Alex's 2012 challenge
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1 - 1Q84 Murakami - 5 star
2- 1Q84 Murakami
3 - 1Q84 Book 3 - 4.5 star
4 - Before I go to sleep - SJ Watson -good read - Hitchcock like
5 - The Alchemist Paolo Bacigalupi
6 - Buried in Books
7 - If on a winters night traveller - Nice
8 - The Hare with Amber eyes - Great read
9 - When God spoke English - Adam Nicholson - good but not great
10 - After the Quake - Murakami
11 - The Time machine H.G wells
12 - Black swan Bruce sterling -
13 - Osama - Lavie Tidhar
14 - After dark - Murakami
15 - Religion for atheists
16 - The Prague Cemetery
17 - Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Murakami
18 - Embassytown China Mieville - Great read
19 - Enough Patrick Rhone
20 - In the Beginning...was the Command Line
21 - The Song of Achilles
22- This isn't the sort of thing that happens to someone like you
23 - Stonemouth Iain Banks - starting
24 - Inversions Iain M Banks
25 - Covehithe - China Miéville (online short story Guardian)
26 - Look to Windward Iain M Banks
27 - Skagboys Irivine Welsh - starting
28 - The Algebraist Iain M Banks
29 - Matter Iain M Banks
30 - Ready Player one Ernest Cline
31 - Surface detail Iain M Banks - 5 stars all the way
32 - Mortality Hitchens
33 - Transmission and the Individual Remix
34 - God is not Great Hitchens
35 - Sweet Tooth McEwan
36 -Why Orwell Matters
37 - The Time Keeper
38 - NW
39 -Ship Breaker
40 -The Drowned cities
41 - Railsea CM
42 - Standing in another man's grave Rankin
43 - Guardian books podcast short story 1 ( details to be completed later)
44 - Guardian books podcast short story 2 ( details to be completed later)
45 - Guardian books podcast short story 3 ( details to be completed later)
46 - Guardian books podcast short story 4 ( details to be completed later)
47 - Guardian books podcast short story 5 ( details to be completed later)
48 - Guardian books podcast short story 6 ( details to be completed later)
49 - Guardian books podcast short story 7 ( details to be completed later)
50 - Guardian books podcast short story 8 ( details to be completed later)
51 -Guardian books podcast short story 9 ( details to be completed later)
52 Tis the season China Miéville
** - REAMDE Neal Stephenson
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13 - REAMDE Neal Stephenson - in progress
Alex found you and starred! Thanks for the link and happy new year.
Happy New Year!
Sounds like you have been very busy of late, which marathons are you training for?
Rotorua & Auckland are the planned marathons ...... Rotorua may become iffy unless I kick this bronchitis very soon.. will be fun to try though
So unlike many others I don't have planning lists for the next weeks/months never mind days .....
But that said this year will be a year to get back to Dickens ( be wrong no to) - Hitchens - read some more Sci-Fi again (not fantasy & definitely not Game of Thrones!) listening to podcast on Middlesex so that may get on the TBR list/pile.
But for today reading IQ84 what else to do on the 2nd January on an overcast summer day
Sounds great! I'm trying to chill out a little with my reading plans too but committed yesterday to a year long read of Don Quixote! Oh well.
So how many years have you been doing the marathons? I had a very nasty broken leg while pregnant in my 20s which has given me a few problems over the years, so have never given marathons much thought. I'm now thinking of doing a little road running in preference to the treadmill at the gym, I've achieved my 'get fit- lose weight' goals and don't want to slack off.
Hi Alex, Happy New Year!
I am like you and have committed to absolutely no reading plans, I'll just see where the year takes me. I do admire your marathon running. I've always said it's one thing I'd like to do one day, must get fit first! My father said the same thing and he ran a half marathon (I think it was in the US somewhere) when he was about 55 so I figure I've got time.
New year time to deal with the information & digital overload;
Going to switch off all iDevices 2 hours before going to bed & 1st hour in the morning
Going to do this experiment for 60 days & then review ....
On the Book front have started 1Q84 and 300 pages in this book will have a strong place on my "Books you should read before you die list "
the big fuss surrounding this book is definitely warranted ...... well back to reading & watching the cricket :)
I need to get to 1Q84 some time. I really enjoy Murakami, I am just not sure when I will have time for the book and I want to be able to give it the attention it deserves.
I will be interested in seeing the results of your experiment, Alex.
Hmm, Im hearing a lot about 1Q84 around these parts. Makes me wonder if I need to WL it? Maybe Ill see your review first Alex!
Yeah, I also heard many good things about 1Q84 and have definitely got it on my wish list. Will be interested to hear how your withdraw from advices go. That one wouldn't bother me too much as I only really use my laptop but it would be the end of my husband and two kids I think.
Its going well but will wait till have read Books 1, 2 & # before I post any comments about 1Q84 .... but needless to say the iDevice experiment is going well as am now 500 pages in ....
For the Paper book lover check this out again - Kindle lovers may need to take a long sit down after clicking
Oh god, I'm in heaven with that website!
Have to apologise for my own 'device', I noticed I wrote 'advices' up above and the blame is this auto-correct thing on my laptop. I have to figure out how to turn it off.. Small keyboard means many mistakes, it is the one thing I really dislike about the Macbook Air.
Apologies for being AWOL again - my old man has been in hospital since new years eve ...... that said bus/train ride across the city are keeping my reading time loss to a minimum.
love the website as well ....
19 - I think that happens with all devices :)
Alex hope your old man is on the mend. Nice to see you back in action.
is more age related stuff, the mind is very willing but the body is not so much - but still being a typical stubborn Yorkshireman abt it ...... Hoping to get him discharged from hospital back home by next weekend.
in meantime reading Book3 of 1Q84 loving this ... slowing down the reading as i don't want it to end.....
Alex, slowing down the reading - that's a good sign! 1Q84 must be really good, because most of the people I talk to like it. I hope that I can read it during the summer months... (I don't know why, but somehow I prefer to read Murakami in summer.)
Yes Summer & Murakami makes perfect sense ......
shadow lurking around here again .... full body will return next week .... some Pulp etal shd revive me
1Q84 Books 1 & 2 + Book 3 - Love it .
