*What book are you reading? (part 2)

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by editor, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Aye - can't wait to get home and start in on it again :cool: Too many books I've picked up lately have been tiresome...seemed alright for 70p and a flickthrough in the charity shop, but utter shite once you start them
     
  2. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    I know what you mean. Once you read a shite book, it seems to start off a chain of shite books, until a month goes by and you realise you've read just shite. I reckon they can smell the fear and resentment, and search you out.
     
  3. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    :D:D That's certainly how it's felt lately!!! With the exception of the Orton Diaries of course.
     
  4. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

    Whilst still wading through Lonesome Dove ( I mean, the west was won QUICKER than it'll take me to finish this) I've also been dipping into The Wu-Tang Manual by The Rza.

    Self mythology doesn't get better :D

    "The ultimate goal of kung fu, the highest level of t'ai chi as an effective martial art, is as an energy rejuvenator. It rejuvenates your blood, your spirit, it's even supposed to rejuvenate your youth. When we applied the spirit of kung fu to our lyrics, we came with the Wu Tang".

    There's nearly 250 pages of this stuff :D
     
  5. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara empathy's contagious

    Oh, while still ploughing through Kafka On The Shore I'm also reading Blankets by Craig Thompson, a genius piece of emo graphic novelism. Gorgeous, evocative artwork; brilliant writing that brings all those teenage feelings flooding back.
     
  6. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    Did you watch that program about Haruki Murakami the other week?
     
  7. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara empathy's contagious

    No, I twatting missed it :mad: Stupid baby brain. Did you see it, was it good? I know he wasn't in it, but it sounded quite interesting nonetheless.

    Btw Dilli, I reckon you'd love Blankets.
     
  8. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    It was really good! He was not interviewed on camera because he doesn't like publicity, but it was really interesting. I will keep an eye out for repeats for you

    :cool:

    *goes off to check out blankets*
     
  9. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    Still on Satanic Verses, but I reckon I've spotted the reasons it drives fund Muslims to mouth foaming anger.
     
  10. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction


    Ah Kafka On The Shore. I've got that. It's an audio book (registered blind.. Have to rely on what's available.) Frequently search torrents for anything that sounds interesting. Just reading / listening to A Brief History of Time ATM. Though I pause it and Wikapedia things as they arise. Just started another Wiliam Gibson book as well. pattern Recognician but not got that far into it yet.
     
  11. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

    If you've got the audio book of Neuromancer, it might be me reading it :)

    (if it's really old and read by someone who isn't famous :D )
     
  12. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction


    Heh. Cool.
    :)

    Not got it to hand. But I read it a couple of months ago. Will chekc later.

    How did you end up doing that, if you don't mind me asking?
     
  13. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

    In the bad old days (about 20 years ago) I was involved in a community programme (slightly better than YTS but not much) and spent some time recording audiobooks for the blind. We got shut down and I ended up training as a screenprinter instead..
     
  14. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction


    Fair play. The version of Nuromancer I listened to was narrated by an American, for a US audiobook company. The RNIB talking book service, though getting better, largely concentrates on the classics. I'm a bit impatient with ploughing through stuff for the sake of it TBF. Have nagged a bit to see if they can get more contemporary / scifi stuff recorded. usually look there, mininova.org or audible.com.
     
  15. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction


    Actually I bet you had to read some right old dross or at least stuff that didn't exactly enthuse you. A good skill being able to narate text.
    </derail>
     
  16. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

    Luckily, it was the only one I had to do (each one takes ages cos it's really hard not to fuck up at least one line per page)... I also got told off cos I kept wanting to make sound effects noises with my mouth (Whoosh!, Zap!) etc :D
     
  17. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction

    Excelent. The El Jefe dramatised version.
    :)
     
  18. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    Go on.......


    :)
     
  19. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    Well there was the Mahmoud thing, with the prophet (or businessman as Rushdie calls him) wrestling with Gibreel in the cave, and the 'false' message preceding it where he wrings the 'satanic verses' from gibreel. But what must really get em riled is the idea that the prophet was getting his words delivered via some wierd symbiosis with the changed star of religious stage. That whole bit concerning the prophet and Jahilia (I took that to be Mecca cause of the black stone references-hope I'm not getting that wrong). Not Knowing much about Mohammeds revelations and stuff it's largely guesswork based on what I do know of the muslim faith.

    e2a the fantasy elements are great. I still haven't worked out why Gibreel fufills dreams and is haloed, just as the transformation of Chamcha and his escape with the other transformed is still a mystery. Properly hooked now though.)
     
  20. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    DC - pm sent.

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  21. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    Am reading The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers and enjoying it.
     
  22. Eva Luna

    Eva Luna Well-Known Member

    Just about to start (the book :D) 'Waiting For The Man - the story of drugs and popular music' by Harry Shapiro. Anybody read it?
     
  23. Lea

    Lea Sur un seul mot de toi...

    Killing Me Softly by Nicci French. Not quite sure how to class it. It could be described as a dark romance thriller. Not a typical romance as it includes violent sex.
     
  24. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    Just about to start The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
     
  25. camouflage

    camouflage the usual rigmarole.

    The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.
     
  26. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    Just finished 'Islam in the World' by Malise Ruthven.

    Not. Very. Good.

    :(
     
  27. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

    Snap

    Just finished the Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell. A very entertaining satire of a British East India Company cantonment trying to survive a long siege by rebellious sepoys during the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

    Highly recommended to all and sundry but particularly those who like Flashman/Sharpe etc... (having said that I haven't read any novels concerning the last two but I reckon Krishnapur would provide a nice contrast to swashbuckling tales of British Imperial derring-do).
     
  28. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    :cool:

    Reading it quite slowly. I seem to be reading every sentence twice to see how he does it.
     
  29. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    Excellent novel - have you read any of his others? They are all very good. It is a while since I read them, may have to get them off the bookshelf again.
     
  30. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

    Only a few pages in myself, first Chabon novel that I've read too. It's a while since I've read this kind of hard-boiled style, makes me want to dig out some 50s film noir and drink lots of whisky neat.
     

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