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What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 11:07 AM
I just finished a very interesting book "Strange Piece of Paradise" by Terri Jentz. It concerns a 1977 crime near Redmond, Oregon where an unknown man attempted to kill two woman camped at a state park. What is most interesting is that Ms. Jentz was one of the two women assaulted and this book is her story of her personal investigation into what happened. It is a well-written, thoughtful and insightful book and I hope more people will read it. I am also interested in what other people are reading.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 11:38 AM

I adore investigative/forensics literature also, Chipster. (Also all TV shows, not the drama ones, the Factual ones)

At present I am reading 'Smooth Operator'. Its a quick read, only 269 pages, but I have little time to read this time of year. It is an account of "serial killer Glen Rogers who left a trail of the bodies of redheaded women in four states in a 6 week orgy of violence." He is known as the "Casanova killer".
Authored by Clifford L. linedecker.

Reading FREAK in the winter months,
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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 11:39 AM
Current read is... Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 11:44 AM
Anybody ever read Wilbur Smith's novels? I read a lot and in my opinion, he is the best I have ever read. He writes historical fiction around Africa. His description of flora and fauna is fantastic and he writes around historical events that have occurred on the continent. He has probably written 40 novels.

http://www.wilbursmithbooks.com/home/index.html

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 12:09 PM
I'm reading Eyes of Prey by local author John Sandford, who used to be a reporter for the St. Paul paper. A very intense crime novelist.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 12:48 PM
Having read them several times over the years, I am rereading some of the Cussler series this summer. Dirk Pitt (the hero) is james bond and ME...Aging but not willing to admit that some of the Superpowers are gone !!
The Corps Series and the Brotherhood of War will receive attention over the next year also. These are rereads for me too. I enjoy reliving the details of the writers adventures and find that I learn "new" things with each reread. I also like to be a 'nitpicker' and find the errors in the stories when the author writes a Series on the same character. Cussler is pretty good at not making those little mistakes, but some others aren't.

I miss James Michener. I appreciated the research he would do before setting pen to paper for one of his historical sagas.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 1:39 PM
Just read the Lobster Chronicles during some air travels. It is by Linda Greenlaw and details a few months of her life on Isle a Haut, Maine. It is a short book, and good read for a few hour plane ride.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 1:44 PM
That's an easy question to answer, the Roodfood website.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 1:47 PM
I'm on my summertime Carl Hiaasen kick again. Currently I'm in the middle of Skin Tight, having just read Strip Tease and Tourist Season. I was going to go see the movie Hoot and then read the book, but it's not playing anywhere near here, so I'll just have to read the book and be happy.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 2:10 PM
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Originally posted by Dipstick

I'm reading Eyes of Prey by local author John Sandford, who used to be a reporter for the St. Paul paper. A very intense crime novelist.


Sanford is a favorite of mine, I've read several of his.

MikeS.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 2:15 PM
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Having read them several times over the years, I am rereading some of the Cussler series this summer. Dirk Pitt (the hero) is james bond and ME...Aging but not willing to admit that some of the Superpowers are gone !!
The Corps Series and the Brotherhood of War will receive attention over the next year also. These are rereads for me too. I enjoy reliving the details of the writers adventures and find that I learn "new" things with each reread. I also like to be a 'nitpicker' and find the errors in the stories when the author writes a Series on the same character. Cussler is pretty good at not making those little mistakes, but some others aren't.

I miss James Michener. I appreciated the research he would do before setting pen to paper for one of his historical sagas.


Al, those are some very good selections. I like Cussler and the different Brotherhood of the military series from W.E.B.Griffin. I rarely re-read a book though. S.King's The Stand is an exception.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 2:39 PM
I'm currently reading books from Bernard Cornwell specifically his Richard Sharpe novels. Cornwell writes historical fiction. He takes his characters and places them in a fact based historical setting. The original Sharpe series was set in the Portuga/Spanish war against Napoleon in the 1812 - 15 timeframe. Sharpe is a British soldier fighting with Lord (to be) Wellington. More Sharpe books came out later with him in India in the 1803 - 05 timeframe.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 2:55 PM

Fixed it, sorry for inconvenience. Just a little test.

