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I've just finished reading Catch-22. All I can really say is "Wow."

Never before have I read a book that is so confusing yet interesting at the same time. The circular and repetitive prose, coupled with events occuring out of sequence was daunting at first, but about half way through I got the hang of it and things started falling into place.

I can see why Catch-22 is so well acclaimed.


Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:50 pm
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Currently reading: "Imajica" by Clive Barker.

At 1136 pages this book is a small tome in paperback. In two days of sparse reading I'm 208 pages in (Chapter 18) and I'm really enjoying it. I'm not going to pretend that I'm a book critic here, or that I can even conjure the words to describe how I feel about this book, but I can safely say that it's Good. Good like chocolate. :9
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[ profile] shep_shepherd, I saw this advertised on the side of a phone box and thought you might be interested.

The Rules of Modern Policing (1973 Edition) by DCI Gene Hunt


Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:55 pm
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I'm starting to feel a little "Meh" again. Tis probably the Thursday afternoon blues; nearly the end of the week but not quite Friday afternoon.

So anyway, I read and finished Filth (thanks [ profile] greyscar!) and I'm going to start reading the HP series again from the start (still need to get Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows). I've also been learning to play chess with the aid of a book and one of those computerised chessboards.

As mentioned earlier today our podcast will be up online at around 8pm WEST (UTC+1) and will be hosted on OurMedia, who provide media hosting in conjunction with the Internet Archive (which is now an official library!).

We're gonna try and do the podcast weekly. It will also have an RSS feed so those of you with media aggregators will have those sent to you as soon as we get them up online. Mostly it'll be V and I talking about the state of the world, our own opinions of things, how you might be able to change your lives, etc.
Sometimes we'll have guests on; people we know who will something valuable to contribute. You'll find out more you listen to the podcast. You'll also find out why the first few hours of Anthrocon 2005 were spent in the hotel bar...

Oh and finally I'll be going to the ConFuzzled Staff Meeting on Saturday and Proteus Camp on Sunday. Tis going to be a busy but fun weekend. :D
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So following on from yesterday I brought another book into work: Sea Of Death by Richard P. Henrick, the same man who wrote "Crimson Tide".

From a small island in the East China Sea, a terrifying force from which there seems to be no escape, was about to be unleashed. Code-named "Death Wind," it was the ultimate biological weapon... and now it lay in the hands of a Ninja warrior, whose mad dream of Japan's rebirth as the world's mighiest military superpower was about to become a reality. Only an obsolete diesel-powered submarine manned by a crew of specially trained computer-oriented nuke submariners could stop the deadly messenger of doom.

In one daring gamble, the engineering marvel of another time would be up against the high-tech weaponry of the future that would decide the fate of the world.

Submarines and a mad Ninja? Sounds good. :>

EDIT: I'm only on page nine and there's already smut. c.c
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I decided to bring a book with me today (for the quiet periods): Band Of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose.

This book mislead me a litte in how it portrays itself. I was expecting "a tale of heroic adventures and soul-shattering confrontations", but what I got was transcripts of actual events presented in quite a boring way. I read the first chapter and decided to put it down as his style didn't grip me at all, he jumps around too many people for the reader to become involved with the story. It ceases to be a book and becomes a well documented record of events.

Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks may have made a good TV show from it, but this book isn't that good at all.


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