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the ancient mariner
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/13 22:24:26
Jeff Shaara's second book of his trilogy based on WWII called "The Steel Wave"
is due out next week. It is about the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe.
I just finished the first book "The Rising Tide" which was the story of the war
in Africa and Sicily. It is amazing how bad some of the thinking and planning
was on both sides.

I have learned more history easier from the Shaara family than from all my years
in school. Actually I only spent 2 terms in College--Truman's and Eisenhower's.

Number One son gave me "World Without End" for Christmas but I was too busy to start it,
I knew I would never put it down if it was as good as "Pillars of the Earth".
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/15 12:14:00
I finally finished 'Kabul Beauty School' over the weekend, dug straight through 'Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary,' which is also fascinating and really well selected, and picked up 'Armageddon in Retrospect' by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, which is a compilation of stuff he never published before he died. And I wanted to mention it here because there's a delightful little short story in the middle of it about these three POWs and their supervising German corporal who are having a running conversation about the first things they're going to eat when they get back home. I thought folks here would enjoy it, and wondered if anybody else had read it?
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/16 13:48:42
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Originally posted by Nancypalooza


improviser, you're kind of a reading fool!


Thanks, Nancy. I take that as a compliment.

I haven't been reading as much lately as I've started a new job (well it's a new position in the same company) and have been insanely busy lately.

I did finish John Grisham's "Playing for Pizza" which was a quick, fun read. I'd hadn't read any Grisham other than A Time to Kill. Playing for Pizza was predictable plot-wise but surprised me in placed. I'd recommended it if you're looking for a breezy read.

I started Greil Marcus' "Invisible Republic" about Bob Dylan and the Band last night. I'll probably put that aside when I get my copy of Mark Evanier's Jack Kirby bio, "King of Comics."
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/17 13:10:48
I have been on a classic "school" book reading session

To Kill a Mocking Bird
Puddin Head Wilson
Tom Sawyer
Huck Finn
My Brother Sam is Dead
The Machine Gunners
The Pearl
The Good Earth
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Red Badge of Courage
Tale of two cities
David Copperfield
Hound of the Baskervilles
Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Mrs Frisby & The Rats of NIHM
Chickenhawk

Among many others

There is something in these classics some simple, some complex that just lets me unwind.
I had been reading TOO many historical books, too much actual history, some of these are escapes.

roossy90
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/26 21:01:36
I am in the Non Fiction phase.
I just bought
"The Much Too Promised Land,
-Americas Elusive search for Arab-Israeli Peace"..
By Aaron David Miller.

And to tell you the truth?.. I am still trying to wend my way thru The Nasty Bits (Bourdain) still.

I fall asleep so quickly nowadays when reading!
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/27 08:14:25
I'm most of the way through "Clapton, The Autobiography". It's mostly a history of his drinking, drugging, womanizing, and recovery. It is amazing he could remember any of it. It's moderately interesting.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/28 12:30:49
Last night I finished "The Lonely Werewolf Girl" by Martin Millar. It was excellent, right up there with his "The Good Fairies of New York". Fans of both Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore should check it out. Great characters, a wonderful plot, and laugh-out-loud dialogue. Very good stuff.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 01:46:52
Dearfolk,
The last book I finished (lent to me by my friend Lucy Mae from Leland, Mississippi) was "The Most Southern Place On Earth" by James C. Cobb. It's a study of the Mississippi Delta from its initial settlement up to the end of the 1980's... a most interesting read.
Turning No Pages At The Moment, Ort. Carlton in Literate Athens, Georgia.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 01:51:04
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... but then, he was married to Zelda who was non-compos mentis, so maybe he thought all of us dames wuz nuts....


Sandy,
You're not nuts... you're out in the garden.
Sneezing From The Pollen From Here, Allergic Ort. Carlton in All-Too-Flowering-All-Of-A-Sudden Athens, Georgia.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 06:49:57
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Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

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... but then, he was married to Zelda who was non-compos mentis, so maybe he thought all of us dames wuz nuts....


Sandy,
You're not nuts... you're out in the garden.
Sneezing From The Pollen From Here, Allergic Ort. Carlton in All-Too-Flowering-All-Of-A-Sudden Athens, Georgia.


Ort,

Thank you for being gallant, kind Suh! I guess being out in the garden is better than being out to lunch...although I have one friend who grew up in the country, and says that her favorite summer lunch was going out to the garden with a bucket of water (to rinse off the tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers and eat them right there).

