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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby khetti » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:37 pm

Working through:

Under the Dome
The Book of Basketball (love Simmons)
Hyperion
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:31 pm

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby hermanfontenot » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:33 am

William Manchester, The Arms of Krupp. You might dig it, Pharoah.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby mattvan1 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:43 am

Does this count? Prolly not, but some of the recipes are kick ass

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Orenthal » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:54 pm

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100 some odd pages in... In the world of politics things really haven't changed!
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:00 pm

Who says politics are worse today than back in the founding? Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton for Christ's sake.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Commodore Perry » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:30 pm

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brilliant book.

if you want to understand why the west has been so good at war, you won't find a better explanation.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby justmebd » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:20 am

Just finished "Under the Dome."

Well written book, but the main bad guy was too Two Dimensional for my taste and became a distraction. The reason for the Dome's existence was . . . Well, it didn't work for me either. But there's a longer story behind that and I don't want to spoil it for anybody.

Still, it by no means was a bad book.

Now reading Terry Brooks.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:56 am

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Orenthal » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:10 pm

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Who says politics are worse today than back in the founding? Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton for Christ's sake.


CDT the ignorance today is astounding...

Someone once said to be ignorant of history is to walk the earth forever as a child... Wonder who said that?
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:27 pm

God I love Amazon. This came today and I can't wait to start it. It'll have to wait till I finish my book on Ike.

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:11 pm

Orenthal wrote:
Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Who says politics are worse today than back in the founding? Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton for Christ's sake.


CDT the ignorance today is astounding...

Someone once said to be ignorant of history is to walk the earth forever as a child... Wonder who said that?


What's funny is the notion that politcal campaigns are dirty today.

Check out The Birth Of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, And The Election Of 1828. By Lynn Parsons.

I read it last summer and I was amazed at how dirty it was. It makes modern campaigns look tame. I think you'll dig it.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:05 pm

Anyone recommend some good American Civil War material?

If I wanna teach in the States I better learn about something besides Vietnam and Kennedy
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby hermanfontenot » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:09 pm

British_Pharaoh wrote:Anyone recommend some good American Civil War material?

If I wanna teach in the States I better learn about something besides Vietnam and Kennedy


BP: start here.

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Narrative-Vol-Set/dp/0394749138
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:28 pm

HermanFontenot wrote:
British_Pharaoh wrote:Anyone recommend some good American Civil War material?

If I wanna teach in the States I better learn about something besides Vietnam and Kennedy


BP: start here.

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Narrative-Vol-Set/dp/0394749138

Hope they have those on the .co.uk site
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby hermanfontenot » Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:04 pm

British_Pharaoh wrote:
HermanFontenot wrote:
British_Pharaoh wrote:Anyone recommend some good American Civil War material?

If I wanna teach in the States I better learn about something besides Vietnam and Kennedy


BP: start here.

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Narrative-Vol-Set/dp/0394749138

Hope they have those on the .co.uk site


IIRC Churchill devotes a sizable chunk of one of his volumes of History of the English-Speaking Peoples to the Civil War.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby municipalmutt » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:03 am

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Just started this. Been a King fan since I was 12. Nothing like 1000+ pages of the master to kill a coupla days.


I'm 12% in on this (kindle) which I suppose puts me at about page 120 or so. I love King and have read about everything he's written. Summer before last I read the entire Dark Tower series from beginning to end. I don't necessarily recommend doing it that way. Buy the end I just wanted to be done.


I finished Under The Dome last week. I didn't care for it as much as Cell or Duma Key. King gets diarrhea of the mouth sometimes, and I found myself skipping through pages of meaningless fluff.

The Dark Tower series was his magnum opus that ties almost all of his work together.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby waborat » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:42 am

municipalmutt wrote:
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Just started this. Been a King fan since I was 12. Nothing like 1000+ pages of the master to kill a coupla days.


I'm 12% in on this (kindle) which I suppose puts me at about page 120 or so. I love King and have read about everything he's written. Summer before last I read the entire Dark Tower series from beginning to end. I don't necessarily recommend doing it that way. Buy the end I just wanted to be done.


