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Poverty Pete
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 18:53:55
My niece is taking an American Lit class, and she thinks I know everything about everything, so lately I've had to brush up on Poe, Willa Cather and Faulkner.
xannie_01
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 19:33:20
pete, worry when she starts asking you about
war and peace.
Fieldthistle
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/10 07:49:58
Hello All,
Pete, I love Faulkner and Cather, but Poe[|)]
War and Peace rules!
Right now, still reading Sherlock Holmes in the bathroom.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/13 11:19:54
I finished Time and Again by Jack Finney which I adored. Also read One Foot In Eden over the weekend. The story of a murder and the search for the body, I really enjoyed. The author is a local man, Ron Rash. I attended a signing for his most recent book, The World Made Straight, back in the spring and found him to be a really nice guy, incredibly knowledgable about the Upstate SC and North Carolina areas.

I haven't started anything new yet. I've got the sequel to Time and Again, From Time To Time, waiting for me at home. But there's a City Council meeting tonight, and it looks to be a long one, so I'll probably just fall into bed when I get back.
NAAMikey
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/13 14:54:54
I didn't know Sherlock Holmes had a case that took place in the batroom??(nyuk nyuk) Seriously though, I love Sherlock Holmes stories!! I re-read the Complete Sherlock Holmes at least once every few years. You should read "The Man Who Fell To Earth" by Walter Tevis. The same guy who wrote "The Hustler" and The Color of Money".
Mike
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/13 16:12:42
I assume they made the movie "The Man Who Fell To Earth" from this book? I really like the movie but it's really strange. Really good...but really strange.
xannie_01
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/13 18:16:25
i'm almost finished reading
the life and times of the thunderbolt kid..by bill bryson
a memoir about growing up in the fifties..
funny and informative.
Pwingsx
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/14 15:02:46
Embarrassed to admit it, but I'm starting Norah Robert's "Valley of Silence." My brain is fried from too much medical terminology.
xannie_01
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/14 15:05:46
YEAAAAAAAA!!!
just got my copy of nature girl
by carl hiaasan..
nora roberts is great escapism.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/21 07:35:34
I am a big history lover and I am currently enjoying reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals".
shortchef
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/21 12:13:02
Finally got around to reading "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. This book rocks. Also just finished "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Seebold. Would recommend both to anyone. I just bought the latest Stephen King but I am saving it for a cold, dark night.
billyboy
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/25 23:57:11
I just finished "The Absolutely Worst Places To Live In America" by Dave Gilmartin. He went around the country and asked people one question, "What is the worst place you've lived?" The book is definitely has a bit of controversy to it as it slams about 80 cities and towns across the U.S. Some rightfully so as the educational systems, job opportunities, and level of violence/drug crime tell the story, others by people who don't like that they can't get booze on a Sunday (hint:stock up on Saturday), can't deal with snow in the winter, lack of big city opportunities. Interesting as he slammed two places I have lived or frequented: Syracuse, NY and Allston, MA.

I also just finished "The Prestige" by Christopher Priest. It's a great book that was just made into a film with Hugh jackman and Christian Bale. Its about rival magician in the late 19th century who pull increasingly dangerous stunts on each other in a bid to be the best magician and to seek revenge for past wrongs. Really great themes of obsession, dedication, and sarifice for the sake of something one truly loves.

I'm working on "Letter To A Christian Nation" by Sam Harris right now. Very interesting and surely controversial read. He is an aetheist who writes an open letter to the all Christians in the U.S. stating the reasons and citing examples as to why there is no God. Something to think on.
roossy90
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/26 03:42:38
Gosh..
I am so jealous of you that have time to read.
I have to spend so much time working.
I LOVE to read. I used to check out 5 books every 2 weeks at the library when I first started taking care of mom, as I had nothing to do, but make sure she was alright.
I couldnt work.Now that I work, I have to spend all my time working, and cant read anymore.
I have bought books. I have a few that I bought, and they are collecting dust.
I feel out of touch and out of sync with me.
I wish I could get each and every book that I see others here are reading.
Thanks for sharing with us all.
corabeth
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/26 08:36:17
I am currently reading Evan Thomas' biopgraphy of Robert Kennedy and "Elest", the 2nd book of a trilogy written by Christopher Paolini. Paolini was home schooled in Montana and began writing the first book of the trilogy-"Eragon" at while still a teenager. I am not really an fantasy fan, but I have really enjoyed these books.

