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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
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Posted - 10/03/2012 :  16:37:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by coastline

Is anybody else here on Goodfriends?



Goodreads? I could do with linking up with a few more people on there for book recommendations.

Er, yeah. Goodreads. My username is cohenpeart if you want to friend me.
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danjersey
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
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Posted - 10/03/2012 :  17:17:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
huffingtonpost/drudgereport
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teenager94
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Ireland
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  11:41:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm with 'the holiday son', all Hornby's stuff has quality and worth reading. I regard fever pitch as his masterpeice.......... On a completely different note about to start 'the grin of the dark' by Ramsey Campbell. Regarded by some as the best horror novel of the last 20 years. Anybody read it?


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Originally posted by coastline

Reading another Nick Hornby -- "About a Boy." Denis, which of his books do you like best?


I'm not Denis but I agree with him.

I'd put High Fidelity above the rest and About a Boy not that far behind.
I've read them all but Fever Pitch and honestly they're all very good.
I even enjoyed the one about a skater (Slam) and I couldn't care less about skating !
I liked The Polysyllabic Spree as well and I hadn't read 95% of the books he reviewed.

Bottom line is the guy is witty and funny whatever he's writing on so I'd advise you to read anything from him you can put your hands on !

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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
3112 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2012 :  14:39:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
His screenplay for Lynn Barber's An Education is a good read if you like reading screenplays
http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/An-Education.html

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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  15:54:30  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
started Shardik today. stoked.

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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
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Posted - 10/06/2012 :  06:31:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just finished Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle." I love Vonnegut, but this one didn't do a lot for me.

As for Hornby, I'll have to check out "High Fidelity." Seems like a consensus that's his best work.
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floop
= Wannabe Volunteer =

Mexico
15297 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2012 :  07:50:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
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Posted - 10/13/2012 :  15:14:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just finished Neil Young's "Waging Heavy Peace." Really loved it.
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2012 :  14:47:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a nice, short read:



The notes toward the end are the most interesting part.
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Little Black Francis
> Teenager of the Year <

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Posted - 11/05/2012 :  21:46:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What are you reading? I would have to say this topic right now.


going VoVat on this shit
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2012 :  07:16:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Ronson is a good writer. I intend to seek out more by him after I finish this one.


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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
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Posted - 11/19/2012 :  23:40:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He does offbeat documentaries too. His one on Kubrick's boxes was particularly good for an old archivist like me.

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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
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Posted - 11/20/2012 :  01:49:29  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
the wahoo bobcat.

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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
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Posted - 11/28/2012 :  11:40:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another good one by Ronson, even better than the last:




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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
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Posted - 11/29/2012 :  05:39:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gonna pick up where I left off with Arkady Renko. I've read the first four but three more came out in the last ten years. He never matched the greatness of the first one, Gorky Park. But maybe he's picked up since I left off. I don't really read potboilers and Gorky Park's a guilty pleasure read for me. The thriller part of it is dumb but the detail's pretty great. Anyone else read it?



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OLDMANOTY
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
434 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2012 :  12:54:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Completely blown away.
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2013 :  14:48:28  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
recently finished "half asleep in frog pajamas" by the fantastic tom robbins. i love him. now i'm rereading "fierce invalids."

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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
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Posted - 01/19/2013 :  13:49:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Very funny.
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teenager94
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Ireland
42 Posts

Posted - 02/09/2013 :  12:17:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just finished Neil Young's 'waging heavy peace'. Full of interesting stories about many of the legends he performed with. Also much about his many interests, such as collectable motors. It just inspired me to dust down my Neil Young collection and give it a good listen. 'Live Weld' and 'Ragged Glory' still sound great.
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The Maharal
= Cult of Ray =

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Posted - 02/09/2013 :  16:00:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Very funny.



I love Partridge. I recommend getting a hold of the audiobook too, Coogan's delivery makes it even funnier.

They're working on the film right now. I was already excited about it but I recently found out Colm Meaney will be featuring in it! In off the red.
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
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Posted - 02/12/2013 :  23:40:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by The Maharal

I love Partridge. I recommend getting a hold of the audiobook too, Coogan's delivery makes it even funnier.

They're working on the film right now. I was already excited about it but I recently found out Colm Meaney will be featuring in it! In off the red.


"Lexi - plural!"

Yeah, looking forward to the film. Been spoil with all the Alan Partridge stuff lately: Mid Morning Matters, the Sky special etc.

This cracks me up (from 2:08):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qycG2Xz1Xeo
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fbc
-= Modulator =-

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/13/2013 :  07:02:33  Show Profile  Visit fbc's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have that book, Carl, and of course it made me laugh. This is the first I've heard about a film so I'm excited for that.

