotten to the bit where they see three guys and a pregenant woman hobbling over a bridge.

What folllows is rather disturbing :(
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Post by: bazig on September 07, 2008, 06:26:15 PM
It certainly is.
*Nom, nom, nom*
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Post by: Dons_1903 on September 09, 2008, 12:48:57 AM
Just finished it.

Enjoyable isn't the word, but it's a very good book. The ending was so-so, though!
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Post by: bazig on September 09, 2008, 11:47:19 PM
I don't remember being disappointed with the ending. :-\
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Post by: Kowalski on September 30, 2008, 03:33:34 PM
Almost finished Sean Connery - "Being a Scot".

Its quite a read, and very in depth.  There's not much autobiographical content, but a whole heap about Scotland (history, royalty, sport, comedians, architecture, art, films etc...).  He's thrown his heart and soul into it, and its really rather good.
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Post by: KGB on October 01, 2008, 11:59:49 AM
Just finishing Ian Rankin- The Falls Can't get enough of Rebus. I agree that the MacBride books are also excellent reads so will have to get his most recent offering.

Ive got 10 Michael Connelly books that I bought for a tenner from one of those round the office book club thingymefecks sitting to read so lets hope they're good.
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Post by: tlg1903 on October 01, 2008, 12:19:53 PM
Have read a lot of Christopher Brookmyre recently. Very formulaic, but enjoyable nonetheless. And he hates the Old Firm.

Got a copy of Irvine Welsh's new one today - 'Crime'.

Brookmyre is really good but truth be told his earler stuff is a bit snappier.  Just finished reading a snowball in hell and its highly enjoyable but just doesnt have the same punch as not the end of the world or quite ugly one morning
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on October 01, 2008, 12:33:15 PM
Just finishing Ian Rankin- The Falls Can't get enough of Rebus. I agree that the MacBride books are also excellent reads so will have to get his most recent offering.

Ive got 10 Michael Connelly books that I bought for a tenner from one of those round the office book club thingymefecks sitting to read so lets hope they're good.

If they're the Heironymous Bosch series you'll most likely enjoy them.

Just started a John Harvey book "Ash and Bone". So much for getting away from police procedural!  ;)

Had a bit of spare time there and re-read The Acid House, god that is good.
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Post by: BigAl on October 02, 2008, 08:19:46 AM
I read, on holiday, "The Power of the Dog" by Don Winslow. It's all about the American war on drugs set over 30 years. Winslow tells of the involvement of the DEA ,the Mafia, CIA, Mexican drug cartels by telling the story through the eyes of several different characters. Best book I've read in a long while.

Five Stars +

So glad I finally got around to starting reading this book, certainly didn't take me long once I started it. Talk about a story having twists in it. From start to finish, absolutely superb and the cause of a few late nights in the past week reading this.
Anyone read any other Don Winslow ones that they could recommend.
Next up is The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
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Post by: ayrdons on October 02, 2008, 08:51:39 AM
Danny Wallace - friends like these , good holiday read !
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Post by: tlg1903 on October 02, 2008, 11:53:06 AM
Danny Wallace - friends like these , good holiday read !

I've read join me and yes man, is this of similar calibre?
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Post by: Kowalski on October 02, 2008, 11:27:59 PM
Anyone read this?

(http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/%2B2006/longuski-book.jpg)
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 02, 2008, 11:36:05 PM
Anyone read this?


Read it? I fucking wrote it. Watch & Learn.
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Post by: Edinburghdon on October 02, 2008, 11:38:09 PM
Anyone read this?

(http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/%2B2006/longuski-book.jpg)

Shortest book ever?

Chapter 1 "I'm ALWAYS right, you don't count!"
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 02, 2008, 11:47:14 PM
Shortest book ever?

Chapter 1 "I'm ALWAYS right, you don't count!"

Never in the history of the internet has there been evidence to back you up.

For a start, with fitba forums being as they are, anyone can post as much or as frequently as they like.

If some are bludgeoned into an early grave, then they were wrong in the first place, or they failed to get enough support.

Confidence in having a view is a good thing, surely?

The insecurity of others in not challenging a view is another matter altogether.
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Post by: ayrdons on October 03, 2008, 01:07:24 PM
Friends like these by Danny Wallace - really good book , easy to read and very funny , ive actually just went out and bought his other two books , Join me and Yes man , started to read join me and i can say that Freinds like these is in the same vein , definately recomend it .
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Post by: bilbobaggins on October 03, 2008, 01:55:52 PM
I just finished Christopher Brookmyre, one fine day in the middle of the night. He's a laugh out loud author and I'll be reading the rest of his work ASAP.

Since I had nothing else I'm digging Kerouac's On The Road, again, Ah mmm.
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Post by: BigAl on October 05, 2008, 08:27:09 PM
"An Ordinary Man" The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda by Paul Ruseseabagina.
Superb account of the history of the historical events leading up to the 1994 genocide in this country, together with more detail behind how this remarkable man protected and saved the lifes of nearly 1300 of his countrymen.

Highly recommended :thumbsup:
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Post by: tom_widdows on October 05, 2008, 09:04:49 PM
Close to finishing Quintine jardine's latest - Aftershock
As usual after a slow start and middle its getting good towards the end.

Jardin is  ok but I dont find his main character Bob Skinner as compelling as Rebus.
Probably because hes an ACC and everyone loves him as opposed to rebus the Drunken DI who gets the job done his own way and usually against his superiors wishes.

Disappointed that Rankin wont be writing any more Rebus books. Have read them all and his other books just dont 'have it'

Soon as ive finished this one its back to searching out a cheap copy of 'Flesh House' (Macbride) or maybe even Brookmyre's latest ' A snowball in hell'

Recently read a couple of James Patterson's too. Nice and easy
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on October 06, 2008, 11:27:03 AM
Since I had nothing else I'm digging Kerouac's On The Road, again, Ah mmm.

I bought this in City Lights Bookstore in San Fran and left the fucking thing on a bus about 10 minutes later.  Returned the next day to buy another copy and managed to leave it on the plane, unopened, later that day.  I've never got round to testing the 'third time lucky' theory.

Recently I read a Johnny Cash biography which was quite nicely written.  I think he's written one before so this one he writes whilst on the road and only skips through his history from time to time focusing more on the main characters in his life.  I really enjoyed it as it was him, as an old man looking back, reflecting on his life and he sort of knew there wasn't much left in the tank but he wasn't regretting any of it.  He'd found peace with himself (man).

At the moment I'm reading Hannibal Rising by the Silence of the Lambs author Thomas Harris.  It tracks his up-bringing and goes a fair way to explaining why he became the serial killer with a taste for human flesh.  Think I read Silence years ago but I'll probably go back and read these in order now as this has been a good read.

Also bought a book called Elephants on Acid whilst passing through the airport yesterday.  My brain was a little fried after the weekend so I thought I'd best pick up something that was easy to read.  It's a catalogue of all the weird, strange and amusing experiments that scientists have done.
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Post by: bazig on October 10, 2008, 09:13:45 AM
Stuart MacBride's Sawbones reads like My First Fisherprice Crime Story. Not good.
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Post by: baggy89 on October 10, 2008, 09:45:03 AM
I finished Ghost after being inspired here, flew through it, another good Harris book easy to see who some of the characters are loosely based on.

Didn't fly through it quite as quick as I did The Road when I gave that another go, difficult to understand how the boy could be compassionate about other human beings when all he has ever experienced was kill or be killed, but I suppose that was the point of the story. I didn't quite get the bit about the fish at the end, was it trying to say that there were places where the world was habitable and food was plentiful, or is it referring back to a time in the past? Or am I taking it a bit to literally.

Also read Graeme Obree's autobiography, I never realised how fucked up an individual he is, not surprising given his childhood and that so many people close to him lost their lives. Towards the end I kept thinking of Rocket Scientists rant about how people were either mentally strong and winners or mentally weak and losers. Obree in no way could be classed as a loser; two time world hour record holder, and two time world pursuit champion. I suppose you could argue that he could have achieved more if it hadn't been for psychological troubles but at the same time I think if it wasn't for his "demons" he would never have pushed himself as far or as hard as he did. Well worth a read anyway if only to discover a true Scottish sporting hero.
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Post by: bazig on October 10, 2008, 09:53:51 AM
Quote
I didn't quite get the bit about the fish at the end, was it trying to say that there were places where the world was habitable and food was plentiful, or is it referring back to a time in the past?
I took the trout to be just a memory.
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Post by: Harcus on October 10, 2008, 10:25:44 AM
First up, may I recommend Gary Sutherland's "Hunting Grounds":
http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/3370157/Hunting-Grounds/Product.html (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 (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.

I was in the sport section of my local library and picked this up. While I found it OK, I would have preferred more of a 'story', and his wit was getting on my tits by the end.

Also read 'Those Feet' by David Winner, which was very interesting, charting the changing nature of English society alongside its style of football.

Currently reading Bill Murray's 'Old Firm' updated edition, which is very enjoyable. Have reached up until 1984 so far.

Next up is Bobby George's autobiography.  ;D

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Post by: smooth on October 10, 2008, 01:35:30 PM
I just finished Christopher Brookmyre, one fine day in the middle of the night. He's a laugh out loud author and I'll be reading the rest of his work ASAP.



if you liked this try.... Carl Hiassen, a better, american version.  Or Colin Batemen, an Irish version of similar quality
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Post by: Kowalski on October 15, 2008, 10:27:14 PM
Just away to start reading "17" by the great Bill Drummond.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on October 15, 2008, 11:02:33 PM
Just about finished Terry Pratchett - Nation, pretty good as ever! :thumbsup:
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 15, 2008, 11:08:53 PM
Also read Graeme Obree's autobiography, I never realised how fucked up an individual he is, not surprising given his childhood and that so many people close to him lost their lives. Towards the end I kept thinking of Rocket Scientists rant about how people were either mentally strong and winners or mentally weak and losers.

Never consider thinking about anything I post. I just make it up as I go along. I can't even remember what you're referring to. Sounds typically and ignorantly black and white they way you're recalling it, another surefire clue to ignore it.

On Books, I am away to start One Arrow, One Life by Kenneth Kushner. It's been recommended by a friend who's previous two recommnedations I was unable to finish. Love his persistence and enthusaism though, and his bouncebackability. He is convinced I'm going to find his reading material as inspired he does. I hope so too.
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Post by: baggy89 on October 15, 2008, 11:58:36 PM
Never consider thinking about anything I post. I just make it up as I go along. I can't even remember what you're referring to. Sounds typically and ignorantly black and white they way you're recalling it, another surefire clue to ignore it.

On Books, I am away to start One Arrow, One Life by Kenneth Kushner. It's been recommended by a friend who's previous two recommnedations I was unable to finish. Love his persistence and enthusaism though, and his bouncebackability. He is convinced I'm going to find his reading material as inspired he does. I hope so too.

I think it was more the balck and white nature oft he comment that I was thinking about rather than the comment itself. Obree's narrative, to me, seemed to suggest he felt that the focus of going for the records and gold medals kept his demons at bay. It didn't seem to me like he acknowledged that those same demons gave him the ability to push himself further that most other human beings would have been capable of. A "I don't care if I live or die attitude" that he seems to acknowledge at various other points in the story of his life.

I wonder if its the solitudinal aspect of the sport that seems to predispose participants to psychological problems or if thats what attracts those who are predisposed to psychological problems to the sport?
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 19, 2008, 07:40:49 PM
I wonder if its the solitudinal aspect of the sport that seems to predispose participants to psychological problems or if thats what attracts those who are predisposed to psychological problems to the sport?

In golf, the solitudinal aspect gives rise to some fertile ground here. A number of the greats, past and present, were so singularly focused that other aspects of their private lives suffered, including their own psychological development. I'm not sure that the sports themselves attract a certain person predisposed to one psychological condition or another, but in sports that are patently self-reliant such as golf and athletics, the single mindedness of the winner often comes at the expense of something else. The boy David Millar, the Scottish cyclist, was another good example.

The only conclusion we might make is that fucked-up winners are more interesting than non fucked-up winners. Give me a fuck up any day of the week.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on October 29, 2008, 11:23:05 AM
In the middle of this book at the moment.

(http://www.beefheart.com/zine/003/beefheart.gif)

Not bedtime reading I hope.

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on November 19, 2008, 10:34:51 AM
Bump

Need some ideas for my Santa list ;)
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on November 19, 2008, 10:52:09 AM
Bump

Need some ideas for my Santa list ;)

Just started reading The Final Days by Alex Chance, seems pretty good so far.

Read the Exit Music by Ian Rankin too, that was good.

A Good Day To Die by Simon Kernick I can recommend too, it's the follow up to The Business of Dying. Excellent reads. :thumbsup:
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Post by: bazig on November 19, 2008, 11:11:01 AM
To give or to receive, Al?
This is nice.
http://www.johnlewis.com/230516857/Product.aspx?source=35079 (http://www.johnlewis.com/230516857/Product.aspx?source=35079)
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on November 19, 2008, 11:23:35 AM
I've just finished reading 'If You Liked School, You'll Love Work' by Irvine Welsh.  Didn't realise it was a collection of short stories until I started reading it but it was a welcomed surprise as I've read some real long winded dirges recently.

I also got treated to one of these quite recently - http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/reader-ebook (http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/reader-ebook) - which is quite frankly - fucking magic!!

Why you'd need 160 books on you at any given time is beyond me (it comes with 100 classics already on it) but you can also store music and photos so it's perfect for travelling light or commuting as it slips easily into an inside jacket pocket.  Oh, and you don't have to wait for delivery of your books from the likes of Amazon, you can save the rain forests (man) and not wonder what to do with the ever growing pile of books in your house.   ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: bazig on November 19, 2008, 11:29:15 AM
I think they are brilliant if you frequently do a whole lot of travelling but I like my book books. I still have every book I've ever owned from when I was a child.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on November 19, 2008, 11:50:54 AM
I think they are brilliant if you frequently do a whole lot of travelling but I like my book books. I still have every book I've ever owned from when I was a child.

The best bit about it is it comes in a cover which makes it still feel very much like you're reading a paper/hardback book.  If it was just a tablet type thing like a large iPod then I'm not sure I'd be so taken with it.

Bazig the hoarder eh...... well there you go.   ;)
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Post by: bazig on November 19, 2008, 11:54:08 AM
Oh, I'm quite ruthless about chucking the no longer useful & the no longer loved away (yes, really 8)) but books rarely fall into that category.
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Post by: BigAl on November 19, 2008, 12:39:02 PM
To give or to receive, Al?
This is nice.
http://www.johnlewis.com/230516857/Product.aspx?source=35079 (http://www.johnlewis.com/230516857/Product.aspx?source=35079)

It was initally to receive Baz, but your link is interesting.
The missus likes these sort of books, and if it gives her ideas for new places to og to then I'll all for it :thumbsup:
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on November 19, 2008, 12:41:42 PM
It was initally to receive Baz, but your link is interesting.
The missus likes these sort of books, and if it gives her ideas for new places to og to then I'll all for it :thumbsup:

I'm sure you've told her of many places to get to before now mate.
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Post by: BigAl on November 19, 2008, 12:46:00 PM
I'm sure you've told her of many places to get to before now mate.

 :lolabove:

+1....... oops, sorry you can't repeat a karma action within one hour. Tough ;)
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Post by: KGB on November 20, 2008, 08:21:56 AM
I just finished  Ian Rankin- Exit Music as well and can also recommend it.

Reading another Ian Rankin- Hanging Garden at the moment. Hope he writes more Rebus, Im an addict.
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Post by: The Doricle on November 20, 2008, 10:40:15 AM
Aye he's on to other stuff now, but in a similar vein i think. I was going to buy one and check it out last month, but I still haven't got round to reading the last two Rebus books. To my shame, since i used to buy them as soon as they were out and just read through them in a few days, but the missus pinched both these ones to read before me, so i lost the impetus a bit and haven't got round to them yet- maybe xmas holidays if i'm lucky.

Once i read my first one i think i ended up buying them all in order from then on and each new one as soon as they came out- which is a bit sad, but the're usually a great read.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on November 20, 2008, 11:34:15 AM
I've only read one of his before 'Black and Blue' I think it was, set in Aberdeen as well.  I see that you can buy the whole series now as three books in one so I'll probably do that.
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Post by: smooth on November 20, 2008, 12:19:47 PM
The last two were up there with his best.  However rankin's new one without rebus is not really up to much at all.

Just finished Firkin, about a book reading rat, it's tremendous.

Just finished books on baseball and american footbal both by john Feinstein and currently awaiting two on college basketball.

Currently reading Gommarah, on the commute, which is quite good, very detailed and might check out the film, The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi in bed and Chuck Liddell bio on the commode!
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Post by: KGB on November 20, 2008, 12:29:59 PM
I haven't read any rebus but hasn't he finished with rebus?

Yeah he has but he left the end wide open for more books if he wanted to do them.
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Post by: Kowalski on November 21, 2008, 09:25:24 PM
Just away to start reading "17" by the great Bill Drummond.

Still reading this.  It's very good.
fatjim/bloo - you might enjoy it, a lot of it is about how poor music is these days.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on November 22, 2008, 07:52:09 AM
Aye, that two know all about poor music.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on November 22, 2008, 09:59:17 AM
 :lolabove:
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Post by: Kowalski on November 22, 2008, 01:08:53 PM
How many chapters are dedicated to Oasis?  :wave:

Only mention of Oasis is Drummond saying that the most popular bands are not necessarily the best...
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Post by: tom_widdows on November 22, 2008, 01:10:41 PM
Finished Macbrides latest 'Flesh House' last week and beginning to see Bazig's point of view

It was OK and I do like the fact I know most of the places he mentions in his books but it just didnt flow. it also reminded me of the style of story writing that i was coming up with in Standard grade english, but Ill probably read his next one anyway (so long as I only pay £5max). Felt a bit cheated at the end too and I reckon he was 'encouraged' to change it.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on November 22, 2008, 01:49:09 PM
Only mention of Oasis is Drummond saying that the most popular bands are not necessarily the best...

Genius.

Surely he must be up for some literary award?
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Post by: Kowalski on November 22, 2008, 04:16:50 PM
That's nay really what the book's about, it was the only mention of Oasis.
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Post by: BigAl on November 23, 2008, 08:17:02 PM
Just started on "Human Traces" by Sebastian Faulks
Anyone else on here read it ?
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Post by: KGB on November 23, 2008, 08:19:09 PM
Haven't read it Al but if it's even half as good as 'Birdsong' by Faulks it will be worth reading.
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Post by: BigAl on November 23, 2008, 08:45:40 PM
Haven't read it Al but if it's even half as good as 'Birdsong' by Faulks it will be worth reading.

I've heard that thats a really good read and intend giving it a read if this one is any good. Faulks seems to be a really highly rated author at present. Only one of his I've read to date is Engelby
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Post by: BigAl on December 09, 2008, 04:50:06 PM
Just started on "Human Traces" by Sebastian Faulks
Anyone else on here read it ?

This boy Faulks writes a fair book.
Bit on the long side and a little heavy going in terms of detail, but he does tell a good story :thumbsup:
Have got "Birdsong"  and also "On Green Dolhpin Street" by him to read as well.
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Post by: hebrew on December 09, 2008, 08:37:02 PM
This boy Faulks writes a fair book.
Bit on the long side and a little heavy going in terms of detail, but he does tell a good story :thumbsup:
Have got "Birdsong"  and also "On Green Dolhpin Street" by him to read as well.

I loved that book  :thumbsup:

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Post by: hebrew on December 09, 2008, 10:23:47 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QT7QPG0RL.jpg)

I finished "CHOPPER 5" when I was offshore... already read the first 4... number 6 to go... and apparently number 7 too according to Amazon!

It's aboot my level though... fitba bams and ozzie crims.


Now my realtime favourite list (off ma shelf that I can see oot of hundreds as mates who've seen my book collection will confirm):

Hells Angels - Hunter S Thomsom

Porno - Irvine Welsh

Glue - Irvine Welsh(fuck that "Bedroom Secrets" shite he wrote)

A Short History Of Almost Everything - Bill Bryson (fit a trip thru time)

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Bloody Casuals: Diary of a Fitba Hooligan - Jay Allan (if ye canna sleep before a huns game this is the one)

1984 - George Orwell

Mein Kampf - Adolf Hitler

How To Catch Bigger Pike - Paul Gustafson

The Wasp Factory - Ian Banks

Island - Aldous Huxley

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Motorcycle Diaries
- Che Guevara

A Chancer - James Kelman

How Late It Was, How Late - James Kelman

Jaws - Peter Benchley (alot dirtier than the film - dirty cheatin wife in the diner!)

Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon (Just cos I'm fae Stoney and am curious aboot incest!)  ;D

That is a fab film - I might just have to add the book to my santa list  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mentorred on December 09, 2008, 10:26:08 PM
Just finished the Dean Windas Book, a good read by  a class guy.
Just starting Willie Millers book now
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Post by: Edinburghdon on December 09, 2008, 10:33:57 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QT7QPG0RL.jpg)

I finished "CHOPPER 5" when I was offshore... already read the first 4... number 6 to go... and apparently number 7 too according to Amazon!

It's aboot my level though... fitba bams and ozzie crims.


Now my realtime favourite list (off ma shelf that I can see oot of hundreds as mates who've seen my book collection will confirm):

Hells Angels - Hunter S Thomsom

Porno - Irvine Welsh

Glue - Irvine Welsh(fuck that "Bedroom Secrets" shite he wrote)

A Short History Of Almost Everything - Bill Bryson (fit a trip thru time)

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Bloody Casuals: Diary of a Fitba Hooligan - Jay Allan (if ye canna sleep before a huns game this is the one)

1984 - George Orwell

Mein Kampf - Adolf Hitler

How To Catch Bigger Pike - Paul Gustafson

The Wasp Factory - Ian Banks

Island - Aldous Huxley

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Motorcycle Diaries - Che Guevara

A Chancer - James Kelman

How Late It Was, How Late - James Kelman

Jaws - Peter Benchley (alot dirtier than the film - dirty cheatin wife in the diner!)

Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon (Just cos I'm fae Stoney and am curious aboot incest!)  ;D

Last two books i read.

Enjoyed the motorcycle diaries, wish i had read the book before seeing the film though.

Only just finished Porno the other night, really good read and i heard rumours that the movie may be back on
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Post by: Edinburghdon on December 09, 2008, 10:52:14 PM
I always try to read the book before watching the film - I like to have the scenes in ma heid before a highly paid director tells me what to think.

I tend to try and do the same, had my arm twisted into watching the motorcycle diaries before i could read the book though! :hammer:
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Post by: RDU_64 on December 09, 2008, 11:33:51 PM
Just finished reading 'Broken Skin' by Stuart Macbride.

Not usually into the old crime thriller much but enjoyed this one. Enjoyed it more as I could actually picture the places because I knew where they were! :thumbsup:
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on December 10, 2008, 09:02:42 AM
Just finished reading 'Broken Skin' by Stuart Macbride.

Not usually into the old crime thriller much but enjoyed this one. Enjoyed it more as I could actually picture the places because I knew where they were! :thumbsup:

http://www.touchlocal.com/nat/c-558-Dermatologist (http://www.touchlocal.com/nat/c-558-Dermatologist)
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Post by: RDU_64 on December 10, 2008, 12:48:52 PM
http://www.touchlocal.com/nat/c-558-Dermatologist (http://www.touchlocal.com/nat/c-558-Dermatologist)

Ironic, given that I occasionally suffer from really bad dry skin on my hands!
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Post by: ??? on December 10, 2008, 12:51:48 PM
Ironic, given that I occasionally suffer from really bad dry skin on my hands!

Cat Aids.

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/963649?UserKey= (http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/963649?UserKey=)
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Post by: Kowalski on January 17, 2009, 03:41:54 PM
Just finished Kevin Stirling's latest book "Aberdeen FC On This Day".
I didn't realise Hibs were once sniffing around AFC with a view to taking them over and relocating up north.  :-\
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Post by: BigAl on January 17, 2009, 07:26:32 PM
I didn't realise Hibs were once sniffing around AFC with a view to taking them over and relocating up north.  :-\

WTF  ???
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Post by: Kowalski on January 17, 2009, 07:50:51 PM
WTF  ???

This was about 1902(ish) before the amalgamation of the three teams in Aberdeen to form the current AFC.   Hibs wanted to come up and take over.  :-\
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Post by: BigAl on January 17, 2009, 09:49:44 PM
This was about 1902(ish) before the amalgamation of the three teams in Aberdeen to form the current AFC.   Hibs wanted to come up and take over.  :-\

and if they had succeeded then they wouldn't have had to wait for over a century for success in the Scottish Cup  ;)
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Post by: Andrew on January 18, 2009, 12:47:40 AM
Just finished reading the Count of Monte Cristo. Took me like two years to read after having read several books while reading it. In parts its really good but lots of it is really quite boring and quite complicated because minor details at the start of the book turn into major events at the end so you really have to pay attention.
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Post by: BigAl on January 18, 2009, 09:17:53 PM
Just finished reading the Count of Monte Cristo. Took me like two years to read after having read several books while reading it. In parts its really good but lots of it is really quite boring and quite complicated because minor details at the start of the book turn into major events at the end so you really have to pay attention.

You obviously didn't if it took you two years to read
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Post by: ??? on January 19, 2009, 02:24:16 PM
Just finished reading the Count of Monte Cristo. Took me like two years to read after having read several books while reading it. In parts its really good but lots of it is really quite boring and quite complicated because minor details at the start of the book turn into major events at the end so you really have to pay attention.

 :lolabove: :lolabove: :lolabove:

Andrew's advice on how to get through life...

Part 1 - How to read a book and truly understand it.

Next week, Part 2 - How to open doors and walk through them
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Post by: glasgowdon on January 19, 2009, 04:30:59 PM
:lolabove: :lolabove: :lolabove:

Andrew's advice on how to get through life...

Part 1 - How to read a book and truly understand it.

Next week, Part 2 - How to open doors and walk through them

 :lolabove:
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Post by: hebrew on January 19, 2009, 05:01:06 PM
I am reading about Ernesto Che Guevara before I go to see the films
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 19, 2009, 11:01:53 PM
What else you reading Hebrew?

I've read the Motorcycle Diaries but I heard that there's also some diaries or letters he was sending his parents which were published.
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Post by: hebrew on January 19, 2009, 11:43:27 PM
"Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War"

It's got the film cover on it - easy enough to read but all about battles so far  ;D
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 20, 2009, 10:36:25 AM
I'm reading another Nelson Demille book called The Lion's Game.  Love the main character, superb start to it so far.

You read this one Big Al?
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Post by: BigAl on January 20, 2009, 10:39:55 AM
I'm reading another Nelson Demille book called The Lion's Game.  Love the main character, superb start to it so far.

You read this one Big Al?

I've read them all ST.
Really good author Demille :thumbsup:
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 20, 2009, 10:41:22 AM
All of his or all the Corey series?
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Post by: ??? on January 20, 2009, 10:43:20 AM
superb start to it so far.

Remember ST

minor details at the start of the book turn into major events at the end so you really have to pay attention.

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on January 20, 2009, 10:59:46 AM
All of his or all the Corey series?

All of Demille's books
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 20, 2009, 11:26:36 AM
How'd they rate with the NY based stuff and are the main characters quite similar?

(fingers crossed smilie)
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Post by: Andrew on January 20, 2009, 12:09:31 PM
Remember ST

 :thumbsup:

Fuck off Adam. Stop being such a wank. Read the book and you will understand what I mean.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 20, 2009, 12:45:48 PM
Fuck off Adam. Stop being such a wank. Read the book and you will understand what I mean.

This book?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414M45D9RAL._SL500_AA280_.jpg)

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Post by: BigAl on January 21, 2009, 10:35:06 AM
How'd they rate with the NY based stuff and are the main characters quite similar?

(fingers crossed smilie)

I've enjoyed all the Demille books, but the John Corey ones are probably best.... really like the couldn't give a fuck abody anyone else attitiude. Have you read any of Vince Flynn or David Baldacci ones  ???
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 21, 2009, 10:46:58 AM
Yeah, Corey's attitude is right up my street, that and the one liners.  Worked my way through a few of them now but trying to leave some gaps between reading them so I don't run out anytime soon!  I'll no doubt read the rest of his books when I finish those.

Haven't read any Vince Flynn or David Baldacci.  Should I?
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Post by: BigAl on January 21, 2009, 10:53:41 AM
Yeah, Corey's attitude is right up my street, that and the one liners.  Worked my way through a few of them now but trying to leave some gaps between reading them so I don't run out anytime soon!  I'll no doubt read the rest of his books when I finish those.

Haven't read any Vince Flynn or David Baldacci.  Should I?

If you like The character Corey, you'll love Mitch Rapp who is the central character in Vince Flynn novels. He has a real don't give a fuck abody anyone else type of attitude. Would prob go for the Flynn ones before Baldacci ones. Enjoy :thumbsup:
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 21, 2009, 11:24:16 AM
Will do.

Cheers for the heads up!   :thumbsup:
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Post by: ??? on January 21, 2009, 12:34:15 PM
Fuck off Adam. Stop being such a wank. Read the book and you will understand what I mean.

I've read it ye wee sh*te, and like most books,
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minor details at the start of the book turn into major events at the end

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 21, 2009, 01:08:47 PM
Just finished Dead Man's Footsteps by Peter James, excellent stuff. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Andrew on January 25, 2009, 02:04:18 AM
I've read it ye wee sh*te, and like most books,
 :thumbsup:

Well you will understand what I mean such as the Edmond Dantes Albanian slave's little sob story at the start of the book turns out to be one of the most important events of the book.
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Post by: Harcus on January 25, 2009, 03:41:16 AM
Have read a fair bit since last post on this thread.

Finished all of Brookmyre's stuff, most of it excellent.

Also read 'Dishwasher' - about some guy who tries to wash dishes in all fifty states. (http://www.dishwasherpete.com/Portals/4/Book_Cover.gif)

Another one was about a teenage male prostitute in San Francisco - (http://www.sanfranciscowritersworkshop.com/assets/images/sterry_chicken.jpg)

And Ron Ferguson's history of Cowdenbeath FC. Really enjoyed this one, it's more of a modern social history of the town and football's part in it.
(http://www.northernbooks.co.uk/images/commtrov/blackblu.jpg)

Currently reading 'A Song For Azalea' - a memoir of a child growing up in 1940s China.
(http://dynamic.images.indigo.ca/ProductImage.aspx?lang=en&width=140&isbn=0143017705&cat=books&quality=85)

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Post by: ??? on January 25, 2009, 03:10:27 PM
Well you will understand what I mean such as the Edmond Dantes Albanian slave's little sob story at the start of the book turns out to be one of the most important events of the book.

Books Andrew, books!
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 27, 2009, 09:27:15 AM
I've enjoyed all the Demille books, but the John Corey ones are probably best.... really like the couldn't give a fuck abody anyone else attitiude. Have you read any of Vince Flynn or David Baldacci ones  ???

I'm half way through The Lion's Game now and so far I'm a little disappointed.  It's quite a thick book (by Demille's standard) although it's not taking me long to get through it as his books are easy to digest.  But the baddie is so good at what he does that the good guys just haven't got any leads to go on and I'm sort of feeling as bored as they are, waiting around for him to slip up so they can actually start tracking him down!  That said, the start of the book was gripping and quite freaky/scary to think about.

It's really going to have to pick up pace soon as it's got quite a lot to fit in if they're going to catch this guy in what's left of the book.  So far the main guy Corey, who is a great character, has just been twiddling his thumbs and sitting in meetings.

