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pollardfreek
12-19-2004, 06:45 PM
Kind of like the music and movies threads, what good books have you read recently? I just read Micheal Lewis' book Moneyball for the fifth time, and I enjoyed every bit as much as I did the first time. It is about Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics organization and how they manage to field a good team year after year on such a low payroll. This is a must read for any baseball fan. It will change the way you think about baseball forever.

Stryder
12-20-2004, 12:25 AM
I've just re-read The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

Next up on the list is Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.

Ragnar
12-20-2004, 10:28 AM
Ahhh a books thread. Now this I can get into. Lets see most recent books read.

John Sandford - Hidden Prey and The Hanged Mans Son

Elmore Leonard - Unknown Man #89 and Mr. Paradise

I love all the Sandford and Leonard books. I picket up Glitz (Leonard) Saturday and have Tapestry of Spies by Stephen Hunter next in line.

Anyone know any good authors like Hunter, Leonard, Sandford? I have read most of these books and all of many other authors but I am always looking for new authors.

MagicRat
12-20-2004, 09:49 PM
How the Grinch Stole Christmas......

SycamoreKen
12-20-2004, 09:59 PM
I finally read the 6th bok in the Gunslingers series by Steven King last month. I am looking forward to getting the last one for Christmas. I started reading them in high school.

I just finished the origional Lost World book this week at school. The one the tv show is VERY loosly based on, not the movie one. A nice read.

I also just read a book about the air war in the Pacific during WW2. VERY interesting.

I am currently reading the latest Harry Potter book.

pollardfreek
12-20-2004, 11:18 PM
Man, the latest Harry Potter book was great. I read it in three days, I just couldn't put it down. I started off hating this whole HP trend, but once I saw the movie and read the first book, I was hooked.

Anthem
12-24-2004, 01:39 AM
That's funny... I just checked out the latest Harry Potter from the library today.

The last book I finished was First Peter.

kerosene
12-24-2004, 02:35 PM
I finshed "Solid foundation: an oral history of reggae" last night. I'm in the middle of a couple more; "Hegemony or survival" by Chomsky and "Punk is a four letter word" by Ben Weasel. I tend to keep some light reading going at the same time as 'more serious' stuff I guess.

Anthem
12-24-2004, 06:36 PM
Yeah... I noticed a lot of Chomsky when I was there. But that reminds me, I forgot that I'd been skimming my way through this one recently... anybody who loves the Internet should read it. Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity by Lawrence Lessig.

http://www.free-culture.org/freecontent/

An absolute must-read. The full PDF is online, but I ended up buying a hardcopy of the book as well.

pb777
12-29-2004, 02:02 AM
I usually read on planes. I can never sleep so I take the quiet time to read since I rarely get quiet time. I just read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Great book, loved it! I'm going to start The Davinci Code by Dan Brown this week while traveling. Another great conspiracy book was Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper.

PaceBalls
12-30-2004, 02:40 PM
My Christmas books include,
Super System - Doyle Brunson,
Zappa biography - Barry Miles,
the Bob Dylan autobiography,
Wizards First Rule - Terry Goodkind.

Peck
12-30-2004, 06:19 PM
Death of WCW by R.D. Reynolds

kerosene
01-03-2005, 04:06 AM
Death of WCW by R.D. Reynolds

I can't wait to read this. I can't believe I forgot to put it on my xmas list! I will have a copy very soon though.

sweabs
01-04-2005, 04:58 PM
City of Women - Stansell
Fight Club - Palahniuk
In the Devil's Snare - Norton

Pig Nash
01-04-2005, 05:29 PM
I'm reading Angels and Demons. Dan Brown is nice to fill in between King books. I've read this, DvC, and Digital Fortress. All good.

Arcadian
01-08-2005, 08:02 PM
Diary-Palahniuk
Artimis Fowl- Colfer
Plot Against America-Roth
Prydian Chronicals-Alexander
Midnight for Charlie Bone-Nimmo

ChicagoJ
01-08-2005, 10:27 PM
I'll put everyone to sleep: Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel.

SoupIsGood
01-09-2005, 04:42 AM
I read War of the Worlds a while ago. I think I had read it once when I was very young also. Good book.

pollardfreek
01-09-2005, 11:28 AM
Just finished Huck Finn for my English class. I liked it.

pollardfreek
01-18-2005, 09:17 PM
Micheal Moore's Stupid White Men. I was actually surprised by it. I thought it would be more anti-bush like Dude Where's My Country, but it wasn't. In this book, Mike goes across the spectrum of American society, from large companies to the treatment of blacks and other minorities. He also voices his disapproval of modern "Democrats" and their movement to conservative republicanism. Very good book. I highly recommend it.

obnoxiousmodesty
01-18-2005, 09:40 PM
I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a few days ago. I just started the Foundation series by Asimov.

I hope to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand after that; I enjoyed The Fountainhead a great deal.

Zesty
01-18-2005, 11:21 PM
I read Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris last week and thought it was pretty entertaining. Naked is probably next on my list.

Stryder
01-19-2005, 08:04 AM
I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a few days ago. I just started the Foundation series by Asimov.

I hope to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand after that; I enjoyed The Fountainhead a great deal.

Atlas Shrugged is great.

Stryder
01-19-2005, 08:05 AM
Just finished Meditations.

On to...

Kafka's Metamorphosis

Peck
01-19-2005, 08:50 AM
How to talk to a liberal "if you must" - Ann Coulter

MagicRat
01-19-2005, 09:49 AM
If I Could Drive a Mixer! and The Berenstain Bears New Baby........

Miller_time04
01-21-2005, 07:44 PM
Antrax by Terry Brooks.

Arcadian
01-21-2005, 07:49 PM
War Trash -Ha Jin

pollardfreek
01-21-2005, 09:07 PM
Just re-read Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. One of my favorite books.

Ultimate Frisbee
01-21-2005, 11:38 PM
Reading Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (thanks to my girlfriend.)

pollardfreek
01-29-2005, 12:43 PM
Just finished Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and I absolutely loved it. The way Heller blended comedy and tragedy was masterful. It takes you on a 462 page emotional roller coaster ride. Go read it if you haven't.

Pig Nash
01-29-2005, 04:40 PM
Everythings Eventual - Stephen King (for me)
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (for school)

Mourning
01-30-2005, 08:30 AM
John Keegan - The Face of Battle.

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

SoupIsGood
02-02-2005, 02:54 AM
I need to get back to reading more. So many books I haven't read, movies really don't do it for me like books do.

Doug
02-02-2005, 08:36 AM
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (for school)

Just a great, great book. One of those where the impact of the work transcends the words on the page. Hard to explain. Even harder to write.

The book currently on my nightstand it Doyle Brunson's "Super System...".

Got "A Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett for my birthday. I haven't started that yet.

sweabs
02-02-2005, 04:09 PM
I have to agree, the Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books.

Just finished reading High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby.

I believe there is a film also? If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it. Hornby has a very witty sense of humour

pollardfreek
02-02-2005, 11:27 PM
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (for school)

Pig, just curious, what grade are you in and what type of course is it?

sweabs
02-07-2005, 06:28 PM
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett

Not too bad.

Pollardfreak - I remember having to read The Great Gatsby for a Gr.11 American Literature Class...

skyfire
02-08-2005, 06:17 PM
anybody who loves the Internet should read it. Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity by Lawrence Lessig.

http://www.free-culture.org/freecontent/

An absolute must-read. The full PDF is online, but I ended up buying a hardcopy of the book as well.

On a similar topic, I'm currently reading:

"We the Media : Grassroots Journalism by the people, for the people" - Dan Gillmor

able
02-08-2005, 06:32 PM
reading Bird Watching atm, Latest Goodkind is next on the pile

Pig Nash
02-08-2005, 06:49 PM
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett

Not too bad.

Pollardfreak - I remember having to read The Great Gatsby for a Gr.11 American Literature Class...

ding ding. it was ok. but it wasn't the great book everyone said it would be.

I'm reading a psychology book about teenage girls and why they are depressed. I think personally it's because they've read the book about why they are depressed. My lord.

Arcadian
02-08-2005, 11:08 PM
Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief

The Thief Lord

recap
02-13-2005, 02:13 PM
I just read the latest Goodkind book Chainfire. I hate his writing, but I keep reading it anyway. For those of you reading Goodkind, if you like that kind of stuff you should check out George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. He is the best sci-fi/fantasy writer out there right now, IMO.

Currently, I'm reading Blink by Malcomb Gladwell. It is fascinating and a quick read about how our minds work.

pollardfreek
02-13-2005, 02:59 PM
Paradise Lost-John Milton. Tough read, but worth it.

kerosene
02-13-2005, 05:23 PM
Finished 'Paradoxia: A Predators Diary' by Lydia Lunch last week. If you want to read about depravity in relationships then that's the book for you. About 2/3 of the way though it gets kind of tired because every chaper/story is samey. Maybe better to read over a month or two rather than a week or two.

