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  • PazJohnMitch 16 Feb 2017 09:03:46 15,986 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a good one.
    Yeah I enjoyed it.

    I also own a SETI book which I might read but I have at least 6 fiction books I want to read first.
  • rice_sandwich 16 Feb 2017 20:30:20 6,452 posts
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    So I checked my bookshelves and it turns out rather than 30 odd unread books I have 64! Only my steam backlog is worse. That's about two years worth of reading if I crack on at a good pace.
  • spindle9988 16 Feb 2017 20:48:21 5,128 posts
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    @PazJohnMitch

    4 has taken me a couple of months to get through, I feel like I've been in the universe forever
  • mrcrumley 16 Feb 2017 21:30:24 604 posts
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    Have aimed for 25 this year as read very little lady year and am convinced itll do good things to my brain. So far read

    The Long Walk
    Brave New World
    The Beach

    Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend them all.
  • mal 16 Feb 2017 21:41:28 29,326 posts
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    How long is a lady year o_O ?
  • PazJohnMitch 16 Feb 2017 22:49:51 15,986 posts
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    @spindle9988

    I read all 5 books back to back. Must have taken me somewhere between 6 and 8 months.

    Edited by PazJohnMitch at 22:50:06 16-02-2017
  • mrcrumley 17 Feb 2017 20:23:11 604 posts
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    @mal ha. Ummm. As long as they say it is.

    (I meant last)
  • BurnoutJunkie 17 Feb 2017 22:08:29 1,178 posts
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    I used to read a LOT on my work commute but have recently gotten into the habit of downloading stuff on iPlayer and watching videos on my phone. Need to get back to reading.

    If anyone likes light-hearted detective novels, I can highly recommend Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

    EDIT: anyone read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series' latest book? The one that wasn't written by the original author? I've been wanting to read it but can't bring myself to because the original author is now late.

    Edited by BurnoutJunkie at 22:09:31 17-02-2017
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 18 Feb 2017 00:01:29 13,958 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:
    So I checked my bookshelves and it turns out rather than 30 odd unread books I have 64! Only my steam backlog is worse. That's about two years worth of reading if I crack on at a good pace.
    What are you meant to do, only but one at a time? Gotta get them in pairs at least
  • rice_sandwich 18 Feb 2017 06:44:36 6,452 posts
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    @simpleexplodingmaybe

    You're right. I rarely buy one book at a time. Looking over my lists from the last couple of years I seemed to buy a fiction book and non-fiction book at the same time. Plus any time I'd read an interesting review I add it to my wishlist, although I don't buy everything on it.

    The best way I've found for getting into a book is to make sure the first read of it lasts at least 50 pages or an hour.
  • rice_sandwich 18 Feb 2017 06:50:48 6,452 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie

    I fell into the habit of watching a lot of films on my commute in the latter part of the year which curtailed my reading somewhat. Good call on The Ladies Detective series. They are very charming books with a dose of wisdom. Short too, so are a good pick to get back into reading. I'd also recommend Patricia Highsmith as easy reading, interesting crime stories.
  • Dougs 18 Feb 2017 07:16:50 94,595 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie yeah, Ive read it. It's OK, not as good as the original trilogy, even with their odd translation issues.  It's worth a read but seemed to be lacking something.

    I've just started Apple Tree Yard, which is a BBC adaptation. Only 3 or 4 chapters in, but it's refreshing to read something well written, as opposed to the pulpy trash I usually read!
  • spindle9988 18 Feb 2017 11:43:00 5,128 posts
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    @PazJohnMitch

    I've done the same. I tried them a few years ago and couldn't get past the 2nd, started them fresh last year and they are amazing. I am.looking forward to finishing though.

    Edited by spindle9988 at 11:45:06 18-02-2017
  • rice_sandwich 22 Feb 2017 09:29:41 6,452 posts
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    2017 so far:

    Non-Fiction

    1. The Genius of Birds (Jennifer Ackerman)
    2. Food Rules (Michael Pollan)
    3. Absolutely on Music (Haruki Murakami)

    Fiction

    1. The Sound of The Mountain (Y Kawabata)
    2. Beware of Pity (Stefan Zweig)

    Been off sick from work so read a couple of fiction books. Going to start Life and Fate now, a bit of a brick at 850 pages.
  • JoelStinty 22 Feb 2017 09:38:38 8,922 posts
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    Yeah I got a pretty hefty backlog of 20 odd books to. Doesn't help that a work colleague just gives me books to read on a whim to . He handed me David Gower 's autobiography yesterday which I just started reading.

