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by Rex Kramer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:48 am

Apocalyptic, page turner, decent length and a good read. Best thing I can think of that ticks all those boxes - The Passage by Justin Cronin.

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by Squinty » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:42 pm

The Road if you haven't already read it. Although it isn't really that long. I can't imagine it talking more than a few hours to read.

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by Tragic Magic » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:10 pm

I recently read The Road too and thought it was brilliant. I'm a pretty slow reader so it took me a little longer than a few hours but it definitely wouldn't last a 17 hour flight.

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by Curls » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:33 pm

Ahh yes, I enjoyed the Road very much. I'll give the Passage a go, thanks for the replies :) Happy for more suggestions.

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by Tragic Magic » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:01 am

I'm really trying to push myself through Tarkin as I'm 60% in and it's just so dull and pointless. I don't like giving up on books, especially on Kindle as I like to see the 100%.

It's definitely put me off trying any other Star Wars books though. It's really bad. The present bits just aren't that interesting and the bits set in the past are just a dull history lecture. But it's all really boring and full of pointless sci-fi jargon. It doesn't help either that it describes characters primarily as "Race A" and "Race B" as if I'm supposed to just know what all these strawberry floating extended universe races are. It seems really lazy and just ends up with me not knowing who each character is as, unless they're Vader, Tarkin or Sidious, they all merge into one grey blob.

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by Alvin Flummux » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:06 am

Tragic Magic wrote:I'm really trying to push myself through Tarkin as I'm 60% in and it's just so dull and pointless. I don't like giving up on books, especially on Kindle as I like to see the 100%.

It's definitely put me off trying any other Star Wars books though. It's really bad. The present bits just aren't that interesting and the bits set in the past are just a dull history lecture. But it's all really boring and full of pointless sci-fi jargon. It doesn't help either that it describes characters primarily as "Race A" and "Race B" as if I'm supposed to just know what all these strawberry floating extended universe races are. It seems really lazy and just ends up with me not knowing who each character is as, unless they're Vader, Tarkin or Sidious, they all merge into one grey blob.


I'll be reading Tarkin after I get done with Lords of the Sith, which I'm just starting into. Already got it bought, so I hope I can get through it. I made it through Catalyst, which was a bit hard going sometimes, so I should be able to do this.

Some Star Wars books are definitely much better than others, though. If you want the best, just buy Timothy Zahn's two new Thrawn books (his only canon ones now), I bet they're awesome.

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by Errkal » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:31 am

Tragic Magic wrote:I'm really trying to push myself through Tarkin as I'm 60% in and it's just so dull and pointless. I don't like giving up on books, especially on Kindle as I like to see the 100%.


Just jump to the last page then give up, boom shows 100%

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by masa » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:35 am

set myself a goal for 60 books this, already on my fifteenth so a quarter of the way by February isn't bad. Very proud of myself tbh

Started on Fire & Fury today after getting it from a friend, not sure if anything good for my soul will come of it but it's interesting so far, tho taking it with a massive pinch of salt obviously

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by Errkal » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:10 am

Good target. I can't do targets for reading as it kills my drive to actually read as I feel I have to instead of want to.

We have a great space at work I've been sitting in to read everyday so I'm working through stuff nicely. It makes a really nice break in the day to go read for 45 minutes or so.

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by Poser » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:07 am

Errkal wrote:Good target. I can't do targets for reading as it kills my drive to actually read as I feel I have to instead of want to.

We have a great space at work I've been sitting in to read everyday so I'm working through stuff nicely. It makes a really nice break in the day to go read for 45 minutes or so.


Jealous of that. I end up reading at my desk because there's no nice space here, at least not while the weather is so cold. But then people talk to you, they assume you're not on lunch, and sometimes you can't help but glance at your emails/the internet, etc.

We need hammocks.

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by Errkal » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:17 am

Poser wrote:
Errkal wrote:Good target. I can't do targets for reading as it kills my drive to actually read as I feel I have to instead of want to.

We have a great space at work I've been sitting in to read everyday so I'm working through stuff nicely. It makes a really nice break in the day to go read for 45 minutes or so.


Jealous of that. I end up reading at my desk because there's no nice space here, at least not while the weather is so cold. But then people talk to you, they assume you're not on lunch, and sometimes you can't help but glance at your emails/the internet, etc.

We need hammocks.