Reading some Howard Zinn. Nothing I haven't already read elsewhere but some parts are interesting. One thing sort of bothers me about him and that's that he's a socialist and his outlook permeates his writing. I suppose that you could say that about anyone's books but at times I find myself reading and thinking "Oh God... back to 'class' and the distribution of wealth' *sigh*". Probably worth a read if you're younger and haven't been exposed to the things he writes about elsewhere. Then again, it could be a complete waste of time for you *shrug*.

Going to start "I, *****head: a life in punk" by Joey Keithley next time I want something a bit lighter to read. He's the singer for Vancouver's D.O.A. who are more or less an institution at this point. Been playing anthemic punk rock for well over 25 years now and this is his book on that experience I guess. He had large excerpts on his website for several years but the book just came out recently. Some may still be online through his record label Sudden Death (http://www.suddendeath.com) (think of that in hockey terms).

Anyone know where a copy of Ball Four can be found? I'd like to read that.

Deadshot
02-13-2005, 09:45 PM
I recently finished "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest J. Gaines for my English class. I also just finished "Knight-fall" about Bobby Knight. I can't remember the author. Right now, I'm reading "Tooth and Nail" for another class, and "Loose Balls" on my own choice.

Stryder
02-13-2005, 11:40 PM
Currently:

Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn

Up Next:

The Third Option by Vince Flynn

Zesty
02-16-2005, 04:19 PM
Just read Slaughterhouse-Five a couple times in the past week and got about two-thirds of the way thru Timequake (both by Kurt Vonnegut) last night on my flight home.

Stryder
02-16-2005, 11:26 PM
Just read Slaughterhouse-Five a couple times in the past week and got about two-thirds of the way thru Timequake (both by Kurt Vonnegut) last night on my flight home.

Vonnegut is the man.

Miller_time04
02-17-2005, 08:33 PM
Morgawr by Terry Brooks.

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks.

Currently: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks..

Yeah im reading a series. Pretty good so far.

pollardfreek
03-07-2005, 10:52 PM
Read Juiced last week, and The Great Gatsby over the weekend for my English class. Now I'm reading Moneyball for the 7th time.

sweabs
03-08-2005, 12:08 AM
The Struggle for Black Equality - Harvard Sitkoff

Deadshot
03-08-2005, 02:28 PM
I finished up the Great Gatsby last week, and I'm still trying to get Loose Balls read in between books (I love the book, but I always have other books to read for class).

SoupIsGood
03-22-2005, 02:02 AM
Currently reading...

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Suaveness
03-22-2005, 02:47 AM
Morgawr by Terry Brooks.

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks.

Currently: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks..

Yeah im reading a series. Pretty good so far.

One of my FAVORITE series

Peck
03-22-2005, 03:27 AM
I just got done reading "Disney war" & it was great.

Not Barbarians at the gate great but d@mn close.

Harmonica
03-22-2005, 07:05 AM
Thumbsucker by Walter Kirn

The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski

Among the Missing by Dan Chaon

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things by J. T. Leroy

MagicRat
03-22-2005, 09:04 AM
Clifford's Busy Week - Norman Bridwell

Gyron
03-22-2005, 10:11 AM
What is Lean six sigma?

by George, Rowlands and Kastle

Pig Nash
03-23-2005, 04:19 PM
Green Mile - Stephen King

Harmonica
04-01-2005, 03:09 PM
Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One

Pig Nash
04-01-2005, 06:28 PM
Kobe is the Greatest!! - Kobe's Mom and me.

pollardfreek
05-08-2005, 12:06 AM
Finished Moneyball and Death of a Salesman.

Pig Nash
05-08-2005, 12:31 AM
I'm reading the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, I'm into So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish now.

Ragnar
05-09-2005, 01:09 PM
I went a little old school myself last week. I read Enders game and Foundation again. Its been a while but they were good to read again.

Deadshot
05-09-2005, 03:47 PM
I found Knight: My Story at Target for $1 today LOL

I will probably read it when I go on vacation (17 hour car rides suck).

Vicious Tyrant
05-13-2005, 03:16 PM
Currently reading...

Me Talk Pretty One Day


Awesome....Sedaris is a big gay god.

Vicious Tyrant
05-13-2005, 03:17 PM
I'm reading "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro (author of Remains of the day). Anyone read him? He's one of my absolute favorites for SERIOUS reading.

Vicious Tyrant
05-13-2005, 03:18 PM
I went a little old school myself last week. I read Enders game and Foundation again. Its been a while but they were good to read again.

Here's a shout out to Ragnar for both the Ender Books (I only consider Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead to be the series, the last two bit). Excellent reading, friend.

Ragnar
05-13-2005, 05:08 PM
Enders Shadow is not bad but yeah some of them are just not there. Same thing with the foundation books. After you read 2nd Foundaton you should just move on.

PaceBalls
05-15-2005, 02:18 PM
I'm workin on the whole R.A. Salvatore collection.

Right now im reading The Demon Awakens which so far is really good.

kerosene
05-15-2005, 03:25 PM
Got some brain candy going now, 'Young, Gifted and Black: A History of Trojan Records'. Fun read, nothing too challenging yunno.

indytoad
05-15-2005, 11:29 PM
Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

IndyToad
I can't buy a Gamestation with this

PaceBalls
05-15-2005, 11:29 PM
Got some brain candy going now, 'Young, Gifted and Black: A History of Trojan Records'. Fun read, nothing too challenging yunno.

About the roots of Reggae or ska? I love the old reggae music.

Vicious Tyrant
05-17-2005, 12:52 PM
Enders Shadow is not bad but yeah some of them are just not there. Same thing with the foundation books. After you read 2nd Foundaton you should just move on.

Hmmmm, I've never read any of the Foundation books, but if they are being recommended by and Ender fan....maybe I'll check them out.

I also enjoy Arthur C Clarke - Childhood's End, Fountains of Paradise.

Heinlein, too....when he's not too wrapped up in sixties style free love....

kerosene
05-17-2005, 03:54 PM
About the roots of Reggae or ska? I love the old reggae music.

Yeah, sort of. It's got some antedotal stuff about Bunny Lee and Lloyd Daley and Lee Perry. The focus is on the development of the label in the UK (and Island records too) and that's pretty interesting in itself.

The book on reggae that I read recently that you'd probably really really enjoy is 'Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae' by David Katz (who also did a great Lee Perry book btw). He had access to interview virtually everyone who was anyone if they were still alive and it's very well written so it tells a story and has a good flow to it (it's not just a bunch of interviews thrown together). The Katz book mostly concerns itself with the pre-Reggae era through what would more or less be the end of the 70s/early 80's. Of course that means lots of great stuff on the pioneers of ska, rocksteady and early reggae :D

Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/dur2w

PaceBalls
05-17-2005, 10:27 PM
I like the old stuff the best. I'm fascinated by King Tubbys mixing innovations. I think of the pre reggae era like the mid 60s. Roots Reggae was pretty much on the decline come the mid 80s.
cool stuff

kerosene
05-18-2005, 04:20 AM
I'm with you on that. I don't really listen to anything past about '78 or '79 unless it's modern dub stuff like on-u sound or dry and heavy. i picked up a new king tubby record last weekend that took a while but i finally hunted it down: 'king tubby meets the aggrovators at dub station' yes! you'd enjoy that 'solid foundation' book if that's the period you're into. great stuff in there.

MagicRat
06-01-2005, 09:52 AM
I finished Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Volume 1 last night. I found it to be very entertaining.......

Stryder
06-01-2005, 10:00 AM
I read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe entirely last night.

I was geeked after seeing the teaser trailer for the movie coming out in December.

I've always had a fascination with Narnia.

pollardfreek
06-06-2005, 05:54 PM
Star Wars-Darth Maul:Shadow Hunter

SycamoreKen
06-06-2005, 09:50 PM
I'm currently reading First Men In The Moon by H.G. Wells. You have to really forget what we know about the moon to enjoy it, but it's pretty good so far. I picked up the book Place Names of San Antonio to day. It explains the origins of street, school, and other points of interest names. Not for everyone, but it will satisfy the history bug in me for a while.

Ragnar
06-06-2005, 11:33 PM
Hmmmm, I've never read any of the Foundation books, but if they are being recommended by and Ender fan....maybe I'll check them out.

I also enjoy Arthur C Clarke - Childhood's End, Fountains of Paradise.

Heinlein, too....when he's not too wrapped up in sixties style free love....

If you get them go with Foundation, Foundation and Empire and 2nd Foundation. Give the other ones a miss. He wrote the first three in the 50's and wrote the others in the 80's

I like some Heinlein, Moon is a Harsh Mistress was good and so was Starship Troopers. But I agree about the 60's free love thing. Friday could have been so much better had it not been for that.

Have you read any Brin? Practice Effect and The Postman are must reads. If you saw the movie Postman you are probably thinking I am insane saying this but the book is great. And if you have not read practice effect stop whatever you are doing and go get it now.

I have not read a lot of Clarke but I keep meaning to. I read The Hammer of God and thought it was very good.

There is a hard to find book by Greg Costikyan called First contract. (Yes I wrote Contract not contact.) Its like a lesson in economics hidden in a really good sci-fi book.

Vicious Tyrant
06-07-2005, 09:25 AM
Hmmmm... thanks for the recommendations.

