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What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 11:03
by Moonchild_Bee
:hi:

grrgerald wrote:What got me here was an email from Amazon telling me that a book I had ordered is due for an earlier dispatch. Now I can't remember if we had a book section in the Off Topic and I'm fecked if I'm going to go looking for it.....so tough shit.
I don't read anywhere as much as I used to but I will always read an Iain Banks book. For his science fiction stuff he uses Iain M Banks.
If you are into S.F. then it is a must read and if you have not read any of his S.F. work then it's best to start at the beginning, "Consider Phlebas".

So if you are looking for a summer read here's the man.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Banks


Fire away!

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 11:10
by Mr Smart
Eh?! I didn't post that! I've never read an Iain Banks book in my life!!

I'm currently reading Chris Kamara's biog. Found it for £2!

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 11:12
by GRH
Re-reading "The Ascent Of Rum Doodle" by W.E.Bowman.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ascent-Rum-Doodle-W-Bowman/dp/071266808X

I can't recall how many times I've read it, but it's not enough. Bill Bryson calls it "one of the funniest books you will ever read" and I can't argue with that.

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 11:20
by Moonchild_Bee
Mr Smart wrote:Eh?! I didn't post that! I've never read an Iain Banks book in my life!!

I'm currently reading Chris Kamara's biog. Found it for £2!


Sorry, i'm rubbish at this editing lark, have amended now - sorry for any sleight!

I'm working my way through Christopher Brookmyre - a scottish Carl Hiaasen if you like (if you havn't read any Carl Hiaasen, then do).

Frequently found for 50p in most good Oxfam's and well worth picking up. The below book is a good starting point, considering the world is supposed to be ending today (http://www.familyradio.com/index2.html)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-End-World-Christopher-Brookmyre/dp/product-description/0349109281/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=266239&s=books

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 14:43
by Mikel Bee
I picked up "Under the Greenwood Tree" by Thomas Hardy from the classics section in Waterstones recently. For my laziness I'm still only on page 4. Should I carry on or just watch the film?

I'm also looking to get back into some of Tim Parks' novels.

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 15:36
by Reckless
Not trying to be clever but I am in the middle of three! Superb case study of the Beatles instruments and amps "Beatles Gear" by Andy Babiuk, The Rolling Stones biography by Phillip Norman and "Stig of the Dump" by Clive King as I found it in the loft last week!

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 17:00
by mike_p
Funny you should mention Iain M Banks - hadn't read any before, but just finsished reading 'The Player of Games' - good book.
At the moment I'm reading Eternity, by Greg Bear.

One book I always recommend to SF fans (and anyone else) is 'The Sirens of Titan' by Kurt Vonnegut. One of those books that you never forget - like his classic 'Slaughterhouse 5'.

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 18:59
by pgbee
Of Didcot and The Demon - THe Cricket Writings of Alan Gibson - MCC Book of the Year 2010. Wrtings of matches involving all the players I grew up watching on Sunday afternoons in the 70s in the John Player League

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 21 May 2011, 20:02
by Golf Delta
I've just started to read 'The Father, The Son and the Ghostly Hole' by Rory McGrath. It resonates so much with my strict Catholic upbringing and my school years at FCHS....it is very funny!

"I remember thinking when I was about 14, I hope God doesn't find out I'm an atheist." - RM

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 22 May 2011, 09:23
by kingoffootball
I'm actually reading 'On The Origin of Species' which for a scientific paper is very readable. It' impressive how accessible and interesting it is also taking into account its age.

I did take a break from it while I was on holiday though and read 'Cinderella Man' as I enjoy boxing biographies.

Next from my pile of books I haven't read yet will probably be 'Let The Right One In'.

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 22 May 2011, 11:13
by Statto
Don Quixote. The next book on the list of "1,001 Books to Read Before You Die". Only managed 72 so far.

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 22 May 2011, 20:39
by barnetboy1
Just finished the Zepp book....excellent!
Enjoying The Wobble,and I'm afraid I'm one of those that gets Goosebumps at the sight or sound of a Spit or Hurri,and this book is understatedly brilliant.

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 23 May 2011, 12:08
by hoofer2
This because I do not get much say in it:

Amelie the Seal Fairy: Rainbow Magic

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amelie-Seal-Fai ... 489&sr=8-1

This because a colleague I work with authored it and he will not shutup until everyone else has read it:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-English-Re ... 226&sr=8-2

This because after the Vulcan Bomber it is the best machine ever:

Spitfire: Portrait of a Legend Leo McKinstry
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfire-Portra ... 298&sr=8-1

This reminds me how worthless my job is in comparison:

White Spider - Heinrich Harrer
http://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Spider-st ... 366&sr=8-1

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 24 May 2011, 12:59
by Phil The Force
Reckless:
Does the Beatles' book on instruments explain why they didn't buy Ringo a better drum kit and cymbals?
I'm sure Ringo would have been a more respected drummer if it hadn't sounded like he was hitting cold custard and dustbin lids!

Re: What books are you currently reading?

PostPosted: 24 May 2011, 15:27
by beeamazed
Penguins Stopped Play by the late Harry Thompson.
(For the third time and still hilarious)
Any club cricketers who haven't read this are advised to rectify that immediately....