What book are you currently reading?

Discussion in 'The Clubhouse Bar' started by woosaah, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    Right, I think we have had a thread like this in the past, but havnt got a clue where it went to but thought it woudl be a good idea.

    Currently i am reading The Bourne Legacy. By Eric Van Lustbader. Before this Robert Ludlum wrote the other three books, The Bourne identiy, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum which i enjoyed emencly and reccomend. If you like reading books, and thought the movies were either ok, good or awesome you would like these books. The dont have much to do with the movie to be honest just some of the names are the same.

    Another series i have read (i like reading series) is The Dark Tower, by Stephen King. It was 7 books that made up one big story. Yes its long but was a very good read. kind of like sci fi meets western (not in the firefly way either) and not a horror like alot of his other books.

    I am intersted on what you guys like to read and what you guys reccomend. Lets hear it.
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  3. We did have a thread like this. I started it. I'm sure it was pinned so I have no idea where it went.

    Anyway, I will always recommend A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Forget the notorious film version, the book is a work of genius. The language takes a while to get used to, but once you're past that barrier it really is a captivating read.

    Another book I was engrossed by was Mr American by George McDonald Fraser. Now this isn't a particularly well known novel and to be honest it's one I think a lot of people might struggle to get into. The story is set in the late 19th and early 20th century and features an American trying to establish himself in upper-class English society. I honestly can't describe why I found it so interesting (part of it was down to the slow revelation about his past life in the American west), but once I started reading it I genuinely couldn't stop. Not one I'd recommend to everyone, but if you have patience then it is well worthwhile.

    Aside from these, I really enjoy Bill Bryson's unofficial travel guides. Read Down Under just before I went to Australia a couple of years ago, and it really did paint a wonderful picture for me. Although I covered nowhere near the distance in the book, it still set me up fantastically well for what I was to experience.

    Recently had to read Voltaire's Candide and Thomas More's Utopia. Again, not for everyone, but their historical grounding and satire on contemporary society really makes you think.
  4. Rugby_Cymru

    Rugby_Cymru Guest

    YES! Books! one of my passions.

    Ok, well first off i have to recommend Tom Holt. Great novelist, totally wacky, surreal and fun to read. It's light, but he doens't fail to make you laugh out loud, which i'm sure you can appreciate is not that easy to do with a book. I recommend 'The Portable Door' it's the first of his Paul Carpenter novels and it's amazing.

    I love Michael Crichton ('Prey') - the guy is very intelligent and knows how to build suspense.
    Dean Koontz ('The Taking') - I've read about 9 of his books and he always comes out with quite "out there" concepts...often all of which work very well. His Odd Thomas books are exceptional, also.
    And Stephen Fry ('Making History') - one could truly be frightened by the concept of reading a novel by such an intellect and even though he does like to stretch his legs through the book there's nothing that the average Joe couldn't grasp onto.

    I just finished reading 'The Dice Man' (the cult book from the 70's) and as entertaining as it was i feel it was slightly overrated. It seemed to just try to use a few too many shock tactics to create some feelings from me.

    I'm not always reading novels as i have just (last night) started a book called 'What We Believe But Cannot Prove'. It's simply "the best answers" from science's greatest minds regarding those eternal questions.
    Quite interesting so far.

    I'm loving this thread already, because it can help me discover some potentially great books that i might never have heard of.
    SFW, kudos on 'Mr America' - it's understandable how some would struggle through this (my ex refused to go further than a few pages in), but it is an amazing book in my eyes.
  5. Bloody hell!

    I'm just delighted to have found someone else who has heard about the book, never mind read it. Most people have no idea what I'm on about if I even try to bring it up.

    Right now I'm reading Ben Elton's latest novel, Chart Throb. Got to admit I'm disappointed. It's very satirical, which I like, but a lot of his stuff seems very samey now. I think Elton peaked with Inconceivable, which I fould hilarious and genuinely moving, especially when you link it to what he and his wife had to go through themselves. He found a new angle with The First Casualty, but his newest work just seems to be ploughing the same old furrow.
  6. Gulli

    Gulli Guest

    I would recommend pretty much anything by Bill Bryson, just finished 'the life and times of the thunderbolt kid' which is the story of his childhood, brilliant read.
  7. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    I agree, I particulary liked Tales from a Big Country and Lost Contienent

    At the moment i'm currently reading :


    Don't why it's taken me so long, own about 5 of his other books, but have never read this one. Have just finished the Rainmaker from John Grisham, probably now my favourite Grisham book apart from the Chamber.
  8. melon

    melon Guest

    If you're an action junkie or buff lol whatever you want to call it, check out books by MATTHEW REILLY
  9. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Is he the one who wrote that Ice Station Drivel?

