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Title: Current reads!
Post by: scurvygirl on May 13, 2004, 03:26:33 PM
What is everyone reading right now?  I mean besides our 'zine, that is!
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Post by: rva on May 13, 2004, 03:52:17 PM
"Uprooting Racism" by Paul Kivel-- 'cause Yosh told me to.
J.L. Mackie-- 'cause Bluelupis told me to.
"World Famous Love Acts" by Brian Leung-- 'cause Entertainment Weekly told me to.
"How We Die" by Sherwin Nuland-- even though I've read it a zillion times
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Post by: 72valiant on May 13, 2004, 03:53:34 PM
i picked up bill gates's book on the information highway and some time-life-like books on the vietnam war and the k-19 widowmaker story from half price books.  switching back and forth.
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Post by: Butter on May 14, 2004, 02:34:43 PM
I'm reading Science Fiction now....  The Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson.  Almost through the 2nd book.  Very hard read if you're not interested in the subject matter.
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Post by: IPrayForTang on May 14, 2004, 02:48:10 PM
Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto and the latest Chunklet.
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Post by: Juliana on May 14, 2004, 04:10:17 PM
"Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood
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Post by: SenorCardgage on May 14, 2004, 05:27:47 PM
"Diary: A Novel" by Chuck Palahniuk.

So twisted, so wrong...so good  :)
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Post by: MissKitty on May 15, 2004, 10:44:01 AM
Just about finished with Walter Mosley's The Man in My Basement, which is one of the finest, most engrossing pieces of fiction I have read for a long, long time. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but briefly, the story centers around a thirty-something black man named Charles Blakey, who is descended from a line of free blacks reaching back into 17th-century America and who lives alone in the big family house in Sag Harbor. Anniston Bennet is a mysterious white man who approaches Blakey with a strange proposition...to be locked up in Blakey's basement.

The novel, written in adorned prose that allows the ideas to breathe, will hold readers rapt. Apparently Mosley is normally more associated with action and mystery fiction, but this is Mosley's most philosophical novel to date.  He explores guilt, punishment, responsibility and redemption as individual and as social constructs. While it will be difficult for this novel to achieve the kind of audience Mosley's genre fiction does, he certainly demonstrates his superior ability to tackle virtually any prose form, and he is to be applauded for creating a rarity, an engaging novel of ideas.
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Post by: LanneyD on May 15, 2004, 11:43:05 AM
I'm trying to catch up on all the stuff I haven't had time to read in the past few months.  This includes:

Danny Champion of the World - Roald Dahl
The Best of Roald Dahl
Uncle Tungsten - Oliver Sacks

and a few mags I picked a few weeks back:
Under the Radar
Filter
(both are quarterly music mags)
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Post by: Jonathan on May 15, 2004, 02:07:53 PM
I'm currently reading Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups. Not really so much a book as a collection of lists with commentary and short essays, but if you're a baseball fan, it's a enjoyable way to pass some time.
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Post by: peedub on May 15, 2004, 03:05:38 PM
i just breezed through star trek memories by william shatner...an amusing memoir of the production years of the television series...

then started the forsyte saga by john galsworthy...after seeing the pbs masterpiece theatre adaptation of this victorian soap opera, the book should be alot of fun...and is a surprisingly light read. me and the fiance are going to take turns reading it to each other at bed-time.
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Post by: thepsychicpoirot on May 15, 2004, 04:53:27 PM
I just finished Steven Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers.  I started it a while back and put it down to read Donald Burgetts 4 books on his experiences as a paratrooper in the 506th in WWII (Normandy through Berchtesgaden).  Those are all great reads and highly recommended, if you're into personall accounts of fighting on the front lines during WWII.  I've been stuck in a WWII phase for the last couple of years, as far as reading goes.  

Now that I'm done with those, I just started reading David Crosby's Stand And Be Counted: Making Music, Making History (The Dramatic Story of The Artists and Events that Changed America).
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Post by: Atzend on May 15, 2004, 08:13:59 PM
1984 - George Orwell  (It's about time I finally read this.)
White Collar Sweatshop - Jill Andresky Fraser  (Very good non-fiction read about the decline of corporate america's working conditions, increase of hours, and lack of rewards.)
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Post by: rva on May 16, 2004, 02:06:57 AM
Quote from: "LanneyD"
Under the Radar(both are quarterly music mags)


oooooh, the one with Rilo Kiley on the cover?  I like Rilo Kiley.
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Post by: scurvygirl on May 16, 2004, 12:13:00 PM
Quote from: "Atzend"
1984 - George Orwell  (It's about time I finally read this.)


Yeah, that's what I thought.  So I read it and discovered that IT SUCKS!!!
Um... lemme know what you think when you finish it.
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Post by: Atzend on May 16, 2004, 12:19:40 PM
So far so good.  I'm to the part where he's reading the underground book.  So I'm a little more than half way through.
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Post by: Jonathan on May 16, 2004, 12:33:44 PM
I don't know if this happened to anyone else, but about 2/3 of the way into 1984, it was almost like I felt I had started reading a different book. Very strange.
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Post by: LanneyD on May 16, 2004, 03:00:08 PM
Quote from: "rva"
Quote from: "LanneyD"
Under the Radar(both are quarterly music mags)


oooooh, the one with Rilo Kiley on the cover?  I like Rilo Kiley.


Thats the one.
I think I'm going to pick up a subscription to it.  Evidently, if you subscribe (4 issues for 15 bucks) they'll send you a free CD.  Choices include elbow, ambulance ltd, walkmen, broken social scene, etc.  I was going to buy the elbow CD anyway, might as well get a subscription out of it also.
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Post by: rva on May 16, 2004, 03:16:11 PM
Yeah, Magnet is the same way.  $15 for a year subscription and you get a free cd from about 8 choices.
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Post by: Butter on May 17, 2004, 08:48:09 AM
Quote from: "rva"
I like Rilo Kiley.


WHAT?!?!?!?!?!
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Post by: foolsgold on May 17, 2004, 01:06:15 PM
Join Me by Danny Wallace.  I am about halfway through it and am enjoying quite a bit.  It is, more or less, about a bored man who puts an ad in a local paper which reads: "Join Me, send a passport photo".  Long story short, he inadvertantly begins a cult...er, collective and the results of his trying to keep things in order are hill-air-e-us.  

Recommended if you like the Sedaris or Eggers of the world.
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Post by: slow-dog on May 17, 2004, 02:07:15 PM
Just finished Baudolino by Umberto Eco -- meh
Also just finished Cryptonomicon by Stephenson - meh

currently reading

Creative Destruction - Tyler Cowen
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Post by: LanneyD on May 17, 2004, 02:38:35 PM
slow-dog, what did you think of cryptomomicon?  I read it a while back, now I'm trying to read Quicksilver.  It seems the more he writes, the more he feels the need to go on and on about the tinest details - hence the huge freakin' books.

On the other hand, Snow Crash by Stephenson has to be one of my all time favs
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Post by: Skippy on May 18, 2004, 10:19:57 AM
My pet goat.
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Post by: Juliana on May 20, 2004, 09:22:45 AM
I finished "Alias Grace"
It was okay.  The beginning was slow though.  I really like Margared Atwood  :ninja: (pretend ninja is threatening to kill you if you don't go read "Blind Assassin) though, so I think that's part of why I stuck through it at the beginning.

Now I'm reading "Revenge" by [imdb]Stephen Fry[/imdb]
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Post by: Jonathan on May 20, 2004, 09:30:08 AM
Quote from: "Juliana"

Now I'm reading "Revenge" by [imdb]Stephen Fry[/imdb]

How is that so far? I've always enjoyed his acting, but never read any of his literary works.
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Post by: Juliana on May 20, 2004, 09:38:18 AM
I'm only about 25 pages in so far.  It's not bad though.  I read "The Hippopotamus" a couple of years ago, and thought it was weird, but funny.

"Revenge" is supposed to be "A distinct departure from his popular comic novels" though.  It's supposed to be his modern day take on  "The Count of Monte Cristo"
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Post by: slow-dog on May 20, 2004, 12:26:42 PM
Quote from: "LanneyD"
slow-dog, what did you think of cryptomomicon?  I read it a while back, now I'm trying to read Quicksilver.  It seems the more he writes, the more he feels the need to go on and on about the tinest details - hence the huge freakin' books.

On the other hand, Snow Crash by Stephenson has to be one of my all time favs


Snow Crash was my intro to Stephenson, and I thought it was great.  AS for Cryptonomicon, I thought it was 400 pages of brilliance packed into a 900 page novel.  I can hang with people who like delving into tiny details for pages and pages (witness my love for David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest), but it didn't work for me ihere.
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Post by: LanneyD on May 20, 2004, 02:09:06 PM
Quote from: "slow-dog"
AS for Cryptonomicon, I thought it was 400 pages of brilliance packed into a 900 page novel.


Good description.
Some of his other books are good also:  Zodiac and The Diamond Age among them.
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Post by: ßeta on May 21, 2004, 12:30:25 PM
A bunch of stuff on post-Soviet labor unions in Russia.   :x  Not recommended unless you are masochistic or are a political science student.

Last novel was The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.  Very strange, but it kept me interested.
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Post by: alliecat55 on May 21, 2004, 12:59:39 PM
Quote from: "skipalupagus"
My pet goat.


oohhh, i have six pet goats...but anyway, right now I'm reading Deadly Feasts, nonfiction about pathogens invading our bodies... fun!
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Post by: Jonathan on May 21, 2004, 02:08:32 PM
Quote from: "ßeta"
A bunch of stuff on post-Soviet labor unions in Russia.   :x  Not recommended unless you are masochistic or are a political science student.

You mean there's a difference? 8)

(And before anyone gets upset, yes, I do have a poli sci degree. And proud of it.)
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Post by: Fitz on May 21, 2004, 03:37:38 PM
Rabbit Reduex by John Updike

and An Introduction to Metaphysics (again) b Heidegger.
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Post by: Marlowe on May 22, 2004, 10:22:18 AM
Quote from: "Juliana"
I'm only about 25 pages in so far.  It's not bad though.  I read "The Hippopotamus" a couple of years ago, and thought it was weird, but funny.