This is one of my favourite Partridge moments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2D3-FkoXNU mainly because my brother-in-law's called...

Dan! Dan!! DAN!!!

John Shuttleworth. Father Ted. Alan Partridge. I love them all.
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11518 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2013 :  15:45:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Big thumbs up for John Shuttleworth, Soren!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8eh72REd_s
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OLDMANOTY
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
434 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2013 :  10:12:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Never that keen on much of the music he championed but this is a riveting autobiography.



This is hilarious, didn't want it to end.
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shineoftheever
> Teenager of the Year <

Canada
4304 Posts

Posted - 02/17/2013 :  12:20:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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This is hilarious, didn't want it to end.



don't mean to judge a book by it's cover but this looks like it would end up on the bookshelf right next to "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night" - am I right?


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OLDMANOTY
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
434 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2013 :  14:06:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by shineoftheever

quote:
Originally posted by OLDMANOTY


This is hilarious, didn't want it to end.



don't mean to judge a book by it's cover but this looks like it would end up on the bookshelf right next to "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night" - am I right?



20th Anniversary Tour; Teenager Of The Year: Live and Complete - Coming Soon in 2014 to your favorite venue!


Well, I've not read that so I don't know. But this is about a guy who absconds from his care home, gets involved involved with criminals, then as he looks back through his life it turns out that, by chance, he's been a key figure in some of the major events of the 20th century. It's quirky and occasionally very funny.

Edited by - OLDMANOTY on 02/22/2013 14:12:08
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2013 :  17:46:25  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by OLDMANOTY

quote:
Originally posted by shineoftheever

quote:
Originally posted by OLDMANOTY


This is hilarious, didn't want it to end.



don't mean to judge a book by it's cover but this looks like it would end up on the bookshelf right next to "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night" - am I right?



20th Anniversary Tour; Teenager Of The Year: Live and Complete - Coming Soon in 2014 to your favorite venue!


Well, I've not read that so I don't know. But this is about a guy who absconds from his care home, gets involved involved with criminals, then as he looks back through his life it turns out that, by chance, he's been a key figure in some of the major events of the 20th century. It's quirky and occasionally very funny.



no offense, but that sounds terrible. just my opinion, of course.

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OLDMANOTY
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
434 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2013 :  04:19:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fair enough. I didn't sell it very well admittedly.
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2013 :  18:46:51  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
just finished Blood Meridian by Cormac Mcarthy. so good. i can't help but read another of his right away.

***spoiler alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***********

i'm thinking holden had the dead bear's girl in the "jacks" having his typical pedophilic way with her, in comes the man. he kills both and leaves the scene framing the man as the murderer/pedophile. hearkens back to the jail cell conversation.

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OR, wait... maybe they both rape the girl. the kid could still be killed by holden, or maybe he's the one pissing in the mud warning others away from the outhouse.

either way, i'm thinking the kid succumbs. to rape (again?)? to holden? to evil, no less. certainly the judge feels triumphant about whatever took place. if it's that the kid raped and killed the bear-girl, and/or possibly the other children mentioned throughout the book, we know he opted not to kill the judge when given the chance(s) in the desert. if holden depicts evil, however literally, the kid chose not to overcome him. either the kid is killed in the jakes or he's pissing in the mud. either way he was defeated by evil, from within or without.
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hammerhands
* Dog in the Sand *

Canada
1495 Posts

Posted - 05/07/2013 :  15:46:32  Show Profile  Visit hammerhands's Homepage  Reply with Quote


Dirk Gently, two books in one. A present from years ago,
that I hadn't read and forgot about. 1 1/5 books through.
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danjersey
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
2425 Posts

Posted - 05/07/2013 :  17:06:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike Patton interviews. because the Internet makes that easy
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hammerhands
* Dog in the Sand *

Canada
1495 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2013 :  11:55:09  Show Profile  Visit hammerhands's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Starship Titanic



"...intelligence devoid of emotion is nonfunctional.
However smart a robot or a computer may be,
it can only do exactly what you tell it to do and then stop.
To keep thinking, it has to want to.
It has to be motivated. You can't think if you can't feel."

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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2013 :  12:34:35  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Anathem by Neal Stephenson. half way through. very much enjoying it.

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Thomas
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
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Posted - 06/10/2013 :  08:23:00  Show Profile  Click to see Thomas's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Book 3

A Storm of Swords



"Our Love is Rice and Beans and Horses Lard"
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 06/13/2013 :  17:36:15  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
just finished Anathem. loved that shit. may have to go Diamond Age next.

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