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>> No. 5761 Anonymous
8th October 2014
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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Evening, Mumsnet lads.

I'm running low on ideas of what to read to my son [7]. We're working our way through the Mr Gum books and if I can't think of something when we're finished my other half will probably subject him to Enid Blyton. We've read The Hobbit and all of Ronald Dahl's books for children but I don't know where to go next, possibly Harry Potter (although I've never read them so I don't know what they're like) or maybe something by Terry Deary as he's obsessed with ancient Egypt. Goosebumps?

I'd be grateful for any tips. Any books you were particularly fond of from your childhood?
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>> No. 6926 Anonymous
27th January 2019
Sunday 11:28 pm
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Read more then lad.

Maybe we should have a .gs goodreads or summat
>> No. 6927 Anonymous
28th January 2019
Monday 1:23 pm
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>Maybe we should have a .gs goodreads or summat

I think that's more-or-less covered by >>5456. I'm presently reading What Am I Doing Here thanks to that thread.
>> No. 6928 Anonymous
29th January 2019
Tuesday 12:38 am
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I recommended The Yiddish Policeman's Union aaaages ago to some lad here. On the offchance you're around, did you enjoy it as much as I did?
>> No. 6929 Anonymous
29th January 2019
Tuesday 8:22 pm
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I'd take that as a no.
>> No. 6930 Anonymous
29th January 2019
Tuesday 9:48 pm
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Well, not everyone posts here every single day. I hear some users actually have the attention span for books!
>> No. 6931 Anonymous
30th January 2019
Wednesday 1:11 pm
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Cheeky title lad. What's it about?
>> No. 6932 Anonymous
30th January 2019
Wednesday 4:51 pm
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It's about a cynical, alcoholic Jewish detective trying to solve the execution-style murder of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy in a halfway house. It takes place in an alternate reality where Israel lost the 1948 war with the Arabs and the Jews were resettled in Sitka, Alaska (this was an actual proposition for their relocation post-WWII). Our murder takes place decades later when 'reclamation' is about to happen, reverting the land back to full American status since the settlement was only supposed to be temporary. Our grizzled detective has precious little time to clear out the list of unsolved murders before this date, as ordered by his boss who is, of course, his ex-wife. The death of this strange young man soon takes on a conspiratorial bent as he looks into it, finding himself in more danger than he would ever have expected. The language is peppered with Yiddish slang, as Hebrew never took off as their new tongue, and it's got a great sense of humour among the general Jewish fatalism. A cracking read overall.
>> No. 6933 Anonymous
31st January 2019
Thursday 8:46 am
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It was delightful to read this synopsis ladm8.
>> No. 6934 Anonymous
31st January 2019
Thursday 1:01 pm
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I'm >>6925 and your recommendation has reminded me that probably the last novel I read cover to cover was on holiday the summer before last, The Manual of Detection. It was an interesting Kafkaesque detective fiction. After a detective goes missing, his administrative handler is promoted to find him and has to follow a 'how to be a detective' book, with hilarious consequences. There's also some Gothic fantasy in there.
>> No. 6935 Anonymous
31st January 2019
Thursday 6:49 pm
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Go on, lad. Read a book. I'm almost halfway through Catch-22 at the minute.
>> No. 6936 Anonymous
31st January 2019
Thursday 7:21 pm
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If you're exactly halfway through, doesn't that make it Fumble-11?
>> No. 6937 Anonymous
1st February 2019
Friday 10:49 am
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No because two fumbles don't equal a catch.
>> No. 6939 Anonymous
1st February 2019
Friday 6:59 pm
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Where's the best place to start with Kafka?
>> No. 6940 Anonymous
1st February 2019
Friday 8:31 pm
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Page 1, left to right, can't go wrong.*

*Unless you got the Hebrew or Arabic translation.
>> No. 6941 Anonymous
1st February 2019
Friday 9:22 pm
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Illiteratus here; the only Kafka I ever read all the way through was Metamorphosis and, compared to The Trial which I got bored with, it's a straightforward tale. All the way through I was like "no, stop it, why is this happening", which I think is probably the quintessential reaction to Kafka.
>> No. 6942 Anonymous
1st February 2019
Friday 10:01 pm
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Why? The Metamorphosis is well enough known that you can think enough about a lot of its potential interpretations to the point you needn't really read it unless you especially want to, in which case there's your answer.
As >>6941 points out, The Trial is an exercise in bureaucracy that's not a whole barrel of laughs to read through, it's sort of like those bits in Family Guy where Peter's fighting that chicken or hurts his knee and it just keeps going and going and you just want it to end which arguably is the point.
If you want to get anything else out of him, reading something you haven't already heard umpteen different perspectives on then just get a collection of his short stories. Most of them will likely leave you nonplussed but you'll probably get more out of it than just reading the most well known ones.
>> No. 6954 Anonymous
11th February 2019
Monday 8:28 pm
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Success, lads. He's just finished The Colour of Magic and has started cracking on with The Light Fantastic.
>> No. 6955 Anonymous
11th February 2019
Monday 10:08 pm
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You already had this success. >>6751
>> No. 6956 Anonymous
12th February 2019
Tuesday 4:23 am
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He's actually reading them now, though.
>> No. 6957 Anonymous
12th February 2019
Tuesday 8:17 pm
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>I'm presently reading What Am I Doing Here thanks to that thread.