In the end, and despite discredited views of mental illness and outmoded views of women, I thought "Tender is the Night" was brilliant. Now that the Clapton autobio is behind me, I'm off to the library for more Fitzgerald. I must say, I don't know which of the two of them drank the most.
mbrookes
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 14:51:36
Ot, as a native of the Mississsippi Delta, I can give The Most Southern Place on Earth a hearty thumbs up. I am always leery of books about Mississippi because so often they just rehash old stereotypes. Cobb really did a great job.
joem15
Junior Burger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 18:22:23
I usually have 2 or 3 going at one time. 1 upstairs, 1 downstairs and one in the car.

Ahab’s Wife
Tenants of Time
It Doesn’t Take a Hero: Norman Schwarzkopf
Wuthering Heights
Rule of Four
Tom Jones
We Were the Mulvaneys

Joem
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/07 14:32:24
Right now I'm reading Bill Walsh's "Lapsing into a comma," a guide to newspaper style. It's interesting although, like all style manual authors, he can be pretty pedantic about things.

Earlier this week, I finished "How did they die?", an encyclopedia-like reference to famous people and where they died, what their last words were, etc. It was interesting, if morbid, reading. I liked the authors wide definition of famous, i.e. including both Peter Abelard and Mario Lanza. Good stuff.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/25 21:57:11
This morning I finished "The Ten Cent Plague," by David Hadju, a look at the backlash against comic books that occurred in the 40s and 50s. I'd heard of the backlash before, even read up a bit on it in other books regarding comic book creators, but I'd never realized just how far it extended, with legislation and comic book burning rallies.

It's a great read.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/29 09:54:26
Just finished "Tricky Dick and The Pink Lady", a detailed book about the 1950 Caifornia Senate race between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas. Incredibly interesting and chock full of information
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/07 13:28:19
Just finished" Pictures At A Revolution "by Mark Harris. It is a detailed history of the 5 best picture nominees for 1967's Academy Awards,"Bonnie and Clyde, "The Graduate","Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"."In The Heat of the Night', and "Doctor Doolittle"(sic). It is also a story of how the old Hollywood started morphing into the Hollywood of today It is a great narrative and a fascinating read.
baileysoriginal
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/07 16:57:01
I just finished "Sea Change" by Robert B. Parker and started "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown.
Earl of Sandwich
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/09 23:03:12
I understand there will will be an upcoming show on Robert e Lee on PBS so I decided to read a biography. You cpouldn't write a romance gothis novel any better than his life story. truly fascinating.
cavandre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/10 09:22:09
"Dark Light" (one of the Doc Ford series) by Randy Wayne Wright
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/10 09:50:50
I am knee deep in 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison, and I don't understand why it's not one of the books that gets hit hard in high school, or maybe I do.

I want to read 'Bonk' by Mary Roach next; 'Stiff' was a really fun read. Chipsie, it sounds like you have very good taste in nonfiction.
BhamBabe
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/10 18:57:44
I'm reading Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig. It is an authorized book by Margaret Mitchell’s estate.



improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/12 14:08:10
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Originally posted by Nancypalooza

I am knee deep in 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison, and I don't understand why it's not one of the books that gets hit hard in high school, or maybe I do.

I want to read 'Bonk' by Mary Roach next; 'Stiff' was a really fun read. Chipsie, it sounds like you have very good taste in nonfiction.


I really loved Stiff, Nancy, can't wait to read Bonk. Did you read her last book, Spook? It's also really good. She explores scientific explorations of life after death.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/12 14:31:40
I didn't read 'Spook' but I would pretty much read her about anything so I might have to check it out.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/12 15:20:00
She's a really good writer. I don't care much for her columns in Reader's Digest, but her books are great, really interesting.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/16 15:59:54
I finished Jonathan Rosenbaum's "Movie Wars", a book about how the media controls what movies come to multiplexes, at the expense of foreign or independant films. Really interesting read, though it was slow going at times.

Right now I'm reading Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird," a book of advice for writers.
djrebel
Junior Burger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 01:10:05
quote:
Originally posted by plb

That's an easy question to answer, the Roodfood website.


i second that...Dj
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 14:17:11
I just read Caliphate by Tom Kratman, Time Spike by Eric Flint, Chasing Darkness (an Elvis Cole mystery) by Robert Crais and Warrior (a Matthew Hervey novel).

