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  1. "Who's your favourite techno artist from the nineties? asked Richard. I thought about it and replied. "Probably Moby, Dick."
  2. "There he was, his dead body laying in the grass. Steve Catcher in an open stretch of land. Steve Catcher in a swaying field. Steve Catcher in the rye."
  3. Maybe I missed something but this won the Pulitzer prize and was cited as an influence in Hemmingway receiving the Nobel Prize? Why? I mean, it's a perfectly nice short story about a man battling with a fish then watching as his prize is devoured by sharks, but it's really not much more than that. I enjoyed it but at no point was I thinking... this is epic literature. Truth be told, it's essentially a short version of Moby Dick, a story that looks at a man's obsession taking over him and resulting in no reward. It had all the classic Hemmingway characteristics of being cold and det
  4. So I just read this and... 😫 It's the first Cormac McCarthy book I've ever read. I'd heard bad things about him. Specifically that he's rather contrived and tries a little too hard; throws in a ton of alliteration and rhyming schemes and assonance and whatever else he can find. This was sadly true and an appalling reading experience as a result. I really don't intend to make the same mistake again (especially give that this is considered his greatest work). The story about a young lad joining a gang and riding out west is fairly interesting though the 'kid' never really
  5. Let the river run - Carly Simon
  6. I lost my heart to a starship trooper - Sarah Brightman
  7. Yes, but not for specific books. I need to have at least five unread books waiting to be read otherwise I get withdrawal symptoms.
  8. This was great. Very original.
  9. Just read the book of Ebenezer La Page. This was an exquisite piece of work. A proper good-old yarn. It felt so real that about halfway through I googled G.B. Edwards to see if this was literally just his life. But no, he left Guernsey, lived in London, had a very different existence. Ebenezer feels too real to be fictional though; too cantankerous and funny and opinionated. Most novels are narrated by personality-lacking robots who gaze into the middle distance. Yawn. This was sweeping and epic and full of life. A real life. I so desperately wanted him to
  10. So I click on their name after' I've written it. Think I've got it.
  11. Crikey, what a film. It starts with an interesting premise and even has a comical tone but then the twist arrives and holy shit, things rapidly start happening. Yes, the class message is heavy-handed (which I guess it needs to be to justify the father's actions) but it's mesmersing to watch. I was starting to think it was a bit so so until the twist. But that comes quite a way into the film so it seems like an ending but it's actually only the halfway point. Film is over two hours long. An absolute masterpiece.
  12. I tried that. But when I type the name in there it simply adds a tag rather than the author's name.
  13. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I've never read him before and only know him through reputation, namely that of a racist misogynist (though in today's climate that applies to people who make the 'okay' hand gesture so I'll take that with a pinch of salt). I'm not sure what all the fuss is about; he describes sex. What of it? Anyway, I wonder how many people have been put off him by virtue of a media that are full of hypocrites. I absolutely loved this. It was like being nourished by food, a feeling I haven't had while reading for quite some time. My interest was waning somewhat by the f
  14. Biscuits (custard creams in particular).
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