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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/06 00:05:37 (permalink)
The Art Of War.
and i'll keep reading it til i get it right.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/06 11:10:34 (permalink)
xannie,
make sure you also include The Book of Five Rings w/ The Art of War.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/08 10:43:28 (permalink)
IWoz - Steve Wozniaks autobiography, which I just started reading today. I love his philosophy to have fun doing whatever you do.


I just finished Jeff Shaara's Rise to Rebellion and after Woz, will start the second in the series,The Glorius Cause. Very well written fact based fiction on the American Revolution. I started reading this series after finishing the Civil War trilogy his Father ,Michael Shaara, started with The Killer Angels, and he finished with the prequel Gods & Generals and sequel The Last Full Measure. All great reads for us history buffs.

I also enjoy Clive Cussler, but my favorites were The Sea Hunters I&II. True stories of his searches for lost ships and aircraft.


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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/08 11:00:38 (permalink)
Very light reading for now. I am reading DEAD WATER by Victoria Houston. It is a mystery that takes place in fictitious Loon Lake in northern Wisconsin's lakes area. The main recurring characters are a woman police chief, a retired dentist and a fishing guide. They all fish for muskies and fly fish every chance they can. They team together and solve mysteries.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/08 11:41:11 (permalink)
I usually have 5 or 6 books going at a time, currently I'm reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, An Honorable Defeat by William Davis, Adams an American Dynasty by Francis Russell and a couple of other mindless novels for recreation. Chow Jim
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/08 14:49:30 (permalink)
Just finished TWO FOR THE ROAD. Loved much of it, especially the discussion or the Pendleton Round-up and the Let Er Buck Room.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/08 22:45:06 (permalink)
The only problem with libraries is they want you to give the books back

But at least I can check them out again if I just can't stand it. I hate it that most of my books are in the evil storage closet. The new book of Laurell K. Hamilton's short stories is on its way to me and should be in my hot little hands next week.

I just finished an interesting book about different animals called Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind that spoke to different myths and facts about the animals that co-exist with us in suburbia and urban areas.

I also got The Velveteen Principles which is a kind of self help book based on my favorite children's book of all time that I didn't read until I was in college, The Velveteen Rabbit about how to become real. I think I enjoyed the excerpts from the children's book more than I did the psychology parts.

I pick up all kinds of books when I browse the new books section of the library, so I do enjoy my trips there. I just tend to enjoy re-reading my favorites over and over, so I hate to give them back.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/09 10:38:42 (permalink)
This past weekend was a short story collection weekend for me. I finished Fragile Things, the new collection by Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods. Stephen King once called Neil a "treasure house of story" which is right on the money. There isn't a style or genre that Neil can't write a story in. He's great.

I just realized, Neil Gaiman is the reason I discovered roadfood. In the bibliography at the back of American Gods, he lists roadfood.com as a source. I found the site and spent days trying to figure which screename was his. I don't think he posts, though.

Yesterday I finished The Ladies of Grace Adieu, the new collection by Susanna Clark. Her first book, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, took me two years to actually finish but it's great. It's about English magicians lending aid in the fight against Napoleon. The new book is in the same vein, full of magic and faeries. Great read. A bit on the short side, that's my only complaint.

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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/15 21:05:29 (permalink)
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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Great read!

Thanks so vey much for the heads up! I'm glad I read your post before my trip to the library. "Great Read!" sums it up nicely. She did some great research.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/15 21:12:34 (permalink)
fluke by chris moore
waiting for carl haissen's new book "nature girl"
out nov 15.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/16 22:37:12 (permalink)
Just started on Mark Twain's Anothology, should take me sometime to read all his books, but some of them I haven't read in since I was in HS.

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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/17 02:07:07 (permalink)
Oh Xannie, please don't go. I want you to tell me about Fluke. I'm currently re-reading "Lamb" and just got done re-reading "Practical Demon Keeping." I want to know why you're reading "The Art of War." I had never heard of it before you listed it, and since then I've seen it 3 times in other places. Tell me about it.

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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/17 08:29:06 (permalink)
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quote:
Originally posted by BhamBabe

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Great read!

Thanks so vey much for the heads up! I'm glad I read your post before my trip to the library. "Great Read!" sums it up nicely. She did some great research.


So glad you enjoyed it! She did some fine work, got me interested in a subject I thought would be boring :-)
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/17 08:42:15 (permalink)
Just finished Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner and picked up another of hers yesterday titled Little Earthquakes. Total fluff, they go pretty quickly. Def geared towards woman.

I'm also reading the whole series of The First North Americans by Kathleen O'Neal and W. Michael Gear. I'm on People of the Silence. Silence is about the Southwest Anasazi between 100 A.D and 800 A.D. Really enjoying them thus far.

Somewhere in my sewing room I put down Hawaii by James A. Michener. An often read favorite.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/17 09:21:12 (permalink)
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IWoz - Steve Wozniaks autobiography, which I just started reading today. I love his philosophy to have fun doing whatever you do.


