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Will have a look.

I guess I've read GE&B about four times and find something new each time, a few years and I'll read it again, my copy is rather worn ?

It's somewhat like Finnegan's Wake which one of my brothers has been reading for years and yet to finish it but not complaining.

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I was listening to radio national and heard an interview with Tim Winton about his book "The Shepherd's Hut", so it reminded me to mention here that I read that last year. I had read "Eyrie" before it, and the two books have absolutely nothing in common except for being set in WA. Both were very good, but Eyrie is probably the more interesting of the two. 

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he's so celebrated i tried really tried to get into Cloud Street Cloudstreet.  just couldnt do it.

as for paper books / tablets, how do people get comfortable? 

these days it seems no matter where i sit, recline, or lie i am not happy for long.  its like a restless night in bed where any position feels okay for a few minutes before it starts pissing you off.

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Just now, @~thehung said:

he's so celebrated i tried really tried to get into Cloud Street.  just couldnt do it.

as for paper books / tablets, how do people get comfortable? 

these days it seems no matter where i sit, recline, or lie i am not happy for long.  its like a restless night in bed where any position feels okay for a few minutes before it starts pissing you off.

That's a bummer. I mostly read in bed. Two latex pillows under the head, and my book holding arm and book resting on another.

However, I can read in most places.

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2 hours ago, @~thehung said:

as for paper books / tablets, how do people get comfortable? 

IKR? The phone is where it's at. I tweak mine so a capital letter is about 2mm high, margins are minimal and only the volume buttons change the page.

It's totally the way to go. You don't need a light on in bed, and there's a fair bit of daylight between being too tired to hold a book properly and being too tired to hold a phone. Then there's the fact your phone is pretty much always on you, so you can read your book while taking a dump at work and so on; you can get through a book heaps faster. 

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Phones are ok but kindle paperwhite is best ? light and larger screen plus you can't beat e ink. 

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Given how many linear metres of books I have in boxes ready to ship to S.A I very much agree SN.

However the Kindle has sure come into its own for bed reading of lighter stuff.

Cheers

 

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7 hours ago, SacrificialNewt said:

I still prefer a proper book.  I definitely don't like reading ebooks.

 

I used to agree with you but I started using the kindle just for travel and then when I had it syncing to the phone so I could continue a book when I had to wait for something I pretty much just forsook printed editions. 

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I switch between genres like a squirrel on speed.  Currently reading "Genesis of the Grail Kings" by Laurence Gardner (having just finished "Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark" by same author) - but will happy curl up with Nora Roberts, Dan Brown, Jean M Auel, Wilbur Smith or Jean Plaidy (aka Eleanor Hibbert).  My book shelf is very eclectic.

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I love the Kindle app on my iPad. I have a huge library there and it takes up no storage. 

Much like Devere, my reading is like a rabbit on speed.  I've just finished The Lost City of Z and am currently reading a book about Jack the Ripper. 

 

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So, I finished Weaveworld today at the expense of everything else. My eldest had bought it from me on Advice from the book store salesman when she told them my favourite books were The Dark Tower Series. Yes, it has some definite similarities whilst being quite different at the same time. It was worth reading, but I wouldn't rate it as better than The Dark Tower. 

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I chose this book ..." The Reasons I won't be coming "  by Elliot Perlman, because the title resonated . It's a collection of short stories. I'm more inclined to want a big book that I can get all caught up in, but this guy's writing is doing that for me anyway.
He's only written a few books so far. I'm not finished with this book yet. I will miss it when it's finished.

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Well,

 

Apart from "A Gentleman in Moscow" which I am deliberately savoring, it's so good, I've cleaned up my Christmas pile so decided to re-read a book I knew would need to be returned to.

 

"Seven Eaves, Neil Stephenson."

 

He's always a great but not especially easy read but this one tops his efforts to date - sheer brilliance and I was right, needed to be read again.

 

Cheers

 

 

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On 29/01/2019 at 9:33 PM, SacrificialNewt said:

So, I finished Weaveworld today ...

 

If you like Barker, you might like to give The Great & Secret Show a shot.  Younger me loved it.  Kinda went off him sometime between then and now.