Judging by other comments on here & elsewhere this book is not for everyone. Its not thriller page turner, but one that pulls you in & before you know it you are immersed in Murakami's world.
Its a rich detailed world & one in which not all the questions will be answered - loved it myself but then am partial to Murakami & others of similar ilk.
Alex glad to see you enjoying Murakami....still got a bit more to go rite? Hopefully you can get through the rest of it during the weekend and post a full review. Does it count as 1 book or 4 towards the 75?
I finished it last night ( NZ time) above was my initial review but not doubt will be added to later tonight.
Should count as 3 book really, but then none of this will help me since I already have 2 other books of the 1000 page length coming soon, if I keep this up will not hit the 75book limit, but that said will have fun ....
Before I go to sleep - One of the best thought provoking psychological thrillers I have read in quite awhile, to be honest wasn't expecting a lot, one of those books that feels underwhelming slowly drags you in & will jangle your nerves....
Give it a read!
Well well the sun as reappeared just in time for Auck Anniversary long weekend Monday - go get out there!
I have been culling my inner magpie this weekend - (i.e. reading the bedside reading pile before i start any new books)
also catching up on podcasts .... well until they all build up again!
>28 drags you in & will jangle your nerves....
Dont know about that Alex, I need nerve soothers lately thanks. :)
"culling the inner magpie" - I love that phrase. I could definitely afford to teach myself this clever trick!
what was that i said about my inner magpie - picked up the time machine tonight via the Book depository sale .... normally miss out on the good ones due to the time difference
Yeah they do these 24 hr sale things where they put up a book per hour for 24hr - gotta be quick though ......
Okay I promise next time to post here before it happens!! I thought you were all in on the loop
I got a cheap atlas in the BD sale and watched the numbers spin down real quick on a few other books I wasn't that interested in.
Hmph, couldnt see evidence of a sale.
But picked out a couple more cheap Puffin Classics anyway
hmmm finished yesterday - http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/blog/post/tag/24-hours
Bad Bad Bad Megan!!!
as seen elsewhere on my travels this evening - too good not to share:
my weekend cool book link ......
Book autopsies - very cool
#41+#42: Thanks for sharing the links, Alex! I love beautiful bookstores. When I was in Germany I saw a large and beatiful calendar which I didn't buy - and I am so regretting it now!
The book autopsies are such an extraordinary idea - and some of them are really beautiful!
"That one where you spend your day bashing your head against a wall and will do it all again tomorrow."
we do it for love or because we are mad !
#43 - bit of a sucker for Book links ...... but they are beautiful!
*not looking at book links*
(I'll be back)
Long weekend booked ...... so a good time to read REAMDE - almost forgot I had it booked which tells you I have been working stupid hours this week
Ooh, I like the idea of getting back to reading some Dickens this year - good idea!
I loved 1Q84 when I read it last year. Will keep up with your reading list and hope for some more inspiration!
weekend link a great one if you like wacky bookshelf's:
Black Swan 4.5 ***
Bruce reminded me why I should read more cyberpunk I really do love this stuff
couple of passages to wet your appetite or not:
"Consilience means that all forms of human knowledge have an underlying unity"
"my genius had never embraced me, because genius had never been required of me. I had been stupid because I dwelled in a stupefied world"
so this one differs from the film of the same name then?
Im not connecting cyberpunk with ballet somehow...
Definitely a different book ..... its also not the same as Black swan green :)
Osama - *** 3.5
An alternate history novel where the War on Terror never happened, but instead the history of our world is experience in a series of pulp novels about Osama Bin Laden
definitely one worth a read .....
Listener is started a Bookclub - see here:
Was going to make Pancakes tonight in honour of Shrove Tuesday , then realised that was a crepe idea.
The Prague cemetery turned up tonight ...... now I know which if my new buys I will be starting this weekend!
OK people, we do not pun about when Leonie is drinking red wine in a white top.. ok? Too funny, it reminds me of christmas day with the family and our yearly pun contest.
Anyway, loving the links to different book shelves/shops. The one of the shelf in a phone booth reminds me of the great Pop-Up library sitting on a demolished site just outside the Chch CBD. They took a pub fridge with glass doors and made it a weather proof borrow and replace library. Barbadoes Street I think. I don't even live in Christchurch anymore and I've been twice!
Right, now serious question. .. Is The Listener opening their book-club up to people not on Facebook??
I only had the FB link - but as you can see from this link it will not be confined to FB
maybe we shd start a thread to discuss it here ????? anyone
Quote of the day:
" I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book."
Only just catching up now, but have to say- love that Listener Book Club thing that starts tomorrow. Ill probably follow it through facebook, and hope to score a free bookmark somehow as they look cool.
maybe you could host any discussion of the LBC (Listener Book Club) here Alex? I dont know how many people will want in on it anyway....The Listener being NZ and all...
>62 shame on me I havent even been to the book exchange library, that's IT, Im going tomorrow! Will take some quality literature to swap :)
eta: here's a link to the book exchange http://www.gapfiller.org.nz/gap-7-think-differently-book-exchange/
Just to report back on my promise of yesterday to visit the temporary book exchange....I came good and actually went and wasn't disappointed. I collected:
Perfect Lives Polly Samson (short stories)
Postcards from Surfers by Helen Garner (short stories)
Tethered by Amy MacKinnon (was on my WL!)
Sophie's Legacy by Lesley Elliot (one I'd considered buying!)
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards
At Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Everything and Nothing by Araminta Hall
Lord Byron An Anthology (a teeny tiny hardcover book)
I get the feeling I went at the right time as most of the others were ratty and dusty.
Nice - just in time for the weather bomb...... plenty of reading to done on the weekend.
Did the weather bomb affect you? It looked pretty nasty on the news. Missed us, it was just a poxy southerly here.
Hit Auckland, but not that bad, but today the sun has returned ....... apparently we shd be happy abt this, here I was thinking Autumn had finally made an appearance, but seems I need to wait a little bit longer :)
Loving Bookmooch picked up 2 Iain Banks in last week - 1st one arrived tonight - free books are great!
