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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:36 am 
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I just finished.....LONESOME TRAVELER by JACK KEROUAC...........his style was hard to get into at first but once I'd read a few pages really started to enjoy it........very atmospheric and vividly portrays another era gone by......


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:43 pm 
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maggie wrote:
Coolfrog wrote:
this 50 shades of grey is beyond bad. it's worse.
i love kink, but proper kink. that is just cringey writing:

check this. will save you a few quid:

http://cassandraparkin.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/adventures-in-trash-fifty-things-that-annoy-me-about-fifty-shades-of-grey/



It's awful. Badly written, dreadful characters (I wanted to give the 'heroine' a good slap and kick the 'hero' in the nuts. 'Red Room of Pain' indeed!!!)

It's disturbing, too, as it sort of sanitizes kink (and sorry Coolfrog but anything that promotes beating the shit out of a woman whilst enjoying it is kinky and downright fucking WRONG) whilst appealing largely to an age group who really shouldn't know much about it.

(I know that everyone is reading it, not just mid teens but I do feel that that is the market it's mainly aimed at, judging by the style of writing.)

I didn't finish it, for all the reasons above and outlined in that excellent blog.

The most depressing thing is that it's flying off the shelves and a lot of people I know think it's great. Also, there's another two pieces of shit that follow it - I won't be going anywhere near either of those.


After seeing people reading it on the Tube and people going on about it at work, I did think about it. But, after reading your take Maggie, I've decided I won't be arsed. Sure I would hate it. x


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:57 am 
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err, just for the record, as my conduct of english may not be perfect:

i am not into beating the shit out of anyone, being in real life or fantasy, or promoting it.

In real life i enjoy a bit of this and that and i had partners who enjoyed having their sweet spot (first third of inner cheek) stimulated and i enjoyed that.

When it comes to fantasy and books, most of us enjoy stuff we would probably seldom do in real life ( you need some dirty thoughts to make it work, to get aroused, sort off).
i enjoy reading dirty stuff but well written (as in direct, no poorly executed and laughable as in this 50 shades), that's what i meant.
Esparbec is a french pornograph who does a great job. (even if sometimes border line, but not laughable).

and yes, i do too find seeing young girls reading this 50 in the open very wrong.


I recommend the hacienda, how not to run a club, by hooky otherwise.
that s real life fantasy!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:41 pm 
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More tea, vicar?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:25 pm 
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Only if you promise to scald me :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:43 pm 
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Just finish Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which was good book, but not as interesting as how I came by it.

In my local shopping centre, The Spires, WH Smith had 2 sites, one for books and mags and the other for stationery. Budget cuts meant the two had to merge into one shop, leaving the larger of the two stores temporarily empty. This got taken over by a charity organisation called "The Healthy Earth" who give away FREE books that would otherwise just be going to landfill. You go in, you can select up to 3 books per visit take them to the counter, they stamp them and you then take them home. For Free and for keeps.

What a boss idea!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:48 am 
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The last book I've read and the one I'm reading now turned up at Amazon some time ago when I was looking for something else (guess what). I bought them, because any excuse is good for getting to read books you wouldn't read otherwise.

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I suppose some of you will have also read them, for the same reason as I (or for others). The first one can be read at one go, and while it's not bad, it hasn't impressed me much. As for the second, I've only read about thirty pages, but it does look as if it's going to be a very good one. I'm looking forward to getting out of the lab to carry on reading on the coach home. By the way, I've seen the characters live in Sheffield, of all places. Is this writer a Hawley fan, or something? Or is that stuff about the streets being ours a set phrase in English that any one can use without having in mind the song?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:02 pm 
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SarahaWilson wrote:
Just finish Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell




Oh my, thanks for reminding me about this one - WHAT a book!!!

I absolutely loved it, tho it took as long to read some of the foot notes as it did the pages!!!!

Proper magicians. Evil fairies and weird goings on. I loved the rivalry between the two of them, the grudging respect.AND it nearly broke my arm trying to carry it to work to read!!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:13 am 
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I thought I would try John Grisham.......and nearly finished THE PARTNER.......find I like his style of writing...fast paced and absorbing.........deffinitely get another of his for my up and coming airplane flight.....help keep my mind off the flying :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:33 pm 
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I'm reading six or seven right now, but on the nightstand are:

amusing, interesting, and excusably self indulgent Image

written in second person and a little hard to follow, but engaging nevertheless
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having read the introduction and understanding that it's meant to be a comedy in the same way Chekov meant Uncle Vanya to be a comedy made a big difference. I love it. Very amusing in a macabre sort of way. But then I suppose that's what makes it Noir.
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I've just finished reading 'Tender is the Night' for the first time - ahead of it's time in many ways, dealing with incest, mental illness and all sorts of unseemly shenanigans.

It was quite uncomfortable to read for other reasons - racist, sexist undertones which I'm sure were quite acceptable or that even went unnoticed at the time it was published in 1934 was jump out at me today.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:16 pm 
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Just finished reading (another) book about Nell Gwynne, my favourite whore, and now reading 'The Book Thief', a tale of Nazi Germany told from Death's perspective.

Next week's reading list: 'Hello', 'OK' and 'Bella'!!!! :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:15 pm 
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hmmm, 50 shades of bob.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:21 pm 
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I'm 62% of the way through this, according to the Kindle app. He's just cut his ear off and Gauguin's run off.

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It's one of those then/now books that has made me feel nostalgic for places and times I haven't known. What I've found most amazing is that the author seems to have carried out most of his research through the internet, not in situ.

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