You know, Postman the movie clearly sucked, but I remember thinking it was such an interesting story idea. First contract sounds good - the title make me think of Sagan's Contact, which I thought was a great book.

For Clarke, I'd recommend 2001 or Childhood's End, but most all of his stuff is good.

Starship Troopers was just fantastic, and Moon is a Harsh Mistress was kind of a political primer in a SF book, kind of like the other book you mentioned.

Vicious Tyrant
06-07-2005, 09:27 AM
I read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe entirely last night.

I was geeked after seeing the teaser trailer for the movie coming out in December.

I've always had a fascination with Narnia.

You know, I grew up in the evangelical culture, where Lewis is GREATLY revered, but I never liked the Narnia books. The symbolism kind of smacks you over the head with a mallet (OK, OK, C.S., Aslan is like Jesus, I got it.....).

What do you like about the Narnia books?

Movie could be fun, though.

pollardfreek
06-07-2005, 10:02 AM
You know, I grew up in the evangelical culture, where Lewis is GREATLY revered, but I never liked the Narnia books. The symbolism kind of smacks you over the head with a mallet (OK, OK, C.S., Aslan is like Jesus, I got it.....).

What do you like about the Narnia books?

Movie could be fun, though.

Woah Woah Woah, Aslan is Jesus? I didn't know that. I also haven't read the book since 5th grade, so I might have to pick it up again.

Ragnar
06-07-2005, 10:18 AM
I never got into Narnia either and I grew up in a similar home from the sounds of it. All of my cousins and my brother loved the Narnia books, I was the only one who had Zero interest in them.

Starship Troopers is a great example of why you should read Postman. The movie was not very good but the book was tremendous. Postman was possibly the worst movie ever made and the book is one of the best

Vicious Tyrant
06-07-2005, 04:31 PM
Woah Woah Woah, Aslan is Jesus? I didn't know that. I also haven't read the book since 5th grade, so I might have to pick it up again.

Uh, ha ha? Are you joking? I can't tell.

Vicious Tyrant
06-07-2005, 04:33 PM
I never got into Narnia either and I grew up in a similar home from the sounds of it. All of my cousins and my brother loved the Narnia books, I was the only one who had Zero interest in them.

Starship Troopers is a great example of why you should read Postman. The movie was not very good but the book was tremendous. Postman was possibly the worst movie ever made and the book is one of the best

Postman sounds really good. I just bought a book called Dhalgren at the library book sale today. Ever read it? I've heard great things about it, but never opened it (It's pretty thick and intimidating).

You grew up evangelical? Do you mind if I ask where you are with all that nowdays?

Ragnar
06-07-2005, 06:07 PM
Ahh that is probably better left for another thread. Plus we may be mixing terms. If by evangelical you mean speaking in tongues then no sorry that was my mothers side of the family. If by that you mean my father is a pastor then yes I lived in the fish bowl.

But back to books. I have not read or even heard of Dhalgren. I generally get my books at random. I walk around the book store for a while and just pick up a book that looks good. If I really enjoy it I usually get all the other books by that author.

The odd thing is that I have not read a lot of Brin and I love Postman and Practice effect. I read Sundiver or Sundowner (I cant remember) and just could not get into it and have never picked up another of his books since then. I also have not read a lot of Cards work other than the Ender books.

P.S. Big is not a bad thing in a book. Atlas Shrugged and Cryptonomicon are both big books and I enjoyed them a lot. However the standard for big (War and Peace) is actually smaller than most Tom Clancy books but is so boring that it seems to go on forever.

pollardfreek
06-07-2005, 08:36 PM
No, I was being serious. I haven't read the book since I was about 10, and I really didn't know about symbols and diction and things of that sort back then.

obnoxiousmodesty
06-07-2005, 08:51 PM
Last week I finished the Foundation Series. I read all 7 books written by Asimov. I definitely enjoyed the first three (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation) more than the others, but I still found the last four books to be interesting on their own merits. I believe the story of Trevize, Pel, and Bliss in Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth was pretty entertaining but fell flat at the end for obvious reasons. Prelude to Foundation and Forward The Foundation were also very interesting, but they seemed rather plodding in nature. I think FTF was easily the best of those two.

I've also read I, Robot and I just began reading another book of short stories by Asimov, Robot Dreams.

Stryder
06-07-2005, 10:15 PM
You know, I grew up in the evangelical culture, where Lewis is GREATLY revered, but I never liked the Narnia books. The symbolism kind of smacks you over the head with a mallet (OK, OK, C.S., Aslan is like Jesus, I got it.....).

What do you like about the Narnia books?

Movie could be fun, though.

I just take the books at face value. A good child's fantasy book. Yes, the evangelism could knock Mike Tyson out, but I'm not into that.

I was in elementary school the first time I read the book and the series. It just takes me back to those times as a small kid. I wanted to meet the Fawn. I wanted to see Aslan in real life. I wanted to meet the Professor. Ha.

Yeah, the movie could be fun if they did it right. I hope they did.

Stryder
06-07-2005, 10:16 PM
I'm re-reading Stranger in a Strange Land right now.

Vicious Tyrant
06-08-2005, 10:52 AM
OK, we'll leave the religion talk for another thread, but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to start that....

I remember I, Robot being really good - did anyone see the movie? I suppose I don't even need to ask, but did it suck?

and speaking of Modesty's short stories, has anyone read any of Philip Dick's short stories? Great, great stuff.

To Stryder, I also loved the Narnia books as a kid. I admit I can't stand 'em now, but I can relate to the childhood experience. Up at Taylor U (my alma mater), they have a C.S. Lewis/JRR Tolkein club. They meet every so often to discuss his works and what not. I went a few times for the Tolkein talk, but I'm not fan enough to make the trip. Apparently there is some guy in Indy who made his basement into a perfect model of the pub where Tolkein, Lewis, Williams and the other InkBlots (or whatever their little club was called) met. Pretty cool, I guess....

Ragnar, I agree long isn't really bad, but it long doesn't match my attention span. If I plow through the book, I'll let you know what I think.

Vicious Tyrant
06-08-2005, 10:54 AM
By the way, I'm finishing a book called "Samaritan" by Richard Price. Man, he's a good writer. He wrote Clockers and the screenplay to Tom Cruise's Color of Money. If you're looking for a really good new author to try, I recommend him highly.

Suaveness
06-08-2005, 11:15 AM
You know, I grew up in the evangelical culture, where Lewis is GREATLY revered, but I never liked the Narnia books. The symbolism kind of smacks you over the head with a mallet (OK, OK, C.S., Aslan is like Jesus, I got it.....).

What do you like about the Narnia books?

Movie could be fun, though.

One of my favorite books, and I liked them a lot even though I'm not Christian (and the books were a gift from some Jewish friends)


Right now I'm reading

Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asimov

Vicious Tyrant
06-08-2005, 11:17 AM
Right now I'm reading

Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asimov

[Mr. Burns]Excellent...[/Mr. Burns]

Nice to see a good bunch of scifi fans on the board. I don't have to hide in shame anymore when I admit it.

Stryder
06-20-2005, 11:29 PM
Separation of Power by Vince Flynn just arrived.

I'll be starting it tomorrow. Then, Executive Power will be up next.

Vince Flynn > Tom Clancy

pollardfreek
06-21-2005, 12:12 PM
Star Wars:Cloak of Deception

Mourning
06-21-2005, 01:32 PM
"Dictators: Hitler and Stalin and the base of power"

"Allies. The United States, Britain, Europe and the War in Iraq" - William Shawcross

"Empire Lite" - Michael Ignatieff

"Waterloo. Report of the battle" (not read yet)

"The Pentagon's New Map" - Thomas P.M. Barnett (not read yet)

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

Vicious Tyrant
06-29-2005, 12:08 PM
You know, back to Narnia. I just read Lion, Witch and Wardrobe to my little girl this last week. You know, that's a heck of a kid's book. Much better than I recalled. Gee, I might just go ahead and read the rest of the series to her.

Zesty
06-29-2005, 12:16 PM
Bought but have not started reading both The Art of War and Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters.

MagicRat
06-29-2005, 12:22 PM
I'm about halfway through S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, The Princess Bride.........

pollardfreek
06-29-2005, 12:43 PM
Star Wars Episode 1:The Phantom Menace

Vicious Tyrant
06-29-2005, 02:31 PM
I'm about halfway through S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, The Princess Bride.........

Excellent!

Natston
06-29-2005, 03:12 PM
I just got done reading a book on tape... :blush:

The Shattered Lantern : Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
by Ronald O.M. I. Rolheiser

Vicious Tyrant
06-29-2005, 05:40 PM
I just got done reading a book on tape... :blush:

The Shattered Lantern : Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
by Ronald O.M. I. Rolheiser

What's that about?

Diamond Dave
06-29-2005, 05:54 PM
I'm about halfway through S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, The Princess Bride.........

:brilliant:

Jesus Shuttlesworth
06-29-2005, 07:54 PM
You know who can write a great non-fiction book? Ann Coulter, so can Michael Savage

pollardfreek
06-30-2005, 12:05 AM
Actually, I read Savage Nation, and I didn't really care for it. I liked Dude Where's My Country a lot better.

