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12th Aug 2011, 04:41
....stack of books, that is.


Here's V2's:

l. Blind Trust - The Revolution in Aviation Safety - Coming to Grips with Human Failure by John Nance
2. Wings Over the West - Russ Baker and the Rise of Pacific Western Airlines by John Condit
3. Legend and Legacy: The Story of Boeing and Its People by Robert J. Serling
4. Splash of Colors: The Self-Destruction of Braniff International by John Nance
5. Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am by Robert Gandt

With the exception of #1 and 3, this person has a thing for tits-up airlines. :sad:

How about you?

12th Aug 2011, 06:15
East of Eden; John Steinbeck
The Survivors Club; Ben Sherwood
Going Rogue; Sarah Palin
The World According to Garp; John Irving
Culture of Corruption; Michelle Malkin
Magnum; Brick Eisel (Brickhistory) and James A Schreiner

Buster Hyman
12th Aug 2011, 06:32
Illustrated Kama Sutra: Experts edition. :E
Passengers who make your flight Hell!:E:ok::E:ok::E:ok:

12th Aug 2011, 07:03
East of Eden; John Steinbeck
The Survivors Club; Ben Sherwood
Going Rogue; Sarah Palin
The World According to Garp; John Irving
Culture of Corruption; Michelle Malkin
Magnum; Brick Eisel (Brickhistory) and James A Schreiner

Quite the esoteric collection there, 11Fan.

Have read East of Eden, Going Rogue, and The World According to Garp.

Must order Brick's book someday.

Happy reading!

12th Aug 2011, 07:03
"Skunk Works" - Ben Rich & Leo Janos
"Spycatcher" - Peter Wright
"Pedal Steel Guitar" - Winnie Winston & Ben Keith

12th Aug 2011, 07:04
Illustrated Kama Sutra: Experts edition

ooooooo....I haven't read dat one, Buster!

Can you post some illustrations for us neophytes? :E

12th Aug 2011, 07:35

You don't read it ... you perform it. ;)


I highly recommend the Leo Marks. A highly informative, touching and amusing picture of the cryptographer Marks during WWII.

Adventures in Numberland would seem a strange choice for one whose aptitude for anything above the simple arithmetical is legend, but it fascinates me endlessly.

And Barry Crump ... himself a legend (in NZ, that is.)

12th Aug 2011, 07:55
You don't read it

My kinda book...just pictures!:E

Currently reading a volume of 'Letter From America'' by Alistair Cooke

Have just finished reading 'American Journey' written by him in 1942, (but not published until 2006) when he travelled round the USA, to see the re-action of the various communities, towns and cities to the outbreak of the war with Japan.
Marvellous insight to the various attidudes and difficulties of the people as they geared up production for the war effort. Lovely descriptions too, of the American countryside at the time.

12th Aug 2011, 08:45
Current issue of Acoustic magazine.


Ace Rimmer
12th Aug 2011, 08:56
Ditto - Kindle plus current editions of Guitarist and Golf Monthly

Lon More
12th Aug 2011, 09:30
Kindle too, catching up on Pratchet

12th Aug 2011, 09:36
Current issue of Acoustic magazine.

Nice one Magnus :ok:

B Fraser
12th Aug 2011, 09:44
I have just discovered the works of Paul Carter who has written about his life and times in the oil industry.

"Don't Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs"
"This Is Not A Drill"
"Is That Bike Diesel Mate ?"

The anecdotes are so funny that I even laughed out loud on a Ryanair flight. If you have a filthy sense of humour then I guarantee you will enjoy them.

The language and visual imagery are a bit strong so don't leave the books lying around your mum's house.

12th Aug 2011, 09:50
Galileo's Dream - Kim Stanley Robinson
Grimm's Wörter - Günter Grass
Poets and Murder - Robert van Gulik

Must be someone who likes authors or subjects that have celestial bodies named after them. Or just good fiction. And celestial bodies, of course. And ambiguity.

Just finished:

Charles Lindbergh - Scott A. Berg

More ambiguity here. But the book is unambiguously well-written.

