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  • Birthday 05/10/1982

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  1. I've just read the Dante Club by Matthew Pearl and I'm starting Cat's eye by Margaret Atwood. I've read Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin and loved them so I said i'd give this a try.
  2. Most novels have a touch of mystique to their endings, King seems to have gone the other end of the scale.
  3. I just finished reading wolf hall. I found the way she refers to Cromwell as "He" confusing sometimes. There was quite a few cases where she could have been referring to another character. You get used to it after the first few chapters and learn to associate "he" with Cromwell. I got a bit hindered with some of the references to greek philosophers and the various protestant reformers. Also keeping track of names and who's who was difficult (I found the bibliography of characters at the start of the book extremely useful). Apart from that I thought it was brilliant and I never expected it to make me laugh. I'm going to read more of Hilary Mantel.
  4. Does this list only include books that you haven't even opened? Because I haven't read books for some of those reasons, but sometimes I have started a book that has been recommended or I've bought a book that has won an award or got some very good reviews. Most of the time I finish them, but sometimes I stop reading after the first ten chapters as I lose interest in the story. So I think not liking the book should be in that list also. Unless of course he means books that haven't even been opened. I have books too that are on my shelves and I keep meaning to read. Moby Dick being one of them, I saw that was on the list at the bottom of that article. One of my friends raves about it saying it's one of the best books she's read, so I might give it a go next.
  5. I'm glad to see Shantaram on there. I loved that book so much it got me hooked on bollywood movies through a fascination of the indian culture. They don't compare though. I'm a bit annoyed that Russell brand is in there though, I mean he has a way with words but I don't think it's fair to put a biography on a list of influential books for the decade. It would be great to see him write a novel, I think it would be really unique.
  6. I tried to do Joseph out of wuthering heights, in a Yorkshire accent in my head while I was reading it, to see if I could understand what he was saying, and it worked ...it was amazing.
  7. I tend to sometimes go for books whose cover looks nice. I think it's because if the cover appeals to you then you become interested in the author and the story because you feel that they might prove to be just as attractive. It's a stupid thing to do. I read the synopsis under the cover though and if I know I'm not going to like it I won't buy it so that's my backup. Otherwise I would have about ten thousand books that look gorgeous but haven't read. I suppose i could use books as wallpaper.............no that would be wierd. I wonder if anyones ever done that. I read about a guy once, a musician, who walled up his entire room with corks from wine bottles, to make it soundproof. Then he got fed through a little trap door. That must have took AGES !!!
  8. P.S I love you is a good story. I have a problem with it though. It romanticizes Ireland. Oh they meet in the national park in wicklow where she got lost and he convinced her a sheepdog was a big hairy savage wolf. oh how lovely.............. truth being that they probably meet in a dingy night club somewhere with sick covering the floors, after drinking too many mickey finns and budweiser. Theres been far too many true to life films about life in Ireland and what Ireland is like for this to be actually taken seriously. That's my opinion. It's a lovely story but unrealistic. It's the equivalent of giving the impression that english life is full of afternoon tea and cricket and nights out at the queens theatre.
  9. I'm just about to start reading Stephen Kings new novel "under the dome". Has anyone read it? Is it any good? I've read a few of his older books and liked a few but his modern work doesn't seem to be as good.
  10. Probably Guilt by association by Susan Sloan or The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka. Ive just read The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and that was quite good. The other two I bought second hand so they are not recent novels.
  11. The Excorcist by William Peter Blatty is quite bad :S
  12. I think it's a tough barrier to overcome for some people, showing people the "real you" and letting them into your life. Probably mostly those with self esteem issues. And although I think that everyone has self esteem issues to a certain degree, to do with different things personal to them, I think a lot of people overcome them. It takes courage but is worthwhile in the long run. And I agree that being in a job you enjoy enough to relax and show your true colours helps. Too much office politics would drive anyone into their shell.
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