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daddycam
Posted - 20 March 2017 09:59
currently "Classic Motorcycle Mechanics", but I think I might read "Decline and Fall" by Evelyn Waugh starting tomorrow.
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:00
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Conclave.
polz
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:00
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Snow Drops by Miller. Bit of a cliche about Russia, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Coracle Lolling
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:00
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An 80 page contract.

About two-thirds of the way through and it's not really holding my attention.
daddycam
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:01
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if it read it's self, would the Robert Harris book be "Autoclave"?
Bentines
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:16
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The Reason I Jump - Naoki Higashida
Perfidious Porpoise
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:16
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Our Mutual Friend
Parting the Waters - America During the King Years
Natasha's Dance - A Cultural History of Russia
The Art of Vinyasa
Probability for the Enthusiastic Beginner
Montaigne's Essays (that has been sitting next to my bed for the past 6 years ...)
polz
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:18
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What's the art of vinyasa like? Why did you choose that one?
And Natasha's dance? Is there a story, or just historical?
Perfidious Porpoise
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:21
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Hi polz

Art of Vinyasa - a bit too much new age gobbledygook for me ("picture your kidney wings spreading"--WTF?) but I just want to make sure that my postures are correct. I have actually also been through David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga manual and so far I don't think Art of Vinyasa has any additional insight.

Nastasha's Dance - Nonfiction by Orlando Figes. Like the way it examines works of art and literature to explore how Russians grapple with their cultural heritage
Merkz
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:22
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Wide Sargasso Sea
Island People

both in preparation for a trip to the Caribbean

Ecological Models and Data in R

as a sort of long term project

Dusterz - if you haven't already you should read The Rider by Tim Krabbe - a novel but for my money easily the best book about cycling ever written
stardust
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:24
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Thanks Merkz. Have to say, I need to keep going on the road bike but I am struggling to fight my nerves on a downhill and to build up my confidence re clipless. I seem to have a big issue with both in my head and it's holding me back. Going to switch to normal pedals for a while but the downhill issue is frustrating but I am not sure how to get beyond it. Hmm.
polz
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:24
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cool, thanks pp. there is a *cult*, plus new age aspect to yoga that I also want to avoid. but agree, I've wanted a good book with illustrations to ensure I'm doing the postures right.
Merkz
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:30
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for clipless it will come with practice; just ride around a LOT practising starting and stopping and it will become second nature

downhill is different but t the end of the day you aren't racing and if you want to scrub some speed and feel like you are more in control then go for it. build experience on smaller descents if possible; also it is more fun to go downhill fast on warm dry summer roads!
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:36
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The Sellout. I'm not sure it's very good really.

Just finished Pale Fire, which was bizarre and amazing.
Bright Carver
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:39
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'Something Like Fire'.

Bar a couple of notable omissions in terms of contributors, it's a good read.
Perfidious Porpoise
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:40
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I find The Sellout to be a bit overhyped as well--there are some acerbic insights into race and some well-written comedic bits but not really held together that well by the overall story.
Keef is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:40
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Re-reading Dennett's essays.

Haven't touched fiction for a bit. Been meaning to read some of the later Faulks efforts but haven't got round to it yet:
Keef is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:42
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The Sellout was okay - much better than some recent Booker winners (e.g. The Finkler Question).

Not the sort of thing that gets reread tho.
polz
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:44
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I had The Sellout on pre-order and amazon said it couldn't be delivered til June. hmm. sounds like there's an earlier way of purchasing it!
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:51
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It was out in paperback in all the shops for months. You're right that Amazon says released June 1st now though, weird. It is a larger format paperback than normal.
Robert Lucas
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:58
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Likewise, dubious about The Sellout but am labouring dutifully through to the end of it. Couple of good lines.

Also labouring through the 'The Emperor of Ocean Park', like Scott Turow set in the Supreme Court nominee levels of African American society. That makes it sound way better than it is.

Next up, Thomas Bernhard 'Old Masters', two old geezers meet every morning in the art museum in Vienna. Billed as comedy but it's not the uncontrollable laughter side splitting type, or, really, even the funny type, so far as I can see.
Saillaw
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:08
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Recently finished the new John Grisham which was good although the name escapes me. Currently reading William Boyd's new one Sweet Caress which is keeping me amused.
stardust
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:10
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I have never read any John Grisham. Is he crime or thrillers or both or what? He's one of those authors that other people seem to devour a lot of, but I have never gone near.
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:24
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Sail, I loved earlier Boyd - Any Human Heart, New Confessions, but felt like he was phoning it in slightly in later books. Will I enjoy Sweet Caress do you think ?
Bobbie-Fleckmann
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:25
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i am inhaling as much Norman Collins as I can lay my hands on
SumoKing
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:28
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rof
Third Half
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:34
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Picked up about 12 books over the weekend. Goodness knows when I will read all. But one was specifically about Churchill's finances.[Lough 2015] I have only read 4 chapters.

