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  1. I finished a book on new years eve just so that I could start a new book on the first of January. Nerd or what? 1. The Gum Thief- Douglas Coupland 2. The Key- Junichiro Tanizaki 3. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman- Haruki Murakami 4. Memories of My Melancholy Whores- Gabriel Garcia Marquez 5. The Secret History- Donna Tartt 6. Kitchen- Banana Yoshimoto 7. Lizard- Banana Yoshimoto 8. House of meetings- Martin Amis 9. Wind up bird chronicle- Haruki Murakami 10. Everything is illuminated- Jonathan Safran Foer
  2. I'm sitting on the floor (with a cup of tea and a bar of dairy milk!) trying to decide whether to start "If on a winters night a traveller" or read a bit of the November/December issue of the believer... Hmm... tough choices...
  3. One reason of many why I like to read my books the traditional way: You can literary feel how far along the book you are. You can take stock for a moment of how far you've gone and how far you've got left by holding your finger on the page you're at and closing the book around it. It's part of my reading ritual.
  4. Heehee, there is indeed life, and Tates, outside of London! In fact, before the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool was the largest space dedicated to modern art in england, or something. And apparently we have the most galleries and museums of any city outside of London. I don't know how true that is though. And this year we have the turner prize- the first time it's been hosted outside of London!
  5. I had lost my favourite bookshop, until yesterday I found it again! Hurrah! How do you misplace a bookshop? Well... The bookshop was a very small and cramped area in an art gallery. It sold books that had been returned by shops having got slightly scuffed covers, or old versions of editions with slightly yellowed pages. Basically, not perfect, but not even second hand. They tend to cost around £3-4 pound for something that's usually £6.99 or so. I first started going after our uni lecturers raved about it, and it was unusual because it seems to carry the less popular kinds of books. No
  6. Travels In The Scriptorium uses characters from other Auster novels, so I wouldn't advise anyone who'd only read one or two Auster novels to start with this one. Read everything else first, and then this. (particularly In The Country Of Last Things, which everyone should read anyway). But I think that's something that I loved about it- he did it in such a way that it felt like pieces fitting together, rather than an after thought. I know what you mean about him out-austering himself Hazel, and I think if he'd made it any longer it might not have worked. But it's a quick read, which left me
  7. I do like a bit of Douglas Coupland, and I'm even tempted to re-read this book now, after reading this thread! I'm looking forward to The Gum Thief, but I'm saving that till Christmas.
  8. Ooh, you've just reminded me of how much I loved Raymond Briggs as a child! When the wind blows and fungus the bogeyman were favourites of mine! His characters always seemed to real to me. Even the bogeymen!
  9. My mother is very frugal, especially when it comes to spending money on clothes. One christmas mum got out some photo albums, and one of the pictures was of her holding my elder brother shortly after having him. She was wearing the same jumper! And it wasn't even a special dressy-up jumper, it was a cheap blue sweatshirt, with a charity name printed on it, that she wore CONSTANTLY when in the house. My brother was in his mid 20's. I recently had a big clear out so I haven't got much in the way of old clothes right now. I'm the opposite of my mother- I just buy buy buy.
  10. crikey radders! your back problems sound horrid. They are making me squirm anyway. I hope it's not too painful/uncomfortable.
  11. They're in the posh part of liverpool, staying with my boy and his family. They went there 'cos I was going away for a few days, but they were ill while I was away, and have been to the vets, and have to go back, so we've decided it's best to leave them there so they're local to the vet, and because i can't take them to the vet myself anyway, plus there's people there during the day to keep an eye on them. Vets, baths and antbiotics aren't their idea of fun tho!
  12. My guineapigbabies are on holiday and I miss them... I hope they can come home soon
  13. I haven't read The Unconsoled, but as far as comparing it to Never Let Me Go goes I'd say the difference is that Kathy is a far more likable character. We feel sympathetic of the situation she is in, not because she feels sorry for herself but because she's so accepting of it. Whereas Banks seems to revel in his parents disappearance. Perhaps he's so damaged by losing his parents that he doesn't know how to miss them properly? But the fundamental fact is that he is unlikeable, (he seems to get more and more arrogant as the book develops) and that makes it hard to to get past him being an unr
  14. I'd been really looking forward to this book, and held off reading it for a while because I anticipated it to be good! I really enjoyed Never Let Me Go, and this one did have a lot to live up to. But I can't shake the feeling it was a let down. The plot/themes are quite confused. At one point I thought Banks was perhaps a fantasist (the very simplified solution of where to find his parents), I wasn't sure of whether or not to trust him, I'm not really sure what the role of sarah brought in the end- aside from almost taking him off the case, before he goes to find the house, what did she brin
  15. I have to spend a few nights in a hotel next week due to new jobbness (boo at being away from home and pets, hurrah at no washing up and free room service) so I decided that i needed to buy a few new books: Alan Warner- the worms can carry me off to heaven Banana Yoshimoto- hard boiled hard luck Andrew Motion- selected poems Ok, and here's the funny thing: writing this down i've realised I have a habit of buying books in threes. I wonder why this is?
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