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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Captain Tuttle on January 19, 2007, 09:22:46 AM
Right now I'm reading "The Civil War-Fredericksburg to Meridian" by Shelby Foote.  It's the second in a trilogy about the US Civil War.  Shelby Foote was that southern guy with the white beard in Ken Burn's Civil War series on PBS.  I highly recommend this trilogy  if you're interested in that sort of thing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Frobozz on January 19, 2007, 09:29:52 AM
Right now I'm in the middle of "Ship of Ghosts" by James Hornfischer.  It's about the USS Houston the flagship of the US Asiatic fleet during the start of the pacific war in 1941-1942.  The ship was hunted down by a wolf pack of Japanese destroyers, cruisers and battleships while trying to escape during the Japanese landing at Java.  About 1/3 of the crew was imprisioned and eventually I believe (yet to read this part) took part in the building of the Bridge over the River Kwai.

Here's the amazon link to the book if you want more info:
Ship of Ghosts, by James Hornfischer (http://www.amazon.com/Ship-Ghosts-Houston-Legendary-Survivors/dp/0553803905/sr=8-1/qid=1169216757/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-8981999-2188725?ie=UTF8&s=books)
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I had read his previous book "The last stand of the Tin Can Sailors" about the Escort Carrier, USS Samuel B. Roberts.  That was an amazing book and this one seems to be just as well written.

The last stand of the Tin Can Sailors, by James Hornfischer (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0739309072/ref=pd_kar_gw_2/104-8981999-2188725)
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aegen on January 19, 2007, 09:57:01 AM
I just finished "Body for Life" by Bill Phillips, and I have a couple of books on Taekwondo, I'm kind of reading to refresh my memory on such things as language and forms before I go back.

Other than that, I don't really do much recreational reading. I typically read technical books or books about something I'm trying to learn.

I think the only recreational book I've read on my own accord was "Interview with a Vampire".



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rocknrolldad on January 19, 2007, 10:00:39 AM
just finished "A Corner Boy Remembers: Growing up in St. John's" by Frank Kennedy, now I'm reading "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Old Skool 64 on January 19, 2007, 10:03:10 AM

 recreational book

Isn't that just code for Playboy magazine?   :LMAO2:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jim on January 19, 2007, 10:04:50 AM
Right now, i'm reading a book Learning to Kill by Ed McBain. (I'm huge mystery buff). It's a book of 25 of his original stories from when he first started and used other names.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aegen on January 19, 2007, 10:27:03 AM

 recreational book

Isn't that just code for Playboy magazine?   :LMAO2:

If thats the case, I'm the reader of the year  :flashboobs:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: davidAZ on January 19, 2007, 01:28:18 PM
i'm currently reading a biography on william shakespeare... and it's bloody boring.  i'm giving another chapter or two before i toss it.

previous to this, i finished reading Brother Odd, another fantastic book by Dean Koontz.  it is the third book in a serious, and i recomend all of them, Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, and Brother Odd.  it's centered around a small town fry cook who sees dead people, there's lots of action, humor, and strange twists.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: chevydad71 on January 19, 2007, 01:39:48 PM
Tom Clancys Rainbow Six
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: davidAZ on January 19, 2007, 01:41:16 PM
Tom Clancys Rainbow Six

that's a book?!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: chevydad71 on January 19, 2007, 01:44:42 PM
Yeppers it is...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Frobozz on January 19, 2007, 01:48:26 PM
Tom Clancys Rainbow Six

that's a book?!

 :laugh2:  No all video games are original concepts.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: davidAZ on January 19, 2007, 01:54:10 PM
Tom Clancys Rainbow Six

that's a book?!

 :laugh2:  No all video games are original concepts.

in any case, Tom Clancy is a hellofa video game producer, i bet he could be a decent writer too  (j/k)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Old Skool 64 on January 19, 2007, 01:55:18 PM
Right now, i'm reading a book Learning to Kill by Ed McBain.

Anger Management problems, Jim?   :laugh2:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ramblin' Dad on January 21, 2007, 03:11:20 AM
I'm reading Subterranean by James Rollins

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I've read many of his books. He's a good author and I recommend him. He's a Tom Clancy meets Clive Cussler type of writer.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ramblin' Dad on January 21, 2007, 03:14:24 AM
Tuttle and Fro - those books look good. I enjoy historical non-fiction and fiction, especially naval history, though I love war history as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Stryker_rulz07 on February 07, 2007, 08:35:27 PM
Like action?  Well check out any of the "Jack Reacher" series by Lee Child.
Jack is an ex-MP that ends up in the middle of something bad and has to:
fight, kill, improvise his way out.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: fitterx on February 07, 2007, 09:24:40 PM
reading a service manual for a '78 302 on a mercruiser. Does that count as suspence??
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: cycloptic1dr on February 07, 2007, 11:08:08 PM
uncle john absorbing bathroom reader vol 2
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bill on February 08, 2007, 09:38:04 AM
I like the mixture books, where there is some accurate history and some made up stuff.  Just recently started reading a book called Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, about bank robbers in New England.  Apparently in reality, ther are more bank robbers born in one section of New England than any other part of the US.

Favorite book of the last few years, I read a book on Doc Holliday, and of course, The Da Vinci Code.  Those have to be two of my most recent favorites.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: plano tony on February 08, 2007, 09:53:05 AM
One of the Michael Savage books .. and, it sux.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Old Skool 64 on February 08, 2007, 10:10:33 AM
This thread.    :LMAO2:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: servitude on February 08, 2007, 02:08:11 PM
Without his 360 OS is stuck trying to find  something to read or trolling forums!!!!   :laughtat3:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Frobozz on February 08, 2007, 03:59:20 PM
I'm now working on "Just Americans" by Robert Asahina (http://www.amazon.com/Just-Americans-Japanese-Home-Abroad/dp/1592401988/sr=8-1/qid=1170968208/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-6118707-5303809?ie=UTF8&s=books)

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Brief description:
Within months after Pearl Harbor, 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly “evacuated” from the West Coast, losing their jobs, their property, and their homes. In less than a year, they were “relocated” and incarcerated in desolate camps throughout the West, Southwest, and South. Yet, incredibly, thousands of young men from the camps joined the Army, to defend the country that had denied them their rights. This is the dramatic story of the segregated Japanese American 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team — and what they did to affirm their full citizenship. As Gen. Jacob L. Devers put it, in World War II the soldiers of the 100th/442d had “more than earned the right to be called just Americans, not Japanese Americans.”

During the fall of 1944, the combat team made headlines when it rescued the “lost battalion” of the 36th “Texas” Division. At the same time, with the 1944 elections looming, the Roosevelt Administration was debating whether to close the camps. And while the soldiers of the 100th/442d were sacrificing their lives in Europe, the Supreme Court was deciding the infamous Korematsu and Endo cases, which challenged the notion that “military necessity” justified the “relocation.”
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Christopher on October 17, 2007, 10:26:48 AM
This Day All Gods Die by, Stephen R. Donaldson
A Layman's Guide to Protestant Theology by, William Hordern
Orthodoxy by, G.K. Chesterton
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: echocoder on October 17, 2007, 10:35:07 AM
Bah. I suck...

I'm reading  "C# Developer's Headstart"  by Mark Michaelis ... yall don't rush out and get it all at once now. :)
Most of the books in my collection (several hundred) are computer / programming related...  I've only read a hand full of them front to back, most are reference.  The last "real" book I attempted to read was The Davinci Code.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GiftedPlacebo on October 17, 2007, 10:46:38 AM
The Great Upheaval America and the Birth of the Modern World - Jay Wink
also reading
The Righteous Men - Sam Bourne

Waiting for my wife to finish I am America and so can you - Stephen Colbert  :biggrin:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigCöx on October 17, 2007, 07:47:17 PM
Just finished My Boring-Ass Life by Kevin Smith (he was right) and am working on Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Frobozz on October 17, 2007, 09:23:28 PM
Mmm, Cocoa Puffs.

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Latham99 on November 04, 2007, 03:53:42 PM
I just picked up a copy of "I am Legend" by Richard Matheson this afternoon, I'm eager to read up prior to the movie in December.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on November 09, 2007, 11:54:29 AM
A few months ago I started on "The Broker" by John Grisham. It's very intriguing but then, I like almost anything my J.G. I haven't been able to read it in over a month because I'm always busy. If I'm not busy, I just forget! haha. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sanctus on March 06, 2008, 01:43:38 PM
Hmmm...what happened to the reading section.  I am currently reading "Forever" (650 pages) by Pete Hamill.  It's a great book, part historical fiction, part fantasy about and Irish kid who follows a guy to New York for revenge and gets caught up in the revolution.  He then goes on to save and african mystic who imparts to him eternal life as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan.  There is a new series on Fox which you can catch tonight "New Amsterdam" that is loosely based on this book.  It's on tonight a 9PM after American I-Dull.  It's actually a pretty good show which just aired two nights ago for the first time.  Tuesday's and Thursdays shows are previews leading up to it's regular slot on Monday night.  The third show will be on this coming Monday.  It's worth a look. 

Daniel

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: z_randy on March 06, 2008, 01:44:57 PM
Someone told me about that book and I couldn't remember the name.  Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sanctus on March 06, 2008, 01:51:28 PM
Definitely check it out.  It really gets good once he starts going through history in his undying life in Manhattan.  I can assure you that all of his descriptions are accurate.  Enjoy.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Adrian's Dad on March 06, 2008, 01:54:05 PM
I just finished (well about 3 months ago haha) Confessions of an Economic Hitman.  There's a cynical book, but quite interesting on how America does business with smaller nations.

I'm back to trying to finish A People's History of the United States.  I picked it up 4 years ago and only got about halfway through.  Not because it's bad, just becasue that's when life started getting really really busy.  I've also started re reading Rainbow Six.  The first time I read it, I was in middle school around when the first game came out (1999 I believe).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: z_randy on March 06, 2008, 01:55:09 PM
"Reading" or actually listening to: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  Amazon.com says this about it:
Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

So far it is excellent.  Thanks to Fro for pointing me to this one
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: TrickshoT GDLD on March 06, 2008, 02:00:25 PM
Reading Choke by  Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)

Its about a guy, Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be “saved” by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor’s life, go on to send checks to support him. When he’s not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve. (official description)

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Magoo on March 06, 2008, 02:01:02 PM
i just finished Eric Claptons bio,man he's lived life to the full lol,currently reading Dont Stop Me Now by Jeremy Clarkson,(a motoring journalist and very funny man).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: redxiii on March 06, 2008, 02:11:13 PM
Chuck Palahniuk writes GREAT stuff.  I have read just about everything he's published commercially.  Every character seems to have some kind social disorder.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sanctus on March 06, 2008, 02:17:59 PM
"Reading" or actually listening to: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  Amazon.com says this about it:
Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

So far it is excellent.  Thanks to Fro for pointing me to this one

"Enders Game" is and excellent book and the first one of an eight part series.  My favorite series by Card is The Homecoming Saga.  The first book in that series is "Memory of Earth"  Put that one on your "must read" (or listen to) list.

Daniel

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: runthrubland on March 18, 2008, 09:02:36 PM
Last week I read The Tunnels (don't remember the Authur) It was so good I read it in one day. I took it to read while my son was in surgery and was hooked I had to read the rest of it when I got home.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: z_randy on March 18, 2008, 10:08:12 PM
What was it about? 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: runthrubland on March 18, 2008, 10:12:58 PM
Strange murders with ritualistic undertones, and they are being investigated by an FBI agent that went to that college.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jim on March 19, 2008, 01:18:35 AM
Star Trek novels and a Tom Clancy Net Force novel.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Daddy Loki on March 19, 2008, 03:01:20 PM
Right now I'm in the middle of the first book of A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin.  Epic fantasy is really my thing.  Can't wait for the conclusion to the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.  I was really down when I found out he passed away.  My mother was the person who called and let me know.  Anyway, if you like fantasy without the "good wins in the nick of time" problem, check out this series.  There are four books (of seven) out so far with a couple of prequels also. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: z_randy on April 04, 2008, 10:18:52 AM
Just finished The Camel Club by david Balducci.  Started a little slow but got pretty good at the end.  Here's what it says on Amazon.  It's the first in a series.

If anyone can make terrorism entertaining and ironically exciting, it's thriller vet Baldacci. New York stage actor Davis helps to brighten up a bleak subject with almost perfect pitch (his female characters' voices are often disconcertingly lodged in the baritone range), as he brings to audio life the adventures of a gang of four Muslim men who live in the Washington, D.C., area and meet regularly in isolated places to discuss and argue about international politics. Led by a likable chap who calls himself "Oliver Stone" because he and the film director share a supersized fascination with conspiracies, the Camel Club is basically an excuse for its members to feel involved and important. But when they accidentally witness a real high-level conspiracy in action, the four are suddenly at the center of a world class disaster which could lead to an American nuclear attack on Damascus. Baldacci works hard to balance all his many characters and their connecting stories, and Davis holds up his end with clever, sharp-edged subtlety that helps listeners stay in the picture.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigCöx on April 04, 2008, 10:44:19 AM
John Le Carre's "The Night Manager"

Jonathan Pine, night manager at a Cairo hotel, helps Arab playboy Freddie Hamid's mistress Madame Sophie photocopy papers linking him to arms mogul Richard Roper and, while he's at it, makes an extra copy to send to a friend in the Secret Service--only to find that the leak has gotten back to Freddie and that Jonathan's belated, guilty devotion to Sophie can't protect her from a fatal beating. Six months later, Jonathan, now working in Geneva, meets Roper in person and, vowing revenge, volunteers for Leonard Burr's fledgling government agency as the inside man who can supply actionable details of Roper's next arms- for-drugs deal. With the help of Whitehall mandarin Rex Goodhew, Burr sets up a plausibly shady dossier for Jonathan and stages the kidnapping of Roper's son so that Jonathan can foil the snatch and get invited aboard Roper's yacht. But even as Jonathan, still grieving for Sophie, finds himself attracted to Roper's bedmate Jed Marshall and overriding Burr's orders to stay out of Roper's papers, the boys in Whitehall--divided between independents like Goodhew, who want the old agencies broken up, and his cold-warrior nemesis Geoffrey Darker, who insists on maintaining centralized authority--are squabbling over control of the mission, with dire results for Jonathan, whose most dangerous enemies turn out to be his well-meaning masters back home.

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Post by: sdrawkcaB rM on April 09, 2008, 09:03:38 PM
this month i have read.

the eye of the world by robert jordan(a great fantasy series and writer{from my home state}) i just started re-reading this series of 11 books

the husband by dean koontz...took about two days...pretty good book w/ the standard kootz twists and turns...

saving the world and other extreme sports book 3 in angel experiment by james patterson...another great book that took me less than 2 days to read..

i am stoppong at the library tomorrow to pick up the great hunt by robert jordan...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: z_randy on April 09, 2008, 09:19:35 PM
Just finished "The road to Samarcand" by Patrick O'Brian.  Pretty good!  Here is the description:

This story begins where Patrick O'Brian's devoted fans would want it to, with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s, and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough seafaring uncle and an elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia.

Along the way they encounter a charismatic Chinese bandit and a host of bad characters, including Russian agents fomenting unrest. (Most of these meet very bad ends.) The narrative—as in all of O'Brian's novels—touches on surprising subjects: astronomy, oriental philosophy, the correct identification of ancient Han bronzes, and some very local cuisine. It ends in an ice-bound valley, with the party caught between hostile Red-Hat monks and the Great Silent Ones, which is how the Tibetans designate the yeti.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: z_randy on April 15, 2008, 12:19:36 PM
Hmmm...what happened to the reading section.  I am currently reading "Forever" (650 pages) by Pete Hamill.  It's a great book, part historical fiction, part fantasy about and Irish kid who follows a guy to New York for revenge and gets caught up in the revolution.  He then goes on to save and african mystic who imparts to him eternal life as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan.  There is a new series on Fox which you can catch tonight "New Amsterdam" that is loosely based on this book.  It's on tonight a 9PM after American I-Dull.  It's actually a pretty good show which just aired two nights ago for the first time.  Tuesday's and Thursdays shows are previews leading up to it's regular slot on Monday night.  The third show will be on this coming Monday.  It's worth a look. 

Daniel


Just finished this one.  Thanks again for the tip!  Really enjoyed it
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PFof2 on April 15, 2008, 12:42:23 PM
I had just bought the Golden Compass before all the mess with my youngest happened so hopefully I can start that when I get home. I enjoy the sci-fi fantasy stuff.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Latham99 on April 15, 2008, 12:45:23 PM
Just finished up HP: Deathly Hallows, boy that should make for a good movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sanctus on April 15, 2008, 01:42:19 PM
Hmmm...what happened to the reading section.  I am currently reading "Forever" (650 pages) by Pete Hamill.  It's a great book, part historical fiction, part fantasy about and Irish kid who follows a guy to New York for revenge and gets caught up in the revolution.  He then goes on to save and african mystic who imparts to him eternal life as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan.  There is a new series on Fox which you can catch tonight "New Amsterdam" that is loosely based on this book.  It's on tonight a 9PM after American I-Dull.  It's actually a pretty good show which just aired two nights ago for the first time.  Tuesday's and Thursdays shows are previews leading up to it's regular slot on Monday night.  The third show will be on this coming Monday.  It's worth a look. 

Daniel


Just finished this one.  Thanks again for the tip!  Really enjoyed it

Cool, glad you enjoyed it.  It is definetely one of the best bools that I've read in a while.   On another front, I just read "The Seven Deadly Wonders" by Matthew Reilly and it was nonstop action.  A completely different read than "Forever," but a good one!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnMDad on April 15, 2008, 02:27:56 PM
Reading Leon Uris "Redemption" right now....It's a pretty good story..
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Post by: TrickshoT GDLD on April 15, 2008, 03:33:08 PM
Reading "Lies Inc."  by Philip K Dick.......trippy ass book....
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigCöx on April 15, 2008, 05:28:53 PM
Just finished up HP: Deathly Hallows, boy that should make for a good movie.

I'm glad they're going to be smart and film it as two movies - they'd have to cut so much out to make it into 1 flick, and there's not much fluff in the last one.

Reading "John Adams" by David McCulloch - what the HBO miniseries was based on
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Latham99 on April 15, 2008, 06:26:20 PM
Just finished up HP: Deathly Hallows, boy that should make for a good movie.

I'm glad they're going to be smart and film it as two movies - they'd have to cut so much out to make it into 1 flick, and there's not much fluff in the last one.

Reading "John Adams" by David McCulloch - what the HBO miniseries was based on

Agreed. With the sheer amount of plot details and action, trying to cram it into 2 hours would do a serious disservice to the book. HP 4: Goblet of Fire was my favorite, but I thought the movie was no good for that reason.

I've been enjoying the "John Adams " series so much, I thought about picking up the book as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sdrawkcaB rM on April 18, 2008, 09:31:29 PM
just finished book 2 in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan...anyone who likes fantasy should check these out....
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crazygiant on May 23, 2008, 11:36:22 AM
The last book of the sword of truth series by Terry Goodkind www.terrygoodkind.com which is called Confessor.  Sam Reimi is directing the tv series for his books due this fall http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844653 called Wizard's First Rule.

Suffice to say that I'm sooo very excited.  His books rock but to have the director of Spiderman do his series is cool.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigCöx on May 23, 2008, 12:18:23 PM
The last book of the sword of truth series by Terry Goodkind [url=http://www.terrygoodkind.com]www.terrygoodkind.com[/url] which is called Confessor.  Sam Reimi is directing the tv series for his books due this fall [url]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844653[/url] called Wizard's First Rule.

Suffice to say that I'm sooo very excited.  His books rock but to have the director of Spiderman do his series is cool.


even though S3 was crap IMO, his body of work is stellar, especially the Evil Dead stuff, and he was a co-writer for Hudsucker Proxy, another one of my favorites. Just about anything is in good hands with Sam - watch for a Bruce Campbell cameo at some point!.

we hit the library last weekend, I'm now reading:

The Gum Thief - Douglas Coupland
Gonzo: The life and times of Hunter S. Thompson: Jann Wenner
33 questions about American history you're not supposed to ask (forget the author's name)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ramblin' Dad on July 18, 2008, 02:02:57 AM
Just finished "The road to Samarcand" by Patrick O'Brian.  Pretty good!  Here is the description:

This story begins where Patrick O'Brian's devoted fans would want it to, with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s, and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough seafaring uncle and an elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia.

Along the way they encounter a charismatic Chinese bandit and a host of bad characters, including Russian agents fomenting unrest. (Most of these meet very bad ends.) The narrative—as in all of O'Brian's novels—touches on surprising subjects: astronomy, oriental philosophy, the correct identification of ancient Han bronzes, and some very local cuisine. It ends in an ice-bound valley, with the party caught between hostile Red-Hat monks and the Great Silent Ones, which is how the Tibetans designate the yeti.

Looks good! I'll have to look into it.

I'm reading The Good Guy by Dean Koontz - so far it's pretty darn good, but I like Koontz.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pinhead1376 on July 18, 2008, 08:30:27 AM
"Day of Battle"  Its about the invasion of Italy during WWII.  It's part two of a three part series.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Scott H. on July 18, 2008, 12:25:40 PM
I was given a copy of Dark Tower III, so I figured might as well. So far, it's pretty cool. I admit I like it more than I thought I would. Maybe it'll help me with some of the trivia questions. LOL
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: colesdad on July 18, 2008, 01:09:50 PM
Motley Crue "The Dirt"
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Post by: jmack on July 18, 2008, 01:46:41 PM
Dynamic Graphics: Design ideas for the real world
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Post by: z_randy on July 18, 2008, 01:52:11 PM
Just started A Thousand Splendid Suns.  Just finished The Subtle Knife which is the second book int the trilogy that started with The Golden Compass.  Both of which were excellent
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Post by: Scott H. on July 18, 2008, 02:07:25 PM
With any luck, I'll be reading Odd Hour within a couple weeks (I think the wife is wanting to surprise me with it).
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on December 05, 2008, 09:44:18 PM
I am currently reading "Civil War, A Narrative, Fort Sumter to Perryville" by Shelby Foote.  The first in a 3 book series.  800 plus pages, ugh.
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Post by: BigCöx on December 05, 2008, 09:55:43 PM
nothing at the moment, but I plan on picking up Chuck Klosterman's new book, Downtown Owl, tomorrow
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on December 05, 2008, 10:03:49 PM
nothing at the moment, but I plan on picking up Chuck Klosterman's new book, Downtown Owl, tomorrow

What is this book about, and what genre is it?  I have been reading a bunch of Military History, and maybe looking at expanding what i read.
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Post by: BigCöx on December 05, 2008, 10:55:55 PM
It's a fiction novel from a pop culture/music/etc critic - his nonfiction stuff has been pretty interesting and well written, so I'm pretty much sold on anything he writes, whether I know what it's all about or not - here's some links to interviews and reviews...

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20225099,00.html (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20225099,00.html)
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/09/first-time_novelist_chuck_klos.html (http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/09/first-time_novelist_chuck_klos.html)

and an excerpt:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=klosterman/080915 (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=klosterman/080915)
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Post by: plano tony on December 05, 2008, 11:52:48 PM
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy ... I'm quite sure most of you know what it's about.
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Post by: Adrian's Dad on December 06, 2008, 01:40:28 AM
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy ... I'm quite sure most of you know what it's about.

I've read it 3 times already, I love it.

Right now I'm about halfway through the graphic novel 'The Dark Knight Strikes Again' by Frank Miller.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on December 06, 2008, 08:01:25 AM
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy ... I'm quite sure most of you know what it's about.

I've read it 3 times already, I love it.

Right now I'm about halfway through the graphic novel 'The Dark Knight Strikes Again' by Frank Miller.

Is the "Dark Knight Strikes Again" any good?
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Post by: Bigred on December 30, 2008, 03:17:08 PM
Just finished Arctic Drift (Cussler Dirk Pit Series) and started reading Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy.
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Post by: AM Woody on December 30, 2008, 04:22:10 PM
I got Too Fat To Fish by Artie Lange for Christmas.  It's pretty much an autobigraphy of his life.  If you have listened to the Howard Stern Show lately, you would know that this guy has always been pretty messed up.

It's pretty rare for me to read anything.  I will really only read sports books and books about people that I find interesting.

