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Old 14.10.2011, 21:58
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Re: What are you currently reading?

How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-up Comedian - Stewart Lee

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Old 17.10.2011, 10:51
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AAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhh so many books, so little time...

At Home - Bill Bryson

Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior - Judith Martin

What the Dog Saw And Other Adventures - Malcolm Gladwe
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Old 17.10.2011, 11:31
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I have just read 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' by Jonathan Safran Foer.
A sales girl in Orell Füssli, the English bookshop in Zurich raved to me about it when I was looking for another book. She was so enthusiastic that I had to buy it, and I agree completely with her.
It's the story of a young boy trying to cope with with losing his father in the Twin Towers. It is an unusual but totally compelling story without being too 'schmalzy'. I loved it!
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Old 17.10.2011, 11:44
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Just started on that one - loving it so far!
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Old 17.10.2011, 12:17
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Wow - I've gotten some great idea for books to read from you guys. I just finished: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot Great book in general but especially for science types or those interested in the ethics of science. It's about the discovery of HeLa cells and their importance in science/medicine and how the woman they were taken from (without consent) was not compensated...
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Old 17.10.2011, 12:24
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That is a fantastic book as good as Pillars of the Earth.
I am 3/4 into Pillars of the Earth and am very much enjoying it. I wish i had more time to just sit done and finish the book but there is never enough time in a day!

I'll have to buy World Without End next.
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Old 17.10.2011, 12:26
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Just finished The Dark Lantern by Henry Williamson. Volume 1 of a 14 volume series. Always a favourite author of mine.Read all his animal (Tarka etc) when I was younger. Beautiful gentle writing about the English way of life from 1880 until after WW1.
Any Williamson fans out there?
Also reading Simon Scarrows novels on Wellington and Napolean. Great adventure I must say.
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Old 17.10.2011, 20:17
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Re: What are you currently reading?

The Devil in the Music by Kate Ross...murder mystery set in 18th century Italy...lovin it so far

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz sounds morbid, but it is interesting

Princess by Jean Sasson...about Saudi Princess...interesting, and yet annoying at seeing the wasted lives of the ultra rich and all that they manage to do and get away with...
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Old 18.10.2011, 00:52
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Re: What are you currently reading?

A Strange Kind Of Glory - Eamon Dunphy

Very well written, insightful view of what it meant to be part of MUFC, during the Busby era. Politics/Religion give a greater influence than I expected.
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Old 18.10.2011, 08:30
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I just started "The Yiddish policemen union", by Michael Chabon. It's hard to top "Cavallier and Clay", but so far it looks pretty good.
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Old 18.10.2011, 19:45
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reading Yoga for dummies!
Nice book to discover a bit more about Yoga.
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Old 18.10.2011, 22:00
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Just finished Lukas Barfuss's 'Hundert Tage', set during the Rwandan genocide. Highly political and pretty powerful.

I'm now beginning Schlink's 'Der Vorleser', which I've been meaning to read for ages!
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Old 19.10.2011, 11:14
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Just finished "The Bells" by Richard Harvell.

The book enthralled me from beginning to end. Set in St Gallen and moving on to the music halls of 18th century Europe, it has everything. Most of all, I have never heard music through words before! Highly recommended.
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Old 19.10.2011, 11:35
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Just started on that one - loving it so far!
It's great, isn't it? I can hardly put it away.
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Old 19.10.2011, 11:55
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy, depressing and uplifting at the same time. Very good.
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Old 19.10.2011, 11:59
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Just finished "The Bells" by Richard Harvell.

The book enthralled me from beginning to end. Set in St Gallen and moving on to the music halls of 18th century Europe, it has everything. Most of all, I have never heard music through words before! Highly recommended.
The Bells was one of the most interesting stories I had read in a long time. Highly recommended is right. My heart is beating faster just remembering the book.


On the other hand, I just finished The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay. What seemed like a good premise quickly got lost, and by the middle of the book I was left wondering what the point of the story was. The title has nothing to do with the storyline. I can actually give about ten points why you shouldn't waste your time with this one.

Now off to start the last Sue Grafton. A guaranteed good (if not quick) read.
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'Half of a Yellow Sun' by Chimamanda Adichie. Absorbing story set in Nigeria. Part of my endeavour to learn more about different regions in Africa.
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Old 30.10.2011, 21:05
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I just finished The Honor of the Queen by David Weber, which is the second book in the Honor Harrington series. I'm also finishing up Ancestor by Scott Sigler. Both of those books I've mentioned previously in this thread.

Another book which I've just started is one I bought several years ago at a small bookstore at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, but never got around to reading. I figured it's high time I started. Unlike most books I've posted here, this book has been translated into ALL of the main Swiss languages.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Schiffbruch mit Tiger von Yann Martel

L'Histoire de Pi de Yann Martel

Vita di Pi di Yann Martel

P.S. The French translation of this book IS available at Payot.ch, but right now their server seems to be having problems and I can't search for ANYTHING on their web site. I trust they'll get it fixed later.
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Old 30.10.2011, 21:23
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy, depressing and uplifting at the same time. Very good.
As someone who collects apocalyptic fiction, I can readily say this book is one of the most starkly written and most deeply depressing books I can recall in a long time. The movie didn't do it justice at all. It's a terrific book, especially if you enjoy the genre, but I also found that after I had a child this and other similar books were deeply disturbing to me as a parent. Not light reading for the family bound.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Something completely different........ Farrol Kahn's new guide to the Valais. Very tongue in cheek in parts and an absolute must for Wallis-lovers. Having been recently promoted, apparently sales are going quite well for him. Bravo!
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