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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:50 am

Finished reading "1356" on the weekend.
Really enjoyed it.

Am now reading Alex Ferguson's autobiography.
Interesting insight into the world of football.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Timepilot » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:22 am

Rooies wrote:Everybody is free to read whatever he/she wants to read, but I was wondering, why do folks read fiction? How does reading a Wilbur Smith novel enhance your life. I have inherited a lot of Mills and Boon, as well as other fiction books but I have donated them to a charity orginisation. In my collection of about a 1000 books, there is not one single fiction book. If I cannot gain extra knowledge from a book, I don't want it.


Rooies, I spend most of my day reading contracts with the attendant reading of Scopes of Work and Specifications. When I get home of an evening I enjoy sitting down with a novel to take my mind out of work mode. I've found that I can learn from novels as well as non-fiction - it just depends what you read. James Michener for example does such great research that one can learn a lot from reading his books.

My reading is rather eclectic and I'll have 3 or 4 books going at any one time and one of them is always non-fiction on a topic I might be studying at that time.

For example, I'm currently re-reading my Tom Sharpe books, great satirical humour - generally on the bus on the way into and from work. I'm also reading a series of novels by W.E.B Griffin based on the US Marines in WW2. I'm also reading "The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert" which is a follow on from "In Bushveld and Desert" by Christiaan Bakkes. I gain something from each book I read and always have.

For me, not having TV as a kid was the greates boon as it instilled in me the desire and need to read!
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:42 am

Finished Sir Alex's autobiography on the weekend
Very insightful into the world of foodball.

I have now downloaded the Warrior Chronicles (Bernard Cornwell) onto my Kindle - all 6 volumes! :big_eyes:
Not sure if I will read them all in one go. But I have started with The Last Kingdom, the first one.

I enjoy medieval stories

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby PAPA SMURF » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:45 pm

Hi
Just finished "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. All about the building of a cathedral and the life in the UK in the yeas around the 1100.
A long read -- 1000 pages but very interesting and I learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby arks » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:15 am

I'm reading Five Lives At Noon by Brent Meersman, highly recommended. It's the second of his 1980s/1990s coming of age novels, his first is Reports Before Daybreak. Both highly recommended -- and quite an intense learning experience for me (as a non-Saffie :wink: ) as well. His characters are beautifully drawn and I've been eager to learn what's happened to them since the first book.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:55 pm

PAPA SMURF wrote:Hi
Just finished "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. All about the building of a cathedral and the life in the UK in the yeas around the 1100.
A long read -- 1000 pages but very interesting and I learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.


I read "Pillars" earlier in the year. Enjoyed it, but thought it did go on a bit. Could have been a bit shorter.

There is a second one in the series (the name escapes me at the moment), which I have on my Kindle, but haven't read it yet.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:23 pm

taking a break from the Warrior Chronicals. Am about 3/4 of the way through the first one.

Decided i need to read something wildlife related to get into the spirit of my up coming trip.

So have started The Game Rangers by Jan Roderigues.
A great compilation of short stories from the bush. Very good and enjoyable so far.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby hilda » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:40 am

I don't have much time for reading lately, but enjoyed the movie The life of Pi on Sunday night immensely. I still haven't finished Wild Company by Gus Adendorff! Maybe I can finish it this weekend, especially if the power stays off the whole weekend! There are quite a few other books in my bedside cabinet waiting to be read. :thumbs_up: Time .... :wall:
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby badprop_za » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:11 am

Almost done with Byleveld - Dossier van 'n baasspeurder.

Next up will be either Boucher's book or Senna.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby hilda » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:54 am

hilda wrote:Maybe I can finish it this weekend, especially if the power stays off the whole weekend! :thumbs_up: Time .... :wall:


I will never ever joke about things like this again!!! The power went out on Thursday night at 21:10, and is still not back on! They said over the news it will only be repaired within three or four DAYS! My SO bought a generator, and wallah! I can even log in on SANParks! He just returned from buying a long lead, and came home with a mini geyser! Hopefully not a cold bath tonight! Unbelievable what you can buy today to make life easier! All you hear when you enter Theresapark are generators running!

Sorry for this off topic part! I'm almost finished with Wild Company! :thumbs_up:
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:19 am

hilda wrote:
hilda wrote:Maybe I can finish it this weekend, especially if the power stays off the whole weekend! :thumbs_up: Time .... :wall:


I will never ever joke about things like this again!!! The power went out on Thursday night at 21:10, and is still not back on! They said over the news it will only be repaired within three or four DAYS! My SO bought a generator, and wallah! I can even log in on SANParks! He just returned from buying a long lead, and came home with a mini geyser! Hopefully not a cold bath tonight! Unbelievable what you can buy today to make life easier! All you hear when you enter Theresapark are generators running!

Sorry for this off topic part! I'm almost finished with Wild Company! :thumbs_up:


Same, here Hilda. :(

No power and now no water. We have borehole water and the pump is driven by electricity. I am switching off my computer now to save what little battery life is left.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:04 am

yoda wrote:So have started The Game Rangers by Jan Roderigues.
A great compilation of short stories from the bush. Very good and enjoyable so far.


Just finished this.
Very entertaining and well worth reading.

Not sure what I will start next.
When I come to SA I usually read one of Terry Pratchet's fantasy stories.
Started as a tradition when a few years back, I hadn't brought a book with me, so I went to the book shop at Heathrow and bought one of Pratcht's novels. And it has now become a tradition.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:35 am

Given the time we are facing, I have started "Long road to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long, long time. :redface: :redface: It is proving to be interesting and worthwhile.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby hilda » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:35 am

I have read "The long road to freedom" long ago, and started "Conversations with myself" by Nelson Mandela, but never finished it. I simply must make more time for reading books! :doh:
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:13 pm

My reading starts on Thursday, after we have unpacked and settled in at Letaba, out come my books........ :roll:
PRETORIUSKOP 20 - 21 December 2015
TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
OLIFANTS 25 - 27 December 2015 (with a view)
LETABA 28 - 31 December 2015
MOPANI 01 - 03 January 2016 (with a view)
SKUKUZA 04 -06 January 2016


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