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Re:What are you reading? 2012/02/10 11:41:26 (permalink)
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Chewie,  My Clancy was a Costco buy also.  Let me know what you think of it.   It is ingrained in my brain that as I read these, the Harrison Ford image of Jack Ryan is pretty consistent...but not the John Clark image from 'Clear and Present Danger'. Who do you visualize as John Clark, or Jack Junior? Or Domingo Chavez???  I enjoy putting images to characters in these stories. After serveral volumes, you 'get to know then' fairly well.

Al, that's also something I do but the problem is, most of the well known actors are about 5" 7 or 8, makes it tough to cast them in my mind!

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Re:What are you reading? 2012/02/10 16:20:57 (permalink)
There are "work-arounds" for short actors...
 
One is casting a leading lady that is of similar height...
 
Another is an "apple" or a "half apple"...these are modern versions of an apple crate that short actors stand on...
 
Another is shooting angle, background, and the sense of perspective, something Gollywood manipulates on a regular basis...
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/04/07 14:41:52 (permalink)
I've just completed two great books,"Dark rose", a short well-written book about Portland's political corruption in the first half of the twentieth century, and "Doc"by Mary Doria Russell. It is a historical novel of the first order about Doc Holliday and the earps, circa their time Dodge City. I don't know its accuracy but it was a great read and she is a formidable writer. I would check it out.
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/04/09 14:16:33 (permalink)
"Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach. A wonderfully funny and interesting book on the logistics of living in space.
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/06 09:08:11 (permalink)
"Folks, this ain't normal" by Joel Salatin,  an organic farmer; a thought provoking treatise on industrial farming, etc.  One main theory, for example,  2 chickens are quieter and easier to raise than 2 parakeets, and they give you eggs. 
"The Great Influenze"  by John M Barry.  Incredible saga of the 1918 flu epidemic that killed more people than any other epidemic.
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/06 13:31:32 (permalink)
"Tricky Business" by Dave Barry. If you like Carl Hiiasen, you'll like this. pb
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/06 18:18:23 (permalink)
Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky
 
For convenience, here is an excellent quality pdf of it:  http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/82214106
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/11 11:57:38 (permalink)
The Corleone Family, Ed Falco...This book is incredibly spellbinding, starts with Vito in 1933!
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/12 10:24:46 (permalink)
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Chewie,  My Clancy was a Costco buy also.  Let me know what you think of it.   It is ingrained in my brain that as I read these, the Harrison Ford image of Jack Ryan is pretty consistent...but not the John Clark image from 'Clear and Present Danger'. Who do you visualize as John Clark, or Jack Junior? Or Domingo Chavez???  I enjoy putting images to characters in these stories. After serveral volumes, you 'get to know then' fairly well.

Al, that's also something I do but the problem is, most of the well known actors are about 5" 7 or 8, makes it tough to cast them in my mind!


Clark Gable was 6'; Harrison Ford & Leo DiCaprio are both 6'1"; Connery is 6'2"; Eastwood (is) & Wayne (was) 6'3+".  The one physical characteristic actors have in common is disproportionately large heads.  I'm told that large heads "shoot better"; why this is I have no idea.  It was certainly true of my all-time favorite film actors, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, & Al Pacino. 
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/12 11:36:48 (permalink)
Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Journey". sequel to the #1 Best Seller, "A Doug's Purpose". Superb novel from a dog's perspective...funny and a tear jerker, too.'''with a wild twist!! Love both...soon to be, as they say, a mojor motion picture. Urge you to read it before the movie comes out!!
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/20 01:11:21 (permalink)
Did a bunch of this thread go missing?
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/20 10:25:34 (permalink)
There are two similar threads going at the same time, I think.
 
What are you reading right now?
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Re:What are you reading? 2012/05/20 10:34:53 (permalink)
OK, that makes sense.
 
Am I required to post the same thing in both places?
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/07/10 14:10:01 (permalink)
I just finished re-reading JOSHUA'S PEOPLE, a 25 year old straight to paperback by Alan Caillou (sp?). Now , thanks to Wikipedia, I know that the author wrote over 50 paperbacks, acted, was a soldier, and did higher level police work. You may remember him as "The Head" in the TV series "Quark"
 
