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« Reply #1375 on: October 09, 2017, 02:43:23 PM »

I'm reading about Jeremy Iron's 400 year-old Irish castle Kilco.

The piece in Vanity Fair?  A great read, despite its engendering a wee bit of 'Castle-envy'   Wink

Thanks Prime, I'd never have come across that article otherwise.
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« Reply #1376 on: October 12, 2017, 02:01:34 PM »

Rereading The End Of History And The Last Man. Can't really be bothered. Thrown in some Percy Shelley for a bit of bedtime serenity.
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« Reply #1377 on: October 12, 2017, 02:06:41 PM »

Picking up the pieces
By Paul Britton

Was the 1st forensic psychology profiler in the UK
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« Reply #1378 on: October 12, 2017, 03:17:35 PM »

James Ellroy's 'Blood's a Rover.' Bought it years ago - same cocaine narrative as his earlier  'The Cold Six Thousand.' Not bad. Great conspiracy stuff/novel stuff but people looking for a best-of read will be farked; the smart will be entertained. 
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« Reply #1379 on: October 12, 2017, 08:20:07 PM »

Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.
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« Reply #1380 on: October 13, 2017, 02:43:18 AM »

Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.
Met him last year. Got a few books signed. His wife was standing by and I brain-farted and didn't ask her for some signatures.  Roll Eyes

/have not read anything he's written.  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1381 on: October 13, 2017, 08:12:32 AM »

Finally after years I re-did my bookshelves.


....giving over 100 old books to the public library tomorrow Smiley
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« Reply #1382 on: October 13, 2017, 06:51:45 PM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.
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« Reply #1383 on: October 13, 2017, 11:11:27 PM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.

Might wanna spring for a proofreader before trying to publish.
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« Reply #1384 on: October 14, 2017, 07:45:08 AM »

Might wanna spring for a proofreader before trying to publish.
I'm learning already. Thanks GB
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« Reply #1385 on: October 17, 2017, 04:04:00 AM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.
I had a friend who managed to get a science fiction novel published. It wasn't something I'd have read or recommended if I didn't know him, but he was rightfully proud of his achievement. He hardly made a penny from it, though.

My aunt also wrote a masterpiece of unintentional comedy with a self-published (naturally) murder mystery under a porn star-esque pseudonym. she named all the characters after various members of my family and sent copies of it out to everyone as Christmas presents. The entire story was a tedious piece of unadulterated dog shit, but the most amusing part was that she decided to omit any mention of my mother, choosing instead to name a character after my father - her sister's ex-husband whom she hadn't seen in about 20 years. I suspect he may have given her a damn good seeing to in his prime.
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« Reply #1386 on: October 17, 2017, 11:04:38 AM »

I had a friend who managed to get a science fiction novel published. It wasn't something I'd have read or recommended if I didn't know him, but he was rightfully proud of his achievement. He hardly made a penny from it, though.

My aunt also wrote a masterpiece of unintentional comedy with a self-published (naturally) murder mystery under a porn star-esque pseudonym. she named all the characters after various members of my family and sent copies of it out to everyone as Christmas presents. The entire story was a tedious piece of unadulterated dog shit, but the most amusing part was that she decided to omit any mention of my mother, choosing instead to name a character after my father - her sister's ex-husband whom she hadn't seen in about 20 years. I suspect he may have given her a damn good seeing to in his prime.
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« Reply #1387 on: October 21, 2017, 12:05:44 PM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.
Ok. Here's your best deal. If you really have something written, something you want to throw out there, get near to to your nearest uni's English dep't  - take a course, get to know a prof., etc. They often have their own problems, but they also know real publishing people. The slush-pile return is not great. Good luck.
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« Reply #1388 on: November 02, 2017, 12:57:17 AM »

Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.

I like it a lot. Definitely feels like a Lovecraft "cosmic horror".
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« Reply #1389 on: November 09, 2017, 09:31:50 AM »

Propaganda - Edward Bernaise

The Alchemy of Finance - George Sorros
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« Reply #1390 on: November 17, 2017, 02:02:11 PM »

Iain Pears 'The Raphael Affair.' Boooring, and formulaic. An art-mystery kinda-novel. It was his first book; and the guy was a journo, and an arty-type guy. But, jeez. Not great. I'd recommend his other books, but I've read a few of those, too.  (Ric Flair) WHOOOOOOO!
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