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Old 09-24-2004, 06:41 AM   #51
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Really?

Half?

I'd like to hear the specifics and how you know this.
Half is a conservative estimate. But let's not turn this thread into a political argument.
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Old 09-25-2004, 06:35 AM   #52
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Half is a conservative estimate.
Really?

So you've read the entire book and checked all its facts?

Can't wait to hear the details.

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But let's not turn this thread into a political argument.
I was merely discussing a book I was reading.

Then you came along and made it political.

Practice what you preach.
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Old 09-25-2004, 09:58 AM   #53
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Practice what you preach.
OK.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:13 AM   #54
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Finished reading "count of monte cristo" and "the three muskateers" by Dumas. Very good books. Also just finished Sun Tzu's Art of War yesterday. I'm not sure which book I should read next. I like the genre of the first two books mentioned above so if you know of something along those lines let me know.

Although realistically it looks like my reading in the future will be dominated by Products Liability: Cases and Materials. yuck.
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Old 01-13-2005, 11:30 AM   #55
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I liked the count. Read it twice last year. Interesting book on the subject of reconcilliation and forgiveness.

I liked Les Miserables even better, though the characters in Count were more complex, ie morally realistic.

I finished the latest in WEB Griffin's "the corps" series. It's funny, they're total trash, but I really like them. Solid historical research though. Like L'Amour's in a way.

Trying to get into Ed McBain's Alice in Jeopardy now.
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Old 01-13-2005, 12:00 PM   #56
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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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Man ... I'd forgotten all about Larry Niven. It's been years, I read Dream Park about the time D&D came out and role playing games were all the rage. I never did enjoy D&D, but I would have if it would have been like the role playing adventure in Dream Park. Great read.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:24 PM   #57
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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.
i don't find it all that strange that the masses don't flock to non-fictional acounts of anything. unfortunately it's a sad comment on the state of humanity, but a truthful comment none the less.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:26 PM   #58
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Ok, it's been a while since I posted here. First the results

"Rider at the Gate" and "Cloud's Rider" - C. J. Cherryh
Not up to par with her other works, but still a good read. Three and a half stars

"Finity's End" - C. J. Cherryh - Didn't get to this one before it was due back to the library, but I got it for Christmas so back to the queue...

"The Postman" - David Brin (signed first edition! Boo-yah) - If you've seen the movie, you didn't find out any secrets of the book. The movie shares next to nothing with the book, except the name. Great read, far better than the film. Four stars.

"The White Abacus" - Damien Broderick - Good read. The pace gets a little slow at times, but there's good action and an involving plot. 3 and a half stars.

"Diplomatic Immunity" - Lois McMaster Bujold - I hope this wasn't her best book. Not bad, but more of an action story wrapped in a sci-fi wrapper. I'll give it two and a half stars 'cause it's good enough to get me to look at more of her stuff, but not to hold out huge hopes.

"Achilles' Choice" - Larry Niven and Steven Barnes - Wow. What a letdown from Niven. Still, it's Larry Niven after all. His worst stuff is still better than a lot of peoples best stuff. Three stars. Maybe it's Steven Barnes that pulled that one down.

"Destiny's Road" - Larry Niven - One of his best works. The second reading (a couple of years later) was even better than the first reading. Four and a half stars.

Currently I'm reading Dean Koontz, "The Taking." Just got started last night...

The Queue, in no particular order:
"The Elvenbane," "Elvenblood" and "Elvenborn" - Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey.
"Finity's End" - C. J. Cherryh.
"Commitment Hour," "Vigilant," "Hunted," "Trapped" and "Ascending" - James Alan Gardner.

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I read a lot of books about history - mostly 20th century history. I would highly recommend "Charlie Wilson's War' by George Crile. Expalins some of the involvement of Congress and the CIA in the Afganistan/Soviet War. Reads almost like fiction.
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I have read Dead Zone, Fire Starter and Christine recently

man, Steven King is kinda like Metallica, his early works kicks ass, but his later work isn't so good.
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I like the dead zone tv show, i've caught it a few times.
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Old 01-13-2005, 02:08 PM   #63
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I have read Dead Zone, Fire Starter and Christine recently

man, Steven King is kinda like Metallica, his early works kicks ass, but his later work isn't so good.
That is so true. The Shining will always be one of my favorites. Even though both movie versions pretty much sucked.
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I have read Dead Zone, Fire Starter and Christine recently

man, Steven King is kinda like Metallica, his early works kicks ass, but his later work isn't so good.

