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  1. Martin

    The Year of the Flood; standalone or...

    I recently acquired Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood, the sequel to Oryx & Crake which is one of my all-time favourite books. My question is this: Will it be necessary to reread Oryx & Crake before cracking the spine of The Year of the Flood, or could I do without? Not that...
  2. Martin

    Stephen Fry - The Fry Chronicles

    This is the book I am currently reading and I am positively flying through it. I immensely enjoy Fry's fiction (Making History and The Hippopotamus come to mind) and I adored Moab Is My Washpot, the first part of his autobiography. This, The Fry Chronicles, is the second part, chronicling...
  3. Martin

    Solved - Looking for a book - can't remember the name (or much else)

    The book is a bit of a challenge but I would say it is well worth it.
  4. Martin

    Neil Gaiman

    Let me stress that while I vastly prefer American Gods over Anansi Boys, the latter is still a pretty darn good book. A Gaiman that is (in my opinion) not on top form is still better than most of the rest. And yes, HBO is supposedly turning AG into a series; Gaiman co-writes and the guys who...
  5. Martin

    Goodreads.com

    While I like Goodreads I don't love it, and this is mainly due to aesthetics. It simply does not look as good and slick as it could, which bugs me. So, with that in mind I might have a gander at Library Thing even though switching seems unlikely simply because I do not want to manually input all...
  6. Martin

    Neil Gaiman

    I recently reread American Gods and I genuinely loved it, still. The depth of his mythology and his subtle mixture of (American) pop culture and the Norse pantheon are quite impressive indeed. I am very glad to hear that HBO is going to turn it into a TV show. I think that (if done well) it...
  7. Martin

    Solved - Looking for a book - can't remember the name (or much else)

    I should have known it was House Of Leaves, I love that book. It did flash through my brain as I read your description but I could not remember the copied newspaper clippings you mentioned so I dismissed it off-hand. Now that I think about it, those clippings are definitely in there. Well...
  8. Martin

    Ye olden days.

    I think we did overlap, if only briefly. I do intend to stick around, one can never have enough book discussion, but I am shamefully bad at keeping something like this up. We'll see how it goes, no?
  9. Martin

    Solved - Looking for a book - can't remember the name (or much else)

    I have no idea what book you are referring to but I can offer an alternative as a gift for your strange-book-loving friend; give Jonathan Safran Foer's book Tree Of Codes a gander. It is as much a book as it is a sculpture with a different die-cut pattern on every page. Good luck on finding...
  10. Martin

    Red Riding Hood

    I tried watching this the other day and didn't manage to get past the 25-minute mark. It looked pretty enough (Seyfried especially) but, as mentioned above, the Twilight-isation of the classic tale is so noticeable to take all the enjoyment and/or thrill out of the film. When even...
  11. Martin

    Is it Cover or the Content that Sells the Book?

    For me, I'd say that it's the content that determines whether I like/love a book or not, but as I'm a very visually oriented person it's often the cover that determines whether I pick it up in the first place (assuming I'm browsing the shelves of a book shop). This is of course not always the...
  12. Martin

    David Fincher's Dragon Tattoo movie

    I'll watch anything that Fincher does, even if it is a movie adaptation of an overhyped series of books. While Rapace did a great job in the original films I had the nagging feeling that she was slightly too old for the part. Mara Rooney feels better, in that respect, though it has to be seen...
  13. Martin

    Recently Purchased/Borrowed

    Ordered a few books from Play.com (free shipping ftw): The Passage; The Year Of The Flood; The Great Perhaps; The Ice Age; Miss Wyoming; Beatrice and Virgil; The Omega Force ; The Death of Bunny Munro; The Angel's Game.
  14. Martin

    Goodreads.com

    Does anyone here use Goodreads.com? It's a website with a social networking element that allows you to catalogue the books you own or want to own, lets you create lists of any type and write reviews of books you've read, along with many other features. I find it quite useful myself.
  15. Martin

    Ye olden days.

    How lovely that this place is still around and brimming with activity. It must've been a good three years since I last logged in and several years more even since I was an active part of this here community. I just noticed that it's been almost nine years since I registered here. Seems a...
  16. Martin

    Greetings

    Ah yes, her outing me definitely ruined me. It's not like, since then, I've travelled the world for a full year. Or got married. Or found a dream job. Oh, hang on ... Novella. I liked her, too.
  17. Martin

    Greetings

    Your PM actually drew me back in. I'm not staying, just reminiscing.
  18. Martin

    Greetings

    All too familiar indeed.
  19. Martin

    Greetings

    Hey, thanks for the welcome.
  20. Martin

    Greetings

    Hello all. I'm Martin. Some of you may remember me, most of you won't. Anyway, hi.
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