Copper

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 2:59 PM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

Anybody ever read Wilbur Smith's novels? I read a lot and in my opinion, he is the best I have ever read. He writes historical fiction around Africa. His description of flora and fauna is fantastic and he writes around historical events that have occurred on the continent. He has probably written 40 novels.

http://www.wilbursmithbooks.com/home/index.html

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


You know when you're read too many of his books when your friends start quoting Taita!

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 3:02 PM
I have read everything Cussler has ever written. I emailed him and he sent back to me a personal hand written message along with a page of his original manuscript of "Sahara". I had it framed along with the envelope with his address. It is in three parts and really looks good in my study.

Dirk, who is his alter ego and a little bit of mine along with Giordiono are two great characters.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 3:05 PM
Just started "Iceberg" by Clive Cussler. Last book---"America" by Stephen Coonts.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 4:00 PM
Just started "No Man Knows My History (The Life of Joseph Smith)", and looking over my shoulder for Warren Jeffs....that pedophilic b*stard....

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 4:03 PM
Just started Kingfish "The Reign of Huey P. Long" by Richard D. White, Jr. Obviously, it's about the notorious former governor of Louisiana who went out with a bang. I love a good biography. Just finished The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion about her experience of dealing with the sudden death of her husband of 40 years. I know that sounds like a real downer but it is the most powerful and sensitive account of grieving I've ever read, including psychological studies on grief and all the self-help books.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 5:22 PM
Cussler, W.E.B. Griffin, Dan Brown, Dale Brown, I've read most if not all of their books and most have been reread half a dozen times. Arthur Hailey, Asimov And many others also fill the shelves, Sci-fi and alternate histories, wizards,dragons, elves and Steven King.

Currently Im reading , Grant Comes East by Newt Gringrich and William R. Forstchen, as well as, Guilt by John Lescroart

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 5:30 PM
Just finished "One Drop of Blood" by Thomas Holland. Not a bad first novel set in rural Arkansas. Has a passage where one of the main characters has a need for a Peanut Coke Cola. For those not given to southern proclivities, that's pouring salty peanuts into your Coka Cola. A might easier for some to enjoy than say boiled green peanuts. It has a little roadfood woven into it. Deep fried burgers, chicken fried steak, chili burgers, biscuits and gravy, karo nut pie(don't hear that much these days) and the like to go along with murder DNA and a collection of "southernism's that reads like a backroad Mcguffy Reader.

I'm starting to read "The Blue Nowhere" by Jeffery Deaver. I'm all out of his Lincoln Rymes novels.

I'm plugging through a book by Edward Lazarus, the son of an attorney who represented the Sioux Nation vs. the USA over the Black Hills. It's called "Black Hills White Justice". Pretty depressing but full of history from 1775 to the present(well 1991).

We have a very small library here and I go through 1-3 books a week so I'm alway's looking and or waiting for something to be published. A good book is getting harder to find it seems. At least something original where you ain't figured out the plot by page 47. Sure is a pleasure when you do. Especially if it's fresh new author that may be up and coming.

There are a few Elmore Leonard's I've not read yet and am always on the hunt for. Oh, last week I read "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. Very funny, and an irreverent wit! I'll be reading his other works when I find them or cojole (bribe) my librarian into ordering them.

I'm needing to find a handful of paperbacks to take with me as it's time to hit the Road and make a real living for a couple of months. May have to do a re-read or two. Your right MikeSh, "The Stand" is one of a few modern works that are worth that second while. I'll most likely grab a Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and maybe a Steinbeck. Nobody hardly ever wants to borrow or boost an "old book". They usually stay where you leave 'em! Curious huh?

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 5:50 PM

Pwingsx-- Not to worry we have him "Staked Out" (pun intended) over in Colorado City, AZ.

I will add several of the writers of Military/Tech novels like Clancy, Brown (never did a sequel that equals the FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG), and a few others.

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

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 6:36 PM
“pouring salty peanuts into your Coka Cola", by Pat T Hat."

Sorry Pat, not only in the South, I remember doing that in upstate NY 50+ years ago.

