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Puppaz


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Posted Fri Oct 17th, 2008 4:54pm Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
Not sure if this is in the right place to post this, or if something similar has been posted before, if it has I apologise.

Just an idea to put down a few books that you love so much, that you wish other people would read them too, to share in the general joy of the experience

Probably a lot of us (including me) have far too many to list here, but I shall try to keep things to a minimum at least to start with...

Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees,
A delightful book full of witt, fairies, and cultural problems that still echo in our society today. Most in my mind because I've only recently read it, the book is a sort of awakening and a revolution of its characters and setting, from the extremes of staleness and the mundane, to the fantastical and musical, and then the ability to find balance. I guess thats why this book is important to me... I see alot of myself in its story.

Gormanghast by Mervyn Peake,
The first two books of the Gormaghast trilogy are fantastic, and the last is interestic, if different to the first. The characters are all memorable and the story witty and compelling, and the setting inside and out of the walls of Gormanghast, from Fuschias attic to the forests, are all explained in such a way that makes them real enough to touch. And ofcourse, there's the story of one of the best antiheros, Steerpike. A story full of plotting, madness and flawed but brilliant characters.

Ok ok I'll shut up now and see if anyone else wants to put anything up here.[/i]

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IdeaCollector


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Posted Fri Oct 17th, 2008 6:29pm Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
I have to recommend Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson. It is a brilliant read and I can't fully do it justice so I'll include a review of the book.

A gallery of grotesques slogs through the sewers of the entertainment industry toward redemption in this exhilarating debut novel from the host of The Late Late Show. Leading the pack are Fraser, a Scottish "phony TV evangelist... drunken, selfish media prick... gossip and sot" who has been disgraced in a sex scandal; his cancer-stricken boyhood pal, George; vapid sit-com star Leon; and Leon's 300-pound, sexually perverted Svengali brother, Saul. They make their separate but linked ways through a world populated by snake handlers, serial killers, dead-eyed whores and hack studio executives pushing formulaic action films, while they take hallucinatory side trips.

The sprawling tale, with plenty of Scottish backstory, casts a jaundiced eye on media debaucheries and petty vanities, throwing in miscellaneous riffs on everything from Starbuck's to escort ads, but Ferguson is particularly sharp—and funny—on Hollywood proper. For every satire of organized religion or a Vegas that's "as glitzy as a trailer park at Christmas," however, he delivers an injunction to "help others" or an ode to Paris in springtime that somehow sounds fresh. The result is a tour de force of cynical humor and poignant reverie, a caustic yet ebullient picaresque that approaches the sacred by way of the profane. (Apr. 10)

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I used to be EternalStudent on these forums until the switch over. So don't get excited..I'm not someone new and exciting. I'm just me :P

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TheElephant


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Posted Fri Oct 17th, 2008 9:38pm Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
My nomination would have to be Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.

It's the only book I've ever read more than twice, and I just find that there's something about it that leaves me more prepared to face the world outside when I've finished it. It's a novel, that feels like a novel, but has the similar effects to a self help book.


I read Gormenghast years ago, and it was one of the slowest things I'd ever read, but once it got a hold, you couldn't escape. Fairly sure I ended up reqading the whole trilogy.

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QiScorpion


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Posted Sun Oct 19th, 2008 10:40pm Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
i would recommend The Kite Runner to all and sundry because it is simply wonderful. Emotional, almost heartbreaking, it's just a wonderful book.

If you liked the DaVinci Code, then "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown offers a less controversial, but far more thrilling read.

Anything by Jeffrey Deaver is also good, but James Patterson is slightly better for speed of reading - if you want to enjoy and savour the crime thriller, go for Deaver; if you prefer blistering pace, go for James Patterson because his chapters are minute - you can read a James Patterson book in about a day if you're a proficient reader.

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is not a book i have finished, but i've started it and it is thus far whimsical - not laugh out loud funny - but mildly bemusing and interesting.

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Nitro


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Posted Mon Oct 20th, 2008 5:27am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
Towing Jehovah - James Morrow. Superb and rather funny fiction.

The Conquest of A Continent..Siberia and the Russians - W.Bruce Lincoln. I really enjoyed this book. All of the topics and influences were and still are mind boggling for me.

Angels In The Whirlwind - Benson Bobrick. A, I think, very well researched and strong presentation of the many influences on the American Revolution. The author doesn't bog the reader down in too many subtle details or spend too much time on any one personality, but doesn't condescend with too few details either.

Longitude - Dava Sobel.

The Bugatti Queen - Miranda Seymour. Wildly interesting biography on one womans love of racing cars, among other things.

Heloise & Abelard - James Burge

The Male Nude - David Laddick..I don't consider this a particularly 'strong' work because the subject in a historical context could have certainly used much more research and reporting on it than the author did. It's also a bit too heavily slanted with a kind of bias which is part of the problem of the male nude having been relegated to further obscurity, derision, and homophobic contempt. Still, there's at least enough to, perhaps, motivate a reader to find better works on the topic. I've not found any yet myself so if you know, do tell.

Over The Edge of the World - Laurence Bergreen. The author traveled back and forth to Spain to have new logs, diaries, accounts etc translated to English from Spanish and Portugese in one of many efforts to write this book. I don't think another historian had touched this story for over 80 years so some new insights are available on one heck of a journey by Magellan, by any account.

