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

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

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

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

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

Postby 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.
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