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« Reply #950 on: March 23, 2014, 08:07:30 AM »

noone, you'll have to forgive me for my recommendation of Alain de Botton's Art of Travel, I didn't get past the 3rd chapter and there are only maybe two other books I've ever not read cover to cover.  I always try.

That one isn't worth buying...  I'll send it to you if you want it.  The cover notes are fab and the front notes and the press coverage, all wonderful, too good.


but it turns out it's far too high-brow, too many big words.  Totally pretentious.  

He's about 20 or 30 years younger than anyone you or I would care to know, with a phD in philistine and pretends to know what he's talking about.  He's a British philosphier ()sp...   He's written other books all of which I've read and liked.


But this one I couldn't get through, so please don't bother with Art of Travel, it's crap, bin it or recycle it.  Do not donate it to the Charity Shop, noone should have to read that rubbish...  Sorry.


>>>you mustn't bother with that book, you yourself could write a better one in your sleep with your other hand.

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lol, so what your saying is you didnt like it?

Cheesy

thanks for the heads up xxxlinda i'll avoid it like anthrax.
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« Reply #951 on: April 06, 2014, 05:34:19 AM »

Sad news. Peter Matthiessen has died. Guy did more in one year than most will do in a lifetime: privileged upbringing; war service; inveterate traveler; CIA correspondent; Paris Review founder; trawlerman; Zen Buddhist; environmentalist; author of a ton of books, both fiction and non-fiction; lecturer and teacher. This guy did it all, and his contribution to letters and cultural life was/is astounding. He will be missed. On a personal note, I met him in '05 at his Southampton house and was impressed by him (tall and craggy) and the zendo he had on the grounds. I remember as I was leaving he remarked that the next day he was leaving for the Antarctic Seas where he would be leading a lecture group. Larger than life.

NYT obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/books/peter-matthiessen-author-and-naturalist-is-dead-at-86.html?ref=books&_r=0
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« Reply #952 on: April 06, 2014, 05:48:40 AM »

The Prince, by Machiavelli, translated in Greek by the famous Greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis.

He has written the"Zorbas".
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« Reply #953 on: April 06, 2014, 07:08:25 PM »


trying to grind thru the game of thrones series.

not going good. nothing makes me want to pick up the book after i have put it down, or turn the next page. im on page 160 of the first book. im going to try it one more time. if something doesnt grab me im done w it.

conversly i picked up james rollins amazonia on thursday and read it in a day.

also read an re read 'let there be range' by tri nguyen and cole south- prolly the definitive text on mid to high stakes NL holdem. not for beginners. concepts are hard to grasp at first but every concept ties into the next so thats why you constantly have to read it cause you'll never grasp it in one go. if your a recreational player you'll not need the concepts in this book. its more suited to 5/10 NL and higher stakes. it sells for $1600 on amazon :0 no, im not joking.
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« Reply #954 on: April 07, 2014, 03:35:38 AM »

trying to grind thru the game of thrones series.

not going good. nothing makes me want to pick up the book after i have put it down, or turn the next page. im on page 160 of the first book. im going to try it one more time. if something doesnt grab me im done w it.

conversly i picked up james rollins amazonia on thursday and read it in a day.

also read an re read 'let there be range' by tri nguyen and cole south- prolly the definitive text on mid to high stakes NL holdem. not for beginners. concepts are hard to grasp at first but every concept ties into the next so thats why you constantly have to read it cause you'll never grasp it in one go. if your a recreational player you'll not need the concepts in this book. its more suited to 5/10 NL and higher stakes. it sells for $1600 on amazon :0 no, im not joking.
Agree. I made it through the first one, but it took me about half the book to get the all the characters and events straight, then it picked up. Pretty solid book, and I see why all the fanboys get excited, but I then decided that the rest of the series could appreciate on my book shelves rather than be read. One of my better investments.
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« Reply #955 on: April 12, 2014, 06:04:42 AM »

Just finished 'From Hell,' by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Wow. I'm late the graphic novel stuff, but this book is superior. An essay of the 'Jack the Ripper' crimes that posits the responsibility for the murders on the Masonic and the Queen's personal surgeon, Sir William Gull. Terribly detailed and totally interesting - I found myself losing hours on this one. I'm not sure that Mr. Moore believes this theory  (and he wouldn't be the first unreliable narrator) but his story's arc is amazing, the historical details impeccable, and the accompanying pics by Mr. Campbell beyond reproach. 10/10. Hunt this one down. Read it, and cherish it.
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« Reply #956 on: April 15, 2014, 04:36:38 PM »

I also want to have a rant about JK Rowling and all the other plagarismists.  I think it'd be funny to name names and take apart authors


(When I was 16 I used to enjoy books which quoted other authors, kinda high-brow?  I read everything I could find most of my life. 


