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Old 10-30-12, 09:19 PM
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I've been reading several books by Kurt Vonnegut lately, right now I'm reading Slaughterhouse Five. He is fun to read, once you get use to his style of writing, so it goes.
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Old 10-31-12, 11:29 AM
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Just returned to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. That scamp...
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Third book of Hunger Games trilogy, "Mockingjay"
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I just tried delving into "Art: A new history" by Paul Johnson. Of all the pseudo scholarly and ill informed works, this is the worst. He offers no bibliography with the excuse it took up too much space. I found glaring errors in the prehistory section and a friend, an Egyptologist, was shocked at his freely created version of Egyptian history. All in all, it was a collection of opinions with no basis in recorded fact.
This is a huge volume and a great disappointment. NPR had rated it highly whe it was first published. I wonder if they had even bothered to read it first.
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Just downloaded Idiot America, by Charles Pierce.
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Old 11-24-12, 11:33 AM
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All Hands Down: The True Story of the Soviet Attack on the USS Scorpion
by Jerome Preisler, Kenneth Sewell

Another book from my list on the subject of the Cold War.

Since my dad was in the Navy when this happened, we followed the story as best we could.

Up after this, will be one about Flight 007, since I was stationed on the island of Shemya.
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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

A good ending to the series even if Manchester didn't write it.
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Old 11-26-12, 10:47 AM
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taking a break from sword and sorcery.
Reading Life by Keith Richards (Keef).
very interesting book, and more about guitar and music than all the
shenigans he got up to.
A very good read
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Old 12-19-12, 08:00 AM
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Reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
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I'm reading The World According to Garp, by John Irving. Another book I read many years ago, it is really, really good. This is another book that doesn't translate into a movie well at all, if you've seen the film, read the book, there is so much more.
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Old 12-29-12, 08:16 PM
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Just finished "A Pirate Looks at Fifty" by musician Jimmy Buffett.

Quite a good read, especially for someone interested in traveling to places such as the Caribbean and Central America. There's also some interesting, if passing history about his musical past.
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Just finished "A Dance With Dragons." God what a pia. A good editor could've pared it down considerably by just removing the tedious and endless clothing and food descriptions. Yes after reading them all I've got serious Game of Thrones fatigue.

I just started "Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying" by Robert Jacoby. So far so good.
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Just finished "A Dance With Dragons." God what a pia. A good editor could've pared it down considerably by just removing the tedious and endless clothing and food descriptions. Yes after reading them all I've got serious Game of Thrones fatigue.

I just started "Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying" by Robert Jacoby. So far so good.
you'd better stay away from american psycho by bret easton ellis then...
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I'm reading The World According to Garp, by John Irving. Another book I read many years ago, it is really, really good. This is another book that doesn't translate into a movie well at all, if you've seen the film, read the book, there is so much more.
I read that years ago and loved it. You'd probably also like A Prayer for Owen Meany. I've been unable to get into anything else by John Irving, but this book is wonderful; I've read through a copy and picked it up again in hardcover.
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I think that after game of thrones series, Les Miserables and a brief foray into the Dresden files
I'm going to start rereading Kurt Vonnegut.
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I'm reading The World According to Garp, by John Irving. Another book I read many years ago, it is really, really good. This is another book that doesn't translate into a movie well at all, if you've seen the film, read the book, there is so much more.
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I read that years ago and loved it. You'd probably also like A Prayer for Owen Meany. I've been unable to get into anything else by John Irving, but this book is wonderful; I've read through a copy and picked it up again in hardcover.
I'm glad to hear this, I just finished Cider House Rules...I loved it and was looking to read another John Irving. Maybe I'll pick up both of those with my B&N Gift Cards I got for Christmas.

Right now, I'm still reading The Dark Tower Series and I just picked up 'WILD' by Cheryl Strayed. Only a few chapters in, and it's pretty good.
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I'm glad to hear this, I just finished Cider House Rules...I loved it and was looking to read another John Irving. Maybe I'll pick up both of those with my B&N Gift Cards I got for Christmas.

Right now, I'm still reading The Dark Tower Series and I just picked up 'WILD' by Cheryl Strayed. Only a few chapters in, and it's pretty good.
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The World According to Garp is a classic.
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The World According to Garp is a classic.
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The Man With The Golden Arm - Nelson Algren

A friend got me this after finding to his disbelief, I had never read it.

He assumed that since I liked Charles Bukowski, I had read it years ago.

Guess I dismissed it after seeing the movie, which was just OK.

He said it might be hard to get through the first half, but to hang in there.

So far that hasn't been a problem; enjoy the street slang from that period.

As they say, better late than never...
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Just finished reading "In A Dry Season" by Peter Robinson, an Inspector Alan Banks mystery. English (although the author, while English, now lives in Canada).

I liked it, a bit of complexity with several different angles on the narration. But then I always do like English book and TV mysteries.
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Just started The Brothers Karamazov
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The internets.

Oh, and I've started "The Starch Solution" by Dr. John McDougall.
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just started Zero History William Gibson.
I think this is going to be yet another one of his modern history type of books,
similar to Pattern Recognition.
I really wish he'd reprise the whole Count Zero, Neuromancer thread

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