Upon his father's death in 1895 he transferred from the infantry to the cavalry (4th Hussars). Paid (as a subaltern [2nd Ltd]) 10 pounds per month. (cf Laurie Lee earning as a building labourer in about 1934 about the same about [40 years later])

But Churchill, as a junior officer in a cavalry regiment was expected to maintain a charger for hunting and polo ponies so he asked his aunt for an allowance of £500 pa (about £50k pa now.) Churchill, the great man, could not balance his own personal budget for decades.
Robert Lucas
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:39
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Norman Collins! good find!

and I forgot, Simon Schama History of England 1776-2000, ripping yarn.
Laz will be Lib Dem leader
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:44
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All the PResident's Men by Woodward and Bernstein
The Joker's Downfall by Ian Robinson
Dirty Thirty by Asa Akira
Woolfreturned
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:19
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just finished The Hundred Days (for the 3rd or 4th time), now reading Conspiracy.

I loved Conclave. It made me want to read more popish books but sadly the Morris West novels are out of print and not available on kindle.
stardust
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:32
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Woolfreturned - 1. Are you Woolfie? If so, hello - I hope you're well and incredibly happy.
2. Have you tried Abebooks? I have just searched on there and they have some Morris West books listed:

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&an=Morris+West&tn=&kn=&isbn=

I am just about to start chapter 7 of Conclave and the doors have literally just shut on them so I suspect all manner of sh1t is about to go down!
Woolfreturned
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:34
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I am indeed Woolfie. Hello! I'm still pretty smug, if that counts. currently a bit under the weather but assuming it's not actually tuberculosis I'm sure it will pass.

I've not tried abebooks - I shall check it out.


Twinkle twinkle little wang
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:36
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Woolfie if u like a bit of Poping try Memoires of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen. I picked it up in a book swap at a holiday cottage - totally bonkers but quite fun
stardust
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:37
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You never struck me as particularly smug. Maybe only when you were boasting about your Uggs

You will love Abebooks. I do not take any responsibility for how much cash you blow on there finding out of date literature. That being said, I note most of the Morris West books are about a quid, so....
Twinkle twinkle little wang
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:37
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To answer the question, I am reading a book about a scientist who discovers Jesus' body and extracts his DNA. It is truly awful. Am loving it.
old git roundabout
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:43
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Sad Caress was good, if not quite as good as Any Human Heart.

I strongly recommend The White Goddess-An Encounter by Simon Gough.
aviator
Posted - 20 March 2017 18:02
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I am trying to read Clive James' translation of the Divine Comedy. 34% through and I have barely understood a word of it.

Light relief from the above, This Thing of Darkness - Harry Thompson

And fascinating, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli

(And, An Assassin's Blade - Justin dePaoli, but I am not mentioning it.)
sad banta
Posted - 21 March 2017 01:10
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I've just realised that I have in fact read Sweet Caress. That's how memorable it wasn't.

Tromb - have taken a punt on Fast and Louche, a whole 1p secondhand on Amazon, not at all subsidised by the postage and packing cost, not at all.
GHF
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:06
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The Romanovs by Simon Sebag-Montefiore which is pretty intellectual for me.

Usually, Jilly Cooper is about as intellectual as I get....
stardust
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:12
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I have actually got that on my pile to read. I picked it up because I liked the colour of the cover. How intellectual is that! Ha!
Scot Chegg
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:32
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aviator
Posted - 20 March 2017 18:02
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I am trying to read Clive James' translation of the Divine Comedy. 34% through and I have barely understood a word of it.


I struggled through it until about halfway and then it was quite enjoyable. However, as usual with the old epics, it's massively enhanced if you read it alongside a commentary. I've found the best way to read Homer, Dante and the like is twice - once with the commentary and then the second time without.
Scot Chegg
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:35
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Although Homer on its own is great, depending on the translation (e.g. Pope)

Linked to this, a great book I read recently was "Why Homer Matters" by Adam Nicholson. He's a travel writer, so it's a bizarre blend, but superb. And contains one of the most shocking scenes in fiction or non-fiction that I've ever read.
Obadiah Hakeswill
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:56
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Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis. The first half was mildly entertaining but the second is slow going. Don't have too much time to read books at the moment though, as I am busy writing my own.
Saillaw
Posted - 21 March 2017 10:07
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Dusty there are two sides to Grisham. There are the out and out legal thrillers like The Firm which tend to end up with some kind of courtroom showdown and then there are more general thrillers which combine law with life in the Deep South. I prefer the latter.
stardust
Posted - 21 March 2017 15:04
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Just bought three books at lunchtime. Whoops.
stardust
Posted - 21 March 2017 15:04
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Thanks Saillaw!
Queen E is voting LibDem
Posted - 21 March 2017 15:09
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Happy by Derren Brown.

Going to see him next week \ /
stardust
Posted - 21 March 2017 15:11
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Fair enough but I think you should get another hobby, though. This was just a lunchtime meander...

tarquin
Posted - 21 March 2017 15:25
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Re Liars Poker, Gutfreund took Lewis to lunch and told him that that book had wrecked his career, but had made his

Amazing how many of that gang popped up again in the subprime crisis 20 years later

Plus ca change etc

Reading Isabel Allendes Retrato en Sepia in Spanish
Buck
Posted - 21 March 2017 16:19
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Kissinger by Niall Ferguson

Very interesting if International Relations is your thing