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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roland Deschain on Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:43 pm

DavidH wrote:Just finished John Grisham, The Litigators, which I downloaded free via filestube. Very good fun for a courtroom novel.

I never bothered getting into John Grisham. Are any of his other novels really good, or are they pretty much of a much?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby DavidH on Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:00 am

Well, they're worth a read if you like a legal thriller. Apart from always being about lawyers, they do vary a lot; some of them have considerable depth and explore issues like small-town prejudice, racial violence and the death penalty. Some I would re-read. The Litigators is just a pot-boiler, but it's fun. I never buy John Grisham books new, but the charity shops are full of them at reasonable prices.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roy Hunter on Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:16 am

My sister told me a story about jetting around Europe, she bought a John Grisham novel at the airport, read half of it, got on a plane and left it in the coffee shop in the airport. At her next airport, she bought another copy, finished it and put it in her bag.

On the way back, she started reading it again, and only then realised that she had bought the wrong book the second time: she had read the first half of one John Grisham, the second half of another, and it had all fitted together perfectly in her mind.

I'm not sure if that is a comment on John Grisham novels, or on my sister's brain. You decide.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby DavidH on Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:24 am

I'd guess she was unlucky in her choice of novels and/or was not reading with full attention, being on a plane.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII on Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:27 am

Finished Reamde. Was a fun romp, the way it's written would set it up perfectly for a film adaptation, if it wasn't for the fact that it would be 7-9 hours long (maybe HBO can do a mini-series). If there was one big, underlying theme, it's that social media should be seen as modifying our real-world relationships, and not replacing them.

However, I felt that the way it ended, especially for a writer who's normally highly descriptive, glossed over the legal issues and situations that would have inevitably arose due to the way the grand finale played out.

Think I'll start in on Murakami's 1Q84 now.

And in other book news, JK Rowling is going to write a non-Potter universe book for adult readers.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart on Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:15 am

Roy Hunter wrote:My sister told me a story about jetting around Europe, she bought a John Grisham novel at the airport, read half of it, got on a plane and left it in the coffee shop in the airport. At her next airport, she bought another copy, finished it and put it in her bag.

On the way back, she started reading it again, and only then realised that she had bought the wrong book the second time: she had read the first half of one John Grisham, the second half of another, and it had all fitted together perfectly in her mind.

I'm not sure if that is a comment on John Grisham novels, or on my sister's brain. You decide.


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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby DavidH on Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:31 am

The Hilarious Confessions of 25 Wankers, which is free on Amazon. It purports to be genuine true confessions from a sex clinic, which I strongly doubt. Quite funny.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart on Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:19 am

DavidH wrote:The Hilarious Confessions of 25 Wankers, which is free on Amazon. It purports to be genuine true confessions from a sex clinic, which I strongly doubt. Quite funny.


I might look that up...it fits in with one of my favourite scenes from 'The Inbetweeners': "Buswankers."
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby DavidH on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:06 pm

Let me put it this way - you could profitably emulate story #1 if you are acquainted with an obliging one-eyed lady who likes to "socket" to them.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby bacon on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:33 pm

DavidH wrote:Let me put it this way - you could profitably emulate story #1 if you are acquainted with an obliging one-eyed lady who likes to "socket" to them.


Aye, thar be manny a piiryte wiv tha' fantt-a-sea . . . argh. . .
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:30 pm

Uncle Tom's Cabin. Made an agreement with the missus that I'd read it if she'd read Last of the Mohicans. I'm four or five chapters in. I'm sure the story is all significant and poignant and stuff, but I'm not fond of the author's style. Strikes me as bordering on condescending to the reader.

Also, after a hundred and fifty years, you'd think they could have edited out misspellings. Bigonias? Really?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby TwistedSister on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:10 am

Try reading Don Quixote..... caPiTal lEtters alL over the place. Poor punctuation, makes for a hard read.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:03 am

TwistedSister wrote:Try reading Don Quixote..... caPiTal lEtters alL over the place. Poor punctuation, makes for a hard read.

Been there, done that. Have you attempted "The Sound and the Fury" by Faulkner? He rivals Dickens with his run-on sentences.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby pieces o'nine on Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:09 am

I'll see your Faulkner and raise you Look Homeward, Angel, wherein Thomas Wolfe writes, pens, sets forth, and describes at great length innumerable scenes, adverbally illustrating them if you will, with a host of redundant and repetitive adjectival descriptors. Such that the weary reader, wearily trudging ever forward, trudgingly, through a veritable thicket of purple prose, wearily and steadfastly setting one faltering foot falteringly ahead of the next, endeavors to arrive ultimately at the last, weary and faltering, upon the final page, and so offer a heartfelt thanks to God, whose tender mercies have tenderly strengthened the drooping eye and faltering hand of the readering reader.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:39 am

<gurgling sound>
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
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