I am a fan of mystery books. My favorite mystery author is Dorothy Sayers and her Lord Peter Wimsey books. Also, I am a great admirer of Dick Francis.
John B
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/26 08:54:16
Currently working on "Gettysburg: Day Three" by Jeffery D. Wert. Just the latest in a long line of Gettyburg books.
mbrookes
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/26 20:26:53
Just interrupted reading "Amidst the Fray" by William D Mounger (a fascinating look at the growth of the modern Republican Party in Mississippi by an insider) to laugh out loud at "I don't Like My Neck" by Nora Ephron.

I'm an eclectic reader. I usually have two totally opposite types of books going at once.
Poverty Pete
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/26 20:38:16
quote:
Originally posted by John B

Currently working on "Gettysburg: Day Three" by Jeffery D. Wert. Just the latest in a long line of Gettyburg books.

I just finished "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara. Along with Shelby Foote's books, this is one of the best Civil War books I've found.
ellen4641
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/27 00:54:26
quote:
Originally posted by billyboy

I just finished "The Absolutely Worst Places To Live In America" by Dave Gilmartin. He went around the country and asked people one question, "What is the worst place you've lived?" The book is definitely has a bit of controversy to it as it slams about 80 cities and towns across the U.S. Some rightfully so as the educational systems, job opportunities, and level of violence/drug crime tell the story, others by people who don't like that they can't get booze on a Sunday (hint:stock up on Saturday), can't deal with snow in the winter, lack of big city opportunities. Interesting as he slammed two places I have lived or frequented: Syracuse, NY and Allston, MA.

I also just finished "The Prestige" by Christopher Priest. It's a great book that was just made into a film with Hugh jackman and Christian Bale. Its about rival magician in the late 19th century who pull increasingly dangerous stunts on each other in a bid to be the best magician and to seek revenge for past wrongs. Really great themes of obsession, dedication, and sarifice for the sake of something one truly loves.

I'm working on "Letter To A Christian Nation" by Sam Harris right now. Very interesting and surely controversial read. He is an aetheist who writes an open letter to the all Christians in the U.S. stating the reasons and citing examples as to why there is no God. Something to think on.


"worst places to live in America" book is right up my alley too , billyboy.... I think I will go right to Amazon. com and try and buy it. Thanks for turning us on to it...

I've often read those "best places rated" almanac books, and I'd like to get in a little deeper behind all those statistics!

How about that town Pine Bluff, Arkansas?!? Is it still rated at the bottom? I remember it was #300 at one point, which is as low as it could go.

I often disagree with those ratings of places in Minnesota as "best places" to live, cause it is so darned COLD there!!

(But supposedly those are great places to raise kids)


I enjoy reading USA today, the Wall ST. Journal, Sunday NY Times (espescially travel and real estate sections)...

I'm real big on newspapers , and travel and poker magazines...

and flyertalk.com and lasvegasadvisor.com...
and of course roadfood.com.........great reading!!
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/27 11:19:30
I'm reading Refuge by Dot Jackson, a local author and compendium of knowledge about Upstate South Carolina. I interviewed Dot last month for a story I wrote about local Halloween legends. She's a great character in her own right.

Refuge is the story of a Charleston society woman who flees her life to rediscover her father's side of the family and her own roots. I'm really enjoying it.

I bought a copy for my grandmother. I'm gonna get Dot to sign Mamee's copy tomorrow at a book signing.

I've started a bit of a collection of books by South Carolina authors. I've got books by Ron Rash, Thomas Rain Crowe, John Boyanoski, and Dot. Tomorrow I'll add Keith Morris' "The Greyhound God" to the collection. The only problem is finding time to read them!
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/30 11:00:37
Last night I finished Windhaven a fantasy novel by George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle. Martin is best known for his best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is absolutely wonderful, in my opinion, second only to The Lord of the RIngs series. Tuttle is mostly known for the short story anthologies she edits.

Windhaven is the story of a country made up of far-flung islands that uses "flyers", people equipped with metal wings, for communication. The main character off the novel upsets the balance of power and social order of her nation and must deal with the consequences.

