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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you read Divorcing Jack? It's not by Irvine Welsh, but it's very exciting in a similar vein. (pun intended!)
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Helen, I haven't. Who's it by? I'll look out for that.
Just started The Fourth Hand by John Irving. (I don't hang about!)

I'm still half way through Small Island by Andrea Levy, but wasn't enjoying it very much, and Jane Eyre, but I don't think I'll ever finish that.

I was going to read Espedair Street by Ian Banks next, but I read a few pages and didn't fancy it at the moment. I liked The Wasp Factory.
I have to have something on the go, at least one sometimes two or three. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missy wrote:
No Helen, I haven't. Who's it by?


It's by Colin Bateman.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missy wrote:
Finished Trainspotting. I can't wait to get down the shops now and see what else he's written ...


From the heights of his debut with Trainspotting, you may be a little disappointed with the rest of his work.

That said, GLUE isn't bad at all and ideally should be read as preparation to PORNO which is a bit of a return to form (and has the additional bonus of having a blowup doll on the front cover to ensure you get funny stares on the tube!)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Lew"]
Missy wrote:
Finished Trainspotting. I can't wait to get down the shops now and see what else he's written ...


From the heights of his debut with Trainspotting, you may be a little disappointed with the rest of his work.

That said, GLUE isn't bad at all and ideally should be read as preparation to PORNO which is a bit of a return to form (and has the additional bonus of having a blowup doll on the front cover to ensure you get funny stares on the tube!)[/quote

I'm reading Porno now, liking it almost as much as Trainspotting. Not enough of Rents in it yet though.
My husband is strangely taken with the front cover. I don't use the tube now, I will hang it out of the car window to see what reaction it gets!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'The Alchemist' by Paulo Cuelho ... am about halfway through. Is it just me, or does this read like an extended Aesop's Fable? Also, am I being deliberately contrary when I say it reads just like a bloke wrote it so that he can justify doing whatever the hell he likes in life? Funny really, girls gobble up fairytales eagerly when they are reading as kids, perhaps that's why they know so much about the great lessons in life by the time they reach adulthood ... whereas blokes ... ah ... blokes ... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished Porno, and liked it a lot. It is less shocking that Trainspotting, and not so many bits that made me feel sick.
I think the characters come over better in this, they are more distinct, and easier to tell apart.
Enjoyed it a lot and don't know what to read next.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have just re-read Hallucinating Foucault by Patricia Duncker - a mesmerising read dealing with passion, madness, sex and death.

It also plays with the idea of who writers are, who they write for, who is your ideal reader? It is brilliant - up there in my top ten alongside the English Patient - go back to it every couple of years. Reading it this time what struck me was most was the details of the relationship between Paul Michel, one of the two main characters and Foucault - a man for whom he writes all his life but never meets. Paul Michel spends much of the novel incarcerated in a French lunatic ayslum but don't let that put you off - it is anything but depressing - the opposite in fact.

And for those of you who don't think you are clever enough to read a novel with Foucault in the title (you know who you are) -you can just read it for the love story.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in book limbo, it will either be Cloud Atlas or The Lovely Bones or Vernon God Little or I might finish Jane Eyre, or then again I might not as it's as boring as arse.
I shall peruse my bookcase and make a decision this afternoon. I am lost without a book on the go. Nothing to accompany the tea and biscuits.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished 'The shadow of the wind' at last. Can't recommend it too highly. It's a real treat.

Moved away from Paulo Cuelho (think I've got a mental block about spelling his name, every time I look at it something feels wrong!) without a sense of loss as the book went back on the shelf and am now well stuck into 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffeneger (thanks for the recommendation Jan) I'm enjoying it immensely. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missy wrote:
I'm in book limbo, it will either be Cloud Atlas or The Lovely Bones or Vernon God Little or I might finish Jane Eyre, or then again I might not as it's as boring as arse.
I shall peruse my bookcase and make a decision this afternoon. I am lost without a book on the go. Nothing to accompany the tea and biscuits.



My wife got really pissed off with Vernon God Little. I was doing too much laughing out loud as I read!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well then I think it will be that. Larfing out loud sounds good to me. Just bought a book in Asda, but can't remember what it's called. I've been picking it up every time I go in there, something about a bloke walking along a Cornish beach. Haven't looked at it yet, as I had to run home and stuff the lamb in the oven.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm finally getting started on my 'to read' pile.
Have just read the first few chapters of Lovely Bones which I'm liking a lot!
Love the language and style of writing.It would be a book I couldn't put down if it weren't for shouts of 'Mum, can I.. this or that,' and 'Mum,come and wipe my bum!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh the memories of that, bum wiping duty.........

I read some of The Lovely Bones, and I was liking it, I can't remember why I stopped now. I will go back to it.
Vernon God Little is good though. Keep laughing.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting reading what everyone's reading. I read a lot of children's fiction to feed into the work I do round school libraries - currently ploughing through the long list for this year's Carnegie Medal (49 books).

Best one so far is the one I'm currently reading, 'Millions' by Frank Cottrell Boyce. I'd say it's a bit of a crossover book with an 'innocent' narrator giving similar perspectives to Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time'.

Most of the stuff I'm reading is aimed at Year 6 through to 9. For those of you with kids that age, I can recommend the following from this year's Carnegie nominees:

Sharon Creech - Heartbeat - Y6-8
Elizabeth Laird - Paradise End - Y8/9
Catherine MacPhail - Catch Us If You Can - Y7/8
Philippa Pearce - The Little Gentleman - Y6/7
Robert Swindells - Ruby Tanya - Y7/8
Jacqueline Wilson - Best Friends - Y6-8
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