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A free book offer The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tue 20-Dec-11
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elrohana
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Danny - Sunderland is my home town.  I was a small child in the crowd lining the streets in '73.

 

Re - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - if you get a free copy, don't just put it on your 'to read' pile - read it immediately.  It is a fantastic book, I stayed up till 3 in the morning to finish it on a work night, and then did pretty much the same with the 2 sequels.  It's such a shame the author is dead now and won't be writing any more such amazing books.

 

Warning however - these books are not for the faint-hearted, there are some VERY disturbing scenes in them.  I am quite sure the Hollywood version of the first book will have been massively sanitised, even the Swedish version was not as graphic as the book (I watched it on Saturday for the first time, it is excellent but still not as good as the book).  These books are definitely 'keepers', even though I am now mostly buying e-books, these 3 paperbacks are staying on my bookshelf.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

Tue 20-Dec-11
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Thanks for the review, Lyn. I had not heard of the author or the series before now but what I have read here and there since then backs up your opinion.

Really looking forward to getting my copy.

elrohana said:

Danny - Sunderland is my home town.  I was a small child in the crowd lining the streets in '73.

I wonder if you were captured on TV then? In that Tyne-Tees documentary that is now on YouTube in four parts: Meanwhile back in Sunderland

The atmosphere and ethos is almost exactly what I remember of Cork city in the mid 70s.

Never knowingly underfed

Wed 28-Dec-11
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Oooooooh!!!  My book has just arrived!!! (there's no jumping for joy icon!!)

magiclaughokchampagnewelldoneheartwinewaverose (they will have to do instead lol)

 

*note to self....we're going out in a few minutes, must not start reading it now!*

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Wed 28-Dec-11
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My free copy of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has also arrived- I wondered what it was at first, as I wasn't expecting it until January at earliest. Will start to read today as I'm short of books this year, normally get a few for Crimble but only a practical, how to make bird, bug and bee houses this year- which is very useful but not a ripping yarn.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Wed 28-Dec-11
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My copy arrived this morning too - quite impressive speed really since normally, free things take ages to turn up smile

I was also puzzled by the jiffy bag on the doormat since I couldn't remember ordering anything,

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Wed 28-Dec-11
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Mine arrived ten minutes ago, the postman was wearing shorts and a short sleeved shirt, no jacket!

I'll try that again!

Wed 28-Dec-11
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wave  He would not only have been soaked here, he would have been blown away!!!  big_laugh

 

I have not exactly given up on this book.  I will try again, but I just cannot get into it despite being told to persevere.  I have it on my Kindle and it is too easy to swap to another book when you get fed up of one.  Let me know how you get on folks and I will give it another go.

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Wed 28-Dec-11
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I'm putting it off for a while, I have Middlemarch on my Kindle and I'm struggling with it. I also have Bess of Hardwick, the mention for which I have to thank Hattie.  I also have The Breadmaker's Saga nabbed from the library for 50p.  There is also a Maeve Binchy 'quick read' at Amazon for £1.99 that is beckoning...

I'll try that again!

Wed 28-Dec-11
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i'm not sure when i'll get around to reading the book but i will try to start soon. I am in the middle of Bill Brysons At Home, in paperback, and A Christmas Carol using the Kindle app on our tablet. I used to get through a book a week on average and since I cut down on internet use, I'm getting a bit more reading done. I must really get back to working on my thesis though. I've finished the 2nd draft and need to proof read it before I send it to my supervisor.

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Wed 28-Dec-11
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Good luck with your Thesis Mike.

I'll try that again!

Wed 28-Dec-11
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Cheers, TA. My plan today was shopping in the morning, then lunch, then start on the thesis again. It's nearly 3pm so I should really make some effort to start...

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Wed 28-Dec-11
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Mine arrived early this morning but I didn't realise what it was & couldn't open the package because my hands (& a lot else) was covered with very sticky & adhesive rye sourdough which I was kneading at the time.

I am in the middle of a couple of books so it can join the large pile. I am looking forward to it.  smile

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Thu 29-Dec-11
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I recognised the jiffy bag packing from Mike's description when it arrived this morning. Very welcome it is too because we did not exchange book presents this year as we usually do. Or rather, the books we bought were more how-to manuals than novels or thrillers.

Looking forward to starting on it this evening.

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Anybody else reading their book yet, and what do you think?

Have to say I'm finding it a bit hard going at the mo (and only on the first chapter!).  There's quite a lot of technical descriptive stuff, laying the groundwork I suppose so we have a better understanding of what goes on later and why, but my eyes do glaze over a bit sometimes and am semi-consciously skipping a few lines.  I'm sure it will improve....I hope.  If not, I can always just look at the picture of Daniel Craig on the front......heartbig_laugh

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Sue, Fiona read it first and told me that the first 100 pages were relatively dull but get past that and it's a fantastic read apparently.

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