I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well-written fantasy novel.
MandalayVA
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/30 19:36:11
I just finished Sue Grafton's "S Is For Silence" and am working on Walter Isaacson's biography on Benjamin Franklin.
NAAMikey
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/01 18:08:30
I just finished "Brainiac", by Ken Jennings, the guy who was a winner on Jeopardy for over 2 months!! Pretty Fascinating history of "trivia". He also talks about his record breaking run on TV. Very well written from a Morman computer programmer.(really!)
Mike
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 11:08:09
quote:
Originally posted by NAAMikey

I just finished "Brainiac", by Ken Jennings, the guy who was a winner on Jeopardy for over 2 months!! Pretty Fascinating history of "trivia". He also talks about his record breaking run on TV. Very well written from a Morman computer programmer.(really!)
Mike


I really enjoyed "Brainiac", NAAMikey. Do you read Ken's blog?
www.ken-jennings.com

He seems like a really down to earth likable guy.

I've been reading a good bit of Jack Finney. I finished From Time to Time last week. It's the sequel to Time and Again and just as good as the original.

I also read Finney's The Night People which was a good little read. It's about a group of young suburbanites who become bored with their lives and begin venturing out in the middle of the night seeking to liven up their lives.

Right now I'm bouncing back and forth between Gene Wolfe's The Knight and Lisa Tuttle's The Pillow Friend. I'm enjoying them both, the Tuttle book a little more. I like Gene Wolfe but I'm beginning to suspect he's just too damn smart for me. I feel like I'm missing something, some understanding, sometimes when I read him.
Pat T Hat
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 11:57:09
Just finished Nelson Demille's "Wildfire". This one will give you something to think about! He takes his time writing but it was worth the wait. It's a page turner like all his work. I think so anyway. Though I liked "Plum Island" and "The Generals Daughter" better.

Last week I got through "The Swarm" by Frank Something-or-Other. The translation from German is pretty decent. Pretty good read. Unbelievable research went into this story about monkeying around with and poking Mother Nature in the eye.

Started Steven Kings "Lisey's Story" but I might have to admit failure on this one. So far it lacks any of his sense of humor. By that I mean maybe this one should have come with medication. I'm still drudging through the set up...I hope that's what it is. I'm giving it another chapter or two.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 13:16:49
Pat, give "Lisey's Story" a little while longer. I really enjoyed it. My biggest problem with it was the made up vocabulary that the husband and wife use. King used the word (not that it is a word, but still) "smuckin'" way too often. Other than that, I thought it was a really strong novel from him.

King is one of my favorite novelists. I'm very glad that he's still writing and publishing.
Scorereader
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 13:55:19
just began reading "My Life as a Furry Red Monster" by Kevin Clash (the guy who manipulates and is the voice for Elmo)
roossy90
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 15:18:59
Just got the following 2.
Wilderness-The Lost writings of Jim Morrison
(The poems and diaries)
And...
Riders On The Storm By John Densmore
(My life with Jim Morrison and The Doors)
(who was the Doors drummer)
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 16:09:28
Scorereader, I saw Clash and then Elmo in your post and instantly pictured a furry red Muppet belting out "London Calling" and "Rock the Casbah". It was a funny image so thanks for that.
Pat T Hat
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 16:41:05
quote:
Originally posted by improviser

Pat, give "Lisey's Story" a little while longer. I really enjoyed it. My biggest problem with it was the made up vocabulary that the husband and wife use. King used the word (not that it is a word, but still) "smuckin'" way too often. Other than that, I thought it was a really strong novel from him.

King is one of my favorite novelists. I'm very glad that he's still writing and publishing.


You talked me into it you silver tongued devil. I already know what you mean about the couple speak. I was hoping it would stop soon.
On the other hand the style he's writing in seems to be a kind of classic style. Retro in a way from a different era. Not so much poetic as content. I think that's what I mean! What I admire about his writing is he's not afraid to try something different. Writing in the third person in Delores Claiborn for example and the Green Mile series and so on. That to me takes some guts, no matter how popular you are. Maybe especially if your that popular!

