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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Audioslave on May 22, 2011, 10:23:28 PM
Figured it was time for a "What are you reading?" thread.

What's on your bookshelfs or kindleS?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BIG ACH on May 22, 2011, 11:31:10 PM

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Its for one of my classes - brutal, JUST brutal really!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on May 23, 2011, 03:35:00 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deicide on May 23, 2011, 03:37:44 AM
Skopos theory....and other boring shit.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on May 23, 2011, 07:06:22 AM
Crappy Western paperback :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Showstoppa on May 23, 2011, 07:17:15 AM
Crappy Western paperback :)

Brokeback Mountain II: Electric Bugaloo ?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on May 23, 2011, 07:33:24 AM
Brokeback Mountain II: Electric Bugaloo ?


 :o

....I didn't know it was out already!!!!!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: freespirit on May 23, 2011, 07:52:51 AM
Autobiography from Atilla the Hun.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BIG ACH on May 23, 2011, 07:58:52 AM
Autobiography from Atilla the Hun.

Niiiiiice


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: RUDE BUOY on May 23, 2011, 08:17:06 AM
Night at the roxbery I was able to get it in hard cover graet shit reading material


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on May 24, 2011, 12:50:28 PM
gbr


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: EKnight on May 24, 2011, 12:52:33 PM
Dark Tower series by S. King....again... -EK


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Princess L on July 22, 2011, 09:01:46 PM
The Help

Looking forward to the movie coming out in August.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JasonH on July 23, 2011, 04:45:30 AM
Ah yes, another "what are you reading thread" where Getbiggers try and out-do each other with their impressive intellectual reading skills and post titles of books suck as "Advanced quantum physics and string theory" and "How to build a hadron collider".  ::)



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: njanvi on July 23, 2011, 08:23:39 AM
40 million dollar slaves

Good book


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: John O on July 23, 2011, 10:38:06 AM
Started a new book last night. "One Percenter the legend of the Outlaw Biker"
by Dave Nichols


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on July 23, 2011, 01:03:02 PM
Leviathan by Hobbes


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 23, 2011, 02:43:24 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: njanvi on July 23, 2011, 06:24:47 PM
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(http://www.theawl.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/atlas2.jpg)

Benny, would not expect u to be reading Atlas


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Maddy on July 23, 2011, 06:30:55 PM


Im reading
Pedros bisexual
posting history
from other boards


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 23, 2011, 08:40:55 PM
Benny, would not expect u to be reading Atlas
There are a LOT of things you do not know about me, son.  ;)

I read, and I read voraciously. Knowledge is power. Just because I am reading Atlas Shrugged does not mean I am in full agreement with Ayn Rand's philosophy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: njanvi on July 24, 2011, 03:20:52 AM
There are a LOT of things you do not know about me, son.  ;)

I read, and I read voraciously. Knowledge is power. Just because I am reading Atlas Shrugged does not mean I am in full agreement with Ayn Rand's philosophy.

That book is virtually the bible for the tea baggers.....

Anyway, keep reading son


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 24, 2011, 05:52:44 AM
That book is virtually the bible for the tea baggers.....

Anyway, keep reading son
"Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957, kid. Who cares if the pretend Tea Bagger Party has latched onto it in 2011.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: njanvi on July 24, 2011, 08:05:18 AM
"Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957, kid. Who cares if the pretend Tea Bagger Party has latched onto it in 2011.

From what I read, Ann had a weird lifestyle.

Yeah funny how tea baggers discovered it now


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on July 24, 2011, 08:29:09 AM
now reading game of shadows


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 24, 2011, 02:49:48 PM
From what I read, Ann had a weird lifestyle.

Yeah funny how tea baggers discovered it now

I've never delved too much into Ayn Rand's personal life. I wanted to actually read one of her books first.

Its not too surprising the Tea Baggers like her, or at least "claim" to like her. I wonder how many have actually sat down and read her books. But Ayn Rand has always been a favorite of many American conservatives. Her championing of unbridled capitalism fits the conservative profile.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: newmom on July 24, 2011, 02:56:38 PM
Benny, all ribbing asisde, how is the ICE T book.


I'm reading Silent Spy


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: njanvi on July 24, 2011, 03:53:22 PM
I've never delved too much into Ayn Rand's personal life. I wanted to actually read one of her books first.

Its not too surprising the Tea Baggers like her, or at least "claim" to like her. I wonder how many have actually sat down and read her books. But Ayn Rand has always been a favorite of many American conservatives. Her championing of unbridled capitalism fits the conservative profile.

Let me know what u think at the end, I may check it out as well


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on July 24, 2011, 06:46:16 PM
I've never delved too much into Ayn Rand's personal life. I wanted to actually read one of her books first.

Its not too surprising the Tea Baggers like her, or at least "claim" to like her. I wonder how many have actually sat down and read her books. But Ayn Rand has always been a favorite of many American conservatives. Her championing of unbridled capitalism fits the conservative profile.

also check out the fountainhead to learn about how much she advocated being selfish


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 25, 2011, 09:13:32 AM
Benny, all ribbing asisde, how is the ICE T book.


I'm reading Silent Spy
I haven't finished "Ice" yet, but so far I've found it quite entertaining. There were certain aspects of his life that I've always been curious about that he has cleared up for me. I suppose how much you like it will depend on how much you like Ice T, stories of 80's rap music, the formation of Body Count, etc.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 25, 2011, 09:21:29 AM
also check out the fountainhead to learn about how much she advocated being selfish

Ayn Rand was quoted as saying something along the lines of, "The Fountainhead was the early outline of my philosophy, but Atlas Shrugged is the true culmination of my thinking." So I'd rather read the latter and what she apparently considered her best writing, instead of reading The Fountainhead. It's easy to ascertain her belief in the virtue of selfishness from the characters and plot of AS. In addition, Atlas Shrugged is long as hell...I won't need much more Ayn Rand in my life after this, thank you very much.  ;)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: tbombz on July 25, 2011, 11:51:46 AM



between past and future by hannah arendt



read it a million times but i love re-reading it


a great critical analysis of political concepts such as history, freedom, authority, culture.


a must read








Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: newmom on July 25, 2011, 02:50:47 PM
I haven't finished "Iced" yet, but so far I've found it quite entertaining. There were certain aspects of his life that I've always been curious about that he has cleared up for me. I suppose how much you like it will depend on how much you like Ice T, stories of 80's rap music, the formation of Body Count, etc.

ALWAYS liked Ice. Thanks Benny


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 25, 2011, 08:43:51 PM
I don't read "celebrity" books often, but I read this one recently and I highly recommend:

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Actor, singer, songwriter Tyrese Gibson crafts a memoir filled with every emotion and life experience one could possibly imagine. With personal experiences paired with reflective questions based on his extremely popular blog piece, "The Love Circle", Tyrese hopes to inspire readers to pursue their dreams and not let life's obstacles stand in the way.

HOW TO GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY is organized into a series of fundamental questions that helped Tyrese redefine who he was as a human being, and evolve into a new man. Tyrese stresses that life becomes infinitely richer when one takes the time to know him or herself and understand the true meaning of peace and fulfillment. This book is a guide to helping yourself, using his experiences as a learning tool. "It's not about talking down to people, it's about elevating them," Tyrese says.

Some of Tyrese's chapter-based questions include: How much do you love yourself? How much do you want for yourself? Why do men cheat? What is your bottom line? Are you ready for the next level?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on July 26, 2011, 06:01:12 AM
James Best-Leadville.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on July 28, 2011, 07:10:32 AM
Bernard Cornwell-The Winter King.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bindare_Dundat on July 28, 2011, 09:08:32 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on August 01, 2011, 06:01:11 AM
Bernard Cornwall-Enemy of God


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 01, 2011, 01:22:22 PM
Bernard Cornwall-Enemy of God

you read 3 books in less than a week?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on August 01, 2011, 01:24:48 PM
you read 3 books in less than a week?


Yup,always been a fast reader.


....my place has three bookshelves FILLED with books.I need another bookcase.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Princess L on August 01, 2011, 07:59:20 PM

Yup,always been a fast reader.


....my place has three bookshelves FILLED with books.I need another bookcase.

Have you considered a Kindle?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 01, 2011, 08:34:56 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on August 02, 2011, 06:18:11 AM
Have you considered a Kindle?


Nope.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 07, 2011, 08:57:30 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JasonH on August 08, 2011, 06:01:38 AM
Currently making my way through all the Lee Child books in order they were written (even though you don't really need to) - currently on Tripwire (no.3). Can get through one in about 10 days.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: newmom on August 08, 2011, 07:47:14 AM
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now that's one smart and hard working dude


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on August 08, 2011, 08:44:55 AM
I haven't finished "Ice" yet, but so far I've found it quite entertaining. There were certain aspects of his life that I've always been curious about that he has cleared up for me. I suppose how much you like it will depend on how much you like Ice T, stories of 80's rap music, the formation of Body Count, etc.
?????????????????

I'm reading this. Same author as 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich', Shirer is an American journalist who was in the right place at the right time. He also speaks a few European languages. He personally met all of those Nazi leaders - Ribbentrop, Goebels, etc.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on August 08, 2011, 08:46:43 AM
One interesting aspect of reading about the Nazis is the way they talk about liberals.

It is indistinguishable from many on here and Rush Limbaugh as well. Hitler grouped them with Jews, Slavs and pacifists.

I'm sure he murdered many.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on August 08, 2011, 12:37:50 PM
My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 08, 2011, 05:23:04 PM
?????????????????

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on August 08, 2011, 05:27:28 PM
??? ??? ??? ??? ?????
Let's face it, the statement 'it depends on how much you like Ice T' is just begging to be attacked.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 08, 2011, 06:28:11 PM
Let's face it, the statement 'it depends on how much you like Ice T' is just begging to be attacked.
I don't get it. If you want to "attack" that statement, feel free. No one is holding you back, and I certainly could care less.
It stands to reason that your purpose for selecting a given reading material would be based on the personal appeal of the subject matter.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on August 09, 2011, 08:53:26 AM
Just started this one.  Recommend video.

http://oyc.yale.edu/economics/game-theory/contents/downloads


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 22, 2011, 07:09:26 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on August 22, 2011, 07:41:43 PM
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you need to be colonized. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 22, 2011, 08:03:54 PM
you need to be colonized. 
This the best you can do PEA BRAIN?  ::)
Nice try, but all you are doing is making yourself look like the racist loser you are...following me all around getbig and attempting to derail this thread because I consistently render you butthurt and humiliated.

You need to read a book so that you could actually meaningfully contribute to a thread such as this.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on August 23, 2011, 06:27:33 AM
Anyone read 'Moneyball' ? About fifty pages in and very interested.

Of course, I'm a baseball nut, so I'm sure that helps.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bindare_Dundat on August 23, 2011, 06:30:46 AM
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How do you explain being so stupid after all that reading?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 23, 2011, 05:06:30 PM
How do you explain being so stupid after all that reading?
As though you are a qualified arbiter of intelligence. lol Give me a break.
 
Obviously someone is still so butt hurt over past humiliations that they choose to follow me around and attempt to derail this thread.
(http://208.116.9.205/10/content/17154/1.jpg)

Are you still trying to pawn yourself off as some type of "economics expert" on the politics board, Ziggy?  haha...Oh, brother. ::)
Either contribute something useful to this thread, or fuck off.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bindare_Dundat on August 23, 2011, 11:45:43 PM
Lol Benny, you're such a  fucking loser.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 07, 2011, 04:43:20 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 07, 2011, 04:45:26 PM
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Do you like 'The Autobiography of Malcom X'?

One of the top 5 books I've ever read.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 07, 2011, 04:48:14 PM
Now I'm reading Technological Slavery. A book on the Unabomber.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 07, 2011, 05:07:23 PM
Do you like 'The Autobiography of Malcom X'?

One of the top 5 books I've ever read.
Of course...in many ways that book changed my life. Such is the case with most Black men who read it, particularly if read at a young age. I recall Bryant Gumbel saying it was the book that most profoundly affected him as a teen.

I read Manning Marable's bio "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" a few months back. It was a comprehensive work by a great scholar. However, like many I took issue with some of the assumptions, or "revelations," made based on scant or circumstantial evidence.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 07, 2011, 05:21:17 PM
Of course...in many ways that book changed my life. Such is the case with most Black men who read it, particularly if read at a young age. I recall Bryant Gumbel saying it was the book that most profoundly affected him as a teen.

I read Manning Marable's bio "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" a few months back. It was a comprehensive work by a great scholar. However, like many I took issue with some of the assumptions, or "revelations," made based on scant or circumstantial evidence.
Great book. Anyone can appreciate someone who educates and betters himself, even though Malcom X was obviously born with a lot of natural intelligence.

The one thing that annoyed me about him was how critically he thought and studied and yet accepted the most ludicrous religious ideas as fact. I remember him talking about how he heard from Elijah Mohammed that a man with a giant head from an island started different races, or some such nonsense. Why accept this? Why accept the ridiculous tenants of any religion so readily when you can think so critically in other areas?

The rest was gold, though. I've read it twice, and probably will read it again sometime in the future.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 07, 2011, 05:48:09 PM
Great book. Anyone can appreciate someone who educates and betters himself, even though Malcom X was obviously born with a lot of natural intelligence.

The one thing that annoyed me about him was how critically he thought and studied and yet accepted the most ludicrous religious ideas as fact. I remember him talking about how he heard from Elijah Mohammed that a man with a giant head from an island started different races, or some such nonsense. Why accept this? Why accept the ridiculous tenants of any religion so readily when you can think so critically in other areas?

The rest was gold, though. I've read it twice, and probably will read it again sometime in the future.
I've read the autobiography all the way through at least three times, and will likely read it again more times in the future.

If you lived as a Black man in the time of Malcolm and those whom he later recruited to join the NOI, you may be better able to understand the reasons for their acceptance of the plausibility of such a belief system. Especially if you were incarcerated at the time of hearing Minister Mohammed's message.

Perhaps you are an atheist, I don't know. That's all fine and dandy, but the majority of Black people are a religious, God-fearing people. You might be willing to take on the belief system of ANY ideology that would help free you from the physical AND psychological hell that was America at that time. ;)

Minister Mohammed, despite his many faults, was a great man who lifted people who were literally at the very bottom of society, cleaned them up, educated them as to a knowledge of self, and gave them a dignity and racial pride that allowed them to stand flat-footed and unashamed before any man or woman, regardless or race, nationality or income. I'm talking convicts, drug addicts...even murderers. I suspect Malcolm always had his doubts about the whole "origins of the races" theory, but that was far less important than the work he was doing in Black communities, uplifting the race through doing-for-self. At some point Malcolm was destined to outgrow The Nation, with or without the divisive split that contributed to his death.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 07, 2011, 06:06:04 PM
I've read the autobiography all the way through at least three times, and will likely read it again more times in the future.

If you lived as a Black man in the time of Malcolm and those whom he later recruited to join the NOI, you may be better able to understand the reasons for their acceptance of the plausibility of such a belief system. Especially if you were incarcerated at the time of hearing Minister Mohammed's message.

Perhaps you are an atheist, I don't know. That's all fine and dandy, but the majority of Black people are a religious, God-fearing people. You might be willing to take on the belief system of ANY ideology that would help free you from the physical AND psychological hell that was America at that time. ;)

Minister Mohammed, despite his many faults, was a great man who lifted people who were literally at the very bottom of society, cleaned them up, educated them as to a knowledge of self, and gave them a dignity and racial pride that allowed them to stand flat-footed and unashamed before any man or woman, regardless or race, nationality or income. I'm talking convicts, drug addicts...even murderers. I suspect Malcolm always had his doubts about the whole "origins of the races" theory, but that was far less important than the work he was doing in Black communities, uplifting the race through doing-for-self. At some point Malcolm was destined to outgrow The Nation, with or without the divisive split that contributed to his death.
He was a bigot. Why would you give a racist a break?

Also, he absolutely perverted the intention of Islam for his own purposes and then knocked up a bunch of broads. It was a power grab and anybody that he helped he was simply doing for his own ego. I'm surprised you can't see that. I'm very surprised to see you call him a great man.

Damn, talk about a letdown.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 07, 2011, 09:30:22 PM
He was a bigot. Why would you give a racist a break?

Also, he absolutely perverted the intention of Islam for his own purposes and then knocked up a bunch of broads. It was a power grab and anybody that he helped he was simply doing for his own ego. I'm surprised you can't see that. I'm very surprised to see you call him a great man.

Damn, talk about a letdown.
My eyes see just what yours see, its just that we have different life histories, and therefore different perspectives. ;) I seriously doubt you come out of a family and pantheon of Black Nationalists and Intercommunalists. Are you African-American?

I unequivocally stand by my statement that Elijah was a great man. I don't perceive him as a racist. Elijah Mohammed did not "pervert the intention of Islam," and the NOI was NOT set up simply to feed the Honorable Elijah Mohammed's ego.

 Do you spend time interacting within the Black community, at Black barbershops, businesses and churches?  If you had, my comments would not really surprise you. To many of us, his personal peccadilloes does not negate his accomplishments. "Message To The Black Man" is a powerful work. Without Minister Mohammed's teachings you likely would have never heard of the man now known as Malcolm X, nor the beloved Minister Louis Farrakhan.

If you want to get at the roots of Malcolm's thinking, upbringing, and what made the NOI so appealing, you need to read about the Honorable Marcus Garvey.

What is the cause of your "letdown?" Me? lol You don't KNOW me, my friend. You don't know what struggles I've been involved in, the teachings my parents instilled in me, etc.

It would behoove you to be more careful of whom you choose to place onto a pedestal, or you will be "let down" quite often in life.  ;) I have my views...you have yours. We can disagree without choosing to be disagreeable.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pillowtalk on September 08, 2011, 03:03:18 AM
Inter-dimensional physics.

PT


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on September 08, 2011, 03:07:33 AM
Got sidetracked by Plato's Republic but now getting back to Joyce's Ulysses, unfortunately both on audio.  As far as I can tell, the plight and interests of the negro are completely ignored by both authors.  >:(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pillowtalk on September 08, 2011, 03:09:42 AM
Of course...in many ways that book changed my life. Such is the case with most Black men who read it, particularly if read at a young age. I recall Bryant Gumbel saying it was the book that most profoundly affected him as a teen.

I read Manning Marable's bio "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" a few months back. It was a comprehensive work by a great scholar. However, like many I took issue with some of the assumptions, or "revelations," made based on scant or circumstantial evidence.

He & MLK both still got wasted by the MAN.
For all their bravery in speaking out, MLK was fucking a shiksa, when he was shot, had been for some time. So much for the Black cause  ::)

PT


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: K-1 on September 08, 2011, 06:06:22 AM
For school
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For work
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 18, 2011, 06:11:03 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 19, 2011, 02:55:37 AM
Now I'm reading Technological Slavery. A book on the Unabomber.

Reading some today and he even mentions Arnold and his physique. Just shows you how big an icon Arnold is.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Hugo Chavez on September 19, 2011, 03:28:47 AM
you need to be colonized. 
sounds kinda....... gay... :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on September 19, 2011, 07:23:28 PM
The Few and the Proud....

a book about Marine Drill Sergeants from WW2 up to the modern era.....featuring R. Lee Ermey(who provided some great insight on the making of the movie, Full Metal Jacket)

World War 2 Commanders...........

just a quick and concise bio of WW2 commanders from both the Axis and Allies side.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 20, 2011, 04:43:12 AM
Just gave up on 'Before I go to Sleep,' a much-hyped thriller without any thrills that I could find. Now  starting 'The Map of Time,' another ballyhooed best-seller. We'll see. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deicide on September 20, 2011, 05:28:59 AM
Instructions...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kh300 on September 20, 2011, 07:50:53 PM
Just finished reading 'the long way round' and the 'long way down'

Actor Ewan Mcgregor rode his motorcycle from London to New York, then Scotland to Cape town S Africa.

I love reading about people that go on adventures and how it changed their lives.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 20, 2011, 07:53:38 PM
Just finished reading 'the long way round' and the 'long way down'

Actor Ewan Mcgregor rode his motorcycle from London to New York, then Scotland to Cape town S Africa.

I love reading about people that go on adventures and how it changed their lives.
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Same here. Makes me want to go on an adventure.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Schmoff on September 20, 2011, 09:06:12 PM
I like classics, right now working on finishing G. K. Chesterton's works


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on September 21, 2011, 04:05:50 AM
finished up Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

also about to finish up (today or tomorrow) The Right to Private Property by Jeremy Waldron


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 25, 2011, 10:12:43 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wild willie on September 25, 2011, 01:57:23 PM
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actually listening to an audio book on Rupert Murdoch


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Fury on September 27, 2011, 06:22:54 PM
Been burning through the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on September 27, 2011, 06:34:50 PM
reading Confidence Men by Suskind.     embarrassing who is in the WH. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on September 27, 2011, 06:51:43 PM
Hume, Enquiry concerning the principles of morals


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 03, 2011, 04:53:32 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 03, 2011, 05:21:59 PM
An eye-opener on the brutality of slavery and the religious support it received.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 03, 2011, 05:22:37 PM
reading Confidence Men by Suskind.     embarrassing who is in the WH. 
OCD.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on October 03, 2011, 07:03:51 PM
OCD.

You should read it.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on October 04, 2011, 04:27:44 AM
Wodehouse, old beans!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 04, 2011, 07:36:09 AM
You should read it.   
You should read about OCD.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on October 04, 2011, 12:22:27 PM
rousseau's On the Origin of Inequality


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JasonH on October 04, 2011, 04:09:59 PM
Currently reading "Why Men Don't Listen, And Why Women Can't Read Maps" - great sociology book that explains the differences between men and women, their physical characteristics as well as behavioural and psychological diferences. Good stuff.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 07, 2011, 07:30:20 AM
Getting through Ed Doctorow's 'Homer and Langley.' Really good stuff.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on October 07, 2011, 02:25:38 PM
If you've time for a good story, a true look at sad relationships, extremely cleverly and beautifully written, try

Zoe Heller:  "Notes on a Scandal (What was she thinking?)"



Every page is fantastically written.

But maybe you're not that into fiction...




do let us know whether you get through John Galt's speech?  I reread Ayn Rand every 10 years or so to see how much I've changed.

Love your made me laugh out loud other book covers, I've copied and pasted them to send to my Book Shop Owner mate.  Thanks for making me giggle big time.



Try this?  It's not girlie fiction, it's something to read inbetween your university tomes, your religious stuff and the cartoons, okay?


madly
xLinda
£2.99 on Amazon, free p&p


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 07, 2011, 06:58:40 PM
Currently reading this. Anyone else read it?

There's supposed to be a movie coming out eventually, not sure when.

Really makes you want to run.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on October 08, 2011, 05:06:38 AM
Hi GareB Darlin'

I'll never forget your fantastic correspondence and beautiful pix from the front line in Afghanistan.   Are you at home now in the States?  Are you still in the military or have you quit that?  Did you marry and/or are you still with your childhood sweetheart?  We all of us love you !


What is this book you're into?  I don't really do autobiographies, there's noone else I care about sufficiently to want to read about their relationship with life. 

What is it?  Looks like some fit long-haired hippy (love him already) standing on the top of a mountain in either Canada or New Zealand? 


What I wanna know is how they get back down the hill...  Are they air-lifted out via helicopter with their production team and the camera man or do they instead abseil back down?


kisses and hugs
madly
xLinda
in London England


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on October 08, 2011, 05:11:09 AM
Wodehouse, old beans!

Lovely Darlin'
Jane Austen over and over and yet again,

Somerset Maugham... Have you read "Of Human Bondage"?


I adore period drama.  A bit more of Dickens perhaps?  "Bleak House" or "Great Expectations"?



Gin & Tonic with a slice of lime anyone?
with mad love, see you at the book club next week...
xLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 08, 2011, 07:24:54 AM
Hi GareB Darlin'

I'll never forget your fantastic correspondence and beautiful pix from the front line in Afghanistan.   Are you at home now in the States?  Are you still in the military or have you quit that?  Did you marry and/or are you still with your childhood sweetheart?  We all of us love you !


What is this book you're into?  I don't really do autobiographies, there's noone else I care about sufficiently to want to read about their relationship with life. 

What is it?  Looks like some fit long-haired hippy (love him already) standing on the top of a mountain in either Canada or New Zealand? 


What I wanna know is how they get back down the hill...  Are they air-lifted out via helicopter with their production team and the camera man or do they instead abseil back down?


kisses and hugs
madly
xLinda
in London England
Hey, Linda!

I'm completely out of the Army now. I've actually moved to China and am teaching English again.

I was in London in March, seeing a girl who is now an ex. It's a great city but I could never afford to live there. But I had a blast and everyone was real good to me.

What part do you live in? Do you go to Westminster often? Did you ever forget to mind the gap?

That book isn't really a biography, it's more about ultra-running, or very long distance running. I never run more than 4 miles at a time, but some of those people are amazing. There is a tribe called that Taramuhara in Mexico who make running sandals out of tire rubber and can run forever. Many of their best runners we would consider middle-aged or old.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on October 09, 2011, 06:46:03 AM
China?  Teaching English?  Waaaaaaaaaa - I'm impressed.

Can't imagine what it'd be like to live in China (or for that matter, what it'd be like to serve in the US Army in Afghanistan...  You're having one hell of a life !

...I won't ask about your girlfriends again.  (Although when all of us - or most anyways - Girlies on the Girly Board mobbed you and boasted about having had dirty weekends with you, it was so very funny...


So glad you visited London in March, it was good weather then and I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourself.  It's an incredible city.  I loved NYC, but I only lasted less than a year there as I didn't have a green card and didn't wanna get married.  I need to live in the centre of the universe but be able to travel often.  I'm doing a beach, in Kerala on the west coast of southern India next, 6 weeks next Jan-Feb.  I reckon I need to learn to meditate...

And yes, I live right in the middle of London, in Westminster, Maida Vale W9.  The only reason I can afford to live here in that I lucked into social housing.  When I returned from Canada and my brief stint in NYC, I qualified for subsidised housing just because I had a Brit Passport (and I've got a smashing flat near the Portobello Market.  I was extremely lucky).  Nowadays there are no council flats left other than tower blocks in Deptford and you can't get one unless you're a single teenage mum and deemed needy, straight out of jail and therefore homeless, or are a refugee straight off the boat.



Are you doing photos of China?  Can you post them?  You're a wonderful photographer.  That would be worth logging into GetBig regularly for.  

Maybe we ought suggest that Ron consider a member's photo log/blog section?  The only reason we were able to appreciate your fantastic pix from the front line in the Middle East was because we Girlies loved you and STella/ButterBean very kindly did a 'top of the Girly Board in Bold thread' just for you.

Now you're in the Far East.  Far out !



You've still not answered my very serious but somewhat silly query about how they get back down from the top of the mountain.  Noone ever does a documentary or writes a book about that.  It always ends when they get to the top and stand there posing.  I really really want to know:  Do they get helicoptered off?  

It must be harder to get back down than climbing up and they never show that bit.  I'm funny like that, I always need to know the whole story...  The end of a book frequently disappoints me.


with mad love
Linda
xxx


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 09, 2011, 07:36:41 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on October 09, 2011, 07:57:14 AM
I've not read a satisfying book for yonks

please keep this thread going, because i can get anything on Amazon 2nd-hand for £2.99 with free p&p, so please continue with your book club thread (I tried this on the Girly Board more than once but found noone there with stick-to-itiveness...



Great Gatsby bugged me, sorry.  bunch of spoilt rich brats.



a neighbour has just given me a pile of paperbacks none of which I fancy.  I need a good read, the nights are drawing in, there's nothing on TV...

xL

I'm not reading any of your number one bestseller Doctor in LA self help crap.  Never have, never will.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 09, 2011, 06:04:20 PM
^^^No wonder people don't read! What bilge!

a) Find a book

b) Read a book

c) Enjoy/Not enjoy a book;put down said book; find new book


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on October 10, 2011, 02:15:36 AM
Lovely Darlin'
Jane Austen over and over and yet again,

Somerset Maugham... Have you read "Of Human Bondage"?


I adore period drama.  A bit more of Dickens perhaps?  "Bleak House" or "Great Expectations"?



Gin & Tonic with a slice of lime anyone?
with mad love, see you at the book club next week...
xLinda

Confess I haven't gotten around to any of those.  I find Wodehouse hilarious, particularly the Jeeves & Wooster stories, but that heavy duty stuff is too much of a slog for my feeble brain.  :-[


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on October 10, 2011, 07:12:48 AM
^^^No wonder people don't read! What bilge!

a) Find a book

b) Read a book

c) Enjoy/Not enjoy a book;put down said book; find new book


OOooops sorry to peeve you.  You've perhaps mis-read my comment?

I've read just about everything other than autobiogs.  The only book I didn't get through was Joyce's Ulysses:  “...Yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.”

and I think I can bear life without reading more than a few chapters of that.



I'm just disappointed with modern fiction, that's all.  Nowadays I tend to more enjoy reading magazines online and satirical political blogs.

Reason I got involved in a thread about what y'all might be reading is to find out what's appreciated and recommended, not to get misunderstood and slagged off.  Forgive me, sorry.

xLinda

started reading Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor (50p at Oxfam) last night and will finish it tonight or tomorrow.  I read voraciously.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on October 10, 2011, 07:15:18 AM
that heavy duty stuff


Of Human Bondage is compulsory >>>you must read it, it's not a hard slog, it's just a lovely sad but feel-good tale.

madly
xLInda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on October 10, 2011, 09:01:45 AM
Joyce's Ulysses

A slog for sure but I've enjoyed what I've worked through so far.  There's a lecture series by the teaching company which will walk you through it.  I admit, without shame, that I'd never have made much progress without it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: powerpack on October 10, 2011, 10:56:41 AM
I finished 3 recently

1) The man in the white suit by Ben Collins ( The STIG)
2) Making a Killing by James Ashcroft
3) Steel fist by Nigel Cawthorne


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Audioslave on October 10, 2011, 10:25:42 PM
Now reading...

WRESTLING IS LIFE: A Novel http://www.amazon.com/WRESTLING-LIFE-Novel-ebook/dp/B005O4FE7G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1318310668&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.com/WRESTLING-LIFE-Novel-ebook/dp/B005O4FE7G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1318310668&sr=8-2)
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 11, 2011, 02:37:00 PM
Now reading 'Smonk' by Tom Franklin. Great writer, but this earlier book is so-over-the-top that I don't know what to make of it.

Oh, and the thriller I gave up on for being so boring, 'Before I go to Sleep,' just won a huge industry award.   ???


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 12, 2011, 09:32:09 AM
Just read the two Elmore Leonard books that had the character Raylon Givens in them.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 12, 2011, 04:13:15 PM
Just read the two Elmore Leonard books that had the character Raylon Givens in them.
Got lotsa of his. Met him a couple times, too. And laid back at 80+, no less!   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 13, 2011, 07:18:00 AM
Got lotsa of his. Met him a couple times, too. And laid back at 80+, no less!   



Good read...a little slower in the second book but still good.


just finished a bunch of diffrent authors books on fictional history of Roman solders.....got real lucky as they were all good reads :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 13, 2011, 04:49:17 PM
China?  Teaching English?  Waaaaaaaaaa - I'm impressed.

Can't imagine what it'd be like to live in China (or for that matter, what it'd be like to serve in the US Army in Afghanistan...  You're having one hell of a life !

...I won't ask about your girlfriends again.  (Although when all of us - or most anyways - Girlies on the Girly Board mobbed you and boasted about having had dirty weekends with you, it was so very funny...


So glad you visited London in March, it was good weather then and I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourself.  It's an incredible city.  I loved NYC, but I only lasted less than a year there as I didn't have a green card and didn't wanna get married.  I need to live in the centre of the universe but be able to travel often.  I'm doing a beach, in Kerala on the west coast of southern India next, 6 weeks next Jan-Feb.  I reckon I need to learn to meditate...

And yes, I live right in the middle of London, in Westminster, Maida Vale W9.  The only reason I can afford to live here in that I lucked into social housing.  When I returned from Canada and my brief stint in NYC, I qualified for subsidised housing just because I had a Brit Passport (and I've got a smashing flat near the Portobello Market.  I was extremely lucky).  Nowadays there are no council flats left other than tower blocks in Deptford and you can't get one unless you're a single teenage mum and deemed needy, straight out of jail and therefore homeless, or are a refugee straight off the boat.



Are you doing photos of China?  Can you post them?  You're a wonderful photographer.  That would be worth logging into GetBig regularly for.  

Maybe we ought suggest that Ron consider a member's photo log/blog section?  The only reason we were able to appreciate your fantastic pix from the front line in the Middle East was because we Girlies loved you and STella/ButterBean very kindly did a 'top of the Girly Board in Bold thread' just for you.

Now you're in the Far East.  Far out !



You've still not answered my very serious but somewhat silly query about how they get back down from the top of the mountain.  Noone ever does a documentary or writes a book about that.  It always ends when they get to the top and stand there posing.  I really really want to know:  Do they get helicoptered off?  

It must be harder to get back down than climbing up and they never show that bit.  I'm funny like that, I always need to know the whole story...  The end of a book frequently disappoints me.


with mad love
Linda
xxx
I'm not sure if he's on a mountain or just a hill. There are a few very long endurance races mentioned in the book. Sometimes they run in mountainous areas, I supposed that one is probably in Mexico.

A photography thread sounds like a good idea to me.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on October 13, 2011, 04:54:20 PM
finished up The Razor's Edge by Maugham

about to finish up On the Social Contract by Rousseau

about to start The Right Thing to Do by James Rachels


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 14, 2011, 05:16:45 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JimmyJam1974 on October 14, 2011, 06:27:05 PM
I don't get it. If you want to "attack" that statement, feel free. No one is holding you back, and I certainly could care less.
It stands to reason that your purpose for selecting a given reading material would be based on the personal appeal of the subject matter.
I hate when people make this mistake.. I mean, think about it - clueless


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 14, 2011, 07:01:24 PM
I hate when people make this mistake.. I mean, think about it - clueless
No "mistake" was made, unless you are making a grammatical point. Color me clueless because you are making no sense.  ???

There is no need to write in riddles here my friend. ::)  Make the comment you want to make, no matter how puerile and unnecessary to the established purpose of this thread.
"Think about it"...lol


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 15, 2011, 12:10:16 PM
No "mistake" was made, unless you are making a grammatical point. Color me clueless because you are making no sense.  ???

There is no need to write in riddles here my friend. ::)  Make the comment you want to make, no matter how puerile and unnecessary to the established purpose of this thread.
"Think about it"...lol
The proper wording is 'could not care less,' not 'could care less,' which means you actually could find room to care less. His point was open and sound. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 15, 2011, 08:52:48 PM
The proper wording is 'could not care less,' not 'could care less,' which means you actually could find room to care less. His point was open and sound. 
Thanks for the grammatical correction.
However, as I suspected, it is a point completely irrelevant to the purposes of this thread. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: haider on October 15, 2011, 08:57:17 PM
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Description from Amazon:
Beginning at the moment of creation with the Big Bang, Here on Earth explores the evolution of Earth from a galactic cloud of dust and gas to a planet with a metallic core and early signs of life within a billion years of being created. In a compelling narrative, Flannery describes the formation of the Earth’s crust and atmosphere, as well as the transformation of the planet’s oceans from toxic brews of metals (such as iron, copper, and lead) to life-sustaining bodies covering 70 percent of the planet’s surface. Life, Flannery shows, first appeared in these oceans in the form of microscopic plants and bacteria, and these metals served as catalysts for the earliest biological processes known to exist. From this starting point, Flannery tells the fascinating story of the evolution of our own species, exploring several early human species—from the diminutive creatures (the famed hobbits) who lived in Africa around two million years ago to Homo erectus—before turning his attention to Homo sapiens. Drawing on Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Russell Wallace’s theories of evolution and Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis, Here on Earth is a dazzling account of life on our planet.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on October 24, 2011, 05:44:49 PM
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Also rereading On Liberty by John Stuart Mill


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BB on October 24, 2011, 07:23:21 PM
Just finished up some older James Lee Burke stuff. Next will probably be the last Scudder book by Lawrence Block.

My main winter project is to read all of the Parker books by Westlake(Richard Stark) in order.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 25, 2011, 07:25:04 AM
Some silly Louis Lamour western paperbacks.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MORTALCOIL on October 25, 2011, 07:50:13 AM
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About to start this. just finished the second volume of "Spheres" of his.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 25, 2011, 08:14:07 PM
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

That one's on my "to read" list.  :)
It has been quite awhile since I've read any Baldwin, and I've never read this particular novel.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on October 26, 2011, 06:45:13 PM
That one's on my "to read" list.  :)
It has been quite awhile since I've read any Baldwin, and I've never read this particular novel.

it's okay. I've never read any other Baldwin (I'm not really into fiction much).

It's a very.....whats the word....bleak? Sad? novel.

It's not one where you feel happy afterwards, is my point haha. But the style is very good. Easy read too, just took me 2 days I think.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 28, 2011, 10:16:57 AM
it's okay. I've never read any other Baldwin (I'm not really into fiction much).

It's a very.....whats the word....bleak? Sad? novel.

It's not one where you feel happy afterwards, is my point haha. But the style is very good. Easy read too, just took me 2 days I think.
Uh, it's a staple of the gay lit. canon, like Vidal's 'City and the Pillar,' or Genet's 'Thief's Journal.' 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: berblexer on October 28, 2011, 03:40:51 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 28, 2011, 06:55:00 PM
it's okay. I've never read any other Baldwin (I'm not really into fiction much).

It's a very.....whats the word....bleak? Sad? novel.

It's not one where you feel happy afterwards, is my point haha. But the style is very good. Easy read too, just took me 2 days I think.
"Go Tell It On The Mountain", "The Fire Next Time" and "If Beale Street Could Talk" are three of Baldwin's books that I have read.

I don't read much fiction either, but Baldwin was a gifted writer and a great intellectual. His works should be required reading for all Americans.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 28, 2011, 08:09:10 PM
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Book Description

Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Every day, President Obama reads ten representative letters among the thousands he receives from citizens across the land. The letters come from people of all ages, walks of life, and political points of view. Some are heart­breaking, some angry, some hopeful. Indeed, Obama reads as many letters addressed “Dear Jackass” as “Dear Mr. President.” Eli Saslow, a young and rising star at the Washington Post, became fascinated by the power of these letters and set out to find the stories behind them.

Through the lens of ten letters to which Obama responded personally, this exceptionally relevant and poignant book explores those individual stories, taking an in-depth look at the misfortunes, needs, opinions, and, yes, anger over the current state of the country that inspired ten people to put pen to paper. Surprisingly, what also emerges from these affecting personal narratives is a story about the astounding endurance and optimism of the American people.

Ten Letters is an inspiring and important book about ordi­nary people and the issues they face every day—the very issues that are shaping America’s future. This is not an insider Washington book by any means, but a book for the times that tells the real American stories of today.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on November 06, 2011, 08:37:52 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jpm101 on November 06, 2011, 09:47:35 AM
Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly. Quick read and excellent history and subject matter. Often wondered what America would be like today if the civil was fought to a standoff. The Confederate States of America...interesting concept. Would there have been a WWI or WWII or just Germany overwhelming England without any help from North America?

Louis L'Amour is a classic western writer and story teller, no need to apologize for reading him. Went through quite a few of his books in the past.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 06, 2011, 03:28:55 PM
Poetry




The Enchanting Houri -Kahlil Gibran
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Where are you leading me, Oh enchanting houri,
and how long shall I follow you
Upon this hispid road, planted with
Thorns? How long shall our souls ascend
And descend painfully on  this twisting
And rocky path?

Like a child following his mother I am
Following you, holding the extreme end
Of your garment, forgetting my dreams
And staring at your beauty, blinding
My eyes under your spell to the
Procession of spectres hovering above
Me, and attracted to you by an inner
force within me which I cannot deny.

Halt for a moment and let me see your
Countenance; and look upon me for a
Moment; perhaps I will learn your
hearts secrets through your strange
Eyes. Stop and rest, for I am weary,
And my soul is trembling with fear
Upon this terrible trail. Halt, for
We have reached that terrible crossroad
Where death embraces life.

Oh houri, listen to me! I was as free
As the birds, probing the valleys and
the forests, and flying in the spacious
Sky. At eventide I rested upon the
Branches of the trees, meditating upon the
Temples and palaces in the city of the
Colorful clouds which the sun builds
In the morning and destroys before
Twilight.

I was like a thought, walking alone
And at peace to the East and West of
The universe, rejoicing with the
Beauty and joy of life, and inquiring
Into the magnificent mystery of
Existence.

I was like a dream, stealing out under
The friendly wings of the night,
Entering through the closed windows
Into the maidens' chambers, frolicking
and awakening their hopes...Then I
sat by the youths and agitated their
Desires...then I probed the elders'
Quarters and penetrated their thoughts
of serene contentment

Then you captured my fancy and since
That hypnotic moment I felt like a
Prisoner dragging his shackles and
Impelled into an unknown place...
I became intoxicated with your soul's eyes

The crushing of my heart? Halt for a
Moment : I am regaining my strength
and untying my weary feet from the
Heavy chains.

I have crushed the
Cup from which I have drunk your
Tasty venom ..but now I am in
A strange land, and bewildered ;
Which road shall I follow?

My freedom has been restored;will
You now accept me as a willing
Companion, who looks at the sun
with glazed eyes and grasps the
Fire with untrembling fingers?

I have unbound my wings and I am
Ready to ascend ;will you accompany
A youth who spends his days roaming
The mountains like the lone eagle, and
Wastes his nights wandering in the deserts like the restless lion?

Will you content yourself with the
Affection of one, who looks upon
Love as but an entertainer and declines
To accept her as his master?

Will you accept a heart that loves ,
but never yields? will you be at ease
with a soul that quivers before the tempest ,
But never surrenders to it?
Will you accept one as a companion
Who makes not slaves, nor will become
One? will you own me but not possess
Me, by taking my body and not my heart?

Then here is my hand.  Grasp it with
Your beautiful hand; and here is my
Body.  Embrace it with your loving
Arms; and here are my lips

Bestow
Upon them a deep and dizzying kiss.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on November 16, 2011, 06:15:48 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 17, 2011, 06:55:50 AM
Anthoney Riches.

a 3 book series of fictional history of Roman soldiers during their time in Britian.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Showstoppa on November 17, 2011, 10:23:30 AM
Anthoney Riches.

a 3 book series of fictional history of Roman soldiers during their time in Britian.


Did it come with a box of crayons?  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 17, 2011, 10:25:38 AM
Just finished 'The Map of Time' by Felix J. Palma. The whole way through I couldn't figure out whether it was bad translation job, or poor writing. I think now, the latter. Not recommended!   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on November 17, 2011, 06:13:28 PM
Finished up Jonathan Wolff's little political philosophy intro book as well as John Rawls's published lectures

now reading John Christman's social and political philosophy, as well as Don Delillo's White Noise (fiction)

about to start Ronold Dworkins Sovereign Virtue and some Gerry Cohen


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 18, 2011, 07:38:39 AM
Finished up Jonathan Wolff's little political philosophy intro book as well as John Rawls's published lectures

now reading John Christman's social and political philosophy, as well as Don Delillo's White Noise (fiction)

about to start Ronold Dworkins Sovereign Virtue and some Gerry Gohen
Been years now, but there's a chapter in that book on the fear and loathing of death that just spooked the crap out of me. Great book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on November 18, 2011, 06:10:45 PM
Just read........

Freakanomics.

Final Dawn over Jerusalem, by John Hagee





Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Purge_WTF on November 19, 2011, 07:21:31 AM
  Suicide Of A Superpower, Pat Buchanan's new book. A great American.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Showstoppa on November 19, 2011, 12:11:51 PM
Just read........

Freakanomics.

Final Dawn over Jerusalem, by John Hagee





What did you think?  I liked it and Super Freakanomics as well.  Very interesting, easy reads.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on November 24, 2011, 08:28:59 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on November 29, 2011, 03:49:03 PM
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This dude is fucked in the head. Crazy read.

Book Description
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become -- at age 22 -- one of the city’s leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel’s most effective smuggler.
But that’s just half the tale...
 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 29, 2011, 04:35:46 PM
24-hour rolling news on the TV and the www.  I can't keep up, people killing themselves (an amazing footballer you'll not have heard of who supposedly hung himself at the age of 42, Gary Speed.  Who found him?  ugh.  everyone's dying all of a sudden...  Then there's the weirdo in Scandinavia who has been found not responsible. So who then was responsible?  You're setting bombs in central Oslo dressed as a Policeman then driving miles to a remote island whilst the Police are busy in downtown Oslo and you have how many hours to kill white teenagers?  Madness.  Then today they've done the report on our riots here in London in the summer and yet again the underpaid poorly staffed Policemen are blamed.  On the BBC news here today they said that the riots wouldn't have been as bad if the Police had acted.  Upsets me no end, the Police could do nothing.  It was utter scary chaos.

24-hour Sky and BBC rolling news:  Tomorrow here will be the biggest general strike in Britain since the depression between wars in the 1920's.  2.6 million or more workers will strike tomorrow.  That means no transport, no hospitals (don't get sick tomorrow), no teachers and no border control.  I haven't found out yet whether the Police are striking.  

Then there's the ongoing inquiry by Levenson re: the Media.

Today Murdoch gets his votes in and is still held up.  People lots of them (I've been reading all of it and watching this avidly) have witnessed press intrusion.  They haven't blamed the death of Diana on the papparazi yet, but that will probably happen tomorrow.  The statements from Sienna Miller and Charlotte Church and Anne Diamond were staggering.  The stories from the men were even horrific.  

Today they're announcing that they're cutting the projected rate of economy growth in Britain from 1.0% to 0.9% for ten years.  That's when inflation has always been 10% and they pretend it's .02%, but they've not bought a house (inflation 30%) or a loaf of bread £2 and a pint of milk £.65p since they were 8 and were told to keep the change and buy sweeties.  Our Chancellor looks and acts like a baby throwing his toys out of his pram and so does our Prime Minister and his coilition cold deputy.  The whole pile of them are ridiculous.  Earlier this year most of our politicians were done for stealing from the taxpayer on their expenses.  The only ones who didn't were the multi-million born rich toffs like Cameron, Osborne and all of them in charge.  


The Bankers were corrupt, all economies are trashed and the world is going to hell in a handcart.

>>>I keep reading comments threads on BBC news items (all 20 pages of it) and on the Daily Mail for a bit of spew.  Utter vitriol.  Everyone is nasty and bigoted posts their comments on a news forum.  Everyone's being horrid and the world is going mad

They're still talking about UK growth on the headlines and everyone knows they're lying.



I'll have to read Jane Austen or Ayn Rand again.

ommmmmmmm  I need to calm down and stop reading so much news
xxxLinda in London


what came first, the chicken salad sandwich or the egg salad sandwich? or was it the salad?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 29, 2011, 04:46:42 PM
I feel like going and getting a gun and killing someone pointblank, I know exactly who.

But it's okay, I live in England and you can't get guns here, they're illegal...
xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on November 30, 2011, 11:35:35 AM
now= cruising with the tooz


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 30, 2011, 12:18:48 PM
Anthony Riches,

Wounds of Honour
Arrows of Fury
Fortress of Spears



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 01:37:56 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 04:01:15 PM
Wuthering Heights recently.  I read it when I was like 15, again when I was maybe 30 and again this year, I adore the total madness of it all...

They've made approx 10 movies of it.  I'm glad I read the book first though, the book is always better.



The new movie of Wuthering Heights has no musical soundtrack, it is all just twigs snapping and wind blowing and Heathcliffe saying "Fuck right off"  ...Cathy gasps and faints.





The best Wuthering Heights was on the BBC approx 10 years ago with Tom Hardy with long hair, it was fantastic.  Have you seen Tom Hardy lately, (I have, he lives near here and I just smiled at him) he's grown up and had tats and put on muscles and done more than 20 off-beat movies since Wuthering Heights.



Hey ho, there's a fog (and a movie soundtrack) on them there moors, yeahhhhh Emily!
xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 05:27:07 PM
From what I read, Ann had a weird lifestyle.



Ayn darlin', please at least spell her name right.  She was bonkers.  Google/UTube her and watch her vids


Read that tome at least 3 times in your life, once when you're young and impressionable, the second time when you're a bit grown up?


xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on November 30, 2011, 05:38:27 PM
Brokeback Mountain II: Electric Bugaloo ?

Ha!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 05:49:14 PM
Home Comforts


Home Comforts is something new. For the first time in nearly a century, a sole author has written a comprehensive book about housekeeping. This is not a dry how-to manual, nor a collection of odd tips and hints, a cleaning book, a history book, or an arid encyclopedia compiled by a committee or an institute. Home Comforts is a readable explanation for both beginners and experts of all the domestic arts -- choosing fabrics, keeping the piano in tune, caring for books, making a good fire in the fireplace and avoiding chimney fires, ironing and folding, setting up a good reading light, keeping surfaces free of food pathogens, and everything else that modern people might want to do for themselves in their homes. But this reliable and thorough book on the practicalities of housekeeping is also an argument for the importance of private life and the comforts offered by housekeeping.

Cheryl Mendelson is a philosopher, lawyer, sometime professor, and a homemaker, wife, and mother. Home Comforts is based on her domestic education, which she acquired while growing up on a farm in the hills of Greene County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, from her grandmothers, aunts, and mother. Learning from the distinct domestic styles of her native Appalachian relatives and her Italian immigrant relatives, she appreciated early on how important domestic customs are to a sense of comfort and identity in life. She writes out of love and respect for her subject, and hopes to inspire others to develop the affection and respect for home life and housework she was fortunate to have learned.

Mendelson addresses the meanings as well as the methods of housekeeping with a keen sense of the history and values involved. The result is a warm, good-humored, engagingly written book with a message and a point of view, one that is overflowing with useful reflections and information. The clarity, breadth, and depth of the information collected here are unparalleled. You can read Home Comforts for thoughtful entertainment or use its ample index to help you find the answers to practical domestic questions. There is nothing quite like it.

Among this book's unique features:

· A skeptical discussion of the excessive use of disinfectants in the home. · How to iron a dress shirt and how to fold sheets. · How to make up a bed with hospital corners. · How to do all basic sewing stitches. · How to choose proper sizes for sheets, tablecloths, and other household linens. · How to set the table for informal and formal meals. · Expert recommendations for safe food storage. · The most exhaustive and reliable information on fabrics, textile fibers, and their laundering, drying, and other care that exists for nonprofessionals. · A thorough explanation of care labels and why and how you should often (carefully) disregard them. · Housekeeping guidelines for people with pets or with allergies. · What to do about dust mites. · How to clean and care for wood, china and crystal, jewelry, ceramic tile, metals, and more. · Guides to stain and spot removal. · Extensive recommendations for improving home safety. · A summary of laws applicable to the home, including privacy, accident liability, contracts, and domestic employees.·

· 200 Elegant, Clear Drawings ·

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on November 30, 2011, 05:49:50 PM

Ayn darlin', please at least spell her name right.  She was bonkers.  Google/UTube her and watch her vids


Read that tome at least 3 times in your life, once when you're young and impressionable, the second time when you're a bit grown up?


xL


Yes, read Ayn Rand's garbage once, then either burn it or give it to your worst enemy. Lousy book with annoying, wooden characters, and a plodding storyline overbearingly promoting her ridiculous ideology she labeled "objectivism."


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 05:59:03 PM
 I take it that you thought her female characters too strong and her writings about men somewhat weak?

I'll also suppose that you didn't bother to finish it?  You got past maybe page 100?  It is a bit hard to take and I'm saying that as a woman.



Nevertheless, I shalln't allow you to dislike her works.


The second time I read it I skipped John Galt's speech because I'd heard it all before and it's mind-bogglingly repetetive.  Yes.

But I decided it wasn't a plodding storyline half way through the first time I read it 20 years ago and instead reckoned it was a modern perspective on a world gone mad...