Although I sort of want to read the Koran now.  It sounds nuts!   :-\
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Post by: ??? on January 27, 2009, 09:45:58 AM
Although I sort of want to read the Koran now.  It sounds nuts!   :-\

It is.  Back to front and everything...
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Post by: ally s on January 27, 2009, 10:03:26 AM

I'm just about to start reading The Discovery of France.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on January 27, 2009, 11:55:47 AM
It is.  Back to front and everything...

Well the quote I read was along the lines of 'Take neither a Jew nor Christian as a friend, this way it will be easier when your time comes to slay them'.
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Post by: ??? on January 27, 2009, 12:38:08 PM
Well the quote I read was along the lines of 'Take neither a Jew nor Christian as a friend, this way it will be easier when your time comes to slay them'.


I was being serious 'byraway', worth a read even if you're not religious.  Religion is a lot of pish.  :thumbsup:

Remember there was a program on the telly a year or two back where some guy explained what certain passages of the Bible/Koran really meant.  Pretty interesting from a "that's f*cking nuts" sort of way.
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Post by: Kowalski on January 27, 2009, 08:59:03 PM
Just started Flesh House by Stuart MacBride.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 28, 2009, 01:29:39 PM
Just started Flesh House by Stuart MacBride.

Going to start it tonight.

Finally gave up with a John Grisham book. My the fuck it is deathly boring.
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Post by: BigAl on February 06, 2009, 07:21:32 PM
WTF lingering half way down page two on here.......

BUMP

finished yet another of Sebastian Faulkes books. Guy is a fecking great writer. However now on to "The Damned United" telling the story of Brian Clough's forty four days in charge of Leeds Utd. Really interesting read, well written and helped by the fact that I remember all the players talked about.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on February 06, 2009, 07:26:37 PM
Going to start it tonight.

Finally gave up with a John Grisham book. My the fuck it is deathly boring.

Still haven't started the fucker!
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Post by: hebrew on February 06, 2009, 07:39:24 PM
I have just finished a crap book so gonna read my next Ian Rankin to take my mind off it
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on February 06, 2009, 07:47:27 PM
I have just finished a crap book so gonna read my next Ian Rankin to take my mind off it

Like this one  . . . .

(http://img.tesco.com/pi/Books/L/36/9780316729536.jpg)

Actually I can highly recommend this and volume 2.

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Post by: BigAl on February 10, 2009, 02:35:06 PM
Just started Flesh House by Stuart MacBride.

I started reading this the other night as well. Only about 150 pages into it so far, but finding it a little bit slow so far. Hopefully the pace picks up as I get further into it
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Post by: smooth on February 10, 2009, 03:28:57 PM
Just finished Brutal Art - Jesse Kellerman not a bad read

A Damned United is just ok - i will be checking out the film however.

Bought two new bookcases so while transferring over from new to old found some tremednous books i've bought and buried for reading later - good times.

Just finished Gold by Dan Rhodes - not as good as Timoleon Vieta Come Home but still worth the read.

And as the Aye Write festival is in full swing in the office i've been handed James Kelman - Kieron Smith Boy and Mark Mcnay - Under Control to read.  If there any good i'll get the other four on the shortlist. 
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on February 10, 2009, 03:42:59 PM
I have just finished a crap book

Bristol Scale Hardback Edition?
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Post by: Kowalski on February 14, 2009, 07:13:14 AM
Just started Flesh House by Stuart MacBride.

Going to start it tonight.

I started reading this the other night as well. Only about 150 pages into it so far, but finding it a little bit slow so far. Hopefully the pace picks up as I get further into it

Finished it last and I wasn't too impressed it.  I think its the poorest of his books and he seemed to try and do a bit too much with the story this time.  By the end I thought it was bordering on complete nonsense!

Now reading "Terry Pratchett - The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld"
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on February 14, 2009, 08:45:38 AM
Need to look that Terry Pratchett one up!
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Post by: octavion on February 14, 2009, 09:07:34 AM
that twilight book - wife gave me it dinna start  >:(
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Post by: hebrew on February 14, 2009, 09:35:43 AM
that twilight book - wife gave me it dinna start  >:(

I gave that to my eldest daughter at christmas she loved it  ;D
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Post by: octavion on February 14, 2009, 09:49:12 AM
I gave that to my eldest daughter at christmas she loved it  ;D
ermm its starting to get quite good .... :-[
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Post by: hebrew on February 15, 2009, 07:12:07 PM
ermm its starting to get quite good .... :-[

She is on the third book of the series now
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Post by: kelt on February 15, 2009, 10:46:20 PM
Just finished Ice Hunt, a 'thriller' about Russians, heroic Americans, human experimentation and savage, walking whales.

It was terribad.

Also just wrapped up Ringworld, a sci-fi tale about two humans, a talking tiger and an alien that behaves like a tortoise.

It was terribad.

Right now I'm writing a little fan fiction, and I assure you it's going to be awesome.

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Finished it last and I wasn't too impressed it.  I think its the poorest of his books and he seemed to try and do a bit too much with the story this time.  By the end I thought it was bordering on complete nonsense!

Now reading "Terry Pratchett - The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld"

I have around 30 Discworld books, both audio and text.. and they get progressively worse as the series goes on. Anything after the first ten just isn't funny, interesting or creative. He needs to stop writing Discworld books now, he really does.

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Post by: octavion on February 16, 2009, 10:42:47 AM
ooohhh I am intreaged Kelt if its as good as some oh yer posts ! ;)

Gonna gee us a snipet then ?
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Post by: scotfree on February 16, 2009, 10:51:35 AM
If any one wants a good crime book to read the should try James Lee Burke. Set in The South of America(Louisiana) Was not in to American crime until i read his stuff.
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Post by: dave_min on February 16, 2009, 11:01:22 AM
that twilight book - wife gave me it dinna start  >:(

I've read all 4 and they're all really good.
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Post by: octavion on February 17, 2009, 07:56:32 AM
I've read all 4 and they're all really good.

need to get them  :-[
canna nae finish the series ::)
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Post by: baggy89 on February 17, 2009, 10:13:08 AM
Just finished Ice Hunt, a 'thriller' about Russians, heroic Americans, human experimentation and savage, walking whales.

It was terribad.

Also just wrapped up Ringworld, a sci-fi tale about two humans, a talking tiger and an alien that behaves like a tortoise.

It was terribad.

Right now I'm writing a little fan fiction, and I assure you it's going to be awesome.

I have around 30 Discworld books, both audio and text.. and they get progressively worse as the series goes on. Anything after the first ten just isn't funny, interesting or creative. He needs to stop writing Discworld books now, he really does.



I'm surprised he remembers where he put his pen these days ;D

While waiting in the ariport the other day for someone to arrive, I came across this;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/2666-Roberto-Bolano/dp/0330447424/ref=pd_ts_b_55?ie=UTF8&s=books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/2666-Roberto-Bolano/dp/0330447424/ref=pd_ts_b_55?ie=UTF8&s=books)
Anyone attempted it? Think I may give it a go.
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Post by: kelt on February 17, 2009, 04:37:25 PM
ooohhh I am intreaged Kelt if its as good as some oh yer posts ! ;)

Gonna gee us a snipet then ?

I might consider posting a wee preview at some point, then again I might no  ;D

If you're really lucky/unfortunate you might find a piece of fan fiction online that I did a few years ago... a one page Strontium Dog script, inked by 2000ad artist P.J. Holden. I posted the script for a laugh, and he inked and published it. It's called 'The Day The Dog Died'... but aside from a few references online it seems to have gone the way of all my great works  ;)

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an anthology of short comics stories from 1999 to 2007 all illustrated by PJ and featuring a number of writers, including Jaspre Barke (the excellent Stripped Bare strips), Jason Cobley, Kelt and a fellow 2000 AD regular, Gordon Rennie.

If I have a copy on my HD I'll mebbes post it.
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Post by: kelt on February 17, 2009, 04:43:34 PM
Double post.

Double Dose of my Pimpin'.

Edited before someone faints from the excitement.

 ;D

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Post by: BigAl on February 17, 2009, 07:02:39 PM
Double ost to get attention to your literacy prowess Kelt ???
We already have a resident author on board, so you'll need to go some to knock him of his pedestal ;)
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Post by: kelt on February 17, 2009, 08:22:19 PM
Double ost to get attention to your literacy prowess Kelt ???
We already have a resident author on board, so you'll need to go some to knock him of his pedestal ;)

I was working on a little Aberdeen Fan Fiction over the Christmas holidays, but didn't get the graphics finished although the story is completed. I was also working on the trailer, which also never got finished before I had to start earning a living again, though I'm hoping I'll soon have a little extra time to finish it.. however my Donstalk 09 Season is hogging much of my free posting minutes.

Anyway, here's the unfinished trailer previewing How The Milnch Fucked Aberdeen.

Enjoy what there is of it  ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0kl50puuYA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0kl50puuYA)
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Post by: Harcus on February 22, 2009, 03:47:45 PM
The current bloo_book is "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon - Travels though Yugoslavia" by Rebecca West.

I've become quite interested in things associated with the Balkan conflict having read a couple of books about football hooliganism in Croatia & Serbia.  This book was written more than 60 years ago but on reading the first 50 pages it is very relevant to the tensions there.  Ordered it from Play and I hadn't appreciated until I received it that it is 1100 pages long.  I'll let you know in 2010 how I got on with it!!!

Alright chief - not sure if you'll have read this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Behind-Curtain-Travels-European-Football/dp/0752879456

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CtiU8I2HL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

It's a really good read. Offers a good insight into the history of the region, through the lens of football. Can be hard at times to keep track of all the different clubs and names, but have really enjoyed it so far.
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Post by: BigAl on February 22, 2009, 04:19:17 PM
Alright chief - not sure if you'll have read this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Behind-Curtain-Travels-European-Football/dp/0752879456

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CtiU8I2HL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

It's a really good read. Offers a good insight into the history of the region, through the lens of football. Can be hard at times to keep track of all the different clubs and names, but have really enjoyed it so far.

My son got that one out of the school library last year. Was a pretty good read :thumbsup:
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Post by: kelt on February 24, 2009, 08:04:07 PM
I'm currently reading Conqueror's Pride.

It's fucking atrocious.
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Post by: glasgowdon on February 24, 2009, 08:16:53 PM
I got this recently cos I wanted to learn more about teh space!

http://www.banguniverse.com/sequence (http://www.banguniverse.com/sequence)

(http://www.banguniverse.com/userfiles/image/bang_cover1a.jpg)

Looks good but nae got far into it yet.

Too many big words?

 ;)
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Post by: glasgowdon on February 24, 2009, 08:22:13 PM
nah - too many pictures 8)

I can imagine joining the dots on a supernova would take a while.
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Post by: glasgowdon on February 24, 2009, 08:25:13 PM
you don't know what a supernova is, do you? :wave:

Is it not an exploding star or something?

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Post by: BigAl on February 26, 2009, 06:43:30 AM
I started reading this the other night as well. Only about 150 pages into it so far, but finding it a little bit slow so far. Hopefully the pace picks up as I get further into it

Right finsihed this one a few days ago but forgot to post about it.
Read all four of McBride's books and got to say enjoyed them all until this one. I have to say this book was disappointing, predictable and probably about a couple of hundred pages too long. Found it to be padded out and sussed out who the killer was a fair bit before the end [ don't want to say exactly when for fear of spoiling it for others ]. McBride needs to get it back on track with his next one in my opinion or his popularity will start to fade.
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Post by: Kowalski on February 26, 2009, 07:18:34 AM
Read all four of McBride's books and got to say enjoyed them all until this one.

McBride needs to get it back on track with his next one in my opinion or his popularity will start to fade.

Totally agree!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: The Doricle on March 04, 2009, 08:40:43 PM
Currently reading Resistance:Memoirs of occupied France by Agnes Humbert. She was middle-aged when paris was occupied, and it details her work for the resistance distibuting info & propaganda, before being arrested, imprisoned, put on trial and despatched to a labour camp in Germany. Very readable and personable writing so far, if a bit distressing in some places, as it really describes the situation quite vividly despite fairly short entries at some points.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on March 04, 2009, 08:42:53 PM
Since we're not long passed Hick's anniversary...........

Quote
What ya'll readin' for?
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Post by: Harcus on March 20, 2009, 03:14:06 PM
Just finished a couple of football books.
(http://www.papamedia.com/image.php?file=imgbooks/large/0752876392.jpg)

Decent read - particularly interesting reading about Arsenal's evolution from the 1970s to the football on show this decade.

Also, Bob Wilson noted that "fans have a much bigger influence on players than they think. In some cases they can make you - but they can also break you." Something that is quite appropriate with regards to our own fans just now.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511PlI7gS3L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

Again, a decent read. The tagline reads something like - "How football keeps dictators in power, and fuels revolutions."

Just started a book about the Perfect Storm (ie, the film) and also have Slumdog Millionaire waiting. Mother read it, and was subsequently disappointed by the film, so reckon it should be quite good.

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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 20, 2009, 03:42:14 PM
I've just started Skin Lane by Neil Bartlett. It has a bit of interest in that I know that area of London very well but it's also a very interesting writing style.

The book is set in 1967 but the author is telling it from contemporary times. This gives him the ability to drop little hints of what is to happen in hindsight.

All very cleverly written and poorly explained by me but so far so good.
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Post by: BigAl on April 01, 2009, 07:01:15 PM
Nae bugger reading these bright nights then  ;)
just finished "Shopped" by Joanna Blythman, which is about the power of the British supermarkets.

Next up is "Attention, Deficit, Disorder" by Brad Listi
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on April 03, 2009, 06:51:12 PM
Nae bugger reading these bright nights then  ;)

Currently working through Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama.  I'm not sure if that was the one that had too many long words for you but I'm finding it quite engrossing.  It's going to take me a couple of weeks to finish though!
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on April 03, 2009, 06:52:21 PM
Currently working through Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama.  I'm not sure if that was the one that had too many long words for you but I'm finding it quite engrossing.  It's going to take me a couple of weeks to finish though!

Not long words, just a load of shite ;)
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Post by: Andrew on April 04, 2009, 06:00:06 AM
Just finished reading Q and A (Slumdog Millionaire). Thought it was quite good but felt more like a collection of short stories than a novel. However a good easy quick read.
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Post by: Kowalski on April 04, 2009, 07:37:25 AM
Not long words, just a load of shite ;)

Racist.
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Post by: BigAl on April 04, 2009, 02:09:04 PM
Racist.

Wrong site ;)
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Post by: BigAl on April 14, 2009, 11:28:00 AM
450 pages into "Cathedral Of The Sea" by Ildefonso Falcones, an epic tale of love, war, greed and revenge in medieval Barcelona. Just another 300 pages or so to go, and thoroughly enjoying it. Highly recommended :thumbsup:
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Post by: farman10122 on April 14, 2009, 08:38:05 PM
just read ben bova's orion in the dying time . excellent when accompanied by backround music courtesy of catherine wheels album ferment .
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Post by: hebrew on April 14, 2009, 10:04:36 PM
I am just about to start "Love in the time of Cholera"
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Post by: BigAl on April 24, 2009, 10:46:19 AM
450 pages into "Cathedral Of The Sea" by Ildefonso Falcones, an epic tale of love, war, greed and revenge in medieval Barcelona. Just another 300 pages or so to go, and thoroughly enjoying it. Highly recommended :thumbsup:

Absolutely loved it :thumbsup:
Just fired through "In The Dark" by Mark Billingham, the first of his that wasn't about DI Tom Thorne. Billed as "a stunning novel....and the final twist is brilliantly clever and shocking" but not sure I'd really agree with such high praise
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Post by: BigAl on April 29, 2009, 04:53:51 PM
Does nae bugger other than me read nowadays.
C'mon folks, I need recommendations for next book
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Post by: hebrew on April 29, 2009, 04:57:05 PM
Does nae bugger other than me read nowadays.
C'mon folks, I need recommendations for next book

Well I don't think you would like the books I read Al

I am still plodding through my cholera one
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on April 29, 2009, 04:58:59 PM
Does nae bugger other than me read nowadays.
C'mon folks, I need recommendations for next book

I haven't read a book in just under a year!  :o  So I bought Alex James' (from Blur) autobiography. So far, so good.
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Post by: Harcus on April 29, 2009, 05:00:21 PM
Currently reading Roddy Doyle - The woman who walked into doors.

Read the sequel first. Can't say I'm overly impressed by either.

Recently finished a book about the trucking industry in North America.

Got a big stack to read having been at a used book sale the other day.  8)
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Post by: BigAl on April 29, 2009, 05:13:47 PM
Well I don't think you would like the books I read Al

 

Do they have a lot of pictures ;)
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Post by: Andrew on April 29, 2009, 05:47:54 PM
Currently reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. About 3/4 quarters of the way through and its really quite good but very weird.
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Post by: hebrew on April 29, 2009, 06:26:50 PM
Do they have a lot of pictures ;)

Only the gay magazines  ;D
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Post by: DerBomber on April 29, 2009, 06:39:27 PM
At the moment I am reading The Greatest Battle: The Fight for Moscow 1941-42 by andrew nagorski. Good read so far aboot a battle thats not been covered in much depth before that I have seen.

Also finished Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Good book.
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Post by: Kowalski on April 29, 2009, 07:55:33 PM
Still reading Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama.  About 3/4 of the way through.
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Post by: Andrew on April 29, 2009, 10:37:22 PM
If ye like the Gonzo style - read Hunter S. Thomson's "Hell's Angels" too.

Found "The Great Shark Hunt" hard going - too much politics but some funny stories, for example, about the Kentucky Derby. Don't think I ever did finish reading the book though.

Yea I really liked Charles Buckowski's books and I have read almost all of them and I'm trying to stay in the down and out in America sort of books.
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Post by: Andrew on April 29, 2009, 11:16:50 PM
Try "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac

I'm nae mad keen on American books - find the tone many are written in difficult to follow. Often over descriptive.
I've tried reading "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig about 5 times and have never finished it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_the_Art_of_Motorcycle_Maintenance (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_the_Art_of_Motorcycle_Maintenance)

That book looks good and also quite hard going though. Thinking about buying some John Fante books but not sure if I can be fucked. I always buy too many books and never get round to reading them.

I've read On the Road. Thought it was ok but I should probably try and read it again as it was a two or three years ago I read it, if not longer ago, and I would probably appreciate it more now.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on April 30, 2009, 12:31:24 PM
I haven't read a book in just under a year!  :o  So I bought Alex James' (from Blur) autobiography. So far, so good.

I'm the same, I was going through loads of books last year but I've only opened one in 2009 and only got as far as halfway down page 1.

Don't know why that is. 
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on April 30, 2009, 02:31:01 PM
Actually having thought about it, I know exactly why I haven't picked up a book.  I bought a netbook at Xmas and have been passing travelling/commuting time by watching films I've downloaded.

I've watched some fucking terrible films recently.  I need to start reading again.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on April 30, 2009, 02:42:12 PM
I did indeed.

It's the bollocks.
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Post by: Andrew on May 18, 2009, 01:33:56 PM
Currently reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

What a silly billy Stalin was.
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Post by: glasgowdon on May 18, 2009, 01:42:49 PM
Currently reading One Day in the Life of Spot the Dog.

What a silly billy Spot was.
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Post by: manc_don on May 18, 2009, 01:49:54 PM
Currently reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

What a silly billy Stalin was.

Russian/Soviet history is facinating.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: dave_min on May 18, 2009, 02:04:33 PM
Russian/Soviet history is facinating.  :thumbsup:

I agree, i'm currently reading "Cuba: A Modern History" it's pretty heavy going at times, but endlessly fascinating.
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Post by: glasgowdon on May 18, 2009, 02:06:34 PM
Awesome.

 :-\
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Post by: Harcus on May 18, 2009, 03:09:52 PM
Awesome.

 :-\

Perhaps this would be more up your alley.
(http://globalnerdy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/electronic_computers_book_cover.jpg)

I'm currently reading this.
(http://www.thecommentary.ca/images/books/O%27Dea.jpg)

Distinctly average thus far.

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Post by: glasgowdon on May 18, 2009, 03:57:24 PM
Perhaps this would be more up your alley.
(http://globalnerdy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/electronic_computers_book_cover.jpg)



Indeed, Turing machines are awesome.

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Post by: BigAl on June 08, 2009, 11:38:48 AM
Not had time to post on here sorry read of late, but holidays coming up, so any fresh recommendations from anyone ???
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on June 08, 2009, 12:56:53 PM
Picked up my first book in 6 months - The Alchemist's Secret.  Very Dan Brown, in fact so much like 'The Da Vinci Code' that I'm beginning to wonder how he's not been done for plagerism.

On a side note I watched 'Angels & Demons' at the weekend.  Load of shite.  Enjoyed TDVC but remember when I read A&D that I thought it wouldn't make such a good movie.

Think they've changed the ending a bit though, which they had to do, but I'll have to go back and re-read it as I can't really remember what's different from the novel.
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Post by: Kowalski on June 08, 2009, 01:16:59 PM
Just finished David Peace - The Damned Utd.  A cracking read, thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on June 08, 2009, 01:19:23 PM
Sorry, I thought we were just making words up from now on:

I'm not saying that I wan't McGhee to fail. I will be delighted if he does well. It is however a bit rich for one of the main leaders of the JMG group to tell me how to behave towards the new manager after the way he made an arse of the Aberdeen support in the media.

 :wave:
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Post by: Harcus on June 08, 2009, 02:20:55 PM
Reading "My Name is Legion" by A. N. Wilson. Quite an enjoyable satire on the Daily Mail, amongst other things.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on June 08, 2009, 02:32:31 PM
touche

However that was more about thinking about writing one thing then writing another and not correcting myself. as opposed to not actually knowing how to spell a word but using it anyway.  ;)

Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

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Post by: baggy89 on June 08, 2009, 03:24:48 PM
Picked up my first book in 6 months - The Alchemist's Secret.  Very Dan Brown, in fact so much like 'The Da Vinci Code' that I'm beginning to wonder how he's not been done for plagerism.

On a side note I watched 'Angels & Demons' at the weekend.  Load of shite.  Enjoyed TDVC but remember when I read A&D that I thought it wouldn't make such a good movie.

Think they've changed the ending a bit though, which they had to do, but I'll have to go back and re-read it as I can't really remember what's different from the novel.

Didn't several people try to sue Dan Brown for plagiarism when The Da Vinci Code first became famous.
I've never read it but a mate of mine, who reads far too many books to be considered normal, described it as formulaic, tired American pish that could have been written by anyone following a "how to write a novel" guide. I think the fact that every chapter was a set number of pages really got on his tits as well. Safe to say he didn't like it and that is probably one of the reasons I've never bothered to pick up a copy.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on June 08, 2009, 03:45:31 PM
Didn't several people try to sue Dan Brown for plagiarism when The Da Vinci Code first became famous.
I've never read it but a mate of mine, who reads far too many books to be considered normal, described it as formulaic, tired American pish that could have been written by anyone following a "how to write a novel" guide. I think the fact that every chapter was a set number of pages really got on his tits as well. Safe to say he didn't like it and that is probably one of the reasons I've never bothered to pick up a copy.

I attempted to read it. It was fucking awful. It was as if it had been written by a 5 year old, but without the 5 year old's flair.
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Post by: Superstar Tradesman on June 08, 2009, 03:56:22 PM
I read it and enjoyed it but probably just because I knew it would piss off the Church.  Read the rest of his books after and they were terrible.

On a slight tangent; I spotted 3 people on the train this morning on the way to work that were reading.  Each book had "The number 1 international best seller" written on the front cover and it got me thinking.  Are there any books that don't claim to be this?
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Post by: hebrew on June 08, 2009, 08:47:30 PM
I liked TDVC but only got as far as the first chapter of A&D which I thought was pish

Love in the Time of Cholera was pretty dire - I skimmed most of it

I am about to start Play Dead by Richard Montanari

And will need to read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince just beforethe film comes out
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Post by: Bumper on June 09, 2009, 05:23:54 PM
Seeing as im new.....what ive read over the last year or so....


One Minute to Midnight by Michael Dobbs....all about the Cuban Missile Crisis,excellent read..

The Unforgiven by Rob Bagchi...Don Revies time at Dirty Leeds...

The Final Days by Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein...Watergate..

Kennedy,A Life by Robert Dallek...JFKs life...(surprisingly... ;))

Nixon,Alone in the Whitehouse by Richard Reeves...got a thing going with reading about ex-presidents!!!

And the book i can recommend to anybody reading this is Wonderland Avenue by Danny Sugerman.

Best read ever.
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Post by: minijc on June 09, 2009, 05:30:50 PM
Away to a buy a couple of books regarding music, saw a beatles book for £3 in HMV and a Billy Bragg book aswell for £2, anyone from here read either or even better got other suggestions?
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Post by: BrownyBrown on June 09, 2009, 05:36:15 PM
Away to a buy a couple of books regarding music, saw a beatles book for £3 in HMV and a Billy Bragg book aswell for £2, anyone from here read either or even better got other suggestions?

There possibly couldn't be more than one book written about The Beatles could there?  ::)
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Post by: glasgow sheep on June 09, 2009, 07:33:36 PM
Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre.

A must for all, especially for those confused and frightened about media scare stories, esp MMR.
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Post by: BigAl on June 10, 2009, 11:29:37 AM


And the book i can recommend to anybody reading this is Wonderland Avenue by Danny Sugerman.



Belated welcome on board, good to have someone else on here of shall we say "mature" years that vividly remembers the good old days ;)
Had a look on Amazon at "Wonderland Avenue" and it certainly gets positive reviews. Order to be placed ahead of summer hols :thumbsup: 
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Bumper on June 10, 2009, 11:47:26 AM
Belated welcome on board, good to have someone else on here of shall we say "mature" years that vividly remembers the good old days ;)
Had a look on Amazon at "Wonderland Avenue" and it certainly gets positive reviews. Order to be placed ahead of summer hols :thumbsup: 


Mature???  :'( Jeeezzz...im gettin` ald!!! :thumbsup:

Wonderland Avenue is a terrific read...been through that book a number of times now,would love to rabbit on a bit about it,but i winna ruin it for you!!!
Enjoy!
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Post by: BigAl on June 10, 2009, 11:52:18 AM

Mature???  :'( Jeeezzz...im gettin` ald!!! :thumbsup:


Well Bumper did leave us in the summer of '77 if I remember correctly ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Bumper on June 10, 2009, 12:01:05 PM
Well Bumper did leave us in the summer of '77 if I remember correctly ;)

Aye,pissed off to Leeds and left me greeting into my scarf the bastard :(

Oh well i thought,i`ll support Leeds too then........

Cheers Arthur. ::)
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Post by: scunnered999 on June 10, 2009, 12:44:02 PM
Reading "My Name is Legion" by A. N. Wilson. Quite an enjoyable satire on the Daily Mail, amongst other things.

I'm reading "My Name is Leighton" by Andy Legs  :doh:
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Post by: Kowalski on June 10, 2009, 01:10:21 PM
Aye,pissed off to Leeds and left me greeting into my scarf the bastard :(

Oh well i thought,i`ll support Leeds too then........

Cheers Arthur. ::)

Nothing wrong with supporting Leeds mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on June 10, 2009, 01:44:08 PM
Nothing wrong with supporting Leeds mate  :thumbsup:

 :rofl2:

Oh ya fucker......is this the same Kowalski that has a pop at me about the Toon :wave:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Harcus on June 17, 2009, 09:59:33 PM
Just finished "If you're second you are nothing" by Oliver Holt.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jG7XAdp-L._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Well worth a read, a double biography of Shankly and Ferguson.

Enjoyed it, but it seemed needlessly anti-Ferguson at times, frequently criticising his character as a man, whilst occasionally indulging in dewy-eyed romanticism about Shankly.

It was written at the end of the 2005/6 season and the criticism of Ferguson (similar stuff to this Rob Smyth article - http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2006/jul/31/sport.comment) now looks foolish with regards to what the team has achieved since then.

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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on June 17, 2009, 10:12:18 PM
Oliver Holt is a bit of a smarmy cunt.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on June 19, 2009, 09:39:54 AM
Has anyone read any of David Peace's books (other than The Damned Utd)?
Just wondering if they are any good.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on June 19, 2009, 10:28:14 AM
Just started another Simon Kernick book, seems very good so far.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Andrew on June 19, 2009, 12:31:46 PM
Has anyone read any of David Peace's books (other than The Damned Utd)?
Just wondering if they are any good.

I have bought 1974, haven't read any of it yet. I will start it soon but it will take my ages to read it as i'm not reading very much atm.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: manc_don on August 22, 2009, 01:57:16 PM
Read two books so far this summer, Le Carre's A Most Wanted Man, quite enjoyable and obviously quite relevant to today's politics, and Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon, again very interesting and recommend it  :thumbsup:

Just starting The White Tiger by Arabind Adiga.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: dave_min on August 23, 2009, 01:02:39 PM
Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre.

A must for all, especially for those confused and frightened about media scare stories, esp MMR.

 :thumbsup:

I picked this up on holiday, an excellent read.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: DerBomber on August 24, 2009, 03:37:14 PM
Just started reading D-Day by Anthony Beevor. If it is as good as Stalingrad and Berlin then it will be a cracking read.

Recently finished D-Day: Piercing the atlantic wall by Robert Kershaw. An excellent book.

Also read Join Me by Danny Wallace. Not very challenging but an enjoyable read non the less.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on August 24, 2009, 04:15:53 PM
In last few weeks rattled through the following:

Kyle Mills - Fade
David Baldacci - Devine Justice
Sieg Larrson - The Girl Who Played With Fire
Martin Luther King Jr - The Autobiograghpy

Incredible to think what went on in the USA during my lifetime >:(

Just started on "The Garden Of Last Days" by Andre Dubus III.
Waiting in the wings are, R J Elory " A Simple Act Of Violence, Johan Theorin "Echoes From The Dead" and translated from Russian, Andrey Rubanov " Do Time, Get Time"

Anyone read "Dissolution" By CJ Sansom ?
If so, is it any good  ???
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Post by: baggy89 on October 26, 2009, 11:42:15 AM
Read two books so far this summer, Le Carre's A Most Wanted Man, quite enjoyable and obviously quite relevant to today's politics, and Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon, again very interesting and recommend it  :thumbsup:

Just starting The White Tiger by Arabind Adiga.

What did you make of this? I had high hopes but thought it was a little light. I suppose it gave a perspective of India not usually acknowledged but hardly surprising. Liking Balram wasn't really difficult, despite what he did, if that was what the intention was? It certainly didn't cause a crisis of conscience for me, anyway.

Also read Flood by Stephen Baxter which I though could have made better use of the subject matter, but again not a bad book.

Next up I have Netherland by Joseph O'Neill which has some fairly divided reviews so???

Then I've promised myself I'll go back and try to finish 2666
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Post by: manc_don on October 26, 2009, 12:15:40 PM
What did you make of this? I had high hopes but thought it was a little light. I suppose it gave a perspective of India not usually acknowledged but hardly surprising. Liking Balram wasn't really difficult, despite what he did, if that was what the intention was? It certainly didn't cause a crisis of conscience for me, anyway.

