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Post by Canberra Milk » June 16, 2007, 12:07 pm

Favourite book

On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet- Shakespeare
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
What to do if You Have a Small Thing - Edabomb

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Post by Sasha » June 16, 2007, 12:11 pm

Kris_man wrote: What to do if You Have a Small Thing - Edabomb
:lol:

Anyway,

John Marsden- "Tomorrow when the the war began" Series
Lances Armstong- "It's not about the bike"
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Post by greeneyed » June 16, 2007, 12:42 pm

Laurie - Always a Winner - Laurie Daley with David Middleton
Laurie and Clyde - Young Guns of Rugby League - Daniel Lane
Meninga - John MacDonald
Meninga - My Life in Football - Mal Meninga with Alan Clarkson
Kangaroo Confidential - Gary Belcher
Ashes to Ashes - Ricky Stuart
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Post by mike83au » June 16, 2007, 12:49 pm

Cannibals and Evil Cult Killers - Paul B Kidd

Australia's Serial Killers - Paul B Kidd

Australia's Serial Killers II - Paul B Kidd

Fascinating reads. Goes behind the thoughts and actions of the worst kind of criminal.

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Post by Canberra Milk » June 16, 2007, 1:33 pm

greeneyed wrote:Laurie - Always a Winner - Laurie Daley with David Middleton
Laurie and Clyde - Young Guns of Rugby League - Daniel Lane
Meninga - John MacDonald
Meninga - My Life in Football - Mal Meninga with Alan Clarkson
Kangaroo Confidential - Gary Belcher
Ashes to Ashes - Ricky Stuart
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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 16, 2007, 8:39 pm

mine are:


Australian books:

1988 - Andrew McGahan
Metro - Alasdair Duncan
Zigzag Street - Nick Earls
Of a Boy - Sonya Harnett
Stasiland - Anna Funder

classics:
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
To kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Tess of the D'Urbervilles -Thomas Hardy

Literature: - Fiction
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Fight club - Chuck Palahniuk
The virgin Suicides - Jeffery Eugenides
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden


Literature: - Non-Fiction/Biography:
Anne Frank - the Diary of a Little Girl - Anne Frank
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Ugly - Constance Briscoe

Junior fiction:
Sweet Tea - Brian Ridden
Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta


Playwrights:
Box the Pony - Leah Purcell
X-stacy - Margery Forde
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen

i'm a self-proclaimed book-nerd... :opps

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Post by greeneyed » June 16, 2007, 10:35 pm

I'm disappointed we haven't had deeper discussion of the meanig of the books yet.

I can add some...

I like "To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee

"The Great Gatsby" F Scott Fitzgerald

"Sons and Lovers" DH Lawrence
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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 16, 2007, 11:35 pm

greeneyed wrote:I'm disappointed we haven't had deeper discussion of the meanig of the books yet.

I can add some...

I like "To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee

"The Great Gatsby" F Scott Fitzgerald

"Sons and Lovers" DH Lawrence

ah we should, but which ones, and what particular aspects do you want to mention? i've read and deconstructed all the books i've mentioned (mostly for uni purposes) but you can get the ball rolling greeneyed :cool:

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Post by greeneyed » June 16, 2007, 11:39 pm

What did you make of the glasses in The Great Gatsby Ella?

And what did you make of the images of Gatsby's shirts?
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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 16, 2007, 11:41 pm

ooh, :opps i haven't that one you've mentioned though, but i can, then i'll answer you *smirks an embarrassed smirk*

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Post by Sasha » June 16, 2007, 11:48 pm

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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 16, 2007, 11:52 pm

*shudders* don't remind me Schif... bad taste,


i feel like talking about The Handmaid's Tale...

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Re: Favourite book thread

Post by Roger Kenworthy » June 17, 2007, 12:31 am

Kris_man wrote:On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet- Shakespeare
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
What to do if You Have a Small Thing - Edabomb
Dunno whats worse, me writing about my small thing, or you picking it up and reading it ;) :lol:

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Post by Peter » June 17, 2007, 2:33 am

I don't do books.

