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« Reply #120 on: December 12, 2005, 12:09:20 PM »

That's one book we should all take with us on the Desert Island  ;)
Could be useful.

"wrestle an alligator"  ;D
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« Reply #121 on: December 12, 2005, 12:39:23 PM »

Yes. Invaluable.  :)
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« Reply #122 on: December 13, 2005, 03:26:24 PM »

I´m reading James Ellroy`s Brown`s Requiem at the moment.Like it a lot but clearly it`s not Ellroy`s best.
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« Reply #123 on: December 13, 2005, 03:47:35 PM »

After having read Holden pikes review of of the movie Jarhead spiced up with several quotes from the book, i became curious about this book (written by Tony Swofford), and i´ve recently read it.

It´s very different from other "warbooks", seeing as "swoffie" jumps back and forth in the book telling about his training, fellow jarheads, sadistic sergeants, dead friends, favorite books, his family life, girls he dated, the liberation of Kuwait e.t.c. and it paints a picture of a dedicated, yet sometimes confused young man. I´d imagine that writing this book has been some sort of "cleansing" for him, because some of the thought he delves on, aren't exactly the most healthy thoughts to linger on.
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The whole conflict becomes almost surreal to him, always seeing the consequences of war, but never experiencing it firsthand, never firring a single shot from that big Barret light 50 (the worlds most powerfull sniperrifle) and returning to the u.s. celebrated as a hero for a war he never actually "fought"
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The only problem is that after having read the book, i´m not that keen on watching the movie  ::)
If you want to read a "different" warbook, you should give this book a try  O0

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« Reply #124 on: December 14, 2005, 01:12:00 AM »

I have just finished Julian Clary's autobiography......
  It made me laugh out loud.

If you are not in the UK I guess you may not know who he is.
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« Reply #125 on: December 14, 2005, 02:06:25 PM »

Other than the Grisham books I mentioned, I recently re-read Stephen King's Christine. I am a huge King fan and can't wait for Cell to come out in January. During the fall, I read Alan W. Eckert's Narratives Of America saga.
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« Reply #126 on: December 18, 2005, 06:27:27 AM »

I've been going to my friend's book group the past few months which forces me to read a book every month - I do love reading but I never make the time normally. A couple of books I loved reading recently are:

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (set in WWI)
The Secret History - Donna Tarrt

Currently reading Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, though I was supposed to finish it for book group last week. It's very good! Next month, an old favourite: The Great Gatsby.
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« Reply #127 on: December 18, 2005, 09:30:12 AM »

Nice to see you again, Ally. Been gone awhile myself....  :)
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« Reply #128 on: December 18, 2005, 04:17:44 PM »

Nice to see you again, Ally. Been gone awhile myself....  :)

And we have a similar number of posts I see! :) Yeah I don't know why it keeps happening. I get caught up in other stuff I guess - and have to keep doing those darn job applications :( I confess I have over 2,000 posts on the Doctor Who website, Outpost Gallifrey. Oops :) Good to see you too!
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« Reply #129 on: January 06, 2006, 02:50:16 AM »



All part of Gants new healthier lifestyle...  ;)
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« Reply #130 on: January 06, 2006, 05:05:25 AM »

" Faithless : Tales of Transgression ", by Joyce Carol Oates, translated in french under the title : " Infidèle ".

Some of those short stories overwhelmed me a lot, such as "Tusk", "The Vigil" ...
I've always loved this writer, the way she describes the deep loneliness of  human beings, the impossibility to communicate with someone loved or hated, the violent torments of young teenagers, the invisible but always present gap between people ...
The actions always take place in the USA, but they sound universal, and cities or countryside are the same everywhere, faithless is the cause, the link, the issue ...

This is the best collection of short stories read these last years.  :)
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« Reply #131 on: January 06, 2006, 06:04:02 AM »



All part of Gants new healthier lifestyle...  ;)

Way to go, Gant! Don't forget to add a couple shots of Vodka in that.....  ;)
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« Reply #132 on: January 06, 2006, 12:01:56 PM »

Will do....  ;D
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« Reply #133 on: January 06, 2006, 04:24:41 PM »

Now reading

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« Reply #134 on: January 24, 2006, 01:35:02 PM »

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« Reply #135 on: January 24, 2006, 05:36:35 PM »

Darren Clarke and Dr. Karl Morris
Golf: The Mind Factor



would recommend it for any golfer, good tips and advice on how to prepare mentally for a game and overcome the negativities that can ruin your game, also helps the reader that the psychologist Dr Karl Morris used to be a golf pro, so he knows what he's talking about
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« Reply #136 on: January 24, 2006, 10:34:10 PM »

I have just finished Death Of An Expert Witness by P D James.   Another of her brilliant books in the Adam Dalgliesh series.   Now I am reading The Lighthouses of Trinity House.  A book about all the lighthouses, light vessels and buoys controlled by Trinity House.  ( Trinity House is the body who have jurisdiction over all the lights and sea marks around the coast of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and one in Gibraltar.  The Lights etc around Scotland and the Isle Of Man and Eire are controlled by different bodies)
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« Reply #137 on: February 05, 2006, 03:36:06 PM »

I'm halfway thru' a cracking read at the moment..




 
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Hangover Square.. A story of darkest earls Court
  by Patrick Hamilton.

This was recomended to me by a friend. Havn't read anything else by this author but am very impressed..



Set in the grimey publands of Londons Earls Court (I used to live here) during the war years.A world of gass light, sleazy bars full of drifters and no hopers.. I guess the main theme is schizophrenia as the tormented hero George pursues his love Netta to the point where is obsession becomes sick and destructive.. A very dark and gripping story yet still contains much that is funny as well as tragic..

Go on.. read it... (if I havnt put you off ;D)


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« Reply #138 on: February 05, 2006, 06:06:39 PM »

The movie is a classic ... with Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell and George Sanders.  :D
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« Reply #139 on: February 06, 2006, 12:27:41 AM »

I never knew there was a movie.... Gonna try and hunt it down immediately..


Thanks....  :)
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