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      Venison 86
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #780: Nov 08, 2014 10:42:26 am
      Anyone got Gow's new book yet?

      Read his first one and it was a cracker so have to get it soon.

      Sat in his lounge now. It's a good read mate, read it on holiday just waiting for the next release.
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #781: Nov 15, 2014 05:58:22 pm
      I've read a lot of political and economic books recently.

      Hayek's Road to Serfdom was a classic - much of it is dated and I have several objections to his theories, but there's also much important insight there. It's a shame that so many people use his name nowadays with such gross misinterpretations to suit their agendas, especially in American politics.

      I'm currently reading Theodore Burczak's Socialism After Hayek and very much enjoying it. The author put to words quite succinctly what I believe are the most important tracts of Hayek's thought and also elaborated critics to it way better than I ever could. Very audacious move to try to mix Karl Marx, Friedrich Hayek and Amartya Sen too.

      I still haven't finished "The Battle Cry of Freedom", a book about the American Civil War, as I was reading it on my Kindle and I was stolen a couple of months ago :( Will get a new one soon though so I can resume this read - historical writing at its very best.

      And speaking of history, two books on my never ending to-read list are "Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000", a general history of Britain in the 20th century, and "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery", which deals with the progress of Lincoln's ideas regarding slavery.
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      Reply #782: Nov 23, 2014 08:35:54 am
      The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger

      Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,
      "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

      He tries to capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation…

      I like it…!!!
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #783: Nov 24, 2014 10:55:22 pm
      the prince by niccolo machiavelli , frightening how alot of what he wrote almost 500 years ago still applies in politics
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #784: Mar 12, 2015 08:28:25 pm
      Truly saddened to hear of Terry Pratchett's passing today.

      His books have given me hundreds of laughs since I started reading them as a 16 year old
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      Reply #785: Jun 08, 2015 10:33:55 pm
      Considering I started this thread, I very rarely post in it!

      Read another Jack Reacher book 'tripwire'. Grips you straight away but is basically the same as any later Jack Reacher novel.

      Currently halfway through Mike Tysons autobiography 'undisputed truth' and it is hands down the most interesting autobiography I've ever read, he's had one screwed up life.

      Got Anthony Kiedis (lead singer of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers) autobiography to read next which I hear is superb.
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #786: Jun 08, 2015 11:03:48 pm
      Finished Gow's latest book a while back 'From The Sky' and it's a great read and the beggining of three part alien invasion triolgy so I'm looking forward to him getting the second one finished.

      For those of you newer members Gow, David McGowan used to be a regular on here and took up writing novels. I'm pretty sure Cas, JD and a few others are friendly with him.

      Well worth checking out and give him some support especially if your into that type of story. His first novel 'The Hunter Inside' is a cracker with his Shimasou creation a real chiller.
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #787: Aug 14, 2015 07:22:06 pm
      Anybody here read J.K. Rowling's crime fiction using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith? The first two Cormoran Strike novels, "The Cuckoo's Calling" and "The Silkworm," were superb, while the third, "Career of Evil," is coming out in October. I highly recommend them.
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      Reply #788: Oct 06, 2015 10:21:45 pm


      Just finished this....a must read for any LFC fan, a great insight into Suarez.




      Great book by Jimmy Case, brought back some outstanding memories of the good times, some of the stories were hilarious, again a great read for reds.


      My next book is this....



      Can't wait to get stuck into this one..
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #789: Oct 22, 2015 04:03:03 pm
      I've read all six books I brought with me, to Turkey.  Yes, they were only a couple of hundred pages long and Star Trek books and only one was really, really good, The Entropy Effect, if your interested. This lack of material led me to download a comic book, The Wicked And The Divine.  I'm hooked, it was recommended to me, by someone who knows I'm not a huge comic guy, but the story has me hooked.  Even has me re-reading it which, for me, is unheard of.  You kind of have no choice, as the story evolves, it changes what you've read. 
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #790: Oct 22, 2015 06:34:51 pm
      Just finished The Martian, and it's a pretty good book, spoiled only slightly by seemingly being written with the big screen in mind.

