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Dan

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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #90 on: September 13, 2017, 11:20:44 AM »

I've always enjoyed girls with guys names. (I distinctly remember a Conner I once knew who was very very beautiful and wanted to date her.) So guys with girls names can't be that weird to me.

same here.  we named our daughter charlotte but call her charlie

Oh, like this?
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luisterpaul

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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #91 on: September 17, 2017, 08:29:00 AM »

1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi

Kudos to the author for coming up with such a creative and believable future setting, but minus points for populating it with so many tired, dude-centric tropes.

For all its forward-thinking, sci-fi is ridiculously slow to change where it matters.
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #92 on: September 21, 2017, 10:48:33 AM »

1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #93 on: September 25, 2017, 12:14:57 PM »

I've always enjoyed girls with guys names. (I distinctly remember a Conner I once knew who was very very beautiful and wanted to date her.) So guys with girls names can't be that weird to me.

same here.  we named our daughter charlotte but call her charlie

Oh, like this?

yeah, but with a heart over the i
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #94 on: September 26, 2017, 09:58:25 AM »

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness

10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller- quite vulnerable the author finds himself.  sympathetic and decadent with his characteristic shamelessness.  perhaps he is a great writer and i'm just a prude.  kinda hard to tell

11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez- the landscape is unbearable and the people resign themselves to it.  good thing they invented the siesta or at least adopted it.  every page is mostly grim and i think this passage from the story montiel's widow sums up the collection pretty well; since before the political slaughter began, she had spent the sad october mornings in front of the window in her room, sympathizing with the dead and thinking that if god had not rested on sunday he would have had time to finish the world properly.  "he should have used that day to tie up a few of the loose ends," she used to say.  "after all, he had all eternity to rest."  The only difference, after the death of her husband, was that then she had a concrete reason for harboring such dark thoughts. 

he certainly doesn't make it easy for you to decipher the meaning of each tale, probably cleverly hidden in metaphor just beyond the grasp of simple minds such as mine.  that or it was simply too bleak to want to linger 

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c-lando

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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #95 on: September 28, 2017, 08:43:01 AM »

1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
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luisterpaul

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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #96 on: September 29, 2017, 12:34:44 PM »

1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson

Much like Part One, it's an interesting read, just over long. I feel like not much actually happened in the 1,000+ pages I've read, and there are still a few books to go...
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #97 on: October 05, 2017, 07:57:19 AM »

1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

I adored the movie, and the book is just as enjoyable.

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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #98 on: October 15, 2017, 01:00:17 PM »


1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez

12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson- lots of exciting projects going to put the youth back in nature.  these outdoor kindergartens sound sweet as hell.  perhaps i push up charlie's first backpacking trip a few years.  most of the material was upon first glance, common sense, but it sort of reinforced those notions.  rachel carson has been put on notice, by me 
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luisterpaul

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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #99 on: October 18, 2017, 07:26:18 AM »

1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter

Four hundred pages of mansplaining.
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #100 on: October 30, 2017, 10:35:47 AM »



1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez
12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson

13- house of the dead- dostoyevsky- nothing gets me going quite like reading russian jail. autobiographical dostoyevsky, though, masked.  jail sounds like a strangely beautiful place.  indeed they grow fond of it, bittersweet memories.  incredibly solzhenitsyn as well.  goes to show how much people can put up with.  the stereotypical jew, isay fomitch sounds like a hoot

the only detail from dostoyevsky's life that i find incredibly disappointing for him to omit is when he faced a mock firing squad.  well, he didn't know it was a mock firing squad.  he thought he was gonna be executed.  lord almighty.  that moment unleash a giant 
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #101 on: November 01, 2017, 11:12:14 AM »

1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
21. "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" - Robin Sloan - That was a little like Willy Wonka if books were candy.
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #102 on: November 08, 2017, 01:04:02 PM »

1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
21. "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" - Robin Sloan - That was a little like Willy Wonka if books were candy.
22. "The Identicals" - Elin Hilderbrand - Soapy beach read devoured at a cubicle during a couple of lunches/on the treadmill walking off those lunches.
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #103 on: November 14, 2017, 09:53:54 AM »

1. Jim Bouton - Ball Four
2. Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
3. Al Stump - Cobb

This was the Ty Cobb biography. Mostly, Ty Cobb was an asshole and a very angry and hateful man. In fact, I think if he were alive 100 years later he'd be diagnosed with a number of mental diseases and possibly even treatable diseases. Instead he goes down as the most hated man to ever play baseball, and also one of the greatest ever.

The book was decidedly not a page turner - I started this in late March and finished in November. It wasn't bad, per se, just...slow? Mostly the blame is on me.

I think one fascinating part of it is that the author actually knew Cobb. He spent part of a year and a half with him around 1960, just before Cobb passed away, prepping for a biography that never came about, and then sat on the information for another 30 years. He published the book in 1994 so here was a book coming out 80 years after the stuff that happened in it, and yet it had actual interviews. Crazy. When I finished I looked up the author and he himself passed away in 1995. We were that close to never having an amazing insight into the first baseball Hall of Famer.
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Re: 50 books for 2017
« Reply #104 on: November 14, 2017, 10:06:46 AM »

Dan, Al Stump made up a lot of the stories in that biography.

It turns out that Ty Cobb was just of a garden variety asshole.  Over-competitive, quick to anger, and had a way of pissing people off and getting into fights.  But the same could be said of Mickey Mantle or Billy Martin.

But it seems like Cobb didn't actually sharpen his spikes or other dirty play.  Nor is there any evidence that he was racist.  He didn't like blacks, but he also didn't like whites.  After he retired, he attended negro league games and spoke in favor of integration.

He was just a huge jerk as a person.  He wasn't evil.  Then again, Albert Belle is in the abstract a thoughtful, caring, and nice guy.  But he's such huge jerk personally it overrides anything else.
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