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    Does size matter?

    I have only really realised after reading this thread that I don't actually pay any attention to how long books are when I decide whether I enjoy them or want to read them; short books can be just as boring. Because I like reading SFF, a majority of books that I read are probably 500+ pages, and...
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    Where are you? (in the book you are reading) - please read 1st post

    In Japan, uncovering a group of cheating sumo wrestlers.
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    Recently Finished

    Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson. A very refreshing take on investigative journalism, Them is an account of Ronson's experiences with a variety of "extremist" groups ranging from the KKK to Israeli fundamentalists in England. Rather than focussing on their differences and...
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    Hunger Games being banned?

    I would definitely say that Hunger Games is less gritty than Lord of the Flies; a lot of the deaths in HG are not actually covered in detail, but instead you are just told that they had died during the day (there is an announcement each night that shows who has died). The deaths that the...
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    George R.R. Martin: A Game of Thrones

    Completely agree. I found Book 4 incredibly dull - even the audio book had a sub-par reader for this instalment. It just didn't have the same level of twists that I love about the rest of the series. And I found some of the stories became quite difficult to follow because of the addition of...
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    Why we re-read books

    I only listen to the audio books of novels that I have already read. I have a habit of "zoning out" during audio books, and suddenly realising that I haven't actually been listening for a few minutes; this doesn't really matter too much if I already know generally where the story is headed. It...
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    TV - Book Crossovers Series

    The Game of Thrones TV adaptation is brilliant, and I was actually surprised by how closely they followed the books, raunchy scenes included. I always get a bit of a thrill when I hear characters speaking exact dialogue from the novels. That being said, the books are much better than the TV...
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    Recently Finished

    The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes :stars4: Really enjoyable - I'm a big fan of loose endings.
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    Recently Purchased/Borrowed

    Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman A Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt Jamrach’s Menagerie - Carol Birch The Strain - Del Toro and Hogan
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    Recently Finished

    Quirkology -- Richard Wiseman :stars4: Very interesting and entertaining - Wiseman is a very funny guy. I especially enjoyed the chapter on the search for the world's funniest joke. I thought adding a list of what people found to be the most interesting facts from the book was also a nice...
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    Recently Purchased/Borrowed

    The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories -- Michel Faber Weight -- Jeanette Winterson
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    Recently Purchased/Borrowed

    Dance Dance Dance -- Haruki Murakami God's Callgirl -- Carla Van Raay
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    Which books did you read in July?

    Mao's Last Dancer -- Li Chiang Public Enemies -- Bryan Burroughs Tipping the Velvet -- Sarah Waters King Rat -- China Mieville After Dark -- Haruki Murakami
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    Anne Holm: I am David

    I loved this book when I was little. It was read to us in primary school, and I must have reread it at least 10 times. A brilliant story - I'm pretty sure it was this book that ignited my passion for learning everything I could about the Nazis.
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    Recently Purchased/Borrowed

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle -- Haruki Murakami Sexing the Cherry -- Jeanette Winterson
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    Disagree with ending?

    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Terrible, terrible ending.
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    The first sentence in the book you're reading

    I can squeeze between buildings through spaces you can't even see. King Rat -- China Mieville
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    Haruki Murakami

    I picked this up yesterday as a last-minute choice before taking a long bus ride, and I didn't put it down until I'd finished it. I thought it was brilliant - compelling, different and engaging. I personally loved the idea of telling a story as if someone was watching a movie (such as noting the...
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    The first sentence in the book you're reading

    Have you ever tasted a Whitsable oyster? -- Tipping the Velvet -- Sarah Waters