Your reading list

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Yellow Fang, 12 May 2010.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    So, what's on your reading list? Once I've finished Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, which is proving to be slow bed time reading, I've got Ian Curtis's widow's biography, 'Touching From a Distance' to read. I'm a sucker for these musical suicides; I've already read a biography on Nick Drake. After that I want to read a book I've seen bill-boarded called 'Phoenix Squadron' about some bombing raid by HMS Ark Royal Buccaneers. I also think I should read The Great Gatsby at some point. I saw it being discussed in a prison group on The Wire, and I also read about it in a book called 'Reading Lolita in Iran'. Then I think I may read Little Women, just to find out what makes women tick. Oh, and some point I want to read the book version of Midnight Cowboy.
  2. chap

    chap Senior Member

    London, GB

    I have a soft spot for 'The Great Gatsby.'
    At the moment, I'm racing through 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' be Jared Diamond
  3. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Low-brow, some would say, but WH Auden was a big , I found that out later, before stumbling on them myself....

    All the Raymond Chandler thrillers. "She had legs to make a Bishop kick in a stained glass window". Fabulous plots, and written with a wonderful brevity of phrase.

    { exists to Pseuds-Corner bunker, clutching at bow tie}
  4. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Meanwood, Leeds
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  5. Cyclecraft.
  6. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    I've just finished the Lisbeth Salander trilogy by Stieg Larsson and brilliant it was too. Certainly as good as the Wallander books and I even preferred it in some ways.

    I am now going to bash through a history of the Peninsular War.
  7. rh100

    rh100 Well-Known Member

    Olaf Stapledon - Starmaker
    Mark Beaumont - The man who cycled the world - (just getting to Bulgaria)
  8. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    I'm a big fan of British - rather than US - Science Fiction, especially Arthur C Clarke, but I admit I found Starmaker hard going. Last and First Men works well, and have you read his very touching novella, Sirius?
  9. Existence and Existents by Emmanuel Levinas
    Security, Territory, Populations by Michael Foucault
    The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman
  10. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    sunny Leicester
    The Leicester Athlete and Midland Counties Bicycle News - weekly from March 1883 through to September 1885 on microfilm.
  11. rh100

    rh100 Well-Known Member

    I've only got so far through it at the moment, it's the first I've read of his. It's a bit on the weird side as most SF I've read has been more modern. It's definitely not one I can get engrossed in.

    I have First and Last Men on the shelf, have not heard of Sirius, but will give it a go if you recommend it.

    I loved Clarkes 2001, both film and book, I always tell people to read the book when they complain that film was not understandable. I've also the rest of the series, 2010 being the best of those with not a bad film to go with it. I probably read others of his when I was a big sci fi fan as a teenager but can't recall them at the moment.
  12. Greedo

    Greedo Guest

    When I've finished the current issue of Nuts I'm then onto the following


    Or so most on here would like to think!:ohmy:
  13. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Books on the go at the mo are:

    Mr Nice


    A Fortunate Life

    The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer
  14. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Nr Nice got on my wick, Dayvo.

    Talking of Kerry Packer, did you ever listen to the Twelfth Man CDs taking the mick out of Benaud, Greig, Chappel commentators? You'd love it.
  15. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    (I know his daughter!)

    My reading list is currently Policing America's Empire by Alfred W. McCoy (for work), Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (didn't read it when it came out and found it in a bargain bin), and Paul J. McAuley's Gardens of the Sun (excellent contemporary British SF).
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