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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 05:47
by Simon
Only the best thing EVER

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 05:52
by Mod
Simon wrote:Only the best thing EVER

Well when you put it that way..

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 05:59
by Derek
I have no idea what it is, but given the faux-literary title and presence of Benedict Cumbersnatch on the cover, one can only assume it's some flowery, perimenstrual masturbatory aid, marketed towards idiot anglophiles.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 07:32
by Simon
Not quite, actually. Photography book. From a random review:

Derry Moore is a world renowned portrait photographer whose work has appeared in Men’s Vogue, Architectural Digest and whose photos appear in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery. In An English Room he shoots a diverse group of Britain’s finest in their favourite ever places, their personal sanctuary, the place they go to work, read, relax and get away from it all. Through his photos he attempts to discover what makes the essence of “An English Room”.

An English Room is a beautiful hard copy book that would look fine on many a coffee table. Moore shoots his subjects in their choice of room with accompanying text explaining why they love it so. Each room also gets an additional two page spread of photographs. The photos are, as you would imagine, superb - beautifully lit and composed making the architecture come alive. What is particularly impressive is how he manages to imbue his photos of the empty rooms with the personality of the person who loves them. It’s like they’re haunting the rooms after they’ve left.

The book covers a diverse array of individuals from various different fields. We see author Jeanette Winterson embracing the joys of book shop Shakespeare and Company in Paris, actress Harriet Walter in her elegant home framed by a wallpaper of trees rising high into the sky, Alan Bennett in the room he decorated in Primrose Hill 40 years previously, Paul Smith in his studio surrounded by art and vintage toys - a room “full of lovely things”, Stephen Fry in his dressing room at the Apollo Theatre nesting amongst his books and photographs and the Duchess of Northumberland in a tree house that she has built at Alnwick Castle - festooned with fairylights and grander than my flat.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 07:39
by c1ask0
Why do you like it so much then? Is it because it's about Britain? ;)

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 09:21
by Simon
I don't. I was lying. Sometimes people do that. I'm sorry. You had to find out sometime.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 10:13
by Iago
More seriously, I've been reading Hyperspace by Michio Kaku in order to avoid writing my Kant essay. He uses the same line as every other science populariser, that black holes have gravity of such magnitude that "not even light can escape" but I never understood this. If photons have no mass, what is there for gravity to pull on? Or is it rather that space around the black hole is distorted so steeply that light can't get climb out of the well?

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 11:27
by Brenden
Iago wrote:More seriously, I've been reading Hyperspace by Michio Kaku in order to avoid writing my Kant essay. He uses the same line as every other science populariser, that black holes have gravity of such magnitude that "not even light can escape" but I never understood this. If photons have no mass, what is there for gravity to pull on? Or is it rather that space around the black hole is distorted so steeply that light can't get climb out of the well?

You may find this... illuminating. :P

Basically, it's the latter. Gravity is a geometric property of spacetime, not a result of mass interacting with mass.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 13:27
by nikolii
I've finally branched off to start reading the casual vacancy. Not sure what I think of it so far.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 10 April 2014, 15:42
by Lucas
The back of a Frosted Mini Wheats cereal box

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 11 April 2014, 13:35
by Lucas_HG
Hmm, let's see, I always have several books I'm reading. At the moment I'm reading:

Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Coming Home by MJ O'Shea (MM romance)
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Pendergast series)

Vonnegut... well, he's funny at times but this won't become one of my favourite books. It's nice but not that nice. Good but not that good, really. Steppenwolf I should have read as a teenager, I'm too old to read it now. It's too angsty. I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry. *Blush* But it's one of those books you should read, I guess, so I'm trying. Pendergast series I love. And I devour lots of MM romance of varying quality... :P I think Coming Home is of the better quality actually. I've certainly read worse so I'm quite enjoying it.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 11 April 2014, 13:48
by Mod
Lucas_HG wrote:Vonnegut... well, he's funny at times but this won't become one of my favourite books. It's nice but not that nice. Good but not that good, really..

I recommend Breakfast of Champions.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 11 April 2014, 14:27
by Lucas_HG
Mod wrote:
Lucas_HG wrote:Vonnegut... well, he's funny at times but this won't become one of my favourite books. It's nice but not that nice. Good but not that good, really..

I recommend Breakfast of Champions.


Thanks, I'll check it out. :)

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 11 April 2014, 21:56
by Auhdinir
I've started reading this book titled "The White" and so far its pretty good. It's about this young British girl who gets kidnapped by Native Americans and is forced to live alongside them. She gets "adopted" by two sisters who lost their brother. The style of the book, the ways the paragraphs are arranged is strange but I still love it.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 16 April 2014, 21:40
by nikolii
nikolii wrote:I've finally branched off to start reading the casual vacancy. Not sure what I think of it so far.

Considering it's now on ebay for charity with 4 days left to go, I was no fan of it. :lol:

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 16 April 2014, 22:02
by Nam
Im reading ïf symptoms persist" by Theodore Dalrymple. He is a doctor that works in a prison and hospital in birmingham and is basically writing about the shite state this country is in! His books are rather good, if not everybodies cup of tea!

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 17 April 2014, 20:36
by Joe
Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 17 April 2014, 23:24
by Nicholas
Joe wrote:Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher.

My friend read that she said it was absolutely awful.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 28 April 2014, 04:01
by calandal
The Prodigy, by Amy Wallace. I have no idea why.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 28 April 2014, 09:57
by Simon
Toomer's Cane. One of my professors told me that it had one of the best opening paragraphs of English literature and he was right.