My God what the hell is a weather bomb? You two shouldn't scare me too much as I will be over your way very soon! Have a great weekend Alex weather and your dismal bowling performance in the SAf 2nd innings notwithstanding.
Don't worry it is unusual - but can happen in the changing seasons - This should explain all : http://blog.metservice.com/2012/03/the-bomb/
Not sure if anything can help our cricket team, esp when they think the bowling was not dismal ....
Completing books have been light on the ground in recent weeks, sadly 12 hour days don't work well with reading books ...... even more so now that I leave for work in the dark now - no more reading at the bus stop.
Despite my new exercise-movement regime I will have my feet up with a book tonight after visiting the podiatrist
you know you are in trouble when they start digging into your feet rather than just scraping .... hence I will be hobbling round for the next few days.
on a lighter note went to ring my mum on her birthday this morning only to discover someone had forgotten & was wondering why one had all these messages on the voicemail ..... at this point I asked her jokingly if I should be picking up the forms to have her committed under the mental health act :) ..... esp since I gave someone their birthday present on the Sunday only 2 days ago
Alex keep your feet up - I suppose it is with all the running behind the sofa as the Black Cap wickets fall!
Bittersweet story about your Mum - is she still in Oldham?
Hope the foot-digging went OK? Sounds fairly traumatising.
I thought the term weather bomb was a media line, but apparently is a bona fide meteorological phenomenon.
Black caps - tempting as it is to string the team up by their unmentionables - Really how can you defend 185 all out in a Test match! without admitting to some level of incompetence ....... today is a day I appreciate not having skytv at work!
My mum is in Auckland albeit the other side of the city, in her mid 70's just starting to have the odd dotty moment .... as always there is plenty of banter between us of the good hearted kind!
Well my feet are better today, the treatment sounds worse that it is, along with the electric sanding :) my doing this today means the next 6 months will be relatively pain free & I won't turn into a cripple ......
Cheers to that (not turning into a cripple that is)
*Not talking about Black Caps*
Okay, I should know by better by this unseemly age to try reading short stories again ...... it does seem I enjoy pain some days
on a better note back reading bit of sic-fi Embassytown though am tempted to read the free Kindle download The Zona but I think we know Embassytown will win! - maybe some Ian Banks next......
Not a fan of the short story? Which authors have you tried? What was wrong with them?
I like Richard Fords collection, Owen Marshall, and Helen Garners ones. Still have to get to Yann Martel, A Good Scent FRom a Strange Mountain (won a Pulitzer, must be something in it?), and The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories.
"What was wrong with them?" .....well they were short
Sorry had to do that ! - truth be told I like to lose myself in a book & short stories even a book of them don't do that
Like your reason for disliking short stories although I would have thought the opposite was in fact the case.
Enough Patrick Rhone -
"What is enough? Enough is a very personal metric. Like our center of gravity, each of us must find what is enough by swaying from less to more until a comfortable medium is found. The goal, then, is not to find what is, or will be, enough forever. That is impossible. The goal is to discover the tools and strategies you need to find what is enough for you right now and provide the flexibility to adjust as the conditions change. enough is the new book from Patrick Rhone, author of "Keeping It Straight" and the creator of MinimalMac.com."
Very much a gem & one that will have you rethinking choices - insight - which can't be a bad thing - change is the only constant in life - some great essays especially like the one on fear.
check this out - its crazy good :
Damit the weekend has almost ended just as I have really sunk into embassytown which with my current work schedule means only a few chances to pop into the book before the weekend, never mind only 5 days to before I have a week off work - ... then its Easter so extra long weekend to boot !!! yay there are some benefits to judeo-christion holidays.
So my Pre-Birthday book splurge via Bookdepository has started:
Stonemouth Iain Banks
In the Beginning...Was the Command Line Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
My pre order of This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You Jon Mcgregor sh arrive abt the same time
Nice bag - shd keep me out of mischief since I know I will most probably get chocolate this year ......
Great idea for your birthday, interesting bunch of books too. Liked the vid in #84.
Happy birthday, Alex .....I take it your pre-birthday means that the big day is imminent. I hope to get to your shores soon. Any chance of a meet up if I can make it to Auckland on my truncated trip?
Thanks all actual Birthday is not till next weekend ( Easter weekend) hence the chocolate comment :) - so there may be more book buying
Paul if you make it to Auckland am sure we can make a meet up happen .....
Cover art to my new short story - TC McCarthy
You have written the short story?
Artwork looks very dramatic, hang on a minute, dont you detest the short story, or is that just the reading of them?
See this is what happens when your milk is tainted for your tea in the morning!
Sorry very bad mistype ....... not mine but I love the art work on this new book
haha! Roundballnz is actually TC McCarthy! That'll go viral now :)
Embassytown - just finished brilliant book - even if you don't like Sci-fi - you will love it
"Language is a virus"
Go read it now .......
2 days into my week off already feeling the benefits - especially as its all unplanned ...... not too much spending either - only new DOC's & new Piercing (Tragus to match my other one - will go back to get the rooks done in a couple of weeks) -
So another book buying session wouldn't be wrong - right ?
BTW if you haven't already got The Prague Cemetery on your TBR pile I think it should be - currently up there with 1Q84 or better .....
Alex - you are making me so envious with your reading choices, I'm so stuck in the middle of the mediocre The Dovekeepers right now and the only thing keeping me sane is that my current audiobook is Kafka on the Shore which I'm so loving.
Definitely agree that buying books is a nice way to fill your current time off..that and reading of course. The piercings sound....interesting?
I have to read a batch of YA and children's fiction to fit an 'Islands' booklist theme so more Murakami, Mieville, Eco must wait...
"The piercings sound....interesting?" LoL!! - Don't worry nothing below the navel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earring
Yes I think more books will be coming my way ..... not a bad addiction I think!
Alex - I am not going to make it to the North Island this time but I look forward to a return visit to your beautiful country sometime in the very near future. 100 posts up mate congratulations.
Don't worry Paul, South island can be stunning (as advised elsewhere here ) at this time of year ......
Something for us to take delight & remember .......