Kraft
06-30-2005, 01:08 AM
Dave Eggers - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Kurt Vonnegut - Galapagos

Vicious Tyrant
06-30-2005, 10:46 AM
Man, Vonnegut's great. Sirens of Titans is on my short list of all time favorites. Never read Galapagos - do you recommend it?

Kraft
06-30-2005, 10:55 AM
Man, Vonnegut's great. Sirens of Titans is on my short list of all time favorites. Never read Galapagos - do you recommend it?

I would. I wouldn't say it's anywhere near to his best work, but there's something about it that struck me well. It's leisurely, it can laugh at itself. I really don't know how to describe. But it was fun to read.

Stryder
06-30-2005, 10:55 PM
I would. I wouldn't say it's anywhere near to his best work, but there's something about it that struck me well. It's leisurely, it can laugh at itself. I really don't know how to describe. But it was fun to read.

Exactly. Very fun to read. My college genetics professor actually recommeded it to me a few years ago.

SycamoreKen
06-30-2005, 11:27 PM
"The World's Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember 9-11 September 11th 2001, Vol. 2" I picked it up at the comic shop today. A very moving tribute. It brought back the feelings I had that day and was a stirring reminder of what was lost, and gained.

Natston
07-01-2005, 03:58 AM
What's that about?

This is from Amazon

Recognizing the concept of God requires that we resist three trends in American society--pragmatism, restlessness, and narcissism. We approach enlightenment when we regard people as they really are--loving them rather than seeing them as means to an end. This requires a meditative approach that replaces use of the intellect with faith, possessiveness with charity, and a focus on pleasure with genuine relationships. This is one of the clearest statements of how our culture, habits, and psychological inclinations disconnect us from the communion with God that all of us can achieve.

Ragnar
07-01-2005, 11:51 AM
I just got done reading a book on tape... :blush:


I listen to audio books all the time. I have a lot of day trips to Michigan and wont go unless I have an audio book handy. There are certain authors that are just not good enough to make my reading list but still decent to listen to.

For example I enjoy listening to the Kinsey Milhone (written by Sue Grafton) books but they are not interesting enough to read. Same thing goes with Quinn Fawcett his books are entertaining if Simon Prebble narrates them but not if I read them.

But if you are going to tackle something like Les Miserables, Atlas Shrugged, or Cryptonomicon it would be better to actually read the books.

If you do drive a lot and are interested in Audio books look into recordedbooks.com they have the best narrators and do the most unabridged books of any company I have found.

I have an Elmore Leonard western in my car right now read by George Guidell and it is great. I dont listen to a lot of Sci-Fi in the car. For some reason I cant get into listening to them as I can reading them. Maybe its because there is more to listen to.

Ragnar
07-01-2005, 11:54 AM
Vince Flynn > Tom Clancy

:nod:

Stryder
07-01-2005, 12:22 PM
:nod:

I have now read the entire series with Rapp and am eagerly awaiting the next couple of books: Memorial Day (comes out this month) and Consent to Kill ( comes out in October).

Ragnar
07-01-2005, 01:09 PM
I have now read the entire series with Rapp and am eagerly awaiting the next couple of books: Memorial Day (comes out this month) and Consent to Kill ( comes out in October).

Memorial Day came out at least a year ago and it was also very good. It might be the paperback that is coming out this month.

I dont know why it has worked out this way but Flynn, Sandford and Evanovich always seem to release their books within a few months of each other. The Sandford book is out now (the wife is picking up my copy today) and the Evanovich book is either already out or will be very soon. I cant wait until October I am ready for the new one now.

Stryder
07-01-2005, 01:34 PM
Memorial Day came out at least a year ago and it was also very good. It might be the paperback that is coming out this month.

I dont know why it has worked out this way but Flynn, Sandford and Evanovich always seem to release their books within a few months of each other. The Sandford book is out now (the wife is picking up my copy today) and the Evanovich book is either already out or will be very soon. I cant wait until October I am ready for the new one now.

Yeah, I should have said the paperback version of Memorial Day.

Never read any Evanovich, any suggestions?

Ragnar
07-01-2005, 02:38 PM
Yeah, I should have said the paperback version of Memorial Day.

Never read any Evanovich, any suggestions?

They are comedy books. I have not read any of her old ones that have been popping up since her Stephanie Plum series has become so popular. My brother read one of the other ones and did not enjoy it.

Start with the first book "One for the money" and go from there. They are side splitting funny (at least to me) But if it does not have a number in the name avoid it for now.

Beware of where you read these because you may start laughing very hard at an inappropriate time.

8.9_seconds
07-03-2005, 03:20 PM
I've just read Stephen King's It for about the 15th time, it's probably my favorite, or at least one of my favorites. I love the way he weaves all the different time frames together and how in the future and in the past it all makes since.

pollardfreek
07-04-2005, 01:01 PM
Star Wars: Rogue Planet

Grant
07-14-2005, 11:11 AM
Just finished Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd Pretty good. Amazing how they can dig up so many 300 year old records.

Also recently got caught up on A Song of Fire and Ice (finished 3 of 7). Book 4 is later this year.

I think I will read 1776 by McCullough next. Anybody read it yet?

Ragnar
07-14-2005, 02:01 PM
I just finished the Burglar in the Rye and Burglar on the prowl.

I had read Block's Scudder series (I think I got them all anyway) and his hit man books but for whatever reason I had not picked up the Burglar books.

I guess it was the titles or something but I ended up really enjoying these two. I think I will head over to Hyde brothers tomorrow and try to get the rest of them.

Suaveness
07-14-2005, 10:57 PM
Harry Potter 6 comes out in 1 day!!! WOOHOO!!!!

MagicRat
07-14-2005, 11:01 PM
We're reading The Magician's Nephew with my son at bedtime. A couple of more nights to go.......

Suaveness
07-14-2005, 11:27 PM
Hey, Narnia rocks! My favorite was Dawn Treader

SoupIsGood
07-14-2005, 11:39 PM
I'm reading Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Suaveness
07-14-2005, 11:58 PM
Another great one....I havent finished that series yet

Ragnar
07-17-2005, 12:16 AM
The last Burgalar book I read mentions John Sandford's Prey series. So I went read the most recent one and it mentions the Burgalar series. Now I am off on another of those.

MarionDeputy
07-17-2005, 11:01 PM
Just found this thread, I read all the time, usually about three books at once:

Just finished "Under & Alone" by Billy King, they are making a movie about it, its a true story of an ATF agent who went undercover in a outlaw motor cycle gang. Highly recommend.

Currently reading "The Onion Field" by Joseph Wambuagh

Almost done with "A soldier's Story" The autobiography of WWII General Omar Bradley

Recently finsished "Patton: A genious for war", "Shooter" forget the authors name but its an autobiography of the current top Marine Sniper. It was excellent as well. And "Delta Force" by Eric Haney, autobiography again, about one of the first enlisted members of Delta Force, another excellent read.

Ragnar
07-18-2005, 06:23 PM
Finished Burgalar who thought he was Bogart. Going to try a Kellerman next.

Stryder
07-18-2005, 08:14 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

Since86
07-19-2005, 02:55 PM
Harry Potter 6 comes out in 1 day!!! WOOHOO!!!!


I actually finished that Monday afternoon. I'm amazed that these books get better and better.

This last one definately throws some curveballs in there. I highly doubt there's just one book left to write. If it is the last one, then it's going to be about 1000 pages long.

obnoxiousmodesty
07-19-2005, 03:05 PM
I just finished Time Is The Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak. It's a very interesting book, one that does an amazing job of analyzing the human psyche. It's a book that applies to each and every era of human existence and will continue to do so until our species dies out.

Vicious Tyrant
07-24-2005, 05:48 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

Heavy. What did you think?

Vicious Tyrant
07-24-2005, 06:09 PM
We're reading The Magician's Nephew with my son at bedtime. A couple of more nights to go.......

Aaaaah....

Hey, there is no :howsweet: smiley! :mad:

McClintic Sphere
07-26-2005, 10:07 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

Outstanding. I have a marked up and dog-eared copy tucked away in my basement. That really made an impression on me during my formative years. Loved the whole concept of quality and how he differentiated between classical inductive/deductive reasoning and intuition using the analogy of motorcycle maintenance.

Vicious Tyrant
07-27-2005, 02:57 PM
^^^ Aah, yes McClintic. Thank you. Just what I was about to say...

:cough:intellectual:cough:

Stryder
07-27-2005, 08:55 PM
Outstanding. I have a marked up and dog-eared copy tucked away in my basement. That really made an impression on me during my formative years. Loved the whole concept of quality and how he differentiated between classical inductive/deductive reasoning and intuition using the analogy of motorcycle maintenance.

It took me a while to finish it, but that was good.

I cannot explain it better with any other words but yours above.

:buddies:

Suaveness
07-27-2005, 09:10 PM
I actually finished that Monday afternoon. I'm amazed that these books get better and better.

This last one definately throws some curveballs in there. I highly doubt there's just one book left to write. If it is the last one, then it's going to be about 1000 pages long.


