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Post by RW on Thu May 28, 2009 5:06 pm

As we have a film and tv dedicated thread, I thought I'd maybe see how well a book related one would go down. Or are we all Neanderthalic beasts who have no time for words on papyrus?

I’ve just started American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Very good, if not strange author. So far, 3 chapters in, someone’s died, someone’s been abducted and someone has been sucked up a woman’s genitalia. As I said, weird.
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Post by DeadlyRovers on Thu May 28, 2009 5:21 pm

I have just read Ghost Hunting with Derek Acorah if that counts Wink

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Post by randomsam on Thu May 28, 2009 5:30 pm

last book I read was shogun by james clavell

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Post by Guest on Thu May 28, 2009 6:10 pm

I'm between books at the moment, last ones I read were all of Danny Wallaces and Choke by Chuck Palahniuk which is also a bit weird

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Post by DodgyGambit on Thu May 28, 2009 7:20 pm

I read the metro newspaper today...and it showed me winning the mini league

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Post by StLedge on Thu May 28, 2009 7:52 pm

Someone had to ruin RW's thread, you couldn't resist could you, all he was asking is who on here reads anything, and you spoil it.

















I mean Derek Acorah....WTF!!
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Post by DodgyGambit on Thu May 28, 2009 9:20 pm

hey derek pakora is fantastic its proven that hes a fake, predicting obvious things like there used to be people who lived in this house, or dodgygambit will win the metro premier league...i mean cmon stating the obvious or what

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Post by DeadlyRovers on Thu May 28, 2009 9:47 pm

StLedge wrote:Someone had to ruin RW's thread, you couldn't resist could you, all he was asking is who on here reads anything, and you spoil it.

















I mean Derek Acorah....WTF!!

haha i have to admit this had me in stitches sledge.

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Post by DodgyGambit on Thu May 28, 2009 9:55 pm

yeh it had me in stitches too, cant remember the last time i laughed so hard


















......oh wait it was this morning when i saw how far behind DR finished in the metro fantasy mini league

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Post by DeadlyRovers on Thu May 28, 2009 9:58 pm

asshole

Acorah's book is quite good though. I ordered a couple more off amazon. One of them arrived a few days ago but i haven't started reading it yet.

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Post by RW on Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:31 am

I finished American Gods last night. Very good and really surreal. Have to say Neil Gaiman’s imagination is a messed up place.

I’ve only read two of his books now, but he’s becoming a favourite author. I’d also recommend Neverwhere, which was a bbc show before he managed to get his original book published.
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Post by DeadlyRovers on Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:40 pm

Ordered a couple of Derek Acorah books the other day. They arrived this morning woot

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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:42 pm

No

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Post by BlueCabbage on Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:42 pm

Am currently reading the second "Dexter" book entitled "Dearly Devoted Dexter" written by Jeff Lindsay....

The TV series is quite good, and admittedly I did watch it before I bought the books...

The horror/slasher/oooooh scary killer genre is and has been vastly exhausted, but Lindsay's writing is brilliant, the one thing that did suprise me is how funny it is.

If you've not heard/seen/read it, it's basically about a "Blood-Splatter Technician" who works for Miami PD, who happens to be a serial-killer but only kills the "bad guys" under "Harry's Code" (His foster parent)

It's a bit graphic in places, but that doesn't really bother me (I'm a big boy now...) And you do start to wonder whether "Dexter" is Lindsay's schizophrenic other half, or he just has a very active imagination....

Would recommend the book (s) as the TV series differs slightly....


I have also been reading on various (real) serial killers such as William Heirens, Peter Kurten, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy etc etc....

I can assure you it's only so I can learn from their mistakes, mwaah ha ha ha

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Post by OldhamRover on Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:35 pm

I'm not a huge fan of fiction, but I did read the Dexter books. It struck me that Lindsay errs too much toward pinning the murderous tendencies of the protagonist on some kind of supernatural force, which is incongruent with his claims of emotional catatonia. Other than that, the storylines are quite good, if a little predictable at times.

However, I didn't like Lindsay's style of writing. He appears to have developed a fixation with certain rudimentary literary devices that make him look like an amateur rather than a serious novelist. Excessive alliteration and the characterisation of random nouns are things I would expect from someone writing short stories for GCSE English coursework assignments rather than a man whose livelihood depends on their manipulation of words.
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Post by Willy on Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:28 pm

The last fiction I read was Kes in my English lessons back in 1998, or maybe it was Romeo & Juliet in year 10, can't remember. I always found reference books so much more interesting. Real-life is more than fascinating to me, so if I was to read something Sci-Fi related, I'd be thinking "I'm wasting my time here. I could be reading about the possibility of REAL aliens/extra terrestrials".

Each to his own, but I'm more into the here and now. I was going to read something by David Icke or another conspiracy theorist, but I have this need to believe that life is not what it seems and those kind of books just scare me. I think I'd prefer to live in ignorance than believe our governments are all conspiring against us 'sheep' and that there's a dinnertable-amount of people who control the whole world while we just run around like little ants, completely unaware of who/what is causing us to be unhappy and poor.


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Post by Rover the Sea on Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:45 pm

On the subject of fiction, I keep meaning to try to read the Bible sometime - see what all the fuss is about?

I reckon it would make me less hypocritical when I debate with a Christian about the meaning of God/ life etc...

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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:48 am

I was thinking about reading the Bible as well. Never got round to it though.

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Post by BlueCabbage on Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:25 am

Oldham -

Fair enough dude, I respect your opinion it sounds like you read a lot more than I do, so I will take your word for it.

(That wasn't a sarcastic response by the way)

I agree with the supernatural/emotional comment, he does swing between both "sides" if you will....

As for the Bible, I can#t say I've ever been tempted to read it, although the debates that would come of it would be funny!!

After the Dexter books I'm going to read "Silence of The Lambs" (again) by Thomas Harris, just because it's ace....

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Post by Rover the Sea on Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:01 am

Thomas Harris is a great read, Hannibal was particularly good, even better than the movie, which was great.

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Post by arover on Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:32 pm

The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff.

Halfway through this one at the moment. It deals with the Mormons and their history of polygamy and intertwines a modern day story with the disillusionment with plural marriage of one of Brigham Young's wives.

Quite good.
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Post by DodgyGambit on Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:17 pm

i understand watching a movie twice but reading a book twice?

(awaits slating from all)

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Post by RW on Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:42 pm

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I've read shed loads of books twice. I often find that I've missed loads when I'm going through it the second time. I usually wait a while though - couple of years maybe. More than twice though - the book would have to be very good/short/only one I had with me.

Or have lots of naked women in picture form. Is playboy a book? scratch
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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:51 pm

I've read quite few books more than once. Mainly the Harry Potter books (lots of times) and the Lord of the Rings about 4 times.

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Post by StLedge on Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:28 pm

RW wrote:RW slates DodgyGambit

I've read shed loads of books twice. I often find that I've missed loads when I'm going through it the second time.

Have you thought of reading them properly the first time around?
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