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    The Book Club - Recommend /Review

    After purchasing many books over recent months from the swap shops in Thailand
    I thought it would be a good idea to have a book club to review and hopefully pick out some gems.

    To kick things off....



    Its a New York best seller which was the first thing that attracted me to it.
    Its the story of young lad who grew up most of his life without his Dad
    and turned to his grandad for guidance.

    The grandfathers classroom was the Local Bar in New York where JR grew up
    with many different character's ,Some good ,Some bad and some just plane funny !

    Fantastic true story 8/10


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    bez, freaky dancing

    mark 'bez' berrys infamous rise to fame from his eyes, right up to the bands fateful trip to barbados where it all went tits up, read it in 2 days,brilliant



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    This is the last one I read:



    A collection of short stories by the Master..John Grisham..

    And before that a book by my favourite author..more short stories that touch upon every nerve..excellent reading..


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    Obviosuly Trainspotting was Irvine Welsh's master peice,I thought he would
    go on in the same vein but his follow up PORNO was shockingly bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KOBRIEN
    but his follow up PORNO was shockingly bad
    Disagree, mate..Porno was a smidgen better than Trainspotting IMO and Glue kicks the fuxk out of most things I've read..

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Porno
    Agree to disagree,I thought he was just trying to shock and cash in more on T'S.

    THE ICE MAN : PAUL CARLO
    True story based on the confessions of Hit man - Richard Kuklinski

    Im not a massive fan of these serial killer books but this gripped me
    from the first page to the last.

    Richard get's beaten and treated like a dog from his parents when he was a kid.
    This creates a man who does not quiver about killing a man by whatever
    means are the most entertaining,This includes being eaten by rats,Poisen,Gun shot,Frozen....

    Read the book now before they finish the movie which should be out in the near future.


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    Maurizio Peleggi

    If you fancy contemporary {turn-of-the-century} Siamese historic critique and observations, than you might care to pick up Maurizio Peleggi's "Lords of Things: The Fashioning of the Siamese Monarchy's Modern Image". Quite original and striking, considering the discipline it falls under - Chulalongkorn era studies/scholarship - which is quite dense and overwhelmed these days. A decent and honest survey.

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    Nice insight into the world of an up and coming movie star.
    The most interesting Movie diary was the one for Withnail and I.Talks in depth
    about the audition process and feel of the movie when he wan an unknown.
    Other Movie Diaries notes in the book include - Hudson Hawk - La Story.

    I never really liked Richard E Grant until after I read this book,I have since downloaded most of his movies .

    8/10
    I wish more actors would write film diaries like this.




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    Kill Your Friends by John Niven.



    Fans of Irvine Welsh might enjoy this. As a pop-culture shocker it blows most of Welsh's books clear out the water.

    The books protagonist Steven Stelfox is a record company A&R man in the height of the UK 90's "Britpop"-era music industry.
    He is the most racist, horrible, coke-snorting psychopath in any book I've ever read.
    Also the funniest. Hardcore black humour at its best. I re-read it about 4 times already, fuggin hilarious.

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    A simply outstanding book,

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    Shocking selection of books there, fellas... kiddy stuff, you're a bunch of fukin lightweights for sure for sure as the Oirish say...

    I just picked up a book, and I'll review it for youse alls as soon as mes gets through it; might take a while:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok
    A simply outstanding book
    Ive seen this in a few stores,Can a non Tennis fan enjoy this book ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Shocking selection of books there

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    ^ I had that when I was a kid (still keep it somewhere...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    ^ I had that when I was a kid (still keep it somewhere...).
    Im guessing you have it framed in your living room

    Been looking at your recommendation - Robert Balano 2666
    Doesnt sound like a light read but I will pick it up when I see it next,Has some
    outstanding reviews

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    ^ I haven't even started it yet, but I enjoyed 100 years of solitude, and south america has some great writers, so I thought I'd attempt to go beyond Grisham and his ilk...

    I actually had the full lot, but lost no 3 shortly after moving to Thailand...


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    We could use that list to rename the Teakdoor members - a new thread???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    We could use that list to rename the Teakdoor members - a new thread???
    Run with it

    You will need to add a 45th - Mr Racist for Blue

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    tum laow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    As a pop-culture shocker it blows most of Welsh's books clear out the water.
    Not hard - his books are shite.

    This book, on the other hand, is simply amazing.



    An incredible story on a guy's fight against alcohol & drug abuse. Very readable & very moving.

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    ^ Great book...the sequel was a good read too..


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    I read this last week,Not the greatest biography I have ever read,He has the
    general attitude of YEAH I SUPPOSE I COULD HAVE TRIED HARDER.

    You would think that he only played for Luton and Celtic from the reports he gives in the book.West Ham,Coventry,Wimbledon,West Brom,Arsenal are given just an
    odd mention.

    6/10
    Wait til it turns up in poundland !
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    Quote Originally Posted by KOBRIEN
    I read this last week
    Read what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KOBRIEN
    You would think that he only played for Luton and Celtic from the reports he gives in the book.West Ham,Coventry,Wimbledon,West Brom,Arsenal are given just an odd mention.
    Well whoever it is, he's probably happy that Luton are still an English club not full of foreignfallingoverfags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Well whoever it is
    He's welsh,And I doubt he cares too much about Luton anymore,Just a steppin stone.

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