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Old 01-21-2009, 10:56 PM   #701
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Andrew Jackson and FDR. Not bad books.

Also been reading the Twilight Series because I dig vampire stories.

Also reading War and Remembrance for like the 100th time.


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Old 01-21-2009, 11:08 PM   #702
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Speaking of vampires....anyone ever read the Necroscope series by Brian Lumley?

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Old 01-21-2009, 11:09 PM   #703
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Anyone read the Preston/Child Pendergast Novels?

Relic
Reliquary
Cabinet of Curiosities
Still Life With Crows
Brimstone
Dance of Death
Book of the Dead
Wheel of Darkness
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:14 PM   #704
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Anyone read the Preston/Child Pendergast Novels?

Relic
Reliquary
Cabinet of Curiosities
Still Life With Crows
Brimstone
Dance of Death
Book of the Dead
Wheel of Darkness

No, but I got laid off from work, have severence pay and alot of free time before school begins. Are they good?


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Old 01-21-2009, 11:29 PM   #705
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I have the "OrangeMane copy" of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" ... it was sent to me well over a year ago, and it was supposed to be sent from user to user, but after I finished, I couldn't find a guy who wanted it ... come to think of it, it was probably this very thread.

They're gonna make it into a movie, Viggo Mortenson signed on to play the father.


At any rate ... somebody want to read it?
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:32 PM   #706
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Anyone read the Preston/Child Pendergast Novels?

Relic
Reliquary
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Still Life With Crows
Brimstone
Dance of Death
Book of the Dead
Wheel of Darkness
I read "Relic" years ago ... didn't know it was a series.

Excellent book ... great mystery, science, Amazon jungle, New York Museums. Kinda like a "Jurassic Park" type novel.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:35 PM   #707
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No, but I got laid off from work, have severence pay and alot of free time before school begins. Are they good?


I enjoyed them....if you read them, I suggest reading them in the order that I listed.

Pendergast is a great character....his character does not really take the main stage until the second book, but Relic is a darn good read.

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Old 01-22-2009, 12:01 AM   #708
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I have the "OrangeMane copy" of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" ... it was sent to me well over a year ago, and it was supposed to be sent from user to user, but after I finished, I couldn't find a guy who wanted it ... come to think of it, it was probably this very thread.

They're gonna make it into a movie, Viggo Mortenson signed on to play the father.


At any rate ... somebody want to read it?
I do!
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:38 AM   #710
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I just finished reading 'Streets of Laredo'....so I am now finished with all 4 books from the 'Lonesome Dove' series.

I really enjoyed 'Lonesome Dove'....a masterpiece in my opinion.

The other books were decent and somewhat enjoyable, but Larry McMurtry forced the story in way too many places and there were many, many, inconsistencies from book to book.

'Dead Man's Walk' was ok....but it was like McMurtry took 6 hits of acid and then wrote the last 3rd of the book. I did enjoy the development of the great Indian Chief Buffalo Hump....the part in the book where he stalked Gus was the highlight of the book.

'Comanche Moon' was also an ok read....but there were way too many times where McMurtry forced things (like Call's relationship to Maggie)....which was barely mentioned in 'Lonesome Dove' and never mentioned in 'Streets of Laredo'. I did enjoy Inish and Inez Scull throughout the book.

'Streets of Laredo' was not a bad read....but kind of a downer. Joey Garza was an interesting bad guy and John Wesley Hardin cracked me up. It sucked not having Gus McCrae around....as he was the coolest character in all of the books.

All in all, the 3 other books did not come close to 'Lonesome Dove', but I still read and enjoyed them for the most part....but the inconsistencies were blatant and irked me a little.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:07 PM   #711
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I am currently trying to knock out all the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novels. I have been randomly reading these books off and on for the past 15 years, and always found them excellent and very thought provoking, so a couple of months ago I decided to read them all. So far I haven't been disappointed by any of them.

The most recent ones I've read:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
Startide Rising by David Brin

Currently reading:

Seeker by Jack McDevitt

On Deck: (but not Hugo or Nebula award winners)

The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Gripping Hand by Niven and Pournelle (Mote's Sequel)
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham


I'd also like to highly recommend any book by Vernor Vinge but especially A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, he really comes up with some intriguing ideas.
I've read "American Gods" twice and can't recommend Neil Gaiman enough! Have you read "Stardust?" The movie was one of the worst Hollywood adaptations ever, but the book was absolutely awesome.

Recent reads:
The "Foreigner" series (all nine books) by C. J. Cherryh.
One of the best science-fiction series ever written.

"Golf Monster" by Alice Cooper.
Alice Cooper's auto-biography. Humorous and touching by turns. If you like golf or rock 'n' roll (or even if you don't like either) you'll like this book.

