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No1BroncoFan 06-25-2004 07:42 PM

Read any good books lately?
 
What do you guys and gals like to read? Read anything good lately? Looking for something good to read (besides the Mane)? Post it here.

Currently, I'm reading the "Harry Potter" series (again).
Recently read:
"Footfall" (Sci-Fi) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
"Warlock" (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) by Andre Norton.
"Expendable" (Sci-Fi) by James Allen Gardner.

In the queue:
The "Freedom" series (Sci-Fi) by Anne McCaffrey.

Ben

Rock Chalk 06-25-2004 07:57 PM

Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum. Long but very cool.

The Heritage Trilogy I forget the author (sci-fi) but AWESOME story line.

mosca 06-25-2004 11:09 PM

recently read 'hyperion' by dan simmons and am currently finishing up 'fall of hyperion', the sequel. very thought-provoking sci-fi.
next up is 'song of susannah', book 6 of stephen king's dark tower. the last book wasn't the best, but the series is wrapping up so i gotta finish it.

no1broncofan - how do you rate larry niven's work? haven't read any of it but heard good things.

No1BroncoFan 06-25-2004 11:39 PM

mosca,

The only Larry Niven I've read so far is "Footfall." Don't be put off by the cover, it's an awesome ride! The local used bookstore sells nearly new hardbacks for about the same as a new paperback and I've been keeping my eye open for more of Niven's work. So far, no joy. I may have to put some on hold at the library. They're hardly ever in.

I thought "Song of Susannah" was better than "Wolves of the Calla" but still not up to par with "The Drawing of the Three" or "The Wastelands." Still a very good read. Part seven is due out later this year and I'm dying for it!

Ben

broncolife 06-26-2004 01:05 AM

I think I have read only one book in my life that I have enjoyed and that was the sphere(yeah, I know the movie sucked). Now that I think about it, thats the only book I have read that wasnt involving school. After seeing the movies Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, I am starting to think that I am missing out on some great stories out there.I think I might go stop by that thing they call the library tomorrow.

alkemical 06-26-2004 11:36 AM

hyperion is a cool series...

I just read "rule by secrecy" & holy blood, holy grail -

mosca 06-26-2004 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by amesj523
I just read "rule by secrecy" & holy blood, holy grail -

holy blood, holy grail... my dad read that and messianic legacy a while back. funny now there's all this hoopla over the da vinci code, a work of fiction, when these non-fiction books (if not others) on a similar topic have been out for years.

No1BroncoFan 06-26-2004 07:36 PM

Mosca,

I was wrong about Larry Niven. "Infinity's Road" was also by him and very good. I was gonna get the copy they had, but there was too much other stuff that looked good and I ran out of cash. :(

Ben

twotimes3233 06-26-2004 08:07 PM

Father Joe
 
I am reading "Father Joe" by Tony Hendra.
I'm not going to write a review for you slugs because frankly I'm surprised that 90% of the people on this board have ever SEEN a book much less read one.

If your interested you will read the reviews out on Amazon.

It's a very funny, extremely well written book.

Two words.

Pulitzer Prize.

alkemical 06-27-2004 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by mosca
holy blood, holy grail... my dad read that and messianic legacy a while back. funny now there's all this hoopla over the da vinci code, a work of fiction, when these non-fiction books (if not others) on a similar topic have been out for years.


And according to hb, hg - it's (the interest in such) basically has gone on since roughly 1300's (from kings etc thinking of such conspiracies) -

I love fiction - but you know - that sometimes we have stranger stories that really existed than anything fiction....



I've also read origins of evil - about fallen angels - lots of CS lewis (the different christian ideology to me is fascinating - actually reminds me alot of how the hindu's/krsna's have things setup) -

dustybottoms 06-29-2004 01:54 PM

just finished-

Catch-22, joseph keller? A+(this thing had me rolling)
The Godfather- mario puzo A-(I want to be a gangster)
The da Vinci Code- whoever B-(it would have been better if I read it in H.S.)

next up...
I want to read the bible, I've never actually sat down and read the thing.

alkemical 06-29-2004 02:07 PM

its a good story

No1BroncoFan 07-14-2004 06:36 PM

Wow, not many readers, at least not in the underground.