I finished Under The Dome last week. I didn't care for it as much as Cell or Duma Key. King gets diarrhea of the mouth sometimes, and I found myself skipping through pages of meaningless fluff.

The Dark Tower series was his magnum opus that ties almost all of his work together.



Finished UTD last week...

1100 pages in just 9 days meant it had to keep my interest pretty well...

Maybe my favorite of his from the past decade as it reminded me of classics IT & Needful Things
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:37 am

HermanFontenot wrote:
British_Pharaoh wrote:Anyone recommend some good American Civil War material?

If I wanna teach in the States I better learn about something besides Vietnam and Kennedy


BP: start here.

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Narrative-Vol-Set/dp/0394749138


I haven't read those books, but Shelby Foote is impressive on Ken Burns' Civil War documentary. What I have read is the one-volume history, Battle Cry of Freedom (which I see linked as "frequently bought together" on Amazon) - and it is excellent.

I haven't yet commented on this thread. I just finished this:

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And am currently reading this:

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FWIW, both authors are British.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby HoodooMan » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:27 am

waborat wrote:Finished UTD last week...

1100 pages in just 9 days meant it had to keep my interest pretty well...

Maybe my favorite of his from the past decade as it reminded me of classics IT & Needful Things


Holy shit.

How many hours a day did you spend reading this book to finish it that quickly?
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby CAVSTRIBEBROWNSin07! » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:12 pm

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I'm about halfway through. Great book so far, feels much more genuine than other first person war experiences I've read.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:23 pm

CAVSTRIBEBROWNSin07! wrote:Image

I'm about halfway through. Great book so far, feels much more genuine than other first person war experiences I've read.


What a travesty that railroading was. Made me sick that the kid had to endure what he did.

Must read if you like that genre:
http://www.amazon.com/House-David-Bella ... 1416574719
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby waborat » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:37 am

HoodooMan wrote:
waborat wrote:Finished UTD last week...

1100 pages in just 9 days meant it had to keep my interest pretty well...

Maybe my favorite of his from the past decade as it reminded me of classics IT & Needful Things


Holy shit.

How many hours a day did you spend reading this book to finish it that quickly?


Messed up my back and couldn't do squat for a few days...

Prolly read 3-4 hrs a day or so?

Really reminded me of old King works...

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby CAVSTRIBEBROWNSin07! » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:51 am

Peeker643 wrote:What a travesty that railroading was. Made me sick that the kid had to endure what he did.

Must read if you like that genre:
http://www.amazon.com/House-David-Bella ... 1416574719

Thanks Peek, I'll definitely look out for that. I think I may have even gotten Warlord off of a recommendation of yours on another thread someplace.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby aoxo1 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:01 pm

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:36 pm

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Orenthal » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:30 pm

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:
Orenthal wrote:
Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Who says politics are worse today than back in the founding? Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton for Christ's sake.


CDT the ignorance today is astounding...

Someone once said to be ignorant of history is to walk the earth forever as a child... Wonder who said that?


What's funny is the notion that politcal campaigns are dirty today.

Check out The Birth Of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, And The Election Of 1828. By Lynn Parsons.

I read it last summer and I was amazed at how dirty it was. It makes modern campaigns look tame. I think you'll dig it.


I'm aware that Andrew Jackson's wife was a whore, according to papers loyal to Adams. The whole fact that papers were understood to be biased makes me laugh at people who rail against the liberal media, or Fox News wake the fuck up and understand what the hell you are watching. Just stop complaining, shit has always been this way, and worse. Long story longer I will check out the book...

Edit to add...
On this one now.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby kendricktamis » Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:28 am

Currently I am reading "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyvsky.
The next book will be "The life of PI".
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby jfiling » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:31 am

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Just a few chapters in, and man is this an incredible book. No wonder Chabon has such a great reputation.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Stolliosis » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:20 pm

^Great book. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I'm looking for some good suggestions on books about WWI if anyone has any. I'm not looking to read about the military aspect of it, but more about the history leading up to the war. How the alliances were formed and the building tensions between nations, that sort of stuff.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby StewieG » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:24 pm

Just read Capote's In Cold Blood. Great, great book. Incredible writing.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby jack_tors » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:38 pm

StewieG wrote:Just read Capote's In Cold Blood. Great, great book. Incredible writing.


