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Old 09-12-2011, 11:47 AM   #51
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I'm thinking about it. My bookshelves look pathetically overstuffed. I am always look to read from books that I can't find.
Noooo!

I know what you mean, but all the same, just buy some more shelves!

A book has a smell and a feel and you can heft it in your hand and dog-ear the pages and cherish it. Each time you read it, it picks up little nicks and tears: if it goes on vacation with you, or just accompanies you to the garden, it develops little scars to prove it. It ages as you age. It has a provenance to it.

It's like the difference between a CD and a vinyl album. Crisp, precise, practical and soulless vs gloriously cumbersome thing of beauty and reverence.

Also: I'm willing to bet that paper is a lot more durable than digiital or electronic media
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:40 AM   #52
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Any one have any good ideas for a couple of books I could take on vacation with me ?

I love most types of novels, from crime, classic, thriller, horror, to fantasy and childrens... as long as it is fairly well written and has a plot that isnt completely transparent, then im in

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Greenvoe and The Cone-Gatherers are pretty good as are Guests of War and Private Angelo.
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Greenvoe and The Cone-Gatherers are pretty good as are Guests of War and Private Angelo.
Cheers Babs... saved to favourites so i can research them later

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Any one have any good ideas for a couple of books I could take on vacation with me ?

I love most types of novels, from crime, classic, thriller, horror, to fantasy and childrens... as long as it is fairly well written and has a plot that isnt completely transparent, then im in

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Have you read "The Shining"? It's a fast 700 pages. Other fast reads for me were:

-Slaughterhouse 5
-The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum (Warning, this book will linger with you for a while. Very powerful, well-written read)
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yeh I have read The Shining a couple of times... I love that book. Ill have a look at the other ones too, thanks buddy

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On second thought don't read the Ketchum book on vacation.
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on my Kindle. It was awesome, really, really enjoyed it. Can't wait to get stuck into the third book.
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Woody Allen: A Biography, Eric Lax, Da Capo Press, New Edition, 2000.

Good bio of one of my favorite film directors. Spent less time on his films and more time on the man behind them. His humor and savvy made for a good read. One chapter was added to include the break up with Mia Farrow, something that happened after the original edition was published. Never salacious or ugly, it seemed like a fair accounting.
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Carl,

A few ideas.

For a crime/thriller, have you tried James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia? Not usually my type of thing, but enjoyed it. Or how about some Iain Banks - The Crow Road and Complicity are both good. I also enjoyed What a Carve-Up! by Jonathon Coe.

Have you tried any H.G. Wells? I like Tono-Bungay and A History of Mr Polly, as well as The Time Machine.

Agree with BTB on Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.

If you fancy something a bit weirder and more disturbing, you could try Martin Amis' Time's Arrow or Will Self's My idea of Fun.
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