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by Brerlappin » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:03 pm

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I'm almsot 7000 words deep into a novel I'm writing about Steven Segal :lol: Its mostly about quanitity, not quality. The point is just to write, no matter how bad it is. So you don't have to feel bad about churning out gooseberry fool, which is what I'm doing, seeing as how I'm not a writer. But its definitely fun tho. I doubt ill hit 50K words by the end of the month but ive done 7k this week which is decent.
I present to you, "Birthday Snatcher: The Steven Seagal Chronicles"


How far did you get in the end? Sounds ridiculous! I'll give it a read later, can't remember my password and can't be arsed to sort it out on my phone!


28,000 words at final tally! So a little over halfway. I would have done better but I had a 4 day holiday mid November which put me behind the curve and I never recovered. Still 28k words about Steven Seagal isn't bad :lol: I still plan on getting it to 50k words eventually, but it's nice to take a break after writing so much so fast!!

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by Pan » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:03 pm

Loved Ian McEwan's The Children Act.

Also Jonathan Coe's The Rotter's Club.

Now For Whom The Bell Tolls.

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by Rocsteady » Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:09 pm

Love some Hemingway but could never get in to For Whom The Bell Tolls.

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by Frank » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:05 am

Has anyone got one of the more expensive Kindles (the Voyage or the Oasis)? There's only £50 between the Paperwhite and the Voyager so I was wondering if there's any real benefit in stretching a little more. The pressure-sensing bezel seems like a decent new addition but is that all it does over the Paperwhite?

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by Rex Kramer » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:19 pm

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St Nick wrote:Picked up the new illustrated version of Neverwhere recently for my first time reading the story.

Finished it this evening, it gave me the feels. I was so pleased when he managed to return to London Below..

De Carabas :wub:

I love this book quite a bit (though not quite as much as Stardust whose film is definitely a guilty pleasure). Just noticed there's a Marquis related short story on Amazon for £1.99/£0.99 kindle (How the Marquis got his coat back), tempted.....

To the utter joy of just about everyone (well me anyway), Neil Gaiman's next book is going to be a sequel to Neverwhere.


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by Poser » Thu May 11, 2017 1:59 pm

Memento Mori wrote:IT


Just to pick up the chat from the Dark Tower thread, I'm currently on Black House and I'm finding the themes a tough read - I'm going through that 'new-dad-can't-abide-the-thought-of-harm-to-children' phase.

Incredibly, I had read this book years ago, as a pick-up at an airport one holiday, but hadn't read Talisman and had no idea it was a sequel (and was unaware of the DT generally). Reading it now, I have no clue how I managed to get through it - it's so heavily reliant on that stuff. :lol: :fp:

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by Rex Kramer » Thu May 11, 2017 2:08 pm

I've read the Talisman a couple of times and wasn't aware of it's connection to the DT stuff. It's possibly my favourite King novel. I also never realised (until now after reading Wikipedia) that my favourite Ash song - Jack names the planets is based on the Talisman. Worlds within worlds.

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by Poser » Thu May 11, 2017 2:19 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:I've read the Talisman a couple of times and wasn't aware of it's connection to the DT stuff. It's possibly my favourite King novel. I also never realised (until now after reading Wikipedia) that my favourite Ash song - Jack names the planets is based on the Talisman. Worlds within worlds.


:shock: :shock:

I don't know the song, but will give it a listen. I first pulled the first girl I ever shagged while Girl From Mars was playing, so I'll always have a soft spot for Ash :slol:


Edit: Wait a strawberry floating minute, it's on 1977?! Never knew that. I now need to see if it's hidden on the copy I have. Will investigate this evening.

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by Moggy » Thu May 11, 2017 2:22 pm

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Memento Mori wrote:IT


Just to pick up the chat from the Dark Tower thread, I'm currently on Black House and I'm finding the themes a tough read - I'm going through that 'new-dad-can't-abide-the-thought-of-harm-to-children' phase.

Incredibly, I had read this book years ago, as a pick-up at an airport one holiday, but hadn't read Talisman and had no idea it was a sequel (and was unaware of the DT generally). Reading it now, I have no clue how I managed to get through it - it's so heavily reliant on that stuff. :lol: :fp:


I did a similar thing. I had read most of the Dark Tower related stuff but had never heard of the Talisman and read Black House before it. It was a good book but for a long time I was reading thinking “is this a sequel to something or have I missed a few chapters?”. :lol:

I can't imagine reading it again at the moment though for similar new dad reasons to you.