Okay today really is a reading day - perfect Good friday - chocolate & books & its a sunny day!
>104: That's a pretty good list, only ...
Having known a person who had a car accident while reading and driving, I'd all "almost" to right #7.
Considering how bad the driving is down here, that is one trend I would not want to start .......
Can't beat Auckland on a stunning late summers day - yes its from my backyard - well not quite but near enough :)
Hmmm I quite like ti idea of a Reading Diary, not great at reviews as am prone to saying one word when others will stake 50, all this despite having a love of words!
The Prague Cemetery about 3/4 the way through, all being well will finish tonight/tomorrow.... But I don't really want it to ....
Another impressive outing by Umberto Eco a great a romp thru Europe 1885-1905 for those who know their history, will still be a great read for others, but they may be left disturbed.....
I have got one tragus pierced Alex, but it was done so long ago, and in England, that I dont remember how much it cost. How much is it these days?
How's your holiday budget gone, blown out? Oh well, back to work then.... ;)
Tragus piercings go for about $70.00 a pop these days - not that expensive really - you would spend more going out to the football or movies ...
Holiday Budget .... mmmm didn't really have one if you get my drift, so therefore I haven't officially blown it..... back to work Tuesday, Birthday tomorrow so more chocolate no doubt !
But I am ready to go back to work, been a good impulsive week off .... that said will probably find an excuse to start the working week with a breakfast meeting so can ease myself back in..... am a lucky sod in that I do enjoy my job
If you are not already listening to this podcast i recommend having a gander .....
Back to work tomorrow - now there must be a excuse - sorry reason for starting the day with a breakfast meeting ..... before I start the 100's of emails I know will be there!
Surprise Surprise guess what I got for my Birthday - chocolate!
Hi Alex - I don't work, but I'm also starting my week with a breakfast meeting - 7am in Newmarket. At least I can drive in/out of the city listening to an audiobook.
Enjoy your chocolate and hope you had a great birthday.
Yes well the other attendee got stuck in Gisborne with plane delays ..... never mind will have the meeting tomorrow :)
despite reading till 2am didn't quite finish the book - but have tonight
In the Beginning...was the Command Line turned up tonight I think will read that for a bit of light relief ....
The Prague Cemetery is a good solid book but not one to rave about, unless you are a history nut, then you may love the fact the book brings history alive as a story, unfortunately the story is not always what we wish for ...
just as i was finishing In the beginning...was The command line with the full intent of starting next This isn't the sort of thing that happens to someone like you as I love Jon McGregor stuff - The Song of Achilles turns up in my mailbox dam very hard decisions - reckon will read both!
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! New books thanks to Book depository - best thing to find after a long day at work ...
I'm curious.....what did you get? I've broken down and ordered The Song of Achilles. I find Fishpond.co.nz quite good as they use both bookdepository sites and offer free shipping, they also source NZ and Australian titles.
Yeah, I go direct to book depository (UK) site - generally if I want a NZ Book I will go to a local indie (Brick & Mortar) bookshop .....
My arrivals were my previously mentioned buys ..... delayed gratification I think you call it :)
Thanks Alex for saving me so much money - I'm typing as fast as I can so I can ditch the threads and get over to Book Depository!
This isn't the sort of thing that happens to someone like you another great book from jon McGregor - won't be a four star from me only because I struggle with the short story form - funnily enough the novella is fine esp if it sits in the sic fi genre .... loved Pump six - bizarre how the human mind works some days
but now for The song of achilles
Paul - you & me both - suspect will be having another book splurge
Alex - hope you have a great weekend mate and that you manage to control the mouse sufficiently to keep you solvent.
Hi Alex, >112 podcast? what's that? (I jest of course, although only partially)
Hmmm if podcasts counted as books then I would have reached 75 books already !!! I may have a slight problem .....
Oh yes, I saw this mentioned on someone's thread last year but it hadn't been translated to English at the time, I think they read the Dutch translation. Anyway they raved.
128 - Thanks it does look great - books like this make me wish I was multilingual but languages seem impossible for me despite my love of words ......
Snap I finished The Song of Achilles this week ( well Monday so bit late) - Nothing more to say BUT GO READ THIS .....
Now must go read the classics of the ancient world ..... I think my TBR pile is about to fall must run ....
Saw Painter of Silence in the bookstore today, (its Orange prize season) looked a good read was wondering f there were any reviews thoughts on the book, but I also saw A small circus which also looks tantalisingly good .... but there are too many books on my wish list HHhH still being considered ...... also Gillespie & I
Painter of Silence seems to be the Orange Prize shortlisted book that has received the least attention in the Orange January/July group. I noticed that two people have read it, including AnneDC, and both liked it. I have it on my Kindle, and I plan to read it this month.
My old man died tonight - RIP - Naturally will be missing for awhile or not ......
I'm very sorry to hear about your father's death, Alex. I hope to see you here again soon.
What? Alex, are you serious?
That is terrible news. I hope you are OK.
Yes I am serious, family deaths are no joking matters, both my brothers are in a bit of an emotional mess , but am the more more practical one with damaged wiring when it comes to emotional stuff ... what every family needs in a crisis :)
all good though - play nicely while I am away - no throwing sand in the sandpit :)
Yesterday was a great reminder about how proud am of my Dad not many people will donate their body to science
My Brother has set-up a running/walking challenge in his memory feel free to join in:
Im so sorry for you Alex, and glad you can be a rock for your brothers. You all must be reeling. Ill keep checking in with you for your return. ((hugs))
coming up for air today, today is the first day I have not spent full time with my brother (high functioning cerebral palsy-autism)
I will feel a lot better once we find a flat ( even in the Auckland rental market) till then - we will do our best.
Dam hard going thru stuff deciding what to keep & what not & what to defer for another day - but also to laugh at the funny stuff as well - like hope many pairs of nail clippers does one need ? you would laugh if I told you how many I have found :)
Alex - sounds like a trying time. Good luck with the flat hunt. I've been busy attending various Auckland Writers Festival events and slightly losing touch with reality.
