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Looking something new to read....any suggestions....

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The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes. Simple and short story of a man picking over what happened between him and a girl when he was younger. As time goes on, more is revealed about the relationship and how it broke down when his friend turned her head.

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We need to talk about Kevin.

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Looks good ....cheers

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Read we need to talk about kevin...excellent

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If its anything like the film, it will be excellent.

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Pigeon.English was a decent read if a little slight. About an African boy shortly after moving to London. He deals with growing up in a gritty council estate. Interesting narrative voice. I now say "Advise yourself" a lot more. Advise yourself. See.

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I havent started them but the Steig Larsson stuff is supposed to be a good read.

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Read those 3 steig larsson books back to back....avoided them for a long time thinking it was hype. But were great reads!

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the film for talk about kevin is indeed a great watch

i am reading atlas shrugged at the minute. its fucking looooonnnggg!!!!!

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All of James's Clavells Asian Saga are great. Unreal characters, stories than unfold and unfold and unfold over about 1000 pages and a great education of Asian culture.

The Asian Saga consisting of six novels:

King Rat (1962): Set in a Japanese POW camp, 1945
Tai-Pan (1966): Set in Hong Kong, 1841
Shōgun (1975): Set in feudal Japan, 1600
Noble House (1981): Set in Hong Kong, 1963
Whirlwind (1986): Set in Iran, 1979
Gai-Jin (1993): Set in Japan, 1862

This is the guy who wrote the script for "The Fly" so his books have gotta be good.

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each book 1000 pages or is each book 200ish pages?

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King rat is about 200 pages, read it, Con, you will love it. The rest are about 1000 but if you read King rat you will want to read the rest.

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They're all books where I enjoy reading every page rather than just reading to find out what happens.

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i will check them out :)

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Just finished Dolores Claiborne yesterday. Def up there with the best SK ive read so far.

Anyone read any Richard Price? Where best to start?

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Just finished that 'sense of an ending' as posted above.
Pretty good story....cheers

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Glad you liked it! Read 'A Clockwork Orange' recently as I'm teaching it in a few weeks. Really enjoyed it. Probably not as shocking as it once was, but still pretty potent in terms of getting into the mind of an abberant youth.

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currently reading World War Z - looking good so far

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check out the list of Time Magazine's top 100 novels.

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entertainment.time.com...

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top english-language since 1923.
Think i've read about 5, pretty poor really.

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Reading Galapagos atm. First Vonnegut I've read. It's fantastic.

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i've read 6 of those, shocking.

of the 6% i've read, blood meridian is my favourite. obsessed with mccarthy at the moment, but blood meridian stands above the rest of his work.

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Marching Powder.

Bought an English dude who gets caught smuggling coke and gets put in a Bolivian jail. Place is absolutely mental. Highly recommended.

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*Bout

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Ceri, I finished World War Z not too long ago, great read and each part of the infestation is really well laid out. Think I need a sci fi hit now, something similar to Arthur Clarke or Stephen Baxter, any ideas?

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Highly recommended
Truman Capote - In Cold Blood (One of the best books Ive ever read - A must read)
Charles Portis - True Grit
Stephen King - Under the Dome
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy Of Dunces (The protagonist is redolent of Holden caulfield from The Catcher In The Rye)
Richard Adams - Wartership Down
Mario Puzo - The Godfather (Covers the first two movies so you can imagine how good it is. An absolute timeless masterpiece)
Scott Smith - A Simple Plan
Peter Benchley - Jaws
Dennis Lehane - Mystic River
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
John Steinbeck - Tortilla Flat

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last book i read was shantaram, it was fantastic!!!!!!!

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Seems like a monster. I aint in the frame of mind to tackle it yet but will eventually get round to it. Is it a true story?

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Recently read Shantaram myself, it was incredible. Mohammed Lopez it's based on the authors experiences yeah, fucking crazy story!

Currently reading Heart of Darkness and enjoying it. Cant wait to watch Apocalypse Now again after

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I'm not sure shantaram is entirely a true story but half of it is, it's incredible.
I've heard there is an interview with the guy floating about, he doesn't come across as likable apparently.

I've read Heart of Darkness a few times, I find it very tough ready towards the end.

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Shantaram is a great book, and nice introduction into India and it's many cultures. Think it's mostly spoof though.

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If you're looking a quick wee read Jamrach's menagerie was decent, a sea-faring adventure story set in Victorian times, a bit of moby Dick with a bit of Dickens.

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Does Mr Nivens take a position on the marble floor conundrum?

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Just finished World War Z by Max Brooks last night, brilliantly written account of a zombie apocalypse and the clean-up operation after it. Supoib!

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I read up on it- a lot of it is fact and based around a lot of factual experiences but a lot of the characters are fictionalized - amazing story though

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Just read The Grapes of Wrath for the first time. What a book. Said to myself at the start of the year I was gonna read a lot of the American classics as I never really read any of them. Gonna do The Great Gatsby next, and that list Ed linked is great.

Have to read Skagboys first though.

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The Great Gatsby is brilliant.

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check out Alex Scarrow if you haven't allready..

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ps.. not the time riders series (haven't read them), go for the thrillers instead..

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Last book I read was outstanding. Real life altering stuff. Can't remember who wrote it. Think it was called The Twits. It was a bit long though and some of it I didn't get, but overall I loved it. Should hunt it down.

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roald dahl? its heavy stuff man

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Oh, you know of him too? Yeah. Waiting on my next book. Something about a disproprtionate nectarine or something. I think it's a metaphor.

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James Murdoch & The Giant Impeachment?
(Hmmmm, satire)

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John Grace's digested read of Skag Boys was scathing. I am (certainly was) a huge fan of welsh but I'm avoiding that one.

That Time Magazine list included 'Money' by Martin Amis, the worst pile of shite known to man. Even thinking about makes me angry.

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'Money' is on my to read list Ed? What's up with it? And, yes, 'Gatsby' is immense. One of my favourite books ever.

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Edward
John Grace's digested read of Skag Boys was scathing. I am (certainly was) a huge fan of welsh but I'm avoiding that one.

Read it. Never take someone else's word for it especially if youre a fan of Welsh. Its class. Im just finishing Trainspotting for the second time now. Porno to be re-read next to complete the trilogy. Christ, im class.

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mohammedlopez
it's just so indulgent to the point where Amis even writes a wee cameo for himself. I hated the main character, hated the writing and that cameo took the biscuit.

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We're still talking about Welsh here right?

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Never trust a review. I read Zadie Smith's White Teeth because every reviewer in every newspaper and arts show was banging on about how wonderful it was - I was I'd never bothered.

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