I am now reading Swan Peak (a Dave Robicheaux mystery) by James Lee Burke.

Lined up next in the queue (Thank you Roadfooders) is The Third Option (a Mitch Rapp novel) by Vince Flynn.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 15:33:08
I finished Dickens' "Great Expectations" about a week ago.
I'm rereading Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections."
baileysoriginal
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 15:51:27

I'm about halfway through "Under The Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes - next on the list is "Swan Peak."

Last Friday I had the good fortune of listening to a radio interview with James Lee Burke - he was incredible - and he has a laugh that you'll never forget.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 18:49:04
improviser, you're going to love 'Bird by Bird'--I love her because she doesn't feel the need to dress her thoughts up for presentability. 'Traveling Mercies' got me through a crisis of faith a number of years back. I kinda love Anne Lamott.

Finally finished 'Beloved'--what an incredible book.
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/14 01:39:08
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Originally posted by baileysoriginal


I'm about halfway through "Under The Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes - .


I LOVED the movie.
I love the Italian countryside, and if I ever won the lottery, that is where I would make my new home!
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/18 09:40:28
Last night I finished "Brain Droppings," by George Carlin. I liked it a lot. I could hear his wise, weary, cantankerous voice in my head the whole way through. RIP George.

Then I started reading "Fork It Over" a collection of food writing by Alan Richman, which is pretty good so far, although Richman, like all food writers, can sometimes be a snob.

I've read a lot of food writing this year. I'm starting to think of it as food torture, reading about fancy exquisite meals that I cannot possibly afford right now. That's another thing to like about the Sterns' writing. Everything they review and write about is attainable, even under my budget, except for a couple places like Peter Luger.

Speaking of Roadfood, I'm going to eat at The Beacon in Spartanburg, SC for the first time next week. I can't wait.
divefl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/18 10:43:02
The DaVinci Code and Nickle and Dimed. I'm a few years behind.
JT1
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/18 12:01:24
I just finished The Book Thief. Dude, it was awesome. About a young girl growing up in WWII Germany, her foster family, and narrated by Death.

Anyone want it? I'll mail. . .
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/18 13:27:09
Anything by F.Paul Wison...I have read his entire Repairman Jack series....Better than any Stephen King(Stephen King is THE president of the Repairman Jack fan club...also for those of you who liked the Da Vinci Code please read F.Paul Wilson's VIRGIN...A superb page turner!!!
Sneetch
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/19 12:47:48
just finished "The Monsters of Templeton" by Laurie Goff...amazing book! wonderfully written! go ahead and treat yourself, it's a page turner...
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/20 15:53:28
I finished "Fork It Over", which I really enjoyed. I recommend it, especially the chapter on Richman's search for the perfect NC barbecue sandwich. Pure Roadfood.

I also finished "Granny D: Walking Across America in my 90th year," by Doris Haddock, an account of her remarkable walk across America to draw awareness for campaign finance reform. What a spunky lady.

Tonight I'll probably start "Toast" by Nigel Slater. I've been wanting to read this for awhile and found a copy at a used bookstore yesterday. The blurb on the back from Jane Stern sealed the deal.
divefl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/21 10:26:11
quote:
Originally posted by leethebard

Anything by F.Paul Wison...I have read his entire Repairman Jack series....Better than any Stephen King(Stephen King is THE president of the Repairman Jack fan club...also for those of you who liked the Da Vinci Code please read F.Paul Wilson's VIRGIN...A superb page turner!!!


Come on Lee, you can't compare DaVinci code to Virgin. DaVinci code didn't try to get away with having Da Vinci come back to life at the end to resolve everything.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/21 13:32:50
Yes,but that's Wilson...his Supernatural stuff mixed with mystery and a pinch od detective is fine by me...you're right,it's not the same category exactly...just the germ of an idea...Still I loved the book and its wild ending...but I'm a bit prejudiced...F.Paul Wilson is my doctor and I can occasionaly talk about his books with him....I can't do that with Dan Brown!
cavandre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/08/01 13:04:45
quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

I'm most of the way through "Clapton, The Autobiography". It's mostly a history of his drinking, drugging, womanizing, and recovery. It is amazing he could remember any of it. It's moderately interesting.