"The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star" by Nikki Sixx.
Wow. That just about sums it up. You won't believe how out of control those guys were on their "Girls, Girls, Girls" tour.

"Just After Sunset" by Stephen King.
His latest short story collection. Typical of Stephen King collections, there's some good, some bad and some in between. Worth a read, but nothing to kill or die for.

"Contact" by Carl Sagan
Great read but a somewhat disappointing ending. Certainly worth the time.

On Deck:
"Your Heart Belongs to Me" by Dean Koontz
"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" by J.K. Rowling
"False Memory" by Dean Koontz
...and whatever else I manage to get from the library in the coming weeks.

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:10 PM   #712
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Fans of Cormac McCarthy should check William Gay. Just finished his novel Twilight (not to be confused with the vampire shiite), and it was an excellent read. Pretty grim stuff, though, so not for the faint of heart.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:11 PM   #713
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Just finished Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen mcCullough...not her best work, but not horrible, either. Also reading alot of Koontz lately, I am trying to find book three in his Frankenstein series, cant find it anywhere. Reread the twilight series and have been reading some James Patterson too, and bought Christopher Moore's new book Fool.

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After high school I told myself I wouldn't take another science or math class. Four years later I find myself fascinated by it (on a theoretical level--I'm still not getting anywhere near an actual formula).

Just finished Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer, which was a short but pretty comprehensive look at the history of evolution, the proof of it, and the history of the ID debate. Quick, worthwhile read for anyone with a moderate interest in the subject. Definitely does a good job of establishing the state of the theory.

I'm about halfway through The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. Fascinating read. I never really understood the basis of general relativity or quantum mechanics (actually, nobody really understands that). I'm just starting to get to the string theory stuff. I'm usually a fast reader, but I'm taking this one slow so that I can keep up. He does a really good job, though, writing for a non-scientist/physicist reader.
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I reread Gatsby cause it's been a while

A few seconds of Panic

I started Moby Dick just to say I read it, I am actually enjoying it very much.

I started Grouts History of western music

Physics of Nascar. I was dreaming at atomic level for a few nights.

Going to hunt down Physics of Football

I want to finish Magic Mountian and Buddenbrooks by Mann, I started both a decade ago but never fished them.

I have Manstiens Lost Victory's

I have some WAN/LAN books on my desk.

I have time while I recuperate from my neck surgery.
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:15 PM   #716
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Fans of Cormac McCarthy should check William Gay. Just finished his novel Twilight (not to be confused with the vampire shiite), and it was an excellent read. Pretty grim stuff, though, so not for the faint of heart.
The Road still gives me the creeps but it was a great work. I don't want to see the movie, I see it too clear in my head.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:50 PM   #717
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I just finished up 'Water for Elephants' by Sara Gruen

Excellent book....a little depressing at first, but a damn good read.
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I finished Moby Dick, read a book called Glut about information systems and data storage throughout history.

I am reading Enigma: The Battle for the Code. Great book on the whole history of the Enigma Bombe and breaking the german naval, army and air codes.

I bought the Illiad and Oddsey, I started the Illiad it is very good. More in the mood for a war book though.

I want to knock out Dickens Tale of 2 tities soon.
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I want to knock out Dickens Tale of 2 tities soon.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:30 PM   #720
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I got these lined up ....

'Blink' by Malcolm Gladwell

'Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible " by David Plotz

"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:16 PM   #721
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I got these lined up ....

'Blink' by Malcolm Gladwell

'Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible " by David Plotz

"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon
Being that my primary income is from online book selling. I come upon several cool books. The best I have read this year is being turned into a TV series on ABC to follow lost. It is called Flash Forward by Robert Sawyer. The premise is awesome. They finally turn on the Hadron Collider and everybody on earth flashes forward and experiences twenty minutes of their lives in the future. The problem is everyone blacks out so planes crash and cars crash. But the visions people have change everything. One man does not see anything and it turns out that he is killed, using the flash forwards of others he tries to solve his own murder.
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:56 AM   #722
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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.

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If you are into sci-fi, I can recommend this audio book, "The Rookie" by Scott Sigler. It is about an intergalactic American football league. Very entertaining.

http://www.podiobooks.com/title/the-rookie
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'Blink' by Malcolm Gladwell

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"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon
I'm currently reading Gravity's Rainbow. Just make sure you're ready for it. Don't stray too far from a dictionary/wikipedia, either.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:55 AM   #724
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I just finished Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I'm currently reading Asimov's Prelude to Foundation.
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I just finished Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I'm currently reading Asimov's Prelude to Foundation.

I liked it, But only on the broad strokes. The whole lack of accountability twoards other people was too much for me. Plus the final speech was just too much. John Galt just kept repeating this mantra till I fell asleep.
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