    That has got to be the most boring book i've ever read, worse than Hunt for Red October.
  10. melon

    melon Guest

    Yes thats him, however its not drivel in everyones opinion :)
  11. I'm working my way slowly through the Aubrey/Maturin series (Master & Commander etc etc) and I'm also reading "My Father and other working class heroes" by Gary Imlach based on the life of his father Stewart Imlach (Scotland & Notts Forest footballer).

    So far both are an absolute joy to read. The Master & Commander books are real beautifully written literature but are still really good swashbuckling yarns. The Gary Imlach book is really poignant and a great reminder of a bygone age.

    Recomend both.
  12. Rugby_Cymru

    Rugby_Cymru Guest

    That's the ONLY clarkson book i've read.
    I enjoyed it immensely, which doesn't explain in the slightest why i haven't even considered picking up another one of his.
    Which would you recommend i try next?
  13. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    That's the ONLY clarkson book i've read.
    I enjoyed it immensely, which doesn't explain in the slightest why i haven't even considered picking up another one of his.
    Which would you recommend i try next?
    Car's followed by World According to Clarkson Part 2 are definatly the next two I recommened, but they are all good.
  14. Caledfwlch

    Caledfwlch Guest

    Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab

    might want to read this book by martin booth " The Dragon Syndicates". really shocking to find out bout how chinese triads are so "powerful"
  15. Rugby_Cymru

    Rugby_Cymru Guest

    Just started a book called 'The Great Mortality: An intimate history of the BLACK DEATH' by John Kelly.
    I'm only about 80 pages in, it's a little heavy, but man it's interesting.
    Reading people's journals of the time and of course the nursery rhyme:

    "Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies,
    Ashes, ashes [the hemorrhages], we all fall down."

  16. I need to stop forgetting this thread.

    Currently reading Wuthering Heights. Have to for my course, and I must admit I wasn't expecting to like it that much, but it's actually very enjoyable. I'm pleasantly suprised.

    Soon I have an excuse to re-read A Clockwork Orange again. Now there's a book I can read over and over again without it ever losing its impact.
  17. Rugby_Cymru

    Rugby_Cymru Guest

    That little paragraph deserves a +rep, but i've already given you one for today.
    Clockwork Orange is an amazing book.
    To tell you the truth I've only read it once, but if i didn't have so many books in my "To Read" pile i'd dive straight back into that one.

    Never read Wuthering Heights though.
    Heathcliff and eerie moors.
    That's all i really know about it.

    I've heard that the plot could be considered quite complex, is that so?
  18. Definately takes a while to get your head around the changes in time frame and the relationships between characters. Once you do though it's very rewarding.

    If you enjoyed Mr American then the English country setting will provide a welcome return for your imagination.
  19. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    im currently reading how to make love like a pornstar by jenna jameson, its a really captivating read, and trusly engrossing!! nice to have an insight into the art of love making by one of the worlds top shaggers, the chapters are stepped with tips and ideas, which may would know, but others would. ideas new and old, fresh and samey.

    the only criticism i can throw towards this book, is the lack of pictures, but apart from that i would reccomend this to anyone who is always prepared to maximise there potential in the bedroom!!

    that being said i was a adragon in the sack before, and still a dragon now!! so bit of a pointless read for me, but yeah good book


    on a similar note, and of the same genre, but offering a more sublte but nevertheless provides an enticing read, is flic everetts sex tips for girls, this book delivers readers with a no noncense approah towards sex for girls in the 21st centuary. it ocvers everyfing from bedside manner (so to speak ladies ;) ) all the way to toys and fantasies, altho a majopr bug bear for me was it didnt cover the golden shower, which in my eyes is a must for every girl

    anyways a top read, which presents some hard facts!! lost hrs to this book!!

  20. Rugby_Cymru

    Rugby_Cymru Guest

    Jenna Jameson. It's an autobiography, yes?
    I have a problem with your phrase "art of love making" in the same sentence as Jenna Jameson...remember: world most famous porn star. Porn = No love. Just titilation for the pervert.
  21. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    nope its not an autobiography

    its tips and hints to spice up the bedroom

    your forgetting one thing

    i am a pervert!!
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