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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 18:29 
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That reminds me, I finished On Roads, by Joe Moran last week. .


Thanks for this. Just finished it. Fascinating stuff and a great follow-on from the railway book.

It reminded me of a BBC Four documentary from a few years ago, 'The Secret Life of the Motorway', which I've always considered to be one of the most esoteric yet gripping things the channel's ever shown.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 19:00 
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I fucking loved that motorway documentary. So fascinating


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 23:25 
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Ooh ta, I'll see if I can find it on BoB. The book was strangely interesting - if you'd told me that I'd be looking up service stations to see what they looked like, I'd not have believed you. But I did.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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It's an incredibly disturbing book.



3/4 of the way through and..just...Crikey.



I really enjoyed it. It's superb.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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'Landscapes of Communism' by Owen Hatherley. Fascinating look at architecture, historical memory, and meaning in countries of the former Eastern bloc.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Not a book but a short story recommendation

http://www.vqronline.org/fiction/2016/03/cookie-jar

The Cookie-jar by Stephen King

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 15:00 
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Not a book but a short story recommendation

http://www.vqronline.org/fiction/2016/03/cookie-jar

The Cookie-jar by Stephen King

Good read. I find King's short stories to be very different to his novels. No desperate need to add a conclusion


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 15:06 
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Has Qvouwth or whatever his name is got a 3rd book yet?

Kvothe? Patrick Rothfuss's books? Yeah, he really needs to get on with it.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Went onto the local library service's website today and reserved every single entry on the Booker shortlist so that I can finally start my New Year challenge! If nobody returns a book by next month, I might have to actually buy one or two of them.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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New Jilly Cooper book out today!

The last of the Rutshire Chronicals (Wicked) wasn't very good, so hopefully this will be better. It's about horses, which is a good start.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I finished The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson the other day. I enjoyed it although I must admit I almost lost interest half way through then it went 8) and drew me back in.

Quite Lovecraftian in a way (and I believe H.P.L. was a fan of his) crazy to think it was written in 1908.

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Just finished 'Stilleto', the second book of the Chequy Files, which are rather fun to read. The first book is called 'The Rook'.

It's a fairly familiar trope of there being a supernatural government agency that defends the country from weird threats, but it's done really well. The writing isn't always superlative prose, but it does action and intrigue very well, and the imagination going into the characters is superb.

Now reading 'The Girl With All The Gifts', as it is popular and about to be a big film and is written by Mike Carey who has done some great books (and comics) before.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Now reading 'The Girl With All The Gifts', as it is popular and about to be a big film and is written by Mike Carey who has done some great books (and comics) before.

A woman that Joans works with lent me this saying it was a bit weird, I quite liked it. I didn't realise it was going to be a film, that could be interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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A film partially filmed in the old Hanley bus station, fact fans. Cos when you want post apocalyptic, go to Stoke-on-Trent!


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I assumed it would be odd given that his last series of books were about an exorcist who used a tin whistle for his exorcisms (and they were good, too).

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Oh, is that the zombie girl? Didn't like it. They should have shot her in the face in the first ten seconds and were properly stupid for not doing so.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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A film partially filmed in the old Hanley bus station, fact fans. Cos when you want post apocalyptic, go to Stoke-on-Trent!

Says it all. I feel like a survivor having got out!

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Went onto the local library service's website today and reserved every single entry on the Booker shortlist so that I can finally start my New Year challenge! If nobody returns a book by next month, I might have to actually buy one or two of them.


Finished Paul Beatty's 'The Sell-Out'. Some laugh-out-load parts and many brilliantly worded ramblings but once you get past the humour and the whole shock value* the thing gets wrapped up pretty quickly. Some of the humour relies on detailed knowledge of American culture so I probably missed out on some of it. I'd never heard of the little rascals, for instance. I'll probably re-read it, or at least dip into it to relish and savour the author's turn of phrase.

Now to start the second book on the shortlist: Szalzy's 'All that man is'.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Now to start the second book on the shortlist: Szalzy's 'All that man is'.


Read the first two sections (around 100 pages so far) last night. Really enjoyed the first two stories - looking forward to reading more of it and seeing how they intertwine.

The first one is about a couple of A-level students interrailing and brought back many memories of the joys and stresses of young adulthood and doing such trips. The second one, about a crappy package holiday that turns out well (by his standards) for the protagonist was pretty charming too.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Finished the Szalay. I really liked this one. Each of the nine stories is about a man at a different stage in life, from adolescence to old age, and all seem to be after something they might not be able to achieve whilst pondering about what the point of life is. Most stories seem to fade out rather than have a definite ending, and in a way that matches the novel's themes of the short and momentary nature of life. I'll have to re-read it at some point to see what it tells me about being male in the 21st century. My only qualm is that the author's repeated references to contemporary websites, gadgets, books, and other things might date it a bit too quickly.

Next up: Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Clearly you have forgotten that there's a new Jilly Cooper out.

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Clearly you have forgotten that there's a new Jilly Cooper out.


What was wrong with the old Jilly Cooper?


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Clearly you have forgotten that there's a new Jilly Cooper out.

What was wrong with the old Jilly Cooper?

She wrote about a school and it wasn't very good.

Also she wouldn't stop using the word "rugger".

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Do you actually tead Gilly Cooper novels, Grim...?

Isn't she the one who writes about horses a lot, and sex? Isn't her writing aimed at 50 yr old women?

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Yup. Yup. Yup.

I've nearly finished the new one. There's not really any sex in it, but that's okay.

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Haha, that's brill. I love odd little nuggets of personality like that.

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odd little nuggets

Plenty in here.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Booker challenge update: finished 'Eileen'.

In 1960s America a young woman living with a drunk abusive father and working in a borstal plots her escape. It was rather miserable throughout and the Hitchcock-esque denouement felt more like a frantic tying up of loose ends rather than a key piece of character development. 73%.

Next up: Thien's 'Do not say we have nothing'.


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Booker challenge update: I read Deborah Levy's 'Hot Milk' when I was away. It's about a young woman trapped in a crappy Spanish resort caring for her demanding and hypochondriac mother. It really grew on me and I enjoyed the side characters, the narrative voice, and the various ailments the mother was having. As with most literary fiction, I think I'm going to have to return to it to start peeling away its various layers, especially the unattributed monologues from characters at the start of each chapter. I won't begrudge going back to it (but it's about to go overdue at the library so perhaps not now).

So, four and a half down, one and a half to go (I'm struggling through 'Do not say we have nothing').


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