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  • #77729
    Re: What are you reading?

    I’m about a third of the way through The Monk. Good fun so far.
    http://www.amazon.com/Monk-Penguin-Classics-Matthew-Lewis/dp/0140436030

    And yep, I’m a corner folder too! :oops: :lol:

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    #77730
    Re: What are you reading?

    @amgmod wrote:

    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.

    How’s Moby getting along?

    That’s another book where a good editor could find employment, all that nonsense about classifying whales according to paper sizes?!

    The main story’s a classic though!

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    #77731
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    @tygertyger wrote:

    @amgmod wrote:

    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.

    How’s Moby getting along?

    That’s another book where a good editor could find employment, all that nonsense about classifying whales according to paper sizes?!

    The main story’s a classic though!

    Tough going :ugeek: just got through the whale classification bit … I am determined to read it before I get the ld black and white movie to watch. I do admire how learned people of that era used words though, we have become very lazy linguistically.

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    #77732
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    Oh I agree with you on the use of language, we just don’t seem to enjoy it anymore. I despair at the prevalence of the American habit of reductionism, it seems that they cannot tollerate long words, here’s some that really annoy me;

    Perp – perpatrator
    24/7 – all day, everyday
    Apps – applications
    Gist – digest
    Con – convict

    And then there’s text speak, I can’t abide text speak!

    Oh look, I’m turning into a grumpy old man!! :roll:

    The book picks up enormously in the last third so keep with it.

    I would reccomend the Patrick Stewart film version of Moby Dick too, it’s very authentic but with all the boring bits cut out. Gregory Peck’s version is very entertaining but I never found their Moby all that convincing.

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    #77733
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    @tygertyger wrote:

    The book picks up enormously in the last third so keep with it.

    I would reccomend the Patrick Stewart film version of Moby Dick too, it’s very authentic but with all the boring bits cut out. Gregory Peck’s version is very entertaining but I never found their Moby all that convincing.

    On your say so I shall perciv persiv perse .. keep going, lol

    I detest with a capital DETEST buzz phrases like thought shower, think tank – political wordings with no substance. Text speak it just plain illegible. We cannot blame the language deficit on our cousins, according to Stephen Fry it is linguistic evolution.

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    #77734
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    I am increasingly becoming a grumpy old woman lol on trend is my pet hate, closely followed by 24/7 and guestimate.

    The evolution argument was drummed into us on my course but doesn’t mean I have to like it eh?

    *goes off mumbling to herself about the incorrect use of an apostrophe*

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    #77735
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    @sar78 wrote:

    I am increasingly becoming a grumpy old woman lol on trend is my pet hate, closely followed by 24/7 and guestimate.

    The evolution argument was drummed into us on my course but doesn’t mean I have to like it eh?

    *goes off mumbling to herself about the incorrect use of an apostrophe*

    Oh we could fill a new thread with grumpy language topics!

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    #77736
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    @ClaireF wrote:

    I’m currently reading The death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave …

    I’ve never quite been sure whether I enjoyed that book or not. Though I loved Mr Cave’s And the Ass Saw the Angel.

    Welcome, by the way. 8-)

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    #77737
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    @ClaireF wrote:

    So I am late to this party as well, well I only joined yesterday :D
    I’m currently reading The death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave and The Big Questions: The Universe by Stuart Clark for some light relief in the small hours
    :lol:

    Better late than never :lol:

    Our threads are not time locked, a new poster refreshes the topic and restarts its anew.

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    #77738
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    I’m now reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness so far so good, I’m 9 chapters in and I’m enjoying it. Gave up with the Tanya Huff book just couldn’t get into it.

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    #77739
    Re: What are you reading?

    I am still slowly wading through Moby Dick ::sigh::

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    #77740
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    It has always been I wanted to read and I am determined to finish it, but I am procrastinating, I ‘could’ pick it up and kill a chapter or two a day but find other far more enticing distractions .. I mean meaning occupation :lol:

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    #77741
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    @ClaireF wrote:

    And I find it amazing how bad I can be with technology; how do you delete a post if you double post by accident? :roll:

    You may not be able to but I have done it for you :)

    @ClaireF wrote:

    teach the cat english

    :lol:

    I tell ya, I am going to deserve a ‘life time achievement’ award when I do eventually finish it!

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    #77742
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    an anyone recommend any good sci fi that they’ve read lately or any good books to add to my reading list

    Well my fav Sc fi has to be hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. but have been reading Rachel Vincents Werecat series, just finished book 5, and waiting for the final one Alpha from amazon. cant wait. 8-) probably more urban fantasy than scfi.

    Has anyone been watching True Blood. could the script get any further from the books. really grumpy that we didnt get to see Eric in spandex. ;) will have to a look and see if anymore books are out. up to about 10 in that series.

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    #77743
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    Then I’ll be so immersed in it for a week I’ll start

    hope youve got time on your hands, its soo good, youll want to watch them back to back all in one goo. 8-)

    and then thers Eric the Viking Vampire. droool :P

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    #77744
    Re: What are you reading?

    You gotta love Eric! Book 11 is out 3rd May its called Dead Reckoning I have my copy on pre-order Dead Reckoning

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    #77745
    Re: What are you reading?

    @catatude wrote:

    an anyone recommend any good sci fi that they’ve read lately or any good books to add to my reading list

    My personal favorite SciFi writer is Phillip K Dick. Mind bending reality stuff. Pretty much anything he has done is good.

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    #77746
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    Have to say try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and yes it’s a real book lol. can be a bit testing at times but the little bits of comedy thrown in are little gems, and anything by Robert Rankin, especially The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, easily one of the better books, The Toyminator was the sequal, equally good in my opinion, hope this helps.

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    #77748
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    @ClaireF wrote:

    I started reading Ray Bradbury`s short stories and they are brilliant…

    Indeed they are. I started reading them in my teens, which is XXXX years ago now. And some of those stories have stuck with me ever since. Fantastic stuff.

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    #77747
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    I have just finished A Discovery of Witches, I really enjoyed this book I couldn’t put it down. The only down side is book 2 is not out till next year :(

    I’m now going to start a book by Patrica Briggs called Moon Called it’s the first in a series of books about a character called Mercy Thompson who is a shape shifter.

    Do you see a theme here!!!

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