Hi, is this your first visit to MuscleMecca?
Register
  • The Facebook Platform
Page 9 of 10 FirstFirst ... 5678910 LastLast
Results 145 to 162 of 171
  1. #145
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270
    Quote Originally Posted by lifterdead View Post
    I just got a copy of The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Pretty good so far.

    On a side note, I wanted to ask who your employer is, Tim. Oddly enough, I knew an Australian in WA who worked for the government, and it sounds like she might be vaguely involved in similar work as you. It had something to do with salt levels in soil and environmental concerns.
    Sounds like an interesting book.

    PM sent.


    Most Helpful Member 2008
    December 2008 MOTM
    My Log - Join the Journey!
    Aussie Lift-Off



    •   bodybuilding Post Icon
      MuscleMecca Sponsors

      MuscleMecca Bodybuilding advertising
      MuscleMecca.com
      Your Bodybuilding,
      Diet, Nutrition and Fitness,
      Steroids, Testosterone and Bodybuilding Chemical,
      Muscle Building Community

        

        
        Support MuscleMecca Bodybuilding Forums and Visit Our Muscle Sponsors




  2. #146
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270
    Ok I've almost finished James Patterson's book Worst Case. Not a fan of his writing style. His ideas are ok, characters aren't sterotypes but they might as well be, but it is with his actual writing that everything falls down. This story is supposed to be in first person narrative. But it switches between past and present tense and 1st and 2nd person narrative. Just a shambles of language. The best examples of first person narrative I have read have been the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (although unnecessarily waffly) and the Dexter books. This just reads awkwardly and as a result doesn't flow as quickly as a crime thriller should. His editor should be shot!


     


  3. #147
    Elvira turns me on Natzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Setúbal - Portugal
    Age
    27
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    10,972
    pre-ordered : Stephen Hawking's, The Grand Design


    The Official Book Thread

    Natzo's LOG - Check my workouts!ASC 09 Top 5 pick Champion'10 MM fantasy Football league Champion


  4. #148
    Mecca V.I.P.
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Age
    28
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    3,450
    Quote Originally Posted by Natzo View Post
    pre-ordered : Stephen Hawking's, The Grand Design
    Going to buy it either first or second week.

    Finished reading The Three Kindoms couple weeks ago, kept me busy all summer.


     


  5. #149
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270
    Back from holidays with a lot of reading time done.

    Worst Case - James Patterson
    If it hadn't been a light and easy read I wouldn't have bothered. Crap writing, boring story.

    Seven Ancient Wonders - Matthew Reilly
    This book felt like it was aimed at a much younger audience. I wasn't really engaged, but it was fast paced and entertaining.

    Road Kill - Martin Cusworth
    I tried to like this, as my friend's dad wrote it. Ultimately this story was pretty much a dad's fears for his daughters. Ultimately uninteresting and not particularly well written.....

    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - that dead guy
    Reads like a first draft. I gave up on this with the intention of coming back to it later. Hard to get past his pointless descriptions of his home renovations or the trip that lead to the meeting friend that lead to a catch-up that lead to a discussion that lead............... bored now.

    Hell Island - Matthew Reilly
    Short book he did that is meant to be a bridge between books. Quite good, definitely superior to the Seven Ancient Wonders book.

    The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
    Excellent book. I've found this to be a good blend of epic and literary insight story-telling with a more accessible style and sensibility.


     


  6. #150
    Elvira turns me on Natzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Setúbal - Portugal
    Age
    27
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    10,972
    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - that dead guy
    Reads like a first draft. I gave up on this with the intention of coming back to it later. Hard to get past his pointless descriptions of his home renovations or the trip that lead to the meeting friend that lead to a catch-up that lead to a discussion that lead............... bored now.

    Totally agree with Tim's description, I have it and I don't want to read it... boring....


     


  7. #151
    Mecca V.I.P. lifterdead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    1,704
    Ok, just finished several books.

    The Road, Cormac McCarthy- Slightly disappointed. Not a bad book, but wasn't in the mood for it. It was the last book I read over summer vacation and not what I had in mind for relaxing. Not that I thought it was too depressing; just the writing style isn't what I normally enjoy.

    The Terror, Dan Simmons - A mix of historical fiction and horror. Right up my alley. I love Dan Simmons and this is his best work I've read to date. Accounts for all the historical facts of the lost expedition Sir Franklin took in search of the Northwest Passage, relates all the grisly details with a twist. Good stuff, and at 900+ pages, enough to satisfy any demand.

    Currently reading Unintended Consequences, by Jon Ross. Banned in Canada, once a best seller on Amazon, now out of print. VERY controversial. More on that later.

    The Official Book Thread

    The Official Book Thread


    slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.


  8. #152
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270
    ^^ I was looking into Cormac and wasn't really swayed to read his stuff. The Unintended Consequences looks interesting though.

    I've just finished reading Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child. Great read. Took me about a day to read it. This one was told in the first person and had a few more little details that the writer/researcher in me admired.
    The Official Book Thread


     


  9. #153
    I am god. Skeptic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Age
    30
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    7,994
    I just finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest - The dead guy.

    With not reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I can't really compare, but I enjoyed this book... however I do agree that there was alot of needless description of a lot of things. Did anyone else notice at some stages through the books that the translations seem to be a bit off?


