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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:11 pm

Don't think there's a thread for books so here's one started up.

Decided the other day to put my Ipod to good use and download some audiobooks to listen to on it. Have seen I Am Legend and the Omega MAn and heard the book was quite different so gave that a try, finished it yesterday and muct admit I enjoyed the whole thing, seems like quite a short book I must admit but it was good at creating tense moments and i'm disappointed none of the movies have been as faithful as they could've too it.

Any recommendations from people?
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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:13 pm

Try One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey , great story and a different perspective from the film
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Post by LeeT » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:23 pm

'Kill Your Friends' by John Niven

The author worked as an a&r man at a record company in the 90's and this novel is based on some of the acts he worked with. Very crude and shocking but funny too.

'Englands Dreaming' by Jon Savage

A history of punk mostly during the 1970's focusing mostly on the Sex Pistols. Takes some getting into but worth it in the end.

'From Dawn Till Dusk' by John W. Pettinger

Looking back at ATV/Central (the ITV service providers in the Midlands) this contains some never seen before photos and great info. A little repetitive at times but good nontheless.

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Post by mick_aka » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:38 pm

Reccomendations I have read recently:

Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers,
Logans Run,
The Man on Platform 5,
Life, the Universe and Everything,
Billy (biography by Pam Stphenenson that had me both laughing and crying)

I'm also half way through Children of Dune which despite being told was crap I'm really enjoying.
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Post by SirClive » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:44 pm

LeeT wrote:'Englands Dreaming' by Jon Savage

A history of punk mostly during the 1970's focusing mostly on the Sex Pistols. Takes some getting into but worth it in the end.
Superb book that I too recommend.
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Post by Technomancer » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:57 pm

"Neuromancer" by William Gibson
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Post by pforson » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:07 pm

General Book:

Wilt by Tom Sharpe

very easy to read and laugh out loud funny.

book of which a film has been made:

Fletch by Gregory McDonald

great read and quite a bit grittier than the Chevy movie

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Post by SirClive » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:09 pm

My favourite book is Kalki by Gore Vidal. But pretty much all of his books are very good. I think Live from Golgotha would be his most commercial though.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:52 pm

pforson wrote:General Book:

Wilt by Tom Sharpe

very easy to read and laugh out loud funny.

book of which a film has been made:

Fletch by Gregory McDonald

great read and quite a bit grittier than the Chevy movie

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Strange that you list them like that when there's also a Wilt movie. I preferred Porterhouse Blue.
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Post by Mickey T » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:10 pm

Anything by Tom Holt but especially Faust Among Equals, Overtime, Grailblazers and The Flying Dutchman.

Douglas Admas The Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul (Dirk Gently's Holistic detective agency), so much better than hitchhikers.

James Herbert has a nice back catalogue now, not all are great but when he gets it right it is a great ride, Portent, Ghost Of Sleath and Creed are amongst my favourites.

Lovecraft and King are good for concept, and Dickens covers almost everything else.
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Post by C=Style » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:32 pm

I'm a bit ashamed to admit this but I've never really sat down and read a book properly before, certainly not a novel or anything fictional. I was thinking about trying it out as lots of people say it's better than watching a film once you get properly into it.
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Post by Sputryk » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:55 pm

(Almost) anything by Dean Koontz - Watchers (one of the few proper scary stories), Midnight, Twilight Eyes, By The Light Of The Moon to name but a few.

The Wheel Of Time saga by Robert Jordan. Truly fantastic and puts the mighty Lord Of The Rings into the shade.

Greg Bear's The Forge Of God and Anvil Of Stars double-whammy.

The Real Frank Zappa Book.

Wouldn't It Be Nice - Brian Wilson.

Otherland - Tad Williams.

Battle Royale - Koushun Takemi.

Shougun - James Clavell.

Moving Pictures, Mort and Soul Music - three hilarious books by Terry Pratchett.

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Post by The Last Ginja » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:03 pm

Recent reads I would recommend:

World War Z-Max Brooks
Catch 22- Jospeh Heller
Rose Madder-Stephen King
Intensity-Dean Koontz


I'm currently reading:

Dark Tower books-Stephen King(on book 5 of 7 at the moment)
The Dark Half-King again
Johnny Depp-biography

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Post by sscott » Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:08 pm

Pride & Prejudice, a cracking read - honest!
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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:14 pm

Have you tried Edmund: A Butler's Tale?

It's a giant rollercoaster of a novel in four hundred sizzling chapters . A searing indictment of domestic servitude in the eighteenth century , with some hot gypsies thrown in.
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