I liked it, and as you said, dealt with an aspect of India that doesn't get written about very often. It was a bit lightweight, certainly from reading the back, you got the impression he was going to go a bit further and make you feel bad for feeling the way you did, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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Post by: Kowalski on October 26, 2009, 12:59:30 PM
Incredible to think what went on in the USA during my lifetime >:(

Aye, the Boston Tea Party for one, I'm sure there's some good books about it out there.
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Post by: amp on October 26, 2009, 03:10:32 PM
Currently reading 'Loonyology' by Charles Bronson (nutter widely known as 'Britain's most dangerous prisoner')

Bit of a weird book. Jumps all over the place as he seems to recall stories from his 34 years in Prison completely at random. Thought he would have more intersting stories than 'beating up narks' and fighting against the system etc etc

Thinks himself to be a bit of a comedian, and beleives that he is very intelligent by throwing in random facts throughout. I'm nearly finished and it's got a bit tedious. Guy is obsessed with becoming a celebrity.
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Post by: manc_don on October 28, 2009, 02:24:12 PM
Just started reading Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridtasson. Not a bad start to the book so far.
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Post by: Kowalski on November 01, 2009, 11:01:09 AM
I have been working my way through the Red Riding books.
I've finished the first three, and thought 1980 was the best.
Just started 1983 last night.
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Post by: BigAl on November 02, 2009, 11:34:44 AM
Away on holiday on Wed, and just started my holiday read yesterday.
"Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts described by the Daily Telegragh as a "literay masterpiece" and early impressions are they're not wrong.
Tells the story of a convicted Australian armed robber and heroin addicts escape to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. where he established a free health clinic and joined the Mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street solidier. He found time to learn Hindi & Marathi, act in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan. Book runs to over 900 pages and ought to keep me entertained lying in the sun.
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Post by: Mentorred on November 03, 2009, 02:38:54 PM
Just finished reading The Shack. Very thought provoking.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on November 04, 2009, 08:45:39 PM
Just finished "The Ice Man" by Philip Carlo, a biography of Richard Kuklinski a mafia hitman and all round serial killer.

A good read but one of his others, about a similar kind of dude, Tommy Pitera was very disappointing.

Just started "The Brother-hoods" by Guy Lawson and William Oldham about 2 polis who were mafia hitmen.
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Post by: Kowalski on December 10, 2009, 09:55:33 PM
Currently reading Peter Hook - "Hacienda - How Not To Run a Club".
Reasonably interesting and entertaining so far.

Good to hear he hates The Smiths!
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Post by: minijc on December 10, 2009, 10:18:24 PM
The Smiths are alright.
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Post by: manc_don on December 12, 2009, 07:07:31 PM
One of my mates did their dissertation on how the hacienda influenced bar and club design. Met peter hook, nice guy apparently. And the smiths are Shite.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on December 12, 2009, 08:46:09 PM
aye, The Smiths are shite. How Soon Is Now? is a good song but generally they're dirge.
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Post by: BigAl on December 12, 2009, 10:42:12 PM
Saw the Smiths at the Capitol in mid eighties, seem to mind Morrisey storming off stage in a huff after an hour, but nae really sure because I might have been intoxicated
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on December 12, 2009, 10:49:39 PM
Johnny Marr is alright but Morrisey's a prized tit.
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Post by: BigAl on January 08, 2010, 09:10:06 AM
Anyone get any paperbacks for Xmas that they can recommend ?
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Post by: bilbobaggins on January 08, 2010, 09:09:32 AM
I love The Smiths.

I read Lustrum from the ever excellent Robert Harris. His stories of Roman politics are wonderful.

I'm on to Shout by Philip Norman. Updated version. Magic so far.
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Post by: Azteca1903 on January 08, 2010, 12:08:40 PM
I love The Smiths.

I read Lustrum from the ever excellent Robert Harris.
His stories of Roman politics are wonderful.

I'm on to Shout by Philip Norman. Updated version. Magic so far.

Is that a new een? Recently read The Ghost and was quite impressed. Nae sure which one of his to try next, as he seems to have a vast number of novels on a similar theme.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on January 08, 2010, 12:13:30 PM
Yep, I've loved al lhis books.

He had an earler one about Cicero called Imperium. These only two which envoke the same story/people although some have similar settings in time.

Start at the start with him,

- Fatherland
- Enigma
- Archangel
- Pompeii
- Ipmerium
- The Ghost
- Lustrum
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Post by: Azteca1903 on January 08, 2010, 12:32:22 PM
Yep, I've loved al lhis books.

He had an earler one about Cicero called Imperium. These only two which envoke the same story/people although some have similar settings in time.

Start at the start with him,

- Fatherland
- Enigma
- Archangel
- Pompeii
- Ipmerium
- The Ghost
- Lustrum

Cheers min  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kowalski on January 08, 2010, 12:44:05 PM
Erm I'm reading Keith Floyd's autobiography.

Cooked.  Got drunk.  Got married.  Got divorced.  Cooked.  Got drunk.  Got married.  Got divorced.  etc...
Reasonably entertaining though.
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Post by: Azteca1903 on January 08, 2010, 01:06:14 PM
Erm I'm reading Keith Floyd's autobiography.

Cooked.  Got drunk.  Got married.  Got divorced.  Cooked.  Got drunk.  Got married.  Got divorced.  etc...
Reasonably entertaining though.

Sounds like Pele's. Except there's no cooking, of course.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 08, 2010, 05:22:06 PM
Sounds like Pele's. Except there's no cooking, of course.

Or shagging, until recently. Before viagra he was playing snooker wi a length of rope.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 08, 2010, 05:23:38 PM
Currently reading Stephen King - The Stand, Frankie Boyle's autobiography and another book about mafia cops in the NYPD.

 
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Post by: baggy89 on January 08, 2010, 08:40:14 PM
Is that a new een? Recently read The Ghost and was quite impressed. Nae sure which one of his to try next, as he seems to have a vast number of novels on a similar theme.

Fatherland and Imperium are his best IMO. Think I read that Lustrum is the second book in his Cicero trilogy?? I thought Ghost was probably his weakest effort so if you enjoyed that you'll love the rest of his books.

Just finished the Frankie Boyle autobiography, quite enjoyable post Christmas fayre with a few laugh out loud bits. Comes across as a very honest and intelligent guy, which I don't suppose is all that surprising.

Just started Sleepy Head by Mark Billingham.
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Post by: BrownyBrown on January 09, 2010, 10:30:28 AM
In to fiction just now and currently reading Robert Ludlum's Bourne series.
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Post by: BigAl on January 09, 2010, 12:03:49 PM

Just started Sleepy Head by Mark Billingham.

Have you read the others as well  ???
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Post by: baggy89 on January 10, 2010, 12:42:13 AM
Have you read the others as well  ???

Not yet, thought I'd start at the beginning. The wife bought me a few for my Christmas as the wifie at Waterstones told her I'd like them, given the books I normally read.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 10, 2010, 10:54:21 AM
Not yet, thought I'd start at the beginning. The wife bought me a few for my Christmas as the wifie at Waterstones told her I'd like them, given the books I normally read.

I've read all of the Mark Billingham books, they are pretty good baggy. :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on January 11, 2010, 08:26:22 AM
I've read all of the Mark Billingham books, they are pretty good baggy. :thumbsup:

What he said  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Rebus30 on January 12, 2010, 08:40:37 PM
Anyone get any paperbacks for Xmas that they can recommend ?

Pittodrie Idols by Paul Smith is quite a good read, did drop hints about the Willie Miller book available in the club shop but santa chose not to listen to that comment....

Am also reading Ian Rankin's new one (not Rebus!!) The Complaints, but that's in hardback not paperback so does that get disallowed??
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Post by: BigAl on March 24, 2010, 09:17:37 PM
I've read all of the Mark Billingham books, they are pretty good baggy. :thumbsup:

New one out in paperback "Bloodline". Bought it, but not started reading it yet.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on March 24, 2010, 09:35:50 PM
I've just bought Negative Space by Zoe Strachan, Junky by William Burroughs and McIlvanney on Football by Hugh McIlvanney.

Started Negative Space, it's set in Glasgow and is very, very dark but good.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on March 26, 2010, 02:32:11 PM
New one out in paperback "Bloodline". Bought it, but not started reading it yet.

Bought it today but The Stand is taking a bit too much time to start it. Have 4 books on the go just now, The Stand, new Stuart McBride, Donnie Brasco and a Peter James.
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Post by: glasgow sheep on April 23, 2010, 10:50:27 AM
Picked up "Played in Glasgow" yesterday: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Played-Glasgow-Charting-Heritage-Britain/dp/0954744551/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272015835&sr=8-1

From what I have read so far I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the development of organised sport from the 19th Century to modern day in Scotland, not just Glasgow, after all much of Scottish sporting history, like it or not, is Glasgow sporting history.
Looks at a range of sports (football, golf, swimming, bowls, ice sports and cricket among others) their development, and how they were shaped by and helped shape the city.  Edited by Simon Inglis who has written many books of Football Stadia with loads of fascinating stories and some excellent historical and contemporary photos of sport in Glasgow.
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Post by: BigAl on April 23, 2010, 01:51:07 PM
Bought it today but The Stand is taking a bit too much time to start it. Have 4 books on the go just now, The Stand, new Stuart McBride, Donnie Brasco and a Peter James.

Have read both the new Mark Billingham and Stuart McBride ones in last couple of weeks.
Both of them were really good, with McBride back on form after the disappointment of the last one of his I read.
Just about finished Mark Beaumont - The Man Who Cycled The World. Didn't watch the prog on BBC but this has been a fantastic read. A real inspirational story..... in fact think I might take the bike to the shop for my paper instead of jumping in the car ;)
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Post by: RDU_64 on April 23, 2010, 02:55:53 PM
in fact think I might take the bike to the shop for my paper instead of jumping in the car ;)

I'll believe that when I see it....

(http://academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/adaptation/pics/PennyFarthing.jpg)
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Post by: Mentorred on May 08, 2010, 06:48:07 PM
Just starting the Beckham Experiment about Beckham coming and playing in MLS. A good read so far.
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Post by: daytripping on May 08, 2010, 07:19:44 PM
Currently reading; Enemy Number One: The Secrets of the UK's Most Feared Professional Punter, pretty good so far.

Not long finished Marco Pierre Whites autobiography Devil in the kitchen, brilliant read, his upbringing is the opposite of what you'd imagine and his tales of his early days working his way up are great.


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Post by: BigAl on May 18, 2010, 08:28:37 PM
Five weeks to holidays lads, need some new recommendations please.
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Post by: Kowalski on May 18, 2010, 09:40:43 PM
Five weeks to holidays lads, need some new recommendations please.

Florida?
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Post by: hebrew on May 18, 2010, 10:21:11 PM
Five weeks to holidays lads, need some new recommendations please.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on May 18, 2010, 10:27:56 PM
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  :thumbsup:

Read it and the second one in the triology sometime back (sure I mention it somewhere on here actually ).
Got the third one, but saved it for first few days of holiday  ;)
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Post by: Harcus on May 18, 2010, 11:43:39 PM
Florida?

Nah, I think Thailand is the place for BiGal, great this time of year.

Have recently read Brookmyre's latest effort, not bad. Also tried 'Strip the Willow' by John Aberdein, author of 'Amande's Bed', which was set in 1950s Aberdeen, but couldn't get into it. Currently reading 'Berlin Poplars' by Anne Ragde.
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Post by: BigAl on May 19, 2010, 06:46:08 AM
Florida?

Been there, done it
Dominican Republic this year
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Post by: hebrew on May 19, 2010, 06:37:15 PM
Read it and the second one in the triology sometime back (sure I mention it somewhere on here actually ).
Got the third one, but saved it for first few days of holiday  ;)

A lovely poster on here got me the second and third ones but I am spacing them out
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Post by: dave_min on May 19, 2010, 07:00:19 PM
Dominican Republic this year

Its pretty good.

The only bad thig is the airport is in a really dodgy area, and the first thing you see when you arrive is miles and miles of shanty towns.

I'm currently reading "As used on the Famous Nelson Mandela" by Mark Thomas - it's pretty good, but not exactly good light reading for holidays.
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Post by: Kowalski on July 20, 2010, 08:24:18 PM
Finished reading Stuart MacBride's "Blind Eye" - definitely one of the better ones in the series!

Just started Terry Pratchett -Unseen Academicals
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Post by: Edinburghdon on July 20, 2010, 08:58:35 PM
Finished reading Stuart MacBride's "Blind Eye" - definitely one of the better ones in the series!

Really enjoyed blind eye!

I finished reading Stuart MacBride's newest one "Dark Blood" finished it in less than a week, really good!
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Post by: glasgowdon on July 21, 2010, 09:36:18 AM
If those books weren't set in Aberdeen then I reckon none of you would read them.

I'm reading The Ignorance of Blood by Robert Wilson. It's the 4th in the series and it's very good so far.
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Post by: BigAl on July 21, 2010, 07:12:27 PM
A lovely poster on here got me the second and third ones but I am spacing them out

You finished them yet ?
I read the last one on holiday, felt it was a bit padded out and slow, but pace picked up towards the end and all the whole triology came together pretty well.
Won't spoil it for you by disclosing the ending if you haven't got around to it yet  ;)
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on July 21, 2010, 10:27:57 PM
Finished reading Stuart MacBride's "Blind Eye" - definitely one of the better ones in the series!

Just started Terry Pratchett -Unseen Academicals

Both good reads. :thumbsup:
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Post by: hebrew on July 22, 2010, 09:03:56 AM
You finished them yet ?
I read the last one on holiday, felt it was a bit padded out and slow, but pace picked up towards the end and all the whole triology came together pretty well.
Won't spoil it for you by disclosing the ending if you haven't got around to it yet  ;)

I just finished the 2nd one on the plane home from Amsterdam - didn't have the same impact on me as the first one had so I am gonna read another few books before I finish the trilogy.



If those books weren't set in Aberdeen then I reckon none of you would read them.

I'm reading The Ignorance of Blood by Robert Wilson. It's the 4th in the series and it's very good so far.

I only picked up Broken Skin as it mentioned AFC but it was actually a very good read  :thumbsup:


I have now started Eat Pray Love which I believe is coming out as a film with Julia Roberts in the lead role later this year

Might be a bit too girly for all you guys  ;D
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Post by: manc_don on July 22, 2010, 02:08:57 PM
Finished The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd not so long ago. A great read :thumbsup:

Started A long Glasgow Kiss by Craig Russel a couple of days ago and its been pretty good so far. A death and a few beatings.
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Post by: Madbadteacher on July 22, 2010, 04:09:39 PM
I just finished the 2nd one on the plane home from Amsterdam - didn't have the same impact on me as the first one had so I am gonna read another few books before I finish the trilogy.



I only picked up Broken Skin as it mentioned AFC but it was actually a very good read  :thumbsup:


I have now started Eat Pray Love which I believe is coming out as a film with Julia Roberts in the lead role later this year

Might be a bit too girly for all you guys  ;D

My other half wants to go see that film here, I think it's out this weekend. ;D
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Post by: BigAl on July 22, 2010, 04:21:00 PM
My other half wants to go see that film here, I think it's out this weekend. ;D

Go see it......Something decidedly sexual about Salander. Dangerous character though.....won't spoil it, but watch out for the dildo, it'll bring a tear to your eye
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on July 22, 2010, 07:58:05 PM
but watch out for the dildo, it'll bring a tear to your eye

That's not the film he's talking about either.
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Post by: BigAl on July 22, 2010, 08:15:21 PM
That's not the film he's talking about either.

  :lolabove:
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Post by: Madbadteacher on July 22, 2010, 08:59:25 PM
That's not the film he's talking about either.

 :o :o :o
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Post by: hebrew on August 23, 2010, 09:07:02 PM
I just finished the 2nd one on the plane home from Amsterdam - didn't have the same impact on me as the first one had so I am gonna read another few books before I finish the trilogy.



I only picked up Broken Skin as it mentioned AFC but it was actually a very good read  :thumbsup:


I have now started Eat Pray Love which I believe is coming out as a film with Julia Roberts in the lead role later this year

Might be a bit too girly for all you guys  ;D

Have finally finished this book - seemed to take me ages - very very good - can't wait for the film

Now started The Slap - bloody large book for a paperback


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Post by: manc_don on August 24, 2010, 09:14:04 AM
Been reading The Messiah Secret by James Becker. Pretty intense and would recommend it!
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Post by: maverick sheep on August 24, 2010, 11:04:26 AM
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. Is good. Very good in places. Not a quick read though.
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Post by: baggy89 on August 24, 2010, 12:04:28 PM
On my holidays I read Robert Harris' Lustrum, Stuart MacBride's Blind Eye (both already covered) and Guillermo Del Torro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain. The Strain, I believe, is the first in a Trilogy and is a take on Vampire mythology. It was a very entertaining read, fast paced from about a third of the way in. The only slight annoyance I had was I felt it was written very much as a film, which I presume is Del Torro's influence and the intention is to make it into a film trilogy anyway. I'd definitely recommend it, I've just got to wait for the second one now.

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Post by: Madbadteacher on August 24, 2010, 04:35:40 PM
The Freedom Writers.

READ IT!
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Post by: Madbadteacher on September 06, 2010, 11:09:29 PM
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and  Stefan Szymanski.

Some good points in here.
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Post by: Mentorred on September 07, 2010, 02:02:35 AM
Just finished The Beckham Experiment. Interesting read.
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Post by: Harcus on September 07, 2010, 08:51:44 AM
Just finished "Tourist Season" by Carl Hiassen, and half way through Alex Higgins' autobiography. The former was excellent, the latter fairly standard autobiog. stuff.
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on September 07, 2010, 11:59:08 AM
I read "On Fire With Fergir: Me, My Dad and The Dons" on holiday.  Anyone else read it? would like to see what others thought of it...
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Post by: Cowie on September 07, 2010, 12:16:11 PM
Just away to start reading 'Mr Nice' by Howard Marks....
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Post by: glasgowdon on September 07, 2010, 12:17:17 PM
I read "On Fire With Fergir: Me, My Dad and The Dons" on holiday.  Anyone else read it? would like to see what others thought of it...

What did you think of it?
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on September 07, 2010, 12:36:39 PM
What did you think of it?

I enjoyed it (I think most Dons fans would and I think those who grew up where there weren't many other Dons fans would be able to relate to a lot of it), but I got a bit tired of his whinging at the end of the book.  It's tough though, he grew up in an exceptional time for the Dons and it's maybe easy to see why he was spoiled and why that attitude came to the fore.
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Post by: baggy89 on September 07, 2010, 01:47:52 PM
I read "On Fire With Fergir: Me, My Dad and The Dons" on holiday.  Anyone else read it? would like to see what others thought of it...

I'm 4 chapters in, I think, just after the rioting Tims when he builds the Starship Parkhead Destroyer  ;D.
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Post by: hebrew on September 07, 2010, 07:36:49 PM
I read "On Fire With Fergir: Me, My Dad and The Dons" on holiday.  Anyone else read it? would like to see what others thought of it...

Is the author from Linlithgow? A guy from work was telling me about a book signing there and the book sounds quite similar
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on September 07, 2010, 11:06:21 PM
Is the author from Linlithgow? A guy from work was telling me about a book signing there and the book sounds quite similar

He's originally from Aberdeen but moved to Perth
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Post by: hebrew on September 08, 2010, 07:29:05 AM
He's originally from Aberdeen but moved to Perth

Doesn't sound like the same guy at all then  ;D
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on September 08, 2010, 10:39:49 PM
Just started a book with a thoroughly unfortunate title "Anyone Here Been Raped And Speaks English?" (cheers Padre!) stories and experiences of a war journalist/correspondant.
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Post by: BigAl on September 19, 2010, 09:29:31 PM
Just finished " The Angels Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Really enjoyed it, already read "The Shadow Of The Wind" hope his others are translated from Spanish also
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on September 19, 2010, 09:52:02 PM
Reading "My Shit Life So Far" by Frankie Boyle.

"My shit book so far" is my review.

ACTUAL LOL!! Best book review ever.
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Post by: hebrew on September 19, 2010, 10:16:02 PM
Just finished " The Angels Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Really enjoyed it, already read "The Shadow Of The Wind" hope his others are translated from Spanish also

Perfect I just bought that last weekend so I may read it next after I finish the last Millennium book tonight. I loved The Shadow of the Wind  :thumbsup:

Went to see The Girl Who Played With Fire at the pics this afternoon - pretty good adaptation of the book  tho not nearly as exciting as the first one
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Post by: BigAl on September 29, 2010, 07:45:39 PM
Anyone read "Alone in Berlin" by Hans Fallada ?
Currently about a hundred pages into it, rather slow and wondering if it is worth sticking with it ?
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Post by: dave_min on September 29, 2010, 07:49:15 PM
Anyone read "Alone in Berlin" by Hans Fallada ?
Currently about a hundred pages into it, rather slow and wondering if it is worth sticking with it ?

Nope, but i've been to Berlin by myself if that helps?

It was good.
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Post by: Kowalski on September 29, 2010, 07:52:00 PM
David Peace.
I've read the Red Riding books, and The Damned United.  Are any of his other books any good?
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Post by: BigAl on September 29, 2010, 07:53:29 PM
Nope, but i've been to Berlin by myself if that helps?

It was good.

you could of written it then and earned some money instead of being a student ;)
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on September 30, 2010, 11:06:06 AM
David Peace.
I've read the Red Riding books, and The Damned United.  Are any of his other books any good?

I read the four of them earlier this year, I found them pretty compulsive.  1980 in my opinion being the best of the four.  They only made three of them for the TV adaptation which was strange.  Casting was very good for it though.

I then went on to read Peace's GB84 which is a good read but the narrative a little bit cumbersome in places.  Story surrounds three characters during the most intense time of the miner's strike.  One is a hitman, one is an MI5 agent masquerading as a govt chauffeur and one is the treasurer for the NUM.

I considered getting his Tokyo: Year Zero, but I decided not to bother.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on October 06, 2010, 08:25:16 PM
Sky 1 showing a TV adaptation of one of the Mark Billingham D.I. Thorne series of books "Sleepyhead" this week. The books are excellent so here's hoping the TV series as good.
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Post by: BigAl on October 07, 2010, 07:52:45 AM
Sky 1 showing a TV adaptation of one of the Mark Billingham D.I. Thorne series of books "Sleepyhead" this week. The books are excellent so here's hoping the TV series as good.

i've read them all TF. Was saying to the missus on holiday this year that they could make good tv.
Looks like I was right then ;)
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on October 07, 2010, 03:16:03 PM
i've read them all TF. Was saying to the missus on holiday this year that they could make good tv.
Looks like I was right then ;)

Pity Sky's doing it then. ;)
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Post by: Aberdeen_Ladette on October 10, 2010, 05:58:42 AM
Sadly only find the time to read books when I'm away on holiday, when in 2 weeks I read 6 to 7 books.

Love Dan Brown, read all his previous 4 books and have bought 'Lost Symbol' for next holiday in January.

What would you all recommend? Love psychological thrillers/crime type books.
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Post by: Mentorred on October 10, 2010, 04:12:33 PM
Sadly only find the time to read books when I'm away on holiday, when in 2 weeks I read 6 to 7 books.

Love Dan Brown, read all his previous 4 books and have bought 'Lost Symbol' for next holiday in January.

What would you all recommend? Love psychological thrillers/crime type books.

Lost Symbol is a good book. I like the Ian Rankin Rebus  books.
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Post by: manc_don on October 10, 2010, 09:31:14 PM
Started reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller recently. Quite a bizarre read so far, but I'm about 1/2 through and getting into it. Anyone else read it?
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Post by: Harcus on October 11, 2010, 08:12:58 AM
I tried to read it manc, but really struggled to enjoy and gave up halfway through. Odd book!

Currently reading a couple books by Luke Sutherland, he lived in Orkney briefly.
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Post by: hebrew on October 11, 2010, 08:58:58 AM
I have just started The Snowman by Jo Nesbo - set in Norway and being compared to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I'll let you Stieg Larsson fans know if it is any good  :thumbsup:
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Post by: glasgow sheep on October 11, 2010, 12:22:23 PM
Started reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller recently. Quite a bizarre read so far, but I'm about 1/2 through and getting into it. Anyone else read it?

One of my favourite books.  Superb, hilarious read, although I can understand it may take a bit of getting into.

Currently readin Stewart Lee's book which is essentially the transcriptions of three of his shows that were recorded for DVD release annotated to give added context and comment along with added background on the time in the 90s where he disappeared from view.  Interesting read so far, especially the insight into the Alternative comedy scene in the 90s.

One of my favourite comedians so I'm biased but already found my self laughing out loud on several occassions and really interesting read.

Also working my way through a William Boyd book, "Ordinary Thunderstorms" I'd picked up randomly in Waterstones which so far is quite intriguing. 
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Post by: manc_don on October 11, 2010, 12:33:13 PM
One of my favourite books.  Superb, hilarious read, although I can understand it may take a bit of getting into.

Currently readin Stewart Lee's book which is essentially the transcriptions of three of his shows that were recorded for DVD release annotated to give added context and comment along with added background on the time in the 90s where he disappeared from view.  Interesting read so far, especially the insight into the Alternative comedy scene in the 90s.

One of my favourite comedians so I'm biased but already found my self laughing out loud on several occassions and really interesting read.

Also working my way through a William Boyd book, "Ordinary Thunderstorms" I'd picked up randomly in Waterstones which so far is quite intriguing.

I'm determined to stick at it. Everyone I know that has actually finished it said it was a great book.

I finished Ordinary Thunderstorms a while back. Very good read and quite amusing in what levels Adam Kindred goes to to survive.
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Post by: Madbadteacher on October 11, 2010, 12:37:17 PM
Just started "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet, brought back from the US to read on the plane and just never did.

Now I see there's a TV adaptation of it on next Saturday, so, do I read the book first, or do I wait and hope I might actually have TV by then?

Anyone read the book, seen the TV version elsewhere?
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Post by: BigAl on October 11, 2010, 12:55:50 PM

Also working my way through a William Boyd book, "Ordinary Thunderstorms" I'd picked up randomly in Waterstones which so far is quite intriguing.

Good read, stick with it.
Going to try some of his others as well
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Post by: Rebus30 on October 13, 2010, 12:59:45 PM
Lost Symbol is a good book. I like the Ian Rankin Rebus  books.

If you've read the Ian Rankin Rebus books have you tried Stuart MacBride's books?
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Post by: hebrew on October 24, 2010, 01:47:04 PM
I have just started The Snowman by Jo Nesbo - set in Norway and being compared to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I'll let you Stieg Larsson fans know if it is any good  :thumbsup:

Nothing like the Millennium trilogy other than being set in a Scandinavian country - found the characters and plot hard to follow at times

Gonna reread Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows again now - just in time for the film  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Harcus on October 25, 2010, 08:55:31 AM
Reading "Stamping Grounds" by Charlie Connolly. He follows Liechenstein through the 2002 World Cup qualification campaign. I like this type of book, so anticipating good things.
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Post by: Azteca1903 on October 25, 2010, 09:10:46 AM
Reading "Stamping Grounds" by Charlie Connolly. He follows Liechenstein through the 2002 World Cup qualification campaign. I like this type of book, so anticipating good things.

Sounds a wee bit like Pointless by Jeff Connor, where East Stirlingshire are followed for a season. I found that quite enjoyable.
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Post by: baggy89 on October 25, 2010, 10:30:50 AM
Sky 1 showing a TV adaptation of one of the Mark Billingham D.I. Thorne series of books "Sleepyhead" this week. The books are excellent so here's hoping the TV series as good.

It's probably less than a year since I read the book but am I wrong in thinking that it was altered completely for the telly?? Five minutes in to the final part last night and the wife pipes up "I think I know who did it" only then did I think "I'm not even sure we've been introduced to the character that did do it."
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Post by: BigAl on October 25, 2010, 10:48:42 AM
It's probably less than a year since I read the book but am I wrong in thinking that it was altered completely for the telly?? Five minutes in to the final part last night and the wife pipes up "I think I know who did it" only then did I think "I'm not even sure we've been introduced to the character that did do it."

Nae sure Baggy, I read it when it first came out about five/six year ago and frankly couldn't remember most of it :-[
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Post by: ayrdons on October 28, 2010, 04:32:13 PM
Apartment 16 by Adam nevill.
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Post by: hebrew on November 12, 2010, 12:36:33 PM
Nothing like the Millennium trilogy other than being set in a Scandinavian country - found the characters and plot hard to follow at times

Gonna reread Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows again now - just in time for the film  :thumbsup:

Loved it even more 2nd time around - I forgot how emotional the last few chapters are

Canny wait for the film next Friday  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Harcus on December 21, 2010, 09:59:58 AM
Just finished Duncan Shearer's book. Fairly standard autobiographical fare, although some interesting sections about the squad he and Paterson inherited from Skovdahl, the wages on offer, and the attitudes displayed. Craig Broon should take a look, may be some similarities to the situation he finds himself in!

It still beggars belief that the Paterson farce was allowed to continue so long after admitting his alcoholism.
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Post by: Kowalski on December 26, 2010, 06:56:07 PM
Almost finished Giles Foden's "Last King of Scotland".  Been a brilliant read so far.  I noted that the film deviates a fair bit from the book, and finished a lot earlier in the story from the book.

For some light relief I am also reading The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files (a xmas present!).  Funny as fuck so far!
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Post by: octavion on December 28, 2010, 02:44:47 PM
just finished Stuart Macbride blind eye .
Really enjoying his books not just cause they are based in Aberdeen but like the dark hunour we can all recognise . New futuristic book Half head is also a good read
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Post by: Torryloon on December 28, 2010, 04:53:30 PM
Just finished Eddie Turnbull's book "Having a Ball" A great read, highly recommended.
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Post by: RDU_64 on December 28, 2010, 06:25:22 PM
Just started reading 'Round Ireland With A Fridge' by Tony Hawks. Read all his other books and thoroughly enjoyed them so expecting to enjoy this book.
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Post by: coopy100 on December 28, 2010, 06:46:45 PM
Halfway through:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Yn7DqsTyL._SS500_.jpg)

Been good so far.
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Post by: Kowalski on January 06, 2011, 05:17:30 PM
For some light relief I am also reading The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files (a xmas present!).  Funny as fuck so far!

Brilliant.  Very, very funny.  Recommended for anyone who likes The Thick of It!

Now away to read Frankie Boyle's book seeing as it is gathering dust, before either Shearer or McDougall's autobiography.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 06, 2011, 05:20:19 PM
Liked Boyle's book.

Just finished Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld offering, up to usual high standards. :thumbsup:

About to start David Baldacci's True Blue.
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Post by: coopy100 on January 06, 2011, 06:01:15 PM
Just reading this now:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pa0UK5YgL._SS500_.jpg)

Half way through and must say it's very good and certainly one of the best sports books I have read.
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Post by: Harcus on January 06, 2011, 07:36:03 PM
Just finished Duncan Shearer's book. Fairly standard autobiographical fare, although some interesting sections about the squad he and Paterson inherited from Skovdahl, the wages on offer, and the attitudes displayed. Craig Broon should take a look, may be some similarities to the situation he finds himself in!

It still beggars belief that the Paterson farce was allowed to continue so long after admitting his alcoholism.

Read Paterson's autobiography as well. Remarkable stuff really, quite an entertaining story, he's basically a piss artist and bad gambler who made it good for a few years at Huntly and Caley.
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Post by: King Street Loon on January 07, 2011, 08:27:58 AM
I thought his retelling of the time he got lost after gambling in the Far East quite funny.
But there were lots of other good tales in there.

A potential genius & a tortured soul.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on January 07, 2011, 12:30:48 PM
I'm into Neil Cross just now, I read Burial and got a few of his others for Christmas. Holloway falls was a great story.

The search function isnae working so I may be repeating things but, I also got On Fire With Fergie by Stuart Donald, anyone read it? I'm about half way through and of course the actual football story rather than the vehicle he's used is epic. It really is almost unbelievable that that was really us.

Any book that starts a paragraph with "You rake in the buckets for something to eat..." in bold is alright in my book.

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Post by: glasgowdon on January 07, 2011, 02:19:30 PM
I'm into Neil Cross just now, I read Burial and got a few of his others for Christmas. Holloway falls was a great story.