You wouldn't understand me.  But I felt I ought defend dear old mad dead for years Ayn.  Thanks
xL


when I moved from Toronto to New York and then to London, I brought 21 books.  That one was the biggest and I still have it.  I only buy or find books in hardcover.  I left War and Peace behind.  I told them I was a writer when I crossed the border and I had to pay tons of money for all that outsize baggage I carried but it was worth it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 06:13:35 PM
If you'd care to dip in and out of Ayn Rand and do the shorter works first, try The Fountainhead.  

Anthem is ridiculous and We The Living is atrocious.  But go there anyways...

xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 06:35:09 PM
Here's one, I read it earlier this year, a truly lovely book and you can get it for £1 online.  

You might have to be English and older than 30 to get the plot, but it's just a total mess of full-on love.  An adorement of food, full of descriptions and smells and feelings?  

a fab read, 9/10 recommended, 5 stars.  They made a movie of it recently which I've just seen with Helen Bonham Carter bending over the cooker in a green 50s kitchen with the top of her stockings and a bit of her garters showing and the young lad looking on longingly?


xL

But read this book before you watch the movie.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on November 30, 2011, 06:40:59 PM
I take it that you thought her female characters too strong and her writings about men somewhat weak?
My opinion on Rand's weak literary abilities has nothing to do with the gender of the characters. You are playing me small...I am not that shallow a man.  ;) There was really only one "strong" female character in "Atlas Shrugged" anyway, Dagny Taggart, a character Ayn Rand clearly modeled on her ideal image of herself.

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I'll also suppose that you didn't bother to finish it?  You got past maybe page 100?  It is a bit hard to take and I'm saying that as a woman.
Wrong.
I finished "Atlas Shrugged", despite the fact that I began to dislike the plot the farther I progressed. I very rarely leave a book unfinished, and with Rand I needed to definitively know what the hype was all about.

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Nevertheless, I shalln't allow you to dislike her works.
lol
You don't have a say in the matter, sweetheart.

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The second time I read it I skipped John Galt's speech because I'd heard it all before and it's mind-bogglingly repetetive.  Yes.

But I decided it wasn't a plodding storyline half way through the first time I read it 20 years ago and decided it was a modern perspective on a world gone mad...
Good for you. I thoroughly disagree.

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You wouldn't understand.  But I felt I ought defend dear old mad dead for years Ayn.  Thanks
What "wouldn't I understand"?  ::)
Defend Rand all you want"xxxLinda"...her writing still sucks.  ;)

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when I moved from Toronto to New York and then to London, I brought 21 books.  That one was the biggest and I still have it.  I left War and Peace behind.  I told them I was a writer when I crossed the border and I had to pay tons of money for all that outsize baggage I carried but it was worth it.
Congratulations on such a noteworthy accomplishment. :-\ I've traveled all over the world with many, many books in instances where I did not have the time or opportunity to keep them with friends, family or in storage. Thank God I never toted Rand around with me with the intention of reading it later...I would have regretted having that dreck  weighing down my luggage.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 30, 2011, 06:48:30 PM
let's agree to disagree then.  I agree it's a bit depressing...

How about James Joyce's Ulyssesssss then?  I didn't get through that.  I did read Portrait of that Artist but then said that's enough of that.



I didn't get past page 1 of Harry Potter, I hate goblins etc.  I read the Hobbit when I was 12 and left that Trilogy Lord of the Rings shite safe on the shelf.  I've never watched any of those movies nor will I.



kisses darlin'
xLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Andy Griffin on November 30, 2011, 06:59:25 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 02, 2011, 09:57:46 AM
let's agree to disagree then.  I agree it's a bit depressing...

How about James Joyce's Ulyssesssss then?  I didn't get through that.  I did read Portrait of that Artist but then said that's enough of that.



I didn't get past page 1 of Harry Potter, I hate goblins etc.  I read the Hobbit when I was 12 and left that Trilogy Lord of the Rings shite safe on the shelf.  I've never watched any of those movies nor will I.



kisses darlin'
xLinda
ok  :)
I have not read either of those books. "Ulysses"? Perhaps one day I'll get to that one.

I tried to read one of the Harry Potter books back in 2000. Couldn't get beyond the first few pages...just wasn't able to to get my head into that world. I was reading a lot of dense material related to economics and global affairs at that time, and I think my mind was not able to adjust to a childlike world of fantasy. In actuality, I was never much into books of that nature as a kid either.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 02, 2011, 09:59:43 AM
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Book Description
Publication Date: March 13, 2007
The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God's amazing plan for you--both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal forty-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and most important, prepare you for eternity.

"Movie stars and political leaders aren't the only ones turning to Rick Warren for spiritual guidance. Millions of people--from NBA and LPGA players to corporate executives to high school students to prison inmates--meet regularly to discuss The Purpose Driven Life."--Time


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on December 02, 2011, 10:53:13 AM
ok  :)
I have not read either of those books. "Ulysses"? Perhaps one day I'll get to that one.

I tried to read one of the Harry Potter books back in 2000. Couldn't get beyond the first few pages...just wasn't able to to get my head into that world. I was reading a lot of dense material related to economics and global affairs at that time, and I think my mind was not able to adjust to a childlike world of fantasy. In actuality, I was never much into books of that nature as a kid either.

LOL   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GHGut on December 02, 2011, 11:09:42 AM
If I may be self-serving, may I recommend one of my own books:

http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Tony-Monchinski/dp/1451646844/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322849333&sr=8-2


If you like action-horror/zombies/apocalyptic fiction this is right up your alley.

When I first posted about this as a self-published novel a few years ago I got flamed. Now it's got the Simon & Schuster imprint so hopefully will get into more people's hands.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on December 02, 2011, 11:46:16 AM
If I may be self-serving, may I recommend one of my own books:

http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Tony-Monchinski/dp/1451646844/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322849333&sr=8-2


If you like action-horror/zombies/apocalyptic fiction this is right up your alley.

When I first posted about this as a self-published novel a few years ago I got flamed. Now it's got the Simon & Schuster imprint so hopefully will get into more people's hands.
great book. It's got a sequel ya know?? Just read te second one.

I'm reading the Guillermo del toro and chuck hogan series "the fall". On the last (3rd) book. Also reading the game of thrones/songs of fire and ice series by George r r Martin.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 02, 2011, 11:46:53 AM
Is Kindle recommended?  They're now less than £100.  Are they any good?  Can you see them in daylight?  Can you make the type slightly larger so that you don't need your specs?  Do the batteries run out when you just get to the bit where you'd ordinarily be unable to put it down?



My Mum wants one for Christmas, she thinks she wants to get techy.



Maybe I'll just buy her a book...
xL



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 02, 2011, 12:39:59 PM
You're understanding that bit of my problem.  But it'll be fine.  She taught me how to wipe my arse properly, so I'll try to teach her techy, okay?


Are those new-fangled machines better than books or what?  I need to know.  



xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 02, 2011, 12:52:28 PM
oh darlin', I've done the reviews.  I still re-read mine...

But I'm here on a forum which has managed to do a "what are you reading" thread with thousands of viewers?  These are people who read.  

I'd like a proper opinion, one from a proper person, someone with a sense of humour and a sense of reality?


I own many hundreds of hardcover books, mostly reference, so I shalln't be giving up books any day soon.  I just wondered whether Kindles are a good idea.  When they first came out I snorted, but they've become more popular and seem to be catching on and are perhaps a worthwhile expenditure?

xL

ps:  I didn't triple post, 28 deleted his provocative responses to my posts (I rarely do that blue box quotey thing...

pps:  BennyB?  Why would you quote me when I said "You wouldn't understand me", then delete the me and quote me as saying "You wouldn't understand"?  


I read everything.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 02, 2011, 03:21:46 PM
I so enjoyed this one, there's an entire chapter (with pix!) all about


"If you're lost do not panic"...



xL



"By being familiar with the different cloud formations and what weather they portend, you can take appropriate action for your protection"




or how about this bit:  "How to judge sunset by using your fingers"

1
Hold your hand out at arm's length, parallel to the horizon. Your fingers should be pointing left or right, not up or down, with your palm facing you. For the purposes of this technique, measure based on the four fingers minus the thumb.

2
Hold your hand so the bottom of it is perfectly in line with the horizon. Flip your hand up, then repeat, counting how many hand widths are between the horizon and the sun.

3
Multiply the number of hand lengths by one hour. If the bottom of your hand is in line with the horizon and the top is against the sun, sunset should be in about an hour.

4
Count with individual fingers for added accuracy. Each finger, held at arm's length, is equal to about fifteen minutes




There's a new book out called 'Survival in the Bush' I've not yet perused...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 03, 2011, 06:00:16 PM
(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/030/American-Desperado-Roberts-Jon-9780307450425.jpg)
This dude is fucked in the head. Crazy read.

Book Description
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become -- at age 22 -- one of the city’s leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel’s most effective smuggler.
But that’s just half the tale...
 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ4pWzA6gIE


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kh300 on December 03, 2011, 08:28:53 PM
About half way through the list

Art of manliness 50 must read adventure books
http://artofmanliness.com/2009/06/02/the-essential-man%e2%80%99s-library-adventure-edition-part-one-fiction/


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 06, 2011, 06:27:33 PM
Art of Manliness?



I immediately had to have quickie look at that, I googled it, never do blue links - & thanks so much for making me giggle...

Think that one is a browser, not something you'd read cover to cover?



very funny, thanks
xLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 06, 2011, 07:05:24 PM
If I may be self-serving, may I recommend one of my own books:

http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Tony-Monchinski/dp/1451646844/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322849333&sr=8-2


If you like action-horror/zombies/apocalyptic fiction this is right up your alley.

When I first posted about this as a self-published novel a few years ago I got flamed. Now it's got the Simon & Schuster imprint so hopefully will get into more people's hands.

great book. It's got a sequel ya know?? Just read te second one.



Do you lot know what you're on about?  Obviously I shalln't be reading GH Gut's book any day soon, (unless you'd like to send me a signed first ed?)  Instead I'd like it if he were able to promote his writings with correct observations from the Getbig gallery.

Have you written a mega-million-seller sequel ?    Pray tell...


with mad love etc. & always
xxxLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on December 07, 2011, 06:35:23 AM
tl:dr by page 3.  Cliffs?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kh300 on December 08, 2011, 12:42:17 AM
Art of Manliness?



I immediately had to have quickie look at that, I googled it, never do blue links - & thanks so much for making me giggle...

Think that one is a browser, not something you'd read cover to cover?



very funny, thanks
xLinda


funny?   >:( its good stuff..they also have good lists of different books


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 08, 2011, 03:58:22 PM
Utterly fascinating...highly recommended.

(http://blogs.wttw.com/moreonthestory/files/2011/05/The-Immortal-Life-of-Henrietta-Lacks-938039.jpg)

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Science journalist Skloot makes a remarkable debut with this multilayered story about faith, science, journalism, and grace. It is also a tale of medical wonders and medical arrogance, racism, poverty and the bond that grows, sometimes painfully, between two very different women—Skloot and Deborah Lacks—sharing an obsession to learn about Deborah's mother, Henrietta, and her magical, immortal cells. Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old black mother of five in Baltimore when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her knowledge, doctors treating her at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples from her cervix for research. They spawned the first viable, indeed miraculously productive, cell line—known as HeLa. These cells have aided in medical discoveries from the polio vaccine to AIDS treatments. What Skloot so poignantly portrays is the devastating impact Henrietta's death and the eventual importance of her cells had on her husband and children. Skloot's portraits of Deborah, her father and brothers are so vibrant and immediate they recall Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's Random Family. Writing in plain, clear prose, Skloot avoids melodrama and makes no judgments. Letting people and events speak for themselves, Skloot tells a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society's most vulnerable people. (Feb.)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m3JN8BZX5QTHYB/ref=ent_fb_link


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 13, 2011, 02:57:54 PM
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MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Spicoli on December 14, 2011, 12:07:04 AM
Christmas cooking for dummies.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on December 14, 2011, 10:03:20 AM
 ;D    next up death in the locker room book one and two.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 14, 2011, 11:17:01 AM
Obviously I'm not reading this.  I read it once and that'll suffice.



This thread is truly hilarious.  Also your other one about Christmas music is hugely funny.


kisses
xL
merry everything and happy always


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 18, 2011, 07:17:10 AM
Just finished 'Train Dreams' by Denis Johnson. Superior, with flashes of brilliance. Recommended.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Andy Griffin on December 18, 2011, 09:16:47 AM
The Rule of St. Benedict.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 18, 2011, 05:22:50 PM
Christmas Hymns and Carols?


I'm re-reading and re-learning all of the lyrics to every christmas song ever written - including the funny and rude versions...

xxxL



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 05, 2012, 10:06:06 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on January 05, 2012, 10:33:36 AM
A collection of G.A. Cohen essays, a logic book, and about to start H.L.A. Hart's Concept of Law.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: B_B_C on January 05, 2012, 10:40:16 AM
I've never delved too much into Ayn Rand's personal life. I wanted to actually read one of her books first.

Its not too surprising the Tea Baggers like her, or at least "claim" to like her. I wonder how many have actually sat down and read her books. But Ayn Rand has always been a favorite of many American conservatives. Her championing of unbridled capitalism fits the conservative profile.

but yould they like her views on sex and sexuality or even her sexual behavious?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 05, 2012, 11:11:04 AM
but yould they like her views on sex and sexuality or even her sexual behavious?
???
English, brother. I speak English.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: B_B_C on January 05, 2012, 11:20:35 AM
???
English, brother. I speak English.

well bully for you, ask the teacher for a gold star


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 05, 2012, 11:25:27 AM
well bully for you, ask the teacher for a gold star
???

I'm not so think as you drunk I am.   :P


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: B_B_C on January 05, 2012, 11:40:01 AM
???

I'm not so think as you drunk I am.   :P
:)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 11, 2012, 03:17:57 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQdOKoZ5cgo


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on January 12, 2012, 04:30:29 AM
Recently finished 'Young Stalin'. Very interesting as I had no idea about the guy before I started. He was a gangster and bank robber for a good spell. He also impregnated a 13 year old girl and then abandoned her. The more I read about world leaders the more I realize that they were simply the biggest and most successful thugs of their time.

Also finishing up Freethinkers, about American secularism. It's interesting to note the absolute denial of American history that predicate so many of the modern religious right's arguments. To a large degree, they've rewritten America's past and the separation of church and state. Not many people are looking closely is the main reason. I guess it just sounds good to some people to say this is a 'Christian Nation' and dump the 18th and 19th century.

Just started a bio on Ahmadinejad.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 12, 2012, 10:45:15 AM
Most recent

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Come What May (autobiography) by Dónal Óg Cusack
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden.
Read that one. Really liked it. Got a signed Brooklyn on the shelf, but haven't read it, tho.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 18, 2012, 07:52:24 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: B_B_C on January 19, 2012, 08:39:29 AM
"Notes from a Turkish whorehouse"  by Philip Ó Ceallaigh


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 19, 2012, 04:21:11 PM
Just finished Stephen King's '11/22/63.'  Unsatisfying. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 19, 2012, 04:27:05 PM
Just finished Vince Flynn's series on the Mitch Rapp character.

...just started Micheal Crichton's ''Pirate Lattitudes"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 21, 2012, 03:16:56 PM
Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings.


....the whole series is awesome 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sync pulse on January 21, 2012, 03:20:40 PM
The Rule of St. Benedict.

Are you a Cistercian Monk?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on January 23, 2012, 03:19:53 PM
Nothing but Getbig.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Powerlift66 on January 24, 2012, 07:29:15 AM
http://www.crowbarpress.com/cbp-books/14-sh.html

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 24, 2012, 07:32:41 AM
Swank magazine.  Muscle media 2000
Awesome 1st post on getbig!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on January 25, 2012, 05:27:23 AM
..


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 29, 2012, 04:40:16 PM
Finished 'Iron House' by John Hart. Pretty good. Never heard of this guy before, but his bio says his previous two books both won Edgars. Will probably check them out at some point. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on January 29, 2012, 06:06:29 PM
Currently going through logic books


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on January 29, 2012, 07:58:10 PM
Black like me.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: haider on January 29, 2012, 08:20:32 PM
Currently going through logic books
in case you didn't know, tbombz is an expert on logic around here. PM him if you ever need some help tutoring, or unlocking the secrets of God with pure logic.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 31, 2012, 05:26:32 AM
'We The Animals' by Justin Torres. Really liked it - unique voice, characterization - until it took the usual Iowa Writer's Workshop 'twist' at the end. Let's hope he drops that nonsense for his sophomore effort.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on January 31, 2012, 11:33:02 AM
Your mom's diary


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on February 01, 2012, 03:44:31 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on February 12, 2012, 07:22:50 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on February 12, 2012, 07:31:56 AM
..


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: hrspwr on February 12, 2012, 08:40:42 AM
Just finished Vince Flynn's series on the Mitch Rapp character.

...just started Micheal Crichton's ''Pirate Lattitudes"

 I liked the Mitch Rapp novels, lately I have been reading James Lee Burke`s Dave Robicheaux novels.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 12, 2012, 12:35:46 PM
I liked the Mitch Rapp novels, lately I have been reading James Lee Burke`s Dave Robicheaux novels.


He has a new book coming out this month..takes Rapp back to when he was young.it's the follow up to American Assassin.

just finished American Sniper by Chris Kyle.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: hrspwr on February 12, 2012, 04:19:39 PM
You might like Lee Childs character Jack Reacher. His work is similar to the Mitch Rapp stuff, not bad.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 13, 2012, 08:44:21 AM
You might like Lee Childs character Jack Reacher. His work is similar to the Mitch Rapp stuff, not bad.
Love the Jack Reacher stuff. A bit silly, what with an ID-less, money-less protagonist wandering around kicking ass, but an awful lot of fun. Haven't read it, but the reviews said the last book is the best Reacher, by far. I'll keep an eye open for it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on February 16, 2012, 09:30:57 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Agnostic007 on February 20, 2012, 09:34:20 PM
Intelligence-Led Policing
Managing Police Organizations
Police Ethics; Corruption of the Noble Cause
Multipliers- How the best Leaders make everyone Smarter 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Danjo on February 21, 2012, 04:10:53 PM
Nasser's book 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 24, 2012, 06:34:21 AM
Just finished Teju Cole's 'Open City.' Book got a lot of praise last year, and I can see why: flashes of brilliance, and reminiscent of Camus and Sebald-loner-type protagonists. However, there were big stretches where he was all over the place, and kind of messy. One to watch.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 24, 2012, 10:34:00 AM

He has a new book coming out this month..takes Rapp back to when he was young.it's the follow up to American Assassin.

just finished American Sniper by Chris Kyle.


It was called "Kill Shot"....really good read 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 24, 2012, 11:48:32 AM

It was called "Kill Shot"....really good read 8)
Are you now offering book self-criticism!? That's either farked up, or brilliant.    ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: local hero on February 24, 2012, 12:54:17 PM
ken follet pillars of the earth's follow on book, world without end,,,,,, amazing book from an amazing auther


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on February 24, 2012, 05:30:07 PM
The newspaper I just wiped my ass with it, the vice president was in town today made me want to take a shit.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: airosol on February 24, 2012, 06:59:01 PM
hemingway phase.

next stop =for whom the bell tolls


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on February 26, 2012, 02:37:43 AM
..


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on February 26, 2012, 02:40:10 AM
,,


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on March 01, 2012, 05:25:52 PM
garebabes, I'm loving your black and white sheets ^^^  ooooh




me?  I'm re-reading Dickens xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on March 01, 2012, 05:43:02 PM

also during January and February, I read most if not all of these.  Alexander McCall S mith

A neighbour gave me one then I found another 3 or 4 of them at the Charity Bookshop for 50p each.  

I'd already read the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency set in Botswana, many years ago.  But these are better.  Posh and artistic clever people in Edinburgh Scotland.  Loveable understandable characters, funny comments, totally astute social comment.  

These are a quick read - you'll get through the entire thing in one night.  Lightness and niceness.  

Sweet.

xL

Dickens is depressing...  A page a day, yawn.
I'm still reading much too much news on our www.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 01, 2012, 06:37:15 PM
hart's concept of law


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on March 01, 2012, 08:29:58 PM
(http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/files/2012/01/PITY-THE-BILLIONAIRE.Final-Jacket-Image.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: tbombz on March 02, 2012, 01:38:41 PM
organizational behavior and leadership


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on March 02, 2012, 01:41:18 PM
The Pit and the Pendulum.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jon cole on March 04, 2012, 07:59:27 AM
"division street" stud terkel


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 04, 2012, 01:01:53 PM
The Jansen Directive-Robert Ludlum


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 04, 2012, 05:07:38 PM
Pete Dexter's 'Train.' Plot/story was a bit of a mess, but the writing, well, it's Pete Dexter. Can't go wrong, at all, there. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on March 04, 2012, 06:35:50 PM
Pete Dexter's 'Train.' Plot/story was a bit of a mess, but the writing, well, it's Pete Dexter. Can't go wrong, at all, there. 
Reminds me of "Petticoat Junction".


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Radical Plato on March 05, 2012, 05:21:46 AM
As I Lay Dying


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MORTALCOIL on March 05, 2012, 05:26:42 AM
As I Lay Dying

Masterpiece. One of the most powerful books I've read.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on March 07, 2012, 01:31:49 PM
that's on my to do now list.  ^^^
I'm going to buy As I Lay Dying, £1 on Amazon plus p+p.  I've never read it, so I can't wait.
 




Bought Lady Chatterley's Lover for 20p at Oxfam the other day.  I've not read it since I was 16 and it was banned before that.  When I first read it I thought it racy or something profound.  What else would I think?


I re-read Women in Love last year when the movie was on tv.


today I can't help but think that Lawrence was mysoginist and utterly puerile.  He's repetitive and he is demeaning to women.



Here's a review of Lawrence, despite which I will finish rereading Lady Chatterley tonight:
this is funny:

Men with Beards/Lawrence...
Pros:Great writing and description of place
Cons:Flat characters who are only models for conflicting ideas about the world.
The Bottom Line: Read Thomas Hardy instead.

I believe D. H. Lawrence, despite writing constantly about men and women in a risqué manner for his time, was gay. There is nothing wrong with that; many of my favorite writers are gay. Why do I say this? Because of the three Lawrence novels I've read to date in only one does he even get close to writing an authentic relationship between a man and a woman. It's not in the two novels I would expect though. In Lady Chatterley's Lover and in Women in Love, Lawrence writes about women as if they are an alien species that he has heard about but never seen. In each book during the sensual scenes (because honestly there is no real sex in Lawrence's books and I'm really at a loss why everything he wrote was deemed pornographic, even for the tighter laced post-Victorian era he wrote in) between a man and a woman I really expected him in earnest to write that women have teeth down there. You know in their loin regions. Oh, and before I start the review proper the one novel that he seems to write women well is in The Rainbow, the first novel in the Trilogy that follows with Women in Love and ends with Aaron's Rod. But, as one last pre-review aside, The Rainbow could have just been called Jude the Obscure - Part 2 since it read exactly like a Thomas Hardy novel.
So, anyway Women in Love is by some strange group of polltakers considered the most widely read English novel of the 20th Century. I doubt this, and if I'm wrong then people really need to get out and read more of the 20th Century Classics. The story involves two sisters (the women who will fall in love), and two men (the recipients of this affection). Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, the daughters of the protagonist of The Rainbow, begin the novel by having a discussion about marriage. Ursula, the eldest daughter, is a schoolmistress (a teacher). Her sister, Gudrun, has just begun teaching also after a time away from their provincial hometown life. Gudrun was an artist of some merit that fluctuates throughout the novel to fit the scenes, but by an average account she made a modest success during her time in London. Why she returned to the backwoods home she grew up in is never quite explained, but she's home, and that is enough for this novel.
The two sisters begin by talking about marriage. Ursula for some unknown reason doesn't think she needs to get married, and this shocks her bohemian sister who can't understand why her sister would go against social customs. This scene is stupid in light of the novel taken as a whole. Both women throughout the novel change their opinion on this question with gusto. The reader after awhile has to wonder if Lawrence just happened to put words into the character's mouths to play devils advocate, or if he is trying to say something like women have a flippant nature. Besides very radical shifts in opinion the women are given very little description besides the color of the clothes Gudrun is wearing and that each of them are quite beautiful. What do they look like exactly?  Well...

Lawrence is a bit vague on that. I never could quite get a mental image of either of them. Only one woman in the whole book is ever described in detail and she's a boyish built shorthaired baby-talking lispy nymph, who warrants pages of description but who is pretty much unnecessary for the plot.

The women really aren't important to the novel, even though they are in the title. The real characters are the two men. Birkin, a self-portrait of Lawrence, is a local teacher. Sometimes he's a preacher though; I couldn't tell which he really was. Once he was even something like the principal of the school. Oh but who cares for consistency, especially since he never seems to go to work or have any material responsibilities. The details aren't important anyway, but I'll get to that in a bit. Birkin is basically an opinionated bore, dressed in a Heathcliff-esque (Wuthering Heights reference, not the lazy cat) brooding manner who spouts off his quasi-naturalism to anyone happening to cross his path. Birkin is angry all the time, quite violent in speech and sickly too. He is never painted in a good light and doesn't represent a very good model for Lawrence's personal philosophy (if this is what he is trying to achieve with the character). Ursula falls in love with this pig headed fool.
Gudrun falls in love with the other man, Gerald. He is from a rich family that owns all of the coal mines in the surrounding area. He's quite good looking in a Germanic / Nordic way, and is the most richly described character in the book. He's just about as flippant as the women are. He likes being a captain of industry. He hates being a captain of industry. He is having the time of his life with his adventurous lifestyle. Everything bores him to tears. He's a spineless worm around Gudrun. He's a domineering patriarch towards Gudrun. Why does he change? Sometimes we are given hints, sometimes the changes come after talking to Birkin, but most of the time they just seem to change in order to have something else for Birkin/Lawrence to expound about.

One other thing, Birkin loves quite passionately and believes that a pure love between two men is stronger than any love a man and a woman can share.

So, what is the novel about? Basically these four people squabbling over each other and having a lot of fights based on 'strongly' held ideals. Not much happens in the novel. Events take place in the background, but the plot is never driven. There are not enough characters to create any intrigue over the romantic outcome, and the characters all seem to fall right in line with their respective partners too easily. Of course they fight, but every time one of them really gets angry the other one always seems to come crawling back in beaten submission to the gloriousness of the other. This is played out in just about every possible permutation (with the exception of Gudrun who only fluctuates between icy b*tch and vaguely interested in Gerald (but she is a woman in love don't forget). The novel breaks down to being about the ideas that Birkin holds and to a lesser extent the ideas of the other characters. None of the other three hold ideas drastically different from Birkin's though; they just aren't quite as passionate about them and set themselves up for Birkin's angry assaults.
So what are the basic ideas? I'll explain them this way first.

If you've ever read Ayn Rand's Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged take away the plot, keep the characters and everything about them. Remove the strong capitalist overtones but keep the strong individualism, bull headedness, and the way the strong characters dominate and then lay themselves prostrate to each other and you've got the general idea of this novel. Or better yet read anything by Neitzsche and take away all the bookishness of his philological learning and just keep the random attacks on everything in modern society and you've got a pretty fair picture of Birkin.

If those descriptions don't help -- basically Lawrence believes that everything in his modern society is diluted, horrible, weak and wrong. Everything good about the world has been bastardised into a pale spectre of its true self, and life is basically lived inauthentically by just about everyone. Only a few people are aware enough to realize this, and for those few living just a few pure moments is more valuable than living a lifetime like the masses do.

Maybe if I hadn't read many other books that deal with this same idea I would find it novel, but honestly nothing said was very interesting to me. I'd heard it all before, and read it in either more eloquent manners or with plots that sustained my interest beyond the constant preaching. When modern society isn't being critiqued to death various forms of love are being argued. These arguments could all have been taken straight out of Plato's Symposium with Birkin as the wise Socrates at the helm.
On the topic of love, there are only two scenes where passion takes any kind of substantial form. The first is between the two men when they decide to wrestle each other. During this scene their oneness gets penetrated by the other, and Birkin is surprised when Gerald rises up in a welcoming motion over powers and tops him. The only other scene is between Ursula and Birkin. This scene deals mostly with the mightiness of Birkin's loins, and the realization that not all truth of the world springs from the phallic center of man but deeper mystery's lie in the whole body of a man (man meaning man, not a pre PC word for people). Both scenes are quite homoerotic and added to my feeling that Lawrence only included the women to the novel as a social convention. The real love story is between the two men. The ideal a woman can fill in Lawrence's world is as an attractive beard that will act as a shield between the sensitive man and a harsh world.
I did like the book though, all criticism aside. I think that Lawrence is a very talented writer and worth being read. Even though the content of the book did little for me his writing style was wonderful and his description of place is amazing. I'd highly recommend The Rainbow to people interested in Lawrence though. Actually I would recommend reading Thomas Hardy to anyone interested in the topics of pastoral English life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and it's interplay between tradition and modernity as it relates to individual versus society. This novel, while considered a classic I think boils down more to being an angry book by a man angry about the treatment his earlier books had received. It was difficult not perceiving this book as a five hundred-page rant by Lawrence.
This wasn't much of a consumer review, but basically I'd say if you are interested in reading the canon of 20th century English novels then you should check this out. If you are looking for a nice easy read I'd avoid this one and settle for something more interesting from the same time period. Who would I recommend? Well Thomas Hardy as I said, or Anton Chekov. I'm sure there are many other wonderful late 19th century writers who tackle Lawrence's terrain in a more enjoyable manner. I just realized that I'm only recommending 19th century authors in lieu of this 20th century writer. Maybe Lawrence would have been a better fit to the previous century. As a last stalwart against the High Modernist tradition emerging in the early 20th century he comes across as a bitter and reactionary opponent to the coming times, but his anger makes most of his arguments seem half-baked and impotent.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on March 07, 2012, 02:37:34 PM
..

Can't believe noone else adored or even appreciated these black and white sheets?  It's all in the details?



Complete and utter perfection for a reading thread...
xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 16, 2012, 08:19:21 AM
Quine's Methods of Logic


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on March 16, 2012, 08:25:53 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on March 16, 2012, 10:17:34 AM
 ;D the latest willie mays book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on March 16, 2012, 10:35:07 AM
 ;)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 16, 2012, 04:18:11 PM
;)
Like anybody believes you read. Cites a book? Yes. Reads it? Not a chance. Joke`s on you.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on March 16, 2012, 06:11:32 PM
I am reading the Farmers Almanac fucking intense stuff.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 23, 2012, 02:50:13 PM
Read 'Count to a Trillion' by John C. Wright. Recommended by a friend who thought I would like this sci-fi space opera. Had a lot of trouble with this one. Supercilious tone, a lot of info-dump, and all the characters were  unsympathetic. A couple of nice descriptions to the plus. I like a good sci-fi story, but like a lot of the writers of the genre (sorry) they let their lecturing get in the way of telling a good yarn. 5/10


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 25, 2012, 03:22:40 AM
The Faithfull Spy-Alex Berenson


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on March 25, 2012, 05:02:33 AM
I typically list a book here just after I have begun reading it. I got sidetracked from "Maximum City" (great read thirty pages in, lol) when I became aware of a book that was mentioned in a New York Times article. I am glad I did...I devoured it in a few days. Superbly written, Williams shares a story that, although a decade younger than I, spoke to me on several levels. Good read.

(http://www.neworldreview.com/vol_3No_11/photos/losingMyCool.gif)
A pitch-perfect account of how hip-hop culture drew in the author and how his father drew him out again-with love, perseverance, and fifteen thousand books.


A Conversation with Thomas Chatterton Williams

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in New Jersey, but my parents are from out west. They moved the family to New Jersey when my father, a sociologist by training, took a job in Newark running anti-poverty programs for the Episcopal Archdiocese. My father “Pappy” who is black, is from Galveston and Fort Worth, Texas. My mother, who is white, is from San Diego. They both lament the decision to move east.

I spent the first year of my life in Newark, but was raised in Fanwood, a solidly middle-class suburb with a white side and a black side. We lived on the white side of town mainly because Pappy, who had grown up under formal segregation, refused out of principle to ever again let anyone tell him where to live.

I studied philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and more recently, attended graduate school at New York University.

Q: Why did you write this book?

I started writing this book out of a searing sense of frustration. It was 2007, hip-hop had sunk to new depths with outrageously ignorant artists like the Dip Set and Soulja Boy dominating the culture and airwaves, and something inside me just snapped. I was in grad school at NYU and one of my teachers gave the class the assignment of writing an op-ed article on a topic of choice, the only requirement being to take a strong stand. I went straight from class to the library and in three or four hours banged out a heartfelt 1000 words against what I saw as the debasement of black culture in the hip-hop era. After some revisions, the Washington Post published what I had written and it generated a lot of passionate feedback, both for and against. I realized that there was a serious conversation to be had on this subject and that there was a lot more that I wanted to say besides. That was why I started.

By the time I finished writing, though, it had become something quite different, something very personal, a tribute to my father and to previous generations of black men and women who went through unimaginable circumstances and despite that, or rather because of it, would be ashamed of the things we as a culture now preoccupy ourselves with, rap about, and do on a daily basis.

Basically, the book began as a Dear John letter to my peers and ended as a love letter to my father.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on March 27, 2012, 09:51:26 PM
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5lMLj76Zi4


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on March 28, 2012, 03:38:02 AM
Just finished this. A must for all political junkies.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on March 28, 2012, 03:45:06 AM
And finishing up this.

A fun read...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on March 28, 2012, 03:48:54 AM
The Post Office.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on March 28, 2012, 04:00:48 AM
Never cry wolf.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on March 28, 2012, 03:10:32 PM
Buries my face in some good ole' badass fiction



Flashback - Dan Simmons

Cell - Stephen King

The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins

Undisputed - Chris Jericho biography

Currently working on:

Brave New World - Alduous Huxley

Reread of the entire Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 28, 2012, 03:28:28 PM
Buries my face in some good ole' badass fiction



Flashback - Dan Simmons

Cell - Stephen King

The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins

Undisputed - Chris Jericho biography

Currently working on:

Brave New World - Alduous Huxley

Reread of the entire Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

very good book, have it. Read it about 3-4 times since I got it. Talks about how happiness in itself shouldn't be the main goal of a society.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 28, 2012, 03:31:44 PM
Taking Rights Seriously- Dworkin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on March 28, 2012, 03:53:02 PM
"Digging for gold"  How to improve your chances of getting analy probed by aliens.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: emerald37 on March 28, 2012, 04:30:02 PM
I was reading David Busch's Digital SLR Photography
Another book:  By Dawn Turner Trice's "Only Twice I Wish For Heaven


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on March 28, 2012, 05:38:45 PM
Just finished "Damned" by Chuck Palahniuk. It sucked. Now reading "Cities of the Plain" by Cormac McCarthy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on March 28, 2012, 05:40:53 PM
Just finished "Damned" by Chuck Palahniuk. It sucked. Now reading "Cities of the Plain" by Cormac McCarthy.
Why did you finish?



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on March 28, 2012, 05:42:36 PM
It was only 240 pages. I kept hoping it'd get better.

It didn't.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on April 01, 2012, 11:43:02 AM
The Faithfull Spy-Alex Berenson


The Ghost War-Alex Berenson.....second in the series.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: 240 is Back on April 01, 2012, 01:15:34 PM
I read getbig.  And whatever magazines are in waiting rooms.  That's about it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on April 01, 2012, 06:10:36 PM
I read getbig.  And whatever magazines are in waiting rooms.  That's about it.

This comes as a surprise to no one, Rob. It shows.  :P


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on April 01, 2012, 06:24:51 PM
I read getbig.  And whatever magazines are in waiting rooms.  That's about it.
Why can't you be more like Palin and read all of the newspapers?



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glass Gorilla on April 01, 2012, 08:35:01 PM
Currently reading "Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time" and as soon as I finish up that mother, I'm going to start on Ron Paul's "The Revolution."


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: haider on April 01, 2012, 09:20:24 PM
this thread reminds me i need to pick up on my reading again  :-\

last one I read was The Mindfield by Robert Ornstein.

For years, Americans have been seeking rational, analytical answers to despair and anxiety. But now, this rational Western perception of consciousness has been challenged by an Eastern discipline which brings into sharp focus the travesty and deception underlying many of the contemporary awareness movements.
However, the excesses of the self-improvement packagers have obscured what may be of real value. Meditation may be a valid method for eliminating stress, but are maharishis and franchised growth centers the requisites for achieving peace of mind? How is it that promoters have supplanted real teachers in the realm of consciousness? Ornstein extends his argument to the sacrosanct psychiatric profession, as well as to meditation, parapsychologies, shamanism, and the numerous trademarked "awareness systems."
Yet, it is also Ornstein's intent to combat the easy criticisms of the super-rationalists who dismiss every new development as the irresponsible invention of the "guru-of-the-month club." He offers not only the findings of extensive scientific research on the brain but the valuable discoveries of personal experience as well. There is no one who is better qualified to assess modern America's approach to matters of the mind than Robert Ornstein, and he does so with clarity, wit, and utter persuasiveness.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on April 03, 2012, 05:41:59 AM
Words, words, words.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on April 13, 2012, 04:22:02 AM
(http://www.wineandbowties.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/GSH-LAST-HOLIDAY.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xXv_4j4Uecc/T1s-yC3osDI/AAAAAAAALao/xCZi1bt4c94/s400/Book_0_31433.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: w8m8 on April 13, 2012, 06:59:12 AM
 :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510W989ADTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on April 13, 2012, 07:25:14 AM
:D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510W989ADTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)



Prob written from a slightly different perspective than "Problem Solving - The Getbig Way"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 15, 2012, 10:32:39 AM
Just finished 'And so it Goes,' a biography of Kurt Vonnegut, by Charles J Shields. Not a great biography by any means, as most family members declined to participate, but Kurt does not come off well, at all.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on April 15, 2012, 06:25:06 PM
This is an interesting book. A Briton's take on American politics in the first decade of the new century.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on April 17, 2012, 10:40:36 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OL-C12FsL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/185/Without-Buddha-I-Could-Not-Be-a-Christian-9781851686735.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on April 17, 2012, 10:49:02 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OL-C12FsL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/185/Without-Buddha-I-Could-Not-Be-a-Christian-9781851686735.jpg)

You must have a lot of time on your hands in prison to read so much.     


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glass Gorilla on April 17, 2012, 12:10:33 PM
Anyone ever read any Terrance McKenna? I'm considering purchasing his one book that I believe is entitled "Food of the Gods".


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on April 18, 2012, 05:54:53 PM
You must have a lot of time on your hands in prison to read so much.     
You must have a lot of time on your hand to copy and paste your hate for 18 hours a day.

Why do you even come on this thread? We know you don't read.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on April 18, 2012, 08:57:26 PM
You must have a lot of time on your hand to copy and paste your hate for 18 hours a day.

Why do you even come on this thread? We know you don't read.


PEA BRAIN is only in this thread because he likes to follow me around and express his racism and his bitterness at being a loser. All his posts are in response to mine.

I've owned and humiliated him so many times on this board...he knows I have his number.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: haider on April 18, 2012, 09:01:13 PM
You must have a lot of time on your hands in prison to read so much.     
thats a very disgustingly racist thing to say.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on April 18, 2012, 09:02:40 PM
thats a very disgustingly racist thing to say.

Lol.  Still the truth.  Benny is a ghetto criminal. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: haider on April 18, 2012, 09:04:46 PM
Lol.  Still the truth.  Benny is a ghetto criminal. 
he's clearly not. the fact that you bring up 'ghetto', 'thug', 'criminal', etc only shows that you are saying it for racist reasons.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on April 19, 2012, 04:50:31 AM
Charles Bukowski. Cant stop reading the guy.  Poetry of peace.
Spot on. Rent the Barfly.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 23, 2012, 07:22:39 AM
For what it's worth, today, April 23rd, is World Book Day. It also marks the deaths of Shakespeare, Cervantes and Wordsworth. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on April 23, 2012, 07:55:21 AM
For what it's worth, today, April 23rd, is World Book Day. It also marks the deaths of Shakespeare, Cervantes and Wordsworth. 
Cool!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on April 23, 2012, 08:49:48 AM
For what it's worth, today, April 23rd, is World Book Day. It also marks the deaths of Shakespeare, Cervantes and Wordsworth. 
I did not know that. We book lovers need to do something in celebration.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 23, 2012, 09:16:36 AM
Cool!

I did not know that. We book lovers need to do something in celebration.  :)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/23/world-book-night-stephen-fry-giveaway (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/23/world-book-night-stephen-fry-giveaway)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on April 23, 2012, 09:53:09 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/23/world-book-night-stephen-fry-giveaway (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/23/world-book-night-stephen-fry-giveaway)

I was think more along the lines of polishing off a new bottle of wine with the wife tonight during dinner, but thanks for the article doc! ;D
Do you live in the U.K.?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 23, 2012, 11:10:02 AM
I was think more along the lines of polishing off a new bottle of wine with the wife tonight during dinner, but thanks for the article doc! ;D
Do you live in the U.K.?
Wine and wife will work on any day. No, I just took it from one book site that I have in my favourites. They update every weekday, so it's pretty good.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 28, 2012, 01:37:28 PM
Reading Gabrielle Hamilton's 'Blood, Bones, and Butter.' She's a noted chef in NYC and has written a book about her (cooking) life. I know such memoirs are a dime-a-dozen these days, but this one is pretty good, so far.

ADD: Okay. Finished her book. The chapters on her culinary education are awesome. The ones about her marriage, and the subsequent ones of it going into the toilet, are lesser.  B+   Recommended. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on April 28, 2012, 04:09:18 PM
Reading Gabrielle Hamilton's 'Blood, Bones, and Butter.' She's a noted chef in NYC and has written a book about her (cooking) life. I know such memoirs are a dime-a-dozen these days, but this one is pretty good, so far.
Can you send recipes?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on May 22, 2012, 07:39:34 AM
Got a bunch of books stocked up but I've been busy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on May 22, 2012, 08:06:34 AM
The GH15 forum


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on May 22, 2012, 06:48:22 PM
Just picked up a copy of Catch 22. Read a chapter and I'm still not sure about it. Very strange book.

Anyone read it?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 23, 2012, 04:16:35 AM
Just picked up a copy of Catch 22. Read a chapter and I'm still not sure about it. Very strange book.

Anyone read it?
Sure. That's a 20th century lit classic. Add that one to Slaughterhouse-Five and the absurdities of war/man.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on May 23, 2012, 04:19:36 AM
Sure. That's a 20th century lit classic. Add that one to Slaughterhouse-Five and the absurdities of war/man.
I've read Slaughterhouse 5 and other works from Vonnegut, but this is very different.

The dialogue is pretty absurd. Getting a little easier to read, but still very strange.

 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 23, 2012, 04:20:55 AM
Just finished Denise Mina's 'Slip of the Knife.' It's a procedural, set in Glasgow. Plot is stale/contrived, writing is ok, but the protagonist is pretty good: foul-mouthed, dumpy Irishwoman. I've heard Mina has better books out there, but I doubt I'll make the effort.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on May 24, 2012, 06:57:38 PM
Just finished Denise Mina's 'Slip of the Knife.' It's a procedural, set in Glasgow. Plot is stale/contrived, writing is ok, but the protagonist is pretty good: foul-mouthed, dumpy Irishwoman. I've heard Mina has better books out there, but I doubt I'll make the effort.
Fark stay away from that shit just stay with the Farmer's Almanac.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Princess L on May 24, 2012, 08:27:04 PM
Just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
 :D  :'(

I hear they're making a movie - Patrick Dempsy is cast as the lead.  Not out til 2014 though  :-\

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ0CTcU0Fd0


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sync pulse on May 24, 2012, 11:12:37 PM
Just picked up a copy of Catch 22. Read a chapter and I'm still not sure about it. Very strange book.

Anyone read it?


Ayn Rand worshipping sociopaths (right wingers) will like 1ST Lt. Milo Minderbinder...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on May 25, 2012, 01:18:07 AM
Ayn Rand worshipping sociopaths (right wingers) will like 1ST Lt. Milo Minderbinder...
Haha. I'll be on the lookout.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Butterbean on May 25, 2012, 07:13:22 AM
The Heroin Diaries

Also, Malignant Self-Love:  Narcissism Revisited and Why Does it Always have to be About You:  The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 26, 2012, 02:30:52 PM
The Heroin Diaries
Hmm. Nikki Sixx, eh? Sounds like a play on Jim Carroll's 'The Basketball Diaries.'  Read that one years ago, maybe high school? Liked it. I think he died in the last year, or two.  ???


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Irongrip400 on May 27, 2012, 08:34:34 AM
Mien Kampf. It's not really what I thought. It's the ramblings of a man who is hell bent on power and nationalism.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on May 27, 2012, 08:37:41 AM
Mien Kampf. It's not really what I thought. It's the ramblings of a man who is hell bent on power and nationalism.

It's Mein Kampf, Schweinhund


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Irongrip400 on May 27, 2012, 12:17:04 PM
It's Mein Kampf, Schweinhund

Sorry, yeah, the misspelling was a little Busch league on my part. Still, a little hard to read so far, a little scatter brained, but I'm only 100 or so pages in.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on May 27, 2012, 03:03:55 PM
Sorry, yeah, the misspelling was a little Busch league on my part. Still, a little hard to read so far, a little scatter brained, but I'm only 100 or so pages in.

The last chapter is prob the best part


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on May 29, 2012, 06:41:08 PM
Flex mag.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 04, 2012, 04:12:37 AM
Just finished Annie Proulx's first book, 'Heart Songs.' A collection of short stories - a prose form I usually don't care for - that even I can see already shows Proulx's mastery. She uses a few too many adjectives/adverbs, but she writes about place (Maine, Vermont) and people (flinty old, shallow rich) with such care and detail that I was swept along. Recommended.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Powerlift66 on June 04, 2012, 11:41:31 AM
MILO - June 2012 issue...

(http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/ironmind/milo-20-1-about-300.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on June 04, 2012, 04:16:49 PM
the  latest willie mays book than steve michalik's atomic fitness.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 04, 2012, 04:55:33 PM
Just read McCormac's "Blood Meridian" again. Man, I wish they'd film this shit.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Butterbean on June 05, 2012, 06:36:22 AM
Hmm. Nikki Sixx, eh? Sounds like a play on Jim Carroll's 'The Basketball Diaries.'  Read that one years ago, maybe high school? Liked it. I think he died in the last year, or two.  ???

Apparently NS died twice, but is still alive.

I think I saw a movie called The Basketball Diaries.....w/Leo Decaprio?  I remember it was very good.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on June 05, 2012, 07:05:56 AM
(http://tomchak.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/talent-code.jpg)

(http://32ndlaw.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/havana-nocturne-cover.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 06, 2012, 09:54:42 AM
Just noted that Ray Bradbury has died. One of the undisputed giants of Lit./Science Fiction.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/06/ray-bradbury-sci-fi-author-dies (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/06/ray-bradbury-sci-fi-author-dies)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Purge_WTF on June 07, 2012, 06:59:08 AM
  I just read The Silence Of The Lambs in one day. Awesome read.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on June 19, 2012, 07:02:33 PM
(http://www.aavw.org/images/readyforrevolution.jpg)


(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328823995l/7103440.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: hrspwr on June 20, 2012, 04:59:50 AM
Just spent $44 at the used book store,  :D Picked up 6 James Lee Burke novels, a couple Robicheuax and the first 3 Billy Bob Holland books. I have already finished the Hollands, pretty good stuff.
  I also bought a couple Lee Child Reacher Novels and a Vince Flynn/ Mitch Rapp to fill up the gaps.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on June 20, 2012, 05:55:57 AM
Re-reading Bernard Cornwell's,Nathaniel Starbuck series about the Civil War.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 21, 2012, 03:25:07 PM
Just finished Harry Crews' 'A Childhood: the biography of a place.'  Whoa. Guy grew up in Bacon County, Georgia, son of a tenant farmer, and during the Depression. Read this book not only for his excellent writing, but for a little perspective on your own self-absorbed life. Highly recommended!!!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on June 21, 2012, 04:32:05 PM
The sickest, nastiest, FREAKIEST book I've ever read....needed to read it on an empty stomach....def. a Getbigger's Book of the Month Club.

(http://wreckhousemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Cover.jpg)



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on June 25, 2012, 02:34:32 PM
Rip van Winkle..time to sleep


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Irongrip400 on June 25, 2012, 04:12:26 PM
The sickest, nastiest, FREAKIEST book I've ever read....needed to read it on an empty stomach....def. a Getbigger's Book of the Month Club.

(http://wreckhousemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Cover.jpg)



What is the book about? Looks like the same artist that did "The Wall".


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 25, 2012, 05:25:40 PM
Just finished. Adam Carolla, the greatest philosopher of the 21st Century.

Epic.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on June 25, 2012, 06:47:17 PM
                                                 Abstract
    Many methods can fit models with higher prediction accuracy, on average, than least squares linear
regression. But the models, including linear regression, are typically impossible to interpret or visualize.
We describe a tree-structured method that fits a simple but non-trivial model to each partition of the
variable space. This ensures that each piece of the fitted regression function can be visualized with
a graph or a contour plot. For maximum interpretability, our models are constructed with negligible
variable selection bias and the tree structures are much more compact than piecewise-constant regression
trees. We demonstrate, by means of a large empirical study involving twenty-seven methods, that the
average prediction accuracy of our models is almost as high as that of the most accurate “black-box”
methods from the statistics and machine learning literature.
...




...ok, time to relax now
 
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on June 27, 2012, 07:12:37 PM
finished Mill's Subjection of Women, now i'm rereading Rawls's Theory of Justice, then I'll read Law's Empire by Dworkin.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on June 27, 2012, 07:40:28 PM
How about balancing out Rawls with Anarchy, the State, and Utopia right after?

already have it (and read it).

EDIT: Oh and the reason I'm rereading Rawls is for his egalitarian conception of the person and compensation of chance versus choice that I'm writing a paper on.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on June 27, 2012, 08:03:11 PM
Rip Van Winkle. I am trying to figure out how to sleep 20 hours a day and still make money.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on June 27, 2012, 08:16:49 PM
Isn't school out? That seems like serious stuff for a summer course.

In all honesty, this is what I do for fun.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 28, 2012, 04:05:14 AM
Just finished Elmore Leonard's 'Djibouti.' What a turd. Book was on the bargain table, and I figured Elmore Leonard: I can't lose. Wrong. Hard to follow plot, silly goal, forgettable characters, all in a foreign city. A rare clunker from the master. Get us back to Detroit, Elmore.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: _bruce_ on June 28, 2012, 04:31:29 AM
The sickest, nastiest, FREAKIEST book I've ever read....needed to read it on an empty stomach....def. a Getbigger's Book of the Month Club.

(http://wreckhousemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Cover.jpg)



So Stark hired a ghost writer...  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on July 04, 2012, 05:41:57 PM
Just finished this. Very good book about Afghanistan.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on July 04, 2012, 07:01:32 PM
What is the book about? Looks like the same artist that did "The Wall".

Its about an alien race of goblins that utilize Nazi-era symbology and style and kidnaps children from the world kidland.  They use the children as brutalized slaves to make toys...the children are also melted down and used as a cider-like drink for the goblins to consume.  The goblins are also ever on the lookout for the "freshest assholes."  It is rather difficult to fully explain, lol.

Its Bizarro fiction.....kind of a dark closet at the end of the dark forgotten hall of modern-day horror literature.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on July 04, 2012, 07:46:47 PM
But.....back to more serious reading. 

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on July 06, 2012, 12:27:41 PM
Just finished "Spartacus" by Ben Kane.


....very well done.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 09, 2012, 04:07:34 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on July 10, 2012, 12:04:28 PM
Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math

it was free.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 10, 2012, 01:30:22 PM
Finished Claire Letemendia's 'The Best of Men,' a historico-fiction about the English Civil War. A big book, with a kind of dashing protagonist, and battles, and intrigue and spycraft...and it all falls kind of flat. The historical background is unexciting/muted and the hero has all the boxes checked but is two-dimensional, and the intrigue was, well, unintriguing. I kept checking to see how many pages I had yet to read, rather than hoping that it would continue.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on July 10, 2012, 03:02:23 PM
Finished Claire Letemendia's 'The Best of Men,' a historico-fiction about the English Civil War. A big book, with a kind of dashing protagonist, and battles, and intrigue and spycraft...and it all falls kind of flat. The historical background is unexciting/muted and the hero has all the boxes checked but is two-dimensional, and the intrigue was, well, unintriguing. I kept checking to see how many pages I had yet to read, rather than hoping that it would continue.