I'

I'm with the Cussler, Brown, and W.E.B. fans, have all their books. I really enjoyed the early Clancy books, Red Dawn Rising and The Hunt For Red October.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 6:52 PM
for the cook in all of us, one of my favorite books is Jacques Pepin's "My Life as an Apprentise"

Somehow, he managed to string together anecdotal stories about growing up and learning from watching into a novel. If you've watched any of his t.v. specials, you can hear his voice in the writing.

I got to see him read from the book a couple years ago at the NAtional Book Festival here in DC. I got the book that day and have read it twice...the first book I think I"ve ever done that with.


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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 11:03 PM
I just finished HIDDEN PREY by John Sandford and started on BROKEN PREY while traveling. I was up until 1:00 AM Sunday night to finish HIDDEN PREY because it was a hard copy book and I had to get up at 4:00 AM to catch a flight and I didn't want to haul a hard copy with me.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/13/06 11:24 PM
"Iron Coffins" by Kptlt. Herbert Werner. It's an autobiographical story of the author's experiences in during WW2 in U-Boats.

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/14/06 12:07 AM
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Originally posted by John A

“pouring salty peanuts into your Coka Cola", by Pat T Hat."

Sorry Pat, not only in the South, I remember doing that in upstate NY 50+ years ago.

I'

I'm with the Cussler, Brown, and W.E.B. fans, have all their books. I really enjoyed the early Clancy books, Red Dawn Rising and The Hunt For Red October.

John


No foolin'! How cool. Just can't keep a good goober down.

I agree with you on the early Tom Clancy's. They were great. I'm not sure where he lost me with diatribe. Somewhere around "Clear and Present Danger". He seemed to get obsessed with dry complications. I found myself swimming in paragraphs not knowing where I was. I understand his last was rather good. Anybody have a critique?

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/14/06 1:50 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Pat T Hat

quote:
Originally posted by John A

“pouring salty peanuts into your Coka Cola", by Pat T Hat."

Sorry Pat, not only in the South, I remember doing that in upstate NY 50+ years ago.

I'

I'm with the Cussler, Brown, and W.E.B. fans, have all their books. I really enjoyed the early Clancy books, Red Dawn Rising and The Hunt For Red October.



John


No foolin'! How cool. Just can't keep a good goober down.

I agree with you on the early Tom Clancy's. They were great. I'm not sure where he lost me with diatribe. Somewhere around "Clear and Present Danger". He seemed to get obsessed with dry complications. I found myself swimming in paragraphs not knowing where I was. I understand his last was rather good. Anybody have a critique?


Gave up around the time that he started putting his name on every one else's books. And video games!

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/14/06 3:08 AM
Anyone here who liked Hunt For Red October, check out http://www.ussdevilfish.com/index01.htm. Mr. DiMecurio, unlike Mr. Clancy, was a for real USN career submariner, officer type, (1) each. He writes some good novels. Check out the interview section to read his opinion of Clancy's abilities to write a good submarine story.

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/14/06 4:04 AM
For my 50th I just got a nice surprise from Mom and Dad, a copy of Julia Child's "My Life in France". Julia and I were great friends through the AIWF and other associations and just plain cooking. I have been to her famous kitchen in Cambridge several times, it's now in the Smithsonian. She was always a totally hilarious person. I sure do miss Julia.

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/14/06 9:44 AM
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For my 50th I just got a nice surprise from Mom and Dad, a copy of Julia Child's "My Life in France". Julia and I were great friends through the AIWF and other associations and just plain cooking. I have been to her famous kitchen in Cambridge several times, it's now in the Smithsonian. She was always a totally hilarious person. I sure do miss Julia.


I didn't realize she has a book out. Her PBS television shows with Jacques Pepin are among my favorite. I definately want to get a copy of that. It's on the top of my birthday wishes.


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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/14/06 10:14 AM
Just finished The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd, like it alot, but was kind of dissapointed by the ending...

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/14/06 10:53 AM
Sundancer, have you read anything by Cormac Maccarthy? His novel Suttree is set in Knoxville. I almost came down a couple years ago for the "Suttree Stagger" a pub crawl, tour of locations from the book. Too busy at the time, and I don't think they've done it in a couple years.

Anyway, highly recommended along with all of his other books, except his most recent No Country for Old Men. Potboiler crap. Obviously looking to sell to Hollywood.

