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Comfort reads

offline Portnoy on 2017-07-12 08:29 [#02524736]
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Some books 📚 take me to my happy place. I have a few but
I'm juggling 🤹‍♂️ between Sherlock Holmes and John
Wyndham atm. Love it. What are some of your favs you like to
go back to?


offline RussellDust on 2017-07-12 15:51 [#02524747]
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I used to read Nineteen Eighty-Four a lot when I was

Boris Vian's works. I dunno, I tend to go back to comics for

I wouldn't mind reading Roald Dahl's stuff again if we're
talking pure comfort reading. That would really take me


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-07-12 16:56 [#02524756]
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that book fucked me up, way scarier then any horror


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-07-12 16:57 [#02524758]
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any terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams have this warm cosy feel
to them


offline RussellDust on 2017-07-12 16:59 [#02524759]
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The Orwell one? I think the first time I read it I cried a
bit at one point, and threw the book across the room! 😆


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-07-12 17:01 [#02524760]
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yes, why it hit so hard is that its true to life how some
people want to enact total control, its so chilling

"There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of
life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always
— do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the
intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly
growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the
thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy
who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future,
imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever."


offline RussellDust on 2017-07-12 17:01 [#02524761]
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Shit, I need to get tucked into Jerusalem again. It's been a
rough patch for me lately and I simply cannot read when I'm

I don't know if it's common, and you guys get that, but I'll
be reading a few pages and suddenly realise that I have no
idea what I've just read. The mind wonders even as you read.
It's frustrating.


offline RussellDust on 2017-07-12 17:03 [#02524762]
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Yeah for sure.

I thought the love story was difficult as well. I think
that's why I threw the book.


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-07-12 17:06 [#02524764]
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yes I know that feeling very well, I have to be very relaxed
to read and enjoy it, otherwise I just cant concentrate


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-07-12 17:07 [#02524765]
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yes its certainly not an easy read, I wouldn't recommend it
for someone who easily suffers from depression


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-07-12 17:10 [#02524766]
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Its one of those books that stays with you, another one was
the Road by Cormac McCarthy that really did stick in my head


offline Portnoy on 2017-07-13 07:31 [#02524866]
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I remember being impressed by my Belgian friend reading 1984
in Chinese. I haven't read it in years. I was always more
inclined towards Down and out... which I've read numerous

I know people who swear off fiction entirely, which is fine.
If science relaxes you, then go for it. I sometimes read
ethnographies for fun (recently The Forest People, for ex).

If you're looking for a light, perfectly comfortable read,
Paul Theroux's Hotel Honolulu will do the trick. He uses big
words sometimes but his prose flow nicely. Anyway, I welcome
a word I've never come across.

That book, a bunch of short stories woven into a novel. A
bit of eroticism, some comedy, interesting characters. He
really nails human nature (and its follies) perfectly.
Apparently some feminists have labeled him a misogynist for
his portrayal of women; I tend to disagree, I think he
portrays them just fine.

I've read it many, many times. A good holiday read. It's an
easy read too - I like that. It doesn't require much of the
reader but to enjoy.

Roald Dahl - good call, though not something I tend to go
back to often. I have an anthology and A Tales of the
Unexpected box set - where he introduces each episode from
his writing table.

You'll think me weird (if you don't already) but I have
never read any Douglas Adams. I have a mental block against
trying it.

As a rule I try to read at least one chapter of something
before bed, and yes, that is when that thing happens where
you can't remember what you just read. It's a bit like
reading an academic article. It can be indicative of a few
things: fatigue, bad book and yeah, a pressing matter or
idea 💡 etc...

📚 👍


offline RussellDust on 2017-07-13 11:11 [#02524876]
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Paul Theroux. Noted.

I love Down and Out... must have read it a few times. The
period in Paris especially stuck with me. What a mad place
it must have been back then. A lot of character(s).


offline Portnoy on 2017-07-13 14:36 [#02524894]
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If you have never read any Paul Theroux and like what you
read, then you are in luck: he's a very prolific writer.

His fiction is (imo) great, but he's also a good travel
writer (notably, the great railway bazaar, riding the iron
rooster, dark star safari etc). I'm all about kindle these
days but I have a lot of his books, more by him than any
other author.

You can decide for yourself though, don't take my word for
it. I think his most popular novel is The Mosquito Coast;
Peter Weir made a movie about it with Harrison Ford and
River Phoenix, which I also quite liked.

I'm going on a bit now. PT also happens to be Louis
Theroux's dad. His other son, Marcel, is not a bad writer


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-07-13 15:25 [#02524896]
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first 2 hitchhiker books are very good, rest you can tell he
has run out of ideas, and just trying to keep up his
mortgage repayments


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