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Postby Jaina » Sat May 19, 2007 10:15 pm

Such an original thread name, really.

The last book I read was 'The Virgin's Lover' which is from the same series as The Other Boleyn Girl, Not the author's greatest but it was a fun read. Specially if you like historical fiction (fiction, not history lessons, it's full of inaccuracies)
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Postby Dazza » Sat May 19, 2007 10:21 pm

I bought a bunch of books during the week.


- World War Z (Brooks)

- Only Revolutions (Danielewski)

- Perfume (Suskind)

- The Kite Runner (Hosseini)

- The God Delusion (Dawkins)

- Blindness (Saramango)

- Gates of Fire (Pressfield)
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Postby Jaina » Sat May 19, 2007 10:26 pm

:shock: That's quite the list!

I bought Atonement by Ian McEwan off amazon so I'm waiting for it to arrive. :)
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Postby Cthulhu » Sat May 19, 2007 10:26 pm

Yes Man and Join Me by Danny Wallace. Funny and enjoyable books from a great writer. I'd also recommend his BBC series "How to Start Your Own Country".
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Postby Shantih » Sat May 19, 2007 11:39 pm

Cthulhu wrote:Yes Man and Join Me by Danny Wallace. Funny and enjoyable books from a great writer. I'd also recommend his BBC series "How to Start Your Own Country".


I love that book, I read it a couple of years ago.

Right now I'm reading Nine Suitcases by Bela Zsolt and The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins. They're both pretty good but I'm more into Zsolt's account of the Holocaust, he's got a great writing style.
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Postby Threat Level: Midnight » Sun May 20, 2007 1:20 am

Dazza, The Kite Runner is one of the best books I've ever read. If you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat.

The last book I read was Little Children by Tom Perrotta.
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Postby Jaina » Sun May 20, 2007 2:29 am

Threat Level: Midnight wrote:Dazza, The Kite Runner is one of the best books I've ever read. If you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat.


I've heard such great comments about that book. I'm definately buying it next.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby JenR » Sun May 20, 2007 2:32 am

Jaina wrote:Such an original thread name, really.

The last book I read was 'The Virgin's Lover' which is from the same series as The Other Boleyn Girl, Not the author's greatest but it was a fun read. Specially if you like historical fiction (fiction, not history lessons, it's full of inaccuracies)


Isn't The Virgins Lovers about Elizabeth I? or is that another one?
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Postby Extreme Allah » Sun May 20, 2007 10:30 am

I?m reading a lot of odd stuff, but to sound cool I?ll mention Vollmann -- his nonfiction, specifically. Vollmann?s "message," when he?s trying to send one, is usually wrong, but there?s something so perfect about a guy who?s that smart and articulate writing about anything from a noncontrived, nonacademic position that it?s hard to deny the dude. Also, his hooker thing unintentionally hilarious.
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Postby Tonto » Sun May 20, 2007 2:43 pm

Best books I've read:
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Catcher in the Rye
Catch-22
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Postby natAHlee » Sun May 20, 2007 6:39 pm

I loved atonement really enjoyable which was good because i studied enduring love for a-level and hated it!

just finished The blind assassin by margaret atwood which i utterly loved too.

the other boleyn girl is a great read too, if you love that period of time

everything is illuminated is another great fave of mine along with the great gatsby, catcher in the rye, on the road and fear and loathing in las vegas
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Postby Shantih » Sun May 20, 2007 7:29 pm

I'm not sure what I think about The Other Boleyn Girl. It does keep the "feel" of the period somewhat, but it's very factually incorrect. The writing wasn't brilliant either, but I got drawn in by the rudeness :D
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Jaina » Sun May 20, 2007 9:52 pm

JenR wrote:
Jaina wrote:Such an original thread name, really.

The last book I read was 'The Virgin's Lover' which is from the same series as The Other Boleyn Girl, Not the author's greatest but it was a fun read. Specially if you like historical fiction (fiction, not history lessons, it's full of inaccuracies)


Isn't The Virgins Lovers about Elizabeth I? or is that another one?


Yes it's about Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester). They both belong to the same book series:

1. The Constant Princess
2. The Other Boleyn Girl
3. The Boleyn Inheritance
4. The Queen's Fool
5. The Virgin's Lover

And I believe another one is due out next year (about Mary Queen of Scots).

I'm not sure what I think about The Other Boleyn Girl. It does keep the "feel" of the period somewhat, but it's very factually incorrect. The writing wasn't brilliant either, but I got drawn in by the rudeness


Yes, it isn't the best HF book, but it is quite enjoyable. Very inaccurate, but people who've read it (that I know) have taken the time to do some reasearch afterwards and that definately is something positive. It's so mainstream though :lol:
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Postby celiana » Sun May 20, 2007 10:42 pm

I love buying books but don't really have the time to read. My goal is to read all of these this summer:

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
The Kite Runner
My Sister's Keeper
Running With Scissors
Devil in the Details


Last book I actually read was The Lovely Bones
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