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Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:58 am

I only read it as we started a book club around it. Hadn't heard of it before that. I think I lashed through 400 pages of it in the last two days on holidays as I had lost my glasses and couldn't leave the hostel.

Utterly, utterly incredible. The way it's written, the characters, the ideas in it, the predictions he made. Stunning.
I wrote:Fuck off, get free.

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Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:43 pm

Ive been reading a lot of mythology. Most the way through Homers Odyssey now. Read the Theogeny and reading some of the Homeric Hymns. Have the Illiad, The epic of Gilgamesh and the Aeneid to come next

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Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:42 am

I'm on the Luas for work now, which is great because I get to read a book there and back every day. After five years walking to work, I'm weirdly enjoying the commute.

I really notice how absolutely everyone has their nose in the phone too. You see feck all kindles even.

Anyway, finally reading Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind. Brilliant stuff, can't believe it took me so long.

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Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:49 am

Dick Jones wrote:
Anyway, finally reading Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind. Brilliant stuff, can't believe it took me so long.
Took me ages to getting around to reading that, finished it earlier this year. Don't think I've read a book since.

It's great craic though, love reading stories of drug addled neurotics with loads of money and responsibility.

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Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:12 am

Anyone started on Go Set a Watchman?

Only read the first 3 or so chapters and it's definitely a bit more clunky or laboured than Mockingbird, but I think I'm enjoying it

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:22 pm

Just read The Aeneid by Vergil. Its good. The first half is very like The Odyssey. Its a real comparison between whats important in the cultures. Vergil obv playing the angle that the Romans were better. The second half is a bit boring really. Even though its basically a huge war. Its kind just the same thing for the whole second half. Worth a read though.

Gonna read a DiscWorld novel next and then try the Epic of Gilgamesh

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:27 pm

Biggy Shackleton wrote:Reading Blood Meridian at the moment. Cormac McCarthy.

Might be my favourite.
Reading this at the moment. The writing is fascinating but it hasn't grabbed me completely yet. About 100 pages in. I think it's because of the lack of dialogue/variety in that's happening. Am going to devote more time to it though, have had it on the go for around a month and can't find time to read more than a chapter at a time.

Also it's my first time reading McCarthy if you think that makes any odds to my enjoyment of it

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:04 pm

It was my first time reading cormac McCarthy too.

The style of writing is class but it is a little work I found. And there's no real direction to it but that's to be enjoyed I think. I just love picquaresque stories I guess.

Sisters Brothers would be a good follow up read if you end up enjoying it, and haven't read that already.

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:18 pm

"All the Pretty Horses", "The Crossing" and "Cities of the Plane" are a very good series of books by McCarthy as well, Casino.

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:38 pm

No Country and The Road are great too. Prefer them to the films.

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:41 pm

Agreed on both counts, though I do think No Country is also a class film.

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:43 pm

I thought the Road was too depressing. wasnt bad or anything, but I wouldnt say it was a great read

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:21 pm

Cool :thumbs: I actually downloaded all his books there, BM was just the first I decided to read. Had heard it being well regarded.

Got a kindle so still getting the hang of actually of bothering to d/l books when I'm interested, have started making a list of ones in this thread on my phone. Also need to get the hang of putting time aside to read more.

Instead of spending all my time on here or the rest of the internet!

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:09 pm

Blood Meridian I gave up on. Just not enjoyable to read. No country and The Road are way more accessible and basically better books. Sisters Brothers as mentioned is only similar in that it's a Western but it is fantastic. Highly recommended.

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:13 pm

Blood Meridian is one of my favorite books ever, even if it is unbelievably bleak.

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:21 pm

What do you like about it?

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:34 pm

The vivid descriptions of the characters and landscape, the portrayal of fairly complete, uncompromising evil, the bleakness itself and the philosophical implications....I dunno, made me think a lot, and was definitely a book that stayed with me.

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Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:47 am

Ok cool. I think I gave up on it after about 100 pages. Might go back to it of the mood strikes me.

I've been mostly reading non fiction lately but I did read Ishiguro's The Buried Giant recently. That was good and quite different to his other stuff.

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Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:51 am

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interesting insights into how our minds work

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Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:02 am

Thats a great read. The author is a legend. Studied as a psychologist and won the Nobel Prize for Economics. Really interesting stuff.

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