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Since: Oct 07

Calgary, Canada

#1 Jul 18, 2009
We did previously have a great thread going with book reviews and recommendations. It kind of got off track and does a slow death.

I thought I would resurrect a new book thread as I know several people are avid readers.

Recently, both David and I read "Shadow of the Wind". A great book, and I think I can speak for David in that we both highly recommend it! It is basically about a young boy who is taken the the cemetery of forgotten books and must chose one book that becomes his responsibility. The book is written very vividly and captured Spain post war in all it's darkness and gothic feel. The plot as well is suspenseful!

Since: Oct 07

Calgary, Canada

#2 Jul 18, 2009
Another recent read (as you may be able to tell i have been off work for a few weeks and have had much time) was "Survivor" by the same gentleman that wrote "Fight Club".

The books starts off with the main character hijacking and airplane and using the flight data recorder to tell his story so that he may do so and have it recorded without interruption and left as a legacy. It is quite a social commentary on media etc as it goes through his life story having been raised in a religious cult and surviving their mass suicide.

Interesting and well written and a wonderful commentary on the media and societies obsessions with creating media gods.

Since: Oct 07

Calgary, Canada

#3 Jul 18, 2009
ahaha, finally i turned to a twist on an old classic....

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

A twist on the classic tale!

haha, so what else is everyone readying, i know skybobbie has a few aviation tales in his library at the moment. thoughts? recommendations?

“clown?!”

Since: Mar 08

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#4 Jul 18, 2009
fundamentals of anatomy and phisiology, a pain in the ass to read. just a little boring with no real plot to speak of, but then it is a text book, so i didn't really expect one.

emergency care and transportation of the sick and injured; pretty much the same story as the former, only much thicker and with better pictures.

those are the only books i've been able to read recently. i long for the day i can read for entertainment. i think i'll turn to clive barker's the great and secret show. i've never read him before and found this one cheap.

i loved survivor when i read it years ago, gen. he has another called lullaby that is probably my favorite of his, though i haven't read any of the more recent stuff.

Since: Oct 07

Calgary, Canada

#5 Jul 18, 2009
lordmagellan wrote:
fundamentals of anatomy and phisiology, a pain in the ass to read. just a little boring with no real plot to speak of, but then it is a text book, so i didn't really expect one.
emergency care and transportation of the sick and injured; pretty much the same story as the former, only much thicker and with better pictures.
those are the only books i've been able to read recently. i long for the day i can read for entertainment. i think i'll turn to clive barker's the great and secret show. i've never read him before and found this one cheap.
i loved survivor when i read it years ago, gen. he has another called lullaby that is probably my favorite of his, though i haven't read any of the more recent stuff.
I think you would like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". But understandably your studies have to come first. Emergency care does sound interesting, but I know when it is a "have to" read situation it does take a bit of the joy out of it. But it is for a greater purpose.

I picked up "Invisible Monsters" so i thought I would give that a try and maybe I will put "Lullaby" on the list after that!

Speaking or Clive Barker, have you seen his movie "Midnight Meat Train"?

Since: Oct 07

Calgary, Canada

#6 Jul 18, 2009
OOPS, the title should be....

BOOK review!

ahaha

“clown?!”

Since: Mar 08

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#7 Jul 18, 2009
genevieve wrote:
OOPS, the title should be....
BOOK review!
ahaha
i was wondering about that.

and no, haven't seen meat train

“I'm just part of the problem!”

Since: Dec 07

Melbourne, Australia

#8 Jul 19, 2009
genevieve wrote:
OOPS, the title should be....
BOOK review!
ahaha
It was the first thing I noticed. I'm not one to pick on tyops though. hehe :)

When I saw the thread I was trying to think of the significance of my last Queen's Side Castle. Not much I could really say about Rooks.

You know my current book. I'm kind of between books, just reading bits and pieces by my favourite smart-a**, Richard Dawkins. I have the prequel to Shadow of the Wind (The Angel's Game) but am saving it for my next travels. This comeing week of travelling will be squeezing in work at every opportunity I think, no time to read!

Oh, and you know I must read Pride and Prejudice (the real one) before I tackle the zombies version. There you are, I admitted it in public, I never read it.

“I'm just part of the problem!”

Since: Dec 07

Melbourne, Australia

#9 Aug 5, 2009
Well I figured it's time to bump the Rook Club. My pile is piling up... of books to be read, that is. I bought the book "Let the Right One In" as discussed on the Movie thread:
http://www.topix.com/forum/movies/genevieve/T...

I read just a few pages on the train and it looks promising, and is written in a fine, flowing but suspenseful style which I enjoy. Thanks to Gaz for the recommendation! I will of course hunt down the movie, as I know the wife will enjoy it.

