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Kenny_Shovel

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  1. As they introduced me to Leonid Andreyev, I've signed the petition. So too it seems, has Tibor Fischer.
  2. Haunts of the Black Masseur (The Swimmer as Hero) by Charles Sprawson. And from now on it's six read before I buy one...
  3. I'd seen them at a smaller venue and that suited them, and me, much better. I was seated high on one side too. I'd blagged on a coach trip that was being run by the local sixth form (my flatmate was a teacher there). The trip was only about half full so whilst we went inside he was touting the remaining tickets outside. I'm not quite sure what that was teaching the kids. I can remember the sound wasn't the best, Ryder snr marching across the stage with a giant letter 'E', and it being incredibly hot. So hot, the beers I'd bought when I first got in suddenly became a powerful bartering tool for other things *cough*, hence my recollections of that night being 'hazy'.
  4. I'll go with Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Summer in Baden-Baden by Leonid Tsypin, Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz and Wonderful Fool by Shusaku Endo all push it close. If I can finish The Collective Poems of Anna Akhmatova by the end of the year, it may get overtaken. K_S
  5. Was that was the first time they played Wembley? I was there too. Not sure what my fav gig was. I saw Nivarna a few times BITD. Their gig at the Astoria in 91? would be somewhere near the top of the list. I'd seen them at the same place a few years earlier on a sub-pop bill with Tad & Mudhoney and wasn't remotely impressed. Such are my talent spotting skills...
  6. It's a few years since I read The Devil In The Flesh, which with my memory is a lifetime ago. I remember enjoying the book but it clearly didn't make the impression on me it has to Stewart and nonsuch. At some point I'll have to find time for a re-read.
  7. Dawn of the Dumb (Dispatches from the idiotic frontline) - Charlie Brooker The Railway - Hamid Ismailov Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson The Box Man - Kobo Abe The Bridge on the River Kwai - Pierre Boulle The Wine-Dark Sea - Leonardo Sciascia
  8. Of the two books, I prefer Shipwrecks. What I liked most about One Man’s Justice, was the way Yoshimura allows the reader to come to their own conclusions, rather than force his own viewpoint on you. Following Takuya while he is on the run stops you from standing apart and being judgmental, as you gain enough empathy with the character to examine his motives and place yourself in his position. I was left with questions of motive and personal ethics/morality that weren’t quite as straightforward as I’d have liked. Mixed in is a wider question regarding ‘war-crimes’, one linked to the old saying that history is written by the victors. Regards, K_S
  9. Glad you're enjoying it. War with the Newts is a bit of a forgotten classic of its type. You might also like The Absolute at Large by the same author - a machine is invented that produces cheap, seemingly limitless energy, with only one by-product, those in close proximity are infected by a overwhelming religious fever. Kapek takes the idea to it's (il)logical conclusion. Regards, K_S
  10. Sunflower – Gyula Krudy Incidences – Daniil Kharms (As recommended by a slightly deranged Russian art student) The Year of the Hare – Arto Paasilinna How Bluegrass music destroyed my life – John Fahey (Fav musician of mine. Can he write?) Journey by Moonlight – Antal Szerb The Black Obelisk – Erich Maria Remarque Imanginary Magnitude - Stanislaw Lem Mostly from Foyles in London
  11. I'd only been introduced to them this year. I just adore Catherine Ringer's voice - well lived in.
  12. Just finished: Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer. The jewish inhabitants of a small Polish town in the 17th century turn to a false prophet and unlease hell on earth. Reminded me of the old Ken Russell film, "The Devils". Next up: One of three. Either The Trial, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova or Fred: Portrait of a Fast Bowler by John Arlott. I'll probably end up reading a fourth option instead...
  13. Letters to Olga: June 1979 - September 1982 by Vaclav Havel
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