Vayo con Queso

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 06/16/06 7:02 PM
Let's see where to begin... Exile's Song, The Shadow Matrix, and Traitor's Sun by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Glenraven by MZB and Holly Lisle, Joust by Mercedes Lackey, and I think that's it for the past couple of days. Since I got fired a week ago, I have a lot of time to reread some of my favorites. Anxiously waiting for the next shipment from Science Fiction Book Club and am headed to the Library tomorrow for some Lois McMaster Bujold. Maybe some new cookbooks as well.

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 06/16/06 7:38 PM
The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a constant read. I really read it over and over again. The Book of Five Rings should be considered a companion book.

Mao's Little Red Book.

Machiavelli's The Prince

Shogun by James Clavell is my beach novel.

I still struggle w/ War and Peace...what a PIA it is.

And my fav the Bible, I read it every day.

Now how odd does that make me? I read Clancey, King and Crighton but my favs are a 3,000 year old book of tactics, a seventy year old version of the same w/ political ideas...The Prince deserves its own catagory and the story (a skeptic to the end am I) of our Lord and his followers.

Whatever...I'm going to go put up the chickens. I'll visit w/ our new chicks and take wonder at the mircle of life. Seven little chicks popped out of their shells and only five are left. Cutest little things, they have feathers all down their feet. They're about six to eight inches tall now.

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 06/16/06 8:22 PM
I just finished "My Friend Leonard" ... the guy can sure write.

Next up: "Running With Sissors."

I will read anything by Ann Rule.


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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 06/16/06 11:34 PM
I read more than one book at a time. Different rooms hold different books.

Right now it's

Neanderthal by John Darton
The Return to Zion by Bodie Thoene
The Rapture of Canaan by Sherie Reynolds (strange book)
And Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman, my favorite author at the moment

Just finished

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln

Not really into pseudo, debunking theories, religious based books for the simple fact that I'm Jewish, they were part of a book club reading. They were alright, nothing to shout about and a lot didn't make sense to me seeing as how I never studied Jesus Christ and all. I did learn some things though. I kept having to go look up things I didn't know on the computer.

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 06/17/06 12:35 AM
I finally broke down and did it... The entire Harry Potter series came UPS today. I shall start in the morning.

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 06/17/06 1:20 AM

No foolin'! How cool. Just can't keep a good goober down.

I agree with you on the early Tom Clancy's. They were great. I'm not sure where he lost me with diatribe. Somewhere around "Clear and Present Danger". He seemed to get obsessed with dry complications. I found myself swimming in paragraphs not knowing where I was. I understand his last was rather good. Anybody have a critique?


Clancy's last one? As far as I know thats the one where President Ryan's son is now involved in the espionage game as a covert operative? If so, it was decent. Better then his spin-offs with his name on the cover but written by other people. Tom Clancy's Whatever written by John Smith. Those are just junk, something I read when I don't find something good to read.

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 06/17/06 1:44 AM
Clancy wrote some really good stuff, Hunt for Red October got him an audience with President Regan. Then he started going downhill. Now he has a series or three with his name on them but written by other folks.

The King, Stephen that is, has really gone downhill in my opinion. One of my all-time favorites is Firestarter. I could not put that book down. Read it all in one night. Got about 2 hours of sleep before work. I used to rush out and buy his newest hardcover. Now I don't even buy it in paperback all the time. Still have to say that at least 2 of his are in my top five. Firestarter and The Stand for sure. It would probably be a 3rd.

Robert Ludlum wrote some good stuff although now that he is deceased his estate and publisher are trying to pull the wool over our eyes. They are now putting out Robert Ludlum(tm) books that are written by others but with his name in bold red letters in the title. Making you think he wrote it. I won't buy another of these. The deception goes so far as to have THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ROBERT LUDLUM(tm) on it. They then put a very small disclaimer just before the first page of the book.

Dan and Dale Brown have written some good stuff, I like most anything with action. I prefer Dale to Dan though.

Dean Koontz has written some good stuff. Although I think he has suffered some like King. Right now I'm reading his Odd Thomas. Odd is actually the guys first name. One of the things I always liked about Koontz is that he puts his character(s) in So Cal, an area I'm somewhat familiar with. Although he came up with a phony county in Calif. and I have no idea why he did that. He usually writes about real places.