I'm really curious to see how Jo goes with this one. How in the world is going to get all of the horcruxes? That is what I want to know

SoupIsGood
07-27-2005, 09:11 PM
I'm really curious to see how Jo goes with this one. How in the world is going to get all of the horcruxes? That is what I want to know

I think they have already been gathered in one place. -think kreacher-

Suaveness
07-27-2005, 09:17 PM
I think they have already been gathered in one place. -think kreacher-

I was thinking that, but they aren't ALL in one house, I mean that would be incredibly stupid, and I'm sure Dumbledore might have thought of that.


But I did remember reading about a locket in that house. It's probably already been destroyed.

But I don't think that RAB was Regulus Black. It seems too obvious, and I don't think he would hurt Voldemort because he was a Death eater. I mean, he did want to get out of it, but by Sirius' words, he sounded like a bit of a moron. And you need to be somewhat intelligent to find the horcruxes

SoupIsGood
07-27-2005, 09:22 PM
I was thinking that, but they aren't ALL in one house, I mean that would be incredibly stupid, and I'm sure Dumbledore might have thought of that.


But I did remember reading about a locket in that house. It's probably already been destroyed.

But I don't think that RAB was Regulus Black. It seems too obvious, and I don't think he would hurt Voldemort because he was a Death eater. I mean, he did want to get out of it, but by Sirius' words, he sounded like a bit of a moron. And you need to be somewhat intelligent to find the horcruxes

Regulus was killed for betraying Voldemort.

I don't think they are in the house anymore, but gathered. Remember the mundungus guy, he made off when all the stuff.

Arcadian
07-27-2005, 09:23 PM
I finished Harry Potter IV. Not my favorite. Less mystery and a few too many characters. But that could have been because I was reading my EW starting in the back and missed the HP spoiler warning posted at the beginning...

Also reading Hezrog by Bellow.

Suaveness
07-27-2005, 09:36 PM
I finished Harry Potter IV. Not my favorite. Less mystery and a few too many characters. But that could have been because I was reading my EW starting in the back and missed the HP spoiler warning posted at the beginning...

Also reading Hezrog by Bellow.

You'll get tons of mystery with 6

Arcadian
07-27-2005, 10:19 PM
I hate the Romans. I meant VI, the latest one.

I still liked it and I think finding out who killed whom before I read the book spoiled the shock of the first reading for me.

Vicious Tyrant
08-12-2005, 12:40 PM
Separation of Power by Vince Flynn just arrived.

I'll be starting it tomorrow. Then, Executive Power will be up next.

Vince Flynn > Tom Clancy
I just tried Memorial Day by Flynn. I didn't like it too much. I kept feeling like I was reading about the Terrell Owens of the CIA.

Vicious Tyrant
08-12-2005, 12:42 PM
I also finished Pippi Longstocking with my little girl in our nitey-nite reading. The book is much less charming than I remembered. Little brat. We're starting the Light Princess by G. McDonald, and A Wrinkle in Time (L'Engle, can't wait) is on deck.

If you get a chance, going back and reading some of the children's classics is really fun. More so with your own children!

McClintic Sphere
08-12-2005, 06:13 PM
Vicious,
Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden were both big hits with our daughter, who is seven; if your daughter is in that elementary range she might dig those.
Wrinkle in Time is classic. Loved that as a kid and the movie they made a few years ago surprisingly didn't ruin it.

Stryder
08-12-2005, 10:52 PM
I just tried Memorial Day by Flynn. I didn't like it too much. I kept feeling like I was reading about the Terrell Owens of the CIA.

Have you read any Flynn before Memorial Day?

My favorite is Transfer of Power. Memorial Day was my least favorite.

Vicious Tyrant
08-20-2005, 12:11 AM
I've not read anything else, if you say its worth another try I might do it - but the Rapp guy reminded me too much of those weird campus safety officers I used to work with who fantasize about quelling riots and reading magazines like "Narc Cop" or "Soldier of Fortune", the book was like their wet dream - "only the homocidal psycho agent REALLY understand what needs to be done!!!!"

After the Harry Potter hype, I have been trying to pitch the "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman. Kind of books for young people, but they kick Harry Potter a$$$! Check out the Amber Spyglass [edit - check that, AS is the last of the series. Golden Compass is where to start] if you're interested. Really dark for young people, so be warned.

Stryder
09-16-2005, 11:17 AM
"Dancing Naked in the Mind Field" by Kary Mullis.

Kary Mullis won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993 for his INVENTION of the method for Polymerase Chain Reaction...

bmac
09-16-2005, 12:46 PM
Just right in the middle of Ken Kesey's, "One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest". I highly recomend "Sometimes a Great Notion" too......Kesey is just great.

Ragnar
09-16-2005, 02:35 PM
Vicious if you prefer an anti hero might I suggest Tim Dorsey. He is sort of a cross between Carl Hiassen and Elmore Leonard. The Main character is sort of like Hiaasens one eyes former Governor but more dark like a Leonard character. So far I have only read two of them (I just found his books) but they have been great.

While I dont remotely agree with Hiaasens politics his books are always entertaining and Dorsey is just as good.

MagicRat
09-16-2005, 02:40 PM
I'm about 3/4 through A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby......

MagicRat
09-29-2005, 12:40 PM
Finished The DaVinci Code last night.....

Harmonica
09-29-2005, 01:10 PM
Finished The DaVinci Code last night.....
You just had to go there, didn't you? Let me guess, it made Oprah's book-of-the-month club.

MagicRat
09-29-2005, 04:49 PM
You just had to go there, didn't you? Let me guess, it made Oprah's book-of-the-month club.

Nope. Kelly Ripa's Book Club........

Ragnar
10-13-2005, 11:00 AM
Stryder have you read Memorial Day yet?

I was out of town on Tuesday but on Wednesday it hit me that the new Flynn was out so I ran to the bookstore and picked it up. I got about half way through it last night and so far it is right up there with all of his other books.

When I was standing in line I noticed a new Walter Mosley book too and picked that up. Has anyone seen Devil in a Blue Dress with Denzel Washington? If so that is a story written by Walter Mosley and he has an entire series of books with Easy Rawlins in them that are excellent.

Stryder
10-13-2005, 11:43 AM
Stryder have you read Memorial Day yet?

I was out of town on Tuesday but on Wednesday it hit me that the new Flynn was out so I ran to the bookstore and picked it up. I got about half way through it last night and so far it is right up there with all of his other books.

When I was standing in line I noticed a new Walter Mosley book too and picked that up. Has anyone seen Devil in a Blue Dress with Denzel Washington? If so that is a story written by Walter Mosley and he has an entire series of books with Easy Rawlins in them that are excellent.

No, I have not read Memorial Day yet. It is still on my list, but it got pushed back a little due to some other new books I received from Barnes and Noble.

MagicRat
10-13-2005, 11:53 AM
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator..........

Ragnar
10-13-2005, 04:23 PM
Holy Cow I cant believe this book. Stryder you need to hurry up and read Memorial Day so you can get to this one. I know you prefer the paperbacks but this one is worth the 20 bucks for the hardback. You cant wait a year on this one.

Frank Slade
10-13-2005, 04:29 PM
"You're a Naughty Child and that's Concentrated Evil Coming out the Back of You".

Solid read.

Every question you wanted to know about cannibalism but were afraid to ask...

A good book that you can really sink your teeth into..

Dab
10-13-2005, 06:12 PM
I've been reading The Definitive Guide to Samba 3, but it's not very exciting.

McClintic Sphere
10-13-2005, 06:22 PM
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator..........

Our kids must be in synch here. We just finished with Chuck and the cc and are starting on Chuck and the GGE. Here's to Roald Dahl.

GO!!!!!
10-13-2005, 09:54 PM
I'm half way threw reading the Omega Scroll. I'd recommend that to anyone...

I read like the first half in the 3 days... and then i bought a car and have read 2 pages since.....

Awesome Book tho.. i hear it's like Ahem " davinici code '

Stryder
10-13-2005, 10:11 PM
Holy Cow I cant believe this book. Stryder you need to hurry up and read Memorial Day so you can get to this one. I know you prefer the paperbacks but this one is worth the 20 bucks for the hardback. You cant wait a year on this one.

Upon reading your message about the new book, I went out to Barnes and Noble to get it. It is next in line, right after what I'm currently reading:

Heinlein's "Time Enough For Love"...

Ragnar
10-13-2005, 11:34 PM
I would still read Memorial Day first. In Consent they talk about things that happen in Memorial Day. I just finished Consent (had to put it down to watch the game for a while) Now I have to wait a year or so for another Flynn fix.

Cant complain about Heinlein. :thumbup:

That sounds like an interesting book but I have not picked it up yet. The last Heinlein I read was Friday and it kind of put me off him for a while. Let me know if it is worth a read.

Stryder
10-13-2005, 11:46 PM
I would still read Memorial Day first. In Consent they talk about things that happen in Memorial Day. I just finished Consent (had to put it down to watch the game for a while) Now I have to wait a year or so for another Flynn fix.

