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  1. Parra

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    Drunks & Monks - it's a great read

    Here's a review -( better and more effort than I would put in ):

    A thirty-four year old entertainment lawyer from Los Angeles has a bad week: His wife throws him out in the middle of a rainstorm, his mother gets diagnosed with a deadly cancer, and in grief he abruptly resigns his prestigious job after his biggest success in a major copyright case. What happens to a man used to getting what he wants when the wheels come off his carefully-planned, glamorous life? Does he:

    (a) Pick up a slug of brown liquor for the first time and visit parts of town where the devil won't go?

    (b) Engage in hideously destructive behavior, rampaging across Southern California like a tipsy Visigoth?

    (c) Plumb the depths of his psyche and spirit to find the meaning of life and heal old wounds?

    (d) Stumble across an ancient religious order and explore the reaches of classical spiritual practice?

    In his debut literary memoir, Drunks & Monks, author John H. Carmichael answers (e) All of the Above, and much more, as he chronicles a seven year descent into darkness and near death along with a subsequent renewal. This true story is told in a spare, lyrical style. The author's physical, psychological and spiritual survival is aided by many denizens of the great swath of Southern California he describes so well, but none so much as members of a monastery who help heal the author's spirit and teach him timeless truths. The book deals adroitly with matters of concern to many, including the drama of divorce, caring for the gravely ill, recovering from addictions of various sorts, the role of religion and spirituality in modern life and, ultimately, post-traumatic growth.
     
  2. gUt

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    I seem to recall it was about then his missus started co-writing the series with him? And there were whole pages devoted to the colours of the robes of the Aes Sedai? I mean I'm not saying women can't write worth a damn but ffs go bake a quiche instead you know?
     
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    meantime I've finished the new book in the Trainspotting canon called Dead Man's Trousers, and started on the new John Connolly - The Woman in the Woods.
     
  4. Parra

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    I've made my way through a number of historic motor racing biographies and recollections. Fangio, Le Mans , Phil Hill & Ferrari - happy to share details.

    Another theme I am sort of midway through is books about Everest. This is absolutely fascinating and riveting reading. The tragedies, triumphs, analysis and arguments are all so real.

    I started with Into Thin Air - what a cracking read. After this it is impossible not to want to know more - and there is plenty of material out there.
     
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    Interesting series but I didn't enjoy the last half of it. Jordan (and Sanderson) write women characters pretty badly I think.
    I had to skip certain character chapters because they were going nowhere and bored the shit out of me.
     
  6. Iafeta

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    Reading Burke & Wills by Peter Fitzsimons. I like how he brings history alive into a laymen’s terms fair dinkum story - keeps the story moving and the context is easily identifiable.

    I’m also reading A Short History of Nearly Everything. Science has always been a bit fancy for me but I can’t put this one down. Some of the major historical scientists were utter oddities and had outrageous operational constraints to plod through, where you almost think some of historical sciences great finds were flukes.
     
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    Easily Bill Bryson's best book (that I've read). It's a cracker.
     
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    Got given "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a f**k" as a gift the other day. Gonna give it a go soon

    Anyone read it? Thoughts?
     
  9. Iafeta

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    One of my colleagues swears by it. It’s #1 at the Airport bookstores I invariably find myself in when travelling for work.

    Another colleague said it was good, but a bit wishy washy. Personally I think he’s a bit of a headless pissant so I’m probably favouring the first review tbh.
     
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    The way he describes some of these scientists is magic. I immediately envisage the artist boy from Wedding Crashers when he describes Cavendish.
     
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    3rd time I’ve read this beauty

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  12. Parra

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    I'm about 7 books deep into this mountaineering theme. So many great stories.
     
  13. Parra

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    Time again to read The Count of Monte Cristo.

    Every year or so I get the urge to read this,

    Never disappointed.
     
  14. Haffa

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    Loved that book. Shared it with about 5 mates.
     
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    George piggins - the fight to save the Rabbitohs

    Account of Piggins' time with the Rabbitohs as a player, coach and chairman and their fight to re-admission. I found the stories about his playing/working days more interesting than what happened in the 90's. Thought he made some very good points about the negatives of Super League and did like him criticising Meninga and other SL officials for their horrible comments. Had a bit of a grouchy old man persona to the writing style and the book became boring towards the end.

    Good read for those who love a fight against top corporations but some of the ranting took it off the subject. 5.5/10
     
  16. Pete Cash

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    Robert Jordans wife was an editor at tor and edited his books but as the series went on like all successful authors he stopped listening to his editor and the books became more and more bloated.

    You are possibly thinking of David Eddings
     
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    Alex Mckinnon- Unbroken. mostly a dull account of his childhood. Also would have been nice if this was proofread before publishing. I've never seen so many errors in a book, ever. He didn't miss Cam Smith though so I give him credit for that.
     
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