The search function isnae working so I may be repeating things but, I also got On Fire With Fergie by Stuart Donald, anyone read it? I'm about half way through and of course the actual football story rather than the vehicle he's used is epic. It really is almost unbelievable that that was really us.

Any book that starts a paragraph with "You rake in the buckets for something to eat..." in bold is alright in my book.

It does have its own thread somewhere but hey, this is Book Club.

I just finished reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and thought it was very good. Some of the quick, drug-addled thinking was amusing. Thought the narrative was excellent too.

Currently reading Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland and I'm finding it so-so at the moment. Certainly the one I'm enjoying the least of his books. However, the last one of his I read, I didn't really get into until the last third or so of the book.
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Post by: Torryloon on January 07, 2011, 03:46:57 PM
My holiday read was the Eddie Turnbull autobiography, "Having a Ball". A great read on how football used to be. Excellent section on his revival of the Dons as manager in the mid 60s. Interesting part about how he coped with George Best when he played for Hibs.
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Post by: Stewart on January 08, 2011, 07:49:14 PM
Read Paterson's autobiography as well. Remarkable stuff really, quite an entertaining story, he's basically a piss artist and bad gambler who made it good for a few years at Huntly and Caley.

Read Joe Harper and Duncan Shearer's books since the start of the year.

Thought they were both pretty good with Shearer's being better, but that could be because I was going to Pittodrie during the times he was writing about.

Didn't like his slagging off Billio though. :-[

So Paterson's book is worth a look then aye?
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Post by: tsr on January 10, 2011, 10:06:47 AM
Thought Shearers book was really good. Also got Frank McDougall's which was total shite.
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Post by: Harcus on January 10, 2011, 10:38:56 AM

So Paterson's book is worth a look then aye?

Yeah, definitely.

Finished 'Lottery' by Patricia Wood last night, really enjoyed it.

Have 'Rude Kids - the inside story of Viz' to start.
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Post by: s1dnk on January 10, 2011, 10:58:51 AM
Trying to read An Utterly Impartial History of Britain by John O'Farrell but it's hard work getting the authors left wing viewpoint.

Once finished I will either finish Stalingrad or finally read The Don, never did get round to it before.
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Post by: Lang Bar on January 10, 2011, 02:25:10 PM
My holiday read was the Eddie Turnbull autobiography, "Having a Ball". A great read on how football used to be. Excellent section on his revival of the Dons as manager in the mid 60s. Interesting part about how he coped with George Best when he played for Hibs.

Think I had this one last year, and concur. Excellent read especially if you were going to games during his era.
Turnbull is still held in highest regard by those who played for him.

Another good one is My Father and Other Working Class Heroes by Gary Imlach. A biography of his father's career.

I'm just finished On Fire With Fergie, which was a Christmas read which I quite enjoyed as being a wee bit different from all the biographies on the go.
As the story progresses there is an underlying thread that even within Don's supporting ranks there are always differing perspectives.

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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 10, 2011, 02:32:24 PM
Trying to read An Utterly Impartial History of Britain by John O'Farrell but it's hard work getting the authors left wing viewpoint.

Once finished I will either finish Stalingrad or finally read The Don, never did get round to it before.

Got handed a copy at work last night and started it this morning. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Azteca1903 on January 10, 2011, 02:38:12 PM
Another good one is My Father and Other Working Class Heroes by Gary Imlach. A biography of his father's career.

Excellent book IMO my opinion.

I got a few older other fitba books this christmas, including The Glory Game, Only a Game? and Inverting the Pyramid. The Glory Game is pretty good so far.
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Post by: dave_min on January 10, 2011, 03:43:00 PM
Trying to read An Utterly Impartial History of Britain by John O'Farrell but it's hard work getting the authors left wing viewpoint.

I got that for christmas.
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Post by: s1dnk on January 10, 2011, 04:58:55 PM
Got handed a copy at work last night and started it this morning. :thumbsup:
Got mine handed to me at work also, got until April to get it read before the guy who owns it retires. Anyway he said it was a good read, wasn't much mention of his business ventures outside of football though.
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Post by: glasgowdon on January 10, 2011, 05:00:17 PM
I thought The Don was ok.
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Post by: dave_min on January 13, 2011, 09:16:21 PM
Finished Steve Patersons book last night. Thought it was a smashing read, nice to read a biography where the author isn't all up himself talking about how good he is and everything he has won.

Started on Big Duncs book now. I'm not a fan of hardback books at all. Paperback FTW!

Kindle can GTF.
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Post by: glasgowdon on January 13, 2011, 10:57:22 PM
Finished Steve Patersons book last night. Thought it was a smashing read, nice to read a biography where the author isn't all up himself talking about how good he is and everything he has won.

Started on Big Duncs book now. I'm not a fan of hardback books at all. Paperback FTW!

Kindle can GTF.

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: RDU_64 on January 13, 2011, 11:37:01 PM
Finished Steve Patersons book last night. Thought it was a smashing read, nice to read a biography where the author isn't all up himself talking about how good he is and everything he has won.

Started on Big Duncs book now. I'm not a fan of hardback books at all. Paperback FTW!

Kindle can GTF.

Get to feck! I think it's a good bit of equipment!

Just starting Paterson's book after finishing 'Round Ireland With A Fridge'. Fairly amusing book and an enjoyable read which I have come to expect from Tony Hawks.
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Post by: dave_min on January 13, 2011, 11:45:28 PM
Get to feck! I think it's a good bit of equipment!

Just starting Paterson's book after finishing 'Round Ireland With A Fridge'. Fairly amusing book and an enjoyable read which I have come to expect from Tony Hawks.

Good book that, thought Playing the Moldovians at Tennis was his best though. One Hit Wonderland and A Piano in France were both a bit shit I thought.
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Post by: Harcus on January 14, 2011, 08:25:58 AM
Yeah, Piano in Pyrenees or whatever is was called wasn't great.
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Post by: Stewart on January 14, 2011, 10:49:31 AM
Get to feck! I think it's a good bit of equipment!

Just starting Paterson's book after finishing 'Round Ireland With A Fridge'. Fairly amusing book and an enjoyable read which I have come to expect from Tony Hawks.

Heard him talking about the film they are going to be making about it when he was on the radio.

Already read more books this year (2) than in the last four or five years combined so I might give this one a look.
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Post by: King Street Loon on January 14, 2011, 11:20:58 AM
Getting tore into that Steig Larsson trilogy just now.

So far so good.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on January 14, 2011, 12:18:23 PM
Getting tore into that Steig Larsson trilogy just now.

So far so good.

That and the most recent Peter James book are my next books.
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Post by: tlg1903 on January 14, 2011, 04:35:12 PM
The girl trilogy is really good.  I'm just about to start Keith Richards autobiography. 
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Post by: BigAl on January 14, 2011, 04:48:54 PM
The girl trilogy is really good. 

Anyone want to know the ending ;)
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Post by: tlg1903 on January 14, 2011, 05:08:41 PM
They become pals?
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Post by: BrownyBrown on January 14, 2011, 07:46:39 PM
Getting tore into that Steig Larsson trilogy just now.

So far so good.

I was going to get started on those once I've managed to finish off a few books that I've started and not manage to finish so far. They are only a few pounds each on Kindle so think I'll make them my first purchase, Dave.  :wave:

Also got Tom Clancy Dead or Alive in my 'to read' pile.
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Post by: Aberdeen_Ladette on January 24, 2011, 06:50:57 AM
Just back from a 2 week holiday, where I read the first five Stuart MacBride books which I loved. Thanks to Rebus30 for recommending this author in reply to a query I previously posted in this thread.

I noticed in previous few posts both positive and negative references to 'Kindle'. Just prior to going away on my hols I read it was the most popular purchase on Amazon at Christmas, the latest model could be read in sunlight and weighed around 1.8kg. I would be interested in views on the Kindle v paperbacks, as I weighed the six paperback books taking on my hols and they were 2.3 kg!
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Post by: tlg1903 on January 24, 2011, 07:27:17 AM
The kindle is the iPhone of digital readers.  It's very good at what it does but you are restricted in the format you can use.  There are other digi readers that do the same but you can use any format you like which means you can use a lot more free stuff.  Sony has a very good one but I can't remember what it's called
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Post by: glasgow sheep on January 24, 2011, 10:14:14 AM
Just read Stephen Fry's latest autobiography and On Fire With Fergie while on holiday.
Stephen Fry's book was certainly interesting, charting his life from finishing school to the start of Blackadder. Certainly lived an interesting life and although and bit pompous and pretentious at times (which he fully acknowledges) quite an engaging and interesting story.

On Fire was great, and imagine would spark some treasured memories for those just a little older than me who were about to watch the rise of afc through the late 70s and early 80s. Loved the complete contempt the kid had for United and Hearts and articulated as well as anything why Dandies the world over hate the Huns (and who would have believed the book stops short of 1988 and that tackle).  Certainly got me in the mood for this weeks Cup Semifinal  :thumbsup:
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Post by: coopy100 on January 24, 2011, 01:29:36 PM
Just finished a book about the mafia in America called the first family written by mike dash. It was alright but like all mafia books I've read it gets a bit samey towards the end. worth an illegal download though.
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Post by: Kowalski on January 24, 2011, 07:13:30 PM
Liked Boyle's book.

Aye just finished it, it was pretty decent.

Now starting on Duncan Shearer's book.
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Post by: tsr on January 24, 2011, 07:31:33 PM
Read Steve Paterson's, was decent but sad tale, not entirely sue his demons have been resolved by the book.
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Post by: dave_min on January 24, 2011, 09:24:31 PM
Read Steve Paterson's, was decent but sad tale, not entirely sue his demons have been resolved by the book.

Enjoyed that. Read Shearers book straight after that and thought Pele's was much much better.
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Post by: tsr on January 24, 2011, 09:29:04 PM
I did it the othe way around and found them about even, i'm easy pray though I loved Sheaers obvious love for our club. Sad thing about Paterson is he probably pissed his potential away but without the drink he probably wouldn't have been the same coach anyway.
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Post by: BigAl on February 03, 2011, 08:06:35 PM
Much to report since last post on here.

In no particular order have read the following:

Ken Follet - The Pillars Of The Earth. A decent story from Mr Follet as ever, but at almost 1100 pages, it was at least 500 too many, and the story could easily have been condensed somewhat.

George W Bush - Decision Points. Wouldn't have bought it from choice, but given it as a present and actually a decent enough read, if only because I take an interest in current affairs and everything that happened in it is fairly recent and easily rememberable.

David Peace - 1974. Finished it but to be honest wouldn't rave about it. Think that boils down more to his style of writing rather than the story itself which was ok.

Stuart McBride - Dark Blood. Latest paperback offering on Aberdeen's finest. Been critical of Mr McBride in the past for being far fetched, but this one puts him right back in the frame. Excellent read and finished in a train journey to Newcastle and back.

Currently enjoying a book by Paul McGuigan (Oasis) and Paolo Hewiit entitled "The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw" which is the poignant, funny and tragic story of Robin Friday.
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Post by: Kenny on February 03, 2011, 10:52:03 PM
Stuff I've got through recently includes Jonathan Wilson (Guardian)'s book on the history of tactics, Inverting the Pyramid. Easily my favourite writer when it comes to that aspect of the game. David Conn's The Beautiful Game? was also an interesting read but it's a few years out of date now. Currently hitting Stewart Lee's effort (http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/aug/01/how-escaped-certain-fate-stewart-lee) from last year.
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Post by: coopy100 on February 04, 2011, 12:00:10 AM
Currently enjoying a book by Paul McGuigan (Oasis) and Paolo Hewiit entitled "The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw" which is the poignant, funny and tragic story of Robin Friday.
Reminds me of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzHLTy33qWM&feature=related

I am currently reading a book entitled absolute war: soviet russia in the second world war. Seems good so far.
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Post by: Azteca1903 on February 04, 2011, 12:05:08 AM
Stuff I've got through recently includes Jonathan Wilson (Guardian)'s book on the history of tactics, Inverting the Pyramid. Easily my favourite writer when it comes to that aspect of the game.

Just finished this, thought it was brilliant.
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Post by: hebrew on February 06, 2011, 07:51:36 AM
I am reading  A Week in December  by Sebastian Faulks - pretty good so far
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Post by: s1dnk on February 07, 2011, 03:58:09 PM
I am STILL fighting my way through An Utterly Impartial History of Britain but I find myself getting so pissed off with the author I put the book down and wont touch it for days. Going to make a real effort to finish it this week.
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Post by: BigAl on February 07, 2011, 04:23:58 PM
I am reading  A Week in December  by Sebastian Faulks - pretty good so far

Missus, do you read all the books I read or something ???
Pretty different to most of his other stuff isn't it ?
Take it you've finished the millenium trilogy now ? Did you think that the outcome justified over 2000 pages of reading ?
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Post by: hebrew on February 08, 2011, 08:50:22 AM
Missus, do you read all the books I read or something ???
Pretty different to most of his other stuff isn't it ?
Take it you've finished the millenium trilogy now ? Did you think that the outcome justified over 2000 pages of reading ?

It is great the way all the characters fit together yeh 

It certainly is tho it is years since I read Birdsong 

I loved the fist book in the Millennium set but wasn't so keen on the second book or third books - I never managed to see the third film at the cinema either 
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Post by: Aberdeen_Ladette on February 26, 2011, 04:24:45 AM
The kindle is the iPhone of digital readers.  It's very good at what it does but you are restricted in the format you can use.  There are other digi readers that do the same but you can use any format you like which means you can use a lot more free stuff.  Sony has a very good one but I can't remember what it's called

The 'Kindle' thread on here reminded me I'd mentioned it in this book thread, so a belated thanks alot for your reply tlg!
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Post by: Harcus on February 26, 2011, 09:59:08 AM
Reading "Stamping Grounds" by Charlie Connolly. He follows Liechenstein through the 2002 World Cup qualification campaign. I like this type of book, so anticipating good things.

Reading another by same author - 'Attention All Shipping', a tour of the shipping forecast. It's alright, not as good as Stamping Grounds though.
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Post by: RDU_64 on February 26, 2011, 03:48:55 PM
Read Paterson's book also. Agree with all the sentiments on here, a very good read. Also read 'Into the Wild' by Jon Krakauer which I thoroughly enjoyed. Would recommend it. Now in the process of reading 'Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era' by Paul Tomkins, Graeme Riley and Gary Fulcher. A very thorough examination of the effect that the increased money has had and pretty interesting so far.
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Post by: Azteca1903 on February 26, 2011, 06:43:27 PM
Now in the process of reading 'Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era' by Paul Tomkins, Graeme Riley and Gary Fulcher. A very thorough examination of the effect that the increased money has had and pretty interesting so far.

I read this a few weeks back. Some really good stats in there and it's interesting to see the trends of transfer fees showing how exactly success is bought. I found it a little dry at times though and the section on individual clubs a bit repetative. Also, although transfer fees are clearly important, the effect of wages seems to be a bit overlooked, especially given that they have such a bearing on league position (90% I think claimed in 'Why England Lose').
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Post by: Kenny on February 27, 2011, 05:24:02 PM
I'm reading this (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Ascending-Great-Inventions-Evolution/dp/1861978480) just now. It's a good read and it's designed for the total beginner, but even then some of it is pretty baffling. I think I'm just about coping with the gist of it, though.
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Post by: Rebus30 on February 28, 2011, 11:48:43 AM
Just read Stephen Fry's latest autobiography and On Fire With Fergie while on holiday.
Stephen Fry's book was certainly interesting, charting his life from finishing school to the start of Blackadder. Certainly lived an interesting life and although and bit pompous and pretentious at times (which he fully acknowledges) quite an engaging and interesting story.

On Fire was great, and imagine would spark some treasured memories for those just a little older than me who were about to watch the rise of afc through the late 70s and early 80s. Loved the complete contempt the kid had for United and Hearts and articulated as well as anything why Dandies the world over hate the Huns (and who would have believed the book stops short of 1988 and that tackle).  Certainly got me in the mood for this weeks Cup Semifinal  :thumbsup:

Have got "On Fire With Fergie" on my pile of "to be read" books at home, so after what you've said in this post, I'll be getting fired into it ASAP (and yes that was a deliberate pun)
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Post by: dave_min on February 28, 2011, 09:12:06 PM
Just read Stephen Fry's latest autobiography and On Fire With Fergie while on holiday.
Stephen Fry's book was certainly interesting, charting his life from finishing school to the start of Blackadder. Certainly lived an interesting life and although and bit pompous and pretentious at times (which he fully acknowledges) quite an engaging and interesting story.

On Fire was great, and imagine would spark some treasured memories for those just a little older than me who were about to watch the rise of afc through the late 70s and early 80s. Loved the complete contempt the kid had for United and Hearts and articulated as well as anything why Dandies the world over hate the Huns (and who would have believed the book stops short of 1988 and that tackle).  Certainly got me in the mood for this weeks Cup Semifinal  :thumbsup:

What Stephen Fry book is that? I've currently got 4 in my 'to read' pile and ain't so sure where to start. (On Fire With Fergie is also in that pile)
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Post by: BigAl on March 08, 2011, 02:07:05 PM
Just finished "Random" which was a debut novel by Craig Robertson set in the Weeg.
Certainly won't be leaving my business card again in one of these fish bowl free draws for a free meal after reading this.
If you like Mark Billingham then give it a go.

Just started on "American Devil" by Oliver Stark
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Post by: glasgow sheep on March 08, 2011, 05:58:18 PM
What Stephen Fry book is that? I've currently got 4 in my 'to read' pile and ain't so sure where to start. (On Fire With Fergie is also in that pile)
Most recent one.
Currently stuck in a rut with books. Haven't been able to get one started properly for a while.  Got Private Eye subscription for xmas and already got wsc delivered every month so by the time I've read that lot I never get round to starting another book esp as I only ever read before I go to sleep at night.  Have made a tentative effort to start reading a book about the History of Medicine which is pretty interesting thus far but suspect it has limited wide spread appeal
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Post by: hebrew on March 08, 2011, 10:43:31 PM
Most recent one.
Currently stuck in a rut with books. Haven't been able to get one started properly for a while.  Got Private Eye subscription for xmas and already got wsc delivered every month so by the time I've read that lot I never get round to starting another book esp as I only ever read before I go to sleep at night.  Have made a tentative effort to start reading a book about the History of Medicine which is pretty interesting thus far but suspect it has limited wide spread appeal

I'm the same - I got a Time subscription as a Christmas pressie and the bloody magazine comes every week so by the time I have read it cover to cover I have no time to read my book - I can tell you all about the unrest in Tunisia and Bahrain and how it affects the global ecomony and what dress Michelle Obama wore but I have no idea who most of the characters in my book are  ;D

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Post by: BigAl on March 16, 2011, 10:15:04 AM

Just started on "American Devil" by Oliver Stark

Superb, thats all :thumbsup:
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Post by: hebrew on April 12, 2011, 09:09:27 PM
I am plodding along with We Need to Talk about Kevin - I want to read it before the film comes out but it is quite hard work
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Post by: Harcus on April 12, 2011, 09:51:04 PM
Reading another by same author - 'Attention All Shipping', a tour of the shipping forecast. It's alright, not as good as Stamping Grounds though.

Only finished this a few weeks ago. Very average.

Now reading
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CH1GP5C0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Interesting in parts, as don't know much about Northern Irish politics, or the Troubles. Don't think this book was the place to start though. It's unbelievably weighted towards Wright, painting him as a political folk hero, and seems to brush over significant parts of why he ended up in prison. Disappointing. Would be interested to read other books on the Troubles though, if anyone has any recommendations.
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Post by: BigAl on April 13, 2011, 08:42:35 AM
From the Dead, the latest offering from Mark Billingham.
Couple of hundred pages in and shaping up very nicely :thumbsup:
Need some recommendations, as only six weeks to go until holidays
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Post by: dave_min on April 13, 2011, 06:55:27 PM
From the Dead, the latest offering from Mark Billingham.
Couple of hundred pages in and shaping up very nicely :thumbsup:
Need some recommendations, as only six weeks to go until holidays

Cancun is great!  ;)
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Post by: BigAl on April 14, 2011, 12:25:09 PM
Cancun is great!  ;)

Not this year David....the missus doesn't like flights over about five hours, so back to Gran Canaria this year.
Matters not one jot to me....sun, beer, topless young girls.....paradise for an auld fucker like me ;)
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Post by: Kowalski 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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Post by: Azteca1903 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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Post by: Harcus on August 01, 2011, 12:02:49 PM
Just started Brookmyre's new one. Should be good.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on August 01, 2011, 12:11:28 PM
Recently read King of the Gypsies. Anyone else read this?
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Post by: BigAl 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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Post by: hebrew 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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Post by: Kowalski 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.

Now reading this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yMGKiSKpL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

 :-\
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Post by: BigAl 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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Post by: tlg1903 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

check this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gIaQTpU8T8
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Post by: RDU_64 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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Post by: hebrew on September 08, 2011, 06:48:52 PM
I am reading Jane Eyre before I go to see the film
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Post by: BigAl on September 08, 2011, 07:24:22 PM
will that not spoil the ending?  ;)

And the begining and middle surely ;)
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Post by: hebrew 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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Post by: BigAl 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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Post by: hebrew 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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Post by: Kowalski 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

check this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gIaQTpU8T8

 :lolabove:

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.

---

I finished the Piper Alpha book.  Fascinating / gripping / terrifying all in one go.  Anybody that works in the oil industry should read it IMHO.
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Post by: BigAl 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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Post by: dave_min 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.
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Post by: tlg1903 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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Post by: Harcus on November 08, 2011, 03:36:40 PM
(http://images.pricerunner.com/product/image/78404592/The-Thistle-and-the-Grail.jpg)

Reading this, it's about a fictional junior club in Scotland.
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Post by: Tyrant on November 08, 2011, 03:39:20 PM
Can we assign a Donstalk Reading Champion? I don't read many books so can I be it?
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Post by: dave_min on November 08, 2011, 07:52:15 PM
Can we assign a Donstalk Reading Champion? I don't read many books so can I be it?

Are you any good at watching films?
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Post by: Tyrant on November 09, 2011, 07:53:31 AM
I watched an episode of Scrubs this morning before my shower.

Oh wait.. perhaps I'm overqualified.  :-\
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Post by: BigAl on December 06, 2011, 01:50:19 PM
Must have read dozens of books since last posting on this thread, and to be hnoest can't really be arsed remembering and listing them all, but just finished reading "The Postman Always Rings Twice" by James M Cain. If ever there was a book ahead of its time then this is it. Although short at less than 150 pages, it is a cracking read and recommended to you all. Mind seeing the picture based upon it staring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lang many many years ago.

Bought myself one of these kindles and got a memory stick off a mate with around 1000 books on it, so not going to be stuck for a good read for a while by the looks of it :thumbsup:
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Post by: tlg1903 on December 06, 2011, 02:16:50 PM
I download books for free these days and read them on my phone
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Post by: BigAl on December 06, 2011, 02:39:56 PM
I download books for free these days and read them on my phone

Any recommendations  ???
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Post by: Madbadteacher on December 06, 2011, 07:00:13 PM
Recently finished 11/22/63 by Steven King and thouroughly enjoyed it. Only took me 2 days which is a good sign  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Harcus on December 07, 2011, 08:41:51 AM
(http://images.pricerunner.com/product/image/78404592/The-Thistle-and-the-Grail.jpg)

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

Finished this a while ago, it was good - showing its' age though.

Started this -

(http://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/746929-L.jpg)

Gave up about a third of the way through, on account of the author getting on my tits.

Started this -

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51y7Y1Sa%2BRL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
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Post by: rocket_scientist on December 07, 2011, 09:16:15 AM
I went a bit daft in the Library this week and last and took out too many. I can't possibly read them all by 28 Dec and 4 Jan. Included are two that I will read first:-

1. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. First read it when I was 16 and promised myself I would have to re-read it but never got round to it.

2. The complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Only ever come across quotes and ideas attributed to him but never drank from the horses mouth.

Biographical stuff on Seve and Oscar Wilde after that.
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Post by: CtS on December 21, 2011, 12:14:06 PM
(http://www.bernardcornwell.net/images/bookcovers/Azincourt-final.jpg)

Absolutely excellent read.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: glasgow sheep on December 21, 2011, 12:28:53 PM
Just read A Fraction of the Whole by Steven Toltz.  Bit of a marathon at 700+ pages but brilliant read.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518mnOCpUZL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fraction-Whole-Steve-Toltz/dp/024114390X
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Post by: tlg1903 on December 21, 2011, 12:37:57 PM
(http://www.bernardcornwell.net/images/bookcovers/Azincourt-final.jpg)

Absolutely excellent read.  :thumbsup:

On my to read list already
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Post by: CtS on December 21, 2011, 12:50:18 PM
Mate it's brutal.  Very well written and instantly captivating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuDZFAyOR0M&feature=player_embedded
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Post by: Kowalski on January 03, 2012, 06:21:38 PM
I finished the Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy - outstanding fiction.  (watched all three extended films as well)

Now reading something more light hearted...

(http://blackfriday-uk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/51lzxDcZN8L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
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Post by: BigAl on January 03, 2012, 07:55:28 PM
I finished the Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy - outstanding fiction.  (watched all three extended films as well)


Finished the last one back in the summer of 2010 and have also seen all three films.
Completely agree that this is an outstanding trilogy and Mr Larsson is a sad loss to the literary world.
I have no desire however to now see the English language re-make of the films.
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Post by: Kowalski on January 03, 2012, 08:18:45 PM
I have no desire however to now see the English language re-make of the films.

I've seen it, its not as good.  I hear they may not be making the next two films which would be a good thing.
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Post by: BigAl on January 04, 2012, 08:58:38 AM
Recently finished 11/22/63 by Steven King and thouroughly enjoyed it. Only took me 2 days which is a good sign  :thumbsup:

Not really normally a Stephen King reader, but liked the look of this one, and given the fact that got it on a free download thought I'd give it a go. Took a wee while to get going, but really enjoying it now  :thumbsup:
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Post by: tlg1903 on January 04, 2012, 01:48:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc7ZaZz4CoU
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Post by: BigAl on January 11, 2012, 09:05:23 PM
Recently finished 11/22/63 by Steven King and thouroughly enjoyed it. Only took me 2 days which is a good sign  :thumbsup:

Do you speed read, or just sit about all day reading
To finish this book in two days is one hoor o' a read ;)
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Post by: Madbadteacher on January 11, 2012, 09:20:49 PM
I read fast, always have done, and am mostly oblivious to the world when I do. I love reading.

Also I do have more time on my hands whilst I'm not working.
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Post by: Edinburghdon on January 11, 2012, 09:23:27 PM
I read fast, always have done, and am mostly oblivious to the world when I do. I love reading.

I'm pretty much the same, finished the new Stuart MacBride book within 2 days last weekend.  It was a decent read, same tone as his other books but a new set of characters.
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Post by: BigAl on January 11, 2012, 09:41:04 PM
I read fast, always have done, and am mostly oblivious to the world when I do. I love reading.

Also I do have more time on my hands whilst I'm not working.

I love to read as well, but tend to find that most of the time the day job gets in the way >:(
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on January 15, 2012, 11:14:26 PM

Now reading something more light hearted...

(http://blackfriday-uk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/51lzxDcZN8L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Best thing I've ever read. Fucking hilarious.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on January 15, 2012, 11:22:14 PM
Best thing I've ever read. Fucking hilarious.
:wave:
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Post by: BobbyBiscuit on January 15, 2012, 11:30:36 PM
:wave:

And?  The point is...?

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Post by: bilbobaggins on January 16, 2012, 08:52:06 AM
Welcome back Bobby.

Amongst others I've read The Fear Index by Robert Harris and I've finally got round to reading The Red Riding Books by David Peace after seeing the TV drama.

For some lighter material I've read the Centurion books by Simon Scarrow. Good page turning historical fiction.

All excellent.
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Post by: Harcus on January 16, 2012, 09:44:58 AM
How was the Fear Index BB? It's on my 'to-read'.

Currently reading 'The Hills are Stuffed with Swedish Girls', it's alright.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on January 16, 2012, 09:59:25 AM
It's good, much in the vein of Fatherland in terms that it gets you thinking "what if".

Not his best by a long shot though, I wish he'd stop getting side tracked with topical stuff like Ghost Writer and the Fear Index and focus on his Ciccero story.
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Post by: dave_min on January 16, 2012, 06:39:02 PM
I've been reading the Robin Friday Story (as recommended by Al's signature) and it's a bit pish.
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Post by: BigAl on January 19, 2012, 01:35:44 PM
I've been reading the Robin Friday Story (as recommended by Al's signature) and it's a bit pish.

Students, youngsters......nae fucking taste or class ;)
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Post by: glasgow sheep on January 19, 2012, 01:54:01 PM
Got two Scottish fitba related books for xmas.
First was Stramash by a Middlesbrough fan who moved to Edinburgh.  Fed up with travelling down to the NE of England every other week and of the anodyne corporate atmosphere of EPL/Championship football he decided to spend a year travelling around lower league Scotland.  Some interesting insight, history and commentary on Scottish lower leagues and football in general - recommended

The Second was Bloody Casuals Congratulations You Have Just Met The Casuals, about our very own ASC.  Possibly the worse book I have ever read.  Would probably fail as an essay in Standard Grade English. Even the material is rotten with almost every story starting "I wasn't there at the time but to the best of my knowledge this is what happened", cue the usual "there were 50 of us 100 of them and they shat it and ran".  Never been interested in this genre of book and needless to say after reading this (well some of it, it having been relegated to toilet book) I won't be getting any more.
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Post by: glasgowdon on January 19, 2012, 01:57:56 PM
Got two Scottish fitba related books for xmas.
First was Stramash by a Middlesbrough fan who moved to Edinburgh.  Fed up with travelling down to the NE of England every other week and of the anodyne corporate atmosphere of EPL/Championship football he decided to spend a year travelling around lower league Scotland.  Some interesting insight, history and commentary on Scottish lower leagues and football in general - recommended

The Second was Bloody Casuals about our very own ASC.  Possibly the worse book I have ever read.  Would probably fail as an essay in Standard Grade English. Even the material is rotten with almost every story starting "I wasn't there at the time but to the best of my knowledge this is what happened", cue the usual there were 50 of us 100 of them and they shat it and ran.  Never been interested in this genre of book and needless to say after reading this (well some of it, it having been relegated to toilet book) I won't be getting any more.

That the Jay Allan "bible" that all the mutants in our support have a tug over?
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Post by: glasgow sheep on January 19, 2012, 01:59:38 PM
That the Jay Allan "bible" that all the mutants in our support have a tug over?

There you go, I didn't even check the title properly.  No it's this piece of horseshit:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Congratulations-You-Have-Just-Casuals/dp/1844543072/ref=pd_sim_b_5

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EnchgBXRL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)
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Post by: glasgowdon on January 19, 2012, 03:19:00 PM
There you go, I didn't even check the title properly.  No it's this piece of horseshit:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Congratulations-You-Have-Just-Casuals/dp/1844543072/ref=pd_sim_b_5

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EnchgBXRL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

Oh Christ I've read that. Horrid.
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Post by: BigAl on January 19, 2012, 04:01:05 PM
Oh Christ I've read that. Horrid.

I made the fatal error of buying that on E Bay, read it and have to agree that it is fucking rank
Tried selling it umpteen times on E Bay and Amazon, but nae fucker would bite
Ended up giving it to charity shop to sell.
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Post by: Edinburghdon on January 20, 2012, 03:04:46 PM
Right, just got myself a kindle. Does anyone have any recommendation on books to fill it with?