Cant complain about Heinlein. :thumbup:

That sounds like an interesting book but I have not picked it up yet. The last Heinlein I read was Friday and it kind of put me off him for a while. Let me know if it is worth a read.

Sorry, I mistyped. I mean, I would read Memorial Day after what I am currently reading. Then, I'll read Consent to Kill.

Geeze, I need to go to bed. Haha.

Ragnar
10-14-2005, 12:50 PM
Gotcha

Raskolnikov
10-15-2005, 01:12 PM
Ahhh a books thread. Now this I can get into. Lets see most recent books read.

John Sandford - Hidden Prey and The Hanged Mans Son

Elmore Leonard - Unknown Man #89 and Mr. Paradise

I love all the Sandford and Leonard books. I picket up Glitz (Leonard) Saturday and have Tapestry of Spies by Stephen Hunter next in line.

Anyone know any good authors like Hunter, Leonard, Sandford? I have read most of these books and all of many other authors but I am always looking for new authors.

leonard is great; don t know sandford or hunter though, i will try them once (that is : one of their books)

maybe you should try donald james (if you don t happen to know him yet). he has a different style than leonard but if you like mr elmore you ll probably like james too

Ragnar
10-15-2005, 05:45 PM
Never heard of Donald James but I will look into him as soon as I get done with Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley. Any suggestion on where to start?

Sandford is not like Leonard at all so I hope you dont go in thinking that. He has a couple of different types of books. He has the detective who hunts down psychos and then he has some hacker novels. The detective ones are the prey series. I enjoy all of his books but he has written more of the Prey series than the Kidd series. I would suggest starting with "The Devils Code"

Stephen Hunter has a long time line. He has stories set in the Spanish Civil war and up in the present day. He has a Arkansas cop and then latter books about that cops son who becomes a military sniper. Lots to chose from there. I think his best work is either "Pale Horse Coming" or maybe "Time to Hunt"

You cant go wrong with any of those books.

SoupIsGood
10-15-2005, 06:11 PM
To kill a mockingbird

Frank Slade
10-15-2005, 08:10 PM
Berenstein Bears Get in A Fight....:blush:

indytoad
10-15-2005, 09:38 PM
The cover for the new Wheel of Time book is absolutely hideous. Behold.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0312873077.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

IndyToad
Send me someone to hug

Raskolnikov
10-18-2005, 09:32 AM
Ragnar,

i ve done some thorough research on donald james (google and stuff). the man has written a serie of 3 books with a russian detective as the main character. the titles are

-monstrum
-the fortune teller
-vadim

i ve read those 3 and i really enjoyed them i must say

thanks for the advice on sandford and hunter btw

regards

R

Ragnar
10-26-2005, 10:08 AM
The Donald James books seem to be hard to come by in Fort Wayne, IN. I am going to just get the from Amazon

PaceBalls
10-29-2005, 11:40 AM
The cover for the new Wheel of Time book is absolutely hideous. Behold.

IndyToad
Send me someone to hug


Ahh he finally released his latest, and if I am correct the last of this series.

The last 3 books were tough to read, maybe it's because I read the series over a 15 year span or so. Or maybe it is just because that ******* is so longwinded. I think I might attempt to read the series from book one again before I jump into Knife Of Dreams.

I Just finished the last R.A. Salvatore book to come out, the Two Swords, which was good of course, but maybe not as good as some of the other books concerning a certain Drow Elf. I am looking forward to The Promise of the Witch King, his new one that is coming out real soon if it's not out already. I think Jarlaxle and Entreri are much more interesting characters than Drizzt.

PS It isn't that bad toad, a bit raw but hey it's a fantasy novel :p

Cheers, and happy reads,
Burt

Skaut_Ech
10-29-2005, 12:52 PM
Okay, some you may finid it to be decidedly lowbrow, but I got one for ya:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0060843438.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg


I found it of interest since I've befriended a pro athlete or two over the years and have even been mistaken for one. I simply couldn't understand why these hoochie mama women act the way they do, fawning over the most unattractive guys around, simply because they're famous.

This book is one woman's perspective on why she did what she did. She names quite a few entertainers whom she had relationships with and describes them. One athlete was Shaq. There was Jay-Z, Bobby Brown (yeah, quite a few were married.) and oters. I'm not a tabloid reading type, but the hook of naming celebs got me, but then the her warped perpsctive on life kept my attention. Read some reviews of this book. I think it's a pretty entertaining, somewhat insightful read.

[Recently a friend of mine was debating on hooking up with a former Pacer-and no, i won't name who it is-, but kept saying that he was kinda old and not very attractive. When I prerssed her on why she gave him her phone number, her answer was "He's a Pacer!" :duh::sigh:

Pig Nash
02-13-2006, 03:35 PM
I just finished Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. Great book.

Raskolnikov
02-13-2006, 03:41 PM
The Book Thread! Long time no see.

Well, I'm currently reading 'The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'. Don't know if I'll be able to finish it some day, it's over 1000 pages and is written in tiny, tiny letters...

Not bad though.

Pig Nash
02-13-2006, 04:20 PM
Yeah, I figured it was time to bring it back, especially after such a great read.

MagicRat
02-13-2006, 04:31 PM
Prince Caspian

btowncolt
02-13-2006, 04:34 PM
http://www.mu.edu/library/information/news/exlibris0705/covers/obama.jpg

Doug
02-13-2006, 04:40 PM
My 5th grader just finished Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. She absolutely loved it. I guess I'll have to buy her Flush for her birthday. And take her to the Hoot movie when it comes out this spring.

I'll have to keep her away from the rest of my Hiaasen books for a couple of years, though.

DisplacedKnick
02-13-2006, 04:51 PM
Well, I'm currently reading The Uses of Literacy in Early Mediaeval Europe, Rosamond McKitterick, ed.

So if anyone wants to discuss it ...

sweabs
02-13-2006, 05:14 PM
Well, I'm currently reading The Uses of Literacy in Early Mediaeval Europe, Rosamond McKitterick, ed.

So if anyone wants to discuss it ...

Ugh...

I'm currently working on a paper centralized around Sir Francis Drake, and how historical opinion has changed on his explorations and character over the past 400+ years.

Therefore, I've been reading historians from the 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, and 21st century. And although the 16th century is far from being early Medieval, it is certainly no fun to read. The only thing that keeps me awake is stumbling across the word "f uck" once in a while...which of course, was read to mean "suck" at the time.

Last year, I actually took a Medieval Europe class, which required us to read about 4-5 primary sources each week. That was torture.

Hmmm - some of the books that I'm currently reading? (I'll spare people with the countless works on Drake or boring texts)...

Ordinary Men - Christopher Browning
Weimar and the Rise of Hitler - A.J. Nicholls
Walls - Hiltgunt Zassenhaus
The Struggle For Stability in Early Modern Europe - Theodore Rabb

sweabs
02-26-2006, 05:16 PM
A follow-up to Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men...

This is a tough read; not in the sense that it's difficult to ascertain and comprehend, but just the subject matter itself (looks at Reserve Police Battalian 101 and critically analyzes what caused these men to do the things they did within the context of the Holocaust).

It doesn't shy away from anything. There are primary documents/sources used throughout, and that just makes it even more unbearable. I honestly couldn't take more than 30-40 pages at a time.

8.9_seconds
02-26-2006, 11:12 PM
I just read Doomsday Conspiracy By: Sidney Sheldon......I'm too tired to write anyting about it, if anybody else has read it..let's discuss, but if you haven't ahhh...who cares.

Pig Nash
02-27-2006, 05:12 PM
Read Galapagos and Mother Night. They were both very good, I liked Galapagos more. I've really been on a Vonnegut kick here lately.

btowncolt
02-27-2006, 05:13 PM
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N8R
03-09-2006, 04:14 PM
Crashing The Borders: How Basketball Won the World and Lost Its Soul at Home - Harvery Araton

I havent finished it yet only a few chapters in but I have noticed this guy doesnt like the pacers. He does a lot of blaming for the Fight at the Palace in this that frankly I almost stopped reading the book cause of his bias reporting. But the second chapter was better covering the lead up to the 92 Olympic games where the Dream Team and Globalization of the NBA started. it is pretty interesting so far, but I will keep you all posted.

Mourning
03-09-2006, 05:44 PM
I always read atleast two books at the sametime, I don't really know why.

I've just finished reading "The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin". A book which was written for only one reader, Josef Stalin. Composed of interviews from the NKVD (pre-KGB secret service in the USSR) during a ten year framework of several captured assistants to Hitler. Quite interesting, easy to read.

Some of the notes by the original, Soviet, editor have been refuted by newer research. Also taken up is an analysis by the german editors who found this piece in a Russian archive without people knowing it even existed.

http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1442206,00.html

I finished reading the first real biography of Mao about two months ago. This book is ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I have read the last few years. It's increadible what Mao got away with going to the top, beying thwarted several times, going down and again up and down. His ruthlesness, ploys and self-centered behavior were beyond belief.

