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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 10 Sep 2019, 01:30

aye, there's the rub.!

But seriously? I am appalled.. one of the few things humans can do better than robots is express the human condition.

It offends me when I see these failures in publishing, and if it is setting the norm, that these sorts of errors are inconsequential, I am really pissed off. I want to read the words of the author, not some mishmash that is mostly correct in syntax, spelling, etc etc,.

So we are looking at reading what computers write for us.

Fuck that.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby HBS Guy » 10 Sep 2019, 01:34

Even SF pulps were OK as far as grammar etc.

Anyway,going to sleep. Niters pinky!
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 10 Sep 2019, 01:57

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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Sep 2019, 18:43

Was in the Lower North today. Nice lunch at Reillies iin Mintaro. Bought six of their Watervale Riesling. Nice wine, one you won’t mind mixing with some ice, bit lemon, splash soda on hot day. Then drove to Burra. Mum likes Op Shops and I know there was one there, found it—Op Shop actually open as I thought it might be.

Nothing for Mum. I walked away with an Australian print in English of Les Miserables. 15cm thick book, very good condition, hardback with solid front and back covers.


$1.00.

How could I not buy?
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 14 Sep 2019, 02:26

yeah.. I try to ignore books when I opshop, because I can use a Library, and I've got enough stuff already.!

I'm reading Nordic Noir at the moment. Is.... Nordic Noir.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Sep 2019, 06:37

I look for gardening books ATM, then saw Les Miserables.

Local library, the one I volunteered at for a few years, is not much. Might look there today or Monday. Best part of it is: all the local libraries have combined their catalogues so I can, on line, request a book held in any part of SA.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 15 Sep 2019, 01:45

you can request just about any book you can name.


I don't use it myself, 'cos I amble down to my local library, which is an old school house, and personally wander around looking at all the stuff they have. I've never tried an e-book.. I don't watch videos or CD's, I read books, and will continue to do so as long as possible.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby DonDeeHippy » 15 Sep 2019, 05:39

I use my ipad to read , for two reasons , one I work away a lot and I only need my ipad to browse the net, read books and be my songbooks, very handy.
I like to read at night and with the ipad I can read at night, the screen goes black and lettering white, while my partner sleeps, I don't need the light on. :purple
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby HBS Guy » 15 Sep 2019, 07:08

I have bought a few books on Kindle, same reason, don’t have to pack them to take to Tassie, car is full enough already—I take plastic containers of books I don’t want to get rid of but won’t be reading again for awhile and other stuff not attractive to thief, make space here. Pity the Mazda is so crap at carrying stuff—my laser and the Telstar I drove for a while could carry much more. So no need to take books to read. And books are very cheap on Kindle!
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 16 Sep 2019, 01:16

Now I'm on British Noir.

Val McDermid. Perhaps the greatest..?

Wire in the Blood ring a bell?
So this still with Tony Hill.

Splinter The Silence.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby HBS Guy » 16 Sep 2019, 01:41

Never got into Wire in the Blood.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 18 Sep 2019, 00:45

It isn't lightweight viewing that's for sure.
(It has been a long running UK TV Drama Production)

I can only say Val McDermid is a great author and an excellent place to start, if you want to try READING UK crime fiction .
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Bongalong » 18 Sep 2019, 19:45

Ronald Dahl, short stories.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 18 Sep 2019, 23:02

Don't read short stories, normally. Never heard of Ronald Dahl.

But, this Splinter the Silence is an f'n good read.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby SethBullock » 27 Dec 2019, 11:26

I've only read the Prologue and first chapter, but this looks to be fascinating.

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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby greggerypeccary » 27 Dec 2019, 12:08

pinkeye wrote:Never heard of Ronald Dahl.


Wow, really?

I'm sure you know some of his work.

I'm currently reading a Christmas present:

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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby HBS Guy » 27 Dec 2019, 14:21

Bought two books today on the way back from the Riverland. Both by Kipling:

Stalky & Co
Soldiers three

Haven’t started reading them yet.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 27 Dec 2019, 22:55

Until I get Dark Emu back, I'm reading other library books. Currently a legal drama. UK Capital Murder 1960's.

'A Matter for the Jury", by Peter Murphy. It's really rather well written.