    She really looks like someone set her face on fire and put it out with a bike chain.


  10. #154
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270
    Quote Originally Posted by Skeptic View Post
    however I do agree that there was alot of needless description of a lot of things.
    I was reading an article today about how we should read what takes our mood. The current literatzi want us to only spend our time reading the classics and "great" novels. I actually have swung away from this thinking, the thinking that a book can be worth it, even if you have to stick with it and persevere. I no longer stand for the needless description, self indulgent waffle, the banal and preachy. Give me something interesting and involving, especially in the first 50 pages or so, otherwise I'm tossing the book aside.

    I read Robinson Crusoe and The Prince and the Pauper when I was eleven. BORING. Gave them up and read Douglas Adams. I literally gave up on regular reading mid-way through high school as a result of reading the classics. I thought anything "decent" was also hard work to read. But on the other end of the spectrum I pledge to never read James Patterson again.


     


  11. #155
    I am god. Skeptic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Age
    30
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    7,994
    I want to read a few of the classics because of curiosity really, I'm still a rookie at this whole novel thing, purely because it takes me so long to get through a book haha


     


  12. #156
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270
    ^^ A good book shouldn't take too long to read though. Average novel is 140,000 words or so. Should only take a few days to read.

    If you only manage a page or two at a sitting then clearly it isn't engrossing enough, or is poorly written so you don't take things in, such that it takes so long.


     


  13. #157
    I am god. Skeptic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Age
    30
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    7,994
    Hehehe I'm a really slow reader, and often I don't get much time to sit down and really have a solid read, doesn't matter how interested I am in the book. Its something I've been trying to work on though.


     


  14. #158
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270

    Re: The Official Book Thread

    Few more books read of late:

    Tara Moss - Hit
    I was apprehensive about reading a novel by an ex-model. Fortunately she is quite good and is actually somewhat of a method writer (apparently she got choked out by a wrestler and got a lap dance at a strip club to be able to write about it). Recommended.
    The Official Book Thread

    Lee Child - Worth Dying For
    Great. Took me just over a day to read. Couldn't put it down.
    The Official Book Thread

    Michael Critchon - Timeline
    Meh. I got two thirds of the way through and then just gave up. I know what was going to happen, and the story was ok, the characters were fine, just everything was telegraphed and there wasn't enough pace to really keep my interest.
    The Official Book Thread

    Jeff Lindsay - Dearly Devoted Dexter
    Brilliant. Great story, well written, completely engrossing.
    The Official Book Thread


    Last edited by tim290280; 11-07-2010 at 09:23 PM.
     


  15. #159
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270

    Re: The Official Book Thread

    Just finished a long one:

    Andy McDermott - The Tomb of Hercules.
    Entertaining and non-stop action. Have to say though that there are some terrible language gaffs that were not picked up in editing. Aside from that I was very impressed with this book. Had a running joke about how the plot line references Bond films - Brilliant.
    The Official Book Thread


     


  16. #160
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270

    Re: The Official Book Thread

    Not sure about this book I've just finished.

    John Sandford - Phantom Prey
    Fast paced police detective novel. Story was fine, characters fine, just felt like this could have been done better. I'm not sure I will bother with any more books in this Prey series.
    The Official Book Thread


     


  17. #161
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270

    Re: The Official Book Thread

    The Ghost Writer (originally released as The Ghost in 2007)- Robert Harris
    I was really drawn into this thriller. It really kept you involved and interested, despite the sparsity of actual plot points. Very well constructed, but I felt it was let down by the ending. The ending of the film sounds like they got it right.
    The Official Book Thread


     


  18. #162
    Mecca V.I.P. tim290280's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Western Australia
    Age
    39
    Height
     
    Weight
     
    Biceps
     
    Chest
     
    Waist
     
    Posts
    9,270

    Re: The Official Book Thread

    The Whole Truth - David Baldacci
    Really not sure what to think about this book, I'm really in two minds. Overall the book was decent, but there were some really sloppy bits of writing in this that were just pathetic. For example the character has his shirt cut off to look for a wire, then the next paragraph has him buttoning up his shirt again, and then later in that scene his shirt is ripped in a fight, but is miraculously described as only bloodied mere moments later. This is just not at the level of a professional writer.

    The Official Book Thread


     




    • MuscleMecca Sponsors

      MuscleMecca Bodybuilding advertising
      MuscleMecca.com
      Your Muscle Building,
      Power Lifting, Weight Training
      Steroids, Testosterone and Bodybuilding Chemical,
      Bodybuilding Forum

        

        
         We stand behind our bodybuilding products and assure QUALITY






 

 
Page 9 of 10 FirstFirst ... 5678910 LastLast

Similar Bodybuilding Threads

  1. Official sex thread
    By Zigurd in forum Off-Topic Discussion
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 05-29-2015, 04:37 PM
  2. Official NHL Thread
    By Oloz in forum Sports Lounge
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 04-09-2010, 02:03 PM
  3. Official WWE Thread
    By Pain in forum Sports Lounge
    Replies: 165
    Last Post: 09-19-2009, 02:17 PM
  4. official Car Thread
    By Pain in forum Off-Topic Discussion
    Replies: 95
    Last Post: 09-04-2008, 02:17 AM

Tags for this Thread

collapse Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
By agreeing to the above you are also agreeing to our Terms of Use and our Privacy Statement.