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by Moggy » Thu May 11, 2017 2:25 pm

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Rex Kramer wrote:I've read the Talisman a couple of times and wasn't aware of it's connection to the DT stuff. It's possibly my favourite King novel. I also never realised (until now after reading Wikipedia) that my favourite Ash song - Jack names the planets is based on the Talisman. Worlds within worlds.


:shock: :shock:

I don't know the song, but will give it a listen. I first pulled the first girl I ever shagged while Girl From Mars was playing, so I'll always have a soft spot for Ash :slol:


Edit: Wait a strawberry floating minute, it's on 1977?! Never knew that. I now need to see if it's hidden on the copy I have. Will investigate this evening.


If I was going to name a planet, I would call it Nieuw-Vennep. That's a good name for a planet.

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by Poser » Thu May 11, 2017 2:28 pm

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I can't imagine reading it again at the moment though for similar new dad reasons to you.


It's horrible. :cry:

I'm only about 15% in and it covers parental panic and grief with devastating effect.

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by Moggy » Thu May 11, 2017 2:34 pm

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I can't imagine reading it again at the moment though for similar new dad reasons to you.


It's horrible. :cry:

I'm only about 15% in and it covers parental panic and grief with devastating effect.


So much of King's stuff does. I am avoiding reading his work until my son has left home for university. :lol:

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by Rex Kramer » Thu May 11, 2017 2:36 pm

Moggy wrote:
Poser wrote:
Rex Kramer wrote:I've read the Talisman a couple of times and wasn't aware of it's connection to the DT stuff. It's possibly my favourite King novel. I also never realised (until now after reading Wikipedia) that my favourite Ash song - Jack names the planets is based on the Talisman. Worlds within worlds.


:shock: :shock:

I don't know the song, but will give it a listen. I first pulled the first girl I ever shagged while Girl From Mars was playing, so I'll always have a soft spot for Ash :slol:


Edit: Wait a strawberry floating minute, it's on 1977?! Never knew that. I now need to see if it's hidden on the copy I have. Will investigate this evening.


If I was going to name a planet, I would call it Nieuw-Vennep. That's a good name for a planet.

Ash :wub:

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by Tafdolphin » Fri May 12, 2017 10:24 am

Last couple of months:

The Expanse series, books 1-6: Very, very GoT in space. Has a huge dip in quality between books 3 and 4 but picks up for 5 and 6. It's all purely surface level though.

Blindsight: Hard sci-fi novel. Confusing as strawberry float, but an interesting rumination on consciousness

Slaughterhouse 5: One of my all-time favs, read for about the 20th time. Still as good.

Don Quixote: Still going with this, but (obviously) loving it.

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by <]:^D » Fri May 12, 2017 11:33 am

Blindsight was a slog honestly; it had a great Event Horizon vibe but i got lost towards the end of it

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by Moggy » Fri May 12, 2017 11:41 am

I am reading through George Orwell’s Burmese Days at the moment. I don’t know a great deal about colonial Burma, but am finding it an interesting read.

For a book published in 1934, it is surprisingly sexual in places (talk of prostitutes, rape, threesomes etc) and it is amazing how the language used by some of the characters has echoes of how people are talking today, things like how the natives have it easy, the laws are not tough enough, patriotism, blah blah blah.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri May 12, 2017 11:42 am

<]:^D wrote:Blindsight was a slog honestly; it had a great Event Horizon vibe but i got lost towards the end of it



I did feel like it constantly erred on the side of overblown terminology. Why call Big Ben an Oasa object when you could just call it a gas giant etc etc. I honestly feel I missed half the revelations as they were wrapped in obscure terminology. But I still enjoyed it's ideas.

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by <]:^D » Fri May 12, 2017 11:46 am

yes i dont regret reading it at all, just felt it couldve been better (probably if i was more intelligent!)

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PostRe: The Literature Thread
by Poser » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:31 am

I'm sort-of on the final stretch with Dark Tower. Just on Wind Through the Keyhole, with the final three books to go after that. Slipping back in with the gunslinger and his ka-tet feels like putting on an old glove.

Not sure where I'm going to go after this. I think I'll feel really sad when I've finished them all.

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by Alvin Flummux » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:42 pm

I'm currently near the end of Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson. A truly fantastic book, easily one of my favorites now, though I must say some of the terms used confused me, and made otherwise vivid descriptions of the world as it was 30-45,000 years ago harder to picture.

I really need to visit the Ardeche now.

Jupiter is in your sun sign this week, making it pretty crowded in there, what with Jupiter being the largest of the planets and all.

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