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The SMB Book thread

Discussion in 'SMB' started by Monty Pigeon, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. maygo

    maygo Winger

    The Old Man and the Sea- Ernest Hemingway
    Average. 6/10. It's dated and written in a different age and style, still a canny story though. Short anarl

    Now on with The Stand, the complete and uncut edition (1990). I read the cut original version back in 1991, this is much, much better.
  2. zwartekat

    zwartekat Striker

    Although I did Dicks at uni I really can't read them any more. Not sure whether it's down to the 'weekly' style or just my age.
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  3. Monty Pigeon

    Monty Pigeon Winger

    I met the man who supposedly inspired the story when I was in Cuba in the 90s. Gregorio Fuentes, the captain of Hemingway's boat. He was 102 and charged $10 to pose for a photo.
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  4. Harry Angstrom

    Harry Angstrom Striker

    I think it may because you did them at University:lol::lol: I am sure you get more insight into the work but it might stop you readng stuff just for the pleasure of it.

    It was much funnier than I remember when I tried to read it when I was younger.
  5. Pants

    Pants Winger

    I love that book. Probably give it a 9 or 10.

    Recently finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A bit different to the average (post)apocalyptic novel. 7.5/10
  6. Narraback

    Narraback Striker

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - William L. Shirer

    9/10. If there's a more comprehensive account of WWII and Nazi Germany I'd like to read it.
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  7. zwartekat

    zwartekat Striker

    Stop laughing at me going to Uni, you bastard. You're right though. I had to do Chaucer for 'O-level' so it was all a piece of p155 after that.
  8. maygo

    maygo Winger

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  9. alzeebub

    alzeebub Striker

    Dark Heart by Nick Davies 8/10

    A grim accounting of the underclass in the UK.

  10. zwartekat

    zwartekat Striker

    Yeah, I realised too late, smartarse.:lol:
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  11. alzeebub

    alzeebub Striker

    Excellent story :cool:
  12. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    "Blood Whispers" by John Gordon Sinclair - Glasgow/Northern Ireland set book about lawyers and Eastern European mafia types. A rollicking, rollercoaster ride of a thriller... 8/10
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  13. ErichZann

    ErichZann Striker

    Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson

    My third time reading it and its a great fantasy book, if you like that kind of thing, its long and not an easy read, definitely better on subsequent reads. Could gave done with being even longer actually.
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  14. Thackeray

    Thackeray Striker

    Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. Was ok, my least favourite Pynchon. Still going to see the film like.
  15. SydneyFan

    SydneyFan Winger

    Revival - Stephen King 8/10 Loved the ending. Didn't see it coming but then I don't really think that far ahead, I just read, which helps on that front. :p
  16. Mr Teatime

    Mr Teatime Goalkeeper

    Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb. Great read, fantastic characterisation and a welcome return to a series of books and characters I've been following for close to 20 years.

  17. Occam's Razor

    Occam's Razor Striker

    Kill Your Friends by John Niven. Centred around a drug and booze-fuelled, racist, sexist monster of an A&R bloke, it maybe overreaches itself a bit towards the end but for the most part it’s a blisteringly funny assault on the Britpop era music industry.
  18. Chappers

    Chappers Striker

    Read the full version in 92 and then again in 14. Loved it.
  19. Monty Pigeon

    Monty Pigeon Winger

    The Martian by Andy Weir.
    Some of it was a bit too nerdy for my taste, but overall a gripping page-turner. Ridley Scott's making the movie at the moment. 8/10

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  20. ErichZann

    ErichZann Striker

    Read 'Ship of Magic' when it first came out and have not read anything else by her, might give some others a go.

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