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Off-topic: Books!

Afternoon all,

Appreciate this is horrendously off-topic (I'm sure we could bring it back with some choice quotes from Keane/Zlatan/SAF books), however, what are some of your favourite books, and has anybody picked up any decent ones recently?

I used to be a voracious reader, alas, with work and family commitments; I really struggled to find the time over the last 12 months or so. Happily, I've been back at it!

I recently read what was an award-winning horror in 'The Loney', which I found to be absolute trash! Really well written, but for me, the story lacked substance, was categorised entirely misleadingly, and failed to deliver on some quite intriguing setup and foreshadowing. "Trash" is probably harsh, as I suppose I wouldn't have been left so disappointed if there weren't an element of tension and build-up in its craft.

In the same week, I read 'Ready Player One' on the recommendation of my brother. Very different to the above and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Quite the contrast in style as well as genre, as it seemed the book wasn't technically brilliant, but I thought the concept was quite captivating and I look forward to the Stephen Spielberg film coming in March this year.

I recall Admin1 and a few other posters suggesting some brilliant books on the financial crash and economics to me a few years ago, so thought I'd ask you all for some in whichever genre you wish!

Cheers

posted on 11/1/18

VC,

Have you read any Duncan Falconer?

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comment by Busby (U19985)

posted on 11/1/18

Book is always better than the film. So if I've read the book, I don't watch the film.

If a film comes out based on a book, I read the book instead of watching the film.

posted on 11/1/18

omment by The Lambeau Leap (U21050)
posted 4 hours, 35 minutes ago

VC,

Have you read any Duncan Falconer?

..............

No. I just looked him up on Wiki. There is a very good chance I might have met him before depending on how much of his bio is true.

comment by Dave (U11711)

posted on 11/1/18

comment by Diafol Coch 77 (U2462)
posted 1 day, 2 hours ago
Most of my reading is now JA606 which is where I get my world view.
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Should be compulsory reading in school curriculums.

comment by Dave (U11711)

posted on 11/1/18

comment by Busby (U19985)
posted 1 day ago
Finally got round to reading 1984, scarily close to where we are headed. Fantastic book when you take into account when it was written.
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It is scary. It's terrifying. Brilliant book.

comment by Dave (U11711)

posted on 11/1/18

If anyone is into a bit of Fantasy/Sci-Fi then see if you can track down some of Ursula Le Guin's short story compilations such as The Winds 12 Quarters and The Compass Rose. Vaster than Empires and more Slow, and The Diary of the Rose are two stories that really struck a chord with me.


I've actually published a few journal articles on the genetics of transgender fish orjies which I think are quite intriguing. Shall be publishing a few more on fish gender change by endocrine manipulation later this year so keep your eyes peeled! Probably won't make any best seller lists though.

posted on 11/1/18

comment by Rodney NotSo #savetheasses (U11711)
posted 1 hour, 38 minutes ago
comment by Busby (U19985)
posted 1 day ago
Finally got round to reading 1984, scarily close to where we are headed. Fantastic book when you take into account when it was written.
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It is scary. It's terrifying. Brilliant book.
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A Clockwork Orange is probably my favourite dystopian novel, hence the login name. Also recommend Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker for something a bit more "out there".

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