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Old 05-28-2016, 12:00 PM   #1251
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Don't miss Joseph P Farrell's latest -- a best seller -- it will raise the hair on the back of your neck

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Old 05-28-2016, 12:11 PM   #1252
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I read almost entirely non-fiction. Self-improvement, financial, history... Every 5th book I try to read a classic. After the great gatsby it's been about every 6th book. Talk about an over-rated snoozer.
Not only is the plot a great one but some of the best writing ever is in that book. I reread it every couple of years. I could understand not liking Tender is the night or The Beautiful and the Damned but Gatsby is the pinnacle of lit.

Check out some short stories. I read Robert Crane's The Open Boat over the Winter and was floored. Every 3rd book work in a Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Ray Bradbury, or John Steinbeck short story. You will get some great reading in a short period of time and feel like you are learning something.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:24 AM   #1253
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I'm reading Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow.

Here’s the setup: A cowboy rides into town. He enters the saloon; the swinging doors bang in his wake. He orders a drink, guzzles half the bottle, then reaches for the nearest prostitute. Without a word, he takes her upstairs and assaults her. When the girl’s lover intervenes, the stranger kills him. Then the cowboy steals a horse. Then he single-handedly runs all the frightened citizens out of town. Then he sets fire to the town and burns it to the ground.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:59 PM   #1254
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I'm reading Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow.

Here’s the setup: A cowboy rides into town. He enters the saloon; the swinging doors bang in his wake. He orders a drink, guzzles half the bottle, then reaches for the nearest prostitute. Without a word, he takes her upstairs and assaults her. When the girl’s lover intervenes, the stranger kills him. Then the cowboy steals a horse. Then he single-handedly runs all the frightened citizens out of town. Then he sets fire to the town and burns it to the ground.
Sounds like Blood Meridian, sort of. Based on the Glanton gang. Group of guys that Mexican governors paid to scalp Apaches. They realized that the governors couldn't tell the difference between an Apache scalp and a Mexican one and started murdering everyone. Probably the most gruesome book I've ever read.
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Old 05-29-2016, 04:50 PM   #1255
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Sounds like Blood Meridian, sort of. Based on the Glanton gang. Group of guys that Mexican governors paid to scalp Apaches. They realized that the governors couldn't tell the difference between an Apache scalp and a Mexican one and started murdering everyone. Probably the most gruesome book I've ever read.
Cool, that's actually on my To Read List.
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:34 PM   #1256
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Yeah, the ending was a bit of a slap in the face but it could've been worse. How does the Commonwealth Saga stack up? Thinking about starting that soon.

Have you read Alastair Reynolds before? He's been recommended to me.
Commonwealth books are more refined. They have gateways instead of star ships to get around which puts a twist on how people interact. The aggressor in the books is a great villain. He does an amazing job of tying in the economics of the commonwealth into the struggle. Over all it is probably a better story then the Night Dawn Trilogy.

Reynolds early stuff is great. Avoid his last 3 books like the plague. For the first time in forever I dropped a book (Poseidon Wake) I was 100 pages into. Just crap. Also Century Rain was pretty poor.

Start with Chasm City. It is on the darker side but he paints one hell of a distant possible future.
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So I have a confession. I have not "Read" a book in a long time. I have a job with hundreds of hours of windshield time and I am Listening to all of these books on Audible. So now you know my dirty little secret.
Hmmm, I don't know. Maybe the book Natzi will come in here and grill you over that, lol.

Hey, whatever floats your boat man. Books on tape sounds good to me. If I drove that much, I'd probably do the same.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:34 PM   #1258
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Cool, that's actually on my To Read List.
I loved it but McCarthy isn't for everyone. Very, very graphic. The language he uses makes it read like something written in the 19th century. He likes to get into philosophy as well. Definitely worth a shot though.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:38 PM   #1259
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Commonwealth books are more refined. They have gateways instead of star ships to get around which puts a twist on how people interact. The aggressor in the books is a great villain. He does an amazing job of tying in the economics of the commonwealth into the struggle. Over all it is probably a better story then the Night Dawn Trilogy.

Reynolds early stuff is great. Avoid his last 3 books like the plague. For the first time in forever I dropped a book (Poseidon Wake) I was 100 pages into. Just crap. Also Century Rain was pretty poor.

Start with Chasm City. It is on the darker side but he paints one hell of a distant possible future.
Cool. Much appreciated. I'll line both of them up.

Have you read any of The Expanse books? I'm told they're great. I guess the authors have worked with George RR Martin on GoT?
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:52 PM   #1261
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I just read the princess bride and LOVED it.
Funny, that's one of my favorite movies ever, but I've never read the book. I read the first page in a bookstore once and was disappointed the it didn't start the same as it does when Columbo reads it it the movie.
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Not only is the plot a great one but some of the best writing ever is in that book. I reread it every couple of years. I could understand not liking Tender is the night or The Beautiful and the Damned but Gatsby is the pinnacle of lit.

Check out some short stories. I read Robert Crane's The Open Boat over the Winter and was floored. Every 3rd book work in a Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Ray Bradbury, or John Steinbeck short story. You will get some great reading in a short period of time and feel like you are learning something.
Jack London has some shorts that are awesome. "To build a fire" is one of the best stories ever.

There's another one about a guy who wants to kill this other guy, who he hates beyond words. The guy he hates fishes with dynamite, so he trains a dog to fetch anything that anyone throws like a fanatic, gives the guy he hates the dog as a gift and the guy takes the dog fishing...
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:56 PM   #1263
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Cool. Much appreciated. I'll line both of them up.

Have you read any of The Expanse books? I'm told they're great. I guess the authors have worked with George RR Martin on GoT?
I have not. Will look into as I am a huge fan of the GoT. Thanks.
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Jack London has some shorts that are awesome. "To build a fire" is one of the best stories ever.

