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« Reply #825 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.

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« Reply #826 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.
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« Reply #827 on: September 16, 2013, 10:06:51 PM »

Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.

Just finished Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen.
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« Reply #828 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. 
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« Reply #829 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.'     
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« Reply #830 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.
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« Reply #831 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.
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« Reply #832 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.
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« Reply #833 on: September 27, 2013, 11:52:56 PM »

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« Reply #834 on: September 28, 2013, 05:43:07 AM »

Dr. Chimps outed in this thread.
He is just warming up in the batter's box.
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« Reply #835 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.
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« Reply #836 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.    Grin
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« Reply #837 on: October 08, 2013, 01:24:10 AM »

Let's talk about the Dark Tower Series, I'm on book two.

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Do we find out later what the deal with Meijs is? Huh

Did the writers of 'Being John Malkovich' completely rip off The Drawing of Three?

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« Reply #838 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.
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« Reply #839 on: October 09, 2013, 05:24:17 AM »

I'm currently rereading Starship Troopers. Someone mentioned Starship Troopers I decided to read it again.
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« Reply #840 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.    
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« Reply #841 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.
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« Reply #842 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.    Smiley
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« Reply #843 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.
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« Reply #844 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.    Smiley
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« Reply #845 on: October 11, 2013, 01:44:25 PM »

Oh, fer fuck's sake. It's just a book.    Smiley

Yes. Yes it is.
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« Reply #846 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.
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« Reply #847 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.  Grin
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« Reply #848 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.
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« Reply #849 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, Hitlerís 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
   
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