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RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/20 13:46:14 (permalink)
Just finishe THE LONGEST TRIP HOME by John Grogan...his follow up to the great best seller MARLEY AND ME(soon to be a momajor motion picture opening Dec.25th)It's his autobiography and his finding him self growing with two loving,but very religious parents...great read...laughs and a lot of tears...perhaps not as super as MARLEY AND ME...but close....And id ,for somw reason, you haven't read "Marley"...read it before seeing Jennifer Anniston in the movie!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/20 22:06:23 (permalink)
I've got three mysteries going at once. Two collections of short stories and one novel.

"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (1892) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--for about the sixth time in 30 years.

"Poirot Investigates" (1924) by Agatha Christie.

And a dime novel by Francis Doughty "The Last Stroke; or Old King Brady and the Broken Bell," which was published in the New York Detective Library on November 27, 1886. I'm reading a xerox copy.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/21 07:22:29 (permalink)
Currently reading the latest John Grisham book... The Appeal. Three more books lined up.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/21 11:49:58 (permalink)
Extreme Measures, Vince Flynn
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/11/21 12:34:46 (permalink)
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Extreme Measures, Vince Flynn

What's that one about?
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/08 14:18:51 (permalink)
Last week, I read Tim: Defender of the Earth by Sam Enthoven. It's about a genetically engineered T-Rex chosen to defend England from tiny, tiny robots. It's a goofy premise, but I enjoyed it.

Yesterday morning, I read "Charles Addams: A Cartoonist's Life" by Linda Davis. It's a great biography of the New Yorker cartoonist and creator of the Addams Family.

Right now I'm reading an anthology of detective stories set in worlds where magic is real. It's called "The Dragon Done It." So far it's pretty good, but anthologies can be pretty hit or miss.

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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/09 20:38:50 (permalink)
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/10 00:42:16 (permalink)
Barack Obama's:The Audacity of Hope
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/10 13:13:47 (permalink)
War Journal; My Five Years In Iraq by Richard Engel the NBC correspondant. Fascinating book. He's lived in the Middle East for the past 12 years and is fluent in Arabic.
Such a gripping story I can hardly put it down.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/13 12:57:24 (permalink)
I'm reading Larry McMurtry's new memoir, which is kind of odd, since I've never read any of his books. But who can resist a memoir called "Books". Not me.

Finished Peter S. Beagle's "A Fine and Private Place" the other day. What a marvelous book.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/13 23:07:00 (permalink)
I just finished Fish Out of Water by Mary Janice Davidson and Double Cross by James Patterson. I am reading Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich and Owls Well That Ends Well. At School I am rereading A Sand County Almanac with my AP Environmental Science. I am an avid reader with very strange and varied taste in books. I read everything from mysteries and science fiction to true crime and sciene books
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/14 08:19:09 (permalink)
I recently enjoyed Larry McMurtry's "Books: A Memoir". That, in turn, led me to read his first published novel, "Horseman, Pass By", upon which the movie "Hud" was based. It reminded me that he really could write when he wasn't crafting screenplays. Also, as a result of reading "Books: A Memoir", I took a stab at Niall Ferguson's "The House of Rothschild" which was fascinating. I have to admit that I skimmed some of the sections that delved deeply into interest rates.

I just finished "I Really Should Have Stayed Home" edited by Roger Rapoport and Bob Drews. These are real-life accounts of travel gone to hell. It's mildly amusing.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/14 08:35:35 (permalink)
Reading "Cousin" Bruce Morrow's big book about the music of the 50's. Bringing back lots of memories!
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/14 09:44:57 (permalink)
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Reading "Cousin" Bruce Morrow's big book about the music of the 50's. Bringing back lots of memories!


Ah yes..."W-A-Beatle-C". Remember it well. Check out[url='http://musicradio77.com/beatles.html']this[/url] page. Be sure to listen to the MP3's as you go down. pb
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/15 10:34:13 (permalink)
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Reading "Cousin" Bruce Morrow's big book about the music of the 50's. Bringing back lots of memories!


Ah yes..."W-A-Beatle-C". Remember it well. Check out[url='http://musicradio77.com/beatles.html']this[/url] page. Be sure to listen to the MP3's as you go down. pb


In Buffalo, it was "W - K - Beatle - W".
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/15 10:42:13 (permalink)
I finished Naomi Novik's "Empire of Ivory" over the weekend. I really enjoy her Temeraire books

Just started Steven Erikson's "House of Chains", the 4th volume in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. I read the first three, and have 2 more on the shelf to go after this one. He's a very creative author, sometimes jaw-droppingly so, like no other fantasy series I have read.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/15 14:05:00 (permalink)
Today I started Barack Obama's earlier book: Dreams From My Father...looks interesting!
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/15 14:44:09 (permalink)
I typically don't read books other than cookbooks(I do enough reading at work on the internet, and I dont have the time when I am home, plus Id rather unwind and watch some sports on t.v.)