Can't be arsed to trawl through all 30 pages of this thread  ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: dandy on January 20, 2012, 03:20:12 PM
Ian Rankin- The Impossible Dead, not read it yet but its on my Kindle. Alan Sugars The Way I See it is supposed to be good. Sawbones by Stuart MacBride, its classed as a Novella ie its nae long!
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Edinburghdon on January 20, 2012, 03:23:21 PM
Ian Rankin- The Impossible Dead, not read it yet but its on my Kindle. Alan Sugars The Way I See it is supposed to be good. Sawbones by Stuart MacBride, its classed as a Novella ie its nae long!

Already read the impossible dead, expect a text giving away the ending any second...

 ;D
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on January 20, 2012, 03:26:47 PM
Right, just got myself a kindle. Does anyone have any recommendation on books to fill it with?

Can't be arsed to trawl through all 30 pages of this thread  ;)

11/22/63

Try this link also for free books

http://www.ereaderiq.co.uk/free/


Most of them are shit, but the odd good one crops now and again
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Edinburghdon on January 20, 2012, 04:03:07 PM
11/22/63

Try this link also for free books

http://www.ereaderiq.co.uk/free/


Most of them are shit, but the odd good one crops now and again

Perfect cheers Al!
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Post by: BigAl on January 20, 2012, 04:27:24 PM
Perfect cheers Al!

Meant to say, sign up to it and you get daily e mail about new free books.
As I said, most of them crap, but some good crime thrillers from time to time
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Post by: Madbadteacher on January 20, 2012, 06:05:18 PM
Agree with 11/22/63

Also for easy reading (c 4 hours a book) try any James Patterson books!

If ye're into fantasy (and as AFC fans looking to win something aren't we all) Stan Nicholl's "Orcs" book are pretty good too, also any of "The Black COmpany" series by Glenn Cook
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Post by: tlg1903 on January 20, 2012, 07:10:29 PM
Ready player one by earnest cline,  easily the best book i read last year
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Post by: hebrew on January 21, 2012, 09:03:46 AM
Got two Scottish fitba related books for xmas.
First was Stramash by a Middlesbrough fan who moved to Edinburgh.  Fed up with travelling down to the NE of England every other week and of the anodyne corporate atmosphere of EPL/Championship football he decided to spend a year travelling around lower league Scotland.  Some interesting insight, history and commentary on Scottish lower leagues and football in general - recommended

The Second was Bloody Casuals Congratulations You Have Just Met The Casuals, about our very own ASC.  Possibly the worse book I have ever read.  Would probably fail as an essay in Standard Grade English. Even the material is rotten with almost every story starting "I wasn't there at the time but to the best of my knowledge this is what happened", cue the usual "there were 50 of us 100 of them and they shat it and ran".  Never been interested in this genre of book and needless to say after reading this (well some of it, it having been relegated to toilet book) I won't be getting any more.

I saw him at the book festival last August  :thumbsup:
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Post by: hebrew on January 21, 2012, 09:07:47 AM
Right, just got myself a kindle. Does anyone have any recommendation on books to fill it with?

Can't be arsed to trawl through all 30 pages of this thread  ;)

If you like crime try Harlan Coben  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Harcus on January 23, 2012, 11:49:24 AM

The Second was Bloody Casuals Congratulations You Have Just Met The Casuals, about our very own ASC.  Possibly the worse book I have ever read.  Would probably fail as an essay in Standard Grade English.

WA-HEY!  :P

Will check out your other recommendation though.

Just started Larry Lamb's autobiography.
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Post by: RDU_64 on January 23, 2012, 07:51:05 PM
I'm reading Yes Man by Danny Wallace at the minute, very enjoyable read and some particular Laugh Out Loud points.
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Post by: topcorner on January 23, 2012, 08:02:52 PM
I'm reading Yes Man by Danny Wallace at the minute, very enjoyable read and some particular Laugh Out Loud points.

I read that a few years ago. Definitely an easy book to read with a few funny stories throughout  :thumbsup:

I also tried to say Yes to everything after I read it. Lasted about a week  :-\
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Post by: tlg1903 on January 23, 2012, 08:13:00 PM
Excellent book, really enjoyed it.  Join Me is phenomenal as well
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Post by: dave_min on January 23, 2012, 08:24:25 PM
All of Danny Wallace's books are good except "Awkward Situations For Men".

Don't read it.

It's pish.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on January 24, 2012, 07:46:31 PM
"Awkward Situations For Men".

Don't read it.

It's pish.

Probably the worst book i've ever had the misfortune to pick up.
Started reading it on holiday couple of years ago, perservered for about eighty pages and had to give up before I slit my wrists ::)
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Post by: Kowalski on February 02, 2012, 07:57:43 PM
Currently reading Snuff by Terry Pratchett but have just downloaded this:

(http://www.spain-holiday.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Barca-book-for-web.jpg)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on February 02, 2012, 08:01:02 PM
Currently reading Snuff by Terry Pratchett but have just downloaded this:

(http://www.spain-holiday.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Barca-book-for-web.jpg)

Have you read Barca - A People's Passion by Jimmy Burns ?
If not strongly recommend it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on February 02, 2012, 08:02:45 PM
Have you read Barca - A People's Passion by Jimmy Burns ?
If not strongly recommend it :thumbsup:

Yes, a truly fantastic read.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on February 02, 2012, 08:10:05 PM
Also reading Snuff. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: glasgowdon on February 02, 2012, 09:38:20 PM
A People's Passion is a horribly biased book. Morbo is a great book and everyone should read that if they are interested in la Liga.

For an interesting book on Italian football: The Miracle of Castel di Sangro.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on February 02, 2012, 09:50:08 PM
A People's Passion is a horribly biased book.

I knew it  :P
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: hebrew on March 20, 2012, 08:12:42 AM
Just finished The Hunger Games trilogy - great read, can't wait to see the first film on Friday  :thumbsup:
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Post by: manc_don on March 20, 2012, 09:20:49 AM
Currently reading Catch 22, it's the second time i've tried to read it but i've found it much easier to read the second time round. Didn't get 1/2 way the first time. Recently finish the English Patient which was a good read.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Harcus on March 20, 2012, 10:41:47 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fmDIMsTAHog/Td4fdEHVNFI/AAAAAAAAOno/bpGBZec-YYM/s1600/and-the-band-played-on-11304391434.jpg)

Currently reading this. Quite interesting, although a bit too much guesswork for me.

Recently finished this, was a fantastic piece of work -

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rEc9UE7ynzM/TWDPCfwRy1I/AAAAAAAAAx4/pGSwntF6kZ8/s1600/Inverting-the-Pyramid.jpg)
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Post by: glasgow sheep on March 20, 2012, 10:45:35 AM
Just got the Megrahi book for my Birthday.  Looks like it will be an interesting read, will report back.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JGlfDtUHL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

Will have to wait however as currently re reading 1984.

btw manc catch 22 is superb, one of my favourite books.
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Post by: bilbobaggins on March 20, 2012, 12:52:29 PM
I've just read The Black House by Peter May and moving onto the second of the trilogy: The Lewis Man.

Well worth a look.

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Post by: BigAl on March 20, 2012, 07:27:24 PM
I've just read The Black House by Peter May and moving onto the second of the trilogy: The Lewis Man.

Well worth a look.

Have read The Black House and agree it was a good read.
Didn't know the second book was out, but thanks for the heads up.
Away to have a look for it now :thumbsup:
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Post by: hebrew on March 24, 2012, 01:07:42 AM
Currently reading Catch 22, it's the second time i've tried to read it but i've found it much easier to read the second time round. Didn't get 1/2 way the first time. Recently finish the English Patient which was a good read.

One of my favourite films but didn't like the book
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Mentorred on March 24, 2012, 02:07:44 AM
Just finished The Hunger Games trilogy - great read, can't wait to see the first film on Friday  :thumbsup:

Reading the 3rd book now. My wife recommended it when the 1st book came out, I reluctantly read it.
Liked the first two and enjoying the 3rd so far.
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Post by: Azteca1903 on April 02, 2012, 01:55:12 PM

Recently finished this, was a fantastic piece of work -

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rEc9UE7ynzM/TWDPCfwRy1I/AAAAAAAAAx4/pGSwntF6kZ8/s1600/Inverting-the-Pyramid.jpg)

Loved Inverting the Pyramid, and on a similar note, just finished this.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328324802l/13047332.jpg)

Incredibly comprehensive and a very critical biography, prepared to take Clough to task on some of his unacceptable behaviour. Very interesting.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: tlg1903 on April 02, 2012, 09:59:21 PM
Might just have to download both of those
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Post by: Harcus on April 03, 2012, 02:51:25 PM
Loved Inverting the Pyramid, and on a similar note, just finished this.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328324802l/13047332.jpg)

Incredibly comprehensive and a very critical biography, prepared to take Clough to task on some of his unacceptable behaviour. Very interesting.

Haha, I have that out from the library just now, but picked this up first:

(http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/covers/uk/9780241961506H.jpg)
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Post by: tlg1903 on April 18, 2012, 01:19:28 PM
Just started the second book of a song of fire and ice, more commonly known now as a game of thrones thanks to the serialization by hbo. An excellent read so far, a fantasy story that actually has balls.
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Post by: scotfree on April 29, 2012, 12:23:41 PM
Cormac McCarthy. The Road.
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Post by: hebrew on July 06, 2012, 11:02:02 PM
Just started the second book of a song of fire and ice, more commonly known now as a game of thrones thanks to the serialization by hbo. An excellent read so far, a fantasy story that actually has balls.

Oh my god how good is A Game of Thrones :thumbsup: can't wait to start the 2nd book tho I have a few to read in between

I have also just read Fifty Shades of Grey which I am sure none of you guys would be interested in  ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: tlg1903 on July 07, 2012, 03:35:36 AM
Oh my god how good is A Game of Thrones :thumbsup: can't wait to start the 2nd book tho I have a few to read in between

I have also just read Fifty Shades of Grey which I am sure none of you guys would be interested in  ;)

I'm up to book five now, epic!  Tyrion Lannister is one of the greatest literary creations of all time.

I would have pegged you of having higher standards than 50 shades of grey though hebrew
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: bloo_toon_red on July 07, 2012, 10:32:07 AM
I have also just read Fifty Shades of Grey which I am sure none of you guys would be interested in  ;)

@50shadesofEarlGrey

I was an innocent cup of hot water, when suddenly I was tea-bagged by a complete stranger
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: manc_don on July 07, 2012, 10:42:12 AM
Been reading hitch 22 which are Christopher hitchens memoirs, pretty good read and thought provoking at times. Though still not sure if he's a complete self assured twat or just passionate.

Also read mafia state recently which was about Russian politics, fascinating read and im glad I don't live there!
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: bloo_toon_red on July 07, 2012, 10:56:50 AM
I don't get out much these days(!), so in the last few months I have read a ton of thrillers, including:

Archangel by Robert Harris - really enjoyed this one.
The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Matarese Circle, The Osterman Weekend, Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum - Osterman the weakest of these, Matarese probably my favourite.
The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth - great book
The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin - I'd seen the film first, which kind of spoiled it a bit having Mahoney from Police Academy in my head
Nazi Hunter by Alan Levy - disappointed me hugely, pretty dull
The Spy Who Came in from The Cold by John Le Carre - really quite dark, I've struggled to get in to a couple of his books, I quite liked this one though
The KGB Poison Factory by Boris Volodarsky - large sections on poisoning of Victor Iuschenko and Andrei Livinenko, writing style is a bit annoying but the substance is a good read

Currently have Fatherland by Robert Harris on the go, alternative history set in Berlin 1964 after the Nazis won the war, shaping up to be a good one.
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on July 07, 2012, 11:05:36 AM
The Odessa File is brilliant.
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Post by: glasgowdon on July 07, 2012, 01:06:55 PM
I know I've read The Odessa File but I can't remember a thing about it. I recall enjoying it though. May have to look up a plot summary somewhere.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on July 10, 2012, 08:48:50 PM


I have also just read Fifty Shades of Grey which I am sure none of you guys would be interested in  ;)

Ah the good old "mummy porn"
Mrs Al just finished first book and started the second one.
No complaints from me about her reading them ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Madbadteacher on July 10, 2012, 09:43:11 PM
Ah the good old "mummy porn"
Mrs Al just finished first book and started the second one.
No complaints from me about her reading them ;)

You get peace to do some gardening and look at DIY manuals?
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: RDU_64 on July 10, 2012, 09:54:47 PM
Currently reading Snuff by Terry Pratchett but have just downloaded this:

(http://www.spain-holiday.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Barca-book-for-web.jpg)

How did you find this book Kow? I just downloaded a sample to it the other night but was looking for a second opinion before I buy it!

I have recently read Trawlerman by Jimmy Buchan, On Fire With Fergie, Join Me by Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman vs The Rest Of The World by Dave Gorman.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: dave_min on July 10, 2012, 10:00:17 PM
How did you find this book Kow? I just downloaded a sample to it the other night but was looking for a second opinion before I buy it!

I have recently read Trawlerman by Jimmy Buchan, On Fire With Fergie, Join Me by Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman vs The Rest Of The World by Dave Gorman.

Have you been at my bookshelf?

I'm gonna read On Fire With Fergie when i'm in Gothenburg in a fortnight  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on July 10, 2012, 10:00:31 PM
You get peace to do some gardening and look at DIY manuals?

No call for DIY around here with herself reading these books  :thumbsup:

If the novelty of marriage has worn off, get your missus on to reading this stuff ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: hebrew on July 10, 2012, 10:23:57 PM
I'm up to book five now, epic!  Tyrion Lannister is one of the greatest literary creations of all time.

I would have pegged you of having higher standards than 50 shades of grey though hebrew

Yeh my pal reckoned Tyrion and Jon Snow were her favourite characters, cannot wait till I can start the next book  :thumbsup:

Well, you have to read books that get talked about a lot sometimes  ;D

Ah the good old "mummy porn"
Mrs Al just finished first book and started the second one.
No complaints from me about her reading them ;)

It's like Mills & Boon with a bit soft porn thrown in, apparently most ladies read it on their kindle so no-one knows. I read it on the train  ;)

You fancy a bit S&M at your age Al  :o  :P
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: CtS on July 10, 2012, 10:52:29 PM
Sausage and Mash is still a firm favourite dish for British pensioners.  ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: bloo_toon_red on July 10, 2012, 11:32:05 PM
Sausage and Mash is still a firm favourite dish for British pensioners.  ;)
Mrs Al = great bangers
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Mentorred on July 10, 2012, 11:45:33 PM
Yeh my pal reckoned Tyrion and Jon Snow were her favourite characters, cannot wait till I can start the next book  :thumbsup:

Well, you have to read books that get talked about a lot sometimes  ;D

It's like Mills & Boon with a bit soft porn thrown in, apparently most ladies read it on their kindle so no-one knows. I read it on the train  ;)

You fancy a bit S&M at your age Al  :o  :P

(http://i49.tinypic.com/10mvcz6.jpg)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on July 11, 2012, 08:13:37 AM
How did you find this book Kow? I just downloaded a sample to it the other night but was looking for a second opinion before I buy it!

Very good read, very well researched!  Some interesting stuff about when Mourinho was interviewed for the Barca job (before Guardiola) and also when the Huns were trying to get Messi on loan! Neither of which I'd heard before.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: CtS on July 11, 2012, 02:26:50 PM
If the novelty of marriage has worn off, get your missus on to reading this stuff ;)

OMG God,  Please don't let her buy a copy.  :o



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Post by: Madbadteacher on July 11, 2012, 03:28:47 PM
The only 50 shades of grey I know about is my hair these days  :(
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: glasgowdon on July 11, 2012, 04:06:04 PM
Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet by Andrew Blum. Not technically complex but a good insight into the magnitude and physical parts of the internet.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on July 11, 2012, 09:50:16 PM

You fancy a bit S&M at your age Al  :o  :P

Never too old missus
Many a fine tune still played on this old fiddle  ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Superstar Tradesman on July 12, 2012, 08:31:13 AM
Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet by Andrew Blum. Not technically complex but a good insight into the magnitude and physical parts of the internet.

WOW, tell me more.......

(http://transformationmarketing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/computer_geek-138181.gif)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: glasgowdon on July 12, 2012, 10:55:34 AM
WOW, tell me more.......

(http://transformationmarketing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/computer_geek-138181.gif)

Might reduce your array of fucking stupid questions you love to ask so much.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: tlg1903 on July 12, 2012, 01:11:54 PM
 :lolabove:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Aberdeen_Ladette on July 18, 2012, 11:07:17 PM
I have also just read Fifty Shades of Grey which I am sure none of you guys would be interested in  ;)

I'm resisting the hype of Fifty Shades, ...... but only for 6 months!

I intend taking Mr Grey to Tenerife with me in January  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on July 18, 2012, 11:16:10 PM
(http://www.joeydevilla.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/50-shades-and-batteries.jpeg)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: tlg1903 on July 19, 2012, 09:46:47 AM
 :lolabove:
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Post by: Tyrant on July 19, 2012, 10:11:45 AM
(http://www.joeydevilla.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/50-shades-and-batteries.jpeg)


What book is that and why is it funny?  ???
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: bloo_toon_red on July 19, 2012, 10:19:51 AM
LOL.  Great deal, sure to create a buzz

What book is that and why is it funny?  ???

50 Shades of Whoosh
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on July 19, 2012, 12:53:17 PM
C'mon Tyrant, surely you've got the insinuation contained within that display  ???
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Tyrant on July 19, 2012, 01:10:23 PM
C'mon Tyrant, surely you've got the insinuation contained within that display  ???


No. :( I can't see what book it is. And if it's nothing to do with the book then I don't get it!
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on July 19, 2012, 02:16:22 PM
Could it be they are trying to create a "buzz"  ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: glasgowdon on July 19, 2012, 02:32:52 PM
Could it be they are trying to create a "buzz"  ;)

You lot should stop toying with him and tell him what it is.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Madbadteacher on July 19, 2012, 02:40:25 PM
He'll just moan and groan if we don't
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on July 19, 2012, 02:41:23 PM
Fear not, it'll "cum" to him eventually
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Tyrant on July 19, 2012, 03:03:13 PM
So I'm supposed to giggle every time I pass a stand of batteries because they power vibrators?  ??? ???
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Madbadteacher on July 19, 2012, 03:36:19 PM
When sold with soft porn, yes!
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: bloo_toon_red on July 19, 2012, 08:25:04 PM
LOL.  Great deal, sure to create a buzz
Could it be they are trying to create a "buzz"  ;)
C'mon Al, yer going blind, is it really the wife that's reading these books?  ;)
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on July 19, 2012, 09:16:22 PM
Come off it Tyrant! 
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on July 19, 2012, 10:22:49 PM
C'mon Al, yer going blind, is it really the wife that's reading these books?  ;)

Fooking hell min, honestly never saw that :o
She has finished all three of them in the space of ten days

Life is sweet :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Kowalski on July 19, 2012, 10:45:57 PM
Fooking hell min, honestly never saw that :o
She has finished all three of them in the space of ten days

Life is sweet :thumbsup:

 :lolabove:

Great to hear that people still do it at your age!
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Aberdeen_Ladette on July 20, 2012, 12:54:28 AM
(http://www.joeydevilla.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/50-shades-and-batteries.jpeg)

  :lolabove:

Ha ha! Thanks for the reminder!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: tmwtm on July 23, 2012, 02:59:23 PM
I'm resisting the hype of Fifty Shades, ...... but only for 6 months!

I intend taking Mr Grey to Tenerife with me in January  :thumbsup:

It was disturbing how many different folk had this book by the pool on holiday.  I couldn't help but laugh when I saw a ginger guy reading it. I opted for downloading to my kindle rather than buying the books thankfully.
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Azteca1903 on July 25, 2012, 03:53:37 PM
Just read the Robert Enke biography, A Life Too Short. Pretty grim obviously, but very well written.

Not long finished The Fear Index too, not one of Harris' best really. Still enjoyable enough though.

Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: Aberdeen_Ladette on July 25, 2012, 11:36:45 PM
It was disturbing how many different folk had this book by the pool on holiday.  I couldn't help but laugh when I saw a ginger guy reading it. I opted for downloading to my kindle rather than buying the books thankfully.

Mine will be on my kindle too, thankfully!

My wee Sis and I got Mum a kindle touch for her 65th birthday last week, .. the first books she downloaded were the 50 Shades trilogy  :o
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on August 07, 2012, 05:26:27 PM
Just finished The Day of the Jackal.  First 100 pages I was a wee bit "meh", but then "wow".  Brilliant stuff.  The Dogs of War up very shortly.

Presently reading "The Lost British Serial Killer - Closing the Case on Peter Tobin and Bible John".  75 pages in, good so far, I had never appreciated that Bible John's first victim was found 200yds from my old flat in Glasgow (just around the corner from Church on the Hill), but there you are.  Obviously goes on to speculate, plausibly if circumstancially, that Peter Tobin is/was Bible John.

Also reading Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith.  Anyone read this?  Only just started it, chopping & changing between these two.

Got a pile to get through including a bunch of Tom Clancy whom I'm never read before even though I've seen a couple of the films.
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Post by: RDU_64 on August 08, 2012, 11:28:05 AM
Just finished this - (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0WVKOY7SC2I/TESuXb-EaGI/AAAAAAAAJXk/9bdTkee9JVA/s1600/friends+like+these+wallace.jpg)

Enjoyable as ever from Danny Wallace.

Just started this - (http://www.soccer-books.co.uk/acatalog/DavyJohnston.jpg)

I'd never really heard of the book or Davy Johnston, probably because he didn't play for Aberdeen all that long but his story interested me. Leaving the SPL twice to go back to playing for Nairn part-time. He scored 37 goals in 99 games for AFC, mostly when playing on the wing!
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Post by: BigAl on August 08, 2012, 07:38:25 PM
Don't actually remember Davy Johnston in an Aberdeen shirt, but certainly remember him playing for Nairn in the Highland League towards the end of his career. Regardless of what level of football you play any player who can score 480 goals in just over 570 games is a little bit special. Sadly passed away around ten years ago.
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Post by: RDU_64 on August 20, 2012, 11:28:19 PM
Don't actually remember Davy Johnston in an Aberdeen shirt, but certainly remember him playing for Nairn in the Highland League towards the end of his career. Regardless of what level of football you play any player who can score 480 goals in just over 570 games is a little bit special. Sadly passed away around ten years ago.

Aye. Seemingly spent the majority of his career playing for Nairn or in the Highland League (I think he went to Inverness Caley after Aberdeen) which seems a terrible shame given his undoubted ability. Played something like 11 games for Hearts as an 18 year old and then went to Aberdeen around the age of 24, spending a couple of seasons at Pittodrie before walking oot. Half-way through the book and Johnston has just signed for the Dons. Good enough book so far, interesting hearing about the Highland League teams.
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Post by: BigAl on September 19, 2012, 02:04:14 PM
Crikey months and months since I'vep osted about what I either am or have read.
Far too many have come and gone to possibly list them all.
Will however pick out one that I can seriously recommend and that is "I'm Not Really Here, A Life Of Two Halves" by Paul Lake.
Lake was Manchester born and bred, signed for Man City as a fifteen year old, was captain by the time he was twenty one, selcted for the Engerlund 1990 World Cup training squad, and although he didn't make the final squad was already identified as a future Engerlund captain. Excellent read, despite McMoist and Durrant getting a mention as they were at Lilleshall at the same time. His career was over almost as quickly as it started, but after years of torment and depression trained as a pyysiotherapist working for several clubs and is now back at Man City as Community Ambassador.

Tried to read the Game of Thrones book that others raved about, really wanted to enjoy it, but frankly found it all a little bit boring and gave up before the 200 page mark. In the process of sky plusing the re run of the series and will hopefully find it a bot more entertaining watching it instead of reading it.

Currently reading Andrew Marr's " A History of Modern Britain"
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Post by: tlg1903 on September 19, 2012, 04:22:13 PM

Tried to read the Game of Thrones book that others raved about, really wanted to enjoy it, but frankly found it all a little bit boring and gave up before the 200 page mark. In the process of sky plusing the re run of the series and will hopefully find it a bot more entertaining watching it instead of reading it.


I found it a little laborious to read as well when i started a game of thrones as well Al.  Watching a few episodes of the series really helped put faces to names and when i went back to the book i devoured it in less than two days.
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Post by: hebrew on September 19, 2012, 07:23:12 PM
Crikey months and months since I'vep osted about what I either am or have read.
Far too many have come and gone to possibly list them all.
Will however pick out one that I can seriously recommend and that is "I'm Not Really Here, A Life Of Two Halves" by Paul Lake.
Lake was Manchester born and bred, signed for Man City as a fifteen year old, was captain by the time he was twenty one, selcted for the Engerlund 1990 World Cup training squad, and although he didn't make the final squad was already identified as a future Engerlund captain. Excellent read, despite McMoist and Durrant getting a mention as they were at Lilleshall at the same time. His career was over almost as quickly as it started, but after years of torment and depression trained as a pyysiotherapist working for several clubs and is now back at Man City as Community Ambassador.

Tried to read the Game of Thrones book that others raved about, really wanted to enjoy it, but frankly found it all a little bit boring and gave up before the 200 page mark. In the process of sky plusing the re run of the series and will hopefully find it a bot more entertaining watching it instead of reading it.

Currently reading Andrew Marr's " A History of Modern Britain"

Shame on you Al  :o

BTW your wife must only have read the Fifty Shades books for the sex bits cause the plot is dull as fuck  ;)
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Post by: glasgowdon on September 20, 2012, 10:38:01 AM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1841155802.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)



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Post by: BigAl on October 02, 2012, 02:07:40 PM
The Keeper of Dreams by Ronald Reng

One Man's Controversial Story of Life In The English Premiership

The man in question is Lars Leese, and Tyrant in particular should remember who this guy is ;)
 
P.S Nae googling :wave:

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Post by: dave_min on October 02, 2012, 02:10:43 PM
I'm halfway through JK Rowlings new book and it's utter tosh.
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Post by: BigAl on October 02, 2012, 02:18:51 PM
I'm halfway through JK Rowlings new book and it's utter tosh.

Thanks saved me the bother as was going to download for the kindle :thumbsup:
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Post by: RDU_64 on October 02, 2012, 05:41:48 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1841155802.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)





Riveting stuff.

Recently finished Barca: The Making Of The Greatest Team In The World by Graham Hunter. I would highly recommend it, couldn't put it doon! Goes into depth about the bad times at Barca and how Johann Cruyff revolutionised the whole club, from the youth set-up right to the first team. Also has bits on each of the first team and recalls how close Iniesta and Messi were to going on loan to The Team Formerly Known As Rangers. A very good read and one which I would say to any football fan to read.

Now reading -  (http://images.borders.com.au/images/bau/97814091/9781409102045/0/0/plain/inverting-the-pyramid-a-history-of-football-tactics.jpg)

Enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Kowalski on October 02, 2012, 08:35:35 PM
Recently finished Barca: The Making Of The Greatest Team In The World by Graham Hunter. I would highly recommend it, couldn't put it doon! Goes into depth about the bad times at Barca and how Johann Cruyff revolutionised the whole club, from the youth set-up right to the first team. Also has bits on each of the first team and recalls how close Iniesta and Messi were to going on loan to The Team Formerly Known As Rangers. A very good read and one which I would say to any football fan to read.

Totally agree, I thought it was a great read.

Now reading -  (http://images.borders.com.au/images/bau/97814091/9781409102045/0/0/plain/inverting-the-pyramid-a-history-of-football-tactics.jpg)

Is that the one with the forward by Jimmy Calderwood?
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Post by: smooth on October 03, 2012, 10:17:03 AM
Just finished 'Tony Dungy: A Quiet Strength'  A pretty inspirational guy who survived and won in the NFL despite being quiet and laid back.  1st black coach to win the NFL seemingly never shouted at anyone in his life, good story if a little thick on religious rhetoric.

Also just finished Skag Boys - Irvine Welsh, which i thought was pretty decent but don't beleive it was 'just lying around' and had been written much more recently.

Read the latest Stuart Macbride but wasn't overly impressed
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Post by: CtS on October 03, 2012, 10:20:36 AM
October holiday reading material...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXd7cypwxco
Title: Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
Post by: BigAl on October 18, 2012, 04:50:10 PM
I found it a little laborious to read as well when i started a game of thrones as well Al.  Watching a few episodes of the series really helped put faces to names and when i went back to the book i devoured it in less than two days.

Just watched the first season DVD and frankly you guys are bang on....it was fucking superb  :thumbsup:
Away to start reading the second book as soon as I've finished the one I'm currently reading
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Post by: tlg1903 on October 18, 2012, 08:13:23 PM
Glad you liked it buddy  :-)
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Post by: BrownyBrown on October 19, 2012, 02:38:41 PM
Currently sitting in the Carribean reading through the Ian Fleming James Bond books.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: RDU_64 on November 01, 2012, 12:29:19 PM
Well I was reading Jonathan Wilson's book on the history of tactics in football but I'm afraid I just couldn't get into it. Whilst it was interesting enough, I just found it quite repetitive. I'll maybe leave it for a while and go back to it at a later date. So now, I'm halfway through -

(http://www.fmscout.com/assets/fm-stole-my-life-large.jpg)
 
Quite enjoyable so far. Goes into how it was developed, how the players stats are researched, interviews with researchers, stories by players of the game and interviews with some CM/FM hall of famers including Mark Kerr  >:D >:D >:D
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Post by: glasgow sheep on November 16, 2012, 01:07:40 PM
Maybe worth a read:
http://afcheritage.bigcartel.com/product/the-aberdeen-men-can-t-play-football

(http://cache1.bigcartel.com/product_images/76448244/300.jpg)

Quote
Think you know everything about football in Aberdeen? Well, not until you’ve read this book.
 
 Have you heard, for instance, that Sheffield United, the English Champions, were humiliated in Torry; that Scotland twice played an Aberdeen select at the Chanonry in Old Aberdeen; or that the first floodlit game in the city was played at Kittybrewster in the late 19th Century to raise funds for the family of a player who had passed away as a result of an accident during a match, but despite the charitable aspect of the game, hundreds of fans sneaked over the boundary walls under cover of darkness to avoid paying? You can also read about the Aberdeen player who almost died after being knifed in a drunken brawl with a sailor, and the other prominent local player who was jailed for assaulting a water bailiff who caught him poaching salmon in the Don. This and much more is included in this 350 page book, which includes 132 illustrations and masses of fascinating statistics.
 
 It’s the story, told in detail for the first time, of the original Aberdeen FC, Orion FC and Victoria United FC who merged in 1903 to form the club we know today. The book also reveals the true story about Bon Accord FC, a club which went down in football folklore following its world record 36-0 defeat by Arbroath in the Scottish Cup.
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Post by: Kowalski on November 16, 2012, 01:29:58 PM
Given the title of the book, is the forward by John Inglis?
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Post by: RDU_64 on November 23, 2012, 12:32:32 AM
At the moment, I'm reading Richard Gordon's book on the Gothenburg Greats. Hadn't anything about it coming out before I came across it on the Amazon store. Very enjoyable read and something a bit different from the well worn path. Goes into detail on each player and tells their story from where they've gone in life since then. Great read.
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Post by: hebrew on November 23, 2012, 08:41:39 AM
At the moment, I'm reading Richard Gordon's book on the Gothenburg Greats. Hadn't anything about it coming out before I came across it on the Amazon store. Very enjoyable read and something a bit different from the well worn path. Goes into detail on each player and tells their story from where they've gone in life since then. Great read.

I got it for my birthday and it's a briliiant read  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kowalski on December 10, 2012, 08:13:37 AM
 It's taken a while but I've finished Stephen King's 11.22.63 - I was disappointed with it.  It was an interesting story but felt let down by the climax on the day of the assassination.  The book is way too long IMHO.
 
