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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #225 on: January 17, 2010, 12:21:26 PM »

I am moseying my way thru Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,

How do you like it? I have the audiobook, and find it a bit hard to follow. Figure I might need to get the actual book to enjoy it.

it is not bad, but it just isn't making me go "omg i must read this RIGHT NOT and not move until it is done". i do enjoy the utter sillyness
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #226 on: January 17, 2010, 12:42:30 PM »

"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell.  I've previously read "Blink" and "Outliers", both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Here is Gladwell giving a fascinating talk about spaghetti sauce, and why it's like it is today (extra chunky):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6449479356304659254#


He has one of the craziest hairstyles I've seen.

I've always been partial to Steven Pinker's hair:



Such an intelligent, handsome hobbit he is. 
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #228 on: January 19, 2010, 12:41:31 AM »

Just finished "To Kill a Mocking Bird", again. What a great read. Scout's personality is what I imagine Rillion's would have been like when she was a kid.

Started "This Boy's Life", by Tobias Wolff, I like it so far.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #229 on: January 19, 2010, 08:41:49 AM »

Finishing up the last chapter of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend while sewing this morning. Written by Christopher Moore. Have the audiobook, read by Fisher Stevens.

I've really enjoyed it. It's not quite as well done as A Dirty Job, the story of a thrift shop owning, single dad who stumbles into being a finder of the missing pieces of souls, but a good listen.

Then I'll be perusing Audible for the next book(s).
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #230 on: July 02, 2010, 03:59:19 PM »

I shall resurrect thee, oh great book thread!

Currently working on Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, and It's blowing my mind.  Kind of a difficult read because I don't know anything about that election, but that is part of what keeps me reading.  Parts of it remind me of my very limited involvement in the Ron Paul movement.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #231 on: July 02, 2010, 04:04:26 PM »

"The Motion of Bubbles and Drops in Reduced Gravity."

Oh yeah.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #232 on: July 03, 2010, 08:28:22 PM »

I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #233 on: July 03, 2010, 09:51:47 PM »

Gunsmithing - rifles by Patrick Sweeney

U-Turn by Bruce Grierson

Dry Ice by Stephen White and Dick Hill
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #234 on: July 03, 2010, 09:52:34 PM »

I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.

Do you think it lives up to the hype?


Me: "Go Down Together" - 2009 book on Bonnie & Clyde, it's good.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #235 on: July 04, 2010, 07:30:45 AM »

I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.

Do you think it lives up to the hype?

So far it's pretty good (I'm about 1/4-1/3 through it).  I put off reading any Rand for a long time because I'm not a huge fan of Rand as a person.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #236 on: July 04, 2010, 02:53:28 PM »

Road trip reading:

The Upside of Irrationality, by Dan Areily (not sure of spelling) - listening to audiobook. It's followup to Predictably Irrational. Liking it so far.

Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett. Like it, though not quite as much as a few of the other discworld books I've read. Will move on to Wyrd Sisters next, probably before we hit Chicago.

Half Moon Investigations, by Eoin Colfer - finished it day 2 of driving. 12 year old boy with a detective's license. Whole family enjoyed the heck out of it.

The Fairy Tale Detectives - 1st book of Sisters Grimm series. So far, so good.

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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #237 on: July 04, 2010, 04:31:41 PM »

Just finished "Hellhound On His Trail" by Hampton Sides, its about James Earl Ray and MLK. Damn good read. I'm half way through "The Sirius Mystery" by Robert Temple, its the second, updated edition. Very interesting. Waiting next is "Wired For War" by P. W. Singer and its about the evolution of robotics used in 21st century war. Too damn hot to do anything else but sit in the AC, drink a little and read.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #238 on: July 04, 2010, 09:55:14 PM »

I just finished up The Orc King this morning.  It was a very quick read.  R. A. Salvatore is by far my favorite fantasy genre writer, and his battle scenes are amazing.  One criticism I do have is that the book can get a little preachy at times.

Is "The Cleric Quintet" any good?

I had these books as an old teenager, had 100 plus, loved them, the clerical quintet was one of the few I kept, I remember it being good, I liked it better than the icewind dale trilogy because I liked the characters more. I really liked the prequels to icewind dale about drizzit living in Menzobaronwhatever, sort of femdom/bdsm like. Another good fantasy writer is Elizabeth Moon, I still have her Legend of Paksenarrion books, loved them. The fantasy I liked second best of all time was Tad Williams, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series (first one is the dragonbone chair). I have liked reading the wheel of time by Robert Jordan but now it's going on and on and on, it's not so much enjoyable as it is a chore. Roger Taylor and the Farnor books, David Eddings and his Belgariad and Malloreon series tie my number one spot along with Raymond E Feist and his Empire Trilogy that starts with daughter of the empire.

For SF I really liked the Childe cycle by Gordon R Dickson about the warrior Dorsai race. I also like Larry Niven, his ringworld books and the integral trees/smoke ring, just stay away from the man/kinzin wars books, they suck ass. The best SF I have ever read is by Ursula K Le Guin, awesome books, Left Hand of Darkness was great.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #239 on: July 05, 2010, 12:00:47 AM »

I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.

Do you think it lives up to the hype?

So far it's pretty good (I'm about 1/4-1/3 through it).  I put off reading any Rand for a long time because I'm not a huge fan of Rand as a person.

I thought it was good. Leaned too much toward pr0n for intellectual women for me, the romanticist view on capitalist men was way over the top- but I liked it.
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