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Considering we have a music thread, I thought I might start a thread for the bibliophiles out there. I'm not sure if there are other big readers on this forum, but I'd be interested to see what people are reading anyway.

Finished 'Memoirs of an Infantry Officer' by Siegfried Sassoon today. It's been a while since I've read anything war related. I always enjoy his work, his free flowing style and the easy reading it creates. If anyone is into war stories, you'd probably love it as well.

Just started Valparaiso by Don Delillo. Hopefully will have finished it sometime later tomorrow.
 
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Just read 'Fools Die' (1978) by Mario Puzo (author of Godfather) for third time. Would have to be close to my favourite book- just amazes me each time.


All his novels are great, he puts so much research into his novels and spent about 5 years writing each.
 

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Finished Valparaiso. Quite appropriate with all the banter about postmoderism etc. Ended up being about the search for self, and when the main character couldn't come to an adequate conclusion, he killed himself during a TV interview.

Now onto 'The Moon is Down' by Steinbeck.
 
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Favourite Books

Patrick Suskind - Perfume - read it ten years ago and is still my favourite novel of all time - the recent film adaptation is also superb

Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash

Franz Kafka - The trial

Phillip K Dick - Do Androids Dream of electric sheep?

Laura Esquivel - Like Water for Chocolate

Jeff Noon - Needle in the Groove
 
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Currently reading:
Peter Lynch's One Up On Wall St (kinda late bloomer aint I?:) ) and just finished Jerry Hopkin's Bangkok Babylon (tales of asian expacts since I am now one of them:) )

I can highly recommend both.
 
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Just finished "The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell..... it was touted as the next DaVinci Code...... that should have been warning enough. Dont waste your time folks! :banghead:

While we are on the topic has anyone read "The Secret", its one of those self help books.... have been reading mixed reviews on it and was interested in seeing if anyone actually found it useful????
 

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the_godfather4 said:
Just finished "The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell..... it was touted as the next DaVinci Code...... that should have been warning enough. Dont waste your time folks! :banghead:

While we are on the topic has anyone read "The Secret", its one of those self help books.... have been reading mixed reviews on it and was interested in seeing if anyone actually found it useful????
Is it the same as the TV programme a couple of nights ago on, I think, SBS.
Essential message is "as we think, we are". i.e. we attract what we think about whether it be negative or positive.
I basically agree with the philosophy, but found what I saw of the TV programme a bit full of "blurb" before getting to the actual essence of the philosophy.
A friend of mine who is a primary school teacher attended a requisite showing of the programme as a part of their teaching programme for this year.

Julia
 

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nizar said:
Trading for a living - Alexander Elder (1993)

Nizar, when your finished would you mind giving us a bit of a review on it. I'm in need of some good reading material.

Cheers,
 
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I've just read Gen Peter Cosgrove's biography, a straight up and down story of an infantry soldiers career, from Duntroon to General. The element of luck is acknowldeged by Cosgrove, as it is with all our lives. It is an interesting take on mid 60's to now in Australia. I'd recommend it
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Julia said:
Is it the same as the TV programme a couple of nights ago on, I think, SBS.
Essential message is "as we think, we are". i.e. we attract what we think about whether it be negative or positive.
I basically agree with the philosophy, but found what I saw of the TV programme a bit full of "blurb" before getting to the actual essence of the philosophy.
A friend of mine who is a primary school teacher attended a requisite showing of the programme as a part of their teaching programme for this year.

Julia

I saw that special on TV...It was about the book and they were also pushing the author's seminar when he comes to Oz. The TV show was a bit "infomercial" in its delivery but eventually got to the point.

Certainly got my attention though..... I have a close friend reading it now so will report back his thoughts before I get into it.....
 

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Uhm, didn't we already have a thread very similar to this? Anyway, just started reading "The Dice Man", by Luke Rhinehart, one of those cult books I've had on my "to read" list for a while. So far, so good.
 

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rub92me said:
Uhm, didn't we already have a thread very similar to this? Anyway, just started reading "The Dice Man", by Luke Rhinehart, one of those cult books I've had on my "to read" list for a while. So far, so good.
Yeah, the closest one to this topic I could find was 'Your favourite novelist'.
 
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chops_a_must said:
Considering we have a music thread, I thought I might start a thread for the bibliophiles out there. I'm not sure if there are other big readers on this forum, but I'd be interested to see what people are reading anyway.

Finished 'Memoirs of an Infantry Officer' by Siegfried Sassoon today. It's been a while since I've read anything war related. I always enjoy his work, his free flowing style and the easy reading it creates. If anyone is into war stories, you'd probably love it as well.

Just started Valparaiso by Don Delillo. Hopefully will have finished it sometime later tomorrow.

I've just finished "The Schopenhauer Cure" by Irvin Yalom. A nice book which starts well, sags 3/4 way through and has a feel good end. Its about group psychotherapy and a .... I'll let you read it yourselves

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Just knocked over "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran in 2 days!!!!!...... Brilliant......Highly recommended! :star: :star: :star:
 

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the_godfather4 said:
I saw that special on TV...It was about the book and they were also pushing the author's seminar when he comes to Oz. The TV show was a bit "infomercial" in its delivery but eventually got to the point.

Certainly got my attention though..... I have a close friend reading it now so will report back his thoughts before I get into it.....

I would be very interested in this as well GF4, please let us know how they go with it.

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Cheating - want to share my favorite book of all time - not current reading. The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien. Bit perplexed at the start, turns into a hilarious, absurd, black comedy. It is impossible to imagine how this feller managed to make the English language do what it does in this book.
 

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