12th Aug 2011, 10:07
Oh, all right. Front page of the Kindle has:

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Beecher Stowe)
Where the Bodies are Buried (Brookmyre)
Fall From Grace (David Ashton)
The Prince (Machiavelli)
The Ice Princess (Camilla Lackberg)
The Preacher (Lackberg)
Surface Detail (Banks)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle)

tony draper
12th Aug 2011, 10:11
TV Choice.:rolleyes:

12th Aug 2011, 10:16
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor.
Bad Science, Ben Goldacre.
Why people believe weird things, Michael Shermer.
Grumpy old rock star, Rick Wakeman.
Life, Keith Richards.

12th Aug 2011, 10:49
What Does the Current Stack Beside Your Bed Tell Us About You?....

No-one seems to be answering the original question, including me.

I don't normally read novels. Much prefer biographies, history, informative accounts etc.

Prefer fact to fiction.

Buster Hyman
12th Aug 2011, 11:00
No-one seems to be answering the original question, including me.I did....:E
Can you post some illustrations for us neophytes? http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/evil.gif
A gentleman never takes pictures...however, I do have some in my collection, that I may be willing to share at the right price...

12th Aug 2011, 11:37
I have the entire oeuvre of the BBC production of Charles Chilton's "Journey into Space" on a large pile of CD's......

12th Aug 2011, 12:39
"Don't Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs"

There's a chapter in that about a helicopter flight over a jungle which is a word-for-word plagiarism from Bill Bryson's Notes from a Big Country :hmm:

12th Aug 2011, 12:44
Not sure what that lot says about me,they are just the ones on the pile that have just been read or recently revisited. currently have another pile waiting to be read which features:-
A Dance with dragons, George RR Martin. ( I have waited six years for this thing so will be locking my doors and disconnecting the phone till it is finished.)
The Dealer and the dead, Gerald Seymour.
Shatter the bones, Stuart Macbride.
so what does my book choice say about me?

Mike X
12th Aug 2011, 12:48
"What Does the Current Stack Beside Your Bed Tell Us About You?...."

Slasher ?

12th Aug 2011, 13:02
I think we know!:E:E

12th Aug 2011, 13:18
It tells me I should go to bed earlier and get some reading done! And finish one book before starting the next.

Let me see...

The Age Of Wisdom - Richard Holmes
Bradt guide to Hungary
Mumbo Jumbo - francis Wheen
Hugh Johnson's wine guide for 2010
Assorted hiking and mountain biking magazines
Hifi speaker catalogues
DSLR manuals
Private Eye

12th Aug 2011, 13:27
North Western Steam by W.A. Tuplin
A three in one volume - Three Men in a Boat, Diary of a Pilgrimage, Three men on the Bummel - Jerome K. Jerome
Uncommon Law - A.P. Herbert
More cases in Uncommon Law - A.P. Herbert
Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
Life of Johnson - Boswell
Tom Cringle's Log - can't remember

12th Aug 2011, 14:10
To answer your question: At least it tells us you like British crime novels. ;)

12th Aug 2011, 16:53
"stack beside the bed . . . "

The dog puked in the night?

12th Aug 2011, 16:55
No stacks of books by my bed any more, just the Nook.

What's that say about me?

I've gotten lazy and cheap. :p

12th Aug 2011, 18:44
Like you shedhead,
Dance with Dragons, George Martin
First Family, David Baldacci
The Black Angel, John Connolly
Theif of Time, Terry Pratchett....For the 3rd time..

12th Aug 2011, 20:34

Just found 102 things.

12th Aug 2011, 21:15
Kaiser Wilhelm II by Christopher Clark.
Mac Air.
Expandable baton.

12th Aug 2011, 21:29
Then this should be the Perseid night.

