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Having avoided it for about 5 years (as I’m a snobby bar steward), I've recently picked up The Beach. It's pretty good, although the element of surprise is missing, having seen the movie a couple of times.

 

The story developes at quite a pace, and the central character from whose perspective the tale is told is quite likeable, much more so than that yank who played him in the film.

 

I read it in three hours; not seen the film yet but the book was wonderful :D

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Just finished "The Vows of Silence" by Susan Hill, the fourth in the Simon Serrailler series - have enjoyed them all.

 

Just about to start "Love All" by Elizabeth Jane Howard. I remember enjoying her Cazalet Chronicles books years ago, and hope this is as good.

 

Not in the mood for anything intellectually challenging just now! Got swine flu I think :( lots of people got it locally, so brain not working very well.

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Recently finished Death Destruction & a Packet of Peanuts by Chris Pascoe.

 

Described as "A Rollicking Pub Crawl Through Four Years Of The English Civil War", it is a fascinating, unique and entertaining read, full of plenty of facts on the Civil war, but you never feel "lectured" as the humour keeps things lightsome and you can't help but feel you're along for the ride.

 

Highly reccomended.

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I've just started The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger as it was recommended to me by a few of my friends. I'm loving it already and I'm only on p. 54.

 

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy was dreadful - I don't know what all the hype was about. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it had I read it as a child.

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Dirk Gently is by far easier to read, the last radio version weren't bad either. Hitchhiker's is best as original radio play (never watch the tv series), think Douglas Adams to be honest is better in audio, it helps with some of the confusion, though it's not meant to make sense.

I remember hours trying to do the text based computer game (Fjool did you ever finish it?)

 

Me as sad as it is just got three Sookie Stackhouse books through the mail, the 1st was quite enjoyable for bus journeys. It has made "True Blood" quite frustrating though.

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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy was dreadful - I don't know what all the hype was about. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it had I read it as a child.

I have the same thing with Star Wars; everyone except me thinks it's great. I'm just bored of hearing about it, and seeing the iconry everywhere.

 

It probably seems hyped to you because you've been surrounded by it for ages and absorbed all sorts of things which, when read in their original source, now appear trite and clichéd. At the time, it was quite extraordinary and probably shaped quite a few things that we take for granted today in terms of language and humour.

 

(Fjool did you ever finish it?)

Nope. Even tried again recently on the BBC site, but a bug in the save/load meant that I'd have to do it all in one session (>_

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