I also got another book for Christmas.  It's called Game of My Life Philadelphia Eagles: Memorable Stories of Eagles Football.  I haven't started reading it yet, but it looks to be a book full of in game experiences by different Eagles players
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Post by: bradt32225 on December 30, 2008, 06:30:40 PM
I am trying to read the third book that goes along with Eragon.
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Post by: Scott H. on December 31, 2008, 09:10:05 AM
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz (christmas gift). I also got a new one by Steven King, but I can't remember the name of it. I'll start it when I finish Dean's.
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Post by: BigCöx on December 31, 2008, 10:05:36 AM
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry - kind of similar to Da Vinci Code, but with less religion and more Antarctica. Pretty good so far...
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Post by: PFof2 on December 31, 2008, 10:52:34 AM
well I just finished the twilight series (upon much of my wifes insistance) and will probably start on the Dark Horse series by stephen king.. someone said I should try it.. Though with so many other obligations its hard to find time..
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Post by: Mini Man on December 31, 2008, 04:00:52 PM
My wife has tried to get me to read the Twilight series, but the desire just really isn't there. I may though, seeing as though it may help my writing. "Good writers borrow. Great writers steal outright." - Sorkin
 
:biggrin:

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Post by: rocknrolldad on December 31, 2008, 04:27:54 PM
I also got Too Fat To Fish for Christmas. Great read.
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Post by: plano tony on December 31, 2008, 08:59:36 PM
"How To Make Meetings Work" (at least, that's what I think the name is).

It's actually a very good book.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on January 01, 2009, 01:34:05 AM
currently 2 books... "Company Commander" (for work) ... and also "Battle Cry of Freedom" by James McPherson
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Post by: Keith on January 01, 2009, 11:01:19 AM
I am getting ready to start reading "Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett.    Don't really know much about it until I start reading it..   Didn't even know he wrote books.
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Post by: Pat on January 01, 2009, 11:03:40 AM
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz (christmas gift). I also got a new one by Steven King, but I can't remember the name of it. I'll start it when I finish Dean's.

Let me know how the Koontz book is Scott. I'm going to pick it up but not until I get caught up. He releases his books too damn fast, lol. I'm reading The Husband right now.
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Post by: Scott H. on January 15, 2009, 05:52:35 PM
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz (christmas gift). I also got a new one by Steven King, but I can't remember the name of it. I'll start it when I finish Dean's.

Let me know how the Koontz book is Scott. I'm going to pick it up but not until I get caught up. He releases his books too damn fast, lol. I'm reading The Husband right now.

I found it to be a slow read for the first 2/3 of the book. There wasn't as much action going on, but the mystery kept me going. I'd give it a B+.

Now, on to Just After Sunset by Steven King.
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Post by: plano tony on January 15, 2009, 08:35:00 PM
Oh, finished Rainbow Six ... found it fairly predictable, though good.

Started reading "Making Meetings Work" (or, something like that) ... thought it'd suck to read ... oddly enough, enjoying it a lot.
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Post by: Adrian's Dad on January 15, 2009, 09:30:37 PM
Just started Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Neitzsche.
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Post by: colesdad on January 15, 2009, 10:15:29 PM
Me just red theses 2 buks called Huked on fonikes an Charos gide to speekin gooder english.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on January 15, 2009, 10:39:25 PM
 :LMAO:
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Post by: Mini Man on January 21, 2009, 07:37:43 AM
Gears of War: Aspho Fields

It's the "prequel" to the GOW game. My wife and son saw it at the bookstore and picked it up for me. I'm 3 pages in so far. Hope to read it this weekend.
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Post by: z_randy on February 02, 2009, 02:16:15 PM
Just finished Deception Point by Dan Brown. pretty good!

In the world of page-turning thrillers, Dan Brown holds a special place in the hearts of many of us. After his first book, Digital Fortress, almost passed me by, he wrote Angels and Demons, which was probably one of the half-dozen most exciting thrillers of last year. It is a pleasure to report that his new book lives up to his reputation as a writer whose research and talent make his stories exciting, believable, and just plain unputdownable.

The time is now and President Zachary Herney is facing a very tough reelection. His opponent, Senator Sedgwick Sexton, is a powerful man with powerful friends and a mission: to reduce NASA's spending and move space exploration into the private sector. He has numerous supporters, including many beyond the businesses who will profit from this because of the embarrassment of 1996, when the Clinton administration was informed by NASA that proof existed of life on other planets. That information turned out to be premature, if not incorrect. (This story is true; I repeat, Dan Brown's research is very, very good.) The embattled president is assured that a rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice will prove to have far-reaching implications on America's space program. The find, however, needs to be verified.

Enter Rachel Sexton, a gister for the National Reconnaissance Office. Gisters reduce complex reports into single-page briefs, and in this case the president needs that confirmation before he broadcasts to the nation, probably ensuring his reelection. It's tricky because Rachel is the daughter of his opponent. Rachel is thrilled to be on the team traveling to the Arctic circle. She is a realist about her father's politics and has little respect for his stand on NASA, but Senator Sexton cannot help but have a problem with her involvement.

Adventure, romance, murder, skullduggery, and nail-biting tension ensue. By the end of Deception Point, the reader will be much better informed about how our space program works and how our politicians react to new information. Bring on the next Dan Brown thriller!
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 02, 2009, 05:01:56 PM
Currently reading "The ROad" by Cormac McCarthy.  About the end of times, and a father and son's road to survival..  A good, quick book.  Before you realize it, you have read 20 pages or more.  I definitely recommend it for all readers.
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Post by: z_randy on February 02, 2009, 08:27:44 PM
Currently reading "The ROad" by Cormac McCarthy.  About the end of times, and a father and son's road to survival..  A good, quick book.  Before you realize it, you have read 20 pages or more.  I definitely recommend it for all readers.
AWESOME book
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 02, 2009, 09:29:32 PM
yeah, i agree, just have to find the time to finish it.  LOL
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Post by: z_randy on February 02, 2009, 09:35:33 PM
hey Keith we had a thread on this book if you want to check it out:
http://www.daddyplace.com/index.php/topic,5392.0.html (http://www.daddyplace.com/index.php/topic,5392.0.html)
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 02, 2009, 10:36:49 PM
thanks, interesting thread... has me wondering about some more of McCarthy's books.  I may have to hear it on CD after i finish it.  Do you remember How many discs it has
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Post by: z_randy on February 02, 2009, 10:38:18 PM
It was a short one.  6 or 8 I think.
All reviews I have read about him is that he is an amazing writer.  I plan on reading more from him also
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 02, 2009, 10:47:20 PM
me too, my problem is that i am a slow reader, and do not really set much time aside for it, so i need to start doing that... i have drug this book out long enough... hopefully finish it soon.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 07, 2009, 09:25:55 AM
So i finished "The Road" finally.  ANyone have any other good books by Cormac McCarthy.  Outstanding author, and looking forward to reading more by him.
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Post by: pfhiggins72 on February 07, 2009, 11:14:06 AM
Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony
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Post by: Chef Dad on February 07, 2009, 01:33:39 PM
those were cool books, i read those years ago.
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Post by: PFof2 on February 07, 2009, 03:07:36 PM
I have doomed myself to the literary works of Terry Goodkind. I say that because I read The Wizards First Rule. book one of the Sword of Truth Series and its one of those books that I had a hard time putting down for stuff like sleep or work.. I am on book 2  Stone of Tears and there are currently 12 books in the series. great fantasy series!
The Wizards First Rule is the basis for the new series Legend of the Seeker. very Xenaesque show but the book is a million times better.


Wizard's First Rule
RELEASE DATE: July 1995

SYNOPSIS:

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help…and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age when it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the beat of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them - for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not tell him.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan cals upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed…or that their time has run out.

This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

I was looking for a good book and stumbled upon Terry Goodkind. I wanted an established author because I hate getting a great book from a new writer and you have to wait 1-3 years for them to write another book. so I figure I have my work cut out for me here.

here is the link to his official site where you can get info on the books.

http://www.terrygoodkind.com/his_works/ (http://www.terrygoodkind.com/his_works/)

And here is the link to the television series where you can watch all the episodes online.

http://www.legendoftheseeker.com/episode_archive.html (http://www.legendoftheseeker.com/episode_archive.html)

WARNING: if you watch the television show it will RUIN the first book for you, it does NOT follow the proper storyline. I understand why they did it for television purposes, but it took alot of liberties with the story. For instance In the book Kahlan's sister was raped and killed by a quad and she found her after the attack after she was brutalized adn watched her die. Very powerful part of the book.. in the show she is killed in the first 5 minutes by getting shot. This is a small change necessary to be on TV but still a distraction for someone who has read the book. So enjoy Either but just be forwarned about the book/show port. Enjoy guys!
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Post by: Chef Dad on February 07, 2009, 05:20:21 PM
I'm reading this book along with a few others. This is the tenth or so time I've read this book.



Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly is a New York Times bestselling non-fiction book written by American chef Anthony Bourdain.

The book, released in 2000, is both Bourdain's professional memoir and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant kitchens. He describes in graphic detail the ins and outs of the restaurant trade. The book is remarkable for its insistence in deglamorizing the professional culinary industry. The commercial kitchen is described as an intense, unpleasant and sometimes hazardous place of work staffed by what he describes as "misfits." Bourdain is absolutely insistent that this is no place for hobbyists. Anyone entering this industry will run away screaming, he insists, if they lack almost masochistic, perhaps irrational dedication to cooking.

The book alternates between a confessional narrative and an industry commentary, providing insightful and humorous anecdotes on the cooking trade. Bourdain details some of his personal misdeeds and weaknesses, including drug use and excessive lifestyle. He explains how restaurants function economically and the various restaurateur's tricks of which consumers should be aware. For example, he advises customers to avoid ordering fish on a Monday as the fish for Monday would be likely a remnant from the weekend or earlier. He also suggests avoiding beef well done: the meat is more likely to be from less-than-best grade as the substandard flavor would be masked in overcooking.

The book, written in a witty, engaging, and rambunctious style, was well received critically and created a large public following. Bourdain consequently became a celebrity, even though, ironically, he is known for his witty put-downs of many so-called "celebrity chefs."
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Post by: Mini Man on February 13, 2009, 01:47:53 PM
I'm re-reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I originally read it back in 2001, but I'm doing it again for a current class I'm taking. Great book.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 13, 2009, 04:53:02 PM
I am currently reading "Dark Union"... a book on the conspiracy theories behind A. Lincoln's Death, getting ready to order "No Country for Old Men" by Comac McCarthy
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Post by: z_randy on February 18, 2009, 09:18:34 PM
Just finished "The Quiet Game" by Greg Isles
Started slow but picked up in the middle and finished strong:

Amazon.com Review
Is there space in the overcrowded courtroom for one more writer of sharp, very suspenseful legal thrillers? Yes--if that writer is Greg Iles, who has proven in such varied efforts as Black Cross, Mortal Fear, and Spandau Phoenix that he knows how to squeeze the last drop of suspense out of all sorts of situations.

Iles immediately makes us feel both sympathy and empathy for his glossy hero, Penn Cage--a former ace Texas prosecutor turned suspense novelist whose sales are up there in the John Grisham Himalayan range.

Trying to cope with the recent death of his wife, Cage takes his 5-year-old daughter to Florida's Disney World, where the child sadly sees visions of her mother everywhere in the fantasy-filled environment. Wouldn't a trip to his parents' stately home in Natchez be more soothing for all concerned? Wrong, as it turns out--and before Cage can catch his breath, he's deeply involved in several dangerous matters. His father, a dedicated doctor, is being blackmailed for a past mistake in judgment, and a powerful judge (who just happens to be the father of Penn's high school sweetheart) has a nasty personal agenda of his own. Then there's the unsolved 1968 murder case of a black man, which Cage insists on reopening with the help of an attractive, ambitious newspaper publisher.

Iles does for Natchez what John Berendt did for Savannah in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, creating a gothic Southern landscape where elegance and depravity walk hand in hand.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 18, 2009, 09:49:37 PM
I just received "No Country for Old Men" in the mail today.  I will start reading it tonight.
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Post by: Chef Dad on February 19, 2009, 01:29:57 AM
Every time I read this book I like it more, guys if you even enjoy watching cooking on TV you need to read this book, I could not possibly recommend this more.
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Post by: z_randy on March 10, 2009, 10:10:57 AM
Just finished: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

It was good but really slow before it got to the first election and the war.  Then it got more interesting.  The first part was background on all the players.  It's very long

The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books. Do we need another Lincoln biography? In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do. Though she can't help but cover some familiar territory, her perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln's leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln's political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860: William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates. These men, all accomplished, nationally known, and presidential, originally disdained Lincoln for his backwoods upbringing and lack of experience, and were shocked and humiliated at losing to this relatively obscure Illinois lawyer. Yet Lincoln not only convinced them to join his administration--Seward as secretary of state, Chase as secretary of the treasury, and Bates as attorney general--he ultimately gained their admiration and respect as well. How he soothed egos, turned rivals into allies, and dealt with many challenges to his leadership, all for the sake of the greater good, is largely what Goodwin's fine book is about. Had he not possessed the wisdom and confidence to select and work with the best people, she argues, he could not have led the nation through one of its darkest periods.

Ten years in the making, this engaging work reveals why "Lincoln's road to success was longer, more tortuous, and far less likely" than the other men, and why, when opportunity beckoned, Lincoln was "the best prepared to answer the call." This multiple biography further provides valuable background and insights into the contributions and talents of Seward, Chase, and Bates. Lincoln may have been "the indispensable ingredient of the Civil War," but these three men were invaluable to Lincoln and they played key roles in keeping the nation intact. --Shawn Carkonen
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 10, 2009, 01:34:58 PM
Looks like a good book Randy.  I was gonna pick that one up, just haven't yet.

I have just finished "No Country for Old Men"  By Cormac McCarthy.  I enjoyed this book, and could not put it down once i started reading it.
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Post by: outlikealight on March 11, 2009, 07:09:07 PM
Looks like a good book Randy.  I was gonna pick that one up, just haven't yet.

I have just finished "No Country for Old Men"  By Cormac McCarthy.  I enjoyed this book, and could not put it down once i started reading it.

An absolute classic. I think it takes a backseat to "The Road". But that's basically like comparing two perfect things. I think I'll pull out my copy of No Country and give it a whirl again.
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Post by: z_randy on March 11, 2009, 09:47:20 PM
The Road was one of the best books I have ever read.  I'm downloading this one now
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 11, 2009, 09:51:37 PM
The Road was one of the best books I have ever read.  I'm downloading this one now

I agree, i thoroughly enjoyed The Road
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Post by: HamHAnds on March 11, 2009, 10:35:02 PM
My brother gave The Road to me for Christmas and I finished it a couple weeks back - once I got into it I couldn't put it down. Very good book.
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Post by: MindBender on March 11, 2009, 11:05:20 PM
not exactly reading but some is involved....   Rosetta Stone  Spanish Latin America edition Level 2  :)   
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Post by: z_randy on March 22, 2009, 09:28:14 PM
Just finished "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins.  Let's just say  :holysheep2: If half of what he says is true (and it's supposedly a true story) that is scary stuff.  And much of it ties into our current state

John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it's a true story.

Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens. While at times he seems a little overly focused on conspiracies, perhaps that's not surprising considering the life he's led. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Post by: dadof2b0ys on March 22, 2009, 10:11:16 PM
Just finished "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins.  Let's just say  :holysheep2: If half of what he says is true (and it's supposedly a true story) that is scary stuff.  And much of it ties into our current state



I read that a while back. Pretty much thought the same thing.

I just started reading "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" By Jeff Lindsay. So far, it's pretty good.
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Post by: Keith on March 23, 2009, 10:54:28 AM
I am reading an ebook called Southern Vampires.    On my LG Vu cellphone I found a program that will d/l ebooks so I can read them..   It's pretty good so far.
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Post by: plano tony on March 23, 2009, 11:10:16 AM
And, boring little me ...

Last week, I finished "Everything Running" ... and started "ChiRunning"

Shall I say, if you run, they both should be required reading :)
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Post by: z_randy on March 23, 2009, 11:11:38 AM
And, boring little me ...

Last week, I finished "Everything Running" ... and started "ChiRunning"

Shall I say, if you run, they both should be required reading :)
Reading ChiRunning myself!
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Post by: PFof2 on March 23, 2009, 02:04:54 PM
I am reading an ebook called Southern Vampires.    On my LG Vu cellphone I found a program that will d/l ebooks so I can read them..   It's pretty good so far.
I bet that just kills your battery though. Do you have to recharge after every few chapters? or is the print really small. I just can't imagine reading on a small screen.  Cool that you can do that though.

Me I am reading Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind. It is book 3 in the Sword of Truth series. An awesome story, but then again I enjoy fantasy stories.
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Post by: BobChase on March 23, 2009, 02:16:10 PM
Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

It's a collection of essay's he's written on pop culture. Very funny stuff.
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Post by: z_randy on March 27, 2009, 09:39:01 AM
Looks like a good book Randy.  I was gonna pick that one up, just haven't yet.

I have just finished "No Country for Old Men"  By Cormac McCarthy.  I enjoyed this book, and could not put it down once i started reading it.
 

An absolute classic. I think it takes a backseat to "The Road". But that's basically like comparing two perfect things. I think I'll pull out my copy of No Country and give it a whirl again.
Just finished "No Country for Old Men"- Good book but not as good as The Road.  He is definitely an excellent writer
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Post by: TrickshoT GDLD on March 27, 2009, 10:43:29 AM
Lies Inc. By Philip K. Dick...my favorite author!
Its a real trippy sci fi story but I love this type of stuff!

In this wry, paranoid vision of the future, overpopulation has turned cities into cramed industrial anthills. For those sick of this dystopian reality, one corporation, Trails of Hoffman, Inc., promises an alternative: Take a teleport to Whale's Mouth, a colonized planet billed as the supreme paradise. The only catch is that you can never comeback. When a neurotic man named Rachmael ben Applebaum discovers that the promotional films of happy crowds cheering their newfound existence on Whale's Mouth are faked, he decides to pilot a scapeship on the eighteen-year journey there to see if anyone wants to return.
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Post by: Keith on March 27, 2009, 11:29:01 AM

I bet that just kills your battery though. Do you have to recharge after every few chapters? or is the print really small. I just can't imagine reading on a small screen.  Cool that you can do that though.

Actually it don't really hurt the battery.   I am pretty amazed with it.   I like the auto scroll alot.  it just scrolls while I read.    When I get to read, I usually only get to read a chapter or so at a time and when I'm done the battery is still where it was at to begin with.
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Post by: Jessie on March 27, 2009, 12:14:28 PM

Me I am reading Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind. It is book 3 in the Sword of Truth series. An awesome story, but then again I enjoy fantasy stories.

Have you read the Dragon Lance Chronicles? I thought those books were amazing!
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Post by: PFof2 on March 27, 2009, 01:42:17 PM
no but I might have to check them out.
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Post by: BigCöx on March 28, 2009, 01:01:37 AM
Picked up a book tonight called Patriot Pirates - the story of American privateers during the Revolutionary War. Looks interesting...
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 28, 2009, 11:21:32 AM
Reading Pickett's Charge for a paper for school...
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Post by: Scott H. on March 30, 2009, 10:30:45 AM
I finally broke down and got a copy of Angels & Demons. Very entertaining. I started reading it yesterday and am already half way through.
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Post by: PatATC on March 30, 2009, 01:26:38 PM
THA DA VINCI CODE   BIIIAAAATCHEEESSSSSS :BNB:
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Post by: Jessie on April 02, 2009, 07:25:42 PM
I finally broke down and got a copy of Angels & Demons. Very entertaining. I started reading it yesterday and am already half way through.
This one was very good! I read it while I was deployed.
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Post by: PFof2 on April 03, 2009, 03:05:12 AM
I wonder if the movie Angels and Demons will be any good? The Da Vinci Code was really good.
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Post by: Mini Man on April 03, 2009, 07:23:32 AM
Ovid's Metamorphoses
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Post by: Balians_Dad24 on April 07, 2009, 05:03:20 AM
I'm reading The Shack right now and I should finish it by the end of the night.  Little about it on the bottom.

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Mackenzie Allen Philips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.  Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from god, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.  What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
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Post by: z_randy on April 07, 2009, 08:37:06 AM
A friend of mine told me that was an excellent book.  let us know what you thought
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Post by: plano tony on April 07, 2009, 11:38:16 AM
Now reading The Beginners Complete Book of Running by Runners World.

Finished ChiRunning ... good book ...

And, yes ... I've been running with zero leg pain lately.  Nice.
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Post by: Garand on April 07, 2009, 05:16:57 PM
I'm reading:

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Everythings Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Knowledge Here Begins Out There
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Post by: PatATC on April 07, 2009, 06:21:57 PM
I'm reading The Shack right now and I should finish it by the end of the night.  Little about it on the bottom.


How is the shack??  i wanted to get it but they were sold out.


BTW I'm now reading "Reading Judas" by Pagels.  Its a reprint of the gospel of Judas and reactions/interpretations by the author.  Its not that great because the autor writes as if she was in the 15th century and she also writes everything as if she is a devout athiest.  So not a great book to have if u are a christian and just want to know what the lost Judas gospel is all about.
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Post by: z_randy on April 07, 2009, 08:50:43 PM
Just finished "All the Pretty Horses" By Cormac McCarthy.  Was so impressed by his other stuff thought I'd read more.  And he doesn't disappoint.  He is becoming one of my favorite writers.

From Publishers Weekly
This is a novel so exuberant in its prose, so offbeat in its setting and so mordant and profound in its deliberations that one searches in vain for comparisons in American literature. None of McCarthy's previous works, not even the award-winning The Orchard Keeper (1965) or the much-admired Blood Meridian (1985), quite prepares the reader for the singular achievement of this first installment in the projected Border Trilogy. John Grady Cole is a 16-year-old boy who leaves his Texas home when his grandfather dies. With his parents already split up and his mother working in theater out of town, there is no longer reason for him to stay. He and his friend Lacey Rawlins ride their horses south into Mexico; they are joined by another boy, the mysterious Jimmy Blevins, a 14-year-old sharpshooter. Although the year is 1948, the landscape--at some moments parched and unforgiving, at others verdant and gentled by rain--seems out of time, somewhere before history or after it. These likable boys affect the cowboy's taciturnity--they roll cigarettes and say what they mean--and yet amongst themselves are given to terse, comic exchanges about life and death. In McCarthy's unblinking imagination the boys suffer truly harrowing encounters with corrupt Mexican officials, enigmatic bandits and a desert weather that roils like an angry god. Though some readers may grow impatient with the wild prairie rhythms of McCarthy's language, others will find his voice completely transporting. In what is perhaps the book's most spectacular feat, horses and men are joined in a philosophical union made manifest in the muscular pulse of the prose and the brute dignity of the characters. "What he loved in horses was what he loved in men, the blood and the heat of the blood that ran them," the narrator says of John Grady.
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Post by: Balians_Dad24 on April 12, 2009, 03:05:30 PM
A friend of mine told me that was an excellent book.  let us know what you thought

I thought "The Shack" was very inspirational in my sense that i believe that I can be someone better than myself and taking what i got out of this book and displaying out in the world.  BUT!  It can not be done by ones self.  I'll need a lot of help because of the way I live, but I am determined. (You will probably have no idea what I'm saying unless you have read the book).

I think this book was a great read and I would recommend it to all.  Ohh, and have a great Easter!
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Post by: z_randy on April 12, 2009, 09:34:39 PM
Thanks for the review.  Sounds interesting.  I just finished: The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption by John Perkins.
The follow up to the Confessions of an Economic Hitman. 
Added more details to the previous book. I thought the first was better
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Post by: PatATC on April 17, 2009, 09:17:25 AM
Almost done with Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. 

I believe it was the book prior to The Da Vinci Code.  Its good, a little too similar to Di Vinci, but its good.
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Post by: Scott H. on April 17, 2009, 10:33:26 AM
Almost done with Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. 

I believe it was the book prior to The Da Vinci Code.  Its good, a little too similar to Di Vinci, but its good.

I just finished reading that not too long ago. I thought it was great up until the end. There was one thing that happened with a helicopter that was just a little too hard to imagine.
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Post by: cc0724 on April 17, 2009, 10:56:03 AM
Just picked up Atlas Shrugged.. and trying to muscle through it 1000+ pages, ugh!
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on April 17, 2009, 08:56:38 PM
"Afghan Campaign"  by Stephen Pressfield
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Post by: PatATC on April 20, 2009, 01:25:26 PM


I just finished reading that not too long ago. I thought it was great up until the end. There was one thing that happened with a helicopter that was just a little too hard to imagine.

DUDE right on with the helicopter thing.. lol i laughed when i got to it.  It was an awesome book but that was pretty stupid.  Maybe they'll skip that in the movie adaptation.



I got Lone Survivor by Luttrell   its the story of SEAL team 10 in afghan, thats my next read.
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Post by: BobChase on April 20, 2009, 02:03:42 PM
Just picked up Atlas Shrugged.. and trying to muscle through it 1000+ pages, ugh!

