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Postby KaliBaby » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:38 pm

"Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee. Highly recommend it!
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Postby Konstantin » Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:38 pm

[quote="KaliBaby"]"Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee. Highly recommend it!


Yep, I read it a few years ago, I thought he had incredible insight into language as well as the central themes. And he's veggie and into Animal Rights.
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Postby emm7 » Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:59 am

"Lucy" by Jamaica Kincaid.
Read this book in one sitting, couldn't put it down.
Has given me a lot to think about, in terms of getting a deeper understanding of a person in my own past.
"she was my better half and I was just a dog"
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And some guy's trying to sell me a watch"
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Postby Konstantin » Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:12 pm

Luke Reinhart: "The Dice Man"
My hopes were high and I was disappointed.

"The Rightous Men" by Sam Bourne
Picked at random, loved it.
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Postby xChittyx » Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:01 am

Finished Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
Was quite a good read, enjoyed the novel as viginettes of seven different stories. Compelled me to pick up The Unbearable Lightness of Being today.
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Postby V VII Hero » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:42 am

The Alchemist - by Paulo Coelho
From Texas to Alaska, exploring the world.
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Postby Maggie_Muggins » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:13 pm

Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

Now I'm onto Naomi Klein's No Logo
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Postby stateofflux » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:25 pm

[quote="xChittyx"]Finished Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
Was quite a good read, enjoyed the novel as viginettes of seven different stories. Compelled me to pick up The Unbearable Lightness of Being today.


I loved both when I read them, especially the former. Life Is Elsewhere was also a good read.

Just read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I read half of it in one go, great fiction. Haven't read the Kite Runner though.
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Postby hardcore iv » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:01 am

Last few weeks have been full of reading.

Left hand of darkness - Ursula LeGuin
Catcher in the rye - J.D. Salinger
Swords of Corum - Michael Moorcock
Trick or treatment?: alternative medicine on trial - by Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst. This is an awesome book and puts the boot into all the dodgy "therapies" out there.
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Postby helmut » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:04 am

I did a fair bit of reading over christmas:

'The lovely bones' by Alice Sebold, very well written but I felt it didn't quite live up to the hype
'The Time Travellers Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger, good but a tad bit depressing. well written
'Arthur and George' by Julian Barnes - very interesting book based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes and a real life case that he was determined to solve.

I also read 'Post Secrets' and 'The Secrets of Men and Women' by Frank Warren - the 'Post Secret' project is amazing and the book, though not novels (both books are a sort of arty depiction of secrets and confessions sent in by readers) they are really gorgeous, tragic and heart warming.

A few months ago I read Virgina Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway' and 'To the Lighthouse' and Michael Cunningham's 'The Hours' (which was based on 'Mrs Dalloway') and they were all really excellent.

Currently have 'Roots of desire: the myth, meaning and sexual power of red hair' by Marion Roach and 'the female eunuch' by Germaine Greer on the go ;)
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Postby Hiking Fox » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:34 am

[quote="hardcore iv"]
Left hand of darkness - Ursula LeGuin


I love Ursula LeGuin. I really recommend 'The Disposessed'.

I've just finished reading a Charlie Chan anthology. Beautifully written, with flowing descriptions and great dialogue, but the mysteries were too easy for me to solve; maybe because I write, so can see the 'formula' underneath! The stories also each had the same kind of romantic subplot (slightly inept but well-meaning bloke fancies a smart, independent woman who eventually comes round and agrees to marry him) which was annoying.
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Postby skoptic » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:53 pm

Waterlog by Roger Deakin....

Can't wait till spring and I can start swimming in lakes and rivers again :-)
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Postby KC Masterpiece » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:07 am

[quote="helmut"]I also read 'Post Secrets'


Awesome book.

[quote="helmut"]Currently have 'Roots of desire: the myth, meaning and sexual power of red hair' by Marion Roach and 'the female eunuch' by Germaine Greer on the go ;)


I heard this was really good, too. It's been fairly popular for a few years now.

Has anyone finished Eating Animals, yet? My girlfriend is loving it and I am buried under school books :cry:
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Postby benzilla » Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:50 am

Animal Liberation - Peter Singer. :)
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Postby Konstantin » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:33 am

[quote="hardcore iv"]Trick or treatment?: alternative medicine on trial - by Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst. This is an awesome book and puts the boot into all the dodgy "therapies" out there.


Which ones are covered?
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