This book was well researched and is VERY WELL and interestingly written and contains a lot of new information, forinstance his plans of starting a world war III with Stalins help by trying to escalate the Korean conflict, his Great Leap Forward which undoubtedly must have been the greatest ever famine by a margin, his blackmailing techniques on everyone really, his wifes, friends, political opponents and allies, the Soviets, Americans, really EVERYBODY! I knew China under his rule was bad, but it really sounds now as North Korea XXL, one big freaking concentration camp where there were years where EVERY CITIZEN had to write "self critics" all of which were read by the authorities.

There's too much to tell about this book, but if you are into history OR politics this is in my view a MUST READ even if China doesn't interest you much, the way in which it was written makes it a book I just had to keep reading and reading.

http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1442206,00.html#article_continue

I am now halfway with "Dictators" from Richard Overy. A mainly political comparison between Hitlers Germany and Stalins USSR, how they could have existed and what parts of the population supported them and why. It's a bit dry at times, but the research is good and some of the points he makes are not exactly what you would have expected normally, you will have to be interested in this stuff though, otherwise you might find it a little boring.

http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/history/0,6121,1268020,00.html#article_continue

Another book I have read about 2/3 now is from a writer most military history readers will know, Robert D. Kaplan (with amongst other functions a steady correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly) with his book "Imperial Grunts, The American Military on the Ground".

A good read. He is in favour of the policy the Bush Administration has employed since sept 11th, so the book is not as critical as it could have been on certain points, but credit where it is due ... It is a very good and interesting read.

I knew a lot of the things he describes, but getting the context and the direct and factual describtion off the troops, their operating and operations he went to with them are very interesting and visual. Good read, not too complicated, but that isn't at all needed in his book.

Lots of details about the current struggles throughout the world and how some societies function or better how they don't function (Jemen and Colombia come to mind) and seen from the eye's of him as a person and the troops (special forces, retired military advisors, Marines and Army troops) he spend time with IN the actual conflict zones.

http://www.terrorism-research.com/reference/cat.php?eqp=1400061326

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

btowncolt
03-09-2006, 05:49 PM
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sweabs
03-09-2006, 05:54 PM
Some interesting stuff you have read there, Mourning. I'm going to look into some of it for sure - especially the book on Mao. I love Chinese history.

McClintic Sphere
03-09-2006, 06:02 PM
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Mourning
03-09-2006, 06:03 PM
Some interesting stuff you have read there, Mourning. I'm going to look into some of it for sure - especially the book on Mao. I love Chinese history.

Then you will LOVE this book, really. Superbly written, almost like a thriller sometimes. It really grabbed me. Jung Chang is also the author of "Wild Swans", maybe you have read it aswell?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0743246985/ref=sib_dp_pt/002-8933746-7081625#reader-page

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

btowncolt
03-09-2006, 06:12 PM
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Mourning
03-09-2006, 06:25 PM
Okay, some you may finid it to be decidedly lowbrow, but I got one for ya:

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I found it of interest since I've befriended a pro athlete or two over the years and have even been mistaken for one. I simply couldn't understand why these hoochie mama women act the way they do, fawning over the most unattractive guys around, simply because they're famous.

This book is one woman's perspective on why she did what she did. She names quite a few entertainers whom she had relationships with and describes them. One athlete was Shaq. There was Jay-Z, Bobby Brown (yeah, quite a few were married.) and oters. I'm not a tabloid reading type, but the hook of naming celebs got me, but then the her warped perpsctive on life kept my attention. Read some reviews of this book. I think it's a pretty entertaining, somewhat insightful read.

[Recently a friend of mine was debating on hooking up with a former Pacer-and no, i won't name who it is-, but kept saying that he was kinda old and not very attractive. When I prerssed her on why she gave him her phone number, her answer was "He's a Pacer!" :duh::sigh:

I L-I-K-E the cover ;). Sounds interesting, seriously. I remember a CNN documentary in the 90's that "revealed" dozens of NBA players having multiple kids with multiple wifes and paying HUGE alimony. Pippen, I think, was concluded to have the most kids with the most woman or something like that.

I have always wondered ... WHAT WOMAN WOULD WANT PIPPEN? :uhoh: But, as you stated, it's not about him, but about what he does and sometimes or maybe a lot of times about what they can get from him.

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

McClintic Sphere
03-09-2006, 06:26 PM
Hey Mourning, I see you like historical/military type books. Have you ever read
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679724141/103-1622266-6140665?v=glance&n=283155

Truly outstanding story of a Lt.Colonel whose amazing abilities and contradicting flaws mirror somewhat that entire war. Really the first ground level person to get official Washington to see what was wrong in the approach to the war, and then remarkably rose to a position of very high civilian power and came to believe the war could be won for the South before his untimely death.

Mourning
03-09-2006, 06:39 PM
Hey Mourning, I see you like historical/military type books. Have you ever read
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679724141/103-1622266-6140665?v=glance&n=283155

Truly outstanding story of a Lt.Colonel whose amazing abilities and contradicting flaws mirror somewhat that entire war. Really the first ground level person to get official Washington to see what was wrong in the approach to the war, and then remarkably rose to a position of very high civilian power and came to believe the war could be won for the South before his untimely death.

No, haven't read much about Vietnam to be honest. But, this one I will keep in mind. I just had my birthday recently, so I have enough vouchers for books again.

I also plan on reading an extensive book work on Dien Bien Phu. I have seen it a few times now and read small parts in it, beying on the verge of taking it with me several times, but each time the prospect of a Eur 350.00+ bill for books I find interesting made me put this and a lot of other books down ;), but this one is coming for sure next time.

In the right bookshops I really feel like a small kid in a candystore :).

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

sweabs
03-09-2006, 06:57 PM
Then you will LOVE this book, really. Superbly written, almost like a thriller sometimes. It really grabbed me. Jung Chang is also the author of "Wild Swans", maybe you have read it aswell?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0743246985/ref=sib_dp_pt/002-8933746-7081625#reader-page

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

Cool.

The last actual novel (textbooks are boring :D ) I've read relating to Chinese history was entitled Red Sorghum by Mo Yan. It is a very powerful story that is set in rural China and looks hard at Japanese invasion starting in the 1930s.

Another book I recently read, but focusses more on Korea is titled Lost Names and is written by Richard Kim. I LOVED this one...not sure how much you know about Korea during WWII, but not much is needed to enjoy this...just that Japan's policy during the Pacific War was to rename Koreans with a Japanese surname instead. Richard Kim states that everything that happened in the book actually happened to him while he was raised at that time...

GO!!!!!
03-09-2006, 07:22 PM
What a great thread, shows some of us still have real lives; I have started and not yet finished

The Omega scroll by Adrian Hage (like da vanici code some say)

No Peace, No Honor, Nixon Kissinger and the betrayal of Vietnam ( great great book, I must finish it soon actually restart reading it as itís very tough to keep pick up and start again.. )



Last book I finished as an autobiography of a Camera Man from down under, recalls his journey in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Africa, remarkable life and story during war torn countries and what he found it

McClintic Sphere
03-09-2006, 08:45 PM
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Here is a product you could undoubtedly use:

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SycamoreKen
03-09-2006, 09:10 PM
I'm working on 2 books right now.

The first is Predator by Patricia Cornwell. I like her stuff and this one is o.k. so far. I'll probably finish it next week.

The second is The Civil War Years; A Day-by-Day Chronicle. This one will take a while because, as it says, it highlights each day leading up to and through the war. Very interesting facts I'd never read about before. A lot of first person experiences through letters and journals.

btowncolt
03-09-2006, 09:19 PM
Let's try to keep this literary forum on topic, McClintic.

The hippie organization I'm proudly a part of probably knows some people in your commune. I'll hunt you down.

Right now, I'm working on:

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Raskolnikov
03-30-2006, 03:39 PM
Currently reading The Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

I'm sure many of you have read it already. I really like it (first 50 pages at least).

Stryder
03-30-2006, 04:14 PM
Currently reading alot of Dean Koontz.

Just finished "The Taking" and "Intensity", and just started "Midnight".

BTW, Ragnar, I finally read Memorial Day and Consent to Kill by Flynn. Awesome, I tell you. I want another book by Flynn to come out soon!

Arcadian
03-31-2006, 12:31 AM
Godric - Buechner

Herzog - Bellow

Anansi Boys - Gaiman

Pig Nash
03-31-2006, 12:51 AM
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

8.9_seconds
03-31-2006, 01:53 AM
Desperation-Stephen King

It's about 700 pages long, but it's awesome.

TRich
03-31-2006, 07:27 AM
"Clinton Wars" by Sidney Blumenthal.

A very long read but well worth it. Good to get an insider's perspective of Clinton's presidency, especially considering how involved Blumenthal was at the end of the impeachment process.

Gyron
03-31-2006, 09:47 AM
Marley and Me.

Excellent book, especially for All you dog owners out there.


You will laugh, and probably have to fight crying a couple times in the book.
The book itself is not all about the dog, its about a family and their life while they owned the dog and how they all grew together.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

www.marleyandme.com

Ragnar
03-31-2006, 11:02 AM
Currently reading alot of Dean Koontz.

Just finished "The Taking" and "Intensity", and just started "Midnight".

BTW, Ragnar, I finally read Memorial Day and Consent to Kill by Flynn. Awesome, I tell you. I want another book by Flynn to come out soon!