12th Aug 2011, 21:56
Millenium Trilogy-Steig Larsson
Monstrous Regiment-Terry Pratchett
Slash (autobiography)-God knows who but I bet it weren't him.
How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk-Elaine Mazlish
The Blind Watchmaker-Richard Dawkins

All that lot says about me is that I never sleep on the same side of the bed for more than two nights in a row. :8

12th Aug 2011, 22:01
Wingwalkers - The Story of Canadian Airlines International/Peter Piggott
Flights Of A Coast Dog/Jack Schofield
The Vinyl Cafe Unplugged/Stuart McLean
The Max Ward Story/Maxwell Ward
Grumman Mallard - The Enduring Classic/Fred Hotson
The Accidental Airline - The Story Of Queen Charlotte Airlines/Jim Spillsbury

12th Aug 2011, 22:52
pigboat, have read the Max Ward story.

Have read all of Jack Schofield's books too. He has written a T.V. pilot about the trials and tribulations of a bush pilot and his Beaver named "Blossom." Sure hope he gets it off he ground someday.

Laughed myself silly while reading The Accidental Airline - particularly the part about those horny QCA pilots. Laughing as I think about it now!

Lon More
12th Aug 2011, 23:00
Tonight the latest Living Tradition will be there. Magnus might approve.

Just found 102 things

Make that 104:eek::E http://advrider.com/forums/image.php?u=65488&dateline=1185843153 105

13th Aug 2011, 01:16
My stack is a simple remote for the telly, nothing more.

13th Aug 2011, 01:24
V2 that's the only one of Schofield's I've read. I've been trying to find the other two. I wish him luck on his TV thing. Another coffee table book I just got from Larry Milberry is Bush Flying Captured - The Photography Of Rich Hulnia. Rich owns Slate Falls Airways in the Lakehead. As an aside, in 1962 we (Northern Wings) sold Slate Falls that Norseman, CF-HPY, that's on the pole at the airport in Edmonton.

13th Aug 2011, 05:29
Downtown: Ed McBain
Latest Iain M Banks Culture novel
Collected works of the Brothers Grimm
The Quiet American : Graham Greene

13th Aug 2011, 06:51
None by the bed, does the dunny floor count:p

13th Aug 2011, 07:05
Yeh I got some. Lemme have a look here.....

Latest Wall St Journal - (my bible)
Thai and Sichuan recipe cookbooks - (missus's bibles. Her side is full up with other girl crap)
An old Hustler magazine (pages NOT stuck together!)
Guide To Investing in Gold & Silver - Michael Maloney
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (how'd that get in there??)
Streetsmart Guide To Short Selling - Tom Taulli

Current bedtime reading -

Culture of Corruption - Michelle Malkin (latest edition) :ok:

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henry crun
13th Aug 2011, 08:47
ThreadBaron: I think Tinpis can tell you more about the author of the second book in your pile. :)

13th Aug 2011, 08:59
Books bought and yet unread. I'm falling a bit behind..... :uhoh:


13th Aug 2011, 10:06
Currently two books: The Collected Short Stories, and A Writer's Notebook, both by Somerset Maugham. Tells me two things about myself. Firstly I like Somerset Maugham and secondly when reading in bed I can rarely manage more than a dozen pages before falling asleep, so taking a novel to bed would be pointless.

13th Aug 2011, 15:17
1000 Years of Annoying the French - Stephen Clarke
Ghost Wars - Stephen Coll
Matter of Trust - Sydney Bauer
The Girl who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson

All have been started - some read more than others. I keep buying books in Airports when I discover I have forgotten my Kindle!

Rather be Gardening
13th Aug 2011, 16:03
Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett
Pompeii - Mary Beard
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke (for the fourth time)
Ancient Rome - Simon Baker

13th Aug 2011, 23:40
The History of Measurement
TSR2 - Britain's Lost Bomber
Documenta by Kassel (16/06 - 23/09) 2007
A pamphlet on the biography of Jan Fabre

The most interesting of them all is the History of Measurement. Sad isn't it.

13th Aug 2011, 23:42
@ Slasher

Culture of Corruption - Michelle Malkin

Is Michelle Malkin your pen name? :E

13th Aug 2011, 23:57
The most interesting of them all is the History of Measurement. Sad isn't it.

Especially the Chapter "Lies Men Tell"


14th Aug 2011, 00:11

That's not 4"! Must be a womans tape measure. Every man knows that's 6".

