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About r3nu4l

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    An avid book reader and tenpin bowler
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    Droichead Cam (Irish for Cambridge)
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    Reading, tenpin bowling, writing
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  1. Yeah, I heard it and while I was happy with most of the interview, I really wasn't happy with his answer, it smacked of 'I'm giving the answer that I know Cruise and the movie studio would be happy with'. I honestly think that he sold out. With the right actor the Reacher movie could have been the beginning of a great franchise.
  2. So since this thread was last posted in the second of the Cicero trilogy 'Lustrum' has been published and I read that one too. Another fascinating tale and one I really, really enjoyed. However, I'm getting worried about the third book in this trilogy. In late 2010, the book was scheduled for 2011, then when 2011 came and went, Wikipedia was updated to say the book was scheduled for publication in 2012. Now the Wikipedia page says it is to be published in 2013. In the meantime Harris has published another book, so I'm hoping he will return to the Cicero trilogy shortly. To satisfy my need for Roman novels I've since read the Emperor series as recommended by vald. That was a rip-roaring read for sure. Conn Iggulden did a great job onthose books.
  3. Well the live shows and plays came first, long before the TV show was around. I think that O'Carroll basically hasn't updated the live show, perhaps in fear that people will want to see what they are already familiar with. About 10 years ago I went to see a live version of the show 'Bottom', in Dublin. I got a few laughs but the stage show was very different to the TV show, apart from the over the top violence where they beat each other with frying pans etc. Mayall and Edmondson must have realised that the audience weren't exactly impressed with not getting 'exactly what they see on TV' because at one point Mayall said 'Oh come on Adrian, these people came here to see us belting each other with frying pans' before they launched into the very familiar routine. It's a Catch22. It's the Irish Mammy syndrome where her boys can do no wrong and are angels while the daughter is loved...but still can't do anything right. Most comedic gay men are portrayed exactly the same, have you ever seen 'Gimme, gimme, gimme'? Will and Grace was also full of stereotypes but was a much more polished show so people didn't really care. I would definitely recommend the books, although I had read the books about 15 years ago now so I had no idea how Agnes was supposed to look so had a different picture of her in my head. The books are funny, sad and sweet at the same time. I think they were called 'The Mammy', 'The Chissellers' and 'The Granny' if I recall correctly.
  4. So I searched the Google cache for this thread and didn't find any posts newer than Hazel's above. As for Child's writing style, I think there is a style of sorts. It's very simply 'functional'. His style gets the reader from A to B in the quickest and neatest way possible and as such he delivers that rapid, breakneck, page-turning novel that the readers adore him for. He doesn't spend time writing long, descriptive prose or even use large words and convoluted sentences to slow the reader down. I don't know if this is simply a genius way of delivering the novels or if it's because he's unable to produce any other type of writing. Either way, it works! As for Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher
  5. Interesting to read the opinions here on this book. I haven't read any of Stephen King's work in a long time as I felt that he was losing his ability to tell the finely woven and quirky stories of his 'best'* years. It looks like this one might be worth giving a go. Time for a trip to the library once I've finished the two books I'm reading now. *a subjective term
  6. The law of averages kicks in there, plus the fact that my emails are extremely well targeted So if you send 10 emails you might get one response, or if you send 200 you might get 20 responses. Me, I'm the guy that sends 100 emails, all targeted effectively so I get maybe 50-60 responses. That's why I get responses...just not the responses I want to hear
  7. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien Strumpet City - James Plunkett Ulysses - James Joyce The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens The curious incident of the dog in the nightdress - Ross O'Carroll-Kelly (aka Paul Howard) I love LOTR and always have, there's enough information in the appendices alone to keep anyone going for a long time Strumpet City is a novel of my own home city, Dublin Ulysses is also a Dublin novel but seeing as though I've tried and failed to finish it countless times, it would be perfect for a desert island read The complete works of Oscar Wilde, another Irish selection - I've seen a few productions of various pieces in theatre and I love his poetry I love the Pickwick papers, sublime and ridiculous with great social commentary. The curious...dog in the nightdress - a brand of humour that relies on a single joke, the difference between 'wealthy, posh' Dubliners living South of the river Liffey (Southsiders) and their 'uncouth, unsophisticated working/under-class' brethren living to the North of the river Liffey (Northsiders). Much like the humour of Mrs. Brown's boys, you either love these books or hate them. Again, the reason I choose the last book over either HHGTTG or Pratchett is simply because I recognise people in the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly books and on a desert island I could laugh and remember those people as I read the book
  8. Just finished making flapjacks here at home for my wife who will be bringing them to work tomorrow It's a break from the endless emails saying 'Thank you for your email but we don't currently need assistance from freelance medical writers' I never understood how people could become depressed while unemployed but at least I understand it now...that's a positive, right?
  9. Wow, I hadn't heard about that! It certainly is intriguing! Even the depiction of the 'man with the thistle-down hair' will be a challenge.
  10. r3nu4l

    Site Work

    Just a quick suggestion from me. It might be a good idea to create a new forum called 'Site news and Feedback'. As it stands these threads are here in the 'Central Library' which is mostly for general book chat and reading lists etc. The kinds of things that could go into feedback would be suggestions for features such as a 'Thanks' Button or to allow embedding of You tube videos using the [Youtube] tag. It's simple to set up a new forum via AdminCP and only takes a few minuts so worthwhile thinking about. The site news could be posted in this forum although of course you could also use sitewide or forum specific announcements for the most important news. Just a thought
  11. Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. RIP fireball. On another forum I use regularly we have had a few of our moderators and members die over the years, the youngest user I know of being a 19 year old who died of leukaemia and the youngest mod being a fantastic, chirpy 21 year old woman who died of food poisoning while teaching English abroad I never met her but had two ties to her outside of the forums; she went to the same Uni as I did and she shared the same ancient (and no longer common) Irish first name as my daughter. With regards to the topic at hand. I think that the addition of Tom Thorne (Mark Billingham) to the British crime thriller really livened up a genre that was beginning to get very, very similar in Britain. I think latterly Billingham also succumbed to the 'British' style however. The slower pace of British crime novels makes them feel less 'action-packed' than their American counterparts but I think that rather than saying AMerican writers are 'better' we should recognise British authors as being 'different' to the American authors.
  12. Gosh, well this is a very old post but to answer the question you probably forgot you asked...the senator is David Norris and yes he's a full on James Joyce fan and leads Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin every year.
  13. Does anyone here watch this show? It's on BBC One and stars Dublin comedian/actor/novelist Brendan O'Carroll in the central role of Mrs. Brown. He employs plenty of the old-fashioned straight-to-camera look as pioneered by early silent film stars such as Oliver Hardy. He also employs slapstick too. Overall I love the show, plenty of down-to-earth humour and giving an air of not taking itself too seriously
  14. Currently reading: A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr. It's an interesting read but I find that he glosses over some things that I'd love to know more about and then spends ages labouring over some points that don't take my interest at all. However, it's certainly a great narrative introduction to modern British history and while there is certainly some bias, he does work hard to eliminate or at least bring some balance to his opinions Also reading Snuff by Terry Pratchett. I'm a major discworld fan but for some reason I find it has taken me a very long time to read this book. Not sure why.
  15. r3nu4l

    BGO is Back!

    Delighted to see the site back online. Congrats to all people involved.
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