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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:52 pm

Finished John Darnielle's novel last night, which was very good indeed, and immediately started on Martin Aston's book about 4AD. Looks like this is gonna be a good 'un too
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:32 pm

indiansummer wrote:...immediately started on Martin Aston's book about 4AD. Looks like this is gonna be a good 'un too
"Tis so.

Just finished "The Tortoise and The Hares" by Giles Radice, fine book about Clem Atlee-era Labour. Coalition with the Conservatives, building nuclear bombs, pro-American foriegn policy - bloody Red Tories : )

Started Kim Gordon's book as well, which begins understandably miserable with the break up but cheers up a bit thereafter.

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Post by indiansummer » Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:06 pm

andyi wrote:cheers up a bit thereafter.
sort of
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by mkgleeds » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:25 pm

Have just finished Viv Albertine's book, which - as i think has been previously mentioned around here - is rather wonderful.

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Post by Yex » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:21 am

I'm finally getting around to reading The Tain (the Ciaran Carson translation).
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by this clump of trees » Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:54 am

i'm starting "The Tailor of Ulm" by Lucio Magri.. its very good so far, you can find it on libgen, or one of those libgen mirror sites

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Post by michael » Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:15 am

"Lost In London", by Lucy Scott and Tina Smith. It's not Geoffrey Fletcherish or anything but it's got some interesting ideas and it made me get out my A-Z. I especially liked the orchard in the grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital in Bromley, Perivale Wood and Horsenden Hill, the East Ham Nature Reserve ("from Beckton Station it's a 10 minute walk north under the motorway overpass, until you spot an overgrowth of foliage on the right") and the rail line walk from Finsbury Park through Highgate to Muswell Hill,

"it's worth pausing at the 17-arch St James Lane Viaduct, a north-easterly vista opens up to your right, gazing onto a huge sweep of the capital, from Haringey down to Hackney, and with the City's hub of skyscrapers just visible to the south."

I really like that idea of the view over the city.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Silver Girl » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:34 am

[quote="michael
"it's worth pausing at the 17-arch St James Lane Viaduct, a north-easterly vista opens up to your right, gazing onto a huge sweep of the capital, from Haringey down to Hackney, and with the City's hub of skyscrapers just visible to the south."

I really like that idea of the view over the city.[/quote]

Ah, minor lump-in-the-throat here - spent 3 years living 100 yards from there...although I don't miss having to walk past a serial killer's flat twice a day...
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by michael » Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:52 am

What did you think of the view from the viaduct?

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:04 am

I've started the new Jonathan Franzen. It's big enough to kill a man.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:30 am

Finished A Home at the End of the World the other day. It floored me. Every sentence a gift.

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Post by humblebee » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:25 am

crystalball wrote:Finished A Home at the End of the World the other day. It floored me. Every sentence a gift.
It's an absolute gem. I can't even explain it. Just love.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:24 pm

humblebee wrote:
crystalball wrote:Finished A Home at the End of the World the other day. It floored me. Every sentence a gift.
It's an absolute gem. I can't even explain it. Just love.
It really is. The question is, where do you go from there? Might have to read a phone directory to calm down a bit. Can you still get those?

No-one writes like him. It's almost ridiculous how fluent, effortless, thrilling his prose is. And he writes about people like a benevolent God; like he's not like them but he's part of them. I mean, I've read most of his books. I knew. And yet.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by islandhopper » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:19 pm

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Accidentally ended up reading two Booker prize winners in a row and they really couldn't have been more different.
The Luminaries is a densely-packed and intricately woven mystery novel set in a New Zealand mining town of the 1860s (not the book to begin 2 days before you move house as I foolishly did) and Paddy Clarke Ha ha ha by Roddy Doyle is a fairly loose collections of vignettes from the perspective of a 10 year-old boy in 1960s Ireland. It was rather a pleasant contrast though as I enjoyed simply being able to appreciate Roddy Doyle's writing after concentrating so hard with what was going on in The Luminaries! That's partly my fault for reading The Luminaries at the wrong time though as when you can give it your full attention it is very rewarding with a great cast of Dickensian characters.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:40 pm

"The Luminaries" is a real cracker, isn't it. I was on about that a couple of pages back.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by islandhopper » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:38 pm

andyi wrote:"The Luminaries" is a real cracker, isn't it. I was on about that a couple of pages back.
Yeah, the world she creates is quite extraordinary. I'd read her first novel and hadn't got any sort of sense she was capable of doing something like that.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by holyzombiejesus » Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:25 pm

Ha! I bought A Home at the End of the World just through reading the posts up thread. So thanks. I'm about half way through and really really enjoying it, much more so than the other book I got after reading about it on here (the bloody silly House of Sleep).

I've got Adrian Tomine's Killing and Dying next, probably followed by David Mitchell's Slade House. I enjoy reading horror in the lead up to Christmas, although god knows why as they're generally really badly written and not eerie or scary at all. Yes, Susan Hill, I'm talking about you (amongst others), you crappy tory hack.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Silver Girl » Tue Jan 12, 2016 5:50 pm

Amongst many, many tomes that pitched as part of xmas/birthday celebrations, I'm really enjoying Censorship Now! by Ian Svenonius. Although I don't know if I'm allowed to be finding it funny or not...
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Silver Girl » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:58 pm

Paging B. S. Johnson fans...Poundland have got a hardback retrospective in their book section right now...
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:31 pm

Silver Girl wrote:Paging B. S. Johnson fans...Poundland have got a hardback retrospective in their book section right now...
Can't say I saw that one coming.

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