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Really funny book, would recommend.
I'm about to read Steppenwolf for the first time, wish me luck.
i've got friction by joe stretch - might combine that and infinite jest
just read two pg wodehouse books. hmm, not really sure it holds up, apart from the occasional throaty chuckle
Pretty terrible book. Overly graphic and grusome sexually. Plot is confused, ending beyond nonsense
Yeah, rock and roll. 900+ of medieval history, complete with maps
Might not be reading anything for a few months
which i quite liked. i should read some more camus at some point
i am currently geeking it up and reliving my youth with a discworld book (Making Money), before going on to tell no one by harlan coben. so glad i joined westminster libraries
Quite enjoyable and stimulating at some points, exhausting at others. It just got really crazy.
but not the camus outsider
Outsiders experience, in Wilson's phrase, "these moods of tremendous happiness that the Romantics felt, when they believed that life was absolutely glorious and couldn't imagine that anybody would want to die. But they woke up the next morning thinking 'what the bloody hell was that all about?' and plunged straight back into this gloom. And that seemed to me to be the real question. On the one hand you have Van Gogh painting Starry Night, with its explosion of sheer joy and vitality. And on the other, his suicide note, written less than a year later, which said 'misery will never end'. And I was trying to ask, which is true?"
by some Russian bloke. It's good.
'Let the Right One In' by *some Swedish dude*
'My Idea of Fun' by Will Self.
Somehow I managed to forget to bring both of them with me today, which is annoying for the train journey, but I've printed out articles about Einstein and religion which look quite interesting. I also really need to make some more headway in a couple of things I started writing a week or so ago, but have failed to apply myself to.
Unusually, not as good as the film. Enjoyable enough though. Does anyone know how personal pronouns work in Swedish? I found the change from her/she to him/he a bit jarring. I was wondering if it was in the translation.
I'm either going to start A Game of Thrones, All Quiet on the Orient Express or The Mirror Maker next.
Empire of the Word - Nicholas Oestler: A history of the world as seen through the development and migration of the world's languages. Sounds like a bit of a door-stop, but once you've committed each language's various quirks to mind and got past the ridiculous linguistics terminology (typical passage: "'l' is pronounced as in the American 'uhuh'. n, p and r with a dot underneath are all aspirated..."), it's a ripping yarn.
And for fun: Romance of the Three Kingdoms - which I've already started a thread about. It has about a zillion characters, most of which are badasses called Zhang. Recommended if you have a spare year.
Tell me about it.
biography of Tommy Byrne, a F1 racer from the early '80's who the book would have you believe is a rock and roll rebellious type fo guy.
He ain't. It's cack. Avoid.
Columbine by Dave Cullen though is a very good read. Analysing in depth the Columbine massacre with lots of interviews with cops, family, survivors and with access to Eric Harris' diaries that he kept in the build up it's pretty graphic, hard hitting stuff.
After I finish the Crusades epic text book