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I'm reading "The Art of Happiness" .. it's based on a series of talks and interviews with the Dalai Lama about his perception of people and his philosophy about being happy. It's really rather interesting.

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Just finished The Zombie Survival Guide, brilliant. Just starting The Science Of Discworld.

I recently got Meg On The Moon, which is a masterpiece. It's lovely reading to my son the same book that was read to me.

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I'm going to read this next:

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I don't really know anything about it, except that it was recommended to me by someone who's recommended me some brilliant things and some awful things (but nothing in between, nothing really dull), and that it's satire.

I hope it's good.

I'll report back for you guys once I've read it if you like.

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Living Next Door to the God of Love by Justina Robson.

It's one of those sf books that presents you with an extremely odd world and you only gradually understand how it could have come about from ours.

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I'm going to read this next:

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I don't really know anything about it, except that it was recommended to me by someone who's recommended me some brilliant things and some awful things (but nothing in between, nothing really dull), and that it's satire.

I hope it's good.

I'll report back for you guys once I've read it if you like.

For reasons that may be obvious, that caught my eye while I was on work experience in Waterstones. It looks very interesting. Please report back ASAP.

I'm reading:

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Both of which I'm enjoying immensely.

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I've been on holiday recently, so have had time to catch up on some reading.

I finished Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes in a single plane flight - fantastic novel. Going to go and see if I can find a copy of the film ('Charly') at some point soon.

Currently working my way through Carter Beats the Devil, by Glen David Gold, which I'm absolutely loving so far.

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I've just started reading Gulliver's Travels again. I seem to remember it having been aces the first time I read it a few years ago.

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Currently, I'm reading Danse Macabre by Stephen King, about the horror genre as a whole. Its very enjoyable, though it is well out of date (published 1981) and the chapters, and the book as a whole, seem to lack a focus or argument. They wouldn't have got a good mark in my history class, that's for sure!

I've just finished Mao: the Unknown Story, by Jung Chang and Jon Holliday. It's...ok. Not a patch on Wild Swans (which you should all read). It was good in parts - finding out why Mao 'won' the long march, why so many chinese died during the great leap forward when chinese food exports were at record levels, but it has major faults as its written. I have no idea, for example, how mao managed to become chinese leader - it seems everyone hated him from the get go, and he just travelled from one rebel group to another, declaring himself leader, until all china was his. It can't have happened like that!

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I recently got Meg On The Moon, which is a masterpiece. It's lovely reading to my son the same book that was read to me.

Did you think of me?

Oh by the way I'm not reading anything at the moment, but I'm not a book haterz. I loved jude the obscure. that was a good book!

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the art of happiness is life changing shit. i'd aree with astilius that it's hard to agree with all of it, but the rest is pure gold. what, if anything, have you taken from it>

i'm reading crime and punishment at the moment. not the sort of thing i'd normally read, but it's not as hardcore as i was expecting and has turned out to be pretty enjoyable so far. i see a worrying amount of myself in raskolnikov at times.

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The Iliad. It's violent as a motherfucker, as the ancient Greeks say.

It can be a bit of a slog as there's literally hundreds of characters in it and I'm constantly having to flick to the handy reference at the back to remind myself who's who. Then on the next page I forget and have to look up the same ones again. That some names are repeated and they often use patronyms too doesn't help either. The bodycount is immense, and it's pretty graphic with it too.

It's one of those things I'll be glad to have read, but probably won't go back to again. I've got the Odyssey lined up next then I'll have a crack at Ulysses for ultimate showoff points. Probably aiming too high with that though.

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Hugh FW's 'Meat' book. Which is interesting even if you don't intend on gutting a cow at any point in the near future.

and "The Essential Trancendentalists" , about Emerson and the like.

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Pandora's Star by Peter F Hamilton. I've already read it once, but it's an awesome story, so I'm reading it again to get all things that didn't sink in last time to do so this time around.

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Currently working my way through Carter Beats the Devil, by Glen David Gold, which I'm absolutely loving so far.

i keep hovvering by that book in the bookshop, but I haven't risked buying it yet. What is it actually about, and what sort of book is it? (spoiler-light, obviously)

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Finished Black Swan Green by David Mitchell last week and am now on Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Have Everyman by Philip Roth to read next... after that maybe one of the three or four Rohinton Mistry books I bought have yet to touch.

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The Iliad. It's violent as a motherfucker, as the ancient Greeks say.

It can be a bit of a slog as there's literally hundreds of characters in it and I'm constantly having to flick to the handy reference at the back to remind myself who's who. Then on the next page I forget and have to look up the same ones again. That some names are repeated and they often use patronyms too doesn't help either. The bodycount is immense, and it's pretty graphic with it too.

It's one of those things I'll be glad to have read, but probably won't go back to again. I've got the Odyssey lined up next then I'll have a crack at Ulysses for ultimate showoff points. Probably aiming too high with that though.

the Odyssey is much better than the iliad, in my opinion. if you enjoy them the Aeneid by virgil is a roman take on the storey which (loosely) runs paralell to the odyssey, and is well worth a gander.

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i'm reading crime and punishment at the moment.

That's exactly what I'm reading just now. In addition to a number of articles on ontology.

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the Odyssey is much better than the iliad, in my opinion. if you enjoy them the Aeneid by virgil is a roman take on the storey which (loosely) runs paralell to the odyssey, and is well worth a gander.

Aye, that's on the Amazon wishlist too :lol:

I was actually thinking of reading the Robert Graves books for a summary of the rest of the epic cycle and all the earlier stuff so I'm not missing out on so much of the story.

Edit: I actually read Crime and Punishment recently too, I got halfway through it years ago but never finished it. After finally doing it, I'd say it's well up there with my favourites.

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currently reading Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami, and it's just taken a turn for the wierd.

still reckon his best is Norweigan wood...

... or Hard Boiled wonderland & the edge of the world, decisions, decisions

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