Thank you, that photo made me smile

14th Aug 2011, 04:42
Late Victorian Britain 1875 - 1901 - J.F.C Harrison
Customs in Common - Studies in Traditional Popular Culture. R.P Thompson
A History of Manchester. Stuart Hylton
Trent. Part One 1905 - 45. David Bean
1066 And All That - Walter Carruthers Sellar and Robert Julian Yeatman

and a bunch of bus/coach books, couple of aircraft parts manuals

one point for whoever knows what Trent was.

oh yeah, Elmer Batters

14th Aug 2011, 05:02
Not at home so a rather meagre stack I am afraid:

Hooked - Pirate's Poaching and the Perfect Fish by G. Bruce Knecht (good read)

The Tester's Handbook (3rd Edition) by Geoff Quentin (a manual so it probably doesn't count)

An empty cup and an alarm clock telling me to get on with it.


14th Aug 2011, 06:01
Culture of Corruption - Michelle Malkin

Is Michelle Malkin your pen name?

Nah you're confusing it with Vulture of Voluption which was
written under my pen name of Dick Stalkin.

14th Aug 2011, 07:48

Can I recommend "Measuring America" by Andro Linklater

14th Aug 2011, 11:19

Is your Trent the station and junction of the same name on the Midland railway?

tony draper
14th Aug 2011, 11:48
We have a Homebase near here ergo I have a book shelves in my cabin.:rolleyes:

14th Aug 2011, 11:50
It says I'm married with kids, thanks to them there are three beds in use depending on who is trying get a good night's sleep. Room 1: One Day, David Nicholls, The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas, The Brightest Star in the Sky, Marian Keyes and The Planets, Dava Sobel. Actually only The Planets is mine.

Room 2: The Hours, Notes from a Big Country and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which my wife claims is unputdownable. None are mine of course.

Room 3: This is my real stack at the moment: Stormfront, Rowland White, which is a good read set around the events in Oman particularly the siege of Mirbat. Also believe it or not Ulysses by one James Joyce. Picked up for a bargain price. I decided it was time to read it being in exile from Dublin and all. I find it quite readable, what does that say about me?

tony draper
14th Aug 2011, 12:10
Saves a lot of typing,note the dust imported from Fortnum and Masons,I tell a lie ,being a pensioner now the dust is Tescos.
Bibliophiles will also note the first edition of Lord of the Rings on the right behind tv puter tuner

14th Aug 2011, 13:58
Slight list to the keel Mr.D.

Trent was a bus company

AEC Regal



Adds "Set in a Silver Sea" , one description of Britain possibly

tony draper
14th Aug 2011, 14:38
Just took a snap wi me new posh HD webcam Mr P,one's hand is not as steady as it once were,:(

14th Aug 2011, 14:54

I could believe that.

14th Aug 2011, 15:00

Thanks for that. Have ordered it.

14th Aug 2011, 18:31

Oh, THAT Trent. Service 64, Nottingham - Mansfield - Worksop - Tickhill - Doncaster. Local stops as well, so I could get on it a Worksop railway station get and get off a mile up the Carlton Road.

Now how the hell (or even why) do I remember it was service 64 after all these years? It is now forty years since I caught a 'bus in Worksop.

Pinky the pilot
15th Aug 2011, 04:11
What the following says about me I have no flamin' idea!

Read over the last two months or so;

The Kingdom- Clive Cussler
War Torn- Andy McNab
SAS Sniper - Rob Maylor
With the old Breed - E B Sledge
The Shadow Project - Scott Mariani
Aussie soldier-Prisoner of War - Danny Neave and Craig Smith
Vietnam-The Australian War - Paul Ham
Sharpes Fury - Bernard Cornwell
African Dawn - Tony Park

Currently reading;
Portrait of a Spy- Daniel Silva

Against all Enemies- Tom Clancy

To be continued.........

