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  • #73351
    What are you reading?

    Not sure if anyone else is an avid reader, but if you are perhaps you might post here.

    I’ll kick it off then. I’m reading two at the minute:

    The Devil’s Star – Jo Nesbo.

    This is the fifth in the Harry Hole series by the Norwegian crime author. English translations are only available from book three, “The Redbreast”. If you enjoy crime thrillers these are for you. You just want to carry on reading them once you have started and this one is no different.

    The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land – Thomas Asbridge

    This traces the history of the Crusades and it makes for fascinating reading. I’m really enjoying this one too. The brutality of the times is astounding and all done under the name of religion. I must admit to loving reading about history and I’ve been fascinated by the Crusades since I was small when I read about Richard the Lionheart. turns out he was a bit of a nasty character, but I think you must remember to judge it by the times that he lived in. Wouldn’t want to cross him though! :shock:

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    #77710
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    Hiya Paul.
    I have “The First Crusade” by Thomas Asbridge in my flat and it is a thoroughly decent and informative read.
    The first rule of history is not to judge our forefathers by the standards of our time, it can be quite hard sometimes! I was a big fan of Peter the Hermit, he must have been a rare source of amusement in the short, hard and brutal lives of the common man in 11th Century Christendom!

    The Papacy were only doing what they are expert at, increasing their sphere of influence and stamping their authority on other peoples and religions, some things never change… ;)

    Ranald

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    #77711
    Re: What are you reading?

    I’m currently reading ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ by Mr Dickens and ‘The Sacred Balance’ by David Suzuki.

    Nicholas Nickleby is an enjoyable read but I can see that a good editor was needed.

    The Sacred Balance is a very interesting book that attempts to give a credible value to ecology in humanistic terms supported by science, which very much appeals to my Pantheistic beliefs.

    I also read lighter stuff as well, such as Clive Cussler or Bernard Cornwell, when I fancy some high adventure.

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    #77712
    Re: What are you reading?

    I’m reading “Dead and Gone” by Charlaine Harris, its the 9th book of 10 in the Sookie Stackhouse series. You would probably know it better as the programme TrueBlood.

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    #77713
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    I’m reading a couple of books at the moment: ‘Bad Science’ by Ben Goldacre and ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert.

    I saw Ben Goldacre speak at the Aye Write book festival in Glasgow a couple of years ago and have been meaning to get round to Bad Science ever since. Picked up Dune as well, mainly because of the quote on the cover from Arthur C. Clarke: “Unique among science fiction novels… I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.” So far so good with both of them!

    As a wee aside, I’ve been reading a lot of William Boyd recently and was really excited to see an adaptation of ‘Any Human Heart’ was being shown on Channel 4. Unfortunately I’ve managed to miss the first two episodes but will hopefully catch up on 4od. Has anyone been watching it? Any good?

    LornaVFM
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    #77714
    Re: What are you reading?

    Still the millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I’m a slow reader & still on the first book. Think I’m being lazy cos I know the last two films will be out on blu ray soon

    There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self

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    #77715
    Re: What are you reading?

    I’m also reading Stieg Larssons first book of the Millennium series.

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    #77716
    Re: What are you reading?

    Hi hartwig, welcome to the forum. Nice to have a visitor from Finland. :)

    I’m reading Tony Benn’s diaries at the moment. It’s a signed copy I’ve borrowed off a mate, so having to be careful not to crease any of the pages. :lol:

    A good read and an interesting insight into the Labour Party in the ’90s but I have to admit not nearly as entertaining as Alan Clark’s diaries which are full of hilarious anecdotes.

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    #77717
    Re: What are you reading?

    Re-reading Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum – I am a big TP discworld series fan. :P

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    #77718
    Re: What are you reading?

    I’m reading “Dead and Gone” by Charlaine Harris, its the 9th book of 10 in the Sookie Stackhouse series. You would probably know it better as the programme TrueBlood.

    hi.. ive read up to book 10 plus the short story fillers. read the books when the show came out, while waiting for session 2. cant wait to see what happens in book 11.

    I’m reading Laurell k Hamilton Anita Blake vampire hunter series at the minute.

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    #77719
    Re: What are you reading?

    Now reading “The Religion” by Tim Willocks.

    Set around the siege of Malta in 1565, a period of history I’m interested in.

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    #77720
    Re: What are you reading?

    I recently read Lost Voices From The Titanic, Nick Barratt. What an excellent factual read about this terrible disaster. It included letters sent by Titanic survivors and those sent before the sinking from those who perished. Historical background, building the Titanic, maiden voyage, rescue, the inquiry etc. There was not just one person to blame, it was just an unfortunate disaster with many contributing factors.

    I have just boughtEkaterinburg, The Last Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaprt. I will read that over the holiday.

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    #77721
    Re: What are you reading?

    @catatude wrote:

    I’m reading Laurell k Hamilton Anita Blake vampire hunter series at the minute.

    I was recommened these, are they any good?

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    #77722
    Re: What are you reading?

    Just started “Moby Dick” – it’s been decades since I saw the old black and white movie thought I better get to grips with a classic or two and it’s too cold for the brain to tackle Shakespeare.

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    #77723
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    Recently finished reading Just Kids by Patti Smith, her memoir of life in 60s and 70s New York and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. She has a real way with words, and it was a very enjoyable read. She did some readings from it as “Book of the Week” on BBC Radio 4 some time ago, and the strange thing is that as I was reading her words I was hearing her voice saying them, if you see what I mean.

    Highly recommended especially for anyone who’s a bit of an old punk like me. (Patti’s also one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen…)

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    #77724
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    I’m reading Blood Price by Tanya Huff now, more vampires!

    Vicki
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    #77725
    Re: What are you reading?

    @vicki wrote:

    @catatude wrote:

    I’m reading Laurell k Hamilton Anita Blake vampire hunter series at the minute.

    I was recommened these, are they any good?

    I like them, lots of action & supernatural beasties.

    My next book scheduled to be started in like 5 min is Rachel Vincents wearcat searies, mr postman has just deliverd Rogue the second book.

    Im a big fan of the library (save the planet and all that) but I had to buy this one as the libraries copy is on loan out to a private prison till 2014. With all the price cuts, why is the council having to supply a prison surley they are a company and should buy their own books. and why the hell do they get to hog a £8 book for 5 years… weird..

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    #77728
    Re: What are you reading?

    Our local library is ok!! But I do like to own my books for some strange reason. It’s tue same with these new electronic readers like the Kindle and iBooks I’ve no doubt they are great but I donlike the feel of a book in my hands whilst reading!!

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    #77727
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    I donlike the feel of a book in my hands whilst reading!!

    me too.. plus im a bit nauty. Im a page corner folder, couldnt electronically turn down page corners :lol:

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    #77726
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    Lol…. that’s a pet hate of mine folded corners, tut, tut cat shame on you ;-)

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