I've got a new Jo Nesbo too. The new Harry Hole instalment. Might read that next. :bgrin
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 27 Dec 2019, 22:59

Bongalong wrote:Ronald Dahl, short stories.


OK I assume you mean Roald Dahl..

but.. still haven't read any. He's writes for kids yeah.?

I can be SO humourless sometimes.. I really don't mean to be cruel. :bgrin
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Lols » 30 Dec 2019, 10:48

I was at Gold Coast airport, feeling bored while waiting for plane, I go to bookstore, 20% off a few books, so I bought Bear Grylls “How to stay alive” :bike :bgrin
What fascinated me was, if pilot passes out, how to fly/land a plane or helicopter.
I’m sure this will come in handy one day!
As the good ole scouts motto was about being prepared.
So if a stewardess asks if anyone can fly a plane.....
( I may have to look up the instructions again ) :thumb
How to survive in flash flooding or tsunamis, well that we saw recently up on the Gold Coast and cars needed to slow down or risk aquaplaning, my son was parked and watching it all and says he couldn’t believe how it just didn’t seem to register with a few drivers of the sudden situation.
I pulled over on the side of the road in safety.
As for the section on escaping a bush fire, I haven’t yet read it, but have attended a fire brigade meeting and picked up a few pointers.
For instance, don’t expect someone will come and tell you to evacuate, one needs to look, be vigil, then act ASAP.
I was stunned when I heard that advice, all the whole I thought we would have fair warning in advance somehow,
Now I know better.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby pinkeye » 31 Dec 2019, 00:06

Yes Lols, that is often the way of it.

Self-reliance and some sort of plan is necessary these days. Can't afford to be complacent anymore.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby johnsmith » 31 Dec 2019, 15:20

read a story the other week where a guy who got caught in the bushfires (i think NSW) only survived because he waited it out in a kiln he has just built for his pottery. It wasn't a permanent kiln, only a short term one designed to be fired once or twice. I think he made it using fire proof blankets etc

I'll see if i can find the story again

here it is

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-22/tales-of-survival-from-balmoral-bushfires/11822210

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good idea for those living in bushfire regions to keep a couple of those fire proof blankets handy handy
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Lols » 01 Jan 2020, 13:34

Fire blankets? Didn’t realise they existed, now I will add some to my
safety equipment.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby HBS Guy » 01 Jan 2020, 13:56

Yeah. chip pan catches fire? Do NOT try to carry the chip pan to the sink, instead turn off the heat, put a lid or fire blanket over, will soon stop burning. Lady I knew 14 years ago did the wrong thing, left her fingers attached the handle of the chip pan. Never put water on burning fat.

Chip pans are dangerous and unhealthy. When working in the PS one time there were constant reports of fires in married quarters—chip pans! Get a little deep fryer (controlled temperatures, level of fat/oil is way down) or an airfrier.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Lols » 01 Jan 2020, 16:31

Oh yes I have a small fire blanket in kitchen and used it once when a different type of oil I bought to my usual, caught fire. I did put blanket over it, but somehow flames were going downwards at edges and searching for oxygen. I then got a big lid and covered the pan and this worked.
I didn’t know there were large fire blankets for people, so now I have ordered two 1.8 x 1.8 metre fire blankets from eBay.
Good to add to our survival kit.
My son was telling me off 2 nights ago, said to not stay to fight but go!
I said it’s mainly flying embers that cause the fires to houses, as we have buckets and barrels of water all around, plus covered generator on tank water, we have plan B, go into dam water with life jackets on holding onto the paddle boat to middle of dam. With our fire blankets covering us and otherwise anything woollen.

I just saw on news a son went to help father save the country property and both perished, but how? Overcome with smoke? Heat? No plan B?
We have goggles, broad rim hats, wooden clothing, balaclavas and gloves (to cover any exposed skin) breathing aparatus with charcoal filter, nose and mouth guard filters. Head lamp torches. To name a few collectables to our survival kit.

So there are some stories where the house is saved but shedding isn’t, because you can’t be everywhere at same time and can expect a fight for about 18 hours, and most importantly, lots of water to rehydrate.
When some fail to try and save their place, yet others succeed, would that be in the preparation before hand?
That old adage comes to mind, if you fail to plan you plan to fail.
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