 Now reading The Glory of Gothenburg by Richard Gordon.
 
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Post by: Tyrant on December 12, 2012, 08:49:19 AM
It's taken a while but I've finished Stephen King's 11.22.63 - I was disappointed with it.  It was an interesting story but felt let down by the climax on the day of the assassination.  The book is way too long IMHO.
 
 Now reading The Glory of Gothenburg by Richard Gordon.
 

Hopefully getting that for my birthday on Saturday. If not I've been misled! Looking forward to reading it. Not heard a bad word said about it.
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Post by: Kowalski on December 27, 2012, 11:31:17 AM
The Glory of Gothenburg was really good, full of great interviews with all the players.  Really enjoyed it.
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Post by: dave_min on December 27, 2012, 12:54:45 PM
The Glory of Gothenburg was really good, full of great interviews with all the players.  Really enjoyed it.

Anybody nae get this book for christmas?!
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Post by: Kowalski on December 27, 2012, 01:33:10 PM
Anybody nae get this book for christmas?!

Aye, me!
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Post by: Jute on December 27, 2012, 01:54:00 PM
Anybody nae get this book for christmas?!

Me. Forgot to ask for it.  :hammer:
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Post by: BigAl on December 27, 2012, 02:38:52 PM
The Glory of Gothenburg was really good, full of great interviews with all the players.  Really enjoyed it.

Just bought the kindle edition for £1.09 on Amazon  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Stewart on December 27, 2012, 02:40:27 PM
http://www.authorgraph.com/


You'll be able to get it signed as well.  ;D
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Post by: Madbadteacher on December 27, 2012, 03:49:26 PM
I was hoping.....................but got other stuff instead.
Think I can get it as an e-book here?
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Post by: manc_don on December 27, 2012, 04:22:28 PM
Aye Richard Gordon said on twitter I think Amazon are doing it as a deal for £1.10


edit: here you go MBT


http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000694023 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000694023)
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Post by: Mentorred on December 27, 2012, 06:25:08 PM
Bugger just bought the Richard Gordon book on Kindle for $8.75 yesterday
Ah those deals are just for the UK.
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Post by: mini59dons on December 28, 2012, 10:29:30 AM
He's signing them digitally too...http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/RichardGordon48


But it looks like Mentor already knew that!!




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Post by: Mentorred on December 31, 2012, 05:47:30 PM
He's signing them digitally too...http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/RichardGordon48


But it looks like Mentor already knew that!!








Yeah got mine signed. Forgot to come on here with the link.
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Post by: BigAl on December 31, 2012, 07:09:10 PM
The Glory of Gothenburg was really good, full of great interviews with all the players.  Really enjoyed it.

Finished it already and really good read.
One of the few things I really didn't know was that Peter Weir was an Aberdeen fan as a child growing up in west of Scotland
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Post by: jmo on January 01, 2013, 03:36:37 PM
Anybody nae get this book for christmas?!

Didn't get it, but downloaded it for about a pound for my Kindle. It's part of the twelve days of kindle deal so that worked out well.
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Post by: Tyrant on January 02, 2013, 01:41:26 PM
I got it. But got a lot of other books too so haven't made that big a dent in it yet.
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Post by: Mentorred on January 02, 2013, 07:16:36 PM
Finished it already and really good read.
One of the few things I really didn't know was that Peter Weir was an Aberdeen fan as a child growing up in west of Scotland

Just about to start the Peter Weir chapter. Had to laugh at Neale Cooper walking into the home dressing room at Pittordrie on his 1st visit back while playing for Rangers. The Aberdeen players just growled at him and said get the fuck out LOL.
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Post by: hebrew on January 15, 2013, 09:49:52 PM
Have any of you read Life of Pi?

Saw the film recently and thinking of reading it once I finish The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared and also A Storm of Swords

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519LAdB3XPL._AA160_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cjTiH5yaL._AA160_.jpg)

I don't usually read two books at the same time but they're quite different  ;D

 
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Post by: Mentorred on January 16, 2013, 05:29:52 PM
Poisoned Saints by Ben Coulter is a good read.
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Post by: BigAl on January 17, 2013, 01:39:40 PM
Have any of you read Life of Pi?

Saw the film recently and thinking of reading it once I finish The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared and also A Storm of Swords

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519LAdB3XPL._AA160_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cjTiH5yaL._AA160_.jpg)

I don't usually read two books at the same time but they're quite different  ;D

 

Just finished 100 Year Old Man.......
Seems to be getting a shit load of praise, but personally I thought it was at best ok, and certainly didn't have me laughing out loud as some of the reviewers seem to suggest it would do.
 
To me the crux of the story was very much like Forrest Gump
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Post by: hebrew on January 19, 2013, 09:01:16 AM

Just finished 100 Year Old Man.......
Seems to be getting a shit load of praise, but personally I thought it was at best ok, and certainly didn't have me laughing out loud as some of the reviewers seem to suggest it would do.
 
To me the crux of the story was very much like Forrest Gump

Yeh I would agree, it's very easy reading which suits me travelling to work in the morning. I think maybe Swedish literature is seen as cool after The Millienium Trilogy
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Post by: dave_min on January 19, 2013, 12:05:38 PM
Just finished 100 Year Old Man.......

Or, a childrens book in your opinion...  :wave:
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Post by: jmo on January 19, 2013, 06:13:28 PM
Currently reading 'The Driver's Seat' by Muriel Spark. Only ever read 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' by her before so wasn't sure what to expect. So far I'm enjoying it though.

Recently finished a couple of Sherlock Holmes novels, which are always entertaining.

Have a lot of books downloaded onto my Kindle that I'm planning on reading, from James Bond to 'Mortality' by Christopher Hitchens.
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Post by: Edinburghdon on January 20, 2013, 01:57:41 PM
Just finished the new Stuart MacBride book Close to the bone.

Continuing the Logan MacRae series, it was certainly as enjoyable as the rest of his books.
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Post by: Madbadteacher on January 20, 2013, 02:17:41 PM
Just finished the new Stuart MacBride book Close to the bone.

Continuing the Logan MacRae series, it was certainly as enjoyable as the rest of his books.
I rattled through the first 5 (6?) of these in about a day each on my e-reader. Really enjoyed them, probably for visualising the locations as for the plots.
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Post by: RDU_64 on January 27, 2013, 09:51:35 AM
Finished El Clasico by Richard Fitzpatrick. Pretty interesting and gives you a stronger understanding of why they hate each other so much!
 
Just started this - http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Alex-Ferguson-A-Light-in-the-North-Seven-Years-with-Aberdeen-SIGNED-1st-1st-/00/s/NzI4WDUxNg==/$(KGrHqF,!iUE7F1g)dRuBOy-6Fjwe!~~60_35.JPG (http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Alex-Ferguson-A-Light-in-the-North-Seven-Years-with-Aberdeen-SIGNED-1st-1st-/00/s/NzI4WDUxNg==/$(KGrHqF,!iUE7F1g)dRuBOy-6Fjwe!~~60_35.JPG)
 
 :thumbsup:
 
I'd never heard of it before!
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Post by: hebrew on February 24, 2013, 11:12:49 AM
I've started Life of Pi and enjoying it so far
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Post by: Mentorred on February 27, 2013, 10:00:04 PM
I've started Life of Pi and enjoying it so far
Did you see the movie? It was good.
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Post by: hebrew on February 27, 2013, 10:03:31 PM
Did you see the movie? It was good.

Yes it was very good, only reason that I'm reading the book  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on March 01, 2013, 09:38:38 PM
Yes it was very good, only reason that I'm reading the book  :thumbsup:

Thought it was a far better film than it was book
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Post by: bloo_toon_red on March 07, 2013, 11:38:35 PM
My copy of Glory in Gothenburg is up for grabs on Amazon if anyone would like it.  Mint condition, was read in one sitting. £6 plus £2.80 delivery.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1845024702/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1845024702/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all)
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Post by: BigAl on April 21, 2013, 10:08:50 AM
Only five days to my holidays.
Need some recommendations to download please  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kowalski on May 15, 2013, 10:10:42 AM
Read three books while on holiday in Alcudia:

David Walsh - Seven Deadly Sins
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seven-Deadly-Sins-Pursuit-Armstrong/dp/1471127532
Fascinating account by the journalist David Walsh and his pursuit of the truth behind Lance Armstrong's Tour De France wins.  He was on to him straight away in 1999 and I thought the book was an excellent read, and a real eye opener.

Victoria Pendleton - Between the Lines
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007327528
Nothing ground breaking but a decent read.

John Niven - The Second Coming
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Coming-John-Niven/dp/0099535521
If you want to read a very funny book ripping the piss out of religion and the X Factor-culture then this is it.  Some of it was genuine LOL stuff.  I can't imagine what those numpties who were up in arms at Life of Brian would make of it.
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Post by: hebrew on May 17, 2013, 12:51:55 PM
I'm reading The Taliban Cricket Club - it's quite good so far  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on May 20, 2013, 04:47:41 PM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Speak-Swahili-Dammit-James-Penhaligon/dp/0956890210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369064704&sr=1-1&keywords=speak+swahili+dammit (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Speak-Swahili-Dammit-James-Penhaligon/dp/0956890210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369064704&sr=1-1&keywords=speak+swahili+dammit)
 
Speak Swahili Dammit: Read this on holiday, cracking story of a young boy's life growing up in Africa in the 50's and early 60's
 
Moved on to this now, started promising but early days yet.
 
The Magpies: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magpies-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00BY447AA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369064806&sr=1-1&keywords=the+magpies+mark+edwards (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magpies-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00BY447AA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369064806&sr=1-1&keywords=the+magpies+mark+edwards)
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Post by: BigAl on May 28, 2013, 01:43:23 PM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Last-Crusade-Voyages-ebook/dp/B007ZC23HO/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Last-Crusade-Voyages-ebook/dp/B007ZC23HO/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1)
 
 "In 1498 a young captain sailed from Portugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and discovered the sea route to the Indies, opening up access to the fabled wealth of the East. It was the longest voyage known to history; the ships were pushed to their limits, their crews were racked by storms and devastated by disease. However, the greatest enemy was neither nature nor the fear of venturing into unknown worlds. With blood-red Crusader crosses emblazoned on their sails, the explorers arrived in the heart of the Muslim East at a time when the old hostilities between Christianity and Islam had intensified. In two voyages that spanned six years, Vasco da Gama would fight a running sea battle that would ultimately change the fate of three continents. The Last Crusade is an epic tale of spies, intrigue, and treachery; of bravado, brinkmanship, and confused - often comical collisions - between cultures encountering one another for the first time. With the world once again tipping back East, The Last Crusade offers a key to understanding age-old religious and cultural rivalries resurgent today." 


Seems really relevant currently with all current religous conflict in today's world. Although I studied history at school (ages ago) I don't really remember too much about the crusades and certainly didn't remember that in the early to mid centuries of the last millenium Europe was mostly Islamic. Anyway just about a quarter of the way through but a good read so far. 
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Post by: manc_don on May 28, 2013, 01:59:06 PM
Been reading Double Cross by Ben Macintyre, excellent read about the double cross agents in operation during the lead up to D-Day.
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Post by: hebrew on June 03, 2013, 10:52:40 PM
I'm reading The Taliban Cricket Club - it's quite good so far  :thumbsup:

I take this back - it was rubbish!!
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Post by: Mentorred on July 26, 2013, 03:58:15 PM
Reading On fire with Fergie, a good read and brining back some good memories. The author is not much older than me and was at a lot of the same games as me and travelled from outside Aberdeen like me, so am finding a lot of comparisons between me and the author.
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Post by: BigAl on September 09, 2013, 05:17:02 PM
Far too many to mention on here since I last posted, but just finished "Burning Our Money"
 
Regardless of your political perssuasion a bit of an eye opener as to just how much of our taxes are completely and totally wasted by government and the public sector.
 
Moved onto "Racing Through The Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar"
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Post by: Madbadteacher on September 09, 2013, 06:09:01 PM
I think I've just about read through all James Patterson's back catalogue now, at about one a day. Easy, simple reading, but still fun. Currently about to start working through some more Michael Crichton, wonderful things ebooks, finish one just buy another without having to leave my seat!
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Post by: BigAl on September 09, 2013, 06:28:13 PM
I think I've just about read through all James Patterson's back catalogue now, at about one a day. Easy, simple reading, but still fun. Currently about to start working through some more Michael Crichton, wonderful things ebooks, finish one just buy another without having to leave my seat!

Agree about the James Patterson books...very easy and quick read :thumbsup:
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Post by: tlg1903 on September 13, 2013, 07:03:47 PM
currently reading ringworld by larry niven.  I'm a total geek so it's right up my street
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Post by: BigAl on October 17, 2013, 02:30:32 PM
Read the latest Stuart MacBride book.
Can't really say that I overly enjoyed it.
Think there is getting too much of a sameness about them now.
The one liners from DCI Steele etc are just getting repetitive.
 
Maybe just me, maybe others think differently, but I won't be rushing to read the next one.
 
Now moved on to J K Rowling " The Casual Vacancy". Never read any the Harry Potter books, but knowing what I know about them, there is something weird about reading some of the language she uses in this.
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Post by: Kowalski on October 17, 2013, 02:45:45 PM
Read the latest Stuart MacBride book.
Can't really say that I overly enjoyed it.
Think there is getting too much of a sameness about them now.
The one liners from DCI Steele etc are just getting repetitive.
 
Maybe just me, maybe others think differently, but I won't be rushing to read the next one.

Not read it yet but DCI Steele was beginning to grate about 3 books ago (at least).

Currently reading David Mitchell's autobiography.  It's nothing startling!
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Post by: hebrew on October 17, 2013, 10:22:01 PM
Read the latest Stuart MacBride book.
Can't really say that I overly enjoyed it.
Think there is getting too much of a sameness about them now.
The one liners from DCI Steele etc are just getting repetitive.
 
Maybe just me, maybe others think differently, but I won't be rushing to read the next one.
 
Now moved on to J K Rowling " The Casual Vacancy". Never read any the Harry Potter books, but knowing what I know about them, there is something weird about reading some of the language she uses in this.

Shame on you  ;) I think the Casual Vacancy sounds rubbish!!

I'm reading The Psychopath Test (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/images/nbd/s/978033/049/9780330492270.jpg) and really enjoying it, gonna read my next Game of Thrones when I finish
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Post by: BigAl on October 20, 2013, 10:58:26 AM
Shame on you  ;) I think the Casual Vacancy sounds rubbish!!

Anything but my dear, a very enjoyable read so far (400 pages in)
Potter's for bairns  ;)
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Post by: scotfree on October 20, 2013, 11:26:54 AM
I thought Casual Vacancy was meh. Nothing special.
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Post by: hebrew on October 20, 2013, 10:58:04 PM

Anything but my dear, a very enjoyable read so far (400 pages in)
Potter's for bairns  ;)

I'm just a young thing Al...............................compared to you  :P
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Post by: BigAl on October 21, 2013, 08:51:18 AM
I'm just a young thing Al...............................compared to you  :P

Ouch...... :o
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Post by: octavion on October 22, 2013, 07:43:24 PM
Gave in and bought the game of thrones set for reading offshore.Half way through first book and enjoying the bits the tv series misses out.
You got the four books for 16.99 euros off the gopgle book app if anyone is intrested .The author is called the American Tolkien so he has alot to live up too. Anyway so far so good :thumbsup:
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Post by: scotfree on October 28, 2013, 01:57:12 PM
Reading the new SAF book. I will be interested in what others think of it. It's changed my view of him....
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Post by: scotfree on November 02, 2013, 10:13:20 AM
Steve Earl. I'll never get out of here alive. Good so far.
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Post by: scotfree on November 02, 2013, 10:16:43 AM
Talking about books. Does anyone use a Kindle? I've had one for a few months now and I'm pleasantly surprised how good it is. I used to be one of the old" only real books for me!! " School.
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Post by: hebrew on November 03, 2013, 04:58:42 PM
Talking about books. Does anyone use a Kindle? I've had one for a few months now and I'm pleasantly surprised how good it is. I used to be one of the old" only real books for me!! " School.

I'm still like that tho I can't fit my latest Game of Thrones into my handbag which is causing me problems!!
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Post by: tlg1903 on November 03, 2013, 06:16:37 PM
I love digital reading, I even hear that you can download them for free without paying for them like you can do with music and film etc

Obviously I would NEVER do that
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Post by: Andrew on November 04, 2013, 03:01:52 PM
I love digital reading, I even hear that you can download them for free without paying for them like you can do with music and film etc

Obviously I would NEVER do that


That's brilliant. Soon there will be no tv, books, films or games if things carry on but you saved a tenner or something. Just spend money on buying things legally FFS.
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Post by: Tyrant on November 04, 2013, 03:30:32 PM
Keep yer punts on min. He clearly stated that he would never do that.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on November 04, 2013, 04:04:07 PM
I'm still like that tho I can't fit my latest Game of Thrones into my handbag which is causing me problems!!

Gies a shout Hebrew, my missus must have at least two dozen that you could pick from to borrow that would be more than large enough to carry a copy of any book  ;)
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Post by: hebrew on November 04, 2013, 07:10:52 PM

Gies a shout Hebrew, my missus must have at least two dozen that you could pick from to borrow that would be more than large enough to carry a copy of any book  ;)

This post is useless without pics  ;)
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Post by: Edinburghdon on November 05, 2013, 12:39:19 PM

That's brilliant. Soon there will be no tv, books, films or games if things carry on but you saved a tenner or something. Just spend money on buying things legally FFS.

 ::)
 
 
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Post by: tlg1903 on November 05, 2013, 05:31:58 PM

That's brilliant. Soon there will be no tv, books, films or games if things carry on but you saved a tenner or something. Just spend money on buying things legally FFS.


Time of the month?
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Post by: Kowalski on November 06, 2013, 08:23:09 AM
Reading the new SAF book. I will be interested in what others think of it. It's changed my view of him....

Just started it the other night, so it's early days yet.
I can see its not really his whole autobiography though, seems to have jumped on a fair bit already.  Cannae mind if I read his first book or not.
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Post by: BigAl on November 27, 2013, 10:19:45 AM
Just started it the other night, so it's early days yet.
I can see its not really his whole autobiography though, seems to have jumped on a fair bit already.  Cannae mind if I read his first book or not.

Imagine if within days of it being released, some kind soul sent me an e copy of Fergie's book free of charge.

Think poor Andrew would combust if that happened  ;)
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Post by: Mentorred on November 27, 2013, 03:59:12 PM
Talking about books. Does anyone use a Kindle? I've had one for a few months now and I'm pleasantly surprised how good it is. I used to be one of the old" only real books for me!! " School.

YES I love my kindle and hate reading real books now.
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Post by: Andrew on November 27, 2013, 05:29:09 PM

Imagine if within days of it being released, some kind soul sent me an e copy of Fergie's book free of charge.

Think poor Andrew would combust if that happened  ;)


Too right. If you ever own a shop I am going to come round and steal everything. Stealing property rights is the same as stealing assets.

Anyway on the book front just finished crime and punishment and it was a really nice happy ending on what is thoroughly depressing novel. Put me in a really good.
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Post by: scotfree on November 28, 2013, 01:24:51 AM
Someone steal the end of that sentence , Andrew?  ;)
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Post by: BigAl on November 28, 2013, 08:28:31 AM

Too right. If you ever own a shop I am going to come round and steal everything. Stealing property rights is the same as stealing assets.


And there in lies the difference Andrew......
Did I commit the crime of theft by someone sending me something uninvited....think not, but if you come round to my premises intent on stealing what is mine, then that is very different.
 
Should also highlight, that you're likely to get your head caved in as well son, as I defend myself and my property  :-*
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Post by: scotfree on November 28, 2013, 09:25:07 AM
Ooooft! Someone pish in your Cornflakes, Al?  ;D
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Post by: BigAl on November 28, 2013, 09:38:54 AM
Ooooft! Someone pish in your Cornflakes, Al?  ;D

Not in the slightest mate, just highlighting the flaw in young Andrew's point.
By receiving an uninvited e mail from a friend I have committed no crime.  8)
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Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2013, 05:47:46 PM
It should be illegal. With the further deteriorating of intellectual property rights because people can't be fucked to pay £7-8 for books, cds or films these things will just stop being made. We will start to see a world where, because of theft, there will be too small an incentive so the inventors and creators disappear. When the arts have gone I hope you glad you saved a few quid on not buying that book or cd.

Also when do I stop becoming "young Andrew". I've been posting on here for five years now and I still have not shrugged off that label. :(
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Post by: Edinburghdon on November 28, 2013, 06:52:00 PM



Also when do I stop becoming "young Andrew". I've been posting on here for five years now and I still have not shrugged off that label. :(


When you grow up  ;)
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Post by: TENEMENTFUNSTER on November 28, 2013, 07:21:03 PM



When you grow up  ;)

Still got a weans cock?
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Post by: hebrew on November 28, 2013, 08:07:13 PM
It should be illegal. With the further deteriorating of intellectual property rights because people can't be fucked to pay £7-8 for books, cds or films these things will just stop being made. We will start to see a world where, because of theft, there will be too small an incentive so the inventors and creators disappear. When the arts have gone I hope you glad you saved a few quid on not buying that book or cd.

Also when do I stop becoming "young Andrew". I've been posting on here for five years now and I still have not shrugged off that label. :(

Aw that made me giggle - you are still just a baby are you not  ;D

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Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2013, 08:25:12 PM
Aw that made me giggle - you are still just a baby are you not  ;D


I'm 22. I think part of the problem is for the last 2 years or so 80% of my posts are when drunk and they make me look pretty thick and weird. However posting when sober probably has the same problem.
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Post by: BigAl on November 28, 2013, 10:03:06 PM

Also when do I stop becoming "young Andrew". I've been posting on here for five years now and I still have not shrugged off that label.

Ah young Andrew, the "young" part is not meant offensively in the slightest.
You need to put things into context though, even though you will not be as young now as when you started posting on here, you could be posting on here for another ten years and you'll still be young in relation to folk like myself.

Take the "young" part as a compliment not a criticism.  :thumbsup:

 
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Post by: manc_don on November 28, 2013, 10:11:52 PM
Essentially Andrew, BigAl is auld as fuck. Everyone is young to him and mbt ;)
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Post by: Madbadteacher on November 29, 2013, 12:32:28 AM
Thanks Manc.

I really am "auld as fuck" says so on my drivers license.
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Post by: tlg1903 on November 30, 2013, 04:13:34 PM
It should be illegal. With the further deteriorating of intellectual property rights because people can't be fucked to pay £7-8 for books, cds or films these things will just stop being made. We will start to see a world where, because of theft, there will be too small an incentive so the inventors and creators disappear. When the arts have gone I hope you glad you saved a few quid on not buying that book or cd.

Also when do I stop becoming "young Andrew". I've been posting on here for five years now and I still have not shrugged off that label. :(


This is the biggest pile of bullshit.  Game of Thrones has been the most illegally watched tv show of all time but it's STILL making a shitload for HBO and is in no threat of cancellation.  Also I bet you have borrowed a book or a dvd from friends before .  You didn't pay for it yet had the experience this provided.  This is no different.
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Post by: Andrew on November 30, 2013, 04:54:52 PM

This is the biggest pile of bullshit.  Game of Thrones has been the most illegally watched tv show of all time but it's STILL making a shitload for HBO and is in no threat of cancellation.  Also I bet you have borrowed a book or a dvd from friends before .  You didn't pay for it yet had the experience this provided.  This is no different.


Games of thrones and HBO are huge so they can still make money. But piracy has affected shows like this as they rely more on product placement and other means of revenue but piracy affects smaller businesses more because the profit they can generate is less.

And borrowing something from someone who has originally bought the asset is fair game as they can do what they want with it. A better analogy would be me putting up a cherry picker behind the south stand to watch the football and letting everyone in for free. If anyone questions me I'd just point towards Aberdeen's £8m turnover and say fuck em, then come onto forums and arrogantly back up my decision to get out of paying a few quid.
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Post by: hebrew on December 10, 2013, 09:18:49 PM
Talking of Game of Thrones - the 5th book is talking me ages and there are far too many new characters!!

I have another 4 books waiting to be read and still have 500 pages to go with A Feast for Crows  :(
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Post by: scotfree on December 11, 2013, 06:48:32 AM
Andrew , when I was growing up we had VHS and Tape machines. We would tape music from the radio and If you had a midi system you could tape tapes and LP's. We taped programs from the TV all the time on the old VHS. Everyone did this. None of the music company's or TV company's complained back then. Tell me what the difference is?
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Post by: Andrew on December 11, 2013, 09:06:19 AM
Andrew , when I was growing up we had VHS and Tape machines. We would tape music from the radio and If you had a midi system you could tape tapes and LP's. We taped programs from the TV all the time on the old VHS. Everyone did this. None of the music company's or TV company's complained back then. Tell me what the difference is?


This happened about 10/15 years ago, I remember - I am not that young anymore! But, I am no expert in piracy and the way it affects the entertainment business, but I am guessing there are two differences...

1. The scale between a few folk bothering to tape things off the radio and tv compared to millions watching things for free on the internet is pretty big and...

2. If you were to tape something off the tv or radio then your still having to tune into the tv/radio station which is a source of revenue. Internet piracy only provides revenue for the website via adverts so they are freerolling the work of others

Anyway I don't really care if people pirate or not in the same way that I don't particularly care if someone steals something from a shop. It's the arrogance by which people do it that annoys me. Stealing intellectual property rights should be thought of as the same as stealing assets but it's not. If I create something, a book, painting, film etc. why should you, or anyone else, be allowed to view it without giving the owner compensation? No one has answered that.
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Post by: BigAl on January 07, 2014, 09:19:34 AM
Picked up a copy of Duncan Shearer's book for my kindle ( Fear not Andrew, I paid for it via amazon, albeit at something like £1.49 or so ).
 
Pretty much half way through it and can't say its exactly the most enthrawling book I've ever read.... in fact it is pretty poor, littered with spelling and gramatical errors and doesn't look as if it has been proof read pre publication.
 
Didn't remember the sotry about Inglis battering Deano whilst he was lying on the treatment table at Pittodrie, although it may well be that the club managed to keep a tin lid on it back then.
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Post by: tlg1903 on January 07, 2014, 07:05:23 PM

I completely forgot to reply to this, apologies. 


Games of thrones and HBO are huge so they can still make money. But piracy has affected shows like this as they rely more on product placement and other means of revenue but piracy affects smaller businesses more because the profit they can generate is less.


Ah so that's why there was a Starbucks and an Apple store in the background when Ned Stark had his head cut off in Kings landing, I had thought that was weird at the time....... turns out it's those pesky pirates fault.  :hammer: As for smaller budget/indie/unknown films, tv etc isn't it logical they would want to have as much exposure as possible?  Ultimately if it's any good people will talk about it leading to more people to wanting to watch it and the next thing you know it's on netflix.  Regardless of record levels of piracy movies are taking in record amounts at box offices around the world and that's not going to change anytime soon.
And borrowing something from someone who has originally bought the asset is fair game as they can do what they want with it.
And some people choose to put it up on the internet for others to use. 

A better analogy would be me putting up a cherry picker behind the south stand to watch the football and letting everyone in for free. If anyone questions me I'd just point towards Aberdeen's £8m turnover and say fuck em, then come onto forums and arrogantly back up my decision to get out of paying a few quid.
That's not a better analogy its just plain fucking retarded.  1.  The cherry picker is going to cost you a lot more than a match ticket so you would not save a few quid.  2 you are not going to get many people on the raised platform of a cherry picker so the club is not going to feel the pinch that way and 3.  the cops would move you on before the game even kicked off. 
Piracy has existed for a very long time now and the film and music industries are not collapsing. My argument stands, if you have read a book, watched a film, played a video game that you have not actually bought yourself then you have had the experience for free and are no different from someone streaming the latest episode of any tv show online. 
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Post by: Andrew on January 07, 2014, 08:34:36 PM
I completely forgot to reply to this, apologies. 


Ah so that's why there was a Starbucks and an Apple store in the background when Ned Stark had his head cut off in Kings landing, I had thought that was weird at the time....... turns out it's those pesky pirates fault.  :hammer: As for smaller budget/indie/unknown films, tv etc isn't it logical they would want to have as much exposure as possible?  Ultimately if it's any good people will talk about it leading to more people to wanting to watch it and the next thing you know it's on netflix.  Regardless of record levels of piracy movies are taking in record amounts at box offices around the world and that's not going to change anytime soon. And some people choose to put it up on the internet for others to use. 
That's not a better analogy its just plain fucking retarded.  1.  The cherry picker is going to cost you a lot more than a match ticket so you would not save a few quid.  2 you are not going to get many people on the raised platform of a cherry picker so the club is not going to feel the pinch that way and 3.  the cops would move you on before the game even kicked off. 
Piracy has existed for a very long time now and the film and music industries are not collapsing. My argument stands, if you have read a book, watched a film, played a video game that you have not actually bought yourself then you have had the experience for free and are no different from someone streaming the latest episode of any tv show online. 


But it is still theft. It doesn't matter if it affects tv companies or not it is theft. It is not the same as sharing a book or dvd as you have paid for the right to lend or sell that asset, you are not recreating the asset and then passing it on.


I still don't understand why stealing intellectual property rights is different from stealing from a shop? The affects of the theft should make no difference to the morality of it. I am sure Sainsburys can afford me stealing my weekly shop instead of paying for it but it does not make it morally right. If a lot of people stole from Sainsburys they might become more popular though which would be a bonus! And I don't understand why you mention netflix as it is the opposite of piracy? People who subscribe to netflix, like me :) , contribute to the film industry by paying for the service instead of getting it online for free. 


Anyway I am arguing about the morality of stealing rather than the cons or benefits of it. I don't care if there are not many effects of piracy(which I dispute but can't be bothered looking into as trying to finish off my essay/can't be fucked looking into) the truth is that it is theft be it tangible or intangible assets.
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Post by: hebrew on February 07, 2014, 08:50:53 AM
What's everyone reading just now?

I was lolling on the train the other morning with this

(http://www.waterstones.com/wat/images/nbd/m/978140/591/9781405912792.jpg)

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Post by: BigAl on February 17, 2014, 04:47:59 PM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lennox-Craig-Russell/dp/1847249671/ref=pd_cp_b_2

Absolutely superb, great find.
Wasn't aware of this series of books, of which "Lennox" is number one in a collection.
Set in post WW2, Glasgow of the early 50's, I can't help but think there is a TV mini series in here somewhere.
Got shit loads of time on my hands these days, so after finishing the first, got the other three for the kindle and rattled through them pdq.

Funster, strongly recommend for you, as just the sort of thing I believe you liike reading mate  :thumbsup:

P.S Make sure you read in correct order  ;)
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Post by: tlg1903 on February 17, 2014, 06:28:05 PM
Re-reading the book i did for standard grade english.  Its called the north runner by R D Lawrence and it's the true story of one man and his half wolf sled dog in 1950's canada. It's a really good read and having not read it in the better part of twenty years I'm really enjoying it.
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Post by: hebrew on February 18, 2014, 09:07:57 PM
I am now reading Shantaram and apparently it is going to be the best book I will ever ever read

Tiny writing and 933 pages so I could be a while  :o
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Post by: BigAl on February 19, 2014, 08:01:18 AM
I am now reading Shantaram and apparently it is going to be the best book I will ever ever read

Tiny writing and 933 pages so I could be a while  :o

Keep up missus  ;)
Let me know what you thought of it.


