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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Okay, so having examined the forum threads extensively, I've noticed threat there isn't an extreme reading thread .... Until now.

Have you taken your kindle to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro?

Do you read while sword fishing?

What's the most extreme reading experience?

Post it here. Proof of claim welcome but not necessary!


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments I have read several thousand feet up in the sky. Supported only by a thin metal skin and a very cramped chair...


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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Oh really? Did someone rivet a steel plank to Everest, or were you in an aeroplane?

Must confess thought, I have kindled naked .... In the bath. Some might consider that extreme!


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments I was in a product of the aerospace industry. There are no planks on Everest. As far as I know...


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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Come on GL, I'm a bloke who thinks walking into town is an effort. Climbing the world's tallest mountain because it's there ... You've got to be a plank!

(No offence was intended to Everest mountain climbers, or their associates. No mountain climbers were harmed during the making of this comment)


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments But what about the mental distress and emotional trauma??


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments I'm an aspiring author, it's my natural condition :-D


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments Its probably worse for your readers!


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Could be, but it worked for Hemmingway and Dylan Thomas. Not that I would deign to compare what I write to either. But you've got to be slightly insane to put what's in your head out there for the world to see.

If you had an ideal place to read GL, what would it be?


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments A reclining chair under a shady tree beside a stream. On a table beside the chair would be a cool drink and a few snacks. It would be warm and sunny, but with a cooling breeze. Birds would be singing, but no insects would dare to approach.


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments What about the drink? This is extreme reading after all. Barefoot, slippers or socks. This is the perfect day...


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments Kraken rum and coke. Barefoot.


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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments That's better. Now I know where and how. What about the what? You don't strike me as a romantic poetry, flouncy smock type. Neither are you the Edgar Allen Poe doom and gloom type, so what are you reading?


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments My favourite genres are comic fantasy, old fashioned murder mysteries, autobiographies and comedy.

Can't go wrong with a bit of Terry Pratchett, so I'll just re-read all his Discworld books yet again.


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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Now that's a dream worth having. So, you're reading barefoot in a hammock slung between two willow trees, by a river. The gentle spring late morning light is playing on the water, and the first of the summer birds are migrating to nest, while you chuckle softly to the words of your favourite Pratchett novel and ....


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments Wait a minute. This sounds much too good to be true. Is it the start of a horror movie or something?


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments No, this is extreme reading. You are entitled to an extreme of anything, be it comfort, adventure, horror ... so far, it's more extreme than anything else on the thread. You've already started now, you might as well finish.


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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments I did once sit overlooking the sea from the top of a cliff at southern down beach, reading Jonathan Livingston seagull. I suppose that was pretty extreme. Especially considering that I get vertigo climbing a step ladder!


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments Well I am happy with extremes of comfort and relaxation.


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments How high was the cliff. I took a photo leaning over the edge of the Cliffs of Moher in the west of ireland. If I had been reading my Kindle that would have been pretty extreme.


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments About 120 feet ish. I'm really not good with heights. At least not without some sort of safety net. I got dizzy on the 5th floor balcony of the hotel in Turkey. It's not the height that bothers me so much, it's the falling off!


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments I try not to do the falling off bit. It tends to be ouchy.


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✿Claire✿ (clairelm) | 3056 comments I do quite a lot of reading being driven fast, but it's never anything especially interesting. Names, addresses, drug doses and uses, medical condition information.

Now reading on a hammock in the middle of a glade with a stream running through sounds perfect!


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11371 comments I'd rather be reading in the sun with a cocktail, oh I did that recently. Fairly sure I read up a mountain on holiday


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Will Once (willonce) | 4053 comments Right now I'm in bed with a tattooed Kokovoko cannibal called Queequeg in a shady inn in New Bedford, Massachusetts. That's a pretty dangerous place. Or so it seemed at first. A little while later I thinking I am going to be harpooning a whale.

Once I get into a book, I don't really notice where I am reading it. What matters is where the book takes me. A hammock by the sea whilst drinking a cocktail? Frankly that would be a waste of a good hammock, sea view and cocktail. I'd probably put the book down and enjoy the view. I can pick the book back up again in the hotel room when the sun has gone down. Or on the flight on the way home.


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Tim | 9478 comments I've read my Kindle in the cinema . . . but only during the adverts.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Let's see.

While riding on a third class train in India. Dunno if that counts as extreme, though. I was inside, not on the roof.

Ummm.

Whilst in no man's land between two African countries while ignoring demands for a bribe. They eventually gave up and let us cross.

Sitting in the sun next to the pyramids in Egypt. Whilst ignoring men trying to get me to ride their camel.

Whist being driven through Lagos under armed guard.

Whilst on a speed boat through the Niger Delta, also under armed guard.

Oh, on a wee plastic chair on the street in Delhi when a HUGE crowd came through celebrating a cricket victory against Pakistan. That was fun.

On a rooftop in Varanasi over-looking the Ganges while the ashes of burning bodies quietly floated into my glass of coke.


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Patti, you weren't an operative for some secret intelligence agency were you?


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E A M Harris    | 42 comments The other night I dreamed I was reading the Kindle. I was in a flying armchair, and the book was a real page turner. Of course, the alarm rang before I found out the end.


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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments The big question is, does the book exist, and if not, could you write it (and the ending)?


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments G.J. (Gaff to my friends) wrote: "Patti, you weren't an operative for some secret intelligence agency were you?"

Who sez I'm not still?

Oh. Intelligence.

Probably not.


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Tim | 9478 comments And hardly secret either ;)


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Shit Tim. Now I'm gonna have to murderilize you.


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments And everyone who has read this thread.


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Great topic for an new Drabble! "Our Girl in Baku" ...


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Gingerlily - Elephant Philosopher wrote: "Girl?"

Careful you.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments G.J. (Gaff to my friends) wrote: "Great topic for an new Drabble! "Our Girl in Baku" ..."

Girl from Baku

Been done, I'm afraid.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Oh, okay.

Thought I was gonna have to ban you until I opened the links.

Carry on.


G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Our Girl in Baku

The streets are slick with rain and on the corner, our girl in Baku scopes out the target.

Scooting from doorway to doorway, unseen, she makes a break for it.

Collar turned up against the downpour, her right hand guards something under the folds of her coat.

The table is free at last. Her contact is busy looking busy.

She takes a seat in the corner. Her contact makes contact.

"And?" her contact asks in code.

"Java, old spot on rye, and Webster," our girl replies.

Even a spy needs bacon, coffee and a good book on their day off.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments You're too clever Gaff. I've no idea how you people do things like that.


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G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly | 1901 comments Sometimes you just get an idea and go with it. The good thing about writing, is that anyone with a pen, a piece of paper and a smattering of inspiration can do it!


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Don't got one of those inspirthingies


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Kath Middleton | 25094 comments (I think it just means breathing in) ;)


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments Patti gets expirations.


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Jim | 22041 comments Gingerlily - Elephant Philosopher wrote: "Patti gets expirations."

All the best contract killers do :-)


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Pete Carter (petecarter) | 637 comments Jim wrote: "Gingerlily - Elephant Philosopher wrote: "Patti gets expirations."

All the best contract killers do :-)"


You do realise M.I.5 read all these threads? Patti will be getting a job offer in the post any day now!


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments She's had lots of practise teaching munchkins. Being a spy will be a doddle. As long as she can get the glitter out of her underwear.


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Pete Carter (petecarter) | 637 comments Gingerlily - Elephant Philosopher wrote: "She's had lots of practise teaching munchkins. Being a spy will be a doddle. As long as she can get the glitter out of her underwear."

Leave the glitter - a good distraction while she draws her gun.


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