Really? Wow.

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Soupy Twist


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Posted Mon Oct 20th, 2008 8:55am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
Like QI scorpion I'd also recommend Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday - it's as unusual and idiosynchratic as the title suggests.

- Patrick Gale, Notes from an Exhibition: Narrates the life of a gifted artist who suffers from bipolar disorder and how her condition affected her and her family. Beautiful.

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fryfan20


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Posted Wed Oct 22nd, 2008 1:57am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
The Book Thief from Markus Zusak, had my in tears really beautiful

I am what I am

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Anonymous


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Posted Wed Oct 22nd, 2008 2:08am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
I would recommend Wild Swans by Jung Chang I just couldn't put it down. I also love Garth Nix's Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.

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WhyGenTom


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Posted Wed Oct 22nd, 2008 6:58am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
I'm not really a book kind of person, for whatever reason they never seem to captivate me but I was completely blown away by 'Age of Spiritual Machines' by Ray Kurzweil. A futurealist's interpritation on the theory that if humanity can create something smarter than itself, what's to stop us making what will eventually destroy us. It's kind of a mix of a complete horror scenario, with science and total sci-fi... hard to explain, but I'd like to meet anyone who could read it and not be perplexed by it.

I'm sure if the geniouses of the world read it, the planet would be a safer place =] lol.

- Tom

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Nitro


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Posted Thu Oct 23rd, 2008 5:58am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
GenTom, thank you for bringing that book up. I'd like to ditto your recommendation and also because he presents so many really scientifically intense topics in a manner that makes them easier to grasp and ponder. I wore that book out to the point the cover eventually fell off lol

One other book that might be of interest for any fans of Moby Dick, or history in general, is the true account of the story Melville used as inspiration for his fiction. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. It's about the awful, relentlessly brutal experience of the Whaleship Essex and her crew.

Really? Wow.

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WhyGenTom


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Posted Thu Oct 23rd, 2008 6:05am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
GenTom, thank you for bringing that book up. I'd like to ditto your recommendation and also because he presents so many really scientifically intense topics in a manner that makes them easier to grasp and ponder. I wore that book out to the point the cover eventually fell off lol

I really didn't find it easy to grasp haha.. His theory is intensely fascinating and not totally unbuyable, however what inspired me more was how a human beings mind could come up with something so fabricated and genious at the same time. I didn't know it was so well known, either that or it's a very happy coincidence we've both read it

Incidently I only got into the book because of a Canadian rock band - Our Lady Peace - using it as inspiration for their album 'Spiritual Machines', which is an album very much on the same level when it comes to the enigma of it.

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Nitro


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Posted Thu Oct 23rd, 2008 6:22am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
You've got me there: maybe 'easy to grasp' is understating things a bit lol How about 'easier'?

I thought the point about a reactionary, neo-Luddite movement possibly sprouting up was pretty amusing but kind of think it's already here or at least starting. And I might be a waffling member at times myself come to think of it.

Computers evolving, like nature has, through adaptation can be seen a little bit in robots having been built that 'learn' their environment and respond to it ( and that's not very new anymore ). It's been a few years since I read the book and can't recall though if he spoke about the possibiltity of us royally screwing things up on his timeline and how that might impact some of the predictions he was making.

As for the book being popular or not, I don't know either. I did try to encourage a friend or two to read it but after leafing through the index they'd toss it back on the table with a little eye rolling to boot, so I gave up. Maybe you'll have better luck

Really? Wow.

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WhyGenTom


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Posted Thu Oct 23rd, 2008 6:36am Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
One bit that particulary got me in the book was his analysis of death...

Take death for example, a great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it, we make extraordinary efforts to delay it, and often consider its intrusion a tragic event. Yet we'd find it hard to live without, death gives meaning to our lives, gives importance and value into time. Time would be meaningless if there was too much of it. If death were indefinately put off the human psyche would become like the gambler in the twighlight zone episode.

... I didn't even have to look that up haha.

I had the same problem as it doesn't really fit into a genre, as sci-fi like as it seems on the outset... it's most of a futurealists interpritation of things to come I suppose. 2029 was the year he set as our d-day so we'll see won't we haha

- Tom xx

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Nitro


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Posted Sat Oct 25th, 2008 10:43pm Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
A friend of mine sent me this link and it comes on the heels of having mentioned the story about Abelard and Heloise here. BTW, this is a story I'd venture to guess many of my fellow citizens don't know about perhaps as much as Europeans possibly do.

So I clicked on this http://www.abelardandheloise.com/Intro.html and was initially surprised, but when I realized they'd turned these two peoples stories into a musical I felt a little sick. I don't like musicals,( I can think of two I found only tolerable ), and the part of this site that tries to introduce their story skipped some details I'd think important ( e.g. instead of poor Abelard having been brutally castrated, they just say he was 'attacked' and sort of gloss on over it ). If anyone sees or has seen this musical, please tell me, no matter how much you may have to lie, that they do a fantastic job of it.

James Burge's book, of the two, is the one I'd recommend though and yes, I'm very biased X-D

Really? Wow.

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Queen Marge


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Posted Fri Oct 31st, 2008 2:35pm Post subject: A book you would like everyone else to read
I recommend anything by Nicole de Buron, and Agnes Abecassis. Both very funny French writers.

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