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Old 30.11.2010, 16:30
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I finished reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, liked it a lot. Planning on reading Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.

I do want to read "crime and punishement" and "war and peace" I am just a bit afraid :S
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Old 30.11.2010, 16:35
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin.

Really interesting how his battle with depression and alcoholism following the famous Apollo 11 mission made his antics on the moon look like a breeze.

He's got a big ego for sure, but I'm still awestruck at what those men did and the organisation that got them there.
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I finished reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, liked it a lot. Planning on reading Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.

I do want to read "crime and punishement" and "war and peace" I am just a bit afraid :S
I was also a little bit afraid but Crime and Punishment isn't scary at all. Of course, its not a "booky wook" but its by no means inaccessible nor particularly long (at least the english translation).

Not sure I'm interested in War and Peace... people remark on it being reeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllly looooooooooooooooooooooooong but I've never heard anybody talk about how great it is.
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Old 16.12.2010, 14:32
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I don't read enough fiction. I picked this up recently in a library and was pleasantly surprised. It is a quick read with good reviews, a kind of modern day Casablanca in St Croix. Written by a pilot, about a pilot whowhiling flying tours in a Grumman Goose and recovering from a divorce meets a woman with a dark past. I read it while in St Croix sitting on the beach infront of a restuarant/bar shack which I imagined Hemingway might enjoy.
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Old 16.12.2010, 14:38
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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas


It won the Commonwealth Prize, but it's hard to figure out why. Lots of "f-words".

It's supposed to be a panorama of the society today - in Australia, but I guess everywhere else too.
I read that recently and didn't really enjoy it.

Just starting reading Room - interesting concept, not sure where it's heading though.

I read War and Peace years ago, and while some small parts were a bit drawn out, I loved it. Got very attached to the characters (but I was much younger and less cynical then).
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Old 16.12.2010, 14:44
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My computer shut down on me before I could add the book info! Stranger's gate by Tom Casey

http://www.amazon.com/Strangers-Gate.../dp/0765311909

http://books.google.com/books?id=UMM...0casey&f=false
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Old 16.12.2010, 14:47
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I finished rereading transmetropolitan before coming back to CH.

very good comic
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Old 16.12.2010, 15:20
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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by Davis S. Landes
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Old 16.12.2010, 15:36
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The God of Small Things

by Arundhati Roy

goes right under your skin and terribly sad but also terribly beautiful..
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Just started "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson. As a scientist myself, it is quite interesting to immerse myself in a fictional world, where the division between science and society has been taken to an extreme. Only 100 pages in (of 900-ish), but already enjoying the ride!
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Three Weeks to say goodbye

Author C. J. Box

explores an adoptive parent’s worst nightmare in this compelling stand-alone thriller. Box’s convincing villains—gangsters, murderers, child pornographers—each provide a different face of evil, and each individual has to decide how best to get at the truth. As usual, Box blessedly reasserts that whatever the cost, such truth exists, and ordinary folk have the strength to find it

Good Book!
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I`ve just finished reading `UNBROKEN` by Laura Hillenbrand and as my flat mate would testify - I can only rave about this book.
It`s a true story that is so incredible that I felt completely humbled after reading it.
The story concerns a young American - bit of a reprobate at school but gets a final chance to go back on the straight and narrow after sinking into petty crime. His chance is through school athletics and he goes on to break every US record for his age group, qualifies sensationally for the US 1936 Olympic team, is personally introduced to Hitler after the final.
At the outset of war, despite being afraid of flying, he joins the US air force and then in the early days of the war, gets sent on a search and rescue mission - in a plane that has been scavanged for spare parts. During the search their plane ditches - only 3 survive miraculously, from the 8 man crew.
They drift at sea, hunted continuously by sharks and enemy aircraft - breaking all records of survival.
Eventually they are `rescued` - all but dead.
What follows the `rescue`. . . . is NOTHING compared to what came before. It`s just such an incedible and heart-rending story.
So . . . I guess you could say I would recommend it
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Old 21.01.2011, 19:07
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I read that recently and didn't really enjoy it.

Just starting reading Room - interesting concept, not sure where it's heading though.

I read War and Peace years ago, and while some small parts were a bit drawn out, I loved it. Got very attached to the characters (but I was much younger and less cynical then).
I just finished Room - can't say I liked it.
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Aatish Taseer's 'Templegoers', which depicts life in modern Delhi. A bit unwieldy but interesting and worthwhile.
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I usually read 3-4 books at the same time, depending on my mood at the time.

Right now: The Fry chronicles by Stephen Fry---awesome

Agatha Christie's secret notebooks by John Curran---Just started but very intriguing for any fans of Christie

Talking of Jane Austen by Sheila Kay-Smith and G. B. Stern---loving it

The yiddish policemen's union by Michael Chabon---very interesting plot about a
fictional District in Alaska called Sitka, where the Jewish refugees and their descendants live after the collapse of Israel in 1948. Detective novel and well written.
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Old 22.01.2011, 14:18
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Anne of Green Gables, and German Grammar Drills
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I've been trying to read Thomas Pynchon's Mason and Dixon for months, but it's slow going. Cool though.
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I've been trying to read Thomas Pynchon's Mason and Dixon for months, but it's slow going. Cool though.
Read Pynchon's 'The Crying of Lot 49'. Not exactly sure what it was all about but it was good fun while it lasted.

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Just finished "Death Troopers" by Joe Schreiber. About to start " The Gates of Hell are about to Open, Mind the Gap" by John Connolly
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Sherlock Holmes
What a delightful read !!!

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The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Yep. Me too. Great classic reading.
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