Anyway, just finished "Wheelers" by Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen yesterday. Pretty good read if you like Sci-Fi.

Ben

L.A. BRONCOS FAN 07-15-2004 03:09 AM

1) "The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham

2) "Plainclothes Naked" by Jerry Stahl (Hilarious black comedy/noir)

3) "A Year in Van Nuys" by Sandra Tsing Loh (Very funny parody of "A Year in Provence")

4) "Slow Dance on the Fault Line" by Donald Rawley

5) "Demian" by Hermann Hesse (for about the 50th time)

and, of course:

6) "My Life" by Bill Clinton (in progress)

mosca 07-15-2004 05:28 PM

hesse is great. steppenwolf is one of my all-time favorites. have to remind myself to check out some of his other stuff soon.

elwayrulzs 07-15-2004 05:57 PM

Just finished Monster of the Midway by Jim Dent. If you love football I really recommend this book. The book is mainly about Bronko Nagurski. Very interesting.

L.A. BRONCOS FAN 07-15-2004 07:41 PM

hesse is great. steppenwolf is one of my all-time favorites. have to remind myself to check out some of his other stuff soon.

Hesse is my favorite author.

I also have the film versions of "Steppenwolf" and "Siddhartha."

Awesome.

watermock 07-16-2004 01:08 AM

Upper Left Coast

football idiot 07-16-2004 07:00 AM

Read the count of Monte Cristo recently.

There is a reason it's a serious classic, one of the most popular novels ever written, still relevant 150 years later, still gripping, exciting, and intriguing.

highly reccomended, especially if you liked the movie. unfortunately I had the abridged version (it sounded like the original version was an extra 500 pages).

No1BroncoFan 07-16-2004 07:45 PM

Just finished "Waiting for the Galactic Bus" by Parke Godwin. What a ride! The super religious won't like it, but it's a wonderful parody of evolution, religion and humanity. Highly recommended!

Ben

No1BroncoFan 07-18-2004 02:01 PM

"The Snake Oil Wars," sequel to "Waiting for the Galactic Bus" is almost as good. Parke Godwin is a great storyteller!

Now maybe I can get on to the "Freedom" series I've been putting off.

Ben

dustybottoms 07-19-2004 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN
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6) "My Life" by Bill Clinton (in progress)


hey how was that Clinton book? I'm not big on auto biographies, or biographis in general but that one got me thinking about checking it out for whatever reason.

patteeu 07-19-2004 06:53 AM

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is the best book I've read in the last year or so. It has multiple storylines interwoven throughout the book including a World War II code-maker/code-breaker/action storyline and a present day high-tech-enterpreneurial/treasure-hunting storyline. Very good.

Old Dude 07-22-2004 08:21 AM

Just finished reading "Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and the American Comic Book Revolution" by Ronin Ro.

Pretty interesting book if you're into the history of the comics industry. Or if you're just a fan of Lee or Kirby or Ditko in general.

Martin Goodman (the publisher) comes off as a bit of a villain, which is probably inevitable for anyone on the business end of a creative effort, but otherwise, I thought the book did a good job of staying objective and of identifying who contributed what to what, the battles over creative rights, market forces and so forth.

For those more interested in the creations than the creators, it also had many interesting tidbits about how certain characters were originally inspired, conceived or designed and conflicts concerning the directions in which they were taken.

For example, back in the 60's, at Marvel, the artists did most of the story plotting, and the writers mostly handled captions and dialogue, after the fact. (This was the reverse of te way DC and most other companies operated at the time.) One of the reasons Steve Ditko quit illustrating Spider-Man was discontent over the way Lee was developing the character and changing the plots. (Turns out Lee knew what he was doing, obviously)

Lots of insights into the personalities of the key players as well - especially Jack Kirby.

mosca 07-22-2004 12:44 PM

on the topic of comics, has anyone read batman: the dark knight strikes again? i saw it at the library and grabbed it, thinking that i had another dark knight returns on my hands.
it was possibly one of the biggest letdowns i've experienced in recent years... dark night returns was one of the coolest, most groundbreaking comics ever and this one just plain stunk.


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