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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby bearfacedkiller » Thu May 14, 2015 12:01 pm

Picking up "The Windup Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi at the library today. A friend recommended it to me and it sounds pretty good.
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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby jabba359 » Thu May 14, 2015 1:08 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:Picking up "The Windup Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi at the library today. A friend recommended it to me and it sounds pretty good.
I've had that on my to-read list for quite some time. If I recall correctly, it was recommended by Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy) at a Comic Con panel I attended. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.
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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby RanCoWeAla » Thu May 14, 2015 8:41 pm

The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby jabba359 » Fri May 15, 2015 2:52 am

Just started reading Slan, by A.E. van Vogt.
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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby chuckd » Thu May 21, 2015 8:27 am

'The Onion Field' by Joseph Wambaugh

I will be traveling across the country today so I should get a good chunk of it finished.

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby chuckd » Tue May 26, 2015 7:40 pm

I am maybe 2/3 of the way through 'The Onion Field' and man it is good. Aside from it being the telling of a true story, it is also just really well done. You get a sense for what every character is about, while at the same time leaving a portion of each to the imagination, and hopefully going into later.

It is also just a gripping story to begin with. I am glad a competent writer took on the task of telling it, as it is always a shame when a bad writer manages to butcher a true story.

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby MichaelScott » Tue May 26, 2015 8:10 pm

The Face of Battle by Sir John Keegan
What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. Except infantry. Infantry will kill you.

“Gentlemen, bring out your men.” — T. J. Jackson, Second Manassas, 1862

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby tvenuto » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:29 pm

I just finished "Open" by Andre Aggasi. It was a very fast, easy and immensely entertaining read. His life was incredibly interesting, and made all the more so by the fact that he pretty much lived a lie for the bulk of his tennis career, and thus is very far off of what our impression of it may be. Imagine if, in 15 years, Tom Brady wrote a book about how he secretly hated football and only continued to do it because of the immense pressure, and didn't like Giselle, or Belichick (those last two might be true). Also his famous Brady hair is a toupee. Strike that, his famous Brady chin cleft is a prosthetic!

We tend to assume that the incredibly talented athletes appreciate their talent and life, and that it makes them happy, which is not always the case. I finished it in a week and a half, which is absolutely blazing for me. His descriptions of matches and opposing players are awesome, and really flesh out the strangely lonely experience of playing a professional tennis match. Even non-sports fans (of which Agassi is one) will enjoy Open.

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby Monocrom » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:16 pm

Almost done with "Dracula."

Real life got in the way, and not in any enjoyable way. Glad May is over. Hopefully June will be better. At least filled with far less B.S. than May.

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby npad69 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:37 am

im reading currently reading: "Room" by Emma Donoghue
A compelling and gripping story told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby Enkidude » Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:56 pm

Just finished Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut. I liked BoC better even though it got a little weird at the end.

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby chuckd » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:55 pm

I just started 'Alan Turing: The Enigma', like really just started, but am excited about it.

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby npad69 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:01 pm

just started reading 'snow crash'. i really enjoy watching sci-fi films but never had the chance to read a book in that genre.. so this will be the first one. i already got past chapter 4 and i find it very entertaining

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby MichaelScott » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:34 pm

npad69 wrote:just started reading 'snow crash'. i really enjoy watching sci-fi films but never had the chance to read a book in that genre.. so this will be the first one. i already got past chapter 4 and i find it very entertaining
Read Neuromancer. It started it all.
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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby MichaelScott » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:35 pm

"Pacific Crucible" by Ian Toll. The war in the Pacific, 1941 - 1942.
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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby npad69 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:26 pm

MichaelScott wrote:
npad69 wrote:just started reading 'snow crash'. i really enjoy watching sci-fi films but never had the chance to read a book in that genre.. so this will be the first one. i already got past chapter 4 and i find it very entertaining
Read Neuromancer. It started it all.
that is what im going to read next after SC :D

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby JBE » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:49 am

When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak by Neil Hayes

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby Wanimator » Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:50 am

I had dropped a few books I was half way through now I am going to start re reading, 'Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed' By Jared Diamond, 'The Bizarre Truth' by Andrew Zimmern, 'Huckleberry Finn' By Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and I plan on reading Jurrassic Park and The Lost World after those.

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby tvenuto » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:44 am

"Collapse" is the shiz. Love that book along with GG&S.

About to start "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde, at the recommendation of one if the good folks here. (Not to be confused with 50 shades of gray by some no-talent-a$$clown).

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Re: What Are You Reading ?

Postby tvenuto » Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:49 pm

Just finished Shades of Grey, which I enjoyed very much. I liked how the world was better and worse at the same time. Lying is not only highly punishable but also a serious faux pas. Obviously, this (helps to) prevent the big lies, but it even prevents those white lies we make so often that we don't even notice it. This, in turn, has the effect of preventing the expectation of these polite lies, and there is a lot less social tension:

"How were the cookies I made for you?"
"I found them to be inedible."
"I thought as much, we ran out of sugar so I replaced it with sand."

I also dig the dry British humor. The Brits do book-humor right, IMO. Thanks for the rec, Demon (I think it was you).


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