A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

What are you reading?

Her: "So, where are we going on holiday this year?"
Him: "Mars, of course!"
Her: "No way, babe! I'm going to Venus!"
Him: "Well, please yourself, I'm bloody going to Mars!"



Blogger Shyha said...

I am not reading "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus" :D

I am reading (or going to) :
Boris Vian (as Vernon Sullivan) : stories ("J'irai cracher sur vos tombes", "Les morts ont tous la meme", "Et on tuera tous les affreux", "Elles se rendent pas compte") - I'm after the first.
W.Wharton : "A midnight clear"
M.Krajewski : "Widma w mieście Breslau" (Polish obviously ;))
Kurt Vonnegut : "Fates worst than death"
And a lot of technical stuff...

21/9/06 7:58 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Wow, Shyha, you are an avid reader!
And I like your French! Est-ce tu parles français?

21/9/06 10:33 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I just finished THEY FUCK YOU UP The Family (a title that always makes me laugh but sorry to curse on your blog. You did ask.) It is a collection of short stories put out by GRANTA.

I just started SUMMER CROSSING by Truman Capote.

22/9/06 12:11 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

"Gangs of America; the Rise of Corpoorate Power and the Disabling of Democracy" it upsets me too much, so I'm reading "Pedro Paramo" by Juan Rulfo when I get too discouraged.

22/9/06 2:42 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Too bloody true to be funny, actually. Well, almost.

Reading River Boy by Tim Bowler. V. good. Next on my pile of books - Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan. Recommended by my mother. Hahaha again.

22/9/06 7:56 AM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

Well, I'm not reading the Mars/Venus thing either but I did once. Not sure why really since it is not exactly relevant. I think I am from Mercury and Ruth is from that planet with the rude name!!

I wrote on Geena's about what I am reading now so I shan't say that again.

Over the summer I also read:
"The Night Watch" by Sarah Waters which I don't think is yet published in the UK. It was the hardback version so if nothing else it gave my arms a good work-out holding it up to my face by the pool. About the only exercise I got all summer really. It was a good read - about the lives of five people in London during the war. A bit of a gay read maybe but pretty harmless.
Also read "Der Engel mit den Schwarzen Flugeln" lent to me by Uta but that was depressing.
I have Joanne Harris' "Blackberry Wine" waiting to be read and since Geena said that was good I might give that a whirl next.

22/9/06 8:50 AM  
Blogger cream said...

I'll have to get that one, Mary.

Hayden, I see you can download it for free!! I understand why it upsets you!

Lettuce, I am glad you found it funny! Couldn't think of anything to write. Your mother is a joker!!

Kitty, yes I have read what you wrote on Geena's. She is one FAST reader!!!
You're very lucky to be able to read in many languages!
To improve my Spanish I have been reading books by Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa. At the moment I am reading Eve Green by Susan Fletcher.
I have loved The Shadow of the Wind and The Kite Runner which I have read over the last few months.

22/9/06 9:37 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

Just got Kiran Desai's 'Inheritance of loss' in the post yesterday...

22/9/06 11:28 AM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

I'm trying to read (on the recommendation of many) the first volume of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, but finding it hard going. I had the same problem with Harry Potter. I think you're either an adult who can read children's books or you're not. Can't find anything in the new writers that does it for me, so am re-reading old stuff I like. Also reading an autobiog of Tom Baker which Quarsan lent me.

22/9/06 2:42 PM  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

I have lined up real literature and all to read, lots of deep, serious stuff.

But every time I take a break I pick up True Confession. Oh the shame the shame the indignity :-D

To think one of my major was Literature.

22/9/06 2:51 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Looks like Kiran Desai is lined up for the Booker prize, Hobbes!

I couldn't read Harry Potter, either. There are so many books out at the moment that one can only listen to friends' recommendations to choose the right ones to read.
And, I am not being controversial here, but I would say at least 75% of the new books are by women. Is there something we don't know, Daphnée?

Gigi, is your True Confession a magazine, or This ?
I confess that I often pick up the Readers Digest for a break!

22/9/06 6:08 PM  
Anonymous derrick said...

i'd rather go to venus. lots of chicks!

22/9/06 6:34 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

So far tonight I have very nearly booked a week in Turkey, a cruise down the Nile and 2 weeks in the Caribbean, It started out as a search for a cheap 2/3 night break somewhere for under 100 quid.

It's currently a toss up between Budapest and St Petersburg. Maybe it wasn't such a great idea to agree to go on holiday with my best mate's Mum.

22/9/06 10:21 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

I have already promised to pin down John Gray so that miz bohemia can wail on him.... his karmic reward for writing Men are from Mars (what a weiner)and extending the Battle of the Sexes well into the 22nd Century bleh!