Since: Oct 07

Calgary, Canada

#10 Aug 5, 2009
-David wrote:
Well I figured it's time to bump the Rook Club. My pile is piling up... of books to be read, that is. I bought the book "Let the Right One In" as discussed on the Movie thread:
http://www.topix.com/forum/movies/genevieve/T...
I read just a few pages on the train and it looks promising, and is written in a fine, flowing but suspenseful style which I enjoy. Thanks to Gaz for the recommendation! I will of course hunt down the movie, as I know the wife will enjoy it.
I will have to get caught up on the movie thread, it sounds like quite an interesting discussion. I also find it quite cool that you hunted down the book based on Gaz's recommendation!

:)

I just finished a book called "prep". At the book store I thought it must be a young reader selection as it is about a 14 year old who goes to boarding school, however upon reading the jacket I discovered that it was not for young readers and was in fact a times best seller. It is about a you girl who goes away to prep school. She receives a scholarship however is not a standout student in anyway, it seems she would rather exist then stand out in any way. It subtly captures the manner in which teens think that they are unique, strange and unrelateable when the reality is that the strangeness they are trying to wear like a badge really conforms them. It also deals with race and class without standing on a social platform. It was a surprisingly poignant read.

I followed that up with L.A. Candy. Complete crap, fluff that was finished in 2 days. But why not, a little disposable reading is needed from time to time!

Still waiting for The Angel's Game to go to trade paperback!

“clown?!”

Since: Mar 08

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#11 Aug 5, 2009
i'm working through The Catcher in the Rye. people talk about how great this book is and how it's a classic.....

honestly, i find it hard to get into a book when i want to punch the antagonist in the face. repeatedly. but maybe he'll grow on me. in the face, i want to punch right in the face. "that would knock me out!"

Since: Oct 07

Calgary, Canada

#12 Aug 6, 2009
lordmagellan wrote:
i'm working through The Catcher in the Rye. people talk about how great this book is and how it's a classic.....
honestly, i find it hard to get into a book when i want to punch the antagonist in the face. repeatedly. but maybe he'll grow on me. in the face, i want to punch right in the face. "that would knock me out!"
haha, I can see how punching the main character's eyes out could be a bit of a deterrent. I agree, in terms of classics it is not high on my list. I would much prefer To Killing a Mocking Bird or The great Gatsby in terms of American literature.

Speaking of Catcher and the Rye, have you seen the movie chapter 22. the telling of lennon's assassination? If you haven't. Don't.

“clown?!”

Since: Mar 08

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#13 Aug 7, 2009
genevieve wrote:
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haha, I can see how punching the main character's eyes out could be a bit of a deterrent. I agree, in terms of classics it is not high on my list. I would much prefer To Killing a Mocking Bird or The great Gatsby in terms of American literature.
Speaking of Catcher and the Rye, have you seen the movie chapter 22. the telling of lennon's assassination? If you haven't. Don't.
nope. is that the one with jared leto? i'd read that it was supposed to be pretty decent.

Since: Feb 08

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#14 Aug 13, 2009
I think this is my favourite Rook;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8062007.s...

hehehe

“I'm just part of the problem!”

Since: Dec 07

Melbourne, Australia

#15 Aug 13, 2009
sage of lurve wrote:
I think this is my favourite Rook;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8062007.s...
hehehe
I heard of this on the radio a few days ago! Smart birds hey? The thing I listened to said they would select bigger rocks not smaller, to get more bang for their buck. When the tube was filled with sawdust, the birds found there was no point and quickly gave up.

I sometimes wonder about these monkey experiments: do they say to each other "Hey, I just worked out if you push these buttons in the wrong order, you don't have to eat any more bananas".

Do you like my new piccie? I know someone with Photoshop. hehe :)

“I'm just part of the problem!”

Since: Dec 07

Melbourne, Australia

#16 Aug 13, 2009
On the Book Review: part of the way through Gaz's recommended "Let The Right One In" and I can say that it's very, VERY creepy. In some of the most disturbing aspects of the human psyche it's not just a vampire book.

(well, I know Gaz mentioned a movie, but you'd expect me to go find the book, wouldn't you?)

Since: Feb 08

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#17 Aug 14, 2009
-David wrote:
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I heard of this on the radio a few days ago! Smart birds hey? The thing I listened to said they would select bigger rocks not smaller, to get more bang for their buck. When the tube was filled with sawdust, the birds found there was no point and quickly gave up.
I sometimes wonder about these monkey experiments: do they say to each other "Hey, I just worked out if you push these buttons in the wrong order, you don't have to eat any more bananas".
Do you like my new piccie? I know someone with Photoshop. hehe :)
Really intelligent...but not members of mensa yet hehehe

A few years ago a UK study was looking for the most intelligent wildlife..the boozy human population excepted. Rooks and crows won it. They adapted things as tools, dropped hard to open things on the roads for cars to open...all kinds of stuff. One was filmed standing at the side of the road, putting an object on it, waiting for the car to crush it and then pick it up..amazing!!!