I don't see how you can read so much fiction


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 10, 2012, 04:27:28 PM
I don't see how you can read so much fiction
I read non-fiction as well, but people tend to get a little 'personal' when it comes to non-fiction, so I generally just do fiction.   :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jack T. Cross on July 10, 2012, 05:27:42 PM
I stopped reading reading fiction several years ago, and now cannot stand to even consider reading a single page of fiction.  Don't know why.  

Maybe I'll dig through this thread for something good, from a trusted poster.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jack T. Cross on July 10, 2012, 06:36:50 PM
Judging by some of the claims made on here, and looking at the poster who makes the claim, I'd say the thread itself could be the biggest piece of fiction to be found anywhere.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FighterLover on July 11, 2012, 12:06:36 AM
Danielle Steele...A Long Way Home...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on July 11, 2012, 02:48:04 AM
Mr Magoo, I'm hoping we can have a conversation on logic textbooks. Do you have a single favorite book or combination of books? What logics did/do you decide to focus upon and do you ever deploy it on other texts you read or do you just go through the logic books for fun?

I'll start by saying that for me the perfect set of books is:
1. Logic and Philosophy by Hausman et al. (2009)
2. Logic for Philosophy by Sider (2010)
3. Schaum's Outline of Logic by Rohatyn and Varzi (2011)
4. Any basic intro on set theory

1. has the most accessible and practical treatment of the standard propositional logic + quantification theory (with identity) that I am aware of, and of course this package is the first step in mastering logic. I'm also happy with 2.'s treatment of modal logic, which I'm sure you know is a very popular (if not universally accepted) extension of standard logic and one full of important concepts. Finally, I felt 3. had a set of great chapters (and I was surprised by this, as I was expecting the book to be crap) on inductive logic, second-order logic, the probability calculus, the logic of functions, and the logic of definitive descriptions. The book really meshes well with the others because these enhancements to first-order logic are powerful, and yet they are not covered as a group in 1., 2., or any other text I am aware of. Finally, the basic concepts of set theory are helpful for a more complete understanding of logic. There are a bunch of cheap introductory books that could fill slot 4.

It seems like after all of this is synthesized, one has a more or less complete system in place for handling anything related to logic. Any further study boils down to reinforcing/refreshing one's knowledge of the system by doing problem sets in the other textbooks.

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on July 11, 2012, 06:56:47 PM
Of the books you listed, Sider is the only one I have read. I enjoyed it very much. Logic is just a hobby, but it's very useful in my regular work and  it keeps me sharp. I've read most of the intro books like Lemmon's Beginning Logic, Lepore's Meaning and Argument, Quine's Methods of Logic, Grayling's intro to philosophical logic, Grovier's practical study of argument, Sandford's If P then Q, The Logic Book (did all the problems in that one), etc. I'm not really enjoying Euclid in the Rainforest, the logic is too basic. Next I'm going to work through Priest's intro to non-classical logic. What I enjoy most is Modal Logic.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: phreak on July 16, 2012, 03:49:45 AM
Read a lot of fiction lately, especially zombie fiction. I've tentatively started on my first book, which should address all fuckups that always irk me about other peoples' zombie books and movies. So reading this was more work than play. Read 27 of them in the last 60 days (according to my cc statement), so I have no idea about authors/titles.

Also, Tribal Leadership by Logan, King, Fischer-Wright. My thoughts: Meh.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on July 16, 2012, 12:16:13 PM
this ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on July 17, 2012, 12:57:45 AM
Anyone read this?

Pretty good.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 17, 2012, 09:24:34 AM
Finished HHhH, by Laurent Binet. Came with a lot of advance praise, and details the rise and the and death of Reinhard Heydrich, at the hands of Czech/Slav resistance fighters. HHhH, or, 'Himmler's Brain is called Heydrich,' is an odd mix of historical fact with an omnipresent narrator, and it all works surprising well. The author has done his history homework, and is up front about the limitations of fiction with regards to his narrative. Kind of Nazi meta-fiction. Author has won the big french book prize with this novel. Usually this is a warning signal to me. In this case, it could be warranted. Solid 8/10

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Agnostic007 on July 17, 2012, 09:37:34 AM
Stephen Kings "The Long Walk"..just finished "The Dark Half"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The True Adonis on July 17, 2012, 01:06:16 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on July 18, 2012, 09:33:44 AM
''A Blaze of Glory"-Jeff Shaara


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on July 18, 2012, 10:12:55 AM
Just finished Ready Player One.

If you have any ties to the 80s at all, especially the video games/movie/music culture, you will love this.   Easy read, but the nostalgia factor is huge.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Danjo on July 18, 2012, 03:15:41 PM
''The Real Team''-Richard Marcinko


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on July 18, 2012, 03:20:20 PM
A delivery menu.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 19, 2012, 07:43:45 AM
Just finished Ready Player One.

If you have any ties to the 80s at all, especially the video games/movie/music culture, you will love this.   Easy read, but the nostalgia factor is huge.
Oh hey, that book turned up on everybody's 'Best-of' lists last year. I'll have to find myself a copy. Sounds fun. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: hrspwr on July 19, 2012, 08:49:28 AM
Vince Flynn, The Third Option. I like the Mitch Rapp character, easy reading.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on July 19, 2012, 11:05:56 AM
Oh hey, that book turned up on everybody's 'Best-of' lists last year. I'll have to find myself a copy. Sounds fun.  

Shows what I know - I stumbled on it by accident.

Like I said, nothing groundbreaking, but I sure had fun reading it.   Some of the references, while not totally popular, were the ones I keyed on as a kid.

Before that, I read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Those who I know who saw the movie, said the movie was horible, despite the screenplay being written by the author.   The book is not so much Abe being a super hero type character, but more on just how the sheer existence of vampires shaped history.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on July 20, 2012, 06:06:12 PM
nothing, now...well, I was re-reading a good book, but I cannot talk about it.  And, I cannot talk about it... ;)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on July 20, 2012, 06:13:07 PM
nothing, now...well, I was re-reading a good book, but I cannot talk about it.  And, I cannot talk about it... ;)

 ???
Oh wait, guess the sexe  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on July 20, 2012, 06:14:04 PM
and the third rule is...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on July 20, 2012, 06:19:15 PM
if someone says stop or goes limp..


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on July 20, 2012, 07:55:08 PM
Back in the US for a couple of weeks. I can't quit buying books. Already spent about a hundred bucks.

What's the best e-reader? I'm tempted to buy one but I have no idea what to get. Really don't want to spend over two hundred.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on July 21, 2012, 04:22:02 AM
Back in the US for a couple of weeks. I can't quit buying books. Already spent about a hundred bucks.

What's the best e-reader? I'm tempted to buy one but I have no idea what to get. Really don't want to spend over two hundred.

The kindle is awesome.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on July 21, 2012, 05:48:33 AM
I have Kindle on an IPad...fuckin' addicted.  I'd think there can def. be a lot of conclusions made on a person's reading material list as to what kind of person they are....for me, thats not a good thing.  ;D

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 21, 2012, 12:25:49 PM
Back in the US for a couple of weeks. I can't quit buying books. Already spent about a hundred bucks.

What's the best e-reader? I'm tempted to buy one but I have no idea what to get. Really don't want to spend over two hundred.
First hit: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400310,00.asp (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400310,00.asp)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on July 21, 2012, 01:02:54 PM
Ipad

Fuck Apple


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on July 21, 2012, 01:57:46 PM
Thinking, Fast and Slow- Daniel Kahneman


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: _bruce_ on July 22, 2012, 01:41:16 AM
Fuck Apple

x2


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on July 30, 2012, 06:35:11 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on July 31, 2012, 06:08:11 AM
Why?


Because they dictate you exactly how to use their devices. There's nothing 'open' about this arrogant company since they don't believe in users' freedom.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Option D on July 31, 2012, 09:55:13 AM
.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Option D on July 31, 2012, 09:57:51 AM
Inter-dimensional physics.

PT

Hey bro... how you been... what you been up to?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on July 31, 2012, 04:23:51 PM
Give me some Ideas on ancient history.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on July 31, 2012, 09:35:24 PM
Give me some Ideas on ancient history.

Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  Never read it myself but they say it's the one if you have several spare weeks and horrific insomnia.

The Teaching Company has tons of stuff on audio and video which can be purchased from them or obtained through other more swashbuckling means.  Yale U's Intro to Ancient Greek History was a good survey and can hopefully still be DL free and legal from their site.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 01, 2012, 06:22:18 AM
Give me some Ideas on ancient history.
Well, there's this girl I used to see, and lately she's been sending signals through the grapevine that she'd like to hook up again. But, as I keep telling people, it's all...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Option D on August 01, 2012, 06:45:27 AM
Give me some Ideas on ancient history.

it isnt ancient.. but its very good..


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on August 01, 2012, 08:54:34 AM
Didnt know tht.  Dont know much about computers at all.  I knkw people have a beef with apple.  But didnt really know why.  I have an ipad and iphone they are pretty cool devices.  99% of apps are worthless shit.  Wouldnt spend the extra to get  a mac though.  Pc has been fine for me.  

I agree that their products have a cool look, but I prefer something that is versatile and can run very specific applications. In case you only ask for a device that plays music & vids, some internet stuff and reading an ebook, an i-pod/pad/phone/etc is just fine. But keep in mind that Apple only wants you to use your device for simple tasks like that.
If you fit in that vision, you're fine, else you will become frustrated.
To submit an app to their store (I can't even sell an app myself!), there all all kinds of restrictions/limitations. On the Windows and esp Linux side, both users as developers have way more freedom.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on August 01, 2012, 03:14:30 PM
Thanks for the ideas gentleman.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on August 02, 2012, 06:11:53 AM
Sharpe's Revenge-Bernard Cornwell


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on August 02, 2012, 06:17:29 AM
Sharpe's Revenge-Bernard Cornwell Stark


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 02, 2012, 01:23:02 PM
Justice, Gender, and the Family- by Susan Moller Okin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 06, 2012, 02:31:33 PM
How to Write a Lot- by Paul Silvia


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on August 06, 2012, 02:39:42 PM
Why do people read fiction?  It never has interested me one bit. I will keep my fantasy to movies.  I like historical or autobiographical books.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on August 07, 2012, 04:04:40 AM
Why do people read fiction?  It never has interested me one bit. I will keep my fantasy to movies.  I like historical or autobiographical books.
I feel the same way 99 percent of the time, but once in a while, I read some fiction.

Have you ever read 'Grapes of Wrath' or 'Forrest Gump'? I recommend them both.

I'm currently reading 'Salem's Lot' after reading the non-fiction Stephen King book 'On Writing'.

'Salem's Lot' is enjoyable.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 07, 2012, 09:56:36 AM
I feel the same way 99 percent of the time, but once in a while, I read some fiction.

Have you ever read 'Grapes of Wrath' or 'Forrest Gump'? I recommend them both.

I'm currently reading 'Salem's Lot' after reading the non-fiction Stephen King book 'On Writing'.

'Salem's Lot' is enjoyable.



That is recommended for motivation in my How to Write a Lot book; I thought about checking it out, is it any good?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 07, 2012, 11:31:26 AM
Finished 'The Afrika Reich' by Guy Saville. A hyped debut novel, it is an alternate history, with Nazi Germany and Great Britain at a shaky, post-war peace; Germany in control of Africa. Poor writing, cartoonish plot and villains, and seen-it-before action sequences belie any suspension of disbelief. If you're looking for better examples, try Len Deighton's 'SS-GB,' Philip Dick's 'The Man in the High Castle,' or Robert Harris' 'Fatherland.'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on August 07, 2012, 11:38:42 PM
That is recommended for motivation in my How to Write a Lot book; I thought about checking it out, is it any good?
I think so.

It's part memoir, so it keeps it moving along well. Some interesting things about his life, including past drug use.





Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sync pulse on August 08, 2012, 01:50:23 AM
Why do people read fiction?  It never has interested me one bit. I will keep my fantasy to movies.

Novels are like movies...only in your head.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on August 08, 2012, 02:22:04 PM
Not reading much as it's too nice outdoors.

This though is terribly clever and you can dip in and out, just browse.  I only really read seriously in the winter months.  Plus I'm watching the Olympics...  We're "medalling" and we're "about to podium".

I love language and adore words...



Which is why I find your forum so very funny


xL
The Etymologicon
A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
Mark Forsyth


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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on August 08, 2012, 02:30:57 PM
Novels are like movies...only in your head.

I disagree.  Firstly, movies are in your face, right in your eyes.  It's all right there right now?

Novels (good ones) cleverly urge you to imagine, to think ahead, to comprehend human nature, to wonder and to learn stuff about how you feel...



I haven't seen a good movie for ages, but that's because I don't like crime or guts and gore or war or vampires or romcom or any of that low-life, can't stand it.



There are more great novels out there than I have years left to read them
xL
You're maybe very young?
Whatever.  But you make me feel old.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 13, 2012, 06:06:01 PM
The Elements of Style- Strunk and White


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 13, 2012, 07:30:17 PM
The Elements of Style- Strunk and White
Wow, taking me back to ninth grade with that one.  :o


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on August 13, 2012, 07:41:18 PM
Wow, taking me back to ninth grade with that one.  :o

Step up from Ebonics for sure. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 13, 2012, 07:44:51 PM
Step up from Ebonics for sure. 
::)
Go to sleep PEA BRAIN...you have to rest up for your long day of work posting on getbig all day again tomorrow.

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bighead on August 13, 2012, 07:53:39 PM
Beyond chutzpah, on the misuse of anti-semitism and the abuse of history. by  Norman Finkelstein.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 14, 2012, 05:26:42 AM
Wow, taking me back to ninth grade with that one.  :o

I never got around to reading it  ;D

also reading The Elements of Legal Style by Bryan Garner


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Showstoppa on August 14, 2012, 06:40:03 AM
Finished 'The Afrika Reich' by Guy Saville. A hyped debut novel, it is an alternate history, with Nazi Germany and Great Britain at a shaky, post-war peace; Germany in control of Africa. Poor writing, cartoonish plot and villains, and seen-it-before action sequences belie any suspension of disbelief. If you're looking for better examples, try Len Deighton's 'SS-GB,' Philip Dick's 'The Man in the High Castle,' or Robert Harris' 'Fatherland.'

Very good read.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 15, 2012, 05:48:59 PM
Life's Dominion- by Ronald Dworkin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 19, 2012, 05:19:53 AM
It's been years since I have read a book, in fact the last one was "Donnie Brasco" which I highly enjoyed.  I am going to give "Area 51, an uncensored history of america's top secret military base" a go.  It's supose to be a recollection of the people who were actually there, so it should be very interesting. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 19, 2012, 06:28:38 AM
Just finished Jess Walters' 'The Financial Lives of the Poets.' I'd earlier read his quirky, Edgar Award-winning 'Citizen Vince,' which I thoroughly enjoyed, so when I saw this on the remainder table I bought a copy. It's about a ordinary Joe caught up the financial crunch of '08, who gets himself into trouble by trying to get himself out of money trouble by dealing pot. Good plot and funny, funny lines throughout. Walters really knows how to write a light, diverting book. One caveat: the protagonist wants to be a economist/poet, so there are blocks of poesy interspersed in the text. Not bad stuff, but it tended to break up the story arc, and by the 3rd chunk I found myself flipping past it. 8/10  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on August 22, 2012, 06:32:35 PM
A life of H.L.A. Hart- by Nicola Lacey


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bighead on August 22, 2012, 06:43:46 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_MhZp2q4sPQ/UCD-bQZYDeI/AAAAAAAACY4/8H0HUeK9g3I/s1600/THE+FOUNTAINHEAD+by+Ayn+Rand.jpg)  for the third time. Know thy enemy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on August 22, 2012, 10:02:54 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_MhZp2q4sPQ/UCD-bQZYDeI/AAAAAAAACY4/8H0HUeK9g3I/s1600/THE+FOUNTAINHEAD+by+Ayn+Rand.jpg)  for the third time. Know thy enemy.
What a tremendous waste of your time.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OTHstrong on August 23, 2012, 01:47:31 AM
Give me some Ideas on ancient history.
A good start for someone like you who clearly has a passion for history is to read the following Poems;

The Epics of Gilgamesh

Homer's illiad, Homer's odyssey.

The Sun- Tzu, The Art of War.


These three ^^^ are a must for any historian, also review Hammurabi's code law....

In addition to this you must find a brief piece of history on The Assyrian Empire, The Babylonian Empire, The Persian Empire (the Acheamenid Dynasty), Greek Rule, and The Roman Empire

If you are patient and go through this you will have a basic overview of ancient history. This is the bread and butter of Antiquity excluding The Chinese Dynasties, Empires and there historical routes, they are usually studied separately sense there wasn't much interaction between the two worlds. 




Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bighead on August 26, 2012, 12:50:22 PM
What a tremendous waste of your time.

well, its more of a breeze through for when I confront rhetoric, I know the source, lol.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OTHstrong on August 26, 2012, 04:15:54 PM
well, its more of a breeze through for when I confront rhetoric, I know the source, lol.
Hey bro, what's it about? just wondering.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bighead on August 26, 2012, 04:42:50 PM
Hey bro, what's it about? just wondering.
 IndividualismRand indicated that the primary theme of The Fountainhead was "individualism versus collectivism, not in politics but within a man's soul."[26] Apart from scenes such as Roark's courtroom defense of the American concept of individual rights, she avoided direct discussion of political issues. As historian James Baker described it, "The Fountainhead hardly mentions politics or economics, despite the fact that it was born in the 1930s. Nor does it deal with world affairs, although it was written during World War II. It is about one man against the system, and it does not permit other matters to intrude."[27]



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OTHstrong on August 26, 2012, 04:44:59 PM
  IndividualismRand indicated that the primary theme of The Fountainhead was "individualism versus collectivism, not in politics but within a man's soul."[26] Apart from scenes such as Roark's courtroom defense of the American concept of individual rights, she avoided direct discussion of political issues. As historian James Baker described it, "The Fountainhead hardly mentions politics or economics, despite the fact that it was born in the 1930s. Nor does it deal with world affairs, although it was written during World War II. It is about one man against the system, and it does not permit other matters to intrude."[27]

eugenics, zionist supremecy... think, mien kamph written by Anne Frank.
Very interesting actually, thanks  8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 06, 2012, 08:58:01 PM
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Praise for This is How You Lose Her

“Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulitzer Prize…Diaz’s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic.” – O Magazine

“Ribald, streetwise, and stunningly moving—a testament, like most of his work, to the yearning, clumsy ways young men come of age.” -Vogue

“Searing, sometimes hilarious, and always disarming … Readers will remember why everyone wants to write like Díaz, bring him home, or both. Raw and honest, these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart.” –  Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Díaz’s standout fiction remains pinpoint, sinuous, gutsy, and imaginative…Each taut tale of unrequited and betrayed love and family crises is electric with passionate observations and off-the-charts emotional and social intelligence…Fast-paced, unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive, Díaz’s gripping stories unveil lives shadowed by prejudice and poverty and bereft of reliable love and trust. These are precarious, unappreciated, precious lives in which intimacy is a lost art, masculinity a parody, and kindness, reason, and hope struggle to survive like seedlings in a war zone.” – Booklist (starred review)

“Díaz’s third book is as stunning as its predecessors. These stories are hard and sad, but in Díaz’s hands they also crackle.” – Library Journal (starred)

“ Magnificent…an exuberant rendering of the driving rhythms and juicy Spanglish vocabulary of immigrant speech…sharply observed and morally challenging.” – Kirkus

“A beautifully stirring look at ruined relationships and lost love—and a more than worthy follow-up to [Diaz’s] 2007 Pulitzer winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”- BookPage



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 07, 2012, 08:55:16 AM

Praise for This is How You Lose Her

“Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulitzer Prize…Diaz’s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic.” – O Magazine

“Ribald, streetwise, and stunningly moving—a testament, like most of his work, to the yearning, clumsy ways young men come of age.” -Vogue

“Searing, sometimes hilarious, and always disarming … Readers will remember why everyone wants to write like Díaz, bring him home, or both. Raw and honest, these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart.” –  Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Díaz’s standout fiction remains pinpoint, sinuous, gutsy, and imaginative…Each taut tale of unrequited and betrayed love and family crises is electric with passionate observations and off-the-charts emotional and social intelligence…Fast-paced, unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive, Díaz’s gripping stories unveil lives shadowed by prejudice and poverty and bereft of reliable love and trust. These are precarious, unappreciated, precious lives in which intimacy is a lost art, masculinity a parody, and kindness, reason, and hope struggle to survive like seedlings in a war zone.” – Booklist (starred review)

“Díaz’s third book is as stunning as its predecessors. These stories are hard and sad, but in Díaz’s hands they also crackle.” – Library Journal (starred)

“ Magnificent…an exuberant rendering of the driving rhythms and juicy Spanglish vocabulary of immigrant speech…sharply observed and morally challenging.” – Kirkus

“A beautifully stirring look at ruined relationships and lost love—and a more than worthy follow-up to [Diaz’s] 2007 Pulitzer winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”- BookPage
Book comes out on the 11th. Will be buying copies to get signed when he hits TO. Super writer, and one of a few off the top of my head who doesn't sit at a desk to sign, but stands in front of it and meets readers head on. Kinda cool (but tiring?).  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 07, 2012, 11:23:38 AM
Book comes out on the 11th. Will be buying copies to get signed when he hits TO. Super writer, and one of a few off the top of my head who doesn't sit at a desk to sign, but stands in front of it and meets readers head on. Kinda cool (but tiring?).  
Where is TO?  ???
It comes out on the 11th? I have a copy on my desk right now.

Junior is a great writer..."Oscar Wao" was fantastic, and unlike you doc, I don't often pick up new fiction.
There was so much I learned as well as could relate to from his writing, as the setting is usually New Jersey, and describes towns and Dominican/Latino cultural sensibilities, some which I familiar with and understand.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Donny on September 07, 2012, 11:50:15 AM
 IndividualismRand indicated that the primary theme of The Fountainhead was "individualism versus collectivism, not in politics but within a man's soul."[26] Apart from scenes such as Roark's courtroom defense of the American concept of individual rights, she avoided direct discussion of political issues. As historian James Baker described it, "The Fountainhead hardly mentions politics or economics, despite the fact that it was born in the 1930s. Nor does it deal with world affairs, although it was written during World War II. It is about one man against the system, and it does not permit other matters to intrude."[27]


you like to spew facts out a bit like a_ahmed and you are both now online.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 07, 2012, 12:43:30 PM
Where is TO?  ???
It comes out on the 11th? I have a copy on my desk right now.

Junior is a great writer..."Oscar Wao" was fantastic, and unlike you doc, I don't often pick up new fiction.
There was so much I learned as well as could relate to from his writing, as the setting is usually New Jersey, and describes towns and Dominican/Latino cultural sensibilities, some which I familiar with and understand.
Ach, sorry. TO is Toronto. Junot will be again there for the IFOA (Int. Fest. of Authors). And yes, you're correct, the NA release date is Sept 11th, but I have just seen it in my local book sellers window, so they're jumping the gun. I'll wait for the 11th as that seems to the release date for a whole bunch of new, heavyweight 2012 books I'm looking forward to. In for a penny in for a pound.

If you like Latino stuff, last year I was impressed with Justin Torres' debut 'We the Animals.' He's been put through the Iowa Writer's Workshop mill, so he had a few cliches, but his 'voice' (sorry!) was young and vibrant (sorry, again!). You could do a lot worse.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 07, 2012, 01:53:54 PM
Ach, sorry. TO is Toronto. Junot will be again there for the IFOA (Int. Fest. of Authors). And yes, you're correct, the NA release date is Sept 11th, but I have just seen it in my local book sellers window, so they're jumping the gun. I'll wait for the 11th as that seems to the release date for a whole bunch of new, heavyweight 2012 books I'm looking forward to. In for a penny in for a pound.

If you like Latino stuff, last year I was impressed with Justin Torres' debut 'We the Animals.' He's been put through the Iowa Writer's Workshop mill, so he had a few cliches, but his 'voice' (sorry!) was young and vibrant (sorry, again!). You could do a lot worse.   
Thanks for the recommendation.  :)
I am looking to read some of Esmerelda Santiago's work in the next few months. I haven't heard of Torres, but I will look into adding him to my list.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on September 08, 2012, 06:16:08 AM
Sniper-Nicolai Lilin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on September 08, 2012, 07:53:56 PM
Godel's Proof


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 09, 2012, 01:38:04 AM
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on September 09, 2012, 11:36:23 AM
Godel's Proof

Nice; is that the book by Nagel et. al? I read it in college and I think it is very helpful in explaining the proof and its precise implications.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on September 09, 2012, 12:34:57 PM
Nice; is that the book by Nagel et. al? I read it in college and I think it is very helpful in explaining the proof and its precise implications.

Yea that one and Raymond Smullyan's book on godel's proof and godel's proof itself.

Needless to say, this stuff is out of my usual area  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: squirx on September 10, 2012, 09:21:02 AM
Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanagan.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Everhard on September 11, 2012, 10:48:16 PM
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bighead on September 12, 2012, 07:00:52 AM
(http://www.american-buddha.com/unauthorizebiocovernew1.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 12, 2012, 03:38:25 PM
Ok. Just finished Iain M Banks' 'The Player of Games.' I'll start by saying I had some problems with this one, a highly ranked sci-fi book, now an acknowledged 'classic.'  Ostensibly, the story about an game player who gets invited to a distant galaxy to vie in a super-duper tournament, it reveals that there are games within games going on. I took a long time reading this one as I found it really boring. It did get better by about the 2/3rds' mark, tho. Despite the slow set-up, an end twist suggested by Card's 'Ender's Game' did redeem it somewhat. The writing was pretty good, and some of the far-out ideas/characters also, but the names of these characters were endlessly esoteric and mind-numbing. A lot of drugs, I was figuring. It is one of Mr. Banks' early novels and it reads like one - its grasp far beyond its reach. 6/10


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 12, 2012, 03:44:06 PM
Ok. Just finished Iain M Banks' 'The Player of Games.' I'll start by saying I had some problems with this one, a highly ranked sci-fi book, now an acknowledged 'classic.'  Ostensibly, the story about an game player who gets invited to a distant galaxy to vie in a super-duper tournament, it reveals that there are games within games going on. I took a long time reading this one as I found it really boring. It did get better by about the 2/3rds' mark, tho. Despite the slow set-up, an end twist suggested by Card's 'Ender's Game' did redeem it somewhat. The writing was pretty good, and some of the far-out ideas/characters also, but the names of these characters were endlessly esoteric and mind-numbing. A lot of drugs, I was figuring. It is one of Mr. Banks' early novels and it reads like one - its grasp far beyond its reach. 6/10
Is what you do for a living related to your reading of so much fiction, doc? No flame...just curious.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 12, 2012, 04:48:41 PM
Is what you do for a living related to your reading of so much fiction, doc? No flame...just curious.  :)
Not really, anymore. Well, now I'm book collector and investor, so I guess I take it more seriously than most. Always been a book lover. Light seems to be dimming, tho. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: WillGrant on September 12, 2012, 06:02:31 PM
MuscleMag Int September 2012 #364


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bighead on September 12, 2012, 06:06:56 PM
MuscleMag Int September 2012 #364
I remember rushing to the store to get that mag and just reading the hell out of it for a week, always good articles and covered all aspects of biology, nutrition, and exercise,, I learned alot from that mag, but that was in the days of patrillo, dr.mauro di pasquale, and palaquin.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: WillGrant on September 12, 2012, 06:13:03 PM
I remember rushing to the store to get that mag and just reading the hell out of it for a week, always good articles and covered all aspects of biology, nutrition, and exercise,, I learned alot from that mag, but that was in the days of patrillo, dr.mauro di pasquale, and palaquin.
Agree mate - I have been reading it since the early 90s and used to look through second hand book shops in the hope I would find older issues - now I only read to make cardio go faster when on the Exercycle  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 12, 2012, 07:21:15 PM
Not really, anymore. Well, now I'm book collector and investor, so I guess I take it more seriously than most. Always been a book lover. Light seems to be dimming, tho. 
This seems rather sad. What gives? Losing your zest for life and the things you've always enjoyed?  :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on September 12, 2012, 07:55:08 PM
You bibliophiles might enjoy watching this:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/283398-1

I'm a borderline bibliomaniac!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 13, 2012, 04:59:16 AM
This seems rather sad. What gives? Losing your zest for life and the things you've always enjoyed?  :-\

Ah no. It just strikes me that book readers are getting slammed on all sides. The new e-book thingy has hit the publishing industry hard and fast, and part of me believes that this new reading craze is more a love of gadgetry than of story. Also, we have a younger crowd who don't enjoy reading, or who don't read at all. I guess with all the immersive options out there, I can understand that, too. Keep reading!   :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: phreak on September 13, 2012, 05:17:07 AM
Ah no. It just strikes me that book readers are getting slammed on all sides. The new e-book thingy has hit the publishing industry hard and fast, and part of me believes that this new reading craze is more a love of gadgetry than of story. Also, we have a younger crowd who don't enjoy reading, or who don't read at all. I guess with all the immersive options out there, I can understand that, too. Keep reading!   :)

Have to disagree with you there. The e-reader has made self publishing a reality. Yes, this does mean that any talentless dyslexic hack can publish a collection of words now (calling a lot of the current drivel 'books' is beyond me), but it also allows things to be published that would never have seen the light of day in the past. Basically the same as the music industry: more crap produced, but also more corn rolled in with it. The only problem now being: finding those few gems.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on September 14, 2012, 05:30:05 PM
Not a damn thing.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 18, 2012, 08:45:15 PM
(http://ericyoungonline.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/american-uprising-by-daniel-rasmussen.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Frantz_Fanon_The_Wretched_of_the_Earth.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 20, 2012, 07:05:35 AM
(http://ericyoungonline.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/american-uprising-by-daniel-rasmussen.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Frantz_Fanon_The_Wretched_of_the_Earth.jpg)
You might enjoy John Brown, Abolitionist. Very good book I'm just finishing up.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 20, 2012, 07:09:04 AM
You might enjoy John Brown, Abolitionist. Very good book I'm just finishing up.



John Brown is on my list. I love reading biographies.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 20, 2012, 07:11:05 AM
John Brown is on my list. I love reading biographies.
What are some of the best bios you've read?



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 20, 2012, 07:39:29 AM
You might enjoy John Brown, Abolitionist. Very good book I'm just finishing up.

Quite familiar with John Brown already.  ;)

I read "Midnight Rising" within the last year or so. Excellent read.

(http://media.oregonlive.com/books_impact/photo/midnightjpg-9666ac474436ea0a.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 20, 2012, 07:40:36 AM
Quite familiar with John Brown already.  ;)

I read "Midnight Rising" within the last year or so. Excellent read.

(http://media.oregonlive.com/books_impact/photo/midnightjpg-9666ac474436ea0a.jpg)
Is 'American Uprising' about Nat Turner?

I was looking for a book on him.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 20, 2012, 07:57:36 AM
What are some of the best bios you've read?



Autobiograpy of Malcolm X by Alex Haley was good.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 20, 2012, 11:57:16 AM
Is 'American Uprising' about Nat Turner?

I was looking for a book on him.


Dude, you need to go back through this thread.  :) I posted a book that I read about Nat that is probably the most comprehensive accounting of his life and revolt that has been written. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the title.  :(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 20, 2012, 12:45:17 PM
What are some of the best bios you've read?



I've read a LOT of great bios over the years. Most recently, Harry Belafonte's and Kwame Toure's...two men I admire greatly.

One I'd highly recommend about a likely little known figure in American history to most, called "Destiny of The Republic".
It is about the life of President James Garfield, who was shot shortly into his presidency and eventually died. Really well written and quite compelling. Garfield comes across as really fascinating individual, highly intelligent and compassionate, and a man who could have been a great president had he lived long enough.

(http://boneislandbooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/destiny.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 20, 2012, 12:48:23 PM
Also read a good one on Teddy Roosevelt covered his life as pertains to his adventures as a naturalist and explorer before becoming president. Forgot the title.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 20, 2012, 01:04:09 PM
Also read a good one on Teddy Roosevelt covered his life as pertains to his adventures as a naturalist and explorer before becoming president. Forgot the title.

"City Of Vice" tells the story of Teddy Roosevelt's time as Chief of Police in NYC.

Interesting, as New York was corrupt as HELL at the time, with cops taking bribes left and right, and the city was chock FULL o' brothels on practically every corner downtown. Teddy didn't exactly clean the city of corruption (far from it), but he stomped around and made a lot of noise, building a reputation as a no-nonsense leader that helped him in his ambitions for national prominence.

I admit I did not finish that book, as it was a little dry at times and was a tad too long, in my opinion.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on September 20, 2012, 03:13:57 PM
"City Of Vice" tells the story of Teddy Roosevelt's time as Chief of Police in NYC.

Interesting, as New York was corrupt as HELL at the time, with cops taking bribes left and right, and the city was chock FULL o' brothels on practically every corner downtown. Teddy didn't exactly clean the city of corruption (far from it), but he stomped around and made a lot of noise, building a reputation as a no-nonsense leader that helped him in his ambitions for national prominence.

I admit I did not finish that book, as it was a little dry at times and was a tad too long, in my opinion.


I have read a fictional book called the Alienist set in New York during this era. Somewhat like a Sherlock Holmes type character looking for the killer of little boy prostitutes.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 20, 2012, 05:10:15 PM
I have read a fictional book called the Alienist set in New York during this era. Somewhat like a Sherlock Holmes type character looking for the killer of little boy prostitutes.
By Caleb Carr. Read it years ago and liked it, especially all the NYC history. Unfortunately, his other books are kinda the same and not as good, so I've kinda written him off.   :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Soul Crusher on September 23, 2012, 10:51:31 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Fearless-Undaunted-Ultimate-Sacrifice-Operator/dp/0307730697/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348422359&sr=8-1&keywords=fearless


Great friggin book.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 24, 2012, 06:54:46 PM
I've read a LOT of great bios over the years. Most recently, Harry Belafonte's and Kwame Toure's...two men I admire greatly.

One I'd highly recommend about a likely little known figure in American history to most, called "Destiny of The Republic".
It is about the life of President James Garfield, who was shot shortly into his presidency and eventually died. Really well written and quite compelling. Garfield comes across as really fascinating individual, highly intelligent and compassionate, and a man who could have been a great president had he lived long enough.

(http://boneislandbooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/destiny.jpg)
I read that about a month ago. Good stuff.

I especially liked how delusional the assassin was (can't remember his name now). The stuff on Bell was interesting as well.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on September 26, 2012, 01:05:29 PM
The Troy series by David Gemmell. Again.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on September 26, 2012, 04:40:38 PM
I read that about a month ago. Good stuff.

I especially liked how delusional the assassin was (can't remember his name now). The stuff on Bell was interesting as well.


Yes, besides learning about Garfield, the back story on the crazy assassin was fascinating. He was a real loon. Also, the absolutely horrendous job the primary doctor who took over the president's medical care after the shooting. Those were the most interesting parts of the story, and it was written in a way that made it seem like a novel.

Had the meglomaniac doctor who took over the case not gotten involved, Garfield would likely have survived the assassination attempt.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on September 27, 2012, 06:27:28 PM
Anybody read the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child.

A guilty pleasure, I admit, but always very entertaining.

I just finished 'Gone Tomorrow'. Another great one.

I think a Tom Cruise movie is coming out where he plays Reacher. I'm looking forward to it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 28, 2012, 03:59:59 AM
Anybody read the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child.

A guilty pleasure, I admit, but always very entertaining.

I just finished 'Gone Tomorrow'. Another great one.

I think a Tom Cruise movie is coming out where he plays Reacher. I'm looking forward to it.

Agree. So formulaic and genre-bound, but I can get through one like a box of cookies. Fun books to read. Met Child a couple of years ago - very debonair looking. Will be seeing him again in a month, and I will definitely ask him his thoughts on casting Tom Cruise as Reacher.  >:(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 01, 2012, 06:11:48 PM
Junot Diaz was just awarded a MacArthur Award - the Genius thingy. Boy, if anyone was in the hunt for this, it would him. Nice.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 03, 2012, 03:40:33 PM
Junot Diaz was just awarded a MacArthur Award - the Genius thingy. Boy, if anyone was in the hunt for this, it would him. Nice.  :)

Using Dominicanized Spanglish to chronicle the interior world of Washington Heights tigres is not my idea of what merits MacArthur recognition.
But Diaz has been on a roll (deserved or not), and let a hundred flowers bloom.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Irongrip400 on October 03, 2012, 04:45:52 PM
Anybody read the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child.

A guilty pleasure, I admit, but always very entertaining.

I just finished 'Gone Tomorrow'. Another great one.

I think a Tom Cruise movie is coming out where he plays Reacher. I'm looking forward to it.


Tell me more about this Reacher fella. I'm on a roll of reading a bunch of historical/fallen empire type books, and named a read that will be a bit lighter.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 03, 2012, 07:45:33 PM
Tell me more about this Reacher fella. I'm on a roll of reading a bunch of historical/fallen empire type books, and named a read that will be a bit lighter.
There are many books of this sort by Lee Child. Just look on the cover for the words " A Jack Reacher Novel".

I highly recommend getting one written in the first person. They are much more interesting.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 04, 2012, 04:08:44 AM
Using Dominicanized Spanglish to chronicle the interior world of Washington Heights tigres is not my idea of what merits MacArthur recognition.
But Diaz has been on a roll (deserved or not), and let a thousand flowers bloom.
Of course not - that's why you're the observer and he's the prize-winning writer.    ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 04, 2012, 07:34:13 AM
Of course not - that's why you're the observer and he's the prize-winning writer.    ;D

Yeah, thanks for pointing that out! :o

Still, take care, my good simian, literary promiscuity might satisfy superficially, but it loses any lasting gratification when it's led by indiscriminate taste.
Bonobo much? ;D  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 04, 2012, 09:21:02 AM
Yeah, thanks for pointing that out! :o

Still, take care, my good simian, literary promiscuity might satisfy superficially, but it loses any lasting gratification when it's led by indiscriminate taste.
Bonobo much? ;D  
Ha! Playing the literary snob card, eh? That's a risky move in these anti-intellectual times. I think you're bluffing.    ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 13, 2012, 03:49:23 PM
Finished David Simon's 'Homicide,' his 1991 book about a year with Baltimore's murder squad detectives, which was later made into a tv series. A long book, which covers a lot: personalities, politics, geography and race among other things. Took me a bit of time to get into the book as a lot is thrown at the reader - just keeping the cast of characters straight in one's head is an initial problem. Book also has some structural issues as well, but these can be forgiven because what Simon does is fascinating -ie. following cases from corpse on the ground to guilty verdict; watch detectives fail or succeed to keep their shit together under pressure; show us the politics of a police unit; or, describe some really bizarre crimes, if you like the prurient stuff. Ultimately, the book really works because Simon is a superb writer and the whole of this book is so much greater than it's sums. If you like true crime stuff, this one is a keeper. Wonderful.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 13, 2012, 10:35:19 PM
Started reading this book. The opening chapter is just mind-blowing. Since getting the Kindle I'm getting a little out of control on reading too many books at once. Reading three ebooks right now and reading the newer Malcom X bio in paperback.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 13, 2012, 10:43:43 PM
Started reading this book. The opening chapter is just mind-blowing. Since getting the Kindle I'm getting a little out of control on reading too many books at once. Reading three ebooks right now and reading the newer Malcom X bio in paperback.
If it's Manning Marable's book you are referring to, be careful with believing every thing you read in that one. ;)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 13, 2012, 10:51:08 PM
Still marinating on the depth of Frantz Fanon's "Wretched of The Earth", while reading these two books:

(http://www2.timesdispatch.com/mgmedia/image/0/0/260523/r0909-the-oath-by-jeffrey-toobin/)

(http://covers.openlibrary.org/w/id/1480299-M.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 14, 2012, 04:01:28 AM
If it's Manning Marable's book you are referring to, be careful with believing every thing you read in that one. ;)
Yes, it is.

I'm a little surprised it won a Pulitzer. It seems to say pretty much the same things as the Autobiography but corrects it from time to time.

Which part or parts do you think aren't true?

Not a flame, I just wouldn't know where to begin on knowing what is true or not.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The True Adonis on October 14, 2012, 08:44:11 PM
The Robots of Dawn by Issac Asimov.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 14, 2012, 09:15:50 PM
George Washington, The Indispensable Man - James T. Flexner

Have American Lion, (Andrew Jackson Bio) in queue.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 14, 2012, 09:35:25 PM
ken follet pillars of the earth's follow on book, world without end,,,,,, amazing book from an amazing auther

YES!!

My favorite two novels ever!  Have them both sitting right next to me now.

They made Pillars of the Earth into a TV mini series on Showtime, you should check it out!!!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 14, 2012, 09:36:13 PM
;)

This is a good thread!!!  8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 14, 2012, 09:50:12 PM
Biographies are my favorite, recently read...

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41QCVLcm9mL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

quote from Memoirs:

"For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 16, 2012, 03:15:45 PM
Hilary Mantel has just now won her second Booker prize for 'Bringing up the Bodies,' her follow-up to her like-winning 2009's 'Wolf Hall.' Read the latter and really liked it. Have the former, but it is up on the shelves and probably won't be seen for months/years. Good on her.

/also: working, and liking, my way through chris ware's 'building stories,' for those who like graphic novels. stunning in an awesome amount of work way. some emotional impact stuff, too.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 18, 2012, 07:40:04 AM
Man I have to update here.

...probably been through a dozen books


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 18, 2012, 12:23:57 PM
Yes, it is.

I'm a little surprised it won a Pulitzer. It seems to say pretty much the same things as the Autobiography but corrects it from time to time.

Which part or parts do you think aren't true?

Not a flame, I just wouldn't know where to begin on knowing what is true or not.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RoM_FWA7-A


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 18, 2012, 12:37:28 PM
Yes, it is.

I'm a little surprised it won a Pulitzer. It seems to say pretty much the same things as the Autobiography but corrects it from time to time.

Which part or parts do you think aren't true?

Not a flame, I just wouldn't know where to begin on knowing what is true or not.


A Lie of Reinvention is a response to Manning Marable’s biography of Malcolm X, A Life of Reinvention. Marable’s book was controversially acclaimed by some as his magna opus. At the same time, it was denounced and debated by others as a worthless read full of conjecture, errors, and without any new factual content. In this collection of critical essays, editors Jared Ball and Todd Steven Burroughs lead a group of established and emerging Black scholars and activists who take a clear stance in this controversy: Marable’s biography is at best flawed and at worst a major setback in American history, African American studies, and scholarship on the life of Malcolm X.

In the tradition of John Henrik Clarke’s classic anthology “William Styron’s Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond,” this volume provides a striking critique of Marable’s text. In 1968, Clarke and his assembled writers felt it essential to respond to Styron’s fictionalized and ahistorical Nat Turner, the heroic leader of one of America’s most famous revolts against enslavement. In A Lie of Reinvention, the editors sense a different threat to an African American icon, Malcolm X. This time, the threat is presented as an authoritative biography. To counter the threat, Ball and Burroughs respond with a barbed collection of commentaries of Marable’s text.

The essays come from all quarters of the Black community. From behind prison walls, Mumia Abu-Jamal revises his prior public praise of Marable’s book with an essay written specifically for this volume. A. Peter Bailey, a veteran journalist who worked with Malcolm X’s Organization for Afro-American Unity, disputes how he is characterized in Marable’s book. Bill Strickland, who also knew Malcolm X, provides what he calls a “personal critique” of the biography. Younger scholars such as Kali Akuno, Kamau Franklin, Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Christopher M. Tinson, Eugene Puryear and Greg Thomas join veterans Rosmari Mealy, Raymond Winbush, Amiri Baraka and Karl Evanzz in pointing out historical problems and ideological misinterpretations in Marable’s work.

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Compiled as a response to Manning Marable’s controversial new biography of Malcolm X, more than 30 noted scholars from the African American community offer their opinions on Marable’s portrayal of the man whose short life still inspires speculation of what might have been.

Contributors include: Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Abdul Alkalimat, Molefi Kete Asante, Rick Ayers, Bryonn Bain, Amiri Baraka, Aslaku Ber­hanu, Amir Bey, Todd Steven Burroughs, Ta-Nehisi Coates, William Jelani Cobb, Karl Evanzz, Iyaluua and Herman Ferguson, Bill Flectcher, Jr., Glen Ford, Rhone Fraser, Wil Haygood, Kelly Harris, Errol A. Henderson, Fred Hord, Peter James Hudson, Ezra Hyland, Regina Jennings, Peniel E. Joseph, Clyde Ledbetter Jr., Fred Logan, Kevin McGruder, Starla Muhammad, Nell Irvin Painter, Imani Perry, Gregory J. Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Diane D. Turner, Ilyasah Shabazz

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GfYCCw%2BoL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jack T. Cross on October 18, 2012, 10:33:02 PM
"Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."

This quote sounds exactly as he's saying he is "proud" of what is viewed as "working against the best interests of the United States", by creating what his own description could only lead one to believe is a money funnel.

Fucking amazing, the way truth will surface itself.

I'm telling you, people.  We are in a race with time.  The devil is catching up.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: durgaprasadzone on October 19, 2012, 09:17:07 PM
Thanks part time read this.




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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: 240 is Back on October 19, 2012, 09:33:53 PM
Why can't you be more like Palin and read all of the newspapers?



months later lol.   brilliant!

I found this ipad app for ibooks,  very cool.   ardnold encyclopedia and some PDFs i brought in so far!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: 240 is Back on October 19, 2012, 09:40:50 PM
I don't read "celebrity" books often, but I read this one recently and I highly recommend:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51b0T7MX-VL._SS500_.jpg)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Actor, singer, songwriter Tyrese Gibson crafts a memoir filled with every emotion and life experience one could possibly imagine. With personal experiences paired with reflective questions based on his extremely popular blog piece, "The Love Circle", Tyrese hopes to inspire readers to pursue their dreams and not let life's obstacles stand in the way.

HOW TO GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY is organized into a series of fundamental questions that helped Tyrese redefine who he was as a human being, and evolve into a new man. Tyrese stresses that life becomes infinitely richer when one takes the time to know him or herself and understand the true meaning of peace and fulfillment. This book is a guide to helping yourself, using his experiences as a learning tool. "It's not about talking down to people, it's about elevating them," Tyrese says.

Some of Tyrese's chapter-based questions include: How much do you love yourself? How much do you want for yourself? Why do men cheat? What is your bottom line? Are you ready for the next level?


I bought this today.... looks good, thanks for the recommendation


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on October 20, 2012, 02:07:05 AM
I bought this today.... looks good, thanks for the recommendation
No problem. Hope you enjoy it and take something from Tyrese's advice and experiences that can enhance your life. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kh300 on October 21, 2012, 09:57:55 PM
YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE

Greatest book I've ever read. Will really transform your life and will make you think about everything that you do.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 22, 2012, 06:50:23 AM
Hannibal-Ben Kane

...dude is very good at fictional history 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on October 27, 2012, 03:21:24 AM
Colby Buzzell - My War


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 27, 2012, 03:48:47 AM
Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on October 27, 2012, 05:59:48 AM
Concrete Pumping and Spraying: A Practical Guide
Sprayed Concrete: Properties, Design, and Application
Concrete Mix Design

I like to stay intellectually well rounded.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 27, 2012, 12:09:34 PM
Concrete Pumping and Spraying: A Practical Guide
Sprayed Concrete: Properties, Design, and Application
Concrete Mix Design

I like to stay intellectually well rounded.

damn  :o


It's Saturday, lets lay a patio or something?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on October 28, 2012, 01:08:31 PM
Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Is it good?



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on October 28, 2012, 02:20:04 PM
damn  :o


It's Saturday, lets lay a patio or something?

Good Lay LLC registered.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on October 28, 2012, 02:43:38 PM
for the new intellectual ayn rand
starfisher glen cook
haskell wikibook
how to get rich flex dennis
the dying earth jack vance
skylark of valerion by ee doc smith
conan the valiant roland green
starting forth leo brody
lisp winston and horn
ada95 john english


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on October 28, 2012, 02:55:29 PM

Ayn darlin', please at least spell her name right.  She was bonkers.  Google/UTube her and watch her vids


Read that tome at least 3 times in your life, once when you're young and impressionable, the second time when you're a bit grown up?


xL



ayn rand is awesome
capitalism made usa no 1
tea party is awesome
if you think otherwise your mind in tangled with commie lies


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on October 28, 2012, 03:17:35 PM
Anybody read the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child.

A guilty pleasure, I admit, but always very entertaining.

I just finished 'Gone Tomorrow'. Another great one.

I think a Tom Cruise movie is coming out where he plays Reacher. I'm looking forward to it.


total ripoff of mac bolan by don pendelton in 80s


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 28, 2012, 05:04:02 PM
Is it good?



Yeah, I think it's pretty cool.  You can really picture what's going on because of the way he writes.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 28, 2012, 10:41:21 PM
total ripoff of mac bolan by don pendelton in 80s
I bet you wouldn't say that to Jack Reacher's face!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: oenguinseatsocks on October 29, 2012, 12:04:59 PM
i'm slowly working my way through a few books:

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Confessions of a Crap Artist by Philip K Dick
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

and a book of Philip K Dick short stories


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 29, 2012, 05:34:46 PM
Just finished-The Caspian Gates by Harry Sidebottom
just started-Praetorian by Simon Scarrow


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on October 29, 2012, 06:06:58 PM
I bet you wouldn't say that to Jack Reacher's face!

john reacher is mac bolan in disguise


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on October 29, 2012, 10:08:09 PM
araminta station jack vance
the silver spike glen cook
sailor on the seas of fate michael moorcock


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kimo on October 30, 2012, 07:04:58 AM
colonel roosevelt by edmund morris .


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on October 30, 2012, 08:20:49 PM
i'm slowly working my way through a few books:

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Confessions of a Crap Artist by Philip K Dick
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

and a book of Philip K Dick short stories

So just how many books do you read at once?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on October 30, 2012, 10:25:09 PM
Hemingway.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on October 30, 2012, 10:49:00 PM
Rollback by Tom Woods



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on October 31, 2012, 05:16:20 AM
So just how many books do you read at once?
My name's Garebear and I have a multi-book reading problem.

I have four going at once right now.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on October 31, 2012, 09:42:51 AM
Has anyone here read Reconsidering Marihuana?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 31, 2012, 02:10:28 PM
You can download a free epub reader add on or whatever they're called for firefox. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 31, 2012, 03:47:33 PM
Read the new Reacher, 'A Wanted Man,' in about 4 days. Hey, it ain't high literature, but Mr. Child has now mastered the art of un-put-downed-ness: interesting protagonist, short chapters, vertical fall of a plot, lots of action. Had four of his books to get signed, and a long line behind me, so I never did have the time to ask Child about casting Tom Cruise as Reacher. I'm guessing Cruise's production company offered Child a 2-foot stack of thousands.

IFOA thoughts:

Micheal Chabon: as nice and as gracious as he's ever been. Class act.

Junot Diaz: Lost some weight; super sharp, mental-wise. Discussed Toronto construction.

Mohammed Hanif: Finally got my books signed. Tiny fella. Pakistan air force must recruit small.

Lee Child: Debonair. Polite. British.

Rachel Joyce: Nice lady.

Kate Mosse: Small lady wearing ridiculous high heels. Channeling Vivienne Westwood?

Karen Thompson Walker: No impressions - too rushed.

Richard Ford: Brusque, verging on impatience. Got a friend to get my second lot of 4 books signed.

Andrew Westoll: A class act, and very forthcoming.

Cory Doctorow: Just like his on-line persona: in your face, friendly and smart/y.

