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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Feb 2018, 21:24

Harvey K-Tel wrote:Somehow read both of these this past week.

You and these intellectual books of yours, I swear. :roll:

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Brimming with ideas, this is a fascinating read.


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Good airplane/beach kind of stuff. Sort of like Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry except smarter.
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Re: New now reading

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An enjoyable overview of the "Viking" presence in Britain, carefully articulating that what a "Viking" was is difficult in itself to define.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Copehead » 07 Mar 2018, 23:03

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An enjoyable overview of the "Viking" presence in Britain, carefully articulating that what a "Viking" was is difficult in itself to define.



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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 08 Mar 2018, 11:41

There is no evidence of Vikings wearing horned helmets.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Fonz » 08 Mar 2018, 12:08

Toby wrote:There is no evidence of Vikings wearing horned helmets.



It doesn't mean they didn't
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Re: New now reading

Postby hippopotamus » 08 Mar 2018, 12:46

These are two audiobooks I finished last week

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They were harmless and entertaining.

The David Niven one, came of an interview I had seen of his, and some bizarre confluence of his name and his books being mentioned a strange many times until I felt like the universe wanted me to know something about it.

It's not ground breaking or Amazing. But he does have a nice voice, and he chokes up at his own emotional reminiscence. After having heard a little about the history of childhood and how hard it was for some around the turn of the century in the Bill Bryson book, David Niven's gives it's own little proof.

I've now started reading this in Physical form
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So far it's absolutely wonderful.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Copehead » 08 Mar 2018, 22:10

Toby wrote:There is no evidence of Vikings wearing horned helmets.


Indeed, that is more likely to have been Saxons.

Vikings wore domed helmets like the Normans because Normans were Vikings.

The rest of it is accurate though
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 10 Mar 2018, 07:57

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From the guy who fronts my favorite alt-country band, Richmond Fontaine. I'm about a third of the way through and it's turning into a boxing story like Rocky or Requiem For a Heavyweight but so moving with warm loving characters and loads of heart. Set in the southwest with tumbleweed and sage and trailers, just great!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 14 Mar 2018, 12:37

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An Orwellian attempt at undercover reportage in 21st century London. Judah spends time with Roma beggars, Afghani immigrants in Neasden, Ghanaian cleaners and Polish builders living in 5 to a room dosshouses in Beckton. Absolutely essential reading for anyone who lives in or has lived in London - a testament as to how mass immigration and the needs of a 21st century metropolis are transforming it.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Insouciant Western People » 14 Mar 2018, 13:14

Jimbo wrote:Image

From the guy who fronts my favorite alt-country band, Richmond Fontaine. I'm about a third of the way through and it's turning into a boxing story like Rocky or Requiem For a Heavyweight but so moving with warm loving characters and loads of heart. Set in the southwest with tumbleweed and sage and trailers, just great!


We saw him do a gig based around this book a few weeks ago, in a terrific little venue in Manchester, a converted church. Just him and a very adept pedal steel player. They played a few RF favourites and some music from the soundtracks of this book and also Northline, he read a lengthy excerpt, and did a Q&A session.

I had a quick chat with him while getting my copy of the book signed, did the same thing at a Delines show a few years back, he came across as a lovely bloke on both occasions.
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Re: New now reading

Postby mission » 14 Mar 2018, 13:24

I have reached an age where reading has become too difficult.

I saw it happen to my mum and thought it impossible but here I am.

Given how much of my identity is bound up in books I thought this aspect of ageing would be intolerable, but I don't actually give a fuck.

I am reading* The Last Samurai by Helen de Witt and it is by no means difficult - it's not fucking Gaddis or Gass or Pynchon or Barth or any of the postmodern tricksters I wasted my youth on - but I genuinely couldn't give a shit about the structural shenanigans and just want the story.

Just tell me a story.


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Re: New now reading

Postby Insouciant Western People » 14 Mar 2018, 13:31

K wrote:Oh, man, that sounds great. Wish I'd spotted that. I bought a signed copy at the weekend.


It was at St Michael's Church in Ancoats, I've never been there before but it's very nice. I don't think it was advertised very widely locally, I only heard about it because I'm on the RF/Willy Vlautin emailing lists.

He mentioned that he's trying to get The Delines back together for a tour after their next album, which is due either end of this year or early next year. They've been on extended hiatus for a long time after Amy Boone was knocked down by a car and badly inured, but thankfully it sounds like she's quite well recovered now.

If they play anywhere nearby I'd say definitely go, saw them at the Night & Day on Oldham Street a few years ago and they were brilliant. He was signing copies of The Free on that tour as well.
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Re: New now reading

Postby harvey k-tel » 14 Mar 2018, 15:26

A fantastic yarn...

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Re: New now reading

Postby toomanyhatz » 14 Mar 2018, 17:06

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Bell's writing style is a bit too "tah-dah!" (as if he's the first Christian ever to reject the fundie/authoritarian interpretation of scripture), but on a spiritual level I find myself agreeing with him quite a bit. For one who argues that the bible should be read "literately rather than literally," he's not terribly literate. But his knowledge of scripture is pretty sound. And he rejects biblical literalism. And he curses a fair amount. And actually the first chapter is about Moses's erection.

In short, not a great writer, but the fundies think he's a heretic, so he does have that going for him...
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Re: New now reading

Postby Stille Baron » 14 Mar 2018, 17:43

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Brimming with ideas, this is a fascinating read.


I read that when I was in my early 20s and it was a big book for me. I’m not sure I could say how it changed the way I saw things, but I’m sure it did.
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Re: New now reading

Postby sloopjohnc » 14 Mar 2018, 17:53

Just finishing this up.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 15 Mar 2018, 09:07

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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 25 Mar 2018, 00:43

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While offering up a fictional sketch of early Anglo/Australian history, in the end this, the first of a trilogy, is probably my last as the melodrama was a bit too melodramatic.

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So back to James Lee Burke who's written a crackling Civil War novel. The Battle of Shiloh is about to come crashing down on the hero's ass … Yikes!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 25 Mar 2018, 08:57

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