With the above said I have just started reading a "How-To" book on finishing our 700 square foot unfinished basement. I figure I can put in the walls, the drywall, and the flooring, and leave the electrical, and plumbing in the bathroom to a professional. I just needed some guidance, and basic info so the book was a good purchase.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/15 15:42:47 (permalink)
I just started "Mine's bigger". Story of Tom Perkin's bid to build the biggest modern high tech square rigged clipper ship, $130 million dollars of self indulgence of the uber rich.

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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/16 01:37:33 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
It's been awhile since I've added to this post, so I will pipe up now.
I've been re-reading the entire Hardman series by Ralph Dennis. Jim Hardman is a private eye in Atlanta; the locales and sights and seens are quite familiar to me.
I mentioned someplace on here that I didn't have a copy of # 9, and Mosca was kind enough to supply me with one. It came in the mail to Flagpole Magazine, and I managed to read it in sequence (MANY thanks, Mosca!).
Here, then, are the twelve titles.
Hardman # 1 -- Atlanta Deathwatch (1974).
Hardman # 2 -- The Charleston Knife's Back In Town ('74).
Hardman # 3 -- The Golden Girl And All ('74).
Hardman # 4 -- Pimp For The Dead ('74).
Hardman # 5 -- Down Among The Jocks ('74).
Hardman # 6 -- Murder's Not An Odd Job ('74).
Hardman # 7 -- Working For The Man ('74).
Hardman # 8 -- The Deadly Cotton Heart (1976).
Hardman # 9 -- The One-Dollar Rip-Off (1977).
Hardman # 10 -- Hump's First Case ('77).
Hardman # 11 -- The Last Of The Armageddon Wars ('77).
Hardman # 12 -- The Buy Back Blues ('77).
An extraordinary series. The late, great Ralph Dennis could really write.
I'll probably reread them again next year... and find something new in each one as I go.
Hastily, Ort. Carlton in Muggycloudy Athens, Georgia.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/16 05:38:25 (permalink)
Thanks for the tip,Ort! Always looking for a good series...Have you tried the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson?? Great reading!
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/16 10:55:05 (permalink)
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Extreme Measures, Vince Flynn

What's that one about?


Believe it or not, Mitch Rapp killing some very bad terrorists!
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/16 13:43:05 (permalink)
Vince Flynn is going to have to retire Mitch Rapp now that a new administration coming in is claiming they will not do such practices anymore.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/19 12:21:33 (permalink)
Have any of y'all ever read Carl Hiaasen's stuff?  They are a little too off-kilter to be straight detective fiction and he doesn't have one stock character but rather a small cast who pop up randomly in his books.  My favorite is 'Native Tongue'--I don't really like most detective fiction but his stuff is so funny I kind of make an exception for him.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/19 12:29:28 (permalink)
I've read all the Hiassen novels. I especially like the ex-governor who survives in the wilderness off roadkill. Every novel has a bad character that gets maimed. I just finished Nature Girl about a month ago.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/19 12:33:06 (permalink)
Carl Hiaasen has been one of my favorites for years. There isn't anyone else quite like him. Here's a list of his stuff.  pb
 
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/carl-hiaasen/
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/19 12:40:46 (permalink)
Just finished Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker.  More fun and adventure with Spencer, Susan and Hawk.

Currently I am working on 1635, the Dreeson Incident by Flint and Demarce.  Latest in a series about a West Virginia mining town transported to Europe in 1632.

Ahead may be Red Shoes for Nancy, a true-life tear-jerker by my mother's cousin Marguerite Hamilton.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/19 15:48:13 (permalink)
I'm currently reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  After decades of watching several different film/television adaptations, I've finally gotten around to reading the source material.

From what I've read so far (the Ghost of Christmas Present is just about to show up), the 1950s Alistair Sim version and the 1990s Patrick Stewart version are the most true to the original story.
post edited by Grillnut - 2008/12/19 15:49:35
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/19 16:22:27 (permalink)
I'm about to start Samuel Delaney's About Writing. Also The Suspicions of Mr. Swicher a non-fiction account of the murder of a toddler in 1840s England.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/12/20 00:04:22 (permalink)
Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series. I'm currently on book 4 of 6, Blowback.
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