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  • GoatApocalypse 25 Aug 2018 12:19:07 4,941 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Which translation?
    A cheap, out-of-copyright one.
  • GoatApocalypse 12 Sep 2018 07:46:54 4,941 posts
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    Had to sack Crime & Punishment off - will go back in for a proper translation at some point.

    Reading Stephen King's It for the first time since I was 13 - I understand it better now and, as a consequence, I find it much scarier.
  • Tonka 12 Sep 2018 08:01:45 28,767 posts
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    I tried to read Candide but despite it being breezy and short I couldn't finish it. Found it too twee.
  • Dougs 12 Sep 2018 08:10:59 87,395 posts
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    GoatApocalypse wrote:


    Reading Stephen King's It for the first time since I was 13 - I understand it better now and, as a consequence, I find it much scarier.
    I am reading The Stand for the first time. One of his classics that I never got round to. It's pretty good, can see why it is loved. Not his best in my view, but he creates great characters that you care about.
  • Tonka 12 Sep 2018 09:05:43 28,767 posts
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    What ever happened to the re-shooting of The Stand? I have the DVD's somewhere (some one borrowed them and they disappeared ...) and I really like the old TV-show. But it is awfully cheesy as well.
  • Dougs 12 Sep 2018 09:15:24 87,395 posts
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    Yeah, I plan to dig that out. My wife loves it... A couple of mates said it was the worst tv series they'd ever seen! Different strokes..
  • nickthegun 12 Sep 2018 09:16:58 75,881 posts
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    Speaking of The Stand, I Just finished 'The Fireman' by Joe Hill and it continued his unbroken streak of books that I've really enjoyed. He's become a 'must read' author in the same way his dad was for me as a teenager.

    I read a few reviews saying that this was his The Stand but it isn't really. Its less grand but more focussed and the good and 'evil' come from very different places.


    Still, if you want an apocalypse story, this will do you fine.
  • nickthegun 12 Sep 2018 09:17:25 75,881 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Yeah, I plan to dig that out. My wife loves it... A couple of mates said it was the worst tv series they'd ever seen! Different strokes..
    Its better than the golden years. that sucked ass
  • elstoof 12 Sep 2018 09:23:31 21,964 posts
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    Itís spelled Diffírent isnít it?
  • Gunzberg 12 Sep 2018 11:12:57 2,638 posts
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    The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

    One of the top five books I have ever read in my life.
  • Dougs 12 Sep 2018 12:53:32 87,395 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Itís spelled Diffírent isnít it?
    Spelled or spelt?
  • elstoof 12 Sep 2018 13:25:17 21,964 posts
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    Spelt flour or flower?
  • JonFE 12 Sep 2018 13:26:42 1,872 posts
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    GoatApocalypse wrote:
    Reading Stephen King's It for the first time since I was 13 - I understand it better now and, as a consequence, I find it much scarier.
    I'm reading that too! I'm still less than a third in, but as usual, I love King's writing, even when he wanders off, setting up parallel stories and building up less significant characters :)

    Also, having watched the recent movie, I enjoy identifying what was kept intact and what was adapted to the screen; I'm sure, in the end I'll look forward to the second part of the movie as well...
  • RichDC 1 Oct 2018 19:05:50 7,991 posts
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    The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken

    A fantastic anonymous account of our barely functioning justice system. The author is ruthless in exposing all the faults from the top to the bottom on both sides within the court room. It is humorous and tragic (often at the same time), incredibly interesting and at times utterly terrifying (see the chapters on wrongful convictions and not having access to legal aid/the Innocence Tax)!

    As well as detailing the problems, the book provides an excellent explanation of how our justice system works, from the initial complaint all the way through to the court of appeal which is incredibly interesting. All of a sudden, a lot of those bizarre court decisions you read about make sense.

    Anyone who has an interest in the justice system should read this book, and everyone should have an interest as this book expertly points out.

