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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #60 on: March 17, 2010, 05:55:51 PM »


5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
How did you like this?  I've been tempted to buy it.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #61 on: March 17, 2010, 08:15:28 PM »


5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
How did you like this?  I've been tempted to buy it.

Absolutely loved it...I was at a Barnes & Noble to pick up something else and saw it laying on a table and it intrigued me.  I remember reading a brief review or some blurb about it but couldn't remember any specifics so I made an impulse buy.  I don't read a lot of fiction but once I started I got hooked and bombed through it in three days.  It's written as a bunch of first person accounts as told to UN investigator and has an attention to detail that makes it come across like top rate historical non-fiction.  Think In Cold Blood except in reverse, it takes a fictional premise and through it's structure, it has a weight and impact as though the events it described really happen.  The "Zombie War" is a global event so it moves through a lot of different places and introduces numerous characters but you never feel lost, everything stays tied together.  Like I said I don't read a lot of fiction, but this instantly became one of my favorites, definitely worth your time...interesting piece of trivia, Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #62 on: March 18, 2010, 03:15:47 PM »

That seals the deal for me, scuba.  Looking forward to getting it.  And I had no idea about the author's connection!


1. Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail - Christopher Dawes
2. We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives - Paul Shaffer (audio book)
3. State of the Union - Brad Thor
4. The Last Jihad - Joel Rosenberg
5. Breakthrough - Suzanne Somers (I recommend this for the gals...good info!)
6. Timequake - Kurt Vonnegut
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #63 on: March 18, 2010, 09:00:08 PM »

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1 Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
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8 Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
Like most everyone else I first witnessed Frankie Boyle as a team member on the BBC comedy news programme "Mock the Week". He quickly became my favourite comedian on there, an offensive and acerbic wit who had apparently abandoned all regard for political correctness. He consequently made me laugh like a proverbial drain. The inevitable sell-out tour followed, itself recorded to DVD for a pre-Xmas release. I got hold of the latter and.... well, was sorely disappointed. It seems that in Frankie's case, less is most definitely more. Somehow I didn't feel his humour fits an extended performance. Offensive is great, too much offensive appears somehow purile. Sadly, the book fits into the latter category. It's a vague recollection of his life to date, interspersed with a huge number of gags, some which hit the mark, but many which fail miserably. I'm sure he cares not a jot at how he has 'duped' the public into buying this, and I can't really blame him (many comedian's flames burn briefly) but it's a shame he didn't leave a more substantial legacy before he enters his forthcoming 'celebrity rehab' years.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #64 on: March 18, 2010, 10:40:31 PM »

1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #65 on: March 19, 2010, 11:45:21 AM »

1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor

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7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD

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8. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy - Max Hastings
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #66 on: March 22, 2010, 08:18:59 AM »

1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #67 on: March 24, 2010, 07:37:48 PM »

1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot. 
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #68 on: March 26, 2010, 09:41:23 AM »

1) Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2) Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3) The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4) How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

6) Point Omega - Don Delillo
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #69 on: March 26, 2010, 11:55:07 AM »

1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #70 on: April 01, 2010, 09:09:46 PM »

1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot. 
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today. 
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #71 on: April 01, 2010, 11:58:41 PM »

1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #72 on: April 02, 2010, 10:26:01 AM »

1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD

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8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob

Still reading:
9. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy - Max Hastings
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #73 on: April 03, 2010, 09:27:03 PM »

1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #74 on: April 04, 2010, 07:28:20 PM »

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1 Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
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9 Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
I was expecting so much more from this book. It is without a doubt the most comprehensive tome about Trojan Records you could wish for - hell the whole second half of the book is entirely devoted to little more than a discography - but it is ENTIRELY about the label. I was disappointed that only a handful of paragraphs are given over to the actual artists who made the groundbreaking reggae records that helped shape British and Jamaican teenage society in the late 60's/early 70's. Instead we get intimate and insider info over how deals were brokered - or not - and some unnecessary nitty gritty about contracts. Maybe the authors figured that readers could get their 'artist' info from one of the many other reggae books on the market? This short changes it in my opinion. I believe the book would have proved far more satisfying with more than a cursory nod to the artists whose music the label was releasing. It's not a long read - that discography swallows up 150 pages after all - and I did, admittedly, learn a few facts I hadn't known before so it nevertheless becomes a useful addition to our music book library... however, I suspect I will get FAR more enjoyment out of the free 12-track CD (of rare-ish Trojan cuts) that came with it than the content inside the covers.
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