"Revenge" is supposed to be "A distinct departure from his popular comic novels" though.  It's supposed to be his modern day take on  "The Count of Monte Cristo"

I liked Revenge. which I appreciated more since I've loved the Count from when I was a kid. Maybe not 'great', but it's a good summer read, if nothing else.
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Post by: yoshomon on May 22, 2004, 09:07:08 PM
I just read Ishmael, and I'm gonna be finishing a history of the FAI called We, the Anarchists! soon.

Then it's on to Transgendered Warriors and finishing Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?.

Good reads.
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Post by: yoshomon on May 23, 2004, 06:58:03 PM
Transgender Warriors stinks.  Don't pick it up.  I was really looking forward to it... but the author is a Stalinist.  The whole book is a propaganda tool for the World Workers Party - the creepiest bunch of Stalinists around.  It's so disappointing.
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Post by: Atzend on May 29, 2004, 04:51:04 PM
Quote from: "thelunarbee"
Quote from: "Atzend"
1984 - George Orwell  (It's about time I finally read this.)


Yeah, that's what I thought.  So I read it and discovered that IT SUCKS!!!
Um... lemme know what you think when you finish it.


Finally, finished it today.  I really liked it.  It was well thought out and I enjoyed the characters.  I now aim to be like Mr. O'Brien one day...oh, yes!  :twisted:  After reading about negative utopias I need to switch gears and go with something a little more light.  Some of the stuff in the book had me thinking paranoid thoughts of Big Brother becoming a reality.  After I calm down a bit I'm going to read Animal Farm and find some more of his books.  I really enjoyed his writing style and the connections and analytical thought put into 1984.

Currently:  Another Roadside Attraction-Tom Robbins
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Post by: Juliana on June 01, 2004, 09:31:00 AM
I finished "Revenge" last night.
I liked it a lot up until the last quarter of the book or so.
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Post by: kcneon on June 01, 2004, 10:23:59 AM
Working on "Last Light" by Andy McNab--good spy/special ops type book.
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Post by: Fitz on June 01, 2004, 03:11:05 PM
another roadside attraction is fun
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Post by: MissKitty on June 04, 2004, 08:31:50 AM
Recently finished Candy Freak by Steve Almond, which was a very enjoyable read. Personally, I've never really been much of a candy eater, even as a child. Mr. Almond would like to point out that there is something intrinsically wrong with me and that I should be avoided. Heh. Here are a few facts about Mr.Almond:

1. Steve has eaten a piece of candy every single day of his entire life.

2. He thinks about candy at least once an hour.

3. He has between three and seven pounds of candy in his house at all times.

In Candy Freak Almond laments the disappearance of his most beloved confection, the Caravelle bar. It's vanishing led him to ask the question, "How is it that a candy bar, an absolutely sensational candy bar, can be banished to oblivion?"

He charts the demise of the small, independent candy makers who have fallen victim to the big candy makers (Hershey, Mars) and goes on a quest to visit some of the last remaining factories.

The book is more than just a document of Steve's lustful search for a single bar of chocolate, crisped rice, and caramel, however. It's part memoir, part history lesson, and it also reminds us how sweets have the power to make children of us all....even those of us who didn't consume massive amounts of candy as children.
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Post by: Juliana on June 04, 2004, 08:38:46 AM
I'm starting the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency today.  It shall be my "at work" book.

I did start A Time To Kill back up a few weeks ago, so that shall become my "at home" book.  I forgot how good this book was too.  I don't care what anybody says, John Grisham can write a good little book.
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Post by: Jonathan on June 04, 2004, 09:55:50 AM
I've moved on to a new book...Ball Four by Jim Bouton. It wasn't the first book written by a baseball player to show an accurate portrayal of what goes on in the locker room and on the fields of Major League Baseball - Jim Brosnan's The Long Season was the first - but it became the most famous, and most controversial.

Interesting tidbit - when the New York Public Library came up with its list of the 100 books of the past century, Ball Four was the only sports book to make the cut.

And yes, I'm in my baseball phase right now. I'll probably read Brosnan's book next.
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Post by: MissKitty on June 04, 2004, 11:03:46 AM
I'm plowing my way through Join Me by Danny Wallace, thanks to recommendations from Foolsgold and CR. It's cracking me up! For more info Join Me (http://www.join-me.co.uk/)....
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Post by: Jonathan on June 04, 2004, 11:36:26 AM
Looks interesting. Thanks for the mention.
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Post by: slow-dog on June 04, 2004, 11:41:26 AM
I'm currently reading Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks.  So far it is a light, amusing, account of a guy hitching around Ireland, with a fridge.
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Post by: doves on June 10, 2004, 07:13:32 AM
Has anyone read "Pledged:  The Secret Life of Sororities?"  Good grief, it's hilarious and scarey.
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Post by: scurvygirl on June 10, 2004, 08:16:59 AM
I'm reading whatever in my sig right now.

Currently, that is a hilarious book called Booty Nomad.

It's got EVERYTHING.  I'll be reviewing it for sure!  I actually woke up early this morning so I could get a few more chapters read before work.  This book is that funny.
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Post by: MissKitty on June 10, 2004, 09:59:39 AM
This week's book for me is Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II by James Tobin.  Since I am still plowing my way through it, here is a brief synopsis from Malcolm Browne's New York Times Book Review...

"This is the portrait of a complex, enormously gifted but tortured writer ... It is undoubtedly the best biography of Ernie Pyle ever written, but it is much more; few books about combat journalism have so vividly depicted the fascinating interactions between war correspondents, soldiers, and the folks back home."
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Post by: Jonathan on June 11, 2004, 10:44:35 AM
Finished up Ball Four last night, so, as promised, I'm going to move on to The Long Season by Jim Brosnan. The first of the baseball player diary books, and the first to prick the notion that all ballplayers where clean-cut, all-American boys who were just happy to be here and were faithful to their wives. Ball Four, published twelve years after, may have been more explicit, but Brosnan definitely got his share of heat when The Long Season was published.

After this, I think I'm going to give the baseball books a rest. Maybe I'll check out Booty Nomad. And I've got to find time to read my Euro 2004 issue of FourFourTwo magazine. Although, if I keep reading at the pace I have been, I'll be done with Brosnan's book by the end of the weekend.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on June 21, 2004, 08:22:53 AM
Just finished re-reading hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, it was my at work book. Now, I've got to come up with something new to read, might re-read the lord of the rings series as it's been a while. Or, I might swing out and see classic at work and buy "breakfast at tiffany's" npr did a summer book preview this morning and it reminded me that's one that should be on my "must read" list...
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Post by: kcneon on June 21, 2004, 09:33:30 AM
Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
Just finished re-reading hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, it was my at work book.
I just started re-reading it this weekend because last week I stumbled upon a blog (http://hitchhikers.movies.go.com/hitchblog/blog.htm) for the upcoming movie.  Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be a good one!
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Post by: yoshomon on June 22, 2004, 05:52:30 PM
I just got my paycheck last friday, and I've already bought about 15 books since then.  Addiction?  Definitely.
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Post by: AngelV on June 23, 2004, 03:37:34 PM
Just checked out three books from the library on writing federal resumes, cover letters, etc. Beginning the job search again and it may be time to check out the gov't sector.
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Post by: The Hegemo on July 01, 2004, 07:13:03 PM
I'm reading the Clinton doorstop. Some of it's interesting, although he really, really could have used an editor to make him cut out a lot of stuff -- the guy seems to remember the name and life story of everyone he has ever met, and they're all in here.
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Post by: Rafe on July 04, 2004, 11:28:32 AM
I am reading "Shadow Men" by Johnathon King. It's an easy but good read - the story is set in the Florida everglades, which I am finding fascinating, not knowing the place or it's history.
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Post by: MissKitty on July 05, 2004, 01:08:40 PM
Rafe, that's not the same Jonathan King, is it?
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Post by: Jonathan on July 05, 2004, 01:20:19 PM
I've started reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves. When I picked it up and the first sentence asked how I would feel about seeing a sign advertising 'CD's, DVD's and BOOK's for sale" I knew it was the book for me...   :lol:
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Post by: Rafe on July 05, 2004, 02:15:46 PM
Quote from: "MissKitty"
Rafe, that's not the same Jonathan King, is it?
I spelt his name wrong!

It's the first book i've read by US thriller author Jonathon King, not to be confused with the Genesis-discovering, bum-fiddling self-styled "Music mogul" Jonathan King, currently being held at her Majesty's pleasure!

If I was this author, i'd be inclined to use a pen-name from now on.
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Post by: MissKitty on July 06, 2004, 12:28:03 PM
CR and I liked Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code so well that we sought out another of his books last week, this one called Digital Fortress.

Like Da Vinci Code, Brown introduces us to a languages professor and a brilliant, beautiful female mathematician/cryptographer.

So far, so good. It's an Internet user's "spy novel" where the good guys and bad guys struggle over secrets somewhat more intellectual than just where a "secret formula" is hidden--they have to gain understanding of what the secret formula actually is. In this case, the "secret formula" is a new means of encryption, capable of changing the balance of international power.

Also like Da Vinci Code, I'm pretty certain I've already got the ending figured out, and I'm not even halfway through the book. That doesn't make the read any less captivating, however. Brown weaves a good story and has obviously done his homework.

I think when I finish this one I'm going to check out Angels & Demons. Has anyone else read it already?
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Post by: The Hegemo on July 07, 2004, 08:24:47 PM
Still on the Clinton book...I'd intended to get it all read on the plane this weekend, but I forgot to bring it with me!   :evil:

While I was in Canada, I picked up the Chester Brown graphic novel biography of Louis Riel, and Joey Keithley of D.O.A.'s autobiography, I, Shithead. Looking forward to moving onto those.
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Post by: JohnnyRoyale on July 11, 2004, 09:02:58 PM
Got the new Jim Morrison: Life. Death. Legend.     book today!!!

I'm a HUGE Morrison fan, so this ads to my other books about him. I asked moms to get it for me as an early b-day gift (November.) I could have gotten it on my own, but it's the point of receiving a gift. Plus, now she won't have to worry about getting me anything then.

Happy Joy
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Post by: MissKitty on July 14, 2004, 11:03:13 AM
Okay. I've finished Digital Fortress and can I just say "what a bunch of crap it turned out to be."