China Mieville: Nice guy. Much softer nature than his dust-jacket pics might suggest.

Paul Auster: More effusive and warmer than his writing might indicate. Liked him a lot.

Jess Walter: As friendly and as nice as the last time I met him.

Chester Brown: Rocking a haircut like no other human, but so nice and quiet. You can see where his work comes from.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 04, 2012, 02:48:21 AM
Just finished The Great Gatsby (again), leaves me with a weird feeling.


New film version coming out sometime?  Looks pretty cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rARN6agiW7o


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 04, 2012, 01:56:34 PM
Anyone know of any good books fiction or non on Russia?  KGB stuff, or War or something? 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 04, 2012, 02:02:36 PM
Or something like American Psycho with lots of violence and sex?  ???


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: benchmstr on November 04, 2012, 03:39:12 PM
service

bench


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on November 04, 2012, 06:38:39 PM
http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/11/from-neocon-to-libertarian-tom-woods-on-how-reading-rothbard-changed-his-life/ (http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/11/from-neocon-to-libertarian-tom-woods-on-how-reading-rothbard-changed-his-life/)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 04, 2012, 06:56:14 PM
http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/11/from-neocon-to-libertarian-tom-woods-on-how-reading-rothbard-changed-his-life/ (http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/11/from-neocon-to-libertarian-tom-woods-on-how-reading-rothbard-changed-his-life/)

cool


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 04, 2012, 07:40:57 PM
How the Scots Invented the Modern World


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on November 04, 2012, 10:01:12 PM
Read the new Reacher, 'A Wanted Man,' in about 4 days. Hey, it ain't high literature, but Mr. Child has now mastered the art of un-put-downed-ness: interesting protagonist, short chapters, vertical fall of a plot, lots of action. Had four of his books to get signed, and a long line behind me, so I never did have the time to ask Child about casting Tom Cruise as Reacher. I'm guessing Cruise's production company offered Child a 2-foot stack of thousands.

IFOA thoughts:

Micheal Chabon: as nice and as gracious as he's ever been. Class act.

Junot Diaz: Lost some weight; super sharp, mental-wise. Discussed Toronto construction.

Mohammed Hanif: Finally got my books signed. Tiny fella. Pakistan air force must recruit small.

Lee Child: Debonair. Polite. British.

Rachel Joyce: Nice lady.

Kate Mosse: Small lady wearing ridiculous high heels. Channeling Vivienne Westwood?

Karen Thompson Walker: No impressions - too rushed.

Richard Ford: Brusque, verging on impatience. Got a friend to get my second lot of 4 books signed.

Andrew Westoll: A class act, and very forthcoming.

Cory Doctorow: Just like his on-line persona: in your face, friendly and smart/y.

China Mieville: Nice guy. Much softer nature than his dust-jacket pics might suggest.

Paul Auster: More effusive and warmer than his writing might indicate. Liked him a lot.

Jess Walter: As friendly and as nice as the last time I met him.

Chester Brown: Rocking a haircut like no other human, but so nice and quiet. You can see where his work comes from.  
Is that written in the first or third person?

I don't care too much for that series if it's not written in the first person.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 06, 2012, 06:50:38 AM
The Leopard Sword-Anthony Riches.


...the whole damn series is great 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 06, 2012, 08:32:36 AM
Is that written in the first or third person?

I don't care too much for that series if it's not written in the first person.
The Reacher one? Yes, it's third person. First person only, eh? Well, that significantly reduces your reading list.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on November 06, 2012, 09:05:39 AM
Finished Ender's Game which was very good, and jumped right into the The First Law trilogy by John Abercrombie.

It's not my genre, but the characters were so througoughly enjoyable to me, that I've already on the  third book.   Pretty good stuff.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: emerald37 on November 06, 2012, 10:02:37 AM
  :D I'm reading Black Hair Science



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on November 07, 2012, 09:18:13 AM
  :D I'm reading Black Hair Science

Which science, nappyology (natural science) or nappynomics (social science)?

Nappynomics is extremely dismal!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGcFBNDrluE


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Purple Aki on November 07, 2012, 09:28:25 AM
Or something like American Psycho with lots of violence and sex?  ???

High Life by Matthew Stokoe.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 07, 2012, 09:59:23 AM
High Life by Matthew Stokoe.



Thanks brother!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 08, 2012, 12:17:00 PM
Finished City of Bohane by Kevin Barry. Bohane is a dystopian Irish city, some 40 years in the future, and the plot revolves around a badass who returns after 25 years to stir up trouble for the local gangs and one gang leader in particular. But, plot aside, its Barry's writing that makes this book something special. His descriptions, his way with words, and his manner are an easy mish-mash of Irish, street lingo and neologisms, kind of like crossing Clockwork Orange with some Hibernian Trainspotting -ie. 'he had hands on him the size of Belfast sinks.' This guy has a way with language; it just dances. If he keeps this stuff up he'll be going places. Recommended.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 08, 2012, 12:19:14 PM
Anyone recommend a good book on Jews?  Something that really explains the European Ashkenazi thing?

I read "Jews, God, and History", but I get the feeling it was more of a book written for good PR.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The True Adonis on November 09, 2012, 01:01:11 AM
Anyone recommend a good book on Jews?  Something that really explains the European Ashkenazi thing?

I read "Jews, God, and History", but I get the feeling it was more of a book written for good PR.
Here is Part 1 of 4, watch all 4.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GexZF5VIMU


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on November 09, 2012, 07:43:48 PM
Foreign Affairs has an excellent group of reading lists for a variety of topics in international affairs. Typically, each list includes a healthy mix of history and contemporary analysis:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/reading-lists (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/reading-lists)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on November 10, 2012, 05:59:57 AM
Re-read the entire Wheel of Time series.  The final book (14th!) comes out this January.  Its been almost two decades in the making.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iRgb-LrriTc/TvJ9dItWtjI/AAAAAAAAEag/V9qHWfwYJcw/s1600/WoT%2BLogo.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 15, 2012, 07:18:14 AM
Just finished David Finkel's 'The Good Soldiers,' which is an account of 15 months with the 2-16 battalion in Baghdad, part of George Bush's 2007 Iraq 'surge.' Oh boy, is this book sobering. Soldiers are killed, morale and mission belief take beatings and no one comes out of this mess a better person than when they went in, including the upbeat battalion commander. The chapter dealing with those soldiers hospitalized in San Antonio for burns and missing limbs really belies Bush's, or anyone's, military optimism like nothing else. Finkel's writing is excellent - ie. he stays out of the story almost completely and lets the events and soldiers tell their own story. This book tells the other side of the 'Mission Accomplished' narrative, the one not reported on the front pages. Harrowing, but superb.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on November 15, 2012, 07:28:27 AM
Just finished David Finkel's 'The Good Soldiers,' which is an account of 15 months with the 2-16 battalion in Baghdad, part of George Bush's 2007 Iraq 'surge.' Oh boy, is this book sobering. Soldiers are killed, morale and mission belief take beatings and no one comes out of this mess a better person than when they went in, including the upbeat battalion commander. The chapter dealing with those soldiers hospitalized in San Antonio for burns and missing limbs really belies Bush's, or anyone's, military optimism like nothing else. Finkel's writing is excellent - ie. he stays out of the story almost completely and lets the events and soldiers tell their own story. This book tells the other side of the 'Mission Accomplished' narrative, the one not reported on the front pages. Harrowing, but superb.  
Great book!

Incredible combat accounts in that one.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 15, 2012, 07:28:57 AM
Dalton Fury-Wild Tier One


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on November 15, 2012, 07:57:45 AM
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Silver_Spike.jpg)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silver_Spike (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silver_Spike)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 15, 2012, 10:02:22 AM
Here is Part 1 of 4, watch all 4.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GexZF5VIMU

Hey thanks!!

For some reason I missed this post!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on November 15, 2012, 10:52:32 PM
Foreign Affairs has an excellent group of reading lists for a variety of topics in international affairs. Typically, each list includes a healthy mix of history and contemporary analysis:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/reading-lists (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/reading-lists)

What to Read on
Greased and Ready for
a Chick-Banging

HighQ Tbombz
An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus
by the author of the doctrine of double-dildo effect.*

*Which was developed by the author in the insightful,
but underappreciated, Strap-Ons and Its Discontents:
The Political Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
(OUP).
Noted for its sheer brilliance, the seminal work opens:
"One end goes in her; one end goes in me."

 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 18, 2012, 11:38:38 AM
In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson

Heinrich Himmler - Peter Longerich



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on November 20, 2012, 09:34:05 AM
This is short but good.

Any HST fans up in this bitch?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 20, 2012, 09:38:46 AM
The Last Man Standing-Vince Flynn


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on November 20, 2012, 09:57:40 AM
sam huff nfler bio.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on November 20, 2012, 10:39:04 AM
You've probably seen this, but if you like Thompson, you'll like this job-seeking cover letter:


Vancouver Sun

TO JACK SCOTT, VANCOUVER SUN

October 1, 1958
57 Perry Street New York City

Sir,

I got a hell of a kick reading the piece Time magazine did this week on The Sun. In
addition to wishing you the best of luck, I'd also like to offer my services.
 
Since I haven't seen a copy of the "new" Sun yet, I'll have to make this a tentative
offer. I stepped into a dung-hole the last time I took a job with a paper I didn't know
anything about (see enclosed clippings) and I'm not quite ready to go charging up
another blind alley.
 
By the time you get this letter, I'll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of
The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I'll let my offer stand. And don't think
that my arrogance is unintentional: it's just that I'd rather offend you now than after
I started working for you.                                                                                             [Haha!]
 
I didn't make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It
was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy
Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him
and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he'd tell you that I'm "not very
likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too
superior to mingle with the average person." (That's a direct quote from a memo he
sent to the publisher.)
 
Nothing beats having good references.

Of course if you asked some of the other people I've worked for, you'd get a different
set of answers.

If you're interested enough to answer this letter, I'll be glad to furnish you with a list
of references -- including the lad I work for now.
 
The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It's a year old,
however, and I've changed a bit since it was written. I've taken some writing courses
from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper
business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession.
 
As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and
vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden
with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant
mediocrity. If this is what you're trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I'd
like to work for you.
 
Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from
warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.
 
I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don't give
a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.
 
I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.

It's a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I'd enjoy the trip.

If you think you can use me, drop me a line.

If not, good luck anyway.

Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson

No, I hadn't seen it. Thanks for posting. Good stuff.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The True Adonis on November 20, 2012, 11:16:12 AM
Finished Ender's Game which was very good, and jumped right into the The First Law trilogy by John Abercrombie.

It's not my genre, but the characters were so througoughly enjoyable to me, that I've already on the  third book.   Pretty good stuff.
I used to run into Orson Card all the time and he knew me very well by name.  Nice fellow but I will never understand his aversion to gay people.  Its very strange actually.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on November 20, 2012, 01:11:43 PM
I used to run into Orson Card all the time and he knew me very well by name.  Nice fellow but I will never understand his aversion to gay people.  Its very strange actually.

Never knew about this.  Is it well known, or something you picked up on?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 20, 2012, 03:16:19 PM
Never knew about this.  Is it well known, or something you picked up on?
I've read some of his op-ed pieces over the years. As well as the gay thing, his views on women are a little nasty. He's a Mormon and I think that informs a lot of his views. I once e-mailed his website and asked if he would ever be anywhere near me, thinking I could get my Ender's Game signed - 'no' was the polite reply.   :'(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on November 20, 2012, 03:56:00 PM

Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson


 ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on November 22, 2012, 06:46:12 PM
reading 'Learn you a haskell for great good'

functional programming

web site building tool www.happstack.com is the endgame to make awesome websites without a relational database.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on November 23, 2012, 10:41:28 PM
fuck hunter s thompson

boring book fear n loathing

commy art zz boring so trying hard to be cool and avoid fun with girls

sexless


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on November 24, 2012, 03:29:21 AM
fuck hunter s thompson

boring book fear n loathing

commy art zz boring so trying hard to be cool and avoid fun with girls

sexless
You hate HST?

And just when I thought I couldn't hate you anymore....



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 24, 2012, 05:40:41 AM
You hate HST?

And just when I thought I couldn't hate you anymore....


;)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on November 24, 2012, 10:59:56 AM
All of his books are great. A level honesty rarely equaled when writing a memoir.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on November 24, 2012, 02:02:53 PM
You hate HST?

And just when I thought I couldn't hate you anymore....



hate I think is too strong

What is the feeling when something is overrated?  What is the word for that?  it escapes me now....

Gare I notice you react strongly to pro capitalism stances.   Are you a european socialist or something? or just a hardcore democrat from usa ?  or what?

I am a east coaster living on beach in socal and made it on the free market.  Super tall german frnech irish russian guy with blue eyes.   I think ayn rand is right except about israel. 

Where do you get your views? Any particular source?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 26, 2012, 10:02:08 AM
Mathew Dunn-Sentenial


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: oenguinseatsocks on November 27, 2012, 06:32:10 PM
So just how many books do you read at once?
that many

just finished the gods themselves.  had a pretty cool premise but for some reason asimov chose to focus on the least interesting possible aspects.  needs more splosions too


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on November 27, 2012, 09:03:35 PM
hate I think is too strong

What is the feeling when something is overrated?  What is the word for that?  it escapes me now....

Gare I notice you react strongly to pro capitalism stances.   Are you a european socialist or something? or just a hardcore democrat from usa ?  or what?

I am a east coaster living on beach in socal and made it on the free market.  Super tall german frnech irish russian guy with blue eyes.   I think ayn rand is right except about israel. 

Where do you get your views? Any particular source?
No, I don't get my views from a particular source, but rather through reading history.

Any extreme isn't viable. Sure, capitalism does ensure innovation, because most people do things to enrich themselves rather than to better those around them. However, pure capitalism has a tendency to put great wealth in the hands of very few. It also produced sweat shops, child labor and slavery.

Communism doesn't work, as history has shown over and over, because people won't have any motivation to work harder.

As is nearly always the case, the truth lies in the middle and the devil is in the details of finding the right balance.

HST isn't a great author because of some philosophical force, he is just amazing with the English language and is one of a kind - a rare type of truth teller.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on November 27, 2012, 09:51:04 PM
Not a damn thing.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on November 29, 2012, 06:31:23 AM
Principles of Hydraulics
Industrial Hydraulics
The Reciprocating Pump

and just for fun: The Valve Selection Handbook


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Agnostic007 on November 29, 2012, 09:37:26 AM
The Signal and The Noise


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on November 29, 2012, 08:15:51 PM
ginger star by brackett who wrote empire strikes back


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 06, 2012, 12:05:28 PM
Just finished Blood Horses, by John Jeremiah Sullivan. Part memoir of his journalist father, and part an investigation into thoroughbred horse racing, especially around Kentucky. Sullivan is a super writer, so when he bounces from the '73 Belmont with Secretariat to the slaughter of 30,000 horses by retreating WWII Germans in the Crimea it is a seamless narrative. Just a really, really interesting read and a pleasure.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 06, 2012, 07:45:33 PM
(http://thecaptivereader.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/n330505.jpg)

(http://www.audiobooksonline.com/media/ss_size1/Columbus-Affair-Steve-Berry-Random-House-Audio-books.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on December 07, 2012, 10:39:58 AM
On a string of Bizarro fiction

(http://www.nullorg.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/adolf_in_wonderland.jpg)

(http://davidwbarbee.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/warriorwolfwomen1.jpg)

Oh..and a book about Marine Drill Instructors.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/319%2B9xCMk1L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on December 07, 2012, 10:55:12 AM
Just finished Blood Horses, by John Jeremiah Sullivan. Part memoir of his journalist father, and part an investigation into thoroughbred horse racing, especially around Kentucky. Sullivan is a super writer, so when he bounces from the '73 Belmont with Secretariat to the slaughter of 30,000 horses by retreating WWII Germans in the Crimea it is a seamless narrative. Just a really, really interesting read and a pleasure.   
In short, the horses are all drugged up to run when they cant anymore they are "put out to pasture to die" or slaughtered that's horse racing.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 07, 2012, 02:40:30 PM
In short, the horses are all drugged up to run when they cant anymore they are "put out to pasture to die" or slaughtered that's horse racing.
Yes, he covers that. There aren't a lot of grace notes that the owners hit.  :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 07, 2012, 08:39:11 PM
On a string of Bizarro fiction

(http://www.nullorg.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/adolf_in_wonderland.jpg)


Looks cool, checking it out


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on December 08, 2012, 07:35:07 PM
the silkie ae van vogt

the guy who inspired star trek with his story the space beagle


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dj181 on December 09, 2012, 12:25:28 AM
And God Laughs by Mr. Arthur Jones


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on December 09, 2012, 04:17:47 AM
And God Laughs by Mr. Arthur Jones

can you get it online?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: B_B_C on December 09, 2012, 05:51:56 AM
Principles of Hydraulics
Industrial Hydraulics
The Reciprocating Pump

and just for fun: The Valve Selection Handbook

but thats enough about your sex manuals : )


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dj181 on December 09, 2012, 06:55:43 AM
can you get it online?

here ya go... http://www.arthurjonesexercise.com/GodLaughs/GodLaughs.html

and it's a great read btw 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Powerlift66 on December 09, 2012, 09:35:22 AM
(http://www.benjaminearl.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/bigcon.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: 240 is Back on December 09, 2012, 04:27:48 PM
i'm looking for more alternate history books.   Any more recommendations?  thanks!!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 09, 2012, 11:05:13 PM
Thanks for sharing garebear!  8)

 



























Now I know what books not to read.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on December 09, 2012, 11:49:37 PM
i'm looking for more alternate history books.   Any more recommendations?  thanks!!

Check out Harry Turtledove's the Great War series.  The Confederacy and Union fight to a stalemate and continue to fight through WW1 and finally settle all accounts in WW2.  Awesome books.

(http://images.onset.freedom.com/ocregister/article/ljpktp-b78782657z.120110415122624000g9uum8s6.2.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on December 10, 2012, 04:38:02 AM
Thanks for sharing garebear!  8)

 



























Now I know what books not to read.
The list is growing, my friend.

Don't paint yourself into a corner.

But, worry not, I never read comics so your collection will remain safe.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 10, 2012, 02:58:27 PM
i'm looking for more alternate history books.   Any more recommendations?  thanks!!
Lot of alternate history books deal with WWII - not sure if that is your speed. If it is, then Robert Harris' 'Fatherland' is a good place to start, or Len Deighton's SS-GB. If you like Philip Dick, check out his 'Man in the high Castle,' - it's aces. That Stephen King book about the Kennedy assassination is alternate history, if you like him. Philip Roth, who recently announced his retirement, wrote 'The Plot against America' where President Charles Lindbergh presides over America. More 'literary' would be Michael Chabon's 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union.' I guess the grandaddy of all would be Orwell's '1984,' if only for the first line: 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'


 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 10, 2012, 03:16:55 PM
The list is growing, my friend.

Don't paint yourself into a corner.

But, worry not, I never read comics so your collection will remain safe.

haha!!!  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on December 19, 2012, 09:57:39 AM
Just finished Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

now reading Kant: A Biography by Manfred Kuehn

also rereading Sovereign Virtue by Ronald Dworkin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 19, 2012, 11:18:31 AM
Just finished Archangel by Robert Harris, who wrote the very excellent Fatherland, and Enigma. This one is about a dissolute academic who falls in with an unscrupulous tv reporter to find Stalin's long-lost son. Well-paced and plotted; the characters are well fleshed out, and the book is solidly written. But, for me, this has all been done before, and better. It just fell flat. If you need a good book to pass the time on a flight, then this is it. Looking for that extra something? Then give it a miss.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on December 19, 2012, 11:42:08 AM
The Marketing Agency Blueprint.

Sometimes work gets in the way..... >:(

Reading "Best Served Cold" at the moment, which is set in the same realm as The First Law trilogy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: powerpack on December 19, 2012, 12:34:35 PM
non-fiction
"Gun ship Ace"
Very good


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: magikusar on December 19, 2012, 03:52:43 PM
just got almost every tor conan book that I didnt already own

awesome shit


http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tor+conan+book+covers&FORM=HDRSC2 (http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tor+conan+book+covers&FORM=HDRSC2)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2m2qh1ZBHq8/TQbxjmuhkmI/AAAAAAAAFQQ/8Pmg-6PnV_w/s1600/Viking+-+C+a+samanova+kletba2c.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 19, 2012, 03:56:11 PM
just got almost every tor conan book that I didnt already own

awesome shit


http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tor+conan+book+covers&FORM=HDRSC2 (http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tor+conan+book+covers&FORM=HDRSC2)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2m2qh1ZBHq8/TQbxjmuhkmI/AAAAAAAAFQQ/8Pmg-6PnV_w/s1600/Viking+-+C+a+samanova+kletba2c.jpg)

'bout at the reading level we'd expect of you.  :P


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 21, 2012, 04:09:44 PM
'bout at the reading level we'd expect of you.  :P
I have a 1st/1st 'Conan:The Barbarian' (1954) -Gnome.    ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 21, 2012, 08:26:41 PM
Ken Follet, Fall of Giants

ANYONE?

Anyone?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 22, 2012, 05:23:16 PM
I'm so extremely excited about the book I'm about to read.  Because I've realised that I have only so many years left and therefore will no longer read dross.  

From now on I'm only reading the best...


My fave book is perhaps Of Human Bondage, W Somerset Maugham, it's simply sublime.



So I've just bought Razor's Edge for 82p plus postage and it arrived today.  My present to myself.  I've never read it.  I've read everything else by Maugham 3 or more times, but never this.  Guess I saved it till now.

Whilst googling a pic for you, I found out (cf below) that there have been two movies made of this book, neither of which I wish to see.  


I'm so looking forward to this book.  I know it's going to be a massive one which I'll not be able to put down...
This will be a book I'll adore


xxxLinda
(That's me, that's me over there ?  >>>Quietly, I'm way over there on the side,

I'm the one calling herself "the non-fiction section".  I've always loved that name for myself.  

I'm sitting in the corner with a big book and the mad wonky glasses on sideways


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 22, 2012, 05:29:04 PM
i'm looking for more alternate history books.   Any more recommendations?  thanks!!


Read Churchill
Or Shakespeare?


madly xL

big kissmas
merry everything and happy always


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on December 26, 2012, 04:32:58 AM
"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." -- Haruki Murakami 
 ;)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on December 26, 2012, 05:52:22 AM
Reading 'No Easy Day' right now.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on December 26, 2012, 07:00:14 AM
"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." -- Haruki Murakami 
 ;)

only if everybody has the same reaction to what they read, and that is obviously false.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Showstoppa on December 26, 2012, 08:41:54 AM
only if everybody has the same reaction to what they read, and that is obviously false.

Very true.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Butterbean on December 28, 2012, 11:26:59 AM
"One Second After"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on December 28, 2012, 10:44:02 PM
Reading this right now.

Very enlightening. It's like a guide for understanding Getbig.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jack T. Cross on December 29, 2012, 11:24:29 AM
Considering how terrible "the media" has become with TV and radio, particularly as all ownership has been reduced to a tiny handful of surprisingly similar elitists (by law-writing design, without the slightest doubt at all.  Absolutely NO doubt.), it really makes me wonder about these publishing houses.  It really does.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: powerpack on December 29, 2012, 11:16:11 PM
Brutal


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: powerpack on December 29, 2012, 11:18:35 PM
I finished this one last week, defnitly worth the read


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 03, 2013, 10:55:43 AM
Finished 'Hello, Goodbye, Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings' by Craig Brown. A noted book of 2012, it details the meetings between famous people, some that you might have heard of (Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky) to those you may not have (James Joyce and Marcel Proust) which each character meeting dovetailing into the following one, starting and ending with Adolf Hitler. Kind of high-brow gossip; a good book for dipping in and out of. The author's conceit of 101 interlocking meetings also extends to each story of said meeting having 1,001 words. A fun book. Not sure how much I will retain, but fun.    


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on January 03, 2013, 11:09:04 AM
Finished rereading Hart's Concept of Law

now I'm reading Taking Rights Seriously by Ronald Dworkin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Powerlift66 on January 03, 2013, 02:19:09 PM
(http://thespokedblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/crossingtheline.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on January 11, 2013, 08:28:12 AM
Hart's Postscript: Essays on the postscript to The Concept of Law- Edited by Jules Coleman

On Writing Well- by Zinsser


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on January 11, 2013, 11:18:32 AM
I finished this one last week, defnitly worth the read

That looks cool!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on January 11, 2013, 07:26:34 PM
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on January 11, 2013, 08:17:36 PM
The Koran, because it's the one true path to eternal life.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on January 11, 2013, 08:19:16 PM
The Koran, because it's the one true path to eternal life.

garebear of peace...  ::)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on January 12, 2013, 09:23:45 PM
Geert Wilders - Marked for Death: Islam's War Against the West and Me



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 18, 2013, 07:53:26 AM
Finally got around to Marry Karr's memoir of growing up poor, trashy, in Texas oil-field territory, The Liar's Club. Detailing an upbringing with a roughneck father and alcoholic mother, the book is both kinda sad and uproariously funny - not an easy thing to carry off. I have the feeling that she over-massaged the past to both favour and savage herself, but that's a quibble and one not uncommon to the memoir genre. Apparently, this book was on the  NYT's best books list for a year and a I can see why. Very enjoyable.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 18, 2013, 08:19:01 AM
Lol,you woudn't believe all the books I've read lately.


...just started the Cornwell "1356"

my dad is reading the saxon stories and really likes them.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 18, 2013, 08:32:18 AM
Lol,you woudn't believe all the books I've read lately.


...just started the Cornwell "1356"

my dad is reading the saxon stories and really likes them.
Funny you said that. I just got a link/interview about him this week. Cool stuff about battlefields. (scroll down)

http://shelf-awareness.com/readers-issue.html?issue=162#m3117 (http://shelf-awareness.com/readers-issue.html?issue=162#m3117)

 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 18, 2013, 09:40:03 AM
Funny you said that. I just got a link/interview about him this week. Cool stuff about battlefields. (scroll down)

http://shelf-awareness.com/readers-issue.html?issue=162#m3117 (http://shelf-awareness.com/readers-issue.html?issue=162#m3117)

 

Awesome :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on January 18, 2013, 04:43:26 PM
Awesome :)
I have never heard of you  8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on January 19, 2013, 04:39:39 AM
I rarely read fiction, but this was exceptional. Best new fiction I've read since 'Up in the Air'.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on January 19, 2013, 04:41:19 AM
An awesome exit by the master.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on January 19, 2013, 03:39:56 PM
(http://images.indiebound.com/484/513/9781590513484.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 19, 2013, 11:58:56 PM
An awesome exit by the master.

Occasionally brilliant, but generally speaking, an alcoholic asshole.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on January 20, 2013, 05:59:47 AM
Occasionally brilliant, but generally speaking, an alcoholic asshole.
that's what I like about him


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 20, 2013, 08:18:45 AM
that's what I like about him
interesting qualities to admire in a man  :-\

swing by my neighborhood bar, garebear, and you likely would not want to leave  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: garebear on January 20, 2013, 08:28:29 AM
interesting qualities to admire in a man  :-\

swing by my neighborhood bar, garebear, and you likely would not want to leave  :D
Haha.

Well, most alcoholics are boring and pathetic, but history has produced some brilliant ones.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on January 20, 2013, 10:30:44 AM
ring of hell the chris benoit story. :( :( :( :( :(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on January 22, 2013, 05:40:47 AM
(http://bookverdict.com/images/covers/9781400067039-L.jpg)

(http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/files/2011/07/conquist.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Irongrip400 on January 22, 2013, 07:17:02 AM
George, Nicolas, and Wilhem: Three Royal Cousins and the road to World War One.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on January 22, 2013, 12:51:30 PM
George, Nicolas, and Wilhem: Three Royal Cousins and the road to World War One.

Sounds like my kind of book, thanks!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on January 23, 2013, 12:45:13 AM
I didn't read one page of the last book I had sitting by my bed, so I have decided to read one by Lynda La Plante because I love her books and I know I won't be able to put it down for hours.  I could read one I already have or purchase a new one, will look in the book stores tomorrow.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: lulu on January 23, 2013, 06:20:11 AM
I just read    Shades of xxxLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on January 27, 2013, 10:28:25 AM
just finished rereading Gideon's Trumpet- by Anthony Lewis

now I'm reading Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May-September 1787- by Catherine Bowen

and I'm reading Law, Liberty, and Morality- by H.l.a. Hart


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on January 27, 2013, 11:08:40 AM
The hardcover edition of Michio Kaku's "Hyperspace" makes an excellent vial storage unit once one cuts out a rectangular portion of the middle chapters.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on January 27, 2013, 02:15:06 PM
The hardcover edition of Michio Kaku's "Hyperspace" makes an excellent vial storage unit once one cuts out a rectangular portion of the middle chapters.

I've had great results with Gould's The Structure of Evolutionary Theory when trafficking striped Asians* across APEC shipping ports. Wolfram's A New Kind of Science is also great in a pinch.

*


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 28, 2013, 09:04:34 AM
Brad Taylor-Enemy of Mine.

...Just bought the new Stephen Hunter-The Third Bullet....love the Swagger series 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on January 28, 2013, 09:11:36 AM
just finished rereading Gideon's Trumpet- by Anthony Lewis

now I'm reading Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May-September 1787- by Catherine Bowen

and I'm reading Law, Liberty, and Morality- by H.l.a. Hart
Who are you?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on January 29, 2013, 07:39:32 PM
The Concept of a Legal System- by Joseph Raz


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on January 29, 2013, 07:42:38 PM
The Concept of a Legal System- by Joseph Raz
Off Topic - did you get Shossy's login info?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on January 29, 2013, 07:44:13 PM
Off Topic - did you get Shossy's login info?

yea I think she signed on; but she said no one sent her any PMs lol.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on January 29, 2013, 07:48:19 PM
yea I think she signed on; but she said no one sent her any PMs lol.
send her a Hardees coupon Mr M. for old times sake.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 30, 2013, 08:23:47 AM

...Just bought the new Stephen Hunter-The Third Bullet....love the Swagger series 8)



So far so good 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 30, 2013, 08:59:33 AM
Finished 'Green River Rising' by Tim Willocks. Pretty good story of a Texas max. sec. prison riot. Plot is cinematic, written well enough but it falls a bit apart with the characters. Our protagonist is a falsely incarcerated surgeon...right. The leader of the Blacks is a falsely incarcerated former boxing champ...right. The leader of the Whites is a POS lifer...ok, that reads true. And dotted throughout the book are various other cartoon-like actors, like the outsize killer who was befriended by our hero and later performs superhuman feats to allow the narrative to move forward. I think the book's strength and weakness is that the author is a Doctor (shrink) and he over-pronounces these archetypes in order to give us too much psychiatric info-dump. I get that prison is a good medium for examining man and his nature, but sometimes telling a story involves not lecturing. Anyway, while reading it I kept think of Eddie Bunker's two books, 'No Beast so Fierce' and 'The Animal Factory' - now, those are pretty good prison/crime books. Bunker was not only a career criminal but appeared in movies, notably Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs, so he's got all sorts of bona fides. I'd recommend his two books before this one.      


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on January 30, 2013, 03:36:41 PM
Finished 'Green River Rising' by Tim Willocks. Pretty good story of a Texas max. sec. prison riot. Plot is cinematic, written well enough but it falls a bit apart with the characters. Our protagonist is a falsely incarcerated surgeon...right. The leader of the Blacks is a falsely incarcerated former boxing champ...right. The leader of the Whites is a POS lifer...ok, that reads true. And dotted throughout the book are various other cartoon-like actors, like the outsize killer who was befriended by our hero and later performs superhuman feats to allow the narrative to move forward. I think the book's strength and weakness is that the author is a Doctor (shrink) and he over-pronounces these archetypes in order to give us too much psychiatric info-dump. I get that prison is a good medium for examining man and his nature, but sometimes telling a story involves not lecturing. Anyway, while reading it I kept think of Eddie Bunker's two books, 'No Beast so Fierce' and 'The Animal Factory' - now, those are pretty good prison/crime books. Bunker was not only a career criminal but appeared in movies, notably Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs, so he's got all sorts of bona fides. I'd recommend his two books before this one.      
outed.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 02, 2013, 09:00:28 AM
Brad Taylor-Enemy of Mine.

...Just bought the new Stephen Hunter-The Third Bullet....love the Swagger series 8)
What'd you think of the movie? I'd not (and still have not) read any of the books, but I thought the movie was ok. Levon Helm (PIP) totally negating the annoying Michael Pena.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on February 02, 2013, 09:25:28 AM
yea I think she signed on; but she said no one sent her any PMs lol.
Very discouraging to Shossy I assume, no pm's.

I am reading the Unabomber's Manifesto.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 04, 2013, 06:19:03 AM
What'd you think of the movie? I'd not (and still have not) read any of the books, but I thought the movie was ok. Levon Helm (PIP) totally negating the annoying Michael Pena.

Movie was ok but typical where they totally change thing around.the book was really good.
Hunter knows how to build suspense and action without it being overboard or unrealistic.
type of author that when reading you cant put the book down.
I would suggest "Point of Impact" first then if you like you can go many ways.
Hunter has books about Bobby Lee Swagger and books about his father.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on February 05, 2013, 07:06:27 PM
A Matter of Principle- by Ronald Dworkin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on February 07, 2013, 03:00:47 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Inside_The_Third_Reich.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: WillGrant on February 07, 2013, 04:42:56 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Inside_The_Third_Reich.jpg)
Whats this like ? Interesting ?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on February 07, 2013, 12:18:39 PM
Whats this like ? Interesting ?

Hell yeah, Albert Speer wrote this memoir while he was in Spandau Prison.

It's pretty cool to see all this stuff from an insiders point of view. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 08, 2013, 04:30:44 PM
Whats this like ? Interesting ?
Absolutely! But Speer, being a smarty-type guy, weasels all-about, responsibility-wise. Creepy. Explains a (Nazi) lot.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on February 08, 2013, 04:37:14 PM
Ozzie Smith biography.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on February 14, 2013, 01:09:30 PM
George, Nicolas, and Wilhem: Three Royal Cousins and the road to World War One.

I'm reading this now, pretty interesting.

The letter where Wilhelm mentions his longing to be alone with his mother and her stroking him or something is briefly mentioned.  What in the hell was up with that? ???


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on February 15, 2013, 07:25:42 PM
Pride and Prejudice- by Jane Austen


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on February 15, 2013, 08:49:32 PM
Pose in Peace

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/feb/14/ronald-dworkin

I thought of posting that but I assumed nobody else on here knew who he was.

I've read almost all of his books.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 20, 2013, 08:43:58 AM
Re-reading all the Stephen Hunter books about Bobby Lee Swagger.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 22, 2013, 08:01:21 AM
Yeyyy,a sticky!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on February 23, 2013, 10:17:06 AM
Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution- by Ronald Dworkin

I'm glad this thread is now a sticky


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 25, 2013, 07:41:09 AM
Re-reading "Point of Impact"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on February 25, 2013, 09:59:22 AM
Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution- by Ronald Dworkin

I'm glad this thread is now a sticky
I plead the 5th.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JediTerminator on February 26, 2013, 10:11:55 AM
(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/184/Perchance-to-Dream-Rhodes-Natasha-9781844163229.jpg)

I'm not big on reading so I'm gonna try this. I like comic books a bit like Batman and stuff. Not big into school books or anything.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 04, 2013, 06:50:07 PM
How to Win Friends and Influence People- by Dale Carnegie


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on March 04, 2013, 06:52:01 PM
The Post Office, Charles Bukowski.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 06, 2013, 12:12:05 PM
Just finished Timothy Egan's 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.' Book details the life of Edward Curtis, who sacrificed his life to photograph the Native American tribes before they died out or were consumed by Western modernity. He's the guy who made that famous Chief Joseph pic. Well written, nicely paced, and as we follow Curtis on his quest we get an understanding of what drove this man to forgo all else in life to finish his project. His end was quite sad, but like a lot artists, his ultimate reward is his legacy, as it is ours. Recommended.     


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 06, 2013, 02:54:20 PM
Alex Brenson-The Night Ranger


...not as close to as good as his other books.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JediTerminator on March 07, 2013, 02:02:15 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QZ25XGm7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on March 07, 2013, 07:56:43 PM
it seems like there are suddenly all these former navy seals tell-all books.  I grab them at the Library.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jack T. Cross on March 07, 2013, 07:57:01 PM
Just finished Timothy Egan's 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.' Book details the life of Edward Curtis, who sacrificed his life to photograph the Native American tribes before they died out or were consumed by Western modernity. He's the guy who made that famous Chief Joseph pic. Well written, nicely paced, and as we follow Curtis on his quest we get an understanding of what drove this man to forgo all else in life to finish his project. His end was quite sad, but like a lot artists, his ultimate reward is his legacy, as it is ours. Recommended.     

Nice, chimps.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 09, 2013, 05:50:14 PM
Rare Footage of Famous Authors:

http://flavorwire.com/376412/rare-footage-of-famous-authors/view-all


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on March 09, 2013, 06:12:58 PM

and "farewell to alms, brief look at economic history",this is a mindblowing piece, absolutely fantastic reading.


Good for you! That's a good book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 10, 2013, 09:27:41 AM
How We Decide- by Jonah Lehrer

some light reading for a few days.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on March 10, 2013, 02:28:39 PM
yes, esp conspiracy theorists who think they got it all figured out oughta read that.

that book took the author 20 years of research amongst the smartest ppl in the world.

makes one truly understand economic basics.

I also recommend Guns, Germs, and Steel (which receives mention in the book you're reading) and Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History by Douglass North, which argues that the rise of the west over the rest is primarily the result of economic institutions that evolved out of property rights, a book that is only 158pgs.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Princess L on March 10, 2013, 03:02:28 PM
My beach read this year is Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay

Historical fiction ~ Two main parallel plots are followed through the book. The first is that of ten-year-old Sarah Starzynski, a Jewish girl born in Paris, who is arrested with her parents during the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. Before they go, she locks her four-year-old brother in a cupboard, thinking the family should be back in a few hours. The second plot follows Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris, who is asked to write an article in honour of the 60th anniversary of the roundup.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benny B on March 10, 2013, 05:12:03 PM
My beach read this year is Cleansing My Butthole - by Shit For Brains

Historical fiction ~ Two main parallel plots are followed through the book. The first is that of ten-year-old Sarah Starzynski, a hook-nosed girl born in Paris, who is arrested with her parents during the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. Before they go, she locks her four-year-old brother in a cupboard, thinking the family should be back in a few hours. The second plot follows Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris, who is asked to write an article in honour of the 60th anniversary of the roundup.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Coach is Back! on March 10, 2013, 07:49:34 PM
Anatomy Trains - Thomas Myers


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on March 10, 2013, 08:44:44 PM
How to Win Friends and Influence People- by Dale Carnegie

someone clearly is unable to put theory into practice.


someone being you. felt like i needed to spell it out for your benefit.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 12, 2013, 07:37:31 AM
One of those Ghost Recon books-Tom Clancy


 :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bern on March 12, 2013, 10:18:20 PM
Really I do not strain my brain so global this days. I read comics. LOL  ;D It helps me  to lighten the mood and have fun. Because I have enough seriousness at work. And things like this http://www.toondrom.com/porn/go/id/343-all_porn_comics/ amuses me. :P


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on March 12, 2013, 10:35:50 PM
Really I do not strain my brain so global this days. I read comics. LOL  ;D It helps me  to lighten the mood and have fun. Because I have enough seriousness at work. And things like this http://www.toondrom.com/porn/go/id/3423all_porn_comics/ amuses me. :P

what are you doing thats so serious, "bern"? ER doc? oncologist? child protective services"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bern on March 13, 2013, 01:04:34 AM
what are you doing thats so serious, "bern"? ER doc? oncologist? child protective services"

neurosurgery 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 13, 2013, 05:54:46 PM
Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution- by Stephen Breyer


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on March 13, 2013, 11:38:38 PM
Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution- by Stephen Breyer

Good, easy read. I taught this book, against Scalia's A Matter of Interpretation, in a course which examined the influence of Classical American Pragmatism (Peirce, James, and Dewey) on contemporary society.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 14, 2013, 04:14:35 AM
Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Oh boy. Where to start. Well, let's start with a positive: it's an easy read; maybe one to take with you on a trip. To the negative(s): unbelievable plot involves a video-game loving, mass-murdering young guy; clunky dialogue here and there; clumsily inserted politics (buffoonish Liberal police chief is named Obobo - get it?); technical info-dump - a pet peeve of mine; and characters being introduced and dropped willy-nilly. At it's worst, Hunter has his trained Marine-sniper hero being ably assisted by a middle-aged, video-game savvy Black woman named Lavelva. Really!? I wanted to slap the author. I have been advised that Mr. Hunter writes much better books than this, and with a better protagonist, so I'll keep an open mind. Pass on this one, folks.        


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 14, 2013, 05:43:58 PM
Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Oh boy. Where to start. Well, let's start with a positive: it's an easy read; maybe one to take with you on a trip. To the negative(s): unbelievable plot involves a video-game loving, mass-murdering young guy; clunky dialogue here and there; clumsily inserted politics (buffoonish Liberal police chief is named Obobo - get it?); technical info-dump - a pet peeve of mine; and characters being introduced and dropped willy-nilly. At it's worst, Hunter has his trained Marine-sniper hero being ably assisted by a middle-aged, video-game savvy Black woman named Lavelva. Really!? I wanted to slap the author. I have been advised that Mr. Hunter writes much better books than this, and with a better protagonist, so I'll keep an open mind. Pass on this one, folks.        


Well ok then! ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 14, 2013, 07:08:28 PM
Good, easy read. I taught this book, against Scalia's A Matter of Interpretation, in a course which examined the influence of Classical American Pragmatism (Peirce, James, and Dewey) on contemporary society.

Yea I finished it today. I thought it was okay, he takes a lot from other authors. I don't think he thought out his conception of democracy enough; it seems too much of a 'popular' book.

Talking about pragmatists, I'm about to start reading Richard Posner.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 15, 2013, 07:31:04 AM

Well ok then! ;D
I got through it, and kinda thought it was like one of those fuck-you, contractually-obligated records the rock stars used to make.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on March 15, 2013, 10:02:31 AM
Yea I finished it today. I thought it was okay, he takes a lot from other authors. I don't think he thought out his conception of democracy enough; it seems too much of a 'popular' book.

Talking about pragmatists, I'm about to start reading Richard Posner.

If legal acumen were equated with the size of one's latisimi dorsi, Posner's BLS would block out the sun's radiant heat. He's an all-the-way big dude. If you haven't read Menand's The Metaphysical Club (my impression is that you have), it provides a helpful look into the organicism and openness which is characteristic of American pragmatism.  

I recently received a bunch of new books on jurisprudence and constitutional interpretation (Balkin, Scalia, Strauss), but it will be a long time until I get to look at them seriously. Cheers!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 15, 2013, 05:50:50 PM
The Problems of Jurisprudence- by Richard Posner


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on March 15, 2013, 09:04:12 PM
The Problems of Jurisprudence- by Richard Posner

A serious work with what seems like an appreciation of Peircean fallibilism. He writes that the law begins in medias re, and, I'd argue "ends" (nominally) in medias re. If you're interested in Posner's pragmatism, take a look also at his Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Donny on March 16, 2013, 07:12:21 AM
can´t beat the fucking Beano...look you can even get a bed quilt... ;D
http://shop.beano.com/products/beano-comic-quilt-set


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BIG AL MCKECHNIE on March 16, 2013, 08:20:00 AM
can´t beat the fucking Beano...look you can even get a bed quilt... ;D
http://shop.beano.com/products/beano-comic-quilt-set


I always loved the Beano and General Jumbo in particular. Wanted his remote control army.

http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/general-jumbo?decade=1970


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Donny on March 16, 2013, 08:29:15 AM

I always loved the Beano and General Jumbo in particular. Wanted his remote control army.

http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/general-jumbo?decade=1970
remember as a kid getting my annual every year for xmas and a selection box with chocolates and that was my whack.... ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Donny on March 16, 2013, 08:33:27 AM
don´t forget the Commando comics....printed by DC thompson in Dundee Scotland...my old man used to get them and read them.. ;D
http://www.commandocomics.com/


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 16, 2013, 02:26:40 PM

I always loved the Beano and General Jumbo in particular. Wanted his remote control army.

http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/general-jumbo?decade=1970
Had a stack of those. Loved Baby Face. Wonder where they are now? And stepping down the street to the candy store with the newspaper sandwich board outside and getting your purchase scooped, weighed and put in a white paper bag. All those candy places now a memory.   :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jack T. Cross on March 16, 2013, 03:11:40 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XaRN-I1-uDc/ThWP13KUB1I/AAAAAAAAAGo/BrBM7Fj7kp8/s1600/broons%2B1.gif)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Parker on March 17, 2013, 02:10:16 AM
Will be picking this up
http://www.total911.com/guy/  (http://www.total911.com/guy/)
(http://www.total911.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Mezger_hardback.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on March 17, 2013, 10:02:07 PM
Rereading the Filtico Homoeroticus.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 22, 2013, 05:47:20 AM
Just finished Walter Mosley's 'The Long Fall.' Mosely's back with another detective, Leonid McGill, who is yet another complicated, relationship-torn, hard-drinking, Black PI. Entertaining book. The interior Chandler-esque monologue is always cool, and the writing is mostly good with the odd cliche lapse, here and there. Mosely's plotting is secondary to character, like Elmore Leonard's, but the ride is complicated and enjoyable and he ties it all up at the end. One quibble is that Mosely's protagonists are always in personal contact, if not friends of, with the city's baddest and most powerful people - rings false every time Walter. Looking for a good, quick read? Can't go wrong with this one. If you can find it remaindered, like me, even better.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 22, 2013, 08:05:14 AM
Sad news. Chinua Achebe has died. His first novel 'Things Fall Apart' should be required reading.

Guardian obit. notice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/novelist-chinua-achebe-dies (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/novelist-chinua-achebe-dies)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on March 22, 2013, 08:42:43 AM
Sad news. Chinua Achebe has died. His first novel 'Things Fall Apart' should be required reading.

Guardian obit. notice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/novelist-chinua-achebe-dies (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/novelist-chinua-achebe-dies)


too bad his passing is completely overshadowed by that of the great Nascar.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jadeveon Clowney on March 22, 2013, 08:45:28 AM
neurosurgery 8)

 ::)  everyone knows surgery is more mechanical than mental.


bunch of posers in this thread.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 23, 2013, 10:26:57 AM

too bad his passing is completely overshadowed by that of the great Nascar.
Like the great Groucho Marx by Elvis.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 24, 2013, 07:42:11 AM
Junot Diaz does it again. If you haven`t read his stuff, start now. Totally nice guy, too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize)



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on March 24, 2013, 07:57:37 AM
Junot Diaz does it again. If you haven`t read his stuff, start now. Totally nice guy, too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize)


Seems as a good Bloke, I'll have to check his writings out.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on March 24, 2013, 08:16:24 AM
Junot Diaz does it again. If you haven`t read his stuff, start now. Totally nice guy, too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize)



Quote
Díaz's story, "Miss Lora", is about a high-school-age boy having a relationship with an older woman in 1980s New Jersey, and is written in the "Spanglish" for which the Dominican-born writer is known."

Using Dominicanized Spanglish to chronicle the interior world of Washington Heights tigres is not my idea of what merits MacArthur recognition.
But Díaz has been on a roll (deserved or not), and let a hundred flowers bloom.

I had the opportunity to meet Díaz in an academic setting where I was invited to present some work (I didn't go). I have no doubt that he's a very nice guy, but I find his work gimmicky. Still, his star keeps rising.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 25, 2013, 03:55:20 AM
I had the opportunity to meet Díaz in an academic setting where I was invited to present some work (I didn't go). I have no doubt that he's a very nice guy, but I find his work gimmicky. Still, his star keeps rising.
Perhaps it's less being gimmicky than it is being a one-trick pony. I see that; but at least he's out there swinging. As TA might say, not every writer can be a Nabokov.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 26, 2013, 05:30:59 PM
Fredrick Forsyth-Cobra


...bleck :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 26, 2013, 05:53:07 PM
The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia- by Bernard Suits

deserves to be much more known that it is. Instead of Wittgenstein's "family resemblance" regarding games, Suits sets out to give a definition. I'm about 1/3 through the book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on March 27, 2013, 09:43:08 AM
The House of God

Samuel Shem MD


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on March 29, 2013, 05:23:40 PM
Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law- edited by Andrei Marmor and Scott Soames


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on March 31, 2013, 03:58:46 PM
vindicated by jose canseco. ;D ;D ;D ;D it's a story of a small time boy and his love of steroids. :o :o :o :o :o


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: nic3000 on April 06, 2013, 10:16:13 AM
The Game by Neil Strauss. Just finished the 4-hour work week by Tim Ferris.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on April 13, 2013, 02:00:31 AM
The Wolf of Wall Street.

Don't know if it's all true but he would've made a great Getbigger


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on April 16, 2013, 01:27:37 PM
Way of the Wasp: How It Made America, and How It Can Save It, So to Speak


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 19, 2013, 03:19:40 PM
Just finished 'Townie' by Andre Dubus III. A hyped memoir from 2011 I got on the remainder table. Pretty good. He nicely details his rough, AC/DC magic-marker-on-jean-jacket-upbringing. A wimpy son of an up-and-coming short-story/novelist, and absent father, he nicely describes growing up in various tough mill-town Mass. cities. The first 2/3rds of the book are really good, as our guy gets his shit together and decides to fight back, but the book falters when he decides to become a writer (like his dad!) and the road to doing so. No doubt he can now write - too bad he couldn't have polished that part of this book. 7/10

/recommended for mass-holes.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on April 19, 2013, 03:32:31 PM
Arnold Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Parker on April 20, 2013, 01:35:40 AM
I will be reading this soon
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51O-xXe123L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on April 20, 2013, 01:42:46 AM
Serious question:  does anyone know of any good books about why Jews are so successful with money and what their methods are? 

The closest thing I'm aware of is The Monk and the Merchant.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Parker on April 20, 2013, 02:21:40 AM
Serious question:  does anyone know of any good books about why Jews are so successful with money and what their methods are? 

The closest thing I'm aware of is The Monk and the Merchant.
Or you could go to synagogue...
Kinda simple, be frugal, keep your money in the family, in the community, and make shrewd business deals. Don't be wasteful or frivious.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on April 20, 2013, 01:07:03 PM
I will be reading this soon
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Parker, I just took a look at this book. I confined my focus to Wilker's discussions of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Hegel. I've done reading on the so-called secularization thesis (for example, through engagements with, among others, Charles Taylor and Michael Gillespie). Although Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Hegel are, among others, extremely influential in the rise of secular liberal democracy, this is no groundbreaking secret. So I thought that if Wilker could acquit himself well in interpreting these notoriously difficult thinkers, the rest of his book might be interesting. Unfortunately, with regard to these thinkers the author has no idea what he's talking about. He puts forward the standard, blockhead reading of Machiavelli's Prince, and fails to note its more nuanced rendering, famously done by both Diderot and Rousseau, as a subtle critique of power in the guise of a guide for power (if the goal is to control the populace through coercion, fear-mongering, and rhetorical cunning, it's probably best to keep these strategies sub rosa). Wilker's treatment of Hobbes is just as bad. He fails to distinguish between law, license, liberty, and right (often conflating 'right' with the former terms -- an inauspicious exegetical sign). And his exposition of Hegel, though brief, exhibits major interpretive problems that would be too tedious to go into. These, albeit limited and localized, problems lead me to the conclusion that the book is less scholarly than polemical; and polemics is the last refuge of a dilettante. ;D

I'm sure you are aware of these much better books:
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Parker on April 20, 2013, 02:24:02 PM
Parker, I just took a look at this book. I confined my focus to Wilker's discussions of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Hegel. I've done reading on the so-called secularization thesis (for example, through engagements with, among others, Charles Taylor and Michael Gillespie). Although Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Hegel are, among others, extremely influential in the rise of secular liberal democracy, this is no groundbreaking secret. So I thought that if Wilker could acquit himself well in interpreting these notoriously difficult thinkers, the rest of his book might be interesting. Unfortunately, with regard to these thinkers the author has no idea what he's talking about. He puts forward the standard, blockhead reading of Machiavelli's Prince, and fails to note its more nuanced rendering, famously done by both Diderot and Rousseau, as a subtle critique of power in the guise of a guide for power (if the goal is to control the populace through coercion, fear-mongering, and rhetorical cunning, it's probably best to keep these strategies sub rosa). Wilker's treatment of Hobbes is just as bad. He fails to distinguish between law, license, liberty, and right (often conflating 'right' with the former terms -- an inauspicious exegetical sign). And his exposition of Hegel, though brief, exhibits major interpretive problems that would be too tedious to go into. These, albeit limited and localized, problems lead me to the conclusion that the book is less scholarly than polemical; and polemics is the last refuge of a dilettante. ;D

I'm sure you are aware of these much better books:
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yeah, I am aware of those books...

