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What was the last book you read?

Postby xcon » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:15 am

Mine was "Kristians Teenage Years" by Juha Vuorinen.
Juha Vuorinen has written the "Drunkards diaries" which are some kind of cult literature in Finland.
Just basically idiot humour.

Before that I read, Nikki Sixx's Heroine Diaries and Deborah Spungen's Nancy.
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Postby dukduk » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:54 am

Over the last year I alternated reading the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series with other novels. Those were really great fun.

The last alternate novel I abandoned after about 100 drawn-out pages was Thomas Pynchon's "V". Before that I had read White Noise by Don DeLillo.
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Postby tempehmomma » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:28 am

Super Squats

The Weightlifting Encyclopedia
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Postby dublin dave » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:02 pm

I chose to climb.

Chris Bonnington.
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Postby xzebrasx » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:22 pm

"Downsize This!" by Michael Moore. Kinda cheesy and shalow (no deep insights as to why certain things are happening, just a bunch of "liberal complaints"), with several noteworthy exceptions, but I didn't really expect it to be any better. Read it just to know exactly what kind of stuff this guy puts out.
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Postby emm7 » Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:27 pm

just finished reading 'The Captive' by Colette.
This book just really struck a chord with me.
Psychologically very detailed, accurate and insightful.
Level of details and observation in the book, as relates to the characters, is superb, characters are very three-dimensional and well drawn.
Settings and historical context very interesting.
Loved the limited scale of the book, just four characters and a few settings, felt quite claustrophobic which fits with all the themes of the book.
Some very lyrical and astute writing about the psychology of love without ever becoming mawkish or sentimental.
Some good plot twists and turns.
Complex characters, felt very real.
Main male protagonist is excellently drawn, he is abusive towards one of the female characters physically but treats the main female character very differently, that side is still there but surfaces in these forms, verbal (silent treatment and rows), jealousy, wants to control who that character can see and where she can go, yet his good and attractive and tender side is also shown, he flips between the two.
Main female character is also a great mixture of cattiness, vulnerability, isolation, bit of a joker, a loner, coldness and calculation, and wariness, and arrogance! She also changes a lot. I started off initially in sympathy with her and then started to dislike her because she was very self-absorbed and didn't have much empathy, however felt sad for her at the end.
Each character is a complicated mixture of good and bad , sophisticated characterization, which I liked very much.
You don't know what to think about each character, your view keeps shifting all the time which I liked too.
Think the book must draw on Colette's experience, she was married several times and some of her husbands treated her badly!
Want to read more Colette now definitely, next visit to the bookshop I get I will be on the lookout!
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Postby puppydog » Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:26 pm

just finished survivor by chuck palhaniuk
Arf! Arf! Grrrr! Arf!
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Postby hoffmeister » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:03 am

İnce Memed II; They Burn the Thistles (1972) by Yaser Kemal.

Really good book, though I liked the first better.
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Postby Rochellita » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:06 am

hoffmeister wrote:İnce Memed II; They Burn the Thistles (1972) by Yaser Kemal.

Really good book, though I liked the first better.


It sounds interesting, will check it out.

You are all so intellectual. I've just been reading pulp in the form of Kathy Reichs for the past couple of months.
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Postby spanna » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:11 am

Lonely planet South east asia!!!

i just liek the pictures:)
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Postby spanna » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:12 am

omar tan wrote:just finished survivor by chuck palhaniuk


awesome!! one of his best!
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Postby bronco » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:15 am

.flux wrote:You are all so intellectual. I've just been reading pulp in the form of Kathy Reichs for the past couple of months.

Or it could be that people only post when they read something intellectual :) . I just finished 'Skorpion' (original title 'Black Man') by Richard Morgan.
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Postby JohnBarleycorn » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:58 am

The Subterraneans, by Jack Kerouac.
I eat to nourish my compassion, not my greed

I'm the man they couldn't kill ! I cannot be destroyed with conventional weapons !

And probably the former fastest British Vegan 10, 25 and 50 mile TT rider. Probably.
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Postby Carin » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:58 am

bronco wrote:
.flux wrote:You are all so intellectual. I've just been reading pulp in the form of Kathy Reichs for the past couple of months.

Or it could be that people only post when they read something intellectual :) . I just finished 'Skorpion' (original title 'Black Man') by Richard Morgan.


Yes I think so. I'am just reading a book; Phantoms in the brain but my next book wil be Moomin. Hm yes that Swedisch kidsbook. Just bought the Englsich version in Sweden.
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Postby Rochellita » Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:09 am

bronco wrote:
.flux wrote:You are all so intellectual. I've just been reading pulp in the form of Kathy Reichs for the past couple of months.

Or it could be that people only post when they read something intellectual :)


Probably, and I didn't mention the books I HAVE to read as part of my studies.
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