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Just finished Sarah Hall's gorgeous How to Paint a Dead Man - highly recommended. About to start another Faber newie, Claire Kilroy's All Names Have Been Changed.

If I don't see Hall's novel on the next Orange shortlist and preferably The Booker's one too, I'll be miffed. It's stunning - far more so than most of the stuff I read from shortlists.

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I went to Lord's yesterday to watch World Twenty20 cricket, so I felt it would be a suitable time to start my cricket book reading for this year. Mike Marqusee's "Anyone but England" is so far a very original take on our national summer game, and I find myself agreeing with a lot of it.

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I went to Lord's yesterday to watch World Twenty20 cricket, so I felt it would be a suitable time to start my cricket book reading for this year.

Oh I don't blame you Grammath - I think I'd need a good book if I went to a cricket match ;) .

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13 For Luck by Agatha Christie.

I bought an ex library copy from Amazon for 2 pounds.

The last library stamp is 1st April 1968 i think it adds a bit of character to the book.

Long over due though!!! ;)

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After having seen him do several spoken word shows over the years, yesterday I started my first book of Henry Rollins' writings, called "Black Coffee Blues".

 

The collection dates from 1989-1991 and is dedicated to his best friend Joe Cole, who was murdered during a botched robbery in LA just before the book was published.

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Started my first Chuck Palahniuk this morning, his new one, Pygmy. There's humour - dark humour - in there, although somewhat obscured by an intentionally corrupted style. I'm sure, though, that the language used by the narrator will, as I read it, wash over me and become second nature.

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Started my first Chuck Palahniuk this morning, his new one, Pygmy. There's humour - dark humour - in there, although somewhat obscured by an intentionally corrupted style. I'm sure, though, that the language used by the narrator will, as I read it, wash over me and become second nature.

 

I'm awaiting my copy of Pygmy and also Palahniuk's Snuff. I accepted the latter before reading the notes on what it was about and subsequently found out it's about a hardcore porn star trying to set a record for... well, never mind. Am hoping it's not just a gratuitous pornfest. Let us know what Pygmy is like, Stewart.

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I read Fight Club a few years ago and thought that, unusually, the film was more enjoyable. His short story, Guts, is brilliantly twisted and painful though.

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I'm going through one of those periods when I can't seem to settle with any particular book just now. I started another one last night, Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair". That brings to a total of 6 the books I have at various stages of completion just now.

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Firelight - What did you think of American Gods?

This is my first of Gaiman's novels, actually, Phoebus. I heard good things about it last year and asked for it for Christmas. I'm only getting around to reading it now. :o

 

Someone else mentioned here recently that they're reading American Gods...

 

Just checked - it was San1968

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Someone else mentioned here recently that they're reading American Gods...

 

Just checked - it was San1968

 

Indeed. I thought it was you. I read American Gods but didn't enjoy it all. I think you have to be really quite interested in US (folklore) culture to get anything out of it.

 

I bought a 1st Edition signed copy of Coraline, last year, which is a pride and joy on my bookshelf. I liked it and am eager to see it at the cinema sometime soon.

 

 

 

Phoebus

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I bought a 1st Edition signed copy of Coraline, last year, which is a pride and joy on my bookshelf.
It's nice to have things like that, isn't it? Coraline is another of Gaiman's that I'd like to read, and the film does look great.

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I read Fight Club a few years ago and thought that, unusually, the film was more enjoyable. His short story, Guts, is brilliantly twisted and painful though.

 

Haven't read that short story, Hazel, but will watch out for it.

 

Received juicy copy of MJ Hyland's newie today - hugely looking forward to it as I thought her previous two were very good. My To Read pile is taking over my house.

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You can read Guts on-line at Palahniuk's site.

 

He's one of the few writers whose books are still KAD at the library. Mustn't let the wee ones stumble upon them!

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Half way through my RL book group choice The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Seeing that the youngest member of our village group is about forty years old this was a strange choice I thought. Do the teachers among you target this at young teenagers?

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You can read Guts on-line at Palahniuk's site.
One of the few Palahnuik stories I just could not stomach (pun intended). I failed to finish it.

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He's one of the few writers whose books are still KAD at the library. Mustn't let the wee ones stumble upon them!
I looked this up, I really did and I can't find it - what does KAD mean? Kids are D?

 

Luna

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