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carlton pierre
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/14 08:33:48
I just finished reading "A history of salt".  I thin that was the title but cannot remember the author.  Fascinating book.  The words "salacious", "salad", and "salary" all come from the word "salt".
porkbeaks
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/17 11:17:00

"Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind"
By Mallory Factor. A good read, but it will make you very pissed off.
love2bake
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/17 12:31:45
porkbeaks

"Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind"
By Mallory Factor. A good read, but it will make you very pissed off.

Every time I read a book relating to politics I want to throw it across the room at least a half dozen times.
fishtaco
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/17 14:09:51
carlton pierre

I just finished reading "A history of salt".  I thin that was the title but cannot remember the author.  Fascinating book.  The words "salacious", "salad", and "salary" all come from the word "salt".

Searching for my lost shaker salt, salt, salt
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/18 22:25:11
Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is an outstanding book. it reminds me of hitchcock or patricia highsmith and is more thriller than mystery. There is a pair of startling secrets halfway through the book that totally change perspective. She is a writer of great talent and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
jaylhorner
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/19 09:34:16
Just finished James Patterson's Private #1 Suspect.....good read!
BelleReve
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/22 14:19:20
mr. chips - I had Gone Girl on request from the library, but when it came in, the usual 3 week check out was reduced to 1 week because the book is  # 1 bestseller, and in high demand.  I can read  a book in less than a week, but have too much going on right now, so will read later on. 
 
I agree with you about Gillian Flynn's talent as a writer but I have to warn you, I read her Sharp Objects, and it's dark, and disturbing - some images may stay with you.  
mr chips
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/23 22:31:46
Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.
post edited by mr chips - 2012/09/24 22:05:25
mr chips
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/23 22:36:13
Just finished "Overtime", a somewhat autobiographical book by sportswriter Frank Deford. I've never really liked Deford. His written words aren't that interesting, his NPR commentaries forgettable, his HBO stories not all that interesting because of his very dull presentations. His book about his daughter and her death was hard to take but not particularly well written. i just can't warm to the guy and it really was not worth the time to slog through the book. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did.
post edited by mr chips - 2012/09/23 22:38:08
love2bake
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/24 09:52:28
mayor al

For whatever reason I am not a fan of crime/horror writings (or film) so I tend to skip over thos entries.

Ditto--I know people love them, but those things can make me paranoid.
BelleReve
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/28 13:12:13
Dearie - the new Julia Child biography.  I thought this would be an easy read, and still may be, but I'm on page 42 and she's just born.   
easydoesit
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/28 13:20:43
mr chips

Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.

 
mr chips -- have you ever read anything by Andrew Vachss?  He is quite a figure in his own right, quite colorful, and very big against the molestation of children, but he also writes some things that, if you like dark and hard boiled, he's your man.  Dark and hard boiled is where he seems to live. 

easydoesit
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/28 13:39:09
To Davydd --  I know you check this forum once in a while.  Have you read any of the novels by Stephen Hunter?  He has quite a few, including a series about one family of police and military men, the Swaggers.  (One was made into a movie starring Mark Wahlburg, I forget the movie's name.)
 
I just finished his most recent, Soft Target, which takes place in a favorite place of yours -- the Mall of America.  Except Hunter has taken some liberties with both the name and the layout of the mall, and its general idea from an architectural standpoint.
 
His mall, called AtM (America the Mall) is designed more like a sort-of pentagon that is twisted around to resemble a scrunched-up America.
 
It's all about a terrorist attack on the mall, by, who else these days, and an attack that is meant to surpass the World Trade Center.
 
I know nothing about the designs or mechanics of such a place, but all the way through the book and it description of interior design, I was wondering what someone who had actually worked on the real mall would be thinking.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/28 18:13:07
Just started Tony Danza's "I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had". It's his account of his year of teaching English in an Inner City Philadelphia school. It's funny ,but has its emotional moments. Great for teachers, current and former....and anyone who has ever been a student. Great best-seller!!
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/28 19:31:12
easydoesit

To Davydd --  I know you check this forum once in a while.  Have you read any of the novels by Stephen Hunter?  He has quite a few, including a series about one family of police and military men, the Swaggers.  (One was made into a movie starring Mark Wahlburg, I forget the movie's name.)

I just finished his most recent, Soft Target, which takes place in a favorite place of yours -- the Mall of America.  Except Hunter has taken some liberties with both the name and the layout of the mall, and its general idea from an architectural standpoint.