Alex - belatedly as you realised getting to your thread after a hectic week - please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dad - had he been ill or was it totally unexpected? Cannot express how proud you ought to be making out for your siblings and trying to get by with a half smile when you must be hurting terribly. Take care mate and I'm sure everything will work out for you.
Alex, I am so saddened to learn of your loss. I am greatly impressed that your father chose to leave his body to science. I wish I had known him. He was clearly an extraordinary man.
Thanks guys, really appreciate your thoughts, Richard you are right he is an extraordinary man ....
It must be an emotional slog going through your fathers things, but as you say, lots of fun memories too. I cant imagine all that it entails. Keep up what is obviously a good thing that you are doing for/with your family.
I'm very sorry to read the news about your father. I hope the flat-hunting is going ok this week and you're getting a bit of time to yourself.
Lady luck smiled at me today - got the flat i viewed on Wed night ( it was worth being out in the cold/rain) - only downside is that will be paying for 2 -3 Flats for 2 weeks ( mine, Brothers/Dads & the new one !) - but that is worth it for the peace of mind.
10 mins from work, gym, supermarket, vege shop, & 2 mins from buses.... yay me!
might even find time to read this weekend ...... wouldn't that luxury be nice
Woo, just found out about your losing your dad, Alex. So sorry to hear it! It must be hard. There are so many memories about the people who raise us.
Glad Lady Luck found a smile for you and you got the flat you wanted. Hope you're finding some weekend time to read and relax - I'm sure you could use that.
‘Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.’ ~Lao Tzu
Alex - well done on sorting out the flat - hope your weekend is restful and that Lao Tzu's philosophy keeps you grounded!
So pleased that you have found a flat, especially one in a convenient location. Love that quote too.
Great news that you've found a flat, and I like the quote too. (Which is exactly what Kerry said above but I did think of it myself!)
Inspired by Richard's review - re read 'Covehithe' ..... it is a goodie
Yup that quote is a keeper - whether it was lady luck or Karma I am over the moon about getting the flat .... Thanks
Hi ALex, good news to get the flat sorted
One less thing to stress about hey? :)
Yeah next thing you know I will actually read the books ........ strange world we live in
6 boxes of books & I still have another bookcase & a bit to go ..... I may have a book problem
Yea, but the boxes are ones that originally had washing machines in them.
Hahahaha - I could not comment on the size of the 11 boxes ......
OMG I think I my find time to read today ....... shifting on Thursday - & Saturday - then we can get some normality back into our lives ......
Alex - I hope your move went smoothly and that your books are sorted out already.
If I understand the time difference correctly, which I doubt I do, it should be Saturday there when you see this message. Has all gone well?
Time zone assistant checking in - it's Friday night. Alex, I hope the move has gone well too!
Friday night! Woohoo, and I am leaving the house for once. Hope yours is good too Alex, and that moving goes well over this, the Queens Birthday long weekend. God Save the Queen. (or whatever)
(I cant get sent to the tower for that these days can I?)
Thanks the move/s went well & we are both in the new flat - lets just say we appreciate having a garage for all the excess stuff we need to divulge ourselves of....
Books on the bookshelves but need to be sorted ..... but sky/broadband working so all is well in world
Just checking in and glad to see that you are all settled and books unpacked. Enjoy your evening.
> 177 exactly - believe its getting panned by reviewers though ...... but won't red them
"After an absence of five years, Ian Rankin and the Orion Publishing Group announced today the return of "one of the most beguiling characters in the history of crime fiction" (The Times) - Detective Inspector John Rebus.
The new novel, which sees Rebus' return, is entitled Standing in Another Man's Grave and will be published as both hardback and eBook in November 2012."
OMG I actually managed to finish a book life must be getting some normality back in it ....
Inversions not considered One of Bank's culture books but it really is if you read the layers - good one
Loving al these lists everyone is listing ...... funny to think what were actually reading in the 80's /90's etc versus what was published & we have found later ......
Okay should be back to my previous visiting levels from now on ...
Here is one you should all appreciate:
One of my old man when is was younger - ghostly identical to my Brother - if you didn't know you would think it was him!
Cold Sunday Morning & I was application testing at work - at least its a beautiful day .....
Pic of your dad was awesome, and the tree-vs-e book comparo made me smile.
>183 it is freaky seeing younger versions of the older ones in our lives that look so much like others. Ghostly identical is a good description.
Application testing? Is that a computer thingy?
Hahaha - yes - its a computer thingy ..... little bit geek thats me :)
I should be prepping for the interview tomorrow but instead am playing on the web & watching the Euro football match replay from this morning ...... & maybe buying books
All that sounds like a lot more fun than prepping for an interview. Sensible. Especially the "buying books" part.
True that! - am more a "fly by the seat of my pants" type of guy not really a prepper .....
I think it's a skill employers value in certain jobs. Fair fortune on the day!
By the way, Alex, it's great to see the high ratings up top for 1Q84. I found it mesmerizing. It was hard to adjust to reading something different when I was done.
Adjustment period definitely a must ......
Interview went dam well, now to wait to hear if get the call back for testing/second interview.
>197 couldnt see anything on the link you posted
Hope you get some good news soon.....
A few days of quiet over here mate - hope all is well and that you'll have a great weekend.
Yeah been really quiet - work has been mad & am trying to get into the exercise habit ( despite the complaints from my back) ... hope to get a few pages of reading tonight
don't think its possible to catch up on all the posts !!!
No one can ever catch up on all the posts! it's the curse of the chatty class.
What kind of exercise are you getting into - dont say running, please, you know that is bad for your joints :)
(I only say that as the idea of me running is a travesty)
don't worry me & running don't get on well either ..... I leave that to my brother who has the perfect runners build ....
I am more of a gym-weights-circuit type of guy - plug in my earphones & shut out the world for awhile :)
work colleague fell over themselves in shock when advised i was alive in 72 - only for me to admit to being a sixties baby ...... not sure if its my peter pan attitude to life or i just look good ????!!!
Now Paul is mentioning Jon Pertwee ......