I just finished Jeff Shaara's Rise to Rebellion and after Woz, will start the second in the series,The Glorius Cause. Very well written fact based fiction on the American Revolution. I started reading this series after finishing the Civil War trilogy his Father ,Michael Shaara, started with The Killer Angels, and he finished with the prequel Gods & Generals and sequel The Last Full Measure. All great reads for us history buffs.

I also enjoy Clive Cussler, but my favorites were The Sea Hunters I&II. True stories of his searches for lost ships and aircraft.



Thanks for the tip on Shaara's books picked them up on Amazon cheap. I also picked up Truman by David McCllough a fasinating read. Love that Amazon cheap and fast shipping. I use the shipping slips as bookmarks with the date ordered and when it arrived to try to use that vendor again if I'm satisfied. Chow JIm
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/17 10:25:33 (permalink)
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fluke by chris moore
waiting for carl haissen's new book "nature girl"
out nov 15.


Xannie, I love Fluke! That and Biff are my favorite Christopher Moore books.

And let me say that I hope you don't leave these boards. I enjoy your posts.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/31 15:27:00 (permalink)
I just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. Holy smoke grab your anti-depressent of choice for this one. Darkest thing I've read since a subpoena! It was as they say "different". Not a bad read, though fitting on All Hallows Eve if I may say.


I just recently finished three from Martha Grimes. I've never read her before and I'm glad I did. Hotel Paradise, Cold Flat Junction and Belle Run sucked me right in. If you would have told me I'd be engrossed in the life and mis-adventures of a twelve year old girl I'd ask if you were drunk! I picked them for the jacket covers.

Very prosed and witty to down right hilarious dialogue and excellent characters. Takes her time winding in the story line but I didn't mind a lick. Easy flowing mind candy. Kind of like fishin' for the frontal lobes.

She writes under the psuedo Richard Jury as well and I'll be doing those soon. Any recommendations for the first?
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/31 15:33:22 (permalink)
i have every christopher moore book available.
he's even written to me!
i even have a bat hanging over the computer
the hubster named..roberto, what else..
now if i can only find a pair of wrap around sunglasses...
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/31 15:35:36 (permalink)
oh..and his next book titled
You Suck, is due out in dec.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/01 13:16:23 (permalink)
I just got a bunch of gift cards for my birthday from Borders. Chris Moore books, here I come!
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/01 13:28:49 (permalink)
you casn read the first chapter of his new book
by going to
www.chrismoore.com
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/01 15:22:09 (permalink)
I just finished Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard. I liked it quite a bit though the ending was weak, imo. I also finished Stephen King's latest, Lisey's Story, over the weekend. I really loved it. He relies too much on made up words (part of vocabulary of sorts known only to a husband and wife) but other than that, it's a really strong novel. While I enjoyed his most recent novel, Cell, this stands heads and shoulders above it.

Marjane Satrapi's latest graphic novel about life in Iran, Chicken With Plums, is also very good. It's about one of her uncles and his decison to lay down and die. I really enjoy her work; it teaches me so much about life under the regime in Iran.

I'm going to hit the library after work. So many books, so little time.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/01 15:28:30 (permalink)
i'm actually reading dante's inferno.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/02 11:21:38 (permalink)
That's really cool, xannie, I've always wanted to read that.

I'm almost done with Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived In The Castle. I'm really enjoying it. Who's crazier, the sisters in the house or the people in the village?

I picked up Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job. I hope to start it tonight.

I've requested Two For The Road from my library.

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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 13:05:24 (permalink)
Finished A Dirty Job last night. I liked it but didn't think it was Christopher Moore's best. It seemed a little forced in places.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 13:16:54 (permalink)
i agree with you, improviser.
it's time for you to get tim dorsey's books.
you'll love serge.
check out his web site and see if his style
floats yer boat.
www.timdorsey.com
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 15:35:25 (permalink)
Cool, xannie, I'll check him out. I've got a few more library books checked out to burn through. Right now I'm reading Jack Finney's Time and Again, which I'm really digging. He wrote Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

I need to get back into audiobooks. The problem is, most libraries only let you have them for two weeks. The last one I checked out was Reading Lolita In Tehran. It was really good and interesting but I turned it back in two weeks late. It was something like 18 cds!
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 15:37:30 (permalink)
yikes! do you listen to them at work?
and as far as chris moore, if you didn't read
bloodsucking fiends then a dirty job wouldn't make
make as much sense.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 16:42:17 (permalink)
I've read Bloodsucking Fiends. But I never got as into it as compared with Fluke or Biff or Stupidest Angel.

I couldn't find any Tim Dorsey at my library. But I did pick up Ray Bradbury's A Graveyard For Lunatics. I love Bradbury. Even when things are quite plot-wise, his prose is just zoom zoom zoom! I can't write like him. I don't think anybody can.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/11/09 18:42:12 (permalink)
Right now? I am reading the help wanted ads....
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