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#1 JAStewart

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:03 PM

Bill Hicks - Agent Of Evolution.

damn good read.

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:16 PM

Would you care to expand and give a little insight into why you think it's such a good read?

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 06:45 PM

I'm currently reading A big boy did it and ran away by Christopher Brookmyre, its not as good as his earlier books. I thoroughly recommend "One fine day in the middle of the night" HILARIOUS!

I'm glad other people are getting into Bill Hicks, its about time he got the acclaim he deserves! His material and ideas are more relevant today than ever and I just wish he was alive today to get stuck in!!!!!!!

LONG LIVE BILL!!

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 12:57 PM

Alas...... another Brookmyre fan!!
A lot of my family live in Glasgow and I lived there myself for a few years and I have to say he has his characters down to a tee.
However, far-fetched and blockbuster-movie-style his plots are (a 40something Granny becoming a part of an international organisation of hackers and small time criminals after someone tries to steal her Granddaughter from a huge playcentre in Coatbridge!!), he somehow manages to make them all believable.

The above plotline is from 'All Fun and Games until Someone Loses an Eye'.

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 11:13 PM

Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

I'm enjoying his observations about life as a dishwasher a job I have done myself albeit under far better condition. I had thought it was about sleeping rough and begging etc. but it is well worth reading.

#6 ChristopherWilliamThomson

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 12:23 AM

The Onion Eaters by JP Donleavy.

#7 moorit

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 06:34 AM

I'm currently reading the same thing as you are currently reading. :wink:

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 06:59 AM

I'm not readin anything - just finished No Second Chance by Harlan Coben and two days before that Hotel Babylon. I have a large pile of unread books - not sure what to choose now....

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 09:30 AM

Currently reading the shetlink forum. Hahahah. Yes, I am a card.

I'm occasionally dipping into a book called The Rule of Four at the moment.

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It's not bad. Kinda Divinci Code-esque. In fact, one of the reviews on the back describes it as "The DaVinci Code for People with Brains".

Clearly an obvious ploy to appeal to ego maniacs. Needless to say I bought it, although in my defence I was waiting at Sumburgh Airport and in need of a distraction.

It's worth a read, but it's certainly no more high-brow than the Divinci Code. The characterisation is a bit flat, but overall the story is quite entertaining – bolstered by impressive and detailed historical references throughout. I'm only 3 quarters of the way through, and I've not picked it up for about 3 weeks. Whether that's a reflection on the books "readability factor" or more on my laziness is a call I'm reluctant to make.

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 06:38 PM

I'm currently reading A big boy did it and ran away by Christopher Brookmyre, its not as good as his earlier books. I thoroughly recommend "One fine day in the middle of the night" HILARIOUS!

I'm glad other people are getting into Bill Hicks, its about time he got the acclaim he deserves! His material and ideas are more relevant today than ever and I just wish he was alive today to get stuck in!!!!!!!

LONG LIVE BILL!!


Never read a bad Brookmyre effort yet, but I agree that "One fine day in the middle of the night" is an excellent book.

There's quite a few decent books about Bill Hicks out there now as well. Great to see him rising in popularity.

Currently reading "Rip it up and start again", by Simon Reynolds about the Post Punk scene from 78-84. Another pretty good read, but keep wanting to put it down and listen to the music he's writing about.

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 08:22 PM

I'm occasionally dipping into a book called The Rule of Four at the moment.

It's not bad. Kinda Divinci Code-esque. In fact, one of the reviews on the back describes it as "The DaVinci Code for People with Brains".


Another intriguing book along same lines i read last year is "Codex" by Lev Grossman.

Main character finds himself in big plot unwittingly, i'll not spoil the plot by going into it. I liked it, it's a bit more of a credible read than Dan Brown's plagiarism. Slightly surreal, but captivating.

However! Warning Bad Book alert! A definite "bandwagon" jumper wrote a book called "Atlantis", his name is David Gibbins and i regret the fact that he has so much as a penny of my money in his bank account from the sale of the book [why oh why do i not use the library more :roll: ] Anyway, it's a potted compilation of a number of semi-credible Atlantis theories all jammed together in a pseudo-James Bond/Indiana Jones style plot.
The author is quick to point out that all the technology employed in the book is factual apart from "---" the very thing that makes his plotline function. His irreverent use of the Atlantis myths is irksome too, and worst of all it is acclaimed on the cover as "History's greatest secret has now been revealled" and even worse "Atlantis is The Da Vinci Code for a new generation: only this time, it could really be true...."

Dunna buy it, or if borrowing; read it with scorn :evil:

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 04:48 AM

Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

I'm enjoying his observations about life as a dishwasher a job I have done myself albeit under far better condition. I had thought it was about sleeping rough and begging etc. but it is well worth reading.


OOH, MY MUM GOT ME THAT FOR CHRISTMAS. STILL HAVEN'T READ IT YET, DON'T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS!

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 05:18 AM

I'm reading "Noost" for a change of pace. Haven't read it in years, but still recognise all the characters! 8O

I also used to be a dishwasher - maybe I have a great Orwellian type novel in me? Didn't take me long to realise that there was more to life than that - that is why it is important to experience all those jobs yourself! :roll:

#14 breeksy

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 06:57 AM

[quote name="GREAT-GOD-ALMIGHTY"][quote]Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

OOH, MY MUM GOT ME THAT FOR CHRISTMAS. STILL HAVEN'T READ IT YET, DON'T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS![/quote]

You have a mother???? Does that not make her the creator and you... well.... insignificant?

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 09:20 AM

I am reading American Phyco by Bret Easton Ellis really great read but find myslef looking at people that annoy me in a very strange way 8O if you have seen the film forget all about it the book is way better and more happens in it!!

Another really good book to read is The courious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon.

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