Mike who loves to eat and read S.

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 06/17/06 1:48 AM
I had to put Julia Child down this afternoon because Zman sent me this extremely exciting book about.......ready?.......SOUTH DAKOTA. Isn't the state bird the mosquito and the state tree the telephone pole? Just kidding. VERY interesting historical reading about Custer, Lewis and Clark trail through there, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock and a bunch of others. I would love to visit the Bandlands!

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 06/17/06 5:21 AM
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult really enjoying it

Just finished - all good, mostly light/semi-light "contemporary" novels & recommended:
Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews very light Southern fiction
Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalain
Half Broken by Morag Joss (different, enjoyed it)
Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalain
Chore Whore: Adventures of A Celebrity Personal Assistant (sort of funny)
All OVer Creation by Ruth Ozeki (loved it)
Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro (funny)
Marley & Me by can't remember (good esp. for dog lovers)

Up next - stacked up on my night stand:
The Best Awful by Carrie Fisher
Love Creeps by Amanda Filipacchi
Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

Ahhh...love having a stack of books ready to go...









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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 06/17/06 10:27 AM
Up next, HOME FRONT by Chuck Logan. It just came out in paperback.

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 06/19/06 1:31 AM
I finished Odd Thomas by Koontz and have now started "by the Light of the Moon" also by him. I like his stories but he sure uses a lot of pretty useless verbage. Its almost like he's getting paid by the word.

I picked up 4 of his book a couple weeks ago from Costco for about 4.5 bucks each. I sure hate to pay full price for a book or anything else for that matter...

MikeS.

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 06/19/06 7:51 AM
I'm reading THE WEDDING by Nicholas Sparks.. it's an awesome story (sequel to THE NOTEBOOK)

and now that i'm out of school for the summer - i'll hopefully have more time to read and catch up on the stack of books that i have waiting... haha... without lesson planning to do i should be able to get at least one or two done over the summer....

ENJOY and happy reading!!

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 06/19/06 9:29 AM
I'm reading "The Business of Hot Dog Carts, Stick set ups & Concession Trailers" written by fellow Roadfooder Cowboy Bob...

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 06/19/06 10:41 AM
Anybody read any James Joyce?

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 06/19/06 11:33 AM
Hello All,
This is an everchanging thread since it says, "currently reading."
I'm reading "The Worldly Philosophers" by Robert L. Heilbroner, a
book about economic thinkers, almost a history as well as economic primer.
My favorite bathroom books are Robert Frost's poetry and "The Groucho
Letters" a collection of letters written to and from Groucho Marx. His
letters are a delight.
Who knows what wonderful worlds await in future books.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle
P.S. V960, keep with "War and Peace." Tolstoy has always been one of my favorite authors. Back in the seventies, BBC did a series on W&P, which Masterpiece Theater picked up. I started watching the series, which lead me to get the book. I read the book with the series which made it much easier for me. After that, I read everything Tolstoy wrote. An amazing man.
And like you, I love the Bible. What is gratifying to me is that my daughter and I do Bible study through e-mail while she is at college.
Now, she's home for the summer, we do it once a week at the kitchen table over home-made pizza. We just finish "Daniel," and I'm hoping we do "Ecclesiastes" next.

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 06/19/06 4:17 PM
I finished "My Life in France" a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it enormously. I kept imagining Julia's distinctive voice as I read.

pcdiva, I love Lois McMaster Bujold. I discovered her about two years ago and had great fun for about six weeks reading through her entire backfile. Now if only she'd write another Miles Vorkosigan story!

felix4067, have a great time. Why should Harry Potter be only for kids? They're enormously fun to read.

Right now I'm reading S.M. Stirling, who writes alternate history. He generally uses some huge disaster and or unexplained event to turn the world upside down and then explore how it affects people. My favorite so far is "Dies the Fire".