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On 3/18/2019 at 11:59 PM, Cybes said:

give The Great & Secret Show a shot.  Younger me loved it

 

A relative gave me that when I was a kid. Like, eight? 

 

All I remember about it is the scene in a Mexican bar with the bestial sex show...

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Not reading as much as usual. In fact the book I'm putting up now I've been reading for much much longer than my normal speed, which relates more like a relaxed binge read. The book is done in two parts and beginning the second part today confirms for me that I will start this book over again on completion. It's called " 84 K " written by Claire North. first published 2017 ... so, pretty new.

It was a book left behind, and I only picked it up cos it wasn't a romance novel or a who-done-it type. I'm bloody curious to finish it, now 😉 It's a futuristic take on the UK.

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Now that could be very interesting Ev, will see if the library has it in the morning.

 

S.A. has a pretty amazing library system that with no apologies I'll give credit to my sister for a portion of.

 

Sign on anywhere, you can rent anywhere, want a book ? they'll find it and bring it to your library for you - might take a few weeks but if it is in the system they'll get it for you -pretty damned incredible - I love owning books but these guys might change my ways and save me a fortune 🙂

 

My sister just retired after, I dunno, couple of decades here and seems to have been part of an agent for change in what was a very moribund system as a senior librarian who kept just thinking outside the dots - we, as a family, tend to be like that - confuses people  🙂

 

Love her to death, she is plain and simply unreal  🙂

 

Sorry, was not really about my sister - what am I reading ?

 

Hmm, as usual more than one thing, " The Glass Complex" sort of has my attention, so does "oath of Office" both sort of trashy but I'm in a trashy frame of mind, saved by apparently I have to read "Sapiens" I keep putting it off but it is interesting and I have Brin's "Heaven's Gate" on the go - as challenging as usual.

 

Apparently Stephenson has a new release, will have to go check.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I recently finished The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor. It was VERY good. 

 

I'm now half way through The Long Earth by Pratchett and  Baxter. I'm enjoying it, but I suspect it will not top Annie Thorne.

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On 05/01/2019 at 12:27 AM, eveln said:

Crikey !.  I have read the first two of this series. Mere unadulterated chance that I happened upon them too. I started the first as a time filler to keep me alert during quiet time ...

Well I found the read quite distracting and was sorry to only have the two available to me .

I'm more of a Follet freak. I love his sagas.

 

Sorry Ev, I missed this.  If you enjoyed Maze runner, I'd recommend The Divergent series by Veronica Roth.  Ignore the Movie series.  It's ok until you get to the end and realise that they changed the ending and screwed it up.  Shame as the ending in the books is great.  But it's recommended, especially if you've also read and enjoyed the Hunger Games book series.  They did a good job with the movies, but it was not up to the standard of the books (as usual).

 

I'm currently re-reading the Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony.  Excellent series.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Chaos.Lady said:

read and enjoyed the Hunger Games book series.

No. I think though I've watched the one film ( possibly the first ), but not read any of the books.

Honestly don't know where I fit with book types these days. My choices are very random, and I've generally no clue before as to whether the book is actually worth the bother till I'm in and reading .

 

The two Maze books were a surprise for me. If I happen across more of that series I will read them. The author is worth the read imo.

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Just finished The Message of The Sphinx by Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock.  (Conspiracy Theorists R Us lol)

 

Graham Hancock is a journalist and Egyptologist.  He is the author of The Sign and The Seal and Fingerprints of The Gods.

Robert Bauval is a Construction Engineer and Egyptologist, and the co-author of The Orion Mystery.

 

Basically... a book about the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza with all the science and astronomy thrown in for good measure to... not really PROVE... but explain why the authors think that those monuments are far older than modern Egyptologists will admit or accept (ie circa 10500BC rather than the currently accepted 2500BC)

 

"Controversial and fascinating.  The Message of The Sphinx presents hard geological, textual and astronomical evidence that the Sphinx, Pyramids and other monuments in the Giza Necropolis are far older than previously believed, and that they were constructed using a technology far beyond what Ancient Egyptians supposedly possessed"

 

Enjoyed it immensely and with an open mind, gives a lot of food for thought.

 

Currently trying to source some more of his writing 😄

 

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