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 Post subject: Re: Last Book Read
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:59 pm 
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Is that how they are written!!!! what a load of cr@p. Why not write in English, would he have his German characters talk like zey ver in an epizode ov allo allo. Or the cockerney bouys talk loike they were in mary poppinssssah

Call me old fashioned but literature should be literate.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:20 pm 
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Is that how they are written!!!! what a load of cr@p. Why not write in English, would he have his German characters talk like zey ver in an epizode ov allo allo. Or the cockerney bouys talk loike they were in mary poppinssssah

Call me old fashioned but literature should be literate.


Jeez...how do I explain this?

It is written in English but the prose is Scots dialect (if I'm using the wrong terminolgy here, please someone correct me)

I don't have any examples but it wouldn't be any different from a book being written about cockneys and using rhyming slang.

It's written like it's spoken - honest :)

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Song of Susannah (DT VI) by Stephen King. :)

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The last book I read was wend the wind blows by James Patterson. The last, start to finish, anyway!


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'Eleven Minutes' by Paulo Coehlo, or it will be the last book I read when I get to the end. It's a story about prostitution but he writes in such a way that you an't help but think about what the characters are saying. Deeply philosophical really, much like the other books I've read by him.


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I've swallowed/consumed a few books of late. I have finished the last in the series of "The Conqueror" by Conn Iggulden. Very well written series on the life and times of Genghis Khan from his days as Temujin the Khans son, to the outcast, to becoming the leader of a nation where there was no unity. Through the conquering of the Chin lands and finally the forray west into Middle Eastern lands.

Highly Reccomend all three books.

Next I read the first two books of the Oathsworn series, written by Robert Low. This is the Story of a Fostrii boy in the Norse lands in the time of the Vikings. Another exceptional piece of writing, had me hooked throughout. It's set at the time of the expansion of the Roman Christian Church and so often has conflicting "Gods" to be prayed too, although will always throw up the similarities between the multi-God Norse faith and the single-God Roman/Muslim/Jewish faiths. Great read.

Also a high reccomendation.

I have literally just finished reading The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway, this is a debut novel and is very descriptively written. I don't want to give too much away as I think it too should be on most peoples "to Read" lists. Slightly Sci-Fi fayre. What I will say is that in the descriptive style it gets very wordy at about the mid point. I think as it's a first Novel the writer was possibly occupied with Character Formation. So there's no Montage of growing up etc... The book starts at the main characters 20-30's to set out the plot-end-sequence, it then reverts to origins of the main character, and I'd say for possibly 60% of the book is from origins to the point you jump into the book at. From there it rejoins the action and sequences through to the end in a surprising yet enjoyable way.

I managed to bag myself a signed copy of a hard back from Amazon. So I'm hoping this chap goes on to big and better things. If only to pass an Heirloom on to my (I hope) offspring.

I'm due to start reading The Forgotten Legion, forget (lol) who it was written by but expect a mini-review when done.

In short (because I bet some of you are too lazy to read even that above):

The Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden = Damned Good Read, even for you non-readers (through choice).

Oathsworn Series by Robert Low = If you like Vikings and history give this a go, if not steer clear.

The Gone Away World = Wordy, yet enjoyable. Worth a gander if you enjoy reading. Otherwise probably too heavy to catch your attention.

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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

Semi-autobiographical account of Conrad's time in the Congo Free State in the late 19th Century. :|

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Song of Susannah - Stephen King

One more book to read in what is one of the greatest stories ever told..

...And the Tower awaits.

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The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula Le Guin.

A brilliant, yet simple book about how playing god never works.


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I'm due to start reading The Forgotten Legion, forget (lol) who it was written by but expect a mini-review when done.

I've read the Forgotten Legion and it's follow up, The Silver Eagle. Pretty good, kept me interest for most parts, sometimes was a little frustrating but I got used to it.

Also finished the third Oathsworn book. Found it not quite as good as the previous two.

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The Night of the Mi'raj, by Zoe Ferraris

A kinda mystery whodunit set in Saudi Arabia with a strict pious muslim man who jobs as a desert guide, recruited by his friend to try and find a missing girl (the friend's sister). It's her first book and having lived in Saudi, she sets the background and creates the world of the book in exquisite detail. I enjoyed finding out more of the conflicts and cultural problems the society there encounter, woven into the lines of this fiction. It is along the same lines as the Princess trilogy by Jean Sasson which reveals fairly horific things about the Saudi way of life (and treating women), which I also highly recommend.

"Vivid and suspenseful, The Night of the Mi'raj is an extraordinary psychological drama and a mesmerising portrait of a society at once exquisitely cultured and profoundly claustrophobic."

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Looking for a new book to read, any recommendations lately folks?

Not into fantasy type stuff or Si-fi really. :thumbup:

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Looking for a new book to read, any recommendations lately folks?

Not into fantasy type stuff or Si-fi really. :thumbup:


The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Won the Nobel prize fro literature. Absolutely brilliant and short enough to finish in a couple of sittings.


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breakingintoheaven wrote:
Looking for a new book to read, any recommendations lately folks?

Not into fantasy type stuff or Si-fi really. :thumbup:


The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Won the Nobel prize fro literature. Absolutely brilliant and short enough to finish in a couple of sittings.


Already read it O-D, excellent book. Anything else along those lines?

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Already read it O-D, excellent book. Anything else along those lines?


Two of my favourites are Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima. The first is like a Japanese version of Lord of the Flies, about a group of reformatory school boys abandoned in their village during the end of WWII. The second also contains a gang of troubled kids and the ending will stay with you for a long long time.

Both are fairly short and available from Amazon.


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Already read it O-D, excellent book. Anything else along those lines?


Two of my favourites are Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima. The first is like a Japanese version of Lord of the Flies, about a group of reformatory school boys abandoned in their village during the end of WWII. The second also contains a gang of troubled kids and the ending will stay with you for a long long time.

Both are fairly short and available from Amazon.



Thanks O-D, sounds like my kind of thing. I'll check them out :thumbup:

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breakingintoheaven wrote:
Looking for a new book to read, any recommendations lately folks?

Not into fantasy type stuff or Si-fi really. :thumbup:

Well I'm re-reading The Wheel of Time to catch up with the new releases being written by Brandon Sanderson - if you like sci-fi & fantasy, then his Mistborn series is pretty decent!

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Reading the latest James Patterson book 'worst case'. It's good but not in the same league as his older stuff. Starting to lose it a bit now.


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Reading the latest James Patterson book 'worst case'. It's good but not in the same league as his older stuff. Starting to lose it a bit now.


I've read 'Step on a Crack' Sparky, good read. :thumbup:

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