His mall, called AtM (America the Mall) is designed more like a sort-of pentagon that is twisted around to resemble a scrunched-up America.

It's all about a terrorist attack on the mall, by, who else these days, and an attack that is meant to surpass the World Trade Center.

I know nothing about the designs or mechanics of such a place, but all the way through the book and it description of interior design, I was wondering what someone who had actually worked on the real mall would be thinking.

I haven't read anything by Stephen Hunter but will be sure to read Soft Target. Thanks for the tip. Way back in 1970 I read a mystery thriller (forget the title and author) about a super huge megamall that in retrospect was pretty accurate in describing non-public spaces behind the scenes. That book was more than 22 years before the Mall of America opened. This past summer I stopped at the West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada which is actually bigger square foot wise than the MOA. However, it was built in stages rather than one huge singular concept. MOA is special to me because I spent 3 years of my carrier as the Architectural Technical Director on the design team.
 
Right now I am ready Lake Country by Sean Doolittle. It takes place in Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Brainerd Lakes area. There is an architect involved in part of the plot.
 
PS edit: I downloaded Soft Target onto my iPad just now.
post edited by Davydd - 2012/09/28 19:35:33
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/29 22:04:24
easydoesit

mr chips

Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.


mr chips -- have you ever read anything by Andrew Vachss?  He is quite a figure in his own right, quite colorful, and very big against the molestation of children, but he also writes some things that, if you like dark and hard boiled, he's your man.  Dark and hard boiled is where he seems to live. 
I've heard of him and I think i read something he wrote but i don't remember it. I'll look for his work.

post edited by mr chips - 2012/09/29 22:07:19
mr chips
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/29 22:06:00
Just finished Paul Dickson's biography of baseball maverick owner Bill Veeck. Intersting life, well written book. Possibly the definitive work on Veeck's life.
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/30 09:41:10
I just finished "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin.  Quick read and I found it very stimulating to think about happiness.  Currently reading "The Great Game" about Russia and France's obsession with taking India away from England.  Gripping.
RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/30 11:41:59
easydoesit

mr chips

Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.


mr chips -- have you ever read anything by Andrew Vachss?  He is quite a figure in his own right, quite colorful, and very big against the molestation of children, but he also writes some things that, if you like dark and hard boiled, he's your man.  Dark and hard boiled is where he seems to live. 

I love his books, his carachters are great!
Louis
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/09/30 14:46:14
Just finished "The House of Beadle and Adams" (1950), a 800+ page bibliography of the dime novel firm (1860-1898) which also has a separate section of 300+ pages of biographical descriptions of the authors who wrote for the firm as well as 100+pages about the company's history.  This reference book weighs around five or six pounds and is as big as a doorstop.  It took me about three months to read it cover-to-cover.
 
post edited by Louis - 2012/09/30 14:48:07
mbrookes
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/01 00:24:18
Ann Coulter's Mugged. No matter which way you lean, this is an interesting well researched book.
 
fishtaco
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/02 14:22:56
Fresh from the library, just out today,  Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Killing Lincoln is still on the best seller list, now he could have two.
post edited by fishtaco - 2012/10/02 14:24:08
RKB
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/03 19:39:56
After reading it, I don't understand how 'Killing Lincoln' became a "best-seller".  Very poorly written IMHO. I'm glad that I checked it out through the local library, if I had purchased it I would not have been pleased.
Of course, YMMV.
Bill
post edited by RKB - 2012/10/03 19:41:08
pnwchef
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/03 20:09:11
mr chips

Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is an outstanding book. it reminds me of hitchcock or patricia highsmith and is more thriller than mystery. There is a pair of startling secrets halfway through the book that totally change perspective. She is a writer of great talent and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.


Mr Chips, I agree on "Gone Girl" the book took enough twists and turns to keep you going. I just finished James Pattersons "ZOO" Didn't like it.......I am now reading Lee Childs Wanted man a Jack Reacher Novel........................Take care, I hope all is well in Portland............Bill
mr chips
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/05 18:20:28
Just finished "The Cleveland Creep"by Les Roberts. Roberts is a fine mystery writer who created the Cleveland based  Slovenian American private detective Milan Jacovich. Milo's adventures have kept me interested for the last couple decades. This book was atansistional book, introducing new characters and changing Milo'srelationships with old ones. A great read but probably more interesting if you have been following the character for a while.
post edited by mr chips - 2012/10/14 19:20:52
mr chips
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/06 21:58:14
Read "Season of the Witch" by David talbot. it is a history of San Francisco's culture and politics from the 30's to the 90's. Well write, informative, interesting. Highly recommended.
love2bake
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/07 10:49:37
carlton pierre

I just finished "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin.  Quick read and I found it very stimulating to think about happiness.  Currently reading "The Great Game" about Russia and France's obsession with taking India away from England.  Gripping.