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Post by bonehead » June 17, 2007, 11:11 am

I tend to only read Wilbur Smith's books these days, I have read them all and have started collecting them in hard cover. Reading his new one at the moment and find it hard to put down but I don't want it to finish.
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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 17, 2007, 12:25 pm

Hard cover? - too pricey for my liking, i sometimes wait until whatever book i want is produced into paperback

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Post by Canberra Milk » June 17, 2007, 12:49 pm

greeneyed wrote:What did you make of the glasses in The Great Gatsby Ella?

And what did you make of the images of Gatsby's shirts?
What glasses? What shirts??

I think my essay question for that book was "In the Great Gatsby, what was Fitzgerald trying to say about the American Dream?" I'll see if I can dig up the essay haha.

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Post by Butters » June 17, 2007, 12:51 pm

Kris_man wrote:
greeneyed wrote:What did you make of the glasses in The Great Gatsby Ella?

And what did you make of the images of Gatsby's shirts?
What glasses? What shirts??

I think my essay question for that book was "In the Great Gatsby, what was Fitzgerald trying to say about the American Dream?" I'll see if I can dig up the essay haha.
Yes, when I studied it it was the same thing. We had to compare it with 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. Someone dies in a pool at the end??
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Post by Canberra Milk » June 17, 2007, 12:59 pm

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Kris_man wrote:
greeneyed wrote:What did you make of the glasses in The Great Gatsby Ella?

And what did you make of the images of Gatsby's shirts?
What glasses? What shirts??

I think my essay question for that book was "In the Great Gatsby, what was Fitzgerald trying to say about the American Dream?" I'll see if I can dig up the essay haha.
Yes, when I studied it it was the same thing. We had to compare it with 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. Someone dies in a pool at the end??
That's all you remember? haha. I certainly don't remember GE's glasses and shirts haha. We had the choice with comparing it to a few other American Dream themed novels: Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, etc. Some great books from that era imo, although two of my favourites, On the Road and Fear and Loathing, weren't in the course surprisingly.

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Post by Butters » June 17, 2007, 1:05 pm

Kris_man wrote:
Raiders_Lover_18 wrote:
Kris_man wrote:
greeneyed wrote:What did you make of the glasses in The Great Gatsby Ella?

And what did you make of the images of Gatsby's shirts?
What glasses? What shirts??

I think my essay question for that book was "In the Great Gatsby, what was Fitzgerald trying to say about the American Dream?" I'll see if I can dig up the essay haha.
Yes, when I studied it it was the same thing. We had to compare it with 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. Someone dies in a pool at the end??
That's all you remember? haha. I certainly don't remember GE's glasses and shirts haha. We had the choice with comparing it to a few other American Dream themed novels: Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, etc. Some great books from that era imo, although two of my favourites, On the Road and Fear and Loathing, weren't in the course surprisingly.
I remember some basics. There was a big house. An island. A cheating couple. Wealth corrupted the American Dream or something like that. Gatsby was the protagonist's ideal of the American Dream which ended up being false and corrupt.
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Post by Maltese Raider » June 17, 2007, 1:20 pm

I don't have any particular favourites, I just like biographies and autobiographies
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Post by Michael » June 17, 2007, 1:26 pm

The Red Harvest, or pretty much anything by Dashiell Hammett.

American Tabloid by James Ellroy

LA Confidential by James Ellroy

The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy

Give War a Chance by PJ O'Rourke

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Post by bonehead » June 17, 2007, 2:45 pm

Ella_Ruiz wrote:Hard cover? - too pricey for my liking, i sometimes wait until whatever book i want is produced into paperback
Yeah there's about 30 and I've picked up around half so far, I just buy the new ones when they come out and ebay a couple of others each year.
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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 17, 2007, 6:23 pm

gee you're game BSB Raiderman! i wanted to buy Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood, and it was nearly $50, and i was like, i'll wait till it's in paperback,


Btw, has anyone heard of a bookstore called BORDERS? it's got everything in there!!!!

