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Field Grey by Philip Kerr, part of the ongoing Bernie Gunther series.

Utterly, utterly brilliant.
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Has anyone read Margaret Atwood's The Year Of The Flood?

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Currently reading Soul Music by Terry Pratchett. What can I say? I'm a shallow person, I enjoy it >_<

(it was either that or yet another David Gemmell book in the airport store).

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Can we call the next one "the remake"?

I'm reading Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie, we can wallow in our shallowness together.

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Can we call the next one "the remake"?

I'm reading Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie, we can wallow in our shallowness together.


Hm, and for some reason that brought to mind "Armageddon: The Musical" and "Armageddon 2: The B-Movie."

Although in my moments of peace I've been working through the eARC of Ghost Ship, the upcoming latest in the Liaden Universe books.

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Has anyone read Margaret Atwood's The Year Of The Flood?


I've only read The Handmaid's Tale, and that was awesome. I'm assuming you've read other books of hers though.

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Has anyone read Margaret Atwood's The Year Of The Flood?


I've only read The Handmaid's Tale, and that was awesome. I'm assuming you've read other books of hers though.


No, I've actually only just heard of her, although I did hear that The Year Of The Flood was a sort of 'unofficial' sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. No one I know have read any of her books, so I thought I would get the low-down here before spending my mulahs.

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Has anyone read Margaret Atwood's The Year Of The Flood?


I've only read The Handmaid's Tale, and that was awesome. I'm assuming you've read other books of hers though.


No, I've actually only just heard of her, although I did hear that The Year Of The Flood was a sort of 'unofficial' sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. No one I know have read any of her books, so I thought I would get the low-down here before spending my mulahs.


Then wouldn't it make sense to read the first one, which I can attest to being great? Handmaid's Tale. Although I don't recommend it for a laugh. It's a pretty depressing book, with some neat sci-fi thrown in.

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Then wouldn't it make sense to read the first one, which I can attest to being great? Handmaid's Tale.


:thumbsup: I don't know why, but I read this with a slightly threatening tone. But yes, it would make sense.

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Then wouldn't it make sense to read the first one, which I can attest to being great? Handmaid's Tale.


:lol: I don't know why, but I read this with a slightly threatening tone. But yes, it would make sense.


It's just because I'm built like an attack hamster.

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It's just because I'm built like an attack hamster.


A Giant Space Hamster? o O ( Okay, my spelljammer days are showing through there..)

Finished off the eArc to Ghost Ship. A nice run of space opera follow-on to other Liaden books. Although they had to jump around various characters in different locations, it nicely fleshed out some of the "epilogue" moments in the earlier books. But it does have a rather cliff-hanger style ending...

I don't remember where I read it, but the Liaden Universe was once described as "Star Wars meets Pride & Prejudice" and I do have to agree that that description works on a lot of levels. Not many authors can write that sort of snappy dialogue based around a (not-stictly human) culture's modes of courtesy.

It's kind of interesting that the authors (a husband and wife team) used to be death on electronic copies of their books and very anti-book-piracy and suchlike.. but now that they're getting published by Baen they seem to have jumped on the Baen Bandwagon in respect to how electronic books and getting out sample chapters and free books can attract readers that otherwise would never have looked at them.

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I was randomly pondering on the fact that it's about time to add a complete Arabian Nights to my library .. but there seem to be an awful lot of cut down versions out there.

Anyone know of any particular good current translations?

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Now reading Dogtown about the founding of tge Best Friends pet rescue & sanctuary. Also reading The Sun Also Rises. You gotta love Hemingway

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I was randomly pondering on the fact that it's about time to add a complete Arabian Nights to my library .. but there seem to be an awful lot of cut down versions out there.

Anyone know of any particular good current translations?


I know a good one, but I'll have to look it up.

My father read the original version - fart jokes and adultery and all - when I was a kid. It's great stuff.

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I was randomly pondering on the fact that it's about time to add a complete Arabian Nights to my library .. but there seem to be an awful lot of cut down versions out there.

Anyone know of any particular good current translations?


I know a good one, but I'll have to look it up.

My father read the original version - fart jokes and adultery and all - when I was a kid. It's great stuff.


I've read several versions, but they're usually turn out to be abridged or have several stories removed totally. Or the only ones you can find are the child-friendly versions.

Heh, I was tidying some things away and found all my old Al-Quadim books and boxed sets.. which has me kind of nostalgic.

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Reading the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, pretty good fantasy noir stuff.

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finally got round to reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

curious to see the movie now as there's some messed up stuff in the books
overall pretty good though

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Not technically a book... but the collected manga of Ubel Blatt.

And the really annoying thing is..that after 11 volumes and a nicely compelling storyline.. it suddenly stops. Apparently it's on "hiatus" :lol:

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Started reading Game of Thrones, because I hadn't and I was enjoying the TV show.




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