What are you reading right now?

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dannyjb1

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 1:48pm
  • England
  • 2,464 posts

I feel a distinct lack of any innovation in my reading choices, I just tend to stick to the same authors and wait for their next book to come up.

That being said I am currently readinf 'Soon I will be invincible' which is sort of a comic book told in a novel form.

So tell me what books are people reading \ would they recommend?

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johnny roulette

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 2:20pm
  • manchester, England
  • 453 posts

i find it hard to find books that i like. i have recently enjoyed...
1. flashman - by george macdonald fraser
2. zombie island - by david wellington - a bit like a zombie film in the form of a novel

if anyone could recommend a genuinely funny book i would be pleased. particularly something a bit surreal.

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ShoePie

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 3:07pm
  • Swindon, England
  • 1,645 posts

Just finished the Hobbit and am about to start reading something called Apocalyptic hollow chocolate bunnies (Or something like that) by Robert Rankin who is a very funny man indeed.

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Nick Rivers

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 3:18pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 1,036 posts
Quote: johnny roulette @ September 24, 2007, 9:20 AM

i find it hard to find books that i like. i have recently enjoyed...
1. flashman - by george macdonald fraser
2. zombie island - by david wellington - a bit like a zombie film in the form of a novel

if anyone could recommend a genuinely funny book i would be pleased. particularly something a bit surreal.

i love flashman - i recommend, if you haven't, reading the entire series.

I'm currently dipping in and out of Love All The People by Bill Hicks. Much prefer him in print, as, gasp, shock, horror, i don't really enjoy his stand up. or at least the DVDs of gigs I've seen. ironic as the book is basically a collection of his routines - go figure!

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dannyjb1

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 3:19pm
  • England
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Quote: ShoePie @ September 24, 2007, 10:07 AM

Just finished the Hobbit and am about to start reading something called Apocalyptic hollow chocolate bunnies (Or something like that) by Robert Rankin who is a very funny man indeed.

Love Robert Rankin, he is one of my 'authors' and to be honest I felt that is one of the best of his recent books.

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Skibbington von Skubber

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 3:50pm
  • England
  • 354 posts

Currently reading:
Big Bang--AJ Desmond
The Joke is Over--Ralph Steadman (About Hunter S. Thompson)
The Complete Dirty Laundry---R. Crumb & Wife & Daughter

Recommended funny & surreal books:
Catch-22--Joseph Heller
Lolita--V. Nabokov
Post Office--Charles Bukowski
The Third Policeman--Flann O'Brien
The Dice Man--Luke Rhinehart
Slaughterhouse-5---Kurt Vonnegut
Cats Cradle---Kurt Vonnegut
The Sirens of Titan---Kurt Vonnegut
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas--Hunter S. Thompson
The Vomit Factory (Life is Fake: Death is Good)--Alexander T. Newport

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Mark

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 4:00pm
  • Hampshire, England
  • 2,678 posts
Quote: Skibbington von Skubber @ September 24, 2007, 10:50 AM

Currently reading:
Big Bang--AJ Desmond
The Joke is Over--Ralph Steadman (About Hunter S. Thompson)
The Complete Dirty Laundry---R. Crumb & Wife & Daughter

How can you have more than one book on the go at any one time? That would confuse me immensely!

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L.E.

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 6:50pm
  • England
  • 20,468 posts

Currently reading Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy...pretty good!

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zooo

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 6:53pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,195 posts

I'm working my way through all Stephen Fry's novels.

They are exactly as ace as you would expect.

Just finished Making History, and am starting Hippopotamus.

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Reiss Ellesse

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 6:54pm
  • Cognac (Charente Region 16), France
  • 447 posts

Rat Pack Confidential.... About Dean Martin, Frankie, Sammy Davis Jnr and the other two... quite a good read actually...

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Aaron

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 8:07pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,619 posts
Quote: EllieJP @ September 24, 2007, 1:50 PM

Currently reading Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy...pretty good!


Have you seen the film? If not, don't. Get the TV series though.

And I've always got far too many books on the go. Currently ...

Stephen Smith's Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets
Buy at Amazon

Peter Ackroyd's excellent tome, London: The Biography
Buy at Amazon

The Mammoth Book of Pirates, edited by Jon E. Lewis
Buy at Amazon

... and a number of Web development related publications.

The next few on my list include:
The London Compendium: A Street-by-street Exploration of the Hidden Metropolis, edited by Ed Glinert
Buy at Amazon

I Never Knew That About England by Christopher Winn
Buy at Amazon

...and a number of other fine literary works of similar nature. :)

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puffinpol

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 10:03pm
  • England
  • 193 posts

Just read all the Tom Ripley novels - Patricia Highsmith. Compelling, dark, some parts a little far-fetched but, considering their age, have survived well.

I'm re-reading Live Flesh (Ruth Rendell) - love her books, again they are psychological thrillers, really enjoy getting drawn into such disturbing worlds.

Have a broad taste in books. I'm also reading Small Steps/Louis Sacher - sequel to Holes. My son makes me read his favourites, Anthony Horowitz Diamond Brothers are really funny. Loved David Nobbs (ok, ok) Reggie Perrin trilogy and Tom Sharpe, but I don't know if I'd find Sharpe so funny now. I don't think they filmed that well.

Alexander McCall Smith Scotland Street are gentle comedies with some entertaining characters.

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L.E.

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 10:39pm
  • England
  • 20,468 posts
Quote: Aaron @ September 24, 2007, 3:07 PM

Have you seen the film? If not, don't. Get the TV series though.

Unfortunatly i have...but i never judge a book by it's poor film representative!

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Fantasy Bazaar

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 10:51pm
  • England
  • 119 posts

Anthony Kiedis's 'Scar Tissue'...very insightful.

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Lee

  • Monday 24th September 2007, 10:58pm
  • Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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