On the darker side though, they have been known to just peck the eyes out of a lamb and ultimately have it die!!! and eat as carrion!!

I have seen seagulls learn how to get worms from the soil from blackbirds....birds are very intelligent...I watch them a lot round by me. I am fascinated by the territorial traits with one another in the same species but live in harmony with other species...even if using the same resource..fascinating...

I have said many times before about how we humans perceive birdsong and display as a thing of beauty...yet really it is all territorial "pissing contests" and sex...like a Friday or Saturday night in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow lol

I used to think with its abilities to form complicated songs just any songbird would be intelligent but it seems that even the bird world has artists and engineers lol In fact I am now wondering if any of the "intelligent" songbirds display much of the tool use? Maybe birds are split into right and left brainers too hehehe

In some way I do find it cruel this kind of experimentation. LOL @ monkeys and bananas...be amusing if they were playing a game hehe

Where I live I often hear the sound of a snail hitting the ground ..or my roof...every now and then...the birds pick them up and drop them to open them up..something a city boy finds fascinating....

Life is pretty amazing shit...it will survive us hehehe

Since: Feb 08

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#18 Aug 14, 2009
-David wrote:
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Do you like my new piccie? I know someone with Photoshop. hehe :)
hehehe so you used PS to airbrush out your defects? hehehe

TBH you look scarily like a David Icke's (new age alien loony) idea of a Reptilian lol Are you from the stars -David? Come to rule the Earth? hehehe

“clown?!”

Since: Mar 08

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#19 Aug 14, 2009
sage of lurve wrote:
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Really intelligent...but not members of mensa yet hehehe
A few years ago a UK study was looking for the most intelligent wildlife..the boozy human population excepted. Rooks and crows won it. They adapted things as tools, dropped hard to open things on the roads for cars to open...all kinds of stuff. One was filmed standing at the side of the road, putting an object on it, waiting for the car to crush it and then pick it up..amazing!!!
there's a national geographic article from a few months back, possibly a year, about animal intelligence. it's pretty damn amazing what these guys are capable of that humans just don't understand.
it featured an african grey parrot that was being studied to learn the workings of a bird's mind. he couldn't say apple, which was one of his favorite treats, so he made up a word. the apples looked like cherries and somehow reminded him of banannas, so he called them banerries.
he was also quite the prankster. in the study they taught him some math and , i believe, something else (it's been a while since i read it). anyway, he knew the answers, but when they brought in younger birds to study, he would deliberately call out the wrong answers to try and confuse the youngsters! i find that hilarious.
of all the stories i've read in that magazine, that one really seems to stick out.

Since: Feb 08

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#20 Aug 14, 2009
lordmagellan wrote:
<quoted text>there's a national geographic article from a few months back, possibly a year, about animal intelligence. it's pretty damn amazing what these guys are capable of that humans just don't understand.
it featured an african grey parrot that was being studied to learn the workings of a bird's mind. he couldn't say apple, which was one of his favorite treats, so he made up a word. the apples looked like cherries and somehow reminded him of banannas, so he called them banerries.
he was also quite the prankster. in the study they taught him some math and , i believe, something else (it's been a while since i read it). anyway, he knew the answers, but when they brought in younger birds to study, he would deliberately call out the wrong answers to try and confuse the youngsters! i find that hilarious.
of all the stories i've read in that magazine, that one really seems to stick out.
Hi LM..incredible!!!

I had not even heard of the African Grey until a few years ago, long story short, a colleague was telling me of his African Grey. I thought he meant the Python Norwegian Blue lol

Anyhow he was telling me how it watched what you were doing and could sometimes learn. He said it learnt how to open its cage. So he put a different type of latch on it. He said a morning or so later the parrot was just sitting on top of his cage...and he said he could swear it was smirking and saying..that all you got? hehehe

He set up a camcorder to watch the little guy. He said it had a little twig or something somewhere in the cage and used that. Amazing, I think he said they can live as long as a human as well.

There were some amusing tales regarding its speech but in my frail old dotage I can't remember hehehe

Winston Churchill had one before WW2 he proudly told me. For years there was a rumour that Churchill had it during WW2 and it knew military secrets but it was a load of bull... hehehe I get strange visions of guys in black Gestapo coats slapping it and trying to get it to talk..or is that squawk? hehehe

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