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A jolly good read?


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Nov 26, 2009
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As we seem to have lost the book thread in the great crash of 2010, i thought it might be an idea to kick it off again.

i've been down with flu (not a little sister) and started getting into my winter book stock.

Firstly, mega thanks to paddy and the brilliant squeeze. I read the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini a couple of days ago, excellent book, a very good read and a great insight into the troubled life of Afghans in the current long running saga.

many thanks chaps a warm welcome awaits you in the summer, or sooner.

Yesterday I started "I am Ozzy" by the great man himself, and i couldn't put it down.

it gave me any number of fits of coffee spitting hysterics, and caused a few unwanted breathless coughing fits too.

I know the guy and a few of the characters in his life story, as well as Aston and many of the venues he mentions, but he comes out with so many hillarious phrases, and episodes in his life, that he had me literally in tears.

How he is still alive has always been a bit of a mystery, but having read this, if i hadn't seen him on the telly, i wouldn't believe it.

Even if you don't like the guy, read the book , i haven't laughed so much in years. :icon_lol:
I've just finished Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, a quality read. Also enjoyed Tom Rob Smith's first two novels Child 44 and The Secret Speech.
I am a victim. I used to read every single day, without fail. Now I never have the time, and if I have the time I don't have the inclination - variations of the same excuse. I was thinking the same about music, I spend so much time listening to all the music I used to listen to that I don't spare the energy on what is new now. I am a victim of multi-channel TV, the internet, a career, a family, a victim.

I think the last book I read was on the history of the organisation of workplaces for my degree. There was no plot and the sex scenes were bland.

I must go down to Waterstones before they go bust.
I haven't bought a CD since about 2004. I've never downloaded anything.

I've made it a mission (as part of my recovery) to get into *someone* new this year. Even if it is all derivative shite.
I have just started reading some Alastair Reynolds sci-fi. Really interesting and good stuff. Trouble is, I am struggling to get time for novels lately as I am deeply immersed in the new Pathfinder roleplaying game and seem to spend most waking hours reading that or on here
Just finished " This Book will save your life" by A M Homes. Not bad, started slowly but got better
Started Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom before Christmas, need to get back to it.
Best book I've read recently- 'Think of a Number' by John Verdon.

Best book I've ever read- 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak. Absolutely essential reading IMO. If you don't weep with both sadness and joy then you have a heart made of stone. It will, in time, deservedly be seen as a classic along with such books as 'Of Mice and Men', '1984', 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', 'Catch 22' etc etc...
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Could I have a brief synopsis please? I am always interested in finding new authors and you are selling it rather well.
The best series I've ever read is Ian Rankin's Rebus. Unbelievably good.
with you on that - excellent stuff. the one based around the london bombs and G7 summit is a great book.
I do enjoy the Creasy series by A J Quinnell. Which includes Man On Fire.
Could I have a brief synopsis please? I am always interested in finding new authors and you are selling it rather well.


The Book Thief is about a young girl who is orphaned when her parents are taken to a concentration camp. She is taken to Munich where she is fostered by a family and the father teaches her to read. Through reading she finds redemption and the story centres around her relationship with the father, a Jewish man they hide from the Nazis and a young boy who wants to be Jesse Owens. Oh, and most of the story is narrated by Death, as in The Grim Reaper. It is about both the futility and the wonder of human nature and I've never laughed nor cried so much whilst reading a book ...I don't know anyone to whom I have recommended this book who hasn't loved it. It has been adapted to be a book for 'young adults', but truthfully, anyone should read it.
Sounds very interesting. I might look that up actually.
blimey. that sounds really intriguing. I shall pick it up off amazon and give it a go. thanks.
"They called it Passchendaele" by Lyn MacDonald, - A harrowing account of the blood bath that was the third battle of Ypres in 1917.