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Question - Interesting Books to read
« on: April 21, 2006, 08:11:28 PM »

Any interesting books you have read recently or in the past that stand out and you would like to recommend?
These could be CRICKET related books or non-cricket books (such as Management, self help, technology, biographies, autobiographies, finance - how to make money, novels and stories, sci-fi, any reasonably interesting topics).

Just thought this thread can be used as a bibliography collection in general.
I know most of us may not have much time to read (what with all the cricket!), but thats why its recently read or even in the past - (this is like the movies thread, will be like a collection list).

I recently read, the Six Thinking Hats book (Bono) - interesting read for those interested.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006, 08:21:00 PM »

Among the newer writers--Zadie Smith is quite good. Check out "White Teeth".

And of course, to be a real cricket man, you have to read some CLR James.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006, 08:21:36 PM »

Any interesting books you have read recently or in the past that stand out and you would like to recommend?
These could be CRICKET related books or non-cricket books (such as Management, self help, technology, biographies, autobiographies, finance - how to make money, novels and stories, sci-fi, any reasonably interesting topics).

Just thought this thread can be used as a bibliography collection in general.
I know most of us may not have much time to read (what with all the cricket!), but thats why its recently read or even in the past - (this is like the movies thread, will be like a collection list).

I recently read, the Six Thinking Hats book (Bono) - interesting read for those interested.
Ahh the *famous* Bono hats :-)...You think a Bhajji or a Sehwag can dig it? ;-)
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2006, 08:29:44 PM »

Any interesting books you have read recently or in the past that stand out and you would like to recommend?
These could be CRICKET related books or non-cricket books (such as Management, self help, technology, biographies, autobiographies, finance - how to make money, novels and stories, sci-fi, any reasonably interesting topics).

Just thought this thread can be used as a bibliography collection in general.
I know most of us may not have much time to read (what with all the cricket!), but thats why its recently read or even in the past - (this is like the movies thread, will be like a collection list).

I recently read, the Six Thinking Hats book (Bono) - interesting read for those interested.
Ahh the *famous* Bono hats :-)...You think a Bhajji or a Sehwag can dig it? ;-)

actually HS/VS shud read it!
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2006, 08:31:44 PM »

Among the newer writers--Zadie Smith is quite good. Check out "White Teeth".

And of course, to be a real cricket man, you have to read some CLR James.

Zadie smith - never read her...will try to read when i get a chance.
found this abt her http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth257
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2006, 08:33:01 PM »

Any interesting books you have read recently or in the past that stand out and you would like to recommend?
These could be CRICKET related books or non-cricket books (such as Management, self help, technology, biographies, autobiographies, finance - how to make money, novels and stories, sci-fi, any reasonably interesting topics).

Just thought this thread can be used as a bibliography collection in general.
I know most of us may not have much time to read (what with all the cricket!), but thats why its recently read or even in the past - (this is like the movies thread, will be like a collection list).

I recently read, the Six Thinking Hats book (Bono) - interesting read for those interested.
Ahh the *famous* Bono hats :-)...You think a Bhajji or a Sehwag can dig it? ;-)

actually HS/VS shud read it!
Yeah....was just kidding.

I don't think most of us, from here, cant know enough about the *person* in these cricketers to judge what they would really dig. Unless they specifically spell it out in interviews etc...like Rahul has often done.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2006, 08:36:01 PM »

If you like Fiction in general, read Michael Crichton or Alistair McLean. If you like Fiction and within it, War games and Conspiracy theories kind of stuff, read Tom Clancy.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2006, 09:29:58 PM »

If you like Fiction in general, read Michael Crichton or Alistair McLean. If you like Fiction and within it, War games and Conspiracy theories kind of stuff, read Tom Clancy.

Tom Clancy is an author I have read and liked some of his books like Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games...
I also like Arthur Hailey which I know some like and some don't.
Jeffrey Archer is another favorite.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2006, 10:35:45 PM »

If you like Fiction in general, read Michael Crichton or Alistair McLean. If you like Fiction and within it, War games and Conspiracy theories kind of stuff, read Tom Clancy.

Well, if you want to read non-commercial non-Clancy stuff, let me recommend Tim O' Brien's "Things They Carried." Tim O' Brien, of course, is one of the greatest contemporary American writers.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2006, 01:10:28 AM »

If you like murder mysteries read James Patterson...pretty good.