We are a similar age Alex. I was born in 1966 just after England won the world cup. Cannot really remember the first two Doctor Whos but Pertwee and Baker were an integral part of my growing up years.
yes we share a similar vintage ..... think my weakness for Petree relates to Worzel Gummidge as well ....any childhood without Worzel is deprived
So still not spent the prezzy card from work - important question shd I buy another pair of Docs or splurge on Nike frees ? of course there is the obvious question of books .....
Shoes *bah* Buy books! They cost the earth in NZ so spend some surprise money on them.
>104 No one can ever catch up on all the posts! it's the curse of the chatty class from RD - I love it! So true.
>210 Books sounds right to me, too. :-) Of course, sometimes going barefoot can be a problem . . .
btw kiwis see Tongariro is showing signs of life again -
Alex- hope your weekend has erupted in just the manner you want it to if you'll pardon the heavy handed pun. Books over shoes any time.
Books True but this card can't be used online & most of the books on mine on "I want it now list" are not in the shops ......
New NZ book blog for those interested : http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/blogs/reading-is-bliss
More importantly for the NZ book addicts - Did you see this – price comparator in NZ$ - http://www.bookish.co.nz/home/Index
Okay I now have bronchitis - really not amused probably was caused my the crap air con at work as well ...:)
good excuse to watch TV esp with the Olympics being on cycling, rowing, now athletics - very impressed with the weightlifting as well - the 94kg group this morning - more than impressive !
anyway came across this blog this week thought you will all love : http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com
Love the library blog! Hope you are recovering ok, I watched almost the entire coverage of the LA Olympics way back when, I had an enforced bedrest order due to broken leg bones.
Alex - hope you will bronchially be back to normal soon. Weightlifing? - I could do with some of their muscles to move around my book collection from time to time.
Heading back to feeling human today ......
Book Buys: picked up Pure via bookdepository had a good deal under $10.00
must be feeling better managed to pick back up reading & finished Matter today - bit a of door stopper in length still a thought provoking read as always with the 'culture' books ....
Still in Sci-fi mood so picked up Ready player one before I go & read the last 'culture' book surface detail .... want to read it this year as believe there is another one coming out this year ......
>216 I saw that on the blogs list today and thought to myself....is that new? I hadn't seen that one before. My friend does the film blog from the same Stuff site. His current blog discusses the Star Wars film we watched together last weekend *famous by association*
Glad youre feeling a tad better now, the lurgie has headed north it seems. Sorry bout that :)
I am only 102 messages behind on your thread, Alex :)
I loved Ready Player One. I hope you enjoy it. I also hope you are on the mend!
Also enjoyed Ready Player One this year, although I'm a little older than the target audience.
#227: Glad to see that you enjoyed Ready Player One as much as I did, Alex!
Off to see what kind of reader I am. . .
Alex - I love the link. I guess I am somewhere between the Bookophile and the Multi-tasker.
Have a great weekend mate.
Love this for believers & non-beleivers alike .....
The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs.
Makes perfect sense..."
Okay finally got round to spending the prezzy card from work on books ( with a slight divergence to replenish my black T-shirts)
Umbrella Will Self
Sweet Tooth Ian McEwan
Communion Town Sam Thompson
The Swerve Stephen Greenblatt
NW Zadie Smith
Nice splurge - always good when you are spending gift $$$ - as these need to be brick & Mortar shopping it was spent in Indie Books .... my bit to keep Book sellers afloat for another week :)
Was tempted by Morality, Christopher Hitchens which doesn't seem to be on LT or I have got the Title wrong .....
Some strong purchases there mate and nice to see you out and about here again. Have a great weekend.
Ummm the confessions of a bookaholic - just saw Banks's new book is just about to be released I may/may not have pre-ordered .. The Hydrogen Sonata .....
I think we all know I did go for Banks .....
Tonights 3 hour power cut was all the more frustrating after having bought books I could not read ......
Always, always, always have an emergency (reading) lantern. Always.
>231 Hah! I love it, Alex. I'm a Multi-tasker, with a hippie, free love approach to books, and an occasional episode of Book Snob and Hopelessly Devoted. Borderline, It's Complicated. :-)
On your list, I'm partial to The Swerve. Lucretius - who knew? Not me.
> 240 - very true thats what candles are for - except when you need to share them .....
> 241 - Its complicated would sum me up as well ..... lets say I don't fit into boxes well :)
Since I have not read any books that you just bought, Alex, I am hoping that you like them all so that you can pass on some good recommendations to me :)
Congrats on the haul, BTW!
>235 great haul, that must have cost you a fair bit (in vouchers!)
Im a fan of Christopher Hitches too, sad to hear he died recently.
ahhh, you found the touchstone! Off to peek...
eta : I think I could be a Delayed Onset Reader #1. (from your quiz)
245 > hmm a good assertion - but then vouchers are to have fun with are they not !!?? - since these are supposedly to compensate for all the extra work i have done to stop my department imploding ......
The world is a lesser place without Hitchens - to many today have lost the ability to think & articulate ...
247 > Me too! since why its on pre -order .....
Been informally offered a new job ( waiting on the formal offering) - analyst role but in a operational department which is more my thing - still waiting on the external role so could have two Job opportunities by the end of the week ...... there is light at the end of the tunnel :)
which means a happier me & more time to read books - yay!
Woot! Congratulations on the light at the end of the tunnel, Alex. I hope the job works out for you!!
Hi Alex, any job news yet?
Too busy with your feet up reading, I guess.
Im ok with that.
Hahahaha - no such luck been out of town for work the last few days ......... my brain is now fried :)
+ another Family death ..... I think a reading cubby-hole is required
Alex - so sorry that your good news regarding the job front has been tempered by more bereavement. Best wishes mate.
I'll have to step up my scifi reading next year as the latest Peter F. Hamilton looks interesting as well.
Hmmm Peter F Hamilton is one of those Authors I have missed, but always meant to read - advice on where/what to start??
I think you could start with anything by him, his older books are fairly easy to get hold of, though this latest one is a stand alone read and sounds really good. My only complaint is that they're all such big books. I've just finished Pandora's Star and will move on to Judas Unchained before the end of year. I've also read his Night's Dawn trilogy and the Greg Mandel books.
Alex - I hope that what is left of your weekend is treating you well.
