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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.
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    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.
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    BGO is Back!

    Delighted to see the site back online. Congrats to all people involved.
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    More PM spam this guy.
  17. I have Darkly Dreaming Dexter but haven't read it yet. I'm a big fan of the TV series. When Hazel is surprised by Dexter saying he has no emotions and then 'admiring' others actions, I think the author was trying to catch that sense of 'disconnect' that many sociopaths claim to feel. Many sociopaths claim to have no emotion but can get very angry, can be capable of showing love etc but when asked will tell you they feel nothing. Perhaps this is what the author was trying to capture? Author Attempts At Alliteration Always Annoy! Perhaps Hazel's feeling that the Dearly Devoted Dexter book was Dreary, Disconnected and Dull was Due to...Dis
  18. Cheers David, good link! I agree that the 'qualities' push their own agendas in a more subtle manner, one only has to read a story on the same topic in both the Guardian and the Telegraph to see that but at least they shy away from developing outrageous fear-mongering campaigns such as that by the Mail in the UK What enrages me most is that the very people who read the Mail and the red tops are the people who in many cases need the most education! I'm very lucky in that I have a PhD in Molecular Medical Biology, I work as a medical writer and am very much in touch with scientific and medical developments on a daily basis, I can make up my own mind with reference to my education and work. Others are not that fortunate, my parents included. They read these stories and think they're completely true Editorial policy has a repsonsibility not just to circulation but to ensuring the accuracy of what is printed. Of course, many papers get around this by pushing their campaigns via opinion pieces and editorials and then downplaying accurate information in favour of quoting inaccurate information. It just amazed me to see such vociferous campaigning on different sides of the same issue in two countries! Astounding.
  19. Yeah, I know It's just that my brother went from nothing to the Hobbit and the LOTR in less than 2 months, he also read Norrell and Strange and loved it...that said, it really is a huge book but in my opinion, gripping from the start and transports you to a mystery world within minutes. The alternative is Harry Potter! The first few are not so big but they are good, easy reads!
  20. I think the problem he has is that it was written by the author back in the day that the iron curtain really existed, it was contemporary in its time but is now dated. I did try to tell him that Charles Dickens was also contemporary in his time and is now 'a bit dated' but that nobody complains about that He doesn't seem to get it! I think in his view, these books aren't old enough to be classics and have no relevance to the current world. I disagree with the latter completely, if anything, it reminds me that if we're not careful with our surveillance culture here we'll end up having it just as bad as it was for people in Soviet states! Sure are and in part, that's thanks to my purchases
  21. Bear with me a minute... My brother was never a reader, never read a full book in his life until he read the Hobbit. Then he read 'the Lord of the rings' from cover to cover. Why not try that one? A book that dascinated me was 'Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell' by Susanna Clarke. It's about 1000 pages in length but my word it suck you in and won't let go!! What about horror? Dean Koontz or Stephen King are pretty good and very easy to read!
  22. Problem is that the Amazon Kindle is not PDF compatible and their ebooks are all DRM so I guess you ARE put off Amazon without realising it I do agree though, if I buy an ebook, I want to own it like one, I want to lend it to my mates to read and I want to borrow their books, I'd like to sell it on and I want it cheaper than a paper book. However, I do agree that 'lending' an ebook is not the same as lending a physical book because you can keep a copy of your ebook even as you lend it to your friend and therefore there is no incentive for you to 'get the book back' from your mate when s/he is finished with it. That's a tough one!
  23. Inspired by the 'Swine Flu' and 'I read it in the paper, it must be true' threads I thought I'd highlight this appalling hypocricy for users of bookgrouponline I'd really like this thread NOT to be about vaccine safety but to be about APPALLING DOUBLE STANDARDS in Editorial policy in one newspaper group and about how MANIPULATIVE Editorial policy can be even when matters are about something as important as life, death and education in science. I'LL STOP WITH THE ALL CAPS NOW Here's the background: In Ireland, the government announced that they would be funding the cervical cancer vaccine for young girls, then a few months later, as part of a cost-cutting drive, they pulled out of the vaccination promise... So the usual mix of scare stories, exaggerations and unbalanced reporting. But meanwhile, here's the biggest WTF moment I've had since I woke up one morning in 2003 after a heavy night out to find a television set in bed with me - the latest stories from the Irish Edition: Are they insane?! They're printing scare stores about the dangers of the HPV vaccine in one country, while simultaneously campaigning for its reintroduction in another. It's so absurdly cynical that I can't quite form the words to convey just how shocked I am by this. Even by the piss-poor journalistic standards of the Daily Mail, this takes quite some beating. So there we have it, in Ireland the Daily Mail are champions of this life-saving vaccine, in the UK, the Daily Mail are champions of the fight against this deadly menace to our children! Incidentally, the Irish Daily Mail has a very similar Editorial policy to the British version when it comes to how the country is being overrun with immigrants taking Irish (in Ireland) jobs! Although, funnily enough, most stories in the British version of the paper appear in the Irish version too apart from the odd story that has an anti-Irish slant (never quite openly stated though)...for some inexplicable reason, they never appear in the Irish edition! I'm sure it has nothing to do with damaging circulation figures
  24. I'm a big fan of spy novels and thrillers. As such I recently read 'The night of Wenceslas' by Lionel Davidson. This book is set in Cold War Soviet Czechslovakia. Of course, these days we have people trotting to Prague for Stag weekends and mini-breaks (less so in recessionary times?) and Prague is no longer a strange city full of threat to the Westerner. We don't require stringent visa and passport checks from a suspicious, stony faced, menacing, Soviet soldier with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a snarling German Shepherd. I have no problem with reading this type of books where secret police of the Soviet state try to capture a man smuggling nuclear secrets back to the UK bu recently a friend of mine said that these books are now so old and outdated that they fail to capture his imagination. Does this affect you or your enjoyment of these books?
  25. On a different note, a former colleague of mine has a Sony ereader with a leather cover and a light built into the 'spine' of the cover. I had a quick flick through the ebook she was reading and have to say that it felt really comfortable in my hand and seemed user friendly. The size of the device seemed to be about right as well. Is the Kindle roughly the same size?
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