Me too.
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Post by: Scott H. on April 20, 2009, 03:14:23 PM
DUDE right on with the helicopter thing.. lol i laughed when i got to it.  It was an awesome book but that was pretty stupid.  Maybe they'll skip that in the movie adaptation.

Can you see Tom Hanks trying that? LMAO  Knowing how he gets into his roles, he may try.
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Post by: z_randy on April 22, 2009, 08:52:21 AM
Just finished "The Crossing" by Cormac McCarthy.  This is the second book of the Borders Trilogy he wrote.  I found this one not as enjoyable as the rest of the books from him.  I think the main reason is that the dialog kept switching from English to Spanish while the characters were in Mexico.  If you don't read/understand Spanish you are lost for half the dialog.  Was a dark book.  Here's a review:

n The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time give us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegaic power of a lost American myth.

In the late 1930s, sixteen-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch.  But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico.  With that crossing, he begins an arduous and often dreamlike journey into a country where men meet ghosts and violence strikes as suddenly as heat-lightning--a world where there is no order "save that which death has put there."

An essential novel by any measure, The Crossing is luminous and appalling, a book that touches, stops, and starts the heart and mind at once.
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Post by: BagABones on April 23, 2009, 09:31:56 PM
Horus Heresy : Tales of  Heresy (Warhammer 40,000 book)
Castaways --- Brian Keene
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Post by: Chef Dad on May 01, 2009, 01:15:17 AM
Just got done reading Lamb, fuggin great read ( done in two and a half days ).

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Post by: Chef Dad on May 01, 2009, 01:17:34 AM
currently reading good omens, you have to appreciate British humor for this one

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Post by: PFof2 on May 01, 2009, 02:04:33 AM
I am currently reading Soul of the Fire By Terry Goodkind. This is book 5 in the Sword of truth series and is an excellent book as well as series. A great fantasy read with lots of attention to detail but enough action to keep you vested in the story. Very likable characters and just a wonderful storyline. If you are a fan of the Eragon series or lord of the rings I think you would like this series. Its written for a slightly older crowd than Eragon and with less dragons but it still has lots of sword play, magic, and evil wizards and things like that.
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Post by: Adrian's Dad on May 01, 2009, 09:30:27 AM
I picked up the box set of the first three books in the Halo trilogy.  They are easy reads so once I'm done with those I'll start into the Warhammer books.
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Post by: BagABones on May 01, 2009, 08:52:13 PM
currently reading good omens, you have to appreciate British humor for this one

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That's a great book. Have you read "The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies Of The Apocalypse" by Robert Rankin? You'd like that one.
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Post by: PatATC on May 04, 2009, 04:52:56 PM
I just got "Columbine" by Dave Cullen.  He was a reporter at the time it happened and has taken 10 years to compile countless sources of information to finally paint the definitive series of events of April 20 1999.  As a senior in 1999, and exactly the same age as the shooters, it is a remarkable read and both facinating and infuriating that everything I thought I knew about the tragedy is wrong.  Anyone looking for a great piece of non-fiction should pick it up.  It doesnt glorify or hold back from the violence, but does focus on the psyche of the boys and parents/students/police/etc rather than the actual shootings. 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-04-13-columbine-myths_N.htm (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-04-13-columbine-myths_N.htm)
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Post by: plano tony on May 04, 2009, 08:05:17 PM
Began reading "Marathoning for Mortals" ... about half-way through ... VERY good read. 
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Post by: Jim on May 04, 2009, 08:31:50 PM
Star Trek novels. Wife stopped by a book sell the other day and picked me up about 20 books for my collection.
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Post by: z_randy on May 05, 2009, 03:35:53 PM
Just finished: Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen.  It was excellent.

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
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Post by: z_randy on May 06, 2009, 09:03:20 PM
Just finished Cormac McCarthy's - Cities of the Plain
This was the 3rd book in the trilogy.  Tied the first 2 books together bringing the main characters together.  Was the best one of the 3
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Post by: Chef Dad on May 06, 2009, 09:58:36 PM
Just ordered Atlas Shrugged and The Art of War, currently reading : Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on May 07, 2009, 09:23:29 PM
Currently reading Army Regulations, Army Field Manuals, and Books on Gettysburg for my paper, ugh
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Post by: Mini Man on May 13, 2009, 01:27:58 PM
Just finished Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I know I'll probably catch a lot of hell for this, but I thought it was 'meh' at best. 
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Post by: Quagmire on May 15, 2009, 11:02:07 AM
I've read several things in the past few months, but I haven't posted any of them on here, so I have some catching up to do.  Here's my recent reads, in order:

1.  Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher.  I didn't enjoy this one all that much.  The stories were funny, but at the same time, seemed disjointed and non-flowing.  Apprently the book is based on some stand-up performances that she's done, and apparently they're much better.

2.  Heat:An Amateur Cook in a Professional Kitchen by Bill Buford.  I know it sounds like a cookbook or something, but it's not.  I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  I am quite the "foodie" myself, so reading about someone's transformation from a cook into a chef was entertaining.  It's basically an account of a food writer who decides to work in Mario Batali's kitchen as a way to write a story, and winds up finding that being in the kitchen is more "his calling."  Excellent book if you're into food as more than just sustenance.

3.  The happiest baby on the block, by Dr. Harvey Karp.  I'm a researcher-very "type-A," and I'm trying to learn as much as I can prior to the birth of my child here in a few weeks.  This book was recommended to me by a co-worker of mine, and he stated that the methodology employed by Dr. Karp helped him get through the first few months of his children.  Hopefully it will work for me as well.  I'll update in a few months!

4.  Be Prepared, by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden.  This was recommended to me on here by Bob Chase.  Good read, good info.  Bought for the same reason as #3.

5.  My Horizontal Life: A collection of one-night stands, by Chelsea Handler.  This book is utterly freaking hilarious!  Any of you who watch "Chelsea Lately" on the E! channel know her brand of humor.  This book is no different.  Dripping with sarcasm and laughter.  I highly recommend.

6.  Are you there, Vodka?  It's Me, Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler.  I bought this one because the first book was so funny.  This one's no different.  Also recomended.

7.  I hope they serve Beer in Hell, by Tucker Max.  This was recommended for me by amazon.com based on my previous readings and purchases.  This book is a vulgar, crude, misogynistic book predominantly about the author's drunken sexual adventures.  And it's the funniest thing I've read in a while!  I've had to put it down on numerous occasions so that I could wipe my eyes, since I was laughing so hard.  What can I say...I like "light" reading and simple potty humor.  I'm in the middle of this one right now.

8.  The Digital Photography Box Set (Books 1 & 2), by Scott Kelby.  I just started this.  I recently got a DSLR camera (for the baby, of course...it's not for "me").  I know some of the basics, but it's been YEARS since I've done anything with an SLR camera.  And when I did, it was with my dad's fully manual film SLR.  Obviously a lot has changed.  So, I'm trying to re-learn the basics as well as good techniques so that I can take some awesome photos.  This book is well written with a lot of "how-to" rather than "science and philosophy."  That is to say: Kelby will tell you how to set your camera up to get a particular shot, rather than discussing aperture vs. shutter speed vs. ISO, etc.  He states in the first chapter that ALL other photography books discuss that stuff, but don't give you as much "real world" immediately useful information...and that he figures you'll go get one of those books after reading his, so that you can understand the science behind the art.  I'm not all that far into this book, but so far I've found it to be an easy to read book (it's not very textbook-like), and very informative.  I recommend it.
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Post by: BigCöx on May 15, 2009, 05:08:20 PM
Happiest baby is pretty good, we have it and the DVD around here somewhere. It was moderately useful - I still have a book I'm going to mail you, J-Money, unless you're getting a layover at SRQ anytime soon. I'm detecting a theme with your 1st, 6th, and 7th books...I read the Tucker Max one and really liked it, not for it's culturally relevant meanings, but because he got drunk and screwed a lot.


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Post by: Quagmire on May 16, 2009, 07:55:21 PM
Ooo...I didn't realize there was a DVD. I'll have to check that out. No SRQ overnights...still not flying there anymore (though they haven't taken the charts for there out I our binders, so maybe...

And I don't know what you're insinuating, I can stop reading these books whenever I want...really, I can!
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Post by: z_randy on June 04, 2009, 10:14:11 PM
Just finished these 2 Titles By John Twelve Hawks: "The Traveler" & "The Dark River".  It's a trilogy but book #3 comes out in September

The Traveler:
Twelve Hawks's much anticipated novel is powerful, mainstream fiction built on a foundation of cutting-edge technology laced with fantasy and the chilling specter of an all-too-possible social and political reality. The time is roughly the present, and the U.S. is part of the Vast Machine, a society overseen by the Tabula, a secret organization bent on establishing a perfectly controlled populace. Allied against the Tabula are the Travelers and their sword-carrying protectors, the Harlequins. The Travelers, now almost extinct, can project their spirit into other worlds where they receive wisdom to bring back to earth—wisdom that threatens the Tabula's power. Maya, a reluctant Harlequin, finds herself compelled to protect two naïve Travelers, Michael and Gabriel Corrigan. Michael dabbles in shady real estate deals, while Gabriel prefers to live "off the Grid," eschewing any documentation—credit cards, bank accounts—that the Vast Machine could use to track him. Because the Tabula has engineered a way to use the Travelers for its own purposes, Maya must not only keep the brothers alive, but out of the hands of these evil puppet-masters. She succeeds, but she also fails, and therein lies the tale. By the end of this exciting volume, the first in a trilogy, the stage is set for a world-rending clash between good and evil.

The Dark River:
At the start of the engrossing second entry in bestseller Twelve Hawks's Fourth Realm trilogy (after The Traveler), the Brethren continue to control civilization through a computerized information system, the Vast Machine, and a host of offshoot surveillance technologies. Opposed to the Brethren are the Travelers, an ancient clan with the mystical ability to slip in and out of several dimensions. The Travelers are guarded by Harlequins, a warrior caste with sharp swords and ferociously lethal skills. In the Cain and Abel story at the book's heart, the quest of two Travelers, brothers Gabriel and Michael Corrigan, to find their legendary father has split them irrevocably: Gabriel fights for the forces of good, Michael has turned to the dark side. A love story featuring Gabriel's beautiful, deadly but conflicted Harlequin bodyguard, Maya, adds human interest to an often superhuman tale, and Gabriel's out-of-body journey to a horrifyingly fascinating parallel world adds a particularly compelling component to a saga that's part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic. Given the complicated plot and complex setting, readers are advised to read The Traveler first.
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Post by: z_randy on June 10, 2009, 08:43:19 PM
Just finished The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.  Always heard it was one of the top books ever and you had to read it.  So I did.  A bit preachy for me but not too bad.  Parts actually related very well to what's going on in the US right now
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 10, 2009, 08:53:40 PM
damn, where so you find the time to read all of these books
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Post by: z_randy on June 10, 2009, 09:03:46 PM
damn, where so you find the time to read all of these books
  I do them all on audio books.  I have at least an hour ride each way to and from work.  I listen to CD's.  And I load books onto my mp3 player and listen while I run
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Post by: RobWenn on June 10, 2009, 09:19:27 PM
With my tax return this year I got myself a Kindle. With the number of books I read it should pay for itself in about 1 year. I've had it for a little over a month and I've already read 3 books "cover to cover".

I'm currently reading a free book on there called "The Alchemyst". It's a fantasy type book with magic and sorcerers and such, which I'm not usually into, but I kinda like it so far.
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Post by: z_randy on June 10, 2009, 09:21:59 PM
Wish I had one of those next week for my flight to Hong Kong
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 10, 2009, 09:46:49 PM
Wish I had one of those next week for my flight to Hong Kong

flight to hong kong?

By the way good idea on loading books on an mp3 player while running.  i may have to do that
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Post by: z_randy on June 10, 2009, 09:50:45 PM
Yeah going to HK and China next week for 2 weeks for business.  blah
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 10, 2009, 09:58:12 PM
have fun man...
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Post by: z_randy on June 10, 2009, 10:07:43 PM
have fun man...
yippee...nothing like a 6'3" guy sitting in an economy seat for 15 1/2 hours
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 11, 2009, 07:12:09 AM
lol, maybe you can get an emergency exit
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Post by: z_randy on June 22, 2009, 08:02:21 PM
Just finished : Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy, Book 1) by David Gemmell.  It was excellent.  Starting book 2 today.

He is a man of many names. Some call him the Golden One; others, the Lord of the Silver Bow. To the Dardanians, he is Prince Aeneas. But to his friends, he is Helikaon. Strong, fast, quick of mind, he is a bold warrior, hated by his enemies, feared even by his Trojan allies. For there is a darkness at the heart of the Golden One, a savagery that, once awakened, can be appeased only with blood.

Argurios the Mykene is a peerless fighter, a man of unbending principles and unbreakable will. Like all of the Mykene warriors, he lives to conquer and to kill. Dispatched by King Agamemnon to scout the defenses of the golden city of Troy, he is Helikaon’s sworn enemy.

Andromache is a priestess of Thera betrothed against her will to Hektor, prince of Troy. Scornful of tradition, skilled in the arts of war, and passionate in the ways of her order, Andromache vows to love whom she pleases and to live as she desires.

Now fate is about to thrust these three together–and, from the sparks of passionate love and hate, ignite a fire that will engulf the world.

Readers who know the works of David Gemmell expect nothing less than excellence from this author, whose taut prose, driving plots, and full-bodied characters have won him legions of fans the world over. Now, with this first masterly volume in an epic reimagining of the Trojan War, Gemmell has written an ageless drama of brave deeds and fierce battles, of honor and treachery, of love won and lost.
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Post by: Leukoi on June 26, 2009, 11:25:41 AM

Readers who know the works of David Gemmell expect nothing less than excellence from this author, whose taut prose, driving plots, and full-bodied characters have won him legions of fans the world over. Now, with this first masterly volume in an epic reimagining of the Trojan War, Gemmell has written an ageless drama of brave deeds and fierce battles, of honor and treachery, of love won and lost.


Have you ever read any of Robert Graves' books?  They are harder to find, because most of them are out of print, having all been written around the 1930s and 1940s.  His books are based on fact, but where recorded history is vague, he writes based on historical theory of what likely occurred (which lends itself for some debate).  Excellent reading if you are into ancient history. 
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Post by: pinhead1376 on June 26, 2009, 11:28:33 AM
Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton.  Excellent book about America's Special Forces in Afganistan.
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Post by: z_randy on June 30, 2009, 09:36:39 PM
Just finished: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
I'm finding I'm not a big fan of biographies.  Too much like reading a textbook.  this one wasn't a biography while an interesting story not one of my favorites

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z? In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, vowing to make one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son to prove that this ancient civilization–which he dubbed “Z”–existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the Lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, drawn into the jungle’s “green hell.” His quest for the truth, and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett’s fate and “Z,” form the heart of this enthralling narrative.
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Post by: Leukoi on June 30, 2009, 11:10:02 PM
I subscribe to a users group comprised of military historians and scholars.  This was a link posted not too long ago regarding favorite books about military history by military historians.  I've read a couple books on this list, and they are definitely good reading. 

Just thought I'd offer this out there. 

http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=ZjYxYzY5MTU1YTQ4MDNhNjBhNGFjNDhiYjk0NDJiNjc= (http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=ZjYxYzY5MTU1YTQ4MDNhNjBhNGFjNDhiYjk0NDJiNjc=)

I read constantly, but it's always non-fiction, and typically relates to some sort of military history. 
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Post by: z_randy on July 07, 2009, 08:32:30 AM
Just finished 2. 
Troy: Shield of Thunder (Trojan War Trilogy 2) by David Gemmel.  Started it in China and just finished it.  Book 2 in the trilogy.  The trilogy is excellent:
The second novel in David Gemmell’s bestselling Troy trilogy. Interlacing myth and history, and high adventure, this is epic storytelling at its very best.

War is looming, and all the kings of the Great Green are gathering, each with their own dark plans of conquest and plunder.

Into this maelstrom of treachery come three travellers: Piria, a runaway priestess nursing a terrible secret; Kalliades, a warrior with high ideals and a legendary sword; and his close friend Banokles, who will carve his own legend in the battles to come.

Together they journey to the fabled city of Troy, where a darkness is falling that will eclipse the triumphs and personal tragedies of ordinary mortals for centuries to come.

And also finished The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) by Stephen King.  Though I think my download of it was missing some parts.  Started slow but got very good at the end.  Have to get book #2 now.
Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy-what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus-has spanned a quarter of a century.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. In November 2003, the fifth installment, Wolves of the Calla, will be published under the imprint of Donald M. Grant, with distribution and major promotion provided by Scribner. Song of Susannah, Book VI, and The Dark Tower, Book VII, will follow under the same arrangement in 2004. With these last three volumes finally on the horizon, readers-countless King readers who have yet to delve into The Dark Tower and a multitude of new and old fantasy fans-can now look forward to reading the series straight through to its stunning conclusion. Viking's elegant reissue of the first four books ensures that for the first time The Dark Tower will be widely available in hardcover editions for this eager readership.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on July 11, 2009, 08:33:32 AM
i am still amazed how much time you have to read... i have had a book that i have been reading for a few months now, that i never have the time of the day to pick up.  LOL
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Post by: z_randy on July 11, 2009, 09:03:57 AM
i am still amazed how much time you have to read... i have had a book that i have been reading for a few months now, that i never have the time of the day to pick up.  LOL
Lots of time in the car "reading" listening to cd's.  And when I run on my mp3 player
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Post by: Quagmire on July 11, 2009, 05:06:23 PM
I'm about halfway through South Park and Philosophy (You know, I learned something today) by Robert Arp.

I've always loved watching South Park, and I don't know that there's an episode I haven't seen.  Many people deride South Park as being offensive or crude without having much to offer.  On the contrary, I've found that the show's creators frequently have a perspective on current events that is rarely seen on the news or other shows.  I'm certainly not a scholar by any stretch of the imagination, I saw this book and it piqued my interest due to the above.  I've never studied philosophy either.  Nonetheless, it has held my interest and entertained me so far.  The author(s) dissect many of the show's episodes and illustrate the insight and thoughtfulness that Stone and Parker have, and they do it with a little bit of a whimsical touch.

Definetely worth a read!
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Post by: Bigred on July 15, 2009, 01:25:03 PM
Just finished Forrest Griffin's "Got Fight?" - great funny book for men.

Started reading the first book in the "Mistborn" Trillogy by Brandon Sanderson.  This is the first book I've ever read where I am hooked from the first coupld of pages.  So far about 1/4 of the way through it and I still don't want to put it down to go to sleep at night.  The other great thing about this is that all three books are finished so no waiting to move onto the next story.
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Post by: Leukoi on July 15, 2009, 02:04:43 PM
I'm about halfway through General Patton's memoirs. 

Not sure what I'm going to tackle next.  I either want something on Cyrus the Great, or I'm going to dig into the Rommel Papers. 
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Post by: Keith on July 15, 2009, 08:30:31 PM
I just started "A Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett.   
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Post by: Esantiago on July 15, 2009, 08:56:25 PM
Listening to a book on CD... "Quickie" by James Paterson....
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Post by: kruseing_dragon on July 15, 2009, 09:38:33 PM
I'm reading the first part of "Bloodstorm: The Potential Within" by our very own Bloodpantha an awesome soon to be comic. :up:
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Post by: PFof2 on July 16, 2009, 12:42:13 AM
I just finished the book Confessor By Terry Goodkind and also the last book in the Sword Of Truth Series. I have spent the last 4 months reading all 13 of these books. An awesome series as I have stated before.. that being said I don't knowwhat else to read. I am really into sci fi and fantasy and need some good book suggestions.
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Post by: Bigred on July 16, 2009, 01:19:53 PM
I loved the Sword of truth series as well, glad he finished it.  two or 3 books in the middle were abit slow but over all it was great.

The book I'm on now, Mistborn (a completed trillogy) is amazing.  Great story, characters, and the way they do magic in this book is very original.

The "Crown of Stars"  Series by Kate Elliot is also damn good, and very in depth.  It has 6 or 7 books and is complete as well.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on July 18, 2009, 10:11:58 AM
Still reading Afghan Campaign by Stephen Pressfield.  Hope to finish it soon.
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Post by: z_randy on July 20, 2009, 09:49:26 PM
Have 2 more to add:
This one is kind of Trippy. Not sure what Stephen King was on when he wrote these!  But they are entertaining

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book 2) by Stephen King

Elaborating at great length on Robert Browning's cryptic narrative poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," the second volume of King's post-Armageddon epic fantasy presents the equally enigmatic quest of Roland, the world's last gunslinger, who moves through an apocalyptic wasteland toward the Dark Tower, "the linchpin that holds all of existence together." Although these minor but revealing books (which King began while still in college) are full of such adolescent portentousness, this is livelier than the first. Roland enters three lives in the alternate world of New York City: junkie and drug runner Eddie Dean, schizophrenic heiress Odetta Holmes and serial murder Jack Mort. If King tells us too little about Roland, he gives us too much about these misfits who are variously healed or punished exactly as expected. Typically, King is much better at the minutiae and sensations of a specific physical world, and several such bravura sequences (from an attack by mutant lobsters to a gun store robbery) are standouts amid the characteristic headlong storytelling.

The next is:
Excellent book!
Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell



    "The greatest writer of historical adventures today" (Washington Post) tackles his richest, most thrilling subject yet--the heroic tale of Agincourt.

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a cursed past--haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death. Instead he is discovered by the young King of England--Henry V himself--and by royal command he takes up the longbow again and dons the cross of Saint George. Hook returns to France as part of the superb army Henry leads in his quest to claim the French crown. But after the English campaign suffers devastating early losses, it becomes clear that Hook and his fellow archers are their king's last resort in a desperate fight against an enemy more daunting than they could ever have imagined.

One of the most dramatic victories in British history, the battle of Agincourt--immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V--pitted undermanned and overwhelmed English forces against a French army determined to keep their crown out of Henry's hands. Here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the battle and the "band of brothers" who fought it on October 25, 1415. An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation's entire army on an improbable mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs. From the disasters at the siege of Harfleur to the horrors of the field of Agincourt, this exhilarating story of survival and slaughter is at once a brilliant work of history and a triumph of imagination—Bernard Cornwell at his best.
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Post by: jbruce7 on July 27, 2009, 01:26:39 PM
I've been thinking for the last couple of weeks to read "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill.

This should be about the 8-9th time I've read it in the last 24 years.

This old classic has and continues to change my life for the better both financially as well as spiritually, etc.
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Post by: PFof2 on July 27, 2009, 04:04:16 PM
hey BigRed who wrote Mistborn? Now that the Sword of Truth series is over I find my self bookless and unsure what to read next. I like sci/fi fantasy, magic etc. books.
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Post by: Bigred on July 27, 2009, 05:44:10 PM
hey BigRed who wrote Mistborn? Now that the Sword of Truth series is over I find my self bookless and unsure what to read next. I like sci/fi fantasy, magic etc. books.

Brandon Sanderson wrote Mistborn (finished the first book and have the second book coming in, damn Amazon why didn't you get it here in 2 days??), as far as Sci-fi most anything by Creighton and Orson Scott Card's Ender series is great if you haven't read it, but I haven't met many people that read sci-fi that haven't read it.
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Post by: z_randy on August 01, 2009, 11:25:23 AM
Just finished the 3rd in the Troy trilogy: Troy: Fall of Kings by David Gemmell
Excellent series:

Darkness falls on the Great Green, and the Ancient World is fiercely divided.

On the killing fields outside the golden city of Troy, forces loyal to the Mykene King mass. Among them is Odysseus, fabled storyteller and reluctant ally to the Mykene, who knows that he must soon face his former friends in deadly combat.

Within the city, the Trojan king waits. Ailing and bitter, his hope is pinned on two heroes: his favourite son Hektor, and the dread Helikaon who will wreak terrible vengeance for the death of his wife at Mykene hands.

War has been declared — a war filled with bloodlust, and peopled by heroes who will live forever in a story that will echo down the centuries.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 07, 2009, 09:23:20 PM
Finally finished "Afghan Campaign" by Stephen Pressfield.  Took about 2-3 months due t school and the family, not to mention i am a slow reader.  I have started the following book and hope to read it faster than the last one. 

