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#31

Posted 16 July 2009 - 01:38 AM

I see GTA3Freak-2001 beat me too recommended Clive Cussler great to see I wasn't the only one that discovered this little known author. They aren't award winning by any stretch of the imagination but they are an entertaining diversion if you are bored. Here is a list of his books :-

1. Pacific Vortex! (1981)
2. The Mediterranean Caper (1973)
aka Mayday!
3. Iceberg (1975)
4. Raise the Titanic! (1976)
5. Vixen 03 (1976)
6. Night Probe! (1981)
7. Deep Six (1984)
8. Cyclops (1986)
9. Treasure (1988)
10. Dragon (1990)
11. Sahara (1992)
12. Inca Gold (1991)
13. Shock Wave (1995)
14. Flood Tide (1997)
15. Atlantis Found (1999)
16. Valhalla Rising (2001) (with Paul Kemprecos)
17. Trojan Odyssey (2003)
18. Black Wind (2004) (with Dirk Cussler)
19. The Treasure of Khan (2006) (with Dirk Cussler)
20. Arctic Drift (2008) (with Dirk Cussler)

Some people might recognise "Raise the Titanic" which was made into a really god awful film in the 80's. The film was sh*t but the book wasn't too bad. You may also recognise Sahara which was recently made into a film (another god awful adaptation) starring Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt (Matthew should have been shot for his portrayal as Dirk).

I don't read as much as I used too now, I always find once I start a book I can never put the damn thing down till I am finished. However for the past few years I have discovered the joy of reading books on my PDA, I love the Ebook reader and could never see me going back to "paper backs". Anyway that is my 20pence worth, if you get a chance check out some of Cusslers books.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 01:57 AM

I'm on the last couple pages of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - really a fantastic book. I thought it's length would turn me off but for me it turned out to be a page-turner!

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 02:00 AM

QUOTE (rappo @ Jul 15 2009, 18:57)
I'm on the last couple pages of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - really a fantastic book.  I thought it's length would turn me off but for me it turned out to be a page-turner!

That book is the bane of my existence. F*ck Dostoevsky. f*ck him to hell.

Glad you like it though.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 07:54 AM

QUOTE (major underscore @ Jul 16 2009, 08:00)
QUOTE (Hell No.. @ Jul 15 2009, 21:17)
What about short stories? I enjoy quick reads sometimes. Anyone know of any? Say 150 - 300 pages I guess.

Yeah, The Road by Cormac McCarthy is 287 pages (at least my pocket version is; according to Wikipedia it's only 256 pages). It's a good read and you'll get through it in no time.

As shown by my last post, I really enjoyed this book. Hell No, make sure you read it before the film adaptation is released this October. Not sure about you but I hate seeing films before I read the novel.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 08:02 AM

QUOTE (CharmingCharlie @ Jul 16 2009, 11:38)
great to see I wasn't the only one that discovered this little known author.

What? I'm sorry, but calling Clive Cussler a little known author is like calling Titanic an indie cult film.

Anyway, I'm currently reading Ecstacy by Irvine Welsh. He's definitely one of my favourite authors, and is very consistent in the quality of his writing.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 08:39 AM

I've just finished reading The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, after seeing the TV special. It's an excellent book, Greene makes it very easy to understand the concepts he brings forward, very much like Hawking's A Brief History of Time. I recommend it to anyone who has even a passing interest in physics. Some of the ideas are a little hard to grasp but overall it's a very accessible book.

Now I'm starting on the Lord of the Rings series, I've owned the boxset for almost 5 years and never read them.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 09:28 AM

In the last couple weeks I've read 'Hard Revolution' by George Pelecanos, 'And Leave Her Lay Dying' by John Lawrence Reynolds, 'Thin Air' by Robert B. Parker, 'Fatal Burn' by Lisa Jackson, 'After Dark' by Phillip Margolin, and 'To the Nines' by Janet Evanovich. I would recommend 'Fatal Burn' to my fellow readers, the others are just mediocre. I'm reading 3~500 pages a day, thanks to Obama's stimulus plan. I applied for and received $4650USD, so I've got the summer to do as I wish.

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#38

Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:39 AM

QUOTE (CharmingCharlie @ Jul 16 2009, 12:08)
Some people might recognise "Raise the Titanic" which was made into a really god awful film in the 80's. The film was sh*t but the book wasn't too bad. You may also recognise Sahara which was recently made into a film (another god awful adaptation) starring Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt (Matthew should have been shot for his portrayal as Dirk).

I have to admit I actually saw the film Sahara before reading any of Cussler's book and unfortunately Matthew McConaughey is who I see when dealing with Dirk Pitt in the novels and think he does Pitt justice. I guess people read different things into characters when in written form, I do think that Steve Zahn playing Giorodino was the character which they got all wrong.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 03:11 PM

QUOTE (Zak. @ Jul 15 2009, 19:00)
QUOTE (rappo @ Jul 15 2009, 18:57)
I'm on the last couple pages of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - really a fantastic book.† I thought it's length would turn me off but for me it turned out to be a page-turner!

That book is the bane of my existence. F*ck Dostoevsky. f*ck him to hell.

Glad you like it though.

heheh well i think you'll be comforted by the fact that i have finished the book now and am moving onto some of Dostoyevsky's short stories, starting with The Double biggrin.gif

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 11:19 PM

Nearly finished Digital Fortress. About 100 pages left...has been awesome.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:44 AM

QUOTE (Hell No.. @ Jul 16 2009, 16:19)
Nearly finished Digital Fortress. About 100 pages left...has been awesome.

