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"Cadburys Option with a large Glenfiddich top
22-09-03, 19:15
Today, after much begging and justifying, I've been granted internet access at work. (For those who don't know, I'm a cop and if we all had such priviledges we'd all be on the dogging sites and no one would be walking the streets.)So, may I respectfully request that threads are non sexist/racist/badgerist/ramblerist. Also, no bad language/sexual innuendo/admissions of a sexually perverted nature (Charlie T) and no links to sites of deviated acts (Small Thing..).Whilst I'll not be contributing I'd like to inform you that I shall be monitoring contributions during the day.Oh, and while I'm about it: Nothing homophobic. So that doesn't leave you a lot, but I'm sure you'll think of something to say. You always do.I'll start a nice thread. Here you go. It's quite easy......So, tell me, what's your favourite book?

Cadburys Option with a large Glenfiddich top, please!
22-09-03, 19:18
& Quote? What's gone on here?Soddin technology.

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 19:31
The Wind in the Willows is one of my all time favorites.

Cadburys Option with a large Glenfiddich top, please!
22-09-03, 19:34
Mine too, Miss Brown. Fancy a shag?

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 19:45
Just a small point, but shouldn't you (a public servant after all) be working during working hours, instead of hanging around here, posting as many dodgy threads as Marco?

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 19:46
Lord of the Rings btw. As it's the only book (non programming related) that I've read in the last ten years!

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 22:39
You should read more, Dave. Not that LOTR isn't a good book.Are you still awake Muddy?....Damn, I come home from the pub all liquored up and I miss an offer like that!

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 22:43
I can't be arsed to read more. I'd rather wait for the film to come out! ;-)

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 22:45
Not seen any of the films. Will one day tho'.

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 22:49
Would you like to borrow the DVDs?I've never really got into reading. I've never really found much that I enjoy reading. I got through the whole of LOTR in about 14 days, as I just wanted to know how it ended, and I read the latest Harry potter while I was in France, but to be honest, it bored the pants off me. I used to read Steven King books a long time ago, but I lost interest in them after a while.I'm just not one of life's readers.

Dan (Dirtyrider)
22-09-03, 22:55
read Porno by Irvine Welsh (follow up to Trainspotting) while in Morzine, its a good read, currently reading books on the ins and outs of mcdonalds, ie ethics, biographys and how they came aboutno its not my induction training thankyouDan

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 23:01
I don't have a dvd player. :-(14 days that's pretty good. I tend to get a bit bored in the middle of it.I just finished the last Harry Potter a few days ago. Far to much rubbish in the middle. 1-3 were good and the right length but the last 2 have been way under edited.Feels odd not to be reading something. I definitely am one of lifes readers.

Kato (too orangy for crows)
22-09-03, 23:02
I'm reading Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation (third edition) by Lillesand & Kiefer. It's a cracking read.

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 23:02
Dan is that Fast Food Nation? I've heard that is an excellent book. You'd never eat fast food again.

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 23:05
I tend not to eat fast food anyway, unless I'm severely hungover. Looks like I'll be having it tomorrow then...As for reading fast, I can, when I put my mind to it, and I'm actually interesten in the story. I just found that LOTR had so many layers to it that I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Dan (Dirtyrider)
22-09-03, 23:10
yer i read fast food nation, the first 100 pages are great, ie rise of all the fast food joints, etc and industrial accidents, then theres 60 uber dull pages while he waffles on about bse,girlyfriend read it and it put her off fastfood for a while, didnt bother me really,Dan

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 23:15
Read the Dark Materials Trilogy? That's good, by Philip Pullman.

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 23:15
Never heard of it Anne. What's it about?

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 23:21
ooh magic and other dimensions and good and evil lots of good stuff.3 books called Northern Lights, The Subtle knife, and The Amber Spyglass.The most ambitious work since Lord of the Rings... as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written" Amanda Craig, The New Statesman. blah blah blah, a damn good story."

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 23:23
I might give it a try, if I can fit it in around trying to teach myself about ASP.NET.

Dan (Dirtyrider)
22-09-03, 23:23
i bought No Logo today, need to convince myself that consumerism is good (so possibly the wrong book) and buy a king rear hub :o)Dan

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 23:24
I'm sure you'll find it a good read.How much ASP have you done? Not quite sure what the significance of the .NET stuff is but seems to be one of the big things they have conferences about.

Dave Carlson
22-09-03, 23:27
Up until now, I've not done any.

Dan (Dirtyrider)
22-09-03, 23:29
and you had the cheek to talk about me being a geekDan

Anne Brown
22-09-03, 23:30
oooh seethes with intelligent anger" just like me then.;-) that sound quite interesting.I have not long finished A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It's quite good, passes over a lot of information so the layman can understand it. Probably rubbish if you are over educated tho'."

