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Old 02-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #976
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i hear that My Sweet Saga by Brett Sills was damn good
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #977
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HP Lovecraft is kind of my current obsession. I also enjoy historical fiction ie "Vlad"- about the rise and fall of The "real" Dracula.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #978
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I picked up "Just kids" from the library.

Not into Maplethorp's "art" but I am into French lit and so is Patty Smith. She is a pretty good writer and it is entertaining so far. I like how she compares her bohemian late 60's life to her favorite French authors.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:20 PM   #979
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I am currently reading the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind.

Just started but pretty good so far.
My condolences.

Seriously though, those books get real repetitive. I barely managed to slog through them taking many long breaks between books and still only managed to make it through "Confessor" (the last book at the time). When I heard there were more on the way I cried a little. Never did get back into them.

Hopefully you'll enjoy them more than I did.

On another note, seeing as I am nearly done with the "Chanur" books, I headed to the library. No list, no expectations and found several new (or at least new to me) books. "Ghost" and "Firefly" by Piers Anthony who may not be the worlds bet writer, but he is entertaining. "Blindsight" (the one I'm starting next, sounds wayyyyyy too good), "Starfish" and "Maelstrom" by Peter Watts. I've never read anything by him before so I may be taking two of them back if the first one sucks, but they all sound good. I'll let you all know if his stuff's worth reading.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:12 PM   #980
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Currently reading Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. His first published book I believe. It could easily be depressing but it's not... it's fascinating, colourful and in a way comforting so far... it's even sometimes funny.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:16 PM   #981
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"Ghost" and "Firefly" sucked ass! Piers Anthony's characters had all the depth of spilled beer and the plots were tiresome. Ugh! Majorly disappointing from a guy who's usually so fun to read.

"Blindsight," "Starfish," "Maelstrom," "Behemoth: B-Max" and "Behemoth: Seppouku" by Peter Watts were amazing. "Blindsight" is a stand alone novel about in-system space travel with a vampire captain, the rest are 4 parts in a trilogy (the publisher required Mr. Watts to publish the third volume as two books or kill the story by hacking out a third) about an ancient viral life-form that has survived in the deep ocean trenches and what happens when it gets loose. These were easily some of the best new fiction I've read in the last decade.

I also picked up "Omnitopia Dawn" by Diane Duane and the Moonlight bay books by Dean Koontz ("Fear Nothing" and "Seize the Night"). The one by Diane Duane was pretty good. A story that's been done before, but dressed up in a fresh set of clothes it all worked well. The Moonlight Bay books are a third or fourth re-read for me.

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"The Final Judgement" by Richard North Patterson and "The Wheel of Darkness" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, both new to me purchases from the thrift store. I've also got a few others I picked up at the library that I can't remember the names of.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:23 PM   #982
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I think it was somebody here that recommended Ready Player One (a futuristic quest/mystery that depends on knowing a lot of 80's pop culture trivia). If it was, thanks. Reading it and enjoying now.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:25 PM   #983
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A facsinating read about human origins.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:55 PM   #984
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We dumped satellite TV almost 2 months ago, so I've been reading so much more than I used to. I read the Thrawn Trilogy (Star Wars books, but definitely have the feel of the original Trilogy), and I read a couple of Harlan Coben books (Long Lost and Caught) and am just starting Live Wire. Probably going to read Ender's Game next and picked up a few more Timothy Zahn books (more Star Wars) for after that.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #985
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I am currently reading the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind.

Just started but pretty good so far.
STOP after the first! I repeat STOP after the first!

The first is decent, if a bit derivative. An excellent self contained character driven story. Then Goodkind decided to expand the universe into an "epic" in which he introduces an entirely new plot. That's fine, it happens a lot.

The real problem is that along the way he stops writing a story and starts preaching. Several of the books are nothing more than a enormous rants about his political and philosophical positions in which he constructs a society that embodies a straw man for him to easily beat on. Faith of the Fallen is about 950 pages of rant and 50 pages of actual story. There is absolutely zero progression of the series plot despite the story lasting almost 2 years for the characters. I could summarize that book in less than 20 words. The next two books are similarly constructed. He seems to think this makes his books "literary".

They also become increasingly self repetitive. The same basic story happens:

1.) Richard and Kahlan start off happy after succeeding in the last book.
2.) Richard and Kahlan are separated by the forces of evil in the current book
2a.) Richard and Kahlan go all emo about being separated and question each other's love.
3.) Richard and Kahlan overcome the evil and are reunited learning that all along everything was OK between them!

