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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:12 pm

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry...so far it's ok.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby action » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:53 am

donna tartt - the goldfinch

chronicles the life of a boy that lost his family. it's full of great moments, friendship, lost loves and loved-ones.

it's also super thrilling and paranoia.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:53 am

magic action wrote:donna tartt - the goldfinch

chronicles the life of a boy that lost his family. it's full of great moments, friendship, lost loves and loved-ones.

it's also super thrilling and paranoia.

I knew that name rang a bell! The Goldfinch sounds amazing.
Have you read The Little Friend, I own that one, but it's in storage right now, but I plan to read it soon once I get it back.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:06 am

icy wrote:The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry...so far it's ok.

Hard to tell if it's getting better or worse as I read more of the book. Hard to follow, at least for me.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Simon » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:29 pm

For any book lover I strongly recommend:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._(Dorst_novel)

Don't read too much of this article. Just trust me, order it and enjoy it. You will possibly ruin your excitement when you read too much about it. I only just started. Very nice concept. I have high hopes it will rekindle my desire to read more.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:38 am

Simon wrote:For any book lover I strongly recommend:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._(Dorst_novel)

Don't read too much of this article. Just trust me, order it and enjoy it. You will possibly ruin your excitement when you read too much about it. I only just started. Very nice concept. I have high hopes it will rekindle my desire to read more.

Your link isn't working. I wanna know more ;).
I've gone through a few books in the past few weeks, so added up it makes 11 books so far read this year.
The most harrowing reads this year have been Lucky by Alice Sebold and Stolen By Lucy Christopher. I was sad at the end of Three Wishes by Barabra Delinsky.
I think Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue might be my next read.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Simon » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:28 am

Sorry, this should work:

Link to the book in question
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:14 pm

Simon wrote:Sorry, this should work:

Link to the book in question

Thanks! I'd think I'd enjoy it. Eyes peeled as always
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:48 pm

Nick Hornby How To Be Good atm.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:13 pm

icy wrote:Nick Hornby How To Be Good atm.

It was not a good read IMO. Nearly a let down for me.
Started this one earlier today...Before I Wake by Robert J Wiersema
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Simon » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:18 am

Alas, too many projects in my weekly schedule to really focus on novels... Had to stop the amazing "S" (mentioned above). It takes too much time and you really need to focus on it...
However, fuck the workload over the holidays... Started a reading frenzy yesterday: Three books grabbed my attention:
1. Steve Toltz - A Fraction of the Whole: A 700 page family history in Australia. Extraordinarily funny. Almost every page has a memorable quote. Has me laughing out loud, which rarely happens. Very clever writing so far (i.e. 150 pages into the book. That'll be a joy to read and real sadness to reach the end)
2. Daniel Kahnemann - Thinking, Fast and Slow. Not a novel but a book on psychology and how people are not really smart and rational all the time. In a nutshell the book argues that the mind is lazy and whenever more thinking is necessary the brain switches to the lazy mode and tries to answer a question instead which is easier to answer. But this happens without us knowing so our decisions are not rational at all. Fascinating insight into the mind so far... (i.e. 30 pages into the book)
3. Paul Auster - Report from the Interior: Sequel to his autobiographical "Winter Journal". While the latter focussed on the exterior, Report focuses on the development of the mind. Usual Auster style which I still love and cherish... Had just a sneak peek into the first chapter and cannot wait to start it 'for real.'
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:09 pm

Wow, Simon. I love the way you describe books. It's clearly you love to read. A silly question, do you read more than one book at a time?
I'm 60 pages in to my Before I Wake, I can hardly put it down. And it's one I had for over a year, but It's just now I feel like I can read it.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Simon » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:41 am

Well, if you don't love reading, there's no point in doing it anyway.
I don't think I am smart enough to read more than one book at a time. UNLESS they are different genres. If I read two novels at a time, I tend to confuse the characters and the plots. And if both novels are gripping, i always want to read in the book that I am NOT reading at the time. I can cope switching between reading a novel and a non-fiction book as I do now.
I hardly find myself reading books these days. And somehow I feel it's harder for me to find a novel that grabs me instantly so I don't want to stop. So, I am very happy indeed that a friend gave me A Fraction of the Whole as a present. By the way, she asked a bookseller in a small bookshop for a present for me and she told him who my favourite authors were. Luckily, he shared my enthusiasm for Paul Auster, Jonathan Coe and Ian McEwan, so he knew what might also interest me. He was dead on. So, people: Go to the small bookshops, avoid Amazon's "people who bought this...", avoid the big chains (their recommendations are purely based on contractual agreements).

By the way, I understand what you mean with being able to read a book only now... That happens to me every now and again. Sometimes, the first page of a novel immensely annoys me... then, a year later, it makes perfect sense. And then, maybe ten years later, the book gains another dimension, another quality and it opens more secrets... I guess that's what Oscar Wilde meant with "A book not worth reading twice is not worth reading at all."
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:45 pm

Simon wrote:Well, if you don't love reading, there's no point in doing it anyway.
I don't think I am smart enough to read more than one book at a time. UNLESS they are different genres. If I read two novels at a time, I tend to confuse the characters and the plots. And if both novels are gripping, i always want to read in the book that I am NOT reading at the time. I can cope switching between reading a novel and a non-fiction book as I do now.
I hardly find myself reading books these days. And somehow I feel it's harder for me to find a novel that grabs me instantly so I don't want to stop. So, I am very happy indeed that a friend gave me A Fraction of the Whole as a present. By the way, she asked a bookseller in a small bookshop for a present for me and she told him who my favourite authors were. Luckily, he shared my enthusiasm for Paul Auster, Jonathan Coe and Ian McEwan, so he knew what might also interest me. He was dead on. So, people: Go to the small bookshops, avoid Amazon's "people who bought this...", avoid the big chains (their recommendations are purely based on contractual agreements).

By the way, I understand what you mean with being able to read a book only now... That happens to me every now and again. Sometimes, the first page of a novel immensely annoys me... then, a year later, it makes perfect sense. And then, maybe ten years later, the book gains another dimension, another quality and it opens more secrets... I guess that's what Oscar Wilde meant with "A book not worth reading twice is not worth reading at all."

There was a time for about a year that I didn't enjoy reading. I still read, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Thankfully things changed. I used to write and I never did get that back, but I'd be lost without reading.
I cannot read 2 books at the same time.
I'm not kidding Simon. I usually shop for books at second hand places, and I've found some great ones in very good condition that way. Only one in over 8 years was in bad shape, but I purchased it anyway. I've became a fan of many authors this way, and usually every 2 weeks I buy more books. Who knows what great finds will be next :)
Thanks for understanding, many don't. I'm shocked I put off Before I Wake for so long, but right now I think is my time to read it. Then to choose what to read next.
Thanks for the discussions !
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Simon » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:38 am

Good to see that there are people out there that also suffered from those reading depressions if you can call this. This also happens to me to films by the way...
second hand books can really inspire you... and if you come across some notes in the margins from the previous owners, you can also follow his/her thoughts... that's amazing (hence S. is so gripping ;) )
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