I'll keep at it and wait for the turn. I've got the new Michael Connelly "Echo Park" at the ready if my head starts to swell.
Thanks for the pep talk!
Beer&Snausages
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/11 17:22:44
quote:
Originally posted by Pat T Hat

Just finished Nelson Demille's "Wildfire". This one will give you something to think about! He takes his time writing but it was worth the wait. It's a page turner like all his work. I think so anyway. Though I liked "Plum Island" and "The Generals Daughter" better.


The Library just called and "Wildfire" is in for me so I look forward to reading it. I've enjoyed all of DeMille's past offerings.

I also just picked up. "Last In Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point.: by James S. Robbins.

And just finished "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck & also "Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horwitz.
Pwingsx
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/12 00:29:25
Just picked up (for the fifth time), "A Day Late, A Dollar Short" by Terry McMillan. Have nothing new left to read and it's too close to Christmas to risk buying something new, in case someone's gotten it for me as a gift. My family knows me too well.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/12 13:01:42
I finished Lisa Tuttle's The Pillow Friend. I enjoyed it very much. At first, it seemed like a young adult novel but then ventured into some very strange and dark territory. The ending was a little blah but I liked the heroine quite a bit.

Tonight I might start Octavia Butler's Kindred. I haven't read any good science fiction in a long time.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/15 11:20:49
It's been way too long since I was kidnapped by a book. You know you need to go to sleep but you also are so engrossed by the story that you keep reading, keep turning pages to find out what happens next.

Kindred by Octavia Butler kidnapped me.

I got into bed the other night meaning to only read thirty or so pages. I've been sleeping terribly lately and desperately needed a few extra hours of sleep. So I got into bed at 8:45, meaning to turn the lights out at 9:15 or so.

260 pages and two and half hours later, I finished the book. It was so good. The story of a young black woman who is linked to a young white boy growing up in the pre-Civil War South. She is yanked back in time ever time the boy is in physical danger.

Nothing in this book turns out the way you think it will. You'd think the friendship she forges with the boy after she saves him would be a good thing. You'd be wrong.

Octavia Butler died earlier this year after a fall. I have no idea if any of her other books are good but it doesn't matter. Kindred is legacy enough.
CajunKing
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/15 17:16:00
This time of year I always reread

Charles Dicken "A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas"

useless trivia about the book:

Originally written as a "potboiler", a work written to make money to pay bills.

Dickens needed to pay off a debt so he wrote it. It sold nearly 6000 copies in a weeks time.

To date since December 19, 1843 this work has sold millions of copies and continues to be an ever present Christmas story.


improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/18 11:57:52
cajunking,

"A Christmas Carol" is truly a classic. Most of the movies are great in their own way but I don't think of them can top the book.

I love Dickens. One of my favorite stories of his is about a chair that comes to life and helps out the man staying in the same room as the chair. I forget the title. It's a great story.

There's a tradition in Britain of reading stories of the uncanny and supernatural out loud on Christmas Eve. I wish we did that here in the States. It'd be a great way to get kids interested in reading during the holidays, and not just focused on toys, toys, toys.
Pat T Hat
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/18 12:40:10
I finished "Lisey's Story" as I mentioned on the Stephen King thread. Thanks Improviser, I was not disappointed. Took him (me) just a bit longer to get to the meat of it. Was a rather happy book over all. Liked Amanda a lot.

Read a couple Kathy Reichs, eh. Though she is pretty witty.

Michael Connelly's "Echo Park" was pretty good. Harry Bosch does it again. What can I say, I can't help liking Harry.

Started "Nature Girl" by Carl Hiaasen. If you like an Elmore Leonard style read, this is should blow your dress up. I know the main gal Honey. He must have met my blushing bride and used her as a reference! What a trip!
BhamBabe
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/18 15:16:03
Just finished The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. Sweet read. Not as good as The Notebook though. That one had me crying and laughing.

I think I'm done with the chick, sappy novels for a bit. Back to murder mysteries with my favs, Faye Kellerman and her husband Jonathan Kellerman and now their son Jesse is writing as well!

On my book menu:

Gone by Jonathan Kellerman
Rage by Jonathan Kellerman
False Prophet by Faye Kellerman
and
Sunstroke by Jesse Kellerman

Should keep me busy for a few days. One of my promises to myself that the holidays were not going to be so hectic :-)
JT1
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/19 08:53:19
I just finished Driving with Shannon by Sven Robinson (Publish America press), kind of a road-trip book about two young punk rockers from Maine trying to find a scene where they fit in.