Can't agreee more...made me think he should cover Jimmy Buffett's "I'm a piece of work".
WarToad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/08/01 13:23:55
"The Economist" (weekly news magazine) - I like it because you get US and world events from a non-American point of view. Very interesting to see an outsiders view on our nation, as well as news not typically covered in American news magazines.

"Sailing Alone around the world" ~ Capt. Joshua Slocum. Written 1899, the account of the worlds first solo circumnavigation. (On a shoestring budget!) Wonderfully written in a form of english from another era of a world long gone. Not just logbook accounts, but observations of people and places from a seasoned mariner.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/08/22 10:57:11
I read a book over vacation that I thought many of you folks might like; it's called 'Deer Hunting with Jesus' by Joe Bageant. The author is an editor of a military history magazine and grew up in Winchester, VA, moved away for his career, and recently moved back. It covers politics and economics and psychology and all kinds of stuff and is also pretty funny. Y'all should check it out.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/08/22 16:32:25
I got a 4-week trial subscription to The Economist awhile back, War Toad. While I really like the magazine overall, as a reporter myself I find their lack of bylines really annoying. If I really enjoy a piece, I want to know who wrote it so I can keep an eye for more of their work. Not knowing who wrote an article is frustrating to me.

"Sailing Alone Around the World" sounds really interesting.

Right now I'm reading William Zinsser's "On Writing Well," which is great so far. It really makes me think about how I can reduce clutter in my own writing.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/24 21:02:23
I'm reading a really good spin on Dracula: "Fangland" by John Marks. It takes the tale of Dracula and sets in the cutthroat world of TV news. I'm really liking it so far.
Capybara91
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/24 21:10:30
"A Buffalo in the House" about a couple with ties to relatives that fought to preserve the bison when they were being wiped out. They adopted a 3-month buffalo named Charlie that lost his mother in a stampede. Guess I never realized how close to extinction they were and that it was a deliberate attempt to exterminate the Indians.
Pat T Hat
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/25 00:08:21
Last week I finished a must read for anyone who just might happen to live on the planet Earth (If you don't, simply disregard this recommendation).
"The Earth Is Hot Flat & Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman, puts in language I think everyone can understand, what we face not only as a country, but as global community and presents some very sound solutions.
Finally after over thirty years, here is an author who explains without the "hippy" baggage of "The Mother Earth News" types (like me...and after thirty years, frankly, I'm tired of screaming) the very real issues we face today, but what needs to be done so that our great great.......great grandchildren can have a pleasant home in which to live.
Huge props to Mr. Friedman!

Last night I finished Christopher Buckley's "Supreme Courtship".
This book is excellent and a genuine hoot about a Texas raised, good 'ol common sense kinda gal TV judge (who packs heat), that is appointed to the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Buckley is as intelligent & funny his daddy was, but in satire (yes, I think William F. had a great sense of humor..just had to read him reeeal slow), without having to sign up for advanced college courses and needing the thousand lb copy of the Oxford English Dictionary to "get it".
It's a fairly quick read and I'd recommend it to anyone...it really is funny!

I also just finished "The Brass Verdict" the new Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly.
His new character, attorney Micky Haller, is one I believe we'll be seeing a lot more of.
Good 'ol Harry Bosch isn't the prime character in this one, but there's enough of him to get your Hieronymus fix if your a Harry fan....and I have been since The Black Echo.
It's a decent page turner with believable dialogue as I believe is usual for his books.
There's an interesting suprise at the end I didn't see coming. I like interesting suprises in these kinds of reads and Mr. Connelly weaves it in pretty good without it being just manufactured tripe...at least I think so (& I don't do tripe...or chittlin's)...you'll see.

Just started Ted Bell's "Tsar", another Alex Hawke swashbucker.
So far it's kind of a stinker, but then I usually have to warm up to Mr. Bell before I really get into it.
For me anyway, it's just that he takes time his time getting to the story itself in the beginning while he plays with setting up his characters, but once he gets into it, so do I. The dust jacket describes him as "Think Tom Clancey and Robert Ludlum, meet Stephen King" and I think that's pretty apt.