I am sloggin' my way through Richard Dawkins SELFISH GENE and that should take me well into the next decade.

My nanosecond attention span barely lets me get through my periodicals...and now I try to read through about 50 blogs a week...HELP!

23/9/06 5:17 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Derrick, I don't think Viking would approve unless you got to interview all of them at least once!

Cherrybabe, go on, spoil yourself! I hear Prague is the new Paris! But not with your best mate's Mam!

H.E, yep I wondered whether you had time to read especially with the quality and intricacy of your blogs and the care you take in answering comments!

23/9/06 9:52 AM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

We settled on Carcassonne. Can you recommend any restaurants? ( I asked Michael Winner the same question)

23/9/06 11:10 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Wow, Carcassonne, Cherrybabe! Love it! Definitely going back there with Didier! East Midlands is the nearest airport for us.
Restaurants, restaurants... We had a few meals there so here goes...
La Barbacane is a Michelin starred restaurant in L'Hotel de la Cité...Or Chez Saskia next door...You'll need an overdraft for both...
I also had the seafood platter at Le Jardin de la Tour. The food was very good and the prices weren't too bad...
But La Place Marcou is packed with restaurants serving the ubiquitous Cassoulet!
All in all, I know you won't starve in Carcassonne!

23/9/06 12:04 PM  
Blogger Shyha said...

Me, avid reader? :) Not exactly, I'v been going through this list since the beginning of summer, not enough time...
"I like your French! Est-ce tu parles français?". I have to sadden you... I have Polish translation for Vian and I've rewritten original titles from the backside (without accents as I don't know where to find them on my k-b). My BH have a masters degree on French Literature and she really reads a lot.

23/9/06 12:20 PM  
Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

"Cuba Libre" by Elmore Leonard.

Before that, I read "Get Shorty" by the same author, and it was fabulous.


23/9/06 4:05 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Shyha, there's nothing wrong with reading translated works. You'll have to get BH to help you with your French...

If it anything like Get Shorty, Sal, Cuba Libra might start another bidding war for the film rights!

23/9/06 5:03 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Right now I'm into kids stuff: Cristopher Paolini. On the waiting list I've got another book from Luis Sepulveda (if you never read anything from him I would strongly advise you to do so).

24/9/06 12:26 AM  
Blogger Modern Viking said...

I'm reading up on modern Chinese history... Getting ready for the Olympics!

24/9/06 3:53 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

i'm reading "bitch in the house" dont read it its stupid-

i thought it would help me to get bitchier but its just a bunch of stupid women whining-- makes me want to slap them!

anyway- i think anyguy should want to go to venus- helloooo how is he gonna get some if he goes to mars!?

25/9/06 9:32 PM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

Just finished Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola!
on the plane last night!

Next I shall read the hardback heavy book that my DL mentioned above! My arms could do with the excercise!

26/9/06 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

"Is there something WE don't know, Daphnee?" - the WE presumably meaning men. When I had stopped laughing and picked myself up off the floor ....

26/9/06 12:26 PM  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

It's the real True Confession.

Oh my, that boy Junior Tucker is still around? He's as cute as ever too.

26/9/06 6:19 PM  
Blogger cream said...

DC, Luis Sepulveda, he's had a busy life! I haven't read any of his books, yet! I really fancy his first one. The Story of a Seagull and the Cat who taught her to fly!

Viking, fancy yourself as a ping-pong champion?

Ale, I'm glad you're warning us about the stupid books! I'll definitely won't read that one!
There is a spaceship between Mars and Venus... One way only!

Oh, Trac so you've managed not to miss the plane! I know people who often miss trains!
I thought you'd like something with Elvis in the title! I have to go the gym to lift hard back!

Exactement what I meant but you were definitely not included in the WE, Daphnée! Too much of a lady!

Gigi, I'll have to google True Confession again!
Looks like he's still around and looking younger than ever!

26/9/06 7:50 PM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

Oh the book wasn't about the King! Not really...

Hey Cream - I've found something for you.. might come in useful for your desert island song! :O)

27/9/06 4:34 PM  
Blogger beansnbisto said...

Would love to say but may be a bit err boring for some, nevertheless very inspirational for any new business. Ever heard of the dentist from Australia, wrecked his practice with a hammer, got rid his patients, made more money. Type in Paddi Lund, Clive Woodwards inspiration for the eng rugby world cup.

I did say it was inspirational but this guy is nuts! very clued up at the same time though..

27/9/06 7:13 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Trac, was the King a bit tipsy or was he just burning his bridges?
I usually do Sudoku on planes or just sleep...

Beansbisto? er...?

27/9/06 8:48 PM  

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