"House of Abraham: Lincoln and Todds, A Family Divided by War" by Stephen Berry
Divided families make the stuff of drama. When the divided family is Abraham Lincoln's, its divisions are metaphors for the nation's own collapse. With a skilled and pleasing pen, Berry tells the tangled story of the sad and often painful element of Lincoln's life that deepened his understanding of the nation's travails. Lincoln was closer to his wife's large clan—she had 13 siblings—than to his own. Originally from Kentucky, the Todds had members in both the North and South and backed both the Union and the Confederacy. Four of them, including Lincoln, died as a result of the conflict. Some were honorable and others scoundrels, some were easygoing and others problematic. Berry, an assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia, calls many of them miserable, and their family a wreck. He manages to tell the story of each Todd with full sympathy yet critical distance, and adds another level of understanding to the president who would bind the nation's wounds. Finally, he rescues the Southern Todds from their obscurity. The result is a fast-paced, sobering story, never better told, of the pains of a clan and their significance for American history.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 22, 2009, 03:21:16 PM
Sun Tzu "The Art of War"   (book on tape).  Good book.

"Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful booksever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom, and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions.

Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is brought up to date with relevant quotations from Western writers and thinkers.  This new edition offers Sun Tzu’s timeless classic, both with and without annotation, making it more accessible to aspiring leaders and military strategists than ever before."
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Post by: PFof2 on August 24, 2009, 04:23:30 AM
Terry Goodkind's Law of 9's is out.

Synopsis
The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a stunningly original thriller in this powerful page-turner.

Trouble will find you

They watch you through mirrors…

“Your mother was twenty-seven when it came to her. Now you’re twenty-seven, and it’s come to you.”

The skin of Alex’s arms tingled with goose bumps. By her twenty-seventh birthday insanity had come to his mother….

Turning twenty-seven may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the mid-western United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him — and everyone he loves — into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence…

Where do you turn when your own reflection spells doom?

In Alex, Terry Goodkind brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of high-octane thriller.

They also have a clip of a movie being made for this film. I am half way through and the book is great!
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Post by: Quagmire on August 27, 2009, 09:53:22 PM
Just finished Waiter Rant.  Decent/amusing read.  I've never worked in the restaurant biz, so it held my attention fairly well!

According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places. Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty-eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he's truly thrived.

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Post by: Leukoi on September 15, 2009, 04:22:32 PM
Finished 'Alexander of Macedon' by Peter Green. 

Now working on 'The Rommel Papers'.  I will say that while I thoroughly enjoyed Patton's memoirs, Rommel is a much more interesting writer, and his narrative (if you can call it that) wasn't exactly put together, since he died before the war ended, and didn't get a chance to polish it. 

I have 'Gates of Fire' about Thermopylae waiting for me as soon as I'm finished with Rommel. 
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on September 15, 2009, 10:20:01 PM
Finished 'Alexander of Macedon' by Peter Green. 

Now working on 'The Rommel Papers'.  I will say that while I thoroughly enjoyed Patton's memoirs, Rommel is a much more interesting writer, and his narrative (if you can call it that) wasn't exactly put together, since he died before the war ended, and didn't get a chance to polish it. 

I have 'Gates of Fire' about Thermopylae waiting for me as soon as I'm finished with Rommel. 
"Gates of Fire" is a good book.  I enjoyed it.  Another good one by the author (Stephen Pressfield) is Afghan Campaign (about Alexander going into Afghanistan).
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Post by: vegaskiller73 on September 23, 2009, 03:48:36 PM
This is wierd of me posting here, but last week I picked up the new Dan Brown novel. The Lost Symbol. I've only gotten into it a bit and feel like I have to read it. I'm not much of a "reader" so it may take me a bit longer than most. I hope I can finish it and not get sidetracked. This would actually be my first novel that I've read in a loooooong time.

My boss had it downloaded on his Kindle and he said it's really good. That I should read it. There are many things in it that will interest me.

So, that is what "I" am reading. :geek:
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Post by: PatATC on October 05, 2009, 01:40:14 PM
So I picked up Dan Brown's new one, the Lost Symbol.  I havent even started it.  Anyone else got this?  Is it worth reading?  I hope its as good as A & D and the Divinici Code.
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Post by: JacksDaddy on October 05, 2009, 02:23:00 PM
Angels and Demons was pretty good.  Haven't read for myself in a while so I haven't gotten to the Davinci Code yet but have heard good things.  I am on the Harry Potter books.  I haven't read them, but since I lack many activities to do with my son, I read to him.  I am currently on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
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Post by: BigCöx on October 05, 2009, 11:26:05 PM
So I picked up Dan Brown's new one, the Lost Symbol.  I havent even started it.  Anyone else got this?  Is it worth reading?  I hope its as good as A & D and the Divinici Code.

a little more than halfway through it right now - pretty good so far, but I think A&D will stay as my favorite of his.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on October 12, 2009, 11:27:22 PM
i still need to pick this one up... hope to get it soon!
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Post by: Quagmire on November 23, 2009, 11:20:40 AM
Just finished "Stuff White People Like" by Christian Lander.  Sadly, I hit quite a few of the "whiteness" markers!   :LMAO:  Funny/easy read though!

Now, I'm reading NurtureShock by Po Bronson.  Good book so far (I'm only about a third of the way through).  Goes into the science of how we as a society are really f-ed up in our child-rearing methods.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on November 23, 2009, 05:54:22 PM
I just finished "Americans at War" by Stephen Ambrose.  It is a really good collection of someo of his essays spanning the Civil War, World Wars, Vietnam, and the current War.  Not to mention a few about Generals Eisenhower, Patton and McArthur.  Definitely a good read for anyone who likes military history.

I am currently reading "To Try Mens Souls" which is about George Washington and his crossing of the Delaware.  It looks like it will be a good book.  Hopefully i will finish this book by the time i come back from my next "trip" the second week of Dec.
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Post by: joey791 on November 23, 2009, 05:57:17 PM
Just finished reading Changes That Heal, almost finished Hiding From Love, and fixing to start Making Peace with Your Past
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Post by: colesdad on November 23, 2009, 06:58:03 PM
All of these posts.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on November 23, 2009, 08:57:14 PM
All of these posts.
:LMAO:
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Post by: PFof2 on November 24, 2009, 03:34:12 PM
I Just finished reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. It is a fantasy series with some sexin in it but the storyline is pretty awesome.
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Post by: Leukoi on November 24, 2009, 03:52:21 PM
Child Abuse Trauma. 

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Post by: z_randy on November 25, 2009, 09:47:43 AM
Just finished all the Harry Potter books.  I have only seen the first movie and I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about.  They were excellent.

Started Stephen Colbert's "I am America (and so can you)" today
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Post by: PFof2 on November 25, 2009, 12:35:02 PM
Stephen Colbert is pretty funny. might check this one out.
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Post by: JacksDaddy on November 27, 2009, 08:19:35 PM
Just finished all the Harry Potter books.  I have only seen the first movie and I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about.  They were excellent.

They were pretty good, weren't they?  I just finished them about 2 weeks ago myself.  My wife kept complaining about how the movies were so off from the books, so I decided to see what the fuss was about as well.  I didn't get into the books until the end of each one, but by the 6th book I was hooked from the beginning. 

I'm sure Jackson enjoyed them as well, since I was reading them to him.   :laugh2:  Except the 7th book.  I was way too into that one to put it down during nap and bed time lol.
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Post by: dewman28 on November 27, 2009, 11:32:21 PM
The Xanth series by Piers Anthony are awesome if your into fantasy. The first book A Spell for Chameleon is pretty slow but once you get into the later chapters I couldn't put it down. There are over 20 books that I know of in the series i stopped reading them 7 years ago but recently started reading them to my two year old. If you've read them let me know what you thought.
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Post by: Mini Man on November 28, 2009, 09:19:22 AM
I've read a few books over the past few weeks:

Pimp by Iceberg Slim
Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington
Call of the Wild by Jack London

I'll be reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut on Monday
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Post by: JacksDaddy on November 28, 2009, 12:47:34 PM
I'll be reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut on Monday

I absolutely LOVE Slaughterhouse Five.  I read that book in high school for a book project and thought it was awesome.  Vonnegut is a trip.  his books are so odd and just very interesting.  I am almost done with Slapstick by Vonnegut but when I found out that my wife doesn't mind if I play video games before I go to bed, then I started doing that lol.
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Post by: z_randy on December 22, 2009, 08:57:36 AM
Just finished: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick.  It is a non fiction account of the Pilgrims, their trip to the new world and their interactions with the Indians.  It wasn't all Thanksgiving dinner.  There was one dinner where they got together and the Indians shared their food.  Mostly it was the Pilgrims stealing from the Indians food stores, fighting and killing each other.  Not the nicest Puritan folks.  Not big into reading histories, they feel too much like text books to me but this one was pretty good.

Just Started : One Second After by William R. Forstchen - New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.

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Post by: Adrian's Dad on December 22, 2009, 09:45:10 AM
Since I got a Kindle as an early Christmas gift, I have been reading much more.  I read 'Last Words' by George Carlin (his autobiography), 'A Christmas Carol' since I got all 51 Dickens novels for a dollar, 'The Divine Comedy' to prepare for Dante's Inferno, and I am about halfway through Band of Brothers right now which I will probably finish within the next couple of days.  After that I'm not really sure what I'm going to get next.
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Post by: Bigred on December 22, 2009, 09:54:34 AM
Hammers Slammers

Sci-fi, Story set in the future about a Mercenary Company of tanks for hire (This is actually simplyfing it).  Basically the chapters are short stories, some of the main characters you see in other stories, bt each chapter is something different.  The stories are pretty good.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on December 29, 2009, 08:36:06 AM
The Shack (By William P. Young)

It seems like a good book,however i am only one chapter into it right now.  Megan recommended it to me.  The book seems to be really enlightening. 

"Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!"
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Post by: BigCöx on December 29, 2009, 09:29:20 AM
just started reading "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton, mom gave it to me for Christmas. So far it's pretty entertaining...
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Post by: Scott H. on December 29, 2009, 01:44:09 PM
I just started "Breathless" by Dean Koontz. So far, it's pretty interesting. The mystery started off almost immediately, before any charachter build-up.
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Post by: PFof2 on December 29, 2009, 04:10:40 PM
I am reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.
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Post by: plano tony on December 29, 2009, 10:47:37 PM
Currently reading "The Charlamagne Pursuit" by Steve Berry ... love this guy's work.
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Post by: Mini Man on December 29, 2009, 11:25:05 PM
"The Complete Stories" by Flannery O'Connor

I just ordered my Kindle (belated Christmas Present), so I know I'll be reading a lot more in the coming weeks.
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Post by: PFof2 on January 05, 2010, 03:59:25 PM
I finished reading the3 Mortal Instrument series By cassandra Clare and am jumping into the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson Thanks to a recommendation on here.
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Post by: supertim on January 05, 2010, 04:07:43 PM
The Alphabet of Manliness: Revised Edition (includes Numbers of Manliness) by Maddox.  Pure hilarity if you have a juvenile sense of humor, which I do. 
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Post by: keetedw on January 05, 2010, 04:24:06 PM
Gospel Truth: The New Image of Jesus Emerging from Science and History and Why it Matters.

Buddy loaned me a Clive Cussler book and I've got "The God Delusion" sitting on the shelf.
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Post by: Leukoi on January 05, 2010, 07:21:19 PM
I just finished Asbury's 'Gangs of New York', and I'm starting Rieu's version of 'The Iliad'. 
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Post by: z_randy on January 08, 2010, 08:38:23 AM
Just finishing up "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen.  I think fans of "The Road" will like this book.  I felt it was an excellent read and at times painful as a father.  What's worse is it could happen.

New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.

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Post by: BigCöx on January 08, 2010, 05:27:32 PM
Currently reading "The Charlamagne Pursuit" by Steve Berry ... love this guy's work.

read that awhile ago, it was pretty good!
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Post by: PFof2 on January 15, 2010, 11:07:59 AM
currently reading Mistborn 2 The well of Ascention by Brandon Sanderson
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Post by: z_randy on January 26, 2010, 09:21:44 AM
Just finished Hornet Flight by Ken Follet.  Was pretty good. 
Ken Follett follows his bestsellers Jackdaws and Code to Zero with an extraordinary novel of the early days of World War II...

It is June 1941 and the war is not going well for England. Across the North Sea, eighteen-year-old Harald Olufsen takes a shortcut on the German-occupied Danish island of Sande and discovers an astonishing sight that will change the momentum of the war. He must get word to England-except that he has no way to get there. He has only an old derelict Hornet Moth biplane rusting away in a ruined church: a plane so decrepit that it is unlikely ever to get off the ground...even if Harald knew how to fly it.

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Post by: Adrian's Dad on January 26, 2010, 09:56:13 AM
Ron Paul's Revolution: A Manifesto
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Post by: z_randy on January 27, 2010, 01:50:15 PM
Just finished Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell - Didn't like it as much as some of his other books.  But wasn't terrible:
Bestselling author Bernard Cornwell takes us back four thousand years, to a vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice that is at once timeless and wholly original. This historical novel unlocks the mystery of Britain's most haunting and puzzling structure, and tells a tale of three brothers—fierce rivals—who are uneasily united in their quest to create a temple to their gods. Lengar, the eldest brother, kills his own father to become chief of his tribe. Camaban, the illegitimate middle brother, is determined to have a massive temple built in his own honor. And Saban, the youngest, who actually builds Stonehenge, must act as mediator between the other two. Stonehenge is the enthrallingly dramatic story of patricide, betrayal, and murder; of bloody brotherly rivalry; and of the never-ending quest for power, wealth, and spiritual fulfillment.
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Post by: mccoym on January 27, 2010, 07:37:51 PM
reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  My wife saw the preview for the movie and said it was a good book. Didn't look like the movie was getting good reviews so I'm going to just read the book and skip the movie.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on February 09, 2010, 02:07:56 PM
The Shack (By William P. Young)

It seems like a good book,however i am only one chapter into it right now.  Megan recommended it to me.  The book seems to be really enlightening. 

"Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!"

So i am still reading this book.  i am a slow reader, plus dont have much free time to read.  I am almost finished with this book, and i must say that it is a good book.  I defintely recommend this to everyone on here.  It will defintely have you thinking.
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Post by: Leukoi on February 09, 2010, 03:52:27 PM
I'm about done with the Iliad my next venture will be "A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918."  I'm excited to get into it. 
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Post by: RobWenn on February 09, 2010, 05:05:34 PM
I'm reading "Daemon" by Daniel Suarez.

So far it's pretty cool. A super-genius video game designer dies and is killing people using the internet after his death. After reading the description it sounded far-fetched, but the way he writes it, it seems pretty plausible. Good read so far.
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Post by: pinhead1376 on February 09, 2010, 06:46:20 PM
I just started Stephen Kings new one, "Under the Dome."  So far so good.  It's going to take a while to read.  It's over 1100 pages.
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Post by: z_randy on February 12, 2010, 10:05:24 AM
Just finished The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry.  Was a very good read.

"The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was–and its true nature could change the modern world.

Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind.

It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who’s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she’s not alone. Competing for the historic prize–and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.

Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world–and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees."
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Post by: RobWenn on February 12, 2010, 10:37:57 AM
I've read all of Steve Berry's books and they are all great reads. I like how they infuse historical fact and a sense of adventure. Good Stuff.
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Post by: Crucial Chase on February 12, 2010, 10:40:54 AM
well as of this minute i'm reading posts on daddyplace.com but thats just me :)
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Post by: z_randy on February 17, 2010, 08:47:30 PM
Just finished "Rebel" by Bernard Cornwell. As with most of his books I found it great.  This is book #1 in the Starbuck Series about the Civil War:

When Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches young Nate Starbuck from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, Nate is both grateful and awed by his idealistic rescuer. To repay his generosity, he enlists in the Faulconer legion to fight against his home, the North, and against his abolitionist father. When the regiment joins up, ready to march into the ferocious battle at Buff Run, the men are prepared to start a war . . . but they aren't ready for how they—and the nation—will be forever changed by the oaths they have sworn for their beloved South.

Just started book #2 called Copperhead
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Post by: z_randy on February 28, 2010, 08:43:28 PM
Finished Book #2 in the Starbuck Series - "Copperhead" by Bernard Cornwell -Another excellent book.
The beloved Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck returns to the front lines of the Civil War in this second installment of Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. It is the summer of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied but victorious at the battles of Ball's Bluff and Seven Pines. But he can't escape his Northern roots, and it is only a matter of time until he's accused of being a Yankee spy, pursued, and brutally interrogated. To clear his name, he must find the real traitor—a search that will require extraordinary courage, endurance, and a perilous odyssey through enemy territory.

Started book #3 called Battle Flag
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Post by: RobWenn on February 28, 2010, 09:02:13 PM
I actually started reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was free for my Kindle so I figured I'd give it a try. I'm glad it has a dictionary built in because Sir Arthur is just a wee bit smarter than I am.
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Post by: JacksDaddy on March 01, 2010, 02:50:24 AM
I actually started reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was free for my Kindle so I figured I'd give it a try. I'm glad it has a dictionary built in because Sir Arthur is just a wee bit smarter than I am.

Who isn't?

 :LMAO:   Just messin man...

Just finished reading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  Good, not great.  Teenagers book.  Trying to keep it simple for a 14 month old since I read to him.
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Post by: Felix on March 07, 2010, 09:52:28 AM
Right now I'm reading Agincourt, by Juliet Barker.  Got my B.A. in History, but with job and the deployments had kind of fallen out of reading history books, so this one seemed like a fairly easy read (despite the length of the book).  Pretty good book so far.

-Felix
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 07, 2010, 10:37:15 AM
I just finished "The Shack" and have started "Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda" by Sean Naylor. 

Synopsis:
Command refused to commit the forces required to achieve total victory in Afghanistan. Instead, they delegated responsibility for fighting the war's biggest battle-one that could have broken Al Qaeda and captured Osama bin Laden-to a hodge-podge of units thrown together at the last moment.

At dawn on March 2, 2002, America's first major battle of the 21st century began. Over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions flew into Afghanistan's Shahikot valley-and into the mouth of a buzz saw. They were about to pay a bloody price for strategic, higher-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's strength and willingness to fight.

Now, award-winning journalist Sean Naylor, an eyewitness to the battle, details the failures of military intelligence and planning, and vividly portrays the astonishing heroism of these young, untested U.S. soldiers. Denied the extra infantry, artillery, and attack helicopters with which they trained to go to war, these troops nevertheless proved their worth in brutal combat and-along with the exceptional daring of a small team of U.S. commandos-prevented an American military disaster.

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Post by: outlikealight on March 07, 2010, 11:19:10 AM
I'm reading a little Sci-fi right now - A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeil. It's Warhammer book.

Also started I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter. One of my all time favorite writers. Bob Lee Swagger kicking some more butt.
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Post by: z_randy on March 08, 2010, 08:16:04 PM
I just finished - "A People's Act Of Love" by James Meek

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In a remote Siberian village, amid a lawless, unforgiving landscape, lives Anna Petrovna, a beautiful, willfully self-reliant widowed mother. A mystical, separatist Christian sect, a stranded regiment of restless Czech soldiers, and an eerie local shaman live nearby, all struggling against the elements and great social upheaval to maintain a fragile coexistence.

Out of the woods trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia’s northernmost prison camp, with a terrifyingly outlandish story to tell about his journey. Immediately apprehended, he is brought before the Czech regiment’s megalomaniac, Captain Matula. But the stranger’s appearance has caught the attention of others, including Anna Petrovna’s.

This stranger, his bizarre story—if it is to be believed—and the apparent murder of the local shaman quickly become a flashpoint for this village: temperatures rise, alliances shift, and betrayals emerge. Written with a commanding historical authority and remarkable grace, The People’s Act of Love is an epic of desire and sacrifice that leaves the reader utterly mesmerized through to the final heart-pounding pages.

Sounds interesting right?  I was completely lost for the first 2/3 of this book.  Then it started to fall into place and was a very depressing book.  This was on one of those "must read" lists you find online and well...it wasn't for me.
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Post by: Adrian's Dad on March 08, 2010, 09:49:07 PM
Carl Sagan's Cosmos
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Post by: PFof2 on March 10, 2010, 04:48:14 PM
Thanks to Big Reds goodreads I am starting A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
by George R.R. Martin . I have read all the Brandon Sanderson books which were good and I needed a new author to read.
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Post by: z_randy on March 10, 2010, 08:14:40 PM
Thanks to Big Reds goodreads I am starting A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
by George R.R. Martin . I have read all the Brandon Sanderson books which were good and I needed a new author to read.
  I'm on book #3 of this series now.  The books are looong
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Post by: outlikealight on March 10, 2010, 09:38:54 PM
Thanks to Big Reds goodreads I am starting A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
by George R.R. Martin . I have read all the Brandon Sanderson books which were good and I needed a new author to read.

Probably some of the best fantasy bboks ever written. I read them all once per year. If Martin dies before he finishes the series there will be alot of freaked out people.
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Post by: tusken10 on March 11, 2010, 09:02:36 AM
Carl Sagan's Cosmos

Great book. 

I've been reading a lot of Edward Lee lately.  Pretty wild stuff. 

Big fan of old Dean Koontz, anything by John Saul and Michael Crichton too!! 
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Post by: z_randy on March 15, 2010, 09:03:51 PM
Just finished "The Art Of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.  Liked it a lot.
 Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

Also just finished "Battle Flag" Book 3 of the Starbuck Chronicles by Nernard Cornwell.  Excellrnt  Started book 4.
Distinguished at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck's career is jeopardized once again by the suspicion and hostility of his brigade commander, General Washington Faulconer. The outcome of this vicious fight drastically changes both men's fortunes and propels AX into the ghastly bloodletting at the Second Battle of Manassas.

Evocative and historically accurate, Battle Flag continues Bernard Cornwell's powerful series of Nate's adventures on some of the most decisive battlefields of the American Civil War.
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Post by: keetedw on March 16, 2010, 04:35:50 AM
Thanks to Big Reds goodreads I am starting A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
by George R.R. Martin . I have read all the Brandon Sanderson books which were good and I needed a new author to read.

Probably some of the best fantasy books ever written. I read them all once per year. If Martin dies before he finishes the series there will be a lot of freaked out people.

That happened to Robert Jordan and his Wheel of Time series.  I think he had his last one written, but he died before it was published...and there are supposedly 2 more in the series.

I've been reading some of Clive Cussler's stuff lately.  Mindless, but fun enough.

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Post by: z_randy on March 22, 2010, 09:05:33 PM
Just finished "Pirate Latitudes: A Novel" by Michael Crichton.  Thought it was pretty good.  A good enjoyable read.

From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses.

In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease—or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure. . . .

Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.
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Post by: BigCöx on March 22, 2010, 09:41:04 PM
Pirate Latitudes was pretty good, it's supposedly being turned into a movie, with Spielberg directing or producing
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Post by: z_randy on March 22, 2010, 09:42:34 PM
Pirate Latitudes was pretty good, it's supposedly being turned into a movie, with Spielberg directing or producing
I can definitely see it becoming a movie
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Post by: BigCöx on March 22, 2010, 11:52:26 PM
that was my first thought after I finished reading it, before I found out the rights had already been sold! There's supposed to be another manuscript they found after his death that was being cleaned up and released this year
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Post by: BigCöx on March 22, 2010, 11:53:41 PM
As for what I'm reading, I recently picked up Halo: Evolutions, a collection of short stories set in the Halo universe, and for my birthday, my MiL gave me the new Stephen King book/booster chair "Under the Dome"
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Post by: z_randy on March 30, 2010, 09:04:04 AM
Just finished the 4th book in the Starbuck Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell.  It was called "The Bloody Ground".  If you are a fan of historical fiction this series was excellent.  Hopefully he will come out with book 5 soon.

In this fourth, final, and rousing installment of Nathaniel Starbuck's Civil War adventures, Nate is given command of a punishment battalion: a motley collection of cowards, thieves, deserters, and murderers. Setting off to Join General Robert E. Lee's army, Starbuck's men reach Harper's Ferry in time to take part in Stonewall Jackson's capture of the Union garrison. From there, the regiment moves on to the legendary horror of Sharpsburg, beside the Antietam Creek, forever to be remembered as the bloodiest single day of the war. There, Starbuck and his troop will have their courage and commitment tested as never before.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on April 02, 2010, 03:36:13 PM
Currently reading the Bible (figured i would read it while i was over here) and also "One Second After"  based n Randys recommendation.  Good Book.  I am also reading "To Try Mens Souls" by William Forstchen... a good book.  Here is the review on it:

After two bestselling series examining the Civil War and WWII, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington’s army.
The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington cross - ing the Delaware. Unlike the bold, courageous General in Emanuel Leutze’s painting, Washington is full of doubt on the night of December 25, 1776. After five months of defeat, morale is dangerously low. Each morning muster shows that hundreds have deserted in the night.
While Washington prepares his weary troops for the attack on Trenton, Thomas Paine is in Philadelphia, overseeing the printing of his newest pamphlet, The Crisis.
And Jonathan Van Dorn is about to bring the war to his own doorstep. In the heat of battle, he must decide between staying loyal to the cause and sparing his brother who has joined up with the British. Through the thoughts and private fears of these three men, Gingrich and Forstchen illu minate the darkest days of the Revolution. With detailed research and an incredible depth of military insight, this novel provides a rare and personal perspective of the men who fought for, and founded the United States of America
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Post by: z_randy on April 05, 2010, 09:10:20 AM
Just finished "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster" by Jon Krakauer.  One word to describe this...damn...I usually don't like the true stories/biography type books but this one was written more like a novel.  Amazing what happened up there and the author goes into detail just how hard it is to climb Everest.

