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PopJustice Book Club

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amstell_s Bitch, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. What books have you been reading lately? Recommend a book. Over the holidays I read 'About A Boy' and 'A Long Way Down' both by Nick Hornby and both are very good. If you've seen the film 'About A Boy' read the book because it isn't like the story in the film. The book is really amazing and unputdownable.
  2. What a great idea this is!

    I'm currently reading and enjoying three books right now; Us by Richard Mason which is basically a story about dark secrets at Oxford and their nasty consequences, Salem's Lot by Stephen King (it's a new version with uncut material) and The Time Travellers by Simon Guerrier which is a Doctor Who book featuring the first TARDIS crew headed by good old William Hartnell and it's fab, it's essentially a sequel to classic episode The War Machines and it's set in a fractured time line. The three books are great.
  3. Heat

    I learned about Eastenders worst fashion disasters. Fascinating.
  4. Magnus Mills is my current fave. Like a very surreal Tom Sharpe. One of the only authors who can make me laugh out loud - and so look stupid on public transport.

    The latest Will Self is bizarre even by his standards. Wilfully (no pun intended) difficult to read. Half the book is in an invented language.
  5. Is that The book of Joe ? I was toying with the idea of buying it. I might pass if it's too difficult to understand for a non-native speaker.

    I'm reading In Cold Blood at the moment.. I blame the film.
  6. My reading has downgraded so much over the years - when I was in secondary school I was getting through at least 2 books a week. Now I'm lucky if I read 2 new books a year. It's not that I don't enjoy reading anymore, it's just a book has to really scream "Read me!" now for me to pick it up, so this list is great because I could grab some ideas from it.

    James Ellroy is an author I connect with like no other. I have his entire collection and I've read every book at least twice, and in some cases seven or eight times. Also, with the movie of "The Black Dahlia" coming out on Friday, now could be a good time to get into him. That said, Dahlia is one of the harder books to get into. I'd recommend "The Big Nowhere" as a good jumping off point. Ellroy's "White Jazz" and "The Cold Six Thousand" are both in my top five ever books. Initially told that "White Jazz" was too long to publish, Ellroy responded by removing virtually all of the verbs from the book, resulting in a thought-process prose that flies like a bullet.

    If you haven't read "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold, you really ought to, it's beautiful.

    The one new book I've been fascinated by recently is "Underground London" by Stephen Smith. It's about what it says, but it's full of very cool observations and journeys and Smith has a very readable style. I'm a junkie for anything about London (I love that city soooooo much) but I think anybody interested in history would get something out of it.

    I'm also making my way through the Lemony Snicket series, much more my style than the Harry Potter's. Just coming up to the Ersatz Elevator...
  7. At the moment I'm reading The Pact by Jodie Picoult, I wasn't really sure what to expect because I've read things about the author which made me a bit wary of the books. I'm not sure why! But so far I think it's excellent, I have no idea which version of events is going to turn out to be the true one but I'm gripped!

    I recently read The Understudy by David Nicholls and to be honest I was disappointed. I really really enjoyed Starter For Ten, and maybe it's because I loved that book so much my expectations for The Understudy were too high. It just wasn't as good as I was hoping really.

    My mum lent me the new Jilly Cooper today though, I can't wait to get stuck into that!
  8. I have to agree that The Pact is one of her best if not her best novel. She seems to appeal to the older reader though (of which we are not) and at the library (my second home) old women usually have a Picoult, Jonker or one of those Mills & Boons with Murder books - the type written by Karen Rose or Nora Roberts.
  9. Please read A Choir Of Ill Children, it is the most amazing book you will ever read.
  10. The most PopJusticey books you will ever read are 'Starter For Ten' and 'The Understudy' by David Nicholls. Read them.

    And I'd recommend everyone read 'A Prayer For Owen Meany' by John Irving and 'Cold Comfort Farm' by Stella Gibbons. They're not Popjusticey or anything, they're just ace.

    Oh! And anything by Proulx, who wrote the original Brokeback Mountain in her 'Close Range' collection of stories, is always worth a look.

    Also... 'In Cold Blood' is ace! Granted it takes a while to pick up, but when it reaches the turning point it runs like a freight train. I fell in love with perry Smith a little bit. He needs hugs.

    Go read!
  11. I'm currently reading a Doctor Who book as well, Eater of Wasps by Trevor Baxendale. I don't think I like the Eighth Doctor much though.

    A couple of days ago I finished Tales Of The City by Armistead Maupin, which is just sublime. Just bought the Channel 4 adaptation on DVD.
  12. My absolute favouritest book of all time is The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. I was introduced to it in AS-Level English and fell in love with it and managed to get 100% on that part of the exams. Hooray! Iain Banks is great at doing horror bordering on sci-fi. No dodgy too-fast endings that Stephen King loves either. However, I haven't read any of his pure sci-fi novels. Can anyone enlighten me on what they're like?

    I also thoroughly enjoyed David Sinclair's Spice Girls biography-type thing (the name of it escapes me) which I read about a year ago - fascinating and seemingly very honest.

    I'm currently reading Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar for the first time ever at the age of 22 and (I'm going to get lynched for this) can't really understand the fuss around it. I'm only halfway through though, so maybe it'll get better. It's enjoyable but not great in my opinion.
  13. I don't know if everyone wants to just carry on recommending books or do you want me to go to my bookshop/library, ask them to recommend something and then all of us read it and say what we think about it (and we can still recommend books that we like). Maybe everyone can say what kind of books that we like and I'll tell the bookshop owner/librarian and then he/she has an idea of what to recommend. It's just an idea.
  14. Let me recommend a book.  It's the funniest, bitchiest and totally true story you will ever read.  It's called Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud by Joe Considine and it centres around Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.  You honestly feel as though you know them by the time you finish, they're so vividly drawn out and the detail is superb.  It's a snapshot of old Hollywood with the glamour and venom that it had.  Some of Bette Davis' comments choked me with laughter.  She really went all out to destroy Joan Crawford, who of course wouldn't take it lying down and decided to plot her own revenge that involved a lead belt and fake tits.

    Sample Dialogue:

    Interviewer: Miss Davis, could you say something good about Joan Crawford now that she's dead.

    Bette Davis: Joan Crawford is dead. That's good.

    Don't ask.  Get it.  I beg you.

  15. Don''t worry, if you get lynched I''ll help you fight them off. Plath is a shower of shite. I read a lot of ''Ariel'' for A-level. I got lynched in class as everyone was singing her praises by saying she was a self-important whiner who should''ve done us all a favour and got it [suicide] right the first time round. I realise this is a horrible thing to say, but the way she gloats about being Lady Lazarus makes me lose all sympathy.

    Never in a million years did I think there''d be an opportunity for a Plath-rant on PopJustice.
  16. That sounds amazing! As soon as I've got some money, I'll invest in it.

    I totally agree - I never dreamt I'd see that on PJ. But hey, far weirder stuff has cropped up on here, I'm sure. I think I'll finish The Bell Jar and then move on to something a bit... better. Angel by Katie Price perhaps?*

    *I am, of course, joking, although I do have an odd need to read that.
  17. How long would you say it would take to read?
  18. I read it in a day. And re-read it. I've now read it about eight times but you should savour it. It's the type of book you won't want to put down.
  19. OK. It's 496 pages long so it'll take me a few days as I have lessons to attend. Who else is going to read it and how long do you think it'll take you to read it?
  20. Well, I gave up a whole day (I even read it in the bath, sorry for the vile image) but it was worth it. You lot should read it. Apart from being a simple star biography, it's taken primary sources and gives a great view of what the studio system must have been like and features...oh everyone.
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