>256 I hadnt heard of the Hitchens book Mortality, I really really want to read it so I guess you were right over on my thread. You have hit me fair and square with a big old book bullet!
Were you prompted to read it (in one sitting) because of your recent loss? Sorry to hear that you have to go through that again so soon. Its hardly fair is it.
261 > good question, I had heard of the book from couple of friends/acquaintances who do the blogger thing & absolutely love anything Hitchens writes, has an amazing way with language, you might not always agree with him, but his talent to communicate you can't, he is one jewel in our age. but think my ability to connect was connected to the losses even if i don't really process emotional stuff the way most people do .....
This year has not been easy that is for sure - hears to a better year & one that involves more books read next year :)
Alex - trust that you are looking forward positively to a grand year ahead. Keep your chin up mate and enjoy a few good books! Have a great weekend to start off with.
Back spasms how I missed you - but rather your company than love handles etc ...... voltaren is my friend the penance for an overactive life maybe :)
so the rest of today will be spent reading .... yes next year will be grand !
More back spasms, I hope not? Or simply in a quiet phase? Come home, Alex, all is forgiven!
Alex - hope the back is not giving you gip and that the drugs are not necessary either.
Voltaren? eurgh. Made me get the runs (too much info? sorry), I preferred Vioxx back in the day, before I found out it gave you heart attacks. The over the counter anti inflams arent bad either.
Hope the back eases up on you!
Back is slowly coming right ( ie its good till abt mid-afternoon) ....
Megan - am with you Voltaren is evil on the stomach hence why I take i t very very very reluctantly - more a fan of my own created massage oils (Lavender & Rosemary) which makes me sound like a hippy!
I am slowly coming back here - just been away from a home a lot for work in last few weeks - now to catch up on all your posts ...... agghhhh
my advice? Dont even try and catch up. It is a fruitless endeavour. :)
Unless, do you have a week off work and an uncanny ability to sit at a computer for the whole time? lol
Megan - easily done just need a wet/windy Sunday ( where the rain is horizontal) ..... actually was catching up on here/blogs/emails ..... the delete button is a good thing.
Finished God is not great it had been on my TBR for far to long, well worth the read ...... might push some uncomfortable buttons if you are religiously inclined, but not in the OTT way Dawkins does.
Now onto Sweet Tooth I know McEwan is not everyone's cup of tea - but really enjoying this one totally draws you in & you are there with the narrator - give it a try even if you are not a fan .... Now off to finish while I enjoy the rest of the long weekend.
Alex I have God is not great on my Kindle - glad you liked it. Nice to see you back posting!
Well Finished Sweet Tooth tonight - definitely a 4star plus read - can I convince those who are not fans of McEwan to give this a try .... well its not my job but i would give it a go you just maybe surprised this one is up there with hist best ......
Next read .... well The Hydrogen Sonata arrived this week despite my TBR pile suspect it will be the next read ... especialy with a rainy Sunday coming our way :)
You would have thought it was summer today ....... fallen into Why Orwell Matters its a bit lighter than a hardback ...even if the reading is a tad heavier ....
1st ice cream of summer today :)
Hi Alex! Sweet Tooth is already waiting for me on my shelves. I'm glad to see your positive rating of the book - I think I will move it up on my to-read-list! ...and where I live we are waiting for the first snow which is expected for today. :)
Wandering in to Timeout ( my fav bookstore) and came across The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom - looks a fantastic book
Hope it was better than the last one, don't think I was really into going thru history of political theory ......
Yes I have been hit & miss here recently - back is still playing up went to the doc & am now waiting on test results - lets hope is nothing a bit of physio won't fix.
For those who love things Tolkien & Hobbit - check out the airnz video its rather clever .....
downloaded Kindle version - heres a vote for paper books much easier in paper then you can refer to the maps !
Its definitely summer here, a nor'wester and a howling one at that. No icecreams for me today though, just coffee to get me through :)
want to swap that for 100% humidity ???? ..... yes summer has arrived - looking a like a long dry one up north this time
I dont do humidity. All sweat and no fun :(
Good luck with the dry summer up there? :)
The Time Keeper was definitely a gem .... while a simple story its one with great depth & will make you rethink about the value of time & time spent if you don't already .... well worth a read.
Hope that your weekend has been fine Alex and that you can enjoy what is left of it.
Hi Alex...after being freezing cold for a powerless week here, I am a little envious of your summer.
Only a little, though.
Alex - hoping your weekend is going well over there in sunny (?) NZ.
It was a beaut day yesterday ... not a cloud in the sky
Trying to get thru NW not really loving it - think the reason is that I want to be reading sci-fi - Iain Banks latest is calling my name or maybe its a dud .....
I hear if you persevere with NW it gets better.....according to Darryl (Kidzdoc) anyway :)
But if Banks is calling....who are you to ignore him?
Great visit to the physio today came out having a better idea of what is going on with the back - Acupuncture to start ....
seems as i thought I have pulled/torn tendons around my lower lumbar - the bad part is that all the muscles around the rest of my back have gone into protection mode which has made the problem so much more worse :)
Another session Friday - until then behave myself
Megan I think you are right this book will reward if I persevere .........
NW well I finished it , lets say it won't go down as one of the best books read this year ........
oh, bummer. Maybe perseverance wasnt what was needed in your case. damn, I was interested in reading it too. And I still will once I come across it cheap or free*
*disclaimer...this is no slight on the author, I always look for cheap or free as my price of choice ;)
The middle is okay just the beginning 100 pages & the last ........
after the experience I need something a bit more ......... Ship breaker methinks
On board with Ship Breaker! It's my current read. Well, one of 'em, since I layer my reading.
Well I thought the physio trying to get my back joints back to normal was a tad painful ( but so worth it) ...... but have just seen the cricket score & am beyond words at the new depths they have reached.
& people wonder why I claim my English heritage when it comes to cricket - while you never know what will come out of the bag, it never seems as bad as NZ. ...... I blame it on the pajama party!
"Oh, by the way, according to the Transport Agency it's not a flyover - it's a "slimline elevated street". George Orwell would be proud!"