I haven't really read anything from Wilker, but from what you are saying, Wilker should "stay in his lane" so to speak.
I'm interested in this book due to what I see on a day to day basis.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on April 21, 2013, 01:12:54 AM
Ultramarathon man

- Charles Bukowski - Post Office


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on April 21, 2013, 01:53:08 AM
Serious question:  does anyone know of any good books about why Jews are so successful with money and what their methods are? 

The closest thing I'm aware of is The Monk and the Merchant.

Jews, God, and History was pretty good.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on April 21, 2013, 02:58:20 AM
Ultramarathon man

- Charles Bukowski - Post Office
The Post Office a excellent book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Radical Plato on April 21, 2013, 05:53:05 AM
Serious question:  does anyone know of any good books about why Jews are so successful with money and what their methods are? 

The closest thing I'm aware of is The Monk and the Merchant.
Inheritance and Incest


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on April 21, 2013, 06:07:45 PM
How to Do Things with Words- by J.L. Austin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Purge_WTF on April 21, 2013, 07:15:03 PM
The Rantings of a Single Male: Losing Patience with Feminism, Political Correctness... and Basically Everything by Thomas Ellis. Great read for Black Knights and other non-manginas.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kimo on April 24, 2013, 08:31:33 AM
would like  to own theodore roosevelt book three by morris . i was alwasys fascinated by teddy roosevelt but somehow had a hard time with his biographers .


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on April 24, 2013, 10:13:02 AM
the underground football encylopedia ::)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Princess L on April 24, 2013, 07:25:21 PM
I will probably start Moloka'i next week.

Compellingly original in its conceit, Brennert's sweeping debut novel tracks the grim struggle of a Hawaiian woman who contracts leprosy as a child in Honolulu during the 1890s and is deported to the island of Moloka'i, where she grows to adulthood at the quarantined settlement of Kalaupapa.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Parker on April 24, 2013, 09:54:23 PM
Verbal Judo
http://verbaljudo.org/verbaljudovisitourstore.html (http://verbaljudo.org/verbaljudovisitourstore.html)

Then, I'm gonna try some Verbal Aikido
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbal_Aikido  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbal_Aikido)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on April 27, 2013, 12:16:32 PM
Anyone read Er ist wieder da?

I don't think it's out in English yet?



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on April 27, 2013, 01:09:06 PM
Table Talk: Essays on Men and Manners- by William Hazlitt


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 30, 2013, 01:21:04 PM
Just finished Jane Leavy's The Last Boy, a biography of Mickey Mantle. Mantle was a hero, back when we used to have heroes - not the celebrity trash/cash whore hybrids we have these days - and Leavy  looks at what made Mickey Mick. What she finds is not always pretty or bow-wrapped, revealing a physically gifted man with a badly damaged psyche who tried to be everything to everyone except himself and those closest to him. Mick was confusingly self-denying, self-absorbed and self-destructive - almost mythological in his hubris, his downfall and his redemption. Leavy's book is unequivocally biased, though not a hagiography, and it's non-linear narrative helps rather than hinders itself. I finished the book both impressed and saddened by the object man and, even more telling, I wished I'd met him. Recommended.  



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on April 30, 2013, 01:29:54 PM
Just finished Jane Leavy's The Last Boy, a biography of Mickey Mantle. Mantle was a hero, back when we used to have heroes - not the celebrity trash/cash whore hybrids we have these days - and Leavy  looks at what made Mickey Mick. What she finds is not always pretty or bow-wrapped, revealing a physically gifted man with a badly damaged psyche who tried to be everything to everyone except himself and those closest to him. Mick was confusingly self-denying, self-absorbed and self-destructive - almost mythological in his hubris, his downfall and his redemption. Leavy's book is unequivocally biased, though not a hagiography, and it's non-linear narrative helps rather than hinders itself. I finished the book both impressed and saddened by the man and, even more telling, I wished I'd met him. Recommended. 


Mickey a strange individual but incredible genes, where can I get this book chimps Barns and Nobles?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 30, 2013, 02:54:27 PM
Mickey a strange individual but incredible genes, where can I get this book chimps Barns and Nobles?
If you can find one still open, I'll bet you can. Look on the the remainder tables. Got my HC copy for $6.99 -%10.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on May 02, 2013, 08:15:51 AM
total recall. :o :o :o :o :o


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on May 02, 2013, 08:17:13 AM
If you can find one still open, I'll bet you can. Look on the the remainder tables. Got my HC copy for $6.99 -%10.  
Thanks.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jack T. Cross on May 11, 2013, 12:34:20 PM
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Lololol..surprised that none of you so-called Scots picked up on this Broons strip that was online.  Couldn't find the original, though (it is equally hilarious).

I've got tons of great Underground Comics, too.  Might make a thread on the E-board soon with some scans.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: deadpan on May 14, 2013, 10:26:01 AM
dis

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tedim on May 18, 2013, 07:18:30 AM
Titan by R. Chernow


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 18, 2013, 12:42:06 PM
Titan by R. Chernow
Bogged down at pg 295. Good luck!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on May 18, 2013, 12:49:54 PM
Bogged down at pg 295. Good luck!
Ernest Hemingway bio he had like 64 cats. I have been to his house/museum in the Florida keys very interesting it was.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 18, 2013, 01:10:43 PM
Ernest Hemingway bio he had like 64 cats. I have been to his house/museum in the Florida keys very interesting it was.
A lot of them poly dactyl. Lucky you. I'd love to visit his house and then go have a booze-up at Sloppy Joe's.      :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on May 18, 2013, 01:34:05 PM
A lot of them poly dactyl. Lucky you. I'd love to visit his house and then go have a booze-up at Sloppy Joe's.      :)
Oh yea Sloppy's was great was there as well, I got pic's from there somewhere it would take me 5 years to find them. Ha.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on May 18, 2013, 03:12:20 PM
A lot of them poly dactyl. Lucky you. I'd love to visit his house and then go have a booze-up at Sloppy Joe's.      :)

Most of them are poly...lol,humans can't touch the furniture but the cats can go anywhere they please ..yes I wen't and drank at Sloppy Joes..I even did the tourist thing and bought a shirt :-[

Ben Kane,part two of his Spartacus series.

Terror Red by Colonel David Hunt and Christine Hunsinger...It was  about a terrorist attack in Boston and an ex special forces colonel who some how ends up with a female political hack trying to stop more attacks....the first 3/4 of the book was awesome.the female and the male would each write a chapter back and forth through their own perspective.susspence and funny with the mixed emotions of a female seeing death for the first time and a hardened soldier,,then it completely jumped the shark towards the end of the book :(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Teutonic Knight on May 18, 2013, 03:37:01 PM
Charles Bronson: SOLITARY FITNESS


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 19, 2013, 06:30:38 AM
Most of them are poly...lol,humans can't touch the furniture but the cats can go anywhere they please ..yes I wen't and drank at Sloppy Joes..I even did the tourist thing and bought a shirt :-[

Ben Kane,part two of his Spartacus series.

Terror Red by Colonel David Hunt and Christine Hunsinger...It was  about a terrorist attack in Boston and an ex special forces colonel who some how ends up with a female political hack trying to stop more attacks....the first 3/4 of the book was awesome.the female and the male would each write a chapter back and forth through their own perspective.susspence and funny with the mixed emotions of a female seeing death for the first time and a hardened soldier,,then it completely jumped the shark towards the end of the book :(

Oh yea Sloppy's was great was there as well, I got pic's from there somewhere it would take me 5 years to find them. Ha.
*ENVY*   




Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on May 19, 2013, 11:43:21 AM
South Bend's How to Run a Lathe


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on May 19, 2013, 01:49:51 PM
What is Dan Brown's new book (Inferno) about?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: George Whorewell on May 19, 2013, 01:56:23 PM
Last Five=

(1) The Last Narco- By Malcolm Beith

(2) Superfreakanomics- By Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt

(3) Dark Market-By Misha Glenny

(4) The Road To Serfdom- F.A. Hayek

(5) One Nation Under Sex - By Larry Flynt, David Eisenbach


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on May 19, 2013, 02:32:00 PM
Current = Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.   Read it 13 years ago, still hilarious and good.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 24, 2013, 03:07:14 PM
The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon. Hemon is a jaw-dropping, award-winning fiction writer, but this book collects his non-fiction stuff, mostly discussing his strange arrival in the US - he was a Bosnian who was 'trapped' in Chicago when his Yugoslavia imploded. Most of the book I found repetitious and seemed like a slammed-together money grab, totally lacking in the Nabokov-like lightness of touch he usually  exhibits. That is, except for the last piece, 'The Aquarium,' which details his youngest daughter's death by hydroencephalitis. This is wrenching, master-class writing. Stunning. If you're interested in this guy, I'd start with the Lazarus Project and go from there.      


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 24, 2013, 04:20:53 PM
Current = Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.   Read it 13 years ago, still hilarious and good.
Agree. I remember reading that and thinking at the time 'how can a book about such weird stuff be so long and yet I can't stop reading?' Super book. Bobby Shaftoe to the rescue!

/still haven't started the baroque cycle


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on May 24, 2013, 11:38:42 PM
I will be starting on this book today:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultramarathon-Man-Confessions-All-Night-Runner/dp/1585424803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369463908&sr=8-1&keywords=karnazes+marathon+man


I like it so far.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on May 24, 2013, 11:40:17 PM
dis

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would it be possible to get the same health benefit from alcohol free red wine?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on May 24, 2013, 11:41:07 PM
The Post Office a excellent book.

can you recommend any other books by Bukowski?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Raymondo on May 28, 2013, 05:34:52 AM
can you recommend any other books by Bukowski?

Tales of ordinary madness (short-story collection)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on May 28, 2013, 12:32:24 PM
Tales of ordinary madness (short-story collection)
Outed.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on May 28, 2013, 12:48:01 PM
Neil Strauss - The Game


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: devinfun on May 29, 2013, 11:37:06 PM
Figured it was time for a "What are you reading?" thread.

What's on your bookshelfs or kindleS?

Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites
PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Purge_WTF on May 30, 2013, 08:03:22 AM
Men On Strike by Helen Smith, a book about the negative effects of Feminism by a woman who "gets it".


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: deadpan on June 02, 2013, 03:09:56 PM
would it be possible to get the same health benefit from alcohol free red wine?

yes, as long as the grapes are grown under the proper conditions. he talks about a variety of sources, certain supplements as well. though legitimate supplements produced under the right conditions and approved by the appropriate governing boards are a lot more expensive than your typical GNC fodder.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on June 02, 2013, 04:45:21 PM
Neil Strauss - The Game

Isn't that the title of the book in Seinfeld with the limo Nazis?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 05, 2013, 03:15:00 PM
Moshin Hamid's 'How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia.' Mixed bag on this one. It's a step-by-step/self-help book about getting wealthy in India/Pakistan/Bangladesh, and each chapter is purportedly a step-by-step ladder to getting rich, but also about maturing from aggressive youth to passive old age. Get it? The structure was an interesting conceit, which I thought lazy. This guy is awesomely talented, the author of Moth Smoke, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, but he's written his best book with the shakiest of frames.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 05, 2013, 03:23:58 PM
Book tip for this month. Philipp Meyer's 'The Son.' I 've been waiting for this one since he wrote his 1st book: American Rust. Critics suggest it should be elevated to Cormac McCarthy country. Harumpph. I'll wait on those kind of laurels...but if you have few bucks to spare, this is the book to pick up (hardcover only, please!) especially in a 1st edition. Could not go wrong for book lovers. : )


/anyone who needs a hand with id'ing 1sts shoot me a pm


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on June 05, 2013, 10:06:59 PM
I need to learn how to clear my mind and forget about crazy stressful shit.  Any good books on that?

Anyone?



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on June 05, 2013, 10:41:56 PM
I need to learn how to clear my mind and forget about crazy stressful shit.  Any good books on that?

Anyone?



Not a book but a blog of sorts. I subscribe to zenhabits.net. You can either read on their site or have them email you new posts. Everything is free (the owner actually made his material public domain) but they do sell ebooks.

Not exactly about clearing your head but more about minimalism, organization and living life. At least check it out.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on June 05, 2013, 10:55:37 PM
Not a book but a blog of sorts. I subscribe to zenhabits.net. You can either read on their site or have them email you new posts. Everything is free (the owner actually made his material public domain) but they do sell ebooks.

Not exactly about clearing your head but more about minimalism, organization and living life. At least check it out.

Thank you sir, I really do appreciate it!!!

I'll let you know how it goes!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on June 08, 2013, 12:17:42 PM
I am still reading this book and it is pretty good.

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 09, 2013, 08:27:52 AM
Sad news. Iain Banks, who recently talked about his struggle with cancer, has died. He was 59. If you haven't read his stuff, I'd recommend him. His first book, The Wasp Factory is a mind-fuck.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Banks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Banks)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on June 19, 2013, 05:27:53 PM
Underground Anabolics by William Llewellyn


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on June 21, 2013, 12:11:37 AM
Reading the Troy series by David Gemmell. My 5th or 6th time reading this trilogy. So good.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on June 25, 2013, 06:15:11 PM
In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front
http://www.amazon.com/In-Deadly-Combat-Soldiers-Eastern/dp/0700611223/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372209204&sr=8-1&keywords=In+Deadly+Combat%3A+A+German+Soldier%27s+Memoir+of+the+Eastern+Front

"In the hell that was World War II, the Eastern Front was its heart of fire and ice. Gottlob Bidermann served in that lethal theater from 1941 to 1945, and his memoir of those years vividly recaptures his grueling experiences with an army marching on the road to ruin.

A riveting and reflective account by one of the millions of anonymous soldiers who fought and died in that cruel terrain, In Deadly Combat conveys the brutality and horrors of the Eastern Front in detail never before available in English.

Wounded five times and awarded numerous decorations for valor, Bidermann saw action in the Crimea and siege of Sebastopol, participated in the vicious battles in the forests south of Leningrad, and ended the war trapped in the Courland Pocket. He shares his impressions of countless Russian POWs seen at the outset of his service, of peasants struggling to survive the hostilities while caught between two ruthless antagonists, and of corpses littering the landscape. He recalls a Christmas gift of gingerbread from home that overcame the stench of battle, an Easter celebrated with a basket of Russian hand grenades for eggs, and his miraculous survival of machine gun fire at close range. In closing he relives the humiliation of surrender to an enemy whom the Germans had once derided and offers a sobering glimpse into life in the Soviet gulags."


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on June 25, 2013, 06:52:31 PM
('Imminent reads' list -- proto-Nazi edition)

Encyclopedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two
http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-German-Tanks-World-Self-Propelled/dp/1854095188/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372209833&sr=1-1&keywords=Encyclopedia+of+German+Tanks+of+World+War+II

"1,000 illustrations!* A complete illustrated directory is finally available that shows and describes nearly 300 types of German battle tanks, armored cars, self-propelled guns, and semi-tracked vehicles manufactured and put into service from 1933 to 1945. Only recently have the records of the manufacturers been made public, so never before could you know just how many of each model were available, along with accurate dates of their production and mobilization.

*will probably just keep this out on the coffee table and jack off to it rather than read it in full ala a typical book

A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
http://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Hell-Russo-Finnish-Winter-1939-1940/dp/1565122496/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372210253&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Frozen+Hell%3A+The+Russo-Finnish+Winter+War+1939-40

"In 1939, tiny Finland waged a war --the kind of war that spawns legends--against the mighty Soviet Union, and yet their epic struggle has been largely ignored. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century's true military geniuses --these are the elements of both the Finnish victory and a gripping tale of war"

Panzer Aces
http://www.amazon.com/Panzer-Aces-Franz-Kurowski/dp/0345448847/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372210574&sr=1-3&keywords=panzer+aces

"Panzer Aces chronicles the battles of six decorated officers who helped create the legend. Based on extensive research, these gripping narratives of Normandy, the bloody campaigns in Italy, the ferocious combat at Kursk --the greatest armored battle in the history of war-- and many others, offer resounding evidence of how the armored tank, in German hands, became the twentieth century's single most important development in land fighting."

The Red Army Handbook: 1939-1945
http://www.amazon.com/Red-Army-Handbook-1939-1945/dp/0750917407/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372210815&sr=1-1&keywords=Red+Army+Handbook+1939-1945

Stalin's Red Army entered the war as a relatively untried fighting force. In 1941, with the launch of Operation "Barbarossa", it joined battle with Hitler's army --the most powerful in history-- and after a desperate war of attrition over four years it beat the Nazis into defeat on the Eastern Front. Although the Red Army won lasting fame and glory in 1945 by eclipsing the military might of the Nazis, there is currently a glaring lack of published material available about it. This book fills the gap.

The chapters which follow describe infantry, armor and mechanized forces, cavalry, airborne and Special Forces and artillery, and take a detailed look at the combat arms from an organizational viewpoint. Soviet infantry weapons, Soviet armored vehicles and artillery, and support equipment are outlined, including a technical overview of the equipment, including data charts.

German Battle Tactics on the Russian Front, 1941-1945
http://www.amazon.com/German-Battle-Tactics-Russian-1941-1945/dp/0887405827/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372210943&sr=8-1&keywords=German+Battle+Tactics+on+the+Russian+Front%2C+1941-1945

"The amazing tenacity and cohesion of the German Army in Russia from 1941-1945, fighting against overwhelming odds but refusing to disintegrate, has fascinated readers for decades. But most of the available sources concentrate on the maneuvers of armies and Panzer corps, leaving the divisions, regiments, and individual soldiers in the background. This fact has obscured the skillful use of tactics employed by the German soldiers at the divisional level and below. Until now, this information has been sequestered in manuscript reports in various archives. In German Battle Tactics on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945, Professor Steven H. Newton has retrieved, retranslated, and annotated the detailed tactical accounts of combat in Russia that German officers provided their American captors after the war. In this collection of ten essays, the Chief of Staff of the XXXXI Panzer Corps describes the final furious dash toward Moscow."

Infanterie Aces
http://www.amazon.com/Infanterie-Aces-Franz-Kurowski/dp/0921991223/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372211003&sr=8-1&keywords=Infanterie+Aces

"Hard cover, 9"x6", 525 pages, 130 photographs, 16 maps. Details the combat experiences of 8 German infantry soldiers: 2 Waffen SS; 1 paratrooper; and, 5 regular army. Each soldier receives a separate chapter with an additional chapter on infantry tactics. It was the hard-fighting infantry that was the backbone of the German armed forces. This book features lots of exciting accounts of small-unit actions"

Panzer Leader
http://www.amazon.com/Panzer-Leader-Heinz-Guderian/dp/0306811014/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372211231&sr=1-1&keywords=panzer+leader

"The 50th-anniversary edition of the German general's legendary memoir. When published in 1952, Panzer Leader quickly became a best seller, but over the half-decade that followed, it also established itself as a classic, lauded by Stephen Ambrose as "a mesmerizing read." A dramatic first-person account by the father of modern tank warfare, it is also a searing group portrait of the Third Reich's leading personalities as they turned imminent victory into agonizing defeat."

Panzer Commander
http://www.amazon.com/Panzer-Commander-Memoirs-Colonel-Hans/dp/0440208025/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372211267&sr=1-1&keywords=panzer+commander

A stunning look at World War II from the other side...
From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front--von Luck fought in all those places with some of the best soldiers in the world --German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman. Told with the vivid detail of an impassioned eyewitness, his rare and moving memoir has become a classic in the literature of World War II, a first-person chronicle of the glory--and the inevitable tragedy--of a superb soldier fighting Hitler's war.

Panzer Battles: A Study of the Employment of Armor in the Second World War
http://www.amazon.com/Panzer-Battles-Study-Employment-Second/dp/0345321588/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372211489&sr=1-1&keywords=Panzer+Battles%3A+A+Study+of+the+Employment+of+Armor+in+the+Second+World+War

"When Sam Donaldson interviewed General Norman Schwarzkopf in his quarters in the Gulf, PANZER BATTLES was one of the books on his desk. A model military history, this is one of the few close looks we will ever have of the tactics, the planning, and the operations of tank warfare from a participant.

It was the decisive victories of the German Panzer divisions in North Africa in World War II that taught the Allies the importance of an integrated combat team consisting of tanks, infantry, and artillery. PANZER BATTLES is a vivid account of the major campaigns of that war, especially the legendary desert battles fought by Rommel, who found the desert to be the perfect terrain in which to wage almost purely theoretical armored warfare with large-scale tank formations."

Tangentially Nazi-related material:

Devil's Guard
http://www.amazon.com/DEVILS-GUARD-George-R-Elford/dp/0440120144/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372212142&sr=1-1&keywords=devil%27s+guard

A former Waffen SS soldier's experiences enlisting in the French Foreign Legion and fighting in Indochina. There's some question as to whether any of its contents is genuine, but it should be entertaining all the same.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 05, 2013, 07:33:08 AM
If you're looking for something to read this Summer, Flavorwire has put out a list of the 2013 top-ten book recommendations (so far), both fiction and non-fiction:

Non-fiction: http://flavorwire.com/402106/the-10-best-works-of-nonfiction-of-the-year-so-far/view-all (http://flavorwire.com/402106/the-10-best-works-of-nonfiction-of-the-year-so-far/view-all)

Fiction: http://flavorwire.com/401192/2013s-10-best-works-of-fiction-so-far/view-all (http://flavorwire.com/401192/2013s-10-best-works-of-fiction-so-far/view-all)

And Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=Bks_5p_B2_BBSF_I?ie=UTF8&node=3003015011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=CB9869EBBDD548D3A854&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1577776822&pf_rd_i=283155 (http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=Bks_5p_B2_BBSF_I?ie=UTF8&node=3003015011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=CB9869EBBDD548D3A854&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1577776822&pf_rd_i=283155)

*And if I haven't recommended it enough - take a gander at Phillipp Meyer's 'The Son.' Please support great writers.   :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Teutonic Knight on July 12, 2013, 09:37:37 PM
"Enforcer" by Cesar Campbell

Legendary Australian biker
Former MC Bandidos (Sydney) sergeant-at-arms
If you like old outlaw bikers culture this is book 4 you  ;)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on July 22, 2013, 02:36:30 AM
I just read this book. I recommend it:


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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on July 23, 2013, 01:40:01 PM
I am a book worm for saving up all my new books for vaca next month and re-reading some of my favs instead ??? :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on August 02, 2013, 07:05:48 AM
Re-read the Ben Kane series


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 08, 2013, 07:19:52 PM
Just finished all of Dennis Lehane's stuff, now starting Michael Connelly (The Poet, first). Love the serial killer mysteries.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 10, 2013, 10:52:55 AM
Anyone read The Poet by Michael Connelly?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 10, 2013, 05:29:20 PM
Anyone read The Poet by Michael Connelly?
I love him. He's a superb writer. Never read 'The Poet,' tho. Is that a Bosch title, or the reporter guy or sidekick girl?   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 10, 2013, 05:43:24 PM
I love him. He's a superb writer. Never read 'The Poet,' tho. Is that a Bosch title, or the reporter guy or sidekick girl?   

Reporter. Great first 400 pages, fell apart at the end. Reading The Narrows now (Harry Bosch).


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on August 10, 2013, 07:38:32 PM
('Imminent reads' list -- proto-Nazi edition)

The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History

 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on August 10, 2013, 07:48:32 PM
The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History

 8)

Albert Speer: Inside The Third Reich


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on August 10, 2013, 07:51:24 PM
Albert Speer: Inside The Third Reich

YES!!  I have the ebook on my tablet.

Pretty interesting point of view.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on August 10, 2013, 08:32:56 PM
Just finished I'm No Monster, the story of Josef Fritzl.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dj181 on August 10, 2013, 08:53:26 PM
The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History

 8)

do you have German ancestry brother?

i'm bout half German-Austrian, and the rest is Anglo-Saxon and petite peu Francais 8)

maybe we should meet up in German Village baby


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on August 10, 2013, 09:02:52 PM
do you have German ancestry brother?

i'm bout half German-Austrian, and the rest is Anglo-Saxon and petite peu Francais 8)

maybe we should meet up in German Village baby

I have a family tree going back to the 1700's, almost every main branch goes to Scotland or England.  

Let's do it though!!  ;D




Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dj181 on August 10, 2013, 09:55:23 PM
I have a family tree going back to the 1700's, almost every main branch goes to Scotland or England.  

Let's do it though!!  ;D




cool beans, just hope that you ain't no violent scotch-irish hillbilly/white trash ;D

my uncle's wife is of scotch-irish descent and she originally hails from kentucky and her daddy murdered someone over an alcohol dispute many years back, but his laywer got the sentence reduced to manslaughter ::)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on August 10, 2013, 10:36:26 PM
cool beans, just hope that you ain't no violent scotch-irish hillbilly/white trash ;D

my uncle's wife is of scotch-irish descent and she originally hails from kentucky and her daddy murdered someone over an alcohol dispute many years back, but his laywer got the sentence reduced to manslaughter ::)

haha...  I think I'm related to your uncle's wife.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 17, 2013, 03:53:53 PM
Albert Speer: Inside The Third Reich
Read that years back. What I got from it was how we, you and me, can bastardize our memories to fit our later determined narratives. Wow, he lied his ass off as to his Nazi 'responsibilities,' but wrote himself up as a saint. Trust me, given similar circumstances, we'd totally do the same. 'Cept maybe Herr Falcon. And peanut butter.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on August 18, 2013, 08:22:25 AM
Read that years back. What I got from it was how we, you and me, can bastardize our memories to fit our later determined narratives. Wow, he lied his ass off as to his Nazi 'responsibilities,' but wrote himself up as a saint. Trust me, given similar circumstances, we'd totally do the same. 'Cept maybe Herr Falcon. And peanut butter.

Seems to be my analysis. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 19, 2013, 08:48:33 PM
Where Serpents Lie, another serial killer mystery. Anyone read it?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: RRKore on August 19, 2013, 10:48:51 PM
Just finished The Hydrogen Sonata.  The last of Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.  (He died fairly recently.)

I'm going to start reading his mainstream (non-science fiction) books soon.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Teutonic Knight on August 20, 2013, 01:40:22 AM
MEIN KAMPF (again)
By Adolf Hitler
Translation by Houghton Mifflin & Co. 1943
Published by Pimlico in 1992, London
Translation 1st published by Hutschinson  1969
Reprinted:1993,1994,1995 (2X),1996 (2X),1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004

Regarding to Amazon.com, Mein Kampf is the best selling book of all time  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 20, 2013, 07:41:24 AM
Sad news. Elmore Leonard died today, complications from an earlier stroke. Those who read or love movies know what a loss this is. Just watched The Tall T last night on TCM. Still a solid flick 56 years later. PIP.  

2012 Bookbeast interview with EL: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/09/justified-season-finale-elmore-leonard-interviewed.html (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/09/justified-season-finale-elmore-leonard-interviewed.html)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 20, 2013, 08:32:11 AM
Sad news. Elmore Leonard died today, complications from an earlier stroke. Those who read or love movies know what a loss this is. Just watched The Tall T last night on TCM. Still a solid flick 56 years later. PIP.   
Sorry to hear, 'Get Shorty" was good.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 20, 2013, 10:03:58 AM
Sad news. Elmore Leonard died today, complications from an earlier stroke. Those who read or love movies know what a loss this is. Just watched The Tall T last night on TCM. Still a solid flick 56 years later. PIP.  

2012 Bookbeast interview with EL: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/09/justified-season-finale-elmore-leonard-interviewed.html (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/09/justified-season-finale-elmore-leonard-interviewed.html)

RIP. One of the great crime novelists.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 03:58:54 AM
I am reading "The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory.  I am almost half way through it....only been reading it for one week.  I am not falling in love with any of the characters.  I don't like the style of the author.  She's not emotional...just writes factual.  It's like a history lesson at school.  Anyway I am going to finish the book but I won't be continuing on with the other 5 books after this one.  There will be a series on tv starting on sept 5th and it looks better than the book, which is sad cause it should be opposite.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 04:03:17 AM
I am reading "The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory.  I am almost half way through it....only been reading it for one week.  I am not falling in love with any of the characters.  I don't like the style of the author.  She's not emotional...just writes factual.  It's like a history lesson at school.  Anyway I am going to finish the book but I won't be continuing on with the other 5 books after this one.  There will be a series on tv starting on sept 5th and it looks better than the book, which is sad cause it should be opposite.
WTF a woman thats not emotional do they exist?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 04:07:36 AM
WTF a woman thats not emotional do they exist?
Yes apparently they do and they write books and are supose to be brillant at it.  She's not making me get involved with any of the characters and yet when I watch the tv adverts for the upcoming series I immediately feel more for the characters. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 04:12:48 AM
Yes apparently they do and they write books and are supose to be brillant at it.  She's not making me get involved with any of the characters and yet when I watch the tv adverts for the upcoming series I immediately feel more for the characters. 
Are you left brained?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 04:21:22 AM
Are you left brained?
No I think I am right.  What are you?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 04:32:29 AM
No I think I am right.  What are you?
Most women are right brained Artistic they like to decorate stuff and think of of a knight in white armor to rescue them from harm. I am left brained calculating and good with numbers. However I did plant some flowers yesterday in front of my house cause it was looking bad. Women and men most times find a way to fight however my grandparents married 79 years found a way.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 04:39:51 AM
Most women are right brained Artistic they like to decorate stuff and think of of a knight in white armor to rescue them from harm. I am left brained calculating and good with numbers. However I did plant some flowers yesterday in front of my house cause it was looking bad. Women and men most times find a way to fight however my grandparents married 79 years found a way.
The right side is intuitive.  I would have thought you were right sided. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 04:46:28 AM
The right side is intuitive.  I would have thought you were right sided. 
Got a bit of both actually. Bodybuilding competing as I have is a Art form other than that I have had the women in my life to give me the right side help. You got snakes in your back yard?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 04:50:42 AM
Got a bit of both actually. Bodybuilding competing as I have is a Art form other than that I have had the women in my life to give me the right side help. You got snakes in your back yard?
I might but I don't go looking for them.  Tomorrow I am hauling my ass out of bed at 6am and doing my outdoor cardio.  I might see a snake then.  That's when I always see them as they are up early in the mornings.  I didn't go this morning.  I had a very sore tummy so I stayed in bed drinking my coffee feeling guilty cause I knew I should be up walking. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 05:01:41 AM
I might but I don't go looking for them.  Tomorrow I am hauling my ass out of bed at 6am and doing my outdoor cardio.  I might see a snake then.  That's when I always see them as they are up early in the mornings.  I didn't go this morning.  I had a very sore tummy so I stayed in bed drinking my coffee feeling guilty cause I knew I should be up walking. 
Go walking later as you feel like it. Vitamin D/sunshine is very important for ladies bone mineral density.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 05:05:23 AM
Go walking later as you feel like it. Vitamin D/sunshine is very important for ladies bone mineral density.
We have sun at 6am here.  I lay in the sun working on my tan because in october it will be too hot and I won't be able to lay out in the sun until May next year.  So I have got the rest of this month and then sept and then I won't expose my skin to the sun here.  Just nasty and unnecessary ultravoilet rays with no ozone layer.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 05:23:56 AM
We have sun at 6am here.  I lay in the sun working on my tan because in october it will be too hot and I won't be able to lay out in the sun until May next year.  So I have got the rest of this month and then sept and then I won't expose my skin to the sun here.  Just nasty and unnecessary ultravoilet rays with no ozone layer.
It is hot there summer no doubt, I was there during the rainy season so not bad. Let me see if I can get Basile come down and put oil on your back.  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 05:42:21 AM
It is hot there summer no doubt, I was there during the rainy season so not bad. Let me see if I can get Basile come down and put oil on your back.  :D
Reading Robert Mitchum biography a amazing person. The seasons opposite in the USA we are going into Fall soon. Proud of of myself planting flowers in the front of my house never done that before, I hope chaos don't see this I'll be outed in 15 seconds.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on August 21, 2013, 09:07:41 AM
We have sun at 6am here.  I lay in the sun working on my tan because in october it will be too hot and I won't be able to lay out in the sun until May next year.  So I have got the rest of this month and then sept and then I won't expose my skin to the sun here.  Just nasty and unnecessary ultravoilet rays with no ozone layer.

Oh yeah, you're just now coming into Spring aren't you.  Weird how that works...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 03:25:58 PM
It is hot there summer no doubt, I was there during the rainy season so not bad. Let me see if I can get Basile come down and put oil on your back.  :D
You never made it further than Sydney Mr Nobody.  Up here where I am it is way hotter and very high humidity.  Basile would have to come up my way and in that case I am heading south to get far away.   :D  I might be going to Sydney in Oct for a couple of days. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 03:26:42 PM
Oh yeah, you're just now coming into Spring aren't you.  Weird how that works...
Yes I will be sad to see summer come.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 03:32:33 PM
You never made it further than Sydney Mr Nobody.  Up here where I am it is way hotter and very high humidity.  Basile would have to come up my way and in that case I am heading south to get far away.   :D  I might be going to Sydney in Oct for a couple of days.  
Just been to Manly, Bondi And Sydney is all. I heard Queenslander's were trouble but you seem ok. Basile is probably in western NC chasing Goodrum around so no worries.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on August 21, 2013, 03:37:32 PM
Yes I will be sad to see summer come.

That's a good problem to have though.  Here the summer is fantastic but we've got the most disgusting, shitty winter you can imagine. 

I'd take hot as fuck over cold and snowy any day.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 04:21:03 PM
Just been to Manly, Bondi And Sydney is all. I heard Queenslander's were trouble but you seem ok. Basile is probably in western NC chasing Goodrum around so no worries.
The further north you go, the more trouble we become.   :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 04:23:53 PM
That's a good problem to have though.  Here the summer is fantastic but we've got the most disgusting, shitty winter you can imagine. 

I'd take hot as fuck over cold and snowy any day.

The problem is that the summers here are extremely long.  You can't really get outside and do things even everyday stuff due to the heat.  And you are in air conditioning all the time.  It's not much fun.  And thats when the box jellyfish frequent our oceans too.  So you can't swim, unless its in a swimming pool.  Winter time is another story.  Its bliss and my favourite time of the year and probably the only season I like for that reason. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 04:29:35 PM
The further north you go, the more trouble we become.   :D
Do they drive old pickup trucks up there?

 I had sex with a girl in Sydney she came on to me at work not a good experience she wanted to travel back with me to USA I said no a ALW = Average Looking Woman.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 05:42:49 PM
Do they drive old pickup trucks up there?

 I had sex with a girl in Sydney she came on to me at work not a good experience she wanted to travel back with me to USA I said no a ALW = Average Looking Woman.
I don't see any pick up trucks here.  It's a mining town so there are many nice cars around. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 05:50:23 PM
I don't see any pick up trucks here.  It's a mining town so there are many nice cars around. 
What kind of car you got?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on August 21, 2013, 06:03:32 PM
What kind of car you got?
An old car.  I don't have a nice car.  I don't care either way, just wish I had air conditioning for summer.  But then it would cost me more in petrol so I guess there is a positive from a negative.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on August 21, 2013, 06:59:07 PM
An old car.  I don't have a nice car.  I don't care either way, just wish I had air conditioning for summer.  But then it would cost me more in petrol so I guess there is a positive from a negative.
If I don't have ac I'm dead. Being I sweat badly face only no underarm's nothing but face.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: RoyHeilig on August 22, 2013, 10:19:40 PM
The purpose driven by Rick warren.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 25, 2013, 05:44:40 AM
Bogged down in the middle of Mary Gaitskill's 'Bad Behavior.' Supposed to be great, a classic, but all I'm getting is removed, 80's rubber-duckery.    :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on August 26, 2013, 05:35:47 AM
This a book thread,lets keep it that way.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on August 26, 2013, 09:36:19 PM
The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 30, 2013, 09:58:23 PM
Finished Where Serpents Lie by T. Jefferson Parker, and it was pretty good. I'm on a serial killer/mystery kick right now. Just started Black Echo, the first of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 07, 2013, 03:41:22 AM
67 pages into Neal Stephenson's 'Reamde.' Totally has not caught fire, unlike his other books. Only another 900+ pages to go. Cripes. To the positive, I am almost all the way through Jenni Fagan's debut book, 'The Panopticon.' I can't recommend this book more  - a super smart, irvine welsh-ey, young, criminal-type book. Got a few bucks to spare? This is your book.  :)  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 10, 2013, 09:10:21 PM
67 pages into Neal Stephenson's 'Reamde.' Totally has not caught fire, unlike his other books. Only another 900+ pages to go. Cripes. To the positive, I am almost all the way through Jenni Fagan's debut book, 'The Panopticon.' I can't recommend this book more  - a super smart, irvine welsh-ey, young, criminal-type book. Got a few bucks to spare? This is your book.  :)  

Doc, you've read Elmore Leonard, right? Which of his books would you recommend? I've only read Swag, Road Dogs, and some of his short stories. Thanks.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on September 11, 2013, 07:26:22 AM
A bunch of short stories by Louis Lamour.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 11, 2013, 08:06:26 AM
Doc, you've read Elmore Leonard, right? Which of his books would you recommend? I've only read Swag, Road Dogs, and some of his short stories. Thanks.
Well, you really can't go wrong with EL, although he did write some weaker books. LaBrava is great place to start - vintage EL and it won the Edgar for best novel. Then I'd probably go with stuff like Stick, City Primeval, Killshot. Popular stuff would be Get Shorty, Maximum Bob, Rum Punch. If you like the tv show Justified, you can find Raylan Givens in Pronto and Riding the Rap. Cheers.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 11, 2013, 12:20:01 PM
Well, you really can't go wrong with EL, although he did write some weaker books. LaBrava is great place to start - vintage EL and it won the Edgar for best novel. Then I'd probably go with stuff like Stick, City Primeval, Killshot. Popular stuff would be Get Shorty, Maximum Bob, Rum Punch. If you like the tv show Justified, you can find Raylan Givens in Pronto and Riding the Rap. Cheers.

Thank you, sir.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mazda323 on September 11, 2013, 12:45:36 PM
I read pretty quick actually or i am reading two different books at the same time.

Now i am reading the "The Imaginary Institution of Society" by Cornelius Castoriadis.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JBGRAY on September 16, 2013, 10:06:51 PM
Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.

Just finished Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 19, 2013, 05:20:02 AM
Went to a local book sale. Paid $20 to be feted as an early buyer. Found an unread 'Infinite Jest' for a dollar; Proulx's 'Close Range' for two; Gaiman's 'American Gods' for two; and a whole bunch of  good crime/heist books (Higgins'/ Perry, etc.) for similar prices. Got the Da and Ma 4 books each, too. All for $32 (+20). Heaven. All I needed was a beer tent. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 19, 2013, 05:31:01 AM
Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.

Just finished Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen.
People dismiss this book as Heinlein juvenalia. I get that, but it really echoes with Vietnam, and the times, etc. No wonder that Joe Haldeman wrote/responded with 'The Forever War.'     


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on September 19, 2013, 06:13:09 AM
People dismiss this book as Heinlein juvenalia. I get that, but it really echoes with Vietnam, and the times, etc. No wonder that Joe Haldeman wrote/responded with 'The Forever War.'     

Highly enjoyable book.   Readers should turn the BS and propaganda detector to 11.  I recently purchased the expanded version of Stranger in a Strange Land and plan to start reading it in a couple of weeks.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on September 19, 2013, 09:01:19 AM
lex lugar's book wrestling with the devil. next up roger clemens the rocket that fell to earth.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 27, 2013, 08:41:08 PM
Went to a lunch/reading thingee with Will Schwalbe, the author of ' The End of Your Life Book Club.' He was pretty cool. The food was alright; got my two books signed, licketky-split, and met up with a bud for a few pints.

/mum really liked the book. i haven't even looked at it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on September 27, 2013, 11:52:56 PM
Dr. Chimps outed in this thread.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on September 28, 2013, 05:43:07 AM
Dr. Chimps outed in this thread.
He is just warming up in the batter's box.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 28, 2013, 09:28:06 AM
Dr. Chimps outed in this thread.
Took you 33 pages to figure that out!? DeVry might be right for you, my friend.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 28, 2013, 09:29:49 AM
He is just warming up in the batter's box.
Ha! Never warm up. Just get set and wait on the first pitch. Softball; not MLB.    ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on October 08, 2013, 01:24:10 AM
Let's talk about the Dark Tower Series, I'm on book two.

 :o

Do we find out later what the deal with Meijs is? ???

Did the writers of 'Being John Malkovich' completely rip off The Drawing of Three?

 :o


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 08, 2013, 06:48:32 PM
These Harry Bosch novels are terrific. Michael Connelly is a great police-procedure type of writer, great crime thrillers. I know this shit ain't deep, but man, you just breeze through them. Reading "The Concrete Blonde" right now, the third in the Bosch series. Maybe the best yet. I'm gonna read 'em all, I love this shit.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on October 09, 2013, 05:24:17 AM
I'm currently rereading Starship Troopers. Someone mentioned Starship Troopers I decided to read it again.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 09, 2013, 01:00:18 PM
These Harry Bosch novels are terrific. Michael Connelly is a great police-procedure type of writer, great crime thrillers. I know this shit ain't deep, but man, you just breeze through them. Reading "The Concrete Blonde" right now, the third in the Bosch series. Maybe the best yet. I'm gonna read 'em all, I love this shit.
Just last week picked up a copy of his `The Poet`on your recommendation. Dealer said it`s a harder-than-normal-to-find Connelly 1st. It`s on the stack, so I`ll let you know in a month or two.    


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 09, 2013, 02:57:01 PM
Just last week picked up a copy of his `The Poet`on your recommendation. Dealer said it`s a harder-than-normal-to-find Connelly 1st. It`s on the stack, so I`ll let you know in a month or two.    

Ok, but don't hold it against me if you think it sucks.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 10, 2013, 05:26:49 AM
Congratulations to Alice Munro, this year's Nobel Laureate for literature. Great choice! Superb, almost flawless, body of work and popular to boot - not some political choice, or some unknown writer that only the Academy knows. Good stuff.    :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 11, 2013, 01:23:48 PM
Just last week picked up a copy of his `The Poet`on your recommendation.

Just to clarify:

Quote from: dr.chimps on August 10, 2013, 05:29:20 PM
I love him. He's a superb writer. Never read 'The Poet,' tho. Is that a Bosch title, or the reporter guy or sidekick girl?   

Me:
Reporter. Great first 400 pages, fell apart at the end. Reading The Narrows now (Harry Bosch).


Don't want you to think I lead you astray.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 11, 2013, 01:39:52 PM
Just to clarify:

Quote from: dr.chimps on August 10, 2013, 05:29:20 PM
I love him. He's a superb writer. Never read 'The Poet,' tho. Is that a Bosch title, or the reporter guy or sidekick girl?    

Me:
Reporter. Great first 400 pages, fell apart at the end. Reading The Narrows now (Harry Bosch).


Don't want you to think I lead you astray.
Oh, fer fuck's sake. It's just a book.    :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 11, 2013, 01:44:25 PM
Oh, fer fuck's sake. It's just a book.    :)

Yes. Yes it is.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 14, 2013, 07:21:43 AM
Sad news. It's been reported that Oscar Hijuelos has died. Won the Pulitzer for Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, and wrote across genres. I remember meeting him years ago at a signing and he seemed suave and charming. His blonde wife hovered near by, like she was his minder.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: phreak on October 14, 2013, 07:31:36 AM
"Er ist wieder da - Timur Vermes. Long time since I read something in German, so finally a book I won't finish in 4 hours.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 15, 2013, 05:01:58 PM
Congratulations today to Eleanor Catton, the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize with her title, The Luminaries. This doorstop has 832 pages, so it remains to be seen whether sales will match this critical acclaim.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 16, 2013, 01:04:20 PM
Hey, The National Book Awards (NBA) shortlist has been announced:

Fiction

Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)

Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group USA)

George Saunders, Tenth of December (Random House)

Non-Fiction:

Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

Wendy Lower, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Company)

Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on October 18, 2013, 04:08:52 PM
I'm flying to New Zealand next Tuesday and have Bill Bryson's latest book and David Gemmell's Troy series at the ready on the Kindle. Just light reading.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 20, 2013, 02:05:03 AM
Anyone read "The Name of the Rose" by Eco?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 20, 2013, 06:43:17 AM
Anyone read "The Name of the Rose" by Eco?
Yup. Been years, but I remember it being a bit of a symbology slog, rather than the biblio-mystery suggested in the movie. I could return to it and see what I missed on my first pass, I suppose, but I don't see it happening. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 20, 2013, 02:21:53 PM
Yup. Been years, but I remember it being a bit of a symbology slog, rather than the biblio-mystery suggested in the movie. I could return to it and see what I missed on my first pass, I suppose, but I don't see it happening. 

Ok, people just keep bringing it up is all, wondering if I was missing anything.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 21, 2013, 02:40:57 PM
Just finished an early Michael Connelly title, The Poet. Book concerns itself with reporter Jack McEvoy, not the usual Connelly hero/antihero Harry Bosch, as he tracks down the murderer of his homicide detective twin brother. Phew. That's a lot to deal with. Add in some clunky dialogue, some pilferings from Robert Harris and Brian DePalma, and tack on an overly-convoluted and kinda silly denouement and you end up with a frustratingly unsatisfying read - that is, if you have read the latter Connelly books which are usually models of precise plotting and almost perfect writing. If you haven't read his latter books, you might just suspend your disbelief for this one, but I doubt it.       


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 21, 2013, 02:45:44 PM
and tack on an overly-convoluted and kinda silly denouement       

My thoughts exactly.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Nobody on October 21, 2013, 02:46:20 PM
Anyone read "The Name of the Rose" by Eco?
No but I read the Pete Rose story.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SamoanIrishman on October 28, 2013, 08:36:48 AM
The Challenger Sale...required by Management for some reason.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 30, 2013, 12:40:23 PM
Always 5-8 texts and 10-15 articles per month. Will soon be taking a break from this kind of reading/prep to play around with the relation (if any) between these two texts for about 3 weeks:

(http://www.kurzweilai.net/images/venter_life_speed_light_book.jpg)(http://cc.pbsstatic.com/l/64/5864/9780192835864.jpg)

Also picked up Pynchon's Bleeding Edge for fun.

(http://images.twomillionbooks.com/9781594204234.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on October 31, 2013, 10:12:38 AM
Always 5-8 texts and 10-15 articles per month.

How do you like to take notes for articles?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Raymondo on October 31, 2013, 01:22:28 PM
Snow Crash


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 31, 2013, 08:11:54 PM
I don't have a preference. If I'm reading a hard copy, I take notes on the margins (initially) and then transfer them to a word file. If I'm reading a word file, I take notes using the new comments feature. If I'm reading a pdf, through sticky & text comments -- annotations). I've seen profs open texts with more old school stationary in a text than its pages (Heideggerians, more often than not ::)), and then there were the numbered index-cards in their cardboard file profs (a notable Hegel and Kierkegaard scholar comes to mind).

The main thing I do is not to proceed in my reading of an article unless I can economically paraphrase its paragraphs. I do this with texts as well.

I've floated the idea of modifying my domicile to contain wall-to-wall whiteboards upon which to indite penetrating insights, but I've been apprised by she-who-must-be-obeyed that, well, "Fuck no!"

Alas.

(http://wondersinthedark.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/picture-1.png)


Hey, A Serious Man. Brilliant movie.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 31, 2013, 09:51:13 PM
Anyone read House of Leaves?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on November 01, 2013, 12:48:32 AM
I don't have a preference. If I'm reading a hard copy, I take notes on the margins (initially) and then transfer them to a word file. If I'm reading a word file, I take notes using the new comments feature. If I'm reading a pdf, through sticky & text comments -- annotations). I've seen profs open texts with more old school stationary in a text than its pages (Heideggerians, more often than not ::)), and then there were the numbered index-cards in their cardboard file profs (a notable Hegel and Kierkegaard scholar comes to mind).

The main thing I do is not to proceed in my reading of an article unless I can economically paraphrase its paragraphs. I do this with texts as well.

I've floated the idea of modifying my domicile to contain wall-to-wall whiteboards upon which to indite penetrating insights, but I've been apprised by she-who-must-be-obeyed that, well, "Fuck no!"

Alas.

(http://wondersinthedark.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/picture-1.png)


How do you like to take notes for judging bodybuilding competitions? 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on November 02, 2013, 02:45:22 PM
Impulse buy (60 anadrolas at bricks-n-mortar B&N this morning; got home and ordered via Amazon for less than 40:

(http://mightymega.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/del_toro_sketchbook_hardcover_l.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 09, 2013, 07:40:51 AM
Went to the IFOA last week. Thoughts:

Aleksandar Hemon: Still a super nice guy. I remarked that he wasn't standing in front of the table signing and he said that he had had 4 knee operations in the time that I had seen him last. Stood, tho,
                          to shake my hand after signing, which kinda caught me off guard. Wow.


Peter Bagge & Seth: Always cool to see weirdo graphic/cartoon guys be so un-graphic off-line. Classy, almost.

Nadeem Aslam: Gayer than ever. Lots of hags hovering. Still rivals Ian McEwan for smallest signature. Finally seems to be aging. Guy was 29, like, forever.  

Shani Boianjiu: Stunningly beautiful. I hope she keeps writing. So young. So talented. Beautiful. Did I say she was beautiful? And talented.

Sam Lypsyte: Looks exactly like his bio pic.  ;D

Anne McDermott: So very nice. Polite. I almost felt intrusive asking for my book to be signed.

David Bezmozgis: Sat with and chatted with for 5 mins. Nice guy and went out of his way. Even suggested I chat up Miss Boianjiu as he knew she was single. I demurred. Pussy.

Anne Carson: Poet. Funnier than she would let on. Genius, but weird. Liked her a lot. I'll work on the poesy later.  

Joseph Boyden: Fully embraced the Native thingy, now. Tattoos and everything.

Paul Harding: Still as pleasant from his Pulitzer tour. Hair now going from salt-and-pepper to white. Success going to his head?

Colum McCann: Classy Irishman. Wish I had his swank. Especially with the brogue, and scarf thing going on.

Philipp Meyer: So humble and self-effacing for someone so creative. Pick up a copy of 'The Son' if you haven't already. This guy is going places! Also said that my copy of his first book, American Rust, was
                    really rare, so if you have a copy - keep it!  

George Pelecanos: Cool to finally meet the grumbly voice behind the books/The Wire. Signed everything with a smile. Answered a question with aplomb.

Donna Tartt: Writes a book every ten years. The event announcement noted she was only signing her latest issue. I asked her about this and she said wait 'til the end of the event. I did. She signed her
                  other books for me. Classy dame. Great accent.    



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 09, 2013, 06:29:38 PM
Impulse buy (60 anadrolas at bricks-n-mortar B&N this morning; got home and ordered via Amazon for less than 40:

(http://mightymega.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/del_toro_sketchbook_hardcover_l.jpg)
Boing Boing and Flavorwire are both liking this title. Must check it out. Good call, Mr. Singh.


NB: There's even a wooden box, limited edition of this book. Holy smokes.  :o


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 16, 2013, 07:08:06 AM
Ben Coes-Eye for an Eye


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 19, 2013, 06:46:52 AM
Ben Coes-Eye for an Eye


Fun book....good read.