I think Goodkind has some serious abandonment/relationship issues =P

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Old 03-25-2012, 03:02 AM   #986
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just read "A Prayer for Own Meany". I define good art as things you never will forget, I think I'll always remember the characters in this book.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:10 AM   #987
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i hear that My Sweet Saga by Brett Sills was damn good
Actually I just started that book, it's pretty hilarious. I highly recommend it, even if the author is kind of a punk ass.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:40 AM   #988
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Actually I just started that book, it's pretty hilarious. I highly recommend it, even if the author is kind of a punk ass.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:57 AM   #989
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Just finished Cormac McCarthy's Child of God. I'm going back through his books, reading the ones I've missed. Weird little book.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:12 AM   #990
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spy novels - (2 weeks worth here)

Boneman's Daughters - Ted Dekker
Edge - Jeff Deaver (this guy can spin a tale like few others)

Alex Cross books by James Patterson
(Along came a Spider and kiss the girls)

just saw "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" - great casting, and followed the book almost verbatim (except for Harriet's location - they left out New Zealand)

3 weeks ago read Godfather - Mario Puzo. The screen plays were lifted directly from the book - fun read, since I've seen the movies about a dozen times.
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I finished a Robert Heinlein book I started 30 years ago, I thought it would be worth the effort, sadly it was not, I should have picked a different Heinlein book to start back in HS.

I am close to finishing a Bio on Bix Biderbecke by Ralph Berton which was very entertaining though it was a mix between Bix and Berton family bio but I didn't mind because I didn't know about Gene and Vic Berton before reading this book. I highly recommend it if you want to read a Jazz Bio.

I have a bunch of technical reading to catch up with that I am not looking forward to.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:42 PM   #992
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Just finished The Shack by WM. Paul Young - best book I've read in the past couple of years!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:33 PM   #993
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My condolences.

Seriously though, those books get real repetitive. I barely managed to slog through them taking many long breaks between books and still only managed to make it through "Confessor" (the last book at the time). When I heard there were more on the way I cried a little. Never did get back into them.

Hopefully you'll enjoy them more than I did.
You might want to finish the series. The middle ones are repetitive and preachy (though I still enjoyed them, I think I have more patience than most) but in the end it wraps up quite nicely and in a way I certainly wasn't expecting.

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Old 04-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #994
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I am currently reading "In The Fullness Of Time", by Vincent Nicolosi. It is a fictional book about the architect of the Warren G. Harding memorial. it is set at the time of the JFK assassination. The main character attempts to draw parallels between JFK and Harding...
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:54 PM   #995
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This was awesome. I was disappointed in that it really does stop, almost abruptly, shortly after 9/11, but the amount of research and background that went into this book is pretty impressive.



Enjoyed this. At times her writing was a little too experimental for my taste, but at other times it's almost downright brilliant. It reminded me of some of those Wayside Stories books, only for messed up adults.



Definitely no Middlesex, but I like his style nonetheless. Romances aren't my normal genre of choice.

I've read a ton of books since last summer. Too many to list. The best book I read in that time was Mailer's The Naked and The Dead. Easily one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I've had and one of my favorite books in the past five years. It's long as hell, but worth it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:01 AM   #996
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I just finished The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perlotta. Pretty poor, imo, and reminded me why I rarely read novels. He hashed his way through a tired old story line; small town divided by a religious/secular rift, with characters who amount to nothing more than stick figures and straw men.

I read it because the author is going to be speaking at a literary festival in town and I wanted to be able to ask some questions about his work. The only question I have for him now is, "How do you find an agent who can get extremely mediocre work published"?

Reading A Comedy of Errors now. I always go to Shakespeare to wash off the taste of a bad literary experience.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:06 PM   #997
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You might want to finish the series. The middle ones are repetitive and preachy (though I still enjoyed them, I think I have more patience than most) but in the end it wraps up quite nicely and in a way I certainly wasn't expecting.
No thanks. Time is too precious for bad fiction. There are far too many better stories and better writers out there.

Glad you enjoyed them though.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:52 PM   #998
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Just finished Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry which was good. If not for the character of Gus McCrae I wouldn't have liked it as much.

Currently reading Shogun by James Clavelle and loving it.
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