It's hard to find books in English where I am, so I'm going nuts without a read. Last night I found a place with a few titles and got The Boy Who kicked Pigs by Tom Baker(?) Former Dr. Who. Funny, yet graphic, yet ironic. Finished it in one sitting. I also got Carrie by S. King, since I never read it. Can't wait to be back in the state where there are libraries!!

I recommend Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Jesus' Childhood Friend, Biff. It's hilarious. Some may find it irreverent, but they guy did his research.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/26 09:55:43
I started Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon over the holiday weekend. I'm not very far into the book yet but I'm enjoying it. In the first part of his travels across the backroads of America, he spends some time in Kentucky, which is where we were headed for Christmas. It was neat to read a paragraph about, say, the origins of the city of Frankfort's name, and then look around at the beautiful Kentucky scenery. I was born in Fort Knox and though I haven't lived there since I was three or so, I guess I'm a Kentucky boy at heat.
buffetbuster
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/26 10:04:51
NAAMikey & improviser-
I received the Ken Jennings book as a present for Christmas. I received about a half dozen books, but that is the one I plan on starting on first. I am really looking forward to it!
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/26 11:27:35
I think you'll enjoy Brainiac, buffetbuster. And your post reminded me to check his blog. Good stuff.
Pat T Hat
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/26 12:46:05
Just started Carl Hiaasen "Sick Puppy" and finished his "Stormy Weather". This guy's a trip. As I had noted in an earlier post, he reminds me a little of Elmore Leonard. I'm glad I found him.

I'm going to be starting Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower". It looks to be a great read.


Hey improviser, ya'll need to come back home to the Bluegrass son. I'm fairly certain that I'm (though it's true I can only speak for myself) "in heat" in my 'ol Kentucky Home!
Davydd
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/26 13:44:51
I'm reading "Bound Away, Virginia and the Westward Movement" by David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly. It is a follow up to "Albion's Seed, Four British Folkways in America" by Fischer. It is giving me some insight to my ancestors (surname) arriving in Virginia in 1684 and migrating to Kentucky shortly after 1778. I try to vary my reading with history or I would be reading mysteries all the time.
buffetbuster
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/26 14:49:47
improviser-
Thanks for the tip on Ken Jenning's blog. I checked it out and it is one of the better written ones I have seen. And now, I like him even more since I found out he is as big a Preston Sturges fan as I am.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/26 15:08:18
Preston Sturges was a genius. How many of his have I seen? Sullivan's Travels (still my favorite), The Lady Eve, Unfaithfully Yours (a close second), Christmas in July, The Miracle at Morgan's Creek, The Palm Beach Story, each and every one a gem.
NAAMikey
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/28 00:04:00
If any of you out there are veterans of any war, I must thank you. I have been reading about the Vietnam war and WWII a lot lately. I just finished "Flags of our Fathers", and can not believe what those men on Iwo Jima went through. Thanks again to all the Veterans, wherever you may be. Let us never forget the cost of freedom.
Mike
MandalayVA
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/28 19:29:17
I just finished "Hannibal Rising" by Thomas Harris (yes, the infamous "Hannibal The Cannibal" best known from "Silence of the Lambs"). There's two hours of my life I can't get back. I liked "Hannibal" but ... this was just really bad. Maybe the movie will be better. Then again, maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt.
pcdiva
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/29 04:19:57
Just finished Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton. I like the Anita Baker books better. I've GOT to get to the library since I have no cash and no new books!

Pwingsx
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/29 16:23:45
Am half-way through Brother Odd, once of Koontz's latests.

Did anyone read Michael Crichton's State of Fear? And found it amazingly good sense?
porkbeaks
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/12/29 17:14:34
"Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil" by Michael C. Ruppert

Enlightening (but, heavy) reading. -pb
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/05 11:55:14
I've heard that the new Hannibal book is awful, Mandalay.

As for me, well, I broke down, gave up on the free book giveaway, and checked out Tony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits yesterday. It's great, a collection of essays and travel pieces on subjects as varied from Robert Downey, Jr. to Vietnam to traveling on a cruise ship for the supermegarich. Great writing, that, as always, made me really hungry.