Also getting ready to start John Updikes "The Widows of Eastwick"....I like "The Witches of Eastwick" years ago.
We'll see if he puts me to sleep...not that there's anything wrong with that necessarily, Updike just makes me sleepy sometimes, but he's a genuine pleasure to finish[|)] .
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/25 03:43:59
I haven't read but 2 or 3 book in about 2 years. Too much on the 'net to read. Well I finally ordered 3 books off of Amazon 2 weeks ago. I just started David Shugarts "Secrets of the Widow's Son" An insight to Dan Brown's upcoming, maybe, new follow on to "The DaVinci Code" Supposed to be called Solomon's Key. Pretty good so far.
easydoesit
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/25 04:32:22
Here is a great read but also a true story about the author that can break your heart.

I just finished "Wolfman" by Nicholas Pekearo. If you enjoy some escapist supernatural type thrillers, you will enjoy this. It's an easy read with a sympathetic "hero," and a very interesting twist on the old Lon Chaney type wolfman. If you liked "Heart-shaped Box" by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King), you will like this.

But the author will never write another book. This fine young man was an auxiliary police officer in New York City, and was recently gunned down along with his partner by an apparently deranged man. He and his partner were trying to apprehend the guy after he had already murdered a store clerk in an attempted robbery. If you google his name, he is all over the net.

What a good writer, and how many more gifts he could have given us, but it is one more case of our brightest and best being removed by one of our worst.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/25 07:35:37
Now reading "By The Sword" by my current favorite author, F.Paul Wilson...the latest in his "Repairman Jack" series...what an exciting read...soon hopefully to be a movie!!
porkbeaks
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/26 10:40:18
I just finished "State of Denial" by Bob Woodward and am currently reading his "The War Within". They provide an inside look that will confirm one's worst suspicions about the Irag war. Prior to these books, I read "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. An excellent story about the circus, the Great Depression, and love. I've been on the library wait list for "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski. It's very popular right now since it's one of Oprah's selections. I'm not sure what it's about, but has been recommended by many. pb
RibRater
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/26 11:30:30
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

billyboy
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/26 12:04:44
The Masked Rider by Neil Peart. he is the drummer for the Canadian rock band, RUSH. He writes most of the music and lyrics and gets his influences from books he has read, art and from his travels around the world. He took a bicycle tour around West Africa in the late 1980s and this book chronicles his experience. Fascinating stuff.
Capybara91
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/26 13:15:28
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Originally posted by billyboy

The Masked Rider by Neil Peart. he is the drummer for the Canadian rock band, RUSH. He writes most of the music and lyrics and gets his influences from books he has read, art and from his travels around the world. He took a bicycle tour around West Africa in the late 1980s and this book chronicles his experience. Fascinating stuff.


Thank you for mentioning that title. A cycling friend recommended that book to me a couple of years ago and I forgot to write it down and was reading something else at the time.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/29 13:44:46
I just finished Clive Johnson's "The Devil's Labyrinth," which details some of the attempts to reach the North Pole, including a couple of tries of his own. It was pretty good.
cavandre
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/30 09:21:05
I just finished Sharon Kay Penman's "The Queen's Man" & "Cruel as the Grave." They're sort of traditional English who-done-its, but with any interesting twist. The time period they're set in is 1190's. The protagonist is a problem solver for the Queen...Eleanor of Aquitane.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2008/10/31 13:00:24
I just finished Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" and Christopher Buckley's "No Way To Treat A First Lady."

Both wonderful, each funny in a very very different way.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/20 09:40:41
I'm reading a marvelous collection of Howard Waldrop short stories, "Things Will Never Be The Same."

It's a dang shame that Howard isn't more well-known. His stories are little gem. This collection contains stories about what happened to the last of the dodos, what happens when sci-fi and doo-wop collide and War of the Worlds as seen from the POV of a Texan Sheriff.

Check him out. If you like quirky stories, you won't be disappointed.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/20 10:10:02
I'm actually halfway through 'The Golden Notebook' by Doris Lessing, who I think won the Nobel last year? So far I'm loving it.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/20 10:31:52
I've heard good things about Doris Lessing, though I've never read her.

I'm also reading The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, which I'm really enjoying. I've been meaning to read it for a long time.
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/20 11:44:59
I just finished Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger. It takes place in a fictional town of Aurora, MN near the BWCA. The main character is Cork O'Connor, former police chief and now a PI running a summer walk-up fast food stand on the lake. Cork is 1/4 Ojibwe indian and most of the ongoing series weaves in Ojibwe lore. In this novel Cork's 90 year old friend, Henry Meloux, a midi has a vision that his 70 year old son, whom he has never seen needs his help. Cork, of course, gets involved.
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