Thats the problem with reading a living still producing author. You know there will be another one and you just cant stand not having it.

Natston
06-04-2007, 04:54 AM
Creature Tech by Doug TenNapel

If the author's name seems familiar, he's the guy who created Earthworm Jim.

I became interested in it because of the religious themes. But honestly they seemed to be just thrown in there, so obviously they needed to be fleshed out some more. It'll be interesting to see how it translates to the big screen but if you liked the movie Hellboy then I'd recommend it you.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1891830341/ref=sib_dp_pt/103-2276718-0813405#reader-link

SoupIsGood
06-04-2007, 08:33 AM
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Just started^

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1/2 way thru^

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100 pgs in^

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just finished^

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^I've read maybe 75% of these, but I'm occasionally picking out short stories to read at odd times. I take my story collections really slow

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^Listening to on tape when I drive to Indy and back

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^Haven't started yet but I'm gonna have to finish it here soon... Cormac is prolly the only dude that could make me watch Oprah

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Checking this out of Irwin library at Butler later today...^

Shade
06-04-2007, 09:26 AM
The Dresden Files books are very, very good if you're into science fiction with a hint of mystery and suspense. I highly recommend them.

SoupIsGood
06-04-2007, 11:44 AM
Dresden as in the Dresden firebombing mentioned in Slaughterhouse-V, or...?

Mourning
06-04-2007, 12:49 PM
How do you like "Wild Swans", SIG? I thought it was quite good. Further, I also read about 2 or 3 books at the sametime.

Just finished "IBM and the Holocaust", quite amazing how IBM got their involvement with NAZI-Germany as well closed as they have.

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

efx
06-04-2007, 02:32 PM
Excession by Iain M Banks.

Banks is probably my favorite scifi author next to Gibson. He has such a command of the english language and his concepts are sometimes so delightfully cerebral it's hard to challenging, in a good way, to wrap your head around what he is trying to convey, visually.

This is a fantastic book.

SoupIsGood
06-04-2007, 04:19 PM
How do you like "Wild Swans", SIG? I thought it was quite good. Further, I also read about 2 or 3 books at the sametime.

Just finished "IBM and the Holocaust", quite amazing how IBM got their involvement with NAZI-Germany as well closed as they have.

Regards,

Mourning :cool:


I'm not really anywhere into it yet. Might dive in a bit tonight if I can get a paper and some studying done. However, I've got a feeling I'm gonna like it. For whatever reason, the history of China and Chinese lit really interest me.

I checked out V. today, and it hadn't been checked out of Irwin in 23 years. :laugh:

Mourning
06-05-2007, 03:04 AM
For whatever reason, the history of China and Chinese lit really interest me.

Looking at the list of books you posted I already got that feeling :D.

Mr.ThunderMakeR
06-05-2007, 03:09 AM
I just finished Conversations with Tom Petty. Its a nice book but I imagine I would have enjoyed it more if I knew how to play and write music. Im now reading I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by the internet legend Tucker Max. Decent so far, but Ive read most the stories already on his website.

Shade
06-06-2007, 12:22 AM
Dresden as in the Dresden firebombing mentioned in Slaughterhouse-V, or...?

No, Dresden as in Harry Dresden, professional wizard. ;)

There's actually a TV series based off of it on the Sci-Fi channel, though it doesn't do the books justice.

Arcadian
06-06-2007, 01:10 PM
SIG, Ha Jin is a great author. Waiting might be the best book written in the last ten years.

Reading now: Tin Drum by Grass, Gilead by Robinson and Everyman by Roth

SoupIsGood
06-06-2007, 05:26 PM
Yeah, I've been waiting anxiously for someone to buy me Waiting. (Puns FTW) Irwin doesn't have it, and I've got $20 in late fees racked up at IMCPL. So I tell my parents to buy it for me.

Or screw that, I just checked online and Irwin does have it. That's surprising. Normally at Iwrin you're up a creek if what you're looking for isn't the Almighty John Updike. Huzzah. I'm going to go check out Waiting and As I Lay Dying. Just finished a class, so I got lots of reading time now! :happydanc

But what to read first? Oh, quandary.

SoupIsGood
06-06-2007, 05:28 PM
Oh hey, how's Everyman? I've been considering it for awhile but something about it scares me away.

Arcadian
06-06-2007, 10:22 PM
I'm only 20 pages in but it's a Roth well written and thoughtful. I'm a big fan of his so I don't know how objective I am. I'd tell someone who hasn't read any of his stuff to start with American Pastoral.

SoupIsGood
06-12-2007, 02:22 AM
I swear to crap, Pynchon is the only author that actually makes me physically laugh out loud. People always talk about laughing up a storm while reading, and I never really know what they're talking about, even though I do read a lot of funny stuff. But something about the occasional Pynchon joke makes me crack up like a nutter.

SoupIsGood
07-17-2007, 04:59 PM
Catching up on my DFW:

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I had gotten away from reading him for awhile. He's my favorite author, and MAN it feels good making a return to his fiction. :cloud9: So wonderfully disturbing.

JayRedd
07-17-2007, 11:41 PM
I swear to crap, Pynchon is the only author that actually makes me physically laugh out loud. People always talk about laughing up a storm while reading, and I never really know what they're talking about, even though I do read a lot of funny stuff. But something about the occasional Pynchon joke makes me crack up like a nutter.


Just re-read Catch 22 last week. That one gets me every time too.

McClintic Sphere
07-18-2007, 08:20 PM
Catching up on my DFW:

I had gotten away from reading him for awhile. He's my favorite author, and MAN it feels good making a return to his fiction. :cloud9: So wonderfully disturbing.

Hey man, have you read Infinite Jest? Creamalicious.

Arcadian
07-18-2007, 09:40 PM
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien is pretty funny stuff.

SoupIsGood
07-18-2007, 10:53 PM
Hey man, have you read Infinite Jest? Creamalicious.

Not the entire thing. I usually make some progress into it, get caught up w/ stuff and leave it for awhile. After coming back to it after a few weeks, I can never bring myself to just pick up where I left off. So I start over, makes some progress... and the cycle repeats.

But once summer school ends, I'm intending to just set myself to gradually slow-reading it. I'm figuring setting a limit of at least 30 pages a day, because I've always got time for at least 30pp. It's just that I always get distracted w/ all his other stuff, which is excellent too. The essays, the short fiction... :cloud9:

But I have a feeling that IJ will probably be my favorite novel, once I finish it. Or at least top 3.

As a sidenote, I would give my left foot to be able to turn a sentence like DFW.

McClintic Sphere
07-19-2007, 08:11 PM
Reading H.P. Lovecraft: Tales. So far I've read "At the Mountains of Madness" and "Call of Cthulhu" This is science meets some alternative version of alien mythology. Weird, but very well written and atmospheric.

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8.9_seconds
07-19-2007, 10:56 PM
I just order Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child: An Illustrated History as a gift, has anybody ever read it and have comments on it?

Arcadian
07-23-2007, 12:04 AM
Finished Harry Potter 7. I liked it.

Lovecraft is very atmospheric. The tone, mood and settings are just creepy.

Gaiman wrote a short story in the Lovecraft world about a werewolf being sacrified. Very funny.

Trader Joe
07-23-2007, 01:41 AM
Just finished the Deathly Hallows. Very good. Tied all the loose ends together. I'm little saddened the saddened that another chapter of my childhood has closed, but I'm not convinced that she might not get the urge to write more. However if she does great, if not I am content with the finish.

However I am downright horrified at the prospect of the hollywood folks attempting to turn this book into a two hour film. It would be the worst hackjob of all time if they did. This thing could have a trilogy devoted to itself.

pig norton
07-23-2007, 02:44 AM
Just finished Harry potter myself, I thought it was good, but there were 1 or 2 parts that bothered me. I don't want to give anything away, so i'll not say anything more other than I may have lost a few bets I had going:(.

SoupIsGood
07-23-2007, 02:56 AM
JK has mentioned she might do an 8th book, which would be sort of like the thing Tolkien did where it's just a big encyclopedia of the fictional world, where she sticks in all her unused material.

Trader Joe
07-23-2007, 03:11 AM
JK has mentioned she might do an 8th book, which would be sort of like the thing Tolkien did where it's just a big encyclopedia of the fictional world, where she sticks in all her unused material.
Well Im probably reading too much into it but the way she says "All was well." instead of using the present tense "is" makes me believe something is about to go wrong.

Arcadian
07-23-2007, 03:33 AM
There were loose ends intentionally placed.

SoupIsGood
07-23-2007, 07:06 AM
Are these spoilers I should read if I haven't read DH yet?

Arcadian
07-23-2007, 11:04 AM
I was vague but I still wouldn't. I'm taking it off.

Gyron
07-23-2007, 11:27 AM
Don't read his spoiler if you don't want to know the end.

Since86
07-23-2007, 01:34 PM
I finished HP7 early sunday morning. I got home from the bars and then started reading til 730 am lol

I really liked it, and am starting to reread it. There's so much I would like to talk about, but I really dont want to ruin it for Soup.