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What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Buxford » Thu May 14, 2009 4:39 am

I'm currently reading:

Six Frigates: The History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll
The Naval War of 1812 by Theodore Roosevelt
The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3 Red River to Appomattox by Shelby Foote

I have a pile of unread books that I intend to read in the future. For the record, the pile never seems to get smaller, only larger.
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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Jakob » Thu May 14, 2009 5:58 am

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Vanquisher » Thu May 14, 2009 9:54 am

LOL, there are a few I've started but not finished, I'm getting there though:

Islam, A Short History by Karen Armstrong
Don't Stop Me Now by Jeremy Clarkson
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (Actually only read a couple of pages so far lol)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Nearly done)
Under Enemy Colours by Sean Thomas Russell
Attila, The Gathering of the Storm by William Napier

As well as a few non-fiction books about science, maths and guitar playing

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Rectunator » Thu May 14, 2009 9:58 am

Thank you Jakob, now I hope you will help me clean up this mess that came into being when I spat my drink out while laughing at your book.

I'm currently reading all the Cthulhu-related stories, short stories and novels written by Lovecraft, gathered into three different books:

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories,
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories.
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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Vanquisher » Thu May 14, 2009 10:00 am

Oh has anyone read Biff and Chip books before....:D

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Gunfreak » Thu May 14, 2009 1:03 pm

Just finished Agatha Christie's Ten little niggers
And have Long, Bloody and Obstinante the battle of guilford courthouse on the way from amazone now.

I'm also reading HMS Suprise by O'Brian and Campaigns of Napoleon by Chandler

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Postby Lord BloodnGore » Thu May 14, 2009 6:53 pm

In Satan's Footsteps by Ted Shoebat. Really good book that I recommend.

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Postby Lord Ashram » Fri May 15, 2009 12:54 am

Heh, I am re-reading the entire Sharpe series... just finished Sharpes Siege this afternoon. Only a few more to go, and then on to the Hornblower series.
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Postby Lord Hokomoko » Fri May 15, 2009 10:55 am

Just bought (and will start reading momentarily) Thud! by Terry Pratchett.
Thanks in advance!

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Vanquisher » Fri May 15, 2009 5:58 pm

Thats one of the older ones isn't it? Isn't there a board game for that one? :o

I need to get back into Pratchett books, they are one of a kind. I hope he gets to write more :(

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby zzzms » Thu May 21, 2009 6:46 pm

Ken Dodds biography by S.Griffin (not as good as Bob Monkhouses' autobiog!) & The Essential Silver Surfer.

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Postby Buxford » Tue May 26, 2009 1:23 pm

Ash, have you read the Aubrey-Maturin by Patrick O'Brien? If so, how would you say they compare to Hornblower? I need to start reading one of these series, at least.
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Postby OG Grenadier » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:55 am

Bux! My God good Sir last time I checked you were banned. Despite my most earnest pleas to the contrary. Good heavens how the landscape has changed. :)
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Postby Lady Meg » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:32 am

*Jude The Obscure -Hardy. My fave book of all time, even above A Tale of Two Cities and War and Peace.

*John -Cynthia Lennon. The second book the first wife of John Lennon wrote. This one far more mature and relaxed than the first.

*Napoleon's Conquest of Prussia - F. Loraine Petre.

I am looking to purchase the new Anita Blake vampire hunter novel this coming month. I believe that it is number 14 in the series by L. K. Hamilton.

Good choice in the Hornblower series Ash. :)
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Postby Lord BloodnGore » Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:22 am

Read 'Of mice and Men' It will make you cry! :cry: :wink:

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Postby Edimonde » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:22 pm

I just finished: "Poltava, en Hærs undergang by Peter Englund. (Poltava, the doom of the swedish army)"

Now im reading A song of ice and fire, by George RR Martin. Pretty good stuff!
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Re: What books are you reading at the moment?

Postby Buxford » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:53 am

Jude The Obscure


That's about the most saddest, depressing, gloomy book in the world, I think. The part where his children die is extremely disturbing.
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Postby Lady Meg » Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:24 am

Ah Bux!

Is it distrubing that that didn't bother me as much as Sue giving up her soul to a God she doesn't believe in at all? Or giving her love to some feller who she finds unlovable in a sexual way?

I often wondered how Little Father Time was able to coax his younger siblings into the noose, but I talked it out with a buddy of mine in Uni and we figured that he made it into a game for them. That was a horrible conversation I can tell you. Made me ill to discuss it with another live person. I suppose in my head I can sort of wipe that away while reading, glosss over it if you will; but speaking of it with another just makes me freak.

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Postby Rectunator » Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:08 am

Well I finished Call of Cthulhu some time ago and now I've moved to the "Dreams in the Witch House and other weird stories."
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Postby Mr.Wellington » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:07 am

War and Peace.
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Postby Lord Legless Lannes » Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:11 pm

Lord BloodnGore wrote:Read 'Of mice and Men' It will make you cry! :cry: :wink:


This was on the curriculum in Secondary school.

Poor George :cry:

Forgot to add if you've got a iphone/touch theirs a great app called Stanza which has loads of classic books to download.
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Postby Buxford » Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:52 am

Lady Meg wrote:Ah Bux!

Is it distrubing that that didn't bother me as much as Sue giving up her soul to a God she doesn't believe in at all? Or giving her love to some feller who she finds unlovable in a sexual way?

I often wondered how Little Father Time was able to coax his younger siblings into the noose, but I talked it out with a buddy of mine in Uni and we figured that he made it into a game for them. That was a horrible conversation I can tell you. Made me ill to discuss it with another live person. I suppose in my head I can sort of wipe that away while reading, glosss over it if you will; but speaking of it with another just makes me freak.

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I image the author wanted the entire book to be disturbing, so certain sections with bother some readers more than others. The way his children die made me want to wretch; it was terrible. How Hardy remained sane while writing that book will always be a mystery to me.
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Postby Lady Meg » Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:49 am

Buxford wrote:
Lady Meg wrote:Ah Bux!

Is it distrubing that that didn't bother me as much as Sue giving up her soul to a God she doesn't believe in at all? Or giving her love to some feller who she finds unlovable in a sexual way?

I often wondered how Little Father Time was able to coax his younger siblings into the noose, but I talked it out with a buddy of mine in Uni and we figured that he made it into a game for them. That was a horrible conversation I can tell you. Made me ill to discuss it with another live person. I suppose in my head I can sort of wipe that away while reading, glosss over it if you will; but speaking of it with another just makes me freak.

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I image the author wanted the entire book to be disturbing, so certain sections with bother some readers more than others. The way his children die made me want to wretch; it was terrible. How Hardy remained sane while writing that book will always be a mystery to me.

Indeed! The novel was taken so badly by the public and the press that he never wrote another again. I believe that I read in one of the forwards (I've two copies of the book- nerd!)that a bishop in England went as far as to burn copies of this serial and later book. In the serial version, he had to edit out many of the references to sex and even some of the less candide moments between Sue and Jude. Like the characters themsevles, Hardy was either fifty years too early or fifty years too late in this fiction. Victorian England had no idea what it had coming to it in this work. Wonderful stuff!

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