15th Aug 2011, 10:12
This is the stack:

...but it doesn't tell you much. The bookshelves in my study are all full, the overflows are in various places. These are the ones I don't want to get taken to the charity shop when I'm not looking, or the ones I'm reading in bed.
- Several Terry Pratchett (reading them several times finds some of the humour missed first time);
- Autobiography of Kate Adie and Chris Patten;
- Daughter's published novels;
- A Farewell to Arms (I'll read it one day!);
- Some I use regularly for reference.

15th Aug 2011, 10:26
Took a look over the weekend and, apart from the kindle stuff, the bedside table carries a copy of Brick's book, a couple of Pratchett books for re-reading, and a copy of Scots Law for Journalists.

There's also a DAB radio, a ceramic polar bear (blame MrsP) and a tube of Savlon to help repair the moggie damage to my finger.

tony draper
15th Aug 2011, 10:36
No Exorcism manual Mr Keef?:uhoh::rolleyes:

15th Aug 2011, 10:38
No Exorcism manual Mr Keef?:uhoh::rolleyes:

Not needed. Note the book on the left. :hmm:

15th Aug 2011, 11:12
Keef (and other religious-minded readers): We just added another bible to the shelves in the Library here; it's a quatercentenary facsimile edition of the King James, with the 1611 text. Not cheap, but a handsome addition to the collection. Treat yourself.

15th Aug 2011, 13:45
and a tube of Savlon to help repair the moggie damage to my finger.

Yeah! Right:E

13th Sep 2011, 11:30
Had a reshuffle, and am now into travelogues. I'm still reading Isabella Bird's "Six Months in the Sandwich Islands" and also have her "Unbeaten Tracks in Japan" lined up next. Lord Cockburn's "Circuit Journeys" is after that - a diary of a high court judge travelling around Scotland in the first half of the 19th century hearing cases in outlying courts.

13th Sep 2011, 11:37
The last three months worth of National Geographic and a text book for a course I'm giving later this year and which is really hard going but I need to read it or the students will know more than I do!

tony draper
13th Sep 2011, 11:44
At the mo one's bog book is the biography of a chap who took to the road just after the war and became a proper Tramp,you could do that sort of thing in those days and many did.

Ancient Observer
13th Sep 2011, 12:35
The wife reads the stuff that the trots and pinkoes in the BBC and the Times literary folk approve of. Cos she reads all this Trot-approved stuff, she is becoming a little left wing.

I've run out of adventure stories, (patterson, mcnab,clancy, smith), so I'm reading that one about the Great Leap Forward by Mao/China in 58-62. Unbelievaably horrific, but fascinating. (Mao's Great famine. Dikotter.)
Also half way through "I never knew that about London". Did the city one day last week with this book in hand. Brilliant. (Did westminster with it in hand in August).

Howard Hughes
13th Sep 2011, 13:07
I don't have a stack by my bed!

It says: "this guy takes bed seriously"...:E

13th Sep 2011, 16:53
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. by Steve Coll

Greetings From Afghanistan: Send More Ammo by Benjamin Tupper

House to House (Iraqi War) by John Bruning.

Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney

Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account Of The Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man by Dalton Fury

Ambush Alley: The Most Extraordinary Battle of the Iraq War by Tom Pritchard

Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne

13th Sep 2011, 17:20
SU Carburetters, Tuning & Tech Manual,
SU Carburettors, High performance guide.
"Supercharged" (Korky Bell).
RSPB Pocket Guide to British birds.
Mushrooms and Toadstools.
Official Highway Code.
3 x Classic car parts catalogues.
10 x car workshop manuals.
3 x Helicopter Aerodynamics Books (Ray Prouty).
10 x OS maps.

No time or interest for novels, I'm afraid.

Standard Noise
13th Sep 2011, 17:42
What Does the Current Stack Beside Your Bed Tell Us About You?....

.....that Shewhomakesmyearsbleed won the argument and I had to buy a Kindle. Anyhoo, the stack was getting too high, it was becoming like a literary version of Jenga!

Just finished 'A Spectacle of Dust' by Pete Posthlethwaite and moved onto 'Hellfire' by Ed Macy (although this is a paper version, the last book I bought).