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#195878 The Beatles

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 10 April 2012 - 12:51 PM in Music

What do you think of this Beatles Next Generation thing? I wish they would just make a new name rather than cash in on the success of their fathers



#193975 PSN

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 27 March 2012 - 09:45 AM in Computers and Gaming

dremlocks_boots



#193543 Final Fantasy

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 24 March 2012 - 11:18 PM in Computers and Gaming

I love Final Fantasy, I listen to Nobuo Uematsu regularly. I have trouble deciding if 7, 8 and 10 but I think 10 is probably my favourite, mainly for the environment.



#193540 The Angy Video Game Nerd

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 24 March 2012 - 11:07 PM in Computers and Gaming

I love his knowledge of cinema trivia, and a passion we both share for b grade horror films from the 30s/40s/50s



#192447 Book Recommendations

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 15 March 2012 - 01:38 PM in Literature

I would recommend anything by Diana Wynne Jones to all who like Harry Potter. Particularly Howl's Moving Castle and another called Dark Lord of Derkholm



#192108 A Christmas Carol

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 12 March 2012 - 12:08 PM in Literature

I knew that. Apparently a lot of the chapters each week were improvised which just comes to show how brilliant he was.



#191926 A Christmas Carol

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 10 March 2012 - 01:08 PM in Literature

My favourite work of Dickens, it's such a nice uplifting story. I liked Marley, particularly the scene he appeared in anyway, I was always freaked out when Scrooge hears the chains being dragged up the stairs.



#191924 SKYRIM

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 10 March 2012 - 12:55 PM in Computers and Gaming

I like my big chunky sword that takes a day to swing, but really makes a mess when it finally does



#191791 Writing

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 09 March 2012 - 10:43 AM in Literature

I like to jot down nonsense poems and short stories, kind of like Edward Lear or Lewis Carroll. I have a fondness for absurdism



#191789 SKYRIM

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 09 March 2012 - 10:40 AM in Computers and Gaming

Skyrim is brilliant. I can wander about that world entranced for ages



#191788 What book are you currently reading?

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 09 March 2012 - 10:31 AM in Literature

Yeah him and Rubin are pals, the rest of the world's translations use the English versions as their source, so it has to be done efficiently.
I have read quite a few of his other works (and loved them generally), Norwegian Wood is really the only one that is completely realistic, the rest of his books have a bizarre surrealism where you wonder if the character is delusional or strange things really are happening. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is indeed a good read, but there are a lot of chapters which don't seem to have any significance or are just unexplained. I would say the standouts so far for me were Sputnik Sweetheart and Hard Boiled Wonderland, so if you haven't tried those I strongly recommend, especially if you're enjoying Norwegian Wood.



#191215 Opera

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 05 March 2012 - 11:18 AM in Music

Ah, I adore Opera. Schubert and Mozart are my favourites <3



#191071 What book are you currently reading?

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 04 March 2012 - 10:47 AM in Literature

ahh I love Norwegian Wood, Murakami is amazing. What's wrong with Jay Rubin's translation ?

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (sadly not the Birnbaum translation).  I recently gave A Prayer for Owen Meany (the novel that the film Simon Birch was based on) the old college try but it was so boring it made me want to develop psychic powers for the sole purpose of telekinetically falcon punching John Irving in the reproductive organs so hard that it would cause a shockwave that would travel back in time and kill him and all his ancestors in the womb generation by generation all the way back to Noah so that everyone would wind up dying in the flood.




#190526 Classical music

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 29 February 2012 - 09:06 AM in Music

Classical is awesome, have been listening to a lot of Schubert and Purcell lately.



#190370 What was the last book you read?

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 28 February 2012 - 09:32 AM in Literature

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle



#190283 tv shows your addicted too

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 27 February 2012 - 05:45 AM in Movies and Television

Breaking Bad



#190282 What are you watching right now?

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 27 February 2012 - 05:42 AM in Movies and Television

The Mighty Boosh



#190281 What book are you currently reading?

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 27 February 2012 - 05:39 AM in Literature

Great Expectations, Dickens.



#190280 The Beatles

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 27 February 2012 - 05:38 AM in Music

They make me happy to be alive. They were and still are the kings of the arts. They nailed music, film and literature.



#190279 Manga

Posted by old-brown-shoe on 27 February 2012 - 05:35 AM in Literature

I've read quite a few and the best so far has easily been Berserk. It's pretty extreme so I wouldn't recommend it to everybody, but if you're tough and love fantastic storytelling then do check it out.