+1, really enjoyed that book. Thought Capote really captured the cold, heinous murder of that poor family.

Reading this right now on recommendation from a friend. About 50 pages in and really enjoying it as the writing is a good mix of story telling and humor.

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby aoxo1 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:41 pm

Stolliosis wrote:^Great book. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I'm looking for some good suggestions on books about WWI if anyone has any. I'm not looking to read about the military aspect of it, but more about the history leading up to the war. How the alliances were formed and the building tensions between nations, that sort of stuff.

Not really what you asked for, but my favorite WWI books:
A Farewell to Arms
All Quiet on the Western Front
Good-bye to All That
Doctor Zhivago
Journey to the End of the Night (not all WWI, but one of my 10 favorite works)
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby jfiling » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:28 pm

Stolliosis wrote:^Great book. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I'm looking for some good suggestions on books about WWI if anyone has any. I'm not looking to read about the military aspect of it, but more about the history leading up to the war. How the alliances were formed and the building tensions between nations, that sort of stuff.

I'm now about a third of the way through. My wife last year had to do a paper on which contemporary author had the best chance of becoming part of the American literary canon, and she chose Chabon (and got an A on her paper). I almost can't wait to finish this book and start "Wonder Boys" (I loved the movie), which she says is even better than "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay".
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:40 pm

Norman Mailer - An American Dream

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:35 am

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Re: Now Reading?

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby jfiling » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:27 pm

swerb wrote:The Book of Basketball

I just passed the 100 page point in that. Amazing how well Simmons researched, and yet has me laughing out loud at least every other page.
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Re: Now Reading?

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby peeker643 » Fri May 07, 2010 3:29 pm

Just finished "With the Old Breed.....", E.B Sledge's WWII book about the marines on Peleliu and Okinawa that was the basis of the HBO series "The Pacific".

Excellent account. If you like battle scenes from "The Pacific" this book is a must read because of how it goes into such tremendous detail about the conditions these guys fought in.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Fri May 07, 2010 4:03 pm

Hey Peeker, weren't you the one who commented a few times about the Jack Reacher books? There's a new one coming out titled "61 hours" in about a week I think.

I'm saving it for vacation in July. Nothing better than a Lee Child novel while sitting poolside with a beer.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby peeker643 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:07 pm

Motherscratcher wrote:Hey Peeker, weren't you the one who commented a few times about the Jack Reacher books? There's a new one coming out titled "61 hours" in about a week I think.

I'm saving it for vacation in July. Nothing better than a Lee Child novel while sitting poolside with a beer.


I agree. Not really complex but well done and good reads. Perfect for vacation, pool and beer reading. I've gotten to the point with thse books that I can't recall which of them I still need to read. ;-) ;) :wink:

I think Jack Reacher was created in the image of Cerebral_Downtime. :hide:
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Thu May 20, 2010 6:50 am

Franz Kafka

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby pup » Fri May 21, 2010 10:53 pm

BP - That a young Mike Brown cutting the rug?
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Sat May 22, 2010 9:03 am

pup wrote:BP - That a young Mike Brown cutting the rug?

Lol it really could be haha
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby TouchEmAllTime » Sat May 22, 2010 1:07 pm

Not even being smart here, but how do some of you guys find the time to read books?
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby skatingtripods » Sat May 22, 2010 1:43 pm

TouchEmAllTime wrote:Not even being smart here, but how do some of you guys find the time to read books?


Take lots of lengthy shits.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby peeker643 » Sat May 22, 2010 2:02 pm

FYI 'The Pacific' fans:

Helmet for my Pillow and With the Old Breed are tremendous reads. Very different styles and outlooks, but both excellent.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby jack_tors » Sat May 22, 2010 3:02 pm

peeker643 wrote:FYI 'The Pacific' fans:

Helmet for my Pillow and With the Old Breed are tremendous reads. Very different styles and outlooks, but both excellent.


Reading Helmet for my Pillow right now after seeing it at the library. 100 pages in and it is a tremendous read.

Picked up Old Breed at Target on sale but havent made it there yet.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Orenthal » Sat May 22, 2010 5:39 pm

Have Rove's book and...
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going at the same time...
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