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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 12 Oct 2017, 16:56

^ I'd like to see that. "Only on netflix" - does that mean... yes, I suppose it does.

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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby hippopotamus » 14 Oct 2017, 22:07

I got this as an audiobook yesterday because so many people had recommended it to me

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It's not, by any means, great literature... but I can hardly complain too much as i'm 10 chapters in already.
It's also as if someone was narrating my life. It's a bit eerie. It also fascinates me that this is something people would like to read about... it's Exactly my life, and several of the anecdotes have actually happened to me almost verbatim. I do think it's a worthwhile thing to have published with the intention of giving people a very honest look into the inner workings of the NHS. I guess people don't really know how it works. I'm considering making all my friends and family read it so that they finally understand what I'm talking about all the time

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I'm reading another book that looks exactly like this, and thereofre is a little bit less portable, but more real.

IT's a memoir of J M Barrie, originally published just for friends and family. I absolutely love it. I absolutely love him.
It's such a lovely thing.

Each chapter begins with one of his earlier articles he published as a free-lance journalist, and then finishes with how he came to write it, where he was in life when he wrote it, and what it was like to be so full of ambition, young and eager to please.

The books aren't Entirely dissimilar, I notice on reflection... though written about an age more than 100 years apart.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Copehead » 14 Oct 2017, 22:19

Just finished: How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb
Very funny and quite heartbreaking in places, the story of how he grew up in rural Lincolnshire and his thoughts on masculinity and patriarchy.

He imagines the construct of British masculinity as Frankenstein's monster that has Herr Doktor bent over and is fucking him while the good Doktor says " I'm OK, honestly I'm fine"
You've rendered that scaffolding dangerous

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 15 Oct 2017, 07:16

^^^ Might have to skip that one.

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Barrel of laughs, as you might imagine.
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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 15 Oct 2017, 13:15

Fisher was a fine writer, his other books are very worthwhile.
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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 18 Oct 2017, 11:07

Diamond Dog wrote:RIP Jake. A tough, tough, tough man. A man you really didn't want to get into a street brawl with.


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Re: New now reading

Postby PENK » 18 Oct 2017, 11:11

kewl klive wrote:https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/17/man-booker-prize-2017-second-american-author-george-saunders-lincoln-in-the-bardo

Yay!


I read it over the weekend, a splendid book.

A tad short though, for a Booker winner? Its 300-odd pages are really only about 100 given that there is so much blank space (it's laid out as a series of quotations and citations).
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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 18 Oct 2017, 11:17

It took me a while to get into it. The audiobook is really good too, a cast of thousands

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/george-sa ... audiobook/

Pastoralia blew my mind.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 18 Oct 2017, 11:52

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Pah, forget the booker, some of us only read Nobel prize winners. *Picks up Dylan album liner notes, looks puzzled*
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 20 Oct 2017, 03:46

I'm reading 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' by Katherine Boo. I hadn't intended to buy it but they didn't have the book I wanted. It's drop dead wonderful.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Deebank » 20 Oct 2017, 09:38

I got this because it looked interesting rather than because I'm a fan of his music as such...

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The first half is about his music career (which is OK although given the subtitle I expected more nerdy info about analogue synthesisers) while the second reveals that TD invented music over the internet (as well as auto-tune!) and facilitated the Nokia waltz with the various technologies he developed.

It's not as interesting as it sounds.

This was better...

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Allan Jones revists his 'greatest hits' plenty of top notch anecdotery.

I like Johnny Marr - he is a brilliant guitarist and always seemed like a good guy (ripping off band mates notwithstanding) but I am really starting to tire of his 'voice' in this...

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Perhaps it's because I don't have much sympathy with the idea that Modest Mouse are the best band he's ever been in (perhaps he said the most fun he ever had in a band which is different to be fair). I'm finding the last part of this biog to be a slog.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 20 Oct 2017, 12:35

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I don't know how many of you are familiar with Baker's writing, but he specializes in the minutiae of daily life. This is, as I'm about a third of the way through, one of his best that I've read.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 20 Oct 2017, 16:19

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Much better than I expected. A rear page turner.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 Oct 2017, 16:51

Darryl Strawberry wrote:A rear page turner.

You only read the end? Or the last page was upside down?
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 20 Oct 2017, 18:14

Darkness_Fish wrote:
Darryl Strawberry wrote:A rear page turner.

You only read the end? Or the last page was upside down?

:lol:

Which reminds me. I recently read I Am Legend and the last 10 pages were missing :x
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 Oct 2017, 20:28

I guess it was rebranded as a 'suspense' thriller...
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 24 Oct 2017, 09:34

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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 25 Oct 2017, 15:40

A comedian called Samantha bee wrote:I'm reading 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' by Katherine Boo. I hadn't intended to buy it but they didn't have the book I wanted. It's drop dead wonderful.


I finished this gorgeous book last night. I sincerely recommend it. It's quite something.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 25 Oct 2017, 15:54

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Just started this audio tonight at the gym. It's part two in a 1920s, family feud, gangsters, cops and politics drama that so far is eminently listenable and compelling.

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I started this but then returned it because while I like red neck-y, hillbilly, backwoods stories, these characters were just too fucked up to be believable.
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