JOSHUA'S PEOPLE is a fictionalized account of Joshua, Jericho, and the birth of Deborah. He was a far better writer than many who have made more money at it.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/08/03 21:31:12 (permalink)
Just finished "Sometimes A Great Movie" by Matt Love. This is a book about the making  of the Paul Newman-Henry Fonda movie "Sometimes A Great Notion". There are a lot of photos, a lot of stories about the interactions between locals and the hollywood folks during the filming in and around Newport. Oregon in 1970-71. The movie has one really memorable scene and is most interesting now as a chronicle of the logging industry circa 1970 in Oregon. Much of the film was shot about a mile from my grandparent's Oregon coast house and my grandmother met Henry Fonda in a Lincoln City grocery store. The film does not do justice to Kesey's brilliant novel but it was a signal event in Lincoln county. Probably few outside of Oregon will be interested but it was a fun and quick read for me.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/08/10 18:54:32 (permalink)
I just finished "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1846) by Alexandre Dumas.  What a wonderful book!  It is the story of a man who is unjustly put in prison, eventually escapes, and seeks revenge on those who imprisoned him.  And what a revenge!  Not a revenge through violence (at least by his own hand) but by more calculated (and more entertaining) means to accomplish that end.  The story can be likened to a cat watching a mouse, waiting for the right moment to strike.  If you read it, read all 117 chapters; each one is like a building block; sometimes you can't see the reason for some of the chapters, but you will in time.  It is a well thought-out book.
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/10 21:08:33 (permalink)
Just finished "Superman" by Larry Tye, more or less a biography of Superman since his depression era creation. A great read that tells you almost everything of importance about the man of steel in his comic, television and movie incarnations. informative and interesting. Also finished C.J. box's latest Joe Pickett work, "Force of Nature." Almost apocalyptic in tone, it is more focused on Pickett friend Nate Romanwski with a violence level that tends toward terminator levels. I've loved Box's work but don't particularly like the more strident tone he has taken lately.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 11:01:11 (permalink)
I'm reading Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. It is the first book about Sherriff Walt Longmire in "Durant", Wyoming near the Elkhorn Mountains. His character was made into a TV series this past year on Cable. We just came through and camped in that area last month and learned about the author in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. I'm caught up on the C. J. Box Joe Pickett, game warden, series covering the same area.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 11:59:23 (permalink)
I'm reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King.  It's about the idea of time travel and what kinds of things can happen when you try to change the course of history.  It's a great read, but HUGE: 842 pages.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 12:07:12 (permalink)
I loved 11/22/63, love2bake. Terrific read and a nice take on time travel.
I've been listening to the first Jack Reacher book, Killing Floor. I'll probably finish it today. I'm really enjoying it.
 
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 12:24:35 (permalink)
"No Easy Day", by the Navy Seal who was one of the guys who shot OBL, interesting read.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 13:19:52 (permalink)
Rock & Roll(And The Beat Goes On) by "Cousin Brucie" Morrow. It's a musical trip down memory lane by a true Icon of a DJ......When at WANC. his New York show bounced to much of the country. (He's now coast to coast on Sirius Satellite and still going strong. Before this book I found an old copy of his autobiography on Amazon, and loved learning of his life!
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 14:23:58 (permalink)
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"No Easy Day", by the Navy Seal who was one of the guys who shot OBL, interesting read.

 
I always have reservations about these kind of books. One as a SEAL he violated the SEAL code big time. SEALs do not talk about or brag about their missions in any way, shape or form. That is one way you can always spot a fake SEAL. He and his handlers say he did not release any classified material. I don't know how he wrote the book then. From what I have heard his SEAL brothers are none to pleased.

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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 15:30:30 (permalink)
Does sound strange,Fishtaco....I'll soon find out....just ordered it from Amazon!
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 16:32:47 (permalink)
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I loved 11/22/63, love2bake. Terrific read and a nice take on time travel.
I've been listening to the first Jack Reacher book, Killing Floor. I'll probably finish it today. I'm really enjoying it.



 
Just got the new (17th) Reacher book, A Wanted Man, from the library.

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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/11 17:06:35 (permalink)
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"No Easy Day", by the Navy Seal who was one of the guys who shot OBL, interesting read.


I always have reservations about these kind of books. One as a SEAL he violated the SEAL code big time. SEALs do not talk about or brag about their missions in any way, shape or form. That is one way you can always spot a fake SEAL. He and his handlers say he did not release any classified material. I don't know how he wrote the book then. From what I have heard his SEAL brothers are none to pleased.

Jesse the Body Ventura was a fake SEAL. UDT but not a SEAL. He never was a SEAL but he sure likes to mislead that he was. He also got punched out by a SEAL and is now sueing the author and making himself look all the more ridiculous. Why would anyone want to highlight they were cold cocked?
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/12 00:42:05 (permalink)
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Rock & Roll(And The Beat Goes On) by "Cousin Brucie" Morrow. It's a musical trip down memory lane by a true Icon of a DJ......When at WANC. his New York show bounced to much of the country. (He's now coast to coast on Sirius Satellite and still going strong. Before this book I found an old copy of his autobiography on Amazon, and loved learning of his life!

 
I used to get his show, and I lived in DC!  Another interesting rock & roll book is Bill Graham Presents, which is an autobiography of the famous concert promoter and exposes a lot of stuff about R&R acts like the Doors, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, etc.  He worked with a writer who actually had to finish the book because Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter accident.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/12 00:45:24 (permalink)
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I loved 11/22/63, love2bake. Terrific read and a nice take on time travel.
I've been listening to the first Jack Reacher book, Killing Floor. I'll probably finish it today. I'm really enjoying it.



Yay!  It's my first Stephen King--didn't notice when I ordered it on Amazon that it was going to be such a commitment, but he makes it easy to read.
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/12 17:08:43 (permalink)
Started "Zoo" by James Patterson and some other writer today, about animals worldwide turning on people, good so far!
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/12 18:44:42 (permalink)
I'm reading "Omoo" (1847) by Herman Melville which is a sequel to his first book "Typee" (1846), which I read before this one.  Both books (particularly "Typee") were the most popular books Melville wrote during his lifetime.
 
"Moby Dick" (1851), on the other hand, was a commercial failure and no one remembered it until 1926 when literary critics lauded it for...well, whatever floats the boat of literary critics; they are the reason you had to read it in high school or freshman college; it was never a popular book in its day.
 
Neither "Typee" nor "Omoo" are great books, but they are more readable, if not very ejoyable; the first has to do with a man stranded on a desert island populated with cannibals; the latter has to do with two sailors stranded on a collection of islands with not much intention of getting off.  Initially, there is an adventure element in "Typee" but it dissipates into description of the island ad nauseum for almost two-thirds of the book until the very end.  "Omoo" might have been an interesting book if the author had ever developed a plot, but, sadly, there is none.
 
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