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1 hour ago, Ubuntu said:

Just started -

American Gods

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Thoroughly enjoyed it; must be in my top 20 books ever. Just love the story and the symbolism.

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I've recently read Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Enjoyed them both but preferred the latter.

Don't know what I'm gonna read next. Maybe Death in Venice of The Time Machine.

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17 minutes ago, nudge said:

Thoroughly enjoyed it; must be in my top 20 books ever. Just love the story and the symbolism.

Well my Queue is quite barren after this is done, so I'll be needing some recommendations. 

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Got Vardy's book for Xmas, also have a couple of books recounting last season's memorable achievements.

5000-1 by Rob Tanner (Leicester Mercury journalist) and The Unbelievables by David Bevan, a fan-written book following home and away trips right from the start of last season with added bits of nostalgia from yesteryear. Plus me and my brother get a mention in it :D 

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Concentrating on Indian authors and trying to finish some local books.

Finished with 'The White Tiger' and as city (born and bred) lad to learn about Naxal-inflicted towns/village (darkness as he describes in the books) was gut wrenching. Us, urban folk, are largely unaware of those inner villages. I have noticed few incidents mentioned in newspapers from time to time, but reading about them in so much detail was an eyeopener. Therefore, have now started reading 'Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of Indias Maoist Movement' by Rahul Pandita, and quite frankly its more tragic.

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Just finished the Game of Thrones series of books.  I wanted to read them before I started to watch the TV series but not sure I'll actually bother now.

They were entertaining but quite heavy going!

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Reading Revival by Stephen King.

I don't read enough, which is something I am looking to change this year. Only read 4 books last year...and one was Cahill's autobiography xD

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Re reading Wilbur Smith. The Courtenay series. Absolutely brilliant.

Also slowly working my way through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I'm told by so many that it knocks a Song of Ice and Fire out of the park but I'm at book four and I'm definitely not feeling that just yet....

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18 hours ago, IgnisExcubitor said:

Concentrating on Indian authors and trying to finish some local books.

Finished with 'The White Tiger' and as city (born and bred) lad to learn about Naxal-inflicted towns/village (darkness as he describes in the books) was gut wrenching. Us, urban folk, are largely unaware of those inner villages. I have noticed few incidents mentioned in newspapers from time to time, but reading about them in so much detail was an eyeopener. Therefore, have now started reading 'Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of Indias Maoist Movement' by Rahul Pandita, and quite frankly its more tragic.

I read The White Tiger last year and absolutely loved it. I don't have much exposure to Indian literature, but this book is definitely a masterpiece.

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On 07/03/2017 at 5:35 PM, nudge said:

I read The White Tiger last year and absolutely loved it. I don't have much exposure to Indian literature, but this book is definitely a masterpiece.

As a suggestion, you could try Vikram Seth and Amitav Gosh. I don't like Arundhati Roy the person or the politics she indulges in, but her 'God of Small Things' was a masterpiece and one of my favourite books.

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Finished reading "our moon has blood clots" by Rahul Pandita which is about the exodus of kashmiri pundits in kashmir, India. Great book for anyone interested about that part of the world.

Right now Im reading My Turn by Cruyff

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Watched the film and was inspired to read the book too. Trying to save it for hols next week but have started...

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About to be finished with AMERICAN GODS, and next up is:

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'¡Adios, America!' by Ann Coulter. Interesting read, very well researched and often very inflammatory. No pulled punches on the history of American immigration and the future of it. Being an immigrant myself, I thought it'd be worth a read. One of the best moments of the book is the argument that 'America isn't a nation of immigrants' but 'a creation of Dutch and British settlers'. 'How can the settlers be immigrants if they had not nation to immigrate to?'.

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On 06/03/2017 at 3:34 PM, ATL said:

Just started -

American Gods

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Amazing book by an amazing author. If you enjoy it I'd advise you try Neverwhere and if you're into graphic novels then The Sandman is great.

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On 07/03/2017 at 7:20 AM, Harry said:

Re reading Wilbur Smith. The Courtenay series. Absolutely brilliant.

