General Discussion: what are you reading?


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Norvern Rob
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814 posts since 5/3/05

8 Dec 2005 13:27
Mickey Feckin Carroll wrote:
Norvern Rob wrote: Just read 'Bringing Down the House', a true story of a team of card counters from MIT that took Vegas for millions, very very good!

There was a documentary on that about a month or so ago. It was excellent. They cleaned the fuck up for sure.

Would like to have seen that, the book is great, student work in the week, Vegas every weekend betting $10,000 a hand at blackjack :o - and winning.
jeg
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2266 posts since 12/12/01

8 Dec 2005 13:54
reading John Peel Autobiography/Biography, just getting into it and then he popped his sneaks, and his wife takes over the writing, you could hear his voice as you read, now its 'John said this' 'John wrote that'
not the same now Cry
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

20 Dec 2005 12:05
just finished:

death of an ordinary man - glen duncan ( :o )

just started:

the contortionists handbook - craig clevenger
So Fresh
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838 posts since 22/12/03

20 Dec 2005 12:12
Back on the Road - Che Guevara
flipmode
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1318 posts since 25/10/05

20 Dec 2005 13:01
the game - neil strauss Cool
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

4 Jan 2006 23:25
I, lucifer - glen duncan

and before that

atomised - michel houellebecq
TheTiger
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3838 posts since 23/2/03

5 Jan 2006 00:06
Next read…

Air Babylon - Imogen Edwards-Jones & Anon

Currently reading…

Piers Morgan - The Insider

Before that…

Hotel Babylon - Imogen Edwards-Jones & Anon

Before that…

'Ugly Americans' and 'Bringing Down the House' - Ben Mezrich

If you want to read an interesting interview with one of the MIT guys involved in 'Bringing Down the House' then check out…
http://www.pokerchannel.co.uk/index.php?pg=30&id=257&title=Up+Close+with+Andy+Bloch
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

17 Jan 2006 15:04
ingenious pain - andrew miller

before that

the crying of lot 49 - thomas pynchon
MrPlatinum
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8939 posts since 24/2/04

17 Jan 2006 15:09
My Life - Bill Clinton
media__whore
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7513 posts since 16/6/03

17 Jan 2006 15:14
Just finished 'Is It Me Or Is Everything Shit'…v funny as I posted earlier, just started on The Portable Door, 99p in Ottakers, and have the follow up to Easy Rider Raging Bulls, to read afterwards
mr.white
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17101 posts since 10/7/04

17 Jan 2006 15:20
The Bible by God
jeg
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2266 posts since 12/12/01

17 Jan 2006 15:27
media__whore wrote: Just finished 'Is It Me Or Is Everything Shit'…v funny as I posted earlier, just started on The Portable Door, 99p in Ottakers, and have the follow up to Easy Rider Raging Bulls, to read afterwards

where do you find the time man, you work 9-5? I struggle to get through a book every couple of weeks as only get time to read a bit at night, but me an the mrs then look about 90 year old both reading in the boudoir!
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Bromley
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2555 posts since 9/5/02

17 Jan 2006 15:57
Just started 'extremely loud and incredibly close' by jonathan safran foer. I love his writing, really experimental and challenging to the boundaries of normal fiction, because he plays with images, icons and the physical form of the text so it becomes more than just a linear narrative.

Really dry wit too, would recommend it a lot. Everything is illuminated ha sjust been made into a film with elijah wood if you can;t be bothered to read…
ItsTricky
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485 posts since 22/3/05

17 Jan 2006 16:05
Norvern Rob wrote:
Mickey Feckin Carroll wrote:
Norvern Rob wrote: Just read 'Bringing Down the House', a true story of a team of card counters from MIT that took Vegas for millions, very very good!

There was a documentary on that about a month or so ago. It was excellent. They cleaned the fuck up for sure.

Would like to have seen that, the book is great, student work in the week, Vegas every weekend betting $10,000 a hand at blackjack :o - and winning.

If you liked it you should read his other book ugly americans- its about traders on the tokyo stock market and the shit that goes down.
Norvern Rob
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814 posts since 5/3/05

17 Jan 2006 17:33
Sounds good Cool

Currently reading 'A confederacy of dunces', written by John Kennedy Toole in the 60's, who ended up commiting suicide in 1969 after becoming depressed because he couldn't get it published.

Was given to me by a guy at work, i was suprised by how good it is. Any book that contains the words 'dear mongoloid' can't be bad Laughing out loud
Prot0
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1773 posts since 15/6/04

17 Jan 2006 17:34
Reading The Beach by Alex Garland at the moment.
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

2 Mar 2006 13:00
finished:

cloud atlas - david mitchell
kiss me judas - will christopher baer
strangers - taichi yamada

i'm going to start the optimists by andrew miller today…
Ellgal
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3757 posts since 21/1/02

2 Mar 2006 13:17
guffer wrote: finished:

cloud atlas - david mitchell
kiss me judas - will christopher baer
strangers - taichi yamada

i'm going to start the optimists by andrew miller today…

What did you think?

I really enjoyed it. Every little section was written so well in different styles. The old man bit was my favourite.

I've just finished State of Fear by Crichton which as a standard commuting thriller that I'll never think about again. Read A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian which was wonderful. So tenderly written and with real insight, I'd recommend it to anyone.

Am just about to start The Sea that won the Booker Prize.

Oh, and I read Yes Man by Danny Wallace at the end of Jan and that was a lot funnier than I thought it would be, look out for the film version coming out next year.
Esc.
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4996 posts since 4/9/03

2 Mar 2006 13:19
Douglas Coupland - Shampoo Planet
shorty
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6805 posts since 16/4/03

2 Mar 2006 13:45
I am reading 'its called a break up because its broken' Laughing out loud its class