Wow--I tried reading The Happiness Project earlier this year and could not get through it.  She was so perfect and wonderful at learning and applying everything that I just wanted to barf. :O  However, I can see how useful and inspiring the information and wisdom she provided was, too.
ces1948
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/07 22:29:01
My wife has been reading all of the Janet Evanovich books but now I believe she has read them all. Would anyone know an author with a similar style she could try out?
carlton pierre
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/08 07:36:59
love2bake

carlton pierre

I just finished "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin.  Quick read and I found it very stimulating to think about happiness.  Currently reading "The Great Game" about Russia and France's obsession with taking India away from England.  Gripping.

Wow--I tried reading The Happiness Project earlier this year and could not get through it.  She was so perfect and wonderful at learning and applying everything that I just wanted to barf. :O  However, I can see how useful and inspiring the information and wisdom she provided was, too.


I decided to overlook some of the obvious advantages the author had in life and just focus on the "happiness" part, Love2Bake. 
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/08 10:24:08
ces1948

My wife has been reading all of the Janet Evanovich books but now I believe she has read them all. Would anyone know an author with a similar style she could try out?

I haven't read them but have watched the TV show series, Rizzoli and Isles. The series is based on Tess Gerritsen's series of books and seems to have a similar family interaction spun into the plot.
mbrookes
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/08 22:54:53
ces1948, I ,too, have read all of the Janet Evanovich books. What a hoot! If your lady finds something similar, please let me know!
mbrookes
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/08 22:57:26
Oh, did she see the movie? I liked all the chracters except Ranger. He didn't fit at all.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/08 23:05:43
Just finished "The Presidents Club"by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. it is a number of fascinating stories of how various Presidents interacted with their predecessors and successors from Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman all the way through to Obama. Bill Clinton's relationships with the Bushes and Nixon were quite friendly and his relations with Carter and Obama notably cool. it is a really great book for anyone who likes to study the presidency and the personalities of the men who have occupied the office. I recommend it.
post edited by mr chips - 2012/10/27 22:13:49
carlton pierre
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/09 07:29:11
A really good, but a bit long, history of the Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough called, The Great Bridge.
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/09 13:04:44
Mad River, John Sandford...A Virgil Flowers Novel, great read!
post edited by chewingthefat - 2012/10/09 13:06:00
jmckee
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/09 14:11:18
carlton pierre

A really good, but a bit long, history of the Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough called, The Great Bridge.


I loved that book. His book on the Panama Canal, "Path Between the Seas", is also outstanding.
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/09 15:40:37
chewingthefat

Mad River, John Sandford...A Virgil Flowers Novel, great read!

Hey, chewing, you like Vachss, you like Sandford, we're on the same shelves!  Virgil Flowers, as you well know, is this really cool guy from southern Minnesota, handsome and smooth and just women all over the place.   Being from southern Minnesota myself, well, yeah....that's us...that's us....
 
If only....
 
I am interested in his conflictions of conscience.  His past has a hold on his future.  But I also like the way he doesn't think he's the only smart one around, and will listen to other people.  Keeps forgetting his gun, though.
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/09 16:17:21
I'm older than Virgil Flowers. I guess I identify more with his boss, Lucas Davenport. John Sandford (Camp) and I are the same age.
FriedClamFanatic
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/09 17:20:16
Just finished Bob Woodwards "Price of Politics".............sorry......it was the scariest thing I have read in a decade!.........I'm wondering if ANYONE in DC.....on either side of the fence.........know what they are doing anymore except getting great pensions and their 15 minutes of power and fame
BelleReve
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/14 17:42:19
I'm reading Peter Heller's The Dog Stars, a good read.  The premise is a super flu has killed off most everyone except the two survivors you meet in the opening, one the main character and narrator of the book "Hig."  Some similarities to Cormac McCarthy's The Road, but without the destruction and barrenness.  These guys live by their wits and plenty of ammo, and are not starving, as they can hunt game, fish, and garden.  It helps that they live on a tarmac, and the main character flies a small plane.  
 
 
jman
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/14 18:11:31
FriedClamFanatic