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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2006, 01:42:08 AM »

And if you want to read sheer Bull*, read Bill O'Riely or Sean Hannity.... ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D ;D  ;D
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2006, 01:43:46 AM »

If you like murder mysteries read James Patterson...pretty good.



Nima, I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie. How do they compare?
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2006, 01:57:37 AM »

If you like murder mysteries read James Patterson...pretty good.



Mary Higgins Clarke is good too.. And no mention ofDan Browne ? :)
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2006, 02:06:44 AM »

mary higgins clark --------yuck. it is mills and boon with a murder thrown in

Try reading sue grafton she is pretty good for light reading. also read d.w. bufa he writes legal based fiction and it has a lot of depth as it deals with philosophy a lot.....he talks about plato , aristotle and other western philosophers
try him he is real good....sahir should try it as it deals with american criminal law in a good depth and this guy is a phed in law
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2006, 02:55:16 AM »

in porn literature... classic victorian erotica is hard to beat.. Venus in India comes to mind.. I have the pdf.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2006, 04:58:47 AM »

Dex - I have read lots of Agatha Christie as well, and I would rate James Patterson equally good.

Talking about Dan Brown - currently reading Angels and Demon and I would rate this better than Da Vinci Code.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2006, 05:35:43 AM »

Fineleg -- as you might have guessed, the cricket has ruined, no..absolutely ruined my reading habits the last few months. so read nothing in say the last year. But since you say even ones read in the past are fair game, here are some of my absolute favorite ones. pick whatever serve ur tastes.

Flatland -- Edwin Abott
Midnight's children -- Rushdie
Glass bead game -- Hesse
Demian  -- Hesse
Siddhartha -- Hesse
Island -- Aldous Huxley
Of Human Bondage -- S.Maugham
Moon and six pence -- S.Maugham
Notes to myself -- Hugh Prather
Small is beautiful -- E.F.Schumacher
A Fine Balance -- Rohinton Mistry
A Tiger for Malgudi -- Narayan
Foundations of Indian culture -- Sri Aurobindo
Post office (play) -- Tagore
Sadhana -- Tagore
One hundred years of solitude -- Garcia Marquez
Rise and Fall of the third Reich -- W.L.Shirer
The Alchemist -- Paulo Coehlo




 
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2006, 06:53:40 AM »

for those who like history/mythology/fantasy, there is a great series called A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2006, 06:55:33 AM »

Dex - I have read lots of Agatha Christie as well, and I would rate James Patterson equally good.

Talking about Dan Brown - currently reading Angels and Demon and I would rate this better than Da Vinci Code.

Cool, thanks Nima, will try one out over summer when I've time to breathe. By the way, any favorite AC books?

I personally like The Murder of Roger Acroyd (sp?) and Curtain.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2006, 10:14:38 PM »

in porn literature... classic victorian erotica is hard to beat.. Venus in India comes to mind.. I have the pdf.

mmmmm... why leave out the classics in kink... Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch [Venus In Furs], and Marquis de Sade [Justine, Salo, Philosophy in the Boudoir]... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2006, 08:15:30 AM »

Murder of Roger Ackroyd is my favourite too, next comes murder on the orient express.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2006, 03:01:46 AM »

for those who like history/mythology/fantasy, there is a great series called A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

 if only the fat b-a---rd finishes the second part of feast of crows fast enough!
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2006, 05:45:55 AM »

for those who like history/mythology/fantasy, there is a great series called A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

 if only the fat b-a---rd finishes the second part of feast of crows fast enough!

hey, nice to know someone else reads the fat bast--d :D
yeah he did leave out the juicy parts for the 2nd part didnt he?
favorite characters: undoubtedly Tyrion and Jaime! in fact Tyrion, then Jaime.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2006, 10:09:22 AM »

If you like murder mysteries read James Patterson...pretty good.



Nima, I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie. How do they compare?
Here's a non big name (in International circles, at least) and a wonderful author (who has lived most of her life in AZ) that I would recommend .. JA Jance. Google her.

More on her at http://www.jajance.com/  .. for some odd reason the website loads slowly..so be patient.

I read her book "Partner in Crime" on one of my flights from US to India..and I can tell you it is the best page-turner I have read after Scott Turow's "Presumed Innocent". Besides the story and characters..you will learn a lot about life in rural deserts of AZ.

