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I've finally completed Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series...8 books of time travel, bloody wars and immersive detail of day to day life...highly recommend it to all you reading fans.

Got the 5th GoT book to refresh my memory after that season ender, and remembered to go looking for Atwood's Madaddam whilst at the library, so working through those two now...seeing Toby's familiar name on the page made it feel like reuniting with an old friend.

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I'm reading "Prince of Fools" now as I completely missed it when it came out, and it's fucking awesome.

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I'm reading "Prince of Fools" now as I completely missed it when it came out, and it's fucking awesome.

 

I found the second part of that trilogy not as much fun as the rest of his work...

 

 

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just picked up Ernest Cline's latest novel, Armada.

 

If it's anything like Ready Player One, it'll be worth every penny.

 

Just finished Ready Player One and loved it... must read for gamers...  I am going to try and order this from the library now...  

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Well, I feel unintelligent now. 

 

I am currently splitting time between Star Wars X-Wing: The Bacta War (Michael A. Stackpole) and The Applied Handbook of Dog Behaviour and Training Volume 1: Adaptation and Learning (Steven R. Lindsay). I'm so cool. 

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My sister recommended this to me while I was on vacation. I couldn't put it down. It's deeply sad and completely hilarious at the same time. Plus one of the major characters is a cat. (Y)

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

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A captivating look at British politics and the hypocrisy of the supposed elite who run this country. An infuriating yet important read.post-57-0-81680700-1439932461_thumb.jpg

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Books read so far this year...

 

 

 

 

  • Adams, Douglas. - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  • Adams, Douglas. - The long dark-tea-time of the soul
  • Amis, Martin. - Success
  • Amis, Martin. - The pregnant widow
  • Arnaldur Indriðason - Silence of the grave
  • Atwood, Margaret. - Oryx and Crake
  • Atwood, Margaret. - The year of the flood
  • Atwood, Margaret. - Maddaddam
  • Atwood, Margaret. - The tent
  • Atwood, Margaret. - Cat's eye
  • Atwood, Margaret. - Stone mattress : nine tales
  • Atwood, Margaret. - The handmaid's tale
  • Atwood, Margaret. - Alias Grace
  • Bergkamp, Dennis. - Stillness and speed : my story
  • Bukowski, Charles. - Women
  • Burgess, Anthony. - The complete Enderby
  • Bushnell, Jeremy P. - The weirdness
  • Catton, Eleanor. - The luminaries
  • Chang, U⁺їn-jin. - No one writes back
  • Cline, Ernest. - Ready player one
  • Cronenberg, David. - Consumed
  • Dorsey, Tim. - The big bamboo
  • Dorsey, Tim. - Shark skin suite
  • Dorsey, Tim. - The riptide ultra-glide
  • Dorsey, Tim. - Gator a-go-go
  • Dorsey, Tim. - Nuclear jellyfish
  • Doyle, Roddy. - The guts
  • Elton, Ben. - Meltdown
  • Elton, Ben. - Two brothers
  • Eriksson, Kjell. - Black lies, red blood
  • Fuentes, Carlos. - Happy families
  • Grossman, Austin. - You
  • Hochgatterer, Paulus. - The sweetness of life
  • Holt, Tom. - Who's afraid of Beowulf?
  • Holt, Tom. - My hero
  • Holt, Tom. - Doughnut
  • Holt, Tom. - Falling sideways
  • Holt, Tom. - The good, the bad, and the smug
  • Hyland, M. J. - How the light gets in
  • Israel, Steve. - The global war on Morris
  • Kapoor, Deepti. - A bad character
  • Kerr, Philip. - Hand of God
  • King, John. - Headhunters
  • Kornegay, Jamie. - Soil
  • Kuhn, Shane. - Kill your boss
  • Lawrence, Mark. - King of thorns
  • Lawrence, Mark. - Emperor of thorns
  • Lawrence, Mark. - Prince of Thorns
  • Lawrence, Mark. - Prince of fools
  • Lawrence, Mark. - The liar's key
  • Lins, Paulo. - City of God
  • McCarthy, Cormac. - The orchard keeper
  • Miller, James. - Sunshine state
  • Mosley, Walter. - Devil in a blue dress
  • Mosley, Walter. - A red death
  • Mosley, Walter. - White butterfly
  • Mosley, Walter. - When the thrill is gone
  • Mosley, Walter. - Rose Gold
  • Mosley, Walter. - The long fall
  • Mosley, Walter. - The gift of fire ; On the head of a pin
  • Mosley, Walter. - All I did was shoot my man
  • Mosley, Walter. - Known to evil
  • Mosley, Walter. - Fear itself
  • Mosley, Walter. - Fearless Jones
  • Mosley, Walter. - And sometimes I wonder about you
  • Mosley, Walter. - Bad Boy Brawly Brown
  • Nesbø, Jo. - The son
  • Néspolo, Matías. - Seven ways to kill a cat
  • Nesser, Håkan. - The strangler's honeymoon
  • Nesser, Håkan. - The weeping girl
  • Orwell, George. - Nineteen eighty-four
  • Palahniuk, Chuck. - Beautiful you
  • Palahniuk, Chuck. - Haunted
  • Palahniuk, Chuck. - Fugitives and refugees : a walk in Portland, Oregon
  • Palahniuk, Chuck. - Diary
  • Pierre, D. B. C. - Breakfast with the Borgias
  • Pirlo, Andrea. - Andrea Pirlo : I think therefore I play
  • Rankin, Ian. - Saints of the shadow bible
  • Rankin, Ian. - Hide & seek
  • Rankin, Ian. - Standing in another man's grave
  • Rankin, Ian. - Let it bleed : an Inspector Rebus novel
  • Rankin, Ian. - Dead souls
  • Rhodes, Danny. - Fan
  • Robotham, Michael. - Life or death
  • Robotham, Michael. - Say you're sorry
  • Shakur, Sanyika. - Monster : the autobiography of an L.A. gang member
  • Short Stories - One city / Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh
  • Short stories - Manhattan mayhem edited by Mary Higgins Clark.
  • Short Stories - Best European fiction 2010 / edited and with an introduction by Aleksandar Hemon
  • Short Stories - Crimespotting / Lin Anderson ... [et al.] ; introduction by Irvine Welsh
  • Sjöwall, Maj. - The man on the balcony
  • Sjöwall, Maj. - The abominable man
  • Staalesen, Gunnar. - Cold hearts
  • Townsend, Sue. - Adrian Mole : the prostrate years
  • Townsend, Sue. - Adrian Mole and the weapons of mass destruction
  • Tsiolkas, Christos. - The slap
  • Vonnegut, Kurt. - Slaughterhouse-five
  • Wahlöö, Per. - Murder on the thirty-first floor
  • Wahlöö, Per. - The assignment
  • Wahlöö, Per. - The generals
  • Waterhouse, Keith. - Bimbo
  • Welsh, Irvine. - Crime
  • Welsh, Irvine. - Glue
  • Welsh, Irvine. - A decent ride
  • Wilson, Tim. - Their faces were shining
  • Yoshida, Shūichi. - Parade
  • Yoshida, Shūichi. - Villain
  • Yurick, Sol. - The warriors
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I'm delighted by how much Atwood is on your list. B) A bit more CanLit and you'll be eligible to apply for a Canadian passport. :ike:

Suggested Canadian authors: Michael Ondaatje, Yann Martel, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Carol Shields, Rohinton Mistry, Miriam Toews, Anne-Marie MacDonald, Robertson Davies...I could go on.

 

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A friend at work lent me Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

It's pretty hilarious so far. Reading other people's work emails for security purposes...now that's entertainment.

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Very good read from someone who knows what he is talking about (writing or talking about success without actually achieving a respectable amount of it seems useless to me).

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I'm delighted by how much Atwood is on your list. B) A bit more CanLit and you'll be eligible to apply for a Canadian passport. :ike:

Suggested Canadian authors: Michael Ondaatje, Yann Martel, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Carol Shields, Rohinton Mistry, Miriam Toews, Anne-Marie MacDonald, Robertson Davies...I could go on.

 

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A friend at work lent me Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

It's pretty hilarious so far. Reading other people's work emails for security purposes...now that's entertainment.

 

 

Went for Ondaatje and The Cat's Table - very good read.  

 

Try Eleanor Catton - born in Canada, raised in New Zealand, won the Booker Prize for The Luminaries, which is a good read but a bit long winded...

 

I'm a bit embarrassed at the lack of NZ writers on my list...  

 

Read a whole book during my platelet donation... When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey... fucking brilliant...  great characters... totally out-there humour, especially the murder methods...   

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Yeah man, i'm a fan of his nostalgia-injected writing. I've tried to find other books in the same genre with a similar feel, with no success. Ernie just has his own style.

I'm looking forward to reading another novel from him in the future.

I'm currently reading EPIC by Conor Kostic. Pretty cool so far.

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There's a "quote" button that puts the post you're replying to in your reply. I have no idea who or what you're replying to.

Based on his two posts I suspect you'll struggle. He makes my drunk posts look like works of art. That was probably too mean. 

 

Anyway, onto The Silmarillion! Ladies, form an orderly queue. There's enough Middle-earth knowledge in me for everyone!

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There's a "quote" button that puts the post you're replying to in your reply. I have no idea who or what you're replying to.

Based on his two posts I suspect you'll struggle. He makes my drunk posts look like works of art. That was probably too mean. 

 

Anyway, onto The Silmarillion! Ladies, form an orderly queue. There's enough Middle-earth knowledge in me for everyone!

 

Me first!

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Finally getting around to reading a book my grandmother got me a year or two ago. Tommy Chong's book about his time in jail and meditation and shit. I find it hard to believe he wrote this himself, though. Must have had a guy writing it for him.

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I just read a couple of novels by Asian writers that satirise their respective countries politics and culture.  They are quite thought provoking.

 

From the Fatherland, With Love by Ryu Murakami is about Japan's reaction to an invasion by North Korean forces and a bunch of society's rejects. Gruesomely violent, funny and quite an interesting concept.  Murakami is one of my favourite writers... very dark vision.

 

The Fat Years by Chan Koonchang looks at the overwhelming scope of the power held by China's ruling party.  A month has gone missing - no-one remembers it.  An author finds himself wrapped in a mystery where he knows something happened in that month, but it has been basically wiped from the memory of the Chinese public.  Kind of scary...

 

Waiting for the last book in The Red Queen's War trilogy by Mark Lawrence, The Wheel of Osheim...

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