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 12:15 AM
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Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

Just started Kingfish "The Reign of Huey P. Long" by Richard D. White, Jr. Obviously, it's about the notorious former governor of Louisiana who went out with a bang. I love a good biography. Just finished The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion about her experience of dealing with the sudden death of her husband of 40 years. I know that sounds like a real downer but it is the most powerful and sensitive account of grieving I've ever read, including psychological studies on grief and all the self-help books.
I've just finished Ms. Didion's book. it is powerful, gut wrenching aand one of the most honest books about grief I have ever read

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 3:58 AM
I just finished "by the Light of the Moon" by Koontz. It turned out to be a pretty good read and i particularly liked the ending. The bad guy really got his in the end :)

Now for Velocity by Koontz.

MikeS.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 12:25 PM
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Originally posted by WVHillbilly

Anybody read any James Joyce?




In college, I had to read a couple of his works, and I recall being not overly fond of them. Perhaps if I re-read them at this point, I would like them better, but with so many other authors to read, I am not sure that I would return to the works of someone whose writing I did not enjoy in the first place. Portrait Of The Artist As a Young Man (that was by Joyce, wasn't it?) was not a good read, at least when I was 19 years old.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 1:33 PM
To VH--- I read Ulyses, and Portrait ... My favorite is THE DUBLINERS, a little gem of a short story. Great and richly drawn characters. Loved it.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 1:38 PM
I mean, Ulysses.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 2:02 PM
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Clancy's last one? As far as I know thats the one where President Ryan's son is now involved in the espionage game as a covert operative? If so, it was decent. Better then his spin-offs with his name on the cover but written by other people. Tom Clancy's Whatever written by John Smith. Those are just junk, something I read when I don't find something good to read.

MikeS.

Thanks Mike, I was hoping it would be sans Ryan and that vein. I'd like to read something by him in the style of "Cardinal in the Kremlin". I just read "Edge of Battle" by Dale Brown. It's suprisingly current in regards to the immigration and other issues. He has been compared to Clancy, Stephen Coonts and and Larry Bond but I'm not sure I totally agree. His plausibility factor is a lot lower and the dialogue didn't get it done for me. I'm going to try a another, maybe it was just me. It is fiction I after all I keep tellin' myself.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 2:17 PM
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Originally posted by jerseygirl127

I'm reading THE WEDDING by Nicholas Sparks.. it's an awesome story (sequel to THE NOTEBOOK)




The Notebook was a wonderful read! I cried and laughed out loud. Will have to get The Wedding.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 3:30 PM
it's a very good story... although i didn't READ the NOTEBOOK i did watch the movie- i know i know-- movies and books are very different-- BUT i can only imagine by the way i loved the movie that i'd love the book too. that was definitely - for me anyway- the ultimate love story and a story of a heart that just wouldn't give up and was willing to wait...THE WEDDING is another great one- laughter and tears abound....

Can't wait to read more of his stuff.. he's an awesome writer (and also Notre Dame alum too!!! :)

~~jerseygirl127~~

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 06/20/06 6:59 PM
Currently re-reading

When Rabbit Howls by The Troops for Trudi Chase

and

The Wilder Sisters by Joanne Mapson

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/21/06 5:21 PM
I just finished the third "Ya-Ya" book, Ya-Ya's in Bloom. Now I've started Da Vinci Code. I keep Eats Shoots and Leaves around to just pick up for a few pages. I also read cookbooks like most people read novels.

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/21/06 6:38 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden
Just finished The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion about her experience of dealing with the sudden death of her husband of 40 years. I know that sounds like a real downer but it is the most powerful and sensitive account of grieving I've ever read, including psychological studies on grief and all the self-help books.
I've just finished Ms. Didion's book. it is powerful, gut wrenching aand one of the most honest books about grief I have ever read


Thanks for your thoughts, Mr. C. The book really affected me. I appreciated the way Didion described the commonplace insanity of grieving. Even her writing style telegraphs her initial numbness, fragility and logical illogic. I borrowed it from the library but I think it's a keeper, so I'll probably buy it.

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 06/21/06 7:53 PM
my current read is "salt" good book on the geo-politics of this commodity and explains why the basques are still upset.
i also review once a month "on food and cooking" just to remind me why.
i also find che's book on guerilla warfare a great referennce for pro chefs as is mao's little red book

and anything written by tony bourdain is a fun read.
jack
ps. before any vets get mad. i am one also. so keep the commie thoughts to yourself. these are great books for building a cohesive kitchen and instilling personal responsibility into your cooks.

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