Dan Brown has some great stuff, i don't understand all the extreme critiques on his work. You can really see all the research he did in his writing, and he manages to translate all of his own knowledge and fact-finds into a good plot.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 02:36 PM

QUOTE (Zak. @ Jul 17 2009, 07:44)
QUOTE (Hell No.. @ Jul 16 2009, 16:19)
Nearly finished Digital Fortress. About 100 pages left...has been awesome.

Dan Brown has some great stuff, i don't understand all the extreme critiques on his work. You can really see all the research he did in his writing, and he manages to translate all of his own knowledge and fact-finds into a good plot.

Indeed he does, however, some doubt the actual truth behind it and others just don't think the writing itself is top quality.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:15 PM

I really need to finish reading George Orwell's 1984. I started it months ago and I was really getting into it, I'm not sure how I managed to lose interest. The quarter of the book I'd read was great.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE (Damon† @ Jul 17 2009, 16:15)
I really need to finish reading George Orwell's 1984.

You bet your mo'f*ckin ass you do.

Come to think of it, i need to re-read that beaut.

Ever read animal farm?


Also, I've been trying to find homage to catalonia for ages, but it's just eluded me so far. Anybody read it?

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:21 PM

I just bought 'Black Holes and Baby Universes and other essays' by Stephen Hawking today which I'm really looking forward to getting into. A Brief History of Time was great.

Before that I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It was excellent, definately on par if not better than the film.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:21 PM

No, I've not ventured into Orwell's other works yet, though I've heard great things about them. I plan to finish 1984 before I branch out.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:29 PM

I'm currently involved in James Patterson's Kiss the Girls. I'm trying to read the entire Alex Cross series, I have London Bridges on deck, and have already read... About 3 or 4 of them so far. He's such a great, suspenseful author.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE (rhyn @ Jul 18 2009, 01:21)
Before that I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It was excellent, definately on par if not better than the film.

Ho ho ho. Now we're getting into some serious sh*t. That is honestly the best piece of prose I have ever read. f*ck your Dan Brown, hack bullsh*t nonsense. Nothing I have ever read has been as real as that book.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:53 PM

QUOTE (Blades @ Jul 15 2009, 09:58)
Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Mind-bending stuff there. mercie_blink.gif

just reading that myself, awesome book. after that i'll also read his other books.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:56 PM

Fear and Loathing is good, but The Rum Diary is my favorite.

Personally, I'm about halfway through the Dark Tower series. What a bunch of cool f*cking books, man. I had no idea it would be so... awesome isn't even the right word. It's just a fantastic series that I can't put down.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:35 PM

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Fear and Loathing is good, but The Rum Diary is my favorite.

I have been looking in book shops for a while and haven't been able to track it down, so I've bought a copy off ebay. I'm Looking forward to finally reading it for sure. I'm a big fan of Thompson, having read F & L, The Proud Highway, Kingdom of Fear and The Gonzo Papers Vol 3. Brilliant.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:53 PM

The Rum Diary is interesting, but a departure from style for Thompson. Vegas is such a rush of blood to the head... it's hard to put down and impossible to forget. I also liked his book on the '72 campaign.

You should pick that beast up, asimov. As well as the first couple of gonzo paper volumes.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:56 PM

QUOTE (Otter @ Jul 18 2009, 01:56)
Fear and Loathing is good, but The Rum Diary is my favorite.

http://en.wikipedia....um_Diary_(film)

And it starring depp again! I think Ill pick it up on paperback before the film comes out.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:00 PM

Wow, I didn't know that was even in production. I've never seen anything directed or written by Bruce Robinson so it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. I think we can safely say if Depp is involved again it must be decent.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:04 PM Edited by Otter, 17 July 2009 - 06:07 PM.

QUOTE (asimov @ Jul 17 2009, 10:00)
I've never seen anything directed or written by Bruce Robinson so it'll be interesting to see how it turns out.

GAH! You've got to see both Withnail and I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Brilliant films. And as for books, his "The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman" is a perennial favorite of mine.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:16 PM

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Ever read animal farm?

I hated that book. Maybe I was too young to truly appreciate it but I couldn't stand it. Once I finish the dozen or so books on my to-read list (which includes 1984) I'll give it another crack, I know I have it lying around here somewhere.

Pretty much every book I've read for the last few years have been computer books, bar a couple, so I feel so out of the loop in this discussion confused.gif. Just another reason to buy out the local bookshop icon14.gif

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:49 PM

Only book I ever read was in class, To Kill a Mocking Bird. During the time we read that book, I never missed class. As for Animal Farm and all others I slept through them or just didn't show up.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:00 PM

QUOTE (Seachmall @ Jul 17 2009, 13:16)
QUOTE (greebo-man @ Jul 17 2009, 15:20)
Ever read animal farm?

I hated that book. Maybe I was too young to truly appreciate it but I couldn't stand it. Once I finish the dozen or so books on my to-read list (which includes 1984) I'll give it another crack, I know I have it lying around here somewhere.

Yeah you should definitely do so. Maybe it's not the be-all-end-all of classic allegorical literature, or even Orwell's best work, but it's a very smart, funny and enjoyable book all the same. 1984, of course, is even better.

I'm reading Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins. I'd read through and liked a couple of his books beforehand, but after finishing Skinny Legs And All, I was sold. The guy's a motherf*cking genius; certainly one of the best writers of absurdist fiction around.

Not quite sure what I'll read after. I really want to get some more comics (Invisibles!!!), but I'm really hooked on the Robbins stuff for now, and I'll probably end up reading Half-Asleep In Frog Pajamas next.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:09 PM

I liked Animal Farm when I read it. And Fear and Loathing was definitely an unforgettable book, I feel like picking it up again. I might get Rum Diary next time I re-up on books.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:11 PM

Edit: Holy crap. I haven't had an unintentional double-post since the old Error-500 days... Maybe THEY'RE BACK?! catspider.gif




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