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Old 07-04-2009, 11:34 PM   #751
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I just started Jason Elam's (and Steve Yohn) second book: "Blown Coverage"(Riley Covington Thriller Series #2).

I thought "Monday Night Jihad" was a decent book. I am not a religious person, and the book definitely had some Christian overtones, but Elam made a point of showing why the Muslim extremists think how they think and the events that make them think these things. It was a good enough read that I wanted to read their second effort.
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:37 PM   #752
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Reading books is a great escape and one of the great joys of life.

I have a few friends that had not read a book for enjoyment in their entire life and I prodded them to start reading some books of mine and now they like to read books more than watch tv. It was kind of cool to get them reading books and seeing the enjoyment they get from it.
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:42 PM   #753
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finished the books misery and cujo. good books, stephen king is an amazing writer.
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:59 PM   #754
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finished the books misery and cujo. good books, stephen king is an amazing writer.
I haven't read 'Misery'.

'Cujo' was excellent.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:19 AM   #755
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For a quick entertaining and enlightening read check out The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. Bleachers by Grisham is very good. Just finished Boys Will Be Boys by Jeff Pearlman chronicling the rise and fall of the 88-96 cowboys. It was ok, nothing great, but glad I read it.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:46 AM   #756
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Pynchon's awful. I'm not sure why he gets all the pomo love, when Robert Coover, William H. Gass (Read the novella/long short story "Heart in the heart of the country" utterly brilliant), and Donald Barthelme absolutely own him.
Gass' "Heart..." is one of my favorite all time stories. Check out Italo Calvino if you haven't already. Another favorite story of mine is Gabriel Garcia Marquez' "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World." I agree on Pynchon. A self-inflated turd.
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I haven't read 'Misery'.

'Cujo' was excellent.
its very good. the weird thing about stephen king is ALL his books are so good, i dont think one is better than the other. i think back to all these books ive read and i dont think one is any better than the other...so go read it. asw well as all his other books.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:16 AM   #758
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:19 AM   #759
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I really like Steve Berry! He's a great writer in the Dan Brown mold!

I'm somewhat of a art history nut....so Iain Pears is a personal favorite of mine. I also like M.J. Rose quite alot.
He's pretty good.
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:55 PM   #760
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In the last month I have read Antony and Cleopatra, The Reagan Diaries, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Twilight series, and Ben Franklin. Had alot of free time.

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Old 07-05-2009, 06:34 PM   #761
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Reading books is a great escape and one of the great joys of life.

I have a few friends that had not read a book for enjoyment in their entire life and I prodded them to start reading some books of mine and now they like to read books more than watch tv. It was kind of cool to get them reading books and seeing the enjoyment they get from it.


Do we know each other by any chance?

My friend, who spends a fortune at B&N every month, gave me the first book of Vince Flynn´s Mitch Rapp series when I visited her and I went thru the whole series in less than a month afterwards. Hadn´t really read a fiction book in ages before that. Recently also went thru the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. Looking forward to his new book, which is out this month.
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Read a bunch of Cormac McCarthy awhile back: No Country for Old Men, Blood Meridian, The Road.

Blood Meridian is one of my favorite books of all time.

Reading Ms. Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust right now.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:09 AM   #763
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Read "The White Boy Shuffle" by Susan Lori Parks

interesting political commentary using the absurd to get points across....
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:17 AM   #764
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I am looking for some good sci fi to take my mind off things, preferably something in the same vein as the Ringworld books or Neuromancer.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:23 AM   #765
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Just finished "Same Kind of Different As Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore.


Great book!!
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:38 AM   #766
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Undaunted Courage.

The best Lewis and Clark book I have read. Truly an amazing story of American perseverance.

I just finished a 1200mile motorcycle trip this past week where I followed a good portion of their route in Idaho and Montana and staying at some of their actual campsites. It made it even more impressive to me on what they accomplished and the era that they did it in.
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I finished Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield (the stand by the Spartan 300 at Thermopylae) and his follow-up Tides of War (The Peloponnesian War from the focus of the slippery Alcibiades) over the last week.

Both were very good - I highly recommend each of them, together or separately.
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Reading books is a great escape and one of the great joys of life.

I have a few friends that had not read a book for enjoyment in their entire life and I prodded them to start reading some books of mine and now they like to read books more than watch tv. It was kind of cool to get them reading books and seeing the enjoyment they get from it.
My daughter and I signed up for our Library summer reading programs, she has won a couple of prizes so far, she is 6 and has read over 6 hours in the last 5 weeks.

Good stuff!
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:29 PM   #769
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My daughter and I signed up for our Library summer reading programs, she has won a couple of prizes so far, she is 6 and has read over 6 hours in the last 5 weeks.

Good stuff!
They have the Anaheim Angels reading program where each base they get a prize. I love it as he is quiet for two hours in the morning reading all by himself. He is going into the 1st grade in September and is reading at an above 2nd grade level.
As for me, I dont read much but this title caught my eye and I had to read it of the 430 pages. Titled, "Satan, how he fools CEOs into hiring him. The McDaniel story" written by some psuedo name of Taco John.
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They have the Anaheim Angels reading program where each base they get a prize. I love it as he is quiet for two hours in the morning reading all by himself. He is going into the 1st grade in September and is reading at an above 2nd grade level.
As for me, I dont read much but this title caught my eye and I had to read it of the 430 pages. Titled, "Satan, how he fools CEOs into hiring him. The McDaniel story" written by some psuedo name of Taco John.
It really isn't hard to motivate young kids.
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My dad and his wife came to visit for my birthday a couple weeks ago, and at dinner one night we all started talking about our favorite books. After a couple of hours, it became readily apparent that my thirst for the written word has seriously been waning in the past few years...SO. My dad took me to barnes and nobles shortly after and bought me a few classics. War and Peace is on the docket first (****). So I'll see you guys in a couple months haha

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My dad and his wife came to visit for my birthday a couple weeks ago, and at dinner one night we all started talking about our favorite books. After a couple of hours, it became readily apparent that my thirst for the written word has seriously been waning in the past few years...SO. My dad took me to barnes and nobles shortly after and bought me a few classics. War and Peace is on the docket first (****). So I'll see you guys in a couple months haha

gotta start BIG i guess
I bought a 2nd hand copy of War and Peace this summer also... I still need to finish, by that I mean start, Les Miserables.
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The first volume of War and Peace is epic, the 2nd volume is so-so if compared to the first in my view.
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Undaunted Courage.

The best Lewis and Clark book I have read. Truly an amazing story of American perseverance.

I just finished a 1200mile motorcycle trip this past week where I followed a good portion of their route in Idaho and Montana and staying at some of their actual campsites. It made it even more impressive to me on what they accomplished and the era that they did it in.
I agree....excellent book.
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The first volume of War and Peace is epic, the 2nd volume is so-so if compared to the first in my view.

lol I didn't even know there WERE two volumes....I've got this one:



The cover just says "original version".

He also gave me Thoreau's Walden and Civli Disobediances and Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

It's gonna be a literature filled summer
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