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Re: New now reading

Postby Fonz » 25 Mar 2018, 10:04

‘Blood Med’. Jason Webster

The next (4th) in his Max Camara series. Implausible in places, but a nice detective novel set in modern-day Valencia, dealing with civil unrest in the face of the financial crisis.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 25 Mar 2018, 11:36

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Jimmy Webb "Tunesmith".

I started this ages ago but got tied up with other stuff... came back to it this week and it's a fantastic read about the technical side of songwriting, with fabulous historical examples for every facet of the songwriting process. Carefully compiled, it strikes a nice middle line between the non-musician (me) and the accomplished musician/songwriter. And with some lovely humour too.

Highly recommended.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Positive Passion » 25 Mar 2018, 22:07

I have just finished Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It is not bad.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Mar 2018, 09:00

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First in a best-selling crime-fiction series set in Aberdeen. Not too bad, though it really overdoes its attempts at hard-bitten wit sometimes.
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A page turner, but I'm not really engrossed by it. In all honesty, crime fiction is a genre where one or two a year is more than enough for me.

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Postby Snarfyguy » 26 Mar 2018, 17:08

Very Stable Baron wrote: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.

Some big books are like that. Godel, Escher, Bach had a big effect on me when I was younger, but I couldn't really tell you why now. Probably just because it made me think.

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Found it in the laundry room. Pretty decent food/travel memoir.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 27 Mar 2018, 13:38

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I am downloading this 54 hour listen as I type. This is supposed to be Pynchon's most accessible book. I can't wait to get started!
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Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Mar 2018, 17:31

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I am downloading this 54 hour listen as I type. This is supposed to be Pynchon's most accessible book. I can't wait to get started!

I really enjoyed it. So much so that, because I didn't want it to be over, I stopped reading about 30 pages from the end. I've never done that before (or since).

Who's reading the audiobook?
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Postby harvey k-tel » 27 Mar 2018, 17:41

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Who's reading the audiobook?


Ringo Starr
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Re: New now reading

Postby Jimbo » 27 Mar 2018, 17:44

Snarfyguy wrote:
Jimbo wrote:
I am downloading this 54 hour listen as I type. This is supposed to be Pynchon's most accessible book. I can't wait to get started!

I really enjoyed it. So much so that, because I didn't want it to be over, I stopped reading about 30 pages from the end. I've never done that before (or since).

Who's reading the audiobook?


Everybody's favorite narrator, Dick Hill. :D :?

I am glad to hear you liked the book. Now I am really looking forward to start listening. My computer (the old grey mare) wouldn't take the 54 hours single download but it did take the optional seven 6-8 hour "bits". That's a lot of audio!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Mar 2018, 19:31

^^^ It's a pretty long book. Enjoy!
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 Mar 2018, 11:28

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Postby gash’s trollish obsession » 06 Apr 2018, 11:50

Debussy: A Painter in Sound review – a lasting impression

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Re: New now reading

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A really excellent read, discussing and explaining the inner workings of twelve businesses with a combined age of almost 5,000 years.
Fascinating to see what all of them have done to continue operating, and seeing off all manner of change and competition.
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Postby harvey k-tel » 06 Apr 2018, 15:29

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Utterly amazing.


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Postby Darkness_Fish » 06 Apr 2018, 21:16

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I've been on a rare not-reading thing this last week or so. Haven't really gotten much into this, as a result.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 08 Apr 2018, 18:04

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Re: New now reading

Postby harvey k-tel » 11 Apr 2018, 13:58

K wrote:This is brilliant.
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I've mentioned this before, but I've known Jeff for a long time, and he plays on my hockey team. He recently gave me a copy of one of his newer books, 'Roughneck', which I'd also highly recommend if you like the Essex County stuff.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 15 Apr 2018, 21:33

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I've never heard of Tom Robbins before, but this is one odd book, I only picked it up because it had a recommendation from Thomas Pynchon on the back. I mean, I don't like Pynchon, but his opinion might be worth listening to. The main plot appears to follow a newly-wed mismatched husband and wife as they travel across America in a winnebago modified to look like a turkey. The sub-plot appears to follow a spoon, a stick, a can of beans, and a sock, as they attempt to reach the Holy Land to restore a temple in honour of the Phoenician Goddess Astarte. So far it's half farce, half classics lesson.

Strangest thing I've read since that Cory Doctorow novel about a bloke whose parents were a washing machine and a mountain.
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Postby Graham Murakami » 15 Apr 2018, 22:26

Darkness_Fish wrote:Image

I've never heard of Tom Robbins before, but this is one odd book, I only picked it up because it had a recommendation from Thomas Pynchon on the back. I mean, I don't like Pynchon, but his opinion might be worth listening to. The main plot appears to follow a newly-wed mismatched husband and wife as they travel across America in a winnebago modified to look like a turkey. The sub-plot appears to follow a spoon, a stick, a can of beans, and a sock, as they attempt to reach the Holy Land to restore a temple in honour of the Phoenician Goddess Astarte. So far it's half farce, half classics lesson.

Strangest thing I've read since that Cory Doctorow novel about a bloke whose parents were a washing machine and a mountain.


Very like Pynchon! He was really popular about 25 years ago - there was even a film of one of the books - and some of them were great. The covers were quite stylish then; I'm not sure who designed the one above.