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What your reading for?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvs2g5Nj0NI

Well, looks like we got ourselves a reader.
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Just finished Breakfast at Tiffany's A-gain.....so gold star for me!
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saminblack wrote:
I also (somewhat sadly) have the claim to fame that I read 11 books on my honeymoon - including a 700 page fictionalised biography of Herman Goerring! - while most people find other things to do on their honeymoon. :smt004 :smt004
Thank you so much for this. You took a big burden from my shoulders. I read only 8 at my honeymoon (including 4 parts of Harry Potter :lol: ) and I had really bad conscience about it...untill now :lol: :lol: :lol: But what else can you do in Malta :?:
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Just on Me Cheeta, the spoof autobiography of the ape from Tarzan. Very good, and very caustic about a lot of dead people who can't fight back!!!

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currently reading The Gate by Francois Bizot, about his time as a captive of the khmer rouge

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Just finished Crowcons Portable Gas Detectors for Beginners.

What a hoot that was
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Tony Parsons - Starting Over

I really like Tony Parsons - and I always have done right back to his days as a superb music journalist in the punk days.

As such I have read all of his novels but sadly a number of them - including this one I'm afraid- just doesn't quite fully deliver the goods. It is still better than 90 per cent of the modern popular novels out there but I always think Mr Parsons is capable of something beyond even the (above) average.

This one, for instance, starts brilliantly. The opening two or three chapters are rivetting and as the characters unfold you are engaged, entertained and intrigued. It follows a 42-year-old father of two who is given a new life when he he has a heart transplant but bizarrely it is more 'new' than he expects as he seems to be inheriting some of the characteristics of his heart donor. All good so far.

But then it sort of loses its way a bit and we end up in all too familiar Parsons territory - where it occassionally gets just a bit too mushy and sentimental and our 'hero' realises that despite apparently wanting to be a different person with his new heart he still wants to be the same person of his 'old' heart - the good, family guy. Tony P is clearly desperate to show the world that men can be sensitive, loving and gentle as well as women but after several books saying the same thing I think women might now have got the message....

Despite that it is still well worth reading because some of the set pieces and characters are very memorable and, as stated, even average Parsons is better than most other modern novellists produce.

So a good book but I think Tony P is capable of great books. It gets four stars - but he is a five star writer and I think he needs another five star book soon.
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"Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship"

Having been on a project for the last 6 months that I can only descibe as "horrific" I thought I'd do a bit of swotting. Erm....I realise I'm probably on my own here.

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Just finished HG Wells "A Modern Utopia" - a bit slow but some interesting ideas, nice to see something progressive from so long ago.
Also "Outbound Flight" by Timothy Zahn - It's a Star Wars book and was a bit of a dull one compared to his Heir to the Empire trilogy, but the fleshing out of the Thrawn character was very welcome and the ending was quite good too.

Currently reading "The Shape Of Things To Come" also by HG Wells, quite interesting so far but as it's from 1933 the prediction of future history without WWII does seem very odd. I've learnt some interesting things about the early 20th Century I never really knew before as well.
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Ska'd For Life(A personal journey with The Specials) - Horace Painter.

Now reading Sid Vicious - No One Is Innocent - Alan Parker.
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Still reading Truman Capote's " The Diamond Guitar" in between NVQ in Social Care ( why can't I take this seriously?).
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My First Atlas :grin:
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