I always kept going through the novel I was into and wrote down all the big words I met on the way but didn't know.  I kept lists and came back later to mad elongated literacy.

Same with authors who drop names and quote Oscar Wilde.  Or was it him that quoted everyone else?



More frequently I am hugely disappointed with modern literature.  Does my head in, tis rubbish mostly
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« Reply #957 on: April 15, 2014, 11:35:26 PM »

I also want to have a rant about JK Rowling and all the other plagarismists.  I think it'd be funny to name names and take apart authors


(When I was 16 I used to enjoy books which quoted other authors, kinda high-brow?  I read everything I could find most of my life.  


I always kept going through the novel I was into and wrote down all the big words I met on the way but didn't know.  I kept lists and came back later to mad elongated literacy.

Same with authors who drop names and quote Oscar Wilde.  Or was it him that quoted everyone else?



More frequently I am hugely disappointed with modern literature.  Does my head in, tis rubbish mostly
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Plagarismists. Is that your final answer?

Something very peculiar happening here, for sure.

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« Reply #958 on: April 16, 2014, 12:47:15 PM »

Plagarismists. Is that your final answer?

Something very peculiar happening here, for sure.


A lot of wine. And, if you go back far enough, Linda used to be a guy. It's farked up. Getbig!
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« Reply #959 on: April 16, 2014, 01:43:04 PM »

A lot of wine. And, if you go back far enough, Linda used to be a guy. It's farked up. Getbig!

I read some old posts. Positively cuckoo.
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« Reply #960 on: April 16, 2014, 02:19:41 PM »


I'm reading mike Tyson's undisputed truth.

I think I'm going to have a hard time putting it down. the guy actually writes well, along the lines of really opening himself up to you the reader. you get a very good feel for 'him'. so far it's no bullshit or bravado. just feels like 100% legit truths. much respect for him writing this. keeps you turning pages as well.
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« Reply #961 on: April 17, 2014, 11:08:06 AM »

A lot of wine. And, if you go back far enough, Linda used to be a guy. It's farked up. Getbig!



Oi ooops no actually I hate to need to correct/edit you dr.?


I came across GetBig when a guy I brought home from the Pub after I'd admired him a few days and after doing me all night and doing 1000 push ups in the morning then was still back at me was still up then used my puter and left himself logged on.  That was many years ago

At that time I was just reading a lot of books and I had no idea whatsoever about the internet, I'd only just bought a new iMac.

I clicked the mouse when he finally left and the screen came up with him logged onto Getbig.  So I read his horrific posts then wrote hello help me and people did and I was then able to log on as myself.  

Forgive me for the weekend fling, he ended up overdosing on test and wrecking two or three pubs on the way to kicking in my front door and being taken out by my neighbours who came across the road to help me and fend him off.


This is after he read my posts...  Then the Police came.  He's probably still in jail or back there or dead and def in timeout (or trolling...


Sorry 'bout that babes, I was never a bloke.  I'm just silly Linda







I'm reading everything I can find about Mindfullness, living in the moment?  presently I'm half way through Ruby Wax Sane New World


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« Reply #962 on: April 17, 2014, 11:16:29 AM »



Oi ooops no actually I hate to need to correct/edit you dr.?


I came across GetBig when a guy I brought home from the Pub after I'd admired him a few days and after doing me all night and doing 1000 push ups in the morning then was still back at me was still up then used my puter and left himself logged on.  That was many years ago

At that time I was just reading a lot of books and I had no idea whatsoever about the internet, I'd only just bought a new iMac.

I clicked the mouse when he finally left and the screen came up with him logged onto Getbig.  So I read his horrific posts then wrote hello help me and people did and I was then able to log on as myself.  

Forgive me for the weekend fling, he ended up overdosing on test and wrecking two or three pubs on the way to kicking in my front door and being taken out my my neighbours after he read my posts...  Then the Police came.  He's probably still in jail or back there and def in timeout (or trolling...


Sorry 'bout that babes, I was never a bloke.  I'm just silly Linda







I'm reading everything I can find about Mindfullness, living in the moment?  presently I'm half way through Ruby Wax Sane New World


Probably would've covered it.
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« Reply #963 on: April 17, 2014, 11:23:56 AM »

Ta Babes but I've always known that



It'd be so much simpler to be able to do clever witty mad fun one-liners as you do?





Instead I'm this utterly ridiculous paragraph person...


xxxLinda


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« Reply #964 on: April 17, 2014, 02:23:29 PM »

noone, don't do that rubbish please?  Game of Thrones?  20 years or more ago it was all that JRR Tolkien crap.  I got through The Hobbit when I was 12 and immediately decided I didn't like goblins.  I obviously didn't bother with the following trilogy.