It became quite unbelievable about 2/3rds of the way through the story and just got sillier and sillier as it went on. I'm surprised I actually finished it.  :roll:
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Post by: LanneyD on July 14, 2004, 01:40:39 PM
I'm reading two books recently made into movies - Bourne Identity and Cold Mountain.  I've heard there are significant changes to each, so I'm looking forward to the books
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Post by: kcneon on July 14, 2004, 03:00:38 PM
Quote from: "MissKitty"
Okay. I've finished Digital Fortress and can I just say "what a bunch of crap it turned out to be."
I gave up on that one pretty quickly.  I'm really glad I didn't finish it.  Something about the style of his writing irritated me.  Now that I'm getting into this whole Oak Island/National Treasure stuff, I have to give the 'Code another try....after I read what I've already started that is!
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Post by: cuddlyevil on July 14, 2004, 03:06:19 PM
Quote from: "LanneyD"
I'm reading two books recently made into movies - Bourne Identity and Cold Mountain.  I've heard there are significant changes to each, so I'm looking forward to the books


When you finish cold mountain, tell me how it is. I liked the movie right up until the end...
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Post by: Wocket on July 19, 2004, 01:08:56 AM
Venus as a Boy - Luke Sutherland
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Post by: TheShed on July 20, 2004, 07:56:34 PM
I'm reading the Wilco book right now- pretty interesting so far. I just finished The Red Tent a few weeks ago, that is an excellent book, but I can't remember the name of the author.
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Post by: JohnnyRoyale on July 26, 2004, 12:41:50 AM
JohnnyRoyale wrote:
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Got the new Jim Morrison: Life. Death. Legend. book today!!!

I'm a HUGE Morrison fan, so this ads to my other books about him.


I've previously read the Biographies "No one here gets out alive" and "Break on through" (along with countless magazine articles) and this new book is the best. It's chalked full of info from Morrison's last days alive in Paris, along with a lot of info about how he was indeed believed to be bi-sexual. It was well known that he knocked up many women in his day and paid for many abortions, but apparently one man came forth years later claiming that he was a child of Morrison's. Very little about it though, and it could be false. But Morrison basically slept with any woman that offered herself to him back in the day (and the book reveals many), so it makes you wonder how many part-Morrison kids might have actually been born.

This book has lots more credible facts and more thorough research than anything I've read so far. It literally goes nearly day-to-day from 1965-1971 of actions he did and things that happened.

If you are a Doors' fan and are even mildly interested in the life and times of Jim Morrison, this is the book to get.

JR
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Post by: MissKitty on July 26, 2004, 08:49:32 AM
Have just started Lords of Chaos: The Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind.

The book is a sort of guide to the Norwegian Black Metal scene, where this latest, more rebellious form of heavy metal originated. The book starts out a little slow, with the authors trying to draw a parallel from the old roots blues of America's south, to the music of the Stones in the 60's and onto Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, and finally linking them with Venom, Mercyful Fate and Slayer in the early 80's.

I was interested in reading this book because I wanted to find out why Norway has been the recent setting for the burning of numerous churches, and for two gruesome murders for which a small group of Black Metallers have been convicted. I remembered reading about the burnings and murders in the newspaper, and hearing about them from the metal kids who used to frequent the indie music store where I worked. Countless times I special ordered LPs and CDs from bands like Entombed, Dark Throne, Bathory and Mayhem for customers, so I find the background on these bands fascinating. Most of the guys I special ordered Norwegian Black Metal for don't seem the type to murder or burn churches, but there were a few who geniunely frightened me with their odd point of view.

Basically the view of Norwegian Black Metallers is they cite the slaughter of their pagan traditions at the hands of early Christians as their justification for the burnings and murders. Oooooooh-kaaaaaaaaay. Those rationalizations pretty much fall apart because the Black Metal kids were murdering their own kind.

I'm just glad the pictures are not in colour. I was really sickened by one particular photo--it was the singer for the band Mayhem (the singer's name is "Dead"), who took a shotgun and blew out his brains in his apartment bedroom. One of the other band members/roommates, named Euronymous, discovered the grisly remains and took the time to go out and buy film for his camera, then went back and took a rollful of pictures of Dead. He then took some pieces of Dead's brain and kept them as souviners, which he and other band members made into necklaces. It was only after he'd taken the pictures and saved bits of brain that he decided to call the police and report it. One of the suicide photos turned up on a Mayhem bootleg LP, which is reprinted in this book. It honestly turned my stomach.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on July 26, 2004, 08:52:43 AM
Just started "shadow divers" by Robert Kursor and it's got me sucked in within the first chapter. It's a true story about a pair of deep sea divers who find a mysterious ship at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of New Jersey. No historian or navy can identify the ship, the divers made identifiying the ship their mission and in the process re-wrote a page of WWII naval history.

I should have it finished by next week. On deck: "Skinny dip" By Haasin (not sure of his first name), looking forward to that one too.
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Post by: Leigh Roi on July 29, 2004, 12:35:05 PM
I am currenty reading 'A Confederacy of Dunces'.  I recently finished 'Running With Scissors' and 'Dry' by Augusten Burroughs.  I was reading an interview with him where he said his favorite book of all time was 'A Confereacy of Dunces' so I figured since I liked his books so much chances are I would enjoy ACOD.
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Post by: LanneyD on July 29, 2004, 12:38:20 PM
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I'm reading two books recently made into movies - Bourne Identity and Cold Mountain.  I've heard there are significant changes to each, so I'm looking forward to the books


When you finish cold mountain, tell me how it is. I liked the movie right up until the end...


will do.  I've been hit hard with too much work and stress, which has made me sick, so my reading has had little to no chance recently.

However, once I finish the two books listed above, Seabiscuit will be up next.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on July 30, 2004, 08:26:34 AM
Okay, I'm only 5 chapters in, but "shadow divers" has me totally hooked. I almost didn't get out of my car to come into work this morning, wanted to stay there and read. Damn good, it starts out slow but it basically gives you a mini lesson in deep wreck diving--complete with descriptions of narcosis and the other dangers. By chapter 3 you're into the beginnings of the story, chapter 5 hits you full force and is so tense you squirm in your seat while reading it (if it were a movie, you'd want to look away )
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Post by: MissKitty on July 30, 2004, 09:11:33 AM
Well this is what is known as "good timing." I got my latest email edition of the UK gossip sheet and the headline story was this:
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RIP: Quorthon of Bathory

It's been a bad week for black metal. One of the
scene's biggest stars, Qorthon, died in Stockholm
from heart failure. Quorthon aka Thomas Fosberg
started legendary group Bathory with video
director Jonas Akerlund in the mid 80s, and
was a huge influence for artists like
Metallica, Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan.
Quorthon said he wasn't really a satanist, though.
He wrote black metal songs because, "We didn't
know shit about riding down the highway on a
Harley, drinking whisky out of the bottle while
fondling all these loose women... I wouldn't
have known the devil even if he jumped up to
bite my ass."

This isn't something you could say about Beasts
of Satan, an Italian black-metal group lead by
a plumber called Nicola. Four members of the
band have just been charged with the murder of
two of their bandmates, Chiara Marino and Fabio
Torris in a gak-fuelled satanic ritual. Apparently
the Beasts though Chiara was the re-embodiment
of the Virgin Mary. Poor Fabio just stepped in
to try and save her and get belted with a hammer.
 :shock:
Hammerheart mp3 (http://www.bathory.se/in_love_and_memory/Hammerheart.mp3)

I guess now the Lords of Chaos book I have will be amended sometime soon to include this death and the murders centering around Beasts of Satan.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 02, 2004, 09:03:51 AM
Okay, I just finished Shadow Divers this morning...holy crap it was like a movie--excellent book.
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Post by: kcneon on August 02, 2004, 10:48:33 AM
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Shadow Divers
Haven't heard of it, but now I'm curious from your post.  What it's about?
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 02, 2004, 11:14:17 AM
It's about two deep wreck divers who discover a german u-boat off the coast of New Jersey, according to all the historians and former naval officers (noth US and German) there isn't one at that location. It's about their dives to the wreck and their quest to identify the boat. There are scenes that stay with you after you're done with the book, some of the scenes are so well written you feel like you're really there watching with the other divers--you can feel their horror and the urgency.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 09, 2004, 08:55:10 AM
Now reading: Skinny Dip by Carl (?) Hiaasan. Basically about a woman who is tossed overboard by her husband, she survives and instead of reporting him to the police--makes his life a living hell.
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Post by: TheShed on August 10, 2004, 05:05:27 PM
I'm reading Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. It's the author telling about her life growing up in Africa. So far, it's really good. Africa makes you one tough bitch.
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Post by: DC on August 20, 2004, 10:31:10 AM
I'm starting The Life and Times of M ichael K by JM Coetzee as part of my Booker Prize-themed summer reading.

I read Life of Pi earlier this summer.  Great story - great book.

I just finished Possession by AS Byatt.  I'll give it credit for having all the right elements and for neatly making you believe that undiscovered facts about obscure Victorian poets have earth-shattering consequences, but somehow, getting through the book seemed a chore at times.
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Post by: Skippy on August 26, 2004, 10:42:59 AM
I will be finishing up the davinci code tomorrow.  this book is full of so many things that i want to look into now.  anyone recommend a good "history of christianity" book.  i am even thinking of reading on of these "breaking the davinci code" books.  

i also have the clinton book, which i was excited about buying, but can't bring myself to even start it.  maybe i will wait for the movie.
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Post by: watusi on August 26, 2004, 10:50:22 AM
skip, i just started "the lost christianities". it deals with alternative gospels and such and how we arrived at what we call "christianity."  if some of the disputed writings had been accepted, we would have a very different version of modern religion.
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Post by: Skippy on August 26, 2004, 11:38:08 AM
Quote from: "watusi"
skip, i just started "the lost christianities". it deals with alternative gospels and such and how we arrived at what we call "christianity."  if some of the disputed writings had been accepted, we would have a very different version of modern religion.

sounds like exactly what i was looking for.  thanks!
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Post by: AllanM on September 02, 2004, 01:52:39 PM
Hi, new around here, but I thought I'd chime in --

I'm nearly finished with Zero Over Berlin by Joh Sasaki.  It's a military thriller about two Japanese pilots who have to fly their Zero Carrier Fighters across RAF-controlled South Asia in order to deliver the planes to Berlin.   The Luftwaffe is interested in the Zero because it is a long-range fighter and Germany's fighters can barely make it to London, much less engage in any dogfights.