Just finished Bob Woodwards "Price of Politics".............sorry......it was the scariest thing I have read in a decade!.........I'm wondering if ANYONE in DC.....on either side of the fence.........know what they are doing anymore except getting great pensions and their 15 minutes of power and fame

 
You should read "Throw Them All Out" by Peter Schweizer.  It's an eye opener.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/14 19:19:17
Just finished "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn. This women is really a good writer with a darkness that i love reading because i can't wait too see what happens next.Her characters are unsympathetic, a feature I like.. I look forward to her next book .
post edited by mr chips - 2012/11/28 00:10:08
love2bake
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/14 19:33:30
mr chips

Just finished "The Presidents Club"by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. it is a fascinating stories of how various Presidents interacted with their predecessors and successors from Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman all the way through to Obama. Bill Clinton's relationships with the Bushes and Nixon were quite friendly and his relations with carter and obama notably cool. it is a really great book for anyone who likes to study the presidency and the personalities of the men who have occupied the office. I recommend it.

That sounds very interesting and very timely!  I'll put it on my list.
 
I just finished "11/22/63"--finally!  Wow--what a ride.
josefinajoisey
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/21 19:16:37
Just started, "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts", a memoir by Neil White
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/22 17:30:07
Just finished NYPD RED, James Patterson and some other Author, decent read.
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/22 19:21:21
chewingthefat

Mad River, John Sandford...A Virgil Flowers Novel, great read!

I listened to an interview with John Sandford this morning on Minnesota Public Radio and learned Mad River was co-wrote with Joe Soucheray. So I downloaded it to my iPad and put it at the head of my reading list.
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/22 19:40:15
easydoesit

To Davydd --  I know you check this forum once in a while.  Have you read any of the novels by Stephen Hunter?  He has quite a few, including a series about one family of police and military men, the Swaggers.  (One was made into a movie starring Mark Wahlburg, I forget the movie's name.)

I just finished his most recent, Soft Target, which takes place in a favorite place of yours -- the Mall of America.  Except Hunter has taken some liberties with both the name and the layout of the mall, and its general idea from an architectural standpoint.

His mall, called AtM (America the Mall) is designed more like a sort-of pentagon that is twisted around to resemble a scrunched-up America.

It's all about a terrorist attack on the mall, by, who else these days, and an attack that is meant to surpass the World Trade Center.

I know nothing about the designs or mechanics of such a place, but all the way through the book and it description of interior design, I was wondering what someone who had actually worked on the real mall would be thinking.

Update. I finished reading this book. There were lots of technical license taken but the story held. I doubt there is now and there wasn't 20 years ago a system that could control the mall or lock it down. Besides no code would lock you out of exit doors under any circumstance and the Mall of America is so wide open with stairs and escalators that one can easily go from level to level and 16 people could not possibly control the mall as it is so huge. The skylights are glass and were glazed from the exterior which means that could have easily been disassembled from the outside. With all the time they had they could have gotten the tools up on the roof to do so or to knock out, cut out or lift out the glass. I'm surprised the author either didn't research or know about all the interstitial space and underground space that would have made for a great story in their use. For that matter, the shops all have back delivery corridors that also have to be exitable so no one would really get trapped. Best of all, Hunter took a good parable potshot at the head of the Minnesota State Police. But I'll leave that one alone in this non-political forum. Besides that, the Minnesota State Police would have under no circumstances have any authority in such an encounter. That was completely fabricated.
fishtaco
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/23 14:29:17
Iust picked up Sutton. About bank robber Willie Sutton, by J.R. Moehringer. Just looked interesting. Never read the author before.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/26 22:32:57
Just started Steve Jobs biography. 
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/27 07:47:47
I'm now deep into "No Easy Day", the story of the mission that got Osama Bin Ladin. Haunting!!
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/27 10:01:27
The French Broad by Wilma Dykman.  Fascinating book about the French Broad river that begine in western NC, flows to Knoxville where it joins the Holston River to form the Tennessee River.  Written in 1955 and so well done.  A gem of a book.
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/27 13:01:39
Just started Tom Wolfe's new book, Back to Blood, too early to tell if I like it, his last book sucked!
post edited by chewingthefat - 2012/10/27 13:03:15
ces1948
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/27 23:27:01
The Racketeer new book by Grisham. Kind of slow in the beginning but picked up over the last half. The plot on the whole though was pretty unbelievable and it had the feel of something he just banged out.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/28 12:32:27
ces1948

The Racketeer new book by Grisham. Kind of slow in the beginning but picked up over the last half. The plot on the whole though was pretty unbelievable and it had the feel of something he just banged out.