I enjoyed the parts on China the most, particularly the section on Emperor Wu-ti and the Heavenly Horses. It's piqued my interest; do you lads have any recommendations for further reading on Ancient China?
>> No. 6960 Anonymous
24th February 2019
Sunday 10:25 pm
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It didn't fill me with trepidation, unlike the Artemis Fowl trailer, so I guess that's a plus.
>> No. 6961 Anonymous
7th March 2019
Thursday 11:07 am
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World Book Day: Parents spend more on outfits than they do on novels


That doesn't surprise me. Most of the kids I've seen going to school this morning seemed to be dressed as superheroes or Disney princesses.
>> No. 6962 Anonymous
7th March 2019
Thursday 11:10 am
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>> No. 6977 Anonymous
27th April 2019
Saturday 2:23 pm
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>> No. 6978 Anonymous
27th April 2019
Saturday 3:20 pm
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>Parents spend more on outfits than they do on novels
That's not really surprising. Clothes are expensive, books are not.
>> No. 6986 Anonymous
25th May 2019
Saturday 9:13 am
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A quarter of parents are using digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri to read bedtime stories to their children, a survey suggests. Two thirds said that they gave their children time on smartphones, tablets or television before they went sleep instead of a bedtime story

Some parenting websites extol the use of Alexa at bedtime. They say that, as well as allowing it to read a story to your child, you can ask it to sing to them, dim the lights, create white noise and respond to them from another room if they wake.

The survey showed that half of parents aimed to share a story with their child every night but barely more than a quarter did. Nearly a third said that work or commuting stopped them getting home in time and a fifth said they were too busy. For parents who did read stories with their child at night more than half said that they would choose to use an app or YouTube for the task. More than two fifths of children younger than 11 own a tablet and one in eight owns a tablet and a smartphone.

>> No. 7017 Anonymous
26th June 2019
Wednesday 8:33 pm
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Are there any decent British comics these days? I'm going to trial The Phoenix for my daughter, but I can't think of any others. The Beano seems to have gone to shit and almost everything else is magazines for about a fiver with a load of tat attached to it.
>> No. 7018 Anonymous
26th June 2019
Wednesday 8:50 pm
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Get down the jumble sale and get some old annuals.
>> No. 7029 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 1:56 pm
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>His sister is older now than he was when I started this thread and she's the opposite; she'll read but, other than Roald Dahl, she only wants to read relatively simplistic stuff

She's now obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson books. I swear at least 90% of them must be about a kid whose parents are going through a divorce. Either that or they've already divorced and the kid now has to look after their younger siblings because their mum has fucked off to Benidorm with her new fella and there's no telling when she'll be back.
>> No. 7030 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 2:03 pm
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Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Smart kid.
>> No. 7031 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 2:11 pm
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It might just be that these are the main themes she's decided to follow in her books aimed at 9 to 11 year olds. That and bullying.

She does have books aimed at older girls, but I know they cover things like sex and periods so obviously we aren't going to let her read them yet. Who knows what the themes in these books will be? Backstreet abortions and the time dad held mum's head over the hob for burning dinner?
>> No. 7032 Anonymous
20th August 2019
Tuesday 5:13 pm
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I read James Herbert's The Fog when I was 12 and it never did me any harm. No, watching If.... when I was 11 ruined my life.
>> No. 7065 Anonymous
1st November 2019
Friday 10:47 pm
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>Apparently they're making a His Dark Materials TV series.

It starts on Sunday. I'm not sure on the casting; the film was shite but it was at least well cast. I can't see James McAvoy pulling off Lord Asriel.
>> No. 7066 Anonymous
6th November 2019
Wednesday 9:31 am
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There's not a fucking chance the BBC of all producers is going to effectively depict a child-maiming aristocracy and a full frontal assault on Catholicism.