Also slowly working my way through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I'm told by so many that it knocks a Song of Ice and Fire out of the park but I'm at book four and I'm definitely not feeling that just yet....

Wheel of time is great but it's diffierent to Game of Thrones. I personally loved it. 

I'm reading the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks as my gateway drug to him before I start working through the culture series 

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Halfway through Johan Cruyff's autobiography which has proved to be as fascinating and inspiring as I thought it would be.

I'd be happy to recommend it to anyone on here.

 

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On 07/03/2017 at 1:01 PM, Danny said:

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Beat me to it, you bastard!

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I considered myself ressonably well informed about the period but I've been really stunned by reading this. I'm about 4/5ths through but it's really been an eye-opener, and a good read too. 

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5 hours ago, Rab said:

Beat me to it, you bastard!

beat you to it by 15 days. you were so close!

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1 minute ago, Romesh said:

beat you to it by 15 days. you were so close!

I was too busy reading other parts of the forum bro.

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On 3/8/2017 at 10:24 PM, IgnisExcubitor said:

As a suggestion, you could try Vikram Seth and Amitav Gosh. I don't like Arundhati Roy the person or the politics she indulges in, but her 'God of Small Things' was a masterpiece and one of my favourite books.

Sorry, only saw this now, but thanks for recommendation! Any particular suggestions on which books I should try? No poetry please.

Other than The White Tiger, the only Indian literature I've read so far is Mahabharata, Ramayana, some of the Pali Canon, Rabindranath Tagore and Kama Sutra xD Also Salman Rushdie, if it counts.

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12 hours ago, nudge said:

Sorry, only saw this now, but thanks for recommendation! Any particular suggestions on which books I should try? No poetry please.

Other than The White Tiger, the only Indian literature I've read so far is Mahabharata, Ramayana, some of the Pali Canon, Rabindranath Tagore and Kama Sutra xD Also Salman Rushdie, if it counts.

Must read in my opinion... I read this in my local language few years ago but glad to know that they had this in english too... hopefully its translated well without losing the content...  autobiography-of-a-yogi-book-cover

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@nudge Rushdie counts. Loved his Midnight's children. Kudos to you for reading big texts like Ramayana and Mahabharata. I was happy acquainting myself  with TV series, movies and tales from grandparents. I read Kamasutra as a teenager and was surprised to find so much beyond sex; the whole way of life (rules and duties) according to the class. 

Anyways, here are my recommendations for novels by Indian novelists, Vikram Seth's A suitable boy, Amitav Gosh's Ibis Trilogy, Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things, Anita Desai's Clear Light of the Day and Village by Sea.

 

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Just finished reading it and the insight into how speed and accuracy nearly conned everyone is great. It really is amazing what lengths some people go to just to get an edge on people even if its a micro-second of an advantage.

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1 hour ago, IgnisExcubitor said:

@nudge Rushdie counts. Loved his Midnight's children. Kudos to you for reading big texts like Ramayana and Mahabharata. I was happy acquainting myself  with TV series, movies and tales from grandparents. I read Kamasutra as a teenager and was surprised to find so much beyond sex; the whole way of life (rules and duties) according to the class. 

Anyways, here are my recommendations for novels by Indian novelists, Vikram Seth's A suitable boy, Amitav Gosh's Ibis Trilogy, Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things, Anita Desai's Clear Light of the Day and Village by Sea.

Both Ramayana and Mahabharata were on my school curriculum, hehe... Abridged versions, of course, but still. Kamasutra was a gift of my cheeky friends for my 18th birthday, I was also surprised how much of it was about the philosophy of love and relationships, contrary to the common perception of it being a wild sex manual, haha. It was so popular among my friends that I actually only kept the book for a week or two; everyone started borrowing it afterwards, and I'm sure that after 13 years it's still being shared in the circles of friends of friends xD

Thanks for your recommendations, I'll google them and then order a few right away!

UPDATE: decided on the Ibis Trilogy, found all three books for $33 on the Book Depository! Cheers again :)

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