...chimps would probably say it's boring, unrealistic, and predictable ::)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on November 19, 2013, 09:08:39 AM
muscle by john hotten ::) ::) ::) :o :o :o ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 20, 2013, 07:00:06 AM
David Finkel's 'Thank You For Your Service.' A sequel of sorts to his earlier 'The Good Soldier,' this book looks at what has happened/is happening to members of the 2-6 battalion after their deployments are over and they try to recover their pre-war lives back home. Wow. Some soldiers have done better than others, but none have escaped 'uninjured,' whether it be physically and/or (especially) mentally. Where this book really shines is that its scope includes the families/loved ones of these soldiers and the household collateral damage a soldier's return brings. Pretty harrowing, and gets depressing at times with the constancy of failure to thrive, but the soldiers have got to be commended for their honesty in being involved in such an intimate record as they seek recovery. Very Recommended.  

ADD: Amazon has named this title as their non-fiction book of the year:
http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=s9_dnav_bw_ir25_b?_encoding=UTF8&node=7756016011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-5&pf_rd_r=0CJKV7F5V3BMYZPT0964&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1650285102&pf_rd_i=7728816011 (http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=s9_dnav_bw_ir25_b?_encoding=UTF8&node=7756016011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-5&pf_rd_r=0CJKV7F5V3BMYZPT0964&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1650285102&pf_rd_i=7728816011)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 22, 2013, 12:40:23 PM
Congrats to National Book Award winners (fiction) James MCBride for his 'The Good Lord Bird' and George Packer (non-fiction) for 'The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.' 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 28, 2013, 10:56:21 AM
I'm flying to New Zealand next Tuesday and have Bill Bryson's latest book and David Gemmell's Troy series at the ready on the Kindle. Just light reading.
Looked that one up and got a copy for my Da for X-Mas. Good call, James. Crime, baseball, movies, etc - looks really interesting. I'll see if I can snag it from his shelf when he's not around. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Showstoppa on November 28, 2013, 11:02:14 AM
Looked that one up and got a copy for my Da for X-Mas. Good call, James. Crime, baseball, movies, etc - looks really interesting. I'll see if I can snag it from his shelf when he's not around. 

Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer buys Marge a bowling ball with "Homer" inscribed on it.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 28, 2013, 11:52:54 AM
Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer buys Marge a bowling ball with "Homer" inscribed on it.  ;D
Shhh, you.    ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 29, 2013, 06:56:00 AM
Anyone read House of Leaves?
Yes. Truly scary/weird book. The author wrote 'This is not for you' on my copy, signed it and added some cool magic marker art. Kinda creepy.  :) 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on November 29, 2013, 12:23:01 PM
Yes. Truly scary/weird book. The author wrote 'This is not for you' on my copy, signed it and added some cool magic marker art. Kinda creepy.  :) 

I enjoyed it, too. Never read anything like it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on December 01, 2013, 04:02:46 PM
 :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on December 01, 2013, 04:03:28 PM
 :)this is next.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 01, 2013, 04:37:44 PM
The Inheritance of Rome, Illuminating the Dark Ages


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on December 04, 2013, 12:13:09 PM
little big men by alan m klein ::)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jillymayr on December 09, 2013, 01:21:13 PM
50 shades (yup, that one)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 09, 2013, 01:51:34 PM
Wilbur Smith-Vicious Circle.


...eh not feeling his last couple of books :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jillymayr on December 10, 2013, 07:28:24 AM
starting Pride and Prejudice this morning


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 10, 2013, 01:01:22 PM
Ian Rankin's 'Saints of the Shadow Bible.' Terrible title, but classic Rebus. If you're a fan of Rankin then this is right up your alley. If you're not, what are you waiting for? The guy is just one of the best, writing the best. Enjoy.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 10, 2013, 01:08:57 PM
Brad Taylor-The Widows strike
started out to me like "blah" but as I read the book got better and better,faster and faster,I couldn't put it down.


..one of the better reads I've had in awhile :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 12, 2013, 03:38:11 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jillymayr on December 13, 2013, 12:03:05 PM
In the fog of the season's end


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: nasht5 on December 13, 2013, 01:37:25 PM
i'm reading getbig


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 17, 2013, 12:05:24 AM
The Passing Bells, Philip Rock


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 17, 2013, 10:49:38 PM
The Passing Bells, Philip Rock


Ken Follet must have really modeled his book Fall of Giants off this one.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mazda323 on December 18, 2013, 01:26:52 AM
Captain Michalis, Nikos Kazantzakis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Michalis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Michalis)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: temple_of_dis on December 18, 2013, 06:06:56 PM
i'm reading getbig

please explain the 'raw' reference under your avatar


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 18, 2013, 08:23:24 PM
please explain the 'raw' reference under your avatar

In getbig lingo, raw refers to the act of going in "raw" (no condom, no pulling out).


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: galeniko on December 18, 2013, 11:18:38 PM
fuck i have read many many amazing books recently.love reading during wintertime.

many , and one topped the previous.will list them tomoro.

not ust ok book, but extremly recommnedable


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roger Bacon on December 18, 2013, 11:27:06 PM
fuck i have read many many amazing books recently.love reading during wintertime.

many , and one topped the previous.will list them tomoro.

not ust ok book, but extremly recommnedable

Yes Galeniko!! Hurry up, I'll be waiting for your recommendations/


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 19, 2013, 06:46:01 AM
I finally righted a criminal wrong and ordered The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. This behemoth showed up yesterday and I'm glad I waited for one of those free shipping dealios. Manifest says it weighs 11 kilos. Man, I'm going to enjoy this one over the Winter.   :)

Best holiday wishes to all the contributing Getbig readers and those who lurk. Keep reading, but don't forget to put down the book and enjoy life, too, eh?  Cheers! 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 19, 2013, 08:52:56 AM
Keep reading, but don't forget to put down the book and enjoy life, too, eh?  Cheers! 



Ha,I've been all "Bah humbug" lately and wishing people would just leave me alone so I could read ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on December 19, 2013, 10:12:38 AM
Blasted through Belfort's two Wolf of Wall Street books just to see what it was all about.

Guy could make money sleeping.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 19, 2013, 10:50:13 AM


Ha,I've been all "Bah humbug" lately and wishing people would just leave me alone so I could read ;D
;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SF1900 on December 22, 2013, 04:29:18 PM
(http://img1.imagesbn.com/p/9780985281588_p0_v1_s260x420.JPG)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on December 23, 2013, 10:35:33 AM
Conn Iggulden's Emperor series. I've cut through the first three books in a week. Now onto the 4th and 5th


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 23, 2013, 12:39:12 PM
Conn Iggulden's Emperor series. I've cut through the first three books in a week. Now onto the 4th and 5th


Read the fist three myself years ago and kind of forgot about them...never read 4 and on.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: temple_of_dis on December 25, 2013, 10:04:40 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Qqmd53J7L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: temple_of_dis on December 25, 2013, 10:41:50 PM
I need to learn how to clear my mind and forget about crazy stressful shit.  Any good books on that?

Anyone?



try tales of the dying earth by jack vance

or conan of cimmeria by robert howard


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: temple_of_dis on December 25, 2013, 11:03:18 PM
http://lfs.org/awards.shtml (http://lfs.org/awards.shtml)

going though a lot of pro capitalism books on the prometheus awards list, some are astoundingly good

Eric Frank Russell, The Great Explosion  AWESOME

 A. E. van Vogt, The Weapon Shops of Isher  mindblowing

James P. Hogan, Voyage from Yesteryear


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 26, 2013, 06:49:04 AM
I'm reading this in anticipation of the release of the movie, which looks good.


Picked that book up in a Barnes and Nobles a while back...sat down finished it at the store.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Showstoppa on December 26, 2013, 07:28:46 AM


Ha,I've been all "Bah humbug" lately and wishing people would just leave me alone so I could read ;D

Bob Rotello. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dayz on December 27, 2013, 12:19:47 AM
Been reading too much non fiction recently so I read a couple Chuck Klosterman books (IV, sex drugs & cocoa puffs) and dan brown's inferno. All were entertaining.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 27, 2013, 09:43:06 PM
Books to look for in 2014: http://flavorwire.com/431221/flavorwires-15-most-anticipated-books-of-2014/view-all/ (http://flavorwire.com/431221/flavorwires-15-most-anticipated-books-of-2014/view-all/)

/geoff dyer is superb. his book looks totally interesting.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 28, 2013, 07:48:31 AM
In their own words: literary giants who died this year:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/28/literary-giants-died-2013 (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/28/literary-giants-died-2013)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jillymayr on January 02, 2014, 07:35:22 AM
I'm going to start on "In The Fog Of The Season's End" - wish I could find a kindle version of it though


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JediTerminator on January 02, 2014, 09:58:49 AM
How many books do you guys read a week on average?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DroppingPlates on January 02, 2014, 11:28:18 AM
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn_eg3xDp8s


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Teutonic Knight on January 03, 2014, 02:30:49 AM
CROATIAN LEGION
The 369th Reinforced (Croatian) Infantry Regiment on the Eastern Front 1941-1943
By Jason D.Mark & Amir Obhodas
Published by Leaping Horseman Books, Sydney,Australia

600 pages,290 photos,maps,.............
Great historic book about the most decorated non German Regiment on the Eastern front, Germans love them,Russians respect them...
If you a into WW2,Stalingrad,etc,... then buy this book...............

Interesting: the 369th Croats Division was nicknamed by Germans 'Teufels Division' , DEVILS Division  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tapeworm on January 03, 2014, 07:13:43 PM
Dune series, 2 & 3.  Audio books count, right?  You guys aren't snobs or anything.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 06, 2014, 11:13:45 AM
The Blood Crows-Simon Scarrow

...if you like Bernard Cornwell then you'd probably like this series.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 06, 2014, 12:49:29 PM
I received $75.00 in Barnes and Nobles gift certificates for Xmass :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 06, 2014, 03:19:32 PM
I received $75.00 in Barnes and Nobles gift certificates for Xmass :)
Sweet deal! Love to get those. I look for them on the tables at tourney banquets, too. If you ever want to step up and become truly loony the following link has all these titles you like (as they come out) signed, and for (usually) cover prices. Shipping is usually 5-7lbs, which is nothing.

http://www.goldsborobooks.com/ (http://www.goldsborobooks.com/)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: galeniko on January 06, 2014, 06:46:06 PM
ok here goes:sorry for delay

dr med kurt mosetter: zucker der haimliche killer

daron-acemoglu:why nations fail

ben goldacre:die wissenschaftluege

blaine harden:escape from block 14

gregory clark:a farewell to alms

reinhart+rogoff:this time is different

average is over,forgot author name

eremy scahill:dirty wars(read this,lol)

mark benecke:aus der dunkelkammer des boesen(if you can find this in english is highly amazing imo)

florian homm, we talked about this its callled rogue financier in english

skidelsky:how much is enough

then a mag "geo" they have "epoche" series, in german is called "die ddr",its about the communist east germany.very intereting.exposes all.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: booty on January 06, 2014, 06:50:10 PM
I just finished reading "Ace Frehley No Regrets" A rock 'N' roll Memoir

Really good read, I recommend it for any kiss fan. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mazda323 on January 07, 2014, 06:35:42 AM
I finished Andy McNab's "Bravo Two Zero". Well written book!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bravo_Two_Zero_%28novel%29


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 07, 2014, 07:49:31 AM
I finished Andy McNab's "Bravo Two Zero". Well written book!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bravo_Two_Zero_%28novel%29


A very good read :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on January 07, 2014, 09:32:02 AM
Just got "The Passage".

Have no idea what it's about.  Just heard a friend mention it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on January 07, 2014, 01:40:31 PM
Anyone read Gone Girl? David Fincher is currently filming it for the big screen.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wez on January 07, 2014, 01:57:54 PM
I am reading Bukowski's Ham on Rye....again.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on January 08, 2014, 10:00:56 AM
Anyone read Gone Girl? David Fincher is currently filming it for the big screen.

Emily Ratajkowski plays the mistress.   Yay.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on January 08, 2014, 10:01:45 AM
I read it. It's really long. Wasn't a fan, but post-apocalyptic fantasies are not really my thing. It's very popular though and part of planned triology (I think two have been written thus far).

So THAT'S where it's going......hmmm.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: phreak on January 08, 2014, 12:13:10 PM
'Thinking, fast and slow', by D. Kahnemann.

Recommended by Nassim Taleb, who is also very interesting.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pandemic on January 13, 2014, 09:22:27 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CxIP26sPL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

If you like weird-ass fiction, you'll love this.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006N0L708/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: temple_of_dis on January 15, 2014, 05:56:41 PM
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used [Hardcover]
http://www.amazon.com/Flawless-Consulting-Guide-Getting-Expertise/dp/0470620749/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389833753&sr=1-4&keywords=consulting (http://www.amazon.com/Flawless-Consulting-Guide-Getting-Expertise/dp/0470620749/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389833753&sr=1-4&keywords=consulting)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on January 20, 2014, 03:30:51 PM
It's January and it's dark and cold so I'm indoors comfy
and am reading lots:



xxxLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on January 20, 2014, 03:35:03 PM
Also this book is just lovely:  >>>I post the review



The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton

Few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere else. But the reality of travel seldom matches our daydreams. The tragi-comic disappointments are well-known: the disorientation, the mid-afternoon despair, the lethargy before ancient ruins. And yet the reasons behind such disappointments are rarely explored.

We are inundated with advice on where to travel to; we hear little of why we should go and how we could be more fulfilled doing so. The Art of Travel  is a philosophical look at the ubiquitous but peculiar activity of travelling ‘for pleasure’, with thoughts on airports, landscapes, museums, holiday romances, photographs, exotic carpets and the contents of hotel mini-bars. The book mixes personal thought with insights drawn from some of the great figures of the past. Unlike existing guidebooks on travel, it dares to ask what the point of travel might be


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on January 28, 2014, 04:32:18 PM
The Spectator

http://www.spectator.co.uk





xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: temple_of_dis on February 05, 2014, 02:10:30 PM
just finished flesh by richard laymon

wana read out of the crisis by deming

and darkness at diamondia by van vogt



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wild willie on February 05, 2014, 04:43:05 PM
JUST STARTED LISTENING TO "WINNER TAKES ALL" BY CHRISTINA BINKLEY........PRETTY DAMN GOOD AUDIO BOOK ABOUT CASINO MOGULS.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: billgates on February 06, 2014, 03:45:35 AM
Wilbur Smith-Vicious Circle.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 06, 2014, 07:44:25 AM
Wilbur Smith-Vicious Circle.



How do you like it? I read it about a month ago.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 07, 2014, 01:49:19 PM
Not getting much reading done these days - Winter blues, I guess. But one book I have finished was 'The Epicure's Lament' by Kate Christensen. Hugo Whittier is a trust fund boy, a recluse in the family estate, a boozer, a smoker, a screwer (literally and figuratively) of anyone he can, a lover of Montaigne and a gourmet cook. Into this mix we throw a sadsack brother who moves back home, an ex-wife, with a child in tow, who wants to reconcile, a gay uncle who also moves back home and Hugo's impending death from a fatal, obscure disease. Hugo is such an asshole, but slowly through his actions and his interior monologues he wheedles his way into your 'like' column with all-too recognizable frailties and foibles. This book is full of pith and arch statements, the humour is sarcastic and mordant rather than ha-ha funny, and you just might learn something about cooking. I mean, who besides TA, would know about the Roman foodstuff 'garum,' I ask?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 07, 2014, 09:01:27 PM
Been ripping through some books lately
Bernard Cornwells latest
Brad Taylor-The Polaris Protocol
Andrew Grant-More Harm Then Good
Mark Greaney-his latest in his Grey Man series


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on February 09, 2014, 10:07:00 PM
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 03, 2014, 08:48:26 AM
Re-reading a bunch of Matt Braun westerns.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Radical Plato on March 04, 2014, 08:05:55 AM
Moral Landscape by Sam Harris - Great read, concise, insightful and potentially a classic that will be referred to for centuries to come as a watershed moment for science, reason and rational thinking.

Also reading on my new Sony E-Reader which I love by the way, thoroughly recommended.

Sidenote:  If you are a devout religious person you will HATE this book, you will HATE Sam Harris, and you will possibly throw a hissy fit anytime his name is mentioned in the future.

(http://bks0.books.google.com.au/books?id=1cXPRe63CR0C&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&edge=curl&imgtk=AFLRE72MKLag0fHCcpxGwJQ2i5B4V2BWaM6aH9_TSiS3Ptvl5ehUGXgCeCYzw_4gukCmzga1WA8yaJ9VlT6gxVDDgM3PKURnTL_xNrpRMI-r4Z6HfkPfvPQTCHqRbqGJf36iMpT2wD0-)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on March 04, 2014, 06:40:52 PM
Oh God!  I was flicking through the Koran (a neighbour gave it to me, all nicely inscribed to me) and I put it down on top of my Bible on a massive bookshelf full of hundreds if not thousands of books then I had a birthday party and we were dancing and my friend fell over and took out the mantlepiece and the television and a vase of tulips and hit the wall and red wine went flying all over and I had the best birthday ever (she got back up and kept dancing) but my Koran is very badly stained with red wine.  

Not sure whether that's unlucky but it was a great party.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SamoanIrishman on March 05, 2014, 10:02:20 AM
Oh God!  I was flicking through the Koran (a neighbour gave it to me, all nicely inscribed to me) and I put it down on top of my Bible on a massive bookshelf full of hundreds if not thousands of books then I had a birthday party and we were dancing and my friend fell over and took out the mantlepiece and the television and a vase of tulips and hit the wall and red wine went flying all over and I had the best birthday ever (she got back up and kept dancing) but my Koran is very badly stained with red wine.  

Not sure whether that's unlucky but it was a great party.

just tell people it was from a recent Jihad and the stain is the blood of the infidels. Reactions alone would be worth it if you can say it with a straight face.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on March 10, 2014, 02:19:29 PM
The Road Home by Rose Tremain. Picked it up for 99c at a second hand book shop and it's turning out to be one of the most clear-eyed and sensitive books I've ever read. Her imagery is just wonderful. Having traveled Eastern Europe extensively I can easily see the snowy fields, grey and brooding skies and barren trees with depressing but strangely beautiful villages scattered in between.

I'll finish it today and start on 'I have lived a Thousand Years'. A book about the Nazi Death camps.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on March 21, 2014, 11:57:47 AM
cant believe im just finding this now- thanks calvin

highly recommend

fiction:

lee child- the jack reacher series. straight up page burners.
nelson demille, esp the john corey series
james rollins
conn iggdulens stuff

going to check out that art of travel posted above look great.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on March 21, 2014, 06:38:19 PM



xxxL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on March 21, 2014, 07:05:32 PM
noone, you'll have to forgive me for my recommendation of Alain de Botton's Art of Travel, I didn't get past the 3rd chapter and there are only maybe two other books I've ever not read cover to cover.  I always try.

That one isn't worth buying...  I'll send it to you if you want it.  The cover notes are fab and the front notes and the press coverage, all wonderful, too good.


but it turns out it's far too high-brow, too many big words.  Totally pretentious.  

He's about 20 or 30 years younger than anyone you or I would care to know, with a phD in philistine and pretends to know what he's talking about.  He's a British philosphier ()sp...   He's written other books all of which I've read and liked.


But this one I couldn't get through, so please don't bother with Art of Travel, it's crap, bin it or recycle it.  Do not donate it to the Charity Shop, noone should have to read that rubbish...  Sorry.


>>>you mustn't bother with that book, you yourself could write a better one in your sleep with your other hand.

sorry to disappoint
xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 23, 2014, 05:07:36 AM
The Wind is not a River by Brian Payton. A love story set during WWII. Protagonist reporter gets shot down over Attu, the farthest West of the Aleutians, and his US wife's search for him. Honestly, the only thing that got me through this melodramatic pot-boiler was the info I gleaned about the war theater in the Aleutians, of which I knew almost nothing. Oh, and some good geographic/geologic bits. A book to kill some time with on a trip, but not one I'd recommend you hunt down.  5/10


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on March 23, 2014, 08:07:30 AM
noone, you'll have to forgive me for my recommendation of Alain de Botton's Art of Travel, I didn't get past the 3rd chapter and there are only maybe two other books I've ever not read cover to cover.  I always try.

That one isn't worth buying...  I'll send it to you if you want it.  The cover notes are fab and the front notes and the press coverage, all wonderful, too good.


but it turns out it's far too high-brow, too many big words.  Totally pretentious.  

He's about 20 or 30 years younger than anyone you or I would care to know, with a phD in philistine and pretends to know what he's talking about.  He's a British philosphier ()sp...   He's written other books all of which I've read and liked.


But this one I couldn't get through, so please don't bother with Art of Travel, it's crap, bin it or recycle it.  Do not donate it to the Charity Shop, noone should have to read that rubbish...  Sorry.


>>>you mustn't bother with that book, you yourself could write a better one in your sleep with your other hand.

sorry to disappoint
xL

lol, so what your saying is you didnt like it?

:D

thanks for the heads up xxxlinda i'll avoid it like anthrax.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 06, 2014, 05:34:19 AM
Sad news. Peter Matthiessen has died. Guy did more in one year than most will do in a lifetime: privileged upbringing; war service; inveterate traveler; CIA correspondent; Paris Review founder; trawlerman; Zen Buddhist; environmentalist; author of a ton of books, both fiction and non-fiction; lecturer and teacher. This guy did it all, and his contribution to letters and cultural life was/is astounding. He will be missed. On a personal note, I met him in '05 at his Southampton house and was impressed by him (tall and craggy) and the zendo he had on the grounds. I remember as I was leaving he remarked that the next day he was leaving for the Antarctic Seas where he would be leading a lecture group. Larger than life.

NYT obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/books/peter-matthiessen-author-and-naturalist-is-dead-at-86.html?ref=books&_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/books/peter-matthiessen-author-and-naturalist-is-dead-at-86.html?ref=books&_r=0)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mazda323 on April 06, 2014, 05:48:40 AM
The Prince, by Machiavelli, translated in Greek by the famous Greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis.

He has written the"Zorbas".


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on April 06, 2014, 07:08:25 PM

trying to grind thru the game of thrones series.

not going good. nothing makes me want to pick up the book after i have put it down, or turn the next page. im on page 160 of the first book. im going to try it one more time. if something doesnt grab me im done w it.

conversly i picked up james rollins amazonia on thursday and read it in a day.

also read an re read 'let there be range' by tri nguyen and cole south- prolly the definitive text on mid to high stakes NL holdem. not for beginners. concepts are hard to grasp at first but every concept ties into the next so thats why you constantly have to read it cause you'll never grasp it in one go. if your a recreational player you'll not need the concepts in this book. its more suited to 5/10 NL and higher stakes. it sells for $1600 on amazon :0 no, im not joking.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 07, 2014, 03:35:38 AM
trying to grind thru the game of thrones series.

not going good. nothing makes me want to pick up the book after i have put it down, or turn the next page. im on page 160 of the first book. im going to try it one more time. if something doesnt grab me im done w it.

conversly i picked up james rollins amazonia on thursday and read it in a day.

also read an re read 'let there be range' by tri nguyen and cole south- prolly the definitive text on mid to high stakes NL holdem. not for beginners. concepts are hard to grasp at first but every concept ties into the next so thats why you constantly have to read it cause you'll never grasp it in one go. if your a recreational player you'll not need the concepts in this book. its more suited to 5/10 NL and higher stakes. it sells for $1600 on amazon :0 no, im not joking.
Agree. I made it through the first one, but it took me about half the book to get the all the characters and events straight, then it picked up. Pretty solid book, and I see why all the fanboys get excited, but I then decided that the rest of the series could appreciate on my book shelves rather than be read. One of my better investments.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 12, 2014, 06:04:42 AM
Just finished 'From Hell,' by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Wow. I'm late the graphic novel stuff, but this book is superior. An essay of the 'Jack the Ripper' crimes that posits the responsibility for the murders on the Masonic and the Queen's personal surgeon, Sir William Gull. Terribly detailed and totally interesting - I found myself losing hours on this one. I'm not sure that Mr. Moore believes this theory  (and he wouldn't be the first unreliable narrator) but his story's arc is amazing, the historical details impeccable, and the accompanying pics by Mr. Campbell beyond reproach. 10/10. Hunt this one down. Read it, and cherish it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on April 15, 2014, 04:36:38 PM
I also want to have a rant about JK Rowling and all the other plagarismists.  I think it'd be funny to name names and take apart authors


(When I was 16 I used to enjoy books which quoted other authors, kinda high-brow?  I read everything I could find most of my life. 


I always kept going through the novel I was into and wrote down all the big words I met on the way but didn't know.  I kept lists and came back later to mad elongated literacy.

Same with authors who drop names and quote Oscar Wilde.  Or was it him that quoted everyone else?



More frequently I am hugely disappointed with modern literature.  Does my head in, tis rubbish mostly
xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 15, 2014, 11:35:26 PM
I also want to have a rant about JK Rowling and all the other plagarismists.  I think it'd be funny to name names and take apart authors


(When I was 16 I used to enjoy books which quoted other authors, kinda high-brow?  I read everything I could find most of my life.  


I always kept going through the novel I was into and wrote down all the big words I met on the way but didn't know.  I kept lists and came back later to mad elongated literacy.

Same with authors who drop names and quote Oscar Wilde.  Or was it him that quoted everyone else?



More frequently I am hugely disappointed with modern literature.  Does my head in, tis rubbish mostly
xL

Plagarismists. Is that your final answer?

Something very peculiar happening here, for sure.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 16, 2014, 12:47:15 PM
Plagarismists. Is that your final answer?

Something very peculiar happening here, for sure.


A lot of wine. And, if you go back far enough, Linda used to be a guy. It's farked up. Getbig!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 16, 2014, 01:43:04 PM
A lot of wine. And, if you go back far enough, Linda used to be a guy. It's farked up. Getbig!

I read some old posts. Positively cuckoo.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on April 16, 2014, 02:19:41 PM

I'm reading mike Tyson's undisputed truth.

I think I'm going to have a hard time putting it down. the guy actually writes well, along the lines of really opening himself up to you the reader. you get a very good feel for 'him'. so far it's no bullshit or bravado. just feels like 100% legit truths. much respect for him writing this. keeps you turning pages as well.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on April 17, 2014, 11:08:06 AM
A lot of wine. And, if you go back far enough, Linda used to be a guy. It's farked up. Getbig!



Oi ooops no actually I hate to need to correct/edit you dr.?


I came across GetBig when a guy I brought home from the Pub after I'd admired him a few days and after doing me all night and doing 1000 push ups in the morning then was still back at me was still up then used my puter and left himself logged on.  That was many years ago

At that time I was just reading a lot of books and I had no idea whatsoever about the internet, I'd only just bought a new iMac.

I clicked the mouse when he finally left and the screen came up with him logged onto Getbig.  So I read his horrific posts then wrote hello help me and people did and I was then able to log on as myself.  

Forgive me for the weekend fling, he ended up overdosing on test and wrecking two or three pubs on the way to kicking in my front door and being taken out by my neighbours who came across the road to help me and fend him off.


This is after he read my posts...  Then the Police came.  He's probably still in jail or back there or dead and def in timeout (or trolling...


Sorry 'bout that babes, I was never a bloke.  I'm just silly Linda







I'm reading everything I can find about Mindfullness, living in the moment?  presently I'm half way through Ruby Wax Sane New World


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 17, 2014, 11:16:29 AM


Oi ooops no actually I hate to need to correct/edit you dr.?


I came across GetBig when a guy I brought home from the Pub after I'd admired him a few days and after doing me all night and doing 1000 push ups in the morning then was still back at me was still up then used my puter and left himself logged on.  That was many years ago

At that time I was just reading a lot of books and I had no idea whatsoever about the internet, I'd only just bought a new iMac.

I clicked the mouse when he finally left and the screen came up with him logged onto Getbig.  So I read his horrific posts then wrote hello help me and people did and I was then able to log on as myself.  

Forgive me for the weekend fling, he ended up overdosing on test and wrecking two or three pubs on the way to kicking in my front door and being taken out my my neighbours after he read my posts...  Then the Police came.  He's probably still in jail or back there and def in timeout (or trolling...


Sorry 'bout that babes, I was never a bloke.  I'm just silly Linda







I'm reading everything I can find about Mindfullness, living in the moment?  presently I'm half way through Ruby Wax Sane New World

Probably would've covered it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on April 17, 2014, 11:23:56 AM
Ta Babes but I've always known that



It'd be so much simpler to be able to do clever witty mad fun one-liners as you do?





Instead I'm this utterly ridiculous paragraph person...


xxxLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on April 17, 2014, 02:23:29 PM
noone, don't do that rubbish please?  Game of Thrones?  20 years or more ago it was all that JRR Tolkien crap.  I got through The Hobbit when I was 12 and immediately decided I didn't like goblins.  I obviously didn't bother with the following trilogy.

I tried to read JK Rowling first edition first book when it came out to a friend's child when babyminding.  I couldn't get past the first page.  It was so badly written and I apologised to the young boy and said honest, you don't want to read this it's crap.  It went on to make gazillions so perhaps I just didn't get it.  I know he didn't read the books either.


Games of Thrones?  No way.  I'm nearly 50 so that means I have only so many books left I have time to read in my life.  

I realised that when I was 13 so just groaned then turned around and smiled when I saw all the shelves at the library.  
There are only so many books one can read in a lifetime and I suggest you get picky


xxxL
madly

I've got a list somewhere of the 10 best novels
.... where are my glasses?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 17, 2014, 02:41:37 PM
A giant of literature has died. Nobelate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away, aged 87. Readers, worth their salt, will have a copy of '100 Years of Solitude' on their shelves, and will have probably gone through a 'Gabo' stage at some point in their reading history - he was that powerful. A proponent of 'magical realism,' his books were both personal, political, and fantastic. His narratives were driven/forward and always involved something lurid - a nod to his own life. When 'Solitude' made him an author of note, he worried that he would never recreate its success. He needn't have worried. Thanks for the fractured memories, compadre!


/nytimes obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/books/gabriel-garcia-marquez-literary-pioneer-dies-at-87.html?ref=books&_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/books/gabriel-garcia-marquez-literary-pioneer-dies-at-87.html?ref=books&_r=0)  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on April 17, 2014, 02:50:08 PM
Oh waaaaaaaa Mr Khan
You learn stuff first here on the www.


They're doing obits now on the BBC TV headlines.

An amazing writer.  The fact that he wrote in Latino makes the English translation so incredibly fabulously feeling.  

I've read Love in the Time of Cholera at least twice, his descriptions of love and of senses and particularly the way in which he describes smells were some of my best reading moments.  I'll have to read it again.  But I gave it away so I'll have to buy it again.

I've not yet read One Hundred Years...


Thanks for posting oh thanks for telling

xxxL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on April 17, 2014, 03:31:48 PM

Spanglish Baby, Yo?
Que Linda

I'm in the fiction section, sorry I can't find my specs.



What I meant that you don't get is that I adore novels which are originally written in another language but which translate into utter beauty

xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on April 17, 2014, 04:02:27 PM
uh huh


que Linda

funny thing is and my point was that I don't need to learn any other language and nor will you
Anything worth reading will always be translated to English, so learn that lingo well Gringo.


Loco
RIP Marquez


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on April 20, 2014, 02:29:30 AM
noone, don't do that rubbish please?  Game of Thrones?  20 years or more ago it was all that JRR Tolkien crap.  I got through The Hobbit when I was 12 and immediately decided I didn't like goblins.  color]

ya i ground my way thru the first 160 pages of the first book and wont pick it back up. im done w it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tedim on April 20, 2014, 05:37:20 AM
Re read, wealth of nations....smith


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on May 03, 2014, 09:09:54 PM
Just finished and can recommend 'Child of a Hidden Sea' by A.M Dellamonica. She's a lesbian and it shows, but the writing is good and story fascinating.

Kinda stuck for something to read. Any recommendations? I enjoy high fantasy or historical fiction.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 04, 2014, 12:56:09 AM
I'm reading Linda's autobiography. Riveting.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on May 06, 2014, 01:42:58 PM
Ya, I've done the plot line but haven't quite figured out the ending yet, let alone the title, but thanks....



I'm doing this mindfullness stuff, I have to, my Mum sent me this book.  The author is a campaigner for mental health (she says she is bipolar or some other disorder on some spectrum.)  I lived in Canada, I'm fucking bi-polar too?

joke ya?

               I've always understood mindfullness, it's living in the moment.  Don't really need to read the blimmin book that's just come out....


So this book my Mum has sent to me I will already know.  But my Mum's got terminal cancer and she's sending me books she thinks I need to read, so I shall.



Sane New World, Ruby Wax

xL
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on May 06, 2014, 01:55:27 PM
Libriarian jokes:  Do you have libraries still where you live?  They're shutting them all down here due to costs and the lack of interest because of our www.  Anyways, I love libraries, I look like a librarian.

I collect books.  Mostly reference, I give away all the fiction I go through.



Here's the jokes:

1)  David Beckham walks up to the counter at the library and loudly says I'll have a Big Mac, double cheese and extra ketchup, a large fries with mayo and a big coke and an hot apple pie.  

Nice Librarian lady says:  Hello, this is a library?

Dammit, this joke doesn't work when typed.  You have to whisper at this point:  David whispers: oh can I just have a big mac?



2)  Bloke rocks up at the counter in the library and announces he'd like a big book on suicide please?  

Librarian lady screams at him:  Fuck off get the hell out of here you'll never return that book



I'm useless at telling jokes, sorry.  But they are funny
xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on May 06, 2014, 02:19:50 PM
Just finished and can recommend 'Child of a Hidden Sea' by A.M Dellamonica. She's a lesbian and it shows, but the writing is good and story fascinating.

Kinda stuck for something to read. Any recommendations? I enjoy high fantasy or historical fiction.

James Darling?  I can recommend some historical fiction.  In fact, there is probably a list some place of the 100 best novels.  I'll look it up for you.  Very few would be modern ones.  They'll all be old.

If you haven't read Jane Austen you could try that.  Pride and Predjuice and Sense and Sensibility?  Really lovely books and women will love you if you can quote Austen.  Honest.  Classic Chick Lit.

If you want something to truly get a sense of historical fiction try the Bible or Koran or the rest, only kidding...


I'd recommend "Of Human Bondage" written by Somerset Maugham.  It's set in Victorian times and is hugely descriptive.  Not only of wonderful words from 100+ years ago, but of emotions and the entire gamut of feeling which still ring true.  Such is proper enduring fiction.  That book made me cry.  I've read it 5 times and will read it again one day.  Looking forward.  One of my most favourite novels.  

Or try Russian literature, Tolskoi (Anna Karenina) and Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment) are mindblowing

Read everything you can.  But be picky, there are millions of books and you have only so many years to read them.  Be choosey.

xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on May 08, 2014, 06:37:14 AM



I read this week in my newspaper that more than 1,000 books are translated into Spanish from English every year.  Yet no more than 1,000 books have ever been translated from English to Arabic.

I may have been reading a right-wing biased newsthread, with perhaps a skewed perspective and dodgy statistics, but nevertheless, it makes the mind boggle...



xxxL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Teutonic Knight on May 14, 2014, 03:11:07 AM
BODYWEIGHT STRENGHT TRAINING ANATOMY
By Bret Contreras
Publisher:Human Kinetics 2014

Illustrated guide to strength,power & definition !.
Excellent muscle illustrations.

$ 12.73 from amazon.com


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on May 17, 2014, 12:03:34 PM
Leaders Eat Last

by Simon Sinek


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 17, 2014, 05:40:13 PM
Reading Carolla's latest, President Me. I was in tears 12 pages in. So far, just as funny as his other two.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on May 21, 2014, 04:34:56 AM
Anyone turn me onto some good new science fiction?-----and Im not talking about the fantasy crap they often try  to pass as sci-fi


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 21, 2014, 11:25:53 AM
Anyone turn me onto some good new science fiction?-----and Im not talking about the fantasy crap they often try  to pass as sci-fi

What are your older favorites?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on May 21, 2014, 05:50:43 PM
What are your older favorites?
Love Verner Vinge, jack Vance, Zelazney, Ballard etc

Just re-read the series by Gene Wolfe "book of the new sun" --amazing

Also, in honor of Jack Vance's death I reread "tales of the dying earth"



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 21, 2014, 05:55:51 PM
Love Verner Vinge, jack Vance, Zelazney, Ballard etc

Just re-read the series by Gene Wolfe "book of the new sun" --amazing

Also, in honor of Jack Vance's death I reread "tales of the dying earth"



Clarke? "Childhood's End" is pretty damn good, and "2001," obviously. I assume you've probably already read them, though.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on May 21, 2014, 06:04:51 PM
Clarke? "Childhood's End" is pretty damn good, and "2001," obviously. I assume you've probably already read them, though.
2001 yes but not childhoods end. I'll check it out this weekend. Thx bro


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 21, 2014, 06:07:31 PM
2001 yes but not childhoods end. I'll check it out this weekend. Thx bro

You bet.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on June 01, 2014, 11:40:06 AM
Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell.  Never read the serious but doing so n8w.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on June 01, 2014, 12:07:26 PM
The Sunday paper.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 01, 2014, 05:57:44 PM
Just finished President Me by Adam Carolla. Funny as fuck, but pussified Libs will hate it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on June 02, 2014, 06:13:18 PM
"For whom the bell tolls"

-Hemingway


never had the chance to read it before


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on June 03, 2014, 11:01:47 AM
"On Scope' Jack Coughlin-meh
Full Assault Mode-Dalton Fury-meh

now reading the latest Stephen Hunter novel.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on June 03, 2014, 01:01:18 PM
I need to get my ass in gear and start reading some good books again. There are plenty of books here at home that I'd enjoy reading again. I've been so scattered lately, about all I can handle at once is a good magazine article. Each month, I read Vanity Fair from cover to cover. I'm in the middle of an article about Daniel Craig right now. He's a really funny guy....who'd of thought? He seems like such an intense and serious person.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 03, 2014, 04:22:43 PM
Sorry. Been most lax. My bad.

Greg Bear: Darwin's Radio: a bit science fiction, a bit biology, and totally boring: C

Stehen Leacock: Sunshine sketches of a Small Town. The Seth illustrated edition. A classic with great pics: A

Bill Bryson: One Summer, America 1927: A compendium of the noteworthy items of 1927, which was truly a great year. A bit meandering, but classic Bryson storytelling. B+/A-

David Thompsom: The Big Screen: Nothing less than the history of movies. Very dense, and not for the dilettante. Film buff approved. Superb.

Alice McDermott: Charming Billy: A retrospective of a convivial Irishman. It won the NBP. This is literature of the highest order.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Straw Man on June 03, 2014, 04:37:50 PM
Just finished this yesterday



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 03, 2014, 05:51:09 PM
Just finished this yesterday


Oh, Hey. That looks interesting. Can you give us a description? 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 03, 2014, 05:52:32 PM
Just finished this yesterday



Was that his last?

Please, like Chimps requested.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on June 03, 2014, 08:33:17 PM
Just finished this yesterday



Thanks,

Christopher Hitchnens was a great, great writer who I enjoyed reading. I have not read this yet, but on your recommendation, I definitely will.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 03, 2014, 08:53:20 PM
Thanks,

Christopher Hitchnens was a great, great writer who I enjoyed reading. I have not read this yet, but on your recommendation, I definitely will.

Agree, the man was brilliant.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on June 04, 2014, 04:15:29 AM
Just finished this yesterday



Havent read this book yet but I fully intend to.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on June 04, 2014, 05:54:00 AM
'A Game of Thrones' by George R. R Martin.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Straw Man on June 04, 2014, 02:44:17 PM
Was that his last?

Please, like Chimps requested.

yep, his last book written as he was dying of cancer

he didn't actually get a chance to finish it so his wife wrote the last chapter


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 04, 2014, 03:30:45 PM
Recommended?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: moreweights on June 04, 2014, 03:45:58 PM
A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Straw Man on June 04, 2014, 05:09:12 PM
Recommended?

Definitely and it's only 100 pages so you can knock it out in a few hours


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on June 05, 2014, 12:02:23 AM
yep, his last book written as he was dying of cancer

he didn't actually get a chance to finish it so his wife wrote the last chapter

Christopher also wrote about his experience with terminal cancer extensively in Vanity Fair.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 05, 2014, 10:47:40 AM
Christopher also wrote about his experience with terminal cancer extensively in Vanity Fair.

I think the book is mostly a compilation of those VF articles.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on June 05, 2014, 11:11:58 PM
I think the book is mostly a compilation of those VF articles.

Well then rereading these articles compiled in to one book should be worth the effort and probably pretty moving too. Being an old fart, I have a soft spot and I guess identification with people who are sick and dying since with each passing year these possibilities get more real to me....not to be morbid or anything.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on June 21, 2014, 05:46:07 AM
Re-reading Vince Flynn's-Mitch Rapp series.


...I didn't know Flynn passed away last year from cancer-WIP :'(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 27, 2014, 05:13:04 PM
Lone Survivor.

Marcus Luttrell and his fellow SEALs, all the respect in the world, but the book ...

Eh.

Interesting story, for sure, but the narration is overly repetitive, often inconsistent, and sometimes contradictory. A little heavy on bravado (which you'd expect, I guess) and maybe, for the logical reader, a few too many instances of Divine Intervention. Bottom line: No way in hell he could have recalled every little detail in perfect sequence, especially when you consider the circumstances. Dramatized and exaggerated, for sure.

I'm going with BASED on a true story. And now I'll watch the flick.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on June 27, 2014, 06:14:01 PM
just read the new Dresden book from Jim Butcher "skin game"

fun read----nothing deep but entertaining quick read


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nordic Beast on June 29, 2014, 04:47:02 PM
Anyone here ever read anything from Rupert Thomson??

Ive read, "the insult" from him which is amazing and just finished, "Book of Revelation" from him

one of the best most unknown authors out there

highly reccomended


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on June 30, 2014, 01:54:01 AM
The Skin Collector - Jeff Deaver


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 07, 2014, 04:20:49 AM
Good to see this thread still up and running. My reading has really slowed down as of late. Still buying and ordering books, but reading pace is snail-like. Brain is like sludge, these days. Latest purchase is the new Karl Ove Knausgaard book, Boyhood Island. Quite prescient of me to have started collecting this series before he went stratospheric.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on July 07, 2014, 01:09:29 PM
Anyone using a Nook for reading material?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on July 07, 2014, 06:21:13 PM
Anyone using a Nook for reading material?

Not me. I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to books. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I like mine made of paper.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 07, 2014, 09:18:43 PM
Not me. I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to books. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I like mine made of paper.

Yes, sir. The smell of a bookstore. Ahh.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on July 08, 2014, 07:46:43 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on July 08, 2014, 07:48:30 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on July 08, 2014, 07:52:23 PM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 08, 2014, 10:46:35 PM
Aww, Gawd.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on July 09, 2014, 10:37:17 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on July 09, 2014, 10:51:27 AM
Zoom into these fabulous works of art and read the titles?  Too funny...  this next one below is all yoga / the way to eternal life.  Then the bottom shelf >Old.  So clever



The first artwork from this brilliant artist I posted yesterday was "The truth in black and white with some grey areas, 2014"

That was the black and white one?  Zoom into it and you'll see that it has all been photoshopped and that all of the books are on topic.  Too clever.




All of my flat except the bathroom is 2 full walls of each room ceiling to floor books, I collect hardcover reference books and have thousands, so I truly adore these artworks I've just found.  Impossibly funny clever artist.  

I was going to make plain white paper dustcovers for all my books but now instead I'm filing them by colour !  

Too funny.  Last night I stayed up all night and put all the word books/dickies, all the religious books, all the travel books, all the homemaking and brickwork and carpentry books, all the cook books, all the health books, all of them, all the poetry, in colour order and my shelves look much like this artwork I'm loving.  I used to file my books in alpha order but this is better.  

I was up all night dusting and loving and re-filing my books. Nowadays people buy old books by the yard, which is perhaps why this artwork is so clever...


I can smell these .jpgs.  I can.  I adore this clever art.  Smells fabulous, smells like important info I can hold, can touch, stuff I know and love....  





I give away all fiction, I go through 2 or 3 paperback novels a week.  But I keep all the proper hard-cover reference books I find every day at markets and charity shops.  

I'm the non-fiction section...

with mad love and with my reading specs on
xLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 11, 2014, 01:23:20 PM
Books as decoration. Nothing new. Shelf Porn runs stuff like this all the time. Books without their DJs? No thanks; can't do it.

ADD: Sorry. That sounded shitty. Just can't do it, is all. Pathology. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 24, 2014, 09:44:28 AM
Just a post to note the recent passings of Nadine Gordimer and Thomas Berger. The former was a Nobelist and anti-Apartheid crusader; the latter wrote Little Big Man and other wryly-observed novels.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on July 24, 2014, 11:38:35 AM
I read it. It's really long. Wasn't a fan, but post-apocalyptic fantasies are not really my thing. It's very popular though and part of planned triology (I think two have been written thus far).

Re: The Passage.  Finished it and thought is was OK.  Had nothing on deck so I went reluctantly into the sequel and found it far more enjoyable.  Now I find out the third book isn't out yet.  >:(

Read the 4th installment of Peter Clines' "ex" series.  Took about a week and it wasn't great at all.  Think that series is shot.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 31, 2014, 12:48:17 AM
Finishing Mike Piazza's autobiography. Wish I hadn't read it; he admits to being everything I dislike in a celebrity or athlete: greedy, selfish, arrogant, narcissistic, always felt underappreciated/disrespected, etc. Just an all around dick, really, with a giant chip on his shoulder. Was my favorite ballplayer, too.

Tyson's is next, then Audie Murphy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: George Whorewell on August 02, 2014, 06:46:38 PM
Think Like a Freak- By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

A practical guide to racism- By C.H Dalton

How to Archer- By Sterling Archer



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chaan on August 17, 2014, 08:43:06 PM
Muscle by Sam Fussell. It's a sober account of bodybuilding in the USA during the 80's.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: THE ARS on August 22, 2014, 05:44:20 PM
Finishing Mike Piazza's autobiography. Wish I hadn't read it; he admits to being everything I dislike in a celebrity or athlete: greedy, selfish, arrogant, narcissistic, always felt underappreciated/disrespected, etc. Just an all around dick, really, with a giant chip on his shoulder. Was my favorite ballplayer, too.

Tyson's is next, then Audie Murphy.

Lol.

Drafted # 1390 in the 62nd round 1988.

Put up 308/377/545. 143 OPS+. Career.

Hit .362 with 40 HR and 124 RBI. 1070 OPS, 185 OPS+ in 97.  :o :P :-*

The best hitting catcher of all time and he should be content with five no hopers drafted behind him?

Or should he have an attitude?

Here's the first round of that draft:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=year_round&year_ID=1988&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&







Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: THE ARS on August 22, 2014, 05:57:51 PM
Oh, I am reading The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George Higgins.

Pretty cool movie too, check it out.





Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 22, 2014, 07:18:51 PM
Lol.

Drafted # 1390 in the 62nd round 1988.

Put up 308/377/545. 143 OPS+. Career.

Hit .362 with 40 HR and 124 RBI. 1070 OPS, 185 OPS+ in 97.  :o :P :-*

The best hitting catcher of all time and he should be content with five no hopers drafted behind him?

Or should he have an attitude?

Here's the first round of that draft:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=year_round&year_ID=1988&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&







Dude's still a dick, really no excuse for that.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr.Mojo on August 24, 2014, 06:59:31 AM
Becoming a supple leopard


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Var City on August 25, 2014, 04:47:09 AM
I'm reading getbig

By Trotsky


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: WillGrant on August 25, 2014, 05:07:46 AM
An oldie but a classic , 1984


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 28, 2014, 09:30:51 AM
Oh, I am reading The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George Higgins.

Pretty cool movie too, check it out.
Agree, on both counts. Was one of Elmore Leonard's favourite books.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on August 30, 2014, 12:18:14 PM
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy

I'm re-reading it, this time slowly, because every single word is so beautifully written, even in translation.  I read it once before when I was about 16.  Loved it.  Incredible descriptions of human emotion.  

We all know the ending, she madly throws herself under a train.


...Although I ought be not doing anything remotely promoting things Russian (given the current political mess), I find that I am in the mood for vodka and re-reading crazy-unrequited-love suicides...



I may have to re-read War and Peace next...

madly
xL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 30, 2014, 01:31:57 PM
Agree, on both counts. Was one of Elmore Leonard's favourite books.  

Have to check this out. Thanks, fellas.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on August 30, 2014, 02:30:48 PM
Books as decoration. Nothing new. Shelf Porn runs stuff like this all the time. Books without their DJs? No thanks; can't do it.

ADD: Sorry. That sounded shitty. Just can't do it, is all. Pathology.  


I tend to agree with you on this, I cannot bear books on or for show.  


I cannot handle number 1 bestsellers from some doctor in LA.  I'll buy paperbacks at the Charity Shop or Car Boot or Market in piles of 10 and read most of them.  I donate the ones I thought readable back at the charity shop and do the world a favour and bin the rubbish in the recycling.

What I collect are hardcover reference books and I have collected a library of many hundreds.  I keep the dustjackets nowadays, although I stupidly used to take them off, not knowing they were valuable.   I live in central London and the books I find nowadays and always have been wonderful.  I've sold some first eds at Sotheby's.  I keep looking.  When once in a while I find a really special beautiful book in a secondhand shop, which sometimes takes ages, I then go right through absolutely everything they have hoping that they have the entire lot from that lovely well-read dead person...


Back at quote:  When it's shelving on most walls 12 foot high and six foot across full up, I'm thinking that's not decoration, that's a collection.  I truly love them.  

Plus it's soundproofing, I can no longer hear the neighbours on that side....

And good books in any used condition will continue to accrue value.

Books as decoration:  the funniest and most telling is the one laid prominently right next to the bed...

with mad love
xLinda


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on August 31, 2014, 08:12:42 PM
Just finished this yesterday



Finally got around to it, interesting read. Gotta admit, though, Hitchens is a bit difficult for me to follow at times. Some of his phrasing, etc. gets a little too tricky for my feeble mind.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 01, 2014, 07:35:32 PM
Couple chapters into Tyson's autobiography. Shit is fascinating.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on September 02, 2014, 08:08:10 AM
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on September 02, 2014, 07:06:49 PM
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
I've got a book dealer coming around to buy stuff from me tomorrow.  I have a first edition Marcus Aurelius I hope to get about £50 for.  Oh fuck maybe I ought hang onto it.  I have something signed by Vita Sackville West I thought I'd let go for maybe £100?  I have no idea how to deal with a book dealer, will he log onto the wwwinternet to find out how much stuff is worth?  

I was going to sell him books by the yard, I've got them piled up on their sides shoulder high in the hallway...

I've a few books I know are worth at least £100 each, and I only ever pay £1 per in the Charity Shop.  I've filed all my fiction.  I've put all the children's fiction to one side and all of that can go.  

Also the travel books are worth money, I've hundreds of those and I'm not going anywhere. But if or when I do do in future, I'll google...

Not sure whether I'll sell the cook books, I've so many funny ones: Guess I'll keep the best ones, I've got the hardcover Cooking with Alcohol.  The Art of British Cooking?  I tend to buy books with funny titles...

Health Books:  I've got the concise illustrated massive doctor book.  Also every and any yoga and etc books...  Hundreds of them.


Some of my favourites are the Dancing How-to books from the 30s 40s and 50s and 60s, many of them have pix of the footsteps.

Also I adore some of my elocution manuals:  They have pix of how to hold your lips and mouth to say ohhhhhhh ouuuuuu


I have about 20 or 30 books about manners and mannerisms, all much older than you


xxx

wish me luck with this ephemera man,
think I'll just sell him all the many boxes I have of old magazines and postcards.  Then I'll just let him look at the books....





Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on September 02, 2014, 07:21:40 PM
Finally got around to it, interesting read. Gotta admit, though, Hitchens is a bit difficult for me to follow at times. Some of his phrasing, etc. gets a little too tricky for my feeble mind.


this book is on my to-do-immediately list


xxxL


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Var City on September 03, 2014, 12:14:37 AM
i'm working through this one now:
(http://s30.postimg.org/fh94sxiod/donkeytalk.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/fh94sxiod/)

and this book is on my to-do-immediately list


xxxL

(http://s13.postimg.org/cvhin9grn/portable_restroom_operator.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/cvhin9grn/)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on September 03, 2014, 12:43:16 AM
Chris Hitchens was a very entertaining pseudointellectual (or perhaps an intellectual who acted very much like a pseudointellectual despite his intelligence). His use of flowery prose and an endless series of rhetorical devices instead of proper argumentation on matters ranging from religion to the Iraq War was seemingly fine-tuned to impress the casual observer and disappoint the thoughtful person giving it critical thought.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Var City on September 06, 2014, 09:08:07 AM
i've been getting really into this book lately.

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on September 09, 2014, 07:12:12 AM
I decided to take a break from non-fiction and read Dune again.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on September 09, 2014, 10:18:56 AM
I am pilgrim.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on September 13, 2014, 01:13:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TfZngpOw8Y


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jillymayr on September 24, 2014, 04:31:09 PM
the new judge toler marriage book


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BB on September 29, 2014, 06:24:50 PM
Charles Willeford's Hoke Moseley series. Having run short on new Elmore Leonard, I figured I'd go to Miami's closest author to him. Snappy dialog, decent, yet quirky plots, and a warmer feel than many authors. He's my fall reading pick.

While not from the Moseley books, here's a sample from a personal memoir of his -

"In hospital language a patient does not urinate, micturate, pee, piss, or take a leak. He voids. Or, as in my case, he is unable to void.

Hospital jargon is mid-Victorian. My hemorrhoids were not chopped out, hacked away, or operated upon. Instead, my asshole was dilated and debrided. There is no sex talk in a hospital either. Sex organs, male and female, when they are mentioned at all, are discussed formally, as elimination tools; nor is there, apparently, any distinction made between toilets for men and women....

Several years ago, before I ever thought of entering a hospital, a friend told me that a nurse’s aide would give a man a slow handjob for five bucks. Unsurprised at the time, I filed the information away, thinking I might be able to use it in a novel some day. I have been sorry since that I failed to press my friend for details. On the disinterested outside, I had no reason to disbelieve him. But on the inside, watching these harried, grimly smiling nurses’ aides—probably the lowest IQ occupational group of employees in the nation—rushing about inefficiently, but earning every cent of their $2.40 an hour, I wondered vaguely how my friend had gone about getting his slow handjob. He would have had to draw them a picture. However, discounting the denseness of the nurses’ aides understanding, the lack of privacy, the hospital stench, and the permeating reek of indignant death, these factors in combination, drove all thoughts of and about sex from my mind during the two weeks of my stay. ".

If a man can write that gloriously about hospital stays, and his asshole, he can certainly write good pulp.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 05, 2014, 04:20:44 PM
Finished 'Wild at Heart' by Barry Gifford. Yes, it is the basis of the self-same movie, and by an author I was not previously familiar with. Pretty good. Kinda like an affected Elmore Leonard, who does provide a blurb. If I'm being honest, I liked the movie better. The book is spare and well-told, but the movie's over-the-top-ness made it into a more enjoyable experience, albeit a different animal. 7/10


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The True Adonis on October 05, 2014, 06:38:09 PM
Chris Hitchens was a very entertaining pseudointellectual (or perhaps an intellectual who acted very much like a pseudointellectual despite his intelligence). His use of flowery prose and an endless series of rhetorical devices instead of proper argumentation on matters ranging from religion to the Iraq War was seemingly fine-tuned to impress the casual observer and disappoint the thoughtful person giving it critical thought.
::)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aashish on October 08, 2014, 10:44:54 PM
Looking forward to the movie coming out in Diwali.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 17, 2014, 11:26:58 AM
The Thomas Wood series on Victor the assassin.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on October 23, 2014, 08:54:48 AM
John Grisham - Gray Mountain

First 50-60 pages a bit wonky before hitting his stride and being classical Grisham. Should finish today. No idea what to read after that.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on October 23, 2014, 09:00:04 AM
::)

Hedges is also a notorious Islam apologist.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on October 23, 2014, 12:02:34 PM
I'm reading this:

cormac mccarthy - the road


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 23, 2014, 01:19:28 PM
I'm reading this:

cormac mccarthy - the road

Very dark, but great nonetheless.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on October 29, 2014, 07:28:56 PM

been reading like a madman.

too many to list. I should check back in here more regularly.

at the risk of outting myself reading first book in the hunger games trilogy.

I started at 5pm. I'm on page 254. I will not put it down until I'm done.

very entertaining. who knew.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 30, 2014, 01:11:57 AM
been reading like a madman.

too many to list. I should check back in here more regularly.

at the risk of outting myself reading first book in the hunger games trilogy.

I started at 5pm. I'm on page 254. I will not put it down until I'm done.

very entertaining. who knew.

Totally outed, but my girl loves that shit, too.

She's a she, though, bro.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on October 30, 2014, 04:32:08 PM
Totally outed, but my girl loves that shit, too.

She's a she, though, bro.


I dare you to pick it up and start. once I got past feeling like pansy I really enjoyed it. it's a good page burner. smashed it in one night.

now reading Wilbur Smiths 'river god'. historical fiction set in Egypt.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 31, 2014, 06:00:51 AM

now reading Wilbur Smiths 'river god'. historical fiction set in Egypt.


He has a new one in the series called "Desert God" that I just picked up but haven't read yet.
you read any Cornwell yet?


reading the Matthew Dunn, Spartan series.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on October 31, 2014, 06:27:27 AM
Finished I am Pilgrim.

I will recommend this one - pretty enjoyable.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on November 01, 2014, 01:01:20 AM

He has a new one in the series called "Desert God" that I just picked up but haven't read yet.
you read any Cornwell yet?


reading the Matthew Dunn, Spartan series.

just stumbled into smith. starting at the start of his Egypt series then I'll go into the others. I'm glad he's been writing a while- usually I find an author I like and I'll burn thru all his books and find myself disappointed there are no more to read- most recently DeMille and James Rollins for example.

I still gotta get to cornwell. I think it did a search at the library and none came up so I gave up.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 01, 2014, 05:36:50 AM
just stumbled into smith. starting at the start of his Egypt series then I'll go into the others. I'm glad he's been writing a while- usually I find an author I like and I'll burn thru all his books and find myself disappointed there are no more to read- most recently DeMille and James Rollins for example.

I still gotta get to cornwell. I think it did a search at the library and none came up so I gave up.




Smith's books are harsh and gritty....hero's and heroines die right along with the bad guys.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: no one on November 01, 2014, 08:10:17 AM

Smith's books are harsh and gritty....hero's and heroines die right along with the bad guys.

lol kinda like George RR Martin? that guy was killing off my favourite characters left and right.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 01, 2014, 08:25:18 AM
lol kinda like George RR Martin? that guy was killing off my favourite characters left and right.



Yeah but more realistic, not fantasy/science fiction.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. MB on November 02, 2014, 11:17:01 AM
I heard great reviews regarding The Girl in Room 6E. A girl working on line live sex/porn has a desire to kill. In order to prevent that she has invented a life behind a locked door. Could not finish.

I have Killing Patton on order. I am a WWll nutt.

I amalso promoting our own Young Adult novel Redemption's Warrior now on AmazonKindle.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on November 03, 2014, 07:44:11 AM
I just finished this book:

David Millar - Racing Through the dark

overall rating 4 / 6

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Racing-Through-Dark-David-Millar/dp/1409120384


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Archer77 on November 03, 2014, 07:53:35 AM
.

Good one. 

I'm reading John Barleycorn


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 04, 2014, 06:58:19 PM
controversial columnist condemns himself: 200 pages


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on November 05, 2014, 03:10:53 PM
www.goodreads.com/work/.../2432116-the-beautiful-and-damned‎
164 quotes from The Beautiful and Damned: 'Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 11, 2014, 08:04:38 AM
Making my way through Sergio De La Pava's 'A Naked Singularity' (great title!). Originally self-published, this 800+ page book is both brilliant, and frustratingly self-indulgent. It could have benefited from some editing, but at what cost? This guy, a public defender in NYC, is so talented, like a Pynchon, or a Vollmann. Bookmark this guy; he has the real sauce.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 11, 2014, 09:06:35 AM
Lol I just blew up Amazon lately....probably ordered 12 books in the last 2 weeks.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. MB on November 11, 2014, 09:50:21 AM
Killing Patton was a great read. Chocked full of history. Ike, FDR, Truman, Churchill, Hitler and Stalin.

Our Young Adult novel REDEMPTION'S WARRIOR is gathering steam on AmazonKindle. If you like YA genre or have older teens in your home...check it out and give it a review.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on November 12, 2014, 03:11:20 AM
Killing Patton was a great read. Chocked full of history. Ike, FDR, Truman, Churchill, Hitler and Stalin.

Our Young Adult novel REDEMPTION'S WARRIOR is gathering steam on AmazonKindle. If you like YA genre or have older teens in your home...check it out and give it a review.

Wasn't he killed in a car accident or something? Why would that be the book's premise?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 14, 2014, 01:29:19 PM
Wasn't he killed in a car accident or something? Why would that be the book's premise?
It's by Bill O'Reilly, renowned historian. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on November 15, 2014, 02:49:08 AM
currently, I am reading Michel Houellebecq - The Map and the territory.

Great book:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Map_and_the_Territory


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on November 15, 2014, 04:44:48 AM
It's by Bill O'Reilly, renowned historian.  

I understand that, and neither of us are fans, if I presume correctly. But at least his other 'Killing' titles made sense, as the subjects were murdered. Patton, though? It was a car accident.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 17, 2014, 08:18:11 AM
Andrew Britton spy series on Ryan Kealy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 19, 2014, 04:38:37 PM
I understand that, and neither of us are fans, if I presume correctly. But at least his other 'Killing' titles made sense, as the subjects were murdered. Patton, though? It was a car accident.
So, they would have you believe. See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077272/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_10 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077272/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_10)        ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. MB on December 01, 2014, 03:13:03 PM
Our new Young Adult novel REDEMPTION'S WARRIOR was offered for FREE on Amazon Kindle for Cyber Monday and Tuesday. We hit #55 out of 9,222 in our category half way thru today.

If you are young at heart or have young adult family/friends...take advantage of FREE.

http://redemptionswarrior.com


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 01, 2014, 07:03:22 PM
Our new Young Adult novel REDEMPTION'S WARRIOR was offered for FREE on Amazon Kindle for Cyber Monday and Tuesday. We hit #55 out of 9,222 in our category half way thru today.

If you are young at heart or have young adult family/friends...take advantage of FREE.

http://redemptionswarrior.com
'Redemptions Warrior: A young adult novel is fantasy fiction, blending mystical with mundane realities.

Do you believe in beneficence? Can you fathom a goodness requiring you to make acts of power and truth? Acts resonating into the world on waves on intention; where the impossible intersects with freedom.

Redemptions warrior is the story of Christopher Marcus accused of running drugs, incarcerated on Ilas Tres Marias, an island prison sixty miles southwest of Mazatlan.

Not soon enough Juanita will be off her father’s boat and back in the little room off the kitchen in the home of La Currendea. The healer teaches Juanita, “your belly is filled with miles of sensors. To live an authentic life you must unite your mind and hearth with your belly.” Together Juanita and Christopher will fight for his freedom and a life together.

Redemptions Warrior. The hero’s journey; a quest for freedom. Would you bet your life on beneficence?'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. MB on December 01, 2014, 09:15:00 PM
Thanks dr.   We just hit #42 on Kindle this evening. Would love to be in the 30s by midnight.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 03, 2014, 04:31:59 PM
"Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: xxxLinda on December 03, 2014, 05:00:05 PM
How to exercise without moving a muscle, 1973


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhino on December 16, 2014, 07:10:03 PM
Ah yes, another "what are you reading thread" where Getbiggers try and out-do each other with their impressive intellectual reading skills and post titles of books suck as "Advanced quantum physics and string theory" and "How to build a hadron collider".  ::)


Not me! I'm reading Catcher in the Rye.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhino on December 16, 2014, 07:14:07 PM
Also, reading the Old Man and the Sea. It's a good book for aging getbiggers. Makes ones realize that we all have our time. And, eventually, our days our gone! There comes that day when you're are going to have your last fishing trip or taste of the good life being the "top dog" in the gym. :'(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 18, 2014, 09:54:12 AM
Year-end best-of lists. Keep reading.   :)


ABE: http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/11/26/beths-best-reads-of-2014/?cm_sp=home-_-center-_-onetxt (http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/11/26/beths-best-reads-of-2014/?cm_sp=home-_-center-_-onetxt)

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2014.html?src=me&_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2014.html?src=me&_r=0)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=s9_al_bw_feat?ie=UTF8&docId=1002993971&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=1NSS3CWE3VMEZZ5SG7BC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1968762882&pf_rd_i=10207069011 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=s9_al_bw_feat?ie=UTF8&docId=1002993971&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=1NSS3CWE3VMEZZ5SG7BC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1968762882&pf_rd_i=10207069011)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: churbro on December 22, 2014, 04:04:18 AM
Anybody read the Flashman books by George MacDonald Fraser? Historical novels meticulously researched and involving the most cowardly 19th century British Cad to have ever lived. Also the reason I now love using the word poltroon!  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on December 22, 2014, 11:00:51 AM
Just finished an article about Tony Blair in Vanity Fair. He's a very interesting person. It is hard to determine whether he is completely corrupt or it just appears that he is. He is definitely "in bed" with some scary people. The fact that he profits financially from these "friendships" is suspect. Some folks believe he is worth £100 million. He claims this is not the case and that he is worth about £20 million and not motivated by money. I find this hard to believe.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 10, 2015, 06:45:04 AM
Drove by my local Barnes and Nobles last night and it was closed up :'(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 11, 2015, 09:42:58 AM
Anybody read the Flashman books by George MacDonald Fraser? Historical novels meticulously researched and involving the most cowardly 19th century British Cad to have ever lived. Also the reason I now love using the word poltroon!  :)
Been years, but I remember them being a lot of fun. Flashman was apparently the bad guy in the book Tom Brown's School Days. Can't remember who wrote that one, tho.

/oh, and the guy who wrote the books was a pseudonym/had secrets?  something weird?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 11, 2015, 10:55:37 AM
Drove by my local Barnes and Nobles last night and it was closed up :'(
You're not buying local enough, bro.  >:(

 /me neither. half-price on-line is a no-brainer.  :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on January 11, 2015, 10:57:06 AM
To Hell and Back, Audie Murphy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 11, 2015, 10:25:17 PM
Robert Stone has passed. Solid author, best known for 'Dog Soldiers.'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 13, 2015, 09:19:25 AM
You're not buying local enough, bro.  >:(

 /me neither. half-price on-line is a no-brainer.  :-\



I was on my way there to buy >:(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Teutonic Knight on January 17, 2015, 03:00:43 PM
Dr.Michael Mosley ' The Fast Diet'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on January 17, 2015, 06:24:52 PM
Dark Places, Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl). This chick is good.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 22, 2015, 01:26:06 PM
Dark Places, Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl). This chick is good.
Bought her first book, Sharp Objects, on a recommendation; was not impressed. She blew up. Big mistake.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on January 22, 2015, 10:00:07 PM
With the Old Breed - Eugene Sledge

WWII Marine's firsthand account of the Pelileu and Okinawa invasions. Brutal stuff.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on January 22, 2015, 10:01:03 PM
Bought her first book, Sharp Objects, on a recommendation; was not impressed. She blew up. Big mistake.  ;D

Just started the one I mentioned, but Gone Girl was excellent, except maybe the ending.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 23, 2015, 08:49:33 AM
Bought her first book, Sharp Objects, on a recommendation; was not impressed. She blew up. Big mistake.  ;D


Just picked up Bernard Cornwells latest on his Saxon series.


...lol, walked in the Barnes and Nobles two towns over >:( with a $25.00 gift card and ended up finding three more books besides that :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on January 23, 2015, 12:57:11 PM
The Complete Roman Army, Adrian Goldsworthy


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: churbro on February 03, 2015, 06:19:53 AM
Been years, but I remember them being a lot of fun. Flashman was apparently the bad guy in the book Tom Brown's School Days. Can't remember who wrote that one, tho.

/oh, and the guy who wrote the books was a pseudonym/had secrets?  something weird?

Thomas Hughes created the character of Harry Flashman in Tom Brown's School Days in 1857 and George MacDonald Fraser based the Flashman books on that outline.

He wrote under his own name and as far as I know there were no skeletons in his closet. Served in WW2, worked for a newspaper before becoming a fulltime writer. He also wrote the movie screenplays for the Three Musketeers (1972) and Octopussy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: churbro on February 03, 2015, 06:22:25 AM
The Complete Roman Army, Adrian Goldsworthy

Good book. I recently finished his latest book, Augustus: First Emperor of Rome.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: churbro on February 03, 2015, 06:36:26 AM
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (yes...that Hugh Laurie)

Surprisingly good political thriller in the vein of Robert Ludlum. Very witty use of language and interesting characters.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on February 03, 2015, 11:48:00 AM
Shrinkage, Bryan Bishop.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 04, 2015, 07:35:17 AM
Thomas Hughes created the character of Harry Flashman in Tom Brown's School Days in 1857 and George MacDonald Fraser based the Flashman books on that outline.

He wrote under his own name and as far as I know there were no skeletons in his closet. Served in WW2, worked for a newspaper before becoming a fulltime writer. He also wrote the movie screenplays for the Three Musketeers (1972) and Octopussy.
My mistake. I was confusing him with Patrick O'Brian.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 04, 2015, 07:36:40 AM

Just picked up Bernard Cornwells latest on his Saxon series.


...lol, walked in the Barnes and Nobles two towns over >:( with a $25.00 gift card and ended up finding three more books besides that :-\
If I had a nickle, etc.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on February 21, 2015, 09:18:21 PM
Bought her first book, Sharp Objects, on a recommendation; was not impressed. She blew up. Big mistake.  ;D

Dark Places now, her other one. Great so far.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 24, 2015, 06:29:11 AM
Haven't been reading that much lately.



...I'm disappointed in myself >:(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: afton on February 24, 2015, 02:46:42 PM
Welllll, I am reading Outlander, am going to try and finish Fool Moon and Uglies as well. I am also reading Feed. And if it comes in from the library this month, Second Grave on the Left.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on February 28, 2015, 12:01:51 PM
Nietzsche - selected essays


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on February 28, 2015, 02:28:09 PM
Bought her first book, Sharp Objects, on a recommendation; was not impressed. She blew up. Big mistake.  ;D

She's won me over big with the other two. Reminds me quite a bit of Chuck Palahniuk's early stuff: narrative style, careful plotting, the clever cynicism. Even some of her sudden twist gimmickry is very Chuck.

Sharp Objects next.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 10, 2015, 12:55:55 PM
Finished with Buster Olney's 'The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty.' Tried, but couldn't finish. An in-depth look at the New York Yankee's years with Joe Torre. Writing was fine, and the author's interest in the subject is encyclopedic, but chapter after chapter of mintutiae character study just wore me out and I gave up. If there's one thing I took from this book is that Steinbrenner is feared and loathed by all that come in contact with him. To the plus, Spring training has begun.   

   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 13, 2015, 09:18:19 AM
Sad news. Terry Pratchett has died. Complications from Alzheimer's, I infer. Wrote Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) and the Discworld Series, among many others.

Guardian Obit: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/12/terry-pratchett-author-of-the-discworld-series-dies-aged-66 (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/12/terry-pratchett-author-of-the-discworld-series-dies-aged-66)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on March 14, 2015, 03:36:49 PM
Currently reading;

I Am Pilgrim

Solid first novel. Read pretty much the whole day yesterday and only halfway through. Long old book but enjoying it.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on March 15, 2015, 03:11:19 PM
Finished 'I Am Pilgrim' at 2am this morning. Read solidly for 5 hours. Awesome book and very well written. Looking forward to his next book.

Any suggestions on what to read next?

I like anything with a bit of imagination, well written and believable. Have a strong preference for sweeping historical fiction but will read anything good


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on March 15, 2015, 03:19:16 PM
Finished 'I Am Pilgrim' at 2am this morning. Read solidly for 5 hours. Awesome book and very well written. Looking forward to his next book.

Any suggestions on what to read next?

I like anything with a bit of imagination, well written and believable. Have a strong preference for sweeping historical fiction but will read anything good

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. Early 20th century Boston (with Oklahoma sublot) epic about political unrest and police corruption. Excellent read.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on March 15, 2015, 03:32:03 PM
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. Early 20th century Boston (with Oklahoma sublot) epic about political unrest and police corruption. Excellent read.

Yep, looks good. Just read some reviews on Amazon. Downloading to my Kindle now. Thanks for the suggestion.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on March 15, 2015, 04:45:58 PM
Yep, looks good. Just read some reviews on Amazon. Downloading to my Kindle now. Thanks for the suggestion.

You bet. Sequel is Live by Night, which moves the latter day action to Florida/Cuba. Affleck's presently adapting it for the big screen.

Ben, the director, does Boston incredibly well (Gone Baby Gone, The Town); SO wish he'd chosen The Given Day instead.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on March 17, 2015, 01:05:39 PM
Halfway through 'The Given Day' and really enjoying it. But my lawd are there many characters to remember!

Also started reading 'Good Morning Mr Mandela' by his old secretary. Quite enjoying it so far.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on March 17, 2015, 01:20:57 PM
Halfway through 'The Given Day' and really enjoying it. But my lawd are there many characters to remember!

Also started reading 'Good Morning Mr Mandela' by his old secretary. Quite enjoying it so far.

Yes, mainly focuses on the Coughlins and Luther, though, no?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on April 09, 2015, 03:16:16 AM
Just bought these books:


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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 11, 2015, 10:49:16 AM
Halfway through 'The Given Day' and really enjoying it. But my lawd are there many characters to remember!

Also started reading 'Good Morning Mr Mandela' by his old secretary. Quite enjoying it so far.

If you enjoyed The Given Day, it's the first of a trilogy. Live by Night (currently being filmed) is next, and World Gone By, the third, was just released. Just started it, and already sucked in.

Lehane is fantastic.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: muscularny on April 12, 2015, 01:18:48 PM
Apology by Plato


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Audioslave on April 12, 2015, 03:54:01 PM
Just started 'Sycamore Row' by Grisham. Not sure why since most of his stuff over the last few years has sucked, but it's like a band you're invested in... you just keep going back even if their tune has soured.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on April 14, 2015, 07:54:34 AM
Just started Bernard Cornwell's -The Empty Throne.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 26, 2015, 10:12:51 AM
Finished Steve Martin's autobiography, Born Standing Up. Recounts how, and what, made him a standup comic, and why he stopped. Interesting, without being too revealing. His style is friendly, and breezy. Finished the 200-odd pages in a sitting. Haven't done that for a long time. Be a great read on a trip, or vacation.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 26, 2015, 11:07:52 AM
Finished Steve Martin's autobiography, Born Standing Up. Recounts how, and what, made him a standup comic, and why he stopped. Interesting, without being too revealing. His style is friendly, and breezy. Finished the 200-odd pages in a sitting. Haven't done that for a long time. Be a great read on a trip, or vacation.   

This one is older, right? Covers the Knott's gig and all. Think I read it years ago.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on April 27, 2015, 05:45:16 AM
Kurt Vonnegut - Timequake


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 28, 2015, 12:34:49 AM
This one is older, right? Covers the Knott's gig and all. Think I read it years ago.
Yup. That's the one.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 28, 2015, 03:11:35 PM
Yup. That's the one.

Very good. Loved Steve since I was little.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 28, 2015, 03:17:20 PM
Kurt Vonnegut - Timequake

Please report back after.

Loved Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse Five, and Harrison Bergeron. Couldn't finish Cat's Cradle, though.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 28, 2015, 03:22:16 PM
Funny as hell.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 05, 2015, 11:28:34 AM
Following up on
, I picked this up yesterday. Also got the Glass.

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Was thinking of getting the Sacks' one for my Da. Let us know what you think.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SF1900 on May 05, 2015, 11:36:10 AM
Few books on my reading list

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tedim on May 05, 2015, 11:56:16 AM
fathers and sons....turgenev

in English... :-X


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on May 06, 2015, 12:31:01 AM
Few books on my reading list

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are you a socialist?
I am not saying that in a bad way, I just get that impression from those books.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 06, 2015, 05:28:15 AM
are you a socialist?
I am not saying that in a bad way, I just get that impression from those books.
Trolling on a book thread!? Let's be cool.  :)

/just gave up on stephen king's The Dark Half (tedious/boring) and picked up Kent Anderson's Night Dogs (brilliant!)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SF1900 on May 06, 2015, 01:24:27 PM
are you a socialist?
I am not saying that in a bad way, I just get that impression from those books.

No, not a socialist.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on May 06, 2015, 06:25:08 PM
In the finale of Justified, a copy of The Friends of Eddie Coyle makes an appearance.   Elmore Leonard says it's the best crime novel every written, so I'm giving it a try.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Straw Man on May 06, 2015, 07:32:33 PM
In the finale of Justified, a copy of The Friends of Eddie Coyle makes an appearance.   Elmore Leonard says it's the best crime novel every written, so I'm giving it a try.

high praise

I've got to travel this weekend and I'm going to get a copy tomorrow to read on the plane


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: calfzilla on May 06, 2015, 07:40:05 PM
No, not a socialist.

 ::)














 ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 07, 2015, 07:42:16 AM
In the finale of Justified, a copy of The Friends of Eddie Coyle makes an appearance.   Elmore Leonard says it's the best crime novel every written, so I'm giving it a try.
Yup. Heard him say this in person. It's a solid book, but Leonard has written better.  The movie's pretty good, too. Mitchum as Coyle. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 07, 2015, 12:24:55 PM
Will do, Cher Chimps (in a few weeks -- have a couple of urgent deadlines).

Got this recently: praise and a some underestimation (LOL).

You're a teacher/professor, Kahn?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on May 07, 2015, 12:30:06 PM
Few books on my reading list


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Feel free to skip Bowling Alone. People used to do things in groups (Churches, clubs, bowling, etc.), now they don't, but they should, and here are some studies that show group activities are good for people. Also, people should get more involved in politics.

Saved you 400-500 pages.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SF1900 on May 07, 2015, 09:59:39 PM
Feel free to skip Bowling Alone. People used to do things in groups (Churches, clubs, bowling, etc.), now they don't, but they should, and here are some studies that show group activities are good for people. Also, people should get more involved in politics.

Saved you 400-500 pages.

Meh, I will still read it because I like Putnams work and I am heavily into community-based work.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: James28 on May 07, 2015, 10:52:24 PM
Wolf Winter - Cecilia Ekback


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr. Magoo on May 08, 2015, 07:13:38 AM
Yeah -- late-stage PhD candidate (used to work in management and consulting before the switch). Just got a summer research grant  :D

What do you teach?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 08, 2015, 01:42:17 PM
Yeah -- late-stage PhD candidate (used to work in management and consulting before the switch). Just got a summer research grant  :D

Congratulations.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 14, 2015, 09:05:43 AM
Hey, Magoo,

Philosophy. We've talked before.

You used to work through a lot of interesting texts!

Best,
Kahn


Always thought it cool that Henry and William were brothers. One, the master of fiction/observant of minute human nature; the other an investigant of society.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: visualizeperfection on May 14, 2015, 06:20:20 PM
Yeah, very cool. Sometimes happenstance gets it right. I can't tell you how many times I've come across the similar "one was a novelist who wrote like a psychologist; the other was a psychologist who wrote like a novelist" quip (OK, I can tell you. Probably about 3-4 times -- but I can't remember the first text in which I saw it). I haven't taught pragmatism in a few years, though I started (and put on hold) a paper which attempts to use Dewey's pragmatism (drawing on its influences of Hegel and Darwin) to reflect on recent developments in synthetic biology (viz. Venter). Like I said, it's on hold.

Be well, Chimps.

* Oh, and (when I go all literary) one of my favorite lines is from Henry James' essay, "The Writer Makes the Reader" in Theory of Fiction, ed., James E. Miller, Jr. (Nebraska: Nebraska Press, 1972): "In every novel the work is divided between the writer and the reader; but the writer makes the reader very much as he makes his characters. When he makes him ill, that is, indifferent, he does no work; the writer does all. When he makes him interested, then the reader does quite the labour" (p. 321).

What do you think he means by this? It's not some pomo musing about authority and its demise. I interpret it as an author attempting to entice a certain amount of positive assorting in this reciprocal relation, whose bases for selection are as undeniably intersubjective as they are indisputably intertextual. With this in mind, I've always liked Jaroslav Pelikan's elicitation of the Goethean commission: "Was Du ererbt von Deinem Vätern hast, Erwirb es, um es zu besitzen,"  i.e., That which you have inherited from your forebears, acquire for yourself, to make it your own (my translation). A poietic partnership, then? Also, recall that scene in The Paper Chase (1973), where James Hart breaks into Langdell Hall to read Kingsfield's student journals? Love that scene because he reads: "After all, I am almost the living extension of the old judges. Where would they be without me? I carry in my mind the cases that they wrote. Where the hell would they be if it wasn't for me? Who would hang their pictures if there were no law students? It's hard being the living extension of a tradition" (The Paper Chase [1973] at 1:01:35-50: my bold emphasis).

Be well, again, Chimps.
  

X2.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 16, 2015, 08:31:02 AM
Yeah, very cool. Sometimes happenstance gets it right. I can't tell you how many times I've come across the similar "one was a novelist who wrote like a psychologist; the other was a psychologist who wrote like a novelist" quip (OK, I can tell you. Probably about 3-4 times -- but I can't remember the first text in which I saw it). I haven't taught pragmatism in a few years, though I started (and put on hold) a paper which attempts to use Dewey's pragmatism (drawing on its influences of Hegel and Darwin) to reflect on recent developments in synthetic biology (viz. Venter). Like I said, it's on hold.

Be well, Chimps.

* Oh, and (when I go all literary) one of my favorite lines is from Henry James' essay, "The Writer Makes the Reader" in Theory of Fiction, ed., James E. Miller, Jr. (Nebraska: Nebraska Press, 1972): "In every novel the work is divided between the writer and the reader; but the writer makes the reader very much as he makes his characters. When he makes him ill, that is, indifferent, he does no work; the writer does all. When he makes him interested, then the reader does quite the labour" (p. 321).

What do you think he means by this? It's not some pomo musing about authority and its demise. I interpret it as an author attempting to entice a certain amount of positive assorting in this reciprocal relation, whose bases for selection are as undeniably intersubjective as they are indisputably intertextual. With this in mind, I've always liked Jaroslav Pelikan's elicitation of the Goethean commission: "Was Du ererbt von Deinem Vätern hast, Erwirb es, um es zu besitzen,"  i.e., That which you have inherited from your forebears, acquire for yourself, to make it your own (my translation). A poietic partnership, then? Also, recall that scene in The Paper Chase (1973), where James Hart breaks into Langdell Hall to read Kingsfield's student journals? Love that scene because he reads: "After all, I am almost the living extension of the old judges. Where would they be without me? I carry in my mind the cases that they wrote. Where the hell would they be if it wasn't for me? Who would hang their pictures if there were no law students? It's hard being the living extension of a tradition" (The Paper Chase [1973] at 1:01:35-50: my bold emphasis).

Be well, again, Chimps.
  
Seems to be an art/engagement thesis, but who really cares?   ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 08, 2015, 02:38:49 PM
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh. A memoir of sorts by a noted neurosurgeon, who spills the beans on a lot of stuff: hospital bureaucracy/mismanagement; how he internalizes and then addresses a patient's condition; and some of his successes and a lot of his failures. Marsh, himself, is a bit mercurial veering from arrogant to self-effacing and humane. Book is a bit uneven, as chapters are staggered and recursive, but despite that I got a lot out of it. Very informative. I hope I never need a neurosurgeon, but this guy seems to be the sort you want when you have tumour in your melon.      


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 09, 2015, 03:00:47 PM
Chipping away at several:

Make Something Up, Chuck Palahniuk short stories
When the Women Come Out to Dance, Elmore Leonard shorts
Adam Carolla's latest
World Gone By, Dennis Lehane
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

And this:


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on July 13, 2015, 03:17:56 AM
Kurt Vonnegut - Timequake

I have stopped reading it without finishing it. Shitty book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 13, 2015, 07:21:53 AM
I have stopped reading it without finishing it. Shitty book.

Ok, thanks for the update. Had the same problem with Cat's Cradle, which is supposed to be one of his best.

Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions, loved both.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on July 13, 2015, 01:47:32 PM
high praise

I've got to travel this weekend and I'm going to get a copy tomorrow to read on the plane

What did you think?  Decent enough, and I enjoyed knowing the geography, but largely agree with Chimps.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 18, 2015, 02:26:29 PM
What did you think?  Decent enough, and I enjoyed knowing the geography, but largely agree with Chimps.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv30-kITKqw


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: syntaxmachine on July 21, 2015, 02:57:48 PM
Mr Sharp commo book


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 22, 2015, 10:18:33 AM
Sad News. E.L. Doctorow has passed away, aged 84. He managed to be both critically and popularly acclaimed, a rare thing these days. Books include 'The  Book of Daniel,' 'Billy Bathgate,' 'The March,' and Ragtime.'

Guardian obit: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/22/author-el-doctorow-dies-in-new-york-aged-84 (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/22/author-el-doctorow-dies-in-new-york-aged-84) 

NYT obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical-fiction-dies-at-84.html?ref=books&_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical-fiction-dies-at-84.html?ref=books&_r=0)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on July 30, 2015, 06:28:52 AM
So many books this summer that Amazon and Barnes and Noble should sponsor me!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on August 04, 2015, 06:50:35 AM
Just read this one. Would give it 4 / 5 stars:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_Apple


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on August 07, 2015, 03:05:36 AM
Charles Bukowski - Women

Not as depressing as some of his other books. I like it so far. Bukowski has a writing style that is unique in terms of the writers I have read books by so far.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on August 25, 2015, 11:41:10 AM
A bunch of sword and sandals books by, Gordan Dougherty, Ben Kane, James Mace,Anthony Riches,and Simon Scarrow.
Bernard Cornwells latest Saxon Series.
Angus Donalds's series on Robin Hood.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: robot23 on September 01, 2015, 05:17:41 PM
Hello Everyone!! Where can I find good whatsapp status?  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on September 01, 2015, 06:18:53 PM
Hello Everyone!! Where can I find good whatsapp status?  :D

Start with your asshole.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 10, 2015, 11:26:00 AM
Philip Kerr's 'The Lady from Zagreb.' A Bernie Gunther novel. Took me a while to get through this one; Kerr phoned this one in. Strong on history, particularly Nazi involvement in Yugoslavia, but our anti-hero Gunther is now glib, and 2-dimensional. Disappointing. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 10, 2015, 12:10:27 PM
Philip Kerr's 'The Lady from Zagreb.' A Bernie Gunther novel. Took me a while to get through this one; Kerr phoned this one in. Strong on history, particularly Nazi involvement in Yugoslavia, but our anti-hero Gunther is now glib, and 2-dimensional. Disappointing. 

Any interest in Lehane, Chimps? Kenzie/Gennaro series, Given Day trilogy?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 11, 2015, 05:47:18 AM
Any interest in Lehane, Chimps? Kenzie/Gennaro series, Given Day trilogy?
Yup. Super writer. Met him once, and asked him about how cool it was that Clint directed Mystic River; he nodded and said 'not too shabby.' 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on September 11, 2015, 05:57:57 AM
Reading Black Hawk Down


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 11, 2015, 06:25:22 AM
Yup. Super writer. Met him once, and asked him about how cool it was that Clint directed Mystic River; he nodded and said 'not too shabby.' 

Cool story. I have all his stuff, probably my favorite active writer. Love what they did with "Animal Rescue."


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on September 11, 2015, 08:05:01 AM
Any of you boys read up on ancient history? That is mainly all I read.

Never really interested in fictional works. I get enough of that on Getbig as it is.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on September 11, 2015, 09:31:47 AM
Reading Black Hawk Down


Good book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 11, 2015, 10:36:42 AM
Any of you boys read up on ancient history? That is mainly all I read.

Never really interested in fictional works. I get enough of that on Getbig as it is.

I'm always brushing up on my comprehensive knowledge, 'For Dummies'-type texts and whatnot; no particular era, though. You like ancient Rome, right?

I'd really like to study that more myself, along with Greece.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on September 11, 2015, 11:14:19 AM
I'm always brushing on my comprehensive knowledge, like 'For Dummies'-type texts and whatnot; no particular era, though. You like ancient Rome, right?

I'd really like to study that more myself, along with Greece.
Rome, Greece, Egypt........in fact most of the world's ancient cultures interest me. It's strange really, I mainly like most things from the Renaissance period and earlier.

I am not as interested in later periods of history.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Set It Up on September 11, 2015, 09:05:20 PM
I read On the Road by Kerouac. That is all I have read.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 14, 2015, 02:42:28 PM
I read On the Road by Kerouac. That is all I have read.
Lotsa time, lotsa books, Josh. Do it, or don't. Try an Elmore Leonard, a Lee Child, or a Don Winslow. Working my way through the latter's 'The Cartel' - brutal. Stay cool. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 14, 2015, 07:38:56 PM
Lotsa time, lotsa books, Josh. Do it, or don't. Try an Elmore Leonard, a Lee Child, or a Don Winslow. Working my way through the latter's 'The Cartel' - brutal. Stay cool.  

"It's got the jazz dog feel of a shot of pure meth!" - James Ellroy

Just started 'The Devil in the White City' by Eric Larson. I think DiCaprio already bought the film rights.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 15, 2015, 03:03:42 AM
"It's got the jazz dog feel of a shot of pure meth!" - James Ellroy

Just started 'The Devil in the White City' by Eric Larson. I think DiCaprio already bought the film rights.
Remember reading that one. He ties the serial killer to Chicago's World Fair. A novel stretch, and contrived, but learning a bit about both helped overcome it. Guy knows how to do the historical thingy. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 15, 2015, 03:40:52 AM
Booker short-list out, today: http://www.theguardian.com/books (http://www.theguardian.com/books)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 20, 2015, 09:16:33 PM
Rereading Denis Johnson's 'Jesus's Son.' Anyone familiar?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 21, 2015, 07:30:35 AM
Rereading Denis Johnson's 'Jesus's Son.' Anyone familiar?
Yessir! Got a signed 1st on the shelf. Great book. Great writer.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 21, 2015, 12:43:59 PM
Yessir! Got a signed 1st on the shelf. Great book. Great writer.

Awesome. Knew, if anyone, it'd be you. Amy Hempel or Thom Jones, sir, you familiar? Short story writers.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 21, 2015, 01:12:08 PM
Awesome. Knew, if anyone, it'd be you. Amy Hempel or Thom Jones, sir, you familiar? Short story writers.
Big nope. Not even a blip. My short-story collection is small. Got the obvious ones, I guess - Munro, Saunders, etc. Don't even ask me about poetry.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on September 21, 2015, 03:54:55 PM
Big nope. Not even a blip. My short-story collection is small. Got the obvious ones, I guess - Munro, Saunders, etc. Don't even ask me about poetry.  ;D

Oh, yes, deficient here as well. Not a huge fan, much prefer poetic prose.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on September 24, 2015, 11:35:46 AM
For you Sherlock Holmes fans, Kareem Abdul Jabbar has just put out a new title. Yes, that Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Guardian linky: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/24/nba-basketball-kareem-abdul-jabbar-sherlock-homes-brother-mycroft (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/24/nba-basketball-kareem-abdul-jabbar-sherlock-homes-brother-mycroft)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 01, 2015, 01:21:49 PM
Chimps,

Dead tree or Kindle?

Sacrilege, right?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 02, 2015, 07:08:26 AM
Chimps,

Dead tree or Kindle?

Sacrilege, right?
Got a whole forest in the other room.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 02, 2015, 09:53:08 AM
Got a whole forest in the other room.

Wouldn't expect less.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 02, 2015, 12:03:04 PM
Wouldn't expect less.


Same here, 4 bookcases and a lot double stacked.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 02, 2015, 03:07:39 PM

Same here, 4 bookcases and a lot double stacked.

I'm with you fellas.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 02, 2015, 03:21:53 PM
The Demon-Haunted World by Sagan. Boy was he good.

Also rereading World Gone By (Lehane) and Blood Meridian (5th time, audio this go-round), with Harley's on deck.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on October 04, 2015, 01:28:02 PM
currently reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_Boys


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 07, 2015, 01:12:09 PM
'Through Hell to Life' by Jakob Breitowitcz, Harley's grandfather. Lots of books have been published about surviving The Holocaust, notably by Elie Wiesel, Primo Levy, Otto Dov Kulka, etc. and even in graphic form by Art Spiegelman. First written in 1946, and subsequently published in 1983, this book is less literature than testimony/documentation, and as such there are many (sometimes frustrating) gaps in time and personal record. What remains is certainly a singular personal and familial survival story, and, as noted in the afterward, it is a history to belie revisionist agendas. While reading it I also noted how the author (and by extension us) constructs a narrative, and the primacy of ego and memory in this process.   

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 08, 2015, 06:26:09 AM
Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature. She's Belarusian.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/08/svetlana-alexievich-wins-2015-nobel-prize-in-literature (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/08/svetlana-alexievich-wins-2015-nobel-prize-in-literature)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 08, 2015, 09:44:37 AM
PYNCHON, DeLILLO, Roth, Rushdie, Kundera, Atwood, Herr Dr. Chimps?
Murakami always a perennial, too. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 12, 2015, 12:42:28 PM
Spirit of Halloween, I'm gonna try to squeeze in another go-round with Shelley's Frankenstein. Absolutely love this book, among the best I've ever read.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 13, 2015, 02:17:59 PM
Marlon James is your 2015 Man Booker Prize winner. His 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' riffs on an attempt on Bob Marley's life.

Guardian link: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/13/marlon-james-wins-the-man-booker-prize-2015 (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/13/marlon-james-wins-the-man-booker-prize-2015)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: tbombz on October 13, 2015, 06:44:44 PM
The Gospel of Saint Luke!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 14, 2015, 08:18:13 AM
Just picked up ''The Survivor" which is the latest in the Mitch Rapp series that was originally written by Vince Flynn but is now being written by Kyle Mills after Vince passed from cancer. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 19, 2015, 11:47:02 AM
Lee Child's 'Personal.' Reacher is after a sniper, as only he capable of, but he has to travel to Paris and London to do it. Like to say it was the usual Child book, but having our hero travel overseas felt so contrived it was like that time the Harlem Globetrotters showed up on Gilligan's Island. Child phoned this one in. Good for killing time, or a flight, but this book has none of the usual Jack.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: absfabs on October 22, 2015, 07:53:50 PM
a e van vogt    anything   maybe best author ever
robert e howard
michael moorcock
jack vance    also might be best author ever
murray leinster
The Great Explosion is a satirical science fiction novel by Eric Frank Russell
Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by James P. Hogan.
powerhouse principles jorge cruz
dungeon masters guide gary gygax
feet of clay terry pratchett    sold only 90mil books in diskworld etc series


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: obesebob on October 23, 2015, 02:49:33 AM
TITUS GROAN by Mervyn Peake.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on October 24, 2015, 12:20:45 AM
Jush finished the below book. I rate it 4 out of 6 stars. It had some tedious parts that were unnecessary, other than that it was a good book for those who are interested in stock markets, HFT and trading psychology:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_Boys


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 24, 2015, 11:36:18 AM
a e van vogt    anything   maybe best author ever
robert e howard
michael moorcock
jack vance    also might be best author ever
murray leinster
The Great Explosion is a satirical science fiction novel by Eric Frank Russell
Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by James P. Hogan.
powerhouse principles jorge cruz
dungeon masters guide gary gygax
feet of clay terry pratchett    sold only 90mil books in diskworld etc series
Man, I remember reading 'Slan' years ago. Supposed to be a classic. What a turd. Is there one of his that you would recommend?  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 26, 2015, 12:18:59 PM
The 'Devils" trilogy by Matt Tomerlin.
Books are about piracy in the Caribbean.
Damn! these books are nothing like the the romantic fun movies that have been made. these books are dark and violent. murder, torture, and rape and all types of mayhem. major characters get killed off in every book in very gruesome ways.


....sometimes I don't want to pick the books up and other times I don't want to put them down!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Set It Up on October 26, 2015, 03:02:12 PM
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

by Sudhir Venkatesh


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 06, 2015, 11:53:34 AM
I haven't picked up a book in a week :o :'(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on November 14, 2015, 04:42:08 PM
I am compelled to reread a book called: Historical Atlas of The Crusades by Angus Konstam.

Fantastic book filled with maps, paintings, relics, and timelines of the numerous battles fought between Christians and Muslims.

Even the author points out the striking resemblance to events of today.

Great read.

(http://d4rri9bdfuube.cloudfront.net/assets/images/book/large/9780/8160/9780816049196.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 26, 2015, 04:32:34 PM
Two books:

Elmore Leonard's 'Touch.' Odd title; odd book. A story about a guy with stigmata!? Well-written, but a real miss-fire by the master. Appears to be a gift from his publishing house and reads like one. Only for completists (and I know you're out there).

Kim Stanley Robinson's 'Aurora.' Big hype on this book, and it's not bad. Part space opera and part hard science space stuff. Story about a voyage to a star near Tau Ceti that has some problems. For me, the narrative was totally weak, but I did like some of the science-y problems encountered. I'm sure I'm not the real audience for this book, so maybe another SF Getbigger could better review this book?  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BB on November 27, 2015, 11:46:54 AM


Elmore Leonard's 'Touch.' Odd title; odd book. A story about a guy with stigmata!? Well-written, but a real miss-fire by the master. Appears to be a gift from his publishing house and reads like one. Only for completists (and I know you're out there).


That was my first Elmore Leonard, and put me off of him for years. It wasn't until I saw that 52 Pick Up was based on his novel years afterward that I picked up another one of his books (the very good Unknown Man #89). I honestly can't remember a word of it, except that the faith healer's name was Juvenal, or something close, and it had some really awkward romantic scenes in it.

They actually made a film out of it a few years back -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKROiIVYhnU.

 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BB on November 27, 2015, 12:14:50 PM
As for my reading -

Ran through a few more of the Chester Himes "Harlem Detective" series, best to start at the beginning with these. They get a bit lazy toward the middle of the series, and you do need to to allow some lee-way for some plot points. They're fun reads, and an interesting time capsule of the era if you read them like that.

Clubland, by Frank Owen. Although some take umbrage with it, I found it a nice read on the whole Gatien/Alig/Paciello night club scandals. 4/5 rating if the topic is of interest to you.

The Promise by Robert Crais. I usually feel that even bad Crais is still pretty good, and this was no exception, but it did feel a bit like lazy writing. Some of the characters feel like they only show up only because that's what the book buyers want. Ending showdown is fast, and some of it feels a bit cheesy, and tacked on.

Also, as much as I love dogs, I couldn't get into the fact that Crais writes major portions of the book from the view point of a police dog. It was cute for a bit, but not multiple chapters.

Still, it's not horrible, just not up to his usual standard, 3/3.5 - 5.

Just started Stephen Hunters's "Dirty White Boys"  - Solid bit of noir from the few chapters I'm in.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 28, 2015, 11:47:11 AM
As for my reading -

Ran through a few more of the Chester Himes "Harlem Detective" series, best to start at the beginning with these. They get a bit lazy toward the middle of the series, and you do need to to allow some lee-way for some plot points. They're fun reads, and an interesting time capsule of the era if you read them like that.

Clubland, by Frank Owen. Although some take umbrage with it, I found it a nice read on the whole Gatien/Alig/Paciello night club scandals. 4/5 rating if the topic is of interest to you.

The Promise by Robert Crais. I usually feel that even bad Crais is still pretty good, and this was no exception, but it did feel a bit like lazy writing. Some of the characters feel like they only show up only because that's what the book buyers want. Ending showdown is fast, and some of it feels a bit cheesy, and tacked on.

Also, as much as I love dogs, I couldn't get into the fact that Crais writes major portions of the book from the view point of a police dog. It was cute for a bit, but not multiple chapters.

Still, it's not horrible, just not up to his usual standard, 3/3.5 - 5.

Just started Stephen Hunters's "Dirty White Boys"  - Solid bit of noir from the few chapters I'm in.
Grave Digger and Coffin Ed. Good stuff. I remember reading his 'Pinktoes' and finding it hilarious, and I rarely read stuff funny.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 15, 2015, 07:51:35 AM
Take, Burn, Destroy. by Sean Thomas Russell
better than I thought though the on shore parts get a little slow.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: King Shizzo on December 15, 2015, 08:02:32 AM
Getbig. My go to book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on December 16, 2015, 10:25:36 PM
An article about Burt Reynolds in the December issue of Vanity Fair. He may have been Charlie Sheen's mentor, supposedly minus getting HIV.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 17, 2015, 05:59:31 AM
Take, Burn, Destroy. by Sean Thomas Russell
better than I thought though the on shore parts get a little slow.


Ended up really liking this book and hope he continues the series.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bigmc on December 18, 2015, 11:54:35 AM
The 'Devils" trilogy by Matt Tomerlin.
Books are about piracy in the Caribbean.
Damn! these books are nothing like the the romantic fun movies that have been made. these books are dark and violent. murder, torture, and rape and all types of mayhem. major characters get killed off in every book in very gruesome ways.


....sometimes I don't want to pick the books up and other times I don't want to put them down!

im looking for something new

will check this out


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ken Fresno on December 18, 2015, 12:17:08 PM
Bought The Goshawk by T H White and Moby Dick today.

Determined to finish Moby Dick. It's not going into my pile of quarter read classics .


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: balzac on December 19, 2015, 08:41:04 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BB on December 19, 2015, 01:45:46 PM
For some reason, got stuck in a loop for a few weeks reading through old New York Magazines on google books. Really interesting reading how old stories were handled. Also a kick reading through the old pre internet ads -

http://www.google.com/search?q=google+new+york+magazine&oq=google+new+york+magazine&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3j69i64.26230j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8#q=google+new+york+magazine&tbm=bks .

Google books also has near complete collections of Spin, Vibe, Field & Stream, Popular Science, and Popular Mechanics up for reading.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 24, 2015, 01:23:37 AM
Two books: Ian Rankin's 'Even the Dogs,' and Michael Connelly's 'The Crossing.' Love these guys, and saw both on their book thingy tours ...but, (big BUT) if you are a Rankin fan, and who isn't, or a Connelly one, then these books are aces...but...They deliver all the character stuff that you want, and the great writing, but to me, it all now seems so...contrived. I get it.  80% Sure it's my reading fatigue, not the author's stuff, but I'm gonna cleanse my palate and see what's what. Best to you reading people for the New Year.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on January 05, 2016, 05:18:48 PM
Anyone read/familiar with 'S.', cowritten by JJ Abrams (Star Trek/Star Wars). Seems quite interesting, with a unique story-within-a-story-type medium bend resulting from an odd handwritten margin correspondence between readers. Similar to House of Leaves in that way, where the bizarre footnotes created an entirely separate narrative.

Really digging it so far.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 09, 2016, 09:11:25 AM
Anyone read/familiar with 'S.', cowritten by JJ Abrams (Star Trek/Star Wars). Seems quite interesting, with a unique story-within-a-story-type medium bend resulting from an odd handwritten margin correspondence between readers. Similar to House of Leaves in that way, where the bizarre footnotes created an entirely separate narrative.

Really digging it so far.
Bought it, as it was mightily hyped. Kinda looked at it, was moderately intrigued, and then put it back on the shelf.

/love house of leaves. very creepy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on January 09, 2016, 01:27:58 PM
Bought it, as it was mightily hyped. Kinda looked at it, was moderately intrigued, and then put it back on the shelf.

/love house of leaves. very creepy.

One of my absolute favorites. Like one critic said, "Had 'Blair Witch' been a book ..."

