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    I just read 'Mystic River' by Dennis Lehane.

    I found his writing to be typical of a few American authors. He uses lots of fragmented sentences and lots of 'blah, blah, and, blah, and, ......' (run on sentences) to increase the pace of his writing. I found it annoying at first as I'd just finished a more normal paced book beforehand, but I eventually got into it and it was not a bad book.

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    Progect Gutenberg at gutenberg.org

    They have several thousand out of copywrite books online available for free download. Naturally, most of the books are quite old, but there are some good ones there.

    I just finished an old fashioned adventure story by a fellow named Herbert Strang. It's called 'Humphry Bold: a story of the times of Benbow'.

    As a teenager, I read all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower books. This wasn't as good, but it made for a nice lazy afternoon read.

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    I don't read books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    Not at all, this is a good thread - the sucess of it depends on how many members here can read.


    .....another razor sharp observation from the Scamp.....



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    Yeah, not one of Scampy's best. Those days have past.
    He's gone down hill ever since he got involved with the ladyboy-lovers Blake7, Butterfly, and that closet poof, the Ghost of the Moog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I just read 'Mystic River' by Dennis Lehane.

    I found his writing to be typical of a few American authors. He uses lots of fragmented sentences and lots of 'blah, blah, and, blah, and, ......' (run on sentences) to increase the pace of his writing. I found it annoying at first as I'd just finished a more normal paced book beforehand, but I eventually got into it and it was not a bad book.
    I see what you mean, I think.

    I think that a lot of books that are written for the American public to sell are written simply, and also written to be an "easty, quick read." John Grisham, Dan Brown, Robert Kiyosaki, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I just read 'Mystic River' by Dennis Lehane.

    I found his writing to be typical of a few American authors. He uses lots of fragmented sentences and lots of 'blah, blah, and, blah, and, ......' (run on sentences) to increase the pace of his writing. I found it annoying at first as I'd just finished a more normal paced book beforehand, but I eventually got into it and it was not a bad book.
    I see what you mean, I think.

    I think that a lot of books that are written for the American public to sell are written simply, and also written to be an "easty, quick read." John Grisham, Dan Brown, Robert Kiyosaki, etc
    I'm not saying that it was simply written, but it feels like he didn't pause for breath. A couple of other writers like that are J D Salinger (The Catcher In The Rye) and Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee).

    I prefer the more lesurely pace of someone like Wilbur Smith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    Yeah, not one of Scampy's best. Those days have past.
    He's gone down hill ever since he got involved with the ladyboy-lovers Blake7, Butterfly, and that closet poof, the Ghost of the Moog.
    Maybe you should learn how to read.
    It might improve your disposition!

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    "The Sublime Object of Ideology" by Slavoj Zizek. Extremely difficult read and I wouldn't recommend it for most of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper
    "The Sublime Object of Ideology" by Slavoj Zizek. Extremely difficult read and I wouldn't recommend it for most of you.
    The title gives me a headache let alone reading the book !
    Welcome to the jungle!

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    The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Surprisingly easy to read so far and a very interesting book on his life within the unwelcome circles of Russian life. Not always the most fun book to read but fascinating none the less.

    Finally reading some of those Russians I always hear clever people talking about. It only took me 10 years to read War and Peace.

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    The Miracle Detective, which is about the Mejugorge phenomenon. I've been doing a lot of reading about this lately, for some reason. I started out as a skeptic, but obviously something ishappening over there!

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    Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls.

    For the millions who loved The Incredible Journey and Old Yella, a heartwarming tale of adventure and friendship you'll never forget.

    Basically about a boy who murders coons (Racoons) with his dogs from about the age of 13. His mother was briefly upset about him murdering animals for fun, but she seemed to get over it pretty quickly. It's probably the most un-PC book I've ever read.

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    ** I seem to have lost a post from this thread.....unless I imagined the whole episode, which is possible **

    Bill Bryson - Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words - Not really reading it so much as dipping into it now and again...Example: "Plethora is not merely a lot, it is an excessive amount, a superabundance"....It could be called a 'toilet book', but not by me as you may suspect that I read on the toilet, which I don't....I embroider.
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    Is it this one?

    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    David Mitchell - Number 9 Dream. Go and buy this book now. Stop whatever you are doing (bus drivers can choose a safe place to pull over) and go find a book shop.....If you see someone reading this book, stalk them and pester them until they promise to let you have it once they have finished.

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    ^I made a comment about the Gutenberg post and how I don't reading anything of length on a computer screen.....I then continued on to solve all of the mysteries of the universe....Maybe I did imagine it, I imagined that poolie was a tortoise earlier.

    Anyhow, the David Mitchell book is very good indeed.
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    The Accidental - Ali Smith - This one the Whitbread best novel award....Didn't really do it for me - bit of a curate's egg. I can never relate to these middle-class-angst-fests what with being the oik that I am.
    Danbo, is that the one where the girl falls down the dumb waiter elevator shaft?

    If it is, I couldnt read that.

    I had forgotten that, but it is one of the few books I have not been able to finish.

    Bloody rot!

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    No, not that one Lily. The Accidental won the 2005 Whitbread award. It's about the members of a family discovering themselves following a visit from a stranger to their holiday home. It was okay, but I find myself a bit detached whenever a protagonist in a book is a university lecturer or some such. Must be some sort of inverse snobbery....but then, I'm also a regular snob, so I'm a lost cause.
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    Oh, ok, as you were.

    I have never, ever, liked a book that won the Booker Prize.

    I wont read them now.

    I am into Indian authors at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily
    Oh, ok, as you were.

    I have never, ever, liked a book that won the Booker Prize.

    I wont read them now.

    I am into Indian authors at the moment.
    My Hindi is a bit rusty for that.

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    ^^Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" won the Booker Prize and is a pearl.

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    Cheap fiction for the plane: "The Attorney" by Steve Martini

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    Regular Expressions, A Tutorial and Theory
    By,... Dunno, the book's so riveting I can't close it long enough to look a the cover...
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty -- T. Jefferson


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    grep....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom
    ^^Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" won the Booker Prize and is a pearl.
    I wouldnt call it a pearl, but it was ok.

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