It's interesting to read a military thriller from the other side in the war, and the book is fast-paced and exciting.  Not to mention it's a crash-course history lession in the World War II era socio-politics of Southeast Asia.
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Post by: The Hegemo on September 02, 2004, 09:49:52 PM
The Liberal Arts College and the Ideal of Liberal Education

It was written by a professor at the school where I did my undergrad (St. Lawrence). I was a junior there when it came out, and it caused a bit of a stir on campus because his thesis is essentially that liberal arts colleges sell students a bill of goods because they don't really offer liberal arts educations, and faculty and administrators don't really even have a clear concept of what liberal arts is. He illustrated his argument mostly with examples about why St. Lawrence sucks  :lol:

At the time it came out, I wasn't really as interested in education theory and policy as I am now, plus, I'd taken a class with this professor and didn't like the class or him, so I didn't read it. But I decided awhile ago that I ought to read it...kept checking Amazon, but it was either not available or only available used for some ridiculous price. Finally broke down and ordered right from the SLU bookstore.

Only about 40 pages in. I agree with some of his criticisms so far, although I'm not sure if I think liberal arts colleges can/should be as insulated from larger currents as his ideal seems to suggest.
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Post by: AllanM on September 07, 2004, 01:49:21 PM
I finished Zero Over Berlin and the ending didn't disappoint.

Over the weekend I read The Glass Key and The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett.  Both are really good crime noir reads, and now that I've read all of Hammett's novels, I rank them in this order, from best to not-best -- The Glass Key, Red Harvest, The Thin Man, Maltese Falcon & The Dain Curse.

I'm now reading The Rape of Nanking, which is about the destruction of Nanking and the torture of its citizens by the Japanese Army in the early days of World War II.  Not a pleasant read, but a necessary one.

I've also started the Jack London collection I have -- Call of the Wild is up first -- it's been a while since I've read that.
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Post by: MissKitty on September 20, 2004, 02:46:20 PM
Currently working my way through Teach Yourself Beginners Japanese Script which is a fantastic how-to book. Helen Gilhooly makes it a cinch to learn the basics for learning to read and write Japanese.

I learned the rudiments of Japanese when I was an exchange student there in college....but that's been a while ago and my skills have rusted a LOT. This book isn't so much a refresher course for me as it is an entirely new way of learning to read the language. Ms.Gilhooly makes learning the script fun and enjoyable, and I can hardly wait to delve deeper into the book each evening.

My only regret is that this book wasn't available when I was struggling through Japanese for Beginners at Wright State. I soaked up as much as I could after I got to Okayama University, and the sensi's I had at the university were good ones, but I wish I'd had the benefit of this book--or Ms.Gilhooly as a teacher.
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Post by: AllanM on September 20, 2004, 03:00:52 PM
Okay, finished Rape of Nanking.  The middle part of the book that details all of the atrocities actually made me physically ill.  I was reading it on the subway and I had to stop and lean my head forward so I wouldn't vomit.  I was able to finish the book, and its lessons should be passed on to everyone, but damn, this was a tough read.

I've also finished (I'm on some kind of non-fiction kick) The Flight of the Iguana, which is a collection of David Quammen's articles for Nature magazine.  He's very clever and has an easy-to-follow style of writing.  My only complaint is that the short nature of each essay left me wanting more on several of the subjects.

I also finished Call of the Wild, which is as enthralling as I remember it from my childhood.  Jack London does a really good job of getting you beneath Buck's skin and the end is somewhat tragic, but tempered by a greater gain for Buck.  Great stuff.

Now I'm kicking around Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, which is his treatise on how environment and biodiversity shaped the way civilization occurred in each of the major continents and how Eurasia was able to gain the advantage of guns, germs and steel that other civilizations (like those of Africa and the Americas) were not.  He's using a lot of concepts to loosely tie this all together, but he's ambitious and I like that.  It'll be interesting to see what he comes up with as I read this thing.
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Post by: yoshomon on October 02, 2004, 12:57:34 AM
Quote from: "AllanM"
Now I'm kicking around Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, which is his treatise on how environment and biodiversity shaped the way civilization occurred in each of the major continents and how Eurasia was able to gain the advantage of guns, germs and steel that other civilizations (like those of Africa and the Americas) were not.  He's using a lot of concepts to loosely tie this all together, but he's ambitious and I like that.  It'll be interesting to see what he comes up with as I read this thing.


What a great book.  Have you ever read anything by Derrick Jensen?
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Post by: MissKitty on October 17, 2004, 08:48:51 AM
I'm still working my way through Teach Yourself Beginners Japanese Script slowly but surely. Some of it has come back to me readily, and some of it is a bit of a struggle (especially numbers over 1000) but it's been hugely rewarding so far. Now I can recognize most of the characters in Mah Jong Solitaire! :)

So I've been playing some Mah Jong over on Yahoo, and saying the names of the tiles as I click to remove them. So far my highest score is around 57000.
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Post by: MissKitty on October 17, 2004, 09:16:26 AM
Recently finished Cider With Roadies: From School Bus to Tour Bus Without Ever Growing Up by Stuart Maconie, which is a sort of music memoir about growing up in Northern England. Maconie is a huge music fan,  a great storyteller and has a wonderful sense of humour, which is probably why he eventually found himself freelancing for NME in the early '80's and ultimately becoming one of their editors.

Most of the book chronicles his early years growing up in Wigan in the industrial north of England, from loving the progressive stuff of ELP to the dancehall stuff of Northern Soul to punk and new wave. He regales tales of stalking Elvis Costello's father one summer when the elder was touring for the bluehaired set; he fails to impress girls with his encyclopaedic music trivia; he plays in a series of shockingly named punk bands and goes to political rallies.

Somewhere along the way he accidentally became a northern stringer for NME and finds himself living the rock & roll lifestyle, gigging, marathon drinking, all the while still holding a teaching job in Liverpool. His first big break was flying to Seattle to interview INXS, and from there the story really takes flight--Morrissey...The Stone Roses...Happy Mondays... Madchester... The Hacienda Club... The Fall...it's all there, and told with such humour that I laughed myself silly from page to page.

From his four minutes with MC Hammer to four days in a van with Napalm Death, it's a life affirming, comic romp of Spinal Tap-esque excess that shouldn't be missed.
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Post by: Jonathan on October 17, 2004, 01:37:06 PM
In honor of the takeover rumors surrounding Manchester United and the owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Malcolm Glazer, I decided it would be a good time to re-read Manchester Unlimited by Mihir Bose, the account of the last time Man U was a takeover target, when BSkyB and Uncle Rupert Murdoch had the team in their crosshairs.

Yes, it's a business history book, but a fascinating story and quite a page-turner. At least I think so.
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Post by: The Hegemo on October 17, 2004, 10:35:25 PM
Just got the Jon Stewart/Daily Show America book. Some people at work have been reading it and said it's hilarious. From the little I've flipped through it so far, I think they're right  :lol:
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Post by: AllanM on October 22, 2004, 09:05:44 PM
Quote from: "yoshomon"
What a great book.  Have you ever read anything by Derrick Jensen?


No, I haven't.  What has he written and what would you recommend?  

After reading some fiction (Greg Rucka's excellent A Gentleman's Game), I'm now back to non-fiction with David Quammen's newest, Monster of God.  Is Jensen a pop-sci writer?
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Post by: rva on October 22, 2004, 10:19:44 PM
Derrick Jensen is a sort of ecologist cum culture critic.

I've read some of his essay in The Ecologist and some other places, and he's interesting.  Maybe his books aren't as good but what I like about him is he doesn't just go into the ripping of evil big business and government corruption.

It's not that those things don't exist but they are symptons of our lifestyle.  We demand super-fresh good with no blemishes or bugs, we all want to live 100 years, we think it's bad not to have children, etc.  

And what Jensen does is ask if those are the proper priorities.  If we focused on beauty and quality rather than convenience and quantity would we actually be happier?  It's not about morality.

I picked up a Dr. Pepper bottle the other day, and they put little textury things in it so it looked and felt kinda like a football.  It's pretty cool that we can do that but then you think about all the marketing thought, reams of paperwork, hours of brainstorming, etc. that went into that and it seemed like kind of a waste.  I don't want people to lose their jobs but I bet all the those jingle writers and graphic designers and ad copy people would much rather be writing songs, painting pictures and writing novels.  And I'd rather have those artistic products than a football Dr. Pepper bottle.

So perhaps we would be better off jettisoning some of our consumerism, even if it means we live less long, have less kids, and have to go back more to manual labor or something.  

I'm not an anarchist or anything near but the essays were still somewhat thought-provoking.  yoshomon could no doubt provide you a much better synopsis but he doesn't post that often so I thought I'd give it a try.
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Post by: Nate on October 23, 2004, 07:26:41 AM
I'm not an anarchist either, but I find Jensen's books to explore how our culture came to be this way more so than reveling in beauty.  I've read two of his books: A Language Older Than Words which is about violence and how/why it traces back so far in our culture, and The Culture of Make-Believe which is about race mostly.  His books are well-researched and documented too.  I think that's what I liked about it the most.  How meticulous it was.  It reminded me of A People's History of the United States in that regard.

I just picked up The Paleo Diet:  Lose Weight And Get Healthy By Eating The Food You Were Designed To Eat.  Basically, it centers on Paleolithic-era dining.  No breads, grains, potatoes, sugars, salt, or dairy.  Instead, meat, chicken, and fish, eggs, fruits, veggies (especially root veggies like carrots, rutabagas, etc.), nuts (but not peanuts or cashews), and berries.  

I came to realize that my eating habits aren't very good.  And that it spreads into the amount of energy I have (or don't have).  So I'm gonna try this for a few months to see if anything changes.
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Post by: MissKitty on October 23, 2004, 08:54:14 AM
Just started reading The Fate of The Romanovs by Greg King & Penny Wilson. The Romanov's were the last Russian royals, murdered while in exile during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1918.

King & Wilson have set out to debunk the "official" Soviet version of what actually happened to the imperial family, because the "official" version was written "by liars, lying to other liars." The Soviets did lie about what happened to the family--the official version says the family was murdered and chopped to bits, then covered in kerosene and burned. Then the ashes were supposedly thrown down a mine shaft and the shaft filled in.  The lies came to light after Perestroika and the fall of communism, when the bones of the imperial family were discovered in a mass grave...
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Post by: cuddlyevil on October 25, 2004, 09:43:33 AM
Just started reading "surrender" by Toni Bentley, it's pretty good so far...
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Post by: Hell Toupee on October 25, 2004, 11:23:12 PM
Quote from: "MissKitty"
Currently working my way through Teach Yourself Beginners Japanese Script which is a fantastic how-to book. Helen Gilhooly makes it a cinch to learn the basics for learning to read and write Japanese.