Enjoy..as this book is in paperback...so not that expensive.
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2006, 10:35:09 AM »

The last good story I read was Michael Crichton's  'Timeline'.
His book on the Environmental terrorism, "State of Fear" was also very good.
My all time favorite remains Jerome K Jerome for his "Three men in a boat". I have read a couple of other books by the same author.
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« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2006, 11:56:10 AM »

Blwe, if u dig JKJ, I am sure you are a P G Wodehouse fan as well ... I can read and re-read his novels and still find it difficult to stop laughing out loud
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2006, 12:09:34 PM »

Some of my recent reads that were very good:

The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
The Hungry Tide (Amitav Ghosh) .. also check out The Glass Palace
My Friend Leonard (James Frey)

For those who dig the Da Vinci Code / holy grail / codes and puzzles kind of books try out these
Rule of Four (Ian Caldwell)
The Last Templar (Raymond Khoury)
The Secret Supper (Javier Sierra)

And one that I thought was leap years ahead of the movie - Lord of the Rings trilogy
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2006, 02:50:06 PM »

Here are two PGW pieces on cricket...

http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/1478/

http://arthursclassicnovels.com/arthurs/wodehouse/criket10.html


Good stuff, tintin .. applause for you ... his golf stories are amazing too!
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Re: Question - Interesting Books to read
« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2006, 04:43:16 PM »

P.G. Wodehouse is great.
I've read "Three men in a boat" long long time ago - thanks for reminding, I need to get it and read again.
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« Reply #30 on: April 27, 2006, 05:59:46 PM »

Blwe, if u dig JKJ, I am sure you are a P G Wodehouse fan as well ... I can read and re-read his novels and still find it difficult to stop laughing out loud

sure kic.....who can forget PGW!
thanks tintin for the wonderful links.
Applause for both of you. :)
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« Reply #32 on: April 28, 2006, 05:47:32 AM »

Another author, I specially like is the vet James Herriot. I have read all his books and in one of them I came across a very funny description of a village cricket match in which the author was involved. One of these days, I 'll certainly type it out here, for you guys! 
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« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2006, 06:03:20 AM »

Another author, I specially like is the vet James Herriot. I have read all his books and in one of them I came across a very funny description of a village cricket match in which the author was involved. One of these days, I 'll certainly type it out here, for you guys! 

Blwe, I am sure I have read Herriot, but just cannot place him .. can you name some of his works?
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« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2006, 06:03:57 AM »

Another author, I specially like is the vet James Herriot. I have read all his books and in one of them I came across a very funny description of a village cricket match in which the author was involved. One of these days, I 'll certainly type it out here, for you guys! 

Blwe, I am sure I have read Herriot, but just cannot place him .. can you name some of his works?

Is he the vet? or is that someone else? was hilarious too
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« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2006, 06:17:49 AM »

Yes, he was the vet himself. The books were like his memoirs.
Great description of life and times in the Yorkshire dales!
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« Reply #36 on: April 28, 2006, 06:39:31 AM »

The old fashioned English humour makes for very good reading!
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« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2007, 02:26:11 PM »

Another author, I specially like is the vet James Herriot. I have read all his books and in one of them I came across a very funny description of a village cricket match in which the author was involved. One of these days, I 'll certainly type it out here, for you guys! 

Blwe, I am sure I have read Herriot, but just cannot place him .. can you name some of his works?

This is easy

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The lord god made them all

BTW, if one is into animal stories, there is none greater than Gerald Durrell. Try Fillets of plaice, My family and other animals, Catch me a colobus, Three tickets to adventure etc. Together with his wife Leslie, he has written altogether around 70 books, all of them hilarious and yet informative and full of a naivette that cuts across cultures. And moreover, his humour is not tainted by Protestant prudery, as in the case of Herriot.

His elder brother incidentally is the author of the celebrated Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell.
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« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2007, 02:26:50 PM »

P.G. Wodehouse is great.
I've read "Three men in a boat" long long time ago - thanks for reminding, I need to get it and read again.

Tubelight!
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« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2007, 05:15:16 PM »

I love Maugham of course, but more for his short stories, RAIN?

Remember Wodehouse's Mike and Psmith, don't they resemble Dravid and SG?

No one mentioned Jack London yet, one of my absolute favourites.
all the talk about Maharathis and seniors, should read "A Piece of Steak"
here's the Link
http://www.jacklondons.net/apieceofsteak.html
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