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What are you reading these days?
27 January 2014
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I'm reading Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991. It's a study of the music Miles made during the period covered, during which time he abandoned straight jazz to add electric instrumentation and invent a kind of hard-rocking Afro-jazz-funk that he played and developed until the end of his life. Very useful for me as a guide to his post-1981 music, which he made following a temporary five-year retirement from performing and recording, and about which I know basically nothing.

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27 January 2014
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I'm reading The Great Gatsby, and I have to a annotate the whole thing. paul-mccartney

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27 January 2014
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unknown said
I'm reading The Great Gatsby, and I have to a annotate the whole thing. paul-mccartney

"In my younger and more vulnerable days..."

Excellent book.

 

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unknown said
I'm reading The Great Gatsby, and I have to a annotate the whole thing. paul-mccartney

"In my younger and more vulnerable days..."

Excellent book.

 

The Great Gasby was one of the few books I had to read in school and actually enjoyed. The film with Robert Redford is also very good, haven't seen the latest remake with Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

 

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28 January 2014
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I haven't seen the remake either, mmm. Do you want to see it, or is it better well-enough left alone since we have the Redford?

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Ahhh Girl said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I haven't seen the remake either, mmm. Do you want to see it, or is it better well-enough left alone since we have the Redford?

I'm of the opinion that 99% of modern remakes are terrible compared to the classics/ones better known so i'm not going anywhere near it. Plus Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow (who gives us a Beatles connectiona-hard-days-night-john-5) as Daisy are both brilliant in the lead roles; I severely doubt those parts could be bettered. Oh and Leonardo annoys me.

 

Just remembered i bought The Great Gatsby to re-read about 6 months ago, got around 50 pages, put it down for 5 minutes and never got back to it. So that's  another on my 'to be completed' pile. 

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28 January 2014
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I just finished two books.  "Dakota Days" by John Green who was a tarot card reader for Yoko and John.  Anyone else read this book?  I'd love to hear your feedback.

Tonight I just finished "Wonderful Tonight" by Pattie Boyd.  It was good -but not nearly as detailed or interesting as I thought it was going to be.  I guess after one has read "Tune In", no book seems as "detailed".  I didn't think Pattie went into much detail at all.  It was like a glazed over essay of her life.  Oh, well.

Now, I'm on to Julia Baird's book about John.

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28 January 2014
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HeyTrud said
I just finished two books.  "Dakota Days" by John Green who was a tarot card reader for Yoko and John.  Anyone else read this book?  I'd love to hear your feedback.

 

As I have said previously, in other threads, I am always suspicious of those - especially in undocumented periods - who claim such a precise memory for conversation. So much of Dakota Days is built on what are supposedly verbatim memories of conversations with John. Fred Seaman does much the same. And their "evidence" is used to prop up a version of those years, that helps those who want to cling to their dislike of Yoko and their belief that the marriage was falling apart.

I believe that John went through periods of depression during those years, shown by the audio diary tapes, but the love songs he wrote about Yoko, and his belief in her, do not show a marriage on the rocks. His last composition, 14 November 1980, clearly about Yoko, was called You Saved My Soul. That's a man clearly out of love!

I choose not to argue too much about John and Yoko's relationship here as I realise I have a minority view. Doesn't change my view though.

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Has anyone here read any of the Lynda La Plante novels? I bought two last week and I'm looking forward to reading them, but I wondered what to expect? I've heard some say her style is quite graphic and/or violent, is that right?

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I'm rereading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for about the 50th time. It's absolutely fantastic, I can't recommend it enough.

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Almost finished 'A Game of Thrones' still I'll take a little break and read 'Alice in Wonderland' before tackling 'A Clash of Kings'. I intend to have all of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' books finished by Easter.

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Funny, I just found this thread to post about the exact book ASJ last commented on 3 months ago. I'm almost done with A Game Of Thrones. I'll be taking a break to finish up Pearls Falls Fast (a compilation of my favorite comic strip, Pearls Before Swine) before moving on to A Clash Of Kings. I intend to have the entire A Song Of Ice And Fire series done as fast as I can get through them, which should take not very long seeing as I can't put it down currently.

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ahdn_paul_06 I will read the song of Ice and Fire series when the tv show is done since I like to watch the adaptions before reading the books so I don't get angry at the show for changing things.

Like with Harry Potter I was mad that the movie changed Hermione's Yule ball clothing to a pink dress instead of blue dress robes. paul-mccartney

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Annadog40 said
ahdn_paul_06 I will read the song of Ice and Fire series when the tv show is done since I like to watch the adaptions before reading the books so I don't get angry at the show for changing things.

Like with Harry Potter I was mad that the movie changed Hermione's Yule ball clothing to a pink dress instead of blue dress robes. paul-mccartney

Yes I am that kinda harry potter fan

Ah, but then you'll get mad at the book for doing things wrong, when actually it's the right one.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

Annadog40 said
ahdn_paul_06 I will read the song of Ice and Fire series when the tv show is done since I like to watch the adaptions before reading the books so I don't get angry at the show for changing things.

Like with Harry Potter I was mad that the movie changed Hermione's Yule ball clothing to a pink dress instead of blue dress robes. paul-mccartney

Yes I am that kinda harry potter fan

Ah, but then you'll get mad at the book for doing things wrong, when actually it's the right one.

Ya but I am already 4 seasons in so might as well stick with it

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Reading Sentimental Education by French novelist Gustave Flaubert.  Almost done with this giant novel, only have like half a chapter left.  Although written in about 1850, it reads like the writer had seen movies and consciously tried to make his action cinematic -- but of course, Flaubert was over half a century too early to have seen any movies.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
I'm rereading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for about the 50th time. It's absolutely fantastic, I can't recommend it enough.

Fantastic book, I'm rereading quite a few books at the mo, so I'll add this to the list.

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Almost finished 'A Game of Thrones' still I'll take a little break and read 'Alice in Wonderland' before tackling 'A Clash of Kings'. I intend to have all of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' books finished by Easter.

My favourite set of novels, thankfully the TV series is doing it justice , although it will be catching and overtaking the novels which is a shame.

 

Just finished rereading The Stand by Stephen King.  Next up is The Passage by Justin Cronin, another reread, I should look for some new material :) 

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Glad to hear you like Ready Player One. I haven't met anyone else who's read it, and it's honestly the best book I've ever read. I keep coming back to it. 

Sadly I can't watch the show version of Game Of Thrones, it's apparently too violent and otherwise inappropriate. Eh, I'd rather read the books anyway, seeing as I haven't met a movie that was better than the book.

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ahdn_paul_06 Jaws?

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Annadog40 said
ahdn_paul_06 Jaws?

I haven't seen or read Jaws.

(Beatley Moment related to A Song of Ice and Fire: the author's name is George Martin)

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