I learned the rudiments of Japanese when I was an exchange student there in college....but that's been a while ago and my skills have rusted a LOT. This book isn't so much a refresher course for me as it is an entirely new way of learning to read the language. Ms.Gilhooly makes learning the script fun and enjoyable, and I can hardly wait to delve deeper into the book each evening.

My only regret is that this book wasn't available when I was struggling through Japanese for Beginners at Wright State. I soaked up as much as I could after I got to Okayama University, and the sensi's I had at the university were good ones, but I wish I'd had the benefit of this book--or Ms.Gilhooly as a teacher.


Hey Lu.... think you can find the ISDN number on that puppy and PM it to me? I'm highly interested. Thanks.

-ct
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Post by: Dan on October 27, 2004, 08:20:18 PM
I'm in the middle of Living to Tell The Tale, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's autobiography.  Well, the first part of his autobiography, anyway.  Unfortunately, it's on hold now as I'm in the middle of classes, but I fully intend to pick it back up and continue reading once finals are done in December.

My review so far:  it's good but it's not gripping.  I've learnt a ton about what S. America was like in the 40s and 50s, and that's invaluable.  But as a book, it's only so-so.  I have been able to put it down and pick it up months later b/c there's no real storyline to it - just his life.  Which means that other than forgetting some names, it's pretty easy to jump back into it.

I'd recommend it if you're a fan of his, but otherwise I'd suggest 100 Years of Solitude or one of his other famous novels first.
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Post by: MissKitty on December 21, 2004, 07:50:49 PM
I just received the new IKEA 2005 catelogue in the mail today. My week is sorted.
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Post by: Jonathan on December 21, 2004, 08:58:23 PM
I'm reading my 2004-05 Street and Smith's college basketball preview magazine. I look forward to it every year but I got off to a late start this year. It's already wrinkled and dog-eared.
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Post by: The Hegemo on December 22, 2004, 08:43:15 AM
Quote from: "MissKitty"
I just received the new IKEA 2005 catelogue in the mail today. My week is sorted.


Got mine last week  

 \:D/

One of the best things about living in Columbus...I'm only 2 1/2 hours from an Ikea!
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Post by: MissKitty on December 22, 2004, 09:20:45 AM
Which one? Pittsburgh?
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Post by: The Hegemo on December 22, 2004, 09:37:25 AM
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Which one? Pittsburgh?


That's the one. If you cut up Ohio 7 and across 22 through Weirton, W.Va., it's really quick to get there from Columbus.
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Post by: Juliana on December 30, 2004, 09:59:47 AM
Right Now:
-The Pelican Breif (again).  It's my "at work book"  I'll probably finish today or tomorrow
-The Rainmaker (again).  This was my "car ride to my grandma's house" book, soon to become my work book.

-The last Gunslinger/Dark Tower book.  It's my "at home" book.  Yeah, I cried not once, but twice about it Tuesday night, and I almost cried again last night.  I don't see how he'll finish it in the 3 or so hundred pages left.  I can't wait though.  If any of you give any hints, I'll literally kill you.  No foolin'.  I've very carefully avoided all reviews/posts/mentions of this book.
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Post by: Jonathan on December 30, 2004, 10:25:47 AM
I got America: the Book for Christmas. Very funny and clever. And the cover cracks me up every time I look at it.
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Post by: slow-dog on December 30, 2004, 11:36:54 AM
I'm rereading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  Dense and difficult, but worth it for the payoff, in my opinion.  However, if someone was unfamiliar with DFW, I'd recommend starting with one of his short story collections, which are great, and not quite as demanding--A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again or Girl with the Curious Hair (I didn't like Brief Interviews... and haven't read the newer one).  If you like the short story collections, and are up for the same style, only more so--then hit IJ.
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Post by: MissKitty on December 30, 2004, 06:56:11 PM
My current read is Teasing Secrets From the Dead by Emily Craig. Emily is a real life CSI forensic anthropologist who lives in Northern Kentucky, and although she is Kentucky's "official" specialist, she is one of only 60 specialists in the entire USA, so she does a lot of work outside the Commonwealth. I have been hooked on CSI for several seasons and decided to read this book to learn what it is "really like" to be behind the yellow police tape.

Her reputation as an international expert on human anatomy led her to reconstructing faces of the dead from skull fragments to aid the police. From there she has been involved in many notorious cases, including Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing and the destruction of the World Trade Center. In each instance, her dedication, professionalism and knowledge played key roles; Craig's scientific analysis established that more than one-third of the dead at Waco had died before the fire as a result of a mass murder-suicide by the Branch Davidians.

The book isn't for the faint of heart, however. I am personally having some trouble with her in depth descriptions of autopsies and training using human cadavers and animals. I used to think I'd donate my body to science....but now I'm not so sure, even though she is very compassionate with the bodies she dissected and used for learning purposes. I realize that hands-on training is the best way to learn, and that is why I personally could not do what she does, although I find it fascinating.
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Post by: Juliana on December 31, 2004, 10:10:14 AM
Got done with the Pelican Brief as predicted yesterday, and I'm about halfway through The Rainmaker.  I'll probably pick another John Grisham book for my next "work book" as well.  This wasn't on purpose, we just saw a ton at a rumage sale that were $2 for the whole bag of books.  

Less than a hundred pages to go in the Dark Tower.  On the one hand I cannot wait to get through it, but on the other, I'm really saddened to think that this is the last.  Oh, and for those of you who I've explained my "note taking" to, I'm not even taking them.  Decided to just get through it without.(It's harder than it should be to not reach for the pen and write on my bookmark).  Sometime in the new year I'm going to re-read all of the books and take insanely nerdy notes.
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Post by: Juliana on January 07, 2005, 09:33:36 AM
Finished The Rainmaker and The Dark Tower*.
The Rainmaker was good.  Eh, like I said though, I've read it before.

The Dark Tower gets the * because I didn't technically read the ending.  Well, I read the ending and the epilogue, but I couldn't bring myself to read the Coda.  At least not yet.  Those of you that read it know what I'm talking about.  Those of you that haven't....well, read the series and you'll know what I mean.

I'm onto the Client now.  I don't know what I'll do when I finish these Grisham books up.  I have a couple of back up books at home to peruse at my leisure, but only a couple.  I don't even really have many of my Stephen King books here (they're still at mom and dad's).I guess we'll have to break down and find a good library down here in the city (or more specifically, the Loveland area, as the Amelia library did not impress me in the slightest).
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Post by: Jonathan on January 07, 2005, 10:14:38 AM
I've moved on to The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby, a collection of essays he wrote.

I'm starting to think that the wanker is never going to write another novel, and that he's become a full-time essayist.
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Post by: Juliana on January 17, 2005, 09:51:44 AM
I'm going to finish The Partner today probably.  After that...well, I'm out of John Grisham books, and didn't think to get any from my mom, so I'm going to re-read Rising Sun by Michael Crichton.

My at home book is "The Trap" by Tabitha King.  I know she doesn't get a lot of respect/attention because of Stephen, but she actually is a pretty good writer.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 17, 2005, 10:11:54 AM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
I've moved on to The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby, a collection of essays he wrote.

I'm starting to think that the wanker is never going to write another novel, and that he's become a full-time essayist.


7th June 2005 Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down" is published.

I've just finished up Dave Gorman's "Googlewhack! Adventure" which is a kind of comic travelogue.

Gorman is a UK comedian. A few years back he wrote a book, had a UK TV series (which I think also aired on BBC A?) and did a tour all surrounding his quest to find as many other "Dave Gormans" as he could around the globe.

This latest venture is of similar nature. Basically he has to create a string of 10 googlewhacks in a row (a googlewhack is a pair of words which throw up just a single website using google's search engine) and is willing to travel the world to do so. Each time he meets a "googlewhack" he asks them to suggest two others and so the strings are made... if he is lucky

Success and failures are all reported with a wonderfully laconic dry humour and his description of Columbus, OH made me really laugh out loud (I won't ruin it for others by telling the joke).

Gorman is obviously a lucky SOB as he has just finished a 6-week run just off Broadway in NY doing a theatrical presentation/show of this book.

If you like writers like Bill Bryson - people who don't take themselves too seriously basically - I think you'll get a kick out of this too.

I'll award it 14 bookmarks on the CR "17 bookmarks" scale.
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Post by: Jonathan on January 18, 2005, 12:49:29 AM
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
7th June 2005 Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down" is published.

Yeah, I noticed that on the back flap of "Polysyllabic Spree" a couple of days after I posted.

It's about freakin' time.
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Post by: clemsonfan on January 20, 2005, 10:42:14 AM
So, has anyone read "Roots"? I got it from the library yesterday.
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Post by: MissKitty on January 23, 2005, 09:53:55 AM
My read this week has been Nigel Slater's Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger. Nigel Slater is a renowned chef and author of several cookbooks, but this book is not about recipes. It's the true story of his childhood remembered through food.

In each chapter he takes us on a tour of the contents of his family’s pantry—rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuits...

His mum is a clumsy cook, one who fails even with something as simple as toast, yet he loves her for her attempts, even as his finicky tastes makes for unintended, hurtful outbursts which he later regrets. He is just shy of ten years old when his mother succumbs to asthma and his world is turned upside down.

His father is a honey-and-crumpets man with an unpredictable temper. When he is widowed, Nigel’s father takes on a housekeeper with social aspirations and a talent in the kitchen. The years that follow become a heartbreaking cooking contest for his father's affections.

As he slowly loses, Nigel finds a new outlet for his culinary gifts and we witness the birth of a lifelong passion for food. Nigel’s likes and dislikes, aversions and sweet-toothed weaknesses, form a fascinating backdrop to this exceptionally moving memoir of childhood, adolescence, and sexual awakening.

This book was originally published in weekly installments for The Observer newspaper as a supplement to Slater's food column. As a result there are no chapters, only memories set in chronilogical order.