I agree with this assessment, Shack. This also seems to be the case for Dean Koontz, who used to be one of my favorites. But starting about the mid 90's, his books just seemed to go downhill, IMO.

If you like thrillers, whodunit kind of books, Patricia Cornwell is great. She has turned into one of my favorites. Same goes for James Patterson. I wait with bated breath for anything that comes out of these two these days.
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That is so true. The Shining will always be one of my favorites. Even though both movie versions pretty much sucked.
Stanley Kubriuk might be a "genious" but he butchered the Shining.......it was basically his own version

the TV movie was more like the book but you are right, it didn't have any teeth

The Shining is one of my favs, but I love the Stand and Christine....so those 3 are my favs, with the Stand being numero uno.

Not for nuthin' but a lot of his new books have a bunch of "feelings" in it, like Rose Madder and Delories Claibourne, that's not why I buy a Steven King book.
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I agree with this assessment, Shack. This also seems to be the case for Dean Koontz, who used to be one of my favorites. But starting about the mid 90's, his books just seemed to go downhill, IMO.

If you like thrillers, whodunit kind of books, Patricia Cornwell is great. She has turned into one of my favorites. Same goes for James Patterson. I wait with bated breath for anything that comes out of these two these days.
I'll have to check her out, I've been going to lunch at the new library they built downtown here and reading during my lunch, that's why I've read so much lately.

I got a Ludlum book yesterday (Bourne Identity fame)....I have heard he is good
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I like the dead zone tv show, i've caught it a few times.
, yeah it's not too awful bad really

nothing like the book really but yeah not too bad........
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Joe Lonsdale. He's got these two rednecks, one gay, who engage in all kinds of mayhem. funny
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Stanley Kubriuk might be a "genious" but he butchered the Shining.......it was basically his own version

the TV movie was more like the book but you are right, it didn't have any teeth

The Shining is one of my favs, but I love the Stand and Christine....so those 3 are my favs, with the Stand being numero uno.

Not for nuthin' but a lot of his new books have a bunch of "feelings" in it, like Rose Madder and Delories Claibourne, that's not why I buy a Steven King book.
Basically King wrote the books mentioned because of the criticism of his failure to develop or have believable female characters. Neither book did much to improve that. I always thought he wrote Claiborne as an old man but used a female name.

Koontz did okay recently with From the Corner of His Eye and Odd Thomas. But he threw in a few clunkers recently, too. Watchers will always be on my favorite list.

A few authors I can't wait for anything new from are

Michael Connelly
Harlen Coben
Elizabeth George
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what about classics?
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I really like Dickens, but I had to give up bourbon. I'd time my drinking to have a bourbon on shaved ice, but it had to last 60 pages or an hour, whatever came first.
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Basically King wrote the books mentioned because of the criticism of his failure to develop or have believable female characters. Neither book did much to improve that. I always thought he wrote Claiborne as an old man but used a female name.

Koontz did okay recently with From the Corner of His Eye and Odd Thomas. But he threw in a few clunkers recently, too. Watchers will always be on my favorite list.

A few authors I can't wait for anything new from are

Michael Connelly
Harlen Coben
Elizabeth George
You liked Odd Thomas, Tre? I wasn't so keen on that one.

Watchers is great. That was one of the first Koontz books I read. I don't know why but Dragon Tears is my favorite Koontz book. It's not a normal Koontz favorite for most.
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I really like Dickens, but I had to give up bourbon. I'd time my drinking to have a bourbon on shaved ice, but it had to last 60 pages or an hour, whatever came first.

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If you want a laugh and off the wall whodunit books, Janet Evanovich is hysterical. When I read her books, I will bust out laughing periodically which garners strange looks from my husband. When I start one of her books, I have to finish the whole thing in one sitting. She is easily one of my top 3 favorites right now.

I just looked up Michael Connelly and his books look like they are right up my alley. Thanks for the list, Tre.
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I don't know how classical you want to get. I love Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath is a terrific read.
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