Melvin 15 legs Schmelvin
23-09-03, 06:10
After not reading anything for about 10 years I'm now reading two books at once:Mr Nice - goodA Song Of Stone by Iain Banks - Sh1te. Half way through and nowt has happened yet other than I" have just gone for a dump in a wood....The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks is the best book that I've read, in a fecked up sort of way."

Russ Hall
23-09-03, 07:23
I'm reading The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".A truly fantastic read and proves that George Dubya really is a $@$^%""$"%"%!!!!"

jonathan mimnagh
23-09-03, 07:37
Tough one this, as my reading is moderately varied.Best cycling book is the escape artist by Matt Seaton.PD Cornwall also gets a voteAnd despite generally being more anti than pro war, I find war history, especially the writings of Steven Ambrose fascinating.I have read & enjoyed the Hobbit, but find myself unable to read LOTR, the style is not possible for me to read & enjoy. Yet I like the story, have listened to the audio book, and watched the films.

Mad Badger
23-09-03, 07:53
My favourite bits of writing....Narcissus and Goldmund - Herman HessePiper at the gates of dawn chapter in Wind in the WillowsDanny Champion of the World - Roald DahlIf you have read these you will know me completely.

Chris Lupton
23-09-03, 08:15
My favourite authors are Michael Marshall Smith and Mary Gentle (both sci-fi/fantasy types). I'm not sure which of their books I'd pick as my favourite, but it'd be from Only Forward (MMS), Spares (MMS), Rats and Gargoyles (MG) and Ash: A Secret History (MG).I tried to read Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager. It bored me and I was glad when the book fell apart and I had an excuse to stop reading it. I read it again roughly when the first film came out and appreciated it more but it still wasn't the greatest thing ever.I couldn't stand a Song Of Stone. The complete absence of sympathetic characters didn't help. I never got into The Wasp Factory but I've liked some of Iain Banks's non-genre stuff and I've enjoyed most of his Culture novels. Large-scale sci-fi appeals to me a lot and I'd recommend Peter F Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy and Alistair Reynolds's books to anyone who does too.Currently I'm reading the Highway Code and the bumper book of theory test questions because I have my theory test at the weekend.

SloBoy - just SloBoy
23-09-03, 08:19
I currently have by my bedsideStop Falling Off You Muppet" by Ned Overend and "If you pedalled a bit harder, you'd go faster, Loser" by John Metcalfe.And I wonder why I have low self-esteem..."

SloBoy - just SloBoy
23-09-03, 08:23
And I can't remember what I read on holiday..Oh yes I can - Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus. Crap, basically.

Paul Sheppard
23-09-03, 08:25
I read the back of a cereal packet once.

SloBoy - just SloBoy
23-09-03, 08:27
Favourite books ever:Catch 22Tale of Two CitiesWar and Peace (apart from that dreadful bit at the end where he descends into navel gazing)To Kill A Mocking Bird (good book for improving teens, I reckon)World According to Garp (or possibly another John Irving - there all much the same. I though Hotel New Hampshire was the weirdest - maybe Cider House Rules was best)

Paul Massey
23-09-03, 08:32
Any book by colin bateman is generally a great readTry Of wee sweetie mice and menor Turbulent PriestsAlso most of Christopher Brookmyresthe last one was a bit formulaic but the earlier ones are great

Erik the Viking
23-09-03, 08:37
Mr.Men books. I just find books with long words too difficult!!

Anne Brown
23-09-03, 08:37
Ken Follets, Pillars of the Earth is also a good book, read it years ago.I remember reading Hotel New Hampshire years ago too, found that amusing.

Pat Mustard
23-09-03, 08:42
I like reading.One of my all time favourites has been Wuthering Heights. I picked it up at random after work one Friday evening, the next thing I knew it was 4am and I'd just finished it. Brilliant read.I keep going back to Thor Heyerdahl's Kontiki journal (riding a balsawood raft across the Pacific) - a cracking read.I'm also partial to any Kinky Freidman mystery - a very funny series of books about the adventures of a Jewish Texan country and western singer/songwriter (songs such as They aint making jews like Jesus anymore") turned New York private investigator.When I'm in Poland with work, a Terry Pratchet Discworld novel usually helps pass the time."

Erik the Viking
23-09-03, 08:46
Two of my fav books are Touching the Void (Joe Simpson) and Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer??). All about mad people climbing up large mountains.

Melvin 15 legs Schmelvin
23-09-03, 08:47
Forgot to mention Razzle.Some fine storytelling and sublimely enhanced by some truely exquisite photography.Or something like that.

Dan (Dirtyrider)
23-09-03, 09:08
oh, also read the Mark Billingham books in Turkey, some comic brit guy who wrote some books, Sleepy Head, Lazy Bones and Scaredy Cat, all great reads, turkey, was shit thoughDan

Horace Fogsworth
23-09-03, 09:51
Used to like Dan Simmons, horror/sci fi and some good combinations of the two, but his last two (sequels in the Hyperion saga), he'd quite obviously been paid by the word for and I found quite trashy.