For excerpts: clickity (http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,6761,1041483,00.html)
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Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2005, 04:57:52 PM
Now that I know Nick Hornby has a new book out, I've been re-reading all his old stuff. I'm currently halfway through About a Boy.
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Post by: clemsonfan on January 24, 2005, 03:24:33 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Now that I know Nick Hornby has a new book out, I've been re-reading all his old stuff. I'm currently halfway through About a Boy.


Loved that book. It was WAY better than the movie.
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Post by: Juliana on January 24, 2005, 03:54:10 PM
How's Roots coming along Clem?
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Post by: Atzend on January 24, 2005, 04:30:24 PM
Snake Hips by Anne Thomas Soffee  

So far it's a pretty good autobiography.  She's kind of quirky and off-beat.  It's an interesting read about a single thirty-something who experiences a bad break-up and decides to take up belly dancing.
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Post by: Jonathan on January 24, 2005, 05:09:14 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Now that I know Nick Hornby has a new book out, I've been re-reading all his old stuff. I'm currently halfway through About a Boy.


Loved that book. It was WAY better than the movie.

The book is way better than the movie, but at least the movie version of About a Boy is watchable. Unlike the movie version of High Fidelity, which is just a giant shit-covered turd sandwich.
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Post by: clemsonfan on January 25, 2005, 08:54:21 AM
Quote from: "Juliana"
How's Roots coming along Clem?



So far it's good but I haven't had a lot of time to read that much of it. It's a very dense book.
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Post by: trixi on February 05, 2005, 01:27:18 AM
I just got done with Do Elephants Jump by David Feldman.  This is one of the Imponderables books.  A very fun read where you can find all sorts of bits of trivial knowledge...which I love to do 8-)
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Post by: LadyJo on February 18, 2005, 01:34:48 PM
I'm reading The Lord of the Rings. I read The Hobbit when I was in middle school, but wasn't really interested in Tolkien's work until I saw the movies. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised. I hesitated to read the LOTR trilogy because I was afraid the books would be dry and drag on, but I'm half way through the first one and am enjoying it very much.
Too bad I didn't pick up the books sooner!
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Post by: clemsonfan on February 21, 2005, 09:16:28 AM
I've been meaning to pick up the LOTR books at the library myself.


I started reading Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (http://www.nickelanddimed.net/) by Barbara Ehrenreich. The Dayton Daily News is organizing a community book talk with this book.
It's very good. I should finish it within the week.
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Post by: kcneon on February 21, 2005, 12:30:33 PM
Just finished Live From New York, in time for last night's show on the first 5 years of SNL.  Not too different from the book.  Some good insights here and there.  The format of the book is fantastic because it allows for better understanding and a quicker read.
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Post by: clemsonfan on February 22, 2005, 10:28:20 AM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I've been meaning to pick up the LOTR books at the library myself.


I started reading Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (http://www.nickelanddimed.net/) by Barbara Ehrenreich. The Dayton Daily News is organizing a community book talk with this book.
It's very good. I should finish it within the week.


I finished this yesterday. It's an excellent quick read. It's also a sociologist professor's wet dream.

I can't get my mind off of this book. It's one of those haunting journalist books. It made me very grateful for the things I have.
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Post by: Megs79 on February 23, 2005, 11:06:57 AM
another click-lit book (but probably the best I've read)- Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner.  Title is misleading- it's not a harlequin romance.  I'm almost through it.
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Post by: clemsonfan on February 24, 2005, 10:32:56 AM
I'm reading the Da Vinci code right now. I just started it. Has anyone here read this? Is it worth my time?
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Post by: Wocket on February 24, 2005, 11:45:29 AM
most people i know like the Da Vinci code. i never read so i couldn't tell you why.

venus as a boy by luke sutherland(long fin killie, bows). good stuff!

i'm somewhat reading survivor by chuck palahniuk right now. for school i gotta read wake of the wind by j. california cooper. i've got to have 300 pages done by tomorrow so i should probably start on that soon.
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Post by: Megs79 on February 24, 2005, 01:38:04 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I'm reading the Da Vinci code right now. I just started it. Has anyone here read this? Is it worth my time?


My bf bought it awhile back, and once he got into it, he really wanted me to be reading it too.  So we went to WalMart at 1AM to buy me a copy.  

There are some crazy people there at 1AM (moreso than during the day)... a nervous looking guy buying some pregnancy tests and a drunk idiot in the parking lot trying to start a fight with a couple.  

So anyway, once we got home, the bf almost wouldn't let me go to  bed until I caught up to where he was.  Well, we ended up pretty much reading it together, we both really liked it and read Angels and Demons right afterwards (we only bought 1 copy though- he read it first then i read it after).
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Post by: MissKitty on February 24, 2005, 07:39:56 PM
I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code. I've read loads of serious, non-fiction books on the same subject (my favorites being Holy Blood Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy) and I thought Dan Brown did a very good job of intragrating the research done by the three authors of the aforementioned books with an interesting story and decent characters.  

Because I'd already read so many "conspiracy" books on this subject, none of the information was new to me, but I'm glad Brown has managed to bring wider attention to this most fascinating of subjects.   I think you will enjoy the book CFan--it's quite a good read.
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Post by: clemsonfan on March 03, 2005, 02:17:59 PM
I finished The Da Vinci Code this afternoon. I really enjoyed it. I'm amazed at how quickly it reads considering that it's over 400 pages long!
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Post by: IPrayForTang on March 03, 2005, 03:07:34 PM
I'm reading Mike Nelson's Death Rat! by Michael J. Nelson of MST3K fame.  I'm a little over a third of the way through and it's AWESOME.  Clever, funny, very easy to read.  Yup.
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Post by: Dan on March 03, 2005, 07:46:33 PM
I picked up Dave Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day for the airplane. Woo.
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Post by: LadyJo on March 03, 2005, 11:49:09 PM
Quote from: "mistergugi"
I picked up Dave Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day for the airplane. Woo.


Great book! I love DS.

I read The Da Vinci Code A while back and enjoyed it. Dan Brown certainly isn't a great writer (I wouldn't even put him in my top ten) And there isn't much in the way of character development, but it's a good story. It's hard to put down because you want to know what's going to happen next.  Very high on suspense.
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Post by: MissKitty on March 04, 2005, 08:46:15 AM
My current read is Long Way Round by Charlie Boorman and Ewan MacGregor. Yes, THAT Ewan MacGregor.  Several months ago CR and I saw Charlie and Ewan as guests on the Jonathan Ross Show, and their story of riding their motorcycles around the world really made us laugh. In a good way.

The book is quite good too, although I think there is a reason Ewan and Charlie are actors rather than writers. Still, I'm really enjoying it.
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Post by: clemsonfan on March 11, 2005, 07:50:16 AM
I'm reading America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins. It's awesome! Anyone that is interested in women's history will love it!
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Post by: MissKitty on March 11, 2005, 08:36:48 AM
My current book is An Alien Harvest by Linda Moulton-Howe. The author is the woman behind The Earth Files (http://www.earthfiles.com) and the book concentrates on unexplained animal mutilations since the late 1960's. I'm fascinated with the paranormal/unexplained, and this book really hits the spot.

 0X
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Post by: MissKitty on March 14, 2005, 05:04:36 PM
An Alien Harvest is probably not the best thing to read before going to bed at night.....

D'oh!!!
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Post by: clemsonfan on March 17, 2005, 10:03:06 AM
I'm reading Dress Your Family in Courduroy and Denim br David Sedaris.

He makes writing seem so easy.
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Post by: MissKitty on March 17, 2005, 11:18:43 AM
CFan, did you know Sedaris is coming to the Victoria Theatre sometime in April? Might be worth checking him out if tickets aren't stupid money.
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Post by: clemsonfan on March 17, 2005, 11:31:25 AM
Quote from: "MissKitty"
CFan, did you know Sedaris is coming to the Victoria Theatre sometime in April? Might be worth checking him out if tickets aren't stupid money.


I looked it up but it doesn't say how much it costs.

https://www.ticketcenterstage.com/scripts/max/62000/maxweb.exe
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Post by: Juliana on March 17, 2005, 05:12:30 PM
Just got done with "Big Rock Beat" by Greg Kihn.  

Didn't know it was a series, or at the very least, a sequel to "Horror Show"  

Enjoyed it anyway.  Very quick read.  Good visuals.  A little hokey, but it was still nice.

Supposedly Kihn was a mid-level rock star in the 80s.  I don't know him though.
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Post by: Butter on March 18, 2005, 08:43:05 AM
Quote from: "Juliana"
Supposedly Kihn was a mid-level rock star in the 80s.  I don't know him though.


Our love's in Jeopardy....
baby!
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Post by: scurvygirl on March 18, 2005, 07:45:08 PM
Currently reading Nick Hornby's About a Boy.
And working my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
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Post by: Dan on March 19, 2005, 08:08:59 AM
After reading "Me Talk Pretty One Day" in about a week, I then moved on to The Curious Case of Sidd Finch by George Plimpton.  A week later, I was finished with that one, too, so now I'm attempting to read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius from Dave Eggers.  I'm about 1/3 through it, but foresee myself not finishing it until summer.  According to him (in the intro) I've read the important parts, though, so it's all good.
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Post by: clemsonfan on March 29, 2005, 09:10:13 AM
I just started Harry Potter (the 1st one) I hope to finish it today or tomorrow.
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Post by: kcneon on March 29, 2005, 09:25:01 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
Our love's in Jeopardy....
baby!


ooooh, ooo-ooo-oooh...
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Post by: scurvygirl on March 29, 2005, 05:54:40 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I just started Harry Potter (the 1st one) I hope to finish it today or tomorrow.


Done with it yet?
Those books are such quick reads.  I didn't start reading the series til the 4th book came out.  And I read all 4 in a week.  And now I'm a total addict.
So anyway, let me know what you think!
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 29, 2005, 08:36:58 PM
"John Peel" - A tribute book by respected music journo Mick Wall
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Post by: vizzah on March 29, 2005, 09:29:50 PM
i know it's an older one, but i just started "the devil wears prada," and i'm lovin' it.  hits a little close to home, but good all the same.
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Post by: MissKitty on March 30, 2005, 01:59:06 PM
Took PostFem's advice and began reading Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno today. It's fun so far and I think it will be a very quick read.

