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The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, and Mortification. What are you reading?
it's veh good so far
Ignatius is amazing, as is Jones.
Slow to begin with, but I'm enjoying now.
What an odd concept.
I'm reading The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna and Enter a Fox by Simon Gray.
Its quite good.
Actually i did download an as level physics book the other day to read at work. so i guess that counts.
Are you a really bad physics teacher?
properly, not how we read bits in english at a level
Not too bad so far, which has suprised me
i think its gonna be a struggle and ill give up, but id like to try
its pretty good though, i like how the spontaneous prose makes it seem really frantic and fast paced, and reflects the subject
i saw someone said it was 'typing, not writing' which really pissed me off.
i like reading stuff that sounds like someoen is just talking and thinking
if they got wired and didn't edit ANYTHING. it reflects a mood pretty well, but it's fucking shoddy writing.
but found its approach to women made me enjoy it less, does this make me some kind of feminist? should i burn my bras?
who said that.
Benzedrine helped in writing The Town And The City, beforehand, but he took so much he had a breakdown and almost died. Hence the bit in the book's opening paragraph about getting over an 'illness'.
I was in an airport with six hours to kill.
I'm about halfway through. It's pretty amazing so far, but it is intensely difficult to keep concentrating on.
I'm so indie.
If you were really indie, you'd have read it before it won the Booker Prize.
I'm like the Offspring, or something.
How to live forever - Bryan Appleyard
by Bertrand Russell
It's really good but so far there's been too many greek names. Hasn't been enough philosophy yet, mostly just stuff about Minoans, Cretans, Spartans Bacchus and Dionysus.
it's quite boring and surprisingly preachy for a guy whose whole message seems to be to not preach or listen to people who do.
well i will when i can be bothered to start it.
for the 3rd time
everyone else seems to be reading serious books....
No-one will ever admit to sitting down and caning Bill Bryson or Dave Gorman. Not indie enough. I've decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
I'm really reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
He loved it.
I'm rediscovering the Topsy And Tim series.
fuck books man
This is where I pay the price for a deprived childhood, isn't it?
and Alice in Sunderland.
which has a couple more pages left, and have started on Passos, Manhattan Transfer
the old man and the sea, not that's there's much of it, mind.
the book that Brave New World and 1984 are both supposed to be based on.
Half way through and it's dead good so far.
now reading A Perfect Spy by John Le Carre.
It's an excellent Victorian thriller. Someone at work has lent me a Sebastian Faulkes book (recent, set in 70s, forgotten name, possily Engleby) which I guess I'll start over the next couple of days.
Wilkie Collins isn't it?
I'll have to give it a go.
check out The Moonstone when youre done. Collins sticks it to Middle-England.
it's literally a lol a minute
but not really enjoying it so far.
then it runs with it, drops it, runs a bit more, drops, explodes for a few pages then drifts away in a vague way.
I always feel bad about giving up on books unless they're completely dire (see: Michael Frayn - Spies), but I have got a sizeable pile of things I'd rather be reading, and The Road is currently a huge obstacle in what was an intense reading jag...
but I wouldn't try and read it all at once, maybe try and wait til you're in the right mood and read bits of it whilst having something else as your main read.
Great Expectations..Losing my Dickens virginity...about time too...
I know this must mean I'm a thicko but I really lost complete interest.
Some parts are pretty out of date, but he has a gift for summarising the major leaps in the history of astronomy. He makes a great populist too - its not very taxing, but it doesn't ever feel patronising.
But perhaps that just means I don't know when I'm being patronised :o(
Is the Sun still going round the earth?
are still pin-holes in a big blanket covering the sky. In fact, the concept of the "sky" is just described with a picture of a finger pointing upwards.
That's my kind of science.
its really just speculations of things that have achieved a bit more certainty in the last twenty or so years (composition of Mars, stuff like that)
by Michael Palin last night, brilliant.
Today I'll most likely get through all of Nick Middleton's Extremes Along The Silk Road, and then it's onto Long Way Round (Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman) and Jupiter's Travels (Ted Simon).
It's all about that central steppe...