      I always try to read the book before watching a film based on it, because that way I have something to moan about when it turns out to be not as good.
      Not that I need a reason  :laugh:
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      Reply #791: Oct 23, 2015 06:48:30 pm
      On my way to reading around 40 books this year if I'm not mistaken!

      The best ones would be:

      - Andrea Pirlo's autobiography
      Which was made even better for the fact I read itduring my visit to Italy on New Year's Eve!

      - The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction (Helen Graham)
      As the title says, a short introduction to a historical event I've always had some interest about. Very solid introductory reading.

      - Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography (Christopher Hitchens)
      An analysis of the most famous book by my favorite founding father of the USA!

      - We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
      A strange, a bit sinister yet delightful novel I'd highly recommend to anyone.

      - Johnny Cook: The Impossible Job (Iain Macintosh)
      A fictitious account of an improbable football manager trying to do the impossible to save his club from relegation. Easy reading and quite funny. I wish there were more 'football fiction' books!

      - Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History (Tony Collins)
      Professor Collins is one of the best and most knowledgeable sports historians. This is a short book which encompasses a broad time frame and many of the most important topics in the history of sports. A superb read.

      - The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (Neil Gaiman)
      All Sandman volumes are great, but this one was particularly good. Even Thomas Paine (subject of one of the other books I read this year) had an appearance in one of the stories!

      - The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien (Georges Simenon)
      One of the things I did this year was finish reading all of the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So I've now started looking for new detective stories to replace Holmes in my reading habits and Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret is a very strong candidate.


       
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #792: Dec 18, 2015 11:32:45 am
      Having heard countless quotes from his book from various "motivational speakers" - biggest scam going in making a easy Buck btw.

      I have finally got round to start reading Victor Frankl's - Mans search for meaning.

      It really is a truly inspirational read. Would highly recommend it to all.
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      Reply #793: Dec 18, 2015 11:42:14 am
      Having heard countless quotes from his book from various "motivational speakers" - biggest scam going in making a easy Buck btw.

      I have finally got round to start reading Victor Frankl's - Mans search for meaning.

      It really is a truly inspirational read. Would highly recommend it to all.

      I bought it for my mother a couple of years ago. She is a psychologist so I thought she would enjoy it. Not sure if she has actually read it though!
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #794: Dec 19, 2015 08:21:03 pm
      Water from the heart by Charles Martin
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      Reply #795: Oct 08, 2016 02:54:46 pm
      Reading Jason McAteer's auto, 'Blood, Sweat and Jason McAteer'. Poor name for a book but a really enjoyable read so far.

      Moving onto Andre Agassi's next.
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      Reply #796: Oct 08, 2016 03:01:04 pm
      Reading Jason McAteer's auto, 'Blood, Sweat and Jason McAteer'. Poor name for a book but a really enjoyable read so far.

      Moving onto Andre Agassi's next.

      Agassi's was probably the best autobiography I've read from an athlete of any sport. I really liked him when I was younger and reading it made me want to watch him again.
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      Reply #797: Oct 08, 2016 03:21:22 pm
      Agassi's was probably the best autobiography I've read from an athlete of any sport. I really liked him when I was younger and reading it made me want to watch him again.

      Same as you, I loved him when I was younger. Heard a few people saying that it is a great auto so I'm looking forward to it.
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      Reply #798: Oct 09, 2016 08:55:10 am
      Am about half way through 'scar tissue', Anthony Kiedis autobiography (lead singer of the chili peppers).

      Great read, very honest but he should really be locked up for some of the things in there, openly admits to sleeping with a 14 year old at one point.
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      Reply #799: Oct 09, 2016 08:18:48 pm
      Am about half way through 'scar tissue', Anthony Kiedis autobiography (lead singer of the chili peppers).

      Great read, very honest but he should really be locked up for some of the things in there, openly admits to sleeping with a 14 year old at one point.

      Really? I've never been a big fan of the group but neither do I dislike them but I'd be interested in reading that book.