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself.

This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I.

In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."  According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.  His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."
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Post by: Frobozz on April 05, 2010, 09:33:47 AM
That was a GREAT book.   A true MAN'S book!
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Post by: z_randy on April 26, 2010, 08:57:33 AM
Just finished 2 books.
The first: No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara - This was the 3rd in a trilogy.  Didn't realize that when I got it but you didn't need the others to enjoy this.  Deals with the end of WW2.  Started the first book today.  This book:
No Less Than Victory is the crowning achievement in master storyteller Jeff Shaara’s soaring World War II trilogy, revealing the European war’s unforgettable and harrowing final act.

After the success of the Normandy invasion, the Allied commanders are buoyantly confident that the war in Europe will be over in a matter of weeks, that Hitler and his battered army have no other option than surrender. But despite the advice of his best military minds, Hitler will hear no talk of defeat. In mid-December 1944, the Germans launch a desperate and ruthless counteroffensive in the Ardennes forest, utterly surprising the unprepared Americans who stand in their way. Through the frigid snows of the mountainous terrain, German tanks and infantry struggle to realize Hitler’s goal: divide the Allied armies and capture the vital port at Antwerp. The attack succeeds in opening up a wide gap in the American lines, and for days chaos reigns in the Allied command. Thus begins the Battle of the Bulge, the last gasp by Hitler’s forces that becomes a horrific slugging match, some of the most brutal fighting of the war. As American commanders respond to the stunning challenge, the German spear is finally blunted.

Though some in the Nazi inner circle continue the fight to secure Germany’s postwar future, the Führer makes it clear that he is fighting to the end. He will spare nothing–not even German lives–to preserve his twisted vision of a “Thousand Year Reich.” But in May 1945, the German army collapses, and with Russian troops closing in, Hitler commits suicide. As the Americans sweep through the German countryside, they unexpectedly encounter the worst of Hitler’s crimes, the concentration camps, and young GIs find themselves absorbing firsthand the horrors of the Holocaust.

Presenting his riveting account through the eyes of Eisenhower and Patton and the young GIs who struggle face-to-face with their enemy, and through the eyes of Germany’s old soldier, Gerd von Rundstedt, and Hitler’s golden boy, Albert Speer, Jeff Shaara carries the reader on a journey that defines the spirit of the soldier and the horror of a madman’s dreams. No Less Than Victory further solidifies Shaara’s reputation as this era’s most accomplished author of historical military fiction

The second I finished was: Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy - Generally I like McCarthy's books a lot.  This one not so much.  Had a hard time following it.
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridianbrilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west."  Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

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Post by: z_randy on April 26, 2010, 09:53:34 AM
Almost forgot also finished the 1st book in the Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell.  Called Sharpe's Tigers.  as most books by Cornwell this was excellent
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on April 26, 2010, 01:31:41 PM
Just started:
"Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10" By Marcus Luttrell

I have heard good reviews of this book, so i had to pick it up.

"On a clear night in late June 2005, four US Navy Seals left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border.  Their mission: to capture or kill a notorious Al Qaeda leader.  Less than 24 hours later, only one of those Navy Seals remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy Seal history.  But is is also, more than anything, the story of the men who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left.  Luttrell recalls their valiant efforts in one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-a stirring tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."
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Post by: Aftrthought051 on April 26, 2010, 01:38:22 PM
Wow, that sounds like a great book.  Gonna have to look for or order it.  Thanks.
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Post by: Scott H. on April 26, 2010, 02:04:01 PM
I"m actually proof-reading a book a friend of mine is having published. He already has 2 out that are accounts of his ghost hunting. This one is his first attempt at a fictional novel. So far, it's pretty good. It's along the lines of King and Koontz, but with a more werewolf twist. Once it's published, I'll let y'all know the title.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on April 26, 2010, 02:16:37 PM
After: i bought it from Amazon for $12 (including shipping).
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Post by: Aftrthought051 on April 26, 2010, 02:54:39 PM
After: i bought it from Amazon for $12 (including shipping).

Thanks.   :up:   :plus1:
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Post by: Leukoi on April 26, 2010, 05:36:37 PM
Just finished 2 books.
The first: No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara - This was the 3rd in a trilogy.  Didn't realize that when I got it but you didn't need the others to enjoy this.  Deals with the end of WW2.  Started the first book today.  This book:
No Less Than Victory is the crowning achievement in master storyteller Jeff Shaara’s soaring World War II trilogy, revealing the European war’s unforgettable and harrowing final act.


If you're into that stuff, you should go straight to the horse's mouth.  Read Patton's journal, "War As I Knew It", and the "Rommel Papers". 


Just started:
"Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10" By Marcus Luttrell

I have heard good reviews of this book, so i had to pick it up.


The first half of that book is great, but the second half is really tough to read. 

I'm starting "Pursuit of Victory" about Horatio Nelson. 
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Post by: z_randy on May 05, 2010, 09:50:21 AM
Finished:  The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman - It was OK.  An interesting take on the life of Christ.

Part novel, part history, part fairytale, The Good Man Jesus offers a radical new take on the myths and the mysteries of the Gospels, and the genesis of church that has so shaped the course of the last two millennia. With all the magic for which Pullman's storytelling is famed, this provocative and thoughtful new book from one of Britain's best loved writers promises to be the highest profile yet in Canongate's acclaimed Myths Series.
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Post by: keetedw on May 05, 2010, 02:15:48 PM
Read through a bunch of Cussler's Dirk Pitt books (Sahara and so on), then switched over to the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum.

I need some more good books like these.  Pseudo-spy/espionage/action type books.  Brain candy.

I need something to balance all the theology stuff I'm reading.
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Post by: z_randy on May 07, 2010, 10:21:04 PM
Just finished - The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Read this one back in HS but didn't remember much about it other than I didn't really understand it then.  Plus it's on all those "Must Read" lists.  So I figured I'd read it again.  Pretty good story.  Stephen Crane did a good job in the writing getting you to feel what the main character was going through.

"Following its initial appearance in serial form, Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage was published as a complete work in 1895 and quickly became the benchmark for modern anti-war literature.

Although the exact battle is never identified, Crane based this story of a soldier's experiences during the American Civil War on the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville. Many veterans, both Union and Confederate, praised the book's accurate representation of war, and critics consider its stylistic strength the mark of a literary classic. "
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Post by: Bigred on May 11, 2010, 12:11:11 PM
Just started:
"Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10" By Marcus Luttrell

I have heard good reviews of this book, so i had to pick it up.

"On a clear night in late June 2005, four US Navy Seals left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border.  Their mission: to capture or kill a notorious Al Qaeda leader.  Less than 24 hours later, only one of those Navy Seals remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy Seal history.  But is is also, more than anything, the story of the men who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left.  Luttrell recalls their valiant efforts in one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-a stirring tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."


Yeah This is the guy where those punk bastards killed his dog.

link (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6365427.html)

I'll have to pick up this book.
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Post by: Leukoi on May 11, 2010, 01:18:10 PM
Watching "The Pacific", I put my 'Nelson' book on hold for a few days, and I started "With The Old Breed" that Sledge wrote.  It's a quick read (no more than a week).  This is a book for Damian for sure.  It should be required reading for any Marine who ever complains about anything, EVER!!!!  Scratch that, it should be required for ANYONE who complains about this country, PERIOD!
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on May 11, 2010, 01:29:17 PM
Just started:
"Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10" By Marcus Luttrell

I have heard good reviews of this book, so i had to pick it up.

"On a clear night in late June 2005, four US Navy Seals left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border.  Their mission: to capture or kill a notorious Al Qaeda leader.  Less than 24 hours later, only one of those Navy Seals remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy Seal history.  But is is also, more than anything, the story of the men who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left.  Luttrell recalls their valiant efforts in one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-a stirring tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."


Yeah This is the guy where those punk bastards killed his dog.

link ([url]http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6365427.html[/url])

I'll have to pick up this book.


This book was awesome!  One of the best books i have ever read.  All of the guys on that mountain went through some serious sh*t that day.  A must read. 
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Post by: PFof2 on May 28, 2010, 07:11:15 PM
I am currently reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I have to admit I was skeptical at first but it is a good book so far. You can almost believe that maybe there is some truth to it. great original story.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on May 28, 2010, 07:39:29 PM
that does sounds like a weird name for a book, two things you would not think went together.
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Post by: pinmonkey001 on May 28, 2010, 07:51:21 PM
Just read "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" by Anne Rice.  As an SMBD book it was ok.  If this was an example of Anne Rice's writing.  I'm kind of surprised she's as popular as she is.  I saw the movie Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned, but didn't read the books. 
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Post by: keetedw on May 28, 2010, 11:16:52 PM
that does sounds like a weird name for a book, two things you would not think went together.


Barely on topic (probably not, really).  There's a movie with a very similar name.
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Post by: croc01 on May 29, 2010, 06:15:50 AM
I am reading "Just after sunset" by Stephen King, and the bible.
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Post by: z_randy on June 01, 2010, 08:57:42 PM
Just finished "The Gates - Samuel Johnson Versus the Devil Round 1" by John Connolly.  Was a VERY enjoyable read.  Loved it from front to back.  Stephen King meets Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy.  On the front cover someone who reviewed it said: Delightfully horrific and hilarious.

Quote
In this frothy fantasy thriller from bestseller Connolly (The Book of Lost Things), 11-year-old Samuel Johnson witnesses an inadvertent intersection of science and the supernatural while trick-or-treating at the Abernathy household in Biddlecombe, England. Something nasty reaches through an atomically engineered portal to Hades and possesses four suburban sorcerers. From that point on, Samuel finds himself battling hordes of invading demons and desperately trying to convince disbelieving adults that the impending end of the world is not a fancy of his overactive imagination. Connolly plays this potentially spooky scenario strictly for laughs, larding the narrative with droll jokes, humorous asides and the slapstick pratfalls of Nurd, an amusingly incompetent subdemon whom Samuel ultimately befriends. Though billed as an adult book for children, this light fantasy will strike even adult readers as divertingly whimsical.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 02, 2010, 07:15:53 AM
Currently reading "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Album and also The Bible.
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Post by: MagmaFlow on June 02, 2010, 07:47:21 AM
Reading a couple of books, really.
Sh*t My Dad Says - Justin Halpern
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Stormfront - Jim Butcher
I'll get them done sometime.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on July 05, 2010, 07:58:25 AM
"One Second After" By William Forstchen

Thanks for the review of this book a few months ago Randy.  Excellent book.  I will be finished with it in a few days.  It is definitely one that is hard to put down, and gets you thinking as it is a real world possibility.      :plus1:



New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on July 28, 2010, 07:14:46 AM
This book is a good read, so far.  From all accounts that i have heard, not only is it entertaining, but will make you rethink how you run, and in the end make you a better runner.

Born to Run By: Christopher McDougall


Book Description
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
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Post by: davebrubek on July 29, 2010, 05:56:25 PM
right now i am reading Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchet.
if you haven't read any of his discworld books yet i would start with The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic. His books can be like A Hitchhikers Guide but in the fantasy realm. a similar witty satirical humor.
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Post by: CrazyDaze on July 30, 2010, 10:54:58 AM
After reading through what some of you have been reading I feel kinda silly posting but here goes..

I'm reading "The Complete Book of Swords" by Fred Saberhagen.

It's a mash up of roman/greek gods who order Vulcan to create 12 swords to play a game with human pawns but the swords were created so well they can be used against them. I read it when I was 15 and while cleaning the garage this past weekend found a box of my old books and had to read it again. The interesting twist to the story is that it takes place in the future after mankind has destroyed itself with nuclear weapons. You don't really find all this out during the story but it eludes to it throughout. Fred writes another book later on that explores it. For me not as interesting a read as the swords books but does bring more depth to the world he created.
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Post by: z_randy on July 30, 2010, 11:04:12 AM
sounds like a good read to me!
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Post by: davebrubek on August 11, 2010, 12:31:35 PM
just finished Monstrous Regiment today. now comes one of my favorite things, browsing my local used book store. it has that smell that i think all used book stores have that just makes me feel good. I think if i were more eloquent i could describe it with words that have to do with the vastness of the human spirit its imagination and knowledge but "old book smell" will have to do.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 28, 2010, 11:25:44 AM
Just finished  Born to Run By: Christopher McDougall

Awesome book.  If you are a runner check it out, great story line.


Book Description
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 28, 2010, 11:28:11 AM
Just started "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.  Looks like it will be a good read.

The Lost Symbol begins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell too much would ruin the fun of reading this delicious thriller, so you will find no spoilers here. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love). Again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The setting, unlike other Robert Langdon novels, is stateside, and in Brown's hands Washington D.C. is as fascinating as Paris or Vatican City (note to the D.C. tourism board: get your "Lost Symbol" tour in order). And, as with other Dan Brown books, the pace is relentless, the revelations many, and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.
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Post by: Frobozz on August 28, 2010, 02:10:42 PM
Just started "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.  Looks like it will be a good read.

It was a good book.  "Angels and Demons" was better but it was still entertaining.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 28, 2010, 02:30:25 PM
Just started "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.  Looks like it will be a good read.

It was a good book.  "Angels and Demons" was better but it was still entertaining.

good to know.  I have read his other books and enjouyed them, so i am sure that i will enjoy this one.  It seems to be a quick read also.
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Post by: Crucial Chase on August 28, 2010, 11:16:42 PM
The Subtle Knife. book two of His Dark Materials(ei the golden compass) can't wait for book three! i have it but its just sitting on the shelf lol
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Post by: z_randy on August 29, 2010, 08:00:24 AM
The Subtle Knife. book two of His Dark Materials(ei the golden compass) can't wait for book three! i have it but its just sitting on the shelf lol
I enjoyed those books also. 
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Post by: Crucial Chase on August 29, 2010, 09:04:59 AM
The Subtle Knife. book two of His Dark Materials(ei the golden compass) can't wait for book three! i have it but its just sitting on the shelf lol
I enjoyed those books also. 

Pullman can really tell a story that isn't just a story but melting pot of philosophy and thought. geared towards young adults at that! but its just just a kids book. i think it should be in the general fiction section not the YA section. its too good, to only be marketed toward YA
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Post by: Leukoi on August 29, 2010, 02:43:58 PM
The Republic of Pirates.  Colin Woodard.
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Post by: keetedw on August 30, 2010, 01:57:20 PM
I absolutely loved the Dark Materials series.  I'm about to pick it up again, but I've got a Ludlum book and a couple Cussler books to get through, first.


Anyone know some other good spy/espionage or good adventure books like these?  I loved the Bourne series and have been reading the Dirk Pitt novels, but I just don't know authors in these genres.
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Post by: Frobozz on September 08, 2010, 02:56:19 PM
Just finished Jeff Guinn's "Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde".
It was must more entertaining than I expected it to be.
(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Books/Pix/covers/2009/5/21/1242906489927/Go-Down-Together-by-Jeff--001.jpg)
http://www.amazon.com/Go-Down-Together-Untold-Bonnie/dp/1416557075/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283971927&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.com/Go-Down-Together-Untold-Bonnie/dp/1416557075/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283971927&sr=8-2)


Just started "Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds".
This thing is damn riveting!
(http://www.shoppingprince.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/piolt.jpg)
http://www.amazon.com/Fighter-Pilot-Memoirs-Legendary-Robin/dp/0312560230/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283972146&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Fighter-Pilot-Memoirs-Legendary-Robin/dp/0312560230/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283972146&sr=1-1)
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Post by: Bigred on September 09, 2010, 06:41:03 AM
I absolutely loved the Dark Materials series.  I'm about to pick it up again, but I've got a Ludlum book and a couple Cussler books to get through, first.


Anyone know some other good spy/espionage or good adventure books like these?  I loved the Bourne series and have been reading the Dirk Pitt novels, but I just don't know authors in these genres.

Lee Childs, writes a series of books about an ex-MP that seems to always find himself helping some hot lady that he ends up sleeping with.  I can't remember the main characters name in the books but they are relatively short reads with good action.
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Post by: z_randy on September 09, 2010, 08:49:50 AM
The Richard Sharpe books are great.  There's like 21 of them.  But it's set back in the early 1800's following a guy (Sharpe) and his military career in the British army.  They are historical novels.  I'm on #12 now
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Post by: Leukoi on September 09, 2010, 01:41:36 PM
Just finished Jeff Guinn's "Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde".
It was must more entertaining than I expected it to be.
([url]http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Books/Pix/covers/2009/5/21/1242906489927/Go-Down-Together-by-Jeff--001.jpg[/url])
[url]http://www.amazon.com/Go-Down-Together-Untold-Bonnie/dp/1416557075/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283971927&sr=8-2[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/Go-Down-Together-Untold-Bonnie/dp/1416557075/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283971927&sr=8-2[/url])


Just started "Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds".
This thing is damn riveting!
([url]http://www.shoppingprince.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/piolt.jpg[/url])
[url]http://www.amazon.com/Fighter-Pilot-Memoirs-Legendary-Robin/dp/0312560230/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283972146&sr=1-1[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/Fighter-Pilot-Memoirs-Legendary-Robin/dp/0312560230/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283972146&sr=1-1[/url])


If you enjoyed that, definitely get Bud Anderson's book.  I ordered an autographed copy off his site.  The book is incredible.  It's like listening to an old vet telling stories around a campfire.  The man has done it all during the golden age of flight.  He is best friends with Chuck Yeager, which makes for some interesting reading. 

http://www.cebudanderson.com/bookorderform.htm (http://www.cebudanderson.com/bookorderform.htm)
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Post by: Corash219 on September 13, 2010, 01:17:17 AM
right now im reading the ?infected? series by scott sigler. anyone that wants a little horror, a little sci-fi, and lots of blood and violence should definitely check these books out
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on September 19, 2010, 06:50:31 AM
Just finished "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.  Great book, i enjoyed it alot.  I found it hard to put down at times.  After reading reviews on here, i have decided to read "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet.  Looks like it should be a good read, however i was not expecting it to be so thick.  Almost 1,000 pages... Oh well, should be a good read.
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Post by: z_randy on September 19, 2010, 08:14:43 PM
Very long but a great book.  There is a follow up book that is just as long.  Starz had a mini series on Pillars.  It was great too
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on September 19, 2010, 08:20:59 PM
the last 10 or 15 pages are another one of his books... it is an excerpt of "Fall of Giants"... maybe after i read the book i will try to catch the miniseries
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Post by: keetedw on September 20, 2010, 03:55:19 PM
I've been kind of burning through fiction books.

Clive Cussler:
Dragon
Inca Gold
Valhalla Rising

Bourne books written by Eric Van Lustbader instead of Ludlum (you'll be ok if you stick with Ludlum's books.  Eric's aren't as good):
Bourne Legacy
Bourne Betrayal
Bourne Sanction
Bourne Deception

Reading Jack Du Brul as well:
Pandora's Curse (read)
Deep Fire Rising (Currently Reading)

Also reading "Pose Method of Running" by Nicholas Romanov Ph. D.

My latest gen Kindle should arrive today or tomorrow, so we'll see what that does to my reading.
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Post by: z_randy on September 23, 2010, 09:48:50 AM
Just finished:


Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

 Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse—and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers ...more Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse—and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees—a favorite pastime of Apollo's—is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed—but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

It was Ok.  A nice light read
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Post by: plano tony on September 23, 2010, 12:10:45 PM
Emails and Functional Specification Documents and Technical Design Documents.

I can't contain the excitement.
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Post by: z_randy on September 23, 2010, 12:13:23 PM
Emails and Functional Specification Documents and Technical Design Documents.

I can't contain the excitement.
:yawn:
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on September 23, 2010, 02:20:37 PM
Emails and Functional Specification Documents and Technical Design Documents.

I can't contain the excitement.
:yawn:

 :ROFL:
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Post by: Ramblin' Dad on October 24, 2010, 08:16:16 PM
I am reading a fascinating alternative history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is titled "How Few Remain".

The South won the civil war and the CSA is born south of the USA. The setting of the book is about 25 years later. There are quite a few characters from history that are different because of this, including Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Clemens, Custer, Theodor Roosevelt, Grant, Jackson. So far it has been a really good read.

The plot of the book basically is that the CSA bought the Sonora and Chiwawa provinces from the Mexican Empire, giving them access to the Pacific. This pisses of the USA and they attack causing another conflict. The rest of the book jumps from character to character and how they all fit and what they do.
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Post by: z_randy on October 24, 2010, 09:07:58 PM
Sounds like my kind of book!
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Post by: PaulMck on October 25, 2010, 04:59:53 PM
Mike Meyers Passport Network+ a riviting book for the network+ exam i take the second week of november
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Post by: PFof2 on October 26, 2010, 10:38:09 AM
A feast for Crows part 4 of the Storm of Swords series by George R R Martin.
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Post by: z_randy on October 26, 2010, 10:39:43 AM
A feast for Crows part 4 of the Storm of Swords series by George R R Martin.
  That's out now??  Is it as long as the other 3?
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Post by: Frobozz on October 28, 2010, 02:22:49 PM
Now reading:
"Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin"

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This is a great detail of King's stalking by Ray and then the manhunt for Ray.  There is so much detail here on both King and Ray that you really feel at times that you're in the moment of this awful, tragic event.

The book starts off a bit slow but it is a solid read and it becomes tremendously gripping.
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Post by: z_randy on November 12, 2010, 08:39:34 AM
Just finished "The Whiskey Rebels" by David Liss
I really enjoyed this one.  I listened to it on CD in the car.  The characters were fun and the guy doing the reading did a great job.

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Set in and around Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York City in the years after the Revolutionary War, this clever thriller from Liss (The Ethical Assassin) follows the adventures of Ethan Saunders, once a valiant spy for General Washington, who's fallen on hard times by war's end. Suspected of treason, Ethan has lost the love of his life, Cynthia, who's married the fiendish Jacob Pearson, an entrepreneur who managed to prosper during the British occupation of Philadelphia. At Cynthia's urging, Ethan agrees to go looking for the missing Jacob, prompted in large part by a desire to redeem his reputation. Meanwhile, the so-called whiskey rebels on the western frontier are trying to bring down the hated Alexander Hamilton and his Bank of the United States. The courageous Ethan is a likable rogue, and even though Ethan spends too much time delving into the complications of 18th-century finance, he can be counted on when the chips are down and the odds against him soar.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on November 12, 2010, 10:34:36 AM
still reading Pilars of the Earth.  Talk about a long a$$, however thoroughly enjoying book.  I can not wait to read the sequel.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on December 05, 2010, 05:32:31 AM
Finally finished Pillars of the Earth.  It was a great book.  Thanks for the recommendations guys.  I will read the sequel in the near future, but next up is "Vally Forge: George Washing and the Crucible of Victory" by William Forschten and Newt Gingrich.  I have enjoyed all of their books so far and this one is sure to please also. 

SUMMARY:

"In To Try Men's Souls, New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 and the man who would become the father of our nation, George Washington. Valley Forge picks up the narrative a year after Washington’s triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much has changed since then.

It’s the winter of 1777, and Washington’s battered, demoralized army retreats from Philadelphia. Arriving at Valley Forge, they discover that their repeated requests for a stockpile of food, winter clothing, and building tools have been ignored by Congress. With no other options available, the men settle down for a season of agony. For weeks the dwindling army freezes under tents in the bitter cold. Food runs out. Disease festers. The men are on the point of collapse, while in Philadelphia the British, joined by Allen van Dorn, the Loyalist brother of the dead patriot, Jonathan van Dorn, live in luxury.

In spite of the suffering and deceit, Washington endures all, joined at last by a volunteer from Germany, Baron Friederich von Steuben. With precious few supplies and even less time, von Steuben begins the hard task of recasting the army as a professional fighting force capable of facing the British head-on—something it has never accomplished before—and in the process he changing the course of history.   

Valley Forge is a compelling, meticulously researched tour-de-force novel about endurance, survival, transformation, and rebirth. It chronicles the unique crucible of time and place where Washington and his Continental Army, against all odds, were forged into a fighting force that would win a revolution and found the United States of America."
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Post by: BobChase on December 05, 2010, 08:04:59 AM
Listening to my first audio book:
Confessions of an Economic Hitman

From Amazon.com
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John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it's a true story.

