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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. clockwise

    clockwise Senior member

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    Read half of this book on my flight between Hong Kong and Busan today.
    Wow! It is sensational. Norwegian wilderness.


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  2. Michigan Planner

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    I just started reading Elmore Leonard's new book Djibouti. After 40 minutes or so of reading it on Friday, I had already gotten through about 100 pages. It's a great, fast read! This is the first work of his that I've read but after watching Justified on FX last season, I was really interested to check out his writing. [​IMG] Leonard actually lives just a couple of streets over from my house and is giving a writer's workshop at one of the local libraries in a couple of weeks. I am not going to pay the $75 for the workshop, but I may try to ambush him outside of the library on his way in get my book autographed.
     
  3. jesask

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    I just started reading Elmore Leonard's new book Djibouti. After 40 minutes or so of reading it on Friday, I had already gotten through about 100 pages. It's a great, fast read! This is the first work of his that I've read but after watching Justified on FX last season, I was really interested to check out his writing.

    [​IMG]

    Leonard actually lives just a couple of streets over from my house and is giving a writer's workshop at one of the local libraries in a couple of weeks. I am not going to pay the $75 for the workshop, but I may try to ambush him outside of the library on his way in get my book autographed.


    I have loved Elmore Leonard for years. Really great stuff. Written dialogue rarely sounds this natural.
     
  4. VaderDave

    VaderDave Senior member

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    Read half of this book on my flight between Hong Kong and Busan today.
    Wow! It is sensational. Norwegian wilderness.


    [​IMG]


    That book sort of sucker-punched me at the end. I found it quite moving.
     
  5. retroaaron

    retroaaron Well-Known Member

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    Just finished "The Passage" by Justin Cronin. Now starting "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
     
  6. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    These are important books. Once you sift out her quackery, you get to a strong, powerful argument for individualism and capitalism... Is she an extremist? You bet! But scale her back by like 90% and you're left with great books...

    BTW, Atlas Shrugged is a lot better than Fountainhead...


    I beg to differ. We're talking about books, and the experience of reading. Individuals can differ about the quality of Rand's thinking and the degree of their identity with her outlook. But if you have to scale her overwrought, pedantic, ham-handed prose back by 90% to make it palatable, that by itself tells you it's not a great book.
     
  7. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    any good scifi or fantasy books ppl would recommend?
     
  9. East2West

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    Crime and Punishment on my Kindle3.
    I think I'm going to go through all the "classic" novels again because most of them are free.
     
  10. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    any good scifi or fantasy books ppl would recommend?
    This Dragonlance stuff ain't half bad. Its not exactly George RR Martin, but its getting the job done for my inner nerd.
     
  11. Makeshift_Robot

    Makeshift_Robot Senior member

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    any good scifi or fantasy books ppl would recommend?

    The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, has its irritating points but so does every other fantasy novel, and has a great sense of place and adventure.

    Gentlemen of the Road, by Michael Chabon, has a pair of quippy soulful Jews doing a kind of Conan the Barbarian thing in the ancient Middle East.

    Both fun books.
     
  12. retroaaron

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    Crime and Punishment on my Kindle3.
    I think I'm going to go through all the "classic" novels again because most of them are free.


    Once I finish my current book, I wanted to do the same with the "classics". Any suggestions?
     
  13. Hombre Secreto

    Hombre Secreto Senior member

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  14. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    ^How is it? Anything interesting that people didn't already know?
     
  15. Hombre Secreto

    Hombre Secreto Senior member

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    ^How is it? Anything interesting that people didn't already know?
    Just started it. It starts with a drug bust believe it or not. [​IMG] So far it ain't too interesting though, but again I just started like an hour ago. He does mention very early in the book that he loves Mick Jagger. I am pretty sure they dislike each other but the love is there.
     
  16. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Keep us updated with the juicy bits.
     
  17. limping_decorum

    limping_decorum Senior member

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    game of thrones...tolkien with fucking.
     
  18. Caesar Augustus

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    any good scifi or fantasy books ppl would recommend?
    Song of Ice and Fire
    series is pretty good. Written by George R.R. Martin
     
  19. Althis

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    any good scifi or fantasy books ppl would recommend?

    I really enjoyed the Rama and Ender series.
     
  20. Caesar Augustus

    Caesar Augustus Senior member

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    I really enjoyed the Rama and Ender series.

    The Ender quartet was a very good series of books. However, after Speakers of the Dead, I think it got a little convoluted and dry. Ender's Game was amazing though.
     

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