      May give it a go after Agassi's.
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      Reply #800: Oct 10, 2016 06:19:30 pm
      Really? I've never been a big fan of the group but neither do I dislike them but I'd be interested in reading that book.

      May give it a go after Agassi's.

      Would definitely recommend it mate, there is no sugar coating in it. Had had a f**king weird upbringing that guy did. 

      Only about halfway through at the moment they're just about to hit the big time. Will post an update once I've finished it.
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #801: Oct 10, 2016 10:51:41 pm
      Agree on Anthony Keidis autobiography.

      One of the best I've read.
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      Reply #802: Jan 23, 2017 11:05:41 pm
      "A Monster Calls" is a beautiful book. The film is good as well, but as is often the case, I preferred the book. It's supposedly a book for teenagers or "young adults" but I'm not sure if I agree. I would have loved to have read it when I was 13, but I'm not sure every 13 year old is prepared to read this emotionally intense sort of stuff. For me it's very easy to relate to the story - a young boy whose mother has cancer - because my mum had cancer at around the same time in my life.

      This year I've also read "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" and it was hilarious. Douglas Adams is one of my favourite writers of all time.

      Now I'm currently reading "The Gunslinger", the first book of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. I'm halfway through the book and though I'm enjoying the style, I still don't understand much. Still a long way to go in the series (7 books in total if I'm not mistaken) so a lot to happen yet.
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      Reply #803: Feb 02, 2017 08:28:00 pm
      Finished scar tissue, best autobiography I've ever read.

      But gone downs different route for my next one and am reading Nelson Mandela's memoirs, Long walk to Freedom. Just got to when he's moved to Jo'burg and started to realise the injustices he had to face every day as a black man. Fascinating read so far and I'm sure the rest will be the same.
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      Reply #804: Feb 03, 2017 11:36:46 am
      "A Monster Calls" is a beautiful book. The film is good as well, but as is often the case, I preferred the book. It's supposedly a book for teenagers or "young adults" but I'm not sure if I agree. I would have loved to have read it when I was 13, but I'm not sure every 13 year old is prepared to read this emotionally intense sort of stuff. For me it's very easy to relate to the story - a young boy whose mother has cancer - because my mum had cancer at around the same time in my life.

      This year I've also read "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" and it was hilarious. Douglas Adams is one of my favourite writers of all time.

      Now I'm currently reading "The Gunslinger", the first book of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. I'm halfway through the book and though I'm enjoying the style, I still don't understand much. Still a long way to go in the series (7 books in total if I'm not mistaken) so a lot to happen yet.

      Netflix have turned Dirk Gently into a series :)
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      Reply #805: Feb 04, 2017 03:33:26 am
      I am currently reading Gerrard My Autobiography. I got it as a Christmas from a ciworker.
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #806: Feb 04, 2017 04:37:39 am
      I recently read the book "The Emperor" by Ryszard Kapuscinski. While I was intrigued by the author and what he did behind the iron curtain, the book is supposedly the biography of Haile Selassie and it is definitely not completely accurate. It is written in a style - magical journalism - that is unique to the author. It is also the story of The Polish government of the 70s camouflaged as the biography of Selassie. It does provide an insight into the personality of a dictator, his sycophants, and the way both think. I am not sure if the book truly reflects the way Ethiopian people think because many in Ethiopia still revere him and the entire Rastafarian revolution was inspired by him (I think).
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      Reply #807: Feb 05, 2017 08:19:16 pm
      Finished scar tissue, best autobiography I've ever read

      Just downloaded this on the back of your recommend.

      If anybody wants a pdf version for their phone DM me your number and I'll what's app it over to you.
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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #808: Feb 06, 2017 05:22:33 pm
      Just finished reading Bruce Springsteen 'born to run'.
      Very open,honest & frank book which I thoroughly enjoyed & one I would recommend.
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      Reply #809: Feb 06, 2017 08:25:07 pm
      Just downloaded this on the back of your recommend.

      If anybody wants a pdf version for their phone DM me your number and I'll what's app it over to you.

      No pressure on me then :D

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