Thanks for the recommendation PF!
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Post by: clemsonfan on March 30, 2005, 04:01:22 PM
Quote from: "thelunarbee"
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I just started Harry Potter (the 1st one) I hope to finish it today or tomorrow.


Done with it yet?
Those books are such quick reads.  I didn't start reading the series til the 4th book came out.  And I read all 4 in a week.  And now I'm a total addict.
So anyway, let me know what you think!


I'm finished now and I'm going to the library tonight to see if I can get the 2nd one.
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Post by: Juliana on March 30, 2005, 04:31:23 PM
Work book is still "The Bachman Books" by Stephen King...er, I mean Richard Bachman.  It has taken me quite a while, but then, I've got only about an hour a week on my lunch to read it.

Home book is currently "Nightmares & Dreamscapes"  I'm almost done with that, and then I'll either move on to the DaVinci Code, or some other book I have at home (I forget the name).  OR, I might just finish the Bachman books up and bring N&D here to work.  We'll see how it goes I guess.
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Post by: scurvygirl on March 30, 2005, 06:02:06 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I'm finished now and I'm going to the library tonight to see if I can get the 2nd one.


Cool- grab 3, 4, and 5 while you're there as well!
BTW, which branch do you go to?  Wilmington-Stroop?
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Post by: Juliana on March 31, 2005, 12:36:31 PM
I lied.

I will finish the Bachman books today (I hope).  After that I'll read "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" here at work.

I went to the library last night and picked a few books up to read at home.  I got about 2/3 of the way through "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" by William Kotzwinkle last night.  It's pretty light and fun.  Not great, but it's okay.
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Post by: clemsonfan on March 31, 2005, 12:40:57 PM
Quote from: "thelunarbee"
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I'm finished now and I'm going to the library tonight to see if I can get the 2nd one.


Cool- grab 3, 4, and 5 while you're there as well!
BTW, which branch do you go to?  Wilmington-Stroop?


I grabbed 2 and 3 last night and requested 4 and got on the list for 5. Yeah, I go to Wilmington-Stroop.
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Post by: clemsonfan on April 05, 2005, 09:55:48 AM
Just finished HP: Chamber of Secrets. I would've finished it sooner if the kids had not made it their mission to make sure I couldn't read when they are awake. Started the 3rd one last night. These HP books are getting progressively longer!


Grabbed 4 and 5 and got on the waiting list for 6. They are ordering 300 copies of Half Blood Prince and I'm #295 on the list, so I should get it as soon as it comes out. Hopefully.
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Post by: thepsychicpoirot on April 05, 2005, 10:35:52 AM
Our Band Could Be Your Life.  Got it for my birthday.  I'll probably start reading the new Star Wars book when it comes out.
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Post by: postfeminist on April 16, 2005, 05:22:02 PM
Quote from: "thepsychicpilot"
Our Band Could Be Your Life.  


what a phenomenal book...

i picked up a new book yesterday, and i can't even remember the title.  it's the new one from jonathan safran foer, who wrote Everything Is Illuminated...
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Post by: MissKitty on April 18, 2005, 03:47:29 PM
Currently reading Elliott Smith & The Big Nothing by Benjamin Nugent.  I really, really want to like the book because of the subject matter, but you can totally tell this Nugent guy threw this book together sharpish.

I guess I just like biographies/autobiographies to chronicle the persons life from beginning to end, and not jump around haphazardly & willy-nilly.
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Post by: Juliana on April 20, 2005, 11:58:55 AM
Just got done with Long Way Round : Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman.   I had seen part of the showing on Bravo, and I really enjoyed it.  Saw it at the library same day as you mentioned it...uh, I forget who mentioned it...and picked it up.

Thought it was a really good book.  Hopefully they'll show the thing on tv again.

Also picked up Luncheonette : A Memoir by Steven Sorrentino,and I'm about 3/4 of the way through it.  I like it, but it's not fantastic or anything.  Just a nice, slightly weird story about a guy in his mid 20s who comes home to run the family luncheonette.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on April 20, 2005, 12:06:40 PM
This weekend I'm starting a book called "1632", I forget the author's name but Steve loved this book so much he ran out and bought the sequel (1633) and ordered the third book in the series (it's out in hardcover, but he needs paperback so he can bring it to work with him). The book falls into the "alternate history" catagory. It's about a small town in WVa (I think--can't remember) that somehow gets caught in a time warp and ends up in 1632 America. It revolves around the townsfolk dealing with their new surroundings and the conflicts/truces that they make with the people from the outside.
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Post by: Juliana on May 18, 2005, 09:45:14 AM
Currently:
Home book:  Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker
Work Book:  On Writing by Stephen King

I might end up switching them around though.  Or going to the library and putting a hold on one of them.  We shall see.
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Post by: Jonathan on May 18, 2005, 11:57:07 AM
The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinniss
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Post by: The Hegemo on May 19, 2005, 09:11:57 AM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinniss


Ooh, excellent book!

I was reading The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0805037861/qid=1116508173/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-9415758-6075337?v=glance&s=books&n=507846), which I picked up at a library book sale last month. Just couldn't get into it, though.

So now I'm reading Never Mind the Pollacks (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060527900/qid=1116508272/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-9415758-6075337?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) instead. So far I'm liking it.
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Post by: Juliana on June 13, 2005, 07:26:18 PM
Finished "The Burgular who thought he was Bogart" by Lawrence Block
Hopefully I'll finish "The DaVinci Code" tonight
I'm also reading "The Burgular on the Prowl"
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Post by: clemsonfan on June 13, 2005, 07:53:17 PM
You can keep up with 3 books at once? Wow!
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Post by: Marlowe on June 13, 2005, 08:44:24 PM
So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life by jacob slichter, the drummer from semisonic, is an awesome book. if you haven't read it you should!
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Post by: chico on July 01, 2005, 09:14:17 AM
Early Bird : A Memoir of Premature Retirement
by Rodney Rothman

Rodney is a former lead writer for Letterman who is burned out and decides to retire to a Florida retirement community at age 28. He then proceeds to share his findings with all of us. This book is out-loud funny at times and is a very easy read with an interesting perspective.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on July 01, 2005, 09:33:47 AM
Will be reading Tuesdays with Morrie (sp?) for my book club very soon, just have to pick the book up--might make a trip to the library tomorrow.
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Post by: MissKitty on July 14, 2005, 10:31:55 AM
Feverishly page-turning Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain by Max Wallace & Ian Halperin. I swear the new evidence they have uncovered since their first book Who Killed Kurt Cobain: The Mysterious Death of an Icon in 1998 really staggers me.

It's fairly obvious that the Seattle PD screwed up the investigation. Or rather, they decided at the onset that it was "suicide" and never even bothered to gather evidence for a possible homicide.

The most damning evidence, however, is provided by Tom Grant, the private investigator hired by Courtney Love to "find Kurt" when he escaped from rehab. Not only did Grant have the forethought to record every single conversation he had with anyone remotely related to the investigation, he also provides some incredibly convincing evidence courtesy of Love & Cobain's management.

Apparently Grant has even more evidence that he continues to withhold, awaiting the day the case is reopened. His reasons to withhold the evidence from the authors is because it contains items that only the killer would know, and which would be useable to the police if they reopened the investigation.

Unfortunately, the Seattle PD is in no mood to admit any wrongdoing, nor any sloppy investigative practices. We may never see the day when the Black Widow is finally thrown in prison where she belongs.
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Post by: Dan on July 14, 2005, 01:37:28 PM
do they go into why someone wanted to kill Kurt?
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Post by: MissKitty on July 14, 2005, 04:54:59 PM
Quote from: "Dan"
do they go into why someone wanted to kill Kurt?


Do they ever. But I don't want to ruin it for those who may want to read the book....

Kurt had informed his management firm, Gold Mountain, that he was filing for divorce. He instructed his manager to draw up a new will, leaving Courtney out of it completely. She staged an intervention which landed him in rehab--conveniently in a different city and state to where the new will documents sat, awaiting Kurt's signature. Kurt escaped rehab and made it back to Seattle to sign the paperwork, something he didn't manage to do before a 3x lethal dose of heroin and a shotgun stopped him.
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Post by: Juliana on July 18, 2005, 02:29:38 PM
I believe that since my last post, I have read:

The Burgular in the Closet
Gil's All Fright Diner
Elanor Rigby
The Pirates of Pensacola

The Burgular book wasn't as good as some of the others that I've read.  I think that's because it was VERY early in the series.

Gil's All Fright Diner was really good.

Elanor Rigby and The Pirates of Pensacola both sucked.

I'm only 20 pages or so into Harry Potter so far.  It was just WAAAAY to busy of a weekend for anything else.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on July 29, 2005, 08:25:49 AM
Has anyone read "the secret life of bees?", it's the next bookclub selection. The one following that is (my suggestion) "shadow divers", with a diverision for a couple girls in the club who haven't read "the lovely bones" yet.
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Post by: Juliana on July 29, 2005, 08:58:38 AM
Add HP &THBP of course to my list.
I suppose I should consolidate and move my list to 50 books, but every time I start to do that, I get sidetracked.

Right now I'm reading
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories
One of the stories last night, "Minnow" by Jonathan Lethem really kind of fucked me up last night.
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Post by: Megs79 on August 01, 2005, 10:04:25 AM
Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
Has anyone read "the secret life of bees?", it's the next bookclub selection. The one following that is (my suggestion) "shadow divers", with a diverision for a couple girls in the club who haven't read "the lovely bones" yet.


Yes, I have- it was pretty good.
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Post by: chico on August 01, 2005, 12:01:03 PM
Just finished Naked, by David Sedaris. He's really funny.
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Post by: Rafe on August 02, 2005, 05:47:47 PM
At home i'm reading "In The Electric Mist With Confederate Dead" by James Lee Burke for the second time. I'm also taking 10-15 minutes out at work for lunch at the moment, in order to read and relax my mind. My work book is "Dynamo - Defending The Honour Of Kiev" by Andy Dougan - Its a book about WWII, fascism, football and resistance. Good stuff.
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Post by: Jonathan on August 02, 2005, 09:40:59 PM
Quote from: "Rafeyboy"
My work book is "Dynamo - Defending The Honour Of Kiev" by Andy Dougan - Its a book about WWII, fascism, football and resistance. Good stuff.


An awesome book. I re-read it again this summer. A history book that just happens to have soccer at it's core, really.