Midway, through the book, I decided a trip to Super Taco was in order. Super Taco is the best little Mexican place in my neck of the woods. I hadn't been there for ages. I decided to go, and order things off the menu that I'd never tried before. A Tony Bourdain kind of meal.

But when I got there, they were closed! A sign told me they'd be back on the 15th. But I'm hungry now! I want adventure! I want deliciousness!

So I went to the local Chinese buffet. I know, I know, boring. But wait! They had spicy octopus on the buffet. I've never seen them offer this before. I piled some on my plate. A little rubbery, as octopus tends to be, but the sauce was spicy and flavorful. I sat, chewed my octopus, and continued reading.

It wasn't truly a Bourdain meal but it was something different for a Thursday night in Clemson, SC.
Davydd
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/05 21:56:41
I am now on my fourth Colonial American history book in a row. I'm reading 1776 by David McCullough.
xannie_01
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/06 00:02:55
hmmm. i'm reading the memoirs of two young married women by balzac, i want to find out why the mayor's wife in the music man was so against such filthy writing.
MikeS.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/06 04:35:24
Guns & Ammo.

MikeS.
Sandy Thruthegarden
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/06 08:27:19
I love this thread. I usually check it out before we head to the library.

I finally read Water for Elephants and I enjoyed it. The writing is beautiful.

I'm currently reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, a funny memoir by Bill Bryson.

Next up is Peter Ackroyd's biography of Charles Dickens.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/08 15:40:08
I love Bill Bryson, Sandy. I need to check out A Short History of Nearly Everything again, try to finish it this time.

I read Lewis Black's book Nothing Sacred the other day. I've got tickets to see him when he comes to Greenville next month; I'm a big fan of him. Nothing Sacred is more of an autobiography than a straight make-you-laugh book but there are still funny bits. It was really interesting to read about his early life. Comedy is just something he stumbled into.

Also read Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff, a contributor to This American Life. His humor is a drier sort but he's very witty. Some very good essays here.

I'm still working on Blue Highways. It's my read a few pages before going to bed book.
Sandy Thruthegarden
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/08 18:45:48
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Originally posted by improviser

I love Bill Bryson, Sandy. I need to check out A Short History of Nearly Everything again, try to finish it this time.

I read Lewis Black's book Nothing Sacred the other day. I've got tickets to see him when he comes to Greenville next month; I'm a big fan of him. Nothing Sacred is more of an autobiography than a straight make-you-laugh book but there are still funny bits. It was really interesting to read about his early life. Comedy is just something he stumbled into.

Also read Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff, a contributor to This American Life. His humor is a drier sort but he's very witty. Some very good essays here.

I'm still working on Blue Highways. It's my read a few pages before going to bed book.


I'll look up Lewis Black the next time I go to the library. I'll also look for David Rakoff. Have you read Sara Vowell's books, "Take the Cannoli" and "Assassination Vacation"? I enjoyed both of them...much irony and some laugh out loud stuff.

I really liked "Blue Highways". I read it about the same time that I read Bryson's "Lost Continent". I'm a sucker for a good road trip.

I also read before bedtime but sometimes I find myself falling asleep by the the second page, which explains my slow progress. No insomnia here.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/09 09:55:06
Sandy, I am a huge Sarah Vowell fan. I've got the Assassination Vacation audiobook and have listened to it at least 5 times all the way through. I love her pieces for This American Life as well. Did you know she was the voice of Violet Incredible in The Incredibles?

I hope she comes out with a new book soon. I've read all her other ones.

EDIT: According to her wikipedia entry, her next book will be called Puritan Nation.
sheiladdoe
Junior Burger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/09 16:37:17
The Purpose Driven Live by Rick Warren
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/01/09 18:43:56
quote:
Originally posted by improviser

Sandy, I am a huge Sarah Vowell fan. I've got the Assassination Vacation audiobook and have listened to it at least 5 times all the way through. I love her pieces for This American Life as well. Did you know she was the voice of Violet Incredible in The Incredibles?

I hope she comes out with a new book soon. I've read all her other ones.

EDIT: According to her wikipedia entry, her next book will be called Puritan Nation.


Thanks for the tip on her new book. It goes on the list.
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