Extremely entertaining yet disheartening at the same time.
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Post by: z_randy on December 05, 2010, 09:01:39 PM
Listened to that one myself. Very eye opening.
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Post by: plano tony on December 21, 2010, 10:33:07 AM
I'm TRYING to get through "The Secret of the Seventh Son" (http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Seventh-Son-Glenn-Cooper/dp/0061721794/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1292945560&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Seventh-Son-Glenn-Cooper/dp/0061721794/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1292945560&sr=8-2)).  Book sucks.
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Post by: z_randy on December 21, 2010, 10:44:24 AM
I'm TRYING to get through "The Secret of the Seventh Son" ([url]http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Seventh-Son-Glenn-Cooper/dp/0061721794/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1292945560&sr=8-2[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Seventh-Son-Glenn-Cooper/dp/0061721794/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1292945560&sr=8-2[/url])).  Book sucks.
Even in the review of the book Publishers Weekly killed it.  Sounds like the start of a new series
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on December 21, 2010, 10:50:04 AM
Currently reading
"The 4 Hour Body" by Timothy Ferris and also "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence" By John Ferling.  Both seem to be good books.

Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence:Ferling, professor emeritus at the University of West Georgia, caps his distinguished career as a scholar and popular writer on the colonial/revolutionary period with arguably the best, and certainly one of the most stimulating, single-volume histories of the American Revolution. Exhaustively researched and clearly written, it stresses the contingent aspects of a war where victory depended on making the fewest mistakes. Despite chances to end the war in battle, by negotiation or by international conference, Britain failed for lack of manpower, the decision to wage limited war and an ineffective central government—and above all, comprehensive underestimation of American military effectiveness and political resolve. America's cause, ironically, nearly foundered on reluctance to support a standing army, and a government that wasn't strong enough to plan and execute a concerted war effort. That popular enthusiasm never broke owed much to a stable French alliance and to George Washington, who was a good diplomat, a better politician and an excellent judge of character. Steadily growing into the responsibilities of commander in chief, he achieved legitimate iconic status by the war's end. Ultimately, Ferling demonstrates that independence was won through the endurance of the American people and their soldiers, who held on for that last vital quarter of an hour.


The 4 Hour Body:Product Description
Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger... which 150 pages will you read?

Is it possible to:
Reach your genetic potential in 6 months?
Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better than on 8 hours?
Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing?
 
Indeed, and much more. This is not just another diet and fitness book.

The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation. From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, fixated on one life-changing question:

For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results?

Thousands of tests later, this book contains the answers for both men and women.

From the gym to the bedroom, it’s all here, and it all works.


YOU WILL LEARN (in less than 30 minutes each):
How to lose those last 5-10 pounds (or 100+ pounds) with odd combinations of food and safe chemical cocktails.

* How to prevent fat gain while bingeing (X-mas, holidays, weekends)
* How to increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice
* How Tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and in four hours of total gym time
* How to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested
* How to produce 15-minute female orgasms
* How to triple testosterone and double sperm count
* How to go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks
* How to reverse “permanent” injuries
* How to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months
* How to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit
       
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  There are more than 50 topics covered, all with real-world experiments, many including more than 200 test subjects.

You don't need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue.

That’s exactly what The 4-Hour Body delivers.
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Post by: z_randy on December 23, 2010, 03:08:33 PM
Just finished "The Tale of Halcyon Crane: A Novel" by Wendy Webb
Not usually into ghost tales but this one was kind of a fun read I thought.  Nothing like a King novel but not bad.


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A young woman travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this thrilling modern ghost story

When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James’s mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. But it turns out that her mother, Madlyn, was alive until very recently. Why would Hallie’s father have taken her away from Madlyn? What really happened to her family thirty years ago?

In search of answers, Hallie travels to the place where her mother lived, a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes. The stiff islanders fix her first with icy stares and then unabashed amazement as they recognize why she looks so familiar, and Hallie quickly realizes her family’s dark secrets are enmeshed in the history of this strange place. But not everyone greets her with such a chilly reception—a coffee-shop owner and the family’s lawyer both warm to Hallie, and the possibility of romance blooms. And then there’s the grand Victorian house bequeathed to her—maybe it’s the eerie atmosphere or maybe it’s the prim, elderly maid who used to work for her mother, but Hallie just can’t shake the feeling that strange things are starting to happen . . .

In The Tale of Halcyon Crane, Wendy Webb has created a haunting story full of delicious thrills, vibrant characters, and family secrets.
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Post by: z_randy on January 05, 2011, 09:22:29 PM
Just finished Sleepless by Charlie Huston

Started out slow but finished well

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From bestselling author Charlie Huston comes a novel about the fears that find us all during dark times and the courage and sacrifice that can save us in the face of unimaginable odds. Gripping, unnerving, exhilarating, and haunting, Sleepless is well worth staying up for.

What former philosophy student Parker Hass wanted was a better world. A world both just and safe for his wife and infant daughter. So he joined the LAPD and tried to make it that way. But the world changed. Struck by waves of chaos carried in on a tide of insomnia. A plague of sleeplessness.

Park can sleep, but he is wide awake. And as much as he wishes he was dreaming, his eyes are open. He has no choice but to see it all. That's his job. Working undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles ruled in equal parts by martial law and insurgency, he's tasked with cutting off illegal trade in Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected what they most crave: sleep.

After a year of lost leads and false trails, Park stumbles into the perilous shadows cast by the pharmaceuticals giant behind Dreamer. Somewhere in those shadows, at the nexus of disease and drugs and money, a secret is hiding. Drawn into the inner circle of a tech guru with a warped agenda and a special use for the sleepless themselves, Park thinks he knows what that secret might be.

 

To know for certain, he will have to go deeper into the restless world. His wife has become sleepless, and their daughter may soon share the same fate. For them, he will risk what they need most from him: his belief that justice

must be served. Unknown to him, his choice ties all of their futures to the singularly deadly nature of an aging mercenary who stalks Park.

The deeper Park stumbles through the dark, the more he is convinced that it is obscuring the real world. Bring enough light and the shadows will retreat. Bring enough light and everyone will see themselves again. Bring enough light and he will find his way to the safe corner, the harbor he's promised his family. Whatever the cost to himself.

It is July 2010.

The future is coming.

Open your eyes.
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Post by: Rob on January 24, 2011, 10:40:18 PM
I am currently reading a psychology book that involves the psychological behavior behind Hoarding. Its a very interesting book, especially for a psychology major ;) Oh the book is called "Stuff"
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on January 25, 2011, 02:11:36 PM
Recently finished "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence" By John Ferling and am now reading "Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the the American Revolution" By Jeff Sharra.  Hopefully soon i will kick the historical fiction and go back to Ken Follet.  Until then, here is the review:

"Once more breathing vigor and passion into the dusty annals of our nation's history, the author of the bestselling Civil War trilogy (Gods and Generals; The Last Full Measure; Gone for Soldiers) demonstrates an ever-growing level of literary competence in the first installment of his projected two-volume saga of the American Revolution. Spanning the crucible years beginning with the Boston Massacre in March 1770 and continuing through the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July, 4, 1776, the story is told from the perspective of a handful of characters well known from our history books. In Boston, the Sons of Liberty activist Samuel Adams and his younger, more intellectual and oratorical second cousin, John Adams, speak out against King George III. In London there's aging Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin, who has resided for a number of years abroad, an agent for home colony Pennsylvania (and others). In New York, Gen. Thomas Gage is the ranking British officer on American soil. And heroic colonial planter George Washington has risen to full colonel in the Virginia militia fighting for George III during the French and Indian War. This masterful dramatization of the fateful escalation of the rebellion following the Boston Massacre moves from the battles of 1775 at Lexington, Concord, Fort Ticonderoga, Bunker Hill and the siege of Boston, through the convening in 1776 of the Continental Congress and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Richly embroidered with portraits of such heroes as Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson, the tapestry chronicles America's plunge toward liberty."
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Post by: z_randy on January 25, 2011, 02:18:59 PM
jeff Sharra is a great historical fiction writer
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on January 25, 2011, 02:39:08 PM
he is.  I feel that his dad was even better, especially the book "Killer Angels" (for those who do not know, the movie "Gettysburg" was spawned from this book.  I love Jeff's book also.  I have read "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure" so i figured i would check his writing on the Revoutionary War, and i am definitly not disappointed.
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Post by: z_randy on January 25, 2011, 02:43:42 PM
he is.  I feel that his dad was even better, especially the book "Killer Angels" (for those who do not know, the movie "Gettysburg" was spawned from this book.  I love Jeff's book also.  I have read "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure" so i figured i would check his writing on the Revoutionary War, and i am definitly not disappointed.
  He also did a 3 book series on WW2
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on January 26, 2011, 02:07:34 AM
he is.  I feel that his dad was even better, especially the book "Killer Angels" (for those who do not know, the movie "Gettysburg" was spawned from this book.  I love Jeff's book also.  I have read "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure" so i figured i would check his writing on the Revoutionary War, and i am definitly not disappointed.
  He also did a 3 book series on WW2

i might eventually get to them, however i have  alot more interest in the Civil and Revolutionary War.
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Post by: z_randy on January 26, 2011, 08:48:59 AM
I'm fascinated with them too.  A great historical novel series on the Civil war is the Starbuck Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell
http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=2 (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=2)

The Starbuck Chronicles    Rebel    1993    

The Starbuck Chronicles    Copperhead    1994    

The Starbuck Chronicles    Battle Flag    1995    

The Starbuck Chronicles    The Bloody Ground
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on January 26, 2011, 09:40:50 AM
I'm fascinated with them too.  A great historical novel series on the Civil war is the Starbuck Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell
[url]http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=2[/url] ([url]http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=2[/url])

The Starbuck Chronicles    Rebel    1993    

The Starbuck Chronicles    Copperhead    1994    

The Starbuck Chronicles    Battle Flag    1995    

The Starbuck Chronicles    The Bloody Ground


they maybe getting added to my list in the near future.
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Post by: z_randy on February 08, 2011, 08:54:30 AM
Just finished - Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King,  Haven't read a King book in a long time and really enjoyed this one. 

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Eerie twists of fate drive the four longish stories in King's first collection since Just After Sunset (2008). In "1922," a farmer murders his wife to retain the family land she hopes to sell, then watches his life unravel hideously as the consequences of the killing suggest a near-supernatural revenge. "Big Driver" tells of an otherwise ordinary woman who discovers her extraordinary capacity for retribution after she is raped and left for dead. "A Good Marriage" explores the aftermath of a wife's discovery of her milquetoast husband's sinister secret life, while "Fair Extension," the book's most disturbing story, follows the relationship between a man and the best friend on whom he preternaturally shifts all his bad luck and misfortune. As in Different Seasons (1982), King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes. Now, as then, these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable.
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Post by: z_randy on February 09, 2011, 09:18:11 AM
So I finally finished the last of the Richard Sharpe series of books by Bernard Cornwell.  He is very quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  There are 21 books in the series.  They weren't written in order but follow a timeline.  They follow the life of Richard Sharpe who starts as a private in the British Army in the late 1700's and he works his way up through the ranks.  If you are a fan of historical fiction I recommend these.  Each book is basically another real battle that the fictional character participated in and a story surrounding it.  It's going to be strange not reading another Sharpe book.  They also made some TV shows based on the book which I will have to rent at some point.  Here is a link to the authors site:

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=1 (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=1)

And the list of books in chronological order of Sharpes Life:

Sharpe's Tiger    (1)
Sharpe's Triumph (2)
Sharpe's Fortress (3)
Sharpe's Trafalgar (4)
Sharpe's Prey    (5)
Sharpe's Rifles    (6)
Sharpe's Havoc    (7)
Sharpe's Eagle    (8)
Sharpe's Gold    (9)
Sharpe's Escape (10)
Sharpe's Fury    (11)
Sharpe's Battle    (12)
Sharpe's Company (13)
Sharpe's Sword    (14)
Sharpe's Enemy (15)
Sharpe's Honour (16)
Sharpe's Regiment (17)
Sharpe's Siege    (18)
Sharpe's Revenge (19)
Sharpe's Waterloo (20)
Sharpe's Devil    (21)
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Post by: z_randy on February 17, 2011, 09:30:57 AM
Just finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.  As corny as that sounds and is it was a fun read.

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When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the "milk sickness." Only later did he learn that his mother's deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln's father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. His valiant, bloody fight against the undead was all but lost to history, until Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Using the journal as his guide, Seth reconstructs Lincoln's life story and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

You don't know Abe. Hones
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Post by: z_randy on March 28, 2011, 08:29:47 PM
Just finished Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.  Really long book but I liked it a lot. 

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Welcome to the 20th century as you've never seen it. At over 1,000 pages, Fall of Giants delivers all the elements that fans of Ken Follett have come to treasure: historical accuracy, richly developed characters, and a sweeping yet intimate portrait of a past world that you'll fully inhabit before the first chapter is through. The story follows five families across the globe as their fates intertwine with the extraordinary events of World War I, the political struggles within their own countries, and the rise of the feminist movement. Intriguing stories of love and loyalty abound, from a forbidden romance between a German spy and a British aristocrat to a Russian soldier and his scandal-ridden brother in love with the same woman. Action-packed with blood on the battlefield and conspiracies behind closed doors, Fall of Giants brings the nuances of each character to life and shifts easily from dirty coal mines to sparkling palaces. There is so much to love here, and the good news is the end is just the beginning: Fall of Giants is the first in a planned trilogy.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 28, 2011, 09:11:35 PM
great job Randy.  i will probably read that one next.  I am currenty reading "World without End" which is Mr. Follet's sequel to "Pillars of the Earth."  It is turning out to be a good book.

"On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed.

As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.

World Without End is the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth. However, it doesn’t matter which you read first. The second book is set in the same town, Kingsbridge, but takes place two hundred years later, and features the descendants of the original characters."
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Post by: z_randy on March 28, 2011, 09:19:42 PM
both of those were great!
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 28, 2011, 10:15:07 PM
Yep enjoying them myself

Sent from mytouch4g using tapatalk
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Post by: z_randy on March 31, 2011, 08:44:09 AM
Just finished "The Passage" by Justin Cronin.  It was a long one but wasn't bad at all.  Got better as the book went on.  The ending was left open ended, apparently this is the first of a trilogy. 

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Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin's engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the virals, or dracs—but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals' agelessness, but not the virals' mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award–winner Cronin (The Summer Guest) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. The first of a proposed trilogy, it's already under development by director Ridley Scott and the subject of much publicity buzz
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 31, 2011, 11:08:36 AM
Just finished "The Passage" by Justin Cronin.  It was a long one but wasn't bad at all.  Got better as the book went on.  The ending was left open ended, apparently this is the first of a trilogy. 

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Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin's engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the virals, or dracs—but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals' agelessness, but not the virals' mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award–winner Cronin (The Summer Guest) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. The first of a proposed trilogy, it's already under development by director Ridley Scott and the subject of much publicity buzz
dude, you read alot of books fast.  seems like yesterday you were finishing Fall of Giants
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Post by: z_randy on March 31, 2011, 11:19:18 AM
I read Fall of Giants.  But this one I "read" in the car listening to books on CD.  I have an hour commute each way so I "read" books during it.  Also listen to another one on my MP3 player when I run outside
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 31, 2011, 11:59:39 AM
makes sense.  i know that you told me this before too.  my commute to work is only 5 minutes, so can not really get a book in.
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Post by: z_randy on March 31, 2011, 12:01:17 PM
Is this how you got your reading done in Iraq?
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on March 31, 2011, 01:06:09 PM
Is this how you got your reading done in Iraq?
it alternated between that and sitting it porta-potties in the 130 degree temps... talk about a sauna.   :rollinglaugh:
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Post by: keetedw on March 31, 2011, 01:39:25 PM
Just finished The Silent Sea by Jack Du Brul and am currently reading The Chase by Clive Cussler.

Read The Forgotten Eden by Aiden James (glad I didn't pay for it, not very good

Also read Decipher by Stel Pavlou.  Interesting "leading up to apocalypse" type book.  Starts good, gets better, sort of falters at the end, but was still pretty good.  Lots of science content and explained well for the layman.

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Post by: z_randy on April 02, 2011, 01:18:55 PM
he is.  I feel that his dad was even better, especially the book "Killer Angels" (for those who do not know, the movie "Gettysburg" was spawned from this book.  I love Jeff's book also.  I have read "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure" so i figured i would check his writing on the Revoutionary War, and i am definitly not disappointed.
  Just finished Killer Angels today on my run.  Great book!  Won a Pullitzer prize.

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Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for fiction

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war. Unique, sweeping, an unforgettable, THE KILLER ANGELS is a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny.
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Post by: Jessie on April 08, 2011, 08:49:46 PM
Currently reading Starship Troopers.. I love the ideology and the detail but I do think they spend a bit too long in training.
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Post by: z_randy on April 21, 2011, 02:31:53 PM
Currently reading Starship Troopers.. I love the ideology and the detail but I do think they spend a bit too long in training.
LOVE the movie.  Always wanted to read the book
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Post by: Jessie on April 22, 2011, 09:28:28 AM
The two are very different from one another. I know people always say that the book has more detail, which is an understatment for this story, but in this case; The movie completely re-wrote the story all together. IMHO, the stories are only connected in the fundemental aspects.
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Post by: z_randy on April 22, 2011, 09:41:25 AM
Interesting.  Is it worth a read?
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Post by: Jessie on April 22, 2011, 12:20:34 PM
Absolutely! It's a really cool read! I wish they would have based the movie MORE on it...although I did love the movie! haha.
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Post by: z_randy on May 10, 2011, 02:13:07 PM
Just finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  I guess I was one of the few that never read this in High School.  I'm glad I read it now.  It was great.  Maybe more relevant now than when it was published in 1953.  Highly recommend it.

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In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on May 11, 2011, 09:07:47 PM
i have not read this either.  i may add it onto my ever growing list of books to read.  I am still currently reading "World Without End."  I never find much time to read, so books seem to take forever for me.
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Post by: keetedw on May 11, 2011, 09:15:03 PM
I've been reading, "Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius"

I'm only about 1/3 through, but the book is fascinating.  More than just the life of Tesla, it's just interesting to read about the history of electricity and wireless communication.

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Nikola Tesla is credited by many as the inventor of radio and should have received most of the credit for the development of modern electricity. Yet there is considerable confusion about his technical contributions and even more about his personal life. This book, by a professor of psychology at Bristol Community College and a member of the International Tesla Society, painstakingly documents Tesla's wide-ranging contributions. Born in Croatia, Tesla emigrated to the United States in 1884 and almost immediately began work on alternatives to what was then accepted as standard electrical technology. This brought him into conflict with Edison and later Westinghouse. The pattern of conflict continued for nearly 60 years, partially because Tesla was far ahead of his time, partially because he was erratic and off-beat, and partially because he was not an astute business partner.
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Post by: Frobozz on May 12, 2011, 08:23:32 AM
Just finishing up Daniel Orkent's "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition".   It's a fascinating read about political power and populace sentiment.

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Post by: z_randy on May 23, 2011, 09:26:23 AM
Just finished "The Fort" By Bernard Cornwell.  He continues to be one of my favorite authors.

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Told by some, the American War for Independence was a string of victories interrupted only by one frigid winter in Valley Forge. Unfortunately, the real story was somewhat different. In his new tightly-threaded historical novel, Brian Cornwell recaptures the chaos and distress of a misbegotten 1779 Patriot offensive on Maine's Penobscot River. With searing clarity, he etches living pictures of inexperienced colonial troops plagued by incompetent leadership and well-trained Redcoat soldiers and sailors. Stirring man-against-man battle scenes; betrayals, cowardice, and unexpected bravery. Carefully researched and well-executed historical military fiction.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on May 23, 2011, 11:09:15 AM
looks like a good read.  I will have to check this out eventually
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Post by: z_randy on June 09, 2011, 10:49:40 AM
Just finished the Civil War Trilogy by Jeff Shaara and his father Michael Shaara.  Gods and Generals / The Killer Angels / The Last Full Measure.  The Killer Angels was about Gettysburg and was written by Michael Shaara and Jeff wrote the other 2.  Gods and Generals was about the war leading up to Gettysburg and The Last Full Measure was the war after it.
Excellent books if you are interested in the Civil War
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Post by: cali87 on June 09, 2011, 11:33:56 AM
I just finished
In 50 years we'll all be chicks by Adam Carolla
Its a book full of complaints and experiences by the guy from The Man Show and The Adam Carolla Podcast.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 09, 2011, 12:19:08 PM
so was it any good?
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Post by: Jessie on June 13, 2011, 11:59:37 PM
I'm reading "The Sixth Shotgun" by Louis La'mour. It's actually two of his shorter works, combined with about 40 pages of prologue about La'Mour himself (post humous). It's very good but that's not suprising, I learned a couple of years ago that he is one of my favorite writers. When I read his novels, I feel like I'm watching a western but with less questions (i.e. "who's that guy!?") LOL.
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Post by: plano tony on June 15, 2011, 12:55:50 AM
Currently, I'm 3/4's of the way through "The American".  I haven't seen the movie - but, don't think I'd enjoy it after the book.  The book is super good - so far.
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Post by: plano tony on June 15, 2011, 12:56:22 AM
Oh, and FYI ... bought a Nook eReader ... and, if you're still reading paper books - yay you... I'll stick with this thing!
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Post by: z_randy on June 15, 2011, 08:50:38 AM
I have a Kindle.  Love reading on it
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 15, 2011, 11:15:05 AM
I have a Kindle.  Love reading on it
me too.  I also like the fact that i can read it on my phone with the Kindle app, sync the 2 and never have to wonder where i left off reading.
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Post by: z_randy on June 15, 2011, 12:19:46 PM
You can sync the 2????
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Post by: keetedw on June 15, 2011, 12:55:09 PM
Kindle here as well.  Best money I've spent in awhile.

Randy - He means you can sync the app on your phone with your kindle so you can swap between the two and be at the same place in the book.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 15, 2011, 12:58:03 PM
like Keet said, you can downlad an app for the phone, ipod touch, etc for FREE, and read the items on your device, click sync, open the other device and pick up where you left off.  You can also download an app to your computer whether it be mac or pc and do the same.  I am always going between the phone and kindle myself. 
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Post by: z_randy on June 15, 2011, 01:28:05 PM
OK..I downloaded the app for my phone.  How do I get it to sync with my kindle?
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Post by: z_randy on June 15, 2011, 01:32:53 PM
I guess it has to be a book you bought from Kindle?
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Post by: keetedw on June 15, 2011, 01:36:05 PM
Go to "Menu" then "Help"


 :laughtat3:

You'll have to download whatever books you want to your phone, first, then sync them.  Sync the kindle, first, then just hit "menu" and "sync" on your phone.  It'll update with the info from where you are in the book.  It should also carry over any highlights or notes you've made on the computer or on the kindle.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 15, 2011, 01:36:51 PM
(not sure if it is only books bought from kindle)go onto Amazon, as you have to go into your kindle account on Amazon and send it to the phone.  Once it is sent to the phone you should be able to do what Keet said and update it as you read.
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Post by: z_randy on June 15, 2011, 01:38:48 PM
bogus.  Reading books that I didn't get from Amazon
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Post by: plano tony on June 17, 2011, 11:45:31 PM
Okay - finished The American --- now, on to the follow up book "The Assassin" ... about 20% through it, and liking it too.  Now, I'll end up reading all the freakin' things.
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Post by: z_randy on June 18, 2011, 09:21:44 PM
I take it that it's a series? What's it about?
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Post by: aLiAs on June 27, 2011, 12:39:37 PM
Well, Even though they are rather simple, I have been reading the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series. The writing style is rather simple, but the story line is a fairly good one. If you are the kind that likes Fantasy books, they are a good read. I have them in PDF form, as well as, in book form. I bought the entire series, but as i spent alot of time in the hospital I scanned them into PDF format. SO, if anyone wants to borrow them, just let me know. Anyways, anyone know any other good fantasy series? Im looking to something new.
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Post by: z_randy on June 27, 2011, 02:23:41 PM
Have you read the "Song of Fire and Ice" series by George RR Martin?
http://www.amazon.com/George-Martins-Thrones-4-Book-Boxed/dp/0345529057/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309197654&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/George-Martins-Thrones-4-Book-Boxed/dp/0345529057/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309197654&sr=8-1)
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Post by: aLiAs on June 28, 2011, 01:11:33 PM
Havent tried that one yet. Looks like it would be good. Ill check out out as soon as I can.
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Post by: z_randy on June 29, 2011, 04:03:20 PM
Just finished "Horns" By Joe Hill (who happens to be Stephen Kings son)
I really enjoyed this one.  Easy read and hard to put down for me. 