Any idea how to approach 'S.'? With 'Leaves,' I ended up dismissing the footnotes altogether (as they got more and more insane/irrelevant) and just followed the narrative. Read them later, after I'd finished the book.

With this one, think I just got plug away at both, but I'm not into it deep enough yet to know. I read the margin conversation first, then the printed page - any idea if I'm doing it right?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 11, 2016, 11:00:05 AM
One of my absolute favorites. Like one critic said, "Had 'Blair Witch' been a book ..."

Any idea how to approach 'S.'? With 'Leaves,' I ended up dismissing the footnotes altogether (as they got more and more insane/irrelevant) and just followed the narrative. Read them later, after I'd finished the book.

With this one, think I just got plug away at both, but I'm not into it deep enough yet to know. I read the margin conversation first, then the printed page - any idea if I'm doing it right?
No idea. Kinda looked at all the pieces and read a couple of pages. Seemed like a bit of work, and me being lazy put it back together in slipcase and shelved it.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Purge_WTF on January 12, 2016, 07:42:40 AM
 I'm about to finish Judge Not by Todd Friel. He calls out the heretical and sometimes outright stupid trends in the church today; suffice to say, it has lots of chapters.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on January 27, 2016, 03:22:12 PM

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store—a store that offered limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition that transformed retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing.

Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth fly-on-the-wall account of one of the world’s most secretive companies. Compared to technology’s other elite innovators—Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg—Bezos stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, which has led Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle, Kindle Fire and its cloud computing business.

THE EVERYTHING STORE will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company and its remarkable founder.

http://brad-stone.com/book/


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 30, 2016, 08:32:03 AM
One of Us by Asne Seierstad. Seierstad, a journalist, forensically examines the events of July 2011, when Anders Breivik massacred 77 people, mostly children, in and around Oslo. Both murderer and victims' lives, as well as Norwegian society as whole, are probed to find some kind of rationalization for how and why such an enormity occurred. Unnerving: strong stuff, indeed. Recommended.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 01, 2016, 05:58:45 AM
13 hours...book was pretty much just like the movies but of course the movie had to change a couple of parts to make it more exciting.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on February 01, 2016, 12:06:16 PM
13 hours...book was pretty much just like the movies but of course the movie had to change a couple of parts to make it more exciting.

Start a couple threads telling us to read the book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 01, 2016, 01:20:07 PM
Start a couple threads telling us to read the book.


I reviewed both in the post above, no reason.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 02, 2016, 08:30:47 AM
Re-read Man Plus by Frederik Pohl. I never re-read stuff, but I found an amazing condition 1st at a library sale and...not great. The Nebula winning book about a mission-to-Mars astronaut Roger Torraway being transformed from a man to a cyborg kinda fails to achieve lift-off. I remember reading this, what, 20 years ago and really liking it. Idea is good; but the writing is flat, and Cold War-dated, and evoked no real interest from me. Not sure if book fails, or I have gotten older and more dyspeptic.  ::)

* As I read this, I was reminded about a sc-fi book whose protagonist has to continually psychologically die, and die again, to achieve some military goal. Anyone?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 02, 2016, 10:08:11 AM
Just bought a HC signed copy of David Gemmell's Legend. Thank you credit cards.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BB on February 02, 2016, 02:18:59 PM

* As I read this, I was reminded about a sc-fi book whose protagonist has to continually psychologically die, and die again, to achieve some military goal. Anyone?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_You_Need_Is_Kill ?

Also turned into the film "Edge of Tomorrow".



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 06, 2016, 10:43:55 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_You_Need_Is_Kill ?

Also turned into the film "Edge of Tomorrow".
Thought of that, but I read it 20 years ago. I think. The soldier has to get through some kind of obstacle course that he has to solve psychically before real troops can be deployed. I think.  ???


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 06, 2016, 10:55:15 AM
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. A meditation on grief and loss. A man has lost his wife and two boys their mother. This slight book (novella?) is then divided into three speaking parts: Dad, Boys, and Crow, who represents the psyche/reification of this loss/grief. I read this book in two sittings, but I think it will stay with me longer. Very strong.    

"Max Porter, an editor and former bookseller, has won the £30,000 International Dylan Thomas prize for his “extraordinary feat of imaginative prose”, Grief Is the Thing With Feathers."



Wow. Good book, but wowsers.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 11, 2016, 02:33:18 PM
Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell.
Good book, very engaging right from the start.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 19, 2016, 10:01:40 AM
Harper Lee has passed.      'Hey, Boo.'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 22, 2016, 10:08:11 AM
Ward Larsen-The Perfect Assassin, and the Assassin's Game.
Didn't think I like it and ended up reading both in less then a week 8)
The books are about a Mossad assassin and his exploits.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on February 22, 2016, 10:16:09 AM
Stan R. Mitchell-Sold Out.
Meh, seemed to much like Stephen Hunters, Point of Impact book about Bob Lee Swagger.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on February 22, 2016, 12:19:21 PM
Reading The Big Short......man I feel stupid.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 01, 2016, 02:15:01 PM
Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre. Book follows the members of a road repair platoon in Iraq, as well as homeside: Lieutenant Donovan, Cpl Zahn, Corpsman Pleasant and Interpreter Kateb/Dodge. Really good stuff. Maybe not as lyrical as Keven Powers' The Yellow Birds, or as gritty as Phil Kay's Redeployment, but the characters are all fully realized and their stories, for better and worse, coalesce at the end. Solid debut.   


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on March 04, 2016, 01:40:13 PM
Various threads on Getbig. I should "get a life!"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BB on March 09, 2016, 05:51:16 PM
Going to run through some of Joe Lansdale's "Hap and Leonard" series. Never paid attention to it before because I associated him with sci-fi and splatterpunk, which I'm very picky about. I'd give the first book 7/10, felt a tiny bit dated, and a bit hokey, but just a bit. Second book is starting off better. They're nice, fast reads too.

(Side note, I feel a bit similar about the tv series too. Enjoyable watch, writing is a tiny bit clicheish in a bad sitcom way, but the second episode was better. Casting is great, I also like that they are fleshing out the bad guy better in the tv series too. I would've liked to have seen more of him in the book.)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 18, 2016, 05:34:06 AM
Catching up on the Brad Taylor-Pike Logan series...not bad, not great but not bad.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 18, 2016, 05:53:44 AM
Catching up on the Brad Taylor-Pike Logan series...not bad, not great but not bad.
Not heard of. Best of? First?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 18, 2016, 06:06:08 AM
Not heard of. Best of? First?


First is called One Rough Man....first published 5 years ago...haha I must have really enjoyed it because I've read the rest of the series.
What I like in the first few books is the emotion of the main characters and their flaws.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 18, 2016, 06:15:01 AM

First is called One Rough Man....first published 5 years ago...haha I must have really enjoyed it because I've read the rest of the series.
What I like in the first few books is the emotion of the main characters and their flaws.
Thank you, Sir. Will look for at lunch. Hearing things about 6 4 by Hideo Yokoyama. Pings your way?

/pings. funny stuff.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 18, 2016, 06:47:16 AM
Bought a 1st/1st copy of Don DeLillo's 'White Noise.' Read years ago. There was a chapter on dying that was so awful I put the book down. Anyway, hope to get my copies signed. Guy never signs. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on March 18, 2016, 11:38:49 AM
Paul Beattys, the author of White Boy Shuffle. who just won a shit-ton of awards   for his new book. Saw this coming a long time  go. Guy's a serious contender. But Getbig being racist... Best book by far, in 2015, , 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 18, 2016, 01:56:25 PM
Thank you, Sir. Will look for at lunch. Hearing things about 6 4 by Hideo Yokoyama. Pings your way?

/pings. funny stuff.

Never heard but just looked it up.....seems interesting.




Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ken Fresno on March 19, 2016, 03:03:19 AM
Paul Beattys, the author of White Boy Shuffle. who just won a shit-ton of awards   for his new book. Saw this coming a long time  go. Guy's a serious contender. But Getbig being racist... Best book by far, in 2015, , 

Really enjoyed Tuff, but I haven't read any of his other stuff. May give The Sellout a look.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ken Fresno on March 19, 2016, 03:14:49 AM
Mick Herron's Slough Series is pretty good if you enjoy realistic (and humorous) spy thrillers. They are all based around an outstation for disgraced MI5 officers.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 01, 2016, 12:50:52 PM
Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Book with a lot of hype; thought I'd look into it. Wow. Desmond, a Harvard prof studied housing and evictions in Milwaukee. A real eye-opener; and a mostly objective view of tenants and landlords. His examination is both policy-wide and ethnographic. Revealing, as well as heart-breaking, it follows those from the city's inner neighbourhoods, and a trailer park. Who knew that poverty is so, so grindingly endemic, and that so many people depend on keeping others under foot. If you are a non-fiction reader this book is amazing. Kinda like Katherine Boo's 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers.' Highest rating.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Straw Man on April 03, 2016, 07:25:05 PM
Just finishing up The Ocean at the End of the Lane (trippy book but very cool) and then starting the physics book about nonlocality


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on April 04, 2016, 05:47:30 AM
Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Book with a lot of hype; thought I'd look into it. Wow. Desmond, a Harvard prof studied housing and evictions in Milwaukee. A real eye-opener; and a mostly objective view of tenants and landlords. His examination is both policy-wide and ethnographic. Revealing, as well as heart-breaking, it follows those from the city's inner neighbourhoods, and a trailer park. Who knew that poverty is so, so grindingly endemic, and that so many people depend on keeping others under foot. If you are a non-fiction reader this book is amazing. Kinda like Katherine Boo's 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers.' Highest rating.


So whats the best version of Treasure Island to get?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 07, 2016, 01:38:15 PM

So whats the best version of Treasure Island to get?
No idea. My copy is my Da's school prize from 1946. Reprint. Thin, leather-bound. I would hazard a guess that it is in public domain, so maybe choose your format, to suit? If you are so taken, and have the cash, maybe look on ABE for a 1st? Ripper of a book.  

Check: ABE 1sts seem to run from 26k-6k. Good luck, hombre.  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on April 08, 2016, 05:26:07 AM
No idea. My copy is my Da's school prize from 1946. Reprint. Thin, leather-bound. I would hazard a guess that it is in public domain, so maybe choose your format, to suit? If you are so taken, and have the cash, maybe look on ABE for a 1st? Ripper of a book.  

Check: ABE 1sts seem to run from 26k-6k. Good luck, hombre.  

I was on Amazon the other day and ended up all kinds of confused >:( ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on April 08, 2016, 07:13:10 AM
I was on Amazon the other day and ended up all kinds of confused >:( ;D
Maybe a nice HC with those cool Wyeth pirate drawings?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ken Fresno on April 20, 2016, 02:54:02 AM
Just finished Irvine Welsh's Blade Artist. Decent addition to the trainspotting series, based around a reformed Francis Begbie.

Still less than a quarter through Moby Dick after 4 months.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on April 25, 2016, 04:13:57 PM
Just WOW!

"Mr. DeLillo's haunting new novel, 'Zero K' — his most persuasive since his astonishing 1997 masterpiece, 'Underworld' — is a kind of bookend to 'White Noise' (1985): somber and coolly futuristic, where that earlier book was satirical and darkly comic .... If there are echoes in these pages of Stanley Kubrick's classic 1968 movie, '2001: A Space Odyssey,' Mr. DeLillo's vision turns out to be considerably darker. He is skeptical of those who might regard human life as a step on an evolutionary ladder between the apes and a futuristic race of star children .... This novel does not possess — or aspire toward — the symphonic sweep of 'Underworld'; it's more like a chamber music piece. But once the novel shakes off its labored start, 'Zero K' reminds us of Mr. DeLillo's almost Day-Glo powers as a writer and his understanding of the strange, contorted shapes that eternal human concerns (with mortality and time) can take in the new millennium."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/books/review-in-don-delillos-zero-k-daring-to-outwit-death.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0

Good enough. Just ordered.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 02, 2016, 05:18:49 AM
Just WOW!

"Mr. DeLillo's haunting new novel, 'Zero K' — his most persuasive since his astonishing 1997 masterpiece, 'Underworld' — is a kind of bookend to 'White Noise' (1985): somber and coolly futuristic, where that earlier book was satirical and darkly comic .... If there are echoes in these pages of Stanley Kubrick's classic 1968 movie, '2001: A Space Odyssey,' Mr. DeLillo's vision turns out to be considerably darker. He is skeptical of those who might regard human life as a step on an evolutionary ladder between the apes and a futuristic race of star children .... This novel does not possess — or aspire toward — the symphonic sweep of 'Underworld'; it's more like a chamber music piece. But once the novel shakes off its labored start, 'Zero K' reminds us of Mr. DeLillo's almost Day-Glo powers as a writer and his understanding of the strange, contorted shapes that eternal human concerns (with mortality and time) can take in the new millennium."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/books/review-in-don-delillos-zero-k-daring-to-outwit-death.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0

Good enough. Just ordered.
Nice. Heard good things. Gonna try for signatures next month. Been waiting years.  

/indie buy, yesterday. x2 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on May 04, 2016, 07:02:58 AM
Nice. Heard good things. Gonna try for signatures next month. Been waiting years.  

/indie buy, yesterday. x2  

Awesome!

The latest paean: "I don't read a DeLillo novel for its plot, character, setting; for who betrayed whom and how hard life with Mother was; for Phoenix days and Bombay nights; or for how to tune a fiddle. I read a DeLillo novel for its sentences. And sentence by sentence, DeLillo magically slips the knot of criticism and gives his readers what Nabokov maintained was all that mattered in life and art: individual genius …. This is fiction in touch with the starker parables, with Kafka and Beckett, with the austerity of bare rooms and declarative, uninflected sentences. I was uncertain as I read these early pages. Had DeLillo created a world of pure abstraction where the reader would be left to float in the ¬zero-gravity chamber of the death fable, everything to think about and nothing to latch on to? But this is only one of several canny feints in the book, which continually shape-shifts and reimagines itself. In the end, it all adds up to one of the most mysterious, emotionally moving and formally rewarding books of DeLillo’s long career …. The book inspires a lot of intellectual play as it drifts away from stark Kafka landscape into Borges-inspired mindspace, even flirting with the trippier themes of Philip K. Dick, and elegy starts to compete not with science fiction, exactly, but with fiction about science."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/books/review/don-delillos-zero-k.html?action=click&contentCollection=review&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

I received my (signed) book from B&N last week (got it in two days – free shipping).

Looking forward to the experience.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 05, 2016, 09:49:42 PM
Rereading Fante's "Ask the Dust," just 'cause.

/no idea what the backslash means.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sync pulse on May 06, 2016, 01:33:15 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on May 06, 2016, 05:37:54 AM
I've been slacking :-[


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on May 06, 2016, 06:15:28 AM
I've been slacking :-[

Read The First Law trilogy


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 14, 2016, 06:06:04 AM
Rereading Fante's "Ask the Dust," just 'cause.

/no idea what the backslash means.
Solid book. Kinda forgotten author. Not great. Not shitty.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 14, 2016, 09:12:34 AM
Sad news. Katherine Dunn has passed. Solid writer. Much noted for her book 'Geek Love.'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on May 17, 2016, 05:40:55 AM
Finished the latest Brad Taylor, Pike Logan book.
Shooter with Mark Walburg has been on the TV a lot so it made me re-read
Stephen Hunter's Point of Impact which is the book the movie was based on ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 17, 2016, 07:45:22 AM
Played a charity tourney. Got totally runs/points destroyed. Table had some nice books. I availed.   :)

/was good. drove the ladyfriend home.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tedim on June 17, 2016, 12:14:26 PM
Treaties of Human Nature....Hume

horrible masochism on my part












and Whitman...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: funk51 on June 18, 2016, 08:46:03 AM
world of baseball ten volume set.on the last book


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 02, 2016, 05:17:09 PM
Saw Michael Herr died. Sad news. He was notable for his book, Dispatches, which totally encapsulated the Vietnam War, and wars, generally. I think it's one of the best books ever (although it does fade a bit 2/3rds in). Highest recommendation.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 04, 2016, 05:52:45 AM
world of baseball ten volume set.on the last book
Wow. The Mick. Great pic. I kinda have the same swing, but, like, 1/10th the power. Go Irish!   ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rocco-x on July 10, 2016, 05:55:38 AM
any book with a lot of pictures. I especially like the ones you color in.(http://)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 12, 2016, 07:28:24 PM
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Short read. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is presently adapting it to the big screen.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on July 15, 2016, 08:43:26 AM
Happy to see the brilliant Helen DeWitt back on her feet.

http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/helen-dewitt-last-samurai-new-edition.html


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on July 15, 2016, 10:31:32 AM
Gonna get flamed for one of these... Oh well...

The Death of Achilles (Boris Akunin - Russian fiction based during the period of the Tsars, so pre-rev)
The Naked Civil Servant  (Quentin Crisp - autobiography)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JackScribber on July 26, 2016, 01:48:54 PM
Republic of Pirates

It's about the golden era of piracy in the West Indies.

I've no idea why.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on July 27, 2016, 09:35:10 AM
Republic of Pirates

It's about the golden era of piracy in the West Indies.

I've no idea why.


Any good?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Audioslave on August 22, 2016, 02:27:14 PM
I'm reading "So it goes" on Kurt Vonnegut


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OB1 on September 18, 2016, 04:22:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFiCBHRW2rs


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on September 21, 2016, 10:07:56 AM
got two or three Navy Seals books right now goin on.  I read a lot, they know me at the Library.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Las Vegas on September 21, 2016, 01:24:29 PM
got two or three Navy Seals books right now goin on.  I read a lot, they know me at the Library.

Whatever you do, just don't get brainwashed.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on September 22, 2016, 05:00:38 AM
So many books this last summer it would take to long to list :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on September 22, 2016, 11:35:08 AM
Whatever you do, just don't get brainwashed.

I started reading them because a friend said she was reading a biography of a man who eats spaghetti up his nose


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OB1 on September 22, 2016, 01:25:44 PM
I started reading them because a friend said she was reading a biography of a man who eats spaghetti up his nose

 :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 08, 2016, 07:21:13 AM
The Road to Kandahar by John Wilcox. Biscuit tin colonialism with a smearing of PC and feminism to make it relevant/palatable. Like Bernard Cornwell, only crappier. History/battle stuff ok, but lots of clunky narrative stuff. I read 1/2 chapter before bed. Not a recommend. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 08, 2016, 07:47:33 AM
The Road to Kandahar by John Wilcox. Biscuit tin colonialism with a smearing of PC and feminism to make it relevant/palatable. Like Bernard Cornwell, only crappier. History/battle stuff ok, but lots of clunky narrative stuff. I read 1/2 chapter before bed. Not a recommend. 


I need to find some good,new spy/espionage/special forces fiction authors.
In the last six months I've read at least three different writers use the same ending to save the day.
Hero or heroes and heroins find a nuclear bomb and with no time to spare get it into and airplane and fly it out over the ocean and then parachute to safety before the plane blows up. :-\


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 08, 2016, 08:30:30 AM

I need to find some good,new spy/espionage/special forces fiction authors.
In the last six months I've read at least three different writers use the same ending to save the day.
Hero or heroes and heroins find a nuclear bomb and with no time to spare get it into and airplane and fly it out over the ocean and then parachute to safety before the plane blows up. :-\
Wish I could help. Got a lot of recommends, but my energy level, and now (yup!) eyesight are really limiting me. Ach. The last good book I remember racing through was Matterhorn, and that was, like, 10 years ago?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on October 08, 2016, 09:03:00 AM

I need to find some good,new spy/espionage/special forces fiction authors.
In the last six months I've read at least three different writers use the same ending to save the day.
Hero or heroes and heroins find a nuclear bomb and with no time to spare get it into and airplane and fly it out over the ocean and then parachute to safety before the plane blows up. :-\

have you read the Rogue Warrior fictional series?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 11, 2016, 07:54:09 AM
2016 Nobel Prize in Literature: Announced on Thursday.

Who ya got?

1. Pynchon
2. Delillo
3. Roth
4. Kundera
5. Rushdie
6. Atwood
7. McCarthy
8. Byatt
9. Murakami
10. Oates



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grape Ape on October 11, 2016, 08:14:46 AM
2016 Nobel Prize in Literature: Announced on Thursday.

Who ya got?

1. Pynchon
2. Delillo
3. Roth
4. Kundera
5. Rushdie
6. Atwood
7. McCarthy
8. Byatt
9. Murakami
10. Oates



It's between Julio Caesar and #1gymrat for me.

Can't decide.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 12, 2016, 05:05:25 AM
have you read the Rogue Warrior fictional series?


Yes I've read all of them but he hasn't put out anything new lately.


...but I just realized Andy McNab has a few books I haven't read 8)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on October 12, 2016, 06:58:30 PM
just finished The Last Punisher.  Decent read, but makes me want to dip.  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 13, 2016, 05:18:17 AM
2016 Nobel Prize in Literature: Announced on Thursday.

Who ya got?

1. Pynchon
2. Delillo
3. Roth
4. Kundera
5. Rushdie
6. Atwood
7. McCarthy
8. Byatt
9. Murakami
10. Oates

Zimmerman wins the Nobel-Lit‽ Poet? What about John Ashbery‽
"Chagin'" for the worse.

Travesty.

Who's or what's next? The "swindles and perversions" of a rapper? (as Orwell said of the concomitant decline of language standards and society - see "Politics and the English Language").


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Deadpool on October 13, 2016, 10:06:48 AM
New SEAL book: Extreme Ownership


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 19, 2016, 09:21:18 PM
Zimmerman wins the Nobel-Lit‽ Poet? What about John Ashbery‽
"Chagin'" for the worse.

Travesty.

Who's or what's next? The "swindles and perversions" of a rapper? (as Orwell said of the concomitant decline of language standards and society - see "Politics and the English Language").

Totally respect intellect and all, but your shit is simply inaccessible.

Too Dennis Miller, bro. Wrong site.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 20, 2016, 06:26:12 AM
Totally respect intellect and all, but your shit is simply inaccessible.

Too Dennis Miller, bro. Wrong site.

Hi, TU!

Yeah, I get what you're saying. However, in my defense, and I don't want to get off on a rant here, but, as Heidegger might have said, the absence of accessibility in my post, i.e., a kind of concealing that seems impenetrable at first, also serves to prompt or agitate the calling to presence of this absence in its concomitant revealing. So what at first seems concealed is subsequently revealed, but only in alethic moments of the disclosure of closure. Closure is ontologically prior to disclosure, and your concerns about the inaccessibility of "my shit," affirms the need for an onto-semantics, which, in this case, conveys the thought that Dylan is a poor choice for the Nobel-Lit. So, yeah, your point is well taken, but, of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

I hope you are well.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 21, 2016, 11:55:39 AM
The last two Matthew Dunn books on the Will Cochrane character.



...both were disappointing :(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on October 21, 2016, 09:49:06 PM
This year so far has been mostly biographies - authorised or not!

Just finished Richard Branson's riches rags to riches hagiography autobiography  (well he would write his own, wouldn't he!?)  Took more endurance to finish than his non-stop Atlantic crossing.  The most interesting part for me is his surprising (and forgotten by me) position re: the original invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein, which he clearly expresses at length several times in the book.

Oh, and the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela think he's ace...  :P

*3* stars because of the nostalgic photos of '70s and '80s Britain...


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 22, 2016, 07:26:14 PM
Hi, TU!

Yeah, I get what you're saying. However, in my defense, and I don't want to get off on a rant here, but, as Heidegger might have said, the absence of accessibility in my post, i.e., a kind of concealing that seems impenetrable at first, also serves to prompt or agitate the calling to presence of this absence in its concomitant revealing. So what at first seems concealed is subsequently revealed, but only in alethic moments of the disclosure of closure. Closure is ontologically prior to disclosure, and your concerns about the inaccessibility of "my shit," affirms the need for an onto-semantics, which, in this case, conveys the thought that Dylan is a poor choice for the Nobel-Lit. So, yeah, your point is well taken, but, of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

I hope you are well.


I am well, sir. I hope you are, likewise.

But you said "concomitant." And "alethic." And then "ontologically," which I have heard but still don't quite get.

Nevermind, you keep doing you.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 10, 2016, 06:07:20 AM
This year so far has been mostly biographies - authorised or not!

Just finished Richard Branson's riches rags to riches hagiography autobiography  (well he would write his own, wouldn't he!?)  Took more endurance to finish than his non-stop Atlantic crossing.  The most interesting part for me is his surprising (and forgotten by me) position re: the original invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein, which he clearly expresses at length several times in the book.

Oh, and the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela think he's ace...  :P

*3* stars because of the nostalgic photos of '70s and '80s Britain...
This! Is a great 'what are you reading'  post.  :)

/wish i could add, but i'm still churning through trash. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on November 16, 2016, 08:12:51 AM
Bernard Corwell's 'The Empty Throne.' Kinda post-Roman/pre-crown Britain stuff. Not great, but Cornwell is a good enough writer that I keep on. I think a 'B' grade movie is the right rating for him. He's written better, but I figure me and my (now) reading glasses are gonna keep on.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on November 16, 2016, 12:14:46 PM
me and my (now) reading glasses


Same here :(

Cornwell does have a clinker now and then but when you write so much I guess it's gonna happen.
When I read his book "The Fort" I was like really man? you can do better then this.
I've followed the whole Saxon series and have been a fan. his tenth book is coming out this fall and I'm already waiting.

Do you remember the book you read from Stephen Hunter on Bobby Lee Swagger?
The first book of the the series was made into a movie called ''The Shooter" staring Mark Walburg
and now a tv series on USA network called "Point of Impact"


Reading the last couple book of Andy Mcnabbs, Nick Stone series....they are just ok.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bigmc on November 16, 2016, 02:36:29 PM
mark lawrence - prince of thorns trilogy

a must read for everyone


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigBen on November 29, 2016, 07:57:27 AM
currently into the Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. a truly brilliant read, recommend it. good reflection of the modern society


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on December 09, 2016, 01:25:30 AM
currently into the Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. a truly brilliant read, recommend it. good reflection of the modern society
I wanted to like it. Lot of awards, right? It's about as good as traveling 3 hours for your favourite team -they lose - you drive home. 'Hey, honey, is that an Arbys?'


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Las Vegas on December 09, 2016, 07:24:57 AM
I wanted to like it. Lot of awards, right? It's about as good as traveling 3 hours for your favourite team -they lose - you drive home. 'Hey, honey, is that an Arbys?'

Lmao!!  ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on December 14, 2016, 01:01:09 PM
Bernard Corwell's 'The Empty Throne.' Kinda post-Roman/pre-crown Britain stuff. Not great, but Cornwell is a good enough writer that I keep on. I think a 'B' grade movie is the right rating for him. He's written better, but I figure me and my (now) reading glasses are gonna keep on.


I really liked "The Flame Bearer" which is the latest in the series but we always don't agree ;D


...I wish he'd write another on the Starbuck series >:(


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 17, 2017, 07:11:13 AM
Been re-reading some Louis L'amour westerns.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on January 17, 2017, 02:14:32 PM
As a result of a thread somewhere else in this place, I suddenly remembered that I'd lent my (marked up!!) copy of American Psycho to a faithless son of a b1tch who promised me on his children's lives he'd give it back and why did I believe his sh1t but I guess that's my stoopid fault former colleague, so I needed a replacement... arrived this morning...

While I was at it I also picked up a hardback copy of James Herbert - The Fog.  And a nearly-new paperback of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which I also lent to that sonofab1tch what the F**K was I thinking trusting another human being!?!?!!? former colleague who I've lost contact with...

So clearly I have some dark hours of the soul ahead.. I'll report back next weekend....

(http://horrorpediadotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/thefog.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on January 21, 2017, 07:13:58 AM
As a result of a thread somewhere else in this place, I suddenly remembered that I'd lent my (marked up!!) copy of American Psycho to a faithless son of a b1tch who promised me on his children's lives he'd give it back and why did I believe his sh1t but I guess that's my stoopid fault former colleague, so I needed a replacement... arrived this morning...

While I was at it I also picked up a hardback copy of James Herbert - The Fog.  And a nearly-new paperback of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which I also lent to that sonofab1tch what the F**K was I thinking trusting another human being!?!?!!? former colleague who I've lost contact with...

So clearly I have some dark hours of the soul ahead.. I'll report back next weekend....

(http://horrorpediadotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/thefog.jpg)
Nice! One of my first 'adult' books. I remember reading that in Mrs. Barker's 4A class Sydenham PS (Leamington Spa). She looked at the cover, grimaced, recovered, and walked on. Hair up and tight like Maggie Thatcher. Thank you, Mrs. Barker.    :)

/and 'the rats.'   :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OlympiaGym on January 27, 2017, 08:03:11 PM
Been re-reading some Louis L'amour westerns.

Read The Walking Drum.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on January 28, 2017, 06:17:47 AM
Read The Walking Drum.

Very good book,I've read it a couple of times but not in years.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on February 22, 2017, 06:58:39 AM
Ian Rankin's 'A Question of Blood.' It's ok. Not great Rankin, but better than most. I put the reading glasses on and take in a couple of chapters before bed. Stay young, kids.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OlympiaGym on March 01, 2017, 12:01:08 PM
The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 02, 2017, 07:40:33 AM
The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum


Not a fan of the series after Ludlum took over.he makes the books to unrealistic.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Straw Man on March 02, 2017, 09:38:49 AM
I was doing a bit of traveling last year and got into the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White

http://www.randywaynewhite.com/doc-ford-novels.php

Easy reading, good writing and the stories are all different (unlike many serial type books like Jack Reacher or Joe Ledger) where it seems like that just change a few names and circumstances and write the same story over and over again


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on March 02, 2017, 11:03:12 AM
Nice! One of my first 'adult' books. I remember reading that in Mrs. Barker's 4A class Sydenham PS (Leamington Spa). She looked at the cover, grimaced, recovered, and walked on. Hair up and tight like Maggie Thatcher. Thank you, Mrs. Barker.    :)

/and 'the rats.'   :)

Hi Doc - hadn't realised you were also from the UK  :)

I'm afraid I didn't get far with the Fog yet.  I'm actually currently re-reading the novel 'Rendezvous With Rama' Arthur C. Clark.  And I just finished re-reading his factual/predictive book 'Profiles of the Future' from the late '60s.  It's truly fascinating how he got so close with some predictions (single portable phone number for everyone on the planet, but not mobiles?) and so far away with others (newspapers printed out via printer at home, but no Internet??)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Profiles-Future-Inquiry-Limits-Possible/dp/0575402776 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Profiles-Future-Inquiry-Limits-Possible/dp/0575402776)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on March 22, 2017, 06:43:35 AM
Maybe a nice HC with those cool Wyeth pirate drawings?


I was just given a reprint from 1949 with illustrations from William Sharp.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on April 01, 2017, 04:35:27 AM
1984 by George Orwell.

Though Police, doublespeak, cameras everywhere, fake news, rewriting history, perpetual war etc. very much like another day in 2017.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: noogleber on April 05, 2017, 08:56:55 PM
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 10, 2017, 04:56:18 PM
Anyone here read Eco or Pynchon, any of their stuff? What about Don DeLillo or David Foster Wallace? Thoughts, reviews, recommendations?

Thanks.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Banjamin on April 12, 2017, 05:44:50 AM
Now i'm reading Umberto Eco "The Prague Cemetery"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 17, 2017, 11:51:36 AM
Now i'm reading Umberto Eco "The Prague Cemetery"

How is it?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on April 17, 2017, 11:54:19 AM
Just picked up The North Water by Ian McGuire. Lots of positive reviews and comparisons to McCarthy. Love me some McCarthy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on April 21, 2017, 11:37:54 AM
1984 by George Orwell.

Though Police, doublespeak, cameras everywhere, fake news, rewriting history, perpetual war etc. very much like another day in 2017.

Great book - excellent choice.  I found Animal Farm just as readable, and for me it really strongly reinforced that which (I think) a lot of us  observe:  that a significant amount of politicians start on the outside - criticising and opposing the 'establishment' - and then step by step become that which they profess to despise... 'To fight against the system I need to be on the inside...'

I feel like I probably mentioned this earlier in the thread, but my English Literature teacher waaay back when, by virtue of the books he selected for us to read, gave me a penchant for dystopian novels.  Good (1984, Brave New World), bad, or even trashy (Empty World, Grass, Trillians (sp), Death Dolls of Lyra) I ate them up.....  So if you're into this sort of thing you might like to give Brave New World a try.  Then again, if you've read 1984 then you've probably already read Huxley.  :)



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on April 21, 2017, 11:47:15 AM

I'm afraid I didn't get far with the Fog yet.  I'm actually currently re-reading the novel 'Rendezvous With Rama' Arthur C. Clark.  And I just finished re-reading his factual/predictive book 'Profiles of the Future' from the late '60s.  It's truly fascinating how he got so close with some predictions (single portable phone number for everyone on the planet, but not mobiles?) and so far away with others (newspapers printed out via printer at home, but no Internet??)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Profiles-Future-Inquiry-Limits-Possible/dp/0575402776 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Profiles-Future-Inquiry-Limits-Possible/dp/0575402776)

Just read Clarke's 2001 cover to cover last night.  Although I'd seen the film maybe 4 or 5 times, I realised I'd never read the book.  Very glad I did it (gotta love Amazon  :))

There are times when a book is superior to a film simply by virtue of the fact you can hear what the protagonists are thinking and feeling (American Psycho, anyone?)  I know movie narration can work, but it can be overdone (e.g. Blade Runner 'Idiots Cut')

So if you liked the film but wanted just that little bit more clarity, it's a very satisfying read.  (I also got 2010 - that's for tonight.)

(Still haven't got anywhere with 'The Fog' though LOL)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on April 21, 2017, 12:09:47 PM
Out and Vanity Fair.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on May 10, 2017, 07:55:17 PM
Out and Vanity Fair.

Baseball novel?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 23, 2017, 02:00:15 PM
Anyone here read Eco or Pynchon, any of their stuff? What about Don DeLillo or David Foster Wallace? Thoughts, reviews, recommendations?

Thanks.
Oh, brother. That's a Phd of a question. Yes. Yes. Read lots of all. Pick and choose; they all have crap; and they all have brilliance. The Name of the Rose for Eco. The rest of his stuff is too-non-story/ too self-indulgenty/ 'semiotic.' Pynchon is a mind-fuck. I like his word-play but his narrative(s) is/are cold, uninviting. I spent a Summer reading 'Gravity's Rainbow' - I should get a medal for that. Kind of a wordy conceit - my thought was that he was trying to use !all! the words in an advanced encyclopedia. DFW. His short stories/essays are brilliant. Brilliant. His books are seen as serious achievements, and I hope you read what I am saying. Choose your time wisely.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on May 23, 2017, 02:06:24 PM
Just picked up The North Water by Ian McGuire. Lots of positive reviews and comparisons to McCarthy. Love me some McCarthy.
Yup. Read it months ago. Solid book. Maybe best book I've read in a year. Good stuff.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Straw Man on May 23, 2017, 02:33:21 PM
Just started reading this.
Pretty good so far.  Also been reading a bunch of "Doc Ford" novels recently


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FitnessFrenzy on May 26, 2017, 06:09:04 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 02, 2017, 04:00:05 PM
Yup. Read it months ago. Solid book. Maybe best book I've read in a year. Good stuff.  :)

Also picked up Dennis Lehane's latest (Since We Fell); on hold until I finish the others, though. Specific DFW essays/articles you might recommend?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on June 03, 2017, 05:05:28 AM
I really need to list all the books I've gone through lately.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: airosol on June 16, 2017, 02:20:05 PM
I really need to list all the books I've gone through lately.
I'll start:
Trying to bust though some top 25 list I saw; so far:
1984 - great book
Hamlet - garbage
The sound and the fury - meh, last 2/3 were good. First 1/3 complete confusion
100 years of solitude - trash. No idea how it made any list
Huck Finn - second best book I've ever read
Great gatsby - ok, just ok
War and peace- current read. 1000 pages in. Best book I've ever read. Fucking amazing



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on June 16, 2017, 04:23:09 PM
Just read Clarke's 2001 cover to cover last night.  Although I'd seen the film maybe 4 or 5 times, I realised I'd never read the book.  Very glad I did it (gotta love Amazon  :))

There are times when a book is superior to a film simply by virtue of the fact you can hear what the protagonists are thinking and feeling (American Psycho, anyone?)  I know movie narration can work, but it can be overdone (e.g. Blade Runner 'Idiots Cut')

So if you liked the film but wanted just that little bit more clarity, it's a very satisfying read.  (I also got 2010 - that's for tonight.)

(Still haven't got anywhere with 'The Fog' though LOL)

Forgot I posted this.  I can also highly recommend 2010 - if anything it's possibly better than the (admittedly excellent) film....  You just have to pick your Heywood Floyd and stick with him...  :)

(Gave up on the Fog - unreadable  :()


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 17, 2017, 08:49:36 PM
Just read Clarke's 2001 cover to cover last night.  Although I'd seen the film maybe 4 or 5 times, I realised I'd never read the book.  Very glad I did it (gotta love Amazon  :))

There are times when a book is superior to a film simply by virtue of the fact you can hear what the protagonists are thinking and feeling (American Psycho, anyone?)  I know movie narration can work, but it can be overdone (e.g. Blade Runner 'Idiots Cut')

So if you liked the film but wanted just that little bit more clarity, it's a very satisfying read.  (I also got 2010 - that's for tonight.)

(Still haven't got anywhere with 'The Fog' though LOL)

Extraordinary sci-fi. Nothing comes close (MO, obviously), just in scale and scope alone. All in, what, 220 pages or so? And much more literal than the film, though both are equally brilliant.

Ended up reading all the sequels. Think 3001 was probably the last, with 2010 being best (film was good, too). Eventually read Rama and Childhood's End, both Clarke; they were pretty good, but nowhere near 2001.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on June 28, 2017, 12:11:42 AM
I'll start:
Trying to bust though some top 25 list I saw; so far:
1984 - great book
Hamlet - garbage
The sound and the fury - meh, last 2/3 were good. First 1/3 complete confusion
100 years of solitude - trash. No idea how it made any list
Huck Finn - second best book I've ever read
Great gatsby - ok, just ok
War and peace- current read. 1000 pages in. Best book I've ever read. Fucking amazing


I'd bump that to a confusing 3/3. Great words; just not sure what they mean when put together. Like a Coach post.

Read Robert Harris' Pompei' and now reading his 'Archangel.'  Solid writing, but seriously failing to ignite.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Coach is Back! on June 28, 2017, 08:38:57 AM
I'd bump that to a confusing 3/3. Great words; just not sure what they mean when put together. Like a Coach post.

Read Robert Harris' Pompei' and now reading his 'Archangel.'  Solid writing, but seriously failing to ignite.

Glad I'm so embedded in that "intellectual" brain of yours that you keep referencing my name in your posts.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on June 29, 2017, 06:53:39 PM
Glad I'm so embedded in that "intellectual" brain of yours that you keep referencing my name in your posts.

It's a reading thread, guy, books and such. Wrong turn. Seems your GPS is fucking with ya.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Coach is Back! on June 29, 2017, 09:01:33 PM
It's a reading thread, guy, books and such. Wrong turn. Seems your GPS is fucking with ya.

Really? I read more (a lot)  than you think I do which why it's so easy to hand liberals (while being right in the end) their asses. Case in point.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on June 30, 2017, 02:26:46 AM
Extraordinary sci-fi. Nothing comes close (MO, obviously), just in scale and scope alone. All in, what, 220 pages or so? And much more literal than the film, though both are equally brilliant.

Ended up reading all the sequels. Think 3001 was probably the last, with 2010 being best (film was good, too). Eventually read Rama and Childhood's End, both Clarke; they were pretty good, but nowhere near 2001.

I keep forgetting I've posted here!  I read 2010 in a few sittings and enjoyed it enormously.  Even though the films (2001/2010) are so very different in tone, they are both very satisfying to me in different and similar ways.  (I just read that last sentence and realised it might be incomprehensible, sorry, but I hope you get what I mean.)

With 2010 (the book) it was very rewarding in that - again - we were given a much deeper understanding of the intentions and even maybe the  'consciousness' of the 'others', and

**spoiler**










how Bowman had joined/merged with it and was almost guiding events.  Interesting that Hyams chose to leave out the Chinese race to beat the USA/USSR mission, given their current moves into space.  I rewatched the film after finishing the book, and even though I was a child of the '70s and '80s, I'd almost forgotten that tension between superpowers that overshadowed things during that period... (Protect & Survive, anyone?)

And watching the film again, I felt a poignant twinge that even as late as 1984, we still believed that a manned base on the moon and trip(s) to the gas giants were definitely on the cards for the human race within decades - what happened to that dream...?  :'(

Deep...

Not sure about whether to pursue any of the other sequels as I understand Clarke didn't write them - but happy to take suggestions from people if you feel I'm missing out.

Taf


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on June 30, 2017, 05:17:49 AM
I read another book by the former CIA analyst Dr Michael Scheuer last week. He's made some very interesting arguments in the past, many of which I agree with, but I'm still not sure that he's entirely sane. I read the short book On Violence by Hannah Arendt yesterday, and I've now begun reading Straw Dogs: Thoughts On Humans And Other Animals by John Gray. It's one of those books that will leave you awake at night pondering its content. Very Succinct and compelling.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 01, 2017, 05:42:36 PM
Really? I read more (a lot)  than you think I do which why it's so easy to hand liberals (while being right in the end) their asses. Case in point.

Of course you read. How else would you know so much stuff, right. Not like anyone thought you were just regurgitating the horseshit you hear on Retard Radio.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 02, 2017, 08:45:53 AM
I keep forgetting I've posted here!  I read 2010 in a few sittings and enjoyed it enormously.  Even though the films (2001/2010) are so very different in tone, they are both very satisfying to me in different and similar ways.  (I just read that last sentence and realised it might be incomprehensible, sorry, but I hope you get what I mean.)

With 2010 (the book) it was very rewarding in that - again - we were given a much deeper understanding of the intentions and even maybe the  'consciousness' of the 'others', and

**spoiler**










how Bowman had joined/merged with it and was almost guiding events.  Interesting that Hyams chose to leave out the Chinese race to beat the USA/USSR mission, given their current moves into space.  I rewatched the film after finishing the book, and even though I was a child of the '70s and '80s, I'd almost forgotten that tension between superpowers that overshadowed things during that period... (Protect & Survive, anyone?)

And watching the film again, I felt a poignant twinge that even as late as 1984, we still believed that a manned base on the moon and trip(s) to the gas giants were definitely on the cards for the human race within decades - what happened to that dream...?  :'(

Deep...

Not sure about whether to pursue any of the other sequels as I understand Clarke didn't write them - but happy to take suggestions from people if you feel I'm missing out.

Taf

He didn't? 2061 and 3001 both have his name on them.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on July 02, 2017, 11:20:07 AM
Really? I read more (a lot)  than you think I do which why it's so easy to hand liberals (while being right in the end) their asses. Case in point.

You tell 'em, Coach!

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 02, 2017, 05:25:59 PM
You tell 'em, Coach!

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With attention-grabbing pop-ups?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Coach is Back! on July 02, 2017, 07:40:37 PM
You tell 'em, Coach!

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Damn, you libs just can't get right. More proof why you lost everything.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 02, 2017, 08:02:50 PM
Damn, you libs just can't get right. More proof why you lost everything.

Agreed. Books are totally lib, bro.

(Except that big one with the angels and demons and Disneyland in the sky. Because magic is for really, really smart people on the Right.)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Coach is Back! on July 02, 2017, 08:25:27 PM
Agreed. Books are totally lib, bro.

(Except that big one with the angels and demons and Disneyland in the sky. Because magic is for really, really smart people on the Right.)


It was insinuated that I was a republican. I'm not. Try to keep up.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on July 03, 2017, 12:11:37 PM
It was insinuated that I was a republican. I'm not. Try to keep up.

Dear Coach,

Can you recommend me some more of your favourite books, please? I've just finished The Arrogance Of Intellectuals and it was a real page-turner.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ratherbebig on July 03, 2017, 02:38:52 PM
how the hell is this thread 55 pages? surely it cant be about what youre reading?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on July 03, 2017, 04:20:27 PM
He didn't? 2061 and 3001 both have his name on them.

Sorry, I was half asleep, I (think) I must have meant the follow ups to Rendezvous with Rama - the one's he co-wrote with Gentry Lee - apologies

Would you recommend them?  2061 and 3001 I mean?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on July 05, 2017, 06:03:13 AM
Damn, you libs just can't get right. More proof why you lost everything.

What, Coach? I'm on your side, and am not a soft-headed lib (yuck :-X).


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on July 08, 2017, 01:35:44 PM
Reading 'True Confessions' by John Gregory Dunne. I saw the movie years ago, and kinda knew he was Joan Didion's dead hubby but never read anything he wrote. Wow. Police/Corruption. Politics. Religion. California society. All of these elements are interwoven with two, alternating, fraternal voices - priest and cop. Both voices are tonally distinct and amazing. The author just does not drop the ball. This is as good as it gets.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on July 08, 2017, 11:46:37 PM
Just read Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy. I'll need to re-read parts of it and take notes in order to fully grasp it, though. Now starting Robert Dahl's Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on July 11, 2017, 12:45:10 AM
It was insinuated that I was a republican. I'm not. Try to keep up.

Google "non sequitur."

Just looks scary, I'm sure one of them footballer kids could help walk you through.

  


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on July 31, 2017, 02:31:35 PM
Now starting Arend Lijphart's Patterns of Democracy and John Hersey's Hiroshima. My aim is to significantly reduce my 'to be read' pile by the start of October, but I'm really falling behind due to gin and sluts.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Audioslave on August 03, 2017, 10:29:38 AM
Just finishing "The Reaper" right now. Not terribly well written but a good story.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on August 05, 2017, 11:23:23 AM
Read Katherine Boo's 'behind the beautiful forevers.' Superb. Kind of  non-fiction/fiction account of a Mumbai squat. Wow.

Also, Louise Penny's 'How the Light Gets In.' Kinda of a poor Quebec procedural. 5/10 on the Connelly/Rankin scale.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on August 30, 2017, 03:39:40 PM
I've recently picked up a copy of Intellectual Impostures (also Fashionable Nonsense) by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. I've been meaning to buy it for quite some time now. It was first mentioned to me after I argued against various absurd feminist analyses that had somehow managed to find print in academic publications, and though I don’t believe this book directly addresses that, it should provide me with a greater understanding of how gibberish occasionally manages to pervade academia.

On a related note, has anyone read anything by Slavoj Žižek and would they recommend doing so? He appears to have some fervent supporters but I simply cannot stand listening to him speak. The little that I have heard seems to be a mixture of slobbering, sniffing, and needlessly redefining words, but I wouldn't really want to write him off without engaging in his work.


Conclusion: This is an excellent book. Sokal and Bricmont quite brilliantly, and often humorously, dismantle the ambiguous texts of some of France's most famous thinkers. As I began reading, I hoped that the book wouldn't leave the reader coming away with the view that all complex or seemingly inaccessible writing should be dismissed as verbose rambling - and indeed it didn't. They explicitly state this much in their epilogue and take great care to highlight exactly what it is that they are attacking: the misuse of scientific terminology and the implementation of deliberately obscure language to mask the vacuity of the writer's analyses (an 'explicitly political' concern is listed by Sokal in discussing his original parody, too).



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Audioslave on September 03, 2017, 02:56:36 PM
Just listened to Kevin Hart's audiobook. He made that HILARIOUS. Highly recommend.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 03, 2017, 02:53:05 PM
OK, after last year's debacle, let's try this again.

2017 Nobel Prize in Literature: Announced on Thursday.


Who ya got?

1. Pynchon
2. Delillo
3. Roth
4. Kundera
5. Rushdie
6. Atwood
7. McCarthy
8. Byatt
9. Murakami
10. Oates


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 03, 2017, 07:38:51 PM
OK, after last year's debacle, let's try this again.

2017 Nobel Prize in Literature: Announced on Thursday.


#7


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on October 04, 2017, 03:24:13 AM
OK, after last year's debacle, let's try this again.

2017 Nobel Prize in Literature: Announced on Thursday.

What, no Springsteen or Neil Young?  :D

Tough call! If I had to bet then I'd narrow it down to either 1,2, or 9. I'll go with Murakami. Rushdie is probably still viewed as 'too popular', and (to my shame) my awareness of many others on the list is solely through various newspaper book reviews.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: falco on October 04, 2017, 06:47:52 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Primemuscle on October 04, 2017, 04:38:07 PM
I'm reading about Jeremy Iron's 400 year-old Irish castle Kilco.

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kahn.N.Singh on October 05, 2017, 04:28:41 AM
#7

What, no Springsteen or Neil Young?  :D

Tough call! If I had to bet then I'd narrow it down to either 1,2, or 9. I'll go with Murakami. Rushdie is probably still viewed as 'too popular', and (to my shame) my awareness of many others on the list is solely through various newspaper book reviews.

It's Ishiguro. I'd have preferred TU's or MP's picks, but at least it's not Carole King or the Hamilton librettist. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Taffin on October 09, 2017, 02:43:23 PM
I'm reading about Jeremy Iron's 400 year-old Irish castle Kilco.

The piece in Vanity Fair?  A great read, despite its engendering a wee bit of 'Castle-envy'   ;)

Thanks Prime, I'd never have come across that article otherwise.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on October 12, 2017, 02:01:34 PM
Rereading The End Of History And The Last Man. Can't really be bothered. Thrown in some Percy Shelley for a bit of bedtime serenity.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: illuminati on October 12, 2017, 02:06:41 PM
Picking up the pieces
By Paul Britton

Was the 1st forensic psychology profiler in the UK


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 12, 2017, 03:17:35 PM
James Ellroy's 'Blood's a Rover.' Bought it years ago - same cocaine narrative as his earlier  'The Cold Six Thousand.' Not bad. Great conspiracy stuff/novel stuff but people looking for a best-of read will be farked; the smart will be entertained. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 12, 2017, 08:20:07 PM
Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dr.chimps on October 13, 2017, 02:43:18 AM
Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.
Met him last year. Got a few books signed. His wife was standing by and I brain-farted and didn't ask her for some signatures.  ::)

/have not read anything he's written.  ::)  ::)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CalvinH on October 13, 2017, 08:12:32 AM
Finally after years I re-did my bookshelves.


....giving over 100 old books to the public library tomorrow :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: airosol on October 13, 2017, 06:51:45 PM
Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Ugly on October 13, 2017, 11:11:27 PM
Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.

Might wanna spring for a proofreader before trying to publish.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: airosol on October 14, 2017, 07:45:08 AM
Might wanna spring for a proofreader before trying to publish.
I'm learning already. Thanks GB


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meta-physical on October 17, 2017, 04:04:00 AM
Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.
I had a friend who managed to get a science fiction novel published. It wasn't something I'd have read or recommended if I didn't know him, but he was rightfully proud of his achievement. He hardly made a penny from it, though.

My aunt also wrote a masterpiece of unintentional comedy with a self-published (naturally) murder mystery under a porn star-esque pseudonym. she named all the characters after various members of my family and sent copies of it out to everyone as Christmas presents. The entire story was a tedious piece of unadulterated dog shit, but the most amusing part was that she decided to omit any mention of my mother, choosing instead to name a character after my father - her sister's ex-husband whom she hadn't seen in about 20 years. I suspect he may have given her a damn good seeing to in his prime.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: airosol on October 17, 2017, 11:04:38 AM
I had a friend who managed to get a science fiction novel published. It wasn't something I'd have read or recommended if I didn't know him, but he was rightfully proud of his achievement. He hardly made a penny from it, though.

My aunt also wrote a masterpiece of unintentional comedy with a self-published (naturally) murder mystery under a porn star-esque pseudonym. she named all the characters after various members of my family and sent copies of it out to everyone as Christmas presents. The entire story was a tedious piece of unadulterated dog shit, but the most amusing part was that she decided to omit any mention of my mother, choosing instead to name a character after my father - her sister's ex-husband whom she hadn't seen in about 20 years. I suspect he may have given her a damn good seeing to in his prime.
:D