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Old 20th Dec 2007, 09:54
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Question The new 'What I'm reading' thread

I've read a stack of books since this thread last came around. But I just finished a cracker last night.
Bill Bryson: A walk in the woods.
Beware. Its a laugh out loud kind of book.
A clever and witty look at US history, and US 'parks' policy over the years, mixed with nearly 1000 miles of grinding through snow, mud, and flies.
It made me realise that the US is a big place, with alot of big hills.
I was reading Brysons 'Down Under' on a plane a while ago. I just couldnt stop chuckling in places. Finally, the guy next to me asked me to stop. OK, no prob. Then he apologised for being brusque, asked what the book was, started thumbing through it, and then...LOL... :-)
So I gifted the book to him at the end of the flight, and picked up another at the airport.
I guess the point is, that in a curious fashion, books can be shared.
So what are you reading right now??. Strong recommendations welcomed.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 11:37
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Just finished reading the autobiography of BBC's Middle East correspondent Frank Gardner, 'Blood & Sand'. Not only an inspiring read in overcoming adversity (he was shot and paralysed) but excellent insight into the Islamic world and Terrorism.
Thoroughly recommend it.

I've also posted this on 'Military Aircrew'

B.B. is always a brilliant read.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 11:56
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Current Read "the Shipping Forecast" a traveloguey type of thing not quite as LOL as Bryson but a amusing read nome the less.

Agree ref BB his stuff is top notch, I've never read anything of his I didn't enjoy with plenty of LOL moments... This time last year heading off on hols I managed to annoy the crape out of Mrs R guffawing and giggling my way through The Thunderbolt Kid

PS and air screw, look out for bears!!
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 12:53
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Shake Hands with the Devil

By R. Dallaire, the UN commander in Rwanda when that place went tits up in 1994. Not a happy read, certainly very gripping. Almost a day-to-day account of the UN force in Rwanda and their inability to do anything about the whole genocide. Plenty of blame is shifted around, but certainly as close to the whole picture as I've been able to get on Rwanda.

Best BB I think is a short history of nearly everything, simply amazing...
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 13:20
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The Oxford English Dictionary.

Bit of a poor story, but I like the way it explains things as it goes along.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 13:31
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The Zyxt did it, for anyone who hasn't read it yet.

Just finished John Grisham's 'The Innocent Man'.
Very scary considering it's a true story!


Edit: Just read Bill Peterson's reaction to the book. He was and still is the District Attorney of Ada, Oklahoma, who prosecuted the case. Very thought provoking. Appears that he doesn't think too much of Mr. Grisham. Can't think why...

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Old 20th Dec 2007, 13:41
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Gerald Seymour's latest two: "The Unknown Soldier" and "Rat Run". Particularly liked "Rat Run", if only for the great twist at the very end.
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The Oxford English Dictionary.
Bit of a poor story, but I like the way it explains things as it goes along.
I find it quite good but only for the odd spell now and then
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What Einstein Told His Cook

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Old 20th Dec 2007, 14:37
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The History of the Air Intercept Radar & the
British Nightfighter, 1935-1959


Beaufighters in the Night: 417 Night Fighter Squadron USAAF


Night Fighter over Germany






Bit of a rut, I'm afraid.
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Had to re-read that one, Ozzy! For a moment, I thought it said...
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A new stash of black lace/erotic fiction books, interspersed with muscular development.

Seriously.

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The Secret River by Kate Grenville.

If you live in Sydney or near the Hawkesbury, her prose takes you right there in the early 1800s.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 16:09
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'The Innocent Man'.
I found this book scary too but still a compelling read.
Defines the dark side of Policing & Justice in the USA
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A reprint of Sigh For a Merlin, being an account of the wartime experiences test flying Spitfires, by Alex Henshaw.

The royalties from this print run go to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 17:27
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Just finished "Prisoners of the Japanese" by Gavan Dawns. Scary and food for though. Started on John Chang and Jon Halliday's "Mao The Unknown Story". Interesting background for one who's spent considerable time in mainland China, well written too.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 17:43
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Enjoyed all books by Stephen Coonts. His latest one 'The Traitor' is next on my list.
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"Horses Don't Fly: A Memoir of WWI" by Frederick Libby

Cowboy from Colorado ends up as a pilot in WWI, great story of a fascinating life.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 18:07
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Right out on a limb, these. Alexi Sayle has written these three (in no particular order):

Lonely Woman's Hotel - a complete story. Very edgy, but very well written.

Barcelona Plates - a collection of short stories. I really didn't see the endings coming of several of them!

The Dog Catcher - another collection of shorts. Was reviewed on Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago. I REALLY didn't spot the ending of the title story!

For such an "angry" comedian (I only know him from his Young Ones days) he has a good depth and is a very accurate observer of the human condition. Non of them are particularly "comfortable" reads, but then again who needs a sugar coating all the time?

Enjoy

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