I tried to read JK Rowling first edition first book when it came out to a friend's child when babyminding.  I couldn't get past the first page.  It was so badly written and I apologised to the young boy and said honest, you don't want to read this it's crap.  It went on to make gazillions so perhaps I just didn't get it.  I know he didn't read the books either.


Games of Thrones?  No way.  I'm nearly 50 so that means I have only so many books left I have time to read in my life.  

I realised that when I was 13 so just groaned then turned around and smiled when I saw all the shelves at the library.  
There are only so many books one can read in a lifetime and I suggest you get picky


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I've got a list somewhere of the 10 best novels
.... where are my glasses?
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« Reply #965 on: April 17, 2014, 02:41:37 PM »

A giant of literature has died. Nobelate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away, aged 87. Readers, worth their salt, will have a copy of '100 Years of Solitude' on their shelves, and will have probably gone through a 'Gabo' stage at some point in their reading history - he was that powerful. A proponent of 'magical realism,' his books were both personal, political, and fantastic. His narratives were driven/forward and always involved something lurid - a nod to his own life. When 'Solitude' made him an author of note, he worried that he would never recreate its success. He needn't have worried. Thanks for the fractured memories, compadre!


/nytimes obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/books/gabriel-garcia-marquez-literary-pioneer-dies-at-87.html?ref=books&_r=0  
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« Reply #966 on: April 17, 2014, 02:50:08 PM »

Oh waaaaaaaa Mr Khan
You learn stuff first here on the www.


They're doing obits now on the BBC TV headlines.

An amazing writer.  The fact that he wrote in Latino makes the English translation so incredibly fabulously feeling.  

I've read Love in the Time of Cholera at least twice, his descriptions of love and of senses and particularly the way in which he describes smells were some of my best reading moments.  I'll have to read it again.  But I gave it away so I'll have to buy it again.

I've not yet read One Hundred Years...


Thanks for posting oh thanks for telling

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« Reply #967 on: April 17, 2014, 03:31:48 PM »


Spanglish Baby, Yo?
Que Linda

I'm in the fiction section, sorry I can't find my specs.



What I meant that you don't get is that I adore novels which are originally written in another language but which translate into utter beauty

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« Reply #968 on: April 17, 2014, 04:02:27 PM »

uh huh


que Linda

funny thing is and my point was that I don't need to learn any other language and nor will you
Anything worth reading will always be translated to English, so learn that lingo well Gringo.


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« Reply #969 on: April 20, 2014, 02:29:30 AM »

noone, don't do that rubbish please?  Game of Thrones?  20 years or more ago it was all that JRR Tolkien crap.  I got through The Hobbit when I was 12 and immediately decided I didn't like goblins.  color]

ya i ground my way thru the first 160 pages of the first book and wont pick it back up. im done w it.
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« Reply #970 on: April 20, 2014, 05:37:20 AM »

Re read, wealth of nations....smith
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« Reply #971 on: May 03, 2014, 09:09:54 PM »

Just finished and can recommend 'Child of a Hidden Sea' by A.M Dellamonica. She's a lesbian and it shows, but the writing is good and story fascinating.

Kinda stuck for something to read. Any recommendations? I enjoy high fantasy or historical fiction.
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« Reply #972 on: May 04, 2014, 12:56:09 AM »

I'm reading Linda's autobiography. Riveting.
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« Reply #973 on: May 06, 2014, 01:42:58 PM »

Ya, I've done the plot line but haven't quite figured out the ending yet, let alone the title, but thanks....



I'm doing this mindfullness stuff, I have to, my Mum sent me this book.  The author is a campaigner for mental health (she says she is bipolar or some other disorder on some spectrum.)  I lived in Canada, I'm fucking bi-polar too?

joke ya?

               I've always understood mindfullness, it's living in the moment.  Don't really need to read the blimmin book that's just come out....


So this book my Mum has sent to me I will already know.  But my Mum's got terminal cancer and she's sending me books she thinks I need to read, so I shall.



Sane New World, Ruby Wax


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« Reply #974 on: May 06, 2014, 01:55:27 PM »

Libriarian jokes:  Do you have libraries still where you live?  They're shutting them all down here due to costs and the lack of interest because of our www.  Anyways, I love libraries, I look like a librarian.

I collect books.  Mostly reference, I give away all the fiction I go through.



Here's the jokes:

1)  David Beckham walks up to the counter at the library and loudly says I'll have a Big Mac, double cheese and extra ketchup, a large fries with mayo and a big coke and an hot apple pie.  

Nice Librarian lady says:  Hello, this is a library?

Dammit, this joke doesn't work when typed.  You have to whisper at this point:  David whispers: oh can I just have a big mac?



2)  Bloke rocks up at the counter in the library and announces he'd like a big book on suicide please?  

Librarian lady screams at him:  Fuck off get the hell out of here you'll never return that book



I'm useless at telling jokes, sorry.  But they are funny
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