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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby pieces o'nine » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:55 am

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:
Roland Deschain wrote:what's wrong with Dickens?


His stuff was written for serial publication, and he was paid by the word. The result was that he would draw stuff out forever, never get to the point of a sentence, paragraph, chapter, or story. The first sentence of "Two Cities" runs on for a page and a bloody half. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was happy, it was sad; people were tall, people were short; the sun came up, the sun went down, the tide went in, the tide went out, and no one can explain that ..... GET TO THE BLOODY POINT ALREADY!!!! And that's one of his least offensive works. I couldn't manage to choke my way through Great Expectations, and I have a few others of his works that I can't bring myself to even try. Overrated rubbish, IMO.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:08 am

pieces o'nine wrote:
ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:
Roland Deschain wrote:what's wrong with Dickens?


His stuff was written for serial publication, and he was paid by the word. The result was that he would draw stuff out forever, never get to the point of a sentence, paragraph, chapter, or story. The first sentence of "Two Cities" runs on for a page and a bloody half. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was happy, it was sad; people were tall, people were short; the sun came up, the sun went down, the tide went in, the tide went out, and no one can explain that ..... GET TO THE BLOODY POINT ALREADY!!!! And that's one of his least offensive works. I couldn't manage to choke my way through Great Expectations, and I have a few others of his works that I can't bring myself to even try. Overrated rubbish, IMO.

FTFY :haha:

I came that close to putting that in there myself... :haha:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:57 am

"The Mind of God" by Paul Davies.... so far it mostly talks about the difference between the religious and the scientific visions of the world and the way quantum cosmology has given a satisfactory explanation of the creatin of the universe and the big bang without having to bring an omnipotent creator into the picture... It's interesting stuff, but I find it hasn't completely gripped me and my otherwise preoccupied mind, so I'm only reading about a page a day, and not even every day! :idiot: :blush:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:40 am

Is no one going to stand up for Charlie Dickens?

Right then...are you telling me that you didn't enjoy 'The Pickwick Papers' or 'A Christmas Carol'... :furious:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:53 pm

Christopher Brookmyre. Just about all of his work.

Having gotten bored with computer games in the last month or so (there's only so many times you can make pre-teens rage at you without it feeling samey) I've started reading properly again. Currently I've gotten through 2 de Xavias, a standalone and 2 and a bit Parlabanes. Disturbingly, I've read them in less than a week. At this rate I'll have read all of my Brookmyre's within a fortnight.

Incidentally Roy, did you say you knew Brookmyre? Several of your viewpoints are disturbingly similar to those expressed in his books (the most glaringly obvious one being the 'terrorists are wankers' bit). Were you by any chance the inspiration for Ray 'Larry the Drummer Boy' Ash? :idiot:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roland Deschain » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:03 pm

black bart wrote:Is no one going to stand up for Charlie Dickens?

Right then...are you telling me that you didn't enjoy 'The Pickwick Papers' or 'A Christmas Carol'... :furious:

I'd forgotten about this. I'm standing up for Charles! Both of those books are fantastic. I bet everyone who doesn't like Dickens buys their clothes at the toilet store!

Hmmm. Roy, you have me intrigued about this Brookmyre dude. I think I may check out a couple of his books some time soon.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:35 pm

Roy Hunter wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:Incidentally Roy, did you say you knew Brookmyre?
I am a friend of a friend, we have met a few times way back when, he once tried to kill me in a five-a-side match. Does that count?

Hmph. I was angling for a 'sure, I'll drag him to the pub for you to meet him ' but that'll do :haha:

Roland, if you can decipher printed Glaswegian then Brookmyre's books are excellent. I'd suggest starting with Quite Ugly One Morning (the first Parlabane) or A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away (the first de Xavia). You won't lose anything in the way of plot twists from reading them out of order but there's a bunch of references to earlier books that make them more satisfying in order. Plus ...Unsinkable Rubber Ducks is so much better when you know the main character's personality :haha:

Having said that, I read the third de Xavia first so it doesn't matter much :idiot:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roland Deschain » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:35 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Roland, if you can decipher printed Glaswegian then Brookmyre's books are excellent. I'd suggest starting with Quite Ugly One Morning (the first Parlabane)...

I can quite easily decipher written Glaswegian (I didn't need subtitles in Rab C Nesbitt, either*), as that title reminded me that I own the bloody book! I loved it! Plus I read and understood Trainspotting, which is nothing short of amazing. :scientist:

* Most of the time. :haha:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:08 pm

Roland Deschain wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:Roland, if you can decipher printed Glaswegian then Brookmyre's books are excellent. I'd suggest starting with Quite Ugly One Morning (the first Parlabane)...

I can quite easily decipher written Glaswegian (I didn't need subtitles in Rab C Nesbitt, either*), as that title reminded me that I own the bloody book! I loved it!

Excellent, the next few should be Country of the Blind, Boiling a Frog, Be My Enemy and Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks (I think that's the order, it's a bit hard to tell).

Country of the Blind is interesting, I didn't enjoy it that much as I was generally a bit angry and shouting at the pages in sympathy to appreciate the plot twists :idiot:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:11 am

I've finished that brilliant book about the House on Bankside and have just started re-reading 'Flashman and the Mountain of Light' which is appropriately set at the time of Queen Vic's Jubilee and concerns the Koh-i-Noor diamond.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Clifford » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:42 pm

Got a bit of Cities In Flight on the go ...

... a mighty fine tale, although if I told you the plot you would think I was high. The same goes for A Voyage To Arctarus, thinking about it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:31 pm

Started in on 1Q84.

Murakami's doing some good stuff, so far. There's a lot of symbolism, metaphors, and foreshadowing going, but not in a way that detracts from the plot.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

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Hi reedin Twylite. Es rubbish, dun bovver.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:59 am

Nef Yoo BlackBeard wrote:Hi reedin Twylite. Es rubbish, dun bovver.


Oye ye liddle blaggard...ye pinched it from me cabin!!!!
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