Away on holiday on Wed, and just started my holiday read yesterday.
"Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts described by the Daily Telegragh as a "literay masterpiece" and early impressions are they're not wrong.
Tells the story of a convicted Australian armed robber and heroin addicts escape to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. where he established a free health clinic and joined the Mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street solidier. He found time to learn Hindi & Marathi, act in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan. Book runs to over 900 pages and ought to keep me entertained lying in the sun.
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Post by: hebrew on February 19, 2014, 09:35:58 PM
 I'm only on Chapter 2!!

How was it for you  ;)
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Post by: Madbadteacher on March 01, 2014, 04:20:30 PM
Reading a non-fiction book "Atlantic Queens" about the Cunard liners RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth.
Very interesting and personal as my Dad was an engineer on both, doing transatlantic runs, in the 50's and early 60's
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Post by: BigAl on March 19, 2014, 01:17:14 PM
I'm only on Chapter 2!!

How was it for you  ;)

you finished yet ?
thoughts ???
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Post by: hebrew on March 19, 2014, 06:55:12 PM
you finished yet ?
thoughts ???

Well I gave up for just now at that chapter - just wasn't feeling it and needed a smaller book so might go back to it in the summer - have heard mixed reviews from a couple of folk at work that have read it
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Post by: Stewart on June 05, 2014, 12:43:00 PM
Richard Gordon's new book is 99p on Kindle today.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotland-74-World-Cup-Story-ebook/dp/B00I7JD0B2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
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Post by: BigAl on June 05, 2014, 03:07:42 PM
Richard Gordon's new book is 99p on Kindle today.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotland-74-World-Cup-Story-ebook/dp/B00I7JD0B2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Purchased  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kowalski on June 05, 2014, 06:03:11 PM
Richard Gordon's new book is 99p on Kindle today.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotland-74-World-Cup-Story-ebook/dp/B00I7JD0B2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Great heads up, cheers  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on June 17, 2014, 08:32:48 PM
Richard Gordon's new book is 99p on Kindle today.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotland-74-World-Cup-Story-ebook/dp/B00I7JD0B2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

As one old enough to remember '74 World Cup and all the characters involved, I'd just like to say it was a cracking read. Might not be so interesting for those not around at the time of it happening  :dunno:
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Post by: BigAl on June 17, 2014, 08:35:18 PM
Terry Hayes - I Am Pilgrim

500 pages into it, still got another 350 pages to go, but so far it is shaping up as a five star
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Post by: scotfree on June 17, 2014, 11:24:03 PM
Terry Hayes - I Am Pilgrim

500 pages into it, still got another 350 pages to go, but so far it is shaping up as a five star
I will have to give that a try. Reading about the American Civil War at the moment. What a weird and horrendous war that was.
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Post by: scotfree on June 18, 2014, 02:45:42 PM
Terry Hayes - I Am Pilgrim

500 pages into it, still got another 350 pages to go, but so far it is shaping up as a five star
Just bought it. Better be fucking good.  ;)
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Post by: BigAl on June 24, 2014, 12:57:13 PM
Just bought it. Better be fucking good.  ;)

You started on it yet ?
I finished a few days ago.
Cracking read, got film written all over it.
If I'm being critical, possibly a little too long, and have to say that the ending was a little bit disappointing in comparison to what had gone before it.
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Post by: BigAl on August 20, 2014, 03:44:55 PM
Just bought it. Better be fucking good.  ;)

Well ?
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Post by: scotfree on August 21, 2014, 10:12:29 AM
No even started it yet! My book list at the moment is rather huge. I will give it ago once I finish my book on the Russian revolution.
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Post by: scotfree on August 30, 2014, 06:21:38 AM
Halfway through it Al. Yep, a five star book so far. Best fiction book I've read this year.
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Post by: Drewsome on September 01, 2014, 03:18:31 PM
Time for a Daddy Moment. Reading Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series with my 6 yearold. Won't be long and she'll not need my help.  :dunno:
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Post by: BigAl on October 04, 2014, 11:36:13 AM
In Plain Sight, The Life & Lies of Jimmy Saville.

Words totally fail me as to just how he got away with it for so long given the number of unconnected reporting of his wrong doing the lenght and breadth of the country and over such a long period of time.
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Post by: scotfree on October 04, 2014, 02:12:50 PM
I started that book, Al.

Had to stop a third of the way through.

Realy grim stuff.
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Post by: BigAl on October 04, 2014, 07:36:00 PM
I started that book, Al.

Had to stop a third of the way through.

Realy grim stuff.

Grim as in what that prick got away but I am three quartets of the way though it and I would say that I am pleased that there is no graphic detailed description of his crimes.
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Post by: scotfree on October 29, 2014, 02:39:06 PM
Finished the John Burridge auto, What a fuck tart that man is. If you were to believe him, he is the father of all that is modern football.
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Post by: Kowalski on October 30, 2014, 01:05:40 PM
Currently reading Bernard Sumner's autobiography.  Interesting stuff as he's a fairly private man normally.  I'm looking forward to reading what he's got to say about Peter Hook!
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Post by: scotfree on February 25, 2015, 04:57:42 AM
Reading "Hardcase McDougal and the Huge Fucking Mystery" by Keith Blackwater.
I have to honestly say I've never read a book like this one before.
Not for the easy offended but funny as fuck. Well worth a read.
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Post by: BigAl on February 25, 2015, 09:07:32 PM
In The Heart Of The Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick

The true story that inspired Moby Dick. 70% or so into it and living it. Great read
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Post by: BigAl on February 26, 2015, 06:57:39 PM
In The Heart Of The Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick

The true story that inspired Moby Dick. 70% or so into it and living it. Great read

Not my usual type of read but loved it.
Think it is getting made into a film this year
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Post by: hebrew on March 20, 2015, 07:38:27 AM
Talking of books & films I'm reading Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy as the film comes out in May

I haven't read a great deal of classics but this one is quite enjoyable so far

Canny make up my mind if I'm gonna ever get a kindle - using my daughter's for this one but think I will always prefer actual books
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Post by: BigAl on March 23, 2015, 03:34:13 PM

Canny make up my mind if I'm gonna ever get a kindle - using my daughter's for this one but think I will always prefer actual books

I got one pretty much as soon as they were launched years ago.
More and more however I am finding myself gravitating back to the good old paperback.

Just started on Mark Billingham's latest DC Thorne book
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Post by: Stupie82 on April 03, 2015, 09:00:20 PM
Micheal Dobbs - 1 Minute to Midnight. A good read and frightening. I wasnt around during the 60's but the book gave me an insight into the thoughts and minds of Khrushchev, Kenndedy and the world at that time.
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Post by: BigAl on April 03, 2015, 09:30:10 PM
Micheal Dobbs - 1 Minute to Midnight. A good read and frightening. I wasnt around during the 60's but the book gave me an insight into the thoughts and minds of Khrushchev, Kenndedy and the world at that time.

If that had gone wrong I wouldn't have seen my first birthday.
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Post by: Stupie82 on April 03, 2015, 10:41:39 PM
If that had gone wrong I wouldn't have seen my first birthday.

After reading that book im actually amazed how close it came to happening. I have watched movies and read articles, but none of them actually described the situation as it was at the time. Not sure how the world would react to such a situation in modern times, but the doomsday clock would have us believe its still a very real possibility.
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Post by: BigAl on April 06, 2015, 10:50:43 AM
Micheal Dobbs - 1 Minute to Midnight. A good read and frightening. I wasnt around during the 60's but the book gave me an insight into the thoughts and minds of Khrushchev, Kenndedy and the world at that time.

Am I right in thinking it was Michael Dobbs that wrote "House of Cards" that is on Netflix ?
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Post by: manc_don on April 07, 2015, 09:28:19 PM
Been reading A colder War by Charles Cumming, a great read so far  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on April 25, 2015, 07:12:17 AM
Peter Swanson - The Kind Worth Killing

Man and woman get chatting whilst in the bar at Heathrow waiting for a transatlantic flight, share secrets about their lives and set in motion a sequence of events ending in murder. Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the characters and really liked this style. Loads of turns and twists. If you like criminal thrillers then this is for you. :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on April 25, 2015, 07:13:39 AM
Next up is Mr Mercedes by Stephen King.
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Post by: BigAl on May 15, 2015, 05:49:47 PM
Mr Mercedes was ok, no better, no worse than ok

Started "The Narrow Road To The Deep North" by Richard Flanagan which won The Man Booker Prize in 2014.
About one hundred pages into it and got to say I am struggling to really get into it. Not saying it's a bad book, maybe just the right one for me.
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Post by: hebrew on May 16, 2015, 11:41:35 AM
Mr Mercedes was ok, no better, no worse than ok

Started "The Narrow Road To The Deep North" by Richard Flanagan which won The Man Booker Prize in 2014.
About one hundred pages into it and got to say I am struggling to really get into it. Not saying it's a bad book, maybe just the right one for me.

I always struggle with Man Booker Prize winners and actually avoid them now - something about them being too descriptive without getting to the point puts me off tho I did read The Luminaries recently which I enjoyed

I'm reading Fourth of July Creek but swithering about ditching it - not got into it at all and the last chapter described a teenager arousing a dog which made me feel ever so slightly queasy - yuck  :o
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Post by: Kowalski on June 19, 2015, 12:33:52 PM
I've finished Martin Fletcher's book about the Bradford fire, really interesting and compelling stuff.  Clearly the initial inquiry was far too hasty and narrow in it's scope.

I had no idea Fletcher was also present at Hillsborough.  That's mental that he witnessed both!
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Post by: bearsdenred on June 20, 2015, 08:31:20 AM
Next up is Mr Mercedes by Stephen King.

Finders keepers is out now, Stephen king. in the same timeline as mr mercedes and some characters reappear especially Brady Hartfield.
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Post by: BigAl on June 22, 2015, 11:55:48 AM
Finders keepers is out now, Stephen king. in the same timeline as mr mercedes and some characters reappear especially Brady Hartfield.

Will give that one a look mate  :thumbsup:

Reading "The Dolls House" by David Hewson just now. Set in Amsterdam and a cracking read.

On separate issue, just wondering if anyone else has ditched their e reader and gone back to buying paperbacks also ?
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Post by: Kowalski on June 22, 2015, 12:58:42 PM
On separate issue, just wondering if anyone else has ditched their e reader and gone back to buying paperbacks also ?

No.
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Post by: hebrew on June 22, 2015, 10:33:15 PM
I still buy books - read the occasional one on my daughter's kindle but there's something about a bookshop and the smell & feel of a paperback that I can't let go  :thumbsup:
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Post by: bearsdenred on June 24, 2015, 11:46:12 PM
I still buy books - read the occasional one on my daughter's kindle but there's something about a bookshop and the smell & feel of a paperback that I can't let go  :thumbsup:
i cant give up me book collection, i still find it more satisfying opening a book and reading away. at least you dont need to charge a book up to read it. :)
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Post by: BigAl on July 01, 2015, 08:30:27 AM
"The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair"by Joel Dicker

600+ pages and absolutely superb, brilliantly written and loved it

Hebrew - Reckon this would be one for you. Check it out

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-about-Harry-Quebert-Affair/dp/1848663269/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435735794&sr=1-1&keywords=joel+dicker+the+truth+about+the+harry+quebert+affair
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Post by: hebrew on July 01, 2015, 10:06:10 PM
Ooh Al thank you very much - I liked the sound of it so it's downloaded and I'll start reading it tomorrow cheers  :thumbsup:
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Post by: hebrew on July 18, 2015, 11:09:47 AM
I bloody loved your book Al - first time in ages i've been awake till the wee small hours with a book i can't put down  :thumbsup:

I feel a bit lost this morning tho...........................
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Post by: rocket_scientist on August 06, 2015, 09:47:03 PM
A couple of books came today.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison & The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan.

Ony o you guys read these two authors?
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Post by: BigAl on August 10, 2015, 05:00:02 PM
A couple of books came today.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison & The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan.

Ony o you guys read these two authors?

Like the look of The Unknown Terrorist and might give that a go.
Only thing putting me of it is that I bought one of Flanagan,s other books "The Narrow Road To The Deep North" and frankly just couldn't get into it and gave up before I was half way through it.
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Post by: BigAl on November 09, 2015, 06:10:05 PM
Does anyone still read  ???
If so lets be having your recommendations please.
On the lookout for some reading o'er the winter months.
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Post by: manc_don on November 09, 2015, 06:33:06 PM
Does anyone still read  ???
If so lets be having your recommendations please.
On the lookout for some reading o'er the winter months.

Just you and hebrew ;)

I'm looking for recommendations though, long haul flights to kiwi land mean I have a lot of time coming up!
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Post by: thestooge on November 09, 2015, 06:39:55 PM
Stuart Cosgrove's Detroit 67 is superb if your into soul music and social/political movements of the sixties.

It's dense like, encyclopaedic in scope and likely to veer down wee avenues but the narrative is pushed on chronicling a year in the life of Motown.

It's nae really light reading though and I'd say you really do need an interest in the music of that era to get through it but it's the best thing I've read this year by some distance.

I really like Cosgrove. One of few folk on Radio Scotland worth listening to.
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Post by: minijc on November 09, 2015, 06:42:48 PM
Been reading 'Kill Your Friends' cracking book and looking forward to watching the film aswell.
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Post by: BigAl on November 09, 2015, 06:45:11 PM
Been reading 'Kill Your Friends' cracking book and looking forward to watching the film aswell.

Christ Mini....you're alive min
Welcome back  :thumbsup:
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Post by: minijc on November 09, 2015, 06:49:06 PM
Christ Mini....you're alive min
Welcome back  :thumbsup:
Keep forgetting to pop in here, hope all is well Al?
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Post by: tlg1903 on November 09, 2015, 08:43:43 PM
Recently read a book called Armada, it's Earnest Cline's follow up to the much vaunted ready player one (which is great btw if your like that sort of thing). It's a decent enough sci fi read that doesn't reach the heights of rp1 but leaves plenty of room for sequels that could. I'm looking forward to seeing where he takes it.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on November 09, 2015, 09:24:30 PM
I've just started Nemesis by Philip Roth. Probably his latest novel as written in 2010.

Not a book I necessarily recommend (yet, as it's a pretty harrowing subject matter and without his usual excellent humour thus far) but he is a brilliant must-read author. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

Edit: finished it tonight. Definitely NOT a book I recommend!

Weird one. Troubling. Sad. Not an enjoyable experience at all.

This reminds me when I first started exploring his books. Some great but some not so good.

I reckon he's bi-polar.
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Post by: Madbadteacher on November 10, 2015, 12:10:41 AM
I still read a lot, but a lot of it these days is easy reading crime stuff like John Sandford. Last "real" book was about Little Big Horn called "The Last Stand" very different from the usual "hero/twat" dichotomy over Custer
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Post by: BigAl on November 10, 2015, 05:07:56 PM
I've just started Nemesis by Philip Roth. Probably his latest novel as written in 2010.

Not a book I necessarily recommend (yet, as it's a pretty harrowing subject matter and without his usual excellent humour thus far) but he is a brilliant must-read author. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

Edit: finished it tonight. Definitely NOT a book I recommend!

Weird one. Troubling. Sad. Not an enjoyable experience at all.

This reminds me when I first started exploring his books. Some great but some not so good.

I reckon he's bi-polar.

Think I've only read one of Roth's books, "The Plot Against America" and that was several years ago.
Not really sure why I never sent back to read any more as it was a pretty decent read.
Might check out some others on Amazon, but will take your council RS and give that one a miss.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on November 10, 2015, 05:29:31 PM
Council? Do I come across as a committee man?

I would counsel you to read more books to improve your linguistic abilities 😏

I've got I Married A Communist in the house but his award winning American Pastoral is great.
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Post by: BigAl on November 10, 2015, 05:51:48 PM
Council? Do I come across as a committee man?

I would counsel you to read more books to improve your linguistic abilities 😏

I've got I Married A Communist in the house but his award winning American Pastoral is great.

Could blame predictive text, but what the fuck, I 'm just a thick cunt  ;)
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Post by: rocket_scientist on November 10, 2015, 11:13:41 PM
For my next read, I'm just away to start King Joey.

He got turfed from that bar at the top of Union Street for having his fingers in the till. Not sure that will appear in the book.

Edit: when I start a book and I get into it, I tend to read it in a one-ner. It's aligned to my personality. Addictive, I think they call it. For me it's simple enthusiasm. Plus freedom.

Unless it's massive and not possible to read in six or eight hours, or heavy or complex like Proust - there's 800 pages of my life I'll not get back and that was only volume 1.

Not finished Joey's autobiography yet, well written by Charlie Allan by the way, but spooky coincidence. The Roth novel I just read had polio as its pervasive theme. Never knew Joey was hospitalised for four months with polio as a kid. It's one of those conditions I've heard of but until this week, never really knew what it was. Wonder if I'll finally learn about cystic fibrosis next week, an ailment I similarly have had no idea about.

Harper was great. Truly, truly great. The first goal I ever saw at Pittodrie was his.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on November 11, 2015, 06:04:05 AM
Finally picked up Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, a book given to me by my daughter a couple of years ago.

I had quoted a couple of the wee stories to them when they were kids that I had picked up without ever having read the whole.

It's fucking crazy but a beautiful crazy. So uplifting for the spirit. Fuck knows what it's all about.
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Post by: manc_don on January 15, 2016, 11:45:49 AM
"The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair"by Joel Dicker

600+ pages and absolutely superb, brilliantly written and loved it

Hebrew - Reckon this would be one for you. Check it out

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-about-Harry-Quebert-Affair/dp/1848663269/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435735794&sr=1-1&keywords=joel+dicker+the+truth+about+the+harry+quebert+affair

I got this for Christmas following your recommendations, and just got another 150 pages to go. Absolutely brilliant book. Only started reading it last week and just find it so hard to put down!
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Post by: BigAl on January 15, 2016, 08:39:54 PM
Glad you enjoyed it Manc  :thumbsup:
I reckon it was my favourite read of 2015.
Loved the style of writing as you really had to pay 100% attention to it as it jumped back and fore in time. Sure it would make a great film

Think it is the only Joel Dicker book to date translated into English. My pigeon French just isn't good enough to read a novel in French :-[

Got a couple of other recommendations coming up, but no time just now to disclose.
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Post by: BigAl on January 17, 2016, 04:15:56 PM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebooks-The-Man-Who-Watched-Women-ebook/dp/B00TQDWIHK/ref=pd_cp_351_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=02WJ5RN0JRSV41QVG5KN

Read the above book between Xmas and New Year.
From the creators of The Bridge (TV series).
Maybe a bit drawn out and could potentially have been trimmed by a 100 pages or so, but a pretty decent read. Not the most difficult plot to figure out, but strong characters (no all particularly likeable ) make this a decent read. Believe this is the second book in a planned trilogy. Haven't read the first instalment and although I will probably do do, this book is perfectly capable of being read as a standalone.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Natchez-Burning-Penn-Cage-Book/dp/0007317964/ref=sr_1_cc_5?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1453046725&sr=1-5-catcorr&keywords=greg+iles+penn+cage+series+in+order

Greg Iles is an author I have read a lot of over the years and have never really been disappointed with any of his book. Natchez Burning is set in America's deepest south and uncovers events from the early 60's which are uncovered forty years on and focuses on the actions of those responsible trying their worst to keep them hidden in a dark and troubled racist past. Again this is part of a trilogy (this is the first part), the second part "The Bone Tree" is already published. This book is a big read and runs to over 850 pages as does the follow up. Would give Natchez Burning 4.5/5 and looking forward to getting into the second book, just hope given the fact it is another 850 page book that it isn't repetitive and going back over a lot of what happened in the first one.

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Post by: rocket_scientist on January 17, 2016, 04:40:51 PM
Reading Kelman's You have to be careful in the land of the free.

It's typical James Kelman. I know he won the Booker Prize but by god he polarises.

Even within one who has bothered to read most of his stuff.

An acquired taste, one that I'm not even sure that I have. Hard work.

Edit: finished it tonight. Not recommended to anyone other than Kelman enthusiasts. Of which I'm not one. My first Kelman this century and that will be my last, I would like to say but I know I'll pick up another one day.

Pathological pathos that is weirdly intriguing, for fucked up perspectives like mine.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on January 25, 2016, 10:34:23 PM
Reading Timequake just now by the incomparable Kurt Vonnegut.

Been a long time since I read him. Having done about half his novels, I'm probably going to do the other half now.

His is a brilliant mind.
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Post by: RicoS321 on January 27, 2016, 02:44:30 PM
Never read Vonnegut, Rocket, but I have Galapagos on my kindle which I've not read yet (someone recommended it a while back). Have you read it? Is it worth moving to the top of the pile?
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Post by: rocket_scientist on January 28, 2016, 09:21:22 AM
Not read that one yet but I will. Got Sirens of Titan to read next.

Vonnegut is easy to read and joyous to read. Silly not to.

Slaughterhouse Five is his most famous work, an epic but I've enjoyed most of his stuff.
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Post by: BigAl on February 08, 2016, 08:05:37 PM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebooks-The-Man-Who-Watched-Women-ebook/dp/B00TQDWIHK/ref=pd_cp_351_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=02WJ5RN0JRSV41QVG5KN

Read the above book between Xmas and New Year.
From the creators of The Bridge (TV series).
Maybe a bit drawn out and could potentially have been trimmed by a 100 pages or so, but a pretty decent read. Not the most difficult plot to figure out, but strong characters (no all particularly likeable ) make this a decent read. Believe this is the second book in a planned trilogy. Haven't read the first instalment and although I will probably do do, this book is perfectly capable of being read as a standalone.



Ok have now read the first book in this trilogy and it is an absolutely cracking read.
If you like your Nordic Noir then this is for you.
Third part not being released until the summer but can't wait for it  :thumbsup:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sebastian-Bergman-Hjorth-Rosenfeldt-ebook/dp/B0085NZQOO/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=5152ImspW-L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR102%2C160_&refRID=1TR49XMEK4EG4MYEHBFR
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Post by: rocket_scientist on February 08, 2016, 08:15:38 PM
Reading Kelman's You have to be careful in the land of the free.

My first Kelman this century and that will be my last, I would like to say but I know I'll pick up another one day.

Well that resolution didn't last long. I just started Mo said she was quirky. Coincidentally on the day of my first visit to The Quirky Coo. But this is a thread about books.

I am loathed to take it to France with me this week. Kelman is, and his characters are just so fucking tragic.
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Post by: manc_don on February 17, 2016, 07:31:01 AM
Got given the latest (my first) stieg larsson book for Christmas. Got round to reading it recently,  enjoyed it. I had avoided the series before because they seemed so popular but I was impressed. Sometimes a bit predictable but generally had me turning the pages. Has anyone else read the rest?
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Post by: Edinburghdon on February 17, 2016, 10:17:04 AM
Got given the latest (my first) stieg larsson book for Christmas. Got round to reading it recently,  enjoyed it. I had avoided the series before because they seemed so popular but I was impressed. Sometimes a bit predictable but generally had me turning the pages. Has anyone else read the rest?

I've got the series in my to read pile, I've avoided them until now for the same reasons but might give them a go soon.
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Post by: BigAl on February 18, 2016, 08:52:28 AM
Got given the latest (my first) stieg larsson book for Christmas. Got round to reading it recently,  enjoyed it. I had avoided the series before because they seemed so popular but I was impressed. Sometimes a bit predictable but generally had me turning the pages. Has anyone else read the rest?

Read all three when they came out and generally enjoyed them.
If you like these see my post from 8th Feb and give that triology a go  :thumbsup:
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Post by: manc_don on February 18, 2016, 08:59:51 AM
Read all three when they came out and generally enjoyed them.
If you like these see my post from 8th Feb and give that triology a go  :thumbsup:

Thanks will check it out. Need a new book now!
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Post by: rocket_scientist on May 16, 2016, 10:10:53 AM
Started Porno yesterday. 150 pages later and totally hooked. Can't believe I've waited this long to get round to it. Irvine Welsh paints real pictures.
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Post by: Edinburghdon on May 16, 2016, 06:26:36 PM
Started Porno yesterday. 150 pages later and totally hooked. Can't believe I've waited this long to get round to it. Irvine Welsh paints real pictures.

I thoroughly enjoyed porno, even more so than trainspotting, hope you enjoy it rocket!

Might dig it out and give it another read before the film comes out.
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Post by: manc_don on May 18, 2016, 07:56:09 AM
Got given I am Pilgrim recently and started it the other day, dark book so far!

Also read the latest in the Jack Reacher series "Make me" - excellent read and kept me interested throughout.
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Post by: Edinburghdon on May 18, 2016, 08:29:13 AM
Got given I am Pilgrim recently and started it the other day, dark book so far!

Also read the latest in the Jack Reacher series "Make me" - excellent read and kept me interested throughout.

I read I am pilgrim whilst on holiday last year. I can honestly say it's one of the best novels I've ever read, it's fantastic and just couldn't put it down.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: manc_don on May 18, 2016, 09:15:56 AM
I read I am pilgrim whilst on holiday last year. I can honestly say it's one of the best novels I've ever read, it's fantastic and just couldn't put it down.  :thumbsup:

Excellent, just need to find time to read it!
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Post by: BigAl on May 18, 2016, 09:36:50 AM
Terry Hayes - I Am Pilgrim

500 pages into it, still got another 350 pages to go, but so far it is shaping up as a five star

Crikey can't believe it is two years since I read that book. Said at the time it had film written all over it and believe plans are afoot
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Post by: Edinburghdon on May 18, 2016, 09:58:46 AM
Crikey can't believe it is two years since I read that book. Said at the time it had film written all over it and believe plans are afoot

That's made my day, I was hoping they'd make it into a film!
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Post by: Edinburghdon on May 18, 2016, 09:59:48 AM
Excellent, just need to find time to read it!

Just wait until you get properly into it, you'll not be able to put it down  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on May 18, 2016, 11:55:23 AM
That's made my day, I was hoping they'd make it into a film!

Your day just got better then ED  :thumbsup:

See attached link for confirmation

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/i-am-pilgrim-matthew-vaughn-827881
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Post by: Edinburghdon on May 18, 2016, 12:09:26 PM
Your day just got better then ED  :thumbsup:

See attached link for confirmation

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/i-am-pilgrim-matthew-vaughn-827881

Outstanding!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: tlg1903 on May 18, 2016, 05:48:52 PM
Anyone got any good sci-fi recommendations?
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Post by: Madbadteacher on May 18, 2016, 08:13:22 PM
Anything by Larry Niven, oldies but goodies
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Post by: tlg1903 on May 18, 2016, 11:43:31 PM
I read ringworld a few years back, it was quite decent
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Post by: scotfree on May 21, 2016, 12:03:40 PM
Anyone got any good sci-fi recommendations?
Phillip K. Dick is well worth a read.
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Post by: bearsdenred on May 21, 2016, 01:54:09 PM
One Second after, by William R. Forstchen.

Just think this can happen. IF it does, how would the UK/Europe/USA cope?

havent read it, Read it.
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Post by: manc_don on June 04, 2016, 01:31:26 PM
Just wait until you get properly into it, you'll not be able to put it down  :thumbsup:

Well you and BigAl were right. Just under two weeks that took me to read it, couldn't stop reading! Can't wait for the film now
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Post by: Edinburghdon on June 05, 2016, 07:18:19 PM
Well you and BigAl were right. Just under two weeks that took me to read it, couldn't stop reading! Can't wait for the film now

Glad you enjoyed it! I preordered the follow up as soon as I'd finished I Am Pilgrim but annoyingly the publish date seem to have been pushed back.
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Post by: BigAl on June 09, 2016, 10:21:12 AM
Glad you enjoyed it! I preordered the follow up as soon as I'd finished I Am Pilgrim but annoyingly the publish date seem to have been pushed back.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Locust-Free-eBook-Sampler-ebook/dp/B00YHHZ958/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465463928&sr=1-4&keywords=terry+hayes

Publication put back until 2017 apparently, but free sample available via attached link
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Post by: manc_don on June 09, 2016, 10:39:42 AM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Locust-Free-eBook-Sampler-ebook/dp/B00YHHZ958/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465463928&sr=1-4&keywords=terry+hayes

Publication put back until 2017 apparently, but free sample available via attached link

FFS, that long?!?!
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Post by: Edinburghdon on June 09, 2016, 07:59:19 PM
FFS, that long?!?!

Aye, by about a year... Which I hope isn't as bad a sign as it seems!
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Post by: BigAl on June 27, 2016, 07:48:40 PM
Read a few on holiday earlier this month.

Standout was "Farewell Kabul" by Christina Lamb. Not an easy read, concentration required, but amazing insight into the conflict in Afghanistan and the way that Pakistan exploit the economic aid made available to them by the Americans and the UK.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Farewell-Kabul-Ignored-Pakistan-Afghanistan/dp/0007256949/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467052948&sr=8-1&keywords=farewell+kabul

Also been reading more "Nordic Noir" and discovered Jussi Adler- Olsen and the Department Q series. Enjoyed book number one in the series, absolutley loved book number 2.

Right now however reading this

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nomad-Explosive-Thriller-Youll-Rubicon/dp/1785760416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467053198&sr=8-1&keywords=nomad+james+swallow

Supposed to be ideal for fans of "I Am Pilgrim" by Terry Hayes (Manc & ED take note). About 40% in and starting to get going. Will give you a more detailed recommendation once I'm finished.
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Post by: BigAl on August 12, 2016, 11:15:01 AM
Time to bump this one up as no posts on it for some considerable time
Is no one reading these days  ???

Nomad was ok, but not a patch on I Am Pilgrim

Currently reading "The Great Game On Secret Service In High Asia" by Peter Hopkirk
Anyone interested in history will enjoy this.
Despite studying history at school this covers a period in time which was never really touched upon during the syllabus.

Anyone else got any recommendations ?
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Post by: manc_don on September 13, 2016, 04:12:47 PM
Read Natural Born Heroes recently, thoroughly enjoyable read.  About WW2 (mainly Crete) and the history of Parkour
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Post by: BigAl on October 07, 2016, 07:48:53 AM
Right folks, loads of new !e!best in past few days.
Somr pf you must enjoy a good book, so let's be having your recommendations.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 07, 2016, 10:52:51 AM
Sorry but the recommendation I've got is one to avoid.

Started Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut. After 82 pages and almost half way through, I've failed to pick it up again one week later. He's a brilliant and clever writer but his "black satire" doesn't do it for me any more. I think I'm Vonnegutted out. Hadn't read him for a long while and may have read the last of him despite really enjoying some of his books 20-30 years ago.
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Post by: RicoS321 on October 07, 2016, 11:10:09 AM
Sorry but the recommendation I've got is one to avoid.

Started Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut. After 82 pages and almost half way through, I've failed to pick it up again one week later. He's a brilliant and clever writer but his "black satire" doesn't do it for me any more. I think I'm Vonnegutted out. Hadn't read him for a long while and may have read the last of him despite really enjoying some of his books 20-30 years ago.

Galapagos was pretty decent, if a little hard going. Good writer clearly.
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Post by: donsdaft on October 07, 2016, 11:32:44 AM
The recently departed Coleen McCulloch fills most of my reading time.

Her Masters of Rome series is superb but you probably have to be pretty keen on Roman history to tackle what is a mammoth work. Not that it's particularly highbrow or anything, just that there's a lot of it.

