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E10Rifle
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I haven't, and the postings level on here of late would suggest hardly anyone else has either.
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Not a novel, but I have been reading a few books:

Micha Glenny's "The Fall of Yugoslavia"
Yorum Binur's "My Enemy, My Self" (highly recommended)
David Sedaris's "Naked" (very funny, but he's written better)

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Don't know if I count or the circumstances count, but yes: The House Behind the Cedars by Charles Chesnutt (first African-American novelist), on plane back from San Diego. I also read Harry Pearson's travel book about Belgium, A Tall Man in a Low Land, on the way out; I should have read it on my way to Belgium a few years ago.

Also, in progress:
while on subway to work - Shifts, Christopher Meredith
a few pages before bed - The Ex-Files (short stories about exes), Blake Ferris
on stationary bike twice a week - Power, Corruption, and Pies - WSC

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I' ve finished re-reading James Ellroy's The Cold 6000 and I'm reading The Return of Little Big Man by Thomas Berger.
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Since the World Cup started, I've read Matt Ruff's Fool On The Hill, Tim Sandlin's Skipped Parts and I'm currently three quarters of the way through Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien, all re-reads, all suggested to myself by my Top 20 List. There might even have been another one but I can't remember now. May 31st seems like a long time ago now.
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I've just read Confederacy of Dunces. Thanks to those of you who recommended that.

It's just about possible to read a book as long as you don't get the Guardian every day.

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Duncan Gardner
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Recent fiction: 'That they may face the rising sun', an evocative year in the life of a rural community in Co. Leitrim, Ireland. 'Scaredy cat', semi-thriller about the hundrum nature of Police work.

Non fiction: 'No frills' (on budget airlines). Branson is just as much a tosser as you thought, and so is O'Leary! Oh, and 'Stupid white men' which would have worked better as a series of short article or as a TV documentary.

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Not a novel, but I've been gradually reading Fast Food Nation.
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Oh I can read stuff like that, cos you can flick through polemical stuff in little chunks. I've been reading bits of Pilger's new book of late (kind of predictable, not a patch on Hidden Agendas, but still a welcome antidote to, well, lots of things), but - not being a massively prolific reader, I need time to really absorb myself in a novel. And when there's football on the whole time it's kinda difficult.
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Just started reading Ten Days That Shook The World, not a novel but still a story of sorts.
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Considering that all the football has been on in the morning, there's been plenty of time for novel reading in the afternoon and evening. I'm in the middle of Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground at the moment.
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I've finished reading Gumshoe by Neville Smith, good it was too.

Read a few pages of a Star Wars novel (not sure why), but I'm thinking about either properly reading that, or Aberwystwyth Mon Amour or the 12th Matt Scudder mystery by Lawrence Block.

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Again too little time to concentrate on getting to grips with a novel although received Frank Skinners biography as Fathers Day present....being made to feel constantly guilty over the failure to even pick up the previous years present(Stanley Matthews biography) I started reading immediately and found it a great accompaniment to the last week of the tournament..

Now ready to tackle a stockpile which includes Any Human Heart(William Boyd) & What A Carve Up(Jonathan Coe)

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Since the beginning of the World Cup, I've read David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49; and I am currently enjoying White Noise by Don DeLillo.

Admittedly only two of these are novels; but they are all ace.

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I was the only person I knew that hadn't read Snow Crash. So I finally got round to it a couple of weeks ago.

It really is as good as everybody says.

The Neuromancer of the 1990's.

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