I had that at the last place, ended up not reading at all, luckily the new place has a place called "the vault" with a nice mix of cafe type tables, high bar type tables and sofas so I can sit and eat then go sit on one of the sofas and read the rest of my lunch away. There is also a deisgnated "quiet zone" too but I prefer the vault as I quite like a bit of sound around me when I'm reading, dont seem to be able to concentrate the same when it is quiet.

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by Poser » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:31 am

Errkal wrote:
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Errkal wrote:Good target. I can't do targets for reading as it kills my drive to actually read as I feel I have to instead of want to.

We have a great space at work I've been sitting in to read everyday so I'm working through stuff nicely. It makes a really nice break in the day to go read for 45 minutes or so.


Jealous of that. I end up reading at my desk because there's no nice space here, at least not while the weather is so cold. But then people talk to you, they assume you're not on lunch, and sometimes you can't help but glance at your emails/the internet, etc.

We need hammocks.


I had that at the last place, ended up not reading at all, luckily the new place has a place called "the vault" with a nice mix of cafe type tables, high bar type tables and sofas so I can sit and eat then go sit on one of the sofas and read the rest of my lunch away. There is also a deisgnated "quiet zone" too but I prefer the vault as I quite like a bit of sound around me when I'm reading, dont seem to be able to concentrate the same when it is quiet.


That sounds idyllic. As far as workplaces go.

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by Errkal » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:33 am

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Errkal wrote:
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Errkal wrote:Good target. I can't do targets for reading as it kills my drive to actually read as I feel I have to instead of want to.

We have a great space at work I've been sitting in to read everyday so I'm working through stuff nicely. It makes a really nice break in the day to go read for 45 minutes or so.


Jealous of that. I end up reading at my desk because there's no nice space here, at least not while the weather is so cold. But then people talk to you, they assume you're not on lunch, and sometimes you can't help but glance at your emails/the internet, etc.

We need hammocks.


I had that at the last place, ended up not reading at all, luckily the new place has a place called "the vault" with a nice mix of cafe type tables, high bar type tables and sofas so I can sit and eat then go sit on one of the sofas and read the rest of my lunch away. There is also a deisgnated "quiet zone" too but I prefer the vault as I quite like a bit of sound around me when I'm reading, dont seem to be able to concentrate the same when it is quiet.


That sounds idyllic. As far as workplaces go.


Yeah it is good, there are also lots of really dim people about so when you don't want to read you can ear wig the daft ass convos people have to make you feel better about your life :D

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by abcd » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:20 am

Currently reading "How to stop time" by Matt Haig

First of all, it has nothing to do with stopping time. The title of the book somewhat misled me. However, so far it has a lovely juxtaposition between modern day London and 15th century London.

It's a short read, about 6 hours at most.

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by masa » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:31 am

Errkal wrote:Good target. I can't do targets for reading as it kills my drive to actually read as I feel I have to instead of want to.

We have a great space at work I've been sitting in to read everyday so I'm working through stuff nicely. It makes a really nice break in the day to go read for 45 minutes or so.

Targets generally help me quite a bit, gives me something to work towards and i feel pretty good if i actually hit it so aye

Helps that most of my books are gonna have to be boxed away come the summer so tryna burn through as many as i can

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by Fabong » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:58 pm

I'm currently reading the great Moby Dick, the American Classic, and it's a hum-dinger. Really recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it before, the language is just beautiful, not to mention the food for thought it provides. Really went all in with the whale theme though my copy had quotes at the start from every book mentioning whales including many, many entries from the Bible. That's not really to do with the text itself though which is thoroughly excellent. Very good book. Lots of chapters.

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by Tragic Magic » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:14 pm

It must've been a while since I last read Moby Dick but it is an incredible read, indeed. It took me a long time to read because I'd often re-read paragraphs again and again just to relish all of the imagery and appreciate every word.

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by masa » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:03 pm

moby dick took me far longer to read than it should have but it is a masterpiece and everyone owes it to themselves to experience it

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by Rocsteady » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:40 pm

Can someone recommend me some books? Looking for quite easy holiday reading, sort of like Ian Rankin, Stephen King level. I'm pretty open to genre.

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by Memento Mori » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:54 pm

Rocsteady wrote:Can someone recommend me some books? Looking for quite easy holiday reading, sort of like Ian Rankin, Stephen King level. I'm pretty open to genre.

I've started reading Le Carre's George Smiley books recently which are fantastic.


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