That's disappointing to hear, as I adore John Grisham.  I have about 5 lined up to read--not in a row, though.
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2012/10/28 13:48:17
Davydd

easydoesit

To Davydd --  I know you check this forum once in a while.  Have you read any of the novels by Stephen Hunter?  He has quite a few, including a series about one family of police and military men, the Swaggers.  (One was made into a movie starring Mark Wahlburg, I forget the movie's name.)

I just finished his most recent, Soft Target, which takes place in a favorite place of yours -- the Mall of America.  Except Hunter has taken some liberties with both the name and the layout of the mall, and its general idea from an architectural standpoint.

His mall, called AtM (America the Mall) is designed more like a sort-of pentagon that is twisted around to resemble a scrunched-up America.

It's all about a terrorist attack on the mall, by, who else these days, and an attack that is meant to surpass the World Trade Center.

I know nothing about the designs or mechanics of such a place, but all the way through the book and it description of interior design, I was wondering what someone who had actually worked on the real mall would be thinking.

Update. I finished reading this book. There were lots of technical license taken but the story held. I doubt there is now and there wasn't 20 years ago a system that could control the mall or lock it down. Besides no code would lock you out of exit doors under any circumstance and the Mall of America is so wide open with stairs and escalators that one can easily go from level to level and 16 people could not possibly control the mall as it is so huge. The skylights are glass and were glazed from the exterior which means that could have easily been disassembled from the outside. With all the time they had they could have gotten the tools up on the roof to do so or to knock out, cut out or lift out the glass. I'm surprised the author either didn't research or know about all the interstitial space and underground space that would have made for a great story in their use. For that matter, the shops all have back delivery corridors that also have to be exitable so no one would really get trapped. Best of all, Hunter took a good parable potshot at the head of the Minnesota State Police. But I'll leave that one alone in this non-political forum. Besides that, the Minnesota State Police would have under no circumstances have any authority in such an encounter. That was completely fabricated.

 
Thanks for the update.  Hunter has taken liberties in other books, and willingly admits so.  So it's that 'suspension of disbelief' thing, and the devil's in the details.  Your remarks on the computer shutting down the mall surely makes sense, especially considering the mall's age there was nothing when it was built like we have now.
 
Hey, that Edmonton mall?  I was there in the early 90's, and my lord, it is big, ridiculously so.  It was overwhelming, and seemed mostly to be the same stores, over and over again.
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2012/11/06 14:32:01
Mr. Chips -  just finished A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic, and thought this is a book you'd like.  Detective Inspector Lucia May is under pressure from her superiors to wrap up her investigation and report on what appears at first, to be an open and shut case in which an English school teacher goes on a rampage and murders four people before turning a gun on himself.  The reader is drawn into the story through a series of interviews with teachers, students, parents, etc., but it also alternates between what's going on in the detective's personal life and office as well.  I don't want to say too much - just read it.
 
EXcellent first novel - hope there's more, and with DI Lucia May. 
 
 
Louis
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RE: What are you reading? 2012/11/06 19:20:08
I just finished "The Astaires: Fred and Adele" by Kathleen Riley (University Press of Kentucky, 2012).  Overall it's a concise but good read of the pre-film career of Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, who were vaudeville performers from 1905 to 1917 and stars on Broadway from 1917 until Adele retired in 1931.  The focus is more on Adele simply because less is known about her.  There were only about a dozen pages that were over-intellectualized to the point that you had to read the passages over several times to understand what was being said (and I have an advanced degree), but aside from that it's an enjoyable read.  You learn quite a few things that you didn't know before.
 
RE: What are you reading? 2012/11/09 17:37:08
Custer, by Larry McMurtry, short book, many photos and paintings, great read, Custer was an arrogant ass, evidentally!
Lord we screwed the Native Americans!!
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2012/11/09 22:16:20
"Foundation"  by Peter Ackroyd......part one of his proposed two part history of England and its rulers. I'm a bit of an anglophile and love English history...Great read!
Mosca
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2012/11/09 22:17:58
Just finished Stephen Tobolowsky's The Dangerous Animals Club, an adaptation of his podcast "The Tobolowsky Files". Tobo is "that guy" in the movies whom you know, but can't place: was he in that TV show you saw the other day, or was he the guy who helped you find that plumbing fixture the last time you were in Home Depot?

Recommended. Or, alternatively you can check the podcasts to see if it's your cup of tea.
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