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Recommendations please.

Currently reading 'An Infinite Jest' by David Foster Wallace. Immense doesn't come close.

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I finally got round to picking up American Gods by Neil Gaiman at the start of the year, and have done nothing but read everything else he has written since then. I am also in need of many suggestions.

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I wish I could recommend some Edward but my reading has falling by the wayside since the implementation of excessive Skyrimming. Oh errr.

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Hi bayes- all kicking off rightly in here, is it nat?

Currently reading 'The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Fitba' by David Goldblatt

www.guardian.co.uk/boo...

Fascinating and incredibly well written. If you like the socio-economic elements of the World Football Phone-In then this will be right up your street

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Finally gettin round to Howard Zinn's People's history of us.

links to good recent fiction in time for summer would be great.

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Any recommendations for epic fantasy type stuff?

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Orlagh believe it or not the World of Warcraft novels are some of the best epic fantasy books I've read

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War of the Ancients is a 3part epic that was as good if not better than anything I've read fantasy related www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw...

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Bump

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Doubt it will interest you TRC but I've just finished reading Mark Ward's book Hammered. Far from the normal mundane footballers autobiography. He'll not win any prizes for his writing but its one hell of a story.

www.amazon.co.uk/Hamme...

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Flat out reading Game of Thrones. A Storm of Swords presently.

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No not into sport books, i love autobiographies, usually from musicians with drug riddled pasts

I need 3 x books for my hollibobs

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Cant recommend 'In Cold blood' by Truman Capote enough Cat O Nine Tails. Absolute classic. Gripping read from start to finish and a true story as well. Shocking stuff.

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Got a new book today. Really looking forward to it as it gets great reviews and sounds really interesting...

"Dragon's Egg is a hard science fiction novel written by Robert L. Forward and published in 1980. In the story, Dragon's Egg is a neutron star with a surface gravity 67 billion times that of Earth, and inhabited by cheela, intelligent creatures the size of a sesame seed who live, think and develop a million times faster than humans. Most of the novel, from May to June 2050, chronicles the cheela civilization beginning with its discovery of agriculture to advanced technology and its first face-to-face contact with humans, who are observing the hyper-rapid evolution of the cheela civilization from orbit around Dragon's Egg.

The novel is regarded as a landmark in hard science fiction. As is typical of the genre, Dragon's Egg attempts to communicate unfamiliar ideas and imaginative scenes while giving adequate attention to the known scientific principles involved."

www.amazon.co.uk/Drago...

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Since getting a tablet for Christmas have got the reading bug again. Got some digital copies of a kids book series that I have wanted to finish for years but never could find the books. Half way into Irvine welsh skagboys nice to read about the pre trainspotting characters. Have a few Colin Bateman's to get through and then have been told marching powder is worth a read.

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Neil, I've read Dragons Egg & Starquake. Foward's describing of the Cheela is simply amazing and from what I can gather scientifically correct.

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Have any scifi lovers delved into Peter F Hamilton? I read the Reality Dysfunction last year and became addicted to his stuff.

The term "space opera" has evolved over the decades. Originally it meant "hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn, spaceship yarn" (Wilson Tucker), but since then it has come to be (slightly) less pejorative, encompassing any sci-fi action story on an interplanetary or interstellar scale. The Reality Dysfunction rests firmly in the space- opera camp with its intense starship combat, roguish space captains and raw frontier planets, but Peter Hamilton keeps the formula fresh and up-to-date with an infusion of "modern" science fiction technology. His universe is digitally and nanotechnologically savvy, which opens up plenty of possibilities for new perils and plot twists.
It is the late 26th century and humanity's thriving culture spans 200 planets. The usual squabbles and disagreements continue, but generally everyone gets along and lives well as humanity's outward expansion continues apace. On newly colonized Lalonde, though, a strange force emerges from the jungle, lobotomizing people and turning them into super-powered soldiers. At the same time, the story of Joshua Calvert emerges. He's the young captain of a trading ship, who innocently travels to Lalonde and becomes embroiled in the mysteries there. Both threads have plenty of action and exotic scenery. Peter Hamilton's descriptive prose, particularly in action sequences, is breathtaking (and scientifically accurate), creating a dramatic backdrop for a story where the stakes keep getting higher, the villains keep growing more evil and the heroes keep surviving--but only just. Space-opera fans will enjoy this deftly written and engaging novel. Those who feel they don't like the genre might give this example a try to see just how unhacky, ungrinding, sweet-smelling, and robust it can be.

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Skagboys is good. Porno the best of the trilogy though

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Is the sequel good, Ribs?

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Getting The Reality Dysfunction in audiobook now. Sounds class.

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Remember having to get my mum to buy me 'porno' when it came out, as was under 18 and the person in easons wouldn't sell me it.

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Ha. Fair enough I suppose. I just finished the audiobook of Skagboys. Read it as soon as it came out too. Juice Terry book 'A Decent Ride' due out in April by the way. Legend.

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just starting The Chosen by Chaim Potek.
just finished Renegade: The life and Tales of Mark E Smith.

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Im reading the hunger games trilogy at the minute. Easy and quick to get through and very entertaining.

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that not a girls book?

that's not a joke btw or attempt at a dig

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I enjoyed the hunger games for a we easy read.

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Well its a young adult novel told from the point of view of a girl. It does have an interesting plot, its got the whole Battle Royale thing going on. It does have a bit of the protagonist thinking about romatic type stuff, or the issues it would cause. So yeah its probably mostly aimed at girls due to the stereotypical view of girls that is out there.

But still very good.

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I enjoyed the first book. Only one Ive read.

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How much better are the books than the film, though?

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The second one in particular. You see stuff happening in the film with no real background. The books fill in some gaps and fgo into more detail.

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only just realizing you can get books online for about £2 so started ordering loads. Got 1984 & Brave New World, Huxley's Doors of Perception & I Have America Surrounded, the life of Tim Leary. And a few others.
Only read 1984 so far, about time. Class story.
2+2=5 indeed

Great seeing my library being built up after stagnating for a while. #books

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Get anything on Amazon for 1p usually (postage outside that then)

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Orwellian itself isn't it. Form a Worldwide company that uses about a small rainforest's worth of packaging for the smallest item and call it Amazon. Hahaha. 2+2=5

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King quiz... www.shortlist.com/ente...

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www.cia.gov/library/ce...

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