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Old 21.12.2007, 09:52
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Yeah, that's the one. Great stuff.

On the subject of Dan Brown, people take his books as gospel it seems since the Da Vinci Code, but didn't he write one once where there was a plot to assasinate the pope with a lump of anti-matter or something? Ridiculous.
I read a review of once of the Dan Brown book "Angels and Demons" and the reviewer compared Brown to Umberto Eco. I hope poor Eco got over the shock. I don't know what it is about Brown that makes my stomach churn. I thought the Da Vinci Code was anything but thrilling, in fact the plot was leaky and the characters weren't very well thought out. Maybe I just hate hyped up authors.
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Old 21.12.2007, 09:54
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I read a review of once of the Dan Brown book "Angels and Demons" and the reviewer compared Brown to Umberto Eco. I hope poor Eco got over the shock. I don't know what it is about Brown that makes my stomach churn. I thought the Da Vinci Code was anything but thrilling, in fact the plot was leaky and the characters weren't very well thought out. Maybe I just hate hyped up authors.
Actually, my wife made a similar comparison after reading the Da Vinci Code - although it was in the stlye of "He's trying really hard to be like Umberto Eco, and failing miserably".
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Actually, my wife made a similar comparison after reading the Da Vinci Code - although it was in the stlye of "He's trying really hard to be like Umberto Eco, and failing miserably".
Like I said, good old fashioned book burning.
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Old 21.12.2007, 10:32
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An Author I recommend is Henning Mankell. He is Swedish and writes criminal thrillers. I read them in English and I enjoy them every time so far.
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Old 21.12.2007, 10:40
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An Author I recommend is Henning Mankell. He is Swedish and writes criminal thrillers. I read them in English and I enjoy them every time so far.
Mrs Dodger likes to read them too. The closest that I've gotten to his stories so far is the TV adaptations that sometimes screen on ZDF on Sunday nights.
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Old 21.12.2007, 10:44
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Mrs Dodger likes to read them too. The closest that I've gotten to his stories so far is the TV adaptations that sometimes screen on ZDF on Sunday nights.

Yeah I have seen some of those, but the books are so much more gripping. The movies seem bland in comparison.
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Old 21.12.2007, 10:53
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I read a review of once of the Dan Brown book "Angels and Demons" and the reviewer compared Brown to Umberto Eco. I hope poor Eco got over the shock. I don't know what it is about Brown that makes my stomach churn. I thought the Da Vinci Code was anything but thrilling, in fact the plot was leaky and the characters weren't very well thought out. Maybe I just hate hyped up authors.

Dan Brown blows. I wanted my 10 hours back so bad
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Old 22.12.2007, 19:33
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

Anyone after a change of their life view should have a go at

The Yes Man - Danny Wallace

(Warning - reading this book may lead you to cut all ties with several friends, offend a lot of people who thought you were really rather pleasant, quit your job managing a successful mail order company, and move first to the other end of the UK, and then to Switzerland. I thoroughly recommend it )
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Old 27.12.2007, 00:25
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another interesting site for book lovers : LibraryThing , you can build a virtual bookshelf, have a look at reviews & find books by genres & reccomendations.
Clicky fun for the bibliophile.
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Has anyone else read J.M. Coetzee's 'Disgrace'?

Just finished it. It's a pretty good book, but dang! why does the protagonist not keep the lame young dog who liked music?

Is it about some high-minded thing about letting go when it's time for something to go? Like his Lothario days?
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Old 09.01.2008, 18:00
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

Two airport impulse buys on the way home from Xmas in the UK which I recommend,

Steve Berry - The Alexandria Link (similar in some ways to Da Vinci code but don't let that put you off - good if you like / know your biblical history or have ever read anything by Kamal Salibi)

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (a bit harrowing but definitely a good book)

Also just starting on a more light hearted Christmas present,

Jasper Fforde - The Fourth Bear (which thus far is most entertaining )
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Old 09.01.2008, 22:29
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

I also picked up The Book Thief in the airport - but couldn't get into it. Gave it 50 pages or so..... Worth another go?
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Old 09.01.2008, 22:44
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Hm, tough to say - I was a bit annoyed at first by those little bold commentary bits, but after a while you kind of don't notice them. I enjoyed it but I'm guessing not everybody would as it is a pretty grim read in places...
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Old 09.01.2008, 22:46
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

I recently read My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl. He was always my favorite author when I was growing up. This book had me lol'n on several occasions. It's pretty short (208 pages) perfect for a flight.

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"The nameless narrator has revealed snippets of the lovable, lascivious Uncle Oswald's life in other collections, but this is the only novel--brief though it is--dedicated solely to the diaries of "the greatest fornicator of all time." Inspired by stories of the aphrodisiac powers of the Sudanese blister beetle, the palpable seductiveness of the lovely Yasmin Howcomely, and the scientific know-how of Professor A. R. Woresley, Uncle Oswald anticipates the concept of the Nobel sperm bank by some 40 years, flimflamming crowned heads, great artists, and eccentric geniuses into making "donations." The life of a commercial sperm broker has a few surprises even for a sophisticated bon vivant, and Dahl manages his signature sting-in-the-tail ending even in one of his lightest comic works."
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Old 09.01.2008, 23:29
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I'm currently reading "The art of happiness" by HH Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler and recommend it to everyone who is open-minded to, and/or interested in eastern philosophies. The book applies the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems. The book is written in an informal style and is an easy read. I'm only on page 45 a.t.m. but already have had a few "a-ha" moments as well as "wow, that's a good way of looking at it" moments. Pick it up if you see it in the bookstore, you won't be sorry.
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Old 09.01.2008, 23:34
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If you like scifi that will tear strips off of you, I recommend Jeff Noon.

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Read Vurt a decade or so ago, a very weird read. The fantasy was a bit too far out for me and I had trouble keeping track of the story. Jeff has a very "different" writing style. Perhaps I'll give the book another go some time soon and experience it in a different light.... or should I say "different feather".
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Old 10.01.2008, 12:17
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Has anyone read "World without End" yet?

Is it as good as " The Pillars of the Earth"? One of the best books ever.
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Old 10.01.2008, 12:28
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I haven't read it but IMHO Ken Follett, after reading almost all of his books, basically blew his load with Pillars of the Earth and will most likely never achieve the level of brilliance he had with that one, again.

And I 100% agree one of the best books I've ever read. I read the last 600 pages in one sitting, couldn't put it down. Which reminds me, I lent it to someone and want it back.

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Is it as good as " The Pillars of the Earth"? One of the best books ever.
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Old 10.01.2008, 13:45
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just recently finished reading 'The Horizontal instrument' by C. Williams..Really liked it..has a great mix of emotions and precision..and potential to attract a wide array of readers..

also can recommend another book by Olga Grushin called 'The dream world of Sukhanov'...pretty good but a long one to read..

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Old 10.01.2008, 14:02
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I've just turned the last page on Tom Bower's unauthorised biography of Conrad Black. The book is called Dancing on the Edge (latest edition includes details of his 2007 trial) and is a sobering look at Lord Black's meteoric rise and subsequent fall as director of Hollinger and proprietor of the Daily Telegraph.

Conrad Black and his caustic wife Barbara Amiel don't cut very sympathetic figures, so Bower spares little in exposing their extravagance and general right-wing hypocrisy.
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