There's another one about a guy who wants to kill this other guy, who he hates beyond words. The guy he hates fishes with dynamite, so he trains a dog to fetch anything that anyone throws like a fanatic, gives the guy he hates the dog as a gift and the guy takes the dog fishing...
Now you have the movie they made us watch after reading the story stuck in my head. There was another short movie they made us watch in that same class about guy who hand carves a miniature indian in a canoe, I remember him boiling lead and filling it to keep it upright, anywho after all that work of hand carving the thing he lets it go in Lake Michigan and the camera follows it out down the Miss and out to the gulf. I still don't remember the tie into American Lit but it fired a synapse.

I think it was that same year that our teacher read us a book about boy about 11 years old ran away from home and lived in a tree for a year. That was an example of a movie totally destroying the image I had of a book in my minds eye.

Anywho I totally agree about London.

Oh and there was a jap named Mishima who did a short story about a guy committing Hari Kari, epic great read.
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:11 PM   #1265
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Ok, so I was traveling last week and needed to find a new book at the airport. If you like the occasional self help book and just want to get a little pumped up about your life, I recommend the following book. I can't say I agreed with everything, but it's definitely a fun, irreverent way to get focused on your badassery and get motivated about your success. Fun read.

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Old 05-31-2016, 08:22 PM   #1266
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Funny, that's one of my favorite movies ever, but I've never read the book. I read the first page in a bookstore once and was disappointed the it didn't start the same as it does when Columbo reads it it the movie.
I hated the book. The movies amazing though.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:20 AM   #1267
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Stellar book by a Senatorial giant.
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:05 AM   #1269
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I didn't read a lot of books for many years, but I discovered the Overdrive app and now I am either reading or listening to an audiobook. I have read/listened to all of Malcolm Gladwells books, Unbroken, and many other older and recent military books, and for simple reading pleasure all of CJ Box's ( Wyoming native) mystery novels.

As for Overdrive you need a library card or multiple. I use High Plains from the Northern Front Range, Jeffco, and North Texas libraries. I have never had a problem getting any book I wanted for free.
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Just finished this powerful, intense read. It's hard to put in words what I feel.



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Hersey tells the intertwined stories of six people in Hiroshima in the hours and weeks after the attack: a young surgeon; a pastor; a tailor’s widow with three children; a prosperous doctor; a female clerk at a tin factory; and a German priest. Its tick-tock approach gives it a Law and Order quality, as it switches its focus between the six subjects. But it is so much more: a chronicle of life amid the wreckage, with nary a word of hyperbole – a book that seems, at the close of 2015, more relevant than ever. It never promises an explanation for war, it never preaches. It eschews statistics in favour of story.

In fact, Hersey’s writing is so straightforward as to seem plain, but he often uses just the right word, or a simple but exquisite phrase, or a shattering detail, and his sentences are unmediated by a writerly presence. In one chapter, the pastor Mr Tanimoto was looking for a boat that would help him ferry the gravely injured across the river to safety. He came upon a punt on the shore. “It was an awful tableau – five dead men, nearly naked, badly burned, who must have expired more or less all at once, for they were in attitudes which suggested that they had been working together to push the boat down into the river.” Mr Tanimoto knew what he must do: he dutifully pulled the bodies away from the boat, but was so disturbed by “preventing them, he momentarily felt, from going on their ghostly way – that he said out loud, ‘Please forgive me for taking this boat. I must use it for others, who are alive.’”
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I read that Hiroshima book in 7th grade when history was actually taught and the communist/socialist/progressive movement didn't have a strangle hold on academia. Now the largest terror state in the world, Iran, is building nukes.

The Obama State Department admits it started negotiation with Ahmadinejad regime. This is your Obama state department. Liars, all of them. Now Clinton is caught using her own personal server for state department work, and magically, 32k emails disappear. Just like IRS emails disappearing.

I give you Obama and Clinton. If you vote for Clinton, you are catagorically insane.
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I read that Hiroshima book in 7th grade when history was actually taught and the communist/socialist/progressive movement didn't have a strangle hold on academia. Now the largest terror state in the world, Iran, is building nukes.

The Obama State Department admits it started negotiation with Ahmadinejad regime. This is your Obama state department. Liars, all of them. Now Clinton is caught using her own personal server for state department work, and magically, 32k emails disappear. Just like IRS emails disappearing.

I give you Obama and Clinton. If you vote for Clinton, you are catagorically insane.
I don't know if they're the largest. I mean, I don't see them building military bases across the globe. I don't see them constantly invading sovereign nations. I don't see them with torture sites set up across the globe. I don't see them drone bombing weddings. I don't see them dropping atomic bombs on innocent men, women, and children.

Speaking of Iran, there's a really good book on how Britain manipulated America into using the CIA to overthrow Iran's gov't so Britain could get back their stranglehold on Iran's oil.

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I don't know if they're the largest. I mean, I don't see them building military bases across the globe. I don't see them constantly invading sovereign nations. I don't see them with torture sites set up across the globe. I don't see them drone bombing weddings. I don't see them dropping atomic bombs on innocent men, women, and children.

Speaking of Iran, there's a really good book on how Britain manipulated America into using the CIA to overthrow Iran's gov't so Britain could get back their stranglehold on Iran's oil.

They are a terrorist state the directly funds terrorists. If you don't understand what terrorism is I'm sorry.
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They are a terrorist state the directly funds terrorists. If you don't understand what terrorism is I'm sorry.
The American gov funds terrorists.
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Yep, we just gave Iran $158 billion you buffoon. And I don't need to pull up some half baked article to prove it!
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