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Postby Taichung Social Club » 10 Oct 2006, 11:07

The need to escape from the backwoods of Taichung County, and re-familarize myself with the English language above a grade two level, compelled me to spend a couple of days in Taipei. Before I came away, I made the obligatory trip to Page One and picked up a copy of a book I hadn't read since the ninth grade, To Kill A Mockingbird, and had it half read by the time the train lurched into Qingshui.

I was an avid reader until I started studying Computer Science a few years ago. However, my time in the ROC seems to have whet my appetite for the written language. The problem is there are so many books at Page One I hardly know where to begin, so I thought it would be good for people to share what they are reading (or what they have read in the past) with others. That way we might be turned on to some really good books we otherwise might have missed.

Please limit your list to ten items or less. Thank you.

Here are my recommendations:

The Grey Goose Of Arnhem (Leo Heaps)
To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
War Of The Worlds (HG Wells)
The First Man In Rome (Colleen McCullough)
The Grass Crown (Colleen McCullough)
Shogun (James Clavell)
I, Claudius (Robert Graves)
Broken Ground (Jack Hodgins)
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Postby TomHill » 10 Oct 2006, 13:30

Contemporize Maaan.

I am reading Neil Gaimans 'Coraline,' which I personally recommend to IronMan, as he enjoyed 'The Blind Assassin.' And to Imaniou, cos she is so awesome at teaching, and it's a kids book, kinda.

The Godfather book is a very enjoyable yarn too.
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Postby Taichung Social Club » 10 Oct 2006, 16:26

Don't lecture me about contemporizing. The Godfather is older than five of the eight books I recommended. :raspberry:
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Postby Jaboney » 10 Oct 2006, 19:35

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Postby Taichung Social Club » 10 Oct 2006, 21:31

I'll definitely grab The Landmark Thucydides if I can find it.

I recommend Victor David Hanson's The Western Way Of War: Infantry Battle In Classical Greece to anyone interested in hoplite warfare.
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Postby pubba » 10 Oct 2006, 21:44

Some good books here :)

Im going through an Iaan Banks phase at the moment. Just finished reading the Wasp Factory. An unusual and well written novel.

Also just finished reading 'Trainspotting' again by Irvine Welsh, and currently reading a collection of Hunter S Thomson letters, which so far have been very entertaining :)

Taichung Social Club - do you know of any decent english book stores in Taichung?
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Postby Taichung Social Club » 10 Oct 2006, 21:46

There used to be a Caves, but I'm damned if I can find it again.
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Postby Jaboney » 10 Oct 2006, 21:48

If Eslite's store in Chungyo is still what it was five years ago... the last time I looked... that's the place to start.
Is Caves no longer on the boulevard leading to the science museum?
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Postby Taichung Social Club » 10 Oct 2006, 21:55

It used to be, but I didn't see it last time I went by. It was almost midday, but most of the store fronts had their big assed metal pull-down doors pulled down. Maybe I didn't see it because of that.
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Postby merge » 10 Oct 2006, 22:02

Jaboney wrote:Is Caves no longer on the boulevard leading to the science museum?


Sorry, that's gone - not sure when it left, though.

I'm getting too lazy to read - I've been doing tons of audiobooks with my iPod lately. Some I've "read" recently are:

The Kite Runner
Anansi Boys (fun Neil Gaiman book)
Freakonomics
The Undercover Economist
Guns, Germs and Steel
The Professor and the Madman
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Last Chance to See
Watership Down
Status Anxiety
A Million Little Pieces (finished it a week before he admitted he lied :fume: )
Shogun
The Artemis Fowl Series
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