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Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a pair of horns growing from his temples.

At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who had been raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once, the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. Nothing Ig can do or say matters. Everyone it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. It's time for a little revenge . . . it's time the devil had his due . . .
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Post by: aLiAs on June 29, 2011, 04:56:33 PM
Sounds very intersting.
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Post by: keetedw on June 29, 2011, 05:16:58 PM
That sounds great, Randy.

John - Game of Thrones (Song of Fire & Ice) is a great series.  Very well written.

If you're not afraid of an anti-religion/god slant, the "His Dark Materials" series by Philip Pullman was an excellent read (won many awards).  Easily one of my personal favorites (and not just because of the topic).  Just so well written.

The Belgariad series by David Eddings was also good (If you like that one, his other books/series read the same).

Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series was pretty incredible.  It falters a bit in the last half of the series and it's not without its faults, but it's still a great series.

EDIT: You got me thinking so I did a search on Amazon and found this.  Lots of good stuff in this list:

http://www.amazon.com/The-best-Fantasy-books-series/lm/1YGXPAXW9L61C (http://www.amazon.com/The-best-Fantasy-books-series/lm/1YGXPAXW9L61C)
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Post by: z_randy on June 29, 2011, 05:40:18 PM
His Dark Materials was a great series. Better than thwarting movie even with nicole kidman
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Post by: z_randy on June 29, 2011, 09:04:25 PM
Another cool fantasy series that I read a long time ago and just remembered now is The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson

http://www.amazon.com/First-Chronicles-Thomas-Covenant-Unbeliever/dp/073942548X/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309395753&sr=1-10 (http://www.amazon.com/First-Chronicles-Thomas-Covenant-Unbeliever/dp/073942548X/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309395753&sr=1-10)
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 13, 2011, 02:54:36 PM
*** MODIFIED ***

I am in the process of finishing up  finished "Raising Boys" by Steve Biddulph

An awesome book on the difficulties of raising boys, and how different they are then raising girls.  The biggest takeaway from the book is that the lack of a father creates the greatest amount of problems for boys.
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A friendly and practical guide to the stages and issues in boys'? development from birth to manhood. From award-winning psychologist Steve Biddulph comes an expanded and updated edition of RAISING BOYS, his international best seller published in 14 countries. His complete guide for parents, educators, and relatives includes chapters on testosterone, sports, and how boys' and girls' brains differ. With gentle humor and proven wisdom, RAISING BOYS focuses on boys' unique developmental needs to help them be happy and healthy at every stage of life.   

I am also in the process of finishing up "The Glorious Cause"  By Jeff Sharra
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Shaara's hefty fifth novel, the second in a two-volume series about the American Revolution, is an epic saga of what Shaara calls our first civil war and the first truly world war, told with emotion, energy and historical precision. Using the formula of character-driven fiction employed by his father, Michael Shaara (The Killer Angels), Jeff Shaara presents the dramatic history of the revolution as seen through the eyes of the major players. In describing the battles, skirmishes, victories, defeats, blunders, intrigues, treason and bickering, Shaara illuminates the circumstances whereby a rebel collection of motley amateurs dared to confront a mighty empire and its vaunted army. The narrative establishes immediacy in its colorful profiles of the participants. Shaara depicts George Washington as a general whose force of will and strong character earn the loyalty of soldiers who are defeated by the British again and again. Washington's relationships with other principals are profound and surprising. Having regarded Gen. Charles Lee as a friend, he is stunned by the behavior of his second-in-command on the battlefield and behind his back. He thinks highly of Gen. Nathaniel Greene and the Marquis de Lafayette, and neither will disappoint him. Having enjoyed the "pleasantly sociable" company of Benedict Arnold, Washington discovers too late that there are two traitors at West Point. He also learns firsthand how "Mad Anthony" Wayne earned his nickname. Shaara takes equal pains to characterize the British, men like dawdling Gen. William Howe, arrogant Henry Clinton and the capable but hapless Charles Cornwallis. This is vivid and compelling historical fiction, but also a primer on leadership and the arts of war and diplomacy. Shaara reaches new heights here, with a narrative that's impossible to put down.
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Post by: AM Woody on August 14, 2011, 05:28:32 PM
I recently started reading 'Take Your Eyes Off The Ball' by Pat Kirwan.  If you are a hardcore football fan and think you know everything that is going on on the field, go check this book out.  If you go to patkirwan.com and order the book there, he personally signs every copy.  I bought the package that includes everything.  Once I get through the book, I'm going to check out the companion.  After that, I'll probably listen to the audio book.  And then maybe read the book again.

I'm so into this kind of stuff, I've been on the look out for other books like it.
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Post by: z_randy on August 23, 2011, 09:12:03 AM
Just finished the Grail Quest Trilogy by Bernard Cornwell:

1) Harlequin/The Archer's Tale    
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Harlequin (US title The Archer's Tale) begins a series of stories set in the middle of the fourteenth century, an age when the four horsemen of the apocalypse seem to have been released over Europe. This first book tells how Thomas of Hookton leaves his native Dorset to fight aginst the French in Brittany and, afterwards, at the battle of Crecy in Picardy. It is a tale of longbows and butchery, especially when England's archers swarm into the Norman city of Caen. And over it all, like a dream, hovers the grail which is the epitome of chivalry and Christian decency, qualities which are in desperately short supply as the armies of France and England struggle at the beginning of what will be known as the Hundred Years War.

2)   Vagabond    
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Vagabond is a follow-up to Harlequin (The Archer's Tale in the US) - and starts almost as soon as the earlier book ends, carrying on Thomas of Hookton's story. He has been sent back to England to pursue his father's mysterious legacy which hints that the Holy Grail might exist and gets tangled with the Scottish invasion of 1347. He survives that only to discover that various powerful folk in France are pursuing the same quest, a complication that takes Thomas back to Brittany and the brutal fighting about La Roche-Derrien

3) Heretic
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Heretic is the third in the 'Grail Quest' series, and it takes Thomas of Hookton south into Gascony and to a final confrontation with his cousin, Guy Vexille. The novel begins with the fall of Calais, and most of the events occur in the subsequent truce, but for Thomas and his companions there can be no truce, only a vicious small war which ends with them being besieged, not just by enemies intent on finding the grail, but by the Black Death.

As with all Bernard Cornwell stories they are well researched for the time they are set in and a good read.  This series wasn't his best but still a fun read
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Post by: z_randy on August 23, 2011, 09:14:40 AM
Also just finished "Room" by Emma Donoghue (well listened to this one in the car)

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In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time.
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Post by: Frobozz on August 23, 2011, 09:32:36 AM
Just finished "Sex on the Moon"

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Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea—a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.
 
Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA—past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways—and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.
 
But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts—undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut—really what he seemed?
 
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
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Post by: z_randy on August 23, 2011, 09:38:03 AM
Here are some images from your book
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Post by: Frobozz on August 23, 2011, 09:54:32 AM
 :LMAO:
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 23, 2011, 11:05:41 AM
Not sure why i am reading this, but thought it would be a good read, and it is.  Takes me away from my typical book choices.

"The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History" By: Kevin M. Sullivan

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Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled. The biography follows Bundy from his broken family background to his execution in the electric chair. 
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Post by: z_randy on September 03, 2011, 10:53:47 PM
Just finished this one: Toys by James Patterson
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Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human strength, exceptional intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do--they're Elites, endowed at birth with the most advanced genetic enhancements available. Elitesare the pinnacle of evolution; the triumph of man's ambitions.

The only problem in their perfect world--are the humans!

And their toys!

Now comes the most unbelievable shock of Hays Baker's life. Suddenly he's on the other side of the gun, experiencing a life he'd never dreamed possible--and fighting to save humans everywhere from extinction.

Not only that, Hays and Lizbeth just might lose their perfect family.

James Patterson's Toys is a thriller on a hyper plane--with a hero to rival both Bond and Jason Bourne.

It was very enjoyable
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on September 27, 2011, 09:47:53 PM
Just finished reading "The Courage to Start" by John "The Penguin" Bingham.  AN awesome book, with lots of good tips for those wishing to start or continue running. 
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Product Description
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
Take your first step toward fitness and a happier, healthier life.

Has the idea of running crossed your mind, but you haven't acted on it because you don't think you have the body of a runner? Have you thought about running but quit before you started because you knew that you would be breathless at the end of your driveway? Well, put aside those fears because you can do it. John Bingham, author of the popular Runner's World column "The Penguin Chronicles," transformed himself from an overweight couch potato who smoked into a runner who has completed eleven marathons and hundreds of road races.

Forget about the image of a perfect body in skintight clothes, and don't worry about how fast or how far you go. Bingham shows how anyone can embrace running as a life-enhancing activity -- rather than as a competition you will never win. In an entertaining blend of his own success story and practical advice, Bingham provides reasonable guidelines for establishing a program of achievable goals; offers tips on clothing, running shoes, and other equipment; and explains how anyone can prepare for and run distances ranging from a few miles to marathons.

After all, in running and in life, the difference between success and failure sometimes comes down to a single step. Waddle on, friends.

About the Author
John Bingham writes "The Penguin Chronicles," a monthly column in Runner's World, maintains a popular Web site, and trains other "slow and steady" runners nationwide. He lives in Tennessee.

I have started reading "Manhood" By Stephen Biddulph.  This appears to be a good book.  If it is as good as "Raising Boys" By the same author, then it will be a great book. 

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'Most men don't have a life' is the dramatic opening to Steve Biddulph's bestseller Manhood. Exploring two critical social issues: establishing a healthy masculinity and how men can release themselves from suffocating and outdated social moulds, Biddulph addresses the problems and possibilities confronting men in their daily life. Women have found the book to be a profoundly moving and revealing read; while men acquire recognition and a sense of hope that life can be different. Topics include:--Seven steps to manhood--You and your father - breaking down the defences--Sex and spirit - coming alive--Being a real father - turning your love into action--Real male friends - be proud of being male and much more-This edition has been revised and updated to meet the needs of younger men, who are struggling with these issues in the twenty-first century.'Steve Biddulph should be in the UK what he is in Australia, the household name in the business of raising boys and being a man' Dorothy Rowe, psychologist and writer
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Post by: z_randy on September 27, 2011, 10:11:00 PM
I want to read that book by John Bingham.  He has one about marathons also. That's my favorite quote of all time.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on September 28, 2011, 08:57:13 AM
It's an awesome, quick book.  He also writes the penguin chronicles (although I have never read them). I am sending the book to my brother in PA, I can have him send it to you when he is done If you would like
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Post by: z_randy on November 23, 2011, 08:47:53 AM
Just finished  -  Cryptonomicon  by Neal Stephenson

A friend of mine recommended it.  I thought it was pretty good.  Long book.

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Neal Stephenson's latest novel, Cryptonomicon, is an immense and extraordinary tale that unwinds with all the stylistic grandeur his fans have come to expect. With Cryptonomicon, the reader is quickly plunged into a bizarre, breakneck-paced story that interweaves World War II code making and code breaking with computerized global corporate takeovers, one that melds elements of Catch-22, A Man Called Intrepid, and a hefty dose of cyberpunk reality. Stephenson leaves behind the science fiction worlds of his previous novels — Snow Crash and The Diamond Age — to depict the madness involved in many of World War II's top-secret missions and to offer a view of how 1940s cryptography eventually led to technological developments in the world of computers.

Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, a brilliant mathematician at Princeton, is eventually lured away from luminous fellow students Alan Turing and Rudy von Hacklheber and enters the U.S. Navy. There he is considered so dim that he's only given the task of playing the glockenspiel in the Navy band. After the disaster of Pearl Harbor, however, Waterhouse's skills as a cryptoanalyst are finally noticed, and he's immediately sent to Bletchley Park, England, the base of the Allied code-busting operations. The "unbreakable" German code, Enigma, has been cracked, and the Allies want to use their newfound information without alerting the Germans and Japanese to the fact that their plans are no longer secret. It's Waterhouse's job, as a member of the ultra-secret Detachment 2702, to make all oftheAllied actions from this point on look "randomized," so that the Axis powers won't realize Enigma has been broken.

Paired up again with Turing, who is on his way to developing the first computer, Waterhouse learns that their old friend Rudy is now the chief German cryptographer. Waterhouse's insight into the peculiarities of fellow mathematicians might allow him to stay one step ahead of the enemy. Meanwhile, U.S. Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe, a survivor of Guadalcanal and a generally unstable personality, is brought in to make contrived events appear to be genuine. His missions include putting corpses into wet suits with fake documentation and flying into the heart of enemy territory. He's left in the dark as to the details of Detachment 2702's work, but that's what he's come to expect from his superiors.

When the novel shifts to the present, Waterhouse's grandson, Randy, an Internet commando and computer genius, is trying to make a bundle of money by setting up a so-called data haven in the Philippines, along with his paranoid partner, Avi. They envision a place where all data is safe from government interference, corporate attack, or hacker assault. Randy eventually hooks up with Bobby Shaftoe's granddaughter, Amy (short for America), who is interested in helping Randy lay deep-sea cable between the islands and make whatever she can from this new enterprise. In this area of the ocean floor, there is a sunken German submarine that carries the still undeciphered Axis code named Arethusa; investigated in the past by Waterhouse and Shaftoe, the code is eventually nabbed by Randy and America. The pair must outwit their nemesis, a wealthy, calculating criminal called the Dentist, and do whatever they can to decipher Arethusa and stay alive in the meantime.

Told in present-tense narratives from three points of view — those of Waterhouse, Bobby Shaftoe, and Randy — the overall story arcs, bops, and weaves in an engrossing and challenging way. The shifts between plots and timelines are abrupt but engaging, and the style is flashy, cool, and sharp. The author's stylistic pyrotechnics are never so blinding or distracting that the reader can't appreciate the skill of his craftsmanship. The characters are credible, if extreme, and are often placed in situations that are funny, exciting, outrageous, but believable. Here we see how mathematics can consume our brightest scholars to the point where they can barely function in the world and how, for them, even a look out the window at the city of London isn't a real view but a chance to graph and chart the ratios of building heights. Stephenson's juxtaposition of the real world with a virtual world of unseen numbers and equations adds a sense of near-fantasy to the work.

Despite his many forays into deeply technical jargon, Stephenson never takes on a lecturing tone — more often than not, such romps are meant to underscore the mathematician's character traits to humorous effect. Case in point: Waterhouse and Turing go into several pages' worth of equations to figure out the probability of when the chain will fall from Turing's bike. Stephenson's snappy, hip delivery adds new bombastics to the World War II scenery, and as past and present are blended into a single story thread, the reader discovers a genuinely diverting and wholly entertaining experience. Cryptonomicon is a must-read, don't-miss extravaganza that the world will be talking about for years to come.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on November 23, 2011, 04:49:39 PM
Just finished "Marathon: the ultimate training guide" by Hal Higdon.  A great read for anyone into running, any distance. 

Just started he first book in the Starbucks Chronicles "Rebel" by Bernard Cornwell.  let me tell you, I find this book hard to put down.  I can not wait to read them all.  Thanks for getting me hooked on them Randy!
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Post by: z_randy on November 23, 2011, 05:51:20 PM
Told you! He has another series with the main character in the British army. Like 1600s I think. Just as good and 20 books long
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on November 23, 2011, 09:13:02 PM
You did tell me, lol.  I may have to check out the next serious after this one
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Post by: z_randy on December 06, 2011, 10:37:57 AM
Just finished - Riptide by by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Thought it was pretty good.  Story moved nice and kept my interest.

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For centuries, treasure hunters have sought the lost horde of the notorious English pirate, Edward Ockham. Clues led to the mysterious water pit on Ragged Island, Maine--but a curse left behind by the long-dead pirate still seems to be working. Every expedition has failed--with the treasure seekers dying in gruesome fashion. Now, however, a new expedition has been mounted with state-of-the-art computer technology and backed by millions of dollars. It will all be worth it if the treasure is found. But modern technology may not be enough to overcome the deadly secrets of the water pit.
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Post by: z_randy on December 21, 2011, 09:11:09 AM
Just finished:

Victory and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin
This was apparently Book #6 in the Honor Bound Series.  I hadn't read any of the others but this book stood alone pretty well.  I really enjoyed it.  Enough to get the others in the series.

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Wars come to an end. But then new ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political-the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale-the possible next world war, against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions. To get a jump on the latter, Frade has been conducting a secret operation, one of great daring-and great danger-but to conduct it and not be discovered, he and his men must walk a perilously dark line. One slip, and everyone becomes a casualty of war.
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Post by: Quagmire on December 21, 2011, 06:39:07 PM
Just finished:

Victory and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin
This was apparently Book #6 in the Honor Bound Series.  I hadn't read any of the others but this book stood alone pretty well.  I really enjoyed it.  Enough to get the others in the series.

I recently finished "The Outlaws," which is the last of the Presidential Agent series by the same author (WEB Griffin).  They were all good reads, and very entertaining.  The only thing that was a little frustrating was that a lot of the text in the later books was retelling the plot lines from earlier books in the series.  I suppose that's good for someone who wants to just grab a book and read without doing so in chronological order, but it's cumbersome if you do.

That notwithstanding, they were good books.  The right amount of detail-allows you to visualize things in your head without getting buried in too much detail.

I have read the entire Jack Ryan storyline of the Tom Clancy books.  I liked the plots a little more than the WEB Griffin books, but Clancy has a tendency to go into very great detail, and I sometimes lose track in my mind of who's who.
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Post by: z_randy on January 20, 2012, 01:47:02 PM
I just finished a book called - Walk with Me: A Vietnam Experience.  It was written by Lt. Colonel Gerald F. Kurth who I actually knew.  He is the father of my best friend when I lived in Missouri.  He recently passed away and in talking with my friend about him he mentioned that he had written this book.  I had to order it from Amazon but it was well worth it.  At the end of the book which was published in 2000 he offers his views on the current (in 2000) US and how we conduct ourselves as a nation and militarily.  He said we are a reactive nation instead of a proactive one and we need to learn from the past or else some event is going to happen and we will react to it with the military and not have an end game to finish what was started and get bogged down like we did in Vietnam.  Handcuffed by politicians controlling military decisions etc.  If you can I recommend you read this.  He had a pretty remarkable military career and tour in Vietnam.

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Vietnam was one of the most controversial wars of the 20th Century. There has been so much speculation, historical inaccuracies and public confusion surrounding the war, but "Walk With Me: A Vietnam Experience" offers clarity from someone with first hand experience on the subject. Lt. Colonel Kurth gives readers a biographical account of his 13 month tour of Vietnam and leaves little to the imagination. From page one the reader steps back in time, August of 1967 to be exact, and receives a personal guided tour of Vietnam. As the reader becomes entwined with Kurth's fascinating experience, he or she gains a true understanding of what really happened in this controversial war, and why to many who fought in Vietnam returned to the United States forever changed.

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Post by: z_randy on February 02, 2012, 01:30:10 PM
I just finished "I hope they serve beer in Hell" by Tucker Max.  A friend was reading it said it was funny so I gave it a shot.  While I did laugh at some of it, mostly I just thought he was an ass.

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My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way: I share my adventures with the world. —from the Introduction

Actual reader feedback:

"I find it truly appalling that there are people in the world like you. You are a disgusting, vile, repulsive, repugnant, foul creature. Because of you, I don't believe in God anymore. No just God would allow someone like you to exist."

"I'll stay with God as my lord, but you are my savior. I just finished reading your brilliant stories, and I laughed so hard I almost vomited. I want to bring that kind of joy to people. You're an artist of the highest order and a true humanitarian to boot. I'm in both shock and awe at how much I want to be you."
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Post by: keetedw on February 02, 2012, 02:40:00 PM
Yeah, you could have saved yourself a pile of time and just watched the movie.  You'd have gotten just as much out of it.  Most of the stuff he used in the movie was available free on his website.  Funny stories, sure, but yeah, "egocentric" doesn't quite cover it.

I've been reading a pile of adventure novels lately (a la Clive Cussler):

The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel - James Rollins - Fast paced, relentless, amusing, but formulaic.  Fun enough if you're looking for chewing gum for your brain.  7 out of 10

The Hunt for Atlantis - Nina Wilde, Eddie Chase - Feels like it was written for a high school level.  The main character (an established female scientist) feels like a 16-year old with childish crushes, inane dialogue and just...it's pretty rough.  Skip it...seriously...run away.  1 of 10

Ice Station - Matt Reilly - Decent premise, impossible scenarios survived make this one tough get into when it's written with factual equipment and locations, but unreal situations.  I understand that's the norm for adventure novels, but this one went a bit far.  Characters are ok, if predictable.  Another brain gum book.  6 of 10

Eye of the Storm - Jack Higgins - Interesting twist for me as this is the first adventure novel I've read where the bad guy is the one you're rooting for.  The character feels like a wanna-be james bond, but when it feels like the character is a sociopath, it feels like he's imitating how he believes bond would act.  Ok, but don't pay much for it (or anything) if you want to read it.  5 of 10
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Post by: Ramblin' Dad on February 02, 2012, 03:48:26 PM
I just finished a book called - Walk with Me: A Vietnam Experience.  It was written by Lt. Colonel Gerald F. Kurth who I actually knew.  He is the father of my best friend when I lived in Missouri.  He recently passed away and in talking with my friend about him he mentioned that he had written this book.  I had to order it from Amazon but it was well worth it.  At the end of the book which was published in 2000 he offers his views on the current (in 2000) US and how we conduct ourselves as a nation and militarily.  He said we are a reactive nation instead of a proactive one and we need to learn from the past or else some event is going to happen and we will react to it with the military and not have an end game to finish what was started and get bogged down like we did in Vietnam.  Handcuffed by politicians controlling military decisions etc.  If you can I recommend you read this.  He had a pretty remarkable military career and tour in Vietnam.

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Vietnam was one of the most controversial wars of the 20th Century. There has been so much speculation, historical inaccuracies and public confusion surrounding the war, but "Walk With Me: A Vietnam Experience" offers clarity from someone with first hand experience on the subject. Lt. Colonel Kurth gives readers a biographical account of his 13 month tour of Vietnam and leaves little to the imagination. From page one the reader steps back in time, August of 1967 to be exact, and receives a personal guided tour of Vietnam. As the reader becomes entwined with Kurth's fascinating experience, he or she gains a true understanding of what really happened in this controversial war, and why to many who fought in Vietnam returned to the United States forever changed.



That's pretty prophetic. I wonder did he live and see 9-11 and what that started? He hit it right on the head about the politicians and the reactive government we have. Imagine what it would be like if we did not have the checks and balances in place that we do?

This book looks like a good read.

Have you read "It Doesn't Take a Hero". It's Norman Schwarzkopf's Autobiography. It good and explains somewhat as to why we stopped during desert storm. We stopped because of politics, perhaps it was a good thing we did, perhaps not. If we hadn't we probably would have ended up in the same boat as we are in now.... not really knowing what to do with it. Wanting to leave because the cost is too high, and I mean more than the money, but also not wanting to leave because of what we have already paid and the realization that when we do leave it will go back to the way it was. Under a different leader and government sure, but the same basic culture. We cannot change a culture in decades that has been developing for millennia.
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Post by: z_randy on February 02, 2012, 03:54:28 PM
He just died Christmas 2011.  Next time I talk to his son I'm going to ask him about it.
Haven't read Schwarzkopfs book.  I'll have to look into it
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Post by: z_randy on March 13, 2012, 09:26:57 AM
Just finished "Match Made In Heaven" By Bob Mitchell

I don't know if it was the golf concept or the man having a heart attack or both that subconsciously drew me to the book because of my dad, but I enjoyed this book.  I liked the premise and the life lessons learned from each character.

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Lying on an operating table, about to undergo emergency heart surgery, Elliott Goodman hears the voice of God speaking to him. The Almighty, it seems, has a last-second wager for him, challenging him to a golf match. If Elliott wins, he'll be saved. If the loses... God sends down eighteen legendary opponents to play against Elliott--and hopefully teach him a few tricks along the way--including Leonardo da Vinci, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, Moses, Joan of Arc, and Shakespeare. As shots are analyzed, Elliott has a chance to examine his life and his form, to see what he can correct or improve...before facing his ultimate adversary. Reminiscient of the bestselling The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitchell has written a spectacular novel that is at once funny, touching, unforgettable and sure to become a classic.
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Post by: keetedw on March 13, 2012, 02:54:06 PM
I never realize how many books I'm reading until I lurk on this thread.  Since my last post:

Brainrush, a thriller & Brainrush II - On par with the Clive Cussler adventure novels.  Fast paced, a little unrealistic, but both were fun to read.