    10/10

    Edited by RichDC at 19:08:10 01-10-2018
  • CrispyLog 2 Oct 2018 16:30:38 123 posts
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    @RichDC

    Brilliant. Got it from Costco last week as had my eye on it and it was the hardback for about £8. Have to wait until Christmas for it though.
  • Tonka 2 Oct 2018 19:43:12 28,767 posts
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    The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin

    Fantastic! If you're into fantasy, you have to read the Broken earth series. (This is part two of three)

    Not much to add really. Just read them.
  • RichDC 2 Oct 2018 19:54:41 7,991 posts
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    @CrispyLog Can't you just read it now and look pleasantly surprised in a few months time? ;)
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    Abandoning something early, eh?
  • PazJohnMitch 2 Oct 2018 21:32:20 13,987 posts
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    That does not sound like Fuzzy
  • JamboWayOh 2 Oct 2018 21:39:40 10,297 posts
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    I can only imagine Fuzzy treats his sexual conquests like he treats his books and video games.
  • Mola_Ram 2 Oct 2018 22:35:12 18,925 posts
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    To be fair, The Fountainhead (and Atlas Shrugged moreso) are pretty dry.
  • Gunzberg 3 Oct 2018 10:40:56 2,638 posts
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    @FuzzyDucky You might like different things from a novel. The Fountainhead is profound, it really is fantastic.

    But enjoy life, if it's not for you, read something else ;-)
  • glaeken 3 Oct 2018 11:17:59 11,953 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    GoatApocalypse wrote:


    Reading Stephen King's It for the first time since I was 13 - I understand it better now and, as a consequence, I find it much scarier.
    I am reading The Stand for the first time. One of his classics that I never got round to. It's pretty good, can see why it is loved. Not his best in my view, but he creates great characters that you care about.
    Funny I just finished The Stand. I liked it a lot up until a certainly point and then it ran out of steam for me. For me once they got to Boulder the book took a real nose dive. I hated all the pontificating on setting up a new society.

    Having just finished the Dark Tower series before The Stand I have actually read quite a bit of King the last month or two and one thing I will say about his writing that I really don't like is he often foreshadows things that are going to happen later in the story. Stuff like little did they know that would be the last time they ever saw x character alive. They did this a number of times through out the Dark Tower series and The Stand. It takes the steam out of surprise twists in the story when they can't stop foreshadowing everything.
  • docrob 3 Oct 2018 22:27:39 1,040 posts
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    Golden Son - Pierce Brown

    This is book #2 of 3 (the first is a Red Rising, the third Morning Star).

    SF, set in a totalitarian society hundreds of years from now. A low caste miner is inserted into the highest reaches of the society to bring it down from within. Really well written, with a twisty plot. Iím really enjoying these.
  • Gunzberg 4 Oct 2018 09:08:44 2,638 posts
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    @docrob

    that actually sounds quite interesting, noted down for further investigation!
  • spindle9988 8 Oct 2018 22:12:31 4,799 posts
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    @Tonka
    I have just started this tonight so will post an opinion once I've finished the 1st book.

    Edit
    I am reading Hyperion

    Edited by spindle9988 at 13:39:37 10-10-2018
  • Boriska 9 Oct 2018 20:53:13 825 posts
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    I'll Be Gone In The Dark. Mental to think he only got charged with some stuff about a month ago.
  • RelaxedMikki 13 Oct 2018 15:08:53 2,986 posts
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    The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson

    The tale of a Scottish Presbytarian minister who miraculously survives falling from a cliff into a raging torrent and returns to claim he has been in conversation with the devil.

    I recommend this one. Really readable prose, similar to other Scottish authors such as Iain Banks, but with an air of dark metahpysical mystery and near magic realsim that is missing from Banks' stories about the troubles of posh highland families.

    First time in a while I have read a novel where I just couldn't put it down for the final 50 pages.

    Score? 666/777 😜
  • Tonka 22 Oct 2018 09:00:31 28,767 posts
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    WTF at the bot starting a carbon copy of this thread.
    Would be really cool to see what the bots do with all their fake EG accounts?
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