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    Being away I took the customary book away with me to keep me occupied. Now normally I like to read factual books of things like the Mafia, or war etc, but browsing the book isles in Asda I couldn't see any that took my fancy. I ended up buying the first book of Game of Thrones and now I'm absolutely addicted. I'm only half way through the first book, but last night went and bought the third book (they were sold out of the second), and plan on getting all of the others. I'm also planning on getting the TV adaptation once I've finished the first book.

    So, this threads to discuss and share any books you have read, or can recommend.

    Also, has anybody else read Game of Thrones, and if so what is your opinion?
    I think it's captured my interest and I may move on to other books like Lord of the Rings once I'm done.
    I'm liking the fact it's giving me an interest away from this computer and legitimises me sitting in the same room as the other half whilst she watches **** on TV, which I would normally avoid.
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    Im currently reading long way down by ewan mcgregor and charlie boorman. Ive already seen the tv series however the book includes a lot more detail. Quite a good read. Plan on getting long way down when im done. Although havnt watched that series so hope to do it the other way around

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    • #3
      I've a lot of Stephen King's books and i've been reading "IT" on and off for a few years when i go on holiday. About half way into it.
      I read a lot of other non fiction books, usually science ones though.

      I'm waiting for my friend to finish the first Game of Thrones books so i can borrow it from him.
      I've watched the TV series and up to date with that. It's amazing so i can' wai to read the books as well

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      • #4
        The book is massively detailed. It helps when you can visualise what is being described though. I think years of playing all sorts of medieval games helps that.
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        • #5
          From what i've heard it's best to watch the series first then the books. The series is more vague and helps visualise everything and as the books go into a lot more detail with stuff sometimes it can spoil the show a little.
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          • #6
            Think I'll get on with the series asap then. Only needed the lightest bit of encouragement.
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            • #7
              The series is hard to fault to be honest. Characters, story, scenes are all great.
              Lots of scantily clad women as well.

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              • #8
                I read 'self help' books regularly, for anyone interest I would recommend:
                Rich dad poor dad
                The millionaire fastlane
                No more mr nice guy

                My problem is I procrastinate by reading too much and not applying
                Originally posted by Dave
                Originally posted by Stephen Fry
                [B]"It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so ****ing what."

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                • #9
                  'Marching Powder' is the best book I've read. It's about a British guy who was caught drug smuggling in South America and subsequently jailed in San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia. An amazing true story that you'll find hard to believe is factual.

                  Another similar one is called 'Addict'. True story about a British guy that struggles with drug addiction and making it as a gangster in London, rubbing shoulders with the Kray twins. Definitely worth a read.
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                  • #10
                    That just reminded me of 'super grass' which is a good read.

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                    This Powder Wars: The Supergrass who Brought Down Britain's Biggest Drug Dealers: Amazon.co.uk: Graham Johnson: 9781840189254: Books
                    Originally posted by Dave
                    Originally posted by Stephen Fry
                    [B]"It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so ****ing what."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nibnob21 View Post
                      'Marching Powder' is the best book I've read. It's about a British guy who was caught drug smuggling in South America and subsequently jailed in San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia. An amazing true story that you'll find hard to believe is factual.

                      Another similar one is called 'Addict'. True story about a British guy that struggles with drug addiction and making it as a gangster in London, rubbing shoulders with the Kray twins. Definitely worth a read.
                      Have a read of 'Mr Nice' if you're into those kinds of books. a very fascinating autobiography of a drug smuggler.

                      My taste changes regularly. I enjoyed a lot of Andy McNabs books. I also enjoy reading star wars books, that go into the future of the universe, after episode 6.
                      Originally posted by Vegas
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Coleman View Post
                        Have a read of 'Mr Nice' if you're into those kinds of books. a very fascinating autobiography of a drug smuggler.

                        My taste changes regularly. I enjoyed a lot of Andy McNabs books. I also enjoy reading star wars books, that go into the future of the universe, after episode 6.
                        Cheers, I'll check that out. Another one I keep meaning to get is Shantaram. Written as fiction but it's based on true events about a guy being in and escaping from a prison in India.
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                        • #13
                          I read Chris Ryan and Andy mcnaabs. Got a load still to go through before I pass them along and find something else.
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                          • #14
                            Patrick O'Brien - the Jack Aubrey series, brilliant 18th century naval stories. Best writer in the genre.
                            Ian Mortimer - Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, and Elizabethan England
                            Stephen Clarke - 1000 years of annoying the French
                            All of John Steinbeck's classics
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                            • #15
                              I'm also a fan of clive cussler
                              Originally posted by Vegas
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