The Judas Strain & The Last Oracle - Sigma Force novels - Two more adventure books, also fast paced and overall not bad if you want some mindless page turners.

The Grey Man - great "one man army" book, more adventure, another page turner.

Pale Horse Coming - Stephen Hunter book (he wrote the book "Shooter" w/Mark Wahlberg was based on) - this book's about the father, not the son from Shooter, but still good.

Kill Zone: A Sniper Novel - Another decent page turner, more brain candy, and it's cheap for the kindle ($3, I think).

First to Kill - yet another sniper novel, also decent.

The Barsoom Series of Edgar Rice Boroughs - The John Carter books - These were pretty darn good.  I've only read three of the 5 books, but they're out of copyright, so they're free on Amazon (or any ePub site).

Dresden Files - I've read the first two (Storm Front & Fool Moon) and am currently reading the third (Grave Peril).  Fun books, good lead character, well written...I like them so far and imagine I'll finish the series unless they tank (even then...).
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Post by: z_randy on April 03, 2012, 09:28:02 AM
Just finished "The Afghan Campaign" by Steven Pressfield.  Thought this one was great.

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2,300 years ago an unbeaten army of the West invaded the homeland of a fierce Eastern tribal foe. This is one soldier’s story . . .

The bestselling novelist of ancient warfare returns with a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 b.c.
In a story that might have been ripped from today’s combat dispatches, Steven Pressfield brings to life the confrontation between an invading Western army and fierce Eastern warriors determined at all costs to defend their homeland. Narrated by an infantryman in Alexander’s army, The Afghan Campaign explores the challenges, both military and moral, that Alexander and his soldiers face as they embark on a new type of war and are forced to adapt to the methods of a ruthless foe that employs terror and insurgent tactics. An edge-of-your-seat adventure, The Afghan Campaign once again demonstrates Pressfield’s profound understanding of the hopes and desperation of men in battle and of the historical realities that continue to influence our world.(
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Post by: z_randy on April 03, 2012, 09:48:31 AM
Also just finished the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson. 

This is a 3 book trilogy I had read when I was younger.  I had introduced this to my father, he had introduced the Lord of the Rings to me.  I think his trilogy was better :-)  but it was something we shared so I decided to read them again after he passed away.  Actually I listened to them on my mp3 player while I ran.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on April 04, 2012, 09:59:26 PM
I really need to start listening to books when I run. Maybe then. Would get through them quicker.
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Post by: z_randy on April 05, 2012, 09:07:28 AM
I really need to start listening to books when I run. Maybe then. Would get through them quicker.

  I really like it.  Though if the book is boring it sucks.  Listening to the Hunger Games now.  It's excellent
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Post by: TrekkerDad on April 05, 2012, 05:00:46 PM
I've never been able to listen to books, (I'm too visual) although I wish I could for the convenience sake of it. I have a close second though, with my Kindle for Blackberry. I have my phone with me everywhere, and if I have more than a minute to stop and read, I do. Can't live without my books!

Right now I'm in a Sherlock Holmes mood. I've got the whole collection on my phone.
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Post by: z_randy on April 11, 2012, 11:34:47 AM
I have a Kindle also.  I love it.  And it can sync with my phone as long as I get the books from Amazon.  I don't like reading on my phone though it's too small.

Just finished "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.  With the movie out and all the hype I thought I'd read the books first.  Have to say I really enjoyed it.  Just started the second one that's called Catching Fire.

This is for the first one:

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Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survived
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on April 11, 2012, 11:00:02 PM
I have a Kindle also.  I love it.  And it can sync with my phone as long as I get the books from Amazon.  I don't like reading on my phone though it's too small.

Just finished "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.  With the movie out and all the hype I thought I'd read the books first.  Have to say I really enjoyed it.  Just started the second one that's called Catching Fire.

This is for the first one:

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Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survived
in the process of Catching Fire myself.  A great series of books so far.  The movie was not too bad either
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Post by: z_randy on May 21, 2012, 09:01:07 AM
Just finished the Hunger Games Trilogy:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hunger-Games-Trilogy-Boxed/dp/0545265355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337605207&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Hunger-Games-Trilogy-Boxed/dp/0545265355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337605207&sr=8-1)

Thought it was great.  The first book was excellent.  Second, to me was more of the same of the first and the 3rd book was great again.  Well worth the time to read
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on May 22, 2012, 08:40:39 PM
Just finished the Hunger Games Trilogy:

[url]http://www.amazon.com/The-Hunger-Games-Trilogy-Boxed/dp/0545265355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337605207&sr=8-1[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/The-Hunger-Games-Trilogy-Boxed/dp/0545265355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337605207&sr=8-1[/url])

Thought it was great.  The first book was excellent.  Second, to me was more of the same of the first and the 3rd book was great again.  Well worth the time to read

still on book 2 myself, what can  say, i do not give myself much time to read, lol
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Post by: Jessie on May 30, 2012, 02:36:20 AM
Recently finished that trilogy myself on a 4.3" screen (my phone). I really enjoyed it but..without dropping any spoilers, it gets a little out there for my taste. I don't know what I expected but it's amazing how fast things change in the final book! You'd almost think it was another author...
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Post by: z_randy on May 30, 2012, 08:40:16 AM
I actually enjoyed the 3rd book more than the second.  Thought the second was too much like the first
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Post by: z_randy on June 12, 2012, 12:03:07 PM
I just finished "The Dark Lord's Handbook" by Paul Dale.  Was in the mood for something light and fun and this hit the mark.  It was left at the end like there might be a sequel.  I hope so.

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To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. The simple ambition to hold dominion over the world and bend all to your will sounds straightforward but it's not. There are armies to raise, fortresses to build, heroes to defeat, battles to be fought, hours of endless soliloquy in front of the mirror – it's a never ending job. Not to mention deciding what to wear. (After hours, days, even weeks of consideration, it will be black.)

After many spectacular failures, Evil decided to lend more than inspiration to these would be tyrants. He wrote an easy to follow Dark Lord's Handbook. And yet the next Dark Lord that came along screwed up like all the others.

It had been hundreds of years, and the Handbook was lost in the annals of time, along with all that was mythic and exciting in the world. Then one day, a randy dragon had a chance encounter. Nine months later a Dark Lord was born.

In time, the Handbook found its way to this new contender, Morden.

To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. Morden had better be a quick study
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on June 12, 2012, 10:01:13 PM
Still working on the sound book to hunger games myself. Ido not give myself much time to read.
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Post by: keetedw on June 13, 2012, 01:46:10 PM
I just finished "The Dark Lord's Handbook" by Paul Dale.  Was in the mood for something light and fun

Took me awhile to resolve "Dark Lord" with "light and fun", but now I'm intrigued.
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Post by: z_randy on June 28, 2012, 02:47:44 PM
Just finished - "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.
Yes one of those HS books everyone reads.  I didn't remember reading it but know the basic story.  Maybe from the movie.  Now that I have read it I know why everyone says it's so good.  Enjoyed it.

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The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.
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Post by: Big daddy Eis on August 04, 2012, 09:17:17 AM
Finally, i just finished the Hunger Games Series.  It took awhile, but that is because i do not provide myself a lot of time to read.  Along with trying to balance 3 Masters CLasses, i intend to read "It worked for Me:In Life and Leadership" By Colin Powell.

"It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules"—notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world. Powell's short but sweet rules—among them, "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit"—are illustrated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand upon his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. In work and in life, Powell writes, "it's about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet. It's all about the people."

A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond. "Trust your people," he counsels as he delegates presidential briefing responsibilities to two junior State Department desk officers. "Do your best—someone is watching," he advises those just starting out, recalling his own teenage summer job mopping floors in a soda-bottling factory."
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Post by: fatt_tony_13 on August 04, 2012, 03:58:41 PM
I have recently (in the last 2 years) read World War Z by Max Brooks, Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, Cell by Steven King, The Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain, The Paths of Darkness series by R.A. Salvatore, and a couple of murder/mystery books that I cant remember the name of. I usually only read over the winter months, as Im too busy with softball for me and my wife and the kids sports as well.
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Post by: z_randy on August 09, 2012, 08:56:55 AM
Just finished "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.  I couldn't remember if I had read this one in school or not so I decided to read it now since it always turns up on those 100 books you have to read before you die lists.  The book was a very good read.  Really gave you a sense of what people went through.  If you haven't read it I recommend it.  Not exactly a "fun" story though.

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John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western movement of one family and a nation in search of work and human dignity. Perhaps the most American of American classics.

The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they sought jobs, land, dignity and a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." The book won Steinbeck a large following among the working class, perhaps due to the book's sympathy to the workers' movement and its accessible prose style.

The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.
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Post by: Keith on August 09, 2012, 09:43:47 AM
I am pretty sure that I read that in high school, but can't remember it (it was a long time ago - over 21 years to be exact - I'm old now).


However, I just finished "A Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett and actually, it was really good.   It follows the life happenings of Tully Mars, a cowboy who ends up living in South Florida and the carribean.  The entire time I read it I kept thinking that Tully was Jimmy.   If your a fan of Jimmy Buffett at all I think that you will love the book.


Interesting fact, not too many authors have done this. 

"Jimmy Buffett is one of only seven authors to have a number one book on both the New York Times Fiction and Non-Fiction Best Sellers list. The other authors who have accomplished this include John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Mitch Albom, William Styron, Irving Wallace, and Dr. Seuss."

That is some great company!    Here are a few more books by Jimmy if you want to pick some up.

1989 – Tales From Margaritaville – #1 New York Times Best Sellers List – Fiction
1992 – Where Is Joe Merchant – #1 New York Times Best Sellers List- Fiction
1998 – A Pirate Looks at Fifty – #1 New York Times Best Seller Lists – Nonfiction
2004 – A Salty Piece of Land – #3 – New York Times Best Sellers List – Fiction
2008 – Swine Not? – #6 – New York Times Best Sellers List – Hardcover Fiction
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Post by: z_randy on August 09, 2012, 09:45:03 AM
had no idea he was an author!
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Post by: Keith on August 09, 2012, 10:14:31 AM
had no idea he was an author!


I didn't either until I got 2 books from him for Christmas.  I got "A Salty Piece of Land" and "Swine Not?".  I haven't read "Swine Not?" yet.
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Post by: jona816 on August 21, 2012, 07:07:02 PM
Currently reading The Dark by James Herbert, I'm a sucker for horror :-) Had heard that this was pretty scary, unfortunately I'm more than half way through it and yet to get that feeling of being "scared". Not to say that it is a bad book or anything, it is rather enjoyable although I feel that it is currently losing some steam. Hopefully it will pick up again  :sigh:
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Post by: Ramblin' Dad on August 22, 2012, 01:17:38 PM
had no idea he was an author!



I didn't either until I got 2 books from him for Christmas.  I got "A Salty Piece of Land" and "Swine Not?".  I haven't read "Swine Not?" yet.


Yes, he's a pretty good author too. I've only read one of his books, "Where Is Joe Merchant" and it was great! I loved the sea plane adventure and was hooked on Jimmy's story telling that is full of wit and wonder.

I found another book/author that is similar to Buffet. It was a great read that I finished last week. The book is "Red Right Return (Buck Reilly Adventure Series)" by John H. Cunningham.

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Buck Reilly wants only three things out of life: A plane to fly, a treasure to find, and a beautiful woman to rescue. He’ll get his chance at all three in the first of John H. Cunningham’s new thriller series, RED RIGHT RETURN. Set against the stunning scenery and freaky fabulousness of the Florida Keys, Cunningham joins the ranks of Carl Hiaasen, Randy Wayne White and Papa himself in a rich new series for thrill seekers everywhere.

But Buck Reilly’s no ordinary hero. A product of his times and ours, too, he’s laying low and trying to fly under the radar in the aftermath of economic catastrophe. Back in his bad old days on Wall Street, Buck ran e-Antiquity, plundering the world’s treasures, (and a few of his investors’ pockets) for some pretty handsome profit. He wasn’t a bad guy back then, he just didn’t know any better. But life turned ugly when the market crashed, the company cratered and the FBI investigated the bankruptcy. When his marriage ended and his parents were killed in a car crash, Buck found out for certain that business wasn’t just business anymore.

These days, Buck’s a lot like the rest of us—trying to make ends meet and hoping for better times. He operates The Last Resort Salvage and Charter Company, flying a 1946 amphibious Grumman Widgeon, hunting for sunken treasure and taking on an occasional passenger, no questions asked. But when he faces down the dark forces of Santero priests, the underbelly of the Havana underworld and a pissed-off FBI agent, Buck has nothing but ingenuity, guts and his ancient flying boat to save his skin, and the lives he put in peril.

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Post by: keetedw on August 22, 2012, 02:09:43 PM
So, with all the publicity around Hunger Games, I decided to read the trilogy (got a deal on Amazon), figuring I'd let the kiddo read it as well.

I have to say...I must be missing whatever book it is the rest of you read because I thought it was terrible.  The concept and the games were the best feature and even that seemed a little, "it's terrible because it does this, and it can also do this and some time later...what the hell, it can do THIS too!  Isn't it TERRIBLE?!"

And Katniss...oh man...if ever there was a more perfectly scripted entitled, spoiled, absurd teenage little $hit, I haven't read it.  She's flightly, flies into fits of rage and drama, she cries far too much, constantly has to be calmed or even sedated to unconsciousness (I'm not exaggerating), can't seem to make up her mind who she loves or wants to love, then she does this bi-polar swap for about 3 paragraphs where she's hardcore, then immediately falls back into her emo self.

I could go on, but I think it's clear didn't like it.  The action is ok, though I've read better (MUCH better).

I'll still let the kiddo read it...she'll probably like it.
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Post by: Ramblin' Dad on August 22, 2012, 02:33:05 PM
So, with all the publicity around Hunger Games, I decided to read the trilogy (got a deal on Amazon), figuring I'd let the kiddo read it as well.

I have to say...I must be missing whatever book it is the rest of you read because I thought it was terrible.  The concept and the games were the best feature and even that seemed a little, "it's terrible because it does this, and it can also do this and some time later...what the hell, it can do THIS too!  Isn't it TERRIBLE?!"

And Katniss...oh man...if ever there was a more perfectly scripted entitled, spoiled, absurd teenage little $hit, I haven't read it.  She's flightly, flies into fits of rage and drama, she cries far too much, constantly has to be calmed or even sedated to unconsciousness (I'm not exaggerating), can't seem to make up her mind who she loves or wants to love, then she does this bi-polar swap for about 3 paragraphs where she's hardcore, then immediately falls back into her emo self.

I could go on, but I think it's clear didn't like it.  The action is ok, though I've read better (MUCH better).

I'll still let the kiddo read it...she'll probably like it.


Wow! With a review like this I will have to read it.  :LMAO2:

I may read the first one to see what it is like. My son liked it, I'll probably just read his copy.... if I can find it in his room. (http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs31/f/2008/205/c/1/c12f627233fb5a0ef1599d83edef9642.gif)
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Post by: Keith on August 23, 2012, 08:42:16 AM
I read a book long ago called The Long Walk.  It was by Steven King and I loved that book.  I hadn't even heard of the Hunger Games until my in-laws came to visit the other day and told me about it.  My wife and I watched the movie that night...it wasn't too bad.   We enjoyed it.


However, it really seems to me that the Hunger games came from the idea behind The Long Walk.  If you like the idea behind The Hunger Games but didn't like the book.  Try out The Long Walk by King.   


Here is a link to The Long Walk on Amazon.   http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Walk-Stephen-King/dp/0451196716 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Walk-Stephen-King/dp/0451196716)
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Post by: z_randy on August 23, 2012, 08:44:17 AM
That was a good book!
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Post by: Keith on August 23, 2012, 09:14:51 AM
That was a good book!



It was a VERY good book.    I also loved the Four Past Midnight by King as well.  It is just a collection of 4 short stories written by King when he was younger.    Here is a link.  http://www.amazon.com/Four-Past-Midnight-Stephen-King/dp/B00297HX0M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1345727476&sr=8-3&keywords=four+past+midnight (http://www.amazon.com/Four-Past-Midnight-Stephen-King/dp/B00297HX0M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1345727476&sr=8-3&keywords=four+past+midnight)
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Post by: Ramblin' Dad on August 23, 2012, 10:54:02 AM
I read a book long ago called The Long Walk.  It was by Steven King and I loved that book.  I hadn't even heard of the Hunger Games until my in-laws came to visit the other day and told me about it.  My wife and I watched the movie that night...it wasn't too bad.   We enjoyed it.


However, it really seems to me that the Hunger games came from the idea behind The Long Walk.  If you like the idea behind The Hunger Games but didn't like the book.  Try out The Long Walk by King.   


Here is a link to The Long Walk on Amazon.   [url]http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Walk-Stephen-King/dp/0451196716[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Walk-Stephen-King/dp/0451196716[/url])


Awesome book! I thought the same thing when I read the book summary for the hunger games. I definitely recommend it. It is one of my favorite Stephen King books. It was written when he wrote under the nom de plum of Richard Bachman. I read in in an anthology called the Bachman Books a long time ago. It is a great collection of Kings early works. "Rage", "Road Work", and "The Running Man" were written as Bachman and published in it with "The Long Walk". All good stories though like I said "The Long Walk" was my favorite.
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Post by: z_randy on August 23, 2012, 11:22:48 AM
Read Four past Midnight also.  Also good!
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Post by: Frobozz on August 23, 2012, 12:03:33 PM
In the middle of Stephen King's latest, 11/22/63.  WOW, this is amazing!

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Post by: Ramblin' Dad on August 23, 2012, 04:00:54 PM
In the middle of Stephen King's latest, 11/22/63.  WOW, this is amazing!

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I've been looking at this myself, and it is on my to be read list.
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Post by: z_randy on September 05, 2012, 09:41:02 AM
Just finished "Forgotten" by Doug Lucas

Enjoyed this one. Was a fast read.

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Historical fiction has a foundation of truth but that truth is often shrouded in fiction. Some claim that only time and distance can separate the two.

We have all lived through events that have shocked or changed our nation.

The assassination of Martin Luther King, or John and Robert Kennedy, men traveling into space, and landing on the moon, and of course the bombing of the World Trade Center; these are just a few examples that have occurred in my life time. These are the pivotal events that surround us I and others think we know all of the important facts.

But do we remember? Ask yourself or a friend what date any of these events happened on, see if you or they can give the exact date or even some of the facts surrounding any of these or other major past events of your lifetime.

Americans are noted for their short memories, we invented the term "Attention Deficit Disorder" to describe it. We immerse ourselves in an event for a short time span, then quickly lay the event aside and move to the next. If those events didn't or don't affect us directly----they are quickly forgotten.

23 October 1983 is one of those forgotten events. One of those events where we felt we knew all the facts and then it was quickly forgotten. I ask one simple question---"Do you really know all of the facts?" There are hundreds of these events, forgotten by all but those who lived them.
I invite you to read "Forgotten", separate the history from the fiction. Another term to remember would be "Plausible Deniability", facts that did happen are handled in a manner that allows them to be denied by those who caused them to happen. Separating plausible deniability from fiction can be almost impossible. At times this is by design of those who use the term.

When you've finished reading this "Historical Fiction", ask yourself if you have forgotten.

You must decide, what is fact, what is fiction, and what could be plausible deniability shrouding truth.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on October 17, 2012, 12:45:05 AM
I just read the first half of "Kiss the Girls" by James Patterson. Had to stop because I've already seen the movie and the script was just too close to the book...Couldn't get into it. With that said, it's still a great story (especially if you haven't seen the movie).

After that, I read James Patterson's "The Big Bad Wolf." I really enjoyed it for the most part but at the same time I felt like the villain was over-glorified. Also, I love the character of Alex Cross but his transition in this novel from DC Police to FBI seemed a bit...far fetched! LOL

 
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Post by: z_randy on October 23, 2012, 02:19:04 PM
Just finished "The Wind Through the Keyhole" by Stephen King.
If anyone has read the King "Dark Tower" series, this is a new addition to it.  He calls it Dark Tower 4.5 as it takes place kind of between the 4th and 5th books.

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In "The Wind Through the Keyhole," Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. Roland Deschain and his ka-tet"--"Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler--encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man" preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day's trials by reciting a story from the "Magic Tales of the Eld "that his mother often read to him at bedtime. "A person's never too old for stories," Roland says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them." And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. "The Wind Through the Keyhole "is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland's world and testimony to the power of Stephen King's storytelling magic.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: keetedw on October 24, 2012, 01:38:47 PM
Once again, I keep forgetting to update until I've read a few books:

First Contact - Michael Hicks - Humans of the future make contact with an "alien" race that turns out to be a race of a$$ whuppers.  Decent characters, good action...got distracted by other books and stopped this one with about 5 chapters left.  Clearly it wasn't, "holy $hit I need to finish this!"

The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One - Joe Abercrombie
Fantasy novel - pretty well written, decent characters, good action here and there.  Not bad, though I haven't rushed out to buy the other books in the series, so...apparently I wasn't blown away.

Hounded/Hexed/Hammered - The Iron Druid Chronicles (3 separate books) - Kevin Hearne
Reminded me a lot of the Dresden files, though if I had to pick one, I'd say read the Dresden series (which you should anyway, still one of the best written characters I've read.  I've read the 11 books I have, twice).  Magic, demons, gods, witches, etc.  Good action, though the main character is supposed to be 2000 years old, but still acts like a teenager in some situations.  Kind of took me out of the story a few times, but overall, pretty good.

Started reading "Beyond Good & Evil" by Nietzsche - didn't get very far before a buddy recommended "Cloud Atlas"...

...which brings me to - I've started "Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell" based on a good friend's recommendation.  There's a movie coming out with Tom Hanks.  It's apparently 5 different stories and I'm still in the first story, so I can't say much about it, but I'm hopeful.
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Post by: z_randy on November 07, 2012, 08:52:17 PM
Just finished "Tempest at Dawn" by James Best.  Was a very interesting historic novel about the Constitutional Convention.  Never realized how much sway over the whole thing George Washington had.

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The United States is on the brink of total collapse. The military has been reduced to near extinction, economic turmoil saps hope, and anarchy threatens as world powers hover like vultures, eager to devour the remains. In a desperate move, a few powerful men call a secret meeting to plot the overthrow of the government. Fifty-five men came to Philadelphia in May of 1787 with a congressional charter to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead they founded the longest lasting republic in world history. "Tempest at Dawn" tells their story.
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Post by: z_randy on December 03, 2012, 08:38:32 PM

Just finished this.  I concur...excellent read!

In the middle of Stephen King's latest, 11/22/63.  WOW, this is amazing!

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Post by: Keith on December 04, 2012, 07:19:46 PM
That looks like something I would like!
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Post by: z_randy on December 07, 2012, 10:51:33 AM
Just finished a book called "Speed Dating with the Dead" by Scott Nicholson
Don't read too many books of the horror/ghost genre, but I found this one a lot of fun.  Found myself smiling as I read it.  Only negative thing I can say is it finished too fast.

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A paranormal conference at the most haunted hotel in the Southern Appalachian mountains . . .

a man’s promise to his late wife that he’d summon her spirit . . .

a daughter whose imagination goes to dark places . . .

and demonic evil lurking in the remote hotel’s basement, just waiting to be awoken.

When Digger Wilson brings his paranormal team Spirit Seekers International to the White Horse Inn, he is skeptical that his dead wife will keep her half of the bargain. He doesn’t believe in ghosts. But when one of the conference guests channels a mysterious presence and an Ouija board spells out a pet phrase known only to Digger and his wife, his convictions are challenged.

And when people start to disappear, Digger and his daughter Kendra must face the circle of demons that view the hotel as their personal playground. Because soon the inn will be closing for good, angels can’t be trusted, and demons don’t like to play alone
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Post by: tom on September 09, 2015, 05:01:13 AM
Right now I am reading Elif Shafak's new book. Amazing writer!
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Post by: Pat on September 21, 2015, 09:42:12 PM
I purchased the digital version of The Martian last week, when it was $2. I'm going to start reading it this week sometime
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Post by: CaitlinBarker on September 26, 2015, 04:35:02 AM
Hello dudes, right now  i am reading the last terry pratchet novel "Shepherd's Crown" i found it fascinating and i recommend it to all of you!
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Post by: GamerDadOfFour on March 23, 2018, 10:36:01 PM
While desperately awaiting George R. R. Martin completing The Winds of Winter, I listen to the occasional audio book on my drive to/from work. My last one was The Martian and it was fantastic. I'm looking for something new. I've heard good things about another recent book by the author of The Martian and may give that a shot.