Any WWII buffs should read this, especially if your focus of interest is the Eastern front.
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Post by: MissKitty on August 03, 2005, 04:44:28 PM
Thanks for the tip Rafe & Jonathan. I'm going to check that out! I loves me some Eastern Front WWII books!
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Post by: Rafe on August 08, 2005, 03:54:28 PM
It's a cracker! Let me know if you can't trace a copy through your usually brilliant library system over there. I've got another one that Jonathan has more than likely also read, i'm sure. It's called "Ajax - The Dutch, The War" by Simon Kuper, and it's a damned good read.
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Post by: Juliana on August 08, 2005, 04:20:00 PM
I finished Two Trains Running by Andrew Vachhs last night (I was on page 13 when I started yesterday morning).

It was a GREAT read.  VERY fast paced.  Lots of interesting characters, but not so many that they were hard to follow.  It was told from several points of view, which made it all the more interesting.

It's about the mob in this tiny town in 1959, and these two outside Mafia forces that try to come in, plus corrupt police, reporters, small time rival gang activity within the town, the Black Power movement.  

http://twotrainsrunning.com/ is the official "dedicated" site.

Seriously, if you like crime novels, or mafia/mob novels, or suspense novels, or...hell, everybody go read this.  It was very interesting, and very well done.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 08, 2005, 04:49:15 PM
I'll point Steve in that book's direction J, he loves those kinds of books.


Finished up "the secret life of bees" by sue monk kidd, it was excellent--it's a fast paced read and a short book to boot, so if you don't have a lot of time but want something solid, I'd recommend it.
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Post by: clemsonfan on August 12, 2005, 11:07:21 AM
Just started Poker The Real Deal by Phil Gordon this morning. I've found it very interesting and helpful. A great 1st poker book for people to read.
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Post by: kcneon on August 12, 2005, 12:33:40 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Just started Poker The Real Deal by Phil Gordon this morning. I've found it very interesting and helpful. A great 1st poker book for people to read.


Yeah...but I want to know how your poker novel is coming along!
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Post by: clemsonfan on August 15, 2005, 03:21:22 PM
It's not going very well. I've definitely got writer's block!
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Post by: AllanM on August 24, 2005, 02:34:21 PM
I just finished LA Confidential by James Ellroy.  It was the only Ellroy novel I hadn't read, and I kept putting it off because I'd already seen the movie.  The book = nothing like the movie.  Excellent crime novel.

Now I'm reading a biography of Magellan's voyage, Over the Edge of the World by Lawrence Bergreen.  Very meticulous stuff, but written in an engaging manner.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Juliana on August 24, 2005, 03:09:23 PM
Just read Stuffed by Brian M. Wiprud.  It was really funny.  It's a mystery novel, and the main character is a guy who lives in NYC and rents out taxidermy for a living.  If you like silly mysteries, it's a good read.  Don't worry when you see the Russian guy whose speech is all typed out phonetically.  He doesn't have a big role (thank Robert Smith for that).

Currently reading Metropolis by Elizabeth Gaffney.  It starts slow, but it starts to suck you in after a bit.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Juliana on August 24, 2005, 03:10:30 PM
Quote from: "AllanM"
I just finished LA Confidential by James Ellroy.  It was the only Ellroy novel I hadn't read, and I kept putting it off because I'd already seen the movie.  The book = nothing like the movie.  Excellent crime novel.


See, I thought the book was horrible.  WAY too much stuff going on.
The movie is like the book, just pared down to managable storylines.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: AllanM on September 01, 2005, 02:13:27 PM
Quote from: "Juliana

See, I thought the book was horrible.  WAY too much stuff going on.
The movie is like the book, just pared down to managable storylines.


I think I have a weird fascination with huge bloated books with multiple dangling plots.  Which is why I enjoyed Rushdie's Satanic Verses.  I read Chris Claremont's never-ending soap opera X-Men comics in the 80s, so that might have something to do with that.  

But don't get me wrong -- the movie was awesome, and definitely the best mainstream film of the year.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Megs79 on September 06, 2005, 03:33:31 PM
I just finished "In Her Shoes" by Jennifer Weiner and 1st to Die by James Patterson.  Actually, I also just finished 2nd Chance by James Patterson (audio book) and am working on the audio book of 3rd Degree by James Patterson.  They're the "women's murder club" series.  I recommend them for anyone that likes Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels.

I like audio books.  2nd chance was my first foray into them.  Now I'm addicted.  I have one book I listen to in the car, and one I read at home.  Brilliant.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: cuddlyevil on September 26, 2005, 10:50:16 AM
Just picked up Neil Gaimen's new one, Anasasi boys. Am debating whether to start it now or to wait and read it while I'm on maternity leave...
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Juliana on September 26, 2005, 11:05:53 AM
Arg.  I read like 4 or 5 books since I last posted, but I can only remember
"Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell.  Dammit.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 05, 2005, 12:56:37 PM
I just finished the first Harry Potter book and am now reading So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star by Jacob Slichter after no less than 10 recommendations from friends.  I'm gonna finish that one in under 4 days, which for me is ridiculously fast.

Next is the second Harry Potter, and the third and fourth (my sister in law is gonna have a hernia if I don't finish the first four before the next movie.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Juliana on October 05, 2005, 04:09:00 PM
Quote from: "Juliana"
Arg.  I read like 4 or 5 books since I last posted, but I can only remember
"Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell.  Dammit.


Hooray, I remembered some of them:

Desert blood : the Juárez murders by Alicia Gaspar de Alba
It was super interesting.  Apparently there have been something like 500 murders in Juarez, right across from El Paso.  This book takes a fictionalized view of some of the happenings.  I think it's pretty fucking sad that most people have never heard of this, and that it took reading a work of fiction for me to even hear mention of it.

Year of the hyenas : a novel of murder in ancient Egypt by Brad Geagley
This book was interesting.  Apparently based on a real conspiracy against Ramses III, so imagine some CSI/Law & Order folks investigating that back in the day.

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J.K. Rowling

Midnight cab by James W. Nichol
The only book that's seriously made me feel ill after some grizzly murder details.  I've read freaking *everything* but this topped the cake.  Honestly, it wasn't even that great of a book either

Zorro by Isabel Allendale
I loved it.  I've really enjoyed several of Allendale's books though, so I might be biased.  This purports to be the "true" story behind the legend of Zorro.  It was well done, and a new twist on the old stories.  

Currently:
Harry Potter & whatever the second book is & with.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Butter on October 05, 2005, 04:10:41 PM
I think the second Harry Potter is "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Smirnoff Vodka (TM)".

Rowling's cashing in even more on the re-prints of the books.
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Post by: Juliana on October 21, 2005, 01:44:14 PM
Slow Cookers for Dummies
The Lady & Sons, Too by Paula Deen (another cookbook)
Better Homes & Gardens Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipies

And yes, yes, I'm enough of a nerdy book reader that I actually *read* these

So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star by Jacob Slichter
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales I guess this is the version *before* the other one I read.  It's the one edited by Michael Chabon.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Rafe on October 22, 2005, 02:20:01 PM
I'm reading my cousin Matthew's newly published book "The Wine List 2006", which will be an excellent reference for this year's wine purchases for us.

I'm also nearly finishing "Cider With Roadies" by Stuart Maconie, So I'll be starting to re-read "The Harlem Cycle Volume 1" by the great Chester Himes.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 07, 2005, 08:41:54 PM
Just finished Anansi boys by Neil Gaimen, it's really good. Not something you'd normally think of as a Gaimen work, it's more of a modern retelling of old folklore (and I mean old) - maybe more along the lines of American Gods but with more levity. I recommend it.

Also read "going postal" by Terry Pratchett, very funny and a fast read - kept me busy while I was in labor.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: 72valiant on November 11, 2005, 09:29:10 AM
Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
Just finished Anansi boys by Neil Gaimen, it's really good. Not something you'd normally think of as a Gaimen work, it's more of a modern retelling of old folklore (and I mean old) - maybe more along the lines of American Gods but with more levity. I recommend it.

Also read "going postal" by Terry Pratchett, very funny and a fast read - kept me busy while I was in labor.


yay, i am finally picking this up next week.  so excited.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Megs79 on November 11, 2005, 09:32:19 AM
I got the new Patricia Cornwell (predator) from the library
Title: Current reads!
Post by: Megs79 on December 09, 2005, 02:04:37 PM
I am reading THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova.  It is really good- the NY Times review described it as "Da Vinci Code meets Dracula."  It's a pretty hefty book at about 640 pages, but it's been worth it so far (I'm on about page 250).  My bf is interested in it, so I ordered it for him for Xmas.  I've borrowed it from the library, and I have to return it in a few days (I'll have a busy weekend).
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Post by: MissKitty on December 09, 2005, 03:52:22 PM
Way-hey! I made out like a bandit today at our company book sale:
I Was There: Gigs That Changed the World huge coffee-table type book about concerts and festivals
Metallica: This Monster Lives by Joe Berlinger and Greg Milner
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War--Russia 1941-1944 by Willy Peter Reese
Jimi & Me by Jaime Adoff
Jailbait by Leslea Newman
Strange Tales from Ohio
Mediterranean Vegetarian Cooking
DVD Gus Van Sant's Last Days
Double DVD set After School Specials
plus two jars of curry powder (mild roasted curry powder and vegetable curry powder)

All that for under 30 clams
Title: Current reads!
Post by: scurvygirl on December 09, 2005, 05:00:59 PM
I'm reading Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg.  I'm about a hundred pages in and I'm really loving it.
Title: Current reads!
Post by: trixi on December 10, 2005, 12:53:39 AM
Quote from: "MissKitty"
Way-hey! I made out like a bandit today at our company book sale:
Double DVD set After School Specials


Ooooo...I'm jealous....I was contemplating those when I saw them in Virgin.  Which ones are they?
Title: Current reads!
Post by: MissKitty on December 10, 2005, 07:46:59 PM
Quote from: "trixi"
Quote from: "MissKitty"
Way-hey! I made out like a bandit today at our company book sale:
Double DVD set After School Specials


Ooooo...I'm jealous....I was contemplating those when I saw them in Virgin.  Which ones are they?


I got the 1978-79 set, which has the "Thank You Jackie Robinson" one and the one about Melissa Sue Anderson as a foster child and Mrs. Cunningham/Marion Ross as a foster parent, as well as two others that I can't remember at the moment.