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Forum: General Chat 20th Sep 2003, 14:37
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Posted By Nabokov
37, although my early years of Roald Dahl...

37, although my early years of Roald Dahl probably bumped that up to look better than it is. That said, I have never touched a Harry Potter novel (or Pratchett).

Another five or so are on my 'to...
Forum: General Chat 20th Sep 2003, 13:49
Replies: 26
Views: 4,179
Posted By Nabokov
John - as I know your feelings on John Carey,...

John - as I know your feelings on John Carey, what did you think about his comments re Mark Haddon being left off the shortlist?
From the Guardian:
But it was the exclusion of Mark Haddon's The...
Forum: General Chat 17th Sep 2003, 19:12
Replies: 26
Views: 4,179
Posted By Nabokov
I have to admit that funds are not stretching to...

I have to admit that funds are not stretching to Yellow Dog at the mo... anyone know the paperback release date?
Forum: General Chat 16th Sep 2003, 22:51
Replies: 26
Views: 4,179
Posted By Nabokov
I can't remember where I read it, but apparently...

I can't remember where I read it, but apparently this is the most women ever on a Booker shortlist.

I would say Ali too, but it's always hard to bet against Atwood (mind you, I thought the same of...
Forum: General Chat 16th Sep 2003, 19:33
Replies: 26
Views: 4,179
Posted By Nabokov
I'm a bit gutted that Mart isn't there, but...

I'm a bit gutted that Mart isn't there, but pleased that Coetzee isn't. Sisters are doing it for themselves, eh?
Forum: General Chat 10th Sep 2003, 19:16
Replies: 39
Views: 4,450
Posted By Nabokov
I think that Ulysses should only be read in the...

I think that Ulysses should only be read in the normal fashion, i.e. cover to cover, if you're studying it.

I love [/i]Ulysses[/i], but I dip in and out of it, like a series of short stories or...
Forum: General Chat 10th Sep 2003, 1:19
Replies: 8
Views: 2,258
Posted By Nabokov
Youmightjustlikeit, I'm not a great fan of...

Youmightjustlikeit, I'm not a great fan of Kingsley's it has to be said (the funniest bits of Kingsley I have read are in Experience) but I have to hand it to you, if you reckon you and your...
Forum: Book Reviews 8th Sep 2003, 23:43
Replies: 25
Views: 6,207
Posted By Nabokov
welcome all! :) I think generally Mart fans...

welcome all! :)

I think generally Mart fans are fans of great writing. By that I mean exactly what has been said - his 'way with words' is (in my mind) the best of any living author... People...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 3rd Sep 2003, 19:08
Replies: 130
Views: 22,696
Posted By Nabokov
I would like to vote for Notty's Viking one as...

I would like to vote for Notty's Viking one as well!
Forum: Book Reviews 1st Sep 2003, 23:09
Replies: 538
Views: 60,768
Posted By Nabokov
Here's the link to the Guardian's extract from YD...

Here's the link to the Guardian's extract from YD - for all of those not lucky enough to own a proof copy!

http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,6761,1031824,00.html
Forum: General Chat 1st Sep 2003, 22:58
Replies: 26
Views: 4,179
Posted By Nabokov
Everyone has probably read this article in full...

Everyone has probably read this article in full by now (here's the link if not: http://books.guardian.co.uk/bookerprize2003/story/0,13819,1032760,00.html) But, here is the bit that I found...
Forum: General Chat 29th Aug 2003, 1:31
Replies: 32
Views: 6,043
Posted By Nabokov
Is notoriety the best word? :wink: That's...

Is notoriety the best word? :wink:

That's great though, that site's been in my 'Favourites' folder for ages - it's quite bizarre to see your post on it! Good ad for the site too!
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Aug 2003, 19:18
Replies: 25
Views: 6,207
Posted By Nabokov
That's a great read and it makes sense to do it...

That's a great read and it makes sense to do it that way - but if you liked The Information you'll love Money, and I found that actually getting through his fiction made me want to read all the...
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Aug 2003, 23:23
Replies: 25
Views: 6,207
Posted By Nabokov
To 'quote your quote', This is a peach...

To 'quote your quote',



This is a peach - I love this, it is one of those 'laugh out loud on the train' moments that I get so frequently with Mart, go on amner, you know you want to become a...
Forum: General Chat 27th Aug 2003, 23:19
Replies: 36
Views: 5,023
Posted By Nabokov
Boom boom!! :lol:

Boom boom!! :lol:
Forum: General Chat 27th Aug 2003, 19:18
Replies: 36
Views: 5,023
Posted By Nabokov
The bin? :shock: :wink:

The bin? :shock: :wink:
Forum: General Chat 27th Aug 2003, 19:17
Replies: 47
Views: 4,905
Posted By Nabokov
Ooh I'm a bit like that as well - unless it's a...

Ooh I'm a bit like that as well - unless it's a course book, in which case it's covered in pencil markings etc. But I hate lending books to people - there's always a coffee-cup ring or some other...
Forum: General Chat 27th Aug 2003, 19:16
Replies: 26
Views: 4,179
Posted By Nabokov
Haha, I thought that was you sneaking in under a...

Haha, I thought that was you sneaking in under a new alias!
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Aug 2003, 19:13
Replies: 25
Views: 6,207
Posted By Nabokov
I too would start with Money (I actually did! In...

I too would start with Money (I actually did! In fact - John's list is almost how I ploughed through them, but not quite, as I read Time's Arrow before I read The Information).

I generally agree...
Forum: General Chat 25th Aug 2003, 20:18
Replies: 36
Views: 5,023
Posted By Nabokov
Yes, I generally agree - I mean, when you pick up...

Yes, I generally agree - I mean, when you pick up your 'chick lit' book, whether people like it or not, you knew what you were getting.

I don't necessarily think chick lit is a derogatory term...
Forum: General Chat 23rd Aug 2003, 14:27
Replies: 26
Views: 4,179
Posted By Nabokov
Re: Uncorrected Proofs Versus Excerpts

That IS a 'really nice plus'... I can understand your disappointment, but once you have your copy of the novel, you'll treasure your piece even more, what a great find!
Forum: General Chat 23rd Aug 2003, 14:26
Replies: 36
Views: 5,023
Posted By Nabokov
These comments are appalling. 'Great' Britain,...

These comments are appalling. 'Great' Britain, eh? :roll:

Just thought I'd add that my friend called me this morning to let me know that the Daily Record (a Scottish tabloid) are offering a...
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Aug 2003, 14:24
Replies: 538
Views: 60,768
Posted By Nabokov
Re: Amis is All About Language

Hmmm... I never thought of this, but the people I know who love Mart's books are bilingual. I have a friend who is fluent (if that's the correct word in this case) in Anglo Saxon, Latin, Japanese,...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 22nd Aug 2003, 23:25
Replies: 130
Views: 22,696
Posted By Nabokov
He ventured out into the vast silence. ...

He ventured out into the vast silence.

Fucking hell. Forgot my fags...

He could leave them behind, just as he could leave behind him his entire life up until this very moment. He inhaled the...
Forum: Book Reviews 22nd Aug 2003, 1:51
Replies: 10
Views: 3,945
Posted By Nabokov
I haven't myself, david, but I too would be...

I haven't myself, david, but I too would be really interested in a serach engine like that... so I'm going to bump this topic back up in case someone who knows of one hasn't seen it!
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