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Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by kawasaki » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:25 pm

A Chaotic Humphrey wrote:A couple of weeks ago I picked up a copy of 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' from The Works.
At just £3 for a whopping 850 pages it was a baaaar-gain!
And what a fucking brilliant book! Seriously, if you've not read it then you really must. It is so well written. I know it was a recent TV series but I never saw it (I wonder if it's on BBC iplayer...), but the book is just sooooooooo good in soooooooo many ways.



I'm wading through it. It gets rather a slog with its laboured archaisms.

A bit like Lovecraft for grown-ups.

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by An Absent Humphrey » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:28 pm

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a copy of 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' from The Works.
At just £3 for a whopping 850 pages it was a baaaar-gain!
And what a fucking brilliant book! Seriously, if you've not read it then you really must. It is so well written. I know it was a recent TV series but I never saw it (I wonder if it's on BBC iplayer...), but the book is just sooooooooo good in soooooooo many ways.

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by geronimo » Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:22 pm

A Chaotic Humphrey wrote:I've just finished 'Dry Store Room No1' by Richard Fortey.
It's all about the back-room curiosities and anecdotes from the Natural History Museum.
It's a great read - interesting, intriguing, odd, anecdotal, and very well written. You can fly through it. It's the kind of thing you'll look forward to re-reading in six months time.
Well worth the ten quid it cost and the week or two it will take you to read it.


Bizarre, I was just recommending that to a mate earlier today. Cracking little read. I think I paid a quid for it at The Works :)

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by An Absent Humphrey » Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:31 pm

I've just finished 'Dry Store Room No1' by Richard Fortey.
It's all about the back-room curiosities and anecdotes from the Natural History Museum.
It's a great read - interesting, intriguing, odd, anecdotal, and very well written. You can fly through it. It's the kind of thing you'll look forward to re-reading in six months time.
Well worth the ten quid it cost and the week or two it will take you to read it.

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by Levied Troop » Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:33 pm

Just finished 'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel. Post-apoc tale cut into chunks that flash back and forward covering a group of people who's stories slightly inter-connect. Interestingly it doesn't deal with the first year of the disaster, it runs across years 1 to 20 and a few months before day zero. The secondary plot structure is based on a quote from Star Trek "survival is not enough". I rather liked the sad, elageric, mood of the story, it's good on the small things that are missed as society collapses.

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by Clayface » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:01 pm

egstonvonbrick wrote:oh...

Biography.. usually i find a turgid genre


'Hollywood Animal' by Joe Esterhas is the best Biog I ever read. He was the scriptwriter for 'Showgirls' and a whole lot of other dreck, he writes like a demonic godfucker and it's a brilliant book.

Pat

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by Phil_Gray » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:31 am

Charles Stross'"Laundry" series... nice intermingling of 60s spy tropes (Bond/ Palmer et al) and Cthulhu Mythos...

Second (third) the MM Pyatnitski books... also his Nomad of the Timestreams - Oswald Bastable triptych... while there may be many worlds there are some events that are held in common (NB - never, ever, move to Hiroshima, in any timestream)

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by egstonvonbrick » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:51 pm

oh...

Biography.. usually i find a turgid genre try... 'About Face' by Col D Hackworth
An absolute gem of a book... Dave was a Warrior (Korea and Vietnam)... and wanted things to remain that way...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/About-Face-HACKWORTH/dp/0671695347

Also assuming you have done the Illiad and Odyssey what about a bit of Greek...
Aristophanes is an absolute joy (ancient Greek knob and bug gags!)and Euripides ain't so bad either.

Or failing that a very good kids book... Rebecca's World written bu some Terry Nation chap, whoever he may be!

Cheers
Ev

Re: Lookee Here, We Got Us A Book Learner...

Post by egstonvonbrick » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:41 pm

>>Byzantium Endures
Oh i do like a bit of MM... my favorite of his is Gloriana (the unfulfill'd Queen)'

Don't really 'do' fiction but i've asked the old Dear to chuck a copy in my cardboard box when they are done with me.

Cheers
Ev

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