American city planners had a conniption when the term "flyover" flew over here. "They are OVERPASSES and that's all they are is OVERPASSES so don't call 'em no fancy flyovers they're OVERPASSES."
I make it a point to call them "flyovers" at all times now.
Feeling rather anti-social today, despite it still being November it's work Xmas function tonight ( Far to dam early....) ..... but have bailed & will be watching cricket & reading .... lot more appealing than making boring chit-chat about inane subjects
lol, I always felt the same about xmas functions. My gym has one tonight and I'm staying home to get past the halfway mark on my current scifi read.
I heard a rumour that the black caps did something good?
What's the guff up there Alex? Any window rattling or roof twitching? I hope you arent blown away, it sounds a tad scary!
Yeah tropical storm season up here - been expecting the downpour for a few days but the tornado was an unexpected bonus ! .... lucky most have escaped unharmed ( were a couple of very unlucky deaths with those sheltering getting hit by concrete slabs).
But its tis the season & won't be the last
I just heard that! Those tilt slab concrete constructions always look so dodgy half-finished. And I cant say Ive seen many imaginative looking completed buildings either. A pretty random tornado huh? Terrible that there are deaths, you just dont expect that here (in NZ).
Alex I'm glad you're ok - got a real shock to hear about the deaths.
Going for Railsea next ..... Just the thing methinks has the look of brilliance about it ...
Well finished my first semi-real workout in a couple of months this afternoon ... still no real pain so all the physio is working .... Happy Happy joy joy!
& my Bro did a PB on his duathalon this morning
Now lets try not to finish the home-made fudge in record time!
Right now I wish I had never heard the word Book Depository, or more to the point the incompetent idiot I having to deal with ... Seems despite me updating my new home address in my account at BD, they were still using an old address for shipping from paypal ( this is somehow my fault !) .... having confirmed the fault, I am informed they will not resend the books for another 6 weeks when they have been returned ...... and it goes on ...... still trying to get them to make sure the order they have not dispatched goes to the correct address ..... its almost enough to send me to e-books & Amazon!!!!!.
I really don't need this crap with all that is going on at work ....... a nice cold calming almond magnum is in order methinks
Oh that is really annoying! You could switch to Fishpond, they use BD but you deal with a NZ business & free shipping. Prices are same and about the same shipping time usually.
Aaagh Alex that is really annoying. Kerry I didn't know that - I've used Fishpond for a couple of toys. I still like BookDepository but only until I have a problem like Alex's...
Thanks ...... problem is the BD prices are so much better ..... but if I buy less & use the library more it wouldn't be a problem something to ponder
So lucky that my work lets us have 1 day off a year to do charity or volunteer work! Spent this morning wrapping Christmas presents for the kids with cancer who will be in hospital on Christmas day. Such a worthwhile way to spend a Friday!
Hmmmm still thinking about this short story challenge RD put up - thinking for me next year would like to read more sci-fi - so will probably make my short stories sic-fi - found this list ( this is why google is our friend) http://scifilists.sffjazz.com/lists_short_stories.html
Of course in a couple of weeks I will have changed my mind - my only goal is to read more next year - been rather quiet last 2 years - once I find & move into my own place all will be well in the world again :)
seems I am not the only one with issues with BD :
Alex thanks for that link - I hadn't seen it. I ordered 3 books for the kids on Nov 27 and am not expecting them to turn up in time for Christmas after reading that.
No worries - hope yours still arrive in time for the kids joy .....
Not received your books from BD - check this out ".......backlog of approximately 12,000 items was discovered at Auckland Airport....."
Don't ask me how you just find 12,000 missing books ...... but your missing Xmas books may not be lost
Last 'real work' day of the year, late afternoon the weather warnings started to come in appears whats left of cyclone evan will hit NZ on Xmas ...... or perhaps the world is ending !!?? as all the nutbags will have us believe
now you wouldn't believe the storm is about to hit with 27C+ Temps....
That does NOT sound like Santa-friendly weather! I hope the weatherguessers are wrong this time, Alex, and that you have a very calm and cool Yuletide.
323> No it was not Santa friendly weather .... still wet today - which means guilt free day of reading !
Finished Railsea Just WOW - one of the best if not actually my best book read this year - how to describe it hmmmm " ...It is part fantasy, part dystopian, a smattering of steampunk and science fiction" Moby dick with rails, a complete world which is recognizable but not our own .... once there you will not want to come out.
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories - I have outdone myself in doorstoppers here - may have been a better idea to buy the kindle version ........ still looks fantastic!
You know that's what i love about China all his books are stand alone & don't really require to have read earlier books .... just a thought .... :)
also finished Standing in another man's grave yesterday - must say Rankin does get better with age much like Rebus one of his best yet.....
I gotmy Book Depository kids book that I ordered 3 weeks ago (ish). Ive never had probs with them, and am sorry to hear you have been gifting books to your old address!! I hope it is sorted asap for you.
Have you still got the remnants of Cyclone Evan? My sis is in the Coromandel and has been getting wet, but at least its still hot up there. We have had crappy last few days and now looking like getting near 30 deg! YAY Paddling pool is up and I am threatening to fill it with Lindeau and drinking my way out ;)
PS I like the almond Magnum best too :)
Hey, think we have finally got rid of the remnants of 'Evan' today is the first sunny day with no sign of any rain ..... the sun lovers will be very happy forecast for a hot new years as well :)
Hmmm that paddling pool adventure could be just the ticket for new years ...... if you were so inclined :)
hehe, I am so inclined. I tell you, a good cheap imitation champagne and me get on very well in summer time :)
Bit of fun Tis the season China Miéville where everything Christmas has been trademarked .......
If I don't come back here tonight ( yes I am working today on new years eve) Have an excellent New Years whatever you may be doing ......
Happy New year Alex.
See you around on the 2013 threads.
(have fun working tonight....if you can)
Alex - Thanks for all your visits to my place in the last year. Sorry that you have to work tonight but I sincerely hope that it presages a wonderful 2013 for you and yours!
Had to work all day - was soo quiet it won't be needed anymore - which leaves me in a quandary abt what to do with myself tonight ..... plenty of time for that
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