    It's ok so far. He writes like the man himself, light, breezy and laid back. It's kind of weird. Comes from an interesting family too, his dad was a high up officer based in Africa which meant he was seen if as an elder.
  • TheJackKetch 22 Feb 2017 09:48:34 170 posts
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    Just finished 'War of the Worlds', wasn't quite what I expected but glad I've now read it.
    Started 'It can't happen here' which seems quite apt at this moment in time.
  • Skirlasvoud 22 Feb 2017 10:15:36 4,039 posts
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    Borrowed Count of Monte Christo and the Sherlock series from someone. Time to brush up on my classics.
  • Salaman 22 Feb 2017 11:35:38 23,838 posts
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    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    The books I read tend to be all fantasy and alternate whether or not they contain dragons.
    Did you read the Hobbs series?
    Liveship traders & Rain wilds chronicles (There be dragons)
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 22 Feb 2017 11:39:30 13,958 posts
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    TheJackKetch wrote:
    Started 'It can't happen here' which seems quite apt at this moment in time.
    ooh let us know how that one goes, I quite fancy adding it to my to read pile
  • TheJackKetch 22 Feb 2017 11:46:34 170 posts
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    Will do
  • PazJohnMitch 22 Feb 2017 12:33:49 15,986 posts
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    @Salaman

    I have read the Assassins Apprentice Trilogy and Rainwilds Trilogy so far.

    Aim to read Fitz's second Trilogy later this year.
  • mal 22 Feb 2017 14:23:33 29,326 posts
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    Skirlasvoud wrote:
    Borrowed Count of Monte Christo and the Sherlock series from someone. Time to brush up on my classics.
    Those books are all on project gutenberg these days, having passed into public domain. Unfortunately, the problem in reading them tends not to be in the getting hold of them, but the rather florid victorian english they were written in (or translated into, in the case of The Count).

    Luckily, P G Wodehouse's early work has passed on to Gutenberg by now, at least up to PSmith and a bit of Jeeves and Wooster. His blandings stuff turns out to run into the 1960s, so it'll be a while before that goes public domain, but that's my favourite of his work, followed by psmith. I didn't really get on with Jeeves and Wooster in book form.

    To be honest, the 1950s and 1960s is probably my favourite era of english novels. It cuts down on a lot of the floridity of earlier writing, but still uses enough words to give you a good feeling of locations and behaviours. From about 1985 on it gets a bit too 'he did this, he did that' for me a lot of the time.
  • Skirlasvoud 22 Feb 2017 15:11:21 4,039 posts
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    Thanks for the insights mal! I have to admit, I like to read and write what I can get my clutches on, but I don't make as much of a study of it as you do in your post, so the additional information is more than appreciated.

    I have a fondness for floridity, so what I've gotten my hands on now will suit me just fine. I read to learn about and improve my own prose, and by tackling the more complex and descriptive example, it's not much of a step down to doing my own thing.

    I'll keep an eye out for the 50-60's era recommendations! Sounds interesting. I'll keep an eye out for the difference from now on.

    Edited by Skirlasvoud at 15:14:17 22-02-2017
  • Rodney 24 Feb 2017 07:36:34 4,465 posts
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    Count of Cristo is my favourite novel. I never found the language too difficult. I'm reading the Jack Aubrey series at the moment which is set around the same period as Monte Cristo but written in the 1960s and I'm find the language a lot more challenging.

    I left my phone in my pocket this morning with screen unlocked and I inadvertently purchased a book from the Amazon app. I'm now the proud new owner of 'Commander: the life and exploits of Britain's greatest frigate captain'.

    So I suppose I'll be reading that next.
  • rice_sandwich 24 Feb 2017 07:45:48 6,452 posts
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    You can sometimes get refunds for accidental kindle purchases. A few weeks ago my wife accidentally ordered a paperback book she already had and wanted to refund the order. They refunded the money and told her to keep the book as well.
  • CosmicFuzz 24 Feb 2017 07:52:39 32,585 posts
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    Yeah, I think if you've yet to start reading the book it's pretty simple to send it back.
  • BurnoutJunkie 27 Feb 2017 22:10:36 1,178 posts
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    @rice_sandwich thanks! I'm ashamed to say I still haven't gone back to reading on my commutes yet, but hope to soon.

    @Dougs thanks also. Glad to hear it's not too bad. My obsessive nature means I'll probably have to read it at some point. I wonder if any more books are in the works.
  • mal 27 Feb 2017 23:50:52 29,326 posts
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    Looks like there have been three significant translations of The Count of Monteo Cristo, one 1848, one 1955 and one 1995, each taking liberties with the language. I guess the copy I tried to read was the 1848 one.
  • Malek86 28 Feb 2017 06:19:20 10,158 posts
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    I'm reading War and Peace since December, and finally I'm almost finished.

    It was better before the war part started. The first half was an interesting and witty exploration of human nature in social relationships. But after that, Tolstoy gets way too philosophical, his characters become hardly believable, and also repeats himself a lot.
  • rice_sandwich 28 Feb 2017 07:04:49 6,452 posts
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    @Malek86

    Interesting. It's one of those books I've thought about reading but never bothered to. Must be 1000+ pages?
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