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Post by Canberra Milk » June 17, 2007, 6:47 pm

Ella_Ruiz wrote:gee you're game BSB Raiderman! i wanted to buy Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood, and it was nearly $50, and i was like, i'll wait till it's in paperback,


Btw, has anyone heard of a bookstore called BORDERS? it's got everything in there!!!!
Yeah there's a big ass one in Bondi Westfields. Best thing is there's a cafe, and there are couches where you can sit and preview your books.

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Post by Finite » June 17, 2007, 7:28 pm

Issue 54 - Hustler

What? It has pages

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Finite wrote:Issue 54 - Hustler

What? It has pages
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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 17, 2007, 9:41 pm

Kris_man wrote: Yeah there's a big ass one in Bondi Westfields. Best thing is there's a cafe, and there are couches where you can sit and preview your books.
we have one in Elizabeth Street in the Brisbane CBD that's been there for ages, but they've just established new ones in two of the Westefield shopping centres (Chermside and Garden City/Mt.Gravatt) - they all have a Gloria Jeans coffee shop

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Post by bonehead » June 18, 2007, 4:53 am

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Kris_man wrote: Yeah there's a big ass one in Bondi Westfields. Best thing is there's a cafe, and there are couches where you can sit and preview your books.
we have one in Elizabeth Street in the Brisbane CBD that's been there for ages, but they've just established new ones in two of the Westefield shopping centres (Chermside and Garden City/Mt.Gravatt) - they all have a Gloria Jeans coffee shop
Went to one in West Edmonton mall in Edmonton Canada last year (was also a Starbucks), picked up a Lennox Lewis biography for $5- and some really good Tapas recipe books for under $10- so when they have a sale they really do have a sale but I was unaware they were in Oz.
I make sure I never pay over $30- for my hard covers and generally somewhere will have them on sale so I'm only spending around $60- a year on them. My wife thinks I'm mad lugging 400 page hard covers around when we go OS but I don't care.
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Post by thickos » June 18, 2007, 11:09 am

The glasses in Gatsby... I'm assuming GE means the glasses on the billboard which has the picture of the giant optometrist (name escapes me).

Always took it to be 'big-brother' type imagery, with corporate, soulless America looking down on all the people going about their business, and how hollow that world was/is compared to Gatsby's built-up image (in his own mind of course) of Daisy and the wonderful life they would have had together.

Gatsby is my favourite book of all time - I have read it over 30 times - when I have nothing to read I read it again. Fitzgerald's use of language is perfect IMO.

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Post by valiant_raider » June 18, 2007, 11:22 am

BSB Raiderman wrote:I tend to only read Wilbur Smith's books these days, I have read them all and have started collecting them in hard cover. Reading his new one at the moment and find it hard to put down but I don't want it to finish.
Wilbur Smith fan here as well, The Quest rounds out the whole egyptian series really well, although it moves away from the realistic Egypt he was depicting in River God and more towards fantasy.

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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 18, 2007, 4:15 pm

I seems that a lot of people here have read, and like To Kill a Mockingbird , for some reason, i reckon it teaches people a moral lesson

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Post by glassandahalf » June 18, 2007, 6:49 pm

To Kill A Mockingbird is a stone cold classic, and Harper Lee gets my eternal love for that...

My fav books are these

David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Neal Stevenson - Snow Crash
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

and yeah... read David Mitchell... I have never found a more inventive author with such an amazing grasp of language...

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Post by Ella_Ruiz » June 18, 2007, 9:15 pm

glassandahalf wrote:To Kill A Mockingbird is a stone cold classic,
I agree, they use it quite widely through many english curriculums in many of the secondary schools in Queensland, not sure if they so the same down in NSW or ACT.

I remember back in 2002, in the Rock Eistedfodd Challenge, Randwick boy's and girl's highschools based their production on this book, and won the competition.

it's a compellling story. I always think of the aspects of racism, and how Brave Atticus was going for the Underdog, and Bob Ewell - what a pathetic rednecked low-life!

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