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The Green and Gold Rugby Book Club

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by Jury, May 4, 2010.

  1. redstragic Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    To be boring, I loved A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway and I love Cats Cradle by Vonnegut. By that Measure, love just about anything Vonnegut has written.
  2. bryce Darby Loudon (17)

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    Agree with you on Vonnegut. He's one of my favourite authors. Any interview I've read or listened to has been great as well, he seemed like he'd have been a great bloke to talk to.
    I think Mother Night is my favourite of his novels.
  3. redstragic Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Loved Mother Night as well, if we had another boy I was going to make his middle name Kilgore after the recurring character in all his books. Would have been an awesome man to just talk shit with I reckon.
  4. light Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    'Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz' for any of those interested in amazing war stories. The bloke is an absolute inspiration
  5. suckerforred Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Just finished Colleen McCullough's 'Life without the Boring bits'. Some of it is hard to get through, but if you don't mind her writing then it is worth a read.
  6. bryce Darby Loudon (17)

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    Just got an email from Amazon recommending Irvine Welsh's upcoming book, 'Skagboys'. Have been waiting for this for a while. I'm a big fan of Irvine Welsh - Skagboys is the prequel to Trainspotting. Can't wait for that to come out in April. Anyone else here read much of him?
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  7. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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  8. Blue Andrew Slack (58)

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    Tsiolkas' modus operandi is to unsettle. And he is uncomfortably good at it.

    All his other books cut not to the bone, if not right through it.
  9. Cutter Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    To bump this thread and for the cyclists, The Rider by Tim Krabbe.
  10. Joe Mac Arch Winning (36)

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    That looks good! Too bad they dont have an Ebook that I can find
  11. The Red Baron Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    'The Berkut' by Joseph Heywood is brilliant. I don't read much fiction, however I found I couldn't put that book down.
  12. Cutter Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Get it in hard copy and pass it on. There is nothing better than curling up with a good book. Ebooks (roll eyes, snort etc emoticons).
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  13. Scarfman Knitter of the Scarf

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    Have you tried it, Cutter? I've got a small, leather-bound kindle and it's very easy to read in bed. I like it for old out-of-print books that I can get for $1. I'm currently reading Tristram Shandy.
  14. Cutter Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    I haven't tried it Scarfy. I'm stubborn and old fashioned and hate the thought of everything being electrical. I like not having to plug in my books to recharge.
  15. Nusadan Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Nothing beats getting an almost new book from a charity shop for 2 quid, (helps the less fortunate whilst at it), and return to them soon after.or give them away to a grateful fellow passenger at the end of a long trip on the plane.
  16. Scarfman Knitter of the Scarf

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    True, but I got sick of buying these.

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  17. Cutter Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    I get sick of people not returning the books I lend them but I'm a compulsive sharer of things I like. It is semi frustrating but saves on book shelves.
  18. Joe Mac Arch Winning (36)

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    Well Cutter you dont know what you are missing out on.

    Im currently reading the book series behind Game of Thrones which is excellent. Reading the iPad in the dark with the aircon cranked transports me into the depths of chilly Winterfell. Winter is coming!
  19. Joe Mac Arch Winning (36)

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    The voyage of the Catalpa

    Here is a link to a book I just read on one of the most interesting stories in our nations history. Link to Amazon here; http://www.amazon.com/The-Voyage-Catalpa-Perilous-Journey/dp/078670974X

    The whaling ship Catalpa set out from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on the morning of April 29, 1875, to undertake a daring yearlong mission of international rescue. American captain George Anthony risked his career as a whaler—and his life—to rescue a group of British-soldiers-turned-Irish-rebels known as “The Fremantle Six” from their prison in Australia. With the help of the prison chaplain, the six men escaped to the coast where Anthony was waiting with a small whaleboat that would take them to the Catalpa. The resistance they overcame, both from armed British vessels and a furious sea storm, made their escape the stuff of legend. In what Britain considered a near act of war, the Catalpa outran the Royal Navy and deposited its politically dangerous cargo in New York Harbor in August 1876. Fast-paced, compelling, and meticulously researched, this saga of American, Irish, British, and Australian history is the first full telling of the Catalpa’s voyage. The expedition was embraced by Irish and Irish-Americans as the very symbol of defiance against Great Britain and would loom large in the revolutionary rhetoric of Michael Collins. Though Captain Anthony would never again sail into international waters for fear of arrest by the British government, his rescue voyage, made mostly without the use of a functioning chronometer, is one of the greatest feats of seamanship in nautical annals and one of the most daring deeds performed by an American in the name of Irish independence. Included are eight pages of black-and-white photographs.
  20. Blue Andrew Slack (58)

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    You're a dying breed. When your 70 year old mother sends you links to ebooks on amazon you know you need to adapt. That was my cue.

    Having said that I am on my third paperback in a row with my kindle lying in the drawer and I have a pile of about seven "to reads" :)

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