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Re: New now reading

Postby Deebank » 14 Jan 2019, 11:00

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Read that some years ago now and still have it on the bookcase - I was hugely impressed. I may read it again following this reminder.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Jan 2019, 12:53

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Read that some years ago now and still have it on the bookcase - I was hugely impressed. I may read it again following this reminder.

Cool, I was hoping so. It was a random Christmas present from my wife, and looks to be a proper doorstop of a novel. I normally quite like these historical settings, so long as they get the atmosphere and mood right.
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Re: New now reading

Postby caramba » 14 Jan 2019, 13:06

Deebank wrote:
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Read that some years ago now and still have it on the bookcase - I was hugely impressed. I may read it again following this reminder.


Excellent book. If you like that pastiche-type novels, you should really give Charles Palliser's Quincunx a go. At about 800 pages it's not only big, but very clever and addictive

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Jan 2019, 13:53

caramba wrote:Excellent book. If you like that pastiche-type novels, you should really give Charles Palliser's Quincunx a go. At about 800 pages it's not only big, but very clever and addictive

Sounds interesting, I've never heard of it, strangely. I hope it's not too clever (and smug about it, if you know what I mean), but it certainly sounds my kind of thing.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Deebank » 14 Jan 2019, 14:01

I think it reminded me - a bit - of John Fowles’s A Maggot but it’s been a while since I read either so probably mistaken.

Might read both again just to check!
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Re: New now reading

Postby caramba » 14 Jan 2019, 14:06

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caramba wrote:Excellent book. If you like that pastiche-type novels, you should really give Charles Palliser's Quincunx a go. At about 800 pages it's not only big, but very clever and addictive

Sounds interesting, I've never heard of it, strangely. I hope it's not too clever (and smug about it, if you know what I mean), but it certainly sounds my kind of thing.


Well worth a read - very Charles Dickens. If you like FIngerpost, you should love it.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 19 Jan 2019, 08:41

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It's halfway to being fully funded so please take a look and sign up if you fancy a copy of the book.

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Modernism in Metro-Land started as a website in 2011 and has grown to explore modernist buildings throughout suburban London. Inspired by John Betjeman’s Metro-Land (1973) television programme and the architectural books by Ian Nairn, the website examines the growth of the suburbs from the 1920s to the present day through its modernist designs. Featuring architects such as Charles Holden, Erno Goldfinger and Norman Foster, Modernism in Metro-Land also shows the development of modernist architecture in Britain from its introduction in the 1920s right up to the brink of the 21st century. As well as the website, Modernism in Metro-Land also hosts tours of the modernist stations of the Piccadilly and Central Lines, as well as being a fixture of the annual Open House London weekend with its Stanmore Art Deco house walking tour.

And, no, I'm not on commission.


I'm still not, but it's only 71% funded and I want my copy!

So.... take a look and see if it's something you'd be interested in.

I'd think John Coan and maybe The Modernist would be interested in it.


Well it's now fully funded and will be winging its way to me sometime soon(ish) :D
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 21 Jan 2019, 16:16

I’ve started reading the Beastie Boys book. It’s superb.
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Re: New now reading

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"Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law and My Life " by Peter Larson & Kristin Donnan.

A fabulous book about the discovery in the Badlands of South Dakota of the most complete T Rex so far (called "Sue" after the person that actually discovered her) and the battle through the courts with the land owner and the FBI (and other Govt bodies).

I saw the documentary recently and it really is an astonishing story - the book goes into much more detail about this particular find, and the history of T Rex discoveries and paleontology generally. It also gives a searing account of how 'the authorities' did their utmost to punish Larson and his team, to the extent that a prison sentence was served.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 22 Jan 2019, 09:40

Probably worth reading Robert Bakker's "The Dinosaur Heresies" too.

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Re: New now reading

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Toby wrote:Probably worth reading Robert Bakker's "The Dinosaur Heresies" too.


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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Jan 2019, 20:56

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Finally getting around to this, a year later than everyone else.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Deebank » 27 Jan 2019, 10:49

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Finally getting around to this, a year later than everyone else.


Made me feel very repressed and petit bourgeois :lol:
And if you have any great regard for Gen it might shift your axis a bit.
Despite her equivocating she does make him look like a total tool for much of the time and you really have to wonder why she put up with his nonsense for as long as she did - love is blind!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Jan 2019, 18:40

caramba wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:
caramba wrote:Excellent book. If you like that pastiche-type novels, you should really give Charles Palliser's Quincunx a go. At about 800 pages it's not only big, but very clever and addictive

Sounds interesting, I've never heard of it, strangely. I hope it's not too clever (and smug about it, if you know what I mean), but it certainly sounds my kind of thing.


Well worth a read - very Charles Dickens. If you like FIngerpost, you should love it.

I like this kind of thing so I've bought a copy.

It had better be good. :x

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20 pages in to the Barth, I'm completely hooked. My dad gave it to me for Christmas. I gather it's out of print; Amazon will "print-on-demand" if you can wait a few weeks - so Dad gave me his copy, a 40 year-old paperback and I've already torn the cover. :oops: Must source a different copy to read, pronto!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 Jan 2019, 09:32

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Finally getting around to this, a year later than everyone else.


Made me feel very repressed and petit bourgeois :lol:

The story of her early life mirrors mine quite a bit. Brought up in a northern town, struggled to get my naked pictures into the higher quality pornographic magazines. It's uncanny at times.
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Re: New now reading

Postby rorebhoy » 30 Jan 2019, 09:56

so far this year:

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Just how bad is that cover? Bit of an autobiog by numbers here - more endless wire than who's next

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The final part of Stuart Cosgrove's soul/human rights trilogy. Despite being a big Stax and Motown fan, I probably enjoyed this one the most. Lacking a huge music story to build the book around, he instead covers a lot of ground, in a lot of topics, to tell the story of 1969. While some pieces are left hanging, or seem to be shoe-horned in, it's a great read and like all good music books has you hunting down tunes

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End of Jan, but I think I've read my music book of the year. This is a beast of a book - hardback, 500 pages, weighs a ton. A collection of essays from the 2 remaining beastie boys told in their own voice, with pieces from others associated with them or their scene. While it's a great music book telling their story, and the guys describing their music, inspirations, general goofiness in life etc., it really stands out as a paean to Adam Yauch, and is a remarkable tribute to a friend. I'm gonna miss not reading it!

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Re: New now reading

Postby The North Yorks Moors » 30 Jan 2019, 11:05

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Some good stuff about Traffic and the Birmingham scene. Good have done with better proof reading and the chronology is a bit haphazard in places but enjoyable nonetheless. Dan Ropek's biography of Chris Wood is loads, loads better.

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Postby Jock » 02 Feb 2019, 17:18

Right folks. Looking for recommendations. Good books. Not to heavy, on American Civil War and Vietnam. All recommendations appreciated
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While i'm here. Reading this nowImage
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 03 Feb 2019, 03:11

Snarfyguy wrote:
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20 pages in to the Barth, I'm completely hooked. My dad gave it to me for Christmas. I gather it's out of print; Amazon will "print-on-demand" if you can wait a few weeks - so Dad gave me his copy, a 40 year-old paperback and I've already torn the cover. :oops: Must source a different copy to read, pronto!


I did the audio version and it was a grand story. Good value too. Seventy some hours of listening for one credit.
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