So, my reccomendation is her account of the Trojan war. The Song of Troy


With regard to audio books, join Audible, get your free book then close your account, I thoroughly reccomend the BBC's
The Diary of Samual Pepys
It's fuckin brilliant
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Post by: Stupie82 on October 07, 2016, 12:51:00 PM
Just started reading Fatherland... seems like a very good book so far. A crime thriller set in an alternative history, where the Nazi's won the war. Love all that kinda stuff ! Any other recommendations on this kind of thing?
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Post by: Gervaise_Brookhampster on October 07, 2016, 01:19:13 PM
The new Alan Partridge book Nomad is due out in a few weeks. I hope it's as good as  I partridge we need to talk about Alan. Think I will get the audio book as I did with the earlier book, listened to it 3 or 4 times now and still crack up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye8_vJj3N98 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye8_vJj3N98)
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Post by: Claude Balls on October 07, 2016, 02:03:01 PM
Just started reading Fatherland... seems like a very good book so far. A crime thriller set in an alternative history, where the Nazi's won the war. Love all that kinda stuff ! Any other recommendations on this kind of thing?
The obvious one is SS-GB by Len Deighton.
Sometime in the last century I read All Our Tomorrows by Ted Allbeury which was in the same vein.
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Post by: manc_don on October 07, 2016, 02:10:33 PM
Just started reading Fatherland... seems like a very good book so far. A crime thriller set in an alternative history, where the Nazi's won the war. Love all that kinda stuff ! Any other recommendations on this kind of thing?

I've seen that on the shelves and was intrigued, let me know if it turns out to be a good read.  What was the TV show which was based on a similar idea?  Germans and Japanese effectively shared the US?
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Post by: Stupie82 on October 07, 2016, 02:22:13 PM
I've seen that on the shelves and was intrigued, let me know if it turns out to be a good read.  What was the TV show which was based on a similar idea?  Germans and Japanese effectively shared the US?

The man in the high castle. Its a TV show on Amazon and was based on the book of the same name. Havent read that either yet, but that's next on the list.

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Post by: simarooskimoose on October 07, 2016, 03:34:08 PM
I've been reading quite a lot the last couple of years. I sit and stare at a screen all day at work, so I feel a bit bad going home and staring at the telly all evening. Still do it more often than not mind.
Basically what I do is go in to the charity shops here in Edinburgh and just buy a stack of stuff more or less randomly from the Classics sections. Which generally has mixed results!

Last one I finished was Closing Time by Joseph Heller, which is the sequel Catch-22. It's set in the 90s, and basically follows the characters from the original as they're dying...which is obviously quite melancholy, but it's also very funny in parts, and I absolutely love Catch-22 (might actually be my favourite book ever) so it was nice to spend a bit more time with those characters.

Best thing I've read this year was The Affirmation by Christopher Priest. It's pretty weird, a sort of sci-fi examination of self-perception, but it's ace. There's a twist at one point that literally had me swearing out loud, rather startling the girlfriend.
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Post by: RicoS321 on October 07, 2016, 08:09:50 PM
I've been reading quite a lot the last couple of years. I sit and stare at a screen all day at work, so I feel a bit bad going home and staring at the telly all evening. Still do it more often than not mind.
Basically what I do is go in to the charity shops here in Edinburgh and just buy a stack of stuff more or less randomly from the Classics sections. Which generally has mixed results!

Last one I finished was Closing Time by Joseph Heller, which is the sequel Catch-22. It's set in the 90s, and basically follows the characters from the original as they're dying...which is obviously quite melancholy, but it's also very funny in parts, and I absolutely love Catch-22 (might actually be my favourite book ever) so it was nice to spend a bit more time with those characters.

I've always wanted to read Catch-22. I'm worried that if I read it, I might not enjoy it, but because I haven't read it I feel like I'm missing out.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 07, 2016, 10:54:11 PM
Catch 22 is a great book.

Ewan McGregor on Norton just now. He directed American Pastoral, the book by Philip Roth. Norton showed his ignorance by sarcastically saying "everyone will have read it". Well I have and Roth is one of the best American authors, very funny at times. Recommend this writer to anyone who doesn't know him.
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Post by: manc_don on October 08, 2016, 07:48:21 AM
Catch 22 is a great book.

Absolutely! Hard to get into to start with but was worth the patience.
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Post by: RicoS321 on October 08, 2016, 09:09:35 AM
Catch 22 is a great book.

Ewan McGregor on Norton just now. He directed American Pastoral, the book by Philip Roth. Norton showed his ignorance by sarcastically saying "everyone will have read it". Well I have and Roth is one of the best American authors, very funny at times. Recommend this writer to anyone who doesn't know him.

I've nae read it, but I have read "The Plot Against America" about an alternative American history (which fits nicely into the Fatherland discussion above) where Lindbergh became President instead of Roosevelt. Very Jew-based, but great book.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 08, 2016, 10:13:40 AM
Absolutely! Hard to get into to start with but was worth the patience.

It was in the 80's when I read it so can't remember too much about it other than it was hard to get into. The flogging of the dead horse analogy made it into the film I noticed. Wasn't inspired to read any more Heller but it was an excellent book.
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Post by: scotfree on October 08, 2016, 10:40:05 AM
I'm going back through James Lee Burke's, Dave Robicheaux series.
Burke's prose is outstanding.
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Post by: scotfree on October 12, 2016, 11:46:34 PM
I read a book a year or so, about Alistair Urquhart, who was interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
I was saddened to see that he past away at the age of 97.
He joined the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen at the start of the WW2. The experiences he went through were just shocking.He was only 10 miles away from Nagasaki when they dropped the bomb......

It's well worth a read. It's called " The forgotten Highlander"                             

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Urquhart



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Post by: bearsdenred on October 13, 2016, 11:46:10 PM
Recommend the Troop by Nick Cutter


http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17571466-the-troop
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Post by: capitalred on October 14, 2016, 12:18:15 AM
I read a book a year or so, about Alistair Urquhart, who was interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
I was saddened to see that he past away at the age of 97.
He joined the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen at the start of the WW2. The experiences he went through were just shocking.He was only 10 miles away from Nagasaki when they dropped the bomb......

It's well worth a read. It's called " The forgotten Highlander"                             

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Urquhart

Aye, really good read, although fucking being one of his mates, they all got malkied pretty much, we had him at a function a couple of years back for a presentation.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on November 15, 2016, 10:13:44 AM
I read Filth last night/wee small hours in a one-ner.

Harrowing. Gripping. Brilliant.

Just the usual from Scotland's American-based genius.
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Post by: RicoS321 on November 15, 2016, 10:28:34 AM
I am not happy that this thread name is in capitals. It's bothered me for some time now.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on November 15, 2016, 10:32:05 AM
I am not happy that this thread name is in capitals. It's bothered me for some time now.

I agree. Mods, get busy.
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Post by: manc_don on November 15, 2016, 11:44:34 AM
Provides a punchy headline ;)
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Post by: rocket_scientist on November 16, 2016, 03:06:41 AM
As usual after reading Irvine Welsh, you tend to think about it a lot. I figured out what his genius is.

He deals in ugliness that most would prefer to ignore or pretend doesn't exist, them not realising that it is within us all.

The yin, yang, balance and morphic resonance. It was ever thus.

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Post by: scotfree on November 16, 2016, 11:09:30 AM
Finally started "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.
It's been on my list for a while.
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Post by: BigAl on January 05, 2017, 09:21:11 PM
Finally got around to reading the last Stuart McBride book, number ten in the Logan McRae series.
Two thirds through and got to say that this is the best one for sometime.
Only started reading it because I had read all nine others.
Pleased to say that McBride is back on form :thumbsup:
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Post by: Edinburghdon on January 05, 2017, 09:30:42 PM
Finally got around to reading the last Stuart McBride book, number ten in the Logan McRae series.
Two thirds through and got to say that this is the best one for sometime.
Only started reading it because I had read all nine others.
Pleased to say that McBride is back on form :thumbsup:

It's a cracker, think I'd read it within a week of it's release. Enjoy!  :thumbsup:

He's got a stand alone novel due for release this year too, here's hoping it's as good as the Ash Henderson series.

Currently reading the Lewis Man by Peter May, it's the second in the series and it's alright... still getting in to it though so could turn out to be really good.
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Post by: BigAl on January 05, 2017, 09:54:51 PM
It's a cracker, think I'd read it within a week of it's release. Enjoy!  :thumbsup:

He's got a stand alone novel due for release this year too, here's hoping it's as good as the Ash Henderson series.

Currently reading the Lewis Man by Peter May, it's the second in the series and it's alright... still getting in to it though so could turn out to be really good.

Read The Balck House by Peter May (first in the series) when it was first published.
Got numerous positive reviews, but to be honest it just didn't grab me and haven't gone back to read the others in the series as a result.
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Post by: Edinburghdon on January 05, 2017, 10:21:18 PM
Read The Balck House by Peter May (first in the series) when it was first published.
Got numerous positive reviews, but to be honest it just didn't grab me and haven't gone back to read the others in the series as a result.

To be honest I didn't get all that in to the black house, read it after the mrs recommended it and it was alright (guessed who done it early on, if not the reason...). I started the second one on the train this week mainly because I didn't have anything else to fill the time, feel like I've got to finish it now although it is shaping up to be better than the previous book. wish I'd planned ahead as I've got the latest Rebus next in the reading pile.
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Post by: Angus Young on January 05, 2017, 10:34:56 PM
I read a book a year or so, about Alistair Urquhart, who was interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
I was saddened to see that he past away at the age of 97.
He joined the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen at the start of the WW2. The experiences he went through were just shocking.He was only 10 miles away from Nagasaki when they dropped the bomb......

It's well worth a read. It's called " The forgotten Highlander"                             

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Urquhart


Just read this book over the Christmas period, well worth reading and shocking the treatment that these guys went through, the author still couldn't eat properly to the day he died due to the miniscule rations of rice they were given to eat.
Understandable how a lot of the guys that survived from the far east could never forgive the Japanese for the way they were treated.
Got an interest in all things WW2, anybody got any other good recommendations.
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Post by: scotfree on January 21, 2017, 09:58:48 AM

Just read this book over the Christmas period, well worth reading and shocking the treatment that these guys went through, the author still couldn't eat properly to the day he died due to the miniscule rations of rice they were given to eat.
Understandable how a lot of the guys that survived from the far east could never forgive the Japanese for the way they were treated.
Got an interest in all things WW2, anybody got any other good recommendations.
If you like WW2 books I recommend "With the Old Breed" by Eugene Sledge. He wrote it while fighting in the pacific. A very honest perspective of the fighting that went on.
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Post by: hebrew on January 21, 2017, 11:05:35 AM
I'm reading I Love Dick at the moment - described as "the most important book written about men & women in the last century" - I'm finding it dull and skimming a bit already, possibly cause I have another 5 books waiting to be read!!
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Post by: BigAl on January 22, 2017, 09:27:15 PM
I'm reading I Love Dick at the moment - described as "the most important book written about men & women in the last century" - I'm finding it dull and skimming a bit already, possibly cause I have another 5 books waiting to be read!!

Sorry missus but in typical schoolboy humour that raised a little titter with me ;)
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Post by: hebrew on January 22, 2017, 11:22:20 PM
Yeh the guys at work are quite amused that I've been reading it on the bus  ;D

I'll let you know if it grows on me.........ha  ;)
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Post by: RicoS321 on January 23, 2017, 11:29:07 AM
Yeh the guys at work are quite amused that I've been reading it on the bus  ;D

I'll let you know if it grows on me.........ha  ;)

The series is on Amazon I think. Was considering watching it, but I was too freaked out by the title.
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Post by: hebrew on January 23, 2017, 03:17:06 PM
The series is on Amazon I think. Was considering watching it, but I was too freaked out by the title.

The title seems to make you guys a little bit uneasy  ;D
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Post by: RicoS321 on January 23, 2017, 08:51:40 PM
The title seems to make you guys a little bit uneasy  ;D

I'm worried in case it comes true.
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Post by: RicoS321 on February 16, 2017, 11:55:51 AM
Not read this, but the reviews on Amazon are fantastic

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Harvest-collection-semen-based-Photenhauer/dp/B01LPECGUQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487242898&sr=8-2&keywords=natural+harvest+a+collection+of+semen-based+recipes (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Harvest-collection-semen-based-Photenhauer/dp/B01LPECGUQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487242898&sr=8-2&keywords=natural+harvest+a+collection+of+semen-based+recipes)
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Post by: TheDeeDon on February 26, 2017, 11:54:24 AM
Pitch Black - A book about black footballers in the UK. Pretty harrowing stuff reading about black players breaking through during the 70s and 80s and their experiences in the game, from their own supporters, team mates and opposition supporters and lets not forget the police and politicians.

Thankfully, although far from perfect, things have moved on a lot since then.
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Post by: Angus Young on February 27, 2017, 04:42:01 PM
If you like WW2 books I recommend "With the Old Breed" by Eugene Sledge. He wrote it while fighting in the pacific. A very honest perspective of the fighting that went on.

Scotfree, just finished "with the old breed", excellent read but grim stuff, away to start Zero Six Bravo (Nae Bravo Two Zero) about the gulf war, any other suggestions you have would be appreciated.
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Post by: manc_don on April 08, 2017, 09:12:53 AM
Just finished Lion, the book the film was based on. Fantastic read, staggering to believe that it's a true story. Well worth a read.

Also read Trainspotting recently, how it's taken me this long to finally get round to reading it is beyond me. Fantastic book. Never knew so much of it wasn't carried through into the film.
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Post by: hebrew on April 18, 2017, 11:25:50 AM
I recommend His Bloody Project

Bloody good read  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on May 15, 2017, 05:13:34 PM
I got this for Christmas following your recommendations, and just got another 150 pages to go. Absolutely brilliant book. Only started reading it last week and just find it so hard to put down!

Manc - Next book by Joel Dicker is published on 18th May (again translated from French).
I have it sitting on my Kindle (courtesy of Net Gallery) ahead of publication and it is next on my reading list.
Away on holiday on 24th so will be delving into it then and give you a report on whether it is as good or not  ;)
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Post by: BigAl on May 15, 2017, 05:19:09 PM
Manc - Another recommendation for you. Thought this book was superb, a real page turner and looking forward to the other two parts of the trilogy being published  :thumbsup:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Butterfly-Storm-Heartland-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01B73LRX2/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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Post by: manc_don on May 15, 2017, 05:22:55 PM
Nice one, but which book?  ;)

Will check out the Joel Dick book, i have since joined the dark side and got a kindle!
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Post by: BigAl on May 15, 2017, 05:31:13 PM
Nice one, but which book?  ;)

Will check out the Joel Dick book, i have since joined the dark side and got a kindle!

Ooops.... edited now :hammer:
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Post by: manc_don on May 31, 2017, 11:09:28 AM
The mrs has managed to get me hooked on Harry Potter...currently reading the fourth book and have to say i've enjoyed every one of them.  I don't think I've seen many of the films so it's good to not have much to compare them to.

Will get the Butterfly Storm Heartland book ordered Al!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: RicoS321 on July 01, 2017, 09:27:23 AM
The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Awesome.
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Post by: hebrew on July 01, 2017, 10:28:50 AM
Dead Man's Blues by Ray Celestin - set in Chicago 1928 - it's very good  :thumbsup:
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Post by: scotfree on July 25, 2017, 01:59:25 AM
Just about finished " The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
I've really enjoyed it and would recommend it.

8/10
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Post by: manc_don on July 25, 2017, 07:13:48 AM
The mrs has managed to get me hooked on Harry Potter...currently reading the fourth book and have to say i've enjoyed every one of them.  I don't think I've seen many of the films so it's good to not have much to compare them to.

Will get the Butterfly Storm Heartland book ordered Al!  :thumbsup:

So i've finished all the harry potters in about 2 months. Enjoyed them, can't say I like Harry much, bit of a knob if i'm honest.

But, looking forward to starting the butterfly storm!
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Post by: manc_don on August 13, 2017, 08:31:57 PM
@BigAl,  when is the second book out?  Funny hearing so many places I grew up knowing, but itching for the second now  :hammer:
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Post by: rocket_scientist on August 13, 2017, 08:40:24 PM
So i've finished all the harry potters in about 2 months. Enjoyed them, can't say I like Harry much, bit of a knob if i'm honest.

After she had written the 6th or 7th, I decided to read the first - Philosophers Stone maybe?

Just to see what the fuss was about, to see what my kids were reading.

I really enjoyed it. So I decided to carry on.

I couldn't complete chapter 1 of book 2. I was all Harry Pottered out.
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Post by: SeeBass on August 14, 2017, 10:01:16 PM
Definitely recommend Ronnie O'Sullivan's autobiography 'Running' from 2013.  Loved his explanation of why in 2010 he was going to stop on 140 against Mark King!!
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Post by: BigAl on October 21, 2017, 06:17:20 AM
@BigAl,  when is the second book out?  Funny hearing so many places I grew up knowing, but itching for the second now  :hammer:

April 2018 Manc.

So been far to busy working on the new house to read.
From looks of this thread looks like abody has either given up reading or been reading shite not worth recommending. C'mon folks, the winter months are upon us and I need reading material


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Post by: RicoS321 on October 21, 2017, 09:06:19 AM
April 2018 Manc.

So been far to busy working on the new house to read.
From looks of this thread looks like abody has either given up reading or been reading shite not worth recommending. C'mon folks, the winter months are upon us and I need reading material

Have you read all the recommendations on the thread yet?

I was waiting for positive feedback on my last recommendation before suggesting another you see.

Chasing Shadows by Ken Hughes worth a read, about Nixon. But read the last recommendation first.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on October 21, 2017, 09:58:10 AM
There are also these buildings called libraries. I discovered many great writers by random selection. The teenage rocket had never heard of Emile Zola, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, John Updike, Albert Camus, Gore Vidal and many many more, before devouring most of their whole bibliographies.
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Post by: manc_don on October 21, 2017, 12:14:07 PM
Haha, cheers al, that's bloody ages away! being away Ive read a couple of late, in particular Regarding world war 2:

H,H,H,H by Laurent bidet - about the czexhoslovak resistance in the second world war and the Heinrich Himmler. Great read although the short chapters were a bit annoying.

The last train to Istanbul by ayse kulin. Story of the Turkish trying to save both Jews and their own citizens from the hands of the horrible French and the nazis. It's a nice wee story, probably aided my bad feelings towards the French who seem rude and inconsiderate.

After visiting la paz, I'm currently reading marching powder. Excellent read and insight into San Pedro prison.
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Post by: Madbadteacher on October 21, 2017, 06:06:37 PM
Did a quick tally and it looks like 43 books so far this year, from non-fiction to Neil Gaiman to John Sandford to Fritz Leiber to all the Rebus books.

Just finished Malcolm MacKay's Glasgow trilogy, no too bad, decent characters.
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Post by: BigAl on January 19, 2018, 05:35:02 PM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-We-Sleep-Science-Dreams-ebook/dp/B06Y649387/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

Matthew Walker - Why We Sleep

Ok it's only the third week in January and I'm going to make a bold prediction and state there is not likely to be a book I'll read in 2018 that will make as big an impression upon me as this one.
I was given an advance copy some time ago for review and never actually got around to reading it. By fuck not only do I wish I'd read it when I got it, I wish I'd been able to read it many many years ago.
Not being medically minded, I have never realised the impact sleep or probably more so lack of sleep has upon the human brain, body, health and general well being to go about your life.
Totally, totally life changing, thank you Matthew Walker :thumbsup:

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Post by: rocket_scientist on January 19, 2018, 06:23:42 PM
Having just been fucked off by you on another thread, I love hearing your enthusiasm about that book. I'm similarly going through a book enthusiasm orgasm.

I just finished White Trash. Found this intro online - In this landmark book, Nancy Isenberg argues that the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of the American fabric.

Just starting Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. It's awesome already.

Both books written in 2017, by women and highly critically acclaimed. Love learning stuff and this stuff is huge.
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Post by: BigAl on January 19, 2018, 06:58:01 PM
The Reni Eddo-Lodge one that you refer to actually shows up on Amazon as bought by people who bought the Matthew Walker one. See the kindle version is down to just over two quid, so going to buy. Nae idea when i will get around to reading it though as got a fair few from NetGalley to read and review.
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Post by: RicoS321 on January 19, 2018, 11:45:23 PM
Reading In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat at the moment. Decent read like, very interesting, but hard going on a subject I dinna really understand (quantum mechanics) - well written for the layman.

Done, The Secret Deals That Are Changing Our World was also a decent read recently. Read Beyond Civilisation by Daniel Quinn at the end of the year, was okay, but the Ishmael book is better and also Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics, which is quite good too. Elif Shafak's 3 Daughter of Eve was a good story on the fiction side.

Nothing as good on the fictional side of things as The Sellout by Paul Beatty as I mentioned earlier in the thread. Get it read if you haven't already. Classic.
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Post by: hebrew on January 20, 2018, 07:48:49 AM
These all sound fascinating!
I've got around half a dozen books from Christmas waiting to be read including one about suffragettes and one about trees......

Just finished The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick - it was very good and now reading How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - both actually involve history & romance so dunno why I read them back to back  ;D
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Post by: Kowalski on January 20, 2018, 08:06:35 PM
I ‘m halfway through the Trump book. Most of the juicy stuff is already reported but it’s a good page turner.
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Post by: manc_don on May 09, 2018, 12:01:55 AM
BigAl, have you started the second book by Walter Lucius yet? Downloaded it last night but need to reread the last few chapters of the first to remember what happened!  :thumbsup:

Al, no need to read the last few chapters of the old one, new one starts with two chapters of catch up, albeit from a slightly different angle.
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Post by: scotfree on May 12, 2018, 11:03:59 PM
Halfway through 'The Unnamed' by Joshua Ferris.
Really enjoying it.
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Post by: BigAl on May 14, 2018, 09:43:08 AM
BigAl, have you started the second book by Walter Lucius yet? Downloaded it last night but need to reread the last few chapters of the first to remember what happened!  :thumbsup:

Al, no need to read the last few chapters of the old one, new one starts with two chapters of catch up, albeit from a slightly different angle.

I have it on the kindle. Might not get to it until late August when I'm away on holiday.
Have loads of books waiting to be read, many of which are ARC's as I get sent advance copies for review purposes.
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Post by: manc_don on May 19, 2018, 11:45:11 PM
I have it on the kindle. Might not get to it until late August when I'm away on holiday.
Have loads of books waiting to be read, many of which are ARC's as I get sent advance copies for review purposes.

Thoroughly enjoying it, you’ll smash it. Nearly done myself. The only annoyance is I’m guessing we’ll have to wait another year for the final one!
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Post by: rocket_scientist on May 23, 2018, 02:36:12 PM
RIP Philip Roth, died today aged 85.

When I first went to Aberdeen Central Library, I would take books at random off the shelves. I picked one by Roth and thereafter devoured everything they had of his, as I did with other writers I enjoyed. I was too young to get all his nuances and meanings at first but he stayed with me in life as a favourite writer.

Most on here will never have read him of course and most teenagers have a literary breadth narrower than a ba hair but they don't make many like that any more. Great man.
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Post by: RicoS321 on May 23, 2018, 03:26:36 PM
Have you read "The Plot Against America"?

A good read like. Surprised there's not been a film of it like, as it'd fit well in cinema format. Not read American Pastoral, will maybe make a space for it on the kindle at some point.
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Post by: rocket_scientist on May 23, 2018, 04:02:04 PM
Have you read "The Plot Against America"?

A good read like. Surprised there's not been a film of it like, as it'd fit well in cinema format. Not read American Pastoral, will maybe make a space for it on the kindle at some point.

I've not read that one but will be doing so. His death has reminded me that I've not read everything he's written.

American Pastoral was on my bookshelves for many years but a cursory glance and I don't see it. Someone must have "borrowed" it. Aye, it is a good read.

Some of Roth's books, probably more than half in my opinion aren't brilliant but some are definitely. The one thing I never found after reading him was well that was a waste of time. I Married a Communist is the only Roth I came across on my shelves just now but I know I have others somewhere, or at least I did have.

Gore Vidal and John Updike were other Americans I never liked EVERYTHING they wrote, totally different genres of course but I preferred the humour you get with Roth. I guess we have to plough through much shit to find the flowers and whilst I don't consider any of Roth's writings as "shit", he was never a 100% hit rate for me. Neither was Hemingway too I guess and like those three, did produce some outstanding literature.
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Post by: RicoS321 on May 23, 2018, 04:57:38 PM
the only Roth I came across on my shelves just now but I know I have others somewhere, or at least I did have.

If they're anything like the cheap-shite Roth I picked up at the airport, they'll be missing many pages, which just seemed to fall out at will. Annoying as fuck like, and one of the reasons I use a kindle these days as it happened to quite a few books I bought in succession. The plot against america definitely worth a read like, even just from the (un)historical perspective. It's an alternative history of course, but it's believable.

Read The Sellout by Paul Beatty first though. It's imperative that someone other than me does.
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Post by: BigAl on May 23, 2018, 06:49:00 PM
Have you read "The Plot Against America"?

A good read like. Surprised there's not been a film of it like, as it'd fit well in cinema format. Not read American Pastoral, will maybe make a space for it on the kindle at some point.

Read it a number of years ago.
Extremely thought provoking with strong characters
All round a mighty fine and enjoyable read.
Somewhat surprisingly the only Philip Roth book I have actually read. Need to rectify that.
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Post by: RicoS321 on May 25, 2018, 09:39:53 AM
This:

https://genius.com/Carol-an-duffy-mrs-faust-annotated (https://genius.com/Carol-an-duffy-mrs-faust-annotated)

Never read it before. Good if you have a spare few minutes.
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Post by: BigAl on September 17, 2018, 07:49:20 PM
"The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair"by Joel Dicker

600+ pages and absolutely superb, brilliantly written and loved it

Hebrew - Reckon this would be one for you. Check it out

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-about-Harry-Quebert-Affair/dp/1848663269/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435735794&sr=1-1&keywords=joel+dicker+the+truth+about+the+harry+quebert+affair

Manc - I said it would make a good film. Just returned frpm holiday and see it has been made into a TV series and is currently being shown on Sky Witness channel.
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Post by: manc_don on September 24, 2018, 01:14:30 AM
Manc - I said it would make a good film. Just returned frpm holiday and see it has been made into a TV series and is currently being shown on Sky Witness channel.

I only just noticed this. Yeah my fiance found this on the website we use over the weekend. Have they made an arse of it or is it good?

Bookwise, done a fair amount of reading over the last few months. Conpleted a Douglas Skelton series in Glasgow which was dark and great. Then a series of comedy crime novels by caimh mcdonnell. Both authors are good value  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BigAl on September 24, 2018, 09:32:53 AM
I only just noticed this. Yeah my fiance found this on the website we use over the weekend. Have they made an arse of it or is it good?

Bookwise, done a fair amount of reading over the last few months. Conpleted a Douglas Skelton series in Glasgow which was dark and great. Then a series of comedy crime novels by caimh mcdonnell. Both authors are good value  :thumbsup:

Three episodes in so far. A bit slow but I'm not overly surpised at that.
Early impression is that I preferred the book to be honest.
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Post by: BigAl on October 24, 2018, 11:51:32 AM
I only just noticed this. Yeah my fiance found this on the website we use over the weekend. Have they made an arse of it or is it good?

Bookwise, done a fair amount of reading over the last few months. Conpleted a Douglas Skelton series in Glasgow which was dark and great. Then a series of comedy crime novels by caimh mcdonnell. Both authors are good value  :thumbsup:

Have you been watching it Manc ?
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Post by: manc_don on October 24, 2018, 07:07:03 PM
Have you been watching it Manc ?

Was waiting for your final opinion on it, didn't sell it one your last response!

Finished reading the tattooist which is about the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist. Enjoyable is probably the wrong word to describe it but it was a really good read. Understandably sad.
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Post by: BigAl on October 24, 2018, 07:57:16 PM
Was waiting for your final opinion on it, didn't sell it one your last response!

Finished reading the tattooist which is about the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist. Enjoyable is probably the wrong word to describe it but it was a really good read. Understandably sad.

It has improved mate. Think we only have about two or three episodes to watch.
Small criticisms i do feel they have passed it out however.
I have read The Tattooist of Auschwitz last year.
An extremely moving experience which shows the worst of humanity and in small parts the best. Recommended reading for almost everyone about events in the past that must never be forgotten or repeated.
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Post by: TheDeeDon on November 12, 2018, 07:30:20 AM
I know it's a few years old now, but just finished King Joeys book, the one with Charlie Allen and was wondering if anyone knew who the Rangers player was who spat in his face during his early playing days at Aberdeen, but wouldn't/couldn't name in the book? I could only think of Alec MacDonald?
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Post by: the real rumpus on November 24, 2018, 08:03:13 PM
Angela's Ashes by Frank Mccourt. Bleak and unflinching yet strangely erotic.
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Post by: manc_don on November 26, 2018, 11:02:49 PM
Accidental hitman by A.W. Wilson - good read, quite light hearted and funny
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Post by: tom_widdows on February 10, 2019, 04:33:19 PM
'The Second Coming' by John Niven

May actually have gotten me back into reading much like Brookmyres ' A Big Boy did it and ran away' did about 15 years ago.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41SAUQBeVUL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

Possibly cosidered cheating but also been using 'Audible' whilst working and currently on the 3rd 'Mortal Engines' book. Didn't see the film but feeling a bit annoyed that it looks like Peter Jackson & co have blown the chance to make it into a movie franchise.

Chris Mooney's Darby McCormick series is also pretty good. Very Gruesome imagination for his serial Killers and to date the only time I can recall a Camel Spider being used as a torture method
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Post by: TheDeeDon on February 10, 2019, 09:11:16 PM
'The Second Coming' by John Niven

May actually have gotten me back into reading much like Brookmyres ' A Big Boy did it and ran away' did about 15 years ago.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41SAUQBeVUL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

Possibly cosidered cheating but also been using 'Audible' whilst working and currently on the 3rd 'Mortal Engines' book. Didn't see the film but feeling a bit annoyed that it looks like Peter Jackson & co have blown the chance to make it into a movie franchise.

Chris Mooney's Darby McCormick series is also pretty good. Very Gruesome imagination for his serial Killers and to date the only time I can recall a Camel Spider being used as a torture method

Only discovered Niven around 6 months ago and have read about 4 of his books and all superb stuff. Haven't read The Second Coming, but is on my list of his books.
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Post by: TheDeeDon on February 10, 2019, 09:13:56 PM
Nearly finished the Peter Crouch book 'How to be a Footballer' A very funny book buy a guy, despite his wealth, is not afraid to take the piss out of himself or the profession which he made his money in.

Comes across as a decent bloke, which is not something we can usually say about modern day footballers.

A very good read.
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Post by: RicoS321 on March 19, 2019, 12:21:35 AM
Could have been in the World According to Truth thread, but it's a book, so it goes here. "33 myths of the system", Well worth a read, and not that long, and also free to download in any format:

http://expressiveegg.org/portfolio/33-myths-of-the-system/ (http://expressiveegg.org/portfolio/33-myths-of-the-system/)
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Post by: donsdaft on March 19, 2019, 10:55:47 AM
Nearly finished the Peter Crouch book 'How to be a Footballer' A very funny book buy a guy, despite his wealth, is not afraid to take the piss out of himself or the profession which he made his money in.

Comes across as a decent bloke, which is not something we can usually say about modern day footballers.

A very good read.



Very much doubt I will ever read his book but he won me over years ago when being asked what he would have been if he wasn't a footballer, replied "a virgin"
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Post by: rocket_scientist on March 19, 2019, 05:00:40 PM
Could have been in the World According to Truth thread, but it's a book, so it goes here. "33 myths of the system", Well worth a read, and not that long, and also free to download in any format:

http://expressiveegg.org/portfolio/33-myths-of-the-system/ (http://expressiveegg.org/portfolio/33-myths-of-the-system/)

Just read the first 20 odd pages. Thanks for the rec. I think I'm going to love it  :thumbsup: