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Re: What are you reading?

Post by shroom » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:08 am

I've been reading the Game of Thrones series and the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Both are totally different styles, love the both!
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lucky420 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:15 am

i was really disapointed when after reading the 5th book of Game of Thrones that there wasnt a 6th out yet. Well more like whiney pissed...
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Re: What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Sic Pup » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:49 pm

Ha...ha.... nice Knowmad.


I was passing the new non-fiction today, saw this:

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...and nearly lunged out of my shoes making a grab for it.

Ms. Sic Pup gave me that patented "WTF is he up to now?" look.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Savannah » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:11 pm

I love Dan Savage! I recommend his books "Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America" (thought-provoking, funny) and the book about adopting his baby, called "The Kid" (funnier, heartwarming).
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Sic Pup » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:17 pm

Savannah wrote:I love Dan Savage! I recommend his books "Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America" (thought-provoking, funny) and the book about adopting his baby, called "The Kid" (funnier, heartwarming).
I did read the former based on your recommendation, excellent stuff. I wasn't even aware of the latter until now and just added it to my "pending list".... right at the top.

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Post by Savannah » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:50 pm

No one has ever seen us both in the same room at the same time, Sic Pup!
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by shroom » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:05 pm

lucky420 wrote:i was really disapointed when after reading the 5th book of Game of Thrones that there wasnt a 6th out yet. Well more like whiney pissed...
I'm almost done with book 4. I wish he'd hurry up with the new books so I can read them when I'm done with 5!
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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:35 pm

shroom wrote:
lucky420 wrote:i was really disapointed when after reading the 5th book of Game of Thrones that there wasnt a 6th out yet. Well more like whiney pissed...
I'm almost done with book 4. I wish he'd hurry up with the new books so I can read them when I'm done with 5!
Pikers. I read Game of Thrones in the mid-90s...

You think I lost my legs in a train accident. I actually gnawed them off waiting...
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Post by Savannah » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:39 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
shroom wrote:
lucky420 wrote:i was really disapointed when after reading the 5th book of Game of Thrones that there wasnt a 6th out yet. Well more like whiney pissed...
I'm almost done with book 4. I wish he'd hurry up with the new books so I can read them when I'm done with 5!
Pikers. I read Game of Thrones in the mid-90s...

You think I lost my legs in a train accident. I actually gnawed them off waiting...
:shock: :lol:

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lucky420 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:16 pm

:lol: :lol: classic fishy!

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:16 pm

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Post by Sic Pup » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:18 am

I just finished "The Art Of Racing In The Rain" by Garth Stein written from a dying dog's point of view. It was recommended to me as a means of coping with loss. I shed a lot of tears on these pages and although I don't regret reading it it neither helped me very much nor would I consider it a great literary work. In fact, at points I found myself actually annoyed with it's simplicity but not enough to not complete it.

Today marks six weeks since Buddy's passing and it's not getting any easier. I'm resisting every effort to adopt another, I don't think I could handle the overwhelming feeling of loss and abandonment again. Silly as it sounds I was closer to that dog than any other being in my entire lifetime, friends and family included.

.... and now for something completely different:

Next on my list is " Her : a memoir" by Christa Parravani. Relates the author's life with her identical twin sister, Cara, the downward spiral due to depression and drugs that resulted in Cara's early death, and the author's determination to defy the odds that she herself would die within two years of her twin.
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Post by ^Rhino! » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:37 am

Currently reading a classic study in history published by the Indiana University Press -
Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865 by Frank Merli (dec'd)

Amazing that we were within a hair's breadth of going to war after the HMS Trent affair. Patience on the part of the British kept us out of a third war with them in a 100-year period.
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Lonesomebri wrote:Why do hippies still exist?
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Post by Lonesomebri » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:59 am

We have to find our laughs where we can.....

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Post by Eric » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:48 pm

Just finished Empty Mansions, about Huguette Clark, a woman worth close to 300million who chose to spend her last 20 years living in a hospital, even though she was healthy and owned huge mansions on both coasts (which hadn't been lived in in 50-60 years), & three apartments in one building on Park Avenue.

She lived to almost 105, her father (a Senator from Montana and copper baron) was in his 60's when she was born. Between the two of them they cover American history from the 8th President (Martin Van Buren) to the 44th (Barack Obama). Truly fascinating life of a very eccentric woman.

Next up: The Taste of Conquest, the Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice
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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:03 pm

A History of Future Cities...
I've just started the first chapter on Mumbai (or Bombay, as it was then.) So far, I'm impressed.
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Post by tootled » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:37 pm

Currently split between reading The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared (Kindle on way to work) and Anansi Boys (hardback at home). Both very good and pretty funny. Have been getting into a lot of Neil Gaiman stuff lately.

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Post by Lonesomebri » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:51 pm

Studying up for the 2014 eplaya season.
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Post by ^Rhino! » Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:21 pm

I just finished Craig Johnson's newest little novella, Spirit of Steamboat.

It is Christmas Eve, and Sheriff Walt Longmire is sitting at his desk in Durant, Wyoming, reading a copy of Dickens' Christmas Carol, a gift from his father many years ago. A young Japanese-American woman comes into the office, searching for the former Sheriff, Lucian Conellly. Longmire takes her to the assisted-living facility where the former sheriff resides, and the former sheriff is thanked by the young woman for saving her life thirty years earlier. He doesn't remember her, until she says the word, "Steamboat".

The novel goes back then to 1988. There's been a horrific automobile accident north of Durant. A mother and father are killed in a burning car, and a little girl needs immediate medical treatment. Sheriff Conelly, a former Doolitle Raider, flies an ancient and aged B-25 (once used in Durant as a firefighting plane) to Denver to get the little girl the treatment she needs to save her life. The outcome of the flight is never in doubt, but only through teamwork, Macgyver-ism, and pure intestinal fortitude does the plane make it to Denver.

I've never read a better little novella. It took me about an hour, and I'll enjoy re-reading this book for the rest of my life.

What did I relearn?

"“. . . no space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused. . . "

Think about it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Elliot » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:34 am

Finally -- finally! -- read The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Didn't see much of the supposed comedy, but did find a couple of interesting philosophical/mathematical concepts. And now I know why the answer to everything is 42.

Half the ladies on the Planet are currently reading "50 Shades Of Gray", so I thought I'd better keep up. Made it thru a couple chapters, which were written by a 12 year old girl for 12 year old girls, and that 12 year old author was getting C- in English Composition. So that was all I could stomach. Guys beware!

Every few years I read Mark Twain's "Roughing It" -- I have a nice issue with the original illustrations for flavor. Possibly my favorite book ever! Twain describes his experiences traveling and living in the American West, hilariously. :D

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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:43 am

I'm in the middle of a pause in the latest Bernie Gunther, A Man Without Breath. The series is interesting, even inspired, in its discussion of Nazi-era (and post Nazi-era) amorality in the context of the noir anti-hero's separate pursuit of a moral code in a world gone dark with amorality. (I can't stand the sort of murder mysteries that are all so cheery and take place in a country house and are so darn clever, and look, there's a courting couple finding each other--because it seems sort of profane to have a murder, even an imaginary one, in something so lightweight and frivolous.) I suppose it is germane to say I stopped a few days ago when Bernie killed someone. This is all sort of confusing to me, but noir is an ambiguous genre, and it's supposed to be.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lucky420 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:02 pm

just finished Unbroken by laura Hillenbrand. True story about a world class miler who joined the Air Corps at WWII and was interned at a Japanese POW camp after drifting 2000 miles and 47 days a sea when his bomber went down in the Pacific.

Now reading Worst Hard Time, true story and accounts of the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930's.

Dust at TTITD, meh not so bad...
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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:19 pm

Worst Hard Time is on my to be read list. It looks potentially seriously good. How's it going for you?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lucky420 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:33 pm

it's good. Interesting to learn about what really led up to the Great Dust Bowl. The scope of it was amazing...
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