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My name is Mumpo
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Not quite, for a couple of basically trivial reasons, as fantastic a read as 'This Is Uncool', the author's list of his favuorite 500 post-punk/disco singles, but defintely a publication that shouldn't be missed.

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Croute au fromage et oeuf au plat
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GO, I know yer daft bugger, but that book has the same selection of walks than those shown on that TV series with that bearded bloke living in the Lake District.
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Not a present for me. Rather a present for me sister that I'm trying desperately to finish it before she comes to visit this weekend.

David Sedaris 'Dress your family in Corduroy and Denim'.

Excellent. Very funny. Never heard of him before. Thanks sis.

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j/j, if you like that, you'll like Sedaris' other stuff. Naked made him famous, and it's funny like Dress Your Family, but it's more of an autobiography of his childhood and young adult years. Me Talk Pretty One Day is also good.
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Thanks Inca. Will investigate further after I finish this one. Can't believe I'd never heard of him until my sister asked for this book as a present.
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If you like reading Sedaris, j/j, I suspect you will really enjoy hearing him. He is fantastic reading his own stuff:

http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/lists/sedaris/

There's also lots of stuff at www.thislife.org (search for his name) and on the various video sites.

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quote:
The Steep Approach to Garbadaleby Iain Banks.
Some decent writing, but he's basically fused the plots of The Crow Road and The Business which suggests his imagination is getting a little tired.

Just read this one. A pretty good read I thought but agree that Banks' imgaination might be getting a bit tired. I got a bit bored of hearing of Alban's political opinions (another common Banks theme) and I thought the boat scene was a bit signposted.

I'd have liked it more if more bits were written from other viewpoints; the first chapter was from Fielding's point of view which I'd have liked to have heard more from.

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