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Post by Pious the chosen » Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:08 pm

I decided while the world cup was running I would select a book to read during this trying time of year. I selected:
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Now I have yet to see the series, so I thought I'd read the book first and nitpick the show after (thats always fun). Only a few chapters in as work has been more tiring than I would have liked lately, its alright if a tad generic so far.


Other books I'm reading:

Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
Dr No - Ian Fleming
Lost At Sea - Jon Ronson
The Stand - Stephen King
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Post by shinymcshine » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:05 pm

I don't read much fiction, but now and again stray towards the popcorn romp that is a Dan Brown novel, so currently 2/3 rds of the way into Inferno.

It's exactly like his other books, now familiar twists and turns, with pacy chapters, implausability, conspiricy theory, hokum, and a bit of art/history appreciation, but I find them a reasonable, unchallenging, read, the literary equivalent of a sunday afternoon action movie.

Perhaps there is a gaming connection too in that I've actually got a hankering to play Dante's Inferno now...... (although maybe time would be better spent reading Dante's Divine Comedy instead)

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Post by merman » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:44 pm

Clive Cussler - White Death

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Post by samps82 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:02 pm

Not really sure why but decided to read Dracula by Bram Stoker. I am genuinely shocked at how good this book was. I know it is a classic but there are not many things considered classics that stand the test of time. I was mainly in shock thinking what an absolute genius this man was. This book has defined horror and still is brilliant today. I can't imagine how at must have been received but for a book that is now over 100 years old it is a great read.

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Re: The 'what book are you reading' thread.

Post by Blakey » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:47 pm

Just read Ian Poulter's Autobiography, No Limits, it was alright.
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Post by shinymcshine » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:47 pm

samps82 wrote:Not really sure why but decided to read Dracula by Bram Stoker. I am genuinely shocked at how good this book was. I know it is a classic but there are not many things considered classics that stand the test of time. I was mainly in shock thinking what an absolute genius this man was. This book has defined horror and still is brilliant today. I can't imagine how at must have been received but for a book that is now over 100 years old it is a great read.

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Great book, but I can't believe that no-one has actually bothered to make a decent film of it so far, despite numerous attempts.

I also enjoyed reading Stoker's "Jewel of the Seven Stars" which is an Egyptian themed horror.

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Re: The 'what book are you reading' thread.

Post by samps82 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:18 pm

Will look that one up. Is the Gary oldman Dracula film no good?
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Post by Pious the chosen » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:16 pm

samps82 wrote:Will look that one up. Is the Gary oldman Dracula film no good?

...No.
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Post by shinymcshine » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:40 am

Pious the chosen wrote:
samps82 wrote:Will look that one up. Is the Gary oldman Dracula film no good?

...No.
Ken Russell's 1988 loose interpretation of Stoker's "Lair of the White Worm" offers a curiously 'better' experience, not at least for early appearances of Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi, not to forgotting appearances by Amanda Donohoe and Catherine Oxenburg too.

I remember being quite excited by the prospect of the 1992 "Bram Stoker's Dracula" film, since it was released only a few months after I'd first read the book, but was deeply unimpressed by its degree of interpretation/adaptation - don't recall ever rewatching it since I saw it the cinema.

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Re: The 'what book are you reading' thread.

Post by Pious the chosen » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:08 pm

So.. no one else has read anything since October, eh?

I abandoned Game of Thrones Bk.1, more or less at the midpoint. No real reason I just didn't really feel the urge to return to it. Same with Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, a non-fiction book that did seem to drag.


True Grit by Bear Grylls

After reading his autobiography some time ago, I decided to give the most recent book a try after a browse in WHSmiths. It's a really good read, Bear recounts the life stories of those who influenced him and displayed the absolute limit of human bravery and endurance (in some cases to an insane degree). If you know the stories of people such as Ernest Shackleton, Louis Zamperini, Scott of the Antarctic or Aron Ralston, then this probably isn't the book for you. Otherwise if you find enjoyment in reading about real life adventurers, as I do, I can't recommend this enough. 9/10

Still to finish...
Dr No - Ian Fleming
Lost At Sea - Jon Ronson
The Stand - Stephen King
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Re: The 'what book are you reading' thread.

Post by maf-me-quick » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:50 pm

Didn't that guy get proven to be a fraud?

Also I'm assuming Playboy doesn't count for this thread?
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Re: The 'what book are you reading' thread.

Post by retro74 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:25 pm

I'm reading The Games that Changed the Game

It's about the evolution of the NFL by looking at the tactics used in 7 games that made the sport what it is today

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