Likely it'll just be a bit of an adult Harry Potter cum generic steampunk fantasy.
>> No. 7067 Anonymous
6th November 2019
Wednesday 9:44 am
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The first episode was alright, albeit I don't think they've got the pacing right yet and it could have benefited from something like the mud wars between Lyra and the gyptian children as no real relationship was established between the two in Oxford. I'm not entirely convinced by Mrs Coulter, either.

I'll see how it goes.
>> No. 7068 Anonymous
7th November 2019
Thursday 4:12 pm
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I'm watching it and it seems decent but I paused it a while ago and can't be bothered to start it again. I don't like the use of CGI, it makes everything feel like the sets are tiny dioramas with no actual world around them.
>> No. 7069 Anonymous
16th December 2019
Monday 10:38 pm
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Laddo's apparently ran out of books to read so I've given him The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'm guessing he's into it because he didn't want to turn his light off when I went through a few minutes ago. I only really need to tide him over for a week or so until his birthday/Christmas but I'm unsure what to suggest to him next; I might try Orwell on him again.
>> No. 7070 Anonymous
17th December 2019
Tuesday 12:30 am
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He's 12 now right? Yeah that's a good age for Hitchhiker's, most of my school mates had read it by then.
>> No. 7071 Anonymous
17th December 2019
Tuesday 10:31 am
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Dirk Gently seems an obvious choice. Pratchett too.
>> No. 7072 Anonymous
17th December 2019
Tuesday 1:57 pm
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Yeah. A week today and he's a teenager.

I'm not actually sure if I've got any Dirk Gently books, I've certainly got other ones by Adams but I have a feeling they're others in the Hitchhiker's series. He's got around 15 Discworld books plus a few others by Pratchett, such as Dodger and the Nome Trilogy; I'm looking to get more but you see surprisingly few Pratchett books in second-hand and charity shops considering his volume of output.
>> No. 7073 Anonymous
18th December 2019
Wednesday 4:06 am
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Seconding Pratchett here. I read his truckers/diggers/wings trilogy in primary and loved it and started into discworld at 15 although I'd say an intelligent kid could definitely get it much younger than that.


Dirk Gently always felt a bit more adult, even if I did read them as a Young Adult. Likewise I first read HHGTTG at 14-16 and probably didn't really appreciate them properly.

Sigh because my lad's just hit four and while he loves story time he has the attention span of a goldfish and I suppose I'll be here in a couple of years asking what you can read to an ADHD 6 year old.

I mean I would sit and listen to whole chapters of the Alice, Narnia, and Wind in the Willows when I was 3, I knew I never should have spaffed in his mum. Sage.
>> No. 7075 Anonymous
8th January 2020
Wednesday 7:41 pm
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Did anyone actually watch all of His Dark Materials? It's been a couple of months and I'm still struggling to find the motivation to get around to the second episode.
>> No. 7087 Anonymous
2nd March 2020
Monday 7:29 pm
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>> No. 7132 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 6:55 pm
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I've just read the first Dirk Gently book. Can you lads recommend some authors similar to Adams and Pratchett? Not sure how alike they are, but the next books I'm planning to read are A Confederacy of Dunces and The Antipope.
>> No. 7133 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 8:54 pm
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I tried reading artemis fowl back when I was a teenager, I never get far into the book because it just didn't appeal to me as you have a main character who is meant to be a super-intelligent kid, but mostly just came across to me as a massive bellend.
>> No. 7134 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 9:21 pm
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I enjoyed them but agree with your sentiment. It's been a while since I read them but he's only supposed to be a knob cos his dad's missing, which didn't resonate with me at all since I was very pleased my dad was missing.
>> No. 7135 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 9:40 pm
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A lot of 'book smart' people are educated fools who lack common sense and emotional intelligence. As a swot in school I can safely say that a lot of us were twats.
>> No. 7147 Anonymous
7th July 2020
Tuesday 11:02 pm
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Laddo didn't wake up until about 3:15 this afternoon. Bought him a few Garth Nix books to keep him going and evidently he decided to read a couple of them last night/into the early hours of the morning.

He's watched the Artemis Fowl film on Disney+ and he said it was terrible.
>> No. 7148 Anonymous
8th July 2020
Wednesday 1:05 pm
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I'm still punishing myself by trying to finish the Keys to the Kingdom series. Currently in the middle of having stopped reading Sir Thursday about six months ago.
>> No. 7149 Anonymous
8th July 2020
Wednesday 3:33 pm
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He's read the first four Old Kingdom books this week so far, plus a fair chunk of the Nome trilogy. I picked up Mister Monday in a second-hand bookshop a few years back and now he's suddenly into Garth Nix again he's asking for all of the Keys to the Kingdom books.

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