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  1. Andrea again, using my personal account this time to share my feelings about the book. I found the book extremely disturbing. The descriptions of life as part of the crew were my favourite bits and the choices Serena and Pemberton make to advance their goals completely horrifying. The anachronistic language felt a bit odd to me at first, but I think it was Ron's effort to keep the setting as authentic as possible, and after the first few strange phrases I wasn't bothered by them at all. It's not exactly my book of the year (there are quite a few books fighting for that 'prestigious' po
  2. I can't believe there isn't a thread up about this book! To be perfectly frank, the amount of hype online about this book made me really sceptical about whether I would enjoy it, but having started it slow and eventually racing to the end a week later, I must say it works on many levels and could appeal to just about anyone. The clues and codes and what not could turn some people off (those were the bits I was afraid of), but there's a raging good adventure/love story there, too. Here's a very brief synopsis: Eric Sanderson wakes up with a bad case of amnesia. He finds a note to himsel
  3. This book is in hardback at the moment, so I'm not expecting people to go out and buy it right now, but it's so funny! Since I'm a bit of a sceptic (but I also acknowledge there is so much we simply don't know), I really really giggled a whole lot at Mary Roach's research into the afterlife (she can be a bit corny, which is my type of humour, so it actually embarrassed and delighted me at the same time). The book starts with her visit to India, to investigate reincarnation. There's also stuff about electromagnetic frequencies, EVP (recording nothing, to see if you can hear ghostly voic
  4. I really enjoyed this book. I read it a year ago. But then, I'm loving historical fiction and have done so for a few years. I thought it succeeded in transporting me to the days before Pompeii was lost. I was riveted.
  5. William Gibson's Necromancer. It just doesn't do it for me.
  6. I'm only halfway through this book, and I'm not quite as riveted as I normally am when reading Rankin. To be fair, I went through a phase when I read as much Rankin as I could get my hands on, and that was years ago. The story seems less... polished (if the underbelly of Edinburgh in the Rebus books could be considered polished), but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm going to have to finish it before I give my full impressions! ETA: I've finished now, and while it wasn't as good as his later novels, IMHO, it wasn't bad. I did like the obsessive beetle thing.
  7. Hi, I'm reading The Audacity of Hope because I was given a copy at work, and am kind of enjoying it so far, but I'm only a few chapters in (I think I'm reading something like four books simultaneously - how did that happen?). Has anyone else here read it? I'm not big into memoirs or biographies, but I'll continue if it comes highly recommended. I don't often give up on a book, but I've got so many to get through, and so little time...! I think I put this in the wrong topic. Could a moderator move it, please? Thanks.
  8. I read it ages ago, but saw the movie recently. I thought it (the book) was extremely educational. I also enjoyed Supersize Me (Morgan Spurlock), but I must say nothing has stopped me from indulging in junk food now and again, I've just got a much stronger 'constitution' now - nothing grosses me out anymore.
  9. I really loved O Brother Where Art Thou - I even have the soundtrack and DVD. Anyway... here's a strange bit of trivia. The editor of I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski? He. Is. The. Dude. (By that I mean he is the spitting image.)
  10. Hi John, I haven't read Timoleon Vieta Come Home (no copies in the office I can.. er... borrow). I have heard very good things about it, though. So I can't really judge at all. I did enjoy Gold, though. Easy, entertaining reading. Jen, I'm hoping to post the book on Friday lunchtime. So you should have it some time next week? Grammath, you like Michel Faber? Have you read The Apple? I haven't yet, though I think if I want to read that I need to read The Crimson Petal and the White first.
  11. I am reading Beautiful Bodies by Laura Shaine Cunningham (on sale at Amazon). I've also started The Origins of the Final Solution by Christopher Browning (started ages ago, may have to start again) and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama.
  12. I came to Neal Stephenson when my friend gave me a copy of Snow Crash, and have loved him ever since. I adored The Baroque Cycle, and loved the way he weaved the historical with the fictitious. It just seemed all so exciting and inspired me to look up the real-life characters to see what their biographies said (Princess Caroline, for example). A rollicking good read -- thumbs and big toes up!
  13. Hey there! I've read the book, it's really good if you're a fan of the movie, because it's extremely in-depth. There are Lebowski Fest events in Edinburgh (24/8) and London (30/8). You should check out LebowskiFest.com if you haven't already!
  14. I am willing to send the book along if you want to read it (on personal, not company time)... you can PM me if you want a copy.
  15. Hello! I got here by Googling online book group and selecting UK sites only. I work for a publisher, so one may not think my motives are pure. I do not wish to sully a community by posting marketing collateral for our books, so I promise you this will never come from me. However, I will occasionally post threads about some of our books that I've really, really enjoyed -- and I will give an honest opinion every time. I read voraciously, and am currently into history and historical fiction. I'll read almost anything, except self-help and romantic fiction (although I have done the histori
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